Maruti Suzuki which started operations in India 25 years ago has just driven past the milestone of producing 80 lakh cars. Since the rollout of the first Maruti 800 from its Gurgaon plant on December 14, 1983, the company has so far produced a total of 81,05,228 cars of its 14 models as on 31st July from its Gurgaon and Manesar facilities.
Maruti 800 alone accounts for over 27 lakh units, of which more 2 lakh units were exported overseas. In the first year of operation in 1983, the company had produced just 844 units of M800. At that time, it had an installed capacity of only 40,000 units a year. MSI crossed the one lakh production figure in September, 1986, and touched the 40 lakh mark 20 years after in 2003. However, the next 40 lakh units were produced within just 6 years from the two plants, which currently drive out 10 lakh cars a year from an installed capacity of just 6.5 lakh units per annum.