ZERO DARK APRIL 2020: Indian Auto Industry staring at Rs 92000 crore loss for 40-day lockdown

If one were to calculate by what SIAM has to say wherein each day of plant closure will trigger a loss of more than Rs 2300 crore in turnover for auto OEMS and component manufacturers, then what we are looking at i...

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...

M&M, Maruti Suzuki, Krishna Maruti, Bharat Seats gear up to make ventilators, masks

Unmindful of the huge losses that the auto industry is incurring because plant shutdowns as a result of the country-wide lockdown in the midst of coronavirus or covid-19 fears, several auto companies and auto compon...

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...

Gadkari leaves behind a belligerent tone and assures auto industry

For Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, it’s been a journey from taking on a confrontationist attitude to one of being benign and accommodating. At the 59th Annual Convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufactu...

GST rate on all electric vehicles reduced from 12% to 5%

The government has announced the reduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate on all electric vehicles from 12% to 5%. The GST rate on charger or charging stations for Electric vehicles is also reduced from 18% to...

Automobile sales and production head south in June 2019

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

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

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

Government EV targets need to be practical says auto industry

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

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

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

Honda Cars India commences production of all-new 10th generation Honda Civic

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has commenced the production of the all-new 10th generation Honda Civic. The car is being manufactured at HCIL’s Greater Noida plant.

Cero (Mahindra MSTC Recycling Pvt. Ltd.) is India’s first authorised recycler of vehicles

Cero (Mahindra MSTC Recycling Pvt. Ltd.) has become India’s first authorised recycler for motor vehicles, having received accreditation by the Delhi Government on December 21, 2018. Cero, a joint venture between Mah...

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

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

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

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

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...

MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA SCALES NEW HEIGHTS---Sunny Side Up

Auto and farm equipment major Mahindra & Mahindra has finally found its place in the sun after several years of perseverance and hard work, the last three years being significant ones that led to the company transfo...

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

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

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

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

Gadkari makes the Indian auto industry the whipping boy

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

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...

Kia Motors to invest Rs 7072 crore in plant in Andhra Pradesh

South Korea’s leading car manufacturer Kia Motors is investing US $ 1.1 billion in India to build manufacturing plant in the state of Karnataka in South India. The construction of the Kia Motors manufacturing plant ...

Jeep Compass exceeds expectations, says Kevin Flynn of FCA India

"The car is phenomenal. It exceeds our expectations and it will really appeal to the Indian consumer and the real credibility is that we shall be exporting it to very developed markets across the globe," said Kevi...

FCA officials Say the Jeep Compass is a “No Compromise” vehicle

James Lyijynen, Chief Program Engineer, Jeep Compass, FCA Global and Bill Zheng, Head of Design, FCA, APAC are upbeat about the new Jeep Compass that will soon be launched in India. Roy P. Tharyan, Editor, Motown In...

Tesla in India by the summer of 2017, tweets Musk

Wonder what is more important, Elon Musk, Founder and CEO of Tesla Motors in California tweeting that Tesla could launch in India in the summer of 2017, or an unknown Ishan Goel tweeting to Musk asking him of his pl...

Mahindra inaugurates spare parts warehouse in Mahindra World City, Jaipur

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M Ltd) has inaugurated a state of the art spare parts warehouse in Mahindra World City (MWC), Jaipur. As one of the largest, most modern warehouses in the country and the company’s first i...

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 ...

TWO-WHEELER SPECIAL: Standing Tall On Two Wheels

The Indian two-wheeler industry is gleefully hoping that the remaining months of the current fiscal 2016-17 will see a spurt in demand for two-wheelers.

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 ...

GM India to manufacture upgraded Chevrolet Tavera in Halol

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

Force Motors, Mercedes-Benz invest in new engine / axle plant in Chakan

Force Motors has inaugurated a new engine and axle assembly plant exclusively for Mercedes-Benz India in Chakan, Pune. The Firodia controlled company has invested around Rs 100 crore in this new greenfield facility....

LUXURY CARS IN INDIA: A Painful Growth

In the bad old days, two words were often considered taboo – Sex and Luxury. In a conservative India, talking about sex was a big “No”. Equally, in a socialist driven economy, the term “Luxury” was pure blasphemy. B...

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...

Suzuki Motors apologises but denies cheating; Heads roll in Mitsubishi

Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corp. apologised on Wednesday May 18, 2016 for improper road tests that the company had conducted, but denied reports of any cheating on mileage numbers. The Suzuki fuel mileage scand...

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

Indian Govt agency ARAI to issue notice to Volkswagen

On the one hand while Volkswagen is facing tremendous pressure coupled with major embarrassment on the global front because of the software fudging leading to tinkering with diesel engine emissions in their cars, on...

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...

The Real Hero is No More

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

German transport authority gives Volkswagen timetable for global recalls

The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has come out with a timetable for Volkswagen to recall cars affected by the emissions scam, a result of fraud manipulation by the German car major. The Volkswagen Group wi...

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 CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn quits over emissions scandal

The Volkswagen global emission scandal involving diesel engine powered VW cars took its first major toll on September 23, 2015 with Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG resigning from his post. Acceptin...

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...

Goenka confirms S101 hatch will have a 1.2 litre petrol engine

It is official now that the soon to be launched smart hatchback car code named S101 from Mahindra and Mahindra will definitely have a 1.2 litre petrol mill. Spy shots of the S101 have been doing the rounds of the so...

Bahubali Prabhas and Dr Goenka’s wit

If Anand Mahindra’s speech at the launch of the TUV300 at the Mahindra plant in Chakan in Pune, Maharashtra on September 10, 2015 was all about love and emotions intertwined with the inherent strengths of the TUV300...

Anand Mahindra’s love story with the TUV300

It is seldom that a car manufacturer talks about love at the launch of a vehicle. But for Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra, it was a different love story all together at the launch of the TUV300 sport u...

Only Rs 30,000 for your ten-year old diesel car? Nah!!!

Your ten your old diesel vehicle, whether it is a BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz or a Maruti Suzuki or Hyundai car, could fetch you a financial incentive of maybe up to Rs 30,000 in case you are staying in the National Ca...

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...

Force Motors inaugurates Rs 200 crore plant to make BMW engines

The Firodia family controlled Force Motors has inaugurated a modern Engine Assembly plant in Chennai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Built at a cost of around Rs 200 crore, the plant has begun assembling...

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...

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,...

South India Special Part 3: Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh is the eighth largest state in India and besides having abundant natural resources and mineral wealth, it boasts of the second longest coastline in the country. The State has thirteen districts. With ...

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 ...

South India Special Part 5: Kerala

This southern State of Kerala is known more for its militant labour unions and lack of industries. Tourism thrives here and the State is also referred to as “God’s Own Country”. Malayalis, as the people of Kerala ar...

BMW in kitty, Force Motors to set up new engine plant for Mercedes-Benz

Force Motors has now confirmed to Motown India that this new facility which is being built in Chakan is a “dedicated facility for Mercedes Benz India Ltd”. A spokesperson for the company informed that the company wi...

Finally, the government gives a Green Push to electric vehicles

The government has formally launched a scheme that provides direct subsidies to the consumer for buying such vehicles ranging from Rs 1800 to Rs 29,000 for two wheelers and Rs 13,000 to Rs 1.38 lakh for cars. A c...

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...

EXCLUSIVE: E-vehicles finally get Govt. nod for subsidy, says Gill

The Finance Ministry, Government of India, has approved an interim National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 which would set aside Rs 1000 crore towards supporting the electric vehicle industry in the cou...

Royal Enfield sells 28927 motorcycles in January 2015

Royal Enfield, part of the Siddhartha Lal controlled Eicher group, has posted a 43pc increase in sales of motorcycles for the month of January 2015. While domestic sales for the month stood at 28157 units as compare...

Bosch Chairman connects lives with humour and meaning at CIS 2015

Dr. Werner Struth, Chairman, Robert Bosch LLC and Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH combined these attributes at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) t...

Mahindra’s Automotive Sector rolls out its 5 millionth vehicle

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), India’s leading SUV manufacturer, rolled out its 5 millionth (50 lakh) vehicle from the company’s automotive plant in Kandivali, Mumbai. The company’s legendary 4x4 off-roader, t...

Mahindra’s Saab buy part of much bigger strategy

With unconfirmed reports suggesting that Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is planning to acquire Sweden based car maker Saab, it is almost confirmed that it has more to do with Anand Mahindra’s dream to become a world lead...

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 ...

Stiff penalties in 2014 Road Transport Bill

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has finally come out with a draft of the Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014 which will be tabled in Parliament during the Winter Session. The draft bill has been released t...

GM chairman Tim Solso, CEO Mary Barra meet Modi

General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra visited India along with the company’s non-executive chairman of the GM Board of Directors Tim Solso. The two high ranking officials met Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

India needs to learn from Sainsbury’s initiative

This truck by UK’s supermarket chain Sainsbury’s will make a lot of sense for a market like India where cyclists and pedestrians are victims of road accidents involving trucks and buses. In India, trucks and buses o...

It’s a dud Budget for the automotive sector

A lot was expected from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the automotive sector but none of that figured in the Union Budget 2014-15 announced on July 10, 2014. The Budget focussed on infrastructure and simplificati...

0 pc attrition among Mercedes-Benz India workers.

Mercedes-Benz makes some of the best cars in the world. The Mercedes racing team is making a regular habit of winning all the Formula One races. Back home in India, Mercedes-Benz India is surging ahead with double d...

Modi wins; Auto industry expectations are high

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 283 seats in the Lok Sabha. The Congress party, till recently the ruling party at the Centre came a very distant second with a mere 43 seats. With Narender Modi soon to take ...

Tool down stir at Shriram Pistons Pathredi plant

For several days there has been a an absolute tool down strike at the Shriram Pistons & Rings’ (SPR) Pathredi (Bhiwadi district, Alwar) plant in Rajasthan in North India which is threatening to snowball into a maj...

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...

GM benefits big time from Driving Simulator

Critical feedback based on fast moving visuals at General Motors’ Research Driving Simulator is helping advanced technology developers study how drivers interact with Super Cruise, the semi-automated driving system....

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...

With Datsun GO, Nissan GOes for more

Kenichiro Yomura, President of Nissan India Operations & Managing Director and CEO, Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd joined Nissan Motor Company just after college in 1982. He has been with the company for the last 32 yea...

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 ...

Roger Crathorne, ‘Mr Land Rover’ retires from JLR

More than five decades ago when Roger Crathorne joined Land Rover he could never have imagined that this British iconic company he worked for would someday sell products all over the world and more so in places like...

Maruti capacity for Celerio to go up to 6500 pm

Photography: Mohd. Nasir/ Maruti Suzuki Ltd will have to grin and bear the huge capacity constraint it is facing for the recently launched Celerio model. While currently there are around 28,000 pending bookings for ...

Unique Spyker bond offers B6 Venator as redemption

Dutch supercar maker Spyker N.V may have delayed its plans to enter India but has in the meantime introduced first-of-its-kind investment opportunity to support launch of its Spyker B6 Venator. The company has creat...

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 ...

Maruti seeks minority shareholder view on Gujarat

Though not required by law, the Board of Directors of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) in a meeting held on March 15, 2014 has decided to seek minority shareholders’ approval as stipulated in Section 188 of the Co...

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...

Trade policy tweaked to benefit motor racing

Keeping in mind the increasing number of motor racing events (Formula One, JK Racing, MRF Racing, VW Polo Racing) being held in India, the Indian government has finally modified its trade policy that will facilitate...

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 ...

Defence minister inaugurates Defexpo-2012

Showcasing the country's military prowess and the nation's emergence as an attractive destination fo

AMW displays military vehicles at Defence Expo '12

Asia Motor Works (AMW) unveiled its new range of military vehicles called ‘AMW Defence’ at the 6th I

Tata Motors displays Anti-Terrorist combat vehicle

Tata Motors has showcased a new Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle (MBPV) at Defexpo India 2012, a highly m

Iconic M 800 losing edge as sales plummet 50 pc

NEW DELHI: The iconic M 800 seems to be losing its grip on the Indian market. The small car, once

New Holland’s 150,000th tractor in India

NEW DELHI: New Holland Fiat (India) Pvt. Ltd., a majority owned subsidiary of CNH Global (Case New H

Jairam Ramesh urges caution

NEW DELHI: Minister of State (Independent charge) for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh today ur

The Vespa Returns by 2012

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