Maruti Suzuki crosses the sales mark of 20 million passenger vehicles

NEW DELHI: The country's largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki India, said Saturday that it has surpassed the milestone of 20 million cumulative sales of passenger vehicles in the Indian market. The company achieved this historic number in less than 37 years of selling its first car on December 14, 1983, when it launched the iconic Maruti 800 for the first time, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.

The company said that while it crossed 10 million vehicle sales in almost 29 years, the next 10 million passenger vehicles were sold in record time of 8 years.

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Commenting on the milestone, MSI Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said: We are overwhelmed with this new record. Reaching this milestone is a great achievement for Maruti Suzuki, as well as for our suppliers and distributor partners.

MSI said it has introduced factory-installed CNG vehicles, as well as intelligent hybrid vehicles, in addition to eight BS6 models implemented well before the stipulated deadlines.

Together with its parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, it plans to introduce a small EV for the Indian market. He is currently testing 50 prototypes of electric vehicles across the country to verify their real-life performance in multiple terrains and varied weather conditions, he added.