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Maruti Suzuki cuts 3,000 contract jobs due to auto slump

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NEW DELHI – Maruti Suzuki India Ltd Chairman R.C. Bhargava said on Tuesday the company had not renewed the contracts of 3,000 temporary employees, as the automaker battled rising inventory amid a slowdown in demand.

Safety norms and higher taxes have “added substantially” to the cost of cars, affecting their affordability, Bhargava told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting.

With India’s auto sales declining for the ninth straight month in July, more automotive manufacturers are laying off workers and temporarily halting production to keep costs in check, Reuters reported on Saturday.

The company is on track to meet the country’s new emission norms, adding that the company will move towards manufacturing compressed natural gas (CNG) and hybrid cars.

Maruti plans to increase CNG vehicles by 50% this year, Bhargava said.

 

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The profile has been Spied while testing of 7-seater Creta’s .

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The latest gen of the Hyundai Creta compact SUV was launched in India just before the lockdown but it has already enjoyed global popularity since its launch last year. Following up the Creta will be a 7-seater version of the same, which has been spied testing yet again in South Korea.

After the first sighting of the 7-seater Creta a few weeks ago, it has been spied again, still covered in camouflage. Its elongated body and wheelbase is clearly noticeable, with extra overhang at the rear end in the recent spy shots. This 7-seater version gets rid of the sloping roofline to make head room for the third row occupants, creating a boxy profile.

The visible design change on this test mule is the grille, which looks more premium than the current slatted design. A previous sighting revealed that the 7-seater Creta will also feature a distinct rear end design that is not as quirky compared to the 5-seater SUV. This 7-seater iteration is unlikely to be as accommodating as a purpose-built MPV, but the option for two extra seats or the added boot space does add to the Creta’s utility.

While the 7-seater Creta is likely to make its global debut in the second half of 2020, it is expected to arrive in India in the second half of 2021. It will rival the likes of the MG Hector Plus and Tata Gravitas. Meanwhile, the 5-seater Creta compact SUV is available in India with prices ranging from Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 17.20 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi.

 

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