Desi firms enter race to make Li-ion batteries

Sharda Motor Industries, a New Delhi-based manufacturer of auto parts such as suspensions and catalytic converters, and the Kinetic group of Pune have become two of the rare Indian firms to dare to enter the cut-throat world of lithium-ion battery manufacturing. The supply of Li-ion batteries is currently almost completely controlled by Chinese companies, which […]

Auto sales limp back to normal in December 2020

Consumer-focused automakers, such as Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp, fared better than commercial vehicle makers, going by auto sales trends in December 2020. Maruti Suzuki, which accounts for around half the cars sold in India, was among the best performers, with a 20% jump in sales compared to December last year. The company sold 1.60 […]

NOVEMBER AUTO SALES: M&M sees uptick, tractor sales zoom

Mahindra & Mahindra reported its strongest growth yet in the COVID-19 era after sales in November surpassed expectations, with strong numbers coming in from the tractor department. The company reported a whopping 55% jump in tractor sales for November, compared to just 2% in October. Similarly, sales of utility vehicles such as XUV500 jumped 27% […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

COVID-19: Maruti Suzuki sees more inquiries for cheaper cars

With the Coronavirus lockdown putting people’s livelihoods in danger, India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki said initial trends indicated more customer inquiries smaller cars. The company’s showrooms had shut on March 23 and re-opened only earlier this month. “Initial inquiry trends that we have seen so far, since the showrooms have opened, suggest that trend,” said […]