Maruti launches car rental in Mumbai, Chennai & Gujarat

After launching car subscription services in Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune, India’s largest carmaker has brought the service to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. The service will cost around Rs 14,690 per month in Gujarat for a Swift LXi for a four-year contract, excluding GST. In Chennai, it will cost Rs 15,196 […]

Ashok Leyland introduces VRS 2020 scheme

Ashok Leyland, which had introduced a voluntary retirement scheme and an employee separation scheme for its executives in August last year, has approved yet another VRS scheme this year. In a notification, the company said its directors “approved the introduction of Voluntary Retirement Scheme (“VRS”) for all eligible employees” of the company. The approval, it […]

Mahindra to launch 37 new light-weight tractors with Mitsubishi

Mahindra & Mahindra, one of India’s largest automobile and tractor makers, announced the production plans for a new series of advanced tractors being made with the help of its joint venture with the Mitsubishi Group of Japan. While the collaboration was announced earlier, it today unveiled further details about the production roadmap, as well as […]

Hero to develop Harley Davidson bikes for India

Hero MotoCorp said it has signed an agreement to co-develop and sell “a range of premium motorcycles” with iconic US motorcycle maker Harley Davidson. The announcement comes a month after Harley Davidson decided to exit the Indian market due to poor sales. The company had been selling over 10,000 units per year during the peak […]

SEPTEMBER AUTO SALES: Car demand drives Maruti Suzuki, M&M tepid

Maruti Suzuki India reported a whopping 31% jump in its September auto sales, while Mahindra & Mahindra reported a more modest increase of around 5% in its passenger vehicles. The commercial vehicles division continued to struggle with low demand. M&M Unlike Maruti Suzuki, which benefited from higher sales of its smaller cars, Mahindra & Mahindra’s […]

AUGUST AUTO SALES: Maruti Suzuki, Escorts reports strong numbers

Maruti Suzuki and Escorts have reported strong auto sales numbers for August 2020. While Escorts report an all-time high for its monthly tractor sales, Maruti Suzuki reported a 21.3% year-on-year jump in passenger vehicle sales, possibly indicating a move by consumers away from public transport. The company sold 1.13 lakh passenger vehicles, up from 93,174 […]

Maruti Suzuki ties up with IIM-B to scout for auto-tech start-ups

Maruti Suzuki India said it has tied up with NS Raghavan Center Entrepreneurial Learning at IIM Bangalore to scout out start-ups in the automobile sector. Maruti Suzuki, India’s biggest carmaker, will look for technology-based innovations that can be applied in the mobility sector. Among the focus areas will be digital, data and AI/ML in the […]

JLR says response to Land Rover Defender ‘sensational’

Tata Motors and JLR’s bet on reviving the original spirit of Land Rover with the Defender brand seems to be paying off, with the first model already notching up enough orders to keep the production lines busy for the rest of the year. Adrian Mardell, Chief Financial Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, called the launch […]

COVID not driving buyers to cheaper models: Bajaj Auto

Bajaj Auto, one of India’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers, said it is yet to see any down-trading or change of behavior among motorcycle buyers in India due to the COVID pandemic, and that demand is already at 80-85% of normal levels. Speaking to investors and analysts after the company’s quarterly results last week, executive director Rakesh […]

No cash? Get a car on ‘subscription’ from Maruti Suzuki

Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest carmaker, has started a car subscription service in India in association with ORIX, a Japan-based car rental service provider. Car subscriptions are like car leasing, but with more flexibility that comes at typically higher costs. Unlike car leasing, car subscriptions typically do not come with conditions such as travelling limits. […]

Maruti Suzuki announces ‘car cabin separator’ for COVID-19 times

Maruti Suzuki has come out with a range of health-related products and car accessories keeping in mind the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The most interesting of these is the ‘car cabin separator’, a PVC shield that can be kept behind the front seats to seal off the front and back sections of the car. “The car […]