Sales rise and brakes screech as India embraces the auto industry.
In India, rush hour can take all day. Lanes and red lights are only suggestions. The streets brim with pedestrians, cyclists, cars, trucks, buses, garbage, ox-drawn carts, rickshaws, vendors and wandering cattle. Setting aside the teeming throngs, around half of the streets are also unpaved. In 2001 just over 80,000 people died in fatal auto accidents—an average of one death every 6.5 minutes. That year, the government in Delhi, where these hectic conditions are worst, issued a (mostly ignored) ban on cellphone use while driving. Not just anyone can brave the heaving avenues.