Magyar Suzuki rolls out 3 millionth car from its Esztergom factory

3 million Suzuki cars made in 26 years. With this impressive figure, Magyar Suzuki Corporation has reached yet another milestone, again proving that the company is a significant player not only in the Hungarian car manufacturing sector, but also on the global car markets. In addition to last year’s impressive domestic sales volumes, Suzukis manufactured in Hungary were shipped to more than 100 countries in the world from the Esztergom factory.

On 19th April 2017, the 3 millionth car rolled off the production line in the Suzuki factory in Esztergom: a Suzuki SX4 S-Cross. This figure is significant in itself and it also showcases the Hungarian production facility’s substantial contribution to the brand’s Hungarian and European success since the facility’s establishment in 1991. In 1992, 970 vehicles were manufactured in Esztergom; in 2005, production exceeded one hundred thousand cars (136,311 cars); and in 2008, 281,686 new Suzukis rolled out of the plant.

In the past 26 years, defining and iconic models have rolled off the Esztergom production line: The first-generation Swift in 1992, the Wagon R+ in 2000, the Ignis in 2003; the next-generation Swift in 2005, the SX4 in 2006, the Splash in 2008, the new Swift in 2010, the SX4 S-Cross in 2013, and the new Vitara in 2015. Based on its sales figures, the Vitara was by far the most popular model last year in the sport utility (SUV) category, as well as in the passenger car sector. So it is no wonder that in 2016, for the first time since 2009, Suzuki once again lead the passenger car sales with 11,266 cars sold in Hungary. The year 2016 brought another record in the history of Magyar Suzuki: the brand increased its share in the Hungarian passenger car market to 11.67%.

Suzukis manufactured at Magyar Suzuki plant cruise the roads in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and in Vanuatu in the Southwest Pacific. This comes as, of the 211,266 models produced in 2016, besides the successful Hungarian domestic sales, the company supplied to more than one hundred countries on the global export markets.

“Looking back on the last two and a half decades, I’m very proud of our achievements. It is very important to stop for a moment at milestones like this and recognize our efforts. Our three thousand employees in Hungary do a great job day by day, contributing significantly to having the 3 millionth Hungarian Suzuki roll out of the factory,” said Mr. Yoshinobu Abe, Chief Executive Officer of Magyar Suzuki on the occasion of the prestigious event.

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SUZUKI, TOSHIBA and DENSO reached basic agreement to establish joint venture company for production of automotive lithium-ion battery packs in India

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION (SUZUKI), TOSHIBA CORPORATION (TOSHIBA) and DENSO CORPORATION (DENSO) have reached basic agreement on establishing a joint venture company for production of automotive lithium-ion battery packs in India, and signed the agreement.

In India, higher attention is being paid to environment, and new CO2 standards for automobiles is planned to be introduced.  In the Indian automotive market where compact cars are the mainstream models, introduction of sustainable technology suitable for such affordable cars is required.  The battery pack manufacturing joint venture by the three companies will realize stable supply of lithium-ion battery packs in India in the course of promoting sustainable cars in the country and will contribute to “Make in India” initiative by the Indian Government.

The joint venture company will be established within 2017 and shall move to manufacturing phase at earliest possible timing.  The initial capital expenditure will be 20 billion Japanese yen.  The joint venture company will be capitalized at 2 billion Japanese yen, with the planned participation ratio of SUZUKI 50%, TOSHIBA 40% and DENSO 10% respectively.

Establishment of the joint venture company will be further examined in details by the three companies, and subject to approval by respective authorities in accordance with applicable competition laws.

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Suzuki’s Gujarat plant in India starts operation; Another plant in pipeline which will come into operation by 2019!

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Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (SMG, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India), a 100% subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation for the production of automobiles, has completed construction of the Gujarat Plant (located in Hansalpur, Gujarat). SMG will start manufacturing of production models from 1 February, 2017.

SMG was established in March 2014 as Suzuki’s first 100% Suzuki- investment automobile production company in India, aiming to secure production ability in preparation for the automobile market growth in India, as well as for expansion of exports from India. Located close to the Mundra Port, the Gujarat Plant will be utilized as the export hub for markets including Europe, Africa, and Japan. By making it a different manufacturing company from Maruti Suzuki, Suzuki aims to enhance productivity and quality of Suzuki automobiles through their mutual thriving and challenging.

Vehicles produced at the Gujarat Plant will be supplied to Maruti Suzuki. Initially, Baleno premium hatchback will be produced for sales through Maruti Suzuki’s NEXA channel. Production lineup is scheduled to be increased according to the market situation.

Maruti Suzuki’s production result for 2016 was 1,515 thousand units in total from its two plants in Gurgaon and Manesar, which had been operating in full capacity. The Gujarat Plant will gradually put its production on track. Its annual production ability would be 250,000 units. Gujarat Plant No.2 and engine/transmission plants are also planned to be constructed, which are aimed to start operation in the beginning of 2019. With the completion of the Plant No.2, Suzuki’s production ability in India would be 2 million units to meet the expanding needs of automobile market in India.

<Overview of SMG and Gujarat Plant>

Company name: Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited
(Suzuki Motor Corporation – 100% investment)
Location of headquarters: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Location of plant: Hansalpur, Gujarat
Representative: Naoki Aizawa
(former Director and Senior Managing Officer of Suzuki)
Plant site area: 640 acres (2.6 million m2)
Production lineup: Baleno
Production ability: 250,000 units per annum (Plant No.1)
Investment amount: Approx. 60 billion yen (Plant No.1)
Approx. 100 billion yen
(Plant No.2 and engine/transmission plants)

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Suzuki starts exporting made in India Gixxer to Japan

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Suzuki Motorcycle has started exporting the made in India Gixxer to Japan. The manufacturer has announced that its first shipment of 720 units has already set sail from India. The Gixxer has thus become the first India-built Suzuki motorcycle to be sold in Suzuki Motor Corporation’s home country.

In addition to Japan, the Gixxer is also exported to some Latin American countries. Interestingly, the company’s four-wheeler arm – Maruti Suzuki, had also started exporting the Baleno hatchback to Japan last year.

The Gixxer is powered by a 155cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine which is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The models being exported to Japan are equipped with fuel injection and a rear disc brake. The Japan-spec Gixxer will be available in monotone as well as dual tone colour options.

Via Team-Bhp