The Maruti Swift sales have surpassed yet another milestone and India continues to be the single largest market for the global supermini (and its market-specific sedan derivative). The Swift’s global sales has surpassed 5 million units recently and it took 11 years and 5 months to achieve the feat.
The nameplate debuted in India in 2005 and has been a runaway success starting from day 1, thanks to its youthful design and impressive dynamics. The car eventually spawned an India-specific compact sedan which also went on to dominate its segment. Out of the 5 million units sales, around 54% is accounted for by the Indian market. Europe emerges as the second largest market for the Swift with a contribution of 17% while Japan pitches in with 10%.
The Swift is currently being produced in 7 countries – India, Japan, Pakistan, Hungary, Thailand, Malaysia and Malaysia – and being sold in over 140 countries. The hatchback which debuted in 2004 entered into its second generation in 2011.
In India, the hatchback is available with the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines. The Swift Dzire sedan in available in two avatars – a sub-4m version for private car buyers and a longer (older) version called Dzire Tour for taxi operators.
The next gen Maruti Swift is currently being developed and we already presented our readers with a set of exclusive renderings of the car based on the leaked images.