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Old 24th February 2017, 18:09   #1
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Maruti Suzuki will be investing Rs. 1,900 crore to expand its R&D facility located in Rohtak, Haryana. A major part of this investment will be dedicated towards vehicle safety evaluation and pacing up the development cycle of a product. The said investment will be made over a period of two years.

This is Maruti's second major investment in the Rohtak facility. The company had earlier invested a similar amount to build up the facility in the first phase. Spread over an area of 600 acres, the R&D center is partially operational at the moment and has played a key role in development of the company's compact SUV - the Vitara Brezza.

The automaker claims that its 5 models - Ignis, Baleno, Ertiga, Ciaz and S-Cross are already compliant with crash test norms that will soon come into force in the country. These vehicles are claimed to have gone through 35-40 tests each at the R&D center in Rohtak. Maruti is now aiming to make 75-80 percent of its on-sale car models compliant with the new safety norms, ahead of the mandatory deadline. The said investment will thus help the automaker to make the R&D center ready for the impending task.

According to the Central Government's plans, new models launched after October this year will need to comply with full frontal impact and offset impact crash tests. On the other hand, existing models will need to be tweaked to be compliant to these tests by October 2019.

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Good move by the largest car manufacturer of India!! This would save lot of time and money. Cars need not be airlifted to Japan and also India would be the global hub for Suzuki . Not to forget, Baleno is manufactured only in India.
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Great to see this initiative from Maruti. Given their position of leadership in the market it is fitting that they take this initiative.

The facility also seems to have a wide range of facilities from crash test facilities to high speed tracks. For instance it has more thant 30 test tracks to test endurance, high speed and NVH. Source : Autocar

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For a company that did no R&D 10 years back and was continuously begging Suzuki for 'gearbox technology', Maruti sure has strengthened its product development capability. And you can see it in their newer cars which are much improved. Always happy to read about local R&D efforts.
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For a company that did no R&D 10 years back and was continuously begging Suzuki for 'gearbox technology', Maruti sure has strengthened its product development capability. And you can see it in their newer cars which are much improved. Always happy to read about local R&D efforts.
Rephrasing : For a company that did no R&D 10 years back and is still continuously begging Suzuki for 'engine & gearbox technology' (and for pretty much everything else which involves technology), Maruti sure has strengthened its product development capability.

(based on inputs from rightly placed birdies)
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