Suzuki Motor Corporation, a subsidiary of the Japanese automaker Suzuki, announced that Maruti Suzuki's domestic sales have surpassed the 2.5 crore (25 million) mark. Maruti Suzuki India reached this milestone in sales on January 9, 2023, making it the biggest automaker in the nation. Maruti Suzuki is the country's oldest surviving operating automaker in India. In 1982, Suzuki and Maruti Udyog, the company that would later become Maruti Suzuki, agreed to form a joint venture. Maruti Suzuki unveiled its first vehicle, the Maruti 800 in December 1983. Since then, the company has achieved significant milestones, including becoming the country's leading mass-market car brand.
There are currently 17 models produced and sold by Maruti Suzuki in India, and the manufacturer is expanding its lineup to include the recently expanding SUV models while also working to increase the popularity of hybrid and CNG models, according to a statement from Suzuki Motor Corporation. The business sold 14,80,723 vehicles in India in the calendar year 2022. In addition, it has the largest footprint of network touchpoints, with about 3,500 new car sales outlets.
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The firm added that hybrid and CNG model sales totaled around 21 lakh units. "Maruti Suzuki will continue to provide products marked with safety, high reliability, and eco-friendliness, and contribute to the sustainable development of the automobile industry," the Japanese automaker stated.
Thirty years after its establishment, Maruti Suzuki India reached the one crore sales milestone in February 2012. The subsequent $1 billion sales milestone was reached in July 2019 just after 7 years. Within three years of the 2 crore mark, the recent 50 lakh sales milestone to complete 2.5 crore units was reached in January of this year.
Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki recently issued a recall notice for a total of 11,177 units of the Grand Vitara SUV. The rear seat belt mounting brackets on the SUV are said to be defective. If the flaw is not resolved, the brackets may become loose, limiting the function of the seat belt in the long run. The company has issued a second recall for the Grand Vitara SUV in India in the last couple of weeks. The manufacturer has recalled all of the units produced between August 8 and November 15 of last year. According to the firm, authorised dealer workshops will contact vehicle owners and arrange for a free inspection and replacement of damaged parts.
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Over 17,000 units of models like the Alto K10, the S Presso, the Eeco, the Brezza, the Baleno, and the Grand Vitara manufactured between December 8, 2022, and January 12, 2023, in India were also recalled by Maruti Suzuki due to a defective airbag controller. A total of 17,362 affected vehicle units were contacted for inspection and replacement of the faulty airbag controller.
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