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    Suzuki Z400These certainly are tumultuous times for Suzuki. After filing for bankruptcy in November, Suzuki said it was discontinuing its automobile sales in the United States to focus on its Motorcycle, ATV and Marine divisions. The news that Suzuki is trimming down its U.S. powersports dealer network, then, comes as something of a surprise.

    According to DealerNews, dealerships received letters this week from Suzuki notifying them whether their franchise agreements would be renewed with the newly formed Suzuki Motor America. Some dealerships received letters telling them their agreements would not be picked up and they would no longer be authorized Suzuki dealers as of March 31.

    “ASMC is assuming certain dealer agreements and other contracts and assigning them to Purchaser, while the majority of ASMC’s remaining contracts will be rejected,” reads a copy of the letter obtained by DealerNews.

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      Suzuki KingQuadIt’s been a tumultuous few years for Suzuki, at least as far as ATVs go. We haven’t seen a new or updated model since the 2009 model year and Suzuki and earlier this year the company was hit with $885,000 in sanctions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

      Now American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) has taken the bold step of filing for chapter 11 as it restructures its operations. ASMC says it will discontinue new automobile sales and turn its focus to Motorcycle/ATV/and Marine divisions.

      We’re not sure what the future holds for Suzuki, but we’re certainly hoping to see some new off-road product.

      You can read the full press release from ASMC below the jump.

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        Suzuki LT-R450American Suzuki has agreed to a number of sanctions including an $885,000 penalty for importing ATVs and off-road motorcycles that do not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s emission control standards.

        The EPA and Suzuki negotiated the monetary penalty as well as other sanctions for the 25,396 units of the 2006-2009 LT-R450 ATV and the 62 units of the 2010 RMX450Z. While the models in question were tested and certified by the EPA, the testing was done on the electronic engine control module’s standard map.

        What Suzuki did not disclose in the certification process was the RMX450Z and LT-R450 also had a racing map that would push emissions outside the accepted control standards. These racing map were only accessible from a third-party aftermarket product known as the “Cherry Bomb“, but because the map was pre-programmed into the stock machine, Suzuki was required to disclose the ability to adjust the air-fuel mixture through engine mapping when filing for the certificate of conformity. We actually tested out the Yoshimura Cherry Bomb on a 2009 LT-R450 (along with other Yoshimura products), which you can read about here.

        In addition to the $885,000 fine, Suzuki agreed to a three emissions mitigation projects that would reduce the emission of over 210 tons of hydrocarbons.

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          2013 Suzuki KingQuad 750 Special EditionThirty years after introducing the industry’s first four-wheeled ATV, Suzuki has unveiled its 2013 KingQuad ATV lineup. The only thing that differentiates the 2013 lineup from the 2009 through 2012 lineups is a new True Timber XD3 Camo option and new commemorative 30th Anniversary badges and Metallic Matte Royal Red bodywork on two special edition KingQuad models.

          “We are proud to be a true innovator in developing the modern ATV,” says American Suzuki Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi. “Suzuki redefined off-roading in 1983, becoming ‘First on 4-Wheels’ and we want to celebrate three decades of class-leading Suzuki ATVs with these limited edition 30th Anniversary KingQuad models.”

          2013 Suzuki KingQuad 750 CamoThe two machines getting the 30th anniversary special edition treatment are the KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering and KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering. These models join Suzuki’s full lineup of 2013 KingQuad ATVs. The KingQuad 750AXi and KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering are Suzuki’s flagship utility ATV models. Each features fully independent A-arm front suspension and I-beam rear suspension, adjustable shocks, locking front differential, high/low-selectable subtransmission and a 4-stroke, liquid-cooled powerplant with Suzuki fuel injection.

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            2012 Suzuki KingQuad 500 AXiIf you’ve been thinking of throwing your leg over a new ATV, Suzuki is running (through March 12, 2012) an interesting new sales event that could save you some serious coin.

            With its Countdown Sales Event, Suzuki is offering savings up to $1000 on its entire ATV, motorcycle, and scooter lineup. It should be noted, however, that the $1000 savings is only available on motorcycles. The best deal you can get on an ATV is $700 off of a 2011 and prior KingQuad 500AXi. A full list of available models and their discounts can be found below the jump.

            As well as the cash savings, Suzuki is also offering 0% A.P.R. financing for five years to those who qualify. Should you need a little more time to pay off your new toy, 72-month extended term financing is available for 0.5% A.P.R. and 84-month extended term financing is available for 1% A.P.R.

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