Tech rich cars hit by semi conductor shortage; worst festive sales in decade: FADA

The rich and the well off in India want their tech-savvy cars, but there’s a huge slump in supply because of the paucity of semi conductors. Those at the lower income bracket, who are keen to buy cars, feel they rat...

TVS controlled Norton Motorcycles gets new global headquarters

Norton Motorcycles has announced the completion of its new global headquarters. The all-new facility houses state-of-the-art manufacturing capability and the company’s new global design and R&D hub. It forms a key p...

Mercedes-Benz prepares to go all-electric by 2030

Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to go all electric by the end of the decade, where market conditions allow. Shifting from electric-first to electric-only, the world’s pre-eminent luxury car company is accelerating to...

Mercedes-Benz India sells 3193 units in Q1 2021, up 34pc

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz India announced that it sold 3193 new cars in the January-March 2021 period, hinting at a strong recovery ahead.

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...

Jyoti Malhotra appointed as Managing Director Volvo Car India

Volvo Cars India has announced that Jyoti Malhotra has been appointed as Managing Director of the company. Forty nine year old Jyoti Malhotra will be the first Indian to head Volov Cars in India. Jyoti, currently se...

Stellantis begins its journey with new Board of Directors AUTO INDUSTRY NEWS

Finally and formally two major car companies of the world, Peugeot S.A. (Groupe PSA) of France and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V (FCA) of Italy, have merged and a new entity has emerged, Stellantis. The word Stellan...

BMW Group India sells 6092 BMW cars, 512 MINI cars in 2020.

BMW India sprints ahead at the end of a difficult year amidst adverse market conditions with 6,092 units.

Slew of Jeep SUVs in India soon as FCA India lines up $250m Investment

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles or FCA as it is known has announced an expansion to the local product lineup in India, confirming that an investment of over $250 million (Rs 1828 crore approximately) has been committed to...

Audi India hikes prices of models by up to 2 per cent

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, announced a price increase of up to 2 percent across its entire model range owing to weakening of the rupee and rising input costs.

Mercedes-Benz starts local production of AMG in India

Mercedes-Benz India has commenced local production of the first-ever AMG vehicle in India- the AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé. With this Mercedes-Benz India will be producing the new generation cars (NGC), the sedans, the ...

Interview with KN Gupta, Joint MD, Maclite (Super Nova Autolite Pvt Ltd)

KN GUPTA, Joint Managing Director, Maclite (Super Nova Autolite Pvt Ltd) & MD, SKNG Business Solutions Pvt Ltd reveals in an interview with Motown India Editor Roy P. Tharyan, that the auto industry in India is toda...

Luxury Ride expects 60pc revenues from online sales of pre-owned luxury cars

With social distancing the norm of the day during the prevailing covid-19 pandemic, Luxury Ride, a growing chain of pre-owned luxury cars, announced that it is expecting as much as 60% of all its revenues to come fr...

Mercedes India delivers 2948 car in Jan-June 2020

Despite the raging covid-19 pandemic, Mercedes-Benz India was able to deliver 2948 new cars (retail sales) to customers in the first half of 2020 (January to June 2020). The June 2020 sales however showed first sig...

 Vikram Pawah to head BMW Group in India as well as in Australia

Vikram Pawah has been appointed as the President of BMW Group India effective August 1, 2020 along with his present role as Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Australia and New Zealand.

Tata Motors, Bridgestone, Hyundai, Okinawa, Nissan, JK Tyre reopen plants

In this latest round of resumption of plant operations and other activities, Indian auto companies in the news include Tata Motors, Honda Cars India, Bridgestone India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Hero MotoCorp, Hyundai...

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...

Ducati India appoints Bipul Chandra as new Managing Director

Luxury motorcycle brand Ducati announced a change in its management structure. With Sergi Canovas moving to an international role, Ducati Motor Holding announced Bipul Chandra as the new Managing Director of the I...

From candle light to digital light, automotive lighting with Mercedes-Benz

Believe it or not, in 1886 the world’s first cars were equipped with candle lights. More than a century later, modern cars of today are equipped with digital lights. Mercedes-Benz takes you through this journey of t...

Sennheiser enters automotive sector with Ambeo

Audio equipment giant Sennheiser, has entered the automotive sector with an Ambeo immersive audio solution for in-car entertainment and communication in collaboration with Southern California-based luxury automaker,...

Auto industry hails GST reduction on electric vehicles

Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) welcomed the government’s decision to reduce the GST rate on electric vehicles from the present 12% to 5%.

FCA submits proposal for merger with Groupe Renault

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. has delivered a non-binding letter to the Board of Groupe Renault proposing a combination of their respective businesses as a 50/50 merger. Groupe Renault has confirmed receipt of a pr...

SIAM hosts 13th edition of Styling and Design Conclave

The 13th SIAM Styling and Design Conclave and 11th Automotive Design Challenge organised by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) based on the theme: ‘Shaping Tomorrow’s Mobility Business’ saw a myri...

BMW Group presents vision of intelligent connectivity

At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 8 – 11, 2019, the BMW Group presented its vision of intelligent connectivity to the public, highlighting the potential for future individual mobi...

Mercedes-Benz showcases new technologies

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé celebrated its world premiere at the show. The successor to the premium coupé first unveiled in 2013 boasts an innovative interior with the next evolution of the MBUX, which now recognise...

Indian cars to have mandatory pedestrian safety features

Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) , a UK-based charity that conducts crash safety tests on cars across the world, which is hosting its first ever ‘Global NCAP World Congress’ in New Delhi, India in partner...

SIAM urges government for long term policy roadmap

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), an industry body representing India’s automobile sector, held its 58th Annual Convention titled “Building the Nation, Responsibly”. During the convention, th...

Interview with Vaibhav Narang | BusWorld India 2018 - Director, SM Kannappa Automobiles

Motown India catches up with Vaibhav Narang of SM Kannappa ...

Vikram Pawah appointed as CEO of BMW Group in Australia and New Zealand

Vikram Pawah has been appointed as the CEO of BMW Group Australia and New Zealand and has been promoted as the Chairman of BMW Group India.

Martin Schwenk to replace Folger as new MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India

India’s leading luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has announced the appointment of Martin Schwenk as the new Managing Director and CEO of its India operations effective from Nov 1, 2018. Martin Schwenk will replace Rol...

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in Germany

Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, one of the largest luxury car majors and part of the Volkswagen Group was arrested in Munich on June 18, 2018 in connection with the diesel scam that rocked Volkswagen and the automobil...

A peep into the Lexus world of Takumi masters

Crafting exceptional performance vehicles for luxury automaker Lexus requires commissioning the meticulous work of its Takumi masters. With at least 25 years of training, Takumi possess a rare blend of skill and spi...

MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA SCALES NEW HEIGHTS---Sunny Side Up

Auto and farm equipment major Mahindra & Mahindra has finally found its place in the sun after several years of perseverance and hard work, the last three years being significant ones that led to the company transfo...

Audi plans to sell 800,000 electrified cars in 2025

Audi aims to sell approximately 800,000 fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the year 2025. At the Annual General Meeting of AUDI AG held on May 9, 2018, the Board of Management presented the updated “Audi.Vor...

Triumph Motorcycles India steps up presence in tier 2, unexplored markets

Triumph Motorcycles India Private Limited, a leading premium luxury motorcycle manufacturer based in the UK, has formalised a strategy to make its presence in India’s tier II market and other unexplored markets. The...

Mahindra launches Automobili Pininfarina, a luxury car brand

After acquiring the Italian design house Pinifarina sometime back, Mahindra & Mahindra has announced the launch of Automobili Pininfarina, the world’s newest sustainable luxury car brand. Automobili Pininfarina will...

BMW launches technical skilling initiative SKILL NEXT>>

BMW Group Plant Chennai celebrated its 11th anniversary by inviting legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and students from the College of Engineering of Anna University and launching ‘SKILL NEXT»’, a technical skill...

New ceramic coating technology enables wider adoption of composite materials

UK based Zircotec Group has developed the first plasma applied thermal barrier coating that can be used with composites that require a Class A display surface. The new technology allows vehicle manufactures to use t...

BMW rolls out first ever 6 Series from Chennai plant

German stalwart BMW has rolled out its first ever 6 Series Gran Turismo from its plant in Chennai. The 6 Series Gran Turismo was launched earlier this month at the 2018 Auto Expo. The company launched the car as a l...

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...

India’s first BS VI compliant vehicle- Mercedes-Benz S 350 d

Luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz achieved a historic milestone in the Indian automotive industry, by being the first automobile brand in India to launch the first ever BS VI compliant vehicles, ‘Made in India, for I...

New Lexus India team launches LS500h luxury sedan

With a new management in place at Lexus India, the company launched the highly anticipated fifth generation LS500h which will soon be available in India at a starting price of Rs 1.77 crore. The Lexus LS500h is now ...

Mercedes-Benz sells record 15,330 in Calendar year 2017

Luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz India clocked the highest ever yearly, half-yearly and also Q4 sales in 2017. By registering record sale of 15,330 units in the January to December 2017 period, Mercedes-Benz grew its ...

Volvo Cars finishes CY 2017 with record sales, registers 28 per cent growth

Swedish luxury car company, Volvo Cars, announced a robust 28 per cent annual growth in volumes, ending the calendar year 2017 with highest ever 2029 retails. The sturdy sales performance comes on the back of a grea...

BMW Group delivers best sales performance in India to date with 9800 cars

BMW Group has delivered its best sales performance in India to date in calendar year 2017 with all three brands – BMW, MINI and Motorrad.BMW Group India delivered 9800 cars (BMW + MINI) in 2017, registering a growth...

Lamborghini plant doubles capacity with Urus in mind

Like the way a family gets ready to welcome a new baby, the Automobili Lamborghini’s ongoing strategic investment programme, aligned with the launch of its new Super SUV the Urus, sees its production site now double...

Charles Frump new MD of Volvo Auto India

Volvo Cars has appointed Charles Frump as the new Managing Director to head its India operations. He assumed the new role and office from October 3, 2017 onwards. His predecessor Tom von Bonsdorff completed his tenu...

Additional cess on cars could take prices above pre-GST levels

The government has announced a graded duty revision on cars, as part of the GST (Goods & Service Tax) council’s rate revision. As part of this graded increase, an additional cess of 2% has been levied on mid-size c...

Volvo Auto India MD Tom von Bonsdorff completes tenure in India

Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India has completed his tenure in India and has decided to pursue a new assignment within the Volvo Group in his home country Finland. Volvo Auto India will soon make...

Govt increases cess on luxury  cars to 25% under new GST regime

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared an ordinance to increase the cess on mid-size, large cars, luxury cars and SUVs from current 15% to 25% under the new GST regime. The cabinet gave it...

Increase in GST cess on luxury cars will reverse positive momentum, says Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz India has categorically stated that the decision of the Goods and Services Tax Council to raise the cess on luxury cars from the current level of 15pc to 25pc will be a strong deterrent to the growth o...

Experts welcome GST rates, but baffled on rates for hybrids, small cars

Beginning with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), several experts and bodies have welcomed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates on automobiles in the country. The 14th Goods and Services Tax (G...

Volvo Auto India to assemble cars in Hoskote, Karnataka

Premium car maker Volvo Cars will start vehicle assembly operations in Hoskote, near Bengaluru in the Indian state of Karnataka in 2017. Volvo Cars has established a company in India by the name of Volvo Auto India ...

Mercedes-Benz India associates with Continental Tyres

Mercedes-Benz India has announced its association with Continental Tyres to offer a range of ‘Mercedes-Benz Approved Tyres’. The association with Continental Tyres is pivotal in introducing the range of high perform...

CES 2017 50th Anniversary: A wrap up

No one could have ever imagined that a consumer electronics show would one day put to shame a hard core automobile show with its display of new cars and technologies. Well, with cars today stuffed with loads of elec...

Vikram Pawah is President, BMW Group India

Vikram Pawah (45) has been appointed as the President of BMW Group India effective March 1, 2017. Pawah brings more than twenty five years of international experience both in the automotive and non-automotive indust...

Rockman Industries acquires majority stake in Moldex Composites

Rockman Industries, a Hero Group company has acquired a majority stake in Moldex Composites, a British-Indian venture, thereby making its intention known that it is investing in next-gen carbon composites technology...

VRV Sriprasad - Managing Director, Volvo Buses, South Asia

Roy P Tharyan of Motown India meets up with VRV Sriprasad of Volvo Buses and discusses with him his company's progress in India and the acceptance of Volvo luxury buses in India.

Interview with Sanjay Gupta,Sr. Director, NXP Semiconductors.

Interview with Sanjay Gupta, Sr. Director, NXP Semiconductors. Gupta says that according to IMS Research, the global market for automotive electronics is set to rise to Rs.13.04 lakh crore ($240 billion) in 2020.

JLR partners with Noodle of Gorillaz for inspiring next gen engineers

Leading luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover of UK and part of Tata Motors group, has announced its new global ambassador Noodle, Japanese guitarist and founder member of virtual British band Gorillaz.

EXCLUSIVE- Kia is coming- Will it be Hyundai’s trump card

There has been a lot of speculation about car manufacturer Kia Motors of South Korea making an entry into India. According to highly placed sources, Kia is definitely on its way into India and is actively considerin...

Triumph Motorcycles enters Andhra market

Triumph Motorcycles has appointed one more dealership in the country, taking its total dealerships to 13. The latest dealership has come up in Vijayawada and is named Martial Motorcycles Pvt. Ltd. This is the first ...

Mercedes-Benz Inaugurates India’s largest parts warehouse, training academy

Luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has inaugurated the largest parts warehouse in the luxury car industry and has also set up the company’s largest retail training academy in South Asia– christened as the Mercede...

Interview with Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt Ltd

Interview with Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt Ltd. Dubey talks about the progress of Indian Motorcycle, part of the Polaris Group.

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.

Volvo Auto India strengthens senior management team

Swedish luxury car brand Volvo Cars has announced three new senior management team appointments in India. In the new organisational structure, Nalin Jain takes up the position of Chief Financial Officer while Jyoti...

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 ...

Relief for auto makers as SC lifts ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi NCR

The Supreme Court of India on August 12, 2016 has lifted the ban on diesel vehicles with engine capacities of 2000cc and above but has asked affected car makers to deposit of one per cent of ex-showroom price as gre...

Mercedes-Benz India inaugurates training centre

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz India has inaugurated the unique ‘Advanced Auto Body Repair Training Centre’ in association with Don Bosco ITI, Chinchwad. The Training Centre is aimed at equipping ambitious youngster...

Pre bookings for the all-new Volvo S90 commence

Volvo Auto India has announced the start of pre-bookings of its soon-to-be-launched premium luxury sedan, Volvo S90 in India. The new S90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future...

Interview with Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors Ltd

Interview with Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors Ltd

Force Motors, Mercedes-Benz invest in new engine / axle plant in Chakan

Force Motors has inaugurated a new engine and axle assembly plant exclusively for Mercedes-Benz India in Chakan, Pune. The Firodia controlled company has invested around Rs 100 crore in this new greenfield facility....

LUXURY CARS IN INDIA: A Painful Growth

In the bad old days, two words were often considered taboo – Sex and Luxury. In a conservative India, talking about sex was a big “No”. Equally, in a socialist driven economy, the term “Luxury” was pure blasphemy. B...

Kerala ban on diesel cars sends Indian auto industry into tizzy

The latest ruling of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banning diesel vehicles with engine capacities of 2000cc and above has sent the entire Indian auto industry in a state of shock and disbelief. The NGT bench hea...

Satya Prakash Bagla  - Managing Director of Exclusive Motors

In an interview with Joshua David Luther of Motown India magazi...

Continental integrates gesture-based control into steering wheel

Gesture-based control is already known from the world of entertainment electronics and has been making inroads into vehicles for some time now. Further development of this new control system in the car is being driv...

Frank Schloeder appointed as acting President of BMW Group India

Frank Schloeder (41), currently Director Marketing at BMW India has been appointed as acting President of BMW Group India (effective May 1, 2016).

Toyota, Hyundai , Honda corner major JD Power awards

Toyota Kirloskar, Hyundai Motors India and Honda cornered a majority of the awards as J.D. Power recognised the highest-performing automotive companies in its 2015/ 2016 India customer satisfaction studies at an awa...

Automotive industry grins and bears it, as usual

As has always been happening in the past, the Indian automotive industry has been left with no other choice, but to grin and bear it and pretend everything is hunky- dory. An additional 1 per cent tax will now be co...

LeEco and Aston Martin collaborate to create futuristic electric vehicles

LeEco, a multinational internet technology company, has partnered with luxury sports car brand Aston Martin to develop a production version of the Aston Martin RapidE electric vehicle concept. As a part of this part...

Yokohama India launches Advan Sport V105 & City SUV tyre Geolandar SUV

Yokohama India has launched two new patterns “Advan V105” & City SUV Tyre “Geolandar SUV” for the Indian market. While the specialised new compound in “Advan Sport V105” is jointly developed with one of the world’s ...

Interview with Diego R Tamburini, Manufacturing Industry Strategist, Industry Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk, Inc, USA

P.Tharyan of Motown India interviews Diego R Tamburini, Manufacturing Industry Strategist, Industry Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk, Inc, USA at the Autodesk event held in Las Vegas recently.

Roll-Royce aluminium tryst in testing phase

In February 2015, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the development of an all-new aluminium space-frame architecture that will underpin all future Rolls-Royce models arriving in market from early 2018. The company ha...

Auto Industry is a soft target; SC ban order unfortunate

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has laid out a series of facts and observations that clearly proves that by banning diesel cars with engine capacities of 2000cc through the December 16, 2015 or...

No sale of new diesel vehicles with 2000cc plus engines till March 31: SC

Unmindful of the repercussions that it could have on the investment climate of the country, the Supreme Court on December 16, 2015 has put a blanket ban on sale of all diesel vehicles in Delhi that have an engine ca...

SC clamps the rich man’s wheels; Common man trampled too

The National Green Tribunal (NGT is going hammer and tongs against diesel vehicles and has called for their ban in Delhi, but in the meantime, the Supreme Court on December 15, 2016 said it was considering a ban on ...

Merc’s Roland Folger gets off to a “Make in India” start

Mercedes Benz India’s “Make in India” initiative could not have got off to a more promising start now that the Indian government has decided to buy 55 top of the range E 250 CDI luxury sedans. The luxury car maker h...

Volkswagen sets aside $ 7.2 billion towards rectifying emission glitches

German car major Volkswagen has stated that it is setting aside a provision of some Euro 6.5 billion (approximately US $ 7.2 billion) to cover the necessary service measures pertaining to software glitches resulting...

ECO Rent a Car taps luxury segment in big way

Some of the Indian junta cannot ever afford to own a luxurious car. It’s simple…it’s beyond their reach. But what stops them from driving one? ECO Rent a Car, a leading car rental and ground transportation company i...

Mercedes-Benz commences local production of CLA, GLA 200 Sport petrol

Make in India is gaining momentum and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be a happy man. Leading luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz has announced the local production of its sporty luxury sedan CLA. The seventh...

Roland S. Folger is new MD & CEO of Mercedes-Benz India

Mercedes-Benz has appointed Roland S. Folger as the Managing Director and CEO of its India operations. Roland S. Folger will replace Eberhard Kern who will assume a new role for the European market. This was stated ...

Force Motors inaugurates Rs 200 crore plant to make BMW engines

The Firodia family controlled Force Motors has inaugurated a modern Engine Assembly plant in Chennai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Built at a cost of around Rs 200 crore, the plant has begun assembling...

Pankaj Munjal is new Chairman & MD, Hero Cycles

Hero Motors group, which includes the flagship company Hero Cycles, the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer, appointed Pankaj Munjal as its Chairman and Managing Director. The decision was taken at a recent board m...

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...

Harman completes acquisition of Bang & Olufsen automotive audio business

Harman International Industries, a leading global infotainment, audio and software services company, has announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Bang & Olufsen Automotive car audio business. Bang &...

Tom von Bonsdorff is new Managing Director of Volvo Auto India

Jari Kohonen, Vice President Asia-Pacific, Volvo Cars Group has announced that Tom von Bonsdorff has taken up the position as Managing Director, Volvo Auto India effective June 1, 2015. Tom von Bonsdorff has been...

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 ...

Mercedes-Benz inaugurates India’s 4th AMG Performance Centre in Hyderabad

Mercedes-Benz India inaugurated India’s fourth and Hyderabad’s first AMG Performance Centre (APC) at Mahavir Motors. Mercedes-AMG will now be offering exclusive and personalised service to the AMG customers. Mercede...




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