Suzuki plant closed down after HR chief killed in riots

The top Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki has shut one of its two factories after rioting sparked by a labour dispute killed one person and injured dozens of others.

Puneep Dhawan, a company spokesman, said yesterday the plant stopped production on Wednesday night because of fire damage caused by rioting workers. “The plant is burnt in sections. You cannot make any cars,” he said.

The body was identified as that of Awanish Kumar Dev, general manager, human resources, at the factory, according to the Press Trust of India reports

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Suzuki now discussing VW cooperation and even more ties

Suzuki Motor Corp., the Japanese automaker 20 percent owned by Volkswagen AG, is discussing the responsibilities of its partnership with Europe’s biggest carmaker while seeking other alliances.

Suzuki is talking with VW about "what the two companies agreed upon" rather than new projects or cars, Yasuhito Harayama, Suzuki executive vice president, told reporters Monday in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. "We can’t cooperate unless we are equal partners."

The Japanese automaker is seeking alliances after last month broadening its agreement with Fiat SpA’s Powertrain unit to supply diesel engines for the Suzuki SX4, Harayama said. Volkswagen paid $2.5 billion for the Suzuki stake in January 2010 to expand in India, where the Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. unit makes almost half the cars sold in the country.

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