In 2020-2021, more than 1.8 lakh of vehicles were transported via the rail facilities, the largest rail shipment ever made by the Company, compared to nearly 88,000 units in 2016-2017.
In 2020-2021, more than 1.8 lakh vehicles were transported by rail.
Maruti Suzuki India has announced that it has transported over 7.2 lakh vehicles using Indian Railways in the past five years. In 2020-2021, more than 1.8 lakh of vehicles were transported by rail, which is the largest rail shipment ever made by the company, compared to nearly 88,000 units in 2016-17. Maruti says the increased focus on using the railways has helped the company offset more than 3,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions, cumulatively. Rail transportation exceeded 1.8 lakh units in the last fiscal year, accounting for nearly 13 percent of total sales in the same period.
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Explaining the purpose of using railways for vehicle transportation, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India, said: “There are many tangible benefits to transporting finished vehicles by rail. It is a clean and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. It reduces congestion. on highways and there is more space available for other vehicles. Therefore, as part of a conscious effort at home. Maruti Suzuki, we have taken important steps to improve the transport of vehicles by rail. We thank the Ministry of Railways for its support, which has helped to increase our volumes In the past five years, more than 7, 2 lakh of vehicles were transported by rail, nearly 1.8 lakh by far the highest for fiscal year 2021 alone. “
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Operations began with the use of railroad cars (converted from old passenger cars). These single-deck wagons had a rake capacity to carry 125 cars. But with increasing volumes, it was necessary to switch to dedicated high-capacity wagons. So the design arm of Indian Railways – Research Design and Standard’s Organization (RDSO) took feedback from automakers into account to develop a new design, a two-tier rake that doubled load capacity to 265 cars. Over 140,000 Maruti Suzuki cars have been transported through these two-tier rakes.
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