Suzuki's most popular car model in the United States is the Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV, while the Suzuki Alto microcar is the most popular Suzuki worldwide. While Suzuki ceased car sales in the United States in 2012, the Alto and other Suzuki cars remain popular in Japan and other countries.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a compact SUV known as the Suzuki Escudo in Japan and other markets. Though it was sold under the Grand Vitara name during the years immediately preceding Suzuki's exit from the American market, previous generations of the vehicle were sold as the Suzuki Sidekick or Vitara. The smaller version of the vehicle was discontinued in America after 2001, leaving only the larger Grand Vitara variant.
The Suzuki Alto is a subcompact city car that was never sold in the United States due to its diminutive size. However, the Alto has long been a best-selling model for Suzuki in its Japanese-market edition and as the export version built by Suzuki's Indian subsidiary. The eighth-generation Alto uses a three-cylinder engine that displaces only 658 cubic centimeters and weighs only 1,345 pounds.
The most popular Suzuki models in America were often not sold as Suzuki vehicles. The Geo Metro and Chevrolet Sprint were both re-badged Suzuki automobiles. The Vitara was also re-badged as the Geo Tracker and Chevrolet Tracker, helping make it one of the best-selling Suzuki models overall in America.