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Suzuki bets on hybrids in India as world goes electric

Carmaker adjusts eco-car dreams to local realities

Suzuki's top-selling Dzire model on display in New Delhi.

TOKYO -- As automakers across the globe race to put fully electric vehicles on the road, Suzuki Motor is traveling a different route in the crucial Indian market with hybrids.

Suzuki began producing cars in the South Asian country back in 1983, building up its supply chain over the years via subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India. Focusing on such small, inexpensive offerings as the Alto and the Swift, it now controls 40% of the nation's new-auto market.

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