NEW DELHI: Undeterred by the diminishing demand for compact vehicles which are quick shedding enterprise to SUVs, Maruti Suzuki on Thursday stated the class “will not be disappearing wherever”, asserting that it’ll “not hand over on small vehicles“.
The corporate can be “contemplating” to drive in electrical mini vehicles, though its first inexperienced car might be an SUV. Demand for small vehicles is prone to come again over the approaching years though the section has seen its share in complete automotive gross sales contract by practically half over the previous 4 years, stated Hisashi Takeuchi, MD & CEO of Maruti Suzuki.
The nation’s largest carmaker has constructed its foundations on mini vehicles, similar to, Maruti800, Alto, Zen, WagonR, Swift, and Baleno, because it started operations in 1983.Nonetheless, after the increase in demand for SUVs, which now account for 50% share in passenger car section, share of small vehicles has declined to twenty-eight% at FY24-end towards over 50% a couple of years again.
In FY24, 12 lakh small vehicles had been offered within the nation (towards complete gross sales of round 40 lakh models), with Maruti accounting for 68% (on complete volumes of 8.1 lakh models.)
Takeuchi, after introducing new-gen model of Swift, stated regardless of pressures, Maruti “nonetheless makes cash” on sale of small vehicles. “We proceed to keep up a excessive market share within the class. Ultimately, because the economic system begins to select up, demand for small vehicles will return.”
Ravi Bhatia, India president of car analysis agency JATO Analytics, stated small automotive class has seen rise in strain because of rising recognition of similarly-priced mini SUVs. “The fake SUVs are new hatches,” he stated, including, regardless of fall in small automotive gross sales, numbers of Swift grew 10% final yr.
First launched in Might 2005, Swift is one among Maruti’s most-successful mini vehicles and has offered practically 30 lakh models until now. Maruti has spent Rs 1,450 crore to improve the mannequin, and believes that new model will assist revive the class.


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