Maruti Suzuki is to shift production of their highest selling sedan, the Swift DZiRE from their Manesar facility to the one in Gurgaon. India’s biggest manufacturer of passenger cars will be undertake some layout changes at their plant in Gurgaon that has managed to evade major industrial rows since the last decade. The layout changes are being done to facilitate the rollout of their popular sedan.
A spokesperson for the company was quoted as saying that they have made a few changes in their production plans that will be incorporated starting next week. This includes the production shift of their DZiRE model from the Manesar facility to their plant in Gurgaon.
Meanwhile, the Swift will remain to be manufactured at their facility in Manesar. This plant was recently got a lot of media attention, after workers at the plant decide to protest that lasted for 13 weeks, disrupting production activities. This protest affected productions of the Swift DZiRE and Swift models, leading to a loss of INR 630 crores in revenue.
The Swift DZiRE is produced solely at Maruti’s Manesar facility. It ranks fifth, when it comes to sales volume following the hatchbacks, WagonR, Alto, Swift and the i10 in no particular order. The DZiRE was first introduced in the market in 2008, and has a current wait period of around 6 months.
Their plant in Gurgaon, which produced the first car of the company, back in 1983, produces the Ritz, Eeco, Estilo, WagonR and the Alto, apart from the older Gypsy and Omni. They accounted for almost 1.27mn cars produced by Maruti in the last fiscal year. The company also optimised their production capacity by producing specific models from different production lines at their Manesar and Gurgaon facility.
According to the new plan of the company, the DZiRE will be produced only at their Gurgaon facility, while their Swift model that is getting ready for a makeover including minor changes is to be produced at their Manesar facility along with the A-Star and the SX4.
Maruti will launch an upgraded Swift variant in August. The company’s second facility at Manesar could also be functional by September, while a third facility next year could increase their collective production to around 1.75mn cars per annum.