V Sumantran, executive vice-chairman, Hinduja Automotive, and chairman, Defiance Technologies, says India will produce around 2 million passenger car units in 2010.
In a couple of years, annual production is expected to increase to around 10 million units a year.
"Though the role of the ecosystem in Chennai cannot be underestimated, many measures on integration within the IT sector will be required to turn Chennai into the Detroit of the future," he says.
Kiminobu Tokuyama, managing director and CEO, Nissan Motor India, which has set up a Rs 4,500-crore manufacturing unit at Oragadam, near Chennai, along with French partner Renault, said the proactive industrial policies of the Tamil Nadu government helps expansion and setting up of technology centres in Chennai.
"Nissan is bullish about India's small-car segment - it is in the process of introducing new small-car models in the years to come," he adds.