India's auto sector in the doldrums, manufacturers say worst downturn in 25 years

Cars are seen parked at Maruti Suzuki's plant in Manesar, Haryana, India, on Aug 11, 2019. Auto manufacturers in India say they are experiencing the worst downturn in 25 years.
Cars are seen parked at Maruti Suzuki's plant in Manesar, Haryana, India, on Aug 11, 2019. Auto manufacturers in India say they are experiencing the worst downturn in 25 years.PHOTO: REUTERS

CHENNAI - The south Indian city of Chennai is often known as the Detroit of India. And not without reason. It's home to the manufacturing units of top car makers like Hyundai, Ford, BMW, Nissan and Renault, two-wheeler leaders TVS, Yamaha and Royal Enfield, truck and tractor makers Ashok Leyland and TAFE, and a whole ecosystem of auto component makers.

Many though are now anxious about the future of Chennai's status as an auto hub.

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