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post #1 of 15 Old 09-24-2013, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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I work for a new car dealer that has a Suzuki automobile franchise. There is a rumor, and I emphasize rumor, that all US Suzuki franchises including motorcycle, boat motor and ATV will eventually close and Suzuki is to leave the US market.
The only thing I am certain of is the automobile division is in bankruptcy.

Wondering if anyone else has heard anything. I hate rumors!!!

The everything else can go, but please keep the motorcycle division.
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-24-2013, 07:28 PM
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So is this a year old post or did you just wake up from a coma?

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Nope, no coma. Just work ungodly hours. They don't tell us much on purpose, keeps the rats from leaving the ship.
So I'm assuming it's true then. Our Rep originally said only the Auto division, They won't communicate much.
I'll search the treads. Guess I should have first, I just thought no way.
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-24-2013, 07:39 PM
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I heard that rumor awhile ago. The automobile side is gone but they never did that well on U.S. soil anyway. There were rumors some time ago (About 2-3 years) that Suzuki Automobile was looking to close shop in the U.S. I talked to the dealer where I bought my 2012 650 Adventure about Suzuki Motorcycle/ATV closing shop and he said that Suzuki Motorcycle/ATV is for the most part doing fairly well. The recession was very bad to most motorcycle manufactures/dealers but he said that if they can make it through this then Suzuki Motorcycle/ATV should be o.k. but may restructure dealer networks to run leaner.

@greywolf-Your right. My partner at work started receiving mail and phone calls about his 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara from the dealer informing him where he would have to go to receive any warranty work about 16 months ago but heard rumors about Suzuki Automobile shutting down about 6 months before that.

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Suzuki ended new auto sales in the USA about a year ago. Suzuki Shuts Down U.S. Auto Sales, Files For Bankruptcy

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Correct, I was the system administrator for an auto group that had Suzuki cars. I helped transfer just the service side of the business to a new buyer. Real pain, because the accounts can't change ownership because of the bankruptcy, no changes allowed.

Parts are getting like hen's teeth, takes forever to get orders.

I'll try to pin down the service rep and ask him next time he visits.

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post #7 of 15 Old 09-25-2013, 12:12 AM
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2 more multi-dealers (both now Honda only) near me had their Suzuki dealerships taken away, by Suzuki they said.

So off to "pricey" DGY Motorsports for emergency parts before a recent trip, which is a long,traffic congested ride for me.

Looking around the humongous showroom filled with Kawasaki, Honda, and Yamaha bikes, there weren't many Suzuki's to
be seen. I asked the sales guy, who leaped to my side, if they were cutting back on Suzuki. He said NO. Suzuki has the
best financing packages, to attract new and returning riders, and he had a great summer of Suzuki sales. "Be sure and
come back to see the great lineup for 2014", he said.


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My local Suzuki (motorcycle) dealership is shutting down next week....

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My local shop just picked up the Suzuki brand
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The March 31, 2013 close of the bankruptcy action was of American Suzuki Motor Corp. It was not of Suzuki Motor Corporation (of Japan). The new U.S. entity is Suzuki Motor Of America, headquartered in Brea, California. Suzuki remains huge in cars in certain parts of the world, Japan and India among others. A bankruptcy action allows for abrogation of contracts with dealers, landlords, employees, etc.

"Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. will be marketing Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Engines and Automotive Parts and provide Automotive Services via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states."
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