Kolkata: Maruti Suzuki India Limited announced accomplishment of two million vehicle exports from India today.
A true symbol of Central Government’s flagship Make-in-India initiative, a batch of Maruti
Suzuki products comprising S-Presso, Swift and Vitara Brezza left for South Africa from the
Mundra Port in Gujarat.
Maruti Suzuki commenced export of vehicles way back in FY1986-87. The first large
consignment of 500 cars was shipped to Hungary in September 1987.
In FY2012-13, the Company achieved the milestone of one-million exports. In the first
million, more than 50% of exports were undertaken to developed markets in Europe.
Maruti Suzuki achieved the subsequent million in over eight years with special focus on
emerging markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia regions.
With concerted efforts, the Company has been able to gain sizeable share in markets like
Chile, Indonesia, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Models such as Alto, Baleno, Dzire and Swift
have emerged as popular choices in these markets.
Speaking on the feat, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India
Limited said, “The Company is committed to Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s
vision of Make-in-India. The 2 million vehicle exports from Maruti Suzuki are a testimony
of the same. Maruti Suzuki has been exporting vehicles for past 34 years much before
India became a prominent player in the global automobile business.
This early global exposure helped the Company enhance its quality and attain global benchmarks. Currently,we export 14 models, nearly 150 variants, to over 100 countries. Vehicles manufactured at our facilities in India have found high acceptance owing to global standards of quality, safety, design and technology.”
Mr. Ayukawa added, “Going forward, the Company has aligned itself with the evolving
needs of customers in African and Latin American nations. With a flurry of new models in
pipeline, Maruti Suzuki will attract customers in new segments to enable the Company to
accomplish bigger milestones at a much faster pace.”
In January this year, the Company started production and export of Suzuki’s celebrated
compact off-roader Jimny from India. With India as a production base for Jimny, Suzuki
aims to leverage Maruti Suzuki’s global production stature.(UNI)