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Maruti to decide on launching Kizashi here in two years

autos Updated: Aug 21, 2009 23:39 IST

The country's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), on Friday said it will decide on bringing in luxury sedan 'Kizashi' to India within the next two years.

MSI's parent Suzuki Motor Corp (SMC), which announced its intention to become complete carmaker with larger sedans in the portfolio when it launched the SX4, has been developing a big sedan based on the Kizashi concept powered by a 3.5 litre engine aimed at markets like the US.

However, SMC scaled down development of large cars following preference of smaller vehicles in the global auto market due to economic meltdown. It is now developing a 2 litre engine for the Kizashi concept car, which would be the biggest car in SMC's passenger car portfolio.

When asked if MSI would bring in Kizashi into India, the company's Managing Director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi said, "If we decide to bring it to the country, it will be depend on the market situation. But any decision will be taken within the next two years."

Asked if the company would phase out its once bread-and-butter model Maruti 800 from 11 cities once the Bharat Stage IV emmission norms would be applicable next year, Nakanishi said: "We would like to sell it as long as possible, but we are also not thinking of modifying the model."

He said the company would phase out the car from those 11 cities by April 1, 2010, while it would continue to sell in other parts of the country.