SUZUKI SAMURAI: How Fake News Killed Suzuki | Up To Speed

2020 6 اوت
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The Suzuki Samurai (Jimny) was a compact off-roader with a BIG 4x4 punch! What kicked off as one of the most revolutionary all-terrain vehicles, even outselling the Jeep Wrangler two to one in 1987, ended with an unbelievable fraudulent crash lawsuit that killed Suzuki's automotive American dreams. Sharpen your katanas because host James Pumphrey is about to take a stab at one of Suzuki's greatest creations.
►Episode Chapters:
00:00 Introduction
06:23 American Samurai Warrior
10:35 Suzuki Motor Corp Vs. The Consumer Union
15:24 The Last Samurai
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  • Well, pls correct your video, because the suzuki jimney is also available in south africa

    Imagine WagonsImagine Wagonsپیش 33 دقیقه
  • this was made more popular when it was used as the main vehicles used by the famous Space Sheriffs in Japan called Gavan, Sharivan and Shaider>. They drive this to go on patrol Gavan uses Red, Sharivan uses white and Shaider uses Blue... even the new generation used the latest model of Jimny.

    Ferdie ValderamaFerdie Valderamaپیش 2 ساعت
  • I miss my GEO tracker

    Steven PaigeSteven Paigeپیش 4 ساعت
  • I remember when this went down. I had no idea a "correction" had been published by Consumer Reports. The original "OMG, don't buy this thing, it will kill you" was on every news broadcast I can remember - I never heard the "OMG, Consumer Reports totally fabricated the whole thing" correction.

    WavicleWavicleپیش 5 ساعت
  • haha..consumer report always gave the toyota pick up truck an average/below average ride quality rating but the truck still is the best selling truck in it's segment...and alqaida fighters don't seem to mind riding in the back of supposedly surveys owners for input but guess never asked the terrorists what their favorite truck is, like all companies cr is out to make a buck and say what it needs to to get subscribers

    ThomasThomasپیش 16 ساعت
  • Suzuki made the hayabusa, what if they make that hayabusa engine (Revive it) then slap some big numbers and put it on a car what I mean is what If they make a sports car that has "mohpowahh" hayabusa engine eh!?

    unk ownunk ownپیش 17 ساعت
  • I'm willing the bet that ass who rolled it was speeding and being stupid too before he went full Karen on Suzukis ass. RIP Suzuki

    JenkinJenkinپیش روز
  • suzuki is tin can in India

    Deep SenpaiDeep Senpaiپیش روز
  • When GM, Ford and Chrysler (any American company) see competition is outperforming them instead of getting better they kick them out. The executives were scared they’d be found in the trunk of a car.

    Luxur ReviewLuxur Reviewپیش روز
  • Baby wrangler

    Erik SantosoErik Santosoپیش روز
  • I grew up off roading with my dad in his 88' samurai

    gibson Headgibson Headپیش 2 روز
  • America's loss. Suzuki make several great little vehicles that you'll never get to enjoy.

    Johnston WangJohnston Wangپیش 2 روز
  • Here on the mighty Island of Aruba ... the Jimny is still King off and on the road ☺

    Tae HarteTae Harteپیش 2 روز
  • Regarding that altitude record: The Jimney was heavily modified. The Jeep was bone stock.

    TheRealTampaDudeTheRealTampaDudeپیش 2 روز
  • Hey INDIA lol finally

    karthik deverkondakarthik deverkondaپیش 2 روز
  • From the videos, the Samurai was actually very difficult to roll over despite numerous tries and being a tall offroad SUV.... what a shaddy company CR is...

    Xuan ZhengXuan Zhengپیش 3 روز
  • I vow to never read a single article from Consumer Report ever!!!!!!

    Xuan ZhengXuan Zhengپیش 3 روز
  • I have a conspiracy theory, the fact that America itself wants to protect its own car manufacturer or whatever product manufacturer from oversea competitors.

    JiangzellJiangzellپیش 3 روز
  • And the usa still wonders why they can't have cool cars Europe gets

    MP 07MP 07پیش 3 روز
  • I always wondered what happened to Suzuki. I would always see them on the road but never a dealership. Then i stopped seeing them entirely

    Adrian GrahamAdrian Grahamپیش 4 روز
  • My Father in law has one with a 12A Turbo rotary engine LOL it rips hard

    David A. GinesDavid A. Ginesپیش 5 روز
  • I believe the Unimog holds the altitude record now

    Allergic to vegansAllergic to vegansپیش 5 روز
    • They were specially modified for the trip, but damn, those are serious vehicles. A tad pricey for the average person, though.

      TheRealTampaDudeTheRealTampaDudeپیش 2 روز
  • The later models of the Samurai might have been better and safer, but the bad reputation came from the Suzuki 4wd models in the early 80's. They may have corrected the problems of the early versions, but the reputation hangs around for quite a while. If an accident occurs that is relevant to a past issue, even if there were other circumstances it can be hard to overlook for some. The early ones might have been great off-road vehicles but they were dangerous on the roads. I had a friend that flipped one down the center of a road when the front zigzagged as they hit a longitudinal crack on the road. That is difficult to do in most vehicles at the slow speed that these could travel. I personally witnessed one that flipped onto its side when it cornered too fast in a parking lot. Yes.... in a parking lot. It wasn't going very fast and just flipped onto its side. The good part of that was that the vehicle was so small and light, that a few of us were able to flip it back up onto its wheels so they could continue on. These vehicles were just too tall and narrow for how short of a wheel base they had. That size wheelbase made them fantastic off road, but a danger at any speed above a walk while on the road.

    A TA Tپیش 5 روز
  • I have a 2003 Chevy Tracker ZR2, which is just a chevy badged, Canadian manufactured Suzuki Vitara/Grand Vitara. It has the Suzuki H27 2.7l V-6 in it that stock puts out 185hp. It's a wonderful car that I very much enjoy driving, and is about the closest to the Jimney I think I'll ever get. I have a 4 door amd a 2 door model, both lifted on 4 inch kits, 2.5 suspension/2.5 body. Replaced the low range transfer gears with the 4.24, regular drive to the 5.86 so that when i put my 32s on, the car retained the same drive capability as stock.

    Old TimerOld Timerپیش 7 روز
  • My fathers 1993 samurai is about to be mine, brilliant offloader, we take it out multiple times a month, it's the best lightweight, tough and maneuverble vehicle to cut through harsh New Zealand bush. I have amazing memories in it and its still going! Now I just need a Jimmy to give to my future child. Oh and no offense your kiwi accent terrible lol

    Thomaszuk2Thomaszuk2پیش 7 روز
  • we got them all in New Zealand and are all road legal haha

    phantom dickphantom dickپیش 9 روز
  • I wish I could have one

    Peppita ChipsPeppita Chipsپیش 9 روز
  • Same done to Mitsubishi, people forget one of the brands that actually have killed a lot of people was Ford. And even Toyota yet still their still top selling brands

    Jose ArceJose Arceپیش 10 روز
  • They left canada in 2015:( ......

    Jordan RussellJordan Russellپیش 10 روز
  • Suzuki Jimny: what if the Wrangler was more Reliable and Budget Friendly?

    Mateo RiosMateo Riosپیش 10 روز
  • As a "Survivor" of a 1975 Suzuki Jimny roll over, I can confirm they turn turtle VERY easily !

    Edward FletcherEdward Fletcherپیش 10 روز
    • @deathwrench custom parts for hot rods, rat rods There was no Jimmy in YOUR country in 1975.

      Edward FletcherEdward Fletcherپیش 8 روز
    • There was no Jimny in 1975. And no, they didn't.

      deathwrench custom parts for hot rods, rat rodsdeathwrench custom parts for hot rods, rat rodsپیش 8 روز
  • Hope the AE86 doesn't get towed from that "No Parking" spot !!

    Edward FletcherEdward Fletcherپیش 10 روز
  • Consumer Reports: Falsely claims the Samurai is unsafe by manipulating the conditions of a rollover test. Jeep: Stonks

    Dylan LewisDylan Lewisپیش 11 روز
  • From 20 to a massive 25!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Abdulahi OsmanAbdulahi Osmanپیش 11 روز
  • This is just a 1985 - 1989 Montero

    Nicholas GranforsNicholas Granforsپیش 11 روز
  • Jimny UK👍🏻

    Michael KingMichael Kingپیش 11 روز
  • 0:50 is that an Eight-Six?

    ShelbyGTShelbyGTپیش 12 روز
  • Love the video. Check out my “Cape York in a 1997 Suzuki Sierra” series below 😍

    Kayleigh BrownKayleigh Brownپیش 12 روز
  • Just brought over a 1990 Suzuki Jimny with the FA6 660CC 3 cylinder Turbo engine to the states and I’m loving every second of it :)

    PGPLogicPGPLogicپیش 12 روز
  • I read something that maybe...possibly, Toyota could rebrand the Jimny for the North American market since Toyota partially owns Suzuki. Probably not though...

    Joseph FortierJoseph Fortierپیش 12 روز
  • And that’s why I hate journalists

    PandyTim BRPandyTim BRپیش 12 روز
  • Jesus i didnt know he had a heart attack once. Scary shit

    SatanSatanپیش 13 روز
  • Hasn't hurt Suzuki, 12 month waiting list in Australia

    Tim TurnerTim Turnerپیش 13 روز
  • In India they are called as Jipsy and much of them are bought by government and police department

    Sai VashishtaSai Vashishtaپیش 13 روز
  • Check out this full throttle compilation I made!

    RCLBRCLBپیش 13 روز
  • I have one!

    AlexandrosAlexandrosپیش 14 روز
  • my dad has a lifted samari and it just got an engine rebuild. it is a stick and is so fun to drive. that is the first car i learned how to drive a stick on

    Jack CamdenJack Camdenپیش 14 روز
  • Jimnys. Wow! I am from India and I have never heard of the word even. But after seeing the Jimnys it looked suspiciously similar to the version here 'Gypsy' even the pronounciation is similar. I have never been this informed. Thank you Donut media. My dad used to own one Gypsy as we call it here and it is a very capable machine. The suspensions are not spiring and uses leaf type suspensions which are hard as rock. But for offroad conditions you bet. Where I live is at the north-eastern parts of india in a state called Mizoram. Its rainforest hills upon hills and perfectly suited I'd say. Many government departments also issue the gypsy as official vehicle of the government officers. To where I am also currently owning a 2nd gypsy with fuel injection with me. Its a great vehicle.

    asian mipaasian mipaپیش 14 روز
  • I want a Jimny so badly

    Coby FongCoby Fongپیش 14 روز
  • This brand was sold in India as suzuki gypsy.Mostly owned by police and military

    Utpal KantUtpal Kantپیش 14 روز
  • Living in Utah and having Moab close, my sammi has on been on every trail I can find there, not to mention all over the rockies, I h ave never once rolled it. Driving on surface streets, I have never felt it is unstable at any speed! Consumer reports is the most bias, lying, a$$hat liars ever! Nobody with half a brain believes them anymore!!!

    CJ JENSONCJ JENSONپیش 15 روز
  • Sounds like drump wailing about the election.... all cut and take and hearsay for proof. 17:45 time wasted.

    Jerry McteeJerry Mcteeپیش 15 روز
  • I've got a 80 something Suzuki samurai with a Volvo b21 and it goes pretty everywhere

    Noncebeater rc'sNoncebeater rc'sپیش 15 روز
  • Did these scumbags go to jail? Thanks for calling them out and naming them.

    Andrew NorrisAndrew Norrisپیش 16 روز
  • So glad we're getting the newest Jimny in India🙌❤️ Also please look into Mahindra Thar

    Vikram SinghVikram Singhپیش 16 روز
  • Google Jimny G Class. Trust me.

    Zubair SiddiquiZubair Siddiquiپیش 17 روز
  • Here in the states they’ve gotten more expensive and harder to find than a tj. A shame, since I’ve always wanted a samurai, and I used to think it would always be a cheaper option than a jeep.

    John BlackburnJohn Blackburnپیش 17 روز
  • Tuna mountain cayon!!! People longboard it all the time and I actually have an old video of me skating it on this channel

    Chandler BentonChandler Bentonپیش 18 روز
  • Here in chile the samurai is a legend and nobody ever questioned his security

    Clemente PirolaClemente Pirolaپیش 18 روز
    • Yeah, its like a cheap but more reliable Wrangler

      Mateo RiosMateo Riosپیش 10 روز
  • Over here in India, Maruti Gypsy has been a hit and is used by police, special forces, forest rangers, miners and even Army to move around. Its a tough and capable car with Suzuki's engine and Maruti's reliability and extensive service network. New Jimny is going to make its way to India in mid 2021 and I cant tell you it will be an instant classic! Gypsy (Jimny) is one of the most iconic cars on Indian market. Too bad it was sabotaged in US only coz it was too good.

    Satyam DwivediSatyam Dwivediپیش 18 روز
  • I've rolled a Jimny, but I don't blame the car, I blame my driving. Credit to the Jimny though even without roll bars the frame didn't fold in even though we flipped about 4 times before we came to a stop, me and 2 passengers came out unharmed.

    Mandal BayarMandal Bayarپیش 18 روز
  • Dreadful fuel consumption worst fault put citroen 1.9 deisel in a few

    Gary PeatlingGary Peatlingپیش 20 روز
  • Old type VW van most dangerous especially once fitted with wide wheels and more powerful engines

    Gary PeatlingGary Peatlingپیش 20 روز
  • I had a Samurai that I drove from London to Athens- flat out all the way- it was a great little vehicle- later bought the Tracker version and later on bought the GM Tracker version- all were good. BTW you could skip the silly histrionics and just tell the story in about 7 minutes.

  • Brah the associated press, Facebook, Instagram, IRworld, and Google have already banned this video .... nothing is fake in America

    axidhausaxidhausپیش 21 روز
  • I bought a brand new 1988 Samurai when they came out and loved it! A brand new car for $6995! Then about 6 months later the BS reports came out. Complete BS but year it killed the brand. I continued to drive mine for 10+ years putting 130,000 miles on it before selling it for $500. I still miss that little thing. Loved it!

    Kevin RKevin Rپیش 21 روز
  • It just release in Mexico

    RodrixstarRodrixstarپیش 22 روز
  • Freedom to give false information 🤦‍♂️ Fuk this world!

    Lone Druid98Lone Druid98پیش 22 روز
  • My car is a 2004 XL7 EX3 sport auto four-wheel drive 2.7 l import from Japan J series. my car cannot even be used as a trade-in so since it runs perfect and it's almost in mint condition I'm going to pimp it out and be proud and keep it till my last day my only complaint is the tire size the 235/60/16 are not very aggressive tires I want a boulder tire a bigger sidewall and better traction what do you suggest I would like all terrain tires. since the rims are 16 years old wouldn't it be an ideal situation to replace them if I could afford it now?

  • When the Suzuki Samari came out, they sold tens of thousands of them. Then the Consumer Reports deal screwed them

    Vince EdwardsVince Edwardsپیش 22 روز
  • Those responsible at Consumer Reports should have been dragged from their homes and bound nude to a public wall to shame them, for 90 days. Feed them bread and water only. Then they must join at least one medical forced experiment on themselves, to save an animal. Only then would we would have ensured accuracy. This should be given to the media today.

    GetoverYourselfGetoverYourselfپیش 22 روز
  • The lethal crown genetically subtract because cricket scilly license by a breakable bicycle. cowardly, awesome samurai

    drino zhaodrino zhaoپیش 22 روز
  • Unstable, just like every other SUV, if you have high ground clearance, you are going to have a high centre of gravity and a higher propensity to roll over.

    Stuart EdgeStuart Edgeپیش 23 روز
  • Do dodge pickups. D150 is a gift from god

    BubblesBubblesپیش 23 روز
  • Its​ my​ favourite​ 4x4...I​ however​ rolled mine​ down​ a​ Mountain... Definitely​ needs​ a​ wider​ footprint

    Govan Adrian BassonGovan Adrian Bassonپیش 25 روز
  • Poor Suzuki :(

    DonnateloDonnateloپیش 25 روز
  • Funny how Suzuki now has become the Worst brand in terms of safety They crumple like tin cans

    Aditya TendulkarAditya Tendulkarپیش 26 روز
  • I choked laughing when he said the last samurai 😭

    Pablo MPablo Mپیش 26 روز
  • The Indian army still uses the maruthi gimni to this day

    Aryan A.SAryan A.Sپیش 26 روز
  • Imagine trying to ruin the reputation of a freaking car

    Gavin AllenGavin Allenپیش 26 روز
  • "That's It! That looks pretty good!" rather telling in itself, no?

    darrick steeledarrick steeleپیش 27 روز
  • It looks like they saw an Jeep rotting in the forest and built a better version

    darrick steeledarrick steeleپیش 27 روز
  • Too bad the new Jimny has no booth. Makes it useless for me which is a shame because it is the only new 4x4 I like.

    Anton HosinskyAnton Hosinskyپیش 27 روز
  • So basically the reason my x90 has no aftermarket because of this story

    Sn95_AdamSn95_Adamپیش 27 روز
  • I drive a 1990 Geo Tracker and wouldn't trade it for anything.

    Sean SilagySean Silagyپیش 28 روز
  • It is available here in the Dominican Republic. Sorry for you.

    Milton JiménezMilton Jiménezپیش 28 روز
  • Even here in Mexico we are having the new Jimny. Maybe U.S can buy one or two from here, haha.

    Project 15Project 15پیش 29 روز
  • In india its called the gypsy ..

    The Wot blitz FellowThe Wot blitz Fellowپیش 29 روز
  • These Samurai's and Jimny's are one of the most formidable little cars ever made

    atomicdeathrayatomicdeathrayپیش 29 روز
  • Every one I know who have one of these love them, super capable off road, cheap to run and mentain and very reliable, I want one too but I can't afford a new one and older ones even from the 90's are still very expensive because they hold their value really well

    Dumitru HojbotaDumitru Hojbotaپیش 29 روز
  • i got one and love it

    PJ McCormackPJ McCormackپیش ماه
  • No forget medical mafia, you just need to take care of yourself, hint, meatless diet! :)

    C DeprimaC Deprimaپیش ماه
  • They did the same thing to Isuzu in 1992, both Suzuki samurai and Isuzu trooper outselled Jeep. What a legit way to keep others out of game. 👎🤮

    Bhaskar BishtBhaskar Bishtپیش ماه
  • I’m in the process of building one of these right now

  • The Jimny is better, but the samurai will tip over from just looking at it.

    Roberto BúrbanoRoberto Búrbanoپیش ماه
  • You are a fool-

    Justin TurdeauJustin Turdeauپیش ماه
  • 14:30 the guy whos talking sounds like Adam West from family guy

    Keith LarsenKeith Larsenپیش ماه
  • Maybe with the release of the new bronco there will be a market here for the samurai to return one day

    Hooch 89Hooch 89پیش ماه
  • No more car dealers of this brand now in N.-Amer., they could sell it in motorcycle dealerships as being a luxurious side-by-side in direct competition with the Mahindra Roxor . For the later, even in off-road use only , there must be an American lawyer who will bullshit on it .

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