Category — Automobile

Volvo Starts Assembling Cars in India

Swedish  brand Volvo has begun assembling cars at their plant near Bangalore in India. Cars valued $40,000 or more that are brought into the country through the Completely Built Unit route attract an import duty of 100%. So to make the cars more affordable to Indian consumers, Volvo India will go the Completely Knocked Down route paying a 10% import duty on car components.

Volvo’s facility in India has its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology on which the company assembled its first XC90 SUV for India. SPA allows a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies – all of differing complexity – to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale.

Volvo XC90 - Air suspension

Indiancarsbikes.in quotes Volvo Auto India’s managing director Charles Frump as saying, “It’s a moment of great pride for all of us at Volvo Cars. The roll-out of the first locally assembled Volvo car speaks volumes for the company’s commitment to grow further in India. The last three years have been good for us in India.”

 

 

 

 

 

October 15, 2017   No Comments

Rolls-Royce Launches Convertible in India

British luxury car-maker Rolls-Royce, that has a strong presence in the Indian market for over a century, announced the launch of Dawn, a four-seat convertible. “India is one of the focus markets for Rolls-Royce globally,” says Michael Schneider, regional general manager, sales, Asia Pacific.

“In creating Dawn, we have accepted no compromise to the comfort and luxury of four adults who want to travel together,” says Giles Taylor, design director, Rolls-Royce. With the average age of customers  now in the mid-40s, the car’s interiors are not as formal as the company’s earlier models were.

Rolls Royce insignia

Priced at a base rate of  just under $1 million the car is one of the quietest convertible vehicles in the world today with an average waiting period of six months, reports Forbes.

October 11, 2017   No Comments

Brakes India and ZF Launch Electric Park Brake Technology

Germany-based ZF Friedrichshafen AG, together with Brakes India, — a joint venture between ZF-TRW and the Chennai, India-based TVS group — announced an India-specific Electric Park Brake (EPB) technology. The JV tied up with a global OEM (whose name is not disclosed)  to develop this technology, a first for India.

“EPB localization is in line with the ‘Made in India, Made for India’ strategy,” said Sriram Viji, deputy managing director, Brakes India.

EPB SystemThe EPB system functions as a conventional hydraulic brake for standard service brake applications, and as an electric brake for parking and emergency braking, reports BusinessLine.

Manfred Meyer, global vice-president, Braking Engineering for ZF said, “We have now produced more than 90 million units and are the world leaders in this technology.”

October 8, 2017   No Comments

Ford Focuses on Smart Mobility in India

Ford India hosted the City of Tomorrow Symposium in New Delhi where opinion leaders, academics, innovators, policymakers and special TED speakers got together for an interactive symposium. The thought leaders explored the innovative use of technology and discussed collaboration between the state and private sectors on the issues of mobility and transportation solutions in India’s Smart Cities.

Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary of Ford established in 2016, designs, builds, grows and invests in emerging mobility services. It recently partnered with the city of Indore, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, signing a memorandum of understanding to work together to address the city’s most pressing transportation issues, reports YourStory.

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Ford shared that it had already launched new smart mobility initiatives across Asia which they would introduce in India, including:

Dynamic shuttles – It will initiate a pilot project of its smart shuttle services involving its employees in Chennai by the end of this year.

Car sharing – the company has invested in Zoomcar, India’s leading car sharing company.

Creative spaces –  Ford will launch a new Smart Mobility Innovation Hub in Chennai, where an open-plan office will bring together Ford’s Global-Data-Insight-Analytics and Information Technology teams to harness creativity and explore new data-driven approaches to solving mobility problems.

Traffic management traffic cameras will enable authorities to collect data that will inform traffic management, heighten safety, and allow long-term planning.

 

October 6, 2017   No Comments

Gujarat Leads Race to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in India

With the Government of India’s initiative to put 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2019 , car and bike makers are preparing to manufacture electric and hybrid systems. The western state of Gujarat is set to become the electric vehicle hub of India.

Ford Motor Co., which has a manufacturing unit at Sanand in Gujarat will partner with Mahindra Group to explore electrification of vehicles as a potential area of co-operation on which they would collaborate and work together for the next three years.

Mumbai-based JSW Group signed an agreement with the government of Gujarat to promote production of battery operated vehicles in the state along with the production of electrical battery, storage solutions and charging infrastructure. The company will invest $700 million (4000 crore) in the project.

Electric car

Suzuki Motor Corporation is gearing up to manufacture EVs in a factory at Hansalpur in Gujarat, and has committed $600 million for the venture.

Tata Motors is looking to revamp its Nano as an EV, in a bid to boost sales; its factory too will be in Gujarat.

Live Mint says that MG Motors India Ltd, a subsidiary of China’s largest auto maker SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd is also considering launching electric and hybrid cars in India. The company has recently taken over General Motors India’s manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat “from where we aim to roll out environment-friendly vehicles,” said P. Balendran, executive director at MG Motors India.

September 30, 2017   No Comments