Suzuki Swift sold for five million units worldwide; 54% sales recorded in India through the hatchback and Dzire sub-4m sedan
Suzuki Motor Corporation has issued a press release today that five million units of the Swift have been sold cumulatively taking every market into account. Unsurprisingly, India is the biggest consumer of the model in the world as our domestic market accumulates to 54 percent of the total sales.
Putting it into number of units, an astonishing 2.7 million examples of the Swift and its sedan sibling the Swift Dzire have been retailed in India according to Suzuki. Launched as a worldwide strategic compact model in November 2004, it took less than six months for it to be manufactured locally.
Winning many prestigious awards in Japan and foreign markets, it took only eleven years and five months to achieve the five-million feat. The Swift and its derivatives are currently beingf produced in seven countries and sold across 140 countries and regions totally like Japan, Hungary, India, China, Pakistan, and Thailand.
Suzuki says the Swift accounts for three percent sales of the company’s Indian arm, at an estimated 430,000 examples sold. The whole of Europe is responsible for about 17 percent. its home market of Japan at 10 percent and the remaining 19 percent the rest of the world.
As the Indian economy grew through the last decade, the compact Swift hatchback set new milestones following the introduction of diesel versions and the Swift Dzire sedan in 2008 succeeding the Esteem. It took advantage of the government tax exemptions by launching the below four metre second-generation model four years later based on the third-gen global Swift hatchback.
It spawned a new segment that captured loads of attention ever since from customers and other car manufacturers. The Swift hatchback was awarded as Car of the Year twice in 2005 and for the overhauled version in 2011. The latest avatar of the Swift diesel saw 10 percent fuel economy increase and 9.6 percent increase for the petrol version.
The next generation Swift is expected to be revealed this year before reaching India sometime in 2017. Most recently, Maruti Suzuki launched the Swift Dzire with AMT transmission only on the diesel engine in January 2016.