By the time you’ve read this story, this Maruti Suzuki plant will have produced 40 cars Numbers. Facts and figures. Data. Call them what you will, but the simple truth is that they are the only way to convey the scale of the Maruti Suzuki car-making operation in India. Fancy things like adjectives, metaphors, clever words and phrases simply won’t work. So here goes, and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The Maruti Suzuki factory at Gurgaon builds one car every 16 seconds. That’s 3,500 a day, some 62,500 a month. Just let that last number sink in for a second.
In 2013, 750,000 cars will roll off the production line, and to build them, Suzuki will have to find 487,500 tonnes of steel. Each car leaves the factory with five litres of fuel on board, which means that the facility will consume 3,750,000 litres just getting the cars out the door in one year alone.
If you think those numbers are impressive, it really is just the start. There also happens to be another Maruti Suzuki factory just a 20-minute drive from Gurgaon, in a place called Manesar. This one will build 550,000 Suzukis this year. Which will need another 357,500 tonnes of steel.
And then another plant is being built in Gujarat. By 2015, this will be building 250,000 cars a year. With added capacity at the other plants too, that means Maruti Suzuki should be constructing well over 2,000,000 vehicles a year. A year.
In other words, enough cars for every man, woman and child in Nagpur.