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Suzuki bolstering India auto output as competition revs up

Japanese automaker plans heavy investment to solidify leading market share

Suzuki aims to finish a third production line at its Indian plant in Gujarat during the early 2020s.

TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor will invest a further 100 billion yen ($876 million) in Indian production, aiming to maintain its commanding share in a competitive market that soon will contribute over half the automaker's global vehicle output.

The Japanese automaker operates in India through the Maruti Suzuki India unit. Plans call for a third production line in the early 2020s for a factory in the western state of Gujarat, where the company only recently announced a second line to be completed in 2019. The plant began mass production of the Baleno hatchback in February. Suzuki has two plants in the state of Haryana as well.

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