Maruti Suzuki denies demand problems, says rural demand intact

India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki today denied that it was facing problems with demand, and said the recent slowdown in sales is because of availability of semiconductor chips. Shashank Srivastava, executive director in charge of sales and marketing, denied that the company was facing any issues liquidating its inventory, and said stocks were well […]

Bleak November auto sales: Bajaj Auto, Escorts report declines

With the pent-up demand getting exhausted and the overall economy reeling under the impact of rising inflation and the after-effects of two waves of COVID-19, auto sales seem to be coming under pressure post the festival period. Two of the earliest companies to report their November numbers, Bajaj Auto and tractor maker Escorts, have both […]

Royal Enfield starts assembling unit in Thailand, targets SE Asia

Royal Enfield, India’s largest retro, semi-premium motorcycle brand, said its third assembly plant outside India started operations in Thialand. The plant, which will assemble the parts manufactured at the main plants in Chennai in India, will cater to markets such as Indonesia and Vietnam, besides the Thai market. Due to ASEAN trade pacts, it is […]

Maruti Suzuki, Toyota’s scrapping factory starts operations

Maruti Suzuki and Toyota Group’s have created the first major, scientific auto-scrapping unit in India at NOIDA near Delhi. The factory can disassemble and recycle 24,000 vehicles per year, and has been constructed at a cost Rs 44 cr. ““Till now there was no scientific, clean and healthy way to dispose a car at its […]

Revolt bike network to expand to 75 cities by early 2022

RattanIndia Enterprises, led by IndiaBulls founder Rajiv Rattan, has announced plans to open Revolt electric bike showrooms in 60 new cities by early next year, which will take the total number of showrooms to 75. These new cities include Kolkata, Chandigarh, Lucknow and the national capital. The current crop of showrooms are located in Bangalore, […]

October Auto Sales: Tata Motors sets a record, Maruti Suzuki has another terrible month

Tata Motors again surprised on the upside with its excellent performance as far as October auto sales are concerned, even as market leader Maruti Suzuki faced yet another month of depressingly poor sales in its core hatchback segment. Mahindra & Mahindra, meanwhile, beat the blues thanks to strong demand for its newly launched XUV700 model. […]

Rising costs dampen Exide’s revenue out-performance

Exide Industries, one of India’s oldest automotive battery companies, reported a strong increase in revenue for the September quarter, but an equally significant jump in the cost of key raw materials prevented any benefit of the higher sales from flowing to the company’s bottom line. The company’s operating revenue jumped Rs 4,758 cr from Rs […]

KPIT Tech in tie-up with German auto parts giant

Two weeks after announcing that it plans to invest more and more in developing ‘computer controlled vehicle technology’, Pune-based embedded software company KPIT Technologies has announced a tie-up with ZF, a €33 billion German automobile technology provider. KPIT Tech said it will develop software for next-generation, automated vehicles with ZF, which is based in Munich […]

Ramkrishna Forgings wins Indian Railways order for loco shells

Ramkrishna Forgings, which recently diversified beyond the automobile market to tide over the uncertainties associated with the sector, has won yet another contract from Indian Railways. The company said it won a contract o supply loco shells, the shell or body of locomotive engines or train engines. The value of the contract was not disclosed. […]

Mahindra XUV700 first-month sales at 1,370, vs 50,000 bookings

Mahindra & Mahindra manufactured 1,535 units and sold 1,370 units of its latest and most high-profile passenger vehicle, XUV700, in the first month of sales – September 2021. This is only 2% of the total outstanding booking for the vehicle. Its predecessor, XUV500, had sold 1,213 units in its first month of sales, in October […]

Mahindra adds XUV700 luxury variants, delivery dates in 5 days

Mahindra & Mahindra today announced a new luxury variant for is recently unveiled XUV700 premium SUV diesel. The luxury variant, which will be available with both automatic transmission as well as manual transmission, will come with certain added features. These extra features include a new ‘immersive 3D sound” system by Sony, electrically deployed smart door […]

KPIT Tech to invest in “computer cars”

KPIT Technologies, an outsourced solutions provider primarily targeting automobile producers, said it has decided to boost investments in computer-controlled vehicle technology, given an increased demand from clients for such solutions. Most of the core aspects of vehicles on the road currently are controlled by mechanical methods, such as steering, suspension, braking and so on. However, […]

Tata Motors, M&M report strong CV sales, PV sales fall

Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra, the two primary home-grown auto makers in India, reported continued pick-up in the sales of heavy commercial vehicles, but their passenger vehicle sales showed a declining trend, though not as sharply as in case of market leader Maruti Suzuki. Passenger vehicle sales for M&M fell to 13,134 in September […]

Post COVID, Raymond cancels demerger of apparels, to monetize real estate

Mumbai-based Raymond Ltd said it has abandoned its two-year-old plan of splitting its garments, or lifestyle, business into a different company, and will instead focus on monetizing its engineering business. The company also said it will spin off its real estate business into a new company, but wholly owned by Raymond Ltd. In 2019, Raymond […]