•The Emerging Hatchback Customer: Maruti sensed a nascent need in the market for a hatchback with a few luxury features, and has realised that while its 800 had been its bread and butter for long, and models like Esteem and Baleno doing from just about surviving to well enough in the market, it had to concentrate on the Hatchback segment which had increasing demand. •Huge Opportunities in Hatchback: With players like Hyundai Getz, Fiat Palio and Tata Indica doing well in the Indian market, Maruti sensed a position for itself in the segment. •Diesel Opportunity: While Maruti’s smaller vehicles dint allow them to be made Diesel compatible because of engine requirements, Maruti sensed an opportunity in the Hatchback segment for a model that could be converted to a Diesel offering in due course of time. This could offer a foothold for Maruti in the 19% Diesel Car market in India. •Image Makeover: Maruti has always been branded as a carmaker for fuel-efficient India, that has always gone easy on the looks and styling department of it. And here was a real chance in front of Maruti of proving those detractors wrong. •Globalisation of Suzuki: The globalisation decision of Suzuki thus sharing its operations across all its markets, enabled Maruti to think big and design a car usable for various markets. •Innovation: There was a requirement for innovation in the Maruti stable with most of its names aging out, and opening up avenues for competitors to dominate. All this and more was because of Maruti not being contemporary enough in styling and offering. This compelled Maruti to think towards a stylish, durable and affordable car for the Indian Market in the hatchback segment and thus, Swift was born. Company Profile
Maruti collaborated with Suzuki of Japan to produce cars in 1983. At this time, the Indian car market had stagnated at a volume of 30,000 to 40,000 cars for the decade ending 1983. With MUL’s entry, the passenger car market saw a spurt in demand. The sector registered 18.6% CAGR growth in sales during 1981-90. The company reached a total production of one million vehicles in March 1994, becoming the first Indian company to cross that milestone. It crossed the two million mark in 1997. In 2001, it launched the new businesses – ‘True Value’, ‘Maruti Finance’, ‘Maruti Insurance’ and ‘N2N’. In 2003, the company listed on BSE & NSE after its public issue. MUL – now Maruti Suzuki Ltd – is the leading automobile company in the passenger car segment with over 50% market share in FY 04. It has presence across many segments in automobiles. It is the leader in mini and the compact segment with brands like ‘800’, ‘Alto’, ‘WagonR’, ‘Swift’ and ‘Zen’. It also has presence in the mid-size segment with its ‘Esteem’, ‘Baleno’, newly launched ‘Swift DZire’ brands and the ‘Omni’, ‘Vitara’ and ‘Versa’ models. The sales figures for Maruti in 2007-08 are as follows:
A2Alto, Wagon-R, Zen, Swift4186947068-11.0%49928044037513.4% A3SX4, Dzire, Esteem, Baleno75362414212.2%493352969766.1% Total Passenger Cars6379964284-0.8%70789763240811.9%
MUVGrand Vitara *, Gypsy622272128.7%3921322121.7%
* SX4 launched in May 2007, Grand Vitara launched in July 2007,...