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SUVs grab 30% of Indian auto market as incomes grow

Scooter sales push two-wheelers above 20m units in India for first time

Tata Motors showcases its H5X concept at an auto show in February. SUVs are gaining momentum in India as more people seek style and comfort in cars.

MUMBAI -- Sport utility vehicles have grown to account for roughly 30% of the passenger automobile market in India, as rising incomes drive a change in consumer tastes.

Economical compacts held an overwhelming presence in the market for decades. Local manufacturer Tata Motors' Nano compact, which debuted nearly a decade ago for a mere 100,000 rupees ($1,539 at current rates), created a buzz as the world's most affordable new car.

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