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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.

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?

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Tata Motors adopts what3words system for India navigation

17 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors said it had become the first automaker in India to use the what3words technology already seen in vehicles from European automakers including Daimler, Ford and Nissan.

EC clears India scrappage JV

9 Sep 2019 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) authorities have approved, through the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control of a newly created joint venture in India by Toyota Tsusho India, its parent Toyota Tsusho of Japan and Maruti Suzuki India of India.

Kia launches Seltos production in India

15 Aug 2019 | editorial team

Kia Motors reportedly has begun production of its new Seltos compact SUV in India, initially for local sale, a month after the model reached showrooms in South Korea.

Tata group wholesales including JLR down in July

13 Aug 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors Group global wholesales in July 2019, including Jaguar Land Rover, were 14% lower year on year at 78,600 units.

Slumping sales trigger India auto layoffs

8 Aug 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Slumping sales of cars and motorcycles are triggering massive job cuts in India's auto sector, with many companies forced to shut down factories for days and axe shifts, multiple sources told the Reuters news agency.

Indian auto industry demands government help

7 Aug 2019 | Graeme Roberts

India's auto industry demanded tax cuts and easier access to finance for dealers and buyers at a meeting with Indian government officials on Wednesday to discuss the sector's woes, sources told Reuters, in an effort to revive sales that have slumped.

Tata Power and Motors team on India charging stations

6 Aug 2019 | Simon Warburton

Tata Power and Tata Motors are partnering to install 300 fast charging stations by the end of 2020 in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Retailer plans India EV charger network

22 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Vakrangee plans to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging across India at its retail outlets.

Maruti Suzuki joins Bank of Baroda for vehicle finance

26 Jun 2019 | Dave Leggett

Maruti Suzuki India announced signing of ‘Preferred Financier’ MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) agreement with Bank of Baroda, one of India’s largest public sector banks.

Renault launches sub-4m Triber MPV

20 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Seeking to revitalise falling sales in the Indian market, Renault has announced the Triber, an additional model which will be manufactured at the Alliance's RNAIPL plant in Tamil Nadu.

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