R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India ltd., has been conferred with Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award. The auto industry veteran is among 19 other eminent Indians to receive the coveted award this year.
The Padma Bhushan award comes days before the global premiere of Maruti’s first ever homegrown product, the Maruti Vitara Brezza. The octogenarian has been with MSIL since 1981, holding vital positions. Before becoming the chairman of the company in 2007, Mr. Bhargava held the office of CEO.
Under his leadership, Maruti’s prominence among Suzuki Motor Corporation’s subsidiaries has been rising steadily. In fact, MSIL accounts for a lion’s share of Suzuki’s global business. Gone are the days of relying on its parent company for technology as MSIL is now equipped with its own product development capabilities.
Naturally, a lot rides on the homegrown Vitara Brezza and the government’s recognition would serve as a great motivator for both Mr. Bhargava and his team. To be showcased at the Auto Expo next week, the Vitara Brezza is a sub-4 metre crossover which derives a majority of its components form the Swift.
A recent report suggests that the domestic market spec mini SUV will be available only in the diesel variant, powered by the famous Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS motor. Motor details about the car will be revealed on February 3.