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
The resulting joint venture - Maruti Udyog Ltd - was born in the early Eighties. Watching the hustle and bustle of Delhi now, it's difficult to imagine how different it must have been. In 1983, there were only 40,000 cars on the roads. There were also only three domestically produced models to choose from - the Hindustan Ambassador, the Premier Padmini and the Standard Herald. And if you wanted a car, you needed to wait two years for your order. The conservative optimism of the time is touching now, because the factory at Gurgaon was only ever meant to build 100,000 cars a year. And it was buried in the middle of
a dusty field outside Delhi.
Be mightily impressed by those pioneers from Maruti Suzuki. They had to build their own power plant at Gurgaon because the local electricity supply was so unreliable, and they had to train the entire workforce from scratch. There simply wasn't the trained labour in India at the time, so every manager had to work on the shop floor in Japan to get the necessary experience.