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COMMENT: Farewell Ambassador, long in the post

9 June 2014

It looks like the final Hundustan Ambassador - Amby to the locals - has rolled off the line in a plant that looks about as jurassic as the car it made since the mid-1950s.


BRIC markets review – India

6 June 2011

In the BRIC market review series this month, we take a look at the latest developments in India.


8th Auto Expo, New Delhi, India

27 February 2006

The biennial automotive exposition held in New Delhi recently was a much-awaited event in India because of the progress made in the automotive industry since the last expo two years ago. But the 2006 show came across as more an industry focused than a consumer oriented show. Deepesh Rathore and Tilak Swarup were there.


Indian light vehicle market review

21 March 2005

The year 2004 was a healthy one for the Indian passenger car industry. India’s booming economy underpinned growth in the market of around 25% with the light passenger vehicle market passing through the one million barrier for the first time. But 2004 in India’s light vehicle market was memorable on other levels too. As well as the continuing arrival of significant new models there were signs that India’s top selling model – the Suzuki Maruti 800 – is finally, after two decades, about to lose its number one position. Deepesh Rathore and Tilak Swarup report (article includes full year 2004 sales data by make and model).

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Hindustan Motors sells Ambassador for $12m

13 February 2017

Hindustan Motors' Ambassador brand, synonomous with a 1950s Morris Oxford recycled into top government official transport and taxis in India, has been sold to Peugeot for INR80 crore (US$12m).


just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi recalls Cedia for faulty airbag inflators in India

28 January 2016

India’s Chennai based auto maker HMFCL-Mitsubishi, is recalling approximately 2,400 Cedia vehicles produced between 2006 to 2008 so as to refit the passenger side airbag. This is part of a global campaign of Mitsubishi Motors - Japan relating to air bag...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Ajay Bansal joins Hindustan Motors as CEO

9 November 2015

Hindustan Motors has appointed Ajay Bansal as CEO with effect from 2 November. The company's board of directors has approved the sale of up to 50 acres of Uttarpara plant in West Bengal. The board has also approved the sale or lease of Pithampur plant in...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: PSA in talks with Tata Motors for possible tie-up - sources

5 October 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroen is reportedly in talks with Tata Motors for a partnership agreement, under which the Indian automaker will manufacture and distribute PSA's vehicles in India. The companies might also share engines and vehicle platforms under the...


HM considers 'monetising' Uttarpara plant land

21 September 2015

Hindustan Motors reportedly is considering 'monetising' the land at its Uttarpara plant in West Bengal.


just-auto Plus only INDIA: HM announces another VRS for Uttarpara plant workers

16 September 2015

Hindustan Motors (HM) has announced another VRS for its Uttarpara plant workers. This time the VRS would include all permanent "grade scale staff" and technicians who would be in company records on 1 October. HM has offered a lump sum payment of INR100,000...


Isuzu to launch MU-7 Automatic SUV in India

22 July 2015

Isuzu Motors plans to launch MU-7 Automatic in India in the near future.


just-auto Plus only INDIA: HM to again offer VRS to employees at Uttarpara plant - report

20 July 2015

Hindustan Motors (HM) reportedly plans to again offer VRS to the employees at its Uttarpara plant in West Bengal. "The company is arranging funds to introduce a second round of VRS. It will happen soon and, hopefully, most employees will opt for it," a person...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors’ CEO steps down with immediate effect

16 June 2015

Moloy Chowdhury, Hindustan Motors' CEO, has stepped down with immediate effect. The company said, "Moloy Chowdhury, chief executive officer of the company has resigned from the services with effect from close of business hours on 15 June." Chowdhury held the...


Isuzu might continue HM contract despite own plant

15 June 2015

Isuzu Motors might continue with its contract manufacturing agreement with Hindustan Motors (HM) even after its Sri City plant in Andhra Pradesh, India starts operations in April 2016.


Mitsubishi to launch Pajero Sport in India

9 June 2015

Mitsubishi is expected to launch the Pajero Sport in India in 2016.


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors posts loss of US$1.3m in Q4/FY2014-15

26 May 2015

Hindustan Motors posted a loss of INR85.6m (US$1.3m) in the fiscal fourth quarter ended 31 March 2015, compared with a profit of INR124.4m in the year-ago quarter. During the quarter, sales fell 99.92% to INR700,000 from INR917.2m in the fourth quarter ended...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors appoints Mou Mukherjee as additional director

31 March 2015

Hindustan Motors has appointed Mou Mukherjee as additional director of the company effective 30 March. Mukherjee is also hired as independent director of the company effective 30 March, reported Moneycontrol.com. She will serve as independent director for five...


Volvo India eyes contract car assembly – sources

23 February 2015

Volvo is in discussions with General Motors (GM) India, Hindustan Motors (HM) and Mahindra & Mahindra to see if it can use the manufacturing facilities of one of these companies to assemble some of its models in India, industry sources said.


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors’ sales down 99% in Q3/FY2015

11 February 2015

Hindustan Motors' net sales for the fiscal third quarter ended 31 December 2014 fell 99.83% to INR1.5m (US$24,086) from INR881.4m in the fiscal third quarter ended 31 December 2013. Net loss narrowed to INR119.7m from INR155.1m in the year-ago period,...


Hindustan Motors to close Ambassador plant

18 December 2014

Hindustan Motors will shut down its car manufacturing plant in Uttarpara, West Bengal, PTI reported.


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors sales fall 94.15% for third quarter of 2014

13 November 2014

The net sales of Hindustan Motors has fallen 94.15% year-on-year to INR 61m (US$992,060) in the third quarter ended September 2014, according to Myiris. It swung from a profit of INR 2.9m to a loss of INR 56.9m over the 12-month period. It reported a loss per...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Bhikam Mishra becomes new Hindustan Motors CFO

13 November 2014

Bhikam Mishra has been appointed the new chief financial officer (CFO) of Hindustan Motors, according to Business Insider India. He was previously the general manager of corporate finance at the company, and he has been appointed to the position for the coming...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors announces VRS scheme

11 November 2014

Hindustan Motors has announced a VRS scheme, which is valid till 20 November, reported The Hindu. The company had no discussion with the trade unions associated with its mother unit at Uttarpara. As per the scheme, the employee will get his balance salary...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors to assign fee receivable from BSL to GoWB

24 October 2014

On 20 October, Hindustan Motors announced that it has received a Memorandum dated 29 September from the Government of West Bengal (GoWB) which confirmed the assignment of the 4% non-compete fee receivable by the company from Bengal Shriram Hitech City (BSL) in...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Madras High Court to hear BMW’s plea against CCI

13 October 2014

On 10 October, the Madras High Court said it will hear BMW and other automakers' plea against the Competition Commission of India's (CCI) penalty order and directed the commission not to take any action against BMW, Business Standard reported. In August, the...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors examines CCI’s order of US$2.3m fine

1 September 2014

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has levied a fine of INR138.5m (US$2.3m) on Hindustan Motors (HM), and the company said it is examining the order, reports PTI. "The company is one of the parties against which the order has been issued. The...


India regulator doles out fines on parts prices

26 August 2014

Carmakers in India are coming under similar pressure from regulators as those in China with a total of US$420m in fines being handed out to 14 companies for stifling competition in the market for spare parts.


Hindustan Motors posts net profit of US$2m

7 August 2014

For the quarter ended 31 March 2014, Hindustan Motors' net sales fell to INR917.2m (US$14.9m), from INR1.72bn in the same year-ago period. The company recorded a profit of INR124.4m, compared with a loss of INR11.6m in the same period of the previous fiscal year.


HM seeks more time for Uttarpara revival plan

20 June 2014

Hindustan Motors (HM) has asked for more time from the West Bengal government for the preparation of a revival plan for the for its closed Uttarpara plant, reported PTI.


just-auto Plus only INDIA: West Bengal government asks HM to submit detailed revival package for Uttarpara plant

18 June 2014

Hindustan Motors (HM) has been asked by the West Bengal government to submit a detailed revival package for its closed Uttarpara plant, reports PTI. Following the tripartite meeting, state labour secretary Amol Roy Chowdhury said, "The management has been...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors dismisses 240 people from managerial staff

7 June 2014

Hindustan Motors (HM) has dismissed around 240 people from its managerial staff, reports PTI. However, finance and HR employees have been retained. A company spokesperson said, "Managerial restructuring has been an on-going process over the last 2-3 years and...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors attempts to clear overdue wages

3 June 2014

Hindustan Motors (HM) has made an advance payment of half-month wages to its workers at the Uttarpara plant, reports The Hindu. In late May, West Bengal Labour Minister Purnendu Bose had requested the company to pay the workers. HM plans to pay all overdue...


Hindustan asks for more time to restructure

2 June 2014

Senior management at Hindustan Motors have promised to make “partial payment” of five months pay arrears to 2,600 employees at the Uttarpara factory which made the iconic Ambassador model, a favourite of Indian government ministers and army generals.


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Hindustan Motors Uttarpara plant’s future seems bleak

30 May 2014

Hindustan Motors' (HM) Uttarpara, West Bengal, plant, where operations were suspended on 24 May, might not reopen soon, West Bengal labour minister Purnendu Bose said. He added, "After discussing with the HM management, I have a feeling that the Uttarpara...

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Hindustan Motors sells Ambassador for $12m

13 February 2017

Hindustan Motors' Ambassador brand, synonomous with a 1950s Morris Oxford recycled into top g...


just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi recalls Cedia for faulty airbag inflators in India

28 January 2016

India’s Chennai based auto maker HMFCL-Mitsubishi, is recalling approximately 2,400 Cedia v...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: Ajay Bansal joins Hindustan Motors as CEO

9 November 2015

Hindustan Motors has appointed Ajay Bansal as CEO with effect from 2 November. The company's boa...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: PSA in talks with Tata Motors for possible tie-up - sources

5 October 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroen is reportedly in talks with Tata Motors for a partnership agreement, under wh...


HM considers 'monetising' Uttarpara plant land

21 September 2015

Hindustan Motors reportedly is considering 'monetising' the land at its Uttarpara plant in West B...


just-auto Plus only INDIA: HM announces another VRS for Uttarpara plant workers

16 September 2015

Hindustan Motors (HM) has announced another VRS for its Uttarpara plant workers. This time the V...



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