Maruti pips Suzuki in production during 2009

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 28 2010, 04:29am hrs
The country's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, has surpassed its Japanese parent, Suzuki Motor Corporation, in terms of overall production during 2009. During the year, Maruti Suzuki rolled out 9,66,399 units while Suzuki Motor Corporation produced 9,08,302 cars, according to an informed source.

Maruti Suzuki manufactured 9,66,399 units during the calendar year 2009 and its sales for the whole year was 9,67,581 units. Both these figures are higher than Suzuki's production figure of 9,08,302 units, the source said. Of the total sales in 2009, Maruti Suzuki sold 8,36,893 units in the domestic market while the rest were exported. Its flagship export model A-Star was the biggest contributor to the overseas sales. In the domestic market, Alto topped the list with sales of 2.4 lakh units, followed by the WagonR (1.4 lakh units) during the reporting period.

Maruti Suzuki currently has 13 models in its portfolioM-800, Omni, Alto, WagonR, Estilo, A-star, Ritz, Swift, Dzire, SX4, Gypsy, Grand Vitara and recently-launched family car Eeco. Late last week, the car maker announced an investment of Rs 1,700 crore to expand the production capacity at its Manesar plant near Gurgaon by 2.5 lakh units annually by 2012. The development comes at a time when Suzuki Corp is on track to achieve a cumulative sales of 20 million units (two crore) in the Japanese domestic market since beginning of its operations 55 years ago.

In a press release issued earlier this month in Tokyo, Suzuki said it would cross the mark in late January. Suzuki first ventured into the car market in 1955 with the Suzulight model. In comparison, Maruti has already sold 8 million (80 lakh) units in the last 27 years.