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M&M future models - Mahindra and Pininfarina

2 Apr 2020 | Glenn Brooks

It was a terrible March for Mahindra & Mahindra in its home market, sales of passenger vehicles plunging by 88 per cent to 3,384 from 27,646 in March 2019. The company cites not only COVID-19 but also a lack of cars and SUVs for dealers to sell due to plant closures earlier in the year. Whenever the Indian market eventually returns to growth, M&M should be ready with lots of fresh product, as this report explains.

2020 India Auto Expo - the world debuts

5 Feb 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The following vehicles were world premieres at the New Delhi Auto Expo.

Tata in turmoil - brand crashes to seventh at home

10 Oct 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Tata wholesale deliveries collapsed by 56% in September, way more than the overall Indian market's 23% fall after a 31% dive in August. The brand not only dropped a long way behind third placed Mahindra but Toyota, Honda and Renault overtook it. Worse, something once unthinkable could happen in October: relegation to eighth by a new-to-India make.

India's quiet achiever - the rapid rise of Mahindra

18 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The battle for third place in the Indian market for passenger vehicles is hotting up, with both rivals drawing on foreign subsidiaries to expand their ranges. Tata is well placed to attack the country's traditional number three brand from later in 2019 as new models come on line. For now though, Mahindra is pulling ahead thanks to ever more Ssangyong-derived SUVs.

Tata's future model strategy

18 Oct 2018 | Mike Vousden

Tata Motors is now seeing the benefits of having made investments in multiple new models. Its home market has contracted in recent months yet Tata sales have expanded for three months straight, including September. This comes at just the right moment for the company, as by contrast, its JLR division is in trouble in many markets.

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Toyota to halt investment in India due to high taxes

16 Sep 2020 | editorial team

Toyota Motor said it would not invest in additional capacity in India due to the country's high automotive taxes, according to local reports citing the local subsidiary Toyota Kirloskar Motor.

ATG to build new tyre plant in Visakhapatnam

14 Sep 2020 | Simon Warburton

Alliance Tire Group, a Yokohama group company, is to build a new plant in India’s Special Projects Zone, Atchutapuram Industrial Park, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

EVs in India get charging stations boost

8 Sep 2020 | Dave Leggett

In a move that is expected to boost the uptake of EVs in India, the Indian Government has said it plans to install charging stations at around 69,000 petrol pumps across India.

Maruti Suzuki launches subscription service

1 Sep 2020 | Dave Leggett

In a move to offer easy and flexible car ownership to customers, Maruti Suzuki announced the launch of its subscription programme - Maruti Suzuki Subscribe for individuals.

Mahindra and REE sign an MOU to develop e-CVs

27 Aug 2020 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra & Mahindra, part of USD 19.4 billion Mahindra Group, and REE Automotive have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore development and manufacturing of electric commercial vehicles for global markets.

India EV start-up shows CV platform

26 Aug 2020 | Dave Leggett

Indian electric vehicle start-up EVage says it is planning to build commercial EVs, completely aligned to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Atma Nirbhar (Self-Reliance) Program.

Toyota launches car leasing in India

24 Aug 2020 | editorial team

Toyota has launched a car-leasing business in India earlier this month targeting growing demand for vehicle rentals.

Toyota launches car leasing in India

23 Aug 2020 | Simon Warburton

Toyota has launched a car-leasing business in India targeting growing demand for vehicle rentals.

Tata Motors denies it will sell stake in JLR

17 Aug 2020 | Dave Leggett

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) parent company Tata Motors has issued a statement denying media reports that it could be prepared to sell a stake in JLR to raise funds for the embattled carmaker.

Sale of 2/3 wheel EVs without batteries to boost sector in India

14 Aug 2020 | Dave Leggett

India's Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is to allow the sale and registration of electric two and three-wheelers without batteries, a move that will boost sales of the vehicles.

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