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ANALYSIS - Could Mahindra become India's Jeep?

20 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

India's third largest vehicle maker by domestic sales volume is steadily moving away from cars, concentrating instead on crossovers and SUVs. The same strategy applies to SsangYong Motor in which it has a majority holding. The firms are also steadily working towards integrating not only powertrains and architectures, but are collaborating on EVs too.


Suzuki already planning to triple capacity at new Indian plant

15 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Having opened its first car plant in the Indian state of Gujarat earlier this year, Suzuki Motor Corporation now says it will lift capacity of the 250,000 units per annum plant to 750,000 by 2020. The statement was made by chairman Osamu Suzuki at an event where a new battery factory was also announced.


ANALYSIS - Tata Motors' future models under the microscope

4 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

After the disappointment of the Nano and a series of underwhelming subsequent new vehicle releases, Tata Motors seemed to lose its way. Now, thanks to the success of the Tiago small car and a record overall Indian market for new passenger vehicles in the first half of 2017, Tata is firmly on the comeback trail and has even pushed the mighty Toyota down to sixth place. But will it be able to achieve its stated goal of becoming number three by 2019?


Will GM regret the shrinking of Chevrolet?

18 Jul 2017 | Dave Leggett

GM has consolidated operations and withdrawn its Chevrolet brand from a number of markets as part of a strategy to focus activity where it turns a profit. There's a clear short-term benefit to the bottom line, but will it be regretted in the long-term as rivals are left to exploit new opportunities in emerging markets?


Automotive market is 'polarising' - Anand Mahindra

3 Apr 2017 | Dave Leggett

The world's automotive market is drifting towards two separate poles according to Anand Mahindra, the chairman and managing director of Mahindra Group.


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Tata Motors ramps up Sanand plant output

9 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tata Motors has announced a ramp-up of output at its Sanand car manufacturing plant, taking it to full capacity utilisation at around 150,000 units per annum.


Tata Motors' Sanand plant now at 100% utilisation

7 Aug 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors is making new plans for its Sanand plant, now operating at 100% capacity utilisation.


New Tata does well in NCAP crash test

7 Aug 2018 | Graeme Roberts

In the first set of #SaferCarsForIndia results for 2018, Global NCAP has released the result of the crash tests conducted on the recently launched Tata Nexon.


Grammer to establish new India joint R&D facility

6 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

Grammer is to establish a new India R&D joint venture facility with AllyGrow Technologies based in Pune, Western India. 


Apollo Tyres posts US$37.5m Q1 profit

2 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

Apollo Tyre has reported first-quarter profit of INR2.52bn (US$37.57m) on net sales of INR42.49bn.


Mahindra’s new MPV named Marazzo

1 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) has named its new global 7-seater MPV model, codenamed U321, as Marazzo. Derived from the Basque language, the word ‘Marazzo’ means shark and is linked to the vehicle’s shark-inspired design.


Moody's downgrades JLR parent Tata Motors

16 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded to Ba2 from Ba1 the corporate family rating (CFR) for Jaguar Land Rover parent company Tata Motors (TML). It also downgraded the company's senior unsecured instrument ratings to Ba2 from Ba1 but said "the rating outlook is stable".


Wabco announces India truck steering deal

13 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has announced its first major steering system deal in India following its September 2017 acquisition of US-based RH Sheppard, a supplier of steering technologies for commercial vehicles.


Toyoda Gosei establishes new engineering and sales office in Gurgaon, India

13 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyoda Gosei has established the Gurgaon Office (engineering, sales) of Toyoda Gosei Minda India (TGMIN), a subsidiary in India, to increase sales in the rapidly growing market.


Hyundai targets further growth in India

4 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

Hyundai Motor said it expected its vehicle sales in India to exceed 500,000 units for a third consecutive year in 2018 thanks to a strong and diversified model line.



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