Gallery: India's insane Suzuki factories
By the time you've read this story, this plant will have made 40 cars
Posted: 10 Apr 2013
Small is better, and it's where there's a huge difference from China. The Chinese built their roads and then let the people buy cars. In India, it's been the other way around. As such, big SUVs and limos don't work because there isn't enough room. Tiny hatches are king - practicality is important to Indians, as is value for money.
And by that, I don't necessarily mean cheap. The Tato Nano is the absolute cheapest car on sale in India, but it only just scrapes onto the top ten best-selling list. Our Alto 800, £1,000 dearer, is comfortably at the top of the board. Indians love it, because it's small, they know it won't break down, and they'll get a good price when they swap it in five years' time.