This Japanese automaker is best-known for crafting vehicles that offer a high level of value and low cost of ownership. Founded in 1920, the automaker landed on American shores in 1985. The company's first U.S. model was the Samurai, which was available as either a convertible or a hardtop, and also embroiled the company in a rollover controversy. In 1989 Suzuki and General Motors Canada formed a joint venture to produce passenger cars and sport-utility vehicles for both companies, primarily for distribution in Canada and the U.S. In 2001 General Motors owned 20 percent of Suzuki, but has since sold all of its shares in the brand. Today, Suzuki markets automobiles globally in more than 120 countries.