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The Motorcycle/ATV/Automotive & Marine Division of Suzuki Canada Inc.(Richmond Hill, On), was founded in 1973 by Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC). At that time the company comprised of 30 employees and was oriented towards motorcycle sales. Today, Suzuki enjoys a much more diversified business approach, and is seen by Canadian consumers as a major automotive and motorcycle company.SCI markets motorcycles, ATVs and 4-stroke outboard engines via an extensive dealer network throughout Canada. The Motorcycle, ATV & Marine Division markets an impressive array of quality, fun-oriented products. There are close to 50 versions of Suzuki's world famous motorcycles, complemented by an additional 14 models of Suzuki's KingQuad, QuadSport and QuadRacer brand All Terrain Vehicles. Suzuki also markets an impressive line-up of 4-stroke outboard motors, over 17 in all, ranging in power from 2.5 to 300 horsepower. Using industry leading technology, Suzuki Outboard motors are extremely quiet and very fuel efficient. Each of these items is supported by an extensive range of accessories.
Suzuki Canada Inc. now employs over 100 people. Our Head Office is in Richmond Hill, Ontario, with regional offices in Vancouver and Montreal.
Suzuki Canada Inc. sells and services its various products across Canada through a network of dealers. There is a combined total of 450 Suzuki Automotive and Recreational Products Dealers who employ an estimated 3,000 Canadians.
SCI’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 120 distributors in 191 countries.
The Company with Head office in Hamamatsu, Japan (above) has over 10 manufacturing plants in Japan. Two of the primary automotive manufacturing plants in Japan are: the Kosai plant producing passenger cars, and the Iwata facility designated for commercial vehicles and light vans.
Two other larger plants are: the Toyokawa plant for motorcycle production and outboards, plus the Osuka plant that produces cast parts for various products.
Worldwide, Suzuki has 57 manufacturing plants, producing a mix of Motorcycles and Automobiles. Plants exist in Japan, Hungary, China, India, Columbia, Malaysia, and
Canada. In total, the company is represented in over 183 countries.
The Company has several Overseas Sales Subsidiaries; a few of the larger ones are: American Suzuki Motor Corp (U.S.), Australia, France, Italy, Suzuki GB PLC (Great Britain), New Zealand, Germany and
There are also six Principal Overseas Assembly Affiliates-joint ventures with other automotive companies. These are located in India, Indonesia, Hungary, Pakistan, Spain and
Canada (CAMI Automotive). The latter is the company’s largest investment ever. Located in Ingersoll, Ontario, this half billion dollar investment is a joint venture between Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan and General Motors of Canada Limited.
Based on the Japanese Kosai plant, CAMI has the capacity to produce 200,000 units annually and employ upwards of 3,000 people. Unlike other transplant operations, CAMI supports the CAW (Canadian Automotive Workers). The plant also relies heavily on Canadian suppliers for many parts and services. This facility manufactures the Suzuki XL7. Production from this facility supplies Canada, the
United States and other international markets .
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Production History Explore the world of Suzuki motorsports from our very first motorcycle to the bikes you’ll be riding—and racing—tomorrow.
Racing Legacy Relive a vibrant heritage of speed fueled by our passion for engineering.
ATV History Set the wayback machine for 1983 and begin with the quads that started it all—like our LT-125, the original 4-wheel ATV.
Gixxer Heritage Experience the legendary Gixxer—the dominant superbike for the past 25 years.
GSX-R Timeline Rev up and lean into this history of the four fastest letters on the road.