Category — Automobile

Ford India Sales Up 15 Percent in March

Michigan-based auto major Ford India reported a 15% increase in domestic sales at 7,560 units for March. “We continued to delight Indian families with products that promise safety and compelling value for money,” said Anurag Mehrotra, executive director, marketing, sales & service at Ford India.

In the first quarter of 2017, the combined domestic wholesale and exports grew to 63,117 vehicles compared to 51,338 in the first quarter last year, reports the Economic Times.

Ford's Ka+

April 12, 2017   No Comments

India’s Motherson Sumi Acquires Finland’s Automotive company

Noida, India-based automotive component firm Motherson Sumi Systems, a joint venture between its parent Samvardhana Motherson Group and Sumitomo Wiring Systems of Japan, acquired Finland’s PKC Group Plc for about $609 million.

“We are very happy to announce that we have successfully acquired 93.75 per cent shareholding in the PKC Group, which has significant market presence in the American and European markets with major growth plans in China,” chairman Vivek Chaand Sehgal of Motherson Sumi said in a statement. The acquisition will expand the company’s footprint significantly in the commercial vehicle segment.

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, PKC is a global tier 1 supplier of wiring harness and associated components to original equipment manufacturers in the heavy and medium duty commercial vehicles and locomotive segments across North America, Europe, Brazil and China, reports Livemint.

Motherson Wiring Harness

Motherson Wiring Harness

 

April 3, 2017   No Comments

Global Automakers Seek Partnerships and Mergers in India

Germany’s Volkswagen and India’s Tata Motors signed a memorandum of understanding to develop components, and possibly new vehicles. Volkswagen’s Skoda Auto AS will join the project on behalf of the German automobile group. Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said the partnership would help it “achieve sustainable and profitable growth in very different parts of the world.”

Toyota is in talks to form a business partnership with Japan’s Suzuki, in areas such as green vehicles, safety and information technologies, and mutual supply of products and components. Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki met with Prime Minister Modi. According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, the executives discussed manufacturing opportunities in India, and the possibility of exporting cars from the country, reports CNN Money.

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 Toyota has taken full ownership of small car specialist Daihatsu Motor Co., and the latter’s products are expected to be introduced in India in 2019.

March 14, 2017   No Comments

Mercedes Introduces its First India-Specific Benz

Germany-based Mercedes Benz introduced the 2017 Long Wheel Base version of its popular sedan, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in India this month. It is the first India-specific product from Mercedes-Benz; it took 48 months for its development and is made in India for sale in India. The gasoline version in Mumbai comes at a price tag of Rs. 5,600,000 ($85,120) and the diesel version is priced at Rs. 6,900,000 ($104,880).

India is the first global market to receive the LWB version of the new E-Class in the Right Hand Drive format, reports Carsandbikes.in.

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Salient features include:

  • Twin Daytime Running Lamp strips at the front, integrated into the headlamps
  • Self park technology
  • A 360 degree view rear camera
  • Inside, the car gets ambient mood lighting, which can be set in as many as 64 different colors.

March 2, 2017   No Comments

Peugeot Buys India’s Iconic “Ambassador” Car Brand

French automobile conglomerate PSA Peugeot Citroen (also known as the PSA Group), finalized a $12 million  deal to acquire Hindustan Motors from parent company the C.K. Birla Group.

Once known as the ‘King of Indian Roads’, the Ambassador car brand is the most iconic car of India. Modeled after the British car Morris Oxford III, this car was first manufactured in 1958, and in 2014 production was shut down.

Ambassador Car

The PSA Group, which owns the Peugeot, Citroen, and DS Automobile marques, established a partnership with the C.K. Birla Group in January 2017 to enter the Indian automobile market. The joint venture, with a reported initial investment of $112 million, will see the French company set up a factory in Tamil Nadu to manufacture around 1,00,000 vehicles each year, reports Your Story.

February 16, 2017   No Comments