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Suzuki to rev up India with first new SUV in 35 years

Flagging sales spur Japanese automaker to target rural market with new model

Suzuki Motor will introduce a new mini-SUV in India, based on the Jimny Sierra pictured above. (Photo courtesy of Suzuki Motor)

TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor is launching its first new mini four-wheel SUV in 35 years and expanding showrooms in rural areas as it seeks to bolster flagging sales in India, its largest market.

The new model is the successor to the Gypsy, which local unit Maruti Suzuki began producing in 1985. The car went offline this March because of delays in safety updates, including the installation of air bags -- now legally required in India.

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