Suzuki Stops Production of XL7 Crossover

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Suzuki recently made the decision to stop production on its low volume XL7 SUV. The vehicle is currently the only Suzuki manufactured in North America.

Suzuki built the three-row, seven-passenger crossover at General Motors’ CAMI facility in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. The facility will continue to produce GM products on its other lines.

Suzuki continues to have a stake in the CAMI joint-venture and CEO Osamu Suzuki isn’t worried that it might be shut down. “The possibility that CAMI would be forced into closure or a production stop is 120 percent impossible,” he told Automotive News. “It is a central pillar in the reconstruction plan, so I am not worried about it.”

It is unclear if Suzuki has plans to re-start production on its flagship XL7 SUV once the economy rebounds or if Suzuki’s interests in the CAMI facility include a new vehicle. Suzuki has announced that it will debut a new mid-sized sedan by the end of this year.

[Source: AutomotiveNews via Autoblog]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • G THIE G THIE on May 22, 2009

    Peter Paul, just to let you know CAMI is committed to provide service parts for your vehicle up to ten years. The same as any other vehicle that is discontinued. Enjoy your new XL7. G.T.

  • Scorch Scorch on Jun 11, 2010

    Yes, I have the 2003 model, with 135K miles and almost no mechanical issues, a GREAT machine (although I prefer the styling of the 02-03 models over the sleeker styling of the newer ones). I hope Suzuki will consider starting production of another mid-SUV with a truck frame like the XL-7, I may need one in a few years.