Maruti Suzuki India Limited has finally made a benchmark in Indian Automotive History by managing to sell a total of 10,18,365 vehicles in the year 2009-10. The firm is the first car company in India to sell more than a million units in a financial year. Out of the total sales in the fiscal, 8,70,790 units were sold in the domestic market which again is the highest ever sold by the car company in a fiscal year. To add to this, the company’s export sales of 1,47,575 units of the year proved to be the highest annual exports by the firm.
As compared to the sales in the last financial year which was 792,167 units, the sales of the firm have witnessed a growth of 29 per cent. The domestic sales in the A2 and the A3 segments grew by 23.8 per cent and 30.8 per cent respectively, when compared to the sales figures of the year 2008-09.
The firm’s fuel efficient and compact car christened A-Star topped the exports sales figures with the sale of 1.27 lakh units overseas. The A-Star was exported to various European markets including United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands etc. amongst the non-European markets, the car was exported to Algeria, Chile, Indonesia and neighboring countries. The car was also exported to a few new markets including South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia and Norway.
In the month of March, 2010 Maruti Suzuki managed to sell a total of 95,123 units which is a growth of 11 percent as compared the sales figures for the month, in the last year which was 85,669 units. Out of the total sales, 79,530 units were contributed by domestic sales. The firm observed the highest monthly exports figures of 15,593 units which makes the export figures of August 2009 (14,847 units) second highest.
Maruti Suzuki rolled out its millionth unit of the year 2009-10, just recently on the 23rd of March, 2010. This makes the firm one amongst the few select global auto makers who share similar sales figures. In order to reach the production capacity of 12,50,000 units a year, the firm is reportedly expanding its production facility at Manesar with an investment of Rs 1,700 Crore.