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ngt asks volkswagen to explain reasons for not recalling cars, auto news, et auto

new delhi: the national green tribunal has directed german auto major volkswagen, which is embroiled in a global emission scandal, to explain reasons for not recalling 3.23 lakh cars and warned of penal action. volkswagen india had in december 2015 announced the recall of 3,23,700 lakh vehicles in india. the green panel noted that the company has recalled only 64 per cent of cars as undertaken by it and 36 per cent of the polluting vehicles were still on roads. a bench headed by ngt chairperson adarsh kumar goel also asked the automobile company to reply why penal action should not be taken against it for not taking action as per its undertaking. "the manufacturers are also directed to file latest status report about the proceedings taken against them in other countries and explain reason...





how tyre industry is evolving and adjusting to global trends?, auto news, et auto

new delhi: with the growing insistence to lower emission levels and enhance fuel efficiency in vehicles, besides reducing weight, the indian tyre industry is embracing new trends in the manufacturing process to meet the changing market dynamics and cater to the latest demands of the oems (original equipment manufacturers).the heavy investment driven tyre industry contributes 3 per cent of the manufacturing gdp when the entire automotive sector accounts for 7.1 per cent of the gdp and almost 49 per cent to the nation’s manufacturing gdp (fy 2015-16).the tyre makers in india are gearing up to intensify their role in the modernisation phase, largely driven by demand and supply conditions as also directly proportional to automobile sales to some extent. the tyre makers in india is gearing up...





wholesale inflation hits 4 year high to 5.77 pc in june, auto news, et auto

new delhi: inflation based on wholesale prices went up to a 4-year high of 5.77 per cent in june, on the back of increasing prices of petrol and diesel as also food products.the wholesale price index (wpi) based inflation stood at 4.43 per cent in may, according to government data released on monday.representative imagein the same month a year ago, wpi was at 0.90 per cent.may inflation at 4.43 per cent was a 14-month peak. the previous high was in march 2017, when the wpi inflation stood at 5.11 per cent.the wpi based inflation stood at 3.18 per cent in april and 2.26 per cent in may last year.on monthly basis, wholesale prices increased by 1.1 percent, up from 0.9 percent in may.while inflation in food articles increased to 1.80 per cent in june compared to 1.60 per cent in may 2018, inf...





tata motors, mahindra top r&d spenders in auto industry, auto news, et auto

homegrown companies tata motors and mahindra & mahindra were the biggest spenders on research and development in 2016-17 among 25 automakers in india which together invested rs 6,344 crore, latest industry data showed.the five biggest spenders on r&d were tata motors, m&m, maruti suzuki india (msi), honda cars india and ashok leyland, according to data sourced from siam and cmie.while the homegrown players have to develop their technology mostly on their own, the likes of msi and honda cars india rely heavily on their japanese parents for new products.in 2016-17, tata motors invested rs 2,100.1 crore in r&d despite reporting a loss of rs 2,619.2 crore.in 2016-17, tata motors invested rs 2,100.1 crore in r&d despite reporting a loss of rs 2,619.2 crore.similarly, m&m invested rs 2,075.8 cro...





half of vehicle pollution monitoring centres found violating norms, auto news, et auto

patiala: an elaborate campaign launched by the punjab pollution control board (ppcb) to check vehicle pollution monitoring centres across the state has revealed that around 50% of these centres were violating norms for issuing certificates without actually checking the vehicles.chairman of the board and director of tandrust punjab mission, kahan singh pannu, said 40 teams of ppcb conducted random checks at the centres representative image across the state during which about 250 of 400 centres in the state were inspected. surprisingly, 130 centres were found to be lacking in meeting the standards.pannu said it was a serious matter and the board has taken a strong note of the same by issuing notices to these centres has also written to the state transport department.during the inspections, i...





crisil, auto news, et auto

new delhi: the new norms on axle load, expected to be announced by the government soon, will alter the landscape for commercial vehicles (cvs) in the country, according to a report by crisil.representative imagethe current laws have been in vogue for a good 35 years. the maximum allowable axle load and gross vehicle weight (gvw) of commercial vehicles were notified in 1983, based on the recommendations of a committee set up for the purpose. these were reconfirmed in 1996. the recent stringency on overloading has led to an increase in the cost per tonne of sand, stones and other construction material, which is hindering implementation of projects the government is keen to fast-track going into the election year. contractors who had bid for the contracts – especially in affordable housing ...





autonomous car: opinion: the future of autonomous vehicles in india

one cannot dismiss the benefits of the technology. (source: gtm)by shweta dwivedi & rabindra jhunjhunwalathe indian automotive industry is one of the largest in the world. it contributes about 7.1% of india’s gdp, and is a major contributor towards manufacturing, job creation, exports as well as foreign inflows. undoubtedly, the future of the automotive sector lies in innovation and automation. this is the reason most automotive players are now focusing on driverless/autonomous vehicles (avs).global trends:globally, most of the key automotive players, technology companies as well as fleet service providers, including daimler, uber, general motors, tesla, audi, waymo, ford, honda, apple, bmw, nissan, mercedes-benz, toyota, etc. are investing significant time and investment on developing a...





how tyre industry is evolving and adjusting to global trends?, auto news, et auto

new delhi: with the growing insistence to lower emission levels and enhance fuel efficiency in vehicles, besides reducing weight, the indian tyre industry is embracing new trends in the manufacturing process to meet the changing market dynamics and cater to the latest demands of the oems (original equipment manufacturers).the heavy investment driven tyre industry contributes 3 per cent of the manufacturing gdp when the entire automotive sector accounts for 7.1 per cent of the gdp and almost 49 per cent to the nation’s manufacturing gdp (fy 2015-16).the tyre makers in india are gearing up to intensify their role in the modernisation phase, largely driven by demand and supply conditions as also directly proportional to automobile sales to some extent. the tyre makers in india is gearing up...





how tyre industry is evolving and adjusting to global trends?, auto news, et auto

new delhi: with the growing insistence to lower emission levels and enhance fuel efficiency in vehicles, besides reducing weight, the indian tyre industry is embracing new trends in the manufacturing process to meet the changing market dynamics and cater to the latest demands of the oems (original equipment manufacturers).the heavy investment driven tyre industry contributes 3 per cent of the manufacturing gdp when the entire automotive sector accounts for 7.1 per cent of the gdp.the tyre makers in india is gearing up to intensify its role in the modernisation phase, largely driven by demand and supply conditions as also directly proportional to automobile sales to some extent. the tyre makers in india is gearing up to intensify its role in the modernisation phase.besides, with increasing ...





morth, auto news, et auto

the number of road accidents has come down by three to four percent during 2017 compared to the previous year, yudhvir singh malik, secretary (rt&h) told etauto on the sidelines of the seminar organized by the international road federation. there has been a slight improvement in the fatalities rate as well.malik expressed serious concern about the annual 5 lakh road accidents and 150,000 casualties that occur on the roads.he disclosed this referring to the road accidents report 2017 that will be soon released by the ministry of road transport & highways (morth). “but this dip is absolutely negligible. in absolute numbers the question is whether they have relativities in different environments. if 496,000 accidents are reported when the vehicle population has grown by 15 percent, and over...





jtekt plans to open a new plant and strengthen r&d facility in india, auto news, et auto

nagoya: japanese auto component supplier jtekt is planning to open a new manufacturing facility in india in order to meet the growing demand of steering systems from suzuki, a top executive said. however, the company hasn't decided on the quantum of investment yet which will be used to build the new plant. "by end of this year, we will be sharing the details of our new plant in india which will be opened to support the demand from suzuki," said tetsuo agata, president, jtekt corporation. the new plant will open near suzuki facility in gujarat. we already have land there.on the condition of anonymity, one of the jtekt employees informed, "the new plant will open near suzuki facility in gujarat. we already have land there."the company is also planning to expand existing r&d facility in ...





luxury car sales on track for a new high this year, auto news, et auto

after posting record sales in 2017, india’s luxury-car market is on course to hit anew peak this year. sales have topped 20,000 units in the first half of the year, expanding in double digits every month through june with an average growth rate of 12-13%. total sales for 2017 were about 39,000 units, a 17% increase over the year before.the growth in luxury-vehicle sales for the past year and half has been in tandem with or faster than the overall passenger vehicle market, with new product launches, expanding dealer networks and 13% growing prosperity among buyers whose profile now includes an increasing number of women driving demand.four of the top five luxury-car manufacturers posted double-digit growth since january. sales at mercedes-benz and bmw rose 12% and 13%, respectively, while...





chandrasekaran, auto news, et auto

mumbai : the global automobile industry is undergoing a structural shift due to technology and market disruption, evolving consumer preferences, market cyclicality, regulatory overhauls and geopolitical uncertainty and the situation calls for "specific intervention" to remain sustainably profitable, says natrajan chandrasekaran, the chairman of tata motors in his annual letter to the shareholders. tata motors's owned jaguar land rover which accounts for over 80% of company's consolidated revenues is facing varied risks across its key markets. while north american market is seeing a decline, the rising anti-diesel voices in europe has hit demand and the uncertainty over brexit in its home market is still looming large in front of the company "the aces (autonomous, connected, electric, ...





eesl: updated - eesl scraps tender to buy 10,000 e-cars, auto news, et auto

state-run energy efficiency services(eesl) has scrapped its second tender for procurement of 10,000 electric cars as the industry awaits clarification on specifications for chargers which will allow higher end, luxury automakers to come into the picture.this tender was floated in april, and had been on hold after a preliminary pre-bid meeting. a similar tender was floated in august last year, and the rollout of 10,000 cars under the tender was expected to be complete by march 2019.saurabh kumar, managing director at eesl, said that the company has been awaiting clarification from the department of science & technology (dst) to issue the standard norms for charging stations, because of which the tender was first put on hold and now has been scrapped entirely.industry awaits clarification on...





icra, auto news, et auto

new delhi: demand for trucks continues to be driven by pick-up in infrastructure investments and overall healthy demand from key freight generation sectors besides low- base effect (impact of pre-buying and gst), according to a report by icra.the domestic commercial vehicle (cv) industry reflected by a growth of 51 per cent in cv volumes in q1 fy 2019 after a volume growth of 20 per cent in fy 2018.as per icra's channel check with various transporters and cv dealers across the country, there is an overall positive demand sentiment for trucks across most major markets, although certain pockets reported a contrasting trend.shamsher dewan, vice president & sector head - corporate ratings, icra said, "demand for trucks continues to remain strong, driven by pickup in construction activity and...





is nissan on a cliff-edge in india?, auto news, et auto

the japanese carmaker nissan india’s wild goose chase for five percent market share has been re-pronounced. aiming this, the carmaker made various attempts in revising strategy and re-doing its business plan in the last few years, but no dice till now.the newly appointed chief of nissan india operations, thomas kuehl, has embraced and revitalized the aspirations of his predecessors to achieve five percent market share. now nissan india has yet again shifted its goal post for the crucial five per cent market share in the local market to 2021.thomas kuehl, president, nissan india operations “nissan is growing steadily towards achieving five per cent market share by 2020-21,” the company told etauto in an email response few weeks ago.thomas kuehl, who is having second inning in the indi...





icra, auto news, et auto

new delhi: demand for trucks continues to be driven by pick-up in infrastructure investments and overall healthy demand from key freight generation sectors besides low- base effect (impact of pre-buying and gst), according to a report by icra.the domestic commercial vehicle (cv) industry reflected by a growth of 51 per cent in cv volumes in q1 fy 2018 after a volume growth of 20 per cent in fy 2018.as per icra's channel check with various transporters and cv dealers across the country, there is an overall positive demand sentiment for trucks across most major markets, although certain pockets reported a contrasting trend.shamsher dewan, vice president & sector head - corporate ratings, icra said, "demand for trucks continues to remain strong, driven by pickup in construction activity and...





microsoft, sun mobility tie up to build smart network for ev energy infra, auto news, et auto

new delhi: tech giant microsoft has joined hands with sun mobility, a provider of energy infrastructure and services for electric vehicles (evs), to build smart network for its ev energy infrastructure.as part of the partnership, sun mobility will use microsoft's iot technology to connect the 'smart battery' and the quick interchange stations (qis).qis are kiosks which would provide swappable smart battery solutions. sun mobility will to build a network of qis, which can ready a bus or two and three-wheelers by swapping a battery in five minutes. the company looks to provide services to buses, two and three-wheelers through its qis.the company plans to build a network of quick interchange stations that are easy to install and ensures quick refueling of electric vehicles. "what we have ...





retail inflation spikes to 5% in june, iip moderates to 3.2% in may, auto news, et auto

retail inflation rose to a five-month high of 5% in the month of june compared to 4.87% in may, data from the central statistics office showed. the data is below a reuters estimate of 5.3% for the month of june but well above rbi's comfort level of 4 per cent.the industrial production moderated to 3.2% in may compared to 4.9 per cent in april. the slowdown in the industrial production comes on the back of a moderation in the growth of core sector industries which rose 3.6 per cent in may compared to 4.6 per cent in april.the eight infrastructure sectors of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity constitutes 40.27 per cent of the index of industrial production.the industrial production index is pulled down by a sharp moderation in the gro...





complete automobile exports analysis in q1 fy 19, auto news, et auto

new delhi: the growth in shipment of automobile products to foreign shores from india has maintained its pace with hike in the domestic sales in most of the segments in the first quarter of the financial year 2018-19. the overall demand of automobiles grew by 18 percent in domestic market whereas the exports demand went up by 26 percent. exports in the passenger vehicle (pv) segment comprising of cars, utility vehicles and vans, have grown around 41 per cent in the first quarter of the ongoing fiscal as compared to the same quarter previous fiscal.the export market is also boring fruits for the automakers with each segment performing better than the previous year. the segment saw a total exports of 167,161 units in the quarter as against 118,420 units in april-june period of fy 2017-18, ac...