Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is the largest automobile manufacturer in South Asia. Earlier known as Maruti Udyog Limited (till 2007), the company was responsible for the automobile revolution in India. Maruti started production in India in 1983 with its first car- the Maruti 800. The company spread its wings throughout the country and is one of the few publicly listed automotive companies in our country.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is the biggest player in the Indian passenger car market with a 50 per cent market share. It has three manufacturing facilities in India – Gurgaon and Manesar in Haryana and Sanand in Gujarat with a combined production capacity of 17 lakh cars annually. With additional investments in Gujarat, Maruti Suzuki plans to expand it production capacity to 20 lakh cars per year. Suzuki increased its stake from 26 per cent to 40 per cent in 1987, 50 per cent in 1992 and finally got the controlling stake of 56.21 per cent in 2013 under the UPA rule.
Maruti Suzuki is the biggest mass market player with most of its product line-up catering the A and B segments. The Alto 800 and the Alto K10 along with the Wagon R and the Celerio have been dominating the A-segment. The Swift, Swift Dzire, Baleno and the Ciaz are leaders in the B-segment. Amongst the SUVs, there is the Vitara Brezza and the seven-seater Ertiga.
The erstwhile favourites of the Omni, the Eeco and the Gypsy have been around for more than a decade and continue to sell in large numbers. Maruti Suzuki has given us Indians iconic cars like the 800, the Esteem, Zen, Grand Vitara, Baleno and Kizashi, bringing Japanese manufacturing standards to the country.
As part of its corporate social responsibility Maruti Suzuki launched the Maruti Driving School in Delhi. Later the services were extended to other cities of India as well. Besides this, the company also offers finance and Insurance options to their customers and also has Maruti True value, a brand for pre-owned cars.