Maruti Suzuki could make the first light-duty hybrid-electric vehicle produced in India by collaborating with its sister Suzuki affiliate in Japan, the International Business Times reports. Maruti Suzuki is looking to tread where competitors Toyota and Honda have failed; neither company has had success bringing hybrids to India.

Maruti Suzuki is pondering the move in response to India's National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020, which is pushing for greener transportation as a way to cut emissions and pollution by the end of the decade. No launch date has been set.

As for Suzuki, that company showed off its Swift EV extended-range plug-in at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011, but is has been awfully quiet in green-car circles since then. That model was thought to be able to go up to 18 miles on electric-only power.


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