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Chhabria slams Indian car design

autos Updated: Aug 28, 2009 23:36 IST

Dilip Chhabria may have made a mark as a noted car designer but the style quotient is low in the country's automobile sector, a top Indian official said on Friday.

“We have a deficiency in automobile designing in India. We need people to go abroad,” said Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Secretary Satyanarayana Dash.

“The trend is for small and compact cars and these require both good styling and should be environment-friendly,” Dash said at the annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

Chhabria, who had once worked at the General Motors design centre in the US, is one of India's most celebrated car designers, and had made the first prototype for the Aston Martin Vanquish, which appeared in the James Bond movie “Die Another Day”.

Dash was optimistic of the Indian auto sector's growth, and referred to the two-wheeler and heavy vehicle segments.

“World over, the automobile industry has faced the worst recession ever but since February, it has been showing growth especially in India and China. While two-wheelers have shown a growth of 20 per cent, bus and trucks have shown 19 percent growth and it'll go further in the festival season,” he said.