Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s largest car manufacturer rolled out its 1 Crore (ten millionth) car. The historic 1 Crore car, a Metallic Breeze Blue coloured WagonR VXi (Chassis No 243899) rolled out from the Company’s Gurgaon plant.
With this landmark achievement, Maruti Suzuki becomes the only Indian car company that makes its entry into the select club of automobile manufacturers across the globe who have crossed this milestone.
On the occasion, Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “As we reach this historic landmark, we thank our founding partners who laid a solid foundation of values and practices. We thank our customers who have brought us this far.
The commitment of employees and continued strong support of business associates has played a critical role all through the journey. Their enthusiasm and commitment is especially reflected in manufacturing around 5 million units just in the last 6 years.
Today is a day of pride for the full Maruti Suzuki family.” Maruti Suzuki India Limited, started operations in India in 1983 (then Maruti Udyog Limited) as a joint venture between the Government of India and Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan.
The Company’s journey towards 1 Crore mark, picked momentum in recent times through several focused initiatives like capacity expansion, higher productivity levels and enhanced R&D capability demonstrated through product refreshments.
A new car design philosophy, as evidenced in world strategic models like the Swift, SX4, A-Star, Ritz and WagonR helped to win customer’s hearts. Contemporary DDiS and Super Turbo Diesel engines and the K-Series petrol engines helped to reinforce the technological supremacy of Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti Suzuki currently offers a wide range of 16 passenger vehicle models in India. It is the largest car maker with over 45 per cent share in India’s passenger vehicle market.
Starting with the handing over to the first Maruti 800 to the first customer in December 1983, the Company produced the First Millionth car in 1994. The cumulative production reached Two Million in 1997. The next big landmark of Five Million was reached in April 2005, almost 22 years after the first car was rolled out.