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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GM has consolidated operations and withdrawn its Chevrolet brand from a number of markets as part of a strategy to focus activity where it turns a profit.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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Mahindra Group to expand EV manufacturing and deployment in India

1 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Indian state (Government) of Maharashtra (GoM), to further its next phase of expansion in electric vehicles (EVs) and achieve its vision of becoming completely electric ready. This is in line with the GoM’s pursuit for rapid adoption of EVs for private use as well as public (shared mobility).


Mahindra opens new vehicle assembly facility in Durban, South Africa

29 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra South Africa has opened a vehicle assembly facility in Durban, KwaZulu-Nata , South Africa.


Hyundai Motor India renews export deal with Chennai port

14 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor India the country's second largest manufacturer of passenger cars which claims to have been top exporter since it started operations, has renewed its memorandum of agreement with Chennai Port Trust for 10 years.


Suzuki India begins export of models built at Gujarat plant

10 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) has started export of Swift models produced at Suzuki Motor Gujarat, its 100% owned manufacturing subsidiary separate from the Maruti joint venture.


Nexteer to create 'software centre' in India

10 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Nexteer Automotive says it is expanding its strategic software investment and global software team by announcing the intention to open a 'Software Centre' in India.  The Software Centre will be the latest addition to the company's global software team that operates with locations in Saginaw, US; Tychy, Poland; and Suzhou, Chin


Axalta opens new coatings plant in India

5 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Axalta a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, opened its new coating manufacturing plant at Savli, Vadodara in Gujarat, India.


Toyota/Suzuki to mutually supply hybrid vehicles in India

29 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota and Suzuki have concluded a 'basic agreement toward the mutual supply of hybrid and other vehicles between the two companies for the Indian market'.


JLR launches Range Rover Evoque convertible in India

28 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover India announced the launch of the Range Rover Evoque convertible at INR6.95m (US$106,946) ex-showroom, India.


BMW starts X3 production in India

27 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW's manufacturing plant in Chennai, India, has started series production of the new BMW X3 that will be launched in the Indian market in April.


Ford and Mahindra sign agreements to co-develop models

22 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford and Mahindra will jointly develop new SUVs and a small electric vehicle as part of several initiatives announced between the two companies.



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