Maruti carries 7.2 lakh vehicles by rail

– Maruti Suzuki uses five loading terminals and 15 destination destinations

– Over 1.80 lakh units were shipped using rail in FY2020-21

Maruti Suzuki has announced that it has transported over 7.2 lakh vehicles using Indian railways in the last five years. In the FY2020-21 alone, the company transported 1.8 lakh cars along the railway route. The increased focus on rail usage has helped the company offset over 3,200 MT of CO2 emissions combined, says the car maker.

These vehicles are propelled in a specially designed twin bed rack that has a carrying capacity of 318 cars and can be operated at a speed of 95kmph. To date, more than 1,40,000 Maruti Suzuki cars have been transported through these twin rakes. Filing date, 36 high-speed and high-capacity rigs are actively used by Maruti Suzuki and its service providers for dispatching its vehicles.

Currently, Maruti Suzuki operates from five loading terminals in Gurgaon, Farukhnagar, Kathuwas, Patli, and Detroj. The 15 destination terminals include Bangalore, Nagpur, Mumbai, Guwahati, Mundra Port, Indore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, NCR, Siliguri, Coimbatore, Pune, and Agartala.

Explaining the objective of using rail for vehicle transportation, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Maruti Suzuki India, said, “The carriage of finished vehicles by rail has many tangible benefits. It is a clean and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. It reduces congestion on highways and more space is available for other vehicles. Therefore, as a conscious effort at Maruti Suzuki, we have taken important steps to improve rail freight. We thank the Ministry of Railways for their support, which helped to increase our volumes transported by rail. In the past five years, over 7.2 lakh vehicles have been shipped by rail, almost 1.8 lakh the highest by far in FY2021 alone. ”