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Tata reveal the 4.6-million dollar Golden Nano Car

By IndianDrives

Tata Group in its attempt to mark jewellery making tradition in India spanning 5000 years now coupled with India going crazy over Gold has come up with a unique Nano that’s Gold plated.

Gold, as we know, is the most desired metal in India, and Tata plans to showcase it on its cheapest car, the Nano. The Nano which costs a paltry 2000 dollars has been transformed into a 4.6-million dollar magnificent artwork. It’s really a mesmerising piece of work for most Indians. [Read More...]


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Toyota Prius vs Honda Civic Hybrid

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Its unique to equivalence things which talk be rhythmical with the duplicate rule, but while examination things, we commonly get the terms integer ordinal. If both the things, steady if they are various, chance to be in the aforementioned damage edit, then they can definitely be put low the comparability scanner. The bound things metamorphose out to be the Toyota Prius and the Honda National Crossbreed. We fresh had the Honda Civic Crossbred with us for some half a day and thence the fast compare with its so called near competitor, the Prius. Now, having a Prius can be a sub Rs 30 lakhs thing spell a Honda National, when new costs around Rs 25 lakhs Crossbred is unavoidable. Comparing apples to apples is what the norm is unremarkably but we are deed by scrutiny apples with bananas with the familiar situation being the nutrition quotient in them.
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Swift Sport to make its debut in Frankfurt

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Risen of the commence of the 2011 Maruti Satirist in India, parent lot Suzuki are already in the deliver of launching the Feature type in the upcoming Metropolis Motor Conduct. The new finished Gin Move Show had shown the automotive world the S-Concept. However, we Indians can exclusive covet at that content. This is because Maruti is still tense lipped nigh the actuation of this car in Bharat. For many news dose on this, the Swift Sportsman is actually a practice that Suzuki has been continuing since the second this car was launched in Aggregation. Unluckily, as of now, only Aggregation enjoys the benefits of having this car and the pose of the concern can only reckon most this.

The Ironist Jock uses the aforementioned engine area as the SX4 in India. The 1.6 liter petrol organisation that it uses is of the M16A serial. Nevertheless, in the lighter Jock, it is adjusted for more torque and also Bhp. 134 Bhp of cause and 160 Nm of torque is what this engine is adequate of producing in the Packer Game. Moreover, with VVT, this engine is solon of a slaveless revving one and is e'er dying to trip its redline. Gear duties are ably handled by an all new 6 motion practice. Orthodox estimates say that this Ironist is open of 0-100 present within 10 seconds and top travel would also be around in the 200 kmph location. [Source: indiandrives.com]

Ferrari 458 Spider to Debut at 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

By IndianDrives

Romance sumptuousness sportscar business, Ferrari has had a zealous run in the market if its disc income levels are anything to go by. The honours of the models to be launched is a lounge variation of the 458 Italia, the 458 Programme. Among the coolest features of this car is that it give know a conniving top that can be sunray, commutation the earlier variant's fluffy top.

The new car is likely to be launched this twelvemonth during the 2011 City Auto Exhibit in September, before it is launched in markets in the duplicate period in Collection. The car present be acquirable in Earth exclusive by earlier 2012. The histrion weight to the car may accomplish it a bit slower supplemental further by the auto execution. Moreover, the car will have the said show of 570hp, and brim force of 400 pounds feet or 542Nm approx. from its V8 4.5l engine. Read More...

Skoda Laura vRS to be launched on August 31, 2011

By IndianDrives

Time there eff been talks almost a Skoda Laura vRs to be launched in India and various of the transnational blogs reporting what a stonker the organization is, it is eventually prefab attorney that the Skoda Laura vRs would be future to India on August 31st 2011. Seems similar Revered is the month of car launches as India has already witnessed confidential to 5 launches and one unveiling. This Laura would be a knob gap structure before the all new Laura makes its debut afterward succeeding twelvemonth. The new vRS variable would person a new embody kit consummate with backside person, support skirts and low profile tyres supported by stumpy impurity wheels.[Source By: indiandrives.com]

Jaguar to Develop Entry Level Sedan and Hybrid Supercar

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The luxury car brand, Jaguar owned by Tata Motors is planning on developing a sedan in the entry level segment as well as a hybrid supercar that will compete against BMW’s 3 series vehicles.

The new models are of part of the company plans of investing around $2.5bn per annum for product development at their Land Rover and Jaguar brands over a period of five years. The amount will include either 40 upgrades or new vehicles. The company based in Mumbai, is looking forward to the luxury British brands that is purchased back in 2008for driving its international ambitions and growth, as its Nano car’s sales fall. Meanwhile, Land Rover has been aiming for record sales on their compact Evoque, whereas Jaguar aims for reversing the decreasing demand by rounding out their product offering.[Source By: indiandrives.com]

New 4×2 Tata Aria Variants Launched in India

By IndianDrives

Tata recently launched the Tata Aria in India in four different variants. Three are two wheel drive variants, while the other one is a basic variant that is dubbed as Pure. Being the most basic of the all the variants, this SUV is doesn’t feature any airbags, Bluetooth connectivity, controls mounted on the steering wheel, GPS, driver seats adjustability according to height and cruise control. The Pure however features ABS though without the EBD and 16?‘ pressed all steel wheels. READ MORE...

Popular Cars From Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

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Popular Cars From Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

The third series in the Transformers franchise, Dark of the Moon released a while back, but like the Cars and the Fast & the Furious films, this one too had an impact on the audience, and even more with car buying audience. For what is the third is this popular film series, the decepticons and autobots came back with newer variants or new troops to add to their ranks.

Here are some of the popular four wheel models showcased throughout the film.

The main Autobot leader dubbed Optimus Prime is played a Peterbilt 379 truck, which has been retained since the first Transformers film. The vehicle sports a blue and red livery with flame graphics, however in the new film, the truck is also supplied with a trailer for storing weapons that give it another transformation models.

The other popular vehicle in the film is the fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro that is dubbed as Bumblebee, and is the first transformer to befriend actor Shia Labeouf in the first film. For the third film, this car has received a lot of upgrades including a new paint and body kit, and has even got the manufacturers to introduce a special edition 2012 Transformers Camaro, for fans of the franchise.


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Chevrolet Beat Diesel to Launch on July 25

By IndianDrives

GM India will launch its much awaited diesel powered Chevrolet Beat on July 25, following the high demand for diesel powered variants with the widening gap between diesel and petrol prices.

The MD and head of GM India, Karl Slym, was quoted as saying that the due to the fluctuating fuel prices in India, their new diesel variant Beat will help bring about a revolution in the small car market, with its fuel economy and engine capacity. The company managed to sell a total of 1.1 lakh vehicles in India last year. They are doubling their growth in India, in comparison to the industry average. They are also expected to sell around 1.4 lakh cars across all variants in India this year, an increase of above 30%.

For More Info Visit Here:- Chevrolet Beat Diesel to Launch on July 25

Global Ford Fiesta Launch in Mumbai

By IndianDrives

14th of July, 2011, Mumbai, India – The wait of Ford fanatics as finally over as one of Ford’s most applauded model, the all-new Ford Fiesta has entered the Indian automobile market with a longstanding status. The prominence of the new Ford Fiesta could be estimated from the fact that the car has won more than 72 coveted Auto awards internationally and over 1 million models for the car have been sold all over the world. The all new Fiesta premium Sedan from Ford is the very first of the eight new international models slated to enter the Indian auto market by mid-decade.

The all new global Ford Fiesta Premium sedan flaunts eye-catching design, plethora of first-in-segment features and several modern technology equipments in the cockpit to enhance the communication on move for the occupants. Some of the features that haven’t been seen in any of the other model of this segment include the likes of Advanced Bluetooth Voice Control facilitating hands-free control on mobile phone, USB, CD, radio, iPod and electronic climate control.

At the release one another first-in-segment proclaimed was the cruise control feature of Fiesta that lets the driver to maintain and set speeds while driving on highways.

The all new Fiesta Premium sedan will be available four trims namely: Style, Titanium, Trend and Titanium Plus. The hood of this beauty will conceal either a 1.5 ltr Ti-VCT petrol engine or 1.5 ltr Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, depending upon your choice. Also for the trendy aspiring buyers, its worth mentioning that the car will be available in seven vigorous colors.
FOR MORE INFO VISIT HERE:- Global Ford Fiesta Launch in Mumbai

Renault Announces Pricing of Facelifted 2012 Koleos

By IndianDrives

French car manufacturer, Renault had unveiled a facelifted variant of their Koleos around two weeks back. Now, the company has gone out and revealed the cars price details. To be launched in October, the car will first be showcased at the auto show in Frankfurt.

For the 2012 model, Renault has made some slight changes to the model. It has received minor facelifts both for the interior and exterior, with the most noticeable modification being its front end.

The car will be available in two trim levels and two engine choices. Customers will get to opt from the dCi 175 or the dCi 150 in either the Exception or Carminat equipment level. Both the engines are paired with a manual 6 speed transmission, while the dCi 150 also gets the option of an automatic 6 speed transmission. These can be paired with either the four wheel drive or front wheel drive system.
For More Info Visit Here:- Renault Announces Pricing of Facelifted 2012 Koleos

HIstory Of Car Logos

By IndianDrives

Have you ever seen a car without its automotive badge? Yes, in India, it seems to be a favorite pastime of thieves who actually steal these badges and sell them at cheap rates in the grey market. Well, here I am not going to actually start up on the way these logos can actually be prevented from stolen but I actually stumbled upon a certain manuscript which actually detailed all the history or trivia behind the different logos of the automobiles.
Audi :
Audi was actually a joint foundation of 4 companies. They were a part of the Auto Consortium Union. The founders of each of this companies, Wanderer, Horch, DKW and Audi finally thought of merging these companies together, in 1932. Then the World War happened and eventually the company name as Audi was dissolved. In Latin, Audi means to “hear”. The 4 rings in the Audi logo mean the 4 founders of the company and after the war ended and normalcy was restored, in 1965, the 4 rings was finally back to be being used as the logo.

Renault :
Initially the diamond logo of the Renault was circular in nature and it was more of an emblem for the bonnet. Earlier Renault cars had their horns behind this emblem and later on in 1922, in order for the horn sound to be heard more clearly, the mid portion of the logo was cut and the circle became a diamond.

Ferrari :

The famous Italian manufacturer’s logo was inspired by WWI’s flying ace Francesco Baracca’s emblem. After Francesco Baracca’s death, when Enzo started building race bred Alfas, the former’s parents persuaded Enzo to adopt this symbol for his cars and that’s how the prancing horse symbol came into picture.

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Ford's New Blast On July 14th

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Ford to Launch New Fiesta on July 14 in New Delhi
The new Fiesta will hit Indian auto market by 14th July in Delhi. The price of the model and variant details will also be given out on that day itself. The Fiesta is one of the anticipated launches this year in the compact sedan category. The launch of this model will also reveal Ford’s pricing strategy for countering the high sales momentum that the new Verna from Hyundai has been able to capture in the last two months.

The new Fluidic Verna already leads this segment, having sold 4,102 models already since its launch in June. The launch of the Fiesta will reveal the company’s pricing strategy as well as if they have decided to load the Fiesta with many features, an approach that Hyundai opted for, with the new Verna.

Industry experts project the new Fiesta to be priced in the range of INR 8 to 11 lakhs, however, the accuracy of this projection will only be revealed during the launch of this model.
For More Info Visit Here: Ford to Launch New Fiesta on July 14 in New Delhi

100,000th VW Car Leaves Chakan Facility

By IndianDrives

It’s just been over 18 months, since Volkswagen began production at their Chakan facility in Maharashtra, and the facility just rolled out the 100,000th car yesterday. Volkswagen manufactures variants of their Polo, Vento and Skoda Fabia from this facility.

Volkswagen India’s MD and President, Dr. John Chacko, said that was a significant milestone for the company, and it market completion of their first development phase in India. Their next phase will be about checking the viability for new launches.

In 2010, Volkswagen India had managed to sell about 53,341 models in this market, whereas they sold about 55,257 models in the first half of 2011 itself. Dr. Chacko, added that they have on board 115 suppliers, that includes 66 suppliers in Maharashtra, while 61 suppliers handle export components. He also added that they had increased localisation levels in their cars to 70% from the earlier 40%.

JLR to Introduce New Discovery 4 and Range Rover Sport Variants

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Jaguar Land Rover will launch upgraded Discovery 4 and Range Rover Sport variants in October, 2011, as they aim to complete their target of introducing forty new ‘product actions’ in a period of five years.

Both the upgraded variants will be available in market from October itself. The company started production of their new fuel efficient and smaller Range Rover model, named the Evoque that is targeted at urban audiences.


The 2012 Range Rover Sport and Discovery 4 both feature the new ZF8HP70 automatic 8 speed gear box for reducing carbon emissions and improving fuel efficiency. The engine powering these models is are diesel 3l SDV6 engines. Both the models also boast of new equipment and improved interiors.
For More Info Click Here: JLR to Introduce New Discovery 4 and Range Rover Sport Variants

New High Tech Number Plates to Track Auto Thieves

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While car theft is becoming rampant, owners can now breathe more easily, with a new high tech plate that are built to trap and trace auto thieves. The plates designed by Motor Vehicle Authority have a micro chip embedded in them that can help to trace the car.

These plates are equipped with Radio Frequency Identification that gives details of the car from as far as 30 feet away. While you may think that this is novel idea, but these can easily be removed, the great thing about these plates is the fact the manufacturer has made them tamper proof.

It has laser numbering that contains alphanumeric ID of the car that can be solely decoded by investigation agencies when they need to. The sticker also provides the chassis and engine number that is tamper proof as well.
FOR MORE INFO VISIT HERE:- New High Tech Number Plates to Track Auto Thieves

Innovative gadgets for your car

By IndianDrives

While we compiled the list of the useful gadgets that most cars could do with, here is the list of a few more. Whilst last time, we had the luxury of listing out the prices of each device, this time around, these devices don’t usually carry a price tag and one would have to directly contact the manufacturer to glean out this information. Many of these gadgets make our life easy during the long process of driving and sometimes add to the pure driving pleasure that some machines afford to deliver. Some of the gadgets even contribute directly to the driving experience. Listed below are some of the gadgets.
Complete Battery :
A relatively new company in the market named as Inphynyt has brought out their Inphynyt Series Revolution battery. This new battery is a first in the market which allows the luxury of a non stop warranty. This doesn’t stop at that.

Car Cleaner :
The title may be a bit misleading since this is not about car cleaning but about shampooing the car’s seats. It is called as M26 IS.

Flip Keys :
The blade of the key can be folded inside the shell. The flip keys also fit in a sensor/transponder and also a remote circuit.

JVC monitor :
JVC, one of the leading TV monitor makers for indash car entertainment, has recently launched three new Double DIN WVGA LCD panels.

Waterproof Battery Charger :
An 800 mAmp compact battery charger has been recently introduced by Adventure Wheels. Highly efficient surface mount technology with its electronic components are incorporated into this Battery Charger.

FOR DETAIL INFO VISIT HERE:-Innovative gadgets for your car

Toyota Plans to Sell About 100,000 Etios Models in 2012

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Toyota Plans to Sell About 100,000 Etios Models in 2012
Toyota has announced that they expect to sell above 100,000 Etios sedan, hatchbacks in the next year. The company also announced that they want to increase their production capacity per year to 210,000 models in India by mid 2012, from the current 150,000 vehicles, to meet the increasing demand for their just launched Etios sedan. The total investment that the company plans to make for increasing the production capacity at their plants is around 4.9bn yen or $60.9mn, according to Toyota. The company currently has production capacity totaling 150,000 models per year, and roll out brands like the Etios, Fortuner, Innova and Corrolla Alits in India. On Monday, the company launched their much delayed Liva hatchback at a starting price of INR 3.99 lakhs, with a total of 5 variants to choose from.

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Toyota Studies Viability of Diesel Etios Variant in India

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Toyota Studies Viability of Diesel Etios Variant in India
As the cost of fuel rises and customers opt for diesel variants, Toyota has begun a study to check the feasibility of a diesel Etios variant.

The company’s VP of dealer development and sales division, Sailesh Shetty said that they are very much contemplating launching diesel variants, however, first they want to establish themselves in this market with their new Liva and Etios, and will look into the matter further noting the demand for these cars.

As of now, the Japanese manufacturer, currently offers the premium Altis sedan, premium Fortuner SUV and Innova SUV in both diesel and petrol versions in India.

Industry experts state that with increasing costs of operations and increasing petrol prices, people are opting for diesel variants over petrol. Recently, 60% of Ford’s sales were accounted for by the new premium Figo hatchback that is available in a diesel variant.

Already 1000 bookings of the Etios Liva reported by Toyota

By IndianDrives

Its just been days since the Toyota Etios Liva was launched and it already has generated a huge response. So much so that, just before a week could be completed from its launch date, the Liva has garnered about a 1000 confirmed bookings from all over the country. Top officials from Toyota say that they have so far received about 15k enquiries for the Liva and more are being counted in. More than 40k Etios sedans and 20k Etios Liva units are expected to sell this fiscal. Waiting periods of the Etios sedan have been reduced to a mere 30 days from the earlier 3-4 months. The Liva price in Mumbai (ex-show room) starts from Rs 4.12 lakhs.

India Says No to Petrol on 1st July 2011

By IndianDrives

Automobiles are close to any automobile enthusiasts heart. But then the rising price of fuel is compelling many to actually sell their vehicles or keep them at home and use public transport. Looks like the Government of India doesn’t pay any heed to all this and infact, just two week back, the price of petrol was increased, once again in the same year. In protest of this, a “No Petrol” day is being observed pan India on 1st July 2011. It is said that the petrol companies stand to lose about Rs 4.8 billion on this very day if no one buys petrol from their outlets. The rates of petrol from some other countries like Pakistan stand at Rs 44.80, Russia at Rs 42.27, UAE at Rs 15.6, China at Rs 31.30, Saudi at Rs 5, US at Rs 44.2, Canada at Rs 57 and the one taking the piece of the cake is Venezuela with a ridiculously low Rs 2.12. Finally India stands at an all time high of Rs 70. All the prices are on a per liter basis.

Indiandrives joins the initiative of “No to Petrol on 1st July 2011” and all employees of Indiandrives and its fans are requested not to tank up on 1st July 2011.

Toyota Liva in India compared to its competitors

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Toyota Liva in India compared to its competitors
With the Toyota Liva in India just beginning its innings, it would be but natural to pit it against its competition. The competition is in the form of hatches which are Japanese conceived, German, Korean as also Indian. With so many options available in the over crowded hatchback segment, it becomes very confusing for the discerning buyer to select a car for himself. We have listed out the pros and cons of Toyota Liva compared to its hatchback competitors. As many as 7 competitors have been considered here. Here is a neutral view (as always) not favoring any car particularly or not even proclaiming a winner out of the 8 cars. Instead, we leave it upto the readers to decide which car they want to be in their driveway or garage.

Main contender : Toyota Liva : The Toyota Liva in India is the newest offering by the Japanese car maker and it is billed as the volume driver for the company. That the Etios has set the pace for it is another thing and that the Liva would fully exploit the situation is for given. It comes with an exterior which wouldn’t offend anyone and at the same time feels similar to its bigger sibling, the Etios. Just like the Etios, the Liva also can be had with side skirts and an added on spoiler. Inside, the story is no different from the Etios with the hatch sharing the same instrumentation and some dashboard plastics. Interior space is the forte of the Liva and its interior space is almost similar to that of the Etios. User friendly controls are present while the top of the line variant is stacked with goodies, though not class leading. Currently the engine in the Liva is a 1.2 one, which is tuned to be more fuel efficient rather than being an outright drag strip racer. The engine produces 79 Bhp of power and 10.6 kgm of torque. A 5 speed transmission handles the transmission duties. Overall fuel efficiency is quoted as 18.3 kmpl, as per ARAI. Ride and handling characteristics are similar to what the Etios has to offer and this means a neutral behavior. EBD, ABS and airbags are present in the top end variant. Price start from Rs 3.99 lakhs.

Thumbs up : Space, fuel efficiency, Toyota badge

Thumbs down : Quality of plastics, no diesel (as of now), lackluster driving dynamics

Tata Indica Vista : It is more than 10 years since the Tata Indica was launched in India, however Tata Motors have kept the public interest alive this hatch by bringing in regular upgrades. The best one was when Tata Motors gave it an all new character and christened it as the Indica Vista. The looks were entirely different than the earlier Indica and so also were the driving dynamics. Inside the cabin, the story is still very different than what the earlier Indica had. Soft touch plastic has been used extensively in the cabin and this adds to the feeling of upmarketness. What hasn’t changed and infact has been improvised on is the space inside the cabin. Comfort levels also have been taken to an all new level with the Vista boasting of a space which even some C segment sedans cannot provide. Equipment levels have also increased with Bluetooth equipped audio system being offered amongst other goodies. The earlier Indica also had a good ride quality and the new one just about adds one more layer to it, making it the most pliant car in its category. Handling also has been improved, however, it is still not a patch on its competition. Tata Motors have launched the Vista initially with 4 engines, however, as of now, speaking of metros, it is available with only 3 engine options. A 1.2 liter petrol motor, a 1.3 liter Fiat derived multijet engine and a 1.4 liter Fiat derived petrol motor. 16.7 is the fuel efficiency quoted for the base petrol while the diesel gives 19.2 kmpl. The 1.4 motor’s fuel efficiency is 15.6 kmpl. All these figures are ARAI quoted. Prices start from Rs 3.87 lakhs.

Thumbs up : Space, Tata service, features
Thumbs down : Feels flimsily built, handling and fuel efficiency to some extent

New Volkswagen Jetta to be launched on August 17

By IndianDrives

The New VolksWagen Jetta present shortly be visible in the Soldier motorcar market by August 17, 2011. The car was launched globally ending year; yet VW was still beginning their CKD installation product for the car at their Aurangabad set. Because of this, the begin of the new Jetta in India was pushed nervy.

The Jetta features unspotted and somebody snazzy lines, along with astronomic taillights that render it an further endowment. The L shaped light is added prominent item. The Jetta module be visible in two divers engine choices in India. These allow the 2.0l TDI engine and its new plus, the TSI 1.4l turbo petrol engine provided with a exercise 6 zip cogwheel box. Its 2.0l engineer engine, which is competent of delivering 140bhp of max cause, is the same one powering the present Skoda Laura.

Maruti Suzuki Fires 11 Employees on Strike at their Manesar Plant

By IndianDrives

Maruti Suzuki India was recently hit by worker strikes at their Manesar plant which began on June 4. Following the standoff with its employees, the company has now gone ahead and fired 11 of their employees who worked at this plant, where operations were crippled because of the strike.

The chairman of the company, R.C. Bhargava was quoted as saying that the services of their 11 employees who were responsible for inciting workers to take on an illegal strike and who created an unsafe work atmosphere have resulted in their termination. Bhargava said that the workers went on an illegal strike without giving any due notice. He however added that they are continuing to have dialogues with those workers who are on a strike.
Bhargava said, refusing to acknowledge the demand of the workers, that there was no union, and if they were facing any problem, than they should have first given a written notice and discussed the problem with them. He added that they are hopeful that they will come to an amicable result soon.

According to reports, of the 11 employees, who were sacked, 8 included office bearers of the company’s newly organized union, the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union. An agitator was reported as saying that they will resist forcible moves employed to evict the 11 employees from the premises of the factory. The production at the plant was apparently stalled following the strike, causing it to incur a loss of 1,200 models, as the strike reached its third day.
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