Suzuki Reportedly To Stop Importing Two GM Models To Japan

TOKYO (AP) - Suzuki Motor Corp. will stop importing two General Motors models into Japan, following the American automaker's divestiture from the Japanese company earlier this year, a report said Thursday.

Suzuki will stop importing the Chevrolet TrailBlazer sport-utility vehicle and the Chevrolet Optra Wagon, Kyodo News agency reported without saying how it got the information.

The models have been marketed through Suzuki's dealerships in Japan, but the Japanese automaker will stop doing so to tackle stagnant sales of some GM cars, Kyodo said. GM sold the bulk of its stake in Suzuki in March.

Suzuki intends to continue marketing the Chevrolet Cruise and MW compacts built by the automaker in Japan, Kyodo said. The two models were developed jointly by GM and Suzuki.

Suzuki sold about 2,000 units of the four GM models in 2005, the report added.

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