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History of Hilton Suzuki

Suzuki was founded in 1993 in Bishop’s Stortford when I moved down from Peterborough with a couple of colleagues to set up the old ‘Wood and Krailing’ business at ‘Gates Corner’ in the town.  The current Hilton Suzuki in Bishop’s Stortford is a different business at a different site, but you get the same old friendly and fair service from all our staff.

We opened at Clapham in Bedford in June 2009 following the closure of Thompsons (formerly Reliance Garage) earlier in that year.  We were pleased to be able to attract back many knowledgeable members of staff who had worked there previously, and it is satisfying to see so many previous customers coming back to the garage again.

 The Suzuki range has changed completely from those original days in 1993, when we were best known for our bouncy and quirky SJ jeeps!  We still have a small 4-wheel drive in the Suzuki Jimny of course, but the introduction of the Suzuki Vitara followed by the Suzuki Grand Vitara really put us on the map as far as luxury 4-wheel drive cars are concerned.

 We now have a much broader range of cars suiting everyone’s needs, starting with the cheapest to run Suzuki Alto (a marvellous successor to the original Alto which sold so well).  Another car in our range which has been re-engineered and improved beyond recognition is the Suzuki Swift – in existence back in 1993 and now, very deservingly, our best-seller (along with the scorchingly hot Suzuki Swift Sport).  Our Suzuki Splash is based on the same under-lying platform as the Swift, with differing bodywork and a higher seating position.

 Our most recent change is a venture into the prestige saloon car market with the Suzuki Kizashi – meaning ‘a sign’ (of great things to come).  Visit our Kizashi page to see how we’ve been able to give various prestige manufacturers a run for their money!

 To complete our range, we have the fashionable cross-over vehicle known as the Suzuki SX4 – the best of both worlds with some variants being 4-wheel drive and others being 2-wheel drive, super-practical family cars.

 I am so proud of our products, and proud that Hilton Suzuki has a predominance of committed, long-serving and friendly staff at Bishop’s Stortford and Bedford.  These are the two main reasons why customers keep coming back to us, time after time.

 Why not test-drive our business as well as our cars - you’ll find us on the Herts and Essex border and in Bedfordshire – just see the maps or give us a call.

 Mark Withers – Managing Director

Hilton Suzuki – Bishop’s Stortford and Bedford


It was a bolt from the blue when Melissa Cannon heard that the nomination she had made for her husband to win a new Suzuki S-Cross had been successful. Melissa said she couldn’t believe it when the e-mail came through and she thought it could all be an April fools joke. In fact she thought she and Paul might arrive at Hilton Suzuki to collect the prize, only to find a crowd of friends there all laughing at how gullible they’d been!

It wasn’t a joke, though, and Paul and Melissa were beaming and still pinching themselves when they came to Hilton’s Spellbook showroom recently to drive away Paul’s shiny new Suzuki S-Cross. The Braintree couple were all the more delighted because they have never owned a brand new car before and couldn’t wait to get home to show the car to their two excited daughters.

The national competition, which was featured in national Suzuki adverts in March, urged the general public to nominate a friend or relative that they thought deserved to win a new car, via Twitter or the Suzuki GB facebook page. Melissa nominated Paul mainly because his birthday was coming up – but she’s told him not to expect any similar presents in the future!

Paul, a bricklayer, is going to stick to using his van for work because his new Suzuki’s too good to be used for that. The S-Cross will to be the Cannons family car, though Melissa says she’s too nervous to drive it immediately.

Hiltons were proud to play a part in making the Cannon’s dream come true – they are such are genuine couple and we are sure they will be delighted with the performance of their new Suzuki S-Cross for years to come.

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