In the biggest order till date, Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker has received an order of 4,000 units for one of its earliest sports utility vehicles Gypsy from the Indian Army.
For Gypsy, a SUV that has lost its charm to the new comers in the segment, the bulk order from the Indian army would give a better market. Maruti has been a regular supplier of Gypsy for the Indian Army from 1991 and since then, the company has delivered 31,000 units of SUVs to the Indian force.
The current covenant is said to be for 4,000 units, out of that 2,100 units have already been delivered and the remaining order will be dispatched in the next four months.
The exact details of the deal are not out yet, but it is understood that the deal was closed through Central Government tendering and the Army will be getting the SUVs for a lower price than in the market. Gypsy is currently retailed at a price point ranging from ₹5.42 - ₹5.96 lakh (ex-showroom).
Gypsy is accessorised for Indian army to meet their special needs. The car gets features like Convoy lights, that emits green ray during black-out in a war and there is also hooks in the rear of the SUV to help the force for towing heavy weapons, reported CarTrade.
Confirming the largest deal from the Army, RS Kalsi, Executive Director at Maruti Suzuki India, said, "The armed and paramilitary forces are a major customer for Maruti Suzuki. The army is amongst the major buyers of our vehicles since 1991. Starting with around 1,500 Gypsys the first year, we have sold about 31,000 of these to them. The latest order is the single largest we have had for the Gypsy from the army."