END of LOCKDOWN? Volvo Eicher gets nod to restart production

VE Commercial Vehicles, a joint venture between Sweden’s Volvo Group and India’s Eicher Motors, said it has received permission from the government to restart manufacturing operations at its commercial vehicle manufacturing plant in Madhya Pradesh. Considering the wider lock-down in place, it said, it is not planning on any immediate ramp-up in manufacturing operations. “The […]

Amara Raja reports ‘continued demand slowdown’

Amara Raja Batteries Ltd, India’s biggest manufacturer of lead acid batteries, reported a modest increase in revenue, and said it continued to face a demand slow down in its key markets of automobiles and telecom. “The automotive sector is facing challenges of demand uncertainty due to social, regulatory and technological changes,” said Vice Chairman and […]

Ashok Leyland gets BSVI certifications for its heavy trucks

Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, said it has received BS-VI emission norm certificates for all its heavy duty truck, ahead of the April 1 deadline for the switch over to the new fuel and emission standard. All of the company’s trucks with a rating of 16.2 tons or above have received certificates from […]

Maruti Suzuki customers can now avail free service at their home

Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest carmaker, said customers can now request paid and free services and repairs for their cars at their home. The company announced a new doorstep service called ‘service on wheels’. The facility will be available for both regular cars as well as those sold via NEXA dealerships. This will not only benefit […]

Hero Splendor is the first BS-VI bike in India

Two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd said that it has received the BS-VI certification for its Splendor iSmart motorcycle, becoming the first two-wheeler manufacturer in India to receive the stamp. Hero MotoCorp said that it received the Type Approval Certificate from International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) for the Splendor iSmart model, after it was successfully […]

Setco gets orders for clutches for BS-VI trucks

Setco Automotive Ltd, the largest clutch manufacturer in the medium and commercial vehicle segment (MHCV) in India, said it received approvals from leading truck manufacturers for supply of BS-VI compliant clutches. BS or Bharat Stage refers to emission regulation standards set by Indian regulatory bodies. BS norms are largely similar to the European emission norms […]

Volvo Eicher to set up new 40,000 truck plant at Bhopal

Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles, which manufactures Eicher branded trucks and buses in India, said it would increase its capacity by 44% by setting up a new, 40,000-trucks-per-year plant in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. At present, the joint venture between Eicher Motors and AB Volvo has a capacity of manufacturing 90,000 trucks per year at its […]

Fitch Ratings changes JLR’s outlook to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’

Fitch Ratings has revised Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc’s outlook to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’, indicating a higher risk of a downgrade in its credit rating in the future. The move comes in the wake of higher investments by the company into research and development and rising depreciation of past investments, resulting in more cash burn […]

34 years later, Maruti Suzuki crosses 2 cr production mark

Maruti Suzuki said it has completed production of 20 million (2 cr) vehicles in India, 34 years after it started production. The feat has been achieved in a little over seven years after the company hit the 10 mln (1 cr) milestone. The carmaker is the only one in India to achieve the feat, even […]

Mahindra launches high-power tractors under Novo brand in India

Mahindra & Mahindra launched two high-power tractors under its Novo brand. The 65 horsepower variant with two-wheel drive has a starting price of Rs 9.99, while the 75 HP variant with four-wheel drive costs Rs.12.5 lakh. Currently most of the tractors available in India are in the 30-40 horsepower range. Like most tractors sold in […]

Hero MotoCorp launches e-commerce portal for selling genuine parts

Hero MotoCorp has launched online shop for consumers to buy genuine parts and accessories for their Hero scooters and motorbikes. The portal, www.hgpmart.com, will be run by the company directly. However, it will tap close to 100 distributors in a ‘hub and spoke’ model for fulfillment. Consumers can buy any part by following a step-by-step […]

Maruti Suzuki overtakes Mahindra to become India’s No.1 SUV maker

Maruti Suzuki India said it has become the No.1 utility vehicle brand in India, overtaking long-time incumbent Mahindra & Mahindra in the financial year ended March 2018. The company said it had a 27.5% market share in the UV/SUV space in the year. Riding on the success of models like Vitara Brezza, Ertiga and S-Cross, […]

Suzuki starts exporting vehicles from its fully owned plant in India

Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp said it has started exporting vehicles from its recently established 100% Indian unit Suzuki Motor Gujarat Pvt Ltd. The first model to be shipped was the new Swift, destined for the South African market, the company said. “This is the first time an SMG model is being exported,” the company said. […]

Royal Enfield to set up new production unit near Chennai at Rs 800 cr

Royal Enfield, which makes the iconic ‘Bullet’ retro motorbikes in India, said it will invest Rs 800 cr this financial year to create the second phase of its factory at its Vallam Vadagal site near Chennai. The company, whose products cost upwards of Rs 1.15 lakh, has seen sales of its motorbikes rise rapidly in […]

JSW Energy appoints GM executive to head its electric vehicle unit

Power generation company JSW Energy Ltd said it has appointed auto industry veteran Sergio Luiz Pegoraro Rocha of Brazil to head its upcoming electric vehicle unit. In his previous stint, he was President, CEO and Chairman of GM Korea (General Motors, Korea), Uzbekistan and Vietnam operations based out of Seoul, South Korea. The power company […]

TVS unveils stylish Apache RTR 160 4V 2018 with 4-cylinder engine

TVS Motor Co has unveiled the specifications of the new 2018 version of TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, its highest selling bike in the premium RTR series. As expected, the primary changes are in the looks and in the engine. In terms of looks, the bike is arguably the most stylish in the 160cc class. […]