Indian Suzuki car manufacturer Maruti Udyog Ltd has increased its prices with immediate effect, report Asian internet news sources (10/01/01). The Maruti 800 - the largest selling Indian car based on a previous-model Suzuki Alto - is up by Rs 2180 ($US47), the price of the Zen base model has increased by Rs 4157 ($US90), the Esteem by Rs 5172 ($US111), the Alto up by Rs 7640 ($US164) and the Baleno by Rs 12,271 ($US273). The increases may not seem high to Western eyes but they represent substantial monetary increases in low-income India.