Automobile sales and production head south in June 2019

Both production and sales continue to take a hit in the Indian auto industry, as the month of June 2019 too shows no signs of recovery. The downhill drive continues for the industry, according to the latest sales an...

Besides 18-year low, every passenger vehicle player registers negative growth in May 2019

While the month of May 2019 registered an 18-year low in terms of domestic sales for passenger vehicles (PV), the disturbing factor is that each and every of the 17 PV player recorded a negative growth. Such is the ...

Government EV targets need to be practical says auto industry

The Indian auto industry is not too happy with the aggressive road map being laid out by the government in bringing electric vehicles into the country. Both the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and ...

Mahindra & Mahindra invests Rs 1000 crore + to ready BS VI engines

The good news is that Mahindra & Mahindra is ready with its BS VI engines across its entire diesel and gasoline portfolio. The entire transition will be costing the company upwards of Rs 1000 crore. With its portf...

China’s SAIC Motor Corporation to leverage technology prowess to make cars in India

SAIC Motor Corporation, the biggest vehicle manufacturer in China, will soon be starting operations in India through MG Motor India, its fully owned subsidiary. SAIC, which has acquired a massive technological prowe...

Interview with Rajeev Chaba, President & MD,  MG Motor India

Just to give you a perspective of the company, SAIC sells almost 70 lakh cars per year and the Indian market is 30 lakhs per year. So this company is the market leader. They have got various brands and lots of platf...

Interview with Anuj Prasad, Founder & CEO, Desmania Design Pvt Ltd

We are the first ones to build an automotive design studio outside the OEMs. We launched the studio in 2010. It has been a one-of-a-kind studio in India which has a clay modeling facility, and has a facility to make...

Need to create mobility eco-system in sync with nature: PM

In one of most inspiring speeches on mobility and the need to conserve nature, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the need of the hour is to create a mobility eco-system that is in sync with nature. He said he was co...

Interview with Vinod K Sahay, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Truck & Bus

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

Harley-Davidson succumbs to Indian curry, plans 250-500cc bikes for India

Iconic motorcycle manufacturer of the US and a favourite company of US President Donald Trump is beginning to appreciate the flavour of Indian curry. It has just announced its own recipe for the Indian palate wherei...

Abhishek Jain,  - Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, PPAP Automotive Ltd

Interview with Abhishek Jain, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, PPAP Automotive Ltd. Mr Jain tells Motown India Editor Roy P.Tharyan about his company's technology and the growth his company is hopeful ...

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...

Cero, India’s first auto shredding facility by Mahindras is ready

Mahindras will finally be inaugurating its new auto shredding plant in Greater Noida in Delhi NCR in April 2018. The plant built in Greater Noida in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh is India’s maiden organise...

Peter Schreyer - Chief Design Officer, Kia Motors

In an exclusive interview with Motown India Editor Roy P.Tharyan. the style guru of Kia Motors, Peter Schreyer talks about his new car envisaged  for India, the different things that influence his designing and...

Interview with Parveen Kharb, CEO and Co Founder, Twenty Two Motors

Having worked in some of the leading global automobile brands like BMW, Toyota and Harley Davidson, the chief brains behind Twenty Two Motors had a vision to revolutionise the way urban youth daily commute. With the...

Interview with Pranav Desai, CEO, Laish-Madison Motor Werks Pvt Ltd.

Interview with Pranav Desai, CEO, Laish-Madison Motor Werks Pvt Ltd.Cleveland CycleWerks is not just a motorcycle company but a brand born out of passion keeping in mind the need of riders around the world. They hav...

Interview with Ankit Khatry, co-founder, Emflux Motors

Interview with Ankit Khatry, Co-founder, Emflux Motors. The electric motorcycle will have a range of 200 km in city ride condition, can accelerate from 0 - 100 kmph in 3.0 Seconds and can achieve a top speed of 200 ...

Interview with Rajeev Mishra, CEO, UM Lohia Two Wheelers Pvt Ltd

In a candid interview, Rajeev Mishra, CEO, UM Lohia Two Wheelers Pvt Ltd talks about his company's ambitious growth plans.

Interview with Ayush Lohia, CEO, Lohia Auto

Ayush Lohia, CEO, Lohia Auto in an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India talks about his company's collaboration with UM International and how the two companies are planning to bring in new motorcycle model...

Interview with Jose Villegas, Global Sales & Marketing Director, UM International, LLC

Interview with Jose Villegas, Global Sales & Marketing Director, UM International, LLC

EXCLUSIVE: UM to bring 2 new products by 2018, exploring scooter segment

UM Lohia Two Wheelers, a 50:50 joint venture between UM International, a company based in the US and Ayush Lohia-controlled Lohia Auto, will be introducing at least two new products in India in the next one year. On...

Gadkari makes the Indian auto industry the whipping boy

Suddenly the Indian auto industry is the whipping boy for the Government. Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told a stunned gathering of leaders from the Indian auto industry that he would ensure that petrol and...

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...

Honda’s Tapukara plant begins to pay rich dividends

Honda Cars India’s “Make in India” initiative is beginning to pay rich dividends not only in its car business but also in its car parts business. A visit to one of its plants in Rajasthan clearly indicated that the ...

Top losers and gainers in Indian passenger cars sales in April 2017

Despite the economy looking up and the Indian car industry showing a positive growth of 14.68 in domestic sales in April 2017 at 277,602 units, five out of 16 companies have show negative sales in April 2017 as comp...

Interview with Kevin Flynn- FCA India and Gurpratap Boparai- Fiat India Automobiles

Kevin Flynn, President & Managing Director, FCA India and Gurpratap Boparai, CEO, Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd. feel that the new Jeep Compass will really appeal to the Indian consumer and that the company will be...

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...

Interview with James Lyijynen- FCA Global & Bill Zheng- FCA APAC

Interview-with-James-Lyijynen--Chief Program Engineer, Jeep Compass, FCA Global and Bill-Zheng--Head of Design, FCA, APAC

Sharad Agarwal - Head, Lamborghini India

Motown India Editor Roy P.Tharyan catches up with Sharad Agarwal, Head, Lamborghini India during the launch of the 

Interview with Pietro Gorlier, CEO, Magneti Marelli and Saju Mookken, Country Manager & MD, Magneti Marelli India

Interview with Pietro Gorlier, CEO, Magneti Marelli and Saju Mookken, Country Manager & MD, Magneti Marelli India

Mission Possible: Maruti Suzuki’s 600 acre playground aims to keep cars and people safe

Maruti Suzuki’s 600 acres of unique playground in Rohtak near Delhi in the state of Haryana has around 1400 engineers playing ball almost every day of their lives, not to win trophies for themselves, but to keep the...

Amit Ramani - Founder & CEO, Awfis Space Solutions

Amit Ramani, Founder & Editor, Awfis Space Solutions, in an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor Motown India, talks about his project Awfis which is basically an office on wheels or a mobile office, Ramani is keen ...

Interview with Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.

Interview with Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.

Interview with Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman, DSK Motowheels

Interview with Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman, DSK Motowheels

Interview with Arun Siddharth, Head – Marketing (Motorcycles), TVS Motor Company

Interview with Arun Siddharth, Head – Marketing (Motorcycles), TVS Motor Company

Interview with Ajinkya Firodia,Managing Director, MV Agusta India Pvt. Ltd

Interview with Ajinkya Firodia,Managing Director, MV Agusta India Pvt. Ltd

Interview with Vikram Pawah, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India

Interview with Vikram Pawah, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India

Interview with Rohit Saboo, President and CEO, National Engineering Industries (NEI)

Interview with Rohit Saboo, President and CEO, National Engineering Industries (NEI)

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.

Interview with Roy Kurian, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.

Roy Kurian, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.Kurian feels the two-wheeler industry in India is evolving big time.

Interview with Vinod Sahay, CEO, Mahindra Two Wheelers

Interview with Vinod Sahay, CEO, Mahindra Two Wheelers. Sahay feels the premium segment in two-wheelers is growing exponentially.

Interview with Ayush Lohia, CEO, Lohia Auto Industries Limited

Interview with Ayush Lohia, CEO, Lohia Auto Industries Limited

Interview with Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric & Global Business, A2B

Interview with Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric & Global Business, A2B. Gill talks about the progress of this e-scooters.

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.

Interview with Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric & Director-Corporate Affairs, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles

Interview with Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric & Director-Corporate Affairs, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles

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 ...

Roy Kurian - Vice President- Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt Ltd

Roy Kurian, Vice President - Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt Ltd in a candid interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India speaks his heart about the progress being made by his company in India ...

Interview with Claude d’Gama Rose, Managing Director, Continental Automotive Components India

Interview with Claude d’Gama Rose, Managing Director, Continental Automotive Components India

Anurag Mehrotra - Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Ford India

In an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India, Ford India's Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Anurag Mehrotra explains the strong points of Ford Mustang, America's iconic muscle car and why it makes ...

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...

GM India to manufacture upgraded Chevrolet Tavera in Halol

GM India announced that it will extend production at its Halol Assembly Plant until March 2017 while it continues to review future options for the site. GM will also produce the upgraded Tavera at Halol.

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...

Ashish Gupta - Founder & Director, Cougar Motorsport

In an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India magazine, the Founder and Director of Cougar Motorsport Ashish Gupta talks about the prestigious off roading event Rain Forest Challenge that his company has been...

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...

Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance: Win-Win for both, Nissan wins twice, says Ghosn

Nissan Motor’s move to acquire a 34 pc equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will lead to a lot of advantages for Nissan as well MMC, besides reducing costs of development and introducing many more veh...

Isuzu Motors inaugurates new plant in SriCity in Andhra Pradesh; Launches V-Cross

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant of Isuzu Motors India Pvt. Ltd. (IMI) was inaugurated by Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at SriCity, Andhra Pradesh. The new generation Isuzu D-Max V-...

Interview with Sri Krishnan V, Vice President, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions

Interview with Sri Krishnan V, Vice President, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions

Jacques Esculier  - Chairman and CEO WABCO Holdings Inc

In an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India magazine, Jacques Esculier, Chairman and CEO WABCO Holdings Inc talks about his company's prowess in braking technology for...

P Kaniappan - MD, Wabco India

In an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India magazine, Wabco India's Managing Director, P Kaniappan talks about his company's leadership in truck braking systems. A global leader in braking technology for tr...

Interview with Mansi Madan Tripathy,Chief Marketing Officer, Lubricants, Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd

When the consumer is walking in here we are trying to provide him the entire experience, they get their RFIDs, take selfies, they can do their power, do a dyno test where they can actually test the power of their bi...

Interview with Vivek Pareek & Akhileshwar Jha of Shell

Shell is a big brand and big brands can add a lot of value to a consumer’s life. We are on a mission to make bike ride more enjoyable. Millions of people ride bikes and are there to make sure they enjoy their rides....

Interview with Ayush Lohia, Director, UM Lohia Two Wheelers Pvt Ltd

We are getting a very fabulous response from the bikers here. They are seeing something different from the RE, Avenger and from the other heavy bikes. The UM bike is positioned between a Harley and a RE. They are ve...

Interview with Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Indian Motorcycle

Internationally Indian Motorcycle has launched this group called Indian Motorcycle Riders Group. We are announcing the start of this group’s India Chapter. This is all about giving our riders the pleasure of riding ...

Auto Expo 2016 - Components Show, Pragati Maidan

The Auto Expo 2016- Components Show at Pragati Maidan was organised by ACMA, along with CII from February 4 to 7, 2016. Unlike the glamour and glitz of the Motor Show held at Greater Noida, this show was about techn...

Suresh Babu - National Head, Marketing, Suzuki Motorcycles India Pvt Ltd

In an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India at the auto Expo 2016-The Motor Show, Suresh Babu, National Head, Marketing, Suzuki Motorcycles India Pvt Ltd talks about the three new mode...

Pankaj Dubey - Country Head and Managing Director, Indian Motorcycle

In an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India, at the Auto Expo 2016- The Motor Show, Pankaj Dubey, Country Head and Managing Director, Indian Motorcycle talks about the launches as well...

Rajeev Mishra - Director, India & AMEA, UM India Two Wheelers Pvt. Ltd

In an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India, at the Auto Expo 2016- The Motor Show, Rajeev Mishra, Director, India & AMEA, UM India talks about the two products n...

Capt Shankar Srinivas - Sr. GM, Communications, Isuzu Motors India Pvt Ltd

In an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India at the Auto Expo 2016- The Motor Show, ...

Interview with Dr Ravi Damodaran, President-Technology & Strategy, Varroc Engineering Pvt Ltd.

We have done that here. For example, lighting is one of our products for the Indian two-wheeler market. The technology on that are on the bikes are reflector based and bulbs. Going into the future with fuel efficien...

Interview with Madhav Rajgarhia, CEO, Raaj Unocal Lubricants Ltd

The highlights for us this year is Lubistrands and oil detact. Coming to Lubistrands, we have developed a lubricant which defies gravity, defies stickiness, there is complete lubrication inside the engine, and thi...

Interview with Kiran Deshmukh, Executive Vice Chairman, Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd.

We have displayed a model of a car which is fitted with the products that we make with a focus on electric mobility. We are displaying here an electric assisted power steering, an electrically driven axle, etc. This...

Interview with Niraj Hans, COO (Automotive), Sandhar Technologies Ltd

Everything we are showing here is new. Primarily we have been known as mechanical locks and mirrors company but today if you see our products we are mostly into electronics. As per our customer demand we are having ...

Interview with Rajesh Poddar, Director-Business Development, Paracoat Products Ltd

We are basically into solutions for noise vibration and our efforts are into reducing the weight of the car, fir resistance products so that we are safe from accidents, etc. We have put up products pertaining to the...

Interview with Nirmal K Minda, CMD, Uno Minda

This year I am very much impressed. Since the last show, the components show is different from the Motor Show. I think it is a good move. People are coming here with focussed approach. Many OEM management has come h...

Interview with Sanjeev Taparia,Senior Vice President-Marketing, National Engineering Industries Ltd

We are a leading bearing company in India and the way technology requirement are moving, we are displaying two products which are very interesting. One is about wheel bearings. We have introduced a product known as ...

Interview with R Mananathan, Chairman, Manatec Electronics Pvt Ltd

We are launching five new products at the Auto Expo. These are mainly for heavy vehicles segment. We have developed a 3D wheel alignment called Jumbo. It has replaced the current models. It gives a better output thr...

Interview with Rajesh Philip, Executive Director, Madhus Garage Equipments Pvt Ltd

This time we are bringing in the latest Hunter Revolution tyre changer which was launched in the US last year and is one of its kind. This tyre changer is fully automatic. This is what we are displaying here and it ...

Interview with YK Taneja & S M Hussain, President & Vice President, JSK Bearings Company (P) Ltd

In bearings the technology that we follow is of SKF and NBC. All these bearings are made from bearings steel SAE 52100. We use the same balls and rollers which the other big bearings manufacturers of the country are...

Interview with KD Sahni, Joint Managing Director, Elofic Industries Ltd

We are displaying a lot of new products which include a lot of new products we are developing for several OEMs. These include water separators, air filter assemblies, etc.

Interview with Karl Wagner, Vice President Global Sales & Engineering, Thermal Systems, BorgWarner

In terms of product readiness, as I mentioned the light duty Visctronic, we have a complete product portfolio in thermal as well as the entire BorgWarner family which is supporting the OEMs to be successful in meeti...

Interview with Arvind Balaji, President, ACMA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about “Make in India” and we took that message very deeply. For our industry we translated that as Make Quality and Technology in India.

Interview with Simon Alford, Sr. Manager, Automotive Products, Autodesk Ltd, UK

P Tharyan, Editor, Motown India interviews Simon Alford, Sr. Manager, Automotive Products, Autodesk Ltd, UK at the Autodesk University event held recently in Las Vegas, USA

AUTODESK INC: Right Tools for Auto Industry

Automobiles across the world whether electric, hybrid or the ones run on conventional fossil fuels are manufactured by professionals with great engineering and design skills. These skills have only been getting bett...

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...

It’s a Blue, Blue Christmas for diesel car makers in India

Leading SUV manufacturer in India, Mahindra & Mahindra will be the worst hit by the recent ban on diesel vehicles in the capital city of Delhi from December 11, 2015 to January 6, 2016 as ordered by the National Gre...

Interview with Pawan Shetty, Head Operations, Lamborghini India

Two Wheel Drive has been a very important product even when we had the Gallardo. Around 65pc of the sales of the Gallardo range was 2WD. So without a doubt it is an important offering that we had to give when we bro...

ICAT organises two-day symposium on lighting

The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) organised a two days event, International Symposium on Lighting (ISOL) for the automotive fraternity across the globe on November 23 and 24, 2015 at Epicent...

Deepak Jain - Managing Director,  Lumax Industries Ltd

In an interview with Motown India, Deepak Jain, Managing Director,  Lumax Industries Ltd said that 

Will Lionel Messi be able to score a goal for Tata Motors?

Celebrities have been endorsing everything from an underwear to a car, all over the world. They could be film stars, sports personalities including footballers, boxers, cricketers, sprinters, rugby players, golf cha...

Will the Kwid halt Renault’s sales skid? Lodgy, Duster sales plunge

The Renault Kwid, the small hatchback launched by Renault India in September 2015 has sold 5194 units in the Indian market for the month of October 2015, according to the latest data released by Society of Indian Au...

Dharmesh Arora - President & CEO,  Schaeffler India

The Real Hero is No More

He was the real Hero of the Indian auto industry. Dr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal, the Founder of the diversified Hero Group and a Padma Bhushan awardee, passed away on November 1, 2015. He was 92 years old. Dr. Munjal wa...

Nirmal K Minda  - CMD, Uno Minda

Nirmal K Minda CMD, Uno Minda, speaks to P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India. "

Nishant Arya - Executive Director, JBM Group

Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group, in an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India, talks of the importance of 

Dinesh Tyagi - Director, International Centre for Automotive Technology

Dinesh Tyagi, Director, International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT), in an interview with P.Tharyan, Editor, Motown India says ...




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