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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When it was discontinued in 13 major cities in India in April 2010 as Maruti decided not to upgrade its engine to meet the tougher BSIV emission norms, everybody thought the M800 story was over. Read more

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The rule books in India, or what some people would call the holy grail of the automotive industry–Central Motor Vehicles Rules or the Motor Vehicles Act– dont have it. The manufacturers are either confused themselves or pretend that they are. It suits them as they want to keep consumers guessing as well. 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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It’s been out in the market for a good 16 months and generally that is enough to decide whether a car has hit the bull’s eye or not. The Toyota Etios though, is a curious case. 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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A two part series that looks on and back at the intense rivalries that have structured the course of the Indian automotive landscape 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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