Originally Posted by MOPED MEDIC
No, they didn't close the doors, they stopped selling cars in the US. The point is that manufacturers can and are willing to weather a money losing year or two, and have the ability to do so. Most of the distributors bolt or cut way back when the market tanks.
Now, just so you fully understand the difference between dealing with the company you are dealing with and a manufacturer that distributes their own product, try buying body panels for a 2006 Lance, and then try buying them for any 1995 Honda or Yamaha scooter.
Manufacturers can leave a market just a fast as a separate business distributing when they decide it is not profitable enough. Suzuki stopped selling cars in the US, even though they could have afforded to keep taking losses for years. I own an Izuzu they are still around but no longer sell cars in the US, even though they could have afforded to lose money in this market for years. There is a lot more to the equation than a company distributing product directly in a market.