A million cheers for a million units. Maruti Suzuki Swift has once again proved to become the best seller. Maruti Suzuki showcased their sales charts with an 18% jump, it was all green with the magic figure of one million appearing once again. This time it is the Swift. The company has confirmed a million Swifts have been rolled out from their manufacturing units in India. The Swift is the second highest selling car in the country. About two lakh Swifts are sold every year which are produced at the Manesar facility in Haryana.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift was launched globally in 2005 and it was initially available with a 1.3-litre petrol engine in India. The company was very ambitious about this hatchback and the Swift didn’t let them down. Though the sales progressed well, India never received the all wheel drive (AWD) version. It was in 2007 when the 1.3-litre diesel variant was launched and the Swift became one of the first hatchbacks in India to be available in diesel avatar. The diesel engine belongs to Fiat and is a turbocharged-intercooled CRDi unit which is still powering the hatchback. Later in 2010, the company switched from the 1.3-litre petrol engine to a more efficient 1.2-litre K-Series engine to abide to the BS IV emission norms, while also getting excise benefits.
In 2011 Maruti Suzuki launched the next generation of the Swift providing better interiors and a fluidic touch for better aerodynamics and aesthetics. The facelift version was well received by the Indian market and sales continued to top the chart for the joint venture. The Swift is expected to undergo another facelift in 2014. The next generation all new Swift can be expected in the market by 2016. Every month, Maruti Suzuki sells more than 16,000 units of the Swift in the domestic market, a feat no other manufacturer can boast off.