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Suzuki marks 25th year in India


Japanese manufacturer celebrates 25 years in its most important market where there are seven million Suzukis on the road.

Suzuki is celebrating 25 years of car production at its Maruti Suzuki plant in India, a factory which builds more than a third of the Japanese brand’s total annual global production.

Maruti Suzuki (formerly Maruti Udyog Limited) began as a Government Company in 1981, and in December 1983, built the first Maruti 800 at Gurgaon near Delhi.

That started to make Indian consumers’ dream of car ownership come true, and Suzuki now has 54 percent share of the Indian passenger car market, and is the dominant brand on the sub-continent’s roads.

There are currently seven million Suzukis on Indian roads – of which three million are Altos – out of a total of 11 million passenger cars in use.

The Indian factory accounts for 35 percent of Suzuki’s global car production and built more than 770,000 vehicles last year when, for the first time, Suzuki sold more cars in India than in Japan.

A second plant at Manesar was commissioned in early 2007 with an initial annual capacity of 100,000 vehicles and the scope to increase to 300,000 units.

It’s the global production base for Suzuki’s fifth world car model, the Alto, which will goes on sale here this year.

Suzuki builds three cars every minute in India, employs 7100 people and has 600 dealers.

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