The company was founded in Japan in 1909 by Michio Suzuki. The company started out with the manufacture of looms, motorized bicycles and motorcycles, and was founded as "Suzuki Loom Works". In the 1930s, the demand for automobiles rose sharply in Japan, and in 1937 Michio Suzuki's employees began a project to create a small car. After creating several prototypes, the program was scrapped due to the outbreak of World War II. The idea of creating vehicles did not return until 1951, when the market for looms collapsed. The "Suzuki Power Free" motorcycle was created, a feature of which was the presence of two drive sprockets, thanks to which it was possible to move only at the expense of the engine, with the help of pedals or using both types of drive at the same time. In 1962, the export of motorcycles to the United States began, at the same time the factory team became the first winner of the Moto GP series. In 1982, the concern released the world's first all-terrain vehicle - the "Quad Runner LT 125" model. In December 2009, Suzuki entered into an alliance with the German Volkswagen Group, exchanging shares with the latter and announcing the joint development of environmentally friendly vehicles. Less than two years later, in September 2011, the collapse of this alliance was announced.