Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), a global giant of motorcycle manufacturing is headquartered in Japan. It holds major stake in its Indian subsidiary, Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIL). SMIL was set up after Suzuki's re-entry into the Indian two-wheeler market after it severed ties with partner TVS in 2000-01. Suzuki was then the technology provider in the former joint venture company TVS Suzuki.
Suzuki, a Japanese automobiles manufacturing company, manufactures a complete range of motorcycles as well as small combustion-powered engine products. A global giant, it has its production units in more than 22 countries. However, in India, it is mostly known as a car manufacturer, thanks to its collaboration with Maruti. Together they are Maruti Suzuki, the largest automobile seller in India. Suzuki operates in three main segments including motorcycles, automobiles and others.
During the 1950s, 1960s and the better part of the 1970s, the company made motorcycles with two-stroke engines. Suzuki became the first Japanese bike manufacturer to win a motocross world championship when Joel Robert won the 1970 250cc title. Suzuki introduced its first motorcycles with a four-stroke engine, the GS400 and GS750, in 1976. Thereafter, Suzuki established a reputation as a manufacturer of well-engineered sport motorcycles.
Suzuki invented four-wheeled ATVs in 1983 and the high performance ATV in 1985 among many other firsts in the ATV segment. The launch of two of its international models in India reflects Suzuki's intent to cater to the Indian enthusiast. Their India line-up includes the new locally assembled Hayabusa and the entire range of Suzuki superbikes - V-Strom, GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F, Intruder M1800R as well as the ATVs - Ozark 250 and QuadSport Z400. Suzuki India's scooters and commuter motorcycles portfolio includes the Gixxer, Gixxer SF, Access, Hayate and Let’s.