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Maruti Suzuki to invest another $284m in R&D unit

State-of-the-art facility targeted for completion by early 2019

Maruti Suzuki's premium hatchback Ignis is being tested for frontal offset impact crash test at the company's R&D center in the northern Indian state of Haryana.

NEW DELHI -- Maruti Suzuki India, the country's largest passenger carmaker, aims to complete the second phase of its research and development center in northern Haryana state by March 2019 at an estimated investment of 19 billion rupees ($283.6 million), taking the total project cost to 38 billion rupees.

Spread over 600 acres in Haryana's Rohtak region, 70km away from the capital New Delhi, the construction of the state-of-the-art facility -- touted as one of the most advanced R&D plants in India -- began in June 2011, and the first phase was completed in November 2015.

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