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February 5, 2010
Suzuki SX4 SportBack Base price: $17,949 Price, as tested: $20,000 (est.) Powertrain: 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve with variable valve timing; six-speed manual transmission; front-wheel drive Horsepower: 150 at 6,200 rpm Torque: 140 pound-feet at 3,500 rpm Curb weight: 2,732 pounds 0-60 mph: 8.0 seconds (est.) Wheelbase: 98.4 inches Overall length: 162.8 inches EPA fuel economy: 22/30 mpg, city/highway Final thoughts: Good, clean, noisy fun
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BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
It's a mathematical fact that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. And the fastest way to get there on two wheels might be the GSX-R1000 -- a straight-line rocket that'll get you there far faster than you need to go. The 2014 GSX-R1000 continues the legacy Suzuki began almost 30 years ago, when the Japanese company introduced its first Gixxer. Despite much success and many upgrades, it still rolls off the showroom floor as originally conceived -- a race bike, with headlights and turn signals.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2003
Constance MEYER'S article on the Suzuki approach to music study ("The Mom-Centric Method," Sept. 7) went a long way toward demystifying the method and affirming its value. Just this fall, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music made the decision to change to the Suzuki method of study for all its violin, viola and cello students. It was a natural choice for us because we believe in the method and have seen its results. Many of our teachers have employed Suzuki most of their teaching lives, and among our faculty are prominent proponents of the method such as Rick Mooney, founder of the National Cello Institute.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Nothing says "love" quite like theft. And motorcycle thieves just love their Hondas, Yamahas and Suzukis. They particularly love stealing them in California -- especially Los Angeles. The state and county led the nation in bike thefts for 2012. The three Japanese marques were the most-stolen brands in the top locations last year, according to a new study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which reported that overall thefts of two-wheelers dropped slightly from 2011. Honda led the league, representing 20% of all motorcycles stolen, with Yamaha (16%)
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Nothing says "love" quite like theft. And motorcycle thieves just love their Hondas, Yamahas and Suzukis. They particularly love stealing them in California -- especially Los Angeles. The state and county led the nation in bike thefts for 2012. The three Japanese marques were the most-stolen brands in the top locations last year, according to a new study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which reported that overall thefts of two-wheelers dropped slightly from 2011. Honda led the league, representing 20% of all motorcycles stolen, with Yamaha (16%)
AUTOS
September 16, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Suzuki is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix an airbag sensor that could cause it to deploy improperly during an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall affects 193,936 Grand Vitara SUVs from the 2006 to 2011 model years and SX4s from the 2007 to 2011 model years. At issue is an airbag sensor in the front passenger seat that could fail, causing the airbag to deploy during an accident, regardless of whether an adult or a child is sitting in the seat.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
My first dirt bike was a chopped and lopped Suzuki 50, so I have always been favorably disposed toward this storied Japanese label. I became more so when, in the early 1970s, motocross champions like Joel Robert, Sylvain Geboers and Roger DeCoster abandoned their European bikes to ride for Suzuki -- and continued to win world championships. But I hadn't been on any Suzuki except for a street GSXR for ages, and didn't know what to expect when I got astride the company's 2013 DR650SE and DR-Z400S.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2010 | Dan Neil
It's a well-known principle of quantum mechanics that racing stripes make a car faster. Depending on the width and color of the stripes, accessorizing paint schemes can shave 2 seconds off the quarter-mile and add 50 mph to the top speed. No one knows why. Einstein spent years attempting to derive a Grand Unified Theory of Racing Stripes. Consider TV detectives Starsky and Hutch's 1975 Gran Torino, a mentally defective farm animal of a car weighing 4,400 pounds and powered by a starved-for-air 250-horsepower Cleveland V-8. This engine did for muscle cars what pink feather boas do for Marine dress uniforms.
BUSINESS
May 26, 1989 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
Suzuki has hit the road for a new advertising agency. The Japanese auto maker, which has still not recovered from year-old safety concerns over its Samurai sport utility vehicles, said on Thursday that it was placing its estimated $15 million to $30 million advertising business up for grabs. Suzuki sales have nose-dived since last June when Consumer Reports harshly condemned the Samurai as being prone to roll-overs and asked for a recall of all Samurai vehicles. The federal government later found that the Samurai was no worse than the average utility vehicle in its class.
BUSINESS
January 25, 1987
Masashi (Gene) Suzuki has been named president of Whittier-based American Isuzu Motors Inc., succeeding Yukio Itagaki, who has returned to Japan to assume new duties with the firm. Suzuki recently served as director and general manager of the Isuzu Motors Ltd. factory in Japan.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
The Suzuki Hayabusa was famous from its 1999 debut for being the fastest production motorcycle on the planet, capable right out of the box of a top speed of almost 190 mph. For a few years afterward, the shortest distance between any two points, on any two wheels, was a Suzuki. True to its name ("Hayabusa" is Japanese for the peregrine falcon, one of the bird kingdom's fastest and most fearsome hunters), it became the favored bike for a certain kind of urban street stalker, a sleek, scary badass whose "Busa" could claim MPH bragging rights without even raising its voice.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2013
Suzuki Motor of America has issued a recall for as many as 210,000 units of its very popular 2004-13 GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 street bikes. The company, citing potential GSX-R brake failure, said corrosion and old brake fluid might combine to reduce pressure in the front braking system, causing possible accidents. The company will be contacting owners of affected units, and asking them to see their Suzuki dealers for a free replacement of the front master cylinder. The recall begins Nov. 4. The GSX-R line is among Suzuki's most popular, with units in production since 1984.
AUTOS
September 16, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Suzuki is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix an airbag sensor that could cause it to deploy improperly during an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall affects 193,936 Grand Vitara SUVs from the 2006 to 2011 model years and SX4s from the 2007 to 2011 model years. At issue is an airbag sensor in the front passenger seat that could fail, causing the airbag to deploy during an accident, regardless of whether an adult or a child is sitting in the seat.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
My first dirt bike was a chopped and lopped Suzuki 50, so I have always been favorably disposed toward this storied Japanese label. I became more so when, in the early 1970s, motocross champions like Joel Robert, Sylvain Geboers and Roger DeCoster abandoned their European bikes to ride for Suzuki -- and continued to win world championships. But I hadn't been on any Suzuki except for a street GSXR for ages, and didn't know what to expect when I got astride the company's 2013 DR650SE and DR-Z400S.
AUTOS
June 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
More than 200,000 vehicles made by automaker Suzuki are the subject of a federal investigation into faulty warning lights, The Times has learned. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe on June 14 to look into the Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV made from 2006 to 2011 and the Suzuki SX4 hatchback made from 2007 to 2011. The agency said it had received 128 complaints from owners who had experienced trouble with their vehicles' warning lights. This included passenger airbag off lights that would indicate the seat was empty (potentially disabling the airbag)
BUSINESS
December 9, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Suzuki has a large footprint on the convention floor at the Progressive International Motocycle Show and has been blowing minds with its Hayabusas, its millionth-manufactured GSXR, its bestselling Burgman 650 scooter, its impressive Boulevard C90T cruiser and its entry-level GW250 starter bike. Getting less attention was the brand's reintroduction of the popular DR-Z400 and DR-200SE dual sport bikes. This dual sport segment has been an active area of growth in motorcyling, often in years when sales of street bikes and dirt bikes were flat or descending.
NEWS
June 13, 1993
Thanks for the fine piece of investigative reporting by Denise Hamilton in San Gabriel Valley section dated June 3, 1993. The one on Cal Poly Pomona President Bob Suzuki and his incredible effrontery in evading questions, misleading the interviewers, and uttering what are obvious outright falsehoods, such as that he didn't know Henry Whang's occupation when he took him--and his wife--aboard, as consultants. It pains me think that Suzuki is presuming to follow in the footsteps of the previous president, who was a beacon of integrity and character and professionalism for 30 years on that campus.
SPORTS
April 18, 2002
Mariners 7, Athletics 4 E--EChavez (2). LOB--Seattle 11, Oakland 11. 2B--Suzuki (6), McLemore (3), CPena (2). HR--Menechino (2) off Nelson; Olerud (4) off THudson. RBIs--Suzuki 3 (9), Cirillo (8), Olerud 3 (10), Menechino (8), Tejada (10), RaHernandez (2), CPena (8). S--Cirillo. SF--RaHernandez. -- Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg Suzuki rf 4 0 1 3 1 0 338 Cirillo 3b 4 1 2 1 0 1 246 BBoone 2b 5 1 2 0 0 0 261 Olerud 1b 3 1 1 3 2 0 358 Cameron cf 5 0 0 0 0 3 305 Sierra dh 5 0 1 0 0 1 421 CGuillen ss 5 1 2 0 0 0 333 BDavis c 4 1 2 0 1 1 318 McLemore lf 4 2 1 0 1 0 298 Totals 39 7 12 7 5 6 -- -- Oakland AB R H BI BB SO Avg JeGiambi lf 5 0 1 0 0 2 315 Menechino 2b 3 2 1 1 2 0 268 Hatteberg dh 4 0 0 0 0 0 262 Justice rf 5 0 2 0 0 1 321 EChavez 3b 4 0 2 0 1 1 267 Tejada ss 5 1 1 1 0 3 233 Long cf 4 1 1 0 0 0 185 RaHernandez c 3 0 0 1 0 0 083 CPena 1b 4 0 3 1 0 0 241 Totals 37 4 11 4 3 7 -- -- Seattle 200 011 030 -- 7 12 0 Oakland 000 210 001 -- 4 11 1 -- Runners left in scoring position--Seattle 5 (Suzuki 2, BBoone, Cameron, Sierra)
BUSINESS
November 12, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Suzuki may have had to stop selling automobiles in the U.S., but the company sure isn't slowing down on the motorcycle side. The Japanese manufacturer has just released stats and images of new 2013 models, and it looks like it's likely to sell a few. Dramatic evidence of that is the "1 million commemorative edition" of the workhouse road racing GSXR. More evidence is in the stylish entry level model, the all new GW250. More still is in the wide-ride cruiser, C90T Boss -- not a crime syndicate, but standing for Blacked Out Special Suzuki -- and in a new version of the 650cc Burgman scooter.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
After watching car sales slowly evaporate at his Suzuki Motor Corp. dealership, K.C. Heidler decided about five years ago to start offering Kia vehicles on his sprawling lot in Santa Ana. So it came as little surprise this week when Suzuki announced that it would abandon the U.S. car market but continue to sell its motorcycles and ATVs. "There was a weakening of Suzuki product and a lack of product," Heidler said, noting that he plans to take down the bright red "S" from the front of his Suzuki Depot dealership.
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