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Suzuki Announces Growth Strategy & Carbon Neutral Plans for 2030

Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced its Growth Strategy for FY2030 giving a glimpse of what the future holds for the brand across all disciplines. The strategy is driven by the motto to deliver “value-packed products” by focusing on the customer.

Suzuki will carry out its unique Growth Strategy for FY2030 by operating under the principle of manufacturing “Sho-Sho-Kei-Tan-Bi (Smaller, Fewer, Lighter, Shorter, Beauty)”, “Lean Management” which emphasizes flexibility, agility, and the challenging spirit, and the “Three Actuals” principle, which omits impracticality and focuses on the actual place, thing, and situation.

For FY2030, Suzuki will contribute to the realization of a carbon neutral society and the economic growth of emerging countries such as India, ASEAN, and Africa, with our main business regions, Japan, India, and Europe, as the core.

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Suzuki will focus on creating solutions that are unique to Suzuki, which are to develop products and services focused on the customer, and grow along with the operating countries and regions.

Based on the target date set by each government, Suzuki aims to achieve carbon neutrality in Japan and Europe by 2050 and in India by 2070. Suzuki will continue to strive to achieve their carbon neutral goals for each region, based on the mindset to expand our customers’ choices and deliver products and services that meet the needs of each region.

In Japan, starting with the introduction of commercial mini-vehicle battery EVs in FY2023, we plan to introduce compact SUVs and passenger mini- vehicles, with 6 models to be launched by FY2030.

In addition, we will develop new hybrids for mini and compact vehicles, and by combining them with battery EVs, we will offer various options for our customers.

In Europe, Suzuki will introduce battery EVs in FY2024, expand to SUVs and B- segments, with 5 models to be launched by FY2030. Suzuki will respond flexibly to environmental regulations and customer needs in each European country.

In India, Suzuki will introduce the SUV battery EV announced at the Auto Expo 2023 in FY2024, with 6 models to be launched by FY2030. To provide a full range of products and services, Suzuki will provide not only battery EVs but also carbon neutral internal combustion engine vehicles that use CNG, biogas, and ethanol mixed fuels.

For small and mid-sized motorcycles, which are used for daily transportation such as commuting to work, school or shopping, Suzuki will introduce a battery EV in FY2024. Suzuki plan to launch 8 models by FY2030 with a battery EV ratio of 25%. For large motorcycles for leisure purposes, we are considering adopting carbon neutral fuels.

For small outboard motors that are often used in lakes and rivers, we will introduce battery EVs in FY2024. We plan to launch 5 models by FY2030 with a battery EV ratio of 5%. For large outboard motors used in the ocean, we are considering adopting carbon neutral fuels.

Suzuki has proposed a variety of electric mobility options, including the electro senior vehicle, which is a new mode of transportation for people who have voluntarily returned their driver’s licenses, the KUPO, which is an evolution of the senior vehicles, and the Mobile Mover*, a multi-purpose robotic dolly being developed in collaboration with M2 Labo.

Suzuki will take on the challenge of small mobility which supports our lives in new market segments created by the diversification of customer needs and changes in the environment.

Suzuki will challenge to achieve carbon neutrality of domestic plants in FY2035.Suzuki will do this by promoting the Suzuki Smart Factory Creation by drawing out how manufacturing should be in 2030, so that we continue to become a company that secures people’s means of mobility worldwide.

By combining Suzuki’s principle of manufacturing “Sho-Sho-Kei-Tan-Bi (Smaller, Fewer, Lighter, Shorter, Beauty)” with digitalization, we will optimize, minimize, and simplify the flow of data, things, and energy. Through these initiatives, we will become lean and tackle for carbon neutrality.

At the Kosai Plant, which is Suzuki’s largest production hub in Japan, efforts are made to reduce CO2 emission of painting facilities by 30% through renewal of painting facilities and improvement of painting technologies for efficient and optimal use of energy.

The plant also produces green hydrogen from renewable energies including solar power generation. The hydrogen is utilized for verification test of fuel cell transporter, which started from the end of 2022.

At the Hamamatsu Plant, which is the motorcycle production hub, through reduction of energy use and conversion into renewable energy including the expansion of solar power generation facilities, the plant will now target to achieve carbon neutrality in FY2027, earlier than its initial target of FY2030.

By utilizing the know-hows earned at the Hamamatsu Plant to other plants, we will make initiatives to achieve carbon neutrality of all domestic plants in FY2035.

While we expect the Indian market to grow toward FY2030, we also expect that increase in total CO2 emission amount is unavoidable, regardless of reduction in CO2 emission from products.

Suzuki will challenge to strike a balance between increasing sales units and reducing total CO2 emission amount. Suzuki’s unique initiative to tackle this challenge is the biogas business, in which biogas derived from cow dungs, which are dairy wastes that can be seen mainly in India’s rural area, will be produced and supplied.

Suzuki signed an MoU with the Indian government agency National Dairy Development Board and Banas Dairy, Asia’s largest dairy manufacturer, to conduct verification of biogas. We also invested in Fujisan Asagiri Biomass LLC. that makes power generation from biogas derived from cow dungs in Japan, and are beginning its study.

Suzuki believe that the biogas business in India not only contributes to carbon neutrality, but also promotes economic growth and contribute to the society of India. We are also in view of expanding the business to other farming areas in regions including Africa, ASEAN, and Japan in the future.

Suzuki, the market leader of India’s automobile market, contributing to carbon neutrality and economic growth of emerging countries, is consistent with the intent of the Paris Agreement, which requires harmony between developed countries and emerging countries for reduction of CO2 emission. We believe that we can contribute to our stakeholders throughout the world.

Suzuki headquarters, Yokohama Lab., Suzuki R&D Center India, and Maruti Suzuki will cooperate for efficient development by sharing the development in each field of future technologies, advanced technologies, and mass- production technologies.

Also, the Suzuki Innovation Center is exploring new connections and innovations for Suzuki to thoroughly take root in India. We will enhance our manufacturing strength by also cooperating with outside partners including start-up companies, Suzuki Suppliers Association, and cooperation with universities in Japan and India.

Suzuki will deepen our cooperation relationship with Toyota Motor Corporation while continuing to be a competitor, and aim for sustainable growth and conquer various issues surrounding the automobile industry.

Through the cooperation, we will cooperate in development of advanced technologies including autonomous and battery of electrified cars, business expansion in promising emerging countries, efforts for carbon neutrality in India, as well as formation of a recycling-based society that considers the environment.

The Suzuki Global Ventures, a corporate venture capital fund established in 2022, is accelerating the co-creation activities with start-up companies by exceeding the framework of each company and their conventional businesses. We will make investments in areas that serve to solve customer and social issues, and contribute to development of ecosystem that grows with start-up companies.

Suzuki will invest 2 trillion Yen in R&D expenses and 2.5 trillion Yen in capital expenditures, a total of 4.5 trillion Yen by FY2030. Of the 4.5 trillion Yen, 2 trillion Yen will be electrification-related investments, of which 500 billion Yen will be battery-related investments.

2 trillion Yen is planned to be invested for R&D expenses in areas including carbon neutrality such as electrification and biogas, as well as autonomous. 2.5 trillion Yen is planned to be invested for capital expenditures in facilities including construction of BEV battery plant and renewable energy facilities.

Consolidated net sales forecast for FY2022 is 4.5 trillion Yen, which is growing at a pace to exceed the 4.8 trillion Yen target for FY2025 set in the mid-term management plan. We would like to grow in line with the emerging countries by contributing to their growth. We will challenge to double the FY2021 net sales result of 3.5 trillion Yen to 7 trillion Yen in FY2030.

In the midst of once in a hundred years of great transformation, Suzuki believes that it is important to have a sense of “excitement”, “energetic”, and “unique” in our products, even when we are challenging to strike a balance between carbon neutrality and contribution to growth of emerging countries.

Our automobiles, motorcycles, outboard motors, and electro senior vehicles have always received enthusiastic support from our customers, by being practical yet having emotional characters.

Suzuki employees throughout the world will unite as one to continue our challenges so that we can deliver products and services that support the daily lives of customers worldwide while being eco-friendly, the one that’s always besides you to depend on, like a lifestyle partner.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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