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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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Kia prepares for India launch later this year

22 May 2019 | editorial team

Kia Motors is currently making final preparations for its launch later this year in India, a country with a domestic vehicle market of over 4.3m units last year.

Toyota Boshoku to open India sales and development office

9 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

Toyota Boshoku is to open an office in Gurgaon City in the Indian State of Haryana for sales and development.

Indian car market sees sharp April drop

3 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Reports in India say that India's car market dropped sharply in April as elections disrupted demand.

Maruti Suzuki to axe sub-1.5-litre diesels

25 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Maruti Suzuki will phase out all diesel models with engines less than 1.5 litres before Bharat Stage VI emission rules become effective from 1 April, 2020.

India February sales weak but record full year forecast

5 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Light vehicle (LV) wholesales in India remained weak in February, inching up by just 1% year-on-year to 323,000 units.

JLR India to add hybrid and electric vehicles

3 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Jaguar Land Rover is proposing to launch its electrified products in India. In line with Jaguar Land Rover’s global commitment to introduce electrified options on its entire product portfolio by 2020, Jaguar Land Rover India proposes to offer multiple products, ranging from hybrid vehicles to battery electric vehicles (BEV) over the next few years, starting from 2019.

Hella inaugurates second electronics plant in India

28 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hella has opened a second electronics plant in India. The new production facility in Mehsana, India, north of the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, will meet the growing demand for electronic components and strengthen proximity to local customers.

Eberspaecher and Sharda team on India exhaust JV

27 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

Eberspaecher and Sharda have inked an agreement for a 50:50 joint venture to develop, produce and sell exhaust aftertreatment systems for Indian commercial vehicle manufacturers

Can new XUV300 keep Mahindra ahead of Tata?

14 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The Indian market's number three make, Mahindra, is a long way behind Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki. There is a battle going on for third place though, and now with the arrival of a SsangYong-based small SUV, M&M may pull away from Honda and Tata Motors.

Rane TRW opens new India safety products plant

13 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

Rane TRW Steering Systems a joint venture of Rane Group with ZF, has opened a new facility for occupant safety products at Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu in India.

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