With the announcement of a new Chang’an-Suzuki plant to be completed by 2008, Suzuki Motor Corp. has apparently put an end to speculation that it would shift its future investments with its second partner in China, Changhe Automobile Co., Ltd.
Suzuki’s first joint venture in
When in 2001 Chang’an entered into a second car joint venture with Ford Motor Co., however, Suzuki’s interest in Chang’an seemed to be affected. That same year, Changhe-Suzuki not only introduced the Beidouxing (the WagonR in other markets) to the market but also approved an expansion plan to build the new Jiujiang plant in
But in reality, Suzuki has been delicately balancing its positions with its two Chinese partners.
Although Chang’an-Suzuki started making the Alto minicar in 1995 and later introduced the Swift, for many years it did not add any new vehicle models. The new Swift (Yuyan) was released to the market only early last year.
If there had been any neglect of the Chang’an-Suzuki partnership, it is over now. “We will launch a completely new model to
At the time when the new Swift rolled off the production line last May, Chang’an-Suzuki also upgraded its
And the two partners also agreed to build a second plant in
Suzuki’s new assembly plant in Jiujiang of Jiangxi Province with partner Changhe was completed last March. Together with the new plant is an engine assembly line with a capacity of 150,000 units of the K14B engines. And the new Liana sedan rolled off the assembly line in November of last year.
The K14B engine is Suzuki’s first high-end engine to be produced out of
Suzuki’s capacity is expanding at both joint ventures in the hopes of serving customers in different regions in
To strengthen and coordinate its operations in