Suzuki filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on November 5th, and is removing its cars and the Equator pickup truck from the U.S. market. ATVs and motorcycles will remain in the United States, at least for now. Canadian sales and other markets around the world are not affected by the decision.
Suzuki's Equator pickup was introduced in 2009, and is a re-badged, but sportier, version of the Nissan Frontier. The truck won some press awards after its intro, but never caught on with buyers. Nissan has deeper pockets for advertising and its dealerships outnumber the sources for Suzuki cars and trucks -- one reason why buyers probably opted for a Frontier instead of an Equator.
Warranties remain intact, and dealers will perform covered repairs at no charge to owners, but the number of Suzuki auto dealerships has already shrunk significantly since earlier this year -- owners might have a more difficult time finding someone to handle warranty work. Stand-alone Suzuki dealers will be at most risk of closing. If your dealer sells multiple lines, chances are good that warranty repairs won't be an issue. Owners out of warranty shouldn't have problems finding independent technicians to repair their vehicles.