Suzuki to make cars in India

Suzuki Motor plans to boost its production capacity for passenger cars in India to 1.45 million vehicles a year in 2012, topping its output in Japan for the first time, a report said Wednesday.

Suzuki’s local unit, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., will invest 2 – 4 billion yen (21 – 43 million dollars) this year to upgrade its two existing factories, increasing its capacity to 1.2 million units from about 1 million at present, the business daily Nikkei reported, citing company president Shinzo Nakanishi.

The move is aimed at maintaining Indian market share of about 50 percent amid growing demand and intensifying competition, it said.

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The new view on Urban planning

blue_goals_spotWhat most mayors are realizing is that they have too many people and no way to get them in and out of the city efficiently. The world of the automobile making us mobile is over. It now is only a main source of frustration and congestion in most cities. And the automobile does nothing but hinder, pollute, and worsen the air quality for most city residents that don’t own a car. It is now the time to start planning for people not cars. Start rejuvenating our cities by turning old parking lots into gardens and places to park bikes. Make bike lanes and put sidewalks along roads for walkers. Add in some mass transit such as buses, trains, and subways. Then connect these cities together with high-speed bullet trains instead of highways.

It’s been proven in places where buses, subways, and trains are built that people make the switch from cars to mass transit. So what are we waiting for again? The traffic to clear?