India is a motorcycle country, but that doesn’t mean a hell of a lot of people over there aren’t buying cars. Case in point? One Suzuki manufacturing plant in the country managed to hit the one million vehicles produced milestone in under four years.
Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (SMG), a subsidiary of the Japanese car manufacturer responsible for vehicle production in India, produced unit number one million on October 21, 2020 at its Ahmedabad, Gujarat plant. It took the production facility just three years and nine months to hit the milestone—the fastest Suzuki plant to do so.
Some of the Suzuki vehicles in production at the plant include the Baleno and Swift. Operations here started back in February 2017, with exports beginning about a year later in March 2018. A second manufacturing site was opened in 2019 to meet growing demand in India and abroad.
It doesn’t look like demand for Suzuki vehicles will be trending downward any time soon, either. In 2019, the carmaker sold a total of 1.44 million units and produced 1.58 million units in the country. That’s a massive year-on-year growth of 82% and 85%, respectively. Production-wise, SMG accounted for 25% of that figure (410,000 units).
Those numbers are crazy. Considering the country’s population, though, it isn’t exactly surprising.