India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has added another feather to its cap. The company crossed production milestone of 20 million (two crore) vehicles in India at its Gurugram and Manesar facilities.
Maruti Suzuki rolled out a Vitara Brezza compact SUV as its 20 millionth car and the company has become first and the only carmaker in India surpassing this milestone production figure.
Maruti Suzuki started car production in India in December 1983. The carmaker took 34 years and 6 months to hit 20 million marks. It had achieved the one million productions in March 1994, nearly a decade after the start of manufacturing cars.
The 5 million milestone was achieved in April 2005, while 10 million was hit in March 2011. The 15 million mark was hit in May 2015 and it took just three years to add another 5 million to take the total count 20 million.
Of the 20 million units, 14.37 million vehicles are manufactured in Gurugram, while 5.62 million vehicles are from the Manesar facility. Maruti Suzuki plants in Haryana currently produces 16 models that include hugely popular Vitara Brezza, Baleno, Alto, Swift and others for the domestic market. Vehicles made in India are also exported to more than 100 countries in Europe, Japan, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
"We would like to thank all our valued customers, business partners, Government, investors and all stakeholders. The 20 million production milestone is a testimony of trust in brand Maruti Suzuki. 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," Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India.
Maruti Suzuki has been increasing its production and sales with double-digit growth year after year. In the financial year 2017-18, the company produced a total of 17,68,488 (11.78 percent growth) units, out of which 16,43,467 units were sold in the domestic market and exported 1,23,903 units.