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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GM has consolidated operations and withdrawn its Chevrolet brand from a number of markets as part of a strategy to focus activity where it turns a profit.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 taking orders for JLR platform based Harrier SUV

15 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors has started taking orders for its new Harrier SUV which is built on architecture derived from Land Rover's D8 platform on which over 1m SUVs have already been sold worldwide.


Global NCAP not happy with Indian Suzuki

8 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Global NCAP released today an update to its #SaferCarsForIndia crash test results. Following last month’s announcements, the Maruti Suzuki Swift falls short on adult safety.


Indian Renault Lodgy gets dodgy NCAP test result

27 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The latest crash test results for India, announced to coincide with the inaugural Global NCAP World Congress in Delhi saw Maruti Suzuki achieve an encouraging four star result with the Vitara Brezza while Renault failed to impress with the zero star Lodgy.


Nissan announces new India strategy

7 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan has announced a new strategy for India which will see it launch new products, strengthen the Nissan and Datsun brands, expand its dealer network, optimise flexible manufacturing and boost R&D facilities together with Alliance automakers also operating in the country.


More Delhi chargers as India EV drive continues

29 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

India has unveiled two charging stations, one fast (DC) and the other, slow (AC), in Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi, as part of its EV drive for the country.


Hyundai India unveils sketch of AH2 family car

16 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

Hyundai Motor India (HMIL), the country’s second largest car manufacturer and the largest exporter, has unveiled the first design sketch of its Hatchback known as AH2.


IAC opens new manufacturing plant in Manesar, India

16 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

IAC has inaugurated its new plant in Manesar, India, with the  milestone marked by a ceremony held with management, employees and key customers.


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.



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