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    With investments of $3 billion and a new national testing-R&D facility, the city is putting India on the global auto map.

    Chennai is emerging as the country's largest automotive and auto components manufacturing hub in terms of investment.

    According to a state government official, over $3 billion (around Rs 13,800 crore) will be invested in Chennai by global car manufacturers by end of 2010-11. The proposed investment is significantly higher than other auto hubs like Gurgaon in Haryana.

    Tamil Nadu Industry Secretary Rajeev Ranjan said the total installed capacity in and around Chennai would be 1.28 million cars a year by the end of the financial year. But, that figure is expected to go up significantly thanks to projects by Ford, Hyundai, BMW, Renault- Nissan and Mitsubishi-HM coming up in the area.

    "Every third car produced in India is from in and around Chennai," says Ranjan. Similarly, the region will see the manufacture of around 350,000 commercial vehicles a year by the end of 2010-11. In 2008-09, 560,000 passenger cars were manufactured, accounting for 30.6 per cent of India's total production.

    Haryana has an installed capacity of around 4.8 million vehicles (1.2 million for Maruti and 3.6 million for Hero Honda).

    Harley Davidson is also setting up an assembly unit at Bawal in Haryana, which will become operational by the first half of 2011. However, the company has not yet furnished details on its investment or production plans.
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