Maruti Suzuki : History of the Car maker in India

Maruti Suzuki India Limited, formerly known as Maruti Udyog Limited, is an automobile manufacturer in India.

History of Maruti Suzuki

Maruti Suzuki India Limited, formerly known as Maruti Udyog Limited, is an automobile manufacturer in India.  It is a 54.2% owned subsidiary of Japanese automobile and motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki Motor Corporation. Maruti was established in February 1981 and the actual production commenced only in 1983. It started with the Maruti 800, based on the Suzuki Alto kei car which at the time was the only modern car available in India. Its only competitors were the Hindustan Ambassador and Premier Padmini.

Maruti Suzuki Car Manufacturing Plants in India

Maruti Suzuki has two manufacturing facilities in India. Both manufacturing facilities have a combined production capacity of 1,450,000 vehicles annually. The Gurgaon manufacturing facility has three fully integrated manufacturing plants and is spread over 300 acres. The Manesar manufacturing plant was inaugurated in February 2007 and is spread over 600 acres. Initially it had a production capacity of 100,000 vehicles annually but this was increased to 300,000 vehicles annually in October 2008. The production capacity was further increased by 250,000 vehicles taking total production capacity to 800,000 vehicles annually.

Maruti Suzuki’s manufacturing plants at Gurgaon and Manesar can, combined, contain almost 220 cricket fields.

Maruti Suzuki’s Manufacturing Plant at Gurgaon

Maruti Suzuki’s manufacturing plants at Manesar

Achievements of Maruti Suzuki

  • Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the largest passenger car manufacturer in the country, was awarded with the “Significant Achievement in Sustainability Award” in CII ITC Sustainability award ceremony in the city.
  • Maruti Suzuki India has stopped production of the iconic car brand that had been carrier for millions of Indian middle class families.
  • In 1983, the original Maruti 800 was priced at Rs 48,000 but customers were willing to pay more than Rs 1 lakh for this new ‘futuristic’ car.
  • In 2005, the Swift was the first car in the company’s 20 year history where it introduced a brand new model in India right after its global launch. And in 2007, with the SX4, Maruti launched it ahead of even Japan and Europe.

Popular Models in Maruti Suzuki

Nexa Models


[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maruti_Suzuki

[ii] http://www.indiainfoline.com/article/news-business/maruti-suzuki-wins-significant-achievement-in-sustainability-award-113101701805_1.html

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