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THE Haryana government has allotted 700 acres to India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki for its proposed R&D complex in Rohtak. The land deal was signed by Maruti Suzuki MD and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi and HSIIDC managing director Rajeev Arora at Rohtak. The upcoming facility, the only by Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) outside Japan, will see MSIL invest Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion).

   Of the 700 acres, a dedicated 100 acre will house the Suppliers’ Park. The company’s vendor partners will bring in further investment in their plants within the R&D complex, which will be completed by 2015.

The facility will act as the global R&D hub for small cars. “This facility
would enable Maruti Suzuki to offer superior products to our customers as
well as develop them on its own in near future,” Mr Nakanishi said. The passenger car R&D center will have India’s first state-of-the-art car test track and include other high-tech facilities, like wind tunnel and frontal and side car crash testing. Maruti will make global cars for SMC in near future like the popular hatchback ‘AStar’ made only in India and exported to Europe and other overseas markets under the Suzuki Alto badge.

   MSI managing executive officer (engineering) I V Rao said: “It will catapult Maruti into the next league as a car maker capable to develop new cars and platforms on its own. We are targeting 2012 to develop cars indigenously.” MSIL will complete phase 1 by 2012, which will see an investment of Rs 400 crore while the balance Rs 600 crore will be invested by 2015.’’

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