Maruti Suzuki crosses 10 million sales mark

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New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki Thursday said it has evolved to meet the demands of a changing India and crossed the 10 million cumulative domestic sales mark.

The 10 millionth vehicle, a Red Swift Vxi, was sent to Coimbatore Thursday from the company’s Manesar plant.

The company had rolled out its first car in December 1983. It crossed the five million domestic sales mark in February 2006.

“We will continue to drive the growth and evolution of India’s car market. Even as India has grown and transformed, Maruti Suzuki has evolved to meet the changing demands,” said Shinzo Nakanishi, managing director and chief executive, Maruti Suzuki India.

Model-wise, cumulative sales were led by the company’s old war horse Maruti 800 (26.36 lakh units) followed by entry level hatchback Alto and its varient K10 (19.08 lakh units), Omni van (14.37 lakh units), WagonR (11.14 lakh units) and Swift at 6.85 lakh units.

“While Maruti 800 and Omni powered sales for almost two decades, the Alto has been India’s best-selling car for the last over seven years,” the company said.

It said the success of its hatchback cars, WagonR and Swift, had helped in accelerating the company’s progress towards the 10 million mark.

The company also unveiled a celebration edition of its sedan, SX4.

“The interiors of the celebration edition SX4 will have new seat fabric, chrome inside door handles, chrome air conditioning louvers, cubic printing on arm rest and celebration floor mats and pillows,” it added.