FIAT India has taken a decision to increase the export of their vehicles from the Ranjangaon factory. The Indian arm is currently exporting cars to South Africa and is now looking to start exports to the SAARC countries as well. “We are looking to export our cars Palio, Linea and Punto in SAARC countries including Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh as these are right hand driving countries,” said FIAT India’s Marketing Head, Tarun Khanna. These exports will give a further boost to the manufacturing plant at Ranjangoan, which may result in increased production, which in turn could create more job opportunities.
Maruti Suzuki on the other hand has said that the company is going to restrict its exports to the same amount of vehicles that they exported last year. This move comes as a result of the limited production capacity that the firm is currently suffering from. “We are not competing in exports (with other carmakers) … we are short of capacity. This year exports will not go beyond last year”, Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava said. While FIAT India has exported close to 2,000 vehicles, Maruti Suzuki has exported 1.47-lakh units in the last fiscal.