Govt announces PLI Auto Scheme; Incentives worth Rs 26058 crore

The Government has approved a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for the Indian auto industry and also the drone industry to enhance India’s manufacturing capabilities

Toyota Kirloskar Motor, ACMA sign MoU for training programmes

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA).

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...

Siddharth Shriram is no more; Honda will miss an old ally

Siddharth Shriram, an eminent industrialist based in Delhi and hailing from a prestigious business family died on May 17, 2021 at the age of 76 due to covid related complications. He was admitted to Medanta Hospital...

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...

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...

Omega Seiki MoU with C4V to introduce solid state batteries in India

Omega Seiki Pvt. Ltd., part of Anglian Omega Group of companies, announced that it will be bringing advanced chemistry cells to India in association with New York based companyC4V.C4V plans to become the first lithi...

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...

Toyota, Honda to test mobile power generation / output system

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Honda R&D Co., Ltd. (Honda) will create a mobile power generation/output system, Moving e

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...

Zero domestic sales for auto majors; Bajaj Auto, Hyundai largest exporters in April 2020

As was expected, the Indian automobile manufacturers recorded zero sales in the domestic market, while a few managed to record a handful of exports during the lockdown period of April 2020 as a result of the ongoing...

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...

Toyota Kirloskar sells 8022 units in March 2020

Having successfully liquidated all its BS4 stocks even at the dealership level, TKM sold a total of 7023 units of BS6 vehicles to its dealers (wholesales) in the month of March 2020. To lessen the burden on its deal...

Indian auto industry stares at Rs 48,300 crore loss for 21 days closure of plants

The auto industry will be very adversely impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The shutting down of plants temporarily by all auto OEMs and component manufacturers across the country will trigger a loss of more t...

Auto Industry hit by coronavirus fears, as companies worldwide halt production

The global auto industry is in a recession, while the Indian auto industry has been bombarded with woes of its own. And to make matters worse for everybody, the coronavirus fears have now forced several companies to...

TKM temporarily halts production in Bidadi plant, Karnataka

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has decided to temporarily halt production in its plant in Bidadi, Karnataka till further announcement. The decision was taken keeping in mind the safety and security of the company’s em...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor sells 11544 units in Aug 2019, degrows by (-) 21 per cent

Toyota Kirloskar Motor sold a total of 10701 units in the domestic market this month of August 2019. The company exported 843 units of the Etios series this month thus clocking a total of 11544 units. Toyota Kirlos...

Toyota Kirloskar domestic sells at 10424 in July 2019; -24pc fall in sales

Toyota Kirloskar Motor sold a total of 10423 units in the domestic market in July 2019 as against 13677 units in July 2018. This meant a degrowth of 24 per cent. The company exported 868 units of the Etios series in...

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 ...

Toyota, Suzuki announce major global initiatives on new technologies

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) have finally elaborated on their plans to work together not only in India but also globally by leveraging each other’s core strengths on electr...

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...

Toyota Research Institute rolls out P4 Automated Driving Test Vehicle at CES

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) introduced the TRI-P4 automated driving test vehicle at CES 2019. The P4 is based on the all-new fifth-generation Lexus LS flagship sedan and will be used in TRI's two-track Guardian ...

Icat releases certification with high security features

International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) has launched a new ICAT certification with high security features. This is a first of its kind initiative taken by any automotive certification agency in India f...

Purpose-built electric vehicles for mobility on demand, says Roland Berger

The growing demand for ride-sharing services is giving rise to a new category of vehicles. These are cars with a flexible interior that can be individually tailored to the needs of their users. The potential for aut...

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...

Synergies to set up largest alloy plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Synergies Castings Limited, India’s leading aluminium alloy wheel manufacturer announced the signing of an MoU with the Government of Andhra to establish a major greenfield aluminium casting and specialty alloy whee...

Deepak Jain appointed Chairman & MD, Lumax Industries

Lumax Industries Limited, a leader in end-to-end automotive lighting solutions in India, has announced the appointment of D.K. Jain as Chairman Emeritus and Chief Mentor to the Board, with effect from April 1, 2018...

Toyota Innova Crysta for Govt employees under ‘Drive the Nation’ campaign

Toyota Kirloskar Motor has further extended the benefits of its special initiative for government employees - “Drive the Nation” to its MPV Innova Crysta in the new year. So far applicable on the Etios series and Co...

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 ...

In surprise move, N Raja is appointed Chairman, Lexus India

Barely a few days after Toyota Kirloskar announcing that N Raja has been promoted as the Deputy Managing Director [subject to board approval] covering Sales & Service functional areas, comes the announcement that h...

N Raja is Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor

Toyota Kirloskar has announced the promotion of Mr. N Raja as the Deputy Managing Director [subject to board approval] covering Sales & Service functional areas. Raja has been with Toyota Kirloskar Motor for the la...

Toyota domestic sales dip 15pc in Dec 2017; Innova, Fortuner sales rise in CY 2017

Toyota Kirloskar Motor sold a total of 10793 units in the domestic market in December 2017. The company exported 812 units of the Etios series this month thus clocking a total of 11,605 units. In the month of Decem...

Toyota, Suzuki conclude MoU on EV introduction in India

It’s final now as both Toyota and Suzuki have confirmed the introduction of electric vehicles in India by 2020. Japanese car majors Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) have concl...

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...

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...

Lexus India reorganises structure, strengthens leadership

Five short months after its debut in India, Lexus India has announced a restructured organisation, to position for further growth in the market. The new organisation, which now stands independently from the broader ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Toyota Industries Engine India inaugurates new engine plant in Bengaluru

Toyota Industries Engine India (TIEI), a joint venture between Kirloskar Systems Ltd. (KSL) and Toyota Industries Corporation - Japan (TICO), in India, inaugurated a new engine production plant at Jigani Industrial ...

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...

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...

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 ...

Takata airbag glitch hits Honda Cars India; 223,578 cars recalled

The Takata airbag glitch has finally hit the Indian shores in a big way, leading to a massive recall of around 223,578 units from the Honda Cars India stable. The cars manufactured between 2003 and 2012 will be reca...

Toyota Kirloskar to auction used cars in India

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has launched “Toyota Auction Mart” as it becomes the first auto manufacturer in India to venture into used car auction business. Toyota Auction Mart (TAM) is a first of its kind initiati...

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...

Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada meets PM Modi

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Board, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the growing Indo-Japanese bilateral ties as well as the company's plans to grow wi...

Govt mulling creation of new Transport Department, says Gadkari

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has stated that the Government has been mulling the option of creating a new department of transport which will be headed by a new Secretary. The new depa...

Mahindra, Toyota rank highest in sales satisfaction among mass market brands

Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Mahindra & Mahindra have ranked highest in sales satisfaction among mass market brands in India, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2015 India Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study re...

SPECIAL REPORT ON INDIAN TYRE INDUSTRY: An Un-Tyre-ing Journey

The Rs 50,000 crore Indian tyre industry today has a few reasons to smile and a few reasons to frown. On the one hand, after a lull in the industry while the demand for tyres in 2015-16 is seeing a growth coupled wi...

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...

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,...

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...

Toyota’s virtual crash test dummies replicate human reactions

Let us imagine that you are in a car and you know you are about to hit something. If you are the driver, you’re likely to hit the brakes and turn the wheel, that is, if you have a great presence of mind. And if you’...

Sandeep Singh of Toyota quits

It has been reliably learnt that Toyota senior official Sandeep Singh has quit the company after seven years of service. He had joined the Japanese company in 2008 and was posted in India till recently as Deputy Man...

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...

Shiroki Corp Japan acquires majority stake in Technico JV

Shiroki Corporation (an affiliate of Toyota Motor Corp), one of the leading global players for interior and exterior components for automobiles, has taken a 51pc equity stake in a new joint venture company with Tech...

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...

Uno Minda, Kosei Aluminum JV for alloy wheels

Nirmal Minda controlled Uno Minda and Kosei Aluminum Co. ltd. a leading Japanese alloy wheel manufacturer have entered into a joint venture agreement to manufacture and sell alloy wheels in India. The JV ceremony to...

Sigma Freudenberg Nok (SFN) 2nd facility opens in Punjab

Sigma Freudenberg NOK (SFN), an Indo-German- Japanese joint venture company has set up its second production facility in Basma, Punjab for manufacturing of critical oil seals and sealing products for domestic and ...

Toyota to tests SiC Power Semiconductor Technology

Using a Toyota Camry hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation will bring a brand new technology to the streets of Japan for testing in 2015. The tests will evaluate the performance of silicon c...

Toyota opens the door to hydrogen future

Toyota is making available thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free, thereby opening the door to the hydrogen future. Toyota made this announcement at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev...

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...

Yokohama begins commercial production in Haryana

Tyre manufacturer Yokohama India started their first phase of commercial production in India at their plant in HSIIDC, Bahadurgarh - Haryana. The current manufacturing capacity of the plant in Haryana is 2000 tyres ...

Ford pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection

Available new technology from Ford – Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – is designed to reduce the severity of and, in some cases, even eliminate frontal collisions involving pedestrians Pre-Collisio...

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...

Govt would invest heavily in road transport system

Sounding extremely optimistic about the Indian automobile industry, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, stated that the Indian auto industry has the ability to convert the various challenge...

Toyota, a favourite among new vehicle buyers

New vehicle buyers in India have rated Toyota particularly well across all factors like delivery process, delivery timing, salesperson, sales initiation, dealer facility and paperwork. This was revealed in the J.D. ...

Toyota Prius, still retains hybrid leadership

Hybrid technologies are getting popular worldwide among car manufacturers and the global story of hybrids cannot start without mentioning the Toyota Prius car. Globally, the 2015 model of the Prius comes in the form...

Toyota FCV programme on fast track

Toyota has gained a government-approved status in Japan to build and inspect high-pressute hydrogen tanks, thus reaching an important production staging post in its programme to launch its first fuel cell vehicle. ...

Toyota’s new silicon carbide power semiconductor

Toyota Motor Corporation, in collaboration with Denso Corporation (Denso) and Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc. (Toyota CRDL), has developed a silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor for use in automotive power contr...

Technico enters into JV with Shiroki Corpn

Shiroki Corporation of Japan and Technico India Pvt Ltd have formed a new joint venture company Shiroki Technico India Private Limited. Shiroki will have a 51pc stake in the new JV while Technico will have the remai...

Toyota reaches environmental milestone

Aside from being a great place to work and producing world-class vehicles, Toyota Indiana strives to be a leader in its environmental efforts. Today the plant in the United States showed 100,000 reasons why its env...

Shriram Pistons management appeals for normalcy

With the ongoing elections in the country, workers at automotive plants seem to be on a disruption mode. While the Toyotas and the Bajajs are facing severe hardship on this front, it now seems to be the turn of Shri...

Karnataka govt issues order on Toyota crisis

The ongoing tussle between the management and workers of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd (TKML) finally saw the government of Karnataka intervening in the matter. The government has apparently issued an order asking the ...

Toyota to create 14 new engine variations by 2015

Toyota will soon introduce vehicles globally with a series of newly-developed, highly efficient gasoline engines that achieve thermal efficiency and fuel efficiency improvements of at least 10pc, according to a comp...

Toyota Kirloskar lifts lockout in Bidadi plant

Exactly five days after declaring a lockout at its two plants in Bidadi in the outskirts of Bengaluru in Karnataka, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd has lifted the lockout late March 20, 2014. The two plants produce more ...

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...

New Yokohama plant to manufacture Earth-1 Tyres

Yokohama India Pvt. Ltd, a 100pc subsidiary of Japan based Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd that came into India in 2007, inaugurated its first tyre manufacturing unit at HSIIDC Bahadurgarh in Haryana in North India. The pla...

Car, bike, CV makers cut prices across range

Barely a few days after Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced an excise duty reduction in the Interim Budget 2014, vehicles makers across the country have announced price cuts of their model range. In the Interim...

Toyota dreaming of powering a house with a car!

This winter – one of the worst on record – has left many people in the United States in the dark, literally, with millions experiencing power outages during the last few months. But what if a car, or parts of it, c...

Polar vortex no match for Toyota fuel cell

Record low temperatures have stranded many East Coast drivers in the United States, but not those driving a Toyota fuel cell hybrid vehicle. Connecticut-based Proton Onsite, which operates a fleet of ten Toyota FCH...

Toyota ‘Car of the Future' on sale in 2015

“We aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel; just everything necessary to make them turn,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., at the opening of C...

UNO Minda & Fujitsu JV opens an audio plant

Fujitsu Ten Minda India Pvt. Ltd , a Uno Minda Group and Fujitsu Ten Ltd. joint venture company, has

Toyota Kirloskar appoints Naomi Ishii as new MD

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. (TKM) announced the proposed appointment of Naomi Ishii as the new

Joe King replaces Michael Perschke at Audi India

Joe King has been appointed as the Head of Audi India, effective September 1, 2013. He takes over fr

Hiroshi Nakagawa redesignated as MD & CEO of TKM

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Limited (TKM) announced its new organisational structure. The proposed change

National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 soon

The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 is expected to be launched by Prime Minister Manmoh

Toyota recalls Corolla Altis and Camry in India

In line with recall announced by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) globally, Toyota Kirloskar Motor

Toyota worldwide sales top 200 million units

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has announced that in June, its worldwide cumulative vehicle producti

BMW, Toyota collaborate on eco-friendly tech

BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have announced that they signed a memorandum of




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