The Outperformers 2019

Formula win

Maruti is staying ahead in the passenger car market by — racing ahead with premium models, experimenting with EVs, and taking the middle path with alternatives such as CNG

"We’ll have an abacus in our left hand and come out punching with our right. We don’t need to compromise.” This was the belligerent Osamu Suzuki’s comment to a Japanese reporter in 1997 at the peak of Suzuki’s fierce battle with the Indian government over the appointment of RSSLN Bhaskarudu as the managing director of the erstwhile Maruti Udyog, instead of Jagdish Khattar, who was groomed to take over the mantle by the then-outgoing RC Bhargava.