This Year till Date 2021: Top 10 Cars in Growth. Hyundai Creta, Kia Sonet, Maruit Swift, Tata Nexon

This Year till Date 2021: Top 10 Cars in Growth. Hyundai Creta, Kia Sonet, Maruit Swift, Tata Nexon

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The Indian car Industry saw a decent run from January 2021 up to May 2021. However, the last month of May did throw the production out of gear and we experienced a dip in production last month. Despite the consistent lockdowns and halt in production, we are poised to grow this calendar year over 2020, and grow handsomely. June will see a strong comeback since the production has started at almost all OEMs. Another point to note is, the growth figures this year will seem high for the obvious reason that last year we had zero production in the month of April 2020, which means we are a full month ahead of last year.

 Growth is an important Parameter, which shows how the product has got its appeal in the market. While it may not be very relevant for cars that have long established themselves and have a higher base over Last Year, it is still very relevant for all of us to look at which car has got a higher acceptance from the customers over the last year.

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This year 2021 YTD: Maruti Retains Rank-1 followed by Hyundai, Tata & Kia. Top 5 Car Manufacturers

This year 2021 YTD: Maruti Retains Rank-1 followed by Hyundai, Tata & Kia. Top 5 Car Manufacturers

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The Indian car Industry saw a decent run from January 2021 up to April 2021. However, last month May did throw the production out of gear and we saw a dip in production last month. Despite the consistent lockdowns and halt in production, we are poised to grow this calendar year over 2020, and grow handsomely. June will see a strong comeback since the production has started at almost all OEMs. Another point to note is, the growth figures this year will seem high for the obvious reason that last year we had zero production in the month of April 2020, which means we are a full month ahead of last year.

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MG Motor India Leads the Way in Supporting Communities amidst Covid Pandemic

MG Motor India Leads the Way in Supporting Communities amidst Covid Pandemic

by WAF Editorial Team

3 Min Read

•Morris Garages India or MG Motor India has always been at the forefront with its MG SEWA Initiative. 

•22 Community Centric Initiatives and Counting by MG India amidst the Covid Pandemic

 

It seems they haven’t left any stone unturned in supporting communities amidst the covid pandemic. Team WAF tried to count the initiatives carried out MG Motor India under the aegis of MG Sewa  and on last count, they were 22 and of course counting…

Covid Vaccination for MG Employees – Payroll and Contractual at Halol and Gurugram

 

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Tribute : The Box of Himachali Apples, the Bottle of Solan Wine and the Ever Charming Chanchal Pal Chauhan

Tribute : The Box of Himachali Apples, the Bottle of Solan Wine and the Ever Charming Chanchal Pal Chauhan

by WAF Editorial Team 

The Industry loses its Shining Star to Covid : Chanchal Pal Chauhan – A seasoned and a senior Auto Journalist with a prolific career spanning last 2 decades, known for his deep insights, his warm & disarming smile, his brutal honesty and unwavering commitment to the job at hand.

The Auto Journalism World shall never be the same again without you, Chanchal.

You shall always be missed for your class leading journalism!

Chanchal had joined the ET in 2007 as a special correspondent and covered “Mobility” as the main beat which included Automotive, Aviation, Policy, Defence and even MotorSports.

Being one of the top Auto journalists at Delhi, he was known for delivering exclusive and engaging stories. He loved to cover the M&A Stories of the transport world too.

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WAF Gurus Live 21  Managing Teams & Businesses amidst the Second Wave 

WAF Gurus Live 21  Managing Teams & Businesses amidst the Second Wave 

Points of Discussion 

 1. Our teams, Businesses have evolved all through 2020 , well so has the virus!

 2.  100 years back , Spanish Flu had 3 waves, with the second one deadlier than the first one.

 3.  We have already adjusted, tweaked our way of working. What more needs to be done?

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Top 5 things to Learn from Dr Pawan K Goenka

Top 5 things to Learn from Dr Pawan K Goenka

by WAF Editorial Team 

 

•Dr Pawan K Goenka retired from M&M after a long stint of 27 years on April 2, 2021

•Under his leadership and with empowerment from Anand Mahindra, the company entered global markets, began to successfully design, make & sell globally competitive products

• His Secrets of Success lie in his way of Thinking and his Daily Routine 

 

In Dr Goenka’s words … 

 

Handling stress….

“Somehow, I have conditioned myself in such a way that I don’t get stressed. My philosophy is that getting stressed will only come in the way of getting out of a situation. If the sales are going down and I am stressed, then I will not be able think right. But if I am not stressed and do a clinical analysis, then we think with clarity.”
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Key Takeaways of WAF Gurus Live : The Future of Mobility – EV or FCEV?

Key Takeaways of WAF Gurus Live : The Future of Mobility – EV or FCEV?

The WAF Gurus Live Episode 20 was held on Saturday, 20 th March in which Gurus of the auto &
mobility industry discussed a crucial and pertinent topic- The Future of Mobility : EV or FCEV?

The panel comprised Shivalik Prasad, VP with Sibros; Vinay K. Piparsania– an automotive industry veteran; Dr. Ajit Kumar Jindal, currently the Advisor E-Mobility and New Products and Technology at Tata Autocomp Systems Ltd, Avik Chattopadhyay Co-Founder Expereal, a Marketing & Brand Consulting Firm; and Anuj Guglani, the founder and CEO at World Auto Forum which connects theAuto and Mobility Industry in 125 Countries.

Anuj Guglani, CEO, World Auto Forum called upon the panel to share their views on the major
concern facing the industry- Can the Fuel Cell solve the future problems of the EV? Would Fuel Cell
get a seat at the table amidst the worldwide Battery Race?

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WAF CFO Roundtable Key Takeaways

WAF CFO Roundtable Key Takeaways

15 March 2021 | New Delhi, India

The WAF CFO Roundtable was held virtually on Saturday, 13 th March in which Chief Financial
Officers of the auto & mobility industry across discussed a very relevant and pertinent topic- Best
Practices of Financial Management in the Covid Era

The panel comprised Maheen Lampwala Country CFO for the Faurecia Group of Entities in India;
Puneet Sabharwal, who is CFO with Citroën India; Anders Olof Häger, the CFO Volvo Eicher
Commercial Vehicles; Surendra Agarwal, CFO Group Landmark; Chandan Goyal, a Chartered
Accountant by profession and the co-founder of Blue Consulting; and Anuj Guglani, the founder and
CEO at World Auto Forum which connects the Auto & Mobility Industry in 125 Countries.

Anuj Guglani, CEO, World Auto Forum called upon the panel to share their key learning in the year
2020.

Mr. Puneet Sabharwal spoke of how they had to reshape their new-launch strategy and media
publicity during the pandemic. Earlier women would request for a day of ‘work-from-home’ to take
care of domestic responsibilities but after the lockdown, it was the other way- requesting to allow
them to attend office at least for a day.

He realized that change is the only constant in life, as he saw flexibility in work hours, a paperless
work environment, including the financial transactions, and a infused a new motivation which created a new opportunity in adversity had set in.

Mr Anuj Guglani, CEO World Auto Forum, told how physical distancing ushered in the entry of trucks
carrying materials inside the premises of Automobiles Industry, through RPA and associated
technologies for material entry thereby reducing the earlier time of 45 minutes to less than 5
minutes.

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WAF Gurus Live 20 : The Future of Mobility – EV or FCEV ? Must Attend!

WAF Gurus Live 20 : The Future of Mobility – EV or FCEV ? Must Attend!

5 pm to 6 pm ist , Sat 20 March, 2021

 Join us for an Interesting Session of WAF Gurus Live Episode 20

 

1.  Do you agree with Mr Musk ?

2.  Electrification @ Mobility is a clear global phenomena

3.  Battery : Right from Mining to Acquisition, to Usage, to Disposal is still a perplexing piece.

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Kia Motors India appoints Hardeep Singh Brar as National Head Sales & Marketing

Kia Motors India appoints Hardeep Singh Brar as National Head Sales & Marketing

by WAF Editorial Team 

Kia Motors India has appointed the Industry Veteran Hardeep Singh Brar as National Head, Sales & Marketing. The company has created great euphoria and tasted initial success with products like Seltos and Sonet.

Mr Brar would fill in the shoes of Mr Manohar Bhat, who conceived and executed the debut of Kia brand and company at India. The expectations would surely be sky high!

Mr Brar is an Industry Veteran. He has worked with Maruti Suzuki in several functions like Sales & Dealer Development. His last profile there was GM- Corporate and Rural sales

He has headed Network & Dealer Management at Volkswagen India. He also headed Vehicle Sales, Service & Marketing at General Motors till it announced to wrap its India Operations. After General Motors he had joined Nissan India with his last profile there as Director – Commercial and Board Member.

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WAF CFO Roundtable | Best Practices in Financial Management in the Covid Era

WAF CFO Roundtable | Best Practices in Financial Management in the Covid Era

 “Best Practices in Financial Management in the Covid Era” 

        5 pm to 6 pm ist , Sat 13 March, 2021

 

1. Normal to New Normal to an Evolved Normal : Key Learnings from the Journey of 2020 to 2021

2. 2020 – A year which tested us all in an unprecedented way. How we scaled back the operations. How we balanced Financial Health and Employee Health ?

 3. What is The Finance Department of the Future ?

 Processes, Technology, Innovations, People 

4. Finance Dept powering the Business Strategy and Ops 

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Released : CHRO Toolkit 2021 powered by the Top CHROs at WAF

Released : CHRO Toolkit 2021 powered by the Top CHROs at WAF

The 2nd CHRO Roundtable was held virtually on Saturday 27 Feb, 2021 where Chief HR officers of the auto & mobility industry discussed innovations and best practices during the pandemic year and the learnings thereof, and the way forward for India Inc. in 2021 and beyond.

The virtual exhibition at the 2nd CHROs Roundtable 2021 was also the highlight of the event and was a roaring success.

Mr Anuj Guglani, CEO, World Auto Forum set the ball rolling by sharing with the audience, the global outreach of the CHROs Roundtable this year to share best practices and learnings. He spoke about the challenges faced by organizations in managing Work from Home, and what they would have to do when the focus shifted once more to Work fromOffice.

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Meet the New MD of Volvo Cars India – Jyoti Malhotra

Meet the New MD of Volvo Cars India – Jyoti Malhotra

by WAF Editorial Team 

 

•Volvo Cars India gets its first “Indian” MD

•Charles Frump, the outgoing MD leaves a great legacy behind

•Meet the new MD, Jyoti Malhotra – An Industry Veteran with a Proven Performance Record

 

History is getting created at Volvo Cars India as it gets its first “Indian” MD.

Jyoti Malhotra who is presently the head of Marketing, Sales & PR at the Swedish car maker’s Indian subsidiary, shall take over as Managing Director wef March 1, 2021

Mr Malhotra is an Industry veteran who has worked with Auto Makers like Maruti Suzuki, M&M and Fiat India in the past. He holds an Engineering Degree in Production from University of Pune. He has done his MBA from Bhartiya Vidyapeeth . He has also done a global program in management development from Stephen M Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA

Anuj Guglani, CEO, World Auto Forum said, “Jyoti is a stalwart of the Indian Auto Industry. He has deep insights in Automotive Consumer Behaviour, Business and Marketing. His diverse experience spans a quarter of a century across Indian, Japanese, European companies and their cultures which gives him an indomitable edge. Most importantly he’s a great human being!”

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2nd WAF CHRO Roundtable 2021 – Online

2nd WAF CHRO Roundtable 2021 – Online

  • Connect with Top CHROs Club at World Auto Forum. 

  • Innovations & Best Practices in the Year of the Pandemic 

  • Balancing WFH, HSSE, CSR, Mental Health, Productivity, Families, Bottomline, Compliances

  • Earn the WAF Certificate of Participation

2020 has been a tough year. In 2021 things have really opened up. Still its not near Pre Covid.

How we managed 2020 ? What have we learnt that we shall apply for years to come ? How’s the Outlook for 2021.

Lets spend a day in developing the CHRO’s Toolkit which shall be relevant for years to come…

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Key Highlights of Union Budget 2021-22 | From a CA’s Perspective

Key Highlights of Union Budget 2021-22 | From a CA’s Perspective

by CA Mohit Jain, Partner, Manoj Chhabra & Co  

1) ESI/PF related additions

It has been specifically proposed to tax employers in case they fail to deposit PF/ESI/other funds related to employees on time given under the relevant acts. It has been included in the budget that the said provision is there to penalise the employers and hence no relief will be available if employee related dues are not deposited on time. Further, please note that if any litigation is pending in this regard, it will be very difficult to get relief for the same.

2) Revised/Belated ITRs

The time limit for filing revised/belated ITRs has been reduced to 31-Dec of relevant year from 31-Mar.

3) Reduction in time limit for completion of assessment

 W.e.f AY 2021-22, assessment proceedings need to be completed within 9 months from end of assessment year, ie, for FY 2020-21, relevant for AY 2021-22, assessments have to be completed by Dec-2022.

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New Vehicle Scrappage Policy- Union Budget 2021-22

New Vehicle Scrappage Policy- Union Budget 2021-22

by S S Rana & Co – India’s Leading IP Law Firm 

 

The much awaited Union Budget address (2021-2022) was made by the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman on February 01, 2021. The Minister in the speech has announced- Voluntary Vehicle Scrapping Policy, for phasing out old and unfit vehicles from the Indian streets. While substantiating on the Scrappage Policy, Ms. Sitharaman stated that under the Policy- personal vehicles after 20 years and commercial vehicles after 15 years would undergo fitness tests in automated fitness centres.

Key Points:

  • Voluntary Vehicle Scrapping Policy to be notified soon
  • Vehicles (private and commercial) to under fitness test after 20 years and 15 years of use
  • Fitness tests to be done at automated fitness centers
  • Specifics of Policy to be announced soon

An Insight into Vehicle Scrappage Policy

The Policy is expected to substantially impact air pollution issues in India and maintain environmental sustainability. It was also announced that the specifics of the Policy would be announced soon.

Hence, it is abundantly clear that under the New Policy all personal vehicles and commercial vehicles will have to mandatorily undergo fitness tests at automated fitness centres in 20 years and 15 years respectively.

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Global Chip Shortage for Auto Makers | Intentional or Incidental ?

Global Chip Shortage for Auto Makers | Intentional or Incidental ?

By WAF Editorial Team 

•Can we blame Covid for this too ?

•How can all the Auto Makers be affected simultaneously across the world ?

•Is it just Poor Planning, Poor Demand or something else ?

 

Yes! Most Auto makers are obsessed with Lean Manufacturing. Most got extremely conservative last year with their Production schedules as demand gradually rebounded. Excessive WFH, Gaming, Smartphones led to a surge in demand for chips from other product segments.

The Trump Administration had blacklisted the Chinese Semiconductor manufacturers last year. The Taiwanese Chip Makers, the largest across the world had raised a caveat against oversupply. The automotive grade chips were seeing rapid upgradation. Getting stuck with outdated chipsets inventory could be the greatest nightmare for any chip maker.

All said and done, auto makers facing ongoing or impending shutdowns simultaneously across the world can’t be just due to the aforesaid reasons. It can’t even be due to Covid.

There could be more than what meets the eye. Is it a perfectly orchestrated cartelised action by chip makers to pull the plug ?

In the new age vehicles, the electronic parts and components constitute around 40% of all components. One might find around 3K chips in just one car across the powertrain, windows, lights, ADAS and more.  If even one chip is missing, the car can’t leave the assembly line!

Anuj Guglani, CEO, World Auto Forum says, ‘The Automotive chips compared to their siblings in an Xbox, a Mac or an iPhone have to be much more robust & durable. They should be able to stand high temperatures. They need to endure for long. Their development cycles are longer and more expensive.

So where do you think any chip maker who runs it as a business, would shift focus during the pandemic ?

Obviously to an Xbox, a Mac and an iPhone as their demand went through the roof while auto co’s were forced to cut orders, inventories and margins!”

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Road Safety Month Special : WAF Gurus Live 18

Road Safety Month Special : WAF Gurus Live 18

Lets Celebrate Road Safety Month, every Month! 

At WAF, we believe in Dialogue to Action.

It’s time to have a focussed, candid & action oriented dialogue on Practical Aspects of Road Safety  with the Top Thought Leaders.

Topics we shall cover :

1. How to Harness Tech for Better Governance & Enforcement

2. Road Safety Awareness : Sustainable and Effective

3. Response Time : Practical tips to reduce

4. Driver Behaviour : Can’t blame them for everything

5. Laws : New & Old

6. Road Design & Safe Infrastructure

7. Coordination between Multiple Agencies : How do other countries do it ?

8. India Pothole Free : Can it be a Reality ?

9. How to go beyond the Road Safety Week and Month and have Sustained Progress in road Safety, every week & month.

10 . Can India be No 1 in Road Safety ?

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VW India elevates its Future Leader – Vishal Bhat

VW India elevates its Future Leader – Vishal Bhat

by WAF Editorial Team 

 

•Volkswagen India is gearing up for its Mega Launch in 2021

•Renewed Focus on Customer Experience, Value Proposition and Peace of Mind

•Elevates in-house talent, Vishal Bhat, to lead the After Sales Service function and spearhead the Change

 

Volkswagen India has planned a power packed 2021

They are getting ready with their arsenal of products, marketing strategy, Renewed Focus on Processes & Customer Experience. The arsenal gets powered by the right people!

VW India has elevated Vishal Bhat to head their after sales service function with effect from Jan 1, 2021.

Mr Bhat is currently heading Pan India Corporate Sales and Das Welt Auto – VW’s Certified Pre Owned Car Brand at VW India.

With over 17 years of extensive experience in automotive industry, Bhat brings in diverse expertise to the position. In a period of last five years, he has undertaken various roles and responsibilities across functions –Aftersales, Customer Care, Corporate and Das WeltAuto sales operations and has been successfully leading them.

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Apple’s Biggest Miss : Not Acquiring Tesla at a Tenth of its Current Price, 2 yrs back

Apple’s Biggest Miss : Not Acquiring Tesla at a Tenth of its Current Price, 2 yrs back

By WAF Editorial Team 

 

  • In 2017-18, Elon Musk reached out to Apple to sell Tesla

  • Musk says, “This was during the Darkest Days of the Model 3”

  • “Tim Cook declined the meeting request”, tweeted Musk 

  • Tesla is 10 times more valuable since then! 

  • Apple plans to launch its EV in 2025

  • Biggest Miss for Apple ?

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Industry Outlook 2021 : Overall Seems Positive

Industry Outlook 2021 : Overall Seems Positive

by WAF Editorial Team 

 

Yes we had last few months of stellar wholesale and retails as…

The dealers inventories were near zero when lockdown eased

There was a pent up demand

People shunned public transport and embraced personal mobility 

2 wheeler and Pre Owners cars demand went through the roof due to price sensitivity. 

What is the Outlook for 2021 ?

The Sensex might be breaching 47K levels but situation at ground level is not that encouraging.

The Auto Industry was just recovering from the BS-6 , Poor Demand in 2019 and 2018 and it got struck by Covid19. The Market has surely opened up but demand is still not consistent.

Manufacturing facilities continue to suffer from covid related closures. Manpower outages are still not that uncommon. Supplies get stuck due to covid or agitations.

Industrial Output, earnings are still down. The new strain from UK is also bad news. This seems the time to just stay healthy and protected, ensure family is safe ; Surviving seems to be the new thriving!

So Quoting figures …

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WAF creates History by getting together Top Global After Sales Experts for Best Practices Sharing

WAF creates History by getting together Top Global After Sales Experts for Best Practices Sharing

Press Release

Teus, 15 Dec 2020 5:45 PM IST

IVASS 2020 brings together the Global After Sales Experts to share Industry Best Practices amidst the Pandemic

 

 

  • Every year, World Auto Forum celebrates National Vehicle After Sales Day on Second Sat of Dec with IVASS- India Vehicle After Sales Summit & Exhibition
  • In its 6th year, IVASS went global this time and in a pioneering act got together the Top After Sales Experts from Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and Australia
  • The virtual exhibition at IVASS 2020 was also the highlight of the event and was a roaring success
  • The most important reason for the global best practices sharing was that the entire industry worldwide moves a notch up in threshold and the most critical facet of the value chain benefits that is the Consumer!

 

 

15th December 2020 | New Delhi & Detroit | https://worldautoforum.com/ivass

 

India Vehicle After Sales Summit, a program organized on Saturday, 12th December 2020 by World Auto Forum in association with ASDC – Automotive Skilling Development Council, set the path for innovations in the Vehicle After Sales & Auto aftermarket ecosystem. 

Top Experts from Auto Suppliers, OEMs, Dealership network, Service companies, Parts Makers & Distributors graced the Panel Discussions and Keynote sessions. The theme this year was ‘Surviving and thriving through Innovation, Skilling & Teamwork’. Each session deliberated on various aspects of the post Covid needs and adaptability required to cope with the changing dynamics of consumer behaviour and governmental policies.

Anuj Guglani, CEO, World Auto Forum set the ball rolling by sharing with the audience, the global outreach of IVASS this year, with speakers brought in from across the globe to broaden the horizons of learning and sharing of best practices. He also elucidated the common global challenges faced by the Industry and the pivotal role Innovation plays in overcoming them. 

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India Vehicle Scrappage Policy – A Perspective

India Vehicle Scrappage Policy – A Perspective

by S S Rana & Co. – Leading IP Attorneys & Advocates

 

The rising air pollution in the major cities of the country is a major health and environment  concern with 65% of total air pollution caused by older commercial vehicles plying on road.  To arrest this issue, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is slated to scrap vehicles  older than 20 years under the vehicle scrappage policy or voluntary vehicle fleet modernization  program, first mooted in 2016.  

A scrappage policy is a government-funded programme to promote the replacement of old  vehicles with modern ones. A vehicle scrappage programme is usually intended to stimulate  the automotive industry as well as taking obsolete and more polluting vehicles off the road. It proposes to remove old commercial vehicles off the road and moot creation of an ecosystem  to promote scrapping and recycling. 

The policy is expected to considerably impact environmental sustainability and give thrust to  automobile sector by creating new demand. The policy can be viewed as an extension of NGT  ruling for Delhi-NCR whereby diesel vehicles older than 10 years were ordered to stop plying  on the road. Similar policies have been implemented in countries like US, UK, China,  Indonesia etc. to drive auto industry and reduce pollution. 

Key Provisions of Draft Policy: 

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Ashish Gupta takes over the Reigns at VW India

Ashish Gupta takes over the Reigns at VW India

by WAF Think Tank 

Volkswagen Passenger Cars India on Thursday said it has appointed Ashish Gupta as Brand Director for the Indian operations with effect from November 1.

Ashish Gupta has a rich experience of 20 years + in the Automotive industry across projects, training, network, sales and after sales. Prior to VW, he worked with Toyota for over a decade at India and Japan.

He is a qualified engineer, with a masters in marketing management and a leadership licence from ISB Hyderabad. He has also been certified by VW AG under the global leadership program.

 

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Battery is the Engine of EV Revolution

Battery is the Engine of EV Revolution

by WAF Think Tank 

 

The Chemical of the last decade : Cobalt

• Child Labour & Pollution issues in Battery  Manufacturing

• Battery Disposal and Recycling 

• Unending Quest for More and More Range at Lower Cost 

• Battery Swapping and Innovative Charge Points 

 

Elon Musk having an event at Tesla and calling it Battery Day says it all.

Battery seems to be the New Arms Race of Mobility. The Most desirable chemical of last decade has been Cobalt. Most Lithium Ion batteries are Cobalt based.

More than 50% of Cobalt reserves are concentrated in a small country in central Africa called “Congo”.

This country has huge challenges of Corruption, Child labour, Environment damage around cobalt mining. Severe exploitation of workforce, child labour, unsafe and dangerous work environment are frequently reported from the mining sites.

Severe Environment Impact 

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Charge your EV at Local Kirana Shop and Electric Poles : India Innovates!

Charge your EV at Local Kirana Shop and Electric Poles : India Innovates!

by WAF Think Tank 

EV is a global phenomenon. Tesla became world’s most valued car maker despite being around for just a decade and with global annual sales volume under 370K. There is surely a lot of hype around EV Tech and Innovations. At the same time, it also seems the inevitable global future!

All Auto Makers have Electric Tech, Products and a future EV strategy already in place!

Electric Charging Network Pre requisite to EV Revolution ?

This could have been true for most other countries. India is an exception, as she chooses to innovate very differently, kill two birds with one stone.

The two birds being generate revenue and employment at grass root level and the other not to invest too much time and resources in doing so!

So ChargePoint, the World’s biggest Electric Charging Co is valued at USD 2.4 B pre IPO with currently 115K charging stations and planned expansion to 2.5 M charging stations by 2025

We have greater value at the bottom of the pyramid waiting to be unearthed! Here’s How…

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WAF proposes an Exit Compliance Code for Exiting Auto Cos

WAF proposes an Exit Compliance Code for Exiting Auto Cos

by WAF Think Tank 

Times are challenging amidst the Global Pandemic. Jobs losses, pay cuts are the part of the “New Normal”. Health care cost for fighting the pandemic is no less. Mental wellbeing & business sentiment are at their nadir.

To add to the misery, foreign auto cos announce exits. Harley-Davidson just announced their exit from the Indian Market as part of their Operation Rewire. They are closing down their plant. The dealers shall continue to offer services as long as the duration of their “Contract”. This duration remains a “Big Secret”

Most Senior Level employees already allegedly pushed out in the last one year! Psst ..!

Great brands hiding behind euphemism of their expensive PR Agencies.

Stark Reality :

As per FADA, Federation of Automotive Dealer Associations, the exit of HD India shall lead to more than 2k persons losing their livelihood.

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WAF Certified Pro Program – Be a Better “You”

WAF Certified Pro Program – Be a Better “You”

Top 1K + High Performers’ Secrets in a Program! Can you Miss it ?

Energise your Life & Career with this 3 Day Power Packed Course,  7 am – 8 am IST, Thurs, 8 Oct – Sat, 10 Oct 2020

Last Few Seats Left at Rs 499/-  About to revert to 1500/-

By Registering, you Agree to Our Terms & Conditions, Click here to view

For any Query , please contact Gerald Louis “Jerry” , 8368746841 , jerry@waf.bz

Last 8 years, WAF Jury & Research Teams have evaluated more than 1K Top Leaders for the Prestigious WAF Awards. We found a few qualities common amongst them.

WAF Certified Pro Program assimilates those Winning Qualities & Habits. Unmissable! Right ?

Top 3 Deliverables : 

1. An Hour a day for 3 Days
2. WAF Certificate on Successful Completion
3. It’s Beyond Theory : Practical Role Plays and Participative! 

Get Coached by Master Trainer – Anuj Guglani – CEO, WAF 

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Industry needs to forget its First Love “Wholesale” and focus on Life Partner “Retail”

Industry needs to forget its First Love “Wholesale” and focus on Life Partner “Retail”

by Anuj Guglani, CEO, World Auto Forum

• The Automotive Industry’s obsession with Wholesale

• Almost like the College Crush who is hard to forget and keeps coming back ! 

• It’s time to embrace the life partner called Retail! 

 

The year was 2018. The Industry had prepared for the festive season in a similar way, pumping inventory down the dealers’ necks. We all know what happened. The inventory got stuck and had a domino effect, all through the subsequent year. It eventually led to the biggest sales drop in 20 years in 2019.

The reasons cited for low demand back then were : 1. High Insurance Cost 2. High fuel Prices 3. Rise of Shared Mobility Options.

The reasons in 2020 are far more serious and we know it.

In Short, we can’t afford to repeat the mistakes of 2018 in 2020

We need focussed thinking and absorption of consumer sentiment and Industry stakeholders’ feedback

These 5 Basic Questions can be a starting point :

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WAF Annual Partner : High Quality Sanitising Products at Reasonable Prices

WAF Annual Partner : High Quality Sanitising Products at Reasonable Prices

When the unlockdown began, we got feedback and requests from several Workshops for Quality Sanitisation Products at Reasonable Prices.

We evaluated several players and selected Chemi Kleen Solutions who have been making & exporting Hygiene Products last Half a century.

Sanitisation is here to stay. Going forward, we can’t afford to either pay high prices or cut corners in usage. So we asked Chemi Kleen to develop Best Quality Products at Reasonable Prices.

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to the Newest Annual Partner at WAF : Chemi Kleen Solutions.

We encourage you to evaluate them and their hygiene products

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Teachers’ Day Special  “What I learnt from My Gurus” 

Teachers’ Day Special  “What I learnt from My Gurus” 

Top Industry Gurus in the House.
Can you Miss it ?

We had started this Program Series WAF Gurus Live! during the Lockdown to empower and motivate the Industry folks round the world. It has already crossed 1 Million Views!

 Teachers’ Day Special : An Ode to our Gurus & Teachers by the Top Industry Gurus. World Premiere on #WAFTV, 10 AM, Sat, 5 Sept, 2020  https://worldautoforum.com/waf-tv/

Top Automotive & Mobility Gurus shall power to pay their ode to their Gurus! 
It shall go a long way in inspiring and awakening a whole New Generation, especially during these times, when we need to be there for each other the most. It’s the Time for Physical Distancing and being Socially closer than ever before!

VW India introduces Power Lease and Secured Resale Value Programs

VW India introduces Power Lease and Secured Resale Value Programs

VW India is known for pioneering and innovative offerings. They have recently launched two programs with Customer Convenience and Hassle Free Ownership in Mind! 

1. VW Power Lease

This program takes away the costs of servicing, depreciating value of the car. One can book the entire amount as expense. Time to just enjoy the immersive driving experience of the immaculate VW cars!

          A Few Interesting features like : 

         a.  Rental Holidays

         b. Zero Down Payment 

         c. Worry- free Maintenance

         d. Upto 30% Tax Benefit

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WAF Gurus Live Series Crosses 1 Million Views!

WAF Gurus Live Series Crosses 1 Million Views!

By WAF Editorial Team

16 Programs, 4 Months, 87 Thought Leaders and 1 Million + Views! 

It is a Moment of great pride and honour for us at World Auto Forum.

In a about 4 Months ,we have exceeded 1 Million Views of our Popular Series WAF Gurus Live!

We began WGL March End 2020, while the entire world was under a lockdown! It was to empower, educate, motive and coach the Automotive and Mobility Industry members.

16 Programs, 4 Months, 87 Thought Leaders and 1 Million + Views! 

A Series of focussed programs on myriad topics ranging from Dealer Health, Supply Chains, After Sales Service, Legal Compliances, Cyber Security, Solar Energy, Pre Owned Vehicles, Shared Mobility, EV and many more

Three Cheers to WAF Members, our WAF Gurus, who powered them and Our Annual Partners :

Annual Gold Partners : Gallops Motors, MotorUncle.com

Annual OEM Partner : VW India 

Annual Partners : Amplus Solar, Shell Lubricants, K2B Learning 

Annual Associate Partner : Jubilant MotorWorks

Media Partners : Auto Tech Review and The Patriot

This wouldn’t have been possible without our Stellar WAF Team –  Jerry Sir, Mohini and Kunal 

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Sugato Sen : A Strong Pillar at SIAM Superannuates

Sugato Sen : A Strong Pillar at SIAM Superannuates

by WAF Editorial Team 

Sugato Sen, one of the most prominent personalities, an institution in himself, the pillar of SIAM superannuated last week. 

SIAM – Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers is the apex body of Auto Makers at India for last several decades.

 

Mr Sen has been serving as Deputy Director General at SIAM. He has been spearheading several activities &  initiatives for the Industry and the Society at Large. He has been the secretary of several working councils at SIAM which overlook most of the activities across International Business, Market & Economic Affairs.

“Sugato sir, as we have address him at the Industry, has limitless energy of a college student, a Big heart which beats for the Industry and the Society and to top it all, Industry Knowledge and Insights which can beat any Think Tank, hands down, across the World. We hope he keeps doing the great work in different ways”, commented Anuj Guglani, CEO, World Auto Forum

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Remembrance and Prayers for Ashesh Dhar, Tata Motors : A Big Loss to Industry

Remembrance and Prayers for Ashesh Dhar, Tata Motors : A Big Loss to Industry

by WAF Editorial Team 

This sad and shocking news came late last night. We lost Ashesh Dhar, Head Sales, Marketing and Customer Care EV Business at Tata Motors to cardiac arrest.

The Industry has been pouring its heart out to this horrid news.

Ashesh had been a great friend and a supportive colleague to many across his long and diverse work experience in the Automotive Industry.

He went to National High School at Srinagar and thereafter did his Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani.

In 1991, he joined Bajaj Auto as a GET where he served for 7 years. He then moved to TVS Motor Co and enjoyed a great stint of 10 years there.

In 2007, he joined Mahindra First Choice Wheels ( MFCW) as Vice President.

In 2011, he moved to Tata Motors where he had yet another great stint across sales, marketing, customer care. The company elevated him as head of EV Business.

He was instrumental in the creating a brand for Tata Motors in the EV Space.

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WAF Gurus Live 15 : Employee Health and Safety in the Covid Era