Favoritism towards domestic producers, investment restrictions and weak enforcement of intellectual property rights were among the many the criticisms leveled at the Chinese automotive industry by the European Commission this week. The fact that China's auto sector recently recorded its first positive trade balance has also fueled concerns among European car firms about competitive practices.
Suzuki has revealed plans to ramp up investment in India, its largest overseas market. As well as boosting production, the Japanese major will develop a new line of mid-sized sedans. A departure from minicars is a wise move by Suzuki: competing in more than one segment will enable it to keep pace in one of the region's fastest growing automotive markets.
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