Maruti Udyog officials are in Japan to finalise recently announced mega investment plans in India with Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC). MUL managing director Jagdish Khattar has led the team to SMC's global headquarters in Hamamatsu to finalise and structure the Euro One Billion joint investment stated by both the companies over a period of five years. Investments include a 250,000-unit car plant, a 100,000-unit diesel engine plant and a two-wheeler plant.

Talks will be focussed on future vehicle launches including the new Swift and future models and also the role of Maruti's R&D in the next generation Alto. The distribution of assembly of new vehicles between the two companies, i.e. Maruti and Suzuki-Maruti will also be discussed in the context of how the large capacity of the new company and expansions at capacity constrained Maruti will be balanced out.

The Maruti team will review the trends in the Indian car market and potential of diesel powered passenger cars to SMC. A presentation on MUL achieving the top rank in J D Power Customer Satisfaction and Sales Satisfaction survey in India will be made so that SMC may disseminate this best practice to its other global subsidiaries. Inter linkages due to this large investment are understood to add Euro 3 Billion to India's GDP, augment investment of Euro 1.4 billion in the supplier industry and generate 1.3 million jobs.

Deepesh Rathore / Tilak Swarup