Vitara Brezza is among the first of a new range of products in which the company's Indian engineers have played a bigger role in designing and development as parent Suzuki looks to enhance its base here.

The model will compete with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300, besides being pitched against Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta which are priced in the range of Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.77 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Commenting on the significance of the model, MSI Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said: "If Baleno is our poster for Make in India, the Vitara Brezza is our statement for Create in India."

Vitara Brezza is the second of the 15 new models that MSI will launch in the next five years as it aims to sell two million units annually by 2020.

Talking about the biennial automobile show, the first two days of the 2016 Auto Expo is open to media and business visitors and will be open for public during February 5-9.

Highlighting the importance of the Auto Expo, Ayukawa said it is a showcase of India's automobile industry to the world as the Indian auto industry aspires to be in top global three in the next decade.

Over 80 new products will be launched at the expo and an estimated seven lakh visitors are expected.

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