India’s biggest passenger carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has recently revealed that they have been successful at breaking a new record in the calendar year 2021. The company announced that it has exported a total of 205,450 vehicles in CY 2021, and this staggering figure is the highest number they have achieved since the inception of exporting Maruti cars in 1986-87.
Commenting on the achievement of this huge milestone, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki, said, “Maruti Suzuki is dedicated to Government of India’s vision of Make in India for the world. This milestone reflects the confidence of customers around the world in the quality, technology, reliability, performance and cost-effectiveness of our cars. We thank our parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation and their distributors across global markets for their reach and support, especially in such challenging times. We stand committed to live upto the trust placed by our global customers on us and will continue to delight them.”
Currently, Maruti Suzuki exports around 15 models from its portfolio to more than 100 countries across the globe. These models include the most recent additions Jimny (Suzuki’s compact off-roader) and the all-new Celerio along with other popular models. Meanwhile, in 2021 the most exported vehicles from the Maruti lineup were Baleno, Dzire, Swift, Spresso and Brezza.
The company has also revealed that they have exported over 21.85 lakh units to date. While their first-ever large consignment was sent to Hungary in 1986-87. As of now, the company has a strong base of global customers across Latin America, ASEAN, Africa, the Middle East and neighbouring regions.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited posted total sales of 153,149 units in December 2021. While the total sales in the month included domestic sales of 126,031 units in addition to sales to other OEM of 4,838 units and it also recorded its highest ever monthly exports of 22,280 units.
MSIL retained the top stop on the sales podium yet again in 2021 with a market share of more than 48 percent. However, the company did see a drop in sales in the past month which stood at 1,23,016 units, down 12.60 percent over 1,40,754 units sold in the same month of the previous year. On the positive side, Maruti did manage to see a growth of 12.11 percent MoM over 1,09,726 units sold in November 2021.
The shortage of electronic components had a minor impact on the production of vehicles during the month of December. The shortage primarily affected the production of vehicles sold in the domestic market. However, the Company stated that it took all possible measures to minimise the impact.
In addition, Maruti is planning to launch around 8 new vehicles in 2022. Out of which 4 will be brand new models while the rest will receive some minor makeovers. Although no official dates and order of launching have been preconized yet, we assume that the buzz will last for the entirety of 2022 around the most famous automaker of India.