New Rivals for India's Top Auto Spot

A new Japanese management team at Maruti Suzuki plans to keep its No. 1 place against rival Tata and other newcomers

For the first time ever, a team of Japanese executives is at the helm of India's top automaker. On Dec. 19, Shinzo Nakanishi took the reins as managing director of Maruti Suzuki India, a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor founded in 1982, that until last year was a joint venture between the Japanese automaker and the Indian government. Nakanishi has plenty of home-country company. The joint managing director, Hirofumi Nagao, and the heads of production, marketing, and research and development are all Japanese.

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