New Delhi, Dec 13: India's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki will celebrate its 25 anniversary on Saturday, Dec 13, at a time when the Indian automobile industry is passing through one of its worst phases. R C Bhargava, the Maruti Suzuki India Chairman said, "Twenty-five years ago, when we set out on our journey, the objective was to modernise the Indian automotive industry and bring about a change in personal transportation. I can say proudly we have achieved that."
Bhargava added that in 25 years to come, the the company's objective would to be to take its mission forward and become a global player. He said, "Now we want to be a global player in every sense ... from research and development and designing cars to manufacturing; we want to be among the best in the world."
He said that they current market conditions will not deter the company's effort to achieve its goal. "The future will be even more challenging, but we are up for it," he added.
Since the rollout of the first Maruti 800 (M800) from its Gurgaon plant on December 14, 1983, the company has so far sold over 70 lakh cars of 12 models with over 100 variants, with the M800 alone accounting for 27,36,046 units, of which 25,43,132 units were in the domestic market and the rest abroad.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)