American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), the sales subsidiary of SuzukiMotor Corporation (SMC), announced on 11 December that its midsize pickuptruck will be produced by Nissan North America, Inc. The truck will be basedon Nissan’s Frontier midsize pickup and built at the company’s manufacturingfacility in Smyrna, Tenn.Production of the pickup truck will begin in the fall of 2008. The vehiclewill be marketed solely by Suzuki in North America.In 2006, Suzuki and Nissan announced an agreement to expand the scope oftheir business collaboration. The pickup is part of that agreement, whichalso included the supply by Suzuki to Nissan of Alto mini-cars in Japan.
The Brea, California-based ASMC was founded in 1985 by parent company SMCand currently markets its automobiles, motorcycles and outboards in theUnited States. Concerning automobile, there is a network of approximately500 automotive dealerships in 49 states. The XL7, Grand Vitara, SX4,Forenza, Reno etc. are marketed and the 2007 cumulative sales volume untilNovember was 94,554 units.