- The drop in production comes at a time when the global auto industry is dealing with shortage of parts such as semiconductor chip.
- Production of Maruti Suzuki’s Eeco van saw a drop at 9,045 units last month as compared to 11,219 units in December of 2020.
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), the country’s largest manufacturer, reported a 2% drop in output last month. In December 2021, the company produced 1,52,029 units, compared to 1,55,127 units the previous year. While overall passenger vehicle production was 1,48,767 units last month, it was 1,53,475 units in December 2020.
Maruti’s minicars, such as the Alto and S-Presso, produced 19,396 units last month, compared to 27,772 units a year ago. However, output of its compact cars, such as the WagonR, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Baleno, and Dzire, grew to 86,694 units in the year-ago period, up from 85,103 units.
Maruti Suzuki also expanded production of utility cars such as the Gypsy, Ertiga, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza, and XL6 to 31,794 units last month, up from 28,006 units in the same month of 2020. However, the manufacturing of Maruti’s Eeco van dropped to 9,045 units last month, down from 11,219 units in December 2020.
Last month, it produced 3,262 units of its light commercial vehicle Super Carry, up from 1,652 units in December of 2020. In the last five years, the model has surpassed the one lakh mark.
The decrease in output occurs at a time when the global car industry is experiencing a shortage of parts like as semiconductor chips. Last month, Reuters reported that production at Maruti Suzuki’s two facilities in Haryana and Gujarat will continue to be disrupted, with output ranging from 80% to 85% of typical levels.