Maruti Suzuki India’s (MSI)’completely made in India car’ will hit the roads by 2012 and the company is likely to finalise the design within the next six months.
According to people in the know of the project for the car, the company will finalise the design, engine size and how to position it in the market within the next six months.
“It is likely that the made in India car will be positioned along with MSI’s its best selling model Alto,” a source said. Internally MSI has set 2012 as the launch target, the source added. At present MSI still depends on parent Suzuki for its future model design and development programme.
The ‘Made in India’ car has been developed keeping in mind rival Hyundai Motors India’s small car that is also likely to be unveiled in early 2012. Hyundai is also designing and developing the car keeping in mind the Indian market. Hyundai’s small car is expected to be positioned below the company’s existing flagship model, Santro, and operate in the segment that the Alto from Maruti Suzuki is in.