Innovation Award

Suzuki GB PLC has been based in Milton Keynes for over 14 years and is very proud to be part of the area’s very successful commercial sector. It employs 160 staff at its Head Office operation and distributes parts from its Central Warehouse to its Nationwide Car dealer network as well as complete Motorcycle, ATV and Marine units and components.

Suzuki has a long-established major sponsorship with MK Dons which has further helped develop its commitment to the local community as well as support a great local team. 

Suzuki Motor Corporation will celebrate its centenary in 2020 having first commenced in business in the Textile industry in the Enshu Region of Southern Japan. Michio Suzuki had previously founded the Suzuki Loom Company and it was while manufacturing looms for production of plain white fabric he learned that weavers wanted looms that could produce cloth with vertical and horizontal stripes; so he developed a unique loom capable of weaving patterned cloth from dyed yarn.

Suzuki's innovation represented the start of an uncompromising focus on creating products that met people's needs and realise new lifestyle possibilities.

Following the Cotton Market crash in 1951, Suzuki expanded into production of motorcycles the next year with the ‘Power Free’ model using a 36cc two stroke engine. The Power Free was simple in design, offered very easy maintenance and was unique at that time as it could be ridden fully motorised, partially motorised or by using the pedals without any engine assistance. Just a year later, Suzuki was building 6,000 motorcycles per month.

 

Suzuki car production began in 1955 with the Suzulight, a compact car with a 360cc two-stroke engine. The Suzulight was one of the first cars to feature front-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension and rack and pinion steering. In 2020, Suzuki will celebrate 50 years of its off-road vehicle heritage having launched its first 4x4, the LJ series, back in 1970.

 

The first Marine outboard motor was introduced in 1965, then pre-fabricated houses in 1974; general-purpose engines in 1980 and its first All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) in 1982.

 

The UK product range is vast and consists of six different car models, 45 on and off-road motorcycles, eight ATV’s and 48 different types of Marine outboard engines.

Globally, Suzuki produces 3.1 million cars and almost two million motorcycles every year. It has 35 production facilities around the Globe and sells its products in 192 countries. Suzuki is well known as the ‘Small Car Experts’ and two of their most successful models are the Ignis Compact Crossover and Swift Compact Super Mini. Global sales of Swift are rapidly approaching seven million units (since launch in 2005).

The all-new Jimny Compact 4x4 was introduced in January 2019 and has already received 9 Awards from the Automotive and Lifestyle media. Its most prolific award to date is the World Urban Car accolade presented to Suzuki in 2019 having been judged by 84 journalists around the world. The ever popular Vitara model received various upgrades in 2019 with a host of new technology and further safety equipment added.