Maruti Suzuki India plans to set up a new Research and Development (R&D) centre that will include a testing track in the same premises in Harayana. Maruti has requested the Haryana government to grant 500 acres near Manesar that would attract an investment of Rs 1,800 crore. The Research and Development centre, set up by Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) will be the biggest facility outside Japan.
Interacting with mediapersons, Chief Manager (Sales) Maruti Suzuki India, Mr. R S Kalsi said: “The state-of-the-art Research and Development centre cum-testing-track would include all latest technological advancements. The facility will also house equipment including wind tunnel system, actual road conditions and others to test vehicles. The facility will also conduct extensive research on safety and new technologies.”
Currently, all research and development works are conducted at SMC facilities in Japan and at Gurgaon, India. Ahead of the construction of the new unit, Maruti Suzuki is scouting for new talent in automobile engineering and work is to raise headcount from 760 to 1,000 by 2010.
These developments are aimed at making Maruti develop cars independently.
Mr Kalsi also said that the diesel engine production capacity was being raised from 2 lakh units to 3 lakh units. This will help reduce waiting period of popular diesel variants of Swift hatchback and Swift D'Zire, which currently has an average waiting period of one to three months.