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
This historical industry is still all-encompassing at Gurgaon, because even though the plant has sprawled from those early beginnings, it's still on the same site, a bit like a car-producing version of Heathrow. It is what I mistakenly imagine all factories in India to be like - masses of people everywhere, absolutely zero appearance of any order to anything, and yet the capability to produce literally hundreds of thousands of cars a year.
Sure, it's got modern welding robots and massive 4,200-tonne steel presses, but there's something charming and weirdly romantic about the sights and smells here. Walk into the engine casting plant, and you're greeted by the relentless heat of the furnace, the odour of some really rather hot metal and the frantic noise of blokes grinding unwanted flashes from the engine blocks.