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Indian carmakers face supply chain pressures as COVID surges

Tata Motors sees global demand improving, hopes for 'strong' local recovery

The outlook for the Indian auto industry remains cloudy. (Photo courtesy of Maruti Suzuki)

NEW DELHI/TOKYO -- As India battles a deadly second wave of COVID-19, the country's automakers are bracing for near-term challenges, although they remain hopeful the industry will bounce back once the coronavirus situation improves.

Most parts of the country are under a lockdown, with car showrooms and retail markets in general remaining closed, except for essentials. The current wave of infections that has swept through the nation of more than 1.3 billion people has seen daily tallies of 400,000 cases, the highest in the world.

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