Dec 9 (Reuters) -- Volkswagen will buy a one-fifth stake in Suzuki for $2.5 billion, giving it access to the Japanese firm's expertise in small cars and dominance in India as it seeks to become the world's top automaker.
Here are some facts about Suzuki Motor, which started as a loom maker in 1909 and launched its first car in 1955:
What does Suzuki make?
Designs and manufactures passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), outboard motors and other products.
Market Capitalization - $13.88 billion
Employees - 50,613
Production facilities - 23 countries
Net sales - $34.95 billion (2008)
Net sales break-up by segment:
• Automobile - 80.9 percent
• Motorcycle - 16.9 percent
• Other - 2.2 percent
Net Sales break-up by region:
• Japan - 28.0 percent
• Asia - 25.3 percent
• Europe - 26.3 percent
• North America - 11.9 percent
• Other - 8.5 percent
Automobile production - 2.6 million
Motorcycle production - 3.3 million
Swift, Grand Vitara, SX4, Hayabusa, GSX-R600
• Established as a loom maker by Michio Suzuki in 1909, Suzuki sold its first motorized bicycle in 1952 and its first passenger car, the 360cc Suzulight, in 1955.
• Builds the world's fastest motorcycle, called Hayabusa, said to have recorded speeds of over 300 km (186 miles) per hour.