It's not a process without its challenges.
Currently, you cannot purchase the much-loved Suzuki Jimny - Japan's very own miniature Jeep Wrangler - in the USA. That's because the entire brand withdrew from our market in 2010. Why, then, are some new models being listed on select dealership websites? It seems that a few people in the industry have figured out a way to bring them in but are being quiet on the details.
As reported by The Drive, a quick scour through some websites will reveal that 2021 to 2022 models are currently available to buy. The first example was advertised by Iconic Motors in Oklahoma City. It was soon revealed that the unit was brought in from Mexico and was already sold, but the representative didn't divulge anything more than that.
The second dealership was Barret Auto Gallery in San Juan Texas, which had a pair of units on the floor with the Samurai name. Considering that there were two models in stock, there was a belief that a reasonable explanation regarding their entry into the country would be provided. This business confirmed that the cars were brought in from Mexico too, but was dead-silent on any further details.
Annoyingly, once these inquiries were made, both dealers promptly took the Jimny listings off their websites, suggesting that they were either sold soon after or that their acquisition was not entirely free of controversy. Interestingly, Iconic Motors went on to clarify that the unit it sold did have an Oklahoma title and that it could be registered for use. The two models from Barret Auto Gallery could likely only be viable for recreational off-road use.
Both dealers weren't shy about marking up the price of these cars at all. Iconic Motors had its example up for $45,000 while the two models on Barret Auto Gallery boasted asking prices of $45,997 and $39,997. The fact that these two businesses were even able to secure units is impressive because Suzuki Mexico's website says that the Jimny is sold out.
If they were in stock though, the most expensive GLX Auto model would not set you back more than $22,000. If Iconic Motors did in fact sell it for $45,000, then demand for the subcompact Japanese SUV must be high. Perhaps there is a case for Suzuki to return on a small scale just to offer the Jimny. We'd be happy to see the marque grace our shores once more.