Maruti Suzuki has achieved the milestone of manufacturing 20 million vehicles in India. India is the second country after Japan to achieve the milestone. However, India is the fastest country to reach this level as it took 34 years and 5 months since the production in the country commenced in December 1983 in the country, while it took 45 years and 9 months to reach the milestone in the home country Japan for Maruti Suzuki.
A note published on Maruti Suzuki’s website says, “Today the production is held at Gurgaon and Manesar plants of Maruti Suzuki and the Gujarat plant of Suzuki Motor Gujarat, Suzuki’s 100% subsidiary to produce automobiles in India. At these three production sites, 16 models are being produced including the Dzire, Baleno, Alto, Swift, Wagon R and Vitara Brezza.”
It took 17 years for Maruti Suzuki to roll out its first 10 million units, but the next 10 million took only a little over 7 years. The company had crossed the first 1 million units’ milestone in March 1994 and went on to reach 10 million units in March 2011. It crossed the 15 million units cumulative production milestone in India in May 2015. According to the company, out of the 20 million units produced in the country to date, the Alto was the most produced model with approximately 3.17 million units, followed by the Maruti 800 and WagonR. However, the 20 millionth unit was neither an Alto nor 800 or WagonR but it is the newly launched all-new Swift model produced at Suzuki Motors' relatively new automotive plant in Gujarat.
Thanking all its customers, business partners, Government, investors and stakeholders, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, MSIL said, “For over three decades, Maruti Suzuki has worked to listen and meet the evolving customer aspirations with contemporary products of global quality. We are committed to serve customers with products and services, which are best in quality, safety and ahead in technology. The 20 million production milestone is a testimony of trust in brand Maruti Suzuki.”
Currently, all the sixteen models from the Suzuki product line-up including Dzire, Baleno and Vitara Brezza - are produced at Maruti’s Gurgaon and Manesar plants as well as the relatively newer facility of Suzuki Motor Gujarat (SMG) that started operating in March 2014. SMG is the Japanese car maker's 100 per cent subsidiary set up to produce automobiles in India and it supplies exclusively to MSIL. MSIL had manufactured approximately 1.78 million units were produced in India, of which 1.65 million units were sold domestically and 130,000 units were exported to over 100 countries and regions including Europe, Japan, Asia, Africa, and Latin America in FY 2017.
Now the automaker is also emphasizing on electric models alongside the conventional fuel powered cars across the world. Apart from registering a growth of 44 per cent in sales in June 2018, Maruti Suzuki has announced the launch of updated Ciaz in the Indian market next month.
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