Osamu Has Questions for You

Suzuki Motor, just announced a new car for the minicar market in India and, according to Autoblog Green1, Osamu Suziki, its chairman, of some specific questions about Tata’s 1-lakh (USD$2,500) car:

There is a slight lack of clarity about this $3,000 figure. Does it refer to the actual retail price? Or does it refer to the cost of materials that are used in preparing this automobile? It’s not quite clear. … There’s not much clarity about which standards, and which year, this $3,000 car is aiming to fulfill. … Will airbags be included? Will seat belts?

Right now, in Europe we have the Euro3 standards, and soon we will have the Euro4 standards and around 2013 the Euro5 standards will also be implemented. Are [Tata] only planning to release it domestically in India? Are they thinking of exports? There is so much that is not known about this car. … Our fundamental stance is that rather than Suzuki becoming very concerned about watching over our shoulder to see what other people are doing, we’ll move forward at our own pace.

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