Suzuki Light SS
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Suzuki
Model: Light SS
Suzuki Light SS

Suzuki Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation that produces a range of automobiles, motorcycles, outboard motors, and a variety of other small combustion-powered engine products. In total, Suzuki has 15 automotive manufacturing plants in 14 countries and 133 distributors in 119 countries. Needless to say, this is a very large company with a lot of resources at its fingertips. The Light SS is just one such model to be produced by Suzuki. In 1909, Michio Suzuki founded the Suzuki Loom Company in the small village of Hamamatsu, Japan. Suzuki's only desire was to build better, more user-friendly looms. Suzuki filed as many as 120 patents and utility model rights. For the first 30 years of the company's existence, it was focused on the creation of exceptionally complex machines. Suzuki later realized his company had to diversify and thus he began to look at other products. He decided that building a small car would be the most practical new venture. These first Suzuki motor vehicles were powered by an innovative, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-cylinder engine. It featured a cast aluminum crankcase and gearbox that generated 13 horsepower from a displacement of less than 800cc. As World War II began, production plans for Suzuki's new vehicles were obviously delayed when the government declared civilian passenger cars a non-essential commodity. When the war ended Suzuki returned to producing looms. Loom production was given a boost when the U.S. government approved the shipping of cotton to Japan. Suzuki's fortunes brightened as orders began to increase from domestic textile manufacturers. But the joy was short-lived as the cotton market collapsed in 1951. Not that it was all that much of a disaster, as the corporation lives on today without the loom. Seems that one can never really predict where life will lead – but, when given lemons, make lemonade.

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