Suzuki has plenty of reasons to be proud of its subsidiary – Maruti Suzuki India Limited – the brand's Indian operations. Apart from being the best-selling brand in the country, the company recently hit a new milestone. Since 1986, the automaker has exported a record two million vehicles. Two million may seem small for a big-name automaker like Suzuki. But remember, this figure is from the India plant alone.
The two million export milestone was marked by the export of three models – the S-Presso, the Swift, and the Vitara Brezza. All three were destined for South Africa, coming from the Mundra Port in India. Similarly, Suzuki Philippines also sources two models from Maruti Suzuki in India – the S-presso and the Dzire. Before these, the Alto was also another India-built Suzuki that was exported to the Philippines.
Maruti Suzuki started exporting as early as 1986 to surrounding Asian countries with the Maruti 800. Its first large shipment was exported to Hungary in 1987. Since then, the company has continuously exported models such as the Alto and even the Celerio to both Europe and Asia. By 2012, Maruti Suzuki achieved its first million vehicles exported. Just nine years after, they've already hit two million this 2021.
Today, Maruti Suzuki exports 14 models globally, the most recent being the Jimny, to over 100 countries. Recently, the brand expanded its presence in Africa, Latin America, and even Middle East markets.
It only took nine years for Maruti Suzuki to export another million vehicles, but it will likely be even faster to reach three million exports. Remember, the Jimny is still one of the most sought-after models from the automaker globally, and it is now being built in India as well.