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...

2021 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V launched in Bangladesh

TVS Motor Company has introduced the 2021 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V with Bluetooth enabled TVS SmartXonnect in Bangladesh. This is the first-of-its-kind two-wheeler connected cluster technology in the country.

Maruti Suzuki Alto continues strong after 20 years with record sales

Maruti Suzuki is on a record-breaking spree. Every other day it’s been achieving new sales milestones and now it’s the turn of the Maruti Suzuki Alto to contribute to this journey. The humble Alto has completed 20 y...

Automotive dealerships grappling tough times, says ICRA survey

ICRA, an independent and professional investment Information and Credit Rating Agency states that automobile dealerships across India continue to face tough times. As if the demand slowdown due to macroeconomic chal...

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...

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...

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...

First Valeo Electrical Shoppe launched in Bengaluru

Valeo, the global automotive technology supplier has set-up Valeo Electrical Shoppe in Bengaluru, an exclusive service facility for “High-end Auto Electrical Components” in the country. Through Valeo Electrical Shop...

Besides selling cars, Cars24 now offers buying option too

Cars24, a leading tech platform for used cars, was till recently a very popular platform for people to sell their used cars. Now the company has announced that consumers can buy cars from its platform. It will now o...

Bosch vans unveil power of cordless

Bosch Power Tools India, a front runner in the power tools market segment that caters to construction, woodworking and metalworking industry (that includes the auto industry in a big way), is set to amplify its cons...

Dürr presents first automatic guided vehicles for paint shop of future

Automobile production of the future is moving away from the production line and toward modular workstations. An important feature is flexible automatic guided vehicles or AGVs for short. Dürr presented for the firs...

Tata Motors passenger vehicles sales dip 58 per cent at 7316 units for Aug 2019

Tata Motors passenger vehicles sales dipped by a massive (-) 58 per cent with total sales at a mere 7316 units in August 2019 as compared to 17,351 units in August 2018. For the latest fiscal April to August 2019, t...

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

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

Hero Electric unveils the third chapter of Super Sikh Run

Hero Electric, manufacturers of electric two- wheelers, unveiled the third chapter of Super Sikh Run in an event at the capital. Over the years Super Sikh Run has successfully managed to carry out Half Marathons whi...

EV Motors India launches 1st public EV charging outlet ‘PlugNgo’

Electric vehicles start-up EV Motors India has joined hands with DLF, Delta Electronics India and ABB India to launch of its first public EV charging outlet ‘PlugNgo’.

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross achieves 100,000 cumulative sales

Maruti Suzuki’s premium urban offering S-Cross has achieved the milestone of 1-lakh cumulative sales. S-Cross is a flagship product from Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa portfolio and also the most premium offering from the com...

FCA India expands sales and service presence with ‘Jeep Connect’ outlets

FCA has announced the roll-out of ‘Jeep Connect’ outlets to expand the sales and service presence in India. ‘Jeep Connect’ outlets will offer sales as well as service and will be set up initially in seven Indian tow...

Mahindra signs strategic partnership agreement with Castrol India

Mahindra & Mahindra and Castrol India, a leading automotive and industrial lubricant manufacturing company in the country, announced the signing of a new strategic partnership agreement between the two companies. U...

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India extends partnership with Shriram Automall India

Pioneering in pre-owned two-wheeler business with ‘Best Deal’ outlets, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd announced the extension of its partnership with Shriram Automall India Ltd, unit of Shriram Transport ...

Mahindra First Choice Wheels enters premium used cars business with ‘Edition’

Mahindra First Choice Wheels, India’s leading multi-brand certified used car company has launched its “Edition” brand, the country’s first premium used cars franchise network.

Greaves Cotton to acquire majority stake in electric vehicle company Ampere

Greaves Cotton, one of India’s leading diversified engineering companies, announced that they have entered into definitive agreements pursuant to which Greaves Cotton will acquire a majority stake in EV company Ampe...

Shriram Transport Finance inks MoU with HPCL

Shriram Transport Finance Company Limited Ltd (STFC), has inked an MOU with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation LTD (HPCL) to offer credit based fuel filling services to its customers on digital platform.

Honda 2 Wheelers commits Rs 800 crore investment for 2018-19

After creating a new world record by becoming the only company in India and the world to add 1 million incremental sales in one year, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has earmarked Rs 800 crore inve...

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...

Mahindra First Choice Wheels includes premium bikes

Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd. (MFCWL), India’s leading multi-brand used car products and services company, has now entered the space of used premium two wheelers. The company will initially focus on the premium ...

Pre-owned electric cars platform by Mahindra First Choice Wheels

Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd. (MFCWL), India’s No. 1 multi-brand certified used car company, has inaugurated India’s first certified pre-owned electric vehicle outlet - Car Connect, located at HSR Layout in Beng...

Sub assembly system for spares keeps Ford customers happy

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

200th Maruti Suzuki Nexa showroom inaugurated

Expanding its premium automotive experience, India’s leading passenger vehicle maker, Maruti Suzuki India Limited has inaugurated its 200th Nexa showroom in Hyderabad. Nexa, the fastest growing auto retail channel i...

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...

BMW i pilots augmented reality product visualiser powered by Tango

BMW i is the first automotive brand in the world to offer customers an interactive, 3-D augmented reality experience of their products in a pilot programme which is being rolled-out from January 5, 2017.

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 ...

Baleno sales cross one lakh units in domestic market

Cumulative sales for the Baleno, Maruti Suzuki India Limited's (MSIL) premium hatchback has crossed the one lakh mark on October 4, 2016, nearly a year after its launch back in October, 2015. The company recorded a ...

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...

Metro Tyres forays into motorcycle radial tyres

One of the country's leading cycle tyre manufacturers Metro Tyres Ltd. announced its foray into the motorcycle radial tyre sector on September 7, 2016. The company at present holds almost 24pc market share in the cy...

Interview with Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman, DSK Motowheels

Interview with Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman, DSK Motowheels

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...

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...

50,000th BMW rolls out of BMW plant in Chennai

BMW Plant Chennai has rolled out the 50,000th car locally produced in India.The all-new BMW 7 Series received the distinction of being the 50,000th car locally-produced in India. Launched at the Auto Expo 2016, the ...

Bridgestone, MRF tie for highest ranking in customer satisfaction: JD Power

Customers’ perceptions of their original equipment (OE) tyre brand are an influential driver when considering replacement tyres for their vehicle, according to the J.D. Power 2016 India Original Equipment Tire Custo...

BMW M Studio now in India; 7 outlets by end 2016

BMW India has launched a brand new 'BMW M Studio' in Mumbai. The first-of-its-kind flagship store is dedicated exclusively to the BMW M brand and its entire range of products. The ‘BMW M Studio’ has been launched i...

Honda crosses 50,000 sales mark in single day!

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has started the festive season with a bang. The company recorded a new high by crossing 50,000 units sales mark in single day backed by auspicious buying on Ganesh C...

Hero Cycles acquires Firefox Bikes in premium cycle segment

Hero Cycles, world’s largest bicycle manufacturer by volume, has acquired Firefox Bikes, India’s largest premium bicycle brand, as part of its strategy to further cement its position in the fast-growing premium cycl...

Indian Motorcycle opens its fourth dealership; Hyderabad outlet inaugurated

Polaris India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc., has announced the opening up of its 4th dealership in India at Hyderabad. Three other dealerships are based out of Delhi NCR, Bengaluru ...

Hero MotoCorp sets up global facility in Colombia, a first for the company

Leading Indian motorcycle manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL) set a historic milestone with its ‘first’ global manufacturing facility, at Villa Rica, in Colombia going operational, on September 8, 2015.

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...

Maruti Suzuki launches NEXA premium sales channel

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) has launched NEXA, a premium sales channel in India for its premium product portfolio. Maruti Suzuki has 300 dealers who operate 1650 outlets and 3000 sub outlets. The company has ...

Apollo launches high mileage car tyre for India

Apollo Tyres has launched their all new Apollo Amazer 4G Life tyre in India. The tyre has been specially designed for increasing mileage and durability of 100,000kms.

South India Special Part 4: Telangana

It was only on June 2, 2014, barely a year back that the State of Telangana was formed. It became the 29th State of the Indian Republic. The State Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is keen to transform this small ...

Indian Motorcycle opens dealership in Chennai; its 3rd in India

Slow and steady, Polaris India is taking its Indian Motorcycle brand across India. The company has opened its third dealership in India with an outlet in Chennai, the capital city of the southern state of Tamil Nadu...

Regal Raptor sets ball rolling in India with Hyderabad outlet

Fab Motors launched its first Regal Raptor motorcycles showroom in Hyderabad. Regal Raptor known more for its cruiser type motorcycles is established in over 39 countries worldwide. Fab Motors will be bringing into ...

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...

BMW assembles cars with 50 pc local content in Chennai plant

For a luxury car company that does not believe in only numbers but gives a lot of importance to profitability, BMW India has just announced that it has increased the level of localisation of its cars at its plant in...

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

Polaris India Pvt Ltd was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (USA), Polaris India Pvt Ltd. launched its flagship products including ATVs, Polaris Ranger RZR, Side x Side Vehicles and...

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...

Apollo increases its focus on retreading; Opens 3rd ARZ in Mumbai

Spreading its network further for branded retreading outlets, Apollo Tyres has inaugurated its 3rd Apollo Retread Zone (ARZ) in Mumbai, in the western part of India. Rajesh Dahiya, Group Head, Sales-APMEA (Asia Paci...

Yamaguchi takes over as MD, Isuzu India; Miura is Chairman

With effect from April 01, 2015, Naohiro Yamaguchi will take over as Managing Director of Isuzu Motors India (IMI) and will be responsible for the overall operations of the company. He takes over from Takashi Kikuch...

Mahindra First Choice Wheels raises $15 Million from US investor

Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd. (MFCWL), a leading multi-brand used vehicle company, has signed a definitive agreement to raise $15 million (Rs. 94 crore approx.) from San Francisco based investment advisor firm, ...

Isuzu Motors India trains ITI trainers in Chennai

Leading manufacturer of pick up vehicles in India, Isuzu Motors India Private Limited has concluded the 2nd five-day training for ITI trainers on the best practices in automobile engineering and technology in Chenna...

Tata Zest launched in Nepal

Tata Motors recently announced the commercial launch of the Zest, a compact sedan in Nepal. With a start price of 24.5 lakh Nepali rupees, ex-showroom, for the petrol Revotron 1.2T model and 30.75 Lakh Nepali rupees...

Joe King, celebrities inaugurate Audi 2nd outlet in Bengaluru

Nowadays, an inauguration of a luxury car dealership is all glitz and glamour. True to its style, Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, inaugurated its second world-class showroom in Bengaluru which saw the pres...

Honda ties up with Shriram Automall to sell pre-owned motorcycles

One of the fastest growing manufacturers in the two-wheeler segment in India, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) announced their exclusive tie-up with Shriram Automall India Ltd. (SAMIL). The initia...

Mercedes-Benz India takes the BEST step forward

Having recorded sales of more than 10,000 units in calendar year 2014, Mercedes-Benz India wants to ensure that it Lives the Best. So, for 2015 Mercedes-Benz India announced its strategy founded on its brand philoso...

Mercedes-Benz records best year ever in India: Sells 10,201 units

Mercedes-Benz India announced its strongest sales year in the company’s history in India by posting 10,201 units of sales for the period January to December 2014. Thereby, the company recorded a growth of 13pc over ...

Mercedes Benz launches pre-owned car brand ‘Mercedes-Benz Certified’

Mercedes-Benz manufactures some of the most luxurious automobiles in the world and on December 18, 2014 they launched their first pre-owned car brand in India called ‘Mercedes-Benz Certified’. The launch of ‘Mercede...

JCB India inaugurates two new factories in Jaipur

Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje along with Lord Bamford, Chairman, JCB Group inaugurated two new manufacturing facilities in Jaipur on November 14, 2014. The new facilities in Jaipur are JCB’s fourth and...

MapmyIndia’s connected car infotainment system

Delhi based MapmyIndia has launched India’s first complete connected car infotainment system. This high quality package synergises the front and rear-seat systems. The Android variant has been priced at priced at Rs...

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

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

Starting June 2014, Honda starts new era in India

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has announced its ambitious and aggressive business plan for FY’ 2014-15 at its 13th Annual Business meet amidst thunderous applause from over 900 business partners,...

Audi showroom for pre-owned luxury cars

On April 19, 2014 Joe King, Head, Audi India inaugurated an Audi Approved: Plus showroom in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi which would cater to those keen to buy second hand luxury cars. The second hand cars ...

Bridgestone India to expand Pune plant capacity

Bridgestone India, the domestic arm of the global tyre major, Bridgestone corporation is contemplating on revamping its capacity at its manufacturing plant in Pune. The company is planning to achieve a production of...

Ford India expands sales & service footprint

Ford India has augmented its sales and service network across India. The newly inaugurated facilities comprise of several 3S (Sales, Service and Spares), Sales Only, Service Only, Extended Sales and Service Outlets ...

Jaguar Land Rover grows 22pc in India

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it registered strong calendar year growth of 22pc in India. It sold 2913 cars over the course of the calendar year 2013. Under the Jaguar umbrella, in 2013, Indian customers saw ...

Interview with Amit Dakshini, Chief Strategy Officer, Varroc Group

Our vision is to become a global conglomerate and we will be working on multiple directions to further our objectives. On one hand, we will continue to enhance our base in the two-wheeler market by adding new custom...

Mahindra First Choice inaugurates new workshops

With 25 Company Owned Company Operated (COCO) outlets across the country, Mahindra First Choice Serv

Apollo Tyres introduces premium European brand

Apollo Tyres has introduced its premium European brand, Vredestein in India. Vredestein brand, known

Interview with Ruediger Schroeder, Managing Director, Kärcher Cleaning Systems Pvt. Ltd.

As I said earlier, the cleaning industry, especially the contract cleaners, are growing very rapidly. The guess is that close to 35-40pc of the total cleaning operations is already outsourced in India. The biggest c...

Interview with Gulshan Ahuja, Secretary General, Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA)

The dealers’ margins in India are miserably low. The current slowdown, which is happening for 18 months, has aggravated the existing problems faced by automobile dealers. The problem is that automobile dealers canno...

Mahindra FirstChoice  inaugurates ‘Highline’ store

Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd. (MFCWL) introduced its first exclusive ‘Highline’ store with ‘Pres

Interview with Rama Shankar Pandey, MD, Hella India Lighting (HIL)

It is true that the automotive industry has been cyclical and ideally it is best not to forecast anything (growth) at this moment. So a firm has to be very agile and flexible in order to take on these cyclical effec...

Interview with Anirvan Roy, General Manager, Automotive Lubricants, ExxonMobil Lubricants India Pvt. Ltd

I would candidly say that the automotive aftermarket is the major thrust area for us. As compared to the direct market, not only does the aftermarket have a higher consumption capacity but we get multiple channels o...

Interview with Rishikesh Sahay, CEO, Rai Automotive Systems

Our sales have definitely been impacted because of the downturn in the economy. Everything boils down to the sales of the cars. If the car sales drop, then the workshop owners will be deferring any capital-intensive...

Interview with Samit Mitra, Vice President-Sales and Services, Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd.

Unlike cosmetics or garments, the battery industry is a wee bit conservative in popularising its products. This is because our customers make are not making a pleasure-seeking purchase, but a harassment one. So we h...

Hero MotoCorp enters Central America

Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL), has announced the launch of brand ‘Hero’ and its range of two-wheelers in

Interview with Rajiv Kapoor, Managing Director, Steelbird Hi-Tech India Ltd. (SBHT)

Interview with Rajiv Kapoor, Managing Director, Steelbird Hi-Tech India Ltd. (SBHT)

Fiat India opens its exclusive outlet in Noida

Fiat Group Automobiles India Pvt. Ltd has inaugurated its exclusive dealership ‘Kashyap Fiat’ in Noi

Interview with Anish Goel, Managing Director, Basecamp

Interview with Anish Goel, Managing Director, Basecamp

Interview with Atul Gupta and Anu Anamika of Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd.

The mass segment bike will keep evolving. If you can recollect, a couple of years back, the mass segment bike was more of a Rs. 30,000 kind of a product. Today, it is worth Rs. 40,000. Going forward, it might be equ...

Interview with Sudeep Narayan, Marketing & PR Director, Volvo Auto India Pvt. Ltd.

Interview with Sudeep Narayan, Marketing & PR Director, Volvo Auto India Pvt. Ltd.

Mahindra First Choice establishes 200 outlets

Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd. (MFCWL), India’s leading multi-brand certified used car company ha

Honda inaugurates new technical centre at Manesar

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. has inaugurated its new technical centre at Manesar produ

Interview with Vikram Malhotra, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, JK Tyre & Industries Limited

Interview with Vikram Malhotra, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, JK Tyre & Industries Limited

Interview with Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI)

A two-wheeler is a ‘product of need’ rather than a ‘desire’ for the common man. There is lot to be done to improve the state of public transport infrastructure & as a basic necessity to commute from point A to poin...

MyTVS JV with Rajgarhia group for West Bengal

TVS Automobile Solutions Limited, a group company from the highly respected 100 year old TVS group,

Interview with Jun Nakata, Director - Sales and Marketing, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd.

We are under process to expand our capacity at the Surajpur factory. Finally, we can produce 1 million units per annum in two shifts. For this fiscal, we are targeting 6.5 million units in sales, out of which 4.5 mi...

Interview with Shiv Inder Singh, Managing Director, Firefox Bikes

The word ‘high-end’ in India is a bit misleading. In India, anything over 10,000 is considered a high-end product. And will this segment keep on increasing? Absolutely, there is no way it can’t because the kids are ...

Premier, Fiat ink 1.3 ltr engine supply agreement

Premier Ltd. and Fiat India Automobiles Ltd. have signed a three-year agreement for the supply of Fi

Interview with Sumit Sawhney, Vice President (Marketing, Sales and Aftersales), General Motors India

a few of our international models are available in LHD configurations. That’s always a challenge. But from a performance point of view, we have the relevant models like the Cruze in India. It has been the segment le...

TVS Group acquires Universal Components UK Ltd.

TVS group has announced the acquisition of Universal Components (UC) UK Ltd. – Britain’s leading ind

Interview with Sumit Arora, Research Director—Automotive, Ipsos Marketing

Interview with Sumit Arora, Research Director—Automotive, Ipsos Marketing




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