The preceding platform had been designed by Suzuki for their 1983 Cultus, and adopted by Chevrolet with the introduction of the Sprint.
The second and third generations of this platform, first appearing in 1989 and 1995 respectively, were designed at GM's Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, while the engines and drivetrains were designed by Suzuki. From 1985 through 1989, all models were imported from Suzuki's facilities in Japan. In 1990, all North American M-cars were produced at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario with the exception of convertible body styles and turbocharged models imported from Japan.
The following vehicles used this platform:
Suzuki Cultus Generation II, GM M platform:
|1989-1994||Geo Metro||N. America||2/3/5||c.|
|1990–1994||Maruti Suzuki 1000||India||4|
|1995–2007||Maruti Suzuki Esteem||India||4|
|19-- 2008||Suzuki Cultus||Pakistan||5||f.|
|19-- 2007||Chang'an Suzuki Lingyang||China||4|
Suzuki Cultus Generation III, GM M platform:
|1995-2001||Suzuki Swift||N. America||3|
|1995-1997||Geo Metro||N. America||3/4|