Maruti to build Made-in-India car
Maruti, the Indian car manufacturer is all set to build a car which is 100% Indian. To do this maruti is set to develop an all-new model from scratch by 2011 using its Indian engineering strength.
IV Rao, managing executive officer (engineering) of Maruti Suzuki, said the company has been strengthening its engineering and design competencies as it plans to nearly double its engineering workforce by 2010 from 560. “We would like to close March next year with 740 engineers and reach 1000 by 2010,” Rao said.
Speaking about the future direction for the Indian R&D team, he said, “Going forward, we would be working on a model that is conceived, developed and designed at Maruti by its own engineering team.” Rao’s statement indicates the fast-growing stature of Maruti within Suzuki’s overall global plans and clearly brings out the future strategy of the Japanese carmaker.
Maruti Suzuki’s R&D capabilities began with modifying Suzuki cars to Indian conditions and have been growing in line with the company’s rising sales performance. It has evolved over the years, becoming big enough to play a part in some of Suzuki’s key global design projects like the Swift and the A-Star. Nearly 75 engineers at Maruti have trained in long-term projects at Suzuki, Rao said.
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