Indian Automobile Industry Poised to take the World stage

Indian Automobile Industry Poised to take the World stage

Indian Automobile Industry Poised to take the World stage

front page ET Saturday September 1, 2018 carries the Headline “ With 8.2% Growth, Economy begins FY19 on a High Note”. Positive news indeed which should bring cheer to all. A more detailed probing of the news reveals that the Indian Economy grew at its fastest in 2 years and was propelled by double digit growth in manufacturing at 13.5%. From a 7.7% GDP in FY-16 Q1 to 8.2%in FY-19 Q1 this is a sign that all longed for namely “ Acche Din round the Corner”. It is heartening that India’s growth for the quarter is well above that of China and seems we are maintaining our status as the World’s Fastest Growing Economy.

Given the above I am compelled to go on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and bring out some statistics of how modestly we started and are now as front runners:

1897- The first car that plied on Indian roads.

1901-The first Indian to own a car in 1901 was Jamshedji Tata.

1930’s- India was an Importer

1940’s India started manufacturing

1942, Hindustan Motors manufactured the first automobile in India before independence.

1952-The automobile sector formally came into being when the Government appointed its first tariff commission with the aim of indigenizing this industry. Introduction of passenger cars in the country

1950’s to 1960’s saw trade restrictions which hampered the growth of the Automobile Industry.

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Why are Elon Musk & his investors losing Sleep due to an Indian Automotive / Tractor Co ?

Why are Elon Musk & his investors losing Sleep due to an Indian Automotive / Tractor Co ?

It was a regular review call with investors for Elon Musk earlier this month. Musk goes all guns blazing with them and Tesla stock pays for it. A loss of US$ 2 Billion in share value in a day. Why are Elon and his investors at loggerheads?

As per Bloomberg, “Tesla ended 2017 with $3.4 billion in cash on hand and $9.4 billion in outstanding debt, a testament to Musk’s borrowing prowess”. The Flagship & most expensive Model S accounts for more than half the total Company revenue last year. And this year the model 3 becomes the Best Selling electric car in the US. Now that’s one Extreme Product Portfolio Shift!

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WAF Auto Expo contest 2018 – Results Announced!

WAF Auto Expo contest 2018 – Results Announced!

The World Auto Forum has been at the forefront in connecting Auto dealers, Auto suppliers and Auto makers from over 125 countries. We are the unbiased voice of the global auto industry. All our awards and summits strive to bring on board, the best talent, the best minds and the best ideas from the global auto industry.

From RIGHT : Anand Mahindra Chairman Mahindra Group, Anuj Guglani CEO World Auto Forum , Anshuman Asthana CEO AutoTurff

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Peugeot India – No More U-Turns Please !

Peugeot India – No More U-Turns Please !

“Pardesi Pardesi Jaana Nahin” – is the song which conjured in my mind when I heard last year that Peugeot is all set for its nth Re-entry Entry in the India Car Market.

Peugeot is the Mega French Auto Brand owned by the Group PSA which also owns Citroen, DS Automobiles and now of course Vauxhall, Opel, and the erstwhile GM Jewels!

Undoubtedly Peugeot makes some of the finest cars on the Planet. Great machines, outstanding French design and Cockpit Style interiors!

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