Maruti Suzuki India said it transported over 3.2 lakh vehicles using Indian Railways last year. Maruti Suzuki India Limited transported over 3.2 lakh units in 2022 via Indian Railways, its highest ever dispatch in a calendar year.

“Going forward, we aim to further increase these numbers. For this, we are setting up dedicated railway sidings at our facilities in Haryana (Manesar) and Gujarat,” Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director & CEO, said.

The company obtained a Automobile Freight Train Operator (AFTO) licence in 2013 allowing it to fabricate and operate high-speed, high-capacity auto-wagon rakes on the Indian Railways network.

In the last 10 years, the company has seen a fivefold increase in The railway dispatches in terms of volume.

“Aligned with the Government of India’s aim to reach net zero emissions by 2070, we have enhanced our efforts to reduce carbon footprint in our business operations. Our strategy to increase the use of rail mode in outbound logistics has resulted in dispatching record 3.2 lakh vehicles using railways in CY2022,” he said.

The use of Railways instead of trucks by the company has resulted in off-setting around 1,800 MT of CO2 emissions.

“In addition, we have been able to save over 50 million litres of fuel during the year which contributes to enhancing the energy security of our country,” Takeuchi added.

Rahul Bharti, Maruti Suzuki India’s Executive Officer Corporate Affairs said the company currently uses the railways to transport to 18 terminals like Mumbai, Guwahati and Mundra Port.

The company in the last 10 years using Railways has transported over 14 lakh vehicles.

Maruti Suzuki uses 40 specially designed railway rakes to transport vehicles across the country and each rake has a capacity of carrying over 300 vehicles.