Suzuki Motor Corp increased production in Hungary 38.5% to 8,351 in June 2001 from 6,028 in June 2000, according to provisional totals provided to just-auto.com.

Volume rose: 244.1% for Swift sedan to 812 from 236; 80.5% for Swift 2-door hatchback to 1,823 from 1,010; 42.0% for Swift 4-door hatchback to 2,196 from 1,547; and 7.9% for Wagon R+ to 3,318 from 3,074.

Output also grew 25.5% to 202 from 161 for editions of Swift hatchback badged Subaru Justy on license from Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

Suzuki Production in Hungary - June
Brand
Model
Body
June 2000
June 2001
% Change
Suzuki
Swift
hatchback (2-door)
1,010
1,823
80.5
Suzuki
Swift
hatchback (4-door)
1,547
2,196
42.0
Suzuki
Swift
sedan
236
812
244.1
Suzuki
Wagon R+
microvan
3,074
3,318
7.9
Subaru
Justy
hatchback
161
202
25.5
TOTAL
fh
6,028
8,351
38.5
SOURCE just-auto.com

Year-to-date, production grew 39.2% to 46,061 in 2001 from 33,095 in 2000. Increases tallied: 84.2% for Wagon R+ to 22,408 from 12,167; 43.8% for Swift 4-door hatchback to 12,009 from 8,354; and 20.0% for Swift sedan to 3,645 from 3,037. Decreases registered: 33.0% for Justy to 1,154 from 1,722; and 12.4% for Swift two-door hatchback to 6,845 from 7,815.

Suzuki Production in Hungary - Year to Date
Brand
Model
Body
YTD 2000
YTD 2001
% Change
Suzuki
Swift
hatchback (2-door)
7,815
6,845
-12.4
Suzuki
Swift
hatchback (4-door)
8,354
12,009
43.8
Suzuki
Swift
sedan
3,037
3,645
20.0
Suzuki
Wagon R+
microvan
12,167
22,408
84.2
Subaru
Justy
hatchback
1,722
1,154
-33.0
TOTAL
fh
33,095
46,061
39.2
SOURCE just-auto.com

In 2000 versus 1999, output expanded 13.4% to 77,253 from 68,105. Wagon R+, launched in fourth-quarter 1999, accounted for the entire upturn, producing 31,843 in 2000 and 36 in 1999. Volume dropped: 34.1% for all versions of Swift to 42,137 from 63,979; and 20.0% for Justy to 3,273 from 4,090.

Suzuki Production in Hungary - 2000
Brand
Model
1999
2000
% Change
Suzuki
Swift
63,979
42,137
-34.1
Suzuki
Wagon R+
36
31,843
88352.8
Subaru
Justy
4,090
3,273
-20.0
TOTAL
sg
68,105
77,253
13.4
SOURCE just-auto.com

The factory, named Magyar Suzuki Rt (MS), is based in Esztergom, roughly 40km northwest of Budapest. MS is owned 97.31% by Suzuki and 2.46% by Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. The remaining 0.23% is held by a variety of companies and people.

MS, the only plant in Eastern Europe making Japanese cars, expects output to rise 12.6% this year to 87,000 - 44,000 Swift (including Justy) plus 43,000 Wagon R+.

Annual production capacity (50,000 at the factory's opening in 1992) is scheduled to expand to 100,000 in 2002.


Contact Ryan James Tutak, associate editor of just-auto.com for Eastern Europe:
E ryan.tutak@just-auto.com
F +36-1 / 317-7257
T +36-1 / 266-2693


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