Suzuki Celebrates Another Record Year

<img width="200" height="132" class="floatleft" src="" alt="" />Suzuki Motorcycles has continued its impressive growth in Australia, recording its highest-ever sales figures for a calendar year in 2008.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) data reports an increase of 6.1% in sales of Suzuki motorcycles in 2008 over 2007 figures, almost double the local industry's growth rate of 3.2%.

The final sales figure of 18,314 units sold is a new record for Suzuki, in a record year for the local industry.

&quot;At Suzuki we are thrilled with our sales results in 2008,&quot; said Perry Morison, General Manager, Motorcycles, Suzuki Australia.

&quot;Another record year is a testament to our comprehensive product line-up which is backed by competitive pricing, ongoing promotional activity, our strong dealer network and racing success.
&quot;The record number of motorcycles sold in Australia in 2008 is a great indication of the strength of the local industry, which is well-equipped to continue to serve the motorcycling community.

&quot;The current global economic climate and Australian dollar will continue to place pressure on pricing, but Suzuki is focused on continuing to offer great value to our customers.&quot;

Road bikes were the driving force behind Suzuki's successful 2008, as the manufacturer continues to kick goals with its core focus; its big street bike range.

Overall, road bike sales rose by over 10%, with Suzuki models now occupying the top four places in the sports touring category.

Suzuki bucked the trend of decreasing off-road motorcycle sales, recording growth of 1.8% in a championship-winning year. Well above the industry average of 1.2%, sales of Suzuki's ATV range increased by an impressive 7%.

After a record-breaking 2008, Suzuki is excited about the upcoming year which will see a range of new models arrive in Australia, headlined by the all-new GSX-R1000 and Gladius SFV650.
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