Magyar Suzuki becomes official Hungarian Olympic Committee sponsor

Budapest, 3rd October, 2008 – Magyar Suzuki announced today at the Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) general meeting that in the 2008-2012 period it will support the HOC and by extension Hungarian sport in general with a fleet of forty vehicles. The endorsement makes Magyar Suzuki a Diamond Sponsor of the HOC.

The contract will run from 1st October, 2008 to the 2012 Games in London (31st August, 2012). The contract covers the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and the Youth Olympic Games, held for the first time, in Singapore in 2010, and runs until the London Olympics. The endorsement makes Magyar Suzuki a Diamond Sponsor of the HOC.

The fleet offered to the HOC by Magyar Suzuki comprises forty vehicles. The vehicles will be replaced with newer models every six months. The twenty SX4 cars, all fully equipped, and the twenty Splash cars will help to ensure that Hungary’s athletes are comfortable and prepared. The athletes, sport administrators and coaches who will use the cars include some of the most respected names in Hungarian sport: skeet shooter Diána Igaly, swimmers Daniel Gyurta and Gergő Kis, track and field athlete Krisztián Pars, canoeists György Kozmann and Tamás Kiss, three-time Olympic champion water polo coach Dezső Gyarmati and swimming master coach György Turi, amongst others.

Pál Schmitt, President of HOC expressed his honour to welcome the new sponsor: ‘This generous contribution that supports the whole Olympic Team shall be greatly appreciated. Previously, athletes could only sit in the cars, offered by our sponsors occasionally, just a couple of months before the Olympic Games, but now, with the agreement of Magyar Suzuki and Hungarian Olympic Committee, we can start a brand new chapter. On one hand, from now on we are able to provide our champions and champions-to-be at the next Olympic Games in London with cars for a period of four whole years. On the other hand we can now not only support our member federations financially, but will have the chance to directly sponsor our athletes and their trainers as well. The fact that the Hungarian contestants can drive Hungarian made cars bears a great value as a message, too: the encounter of two excellent teams, which, by bracing each other, shall be heading together towards London’.

Magyar Suzuki CEO Isao Ozawa said ‘I am delighted that over the next four years Magyar Suzuki will support the Hungarian Olympic Committee, and by extension Hungarian sport in general, Hungary’s outstanding athletes, reigning European, World and Olympic Champions, their assistants and coaches and the all-time greats of Hungarian sport. We hope that the Suzuki name will be forever attached to the names of our Olympic athletes and that ‘our car’, Suzuki, will become the brand of our athletes, too. We hope the support we offer will contribute to the hard work of those involved in Hungarian sport, even if this year’s Olympic results were belittled by public opinion.’

Magyar Suzuki Corporation

The company was established by major shareholder Suzuki Motor Corporation in 1991. The kick-off model, Swift rolled off the production line in 1992, followed in 2000 by Wagon R+, Ignis in 2003, the new Swift in 2005 and SX4 in 2006. By now over a million Suzuki vehicles – assembled in the Esztergom factory – are used on domestic and European roads. Since the factory was set up the company has spent more than HUF 280bn on development. In addition to 6,000 jobs at the Suzuki factory, the company provides jobs for thousands of people in Hungary through its circle of suppliers. Apart from the emphasis it places on quality, Magyar Suzuki aspires to an environmentally conscious mode of operation. The technology in use at the Esztergom factory is in line with ISO 14 001 environmental and ISO 9001 quality assurance standards. All models currently assembled at Esztergom are built with engines complying with Euro 4 environmental standards.

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