Suzuki, the Japanese automaker produced the kei truck which is a Suzuki Carry. Until 1982, microvan version was actually known as the Carry, and then it was renamed as the Japanese: Suzuki Every. The Every and Carry are the Kei cars in Japan but the Every’s bigger and exported version known as the Suzuki Every Landy, comes with a little longer hood for safety reasons and a bit larger 4-cylinder engine of 1.3-liter 82 hp (61 kW). These all versions were sold in different countries with myriad various names and took the tag of possibly being the one and only car ever offered with both the badges of Ford and Chevrolet.
In order to emphasize the focus of the company on the “Light Cars”, the starting two Carry’s generations were being on sale with the Suzulight badge, famously known as the Kei jidosha instead of the Suzuki.
In October 1961, birth of Carry series took place with the FB Suzulight, which is a pickup truck that has the engine with a small bonnet underneath the front seat. Its layout has been called as a “semi-cab over”. In September 1964, a glassed FBD van of Carry was added to the list. Even its engine was called “FB“, which is air cooled by 359 cc (21.9 cu in) and 21 hp (16 kW) of two-cylinder two-stroke. Until the end of 1987, this engine was used in three-cylinder form (as the LJ50) in the Suzuki Jimny. The suspension of FB was hard with leaf springs, rear and front giving the maximum speed of less than 76 km/h (47 mph). From July 1962 onwards, even a panel van (FBC) was available.
Second generation (L20)
The modified L20 Suzulight of Carry was replaced by the FB in June 1965. The sprung front wheels were introduced in place of the ladder frame chassis. Though the output was 21 hp, patented CCI (Cylinder Crank Injection) lubrication system of Suzuki was benefitting the engine. There was a dropside pickup (L21) and L20V had taken over the Carry van in January 1966. At last, comes the L20H with a rear facing seat in the bed making space for four people and a pickup along with a canvas canopy. For the next generation, the maximum speed was only 75 km/h. There was a sliding window on the rear and a two piece tailgate which was horizontally divided in the Carry Van.
Along with the cab over L30 Carry, there was a continuation of the production of many such traditional versions until the manufacturing of the L40 that happened in the year 1969.
Third generation (L30)
The new Suzuki Carry L30 was a complete cab-over design along with the similar FB engine that was placed underneath the load area in horizontal. There was a combination made of the starter and the generator and was placed exactly on the crankshaft on front. Initiated in February 1966, L30 was made along with many other traditional ones till these two were taken over by the L40. Similar to L20H, there was a canopied L30H that was available right from the first only with the seats facing each other in the bed and L31 also with a drop side bed. Mechanics and performance were same like the bonneted sister, only the load area was a bit larger giving a maximum capacity of 350 kg (770 lb).
After March 1968, L30 (L30V) version of Carry van was started which offered two-piece tailgate in the top and bottom and four doors, bodywork being on the same level of B-pillar.
Fourth generation (L40)
L40 Carry, the Giugiaro designed was introduced in July 1969. In the same year around November, an addition of van version was made with a top-hinged rear gate and the two opening side doors. Giugiaro’s design was more alike in the Carry van iteration to the front and rear looks. The design of L40s was not much utilitarian, making the interior space limited and being a little modern for the orthodox customer base of Japanese commercial. The other side, L40 was benefitting from the updated FB engine of 25 hp (19 kW). kei jidosha dictated dimensions which remained 359 cc (21.9 cu in) and 2,990 × 1,295 mm (117.7 × 51.0 in) respectively giving maximum of 300 kg (660 lb), whereas the maximum speed took a high to 95 kilometres per hour (59 mph).
Being a part of slight modifications in April 1971, Carry got a new FB engine version of 27 hp (still at 6,000 rpm) and thus there was an addition of the V40FC Camper version also in vans.
Fifth generation (L50/60)
In May 1972, a debutant L50 of the fifth generation was followed by the new Carry van around august. This new model is very much similar to Giugiaro’s design, but with a higher traditional appearance and no windows for ventilation in the front. Headlight are round in shape now, whereas the van version is more of a square body from the rear and a sliding door at the rear. Engine of this is water-cooled design (L50), otherwise same to the earlier engine with now 28 hp (21 kW) and maximum load was 350 kg (770 lb).
Sixth generation (ST10/20)
ST20K was released in the year 1976 where the “K” was known as the vehicle of “truck like” nature and contained of 3 drop sides in opposition to the utility version that had only formed sides and tailgate as such. This had a 350 kg (772 lb) carrying capacity and a 3 cylinder water-cooled two-stroke engine of 539 cc.
European market of Suzuki Carrys were still using the 797 cc four cylinder F8A, post 1985 which was so similar to the ST90 Carry, while the fixing of F10A 970 cc four was done in Super Carrys. The top speeds in this were 110 and 115 km/h and the power outputs were 37 and 45 PS respectively and the heftier bumpers increased the length to 10 cm, for a total of 3,295 mm.