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What has BMW done to keep up with “China Speed”?

Automakers are taking the fast lane to an exciting tomorrow. Notably, in China, the world’s largest auto market where “China speed” has been highlighted numerous times,

As of September, 2019, Chinese auto market has faced year-on-year sales drop for 15 consecutive months, but the German auto giant still performed against the general cooling trend with its Jan.-Sept. China deliveries jumping 14.4% from a year ago. It is worth mentioning that the group (including Mini brand) hasn’t posted negative growth so far this year. Read Full Story.

Fiat Chrysler faces $79 million U.S. penalty for fuel economy shortfall

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces a $79 million U.S. civil penalty for failing to meet 2017 fuel economy requirements, the automaker confirmed Wednesday.

FCA  automaker paid $77.3 million last year for a 2016 model year fuel-economy shortfall and a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday the company has received a letter on the 2017 penalty and has 60 days to respond. Read Full Story

Citroen to get former Mitusbishi exec Cobee as new CEO, sources say

PSA Group’s Citroen brand plans to reshuffle its leadership, with Mitsubishi’s former head of production, Vincent Cobee, replacing the brand’s current boss Linda Jackson, company sources said.

Cobee left Mitsubishi in April as part of a wider shuffle among the top ranks at Nissan and Mitsubishi in the wake of the arrest of Carlos Ghosn last November. Read Full Story

Renault Australia : “Every Model New or Updated by End of 2020”

French carmaker Renault is about to jump start its Australian operations yet again – but this time the company will be boosted by the newest model range in the industry. In the space of just 12 months Renault’s line-up will be comprised of completely new or updated models.

Some will be here before the end of this year. The all-new Renault Kadjar compact SUV and updated Renault Koleos mid-sized SUV are due in showrooms next month. Read Full Story

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VW Group merges its India entities


“India needs Battery Swapping to be a leading global EV Player even if it didn’t work much elsewhere”, says Chetan Maini, Vice Chairman Sun Mobility,

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Mercedes-Benz India Delivers Over 200 Cars On Dussehra & Navratri

 

Auto sector divided on demand for BS-IV commercial vehicles in FY20



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Arm joins with GM, Toyota to find common ground on car chips

Arm Holdings, the British chip technology firm owned by Japan’s Softbank Group Corp, is joining with automakers General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Corp to establish common computing systems for self-driving cars, an effort the companies hope will speed development of the technology.

The group’s first task will be to establish a common computing architecture. That effort aims to make it easier for car companies to write software that will work on chips from different vendors, similar to how Microsoft Corp Windows-based software works on processors from Intel Corp or Advanced Micro Devices Inc.. Read Full Story.

Nissan appoints Makoto Uchida as new CEO, Ashwani Gupta as COO

The new appointments come as part of a major restructuring to the brand’s top management in the wake of recent scandals.

The company’s board of directors appointed Makoto Uchida, current Nissan senior vice-president and president of the Dongfeng Motor Corporation, as representative executive officer and chief executive officer of Nissan.

Additionally, the board appointed current Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s COO, Ashwani Gupta, the position of representative executive officer and chief operating officer of Nissan.

Jun Seki, Nissan’s senior vice-president, has been appointed vice-COO and will report to Gupta.

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VW increases stockpiles of cars in Britain ahead of Brexit

Volkswagen Group has increased stockpiles of cars in Britain as politicians struggle to agree on the terms of the country’s departure from the European Union ahead of an Oct. 31 deadline.

The potential for a disorderly “no-deal” Brexit and concerns about future trading relations, are forcing companies to take measures to mitigate the impact of potential tariffs.

VW was the UK’s second best-selling brand in the first nine months with sales of 157,040, down 0.5 percent, behind Ford at No. 1 with 188,124 sales, down 9 percent, according to industry association SMMT. Total UK new-car registrations were down 2.5 percent to 1.86 million during the period. Read Full Story

New Thyssenkrupp CEO prepares ground for major job cuts

Thyssenkrupp previously said it would cut 6,000 of the group’s 162,000 jobs, a step seen by sources familiar with the matter as insufficient to improve the group’s cost structure. Deutsche Bank for example, has announced 18,000 cuts, out of a total of 92,000 jobs.

New Thyssenkrupp chief executive Martina Merz recently paved the way for deeper job cuts at the ailing conglomerate, telling employees in an internal memo such a step was necessary for a much-needed turnaround.Read Full Story

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Why couldn’t GM go the Ford Way at India ?



“We dont run on Wholesale Nos. Retail is what we solely discuss,” says Rajeev Chaba, President & MD MG Motors India in conversation with Anuj Guglani CEO World Auto Forum. Watch Video


Team India Finalised For International BMW GS Trophy 2020

Since 2018, BMW Motorrad India been hosting an annual two-day event in Goa for owners GS range of motorcycles.

The event acts as a qualifier for BMW’s prestigious GS Trophy where the competition as well as the event is as tough as its GS range of off-road motorcycles.

For 2020, the International GS Trophy is going to be held in New Zealand, and the trio of HK Naik, Shakeel Basha and V Sathyananth has been selected to represent Team India. Read Full Story



WORLD AUTO NEWS

Nissan CEO candidates interviewed by Renault chairman, report says

Nissan has narrowed candidates for its CEO to three Renault-Nissan veterans.

Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard spoke with the candidates in person in Paris or via TV conference, the people said.

Two of the candidates are Japanese company veterans — Nissan’s acting CEO Yasuhiro Yamauchi and former Nissan China chief Jun Seki.

They are seen as the frontrunners. But Nissan’s board and Renault have kept up dialogue with Indian-born Ashwani Gupta, who joined Renault in 2006 in India as a purchasing manager, and was sent this year to Mitsubishi Motors Corp as chief operating officer. Read Full Story

 

Tesla aims to start China production this month, report says

Tesla’s China factory aims to start production this month but it is unclear when it will meet year-end production targets due to uncertainties around orders, labor and suppliers, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

The U.S. electric vehicle maker aims to produce at least 1,000 Model 3s a week from the new factory by the end of this year, the centerpiece of its ambitions to boost sales in the world’s biggest auto market and avoid higher import tariffs imposed on U.S. cars. Read Full Story

Bentley celebrates its centennial with special gear, new lineup

Bentley, the British ultraluxury brand that turned 100 this year, has a slew of products to commemorate the milestone.

They include pens that start at more than $500, sunglasses for $895 and even a set of golf clubs that costs as much as a small sedan.

And for a customer base that can afford to spend $500 on a pen instead of a car payment, Bentley has a number of new vehicles after a dry spell for the brand in the key U.S. market. Read Full Story

Pick-up trucks remain mainstay for Detroit Three in third quarter

The Big Three U.S. automakers on Wednesday reported a rise in sales of pick-up trucks for the third quarter as lower interest rates boosted demand in an otherwise sluggish auto market. Read Full Story

Australian car sales slump again in September as banks tighten lending

New car sales in Australia fell for the 18th consecutive month in September, suggesting back-to-back interest rate cuts in June and July had failed to lift consumer spending as banks contain their lending.

Data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) on Thursday showed total sales for September skidded nearly 7% to 88,181 vehicles from a year earlier. For January-September were down about 8% from the same period in 2018.

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Shared Mobility Mantras for increasing earnings & Customer Loyalty by Rajiv Vij MD & CEO- Carzonrent India

Mr Vij is a Seasoned and an extremely Successful Mobility Professional. He recently got inducted at the Hall of Fame at World Auto Forum for his contributions to Shared Mobility at India and the world

FSSAI Like Road Safety Body & Aadhaar 2.0 can reduce Road Fatalities by Half

Even a Tomato Ketchup Sachet can’t be made in the Country without an FSSAI license.

Authorities & Contractors can make, change, alter roads, flyovers, intersections and the related installations without any approval from any Central Safety Authority.

Buy Tata Nexon, Tiago or Tigor, Get a Free Honda Activa Scooter: A Bid to Beat Slowdown

Yes, you read that right. Tata Nexon, Tata Tiago and Tigor are being sold with a free Honda scooter like the Honda Activa and the Honda Grazia.



Investors in Ashok Leyland pin their hopes on scrappage policy

Given Leyland’s revenue and profits accrue mainly from trucks, the positive impact of replacement demand would be significant

Uber to offer accidental insurance to ridersUber riders will be insured for up to Rs 5 lakh in case of accidental death or disability and up to Rs 2 lakh for hospitalisation, including an OPD benefit of up to Rs 50,000
Uber partners with Bharti AXA to provide insurance to car rides and with Tata AIG for auto and moto rides



WORLD AUTO NEWS

Ghosn’s wife says he may not get fair trial in Japan

“I think my husband doesn’t look like he is going to get a fair trial, the way they are behaving, the way that they are treating him compared to Japanese like Saikawa,” said, Carole Ghosn, the wife of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, referring to former Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa.

Toyota deepens Japan partnerships with Subaru stake boost

Toyota Motor Corp will raise its stake in Subaru Corp to 20% from around 17%, the two Japanese automakers said on Friday, as they leverage their scale to better compete in developing new vehicle technologies.

Jaguar Land Rover to stop output at UK factories for a week due to Brexit

Britain’s biggest carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover, will halt production at its British factories for a week in November, its boss said on Thursday, joining BMW and Toyota in plans to help mitigate any immediate disruption from a no-deal Brexit.

Maserati’s First Electrified Model To Roll Out In 2020

Maserati will introduce its first electrified model in 2020 which will be a Maserati Ghibli Hybrid. It will be manufactured at the Modena plant where the company is significantly upgrading the production line.

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Is the future of Shared Mobility, 100% Electric? How would EV and ICE Harmonise?

When you have Top Reps from Auto Makers, EV Entrepreneurs, ICE Fleet Owners, Top Scientist on a panel, the discussion can only be “INTENSE & INSIGHTFUL”

Tata Motors announces all-new powertrain tech for future electric vehicles

The Ziptron technology comprises an efficient permanent magnet AC motor along with a dust and water proof lithium-ion battery system….

Maruti chairman says millennials want gadgets over cars



MG EZS teased, electric vehicle to be launched in December 2019  

MG EZS is expected to be powered by a 44.5 kWh, water-cooled lithium-ion battery. It will have a range of approximately 262 km from a single charge (WLTP cycle).



WORLD AUTO NEWS

Would BMW acquire Jaguar Land Rover from Tata Motors ? 

“BMW is overcapitalized and awash with cash. JLR is severely challenged, both operationally and financially, but could massively lower both its fixed and variable costs under the wing of a bigger partner…”

Trump administration bars California from requiring cleaner cars

President Donald Trump’s administration said on Thursday it is revoking California’s authority to set its own auto tailpipe emissions standards ….

Why Asia’s biggest economies are backing hydrogen fuel cell cars

Critics argue FCVs may never amount to more than a niche technology. But proponents counter hydrogen is the cleanest energy source for autos available and that with time and more refueling infrastructure, it will gain acceptance.

Former British Leyland chief Edwardes dies at age 88

The South African-born executive was appointed chairman of the partially nationalized UK group, which included the Austin, Morris, Rover, Jaguar and Triumph brands

Frankfurt hits and misses

At the 2019 Frankfurt auto show’s press days, one abacus was required to tally the plethora of new battery-electric concepts and production cars, and another was needed to count the vacant exhibit halls and missing brands from what was once one of the world’s largest auto shows.

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OEMs shouldn’t use their clout to delay supplier payments and demand the same in advance from their dealers, especially in Slowdown,” says Dr Pawan Goenka, MD M&M

Communicate with the teams to keep them motivated and win their trust,” says Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO Mercedes-Benz India

EVs and IC Engines shall Co-Exist successfully. Our company open to newer businesses too,” says A K Taneja MD & CEO Shriram Pistons & Rings

Slowdown is the time to work on your productivity, efficiency and come out stronger with your Innovations,” says Vinod Aggarwal, MD & CEO, Volvo Eicher CV

We don’t run on wholesale Nos. Retail is what we solely discuss,” says Rajeev Chaba, President & MD, MG Motors India

Anuj Kathuria, COO Ashok Leyland says, “Its a Business investment for our Customers. We have to ensure its a great one.”



Gurpratap Boparai, MD VW India says, “We shall be a dominant player in Premium Shared Mobility space in India.

India needs Battery Swapping to be a leading global EV Player even if it didn’t work much elsewhere,” says Chetan Maini, Vice Chairman Sun Mobility. 



No bad situation is irreversible. We are ready to grow,” says Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India 

Hyundai runs on Innovation and Motivated teams,” says Puneet Anand, Group Marketing Head, Hyundai Motor India

Manohar Bhat, Head Sales & Mktg, Kia Motors India says, “We don’t worry about competition. We are Just Customer Obsessed.

“Charity begins at Home. Road Safety is a Science. Time to come together,” says Ramashankar Pandey MD Hella India Lighting.

“Need to Prioritise Ease of Doing Business and EV for Shared Mobility at India,” says Abhijeet Sinha, Director EODB & ASSAR

“There won’t be a better time to buy Cars than Now,” says Garima Misra, MD Group Landmark

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Tata Motors candidate wins Top Honours at WorldSkills Competition at Russia
Tata Motors candidate, Mr. Tushar Phadatare has earned the Medallion for Excellence in the WorldSkills Competition 2019 concluded at Kazan (Russia) this week…

TVS Motor Company supports flood-affected states across India
TVS Motor Company, a reputed manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the world, today announced their support initiative for flood-affected states across India…

Revolt Motors RV400, RV300 Electric Motorcycles Launched in India: Subscription Price, Specifications Revealed
Micromax Co-Founder Rahul Sharma’s Revolt Intellicorp has officially launched the RV400 electric motorcycle in India alongside the RV300…



Renault bets on semi-urban, rural areas to boost its sales
Renault SA is seeking deeper inroads into India’s semi-urban and rural areas to boost sales after having struggled in the past two years with products like Captur and Lodgy…

Maruti to not lay off permanent staff despite industry slowdown, says Bhargava
In the midst of a deepening slowdown in India’s automotive industry, Maruti Suzuki India will not retrench any from his 16,050-strong permanent workforce…

Toyota to keep selling diesel models in India as it expects demand to continue
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is planning to continue to sell diesel models in the country even as prices of such vehicles are expected to go up significantly with the upcoming BS-VI…



WORLD AUTO NEWS

Toyota, Suzuki forge deeper ties by buying stakes in each other
Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. deepened their ties by buying small stakes in each other as the two Japanese companies attempt to negotiate the disruptive changes that threaten…

New fast-charging network for electric vehicles
Australians who drive electric cars will soon find it easier to recharge, with the federal government ploughing $15 million into a network of ultra-fast charging stations on major highways. The Morrison government’s…

U.S. to test mirrorless, camera-based systems in autos
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test how drivers could use cameras to replace traditional rearview mirrors in automobiles, a technology already allowed in other countries, the agency said on Tuesday…

Breakingviews – Carmakers have $372 bln incentive to defy Trump
Carmakers have a $372 billion incentive to defy Donald Trump. That’s the annual sales potentially at risk if they don’t meet tailpipe-emissions rules in California…

Tesla mulls potential factory locations in Germany
In its search for a potential factory location in Europe, Tesla examined areas in Germany’s state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rheinische Post reported on Sunday…

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Smart Automotive Procurement powered by Machine Learning by Kshitij Saxena CEO Autoninja

Kia Seltos Launched! The Most Awaited SUV of India is launched! Get all the Badass Updates here!
The Kia Seltos SUV is one of the most awaited cars to launch in India this year and rightly so, as the Seltos from Kia Motors India comes with a lot of features…

Auto stocks see gains on hopes of monsoon revival, government stimulus
Automobile stocks made robust gains in August, partly recouping their losses this year, on hopes that a monsoon revival, drop in dealer stocks…



Maruti sees new launches, govt steps putting sales back on track
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd expects vehicle sales to recover in the forthcoming festival season buoyed by new product introductions and expectations…

Mahindra inaugurates first automotive assembly plant in Sri Lanka
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd on Saturday expanded its global footprint with the inauguration of a local automotive assembly plant at Welipenna near Colombo…

Increased Traffic Fines Will Come Into Effect From September 1, 2019
On July 31, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to consider framing law to regulate app-based taxi service providers, keeping in mind the safety of women passengers.

Mobile Vans flagged off to up-skill Tyre Mechanics under Saamarth Project
In a major drive to skill up tyre mechanics dotting the length and breadth of India, mobile Skill Vans, fitted with state-of-the-art…



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The spy in EVERY Mercedes: Firm admits all the cars it sells are fitted with secret sensor which can pinpoint their exact location at flip of a switch
Mercedes is caught in a row over privacy after admitting its cars are fitted with secret sensors which can pinpoint their location…

China’s electric-vehicle giant saw its profits jump 204% in a slowing car market
BYD, China’s largest electric car maker, has been under a lot of pressure in the last two years, with China’s auto market slowing…

Waymo is making some of its self-driving car data available for free to researchers
The data collected by self-driving cars used to be a closely guarded secret. But recently, many companies developing autonomous driving systems…

VW denies report of interest in Tesla stake
Volkswagen Group has denied a report in a German business publication Manager Magazin that Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess is interested in acquiring a stake in Tesla…

Trump attacks Ford Motor for not backing fuel economy rollback
U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up a series of attacks on automakers on Wednesday for not backing his administration’s plan to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency rules…

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The New Age Auto CMO by Avik Chattopadhyay Co Founder Expereal

Indian Government Working On A Revival Plan For Auto Industry; 10 Lakh Jobs At Risk
Over 3.5 lakh people have lost their jobs across the Indian auto industry, with 2 lakh people losing jobs from auto dealerships ..

A stimulus is needed but does the auto sector deserve one?
Tax cuts would work best if they are broad-based and do not favour one sector or two over the rest

Mukesh Ambani says ongoing slowdown ‘temporary’
Describing the fundamentals of the Indian economy as strong, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani on Monday said…


Renault Triber: Launch, expected price, features, specifications, other important details you need to know
Renault Triber will be an important addition to the company’s product portfolio that currently comprises …

App-based cabs under fire over women’s safety
On July 31, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to consider framing law to regulate app-based taxi service providers, keeping in mind the safety of women passengers.



GLOBAL AUTO NEWS

PSA, Dongfeng to drop two China auto plants, halve workforce – document
Peugeot maker PSA Group (PEUP.PA) and partner Dongfeng Group (0489.HK) have agreed to cut thousands of jobs…

Malaysia launches new car project to jumpstart high-tech growth
Malaysia launched a new mass market car project on Friday, as it looks to boost development and adoption of high technology…

How Bosch aims to win in electrified era
Robert Bosch aims to be a key player as the industry moves toward self-driving and electrified vehicles, but the supplier expects that clean gasoline and diesel engines will be around 

VW, BMW, Nissan, others in talks to pull South Africa into electric-car era
Volkswagen Group, BMW and Nissan are among automakers in talks to bring the electric-car revolution to South Africa…

Automaker Mahindra considers second US plant in Michigan
Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd said on Thursday it plans to open a plant in Flint, Michigan, to make vehicles including mail delivery trucks…

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Top Digital Strategies to fight Automotive Slowdown

Kia Seltos receives more than 23,000 bookings
Kia Seltos is getting more and more popular with every passing day. The upcoming SUV not only looks stunning but is loaded with features as well…



Getting into nuts and bolts of building electric vehicles to be next challenge
Tarun Mehta, co-founder and CEO of Bengaluru-based electric vehicle startup Ather Energy, says component makers who want to set up shop in India get little support from the government…

Maruti Suzuki cuts production by 25% in July, 6th month in a row
Maruti Suzuki India cut its production in July by 25.15%, making it the sixth month in a row that the country’s largest car maker reduced its output, according to a regulatory filing…

How Ola got SoftBank and Tiger to invest in Ola Electric on its own terms
When Ola Electric Mobility Pvt. Ltd, the electric vehicle unit spun off from ride-hailing startup Ola, said in July that it had raised about $250 million from SoftBank Group Corp…

Minda Corp gets NCLT nod for merging five subsidiary companies
National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the scheme of amalgamating five wholly-owned subsidiaries of leading auto component manufacturer…

GLOBAL AUTO NEWS

Automotive Sector Tops R&D Spending in Japan
Japan’s auto industry is ramping up r&d investment to confront the once-in-a-century technological upheaval triggered by electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving…

Hyundai Canada probing case of Kona EV fire, explosion
Hyundai Canada says it has spoken with Transport Canada and a customer in Montreal who said his electric Hyundai Kona exploded while parked in a garage…

US Congress seeks jumpstart of the stalled bill of Self Driving Cars
Two key committees in Congress on Tuesday said they will revive efforts to pass long-stalled legislation to speed the adoption of self-driving cars…

GM faces declining sales and price wars in largest markets
General Motors investors will see on Thursday how the Detroit carmaker is weathering declining sales and mounting price pressures in its largest markets when it reports second-quarter earnings…

Home market still a dream for African automakers
Mobius is among a number of African firms hoping for a slice of the continent’s largely underdeveloped market for new cars…

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