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
But as I stood watching all these cars roll off the line - a tardy one every 30 seconds at Manesar - a thought struck home. Where on earth can they all be going? Because surely there's a consequence to all this unit-intensive modern manufacturing - physical congestion.
Maruti Suzuki has 10,000 trucks on the road every day, delivering all the cars to the various dealers around the country, and the Indian infrastructure just isn't keeping pace. I met a lot of guys from Maruti while I was out in India, and the one who looked most stressed was the transport chap at Gurgaon. Small wonder. Every day, his trucks cover 100,000 miles, which means that in two-and-a-half days, he might as well have sent a convoy to the moon.