As per a report by PTI, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) wants Maruti Suzuki to take the lead for development of India-specific products.The company plans to launch 15 new products by 2020 in India.
The engineers at Maruti Suzuki will lead the product development for three to four models out of the total 15that will be launched in the next five years. These products will not be built from scratch butwill be based on the Suzuki platform. This will allow Suzuki todirect its focus on premium models, giving Maruti the charge forthe India-specific range.
This news comes close on the heels of Maruti Suzuki showcasingthe much hyped compact SUV,the Vitara Brezzaat the 2016 Auto Expo. The Vitara Brezza is an all new, sub-four metre compact SUVdeveloped in Indiawithout any inputs from Suzuki'sglobal R&D team. The project was supervised by CV Raman, executive director engineering at MSIL making him the first Indian to head an MNC project by Suzuki. The total investment for the Vitara Brezza project is an estimated Rs 860 crore with 98per cent localisation.
Suzukimaintains that with the advent of many international players in India, the competition has increased and the company needs to buildmore India-specific products. Maruti Suzuki currentlyhas two plants at Gurgaon and Manesar in Haryana. The upcoming facility in Rohtak will also play a key role in the development of India-specific products like the Vitara Brezza.