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Suzuki says it will continue to support its customers despite its retreat from the U.S.

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2012 at 11:22 am |
November 6, 2012 11:22 am

South Sound Suzuki dealers say they have heard little from Suzuki’s American distributor about the brand’s plan to exit car sales in the United States, but they assume they’ll continue to offer their customers parts and service.

American Suzuki Motor Corp. filed for bankruptcy Monday in California saying it will end it Suzuki car sales in this country.

At Car Pros Suzuki on South Tacoma Way, an executive who identified himself as the general manager but who declined to give his name said the dealership will continue supporting its customers.

The dealership, he said, has about a dozen Suzukis in stock. He said he’s unsure what will happen to those vehicles.

“We only know what we’ve heard on the news,” he said.

The company’s American distributor said it has contingency plans to provide parts and service through existing dealerships.

At Auburn Valley Suzuki in Auburn, managers were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

Suzuki’s U.S. sales have been declining for years, and with the exception of the company’s mid-sized Kazashi, the manufacturer’s U.S. car lineup was overdue for refreshing. American Suzuki sold just 2,023 vehicles in October.

American Suzuki said it will continue to sell motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and outboard motors in the U.S. The Japanese parent company, which sold 2.4 million vehicles last year, said it will continue selling Suzukis in Canada, Mexico and Asia.

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