Suzuki Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will terminate car sales in the United States, withdrawing from the unprofitable business amid the strong yen to concentrate its resources on other products including motorcycles.
The Japanese automaker said its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary American Suzuki Motor Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company will end sales of its cars in the U.S. mainland as soon as when it runs out of inventory.
Established in 1963, ASMC sells cars and motorcycles in the whole of the United States except Hawaii. But the automaker has apparently judged it difficult to maintain profitability in the car business there with its lineup focusing on smaller models.
Suzuki, which started car sales in the United States in 1985, sold around 27,000 units in the country last year.
The subsidiary has been incurring losses in recent years as a firm yen has kept eroding its profits since it started selling exported cars from Japan, after ending production in Canada in 2009 at a plant operated jointly with U.S. automaker General Motors Co.
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