Cars, light trucks that bid farewell in 2013

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After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2012, American Suzuki's automotive arm formally left the U.S. market this year after 30 years. Suzuki sold more than 100,000 light vehicles in the United States as recently as 2007. But sales plummeted following the 2008 financial crisis. The credit squeeze also sharply curtailed subprime lending that fueled much of Suzuki's U.S. auto sales over the last decade. The number of models in Suzuki's U.S. vehicle lineup also shrank as the automaker turned its focus to growing markets outside North America, such as India, where the brand enjoys a larger market presence and its products are better suited. The record book will show Suzuki sold 5,946 models in the United States in 2013.