Suzuki touts In­dia-made qual­ity at par­ity with Ja­pan

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Suzuki Mo­tor Corp., ship­ping In­dia-built cars to Ja­pan for the first time, said plants in its big­gest mar­ket are now ca­pa­ble of mak­ing ve­hi­cles at the same level of qual­ity as fac­to­ries at home. Ja­pan's se­cond-big­gest minicar maker be­gan sell­ing the Baleno hatch­back, made by its Maruti Suzuki In­dia Ltd. sub­sidiary, in Ja­pan on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment.

Suzuki said ear­lier this week it's plan­ning to sell ¥200 bil­lion of con­vert­ible bonds pri­mar­ily to help fund ex­pan­sion in In­dia, its big­gest mar­ket. Chair­man Osamu Suzuki said the com­pany is look­ing to "dis­miss the prej­u­dice" against In­dia-made cars with the Baleno, which is equipped with stan­dard safety fea­tures in­clud­ing a radar sys­tem that mit­i­gates col­li­sions.

Aside from Nis­san Mo­tor Co., al­most all of Ja­panese au­tomak­ers' lo­cal sales are do­mes­tic­made ve­hi­cles. "We have been work­ing on qual­ity in In­dia for three decades," Suzuki, 86, told re­porters at a press con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day in Tokyo. Suzuki's In­dia plants are at par­ity with the com­pany's Ko­sai fac­tory in Ja­pan that builds minicar mod­els in­clud­ing the Alto and Hus­tler, he said. "There's no prob­lem with qual­ity."

Ja­panese au­tomak­ers sold 28,610 pas­sen­ger cars that were made over­seas last year, down 7.3% from 2014, ac­cord­ing to the Ja­pan Au­to­mo­bile Im­porters As­so­ci­a­tion.

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