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Old 11-14-2012, 01:58 PM   #61 (permalink)
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I agree.

VW, Audi, have all started bringing over the smaller diesel packages, with tremendous mileage results.

VW's latest is like 70 on the road, off the charts.

If Suzuki would do that, you couldn't keep them in stock!

Getting a lot of runaround from 3 local dealers. Everybody wants you to "come on down".
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:12 AM   #62 (permalink)
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I'm sticking with my prediction of the summer for the demise of Suzuki Canada:

Suzuki Death Watch 11: Is Suzuki Canada Really Safe? | The Truth About Cars

When the head of the Canadian operations can't answer obvious and straightforward questions, the end is near.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:55 AM   #63 (permalink)
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possible, but the US economy plus the lower car prices (smaller profit margins)there probably made things too tough for Suzuki to compete. There are other japanese car makers that have borderline viability in the USA and may leave.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:42 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Seems that we haven't heard the last of Suzuki in US yet.

From American Suzuki Media site:

Company intends to bring additional automobile inventory from Japan to dealers in the continental U.S. to meet current consumer demand

"In response to continued consumer demand, dealer interest has remained high in continuing to order and receive shipments of Suzuki automobiles as long as they remain available, ASMC intends to use a portion of the DIP funds to purchase and ship 2,500 additional cars from Japan to the continental U.S., which have been manufactured since ASMC announced its restructuring. Earlier this week, the Company released its November 2012 sales numbers, reporting that it sold more than 2200 units last month, an increase of 22% compared to the same period last year.
As previously announced, ASMC is continuing to market and sell its remaining U.S. automobile inventory through its national network of automotive dealers. Further, ASMC continues to provide marketing and incentives to help promote the continued sale of the automobiles remaining in dealer inventory and the pipeline. This includes, zero percent financing for up to 72 months for qualified customers through an agreement with Ally Financial Inc. All automobile warranties will continue to be fully honored in accordance with their terms, and parts and service will continue to be provided to consumers through ASMC’s parts and service dealer network. As of November 30 2012, automotive dealers representing all of the top 50 and more than 98% of the total volume of ASMC’s continental U.S. automobile sales have agreed to transition to parts and services operations."
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But..... we've already lost hundreds of dealers, nationwide and it was stated that Suzuki will further decrease the dealer list by 200 more.
It's doubtful in the current atmosphere and business climate if any car dealer in the US would invest in Suzuki. As a businessman myself, I certainly would not!

So my next question would be,,,,,"without dealers, where is Suzuki going to sell its cars?" Are they going to set up Kiosks in malls? Or sell them in Roadside stands, like fresh produce?

Any car maker will tell you, that to sell cars, you need a strong dealer organization. Suzuki has, either on purpose or by accident, destroyed their dealer org. here in the US. And to the casual observer, it would seem more on purpose than by accident.

When my local Suzuki/Subaru dealer, closed up, Suzuki and Subaru both had the option of going to another Import Car dealer. Subaru said yes, but Suzuki said no, and opted to leave the area without any Suzuki dealer at all. Now, the closest Suzuki dealer is 90 or so miles away.

Now, within less than 90 miles there are six KIA dealers and they are all selling cars like crazy. I too, have become one of those new Kia owners.

It's all in the history books.

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These owners better read up on what they're getting into. They'll be buying a car(s) from a company that has pulled out of the US, probably never to return as far as selling cars, with few dealers still interested in selling and servicing.
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Never say never! I remember when Fiat left N.America.
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So, let's see if I have this right: Suzuki declares bankruptcy (Chapter 11 PROTECTION) and declares it will no longer sell autos in USA; the disgraceful and limited dealer network is therefore on the way to being reduced by probably 50-80%; present owners in limited locations that still have a "dealer" may get warranty and parts service but all owners have seen their car values plummet by 20-40%; Suzuki of America has a bunch of inventory coming that was probably already on the way so they get Debtor-In-Possession (“DIP”) financing to pay for these vehicles; they will be sold to a public that will not fully understand they are getting an "orphan" vehicle worth only fraction of what they paid.

Where are the consumer protection laws?
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So, let's see if I have this right: Suzuki declares bankruptcy (Chapter 11 PROTECTION) and declares it will no longer sell autos in USA; the disgraceful and limited dealer network is therefore on the way to being reduced by probably 50-80%; present owners in limited locations that still have a "dealer" may get warranty and parts service but all owners have seen their car values plummet by 20-40%; Suzuki of America has a bunch of inventory coming that was probably already on the way so they get Debtor-In-Possession (“DIP”) financing to pay for these vehicles; they will be sold to a public that will not fully understand they are getting an "orphan" vehicle worth only fraction of what they paid.

Where are the consumer protection laws?



...not buying the cars
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