In the last 18 months, Osamu Suzuki, the chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation that owns India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, has been a regular visitor to India. He makes it a point to attend almost all of company’s board meetings (around 6 every year), and is a routine visitor to the firm’s Annual General shareholder’s Meeting generally held in September. Read more

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The super boss at Maruti Suzuki, country’s largest car company, Osamu Suzuki makes atleast one scheduled visit to India every year–during Maruti’s annual general meeting in August-September. So it was for him this year when he came last week primarily for the AGM on Tuesday. There was a difference though…a major one. Read more

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Two terse press releases on their global website, a few frantic calls of ‘concern’, a couple of emails of shock and disbelief and by and large a Buddhist demeanour of whatever happens, happens for the best. Read more

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As the dust settle on another busy year for the automotive industry, the jury would be out to decide on which is the best car of the year. But with car launches multiplying exponentially every year and threatening to outdo the number of movies made per year, surely not every car is worth the effort and investment of the manufacturer and consideration of the consumer. Read more

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On a sunny Wednesday morning in December last year, the top management of India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki were busy patting their back at the Gurgaon plant, the country’s largest car factory till date, for regularly exceeding targets and producing more cars than capacity at each of their plants. Read more

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It is by far the largest selling carmaker in India, but its success is led largely by age old cars like Alto, Wagon R and even Swift. With parent Suzuki in a state of disarray and more dependent on Maruti than ever before and a product pipeline that is drying up and consists mostly of refreshes, Maruti Suzuki’s indefatigable halo in India is diminishing. What is even more disturbing is its complacency amply reflected in the deadlock between management and workers at its newest Manesar factory. Read more

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