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India’s small-car market drives the global biggies

Honda has named India the "lead country" for its global small car, which is expected to debut in two or three years. This is part of the Japanese automaker’s strategy to create models for lead countries and modify them appropriately for other global markets. For example, Japan was the lead country for the Jazz.

The reason for Honda’s India inclination is obvious: the country has become the second largest maker of small cars, overtaking Brazil (Japan is number one, but the gap is narrowing).