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Maruti Suzuki to invest Rs 10-15 billion in R&D complex at Rohtak, Haryana Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Monday, 24 August 2009
New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki's upcoming Research and Development Complex at Rohtak, Haryana, will see an investment in the range of Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 1,500 crore (Rs 10-15 billion). This would be Suzuki Motor Corporation's only such facility outside Japan.

The Haryana government has allotted 700 acres of land to Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) in Rohtak where, in addition to R&D facilities including test tracks, a dedicated 100 acres will house the Suppliers' Park, where the company's vendor partners will bring in further investment in their plants.

By virtue of multiple test tracks and facilities, the 700-acre Rohtak project will have crash test facility, emission labs, wind tunnel testing, durability testing facilities as well as performance evaluation facilities for components will also be set up. The Rohtak R&D complex will augment the full vehicle design and development capability of Maruti Suzuki in India.

The development of the allotted land and construction of the Test tracks will be completed during the first phase by 2012, the overall R&D facilities will be progressively completed by 2015.

Maruti Suzuki is on course to design a car on its own and launch a made-in-India car by 2012. For the latest global model, 'A star' Suzuki Motor Corporation has chosen Maruti Suzuki, India as the sole manufacturing base for its global requirement.

Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India, said, "Six years ago, Mr. Osamu Suzuki, Chairman, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan had promised the people of India that he will make Maruti Suzuki the R&D hub for Asia, outside Japan. Today, we have taken a step further in realizing this promise. This facility in Rohtak would be a big step forward in building the R&D capability of Maruti Suzuki, and enable us to offer superior products to our customers in the future as well . I am happy that all this is happening in Haryana. I thank the Haryana government and the Central government for their unstinted support to Maruti Suzuki over the last 25 years".

The project, he said, will add to Maruti Suzuki's in-house R&D facilities and will be a dream-come-true for Indian engineers and automobile designers. The ambitious outlay highlights the growing `India-focus' by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan towards making Maruti Suzuki the R&D hub for small cars, outside Japan.

The land allotment agreement was signed by Maruti Suzuki Managing Director and CEO Shri Shinzo Nakanishi and Shri Rajeev Arora, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) at Rohtak. The Haryana Chief Minister, Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda graced the occasion along with Shri Deepender Hooda, MP (Rohtak), Shri Shadi Lal Batra, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Shri R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki. Senior dignitaries and state government officials and Maruti Suzuki top management team were also present at the ceremony.

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