India’s largest passenger carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has achieved a new global milestone as it crossed cumulative export sales of 1.5 million units from India. The Indo-Japanese carmaker is, currently, exporting vehicles to over 100 countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. For people not in the know, the company had begun exports to European market (Hungary) in 1987-88. Thereafter, it successfully kept maintaining an upward trend in exports over the years. Also Read – Maruti Celerio Diesel to Be Discontinued; Alto Diesel May Also Not Come
Commenting on the milestone, Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, Mr Kenichi Ayukawa said: “We are happy to reach the 1.5 million milestone for our exports. Maruti Suzuki has consistently maintained a presence in international markets, regularly offering new products and reaching out to new countries. Our products like Zen, A-Star, Maruti 800 and Alto have made a mark overseas, including in the most competitive markets of Europe”.
One of the cars that has helped Maruti Suzuki tap several new markets was the Zen hatchback that was discontinued in India two years back. Though, the major export boost came from the iconic Maruti 800, Alto and the A-Star. Out of these three cars, it’s the Maruti Alto that has significant contribution in the export markets with a total sales of over 39,90,000 units. In 2015-2016, the Maruti Alto, Celerio, Swift, Baleno and Ciaz were the top five models exported to multiple markets. Also Read: Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
In August 2016, the Indo-Japanese carmaker sold a cumulative 132,211 units in domestic and export markets. With 9.9% year-on-year growth, the company sold 45,579 units of the Swift, Baleno, Dzire, Ritz and Celerio. Countries like Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka and Philippines are the top export destinations for Maruti Suzuki.