SUZUKI TO END PRODUCTION OF MOTORCYCLES IN SPAIN

The Suzuki GSR750

The Suzuki GSR750

Suzuki Motor Espana (SME) has clarified that it is to cease production of models in Spain owing to “accumulated losses created by the reduction and general condition of the economy in Europe at present”

The plant in Gijón will close in March 2013 with the loss of approximately 200 jobs. The plant has been in operation for 28 years but figures show that it has lost over €30 million over the last four years alone and with a decline of 70% of market share the directors told the regional government that the decision was ‘irreversible’.

Despite the closure, Suzuki will maintain activity in Spain with the distribution of large-cylinder motorbike made in SE Asia.

UK models that will be affected by this announcement will include – Burgman 125, 200 and GZ125. Owners of these models can remain confident that parts supply, warranty and general aftercare of these models will remain available through Suzuki GB’s comprehensive dealer network.

While there is no further comment on which manufacturing plant will take over the production of these models, some alternative models built at Suzuki’s Asian country production plants will be considered for the European market and it is already known that with significant growth in India and Asia these markets will be the natural focus for manufacturers.

This news comes just days after another International division, Suzuki America, declared itself bankrupt and announced that it was withdrawing from the automotive market in the US citing the market in America being too competitive.

With sales of larger models in the Suzuki range down by upto 24% year on year, there is certainly a fair bit of bad news coming from Suzuki in genral at present though Suzuki have reiterated that the vast majority of bikes produced in Spain are of a smaller capacity and therefore there will be no significant impact on the UK market by their decision to cease production in Spain.

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