Monday, May 21, 2001

Micro-mini vehicles from Suzuki

Mazda Motor Corporation (Headquarter Office: Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture; President: Mark Fields) and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Takatsuka-cho, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture; President: Masao Toda) have confirmed that Mazda continues to have the OEM procurement for micro-mini vehicles from Suzuki.

Mazda AZ-Wagon

Mazda AZ-Wagon

Currently Suzuki supplies six models, including "AZ-Wagon" (Suzuki "Wagon R") to Mazda on OEM procurement. Based on this agreement, Suzuki has started developing the next OEM micro-mini models, which are fully-changed versions of currently supplied models.

The tie-up between Mazda and Suzuki began in December 1987 with the "Agreement on Production Cooperation of Micro-mini Vehicles." Suzuki began supplying micro-mini commercial vehicles on OEM procurement in May 1989 and core parts for passenger vehicles, including engines in October 1989. Mazda has been procuring all micro-mini vehicles from Suzuki since the launch of the new standard micro-mini car models in October 1998.

The total sales of the OEM procurement and models for which parts are supplied by Suzuki, are 674,000 units (registered vehicles as of the end of April, 2001). Mazda and Suzuki have reached this agreement, satisfied with the co-existence of the companies, and their healthy competitive relationship.

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