Maruti's one millionth vehicle to roll out Tuesday


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Maruti Suzuki will tomorrow join the league of carmakers producing one million or more units a year.

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman R C Bhargava told PTI.
When we started the company (in 1981), nobody believed that it would last beyond 3-4 years, nobody believed that it would one day produce even one lakh units. Everybody thought it was just a political gimmick.
The first 'Maruti 800' was rolled out from Maruti's Gurgaon plant in December 14, 1983.

In its first year of commercial operations (December- March 1983), Maruti had produced 840 cars and in the following full fiscal year, production had touched a little over 22,000.

Suzuki Motor Corp Chairman Osamu Suzuki would be present to see the roll-out of the one millionth vehicle - a red- coloured Swift.

The then Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi said:
And it is my desire, that this motorcar will serve the ordinary people of India and they will have no complaint about this car. I hope it will contribute.
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Well, a nice milestone.
Suzuki has been good to Maruti, but I think Maruti has been far better for Suzuki!!
 

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The car might have been rolled out by now and Gurgaon Plant will be full of Media Vans. It is definitely a remarkable achievement by Maruti Suzuki, Congratulations to them!

Question - Who's going to be the owner of Millionth car, i.e. Red Swift, Some VIP?

@Aditya, I’d agree with you on that. Many foreign carmakers failed in this country on initial phase when the term “car” wasn’t too common in our country and was a better synonym of status symbol, but lucky both the partners which have grown tremendously in automotive sector which each other’s support and today the scenario is that plot for Maruti Suzuki cars is already reserved on top of sales charts!

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Yes the car is rolled out, but i think it might not have been delivered to anybody.

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Maruti Suzuki Motor Corp on Tuesday rolled out its millionth baby, a dazzling red Swift from its plant here.
With this, the car maker has joined the elite club of Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford, Honda, Renault, Hyundai, Suzuki and Nissan that have attained the feat of producing a million unit or more every year.

The accomplishment comes shortly after Maruti overtook the parent company Suzuki Motors in terms of sales.

On the occasion, the company also laid the foundation for expanding production to 2.5 lakh units at its Manesar plant at an investment of Rs 1700 crore.

Suzuki Motor Corp Chairman Osamu Suzuki was present at the occasion.
 

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From wikipedia:

MSIL Gurgaon Manufacturing Facility
The Gurgaon Manufacturing Facility has three fully integrated manufacturing plants and is spread over 300 acres. All three plants have a installed capacity of 350,000 vehicles anually but productivity improvements have enabled it to manufacture 700,000 vehicles annually. The Gurgaon facilities also manufacture 240,000 K-Series engines annually. The entire facility is equipped with more than 150 robots, out of which 71 have been developed in-house. The Gurgaon Facilities manufactures the 800, Alto, WagonR, Estilo, Omni , Gypsy, Swift and Eeco.

MSIL Manesar Manufacturing Facility
The Manesar Manufacturing Plant was inagurated 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 Manesar Plant produces the A-star, Swift, Swift DZire and SX4.


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The Swift is produced exclusively at Manesar now. So I guess the ceremony would have happened at Manesar.
And to answer RSM, Maruti has three plants in the original site at Gurgaon. Manesar is their newer greenfield project. Models like the SX4, Swift (and Dzire) and the A-Star are being made there ... the other models are made at Gurgaon.
 
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Maruti Press Release

Maruti Suzuki manufactures 10 lakh units in 2009-10

First Indian automobile company to join the million club Invests Rs 1,700 Crore in new facility to expand capacity by 2.5 lakh units

Manesar / Gurgaon, March 23, 2010

The nation's number one car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, today joined a select club of global automobile makers, when it became the first automobile company in India to produce one million (10 lakh) cars in a year.

The millionth car manufactured in 2009-10, a glistening red Maruti Suzuki Swift, rolled out from the company's Manesar plant, in the presence of Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister, Haryana and Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises. Amongst the dignitaries who graced the occasion was Mr. Hideaki Domichi, Ambassador of Japan to India. Mr. Osamu Suzuki, Chairman and CEO, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan joined the company's senior management at the occasion. Senior officials of Central and State government and company's business associates were also present at the ceremony.

Expanding Capacity at Manesar facility

Taking forward its commitment to serve its customers better and faster, the car major also set the foundation stone for capacity expansion at its Manesar plant by 2.5 lakh units annually. This initiative will help the company scale up the Manesar plant's capacity from 300,000 units per annum to 550,000 units per annum over the next two years.

Maruti Suzuki will invest about Rs 1,700 Crore (ie Rs 17,000 million) for this expansion.

Maruti Suzuki's present production facilities are located at Gurgaon with a capacity of 7 lakh (0.7 million) units and Manesar with capacity of 3 lakh (0.3 million) units.

On the occasion, Maruti Suzuki Chairman, R C Bhargava said, "The landmark attained by Maruti Suzuki fully establishes the validity of the late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi's vision when she decided to create Maruti Udyog. This vision has been fulfilled because of outstanding entrepreneurship of Mr O Suzuki, the excellent cooperation which existed between the Government of India and Suzuki Motor Corporation, and the enormous dedication, hardwork and commitment of all Marut Suzuki employees over the last more than 26 years. The future beckons and Maruti Suzuki will not be found wanting."

Dedicating the one millionth car to Maruti Suzuki employees, Shinzo Nakanishi, CEO and Managing Director, Maruti Suzuki said,
Maruti Suzuki will continue to address the country's need for affordable personal transport. India needs affordable commuting solutions across its cities, towns and villages. Team Maruti Suzuki stands resolved with me to meet this need of the customers through exciting, contemporary and yet affordable cars. This belief is the cornerstone of the Maruti Suzuki's business philosophy and derives inspiration from Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, our parent and global leader in compact cars.
A robust Retail and Service network

Having tremendous faith in the growth potential of the Indian economy, the company continues to expand its network. Today the company has a sales network of 790 outlets covering 549 towns and cities (March 2009, 681 outlets in 454 towns and cities). The company provides service support to customers at 2,886 workshops across 1,379 towns and cities (March 2009, 2,767 workshops in 1,314 towns and cities).

The fiscal so far

Maruti Suzuki sales in 2009-10 (April 2009 to February 2010) is 923,242 units (791,260 in Domestic market and 131,982 in exports). The company clocked its highest ever monthly sales in February 2010 with a total of 96,650 units (a record number of 84,765 units in domestic and 11,885 units for exports)
 
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