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Electric cars have a mountain to climb before winning market share

Electric cars have a mountain to climb before winning market share

Rediff.com4 days ago

According to research by IHS Markit, for an ecosystem still grappling with infrastructure issues -- the high cost of EVs and a greater OEM (original equipment manufacturer) focus on electrifying two-wheelers and commercial vehicles first -- the share of such vehicles is expected to be 4 per cent by 2030, reports Pavan Lall.

Anand Mahindra: 'I'm not vanishing!'

Anand Mahindra: 'I'm not vanishing!'

Rediff.com14 Feb 2020

'Family businesses have to put competent people in charge who believe they can get to the top.'
'If you don't remove the glass ceiling, you won't get the best talent.'

Economy likely to grow at 6% in 2020, says Blackstone report

Economy likely to grow at 6% in 2020, says Blackstone report

Rediff.com8 Jan 2020

The report says, the emerging markets continue to have uneven performance but India recovers from decelerating growth. Narendra Modi government, it added, continues business-friendly growth reforms, the economy grows at 6 per cent and the market rises 20 per cent.

Renault Triber is everyman's budget car

Renault Triber is everyman's budget car

Rediff.com18 Dec 2019

'The Triber, which sits between the Kwid and the Duster in the Renault portfolio, is an affordable option for those who have their sights set on a multipurpose vehicle and want to get something different from, say, a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga,' says Pavan Lall.

Funds swindled by Nirav Modi could be much higher

Funds swindled by Nirav Modi could be much higher

Rediff.com13 Dec 2019

Only 40 per cent of the forensic information required was made available by PNB and as such, there is no way that one can put a cap on the total value of LoUs issued. He is the second Indian to be declared a fugitive economic offender, after liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

'Always have a Plan B, Plan C and a Plan D'

'Always have a Plan B, Plan C and a Plan D'

Rediff.com2 Dec 2019

Don't bet everything you have, Lemon Tree's Patu Keswani tells Pavan Lall.

At least half billion new users to log in internet by 2022: Report

At least half billion new users to log in internet by 2022: Report

Rediff.com29 Nov 2019

But the kind of usage and the demographic driving that change will be entirely different from the first online users.

What is Ronnie Screwvala up to these days?

What is Ronnie Screwvala up to these days?

Rediff.com20 Nov 2019

"If telecom changed the game for how business was done in India, then we need 20 more of those systemic game-changers to take us to the next level," Ronnie Screwvala tells Pavan Lall.

Sotheby's India auction sees tepid response as slowdown hits art world

Sotheby's India auction sees tepid response as slowdown hits art world

Rediff.com16 Nov 2019

The sale lot of 61 pieces of art, which was spread across a variety of categories such as modern and contemporary South Asian art, prints, and photographs, realised an estimated sale price of Rs 23.8 crore. Pre-auction estimates had expected the sale to range between Rs 37 crore and Rs 52 crore. Around 11 pieces of art remained unsold on Day One, reports Pavan Lall.

Superluxury manufacturers feel the pinch of slowdown

Superluxury manufacturers feel the pinch of slowdown

Rediff.com20 Aug 2019

From auto to watches, the mood is sombre due to the alarming state of the Indian economy and value erosion in stock market capitalisation.

CCD's Siddhartha was a 'nice guy' CEO

CCD's Siddhartha was a 'nice guy' CEO

Rediff.com31 Jul 2019

A family man with two sons, who made it a point to attend all weddings and occasions in the community, Siddhartha is known by everyone as the quintessential 'nice guy' CEO -- never yelling, raising his voice or screaming at his employees, says Pavan Lall.

Titan has major plans to boost its premium range of watches

Titan has major plans to boost its premium range of watches

Rediff.com30 Jun 2019

Titan expects sales of premium-priced watch sales to grow by leaps and bounds in the future on the back of a growing disposable income among working professionals and income categories, says Pavan Lall.

Carmakers pin hopes on Bharat to boost sales

Carmakers pin hopes on Bharat to boost sales

Rediff.com20 Jun 2019

While customers in metro cities are still buying cars, quick growth is likely only from upcountry markets, where highways and roads are being built, and discretionary income and aspirations are rising.

Gautam Singhania likes Trump's feud with China

Gautam Singhania likes Trump's feud with China

Rediff.com20 Jun 2019

'Trump's sparring with China is good for business,' Raymond's CMD tells Pavan Lall.

Ferrari to Porsche target small-town millionaires

Ferrari to Porsche target small-town millionaires

Rediff.com18 Jun 2019

'Hathras, Muradabad, Trichur, Salem, Madurai, Aligarh and Kanpur are cities where we are expecting and in some cases have seen new buyers come from.'

Is Zia Mody planning to retire?

Is Zia Mody planning to retire?

Rediff.com6 Jun 2019

'I'm an unbalanced human,' the founding partner of AZB, India's top law firm, tells Pavan Lall.

The XUV300 may well be Mahindra's bravest endeavour yet

The XUV300 may well be Mahindra's bravest endeavour yet

Rediff.com6 Jun 2019

How the XUV300's suspension, plastics and interiors hold out in Indian conditions after a couple of years will be the litmus test for its success in the long term, but for now, this SUV delivers, says Pavan Lall.

Cat on the prowl: Jaguar enters SUV space with F-Pace

Cat on the prowl: Jaguar enters SUV space with F-Pace

Rediff.com7 May 2019

The Jaguar has 11 different types of F-Paces in different engine and style combinations that start from a Rs 40-lakh petrol variant and go up to a V-8 engined convertible that can cost Rs 2.8 crore.

From top jeweller to liquidation, how Gitanjali Gems lost its sheen

From top jeweller to liquidation, how Gitanjali Gems lost its sheen

Rediff.com2 May 2019

Once a stock market darling, the jewellery chain heads for liquidation.

How Nykaa plans to spread its wings

How Nykaa plans to spread its wings

Rediff.com29 Apr 2019

It currently has invested in 35 locations, some of which border on a luxury level format and are large at 2,500 square feet.

Meet Nirav Modi's core team

Meet Nirav Modi's core team

Rediff.com22 Apr 2019

The common denominator: They were predominantly Gujarati, mostly male, and either related by blood or very well-known to Nirav.

Another family feud comes to the fore, this time at Finolex

Another family feud comes to the fore, this time at Finolex

Rediff.com22 Apr 2019

At the immediate heart of the dispute is an inheritance that involves Rs 1,500 crore of shares that were bequeathed on a gift deed on a Rs 500 non-judicial stamp paper.

Tie-ups among auto firms don't work in India

Tie-ups among auto firms don't work in India

Rediff.com11 Apr 2019

After GM's India exit, Ford-Mahindra 'strategic alliance' under spotlight.

The Jaguar XJ50 is more like a Gulfstream jet than limousine

The Jaguar XJ50 is more like a Gulfstream jet than limousine

Rediff.com11 Apr 2019

This car commemorates the first Jaguar XJ 1, which was launched in 1968 and was widely acknowledged at the time to be one of the best automobiles ever made

The Honda Civic is back, bigger and better than before

The Honda Civic is back, bigger and better than before

Rediff.com27 Mar 2019

The radical styling that consists of 17-inch diamond-cut wheel rims and a chrome grill that comes with a sleek coupe-inspired profile -- the kind you'd expect to see in an Acura or a Lexus sports car -- make the Civic one of the best-looking cars on the road today irrespective of price.

Would you bid for Nirav Modi's art?

Would you bid for Nirav Modi's art?

Rediff.com19 Mar 2019

Sixty-eight paintings that once belonged to fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi will go under the hammer next week.

Mercedes V-Class packages luxury and functionality

Mercedes V-Class packages luxury and functionality

Rediff.com12 Mar 2019

The six-seater is built for long journeys, especially when you don't want to waste time and would rather wrap up meetings while, say, on the road to the airport, writes Pavan Lall.

With m-cap of Rs 91,000 crore, Titan is the jewel in Tata's crown

With m-cap of Rs 91,000 crore, Titan is the jewel in Tata's crown

Rediff.com11 Mar 2019

The success stems from Titan's betting hard on wedding jewellery over the last three years. It now contributes 20 per cent to revenue.

The One and Only Mary Kom

The One and Only Mary Kom

Rediff.com8 Mar 2019

'I am actually quicker now than before,' Boxing legend Mary Kom tells Pavan Lall.

Why Panasonic is keen to leverage the Anchor brand

Why Panasonic is keen to leverage the Anchor brand

Rediff.com8 Mar 2019

The Anchor and Panasonic connection is a blend of legacy and quality and there really is no question of substituting one for the other. Panasonic is banking on Anchor's familiarity and widespread recall, to push its way ahead in the premium, automation-aided home appliances and accessories market.

Will XUV 300 prove to be Mahindra's saviour?

Will XUV 300 prove to be Mahindra's saviour?

Rediff.com27 Feb 2019

Mahindra is desperate for a best-seller in the compact SUV space, on which it missed the bus

Sixth-generation BMW M5 is monster of a car

Sixth-generation BMW M5 is monster of a car

Rediff.com13 Feb 2019

'With 600 horses under the hood, the M5 that comes in a four-wheel drive avatar has historically been a track car, which means it's not going to be at its spirited best on city streets.' 'But this version, which is the sixth generation, has bits and bobs that do try to make it more compatible for everyday commuting,' says Pavan Lall.

Global hotel chains enter Bharat

Global hotel chains enter Bharat

Rediff.com6 Feb 2019

'Demand in India has been outstripping supply.'

Will Chanda Kochhar take ICICI Bank to court?

Will Chanda Kochhar take ICICI Bank to court?

Rediff.com4 Feb 2019

Most legal experts indicate the former ICICI Bank CEO will take the matter to court. Her contention will be she can't be fired and called guilty without proof.

More skeletons tumble out of Singh brothers' closets

More skeletons tumble out of Singh brothers' closets

Rediff.com29 Jan 2019

Whistle-blowers allege the brothers violated court orders by selling assets like art and real estate worth crores bought by funds from their companies.

Here are the cars that will drive into 2019

Here are the cars that will drive into 2019

Rediff.com14 Jan 2019

From Audi A8 to Honda Civic, here's what the auto industry has lined up in 2019.

The Jaguar F-Type is in a league of its own

The Jaguar F-Type is in a league of its own

Rediff.com6 Jan 2019

The F-Type is geared to take on the likes of the Porsche Boxster, and also some of the smaller sports cars like the BMW M-3 and the AUDI S4

Tanishq is expanding to Bharat

Tanishq is expanding to Bharat

Rediff.com5 Jan 2019

'We are opening stores in towns that are unheard of where the attachment to jewellery is strong and accompanied by the Tata brand pull.'

Jewellers face severe funding crisis

Jewellers face severe funding crisis

Rediff.com14 Dec 2018

The possibility of the slowdown affecting more players is greater if the industry doesn't get access to easier finance in the next six to eight months.

'India should have broad and deep capital markets'

'India should have broad and deep capital markets'

Rediff.com13 Dec 2018

Henry Kravis, co-Chairman and co-CEO of private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR), which has over $195 billion assets under management and a balance sheet of $16 billion visited Mumbai recently for a closed conference where he shared his views on the new governor at RBI, what India needs to fix, and PE's prospects for the long term.

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