Bloodbath in Auto Industry for May 2021, reveals FADA retail data

The retail sales of automobiles plunged for the month of May 2021 with sales falling by as much as (-) 55 per cent on month on month (MoM) basis. The industry witnessed a bloodbath, claimed the Federation of Automob...

Donations, service extensions, plant shut downs in auto industry

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

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...

Stellantis announces key leadership appointments for India & Asia Pacific region

Stellantis India & Asia Pacific has announced key leadership appointments for its operations both within in India and the region. Roland Bouchara, has been appointed to the role of CEO &Managing Director for Stella...

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 ...

Tata Motors, Hyundai, Kia, MG among gainers in Jan 2021 domestic car sales

While a majority of Indian passenger car companies saw a fall in domestic car sales in January 2021 as compared to the corresponding period last year, a few companies like Tata Motors, Hyundai Motor India, Kia Motor...

FADA registration data reveals 11pc YOY growth in Dec 2020

The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) released the monthly vehicle registration data for the month of December 2020. The December registrations for the first time in FY20-21 witnessed positive gro...

Peugeot, Fiat Chrysler reveal logo of Stellantis

Peugeot S.A. ("Groupe PSA") and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. ("FCA") have revealed the logo of Stellantis, the new group that will result from their 50:50 merger.

Thierry Bolloré appointed as new Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover

Former CEO of Groupe Renault, Thierry Bolloré has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, effective 10 September 2020. This announced was made by Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Son...

STELLANTIS is the new group name post merger of FCA, Groupe PSA

As both Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Peugeot S.A. ("Groupe PSA") move towards the completion of their 50:50 merger as defined in the Combination Agreement announced on December 18, 2019, the two companies have...

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...

Renault, Nissan Alliance plant in Chennai suspends production

Renault India and Nissan India have temporarily suspended production at its Alliance manufacturing facility, Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Ltd. (RNAIPL) in Chennai.

Hero Electric appoints Piyush Prasad as new National Business Head

Electric vehicle brand Hero Electric has appointed Piyush Prasad as the National Business Head. Prasad will be responsible for the overall business growth, expanding product sales and will oversee the customer satis...

Renault India commences exports of Triber MPV to South Africa

Renault India has commenced exports of Renault Triber MPV to South Africa. Renault Triber MPV accommodates seven adults in less than 4 meters. Renault Triber also offers 625L boot space - the largest boot capacity o...

Groupe PSA, FCA to merge into Euros 170 billion auto behemoth

Barely five months after rejecting French auto major Groupe Renault as its bed partner, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has hopped back into the bed with another French automobile major – Groupe Peugeot S.A. Accordi...

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 ...

FCA withdraws merger proposal to Groupe Renault

The Board of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which met under the Chairmanship of John Elkann, has resolved to withdraw with immediate effect its merger proposal made to Groupe Renault.

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...

February 2019, a dismal month for Indian PV & 2-Wheeler manufacturers

The month of February 2019 has been a dismal month for automobile manufacturers, both four wheelers and two wheelers. According to the latest sales data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SI...

Venkatram Mamillapalle is new MD of Renault India from March 1, 2019

Venkatram Mamillapalle will takeover as Managing Director for Renault India Private Limited and Head of Renault Operations in India from Sumit Sawhney, effective March 1, 2019. Sawhney will be moving to a new positi...

NSDC signs MoU with Renault-Nissan Alliance in India to upskill workforce

In line with the strategy for India, Renault-Nissan Alliance India has signed a memorandum of understanding with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to train its workforce in the Alliance plant in Chennai ...

Rinspeed presents further advanced “Snap” ecosystem with “microSNAP”

With the “Snap,” presented at the CES in Las Vegas in early 2018, Swiss powerhouse of ideas Rinspeed for the first time presented a vehicle, where the chassis (“Skateboards“) and bodies (“Pods”) can be swapped out a...

Biju Balendran is Managing Director and CEO, Renault Nissan Automotive India

Biju Balendran is now the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL). Balendran replaces Colin MacDonald, the outgoing MD & CEO, RNAIPL. After successful comp...

It’s official now, Carlos Ghosn discharged from Nissan Chairman post

It is official now. Nissan’s legendary Chairman Carlos Ghosn has been shown the door by the management of Nissan Motor Company in Japan. The decision to discharge Ghosn of his post as Chairman of Nissan was taken by...

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested for financial misconduct allegations

One of automobile industry’s most powerful leaders, Carlos Ghosn of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was arrested by the authorities in Japan on November 19, 2018.

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn faces arrest, says Japanese newspaper

After the massive scandal that rocked the Volkswagen Group over doctored diesel emissions a few years ago, here comes another one involving the top man of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Carlos Ghosn for financia...

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google announce technology partnership

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google have announced a technology partnership to embed the Android operating system in vehicles sold by the world’s leading automotive alliance, providing intelligent infotainment and ...

Nissan plans worldwide line up for India as part of major strategy

Nissan has decided to bring the best of its worldwide lineup to India and also launch a product offensive in the country as part of its new strategy for India. As part of this Nissan strategy, the company will launc...

Nissan announces expansion plans in Africa, Middle East & India

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled a major expansion strategy in the Africa, the Middle East and India region as part of the company’s six-year mid-term plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022.

Sunjay Kapur controlled Sona Group unveils new logo

A year after disposing of the Sona Group’s entire equity holding of around 25.12 per cent in its then flagship company Sono Koyo Steering Systems for around Rs 419 crore to its Japanese partner JTEKT Corp., the refr...

Kinetic Engineering Limited records a 48% growth in Q2 revenues

Kinetic Engineering Limited, part of the Kinetic Group of Companies headed by Arun Firodia which transformed its business from two-wheelers to auto component systems since 2009, has in a board meeting held on Decemb...

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...

Datsun rolls out 100,000th car from Chennai facility in India

Datsun India celebrated the production milestone of its 100,000th car as a redi-GO 1.0L was rolled out of its manufacturing facility in Chennai in the presence of Jerome Saigot, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India...

Who’s sold more, who’s sold less? Indian Auto industry figures Sept 2017

Here are some interesting facts about the Indian automotive industry in terms of domestic sales and exports. These figures have been culled out from the production, sales and exports figures for the month of Septemb...

JBM Group denies recovery of Rs 7 crore cash and gold in I-T raids

Immediately after a news agency reported that Income Tax officials had raided the premises of SK Arya controlled US $ 1.2 billion JBM Group (Jai Bharat Maruti) and had recovered around Rs 7 crore cash and three kilo...

Sumit Sawhney at 2017 57th SIAM Annual Convention - Country CEO & MD, Renault India Pvt. Ltd.

P. Tharyan, Editor, Motown India interviews Sumit Sawh...

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...

Hiroto Saikawa is new Nissan CEO; Carlos Ghosn continues as Chairman

Begin April 1, 2017, Hiroto Saikawa will be the new Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motors. The decision to appoint Saikawa was taken at the recommendation of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Carl...

Gestamp Rs 260 crore investment in first hot stamping plant in India

Gestamp, a Spanish multinational company specialised in the design, development and manufacture of metal components for the automotive industry, has launched a new plant specialised in hot stamping in Pune (India). ...

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...

Kia plant in India likely to be part of Hyundai Group US$ 73 billion global investments in 2015-18

Hyundai Motor Group has earmarked around US$73 billion in facilities and R&D between 2015-2018. The US $44 billion Kia Motors Corporation, a leading car manufacturer based in South Korea and a company which is part ...

Continental puts first 48-volt hybrid drive into production

Continental is electrifying one diesel variant of both the new Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic models. The system, offered as a "Hybrid Assist" uses a 48-volt hybrid drive in production vehicles for the first time. ...

Nissan completes 34pc acquisition of Mitsubishi Motors for US $ 2.28 billion

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced that Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has become its largest shareholder after completing the purchase of 34% of MMC-issued stock for 237 billion JPY (approx US $ 2.28 billion...

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...

India-made Datsun GO+ exported to South Africa

Nissan India expanded its successful exports programme to an additional market with the introduction of Datsun GO+ to South Africa. Sales of the Datsun GO+, produced at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Oragadam...

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 ...

With redi-GO by its side, Datsun becomes India’s fastest growing car brand

The small and affordable cars from Datsun are beginning to get popular in India and leading this race is the recently launched redi-GO. In fact, Datsun was the fastest growing car brand in India in June, recording s...

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...

Nissan takes 34pc equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors for 237 Billion Yen

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, (MMC) have announced that they have signed a Basic Agreement to form a far-reaching strategic alliance between the two Japanese automakers. Following an MMC ...

Actia India unveils latest End Of Line diagnostic solution for vehicles

Actia India, a JV between Actia Automotive and DMG Finance & Investments, have recently unveiled their latest End Of Line (EOL) diagnostic solutions, developed for Renault, on their latest Kwid vehicle. This is the ...

Avtec receives “TPM Excellence” award

Avtec, one of the largest independent manufacturers of powertrain and precision-engineered products in India, recently received the ‘Award for Excellence in Consistent TPM Commitment-2015’ at the JIPM award ceremony...

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...

Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in India produces one millionth vehicle

It’s time for celebrations at the Renault-Nissan's Alliance plant in India. The workforce at Renault-Nissan's Alliance plant in Oragadam near Chennai has reached a significant production milestone by manufacturing i...

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 ...

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...

Honda Cars to replace Fuel Return Pipe in 90,210 City & Mobilio diesel models

Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) has announced that it would recall a total of 90,210 units of its diesel cars so as to voluntarily replace the fuel return pipe of these vehicles. These cars include 64,428 units of diese...

More than 1 million passenger vehicles recalled after July 2012, says Govt

Since July 2012 when a voluntary code on vehicle recall came into effect in India, more than 1 million vehicles have been recalled by various vehicle manufacturers across the country. The recalls include those from ...

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...

AVTEC LTD: On a Hi-Tech Journey

Avtec Ltd, among the several brilliant companies of the CK Birla Group, has got several formulas ready for engineering a massive growth in the near future. But the common ingredient that will make all these formulas...

BHARAT FORGE LTD: Forging a Make in India Global Plan

For the Rs 7,625 crore Kalyani group controlled by Baba Kalyani, ‘Make in India” has been a way of life. For long, this group which has business interests in the fields of automotive, energy, rail, marine, aerospace...

South India Special Part 1: Tamil Nadu

Five states comprising Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and the newly formed state of Telangana make up South India. Among these, it’s Tamil Nadu that is way ahead when it comes to its contribution to t...

House Full at Auto Expo –The Motor Show 2016

Despite the absence of a few big names like Harley-Davidson, Bajaj, Daimler India Commercial Vehicle (DICV) and Royal Enfield, the entire space at the Auto Expo-The Motor Show 2016 to be held at the India Exposition...

500,000th India made Nissan car exported

Nissan has exported the 500,000th car manufactured in India, setting a record in the passenger car segment of the industry within a span of five year. The Nissan Micra was the 500,000th vehicle that was exported. ...

New Renault Espace glows with Hella lights

In the new fifth generation Renault Espace, global lighting experts Hella has provided the combination rear lamp a complex shape and equipped it with innovative LED technology. This French crossover was first introd...

Goodyear launches Assurance TripleMax tyres for power braking

Next time when the roads are wet and you brake hard to avoid hitting someone and the car comes to a sudden stop; You owe your life to not just the ABS in the car but also to your tyres, provided you have the new Goo...

Datsun completes 1 year in India

After Nissan revived Datsun globally, through the Nissan-Renault Alliance, it introduced the brand into India a year ago. April 11, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Datsun in India for which the company hosted t...

Daimler, Renault-Nissan Alliance to develop 1-ton pickup trucks

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG will expand their five-year strategic cooperation into the pickup truck segment said a press note from Renault. Together, Nissan and Daimler will develop a 1-ton pickup tru...

Motown India April 2015 issue out on stands

What have we got for you in our April 2015 Issue of Motown India? Well, for starters, we take a look at all the cars and bikes launched in the month of March which includes the Range Rover Evoque which will now be m...

Guillaume Sicard - President, Nissan India Operations

In March 2005, Nissan entered India with the Nissan Renault Alliance setting up a production facility ...

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...

Nissan India sales increase by 23.3pc at 3158 units

Nissan Motor India has reported sales in India of 3,158 vehicles in the month of December 2014, an increase of 23.3 pc versus 2,561 units a year earlier. The company registered sales of 35,047 units so far in FY14, ...

ICOTY, IMOTY 2015 awards announced

The auto award season got off to a cool start with the Hyundai Elite i20 car and the Harley Davidson Street 750 motorcycle grabbing the 10th Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) and the 8th Indian Motorcycle of the Year (...

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...

Maruti Suzuki Is the ‘Most Considered Nameplate’

It is obvious that with increasing demand for cars and the increasing number of car models being offered by different car manufacturers in India, more and more people are likely to scrutinise their options before ac...

Renault-Nissan Alliance Daimler expand cooperation

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG together will be jointly developing premium compact vehicles through joint production in Mexico, thereby significantly expanding their cooperation. The bossmen of Renault-N...

Nissan global net profit Rs 23,237 cr for ’13-‘14

For the year ended March 31, 2014, Nissan Motor Co., has earned a net revenue of US $ 104.62 billion (Rs 6,26,694 crore approx.). The net income for the year stood at $3.88 billion (Rs 23,237.6 crore). Announcing th...

Utility Vehicle exports zoom 303pc in April 2014

Part of the good news for the month of April 2014 with respect to automobile sales in the Indian auto industry came in the form of exports of utility vehicles (mainly driven by exports of Renault Duster and Ford Eco...

Even with a Twist, the Nano faces uncertain days

Like every businessman who starts a business, there is either success waiting for him or absolute failure. Thus, when Tata Motors bought UK based Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) it was construed as a sure short risky propos...

Nissan exploring capacity hike: Sano

Nissan’s story in India is linked to that of the Alliance. The Alliance, as everywhere else in the world, is all about Nissan and Renault. Tremendous synergies between the two companies have resulted in massive adva...

Datsun GO is my heart: Ashwani Gupta

Among the hundreds and thousands who would have worked for the revival of the Datsun brand, there would have been very few who would have been so closely associated with the project as Ashwani Gupta, Global Program ...

BorgWarner optimistic about Asian region business

US based BorgWarner, a $ 7.4 billion global leader in powertrain solutions is extremely optimistic about new business in the Asian region, which would be primarily driven by China and other nations. In his latest an...

Duster production reaches 1m mark in 4 years

India is definitely part of the Duster big success as it completes one million vehicles produced globally. The vehicle is currently available in more than 100 countries, branded either as a Renault or a Dacia. Renau...

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...

Volvo’s own university’s for its employees

This one’s truly motivating---a company establishing its own university for its employees to hone their skills further. Volvo Group University in Ardenal in Gothenburg has opened its doors as the centre of further e...

Toshihiko Sano - CEO and MD, Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited

Excerpts of an exclusive interview with Toshihiko Sano, CEO and MD, Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt. Ltd.

Ashwani Gupta of Datsun is head, LCV dvsn, Renault

Ashwani Gupta, Global Program Director, Datsun has been assigned a new role as head of Light Commercial Vehicles division of Renault in France. Gupta was appointed Program Director of Datsun Business Unit in 2011. “...

Renault, Nissan Alliance convergence plan

The Renault Nissan Alliance is implementing a convergence plan which will result in a minimum Euro 4.3 billion (Rs 36,542 crore approx.) annual synergy goal by 2016. The convergence will happen in four key areas: En...

Thierry Lespiaucq new MD of VW Group Sales, India

Thierry Lespiaucq has taken over as Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited in place of Arvind Saxena who has resigned from his position as Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division in I...

Sumit Sawhney new Country CEO, MD, Renault India

Renault SAS, France has announced the appointment of. Sumit Sawhney as Country CEO and Managing Director for Renault Group operations in India. Sumit takes over from Marc Nassif, who moves to a global assignment wit...

Renault inks new JV with Dongfeng in China

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renault, and Xu Ping, Chairman of Dongfeng Mot

Renault-Nissan confirms all- new vehicles

Carlos Ghosn, CEO and Chairman, Renault-Nissan has confirmed that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is dev

BorgWarner EGR facility opens in Manesar

BorgWarner, a technology leader in highly engineered components and systems for powertrain applicati

Renault India kicks off Duster’s export to UK

Renault India kicks off Duster’s export to UK

Renault, Caterham decide to join forces

Renault and Caterham Group have announced their decision to join forces in pursuit of a common proje

Delphi to acquire FCI’s motorised vehicles dvsn.

Delphi Automotive has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations and has made a bind

Renault-Nissan gets majority stake in Avtovaz

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and state corporation Russian Technologies have agreed to create a joint

Nissan India announces senior management changes

Nissan Motor Limited has announced changes to its senior management team in India and in the region

India continues to be a key growth market for GKN

GKN Driveline continues to grow at a rapid pace in India. In the last twelve months, GKN Driveline h




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