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Thursday, July 07, 2011

By Pranjal Gera

Maruti Swift Dzire production moves to Gurgaon Plant

Maruti Suzuki has decided to take the production of its flagship model, the Maruti Dzire to its Gurgaon plant. The Maruti Dzire was earlier being manufactured at the Manesar plant of the company, the same where a strike by workers dented the company badly.

The company will put in some changes in the Gurgaon plant before it starts the production of Maruti Suzuki Dzire. The Gurgaon plant of the company, in its last decade of working has not hit any big production hurdle. A spokesman of the biggest car manufacturer of India said that the company is looking at making some major changes. He said that the production of Maruti Suzuki Dzire will shift from the Manesar plant to the Gurgaon plant but the production of Maruti Suzuki Swift will still continue there. Maruti Suzuki currently holds half of the car market in India.

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Production of the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Maruti Dzire halted and the company suffered a loss of approximately 630 crores when the workers at the Manesar plant went on strike for 13 days demanding recognition to a new worker union. Maruti Swift Dzire ranks fifth in terms of sales behind the Maruti Alto, Maruti Wagon R, Hyundai i10 and Maruti Swift and is only produced at the Manesar plant of the company.

Maruti Suzuki launched the Swift Dzire in 2008 and the car currently has a waiting period of over 5 months. Maruti Suzuki produces models like Alto, WagonR, Eeco, Estilo, and Ritz at the Gurgaon plant. The plant also produces oldies like Maruti Omni and Maruti Gypsy. Out of the 1.27 million cars produced last year, majority rolled out of the Gurgaon plant.

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The hatchbacks Maruti Swift and the Maruti A-Star plus the sedans Maruti Suzuki SX4 and the Maruti Swift Dzire are produced at the Manesar plant. Over 3 lakh cars were produced at the Manesar plant last financial year. Maruti Suzuki earlier used to produce the Maruti Swift at the Gurgaon plant. Then the company moved the production of Swift and Dzire to meet the growing demands arising from the local market. Last financial year Maruti Suzuki saw a growth rate of 30% equivalent to that seen by the whole auto sector.

Maruti Suzuki optimized the production of cars by producing only specific cars at both the plants. Now with the new plans, the Maruti Dzire production will move on to Gurgaon. Maruti Swift, Maruti SX4 and Maruti A-Star will still be produced at the Manesar Plant. Maruti Suzuki is also expecting to launch a revamped version of the Maruti Swift sometime in August this year. The new Swift will come with few minor changes. Maruti Suzuki plans to take its production capacity to 1.75 million cars when a second plant at Manesar starts operating in October this year. A third plant in Manesar is also likely to come up next year.

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