MUMBAI, India -- Car-like minivans and multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) are redefining the Indian car market. And none too soon. Cars are used in India not only as family vehicles but also for ferrying relatives and guests. Yet 7-seat minivans have taken a long time to emerge here. Maruti Udyog Ltd.’s Versa compact minivan, for example, is comfortable, spacious and powerful. It has flexible space and seating. Versa stands in stark contrast to Maruti’s efforts 15 years ago, when it converted ...

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