Polaris India appoints Lalit Sharma as new Country Manager; Pankaj Dubey moves on

Pankaj Dubey, who was at the helm of affairs of Polaris India Pvt. Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Inc., since its inception for around 10 years, has moved on to pursue other career opportunities. In his p...

Honda celebrating production of 400 million motorcycles

Seventy years after the first Dream DType rolled out of the factory in 1949, Honda is celebrating its 70th anniversary of motorcycle production having produced 400 million units worldwide. Honda was founded in 1948....

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...

FADA issues legal notice to UM Lohia, management for dealers’ losses

The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) has through its counsel Khaitan & Co, issued a legal notice to UM Lohia and its management, asking them to redress all grievances of dealers relating to the lo...

1 millionth Maruti Suzuki car exported from Gujarat’s Mundra Port

Maruti Suzuki India Limited announced that it has achieved the milestone of one millionth car exports from the Mundra Port in Gujarat. An Oxford Blue colour popular sedan Dzire left for Chile from Mundra. Mundra por...

UM Motorcycle to revamp business in India as sales hit zero

UM Motorcycle, a US based company, which began selling motorcycles in India sometime in 2016 and had a peak sales of 11,000 units per annum, has begun the 2019-20 financial year with a duck. Yes, both production and...

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...

Flash Electronics files suit in U.S against Royal Enfield for patent infringement

Flash Electronics India Ltd, a leading electronic and electric auto components player has filed a law suit against Royal Enfield challenging patent infringement in the US regarding production of an important compone...

Ceat appoints Amit Tolani as Vice President – Marketing

Ceat Ltd., a leading Indian tyre manufacturer, has appointed Amit Tolani as Vice President–Marketing.. Tolani will be based out of Ceat’s headquarters in Mumbai and will be responsible for spearheading the marketing...

Indian cars to have mandatory pedestrian safety features

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

Suja Chandy is MD, Nissan Digital India

Nissan has appointed Suja Chandy as managing director for Nissan Digital India. Chandy will be responsible for operations of Nissan’s first Global Digital Hub in India. The hub will focus on building new-age digital...

FCA files trade complaint against Mahindra in US; Says Roxor is a copy of Jeep

Automotive major Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has filed a trade complaint against the Anand Mahindra-controlled Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) seeking to stop the latter from selling the Roxor off-road vehicle in the ...

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...

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...

Volvo Cars launches new S60 sports sedan, first Volvo car made in USA

Volvo Cars revealed the new S60 mid-size premium sports sedan at the company’s first US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. The new Charleston plant has now been officially inaugurated. The combined c...

Gaku Nakanishi joins as President  & CEO, Honda Cars India

Gaku Nakanishi has assumed the office of President & CEO of Honda Cars India from April 2, 2018. The company has also appointed two new directors to spearhead the company’s Sales & Marketing operations. They are Ra...

Volkswagen Group to produce electric vehicles worldwide on massive scale

The Volkswagen Group will be stepping up its e-mobility drive with 16 locations around the globe getting ready to produce battery powered vehicles by the end of 2022. This was announced recently by Matthias Müller, ...

Kinetic Green, Lamborghini family of Italy form joint venture

Pune based Kinetic Group’s company Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions Ltd signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with luxury brand Tonino Lamborghini to jointly set up a new joint venture company in India (i...

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...

Ford India sales touches 29,795 units in December 2017

Ford India’s combined domestic wholesales and exports in December 2017 recorded 29,795 vehicles compared to 23,470 vehicles in the same month last year, registering a growth of 27%. The company saw a drop in sales o...

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...

Mahindras open new manufacturing facility in America’s Motown-Detroit

After several attempts to set its foot in the US of A, Mahindra & Mahindra has finally announced its presence in North America. Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) opened a new North American HQ and manufacturi...

REWIND: Gadkari speech, so full of contradictions

Not many realised that Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari who addressed the auto industry leaders at the 57th SIAM Annual Convention in New Delhi last month left the audience not in splits, but in an absolute st...

Sanjiv Gupta is new President & Managing Director of GM India

GM India has announced that President and Managing Director Kaher Kazem will hand over the reins of the company to Chief Financial Officer Sanjiv Gupta from September 1. Kazem, who will become president and CEO of G...

SAIC Motor to set up its first car manufacturing facility in India

SAIC Motor Corporation, one of the biggest corporations in the world and the largest automobile giant in China, has announced its plan to enter the Indian automobile market through a fully-owned car manufacturing fa...

GM India begins shipment of Chevrolet Beat sedan to Latin America

General Motors India has now begun regular shipment of sedan version of Chevrolet Beat from its Talegaon export hub to Latin America Markets. A consignment of 1200 Chevrolet Beat sedans was loaded for shipping to La...

Steffen Knapp is Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India

Steffen Knapp has been appointed as Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India. The position was previously held by Michael Mayer who recently took up the role of ‘Head of Sales and Marketing’ for Volkswagen Passenge...

General Motors India to cease sales in domestic market in 2017

Barely a few weeks after announcing that it is shutting operations in its plant in Halol in Gujarat, the company has now announced that General Motors India will focus on its growing vehicle export manufacturing op...

Royal Enfield strengthens presence in Latin America

Fast growing motorcycle brand Royal Enfield has announced opening of its second direct distribution subsidiary outside India, in Brazil, the fourth biggest two wheeler market in the world. With Sao Paulo as its Braz...

Minoru Kato new President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced top management change in Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) with Minoru Kato being appointed as new President & CEO of HMSI with effect from April 1, 2017.

Tata Motors, Castrol announce global strategic partnership

Tata Motors and Castrol have announced the signing of a three-year strategic partnership agreement for supply of Commercial Vehicle Oils to Tata Motors globally. The agreement will cover over 50 markets including SA...

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...

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz sells over one lakh units

Maruti Suzuki India Limited’s (MSIL) popular premium mid-size sedan, Ciaz, has crossed one lakh cumulative sales mark in the domestic market, in June 2016.

Volkswagen settlement worth over $ 15 b in US over diesel emission mess

German car maker Volkswagen will be forking out more than $ 10 billion in a proposed settlement programme in the US in a bid to contain the mess created by a major diesel emissions related scam that rocked the compa...

Jaguar Land Rover opens factory in Brazil

Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover has opened its new R$750m (UK Pounds 240m / Rs 2374 crore) manufacturing facility and Education Business Partnership Centre in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the fir...

Another 1.1 million Volkswagen vehicles to undergo emission modifications

The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) of Germany has given the go-ahead for the modification of around 1.1 million further vehicles of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Audi bra...

Volkswagen Group India begins recall of cars to fix emission glitches

German auto giant Volkswagen will formally begin recalling cars in the country from July 2016 to fix emission software. To begin with the company will recall 198,500 cars in the country next month to fix emission ...

Volkswagen recalls 800,000 cars in Germany for rectifying emission glitches

Volkswagen has now recalled 800,000 cars in Germany for fixing the emissions glitch which it had in 2015 admitted to have resorted to in order to evade strict emission norms. Germany's Federal Motor Transport Author...

Volvo Cars planning €500m (Rs 34,129.9 crore) bond issue

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced it is seeking to raise Euros 500m (Rs 3798 crore) from a bond issue, its first foray into the global corporate bond markets in its 89 year history. The Swedish compan...

Volkswagen not to submit interim results in sensitive diesel scam probe

Volkswagen which had earlier stated that it would submit interim results of its probe into the diesel emissions scam, has now said it will not be able to do so because of various sensitive reasons. This decision, th...

VW Group audit confirms misconduct and shortcomings

Germany based Volkswagen Group has admitted that the software-influenced NOx emissions behaviour of its cars in the US and elsewhere was due the interaction of three factors: The misconduct and shortcomings of indi...

323700 VW Group cars affected in diesel emissions scam in India

Volkswagen Group India has notified the Ministry of Heavy Industries and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) that approximately 323700 cars belonging to the Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi companies in In...

Another 800,000 VW cars involved in diesel emission irregularities

With regards to the latest notice issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., the Volks...

More trouble for Volkswagen as EPA issues 2nd notice

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that it is issuing a second notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Thi...

Volkswagen management decides on reorientation of diesel strategy

After the news of mega emission scam involving Volkswagen cars in the US and elsewhere in the world, comes the news from Germany based Volkswagen Group (http://www.volkswagenag.com) about the reorientation of the di...

Volkswagen: Das Auto Scam

It’s the biggest scam to hit the global auto industry. No recall of a car, anywhere in the world, has ever had such a distasteful flavour of deceit and intrigue. Germany based Volkswagen has some of the best brands ...

VW Group restructured; Sacks employees involved in emission scandal

As a fallout of the massive US emission scandal involving Volkswagen, the Volkswagen Supervisory Board not only restructured the Volkswagen group but also recommended the immediate suspension of some of its employee...

Volkswagen sets aside $ 7.2 billion towards rectifying emission glitches

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

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.

Right hand drive Ford Mustangs for UK; India a definite market

Almost 2,000 Ford Mustang orders have been taken in the UK since January 2015 as the first right-hand drive cars begin to roll off the production line at Flatrock Assembly Plant in Michigan, North America. The ri...

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...

Hero MotoCorp subsidiary to acquire Erik Buell Racing's assets

The wholly owned subsidiaries of HMCL --- HMCL NA, Inc. and HMCL Americas, Inc.----as per a “Settlement Agreement,” have agreed that HMCL Americas Inc. will acquire the ownership of certain tangible and intangible a...

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...

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...

Harman completes acquisition of Bang & Olufsen automotive audio business

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

DSK Hyosung enters Delhi market with new showroom

DSK Hyosung, a superbikes player in India, has set its foot in the country’s capital city of New Delhi with a superbike showroom ‘Urban Bykes’. The showroom was inaugurated by Shivapada Ray, COO, DSK Motowheels on ...

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. ...

Mahindra Scorpio registers its highest ever annual sales in FY15

The iconic Mahindra Scorpio SUV has crossed the 50,000 milestone in unit sales in FY15, for the 4th consecutive year. According to a press release, the Scorpio sold 51,553 units in FY15, being the highest ever annua...

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...

Record sales for Automobili Lamborghini in 2014

In the fiscal year 2014 Italian super sports car maker Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. again improved its key financial figures and reached new records in terms of sales and turnover in its history of more than 50 yea...

Takahiro Hachigo  to become new President, CEO of Honda Motor  Co.

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has announced that Takahiro Hachigo, currently the company’s Managing Officer, will become Senior Managing Officer effective in April 2015, and will become President, Chief Executive Officer and...

Royal Enfield to manufacture 450,000 motorcycles in 2015

Having achieved the best ever sales of over 300,000 units for 2014, Royal Enfield, a division of Eicher Motors Ltd (EML) is planning to manufacture 450,000 units in 2015 with a view to becoming a leader in the glob...

Spyker bankruptcy declared null and void

Netherlands based Spyker N.V., together with its wholly owned subsidiary Spyker Automobielen B.V. (collectively "Spyker" or the "Company"), on January 29, 2015 won an appeal filed on December 29, 2014 with the Appea...

New Advisory Board for Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems

Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC, headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, announced that effective January, 2015, Satish Khatu, former IBM General Manager, Global Industrial Sector, Helmut Ma...

Automobili Lamborghini delivers record 2,530 units in 2014

In the year 2014 Automobili Lamborghini has set a new sales record in its history by delivering 2,530 cars to its customers. Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A noted that his co...

Bentley delivers 11020 cars globally, records 9pc growth in 2014

Super luxury car maker Bentley strengthened its position as the world’s most sought after luxury car brand after announcing 2014 as the company’s record breaking year. The company deliver 11,020 cars during the year...

Spyker companies declared bankrupt

Netherlands based Spyker car company has been declared bankrupt. On December 18, 2014, the District Court of Midden-Nederland, at the request of the administrator, converted the moratorium of payment, granted to Spy...

Spyker files for voluntary financial restructuring

Dutch automobile car maker Spyker N.V., together with its wholly owned subsidiary Spyker Automobielen B.V. (collectively “Spyker” or the “Company”), filed a voluntary petition on December 2, 2014 for financial restr...

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...

Mahindra gets ready with three new platforms for 2015

If you think Mahindra & Mahindra has been outsmarted by the new entrants in the compact SUV segment in the country, then think again. The country’s leading player in utility vehicles is planning some mega surprises ...

Mahindras to acquire 51pc in Peugeot Motocycles

Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd. (MTWL), an unlisted subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra has made a binding offer to acquire a 51pc stake in Peugeot Motocycles (PMTC), part of the Euro 54 billion PSA Group based in France, ...

By 2019, 3m vehicles to be turbocharged in India

India may not see a dramatic increase in the use of turbo chargers in vehicles in the coming years, but yes, there will be a marginal increase in turbo penetration. There will be an increase from 46pc in 2014 to 48p...

Audi’s TDI engine has only got better in 25 years

It was 25 years ago that Audi first unveiled the TDI engine. The engine has since gone on to become the most successful efficiency technology, both on the road as well as the racetrack. The company achieved worldwid...

Honda’s production jet takes to the skies

Honda recently announced record sales of its cars in the Asian region. The Group that makes cars and SUVs for the global market, is now literally flying high. Honda Aircraft Company has announced that the first pro...

Queen's award for Jaguar Land Rover.

Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's leading manufacturer of premium vehicles, has received the 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The award was conferred by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieute...

GM and OnStar aim to help buckle up America

Detroit’s (USA) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ‘Click it or Ticket’ public safety campaign opens this year amid the first increase in fatalities in five years for unrestrained passenger vehicle occ...

Cummins names Eaton as ‘Top Supplier’ in US

Power management company Eaton was named a ‘Top Supplier’ by Cummins Inc.. Eaton got the honour for its technology contribution on the SuperTruck program and SmartAdvantage integrated powertrain product. The award w...

Dr. Jacques Perez is MD of Lanxess India

Effective May 1, 2014, Dr. Jacques Perez has assumed the position of Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Lanxess India Private Limited and will act as Country Representative of Lanxess in India. This is in additi...

JLR sales rock with the power of dragon China

Even though the parent company Tata Motors is experiencing falling sales influenced by terrible market conditions in India, its fully owned company Jaguar Land Rover, UK's leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehi...

Ford new boss Fields transformed global operations

Mark Fields, the new bossman at Ford Motor Company is an extremely experienced man who has in the past has transformed several of Ford’s operations around the world into much stronger businesses during his 25 years ...

TAFE’s Mallika Srinivasan conferred Padma Shri

Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO of TAFE Group was conferred the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contribution to Trade & Industry. Ms. Srinivasan received the award from President Pranab Mukherj...

Honda’s Asimo greets US President Obama

It’s always a privilege to meet the most powerful man on earth, the President of the United States. It is even a privilege for a robot to meet the Big Man. Asimo, Honda's bipedal humanoid robot, recently greeted U.S...

Land Rover global partnership with Virgin Galactic

Tata Motors owned Land Rover, the UK based manufacturer of sturdy SUVs and a brand synonymous with adventure, has entered into a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial space line, ...

For VW group, India sales dip 30.4pc in 2014 Q1

Even as China continues to do brilliantly in the Asia Pacific region, India is a slight disappointment for the Volkswagen group in terms of vehicle sales. According to a company statement, the Group continued to rec...

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...

Tata Fund invests Rs 300 crore in Varroc Group

Tata Opportunities Fund (TOF), the flagship private equity fund of Tata Capital, is investing Rs 300 Crore (USD 50 million) in Varroc Engineering Private Limited, the holding company of the Varroc Group, according t...

igus celebrates 30th anniversary of “iglidur”

igus, the world’s leading manufacturer and pioneers of plastic motion technology under the renowned brands the-chain Energy Chains Systems and dry-tech bearings, has announced the commemorative world tour of a retro...

Padma Shri for Mallika Srinivasan of TAFE

The Chairperson of the Chennai-based Tractors and Farm Equipment limited (TAFE) Ms Mallika Srinivasan has been chosen for the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. Mallika is the wife of Venu Srinivasan, who ...

JLR delivers best ever full year global sales

Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover, UK's leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles has delivered its strongest ever full year global sales performance. This can be directly attributed to the introduction of a...

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...

Chrysler Group announces agreement with UAW

Chrysler Group and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (the “UAW”) have agreed to a memorandum of understanding to supplement Chrysler Group’s existing...

Mary Barra is first woman CEO of General Motors

General Motors has announced that Dan Akerson, who guided GM to record profits and dramatic improvem

JLR to build £ 240 million facility in Brazil

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, has announced that it will be est

Mahindra Two Wheelers commences exports

Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd. (MTWL) announced its foray into the Latin American market with its two wh

Ford India appoints Raj Sarkar as VP, Marketing

Ford India announced the appointment of Raj Sarkar, as the vice president of Marketing and several o

Shyam Kambeyanda of Eaton elevated

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton announced that Shyam Kambeyanda, who served as the company

Hero MotoCorp enters Central America

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

ESCORTS LTD: Engineering growth

With engineering as its forte, the Nandas of Escorts Ltd have embarked upon an ambitious drive to consolidate its position on the Indian corporate firmament.In an exclusive and extensive interview with Motown India ...




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