Suzuki Motor Corp. began selling the 2-liter Chevrolet Optra sedan Friday as part of its strategic tieup with General Motors Corp, the automaker said.
Suzuki, 20.3 percent owned by GM, said it will start marketing a 2-liter station wagon version of the Optra nationwide on Feb. 15.
Both vehicles are being made by GM Daewoo Auto and Technology Co., a South Korean venture formed in August 2002 as one of GM’s Asian bases, with creditor banks of failed South Korean automaker Daewoo Motor Co.
Suzuki said it aims to sell a total of 1,200 Optra sedans and wagons each year in Japan. The sedan is priced at 1,732,500 yen. The wagon will cost 1,837,500 yen.
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