This is in reference to the news story “Maruti Suzuki India begins Baleno shipments to Japan; launch slated for March” (FE, February 7), almost 30 years after it was set up and after manufacturing close to 12 million vehicles in India, the quality of cars produced by Maruti is getting recognition in Japan—the home country of Suzuki—which is perhaps the world’s most stringent technological market. The Baleno hatchback, which will be launched in Japan next month, is 98% made-in-India, and most of it by Indian engineers. In addition, it is a matter of pride that Maruti today is bigger than its parent Suzuki as far as units produced and sold are concerned. Maruti, in fact, accounts for around 40% of Suzuki’s global profits and, in FY15, its sales were 70% those of Suzuki in Japan. Today, Maruti’s R&D in Rohtak can create a world-class car without any help from Japan. This is perhaps one of the best examples of making in India, and it should be a major lesson for companies and policy-makers alike who are directly or indirectly part of the Make-in-India initiative. The private and public sector enterprises could may be learn a thing or two here.
Surya Singh, Jaipur