Suzuki Motor exits China, ends JV with Changan

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 04 Sep 2018

It's confirmed that Japanese automobile major Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) is moving out of China. Earlier today, the carmaker officially announced that it will transfer all equity in Chongqing Changan Suzuki Automobile (Changan Suzuki), held by Suzuki (50%) to Chongqing Changan Automobile (Changan Automobile).

This move constitutes the second exit by Suzuki Motor Corp in China. Earlier in June 2018, the Japanese carmaker ended its 23-year-old ties with Jiangxi Changhe Automobile Co Ltd.

Following the latest announcement, the JV partners have agreed that following the exit, SMC will transfer all its stake to Changan, and the management of Changan Suzuki will continue as a subsidiary of Changan Automobile. The existing president of the company sent by SMC will tender his resignation. However, Suzuki says it will continue licensing of production and sales of Suzuki models to Changan Suzuki.

The transfer of equity will complete upon completion of legal proceedings in China; Suzuki says this move will have almost no influence on its financial performances for this fiscal year.

Commenting on the development, Osamu Suzuki, chairman, Suzuki Motor Corp, said: “Approximately 25 years ago, we launched the Alto in China, and since then we have made efforts in cultivating the Chinese market. However, due partly to shifting of the Chinese market to larger vehicles, we have decided to transfer all equity to Changan Automobile.”