The Indian Army has placed an order for over 4,100 units of the Maruti Gypsy, the biggest order for the car till date, giving a new lease of life to one of the earliest sports utility vehicles (SUV) that has evolved little since its launch in 1985.
The previous order from the Army was for around 1,000 vehicles in 2012. The current order was placed three months ago, and Maruti has already delivered half the number to the Army, while the remaining would be delivered in around four months.
The Army’s first order for the Gypsy was in 1991, and since then, Maruti Suzuki India has sold 31,000 of the vehicles to the force.
“Army has some specific requirements and they need additional accessories. We tweak those specifications even though it involves a lot of effort on our part in terms of engineering and production. We are glad they have shown trust in us with repeat orders,” said RS Kalsi, executive director and head of domestic sales and marketing at Maruti Suzuki India.