Marikar is synonymous with anything on wheels in Kerala. The company was one of the first few to introduce the state to a world of cars, trucks, bikes & scooters. The seeds of automobile retailing were sown quite early in the history of the group. The Marikar Group of companies made humble beginnings in 1926 when its founder Mr. H.O.L Marikar started a departmental store in the hill station of Munnar to cater to the needs of the planters and others on the tea estates. The deparment store was unique as it traded in automobile spares & accessories too.
By 1934, Marikar &Co. Ltd dealt in Ford cars and International trucks. The first fully fledged automobile retail division started in 1940 under the name Marikar Motors with the Head Office at Thiruvananthapuram. Since then, the Marikar Group has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, it has a showroom in almost every other major city in Kerala and deals in all kinds of automobiles.
The Founder H.O.L Marikar was man of values and integrity. He believed that success would follow if the work at hand was done with integrity, the service delivered with quality and in time. His drive for excellence percolated down to all the divisions of Marikar. Today the group has varied business interests with major focus on automotives with dealerships of Porsche, Skoda, and Royal Enfield and Honda two wheelers. Other interests include dealership of office automation, home appliances and textiles.
Spread across Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the Group today has nineteen sales points and thirty service points, driven by the 525 strong Marikar family. The Group has always invested heavily in sustaining a very stable and healthy employee-employer relationship – in terms of benefits and incentives as well as regular training and updation of skills.
As part of its recent diversification programme, the Group has entered into the marketing of Travel and Tourism Products and Office Automation & Communication Systems.
What sets the MARIKAR Group apart is the synergy it has achieved between tradition and technology and between time-tested values and modern-day demands. It is this innate understanding of the market and the tremendous dedication and drive that continues to fuel the Group on the road to the future.
The success the Marikar Group has achieved in terms of creating, sustaining and developing highly productive business models, has consistently earned many awards. The group attributes its development to the unequivocal support and efforts put in by the employees. Marikar group has been able to adapt to changing customer demands as its people are all ears for the customer and have been flexible to new age demands. With changing generations, Marikar Group moves on with the same drive that it had when started by its visionary founder, Late H.O.L Marikar.