New Delhi :
The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India on Saturday said it has crossed milestone of 20 million passenger vehicle cumulative sales in the Indian market. The company accomplished this landmark number in less than 37 years of selling its first car on December 14,1983, when it first rolled out the iconic Maruti 800, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.
The company said while it crossed 10 million vehicle sales in nearly 29 years, the next 10 million passenger vehicles were sold in a record time of 8 years. Commenting on the milestone, MSI Managing Director & CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said, “We are overwhelmed with this new record.
Achieving this milestone is a great accomplishment for Maruti Suzuki, as well as our suppliers and dealer partners”. MSI said it has introduced factory fitted CNG vehicles as well as smart hybrid vehicles, in addition to eight BS6 models rolled out much ahead of the stipulated timelines.
It along with its parent, Suzuki Motor Corporation, plans to introduce a small EV for the Indian market. Currently, it is road testing 50 electric Vehicle prototypes across the country to check their real-life performance in multiple terrains and varied climatic conditions, it added.
Maruti Suzuki recently announced that I has sold more than 38 lakhs of Alto till date. Also, the automaker said that Alto has been the country's best-selling car for 15 consecutive years. It is to be noted that Maruti Suzuki Alto was launched in the year 2000. In a statement, the automaker said, “Alto crossed the 10 lakh sales mark in 2008 and in 2012 it reached the 20 lakh milestone.
In 2016, the model crossed 30 lakh sales.” It has been India's best-selling car for 15 consecutive years, Maruti Suzuki added. Maruti Suzuki India had launched the Alto 800 facelift in April 2019. It comes with a BS6-compliant, 3-cylinder, 0.8-litre engine that develops 48 hp and 69 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
(With inputs from PTI)