Suzuki is planning to set up its second plant in Gujarat and the construction is expected to begin in 2021
Maruti Suzuki is India’s largest car manufacturer in volumes and the company has three plants in the country. The Manesar and Gurgaon plant is currently running in full capacity. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) first plant in Gujarat has three assembly lines and each one can produce 2.5 L units with the total capacity of 7.5 lakh car per annum.
But the company has only commissioned the first assembly as the second line is expected to begin production by early 2019 and the final line by 2020. According to a new report, Suzuki is planning to set up another plant in Gujarat near Mehsana, which is around 35 km from the first plant in Hansalpur area.
Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) is expected to complete land acquisition soon as they already have 400 acres of land and the company is in the process of acquiring another 100 acres, while the state government will also give 60 acres of land. The total cost of the project is Rs. 9,000 crore and the construction will begin in 2021.
The second plant will also have three assembly lines with 2.5 lakh unit capacity for each and the estimated cost of each assembly line is around Rs. 3000 crores. The new plants will certainly reduce the backlog of the company as the waiting period of some popular models is really high.
The first plant in Gujarat manufacturers Baleno and the new generation of Swift. We can expect the company to add more models once the second line is complete. Maruti Suzuki is also focusing on future models and they are planning to introduce the first EV to the market by the end of this decade.
Recently the company flagged off 50 prototype electric vehicles for field testing and they will be tested in different terrains and weather conditions. The information from these testing will be used for the development of upcoming EV and the prototypes were manufactured at the Gurugram plant, while the battery comes from Suzuki plant in Gujarat.