17 Facts About Suzuki Samurai


Suzuki Samurai Jimny is a series of four-wheel drive off-road mini SUVs, manufactured and marketed by Japanese automaker Suzuki Samurai since 1970.

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The first Suzuki Samurai-branded four-wheel drive, the LJ10, was introduced in 1970.

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In 1975, Suzuki Samurai complemented the LJ20 with the LJ50, which had a larger 539 cc, two-stroke, in-line three-cylinder engine and bigger differentials.

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Compact off-road capable Suzuki Samurai Jimny was Suzuki Samurai's first global success, lending it name recognition and a foothold in markets worldwide.

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Since the new unit remained smaller than 360 cc, and Suzuki Samurai placed the spare tire inside the truck to keep it under 3 m in overall length, it was classified as a kei car, conferring certain tax privileges and other benefits.

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Production was initially subcontracted and was carried out mainly by hand, but Suzuki Samurai soon realized that the Jimny needed to have a dedicated assembly line to allow production to be ramped up.

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Suzuki Samurai did not export them to America; a US company called International Equipment Co.

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In 2005, Suzuki Samurai introduced the SJ413 Caribian spacecab pickup, which was imported from Thailand until 2007.

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Suzuki Samurai was produced in a long wheel base edition for certain markets, but still with three doors.

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SJ-Series Suzuki Samurai was introduced to the United States in 1985 for the 1986 model year.

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The Suzuki Samurai became intensely popular within the serious 4WD community for its good off-road performance and reliability compared to other 4WDs of the time, outselling the Jeep Wrangler by two to one in 1987.

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Suzuki Samurai was sold in Colombia and Venezuela as Chevrolet Suzuki Samurai, assembled in Bogota, Colombia by General Motors Colmotores.

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Suzuki Samurai continued for sale outside the United States, with a substantial update in November 1995.

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At the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki Samurai presented the all-new Jimny with a much more modern design.

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In 2009, Santana Motor of Spain ended its agreement with Suzuki Samurai to make the Canvas Top version, which has not been available since then.

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Production of third generation Jimny ceased worldwide in 2018 after 20 years of production, as Suzuki Samurai retooled in preparation of the fourth generation's launch in late 2018.

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In 2022, Suzuki Samurai Brazil stopped production of the third generation Jimny at their Catalao plant, due to new regulations which meant they could not use the car's 1.

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