MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s top carmaker Maruti Suzuki (MRTI.NS) is to invest 40 billion rupees ($716 million) to set up a new manufacturing facility in the western Indian state of Gujarat, raising its total capacity to 2 million units by 2015-16.
The company has signed an agreement with the government of western Indian state of Gujarat to buy land to set up a new manufacturing facility, it said in a statement on Saturday.
Maruti Suzuki estimates it will generate employment for more than 2,000 people.
Maruti, 54.2 percent owned by Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp. (7269.T) on Friday, reported a 5 percent fall in its monthly vehicles sales in May.
($1=55.8900 Indian rupees)
(The story is corrected to show new facility will raise company’s total capacity)
Reporting by Indulal PM; Editing by Mike Nesbit