Electric 2 and 3 wheeler makers give thumbs up to FAME II subsidy hike

The electric vehicle industry has welcomed the Indian Government's move to increase subsidy to electric bikes and scooters by 50%, subject to those that meet the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Elect...

Indian auto industry covid-19 relief: Part 4

Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India recently requested Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India and Paytm Founder & CEO V...

Donations, service extensions, plant shut downs in auto industry

Plant shutdowns, donations and service extensions are being increasingly witnessed in the Indian auto industry.

Oxygen, medical help pour in from Indian auto companies among shut downs

The Indian auto industry is going all out to help the country in production of oxygen, even as it is grappling with woes at its own end. India Yamaha Motor (IYM) is among the companies that have decided to suspend m...

Fiscal 2020-21, April 2021 vehicle registrations down (-) 38pc, (-) 28 pc: FADA

For the financial year 2020-21, the total vehicle registrations in the country were down by (-) 30%. This figure is incidentally even below the fiscal 2012-13 level, thus making it the lowest in the last eight years...

Indian auto companies shut down, divert oxygen for medical purposes

Indian auto companies like JCB India, MG Motor India, Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp have either shut down or are shutting down their plants for a few days as a result of the prevailing covid-19 conditions. Some of...

Jaya Hind Industries extends tech cooperation with KS Huayu Alutech Germany

Jaya Hind Industries Private Limited, a Dr. Abhay Firodia group company, which has had a 12 year-long successful technical tie-up with KS Huayu Alutech GmbH (KSATAG) announced that the agreement for the manufacture ...

Auto registrations fall year on year by (-) 28.64pc: FADA

The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) has in its Monthly Vehicle Registration Data for March 2021 stated that while March automobile registrations continue to fall by (-)28.64% year on year (YoY )...

Ralf Speth is TVS Motor Company Director, will succeed Venu Srinivasan as Chairman

TVS Motor Company has announced the appointment of global automotive industry icon Prof Sir Ralf Speth to its Board of Directors. The company further announced the appointment of Kuok Meng Xiong as an Independent D...

Earth Energy EV to launch six new electric scooters and commercial vehicles

Earth Energy EV, an automotive startup has announced its plans to launch six new commercial and non-commercial vehicles commercially in the market this year. The company plans to introduce electric vehicles with 96%...

eMatrixmile, Magenta to install QYK POD charging stations for EVs

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), has been signed between eMatrixmile India Pvt Ltd and Magenta EV Solutions Private Limited for installation and commissioning of 'QYK POD' charging stations with associated infra...

GWM, Maharashtra govt sign MoU; Commits US $ 1 billion investment in India

Great Wall Motor (GWM), a global SUV manufacturer based in China has signed an MOU with the Maharashtra government to set up a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing facility in Talegaon, committing an investment...

BMW, Mercedes-Benz, TVS, Royal Enfield, VECV, others resume production

Indian auto companies that were forced to shut their plants in the wake of the lockdown that followed the precautions against covid-19 pandemic have now started their local production at their respective plants acro...

COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Indian auto industry puts best foot forward

In spite of the fact that the Indian auto industry will be incurring a loss of approximately Rs 50,000 crore in turnover for the 21-day plant shutdown as a result of the countrywide lockdown due to the ongoing coron...

FCA suspends production in India in response to COVID-19 crisis

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) together with Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL), FCA’s joint venture manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon, announced that it will work with the Government to temporarily ...

Mahindra & Mahindra suspends manufacturing operations

Mahindra and Mahindra Limited announced proactive, preventive and pre-emptive measures at all their offices and manufacturing locations in India, to ensure employee safety and contain the spread of the CoronaVirus (...

Volkswagen India gets rooftop solar PV power project in India at Chakan facility

Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL) has successfully installed its largest rooftop solar PV power project in the auto Industry world-wide and one of India’s largest rooftop installation at its manufacturing facility ...

Goodyear new range of tyres for cars & SUVs

Goodyear India has launched two new products Assurance DuraPlus 2 and Wrangler AT SilentTrac for the Indian market. Assurance Duraplus 2 range of tyres are designed for small-to-mid-sized passenger cars and Wrangler...

Tata Power, Tata Motors join hands to install e charging stations

Tata Power and Tata Motors have announced their partnership to install 300 fast charging stations by the end of the FY20, across key five cities namely Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Guardians to be jailed, fined for offences by juveniles driving vehicles

Very soon, traffic violations will invite huge penalties for motorists in India as the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by Rajya Sabha.

Anand Group announces tri-party joint venture with Joyson Safety Systems

Anand Group, a leading manufacturer of automotive components in India, further consolidated its presence in the Indian automotive safety systems vertical. It announced the formation of a Tri-Party Joint Venture to m...

Tata AutoComp to supply battery packs for EVs in India

Tata AutoComp Systems, India’s leading auto-component conglomerate has signed a joint-venture with Chinese company Guoxuan Hi-Tech, to design, engineer, manufacture and supply battery packs for the Indian four-wheel...

John Deere completes 20 years in India | Motown India - Special Feature

On completing 20 years in India, John Deere, a world leader...

Microdot technology, a powerful car theft deterrent

South Africa based Recoveri, manufacturer and exporter of technologically superior micro tag identification and trace solutions for vehicles and other movable domestic and corporate assets worldwide is entering Indi...

Tata Motors celebrates 50,000th Nexon roll out at Ranjangaon facility

Tata Motors has rolled out the 50,000th Nexon SUV from the company’s Ranjangaon facility near Pune in the state of Maharashtra. Present at the rollout were Mohan Savarkar, Vice President, Product Line Head, Passenge...

Vinod K Sahay - Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Truck & Bus /  Mahindra Construction Equipment Divisions, Mahindra & Mahindra

Vinod K Sahay, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Truck & Bus /  Mahindra Construction Equipment Divisions, Mahindra & Mahindra tells Motown India Editor Roy P. Tharyan about the company's new product, t...

Volkswagen Group led by Skoda Auto to invest Rs 7900 crore in India 2.0 project

Global car major Volkswagen will be investing Euros 1 billion (Rs 7900 crore) in India for its India 2.0 project which was announced by the group recently. This money will be used to develop new Skoda models based o...

Mumbai Police inducts195 Mahindra TUV300 in fleet

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra, flagged off Mahindra TUV300s from the Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office at Fort, Mumbai. These TUV300s are part of the 195 TUV300 vehicle that have bee...

Mahindra signs MOUs with Maharashtra Govt. for EV manufacture and deployment

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Government of Maharashtra (GoM), to further its next phase of expansion in electric vehicles (EVs) and achieve its vision of becoming...

Tata Motors signs MoU with Maharashtra to promote e-mobility in State

As part of the World Environment Day celebrations, Tata Motors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government of Maharashtra for deployment of 1000 Electric Vehicles (EV) across its range of p...

Advanced Rider Assistance Systems for Ducati bikes

When it comes to safety, motorcycle maker Ducati has always been at the forefront. Ducati is the only motorcycle manufacturer world-wide to have a vehicle able to interact with the jacket integrated D|air system, an...

Precision Camshafts acquires precision machinist MFT of Germany

Global auto ancillary major Precision Camshafts Ltd has announced its second acquisition with the taking over of German precision machinist MFT Motoren und Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH (MFT) through its wholly owned Duth su...

Kinetic Green, Lamborghini family of Italy form joint venture

Pune based Kinetic Group’s company Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions Ltd signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with luxury brand Tonino Lamborghini to jointly set up a new joint venture company in India (i...

Maxion Wheels to set up passenger car aluminium wheel plant in Pune

Maxion Wheels, the world’s largest wheel manufacturer, held a ground breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Poojan) for constructing a 25,000 square meters plant in Khed City, Pune in the State of Maharashtra in western India. ...

Mahindra Rs. 500 cr additional investment in Chakan EV plant

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M Ltd) has announced that it will make an additional investment at of Rs 500 crore in its Chakan plant in Maharashtra. The company will invest in its Electric Vehicle (EV) Project under th...

Brembo launches two Bybre products for scooters, motorcycles

Brembo Brake India which is engaged in development, production and sales of disc brake systems for 2 wheelers with the Bybre brand has launched two new products for the scooter and motorcycle segment at the Auto Ex...

German Mirror Lubricants & Greases launches premium range of lubricants

German Mirror Lubricants & Greases, a leading global manufacturer of premium quality lubricants and greases have launched ‘Mirr Oils’ - range of lubricants catering to needs of automotive, marine and industrial appl...

Tata Motors rolls out 10,000th Nexon SUV

Tata Motors has rolled out its 10,000th Nexon from the Ranjangaon facility in the state of Maharashtra in western India. The Nexon which is the company’s fourth iteration of the Impact design philosophy, is a Lifest...

Virgin Hyperloop One signs MOU with of Karnataka govt

Virgin Hyperloop One announced its partnership with the Government of Karnataka to conduct its preliminary study to understand hyperloop’s feasibility and economic impact in the region. The US-based company signed a...

Force Motors ties up with Rolls Royce Power Systems

Leading commercial vehicle and engine manufacturer and Abhay Firodia controlled Force Motors has entered into a non-binding term sheet with Rolls Royce Power System AG (R-RPS) to form an Indian joint venture company...

Vimal Sumbly - Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India

Roy P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India, in an interview with Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India Pvt Ltd at the launch of the Triumph all-new Street Scrambler at the Aamby Valley in Pune, Maharas...

JSW Energy to invest Rs 4000 cr in e-vehicles, energy storage systems business

JSW Energy Limited, part of the JSW Group and a growing energy company is planning to launch its own electric vehicle by 2020. The company is keen to enter into electric vehicles, energy storage systems and associat...

Bajaj Auto, Triumph Motorcycles UK global partnership for mid-capacity bikes

Triumph Motorcycles of UK and Bajaj Auto have announced a global partnership to deliver a range of mid-capacity motorcycles (300cc to 500cc) benefiting from the collective strengths of both companies. This partnersh...

FARO releases Zone 3D software for crash, crime, fire investigation

FARO, a trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, construction BIM/CIM, product design, public safety forensics, and 3D solutions applications, has announced the availability of...

IAC opens new regional and engineering centre in Pune

Leading automotive interior components supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) has inaugurated its new regional and global engineering centre in Pune, Maharashtra. The 2,415-square-meter (25,569-square-fo...

Asahi India Glass to invest Rs.500 cr in Gujarat plant; Will cater to Maruti Suzuki

Asahi India Glass Limited (AIS) is investing in a state-of-the-art ‘Greenfield Automotive Glass Plant’ near Mehsana in Gujarat. The investment is being made to primarily meet the automotive glass requirements of Mar...

General Motors India to cease sales in domestic market in 2017

Barely a few weeks after announcing that it is shutting operations in its plant in Halol in Gujarat, the company has now announced that General Motors India will focus on its growing vehicle export manufacturing op...

GM India is out of Halol; Manufacturing consolidates at Talegaon plant

General Motors India officially announced that that it has ceased production at the Halol facility in Gujarat. With this move, the company has decided to consolidate its manufacturing at the Talegaon plant in Mahara...

Jeep Compass exceeds expectations, says Kevin Flynn of FCA India

"The car is phenomenal. It exceeds our expectations and it will really appeal to the Indian consumer and the real credibility is that we shall be exporting it to very developed markets across the globe," said Kevi...

Kevin Flynn and Gurpratap Boparai - President & Managing Director, FCA India / CEO, Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd.

FCA officials Say the Jeep Compass is a “No Compromise” vehicle

James Lyijynen, Chief Program Engineer, Jeep Compass, FCA Global and Bill Zheng, Head of Design, FCA, APAC are upbeat about the new Jeep Compass that will soon be launched in India. Roy P. Tharyan, Editor, Motown In...

James Lyijynen & Bill Zheng - Chief Program Engineer, Jeep Compass, FCA Global / Head of Design, FCA, APAC

GM signs three-year wage agreement at Talegaon plant

GM India and the General Motors Employees union have signed a new three-year wage agreement that will support further advances in vehicle manufacturing quality, efficiency and an improved work environment.

ACMA Study on Indian Automotive Aftermarket: The Road Ahead

The Indian automotive aftermarket stood at Rs 56,098 crore (USD 8.4 billion) in 2016-17 with a total vehicle parc of 228.7 million across the country. The Indian automotive aftermarket is expected to reach Rs. 75,70...

Uno Minda Group in JV agreement with Katolec Corporation of Japan

Minda Industries Limited, the flagship company of Uno Minda Group has entered into Joint Venture (JV) agreement with Katolec Corporation, Japan. The proposed name for the joint venture company is Minda Katolec Elect...

Sub assembly system for spares keeps Ford customers happy

Buying a vehicle is not the real tough part. Maintaining a vehicle is what could turn out to be a nightmare. Unavailability of spare parts, terrible service standards or exorbitantly priced spares can result in unto...

10th Honda Young Engineer and Scientist’s Award announced

Honda Motor India Pvt. Ltd. (HMI) presented the 10th Edition of the Young Engineer and Scientist’s (Y-E-S) Award for 2016 to 14 students from India’s premium science and technology institutes, the IITs, across India...

TAL inaugurates new generic assembly shop in Nagpur

TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, inaugurated a new generic assembly shop in at their manufacturing facility located in Mihan SEZ, Nagpur. The new facility was inaugurated by...

TWO-WHEELER SPECIAL: Standing Tall On Two Wheels

The Indian two-wheeler industry is gleefully hoping that the remaining months of the current fiscal 2016-17 will see a spurt in demand for two-wheelers.

DSK Benelli plant capacity to reach 100,000 units by 2017; TNT 600i is best seller

Shirish Kulkarni controlled DSK Motowheels the company that has collaborated with legendary Italian superbike manufacturer Benelli is all set to move into its own plant in Wai near Pune in Maharashtra by 2017 where ...

Tata Motors, Boeing celebrate despatch of 5000th Floor Beam for 787 Dreamliner

TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. (TAL), A Tata enterprise, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, celebrated the dispatch of the 5000th Advanced Composite Floor Beam (ACFB) to Boeing for its 787-9 and 787-10 ...

Automotive business thrives in South India: 2016

‘Kabali’, the blockbuster Tamil movie starring south Indian superstar Rajnikanth got off to a roaring start in July 2016 across cinema halls in India. While Rajnikanth is, without doubt, a showstopper and a star to ...

Mahindra Intertrade,  MSTC Ltd. JV agreement for auto shredding facility

Mahindra Intertrade Ltd., a part of the Mahindra Partners Division of Mahindra Group, and MSTC Ltd. (a Government of India enterprise) have signed a formal joint venture agreement to set-up India’s first-of-its-kind...

INDIAN TYRE INDUSTRY: The fatal Chinese bite

The bite of the Chinese dragon is beginning to get fatal for the Rs 50,000 crore Indian tyre industry. On the one hand while Indian tyre majors are facing a severe shortage of raw material like rubber in the countr...

Uno Minda acquires global lighting business of Europe based Rinder Group

Automobile components manufacturer Minda Industries Ltd announced an acquisition of the global lighting business of Spain based Rinder Group that manufactures automotive lamps- head lamp, tail lamps and small lamps....

Indian Govt agency ARAI to issue notice to Volkswagen

On the one hand while Volkswagen is facing tremendous pressure coupled with major embarrassment on the global front because of the software fudging leading to tinkering with diesel engine emissions in their cars, on...

3,000 Chevrolet Beat cars shipped to Mexico

General Motors India (www.chevrolet.co.in) announced that it is shipping the first 3,000 left-hand-drive Chevrolet Beats to Mexico. The vehicles left the Mumbai Port Trust of Maharashtra and are expected to arrive i...

Goenka confirms S101 hatch will have a 1.2 litre petrol engine

It is official now that the soon to be launched smart hatchback car code named S101 from Mahindra and Mahindra will definitely have a 1.2 litre petrol mill. Spy shots of the S101 have been doing the rounds of the so...

Bahubali Prabhas and Dr Goenka’s wit

If Anand Mahindra’s speech at the launch of the TUV300 at the Mahindra plant in Chakan in Pune, Maharashtra on September 10, 2015 was all about love and emotions intertwined with the inherent strengths of the TUV300...

Anand Mahindra’s love story with the TUV300

It is seldom that a car manufacturer talks about love at the launch of a vehicle. But for Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra, it was a different love story all together at the launch of the TUV300 sport u...

GM India-made Beat models ready for exports to Mexico

General Motors India has announced the rollout of the first Chevrolet Beat for export to Mexico. Vehicle shipments to its second major export market will commence next month from GM India’s manufacturing facility in...

BS IV emission norms in more states; April 1, 2017 deadline for entire country

Even though Bharat Stage IV (BS IV) emission norms have come into effect in many of the cities and towns of India, the norm will be applicable to all four wheelers across the country only by April 1, 2017. BS IV gra...

General Motors to make fresh investment of US $1 billion in India

In a major announcement by General Motors in India that is bound to have far reaching implications on the fortunes and growth of the company in the country, the US based auto giant has confirmed that it will make US...

South India Special Part 2: Karnataka

Karnataka is India’s eighth largest State in terms of area and 9th largest State in terms of population. Some of the prominent cities in the state are Bengaluru, Mysore, Mangalore, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Hubli-Dharwad,...

Locally produced Mercedes GLA Class to cost Rs 31.31 lakh onward

Mercedes Benz has announced that the company has now commenced local production of the GLA class in India. The GLA 200 CDI Style and Sport both will be produced in Chakan, Pune. Due to the local production of the...

DSK Hyosung enters Delhi market with new showroom

DSK Hyosung, a superbikes player in India, has set its foot in the country’s capital city of New Delhi with a superbike showroom ‘Urban Bykes’. The showroom was inaugurated by Shivapada Ray, COO, DSK Motowheels on ...

BMW in kitty, Force Motors to set up new engine plant for Mercedes-Benz

Force Motors has now confirmed to Motown India that this new facility which is being built in Chakan is a “dedicated facility for Mercedes Benz India Ltd”. A spokesperson for the company informed that the company wi...

FARO acquires ARAS 360 Technologies Inc

FARO Technologies Inc, the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging, and realisation technology, recently announced the acquisition of ARAS 360 Technologies Inc., a global leader in the development of...

Union Budget reactions from the Indian auto industry

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the General Budget for the year 2015-16 in Lok Sabha on February 28, 2015.

Electric Motor scores over internal combustion engine in Union Budget 2015-16

The Electric Motor seems to have scored over the conventional internal combustion engine in the Union Budget 2015-16. And rightly so! The electrical vehicle industry has been bleeding profusely in the last few years...

Ford expands retail distribution of genuine parts to South India

Ford India has appointed Eureka Ford Parts as the exclusive distributor for Ford Genuine Parts in Tamil Nadu. According to a company press note, Eureka Ford Parts will reach out to all auto part retailers and indepe...

Over 215 research papers to be presented at Pune auto tech meet

Over 215 research papers are expected to be presented at the 14th Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT) to be held at the ARAI campus in Pune in the state of Maharashtra from January 21 to 24, 201...

UNO Minda, Toyoda Gosei establish JV for rubber hoses

UNO Minda, part of the NK Minda Group, an major Indian automotive supplier has entered into a joint venture with Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. of Japan to manufacture and sell rubber hoses in India. The collaboration was fi...

Bosch wants in-depth road accident data to be collated in India

It is extremely pertinent to have an in depth “Accident Data” which can be analysed, to understand major factors/causes and find solutions, to stop this increasing trend of road accidents and fatalities. Accident re...

Modern inspection system for vehicles soon, says Minister

P. Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, has stated that his ministry has decided to put in place a suitably designed Inspection and Maintenance System for vehicles and has sanctioned 10 mo...

Tata Autocomp, Katcon JV for exhaust systems

Tata AutoComp Systems Limited (Tata AutoComp) and Katcon Global have signed a 50:50 Joint Venture agreement to provide exhaust systems and emission after-treatment systems

Isuzu launches D-Max, MU-7 in UP market

Isuzu Motors India Private Limited, the Japanese automobile maker and global diesel engine expert with products like the D-Max pic up truck and MU-7 sports utility vehicle has inaugurated its first dealership in Noi...

General Motors begins Beat exports from India

General Motors India has announced that it has commenced vehicle exports to Chile and the first 140 left-hand-drive Chevrolet Beat cars were shipped from the Mumbai Port Trust of Maharashtra on September 25, 2014 wh...

ICRA says tractor industry to grow 4pc-6pc in FY15

Credit rating agency ICRA has predicted that the sales in the Indian tractor industry are likely to abate in the current fiscal (FY15). It says that untimely rains in some parts of the country during the months of F...

Motherson, Magneti Marelli Spa form JV company.

The Samvardhana Motherson Group seems to be on a roll with its acquisitions and joint ventures. The group’s flagship company Samvardhana Motherson International Ltd. (SMIL) and Magneti Marelli Spa have signed a Join...

0 pc attrition among Mercedes-Benz India workers.

Mercedes-Benz makes some of the best cars in the world. The Mercedes racing team is making a regular habit of winning all the Formula One races. Back home in India, Mercedes-Benz India is surging ahead with double d...

GM exports to begin with Beat to Chile

General Motors’ Talegaon plant near Pune in Maharashtra will begin production of vehicles meant for exports in the second half of 2014. The company will commence exports of left hand drive version of the Chevrolet B...

Thuringia delegation from Germany visits VW Pune

An economic and business delegation from Thuringia, a federal State of Germany, visited the Volkswagen India plant in Chakan near Pune in the state of Maharashtra in Central India. Headed by Uwe Höhn, Thuringian Mi...

VW India exports its 50,000th car, a LHD Vento

India is increasingly becoming an export hub with almost all car majors including Maruti Suzuki, Nissan India, Hyundai Motor India, Renault India and Volkswagen India exporting their vehicles to countries abroad. G...

IAC inaugurates two new facilities in India

Leading automotive and commercial vehicle interiors supplier, International Automotive Components (IAC), has opened two new facilities in Manesar (Haryana) and Pune (Maharashtra. IAC India is part of Luxembourg b...

Government rolls out BusIndia.com portal

Union Cabinet Minister for Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes officially launched Busindia.

Scania inaugurates manufacturing facility in India

Scania Commercial Vehicles India (SCVI) announced plans to manufacture about 2,500 heavy haulage tru

Audi Q3 assembly operations kick off in India

Audi has started production of the Q3 compact-class SUV at its Aurangabad plant, in Maharashtra. Aft

Bridgestone Corporation opens second India plant

Bridgestone India Private Limited has opened its second plant in Chakan, Pune. Prithviraj Chavan, Ch




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