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Bajaj Auto rides on Pulsar, KTM to soften pandemic blow

Bajaj Auto rides on Pulsar, KTM to soften pandemic blow

Rediff.com2 days ago

The maker of Pulsar and Discover reported a net profit of Rs 1,138.20 crore in the second quarter, compared to Rs 1,402.42 crore a year ago.

Why luxury car market has failed to flourish in India

Why luxury car market has failed to flourish in India

Rediff.com7 days ago

Cars priced above Rs 25 lakh account for 1 per cent in India's 3 million-car market and the share has remained unchanged over the last five years.

Maruti to launch 1 SUV every 6 months till 2023

Maruti to launch 1 SUV every 6 months till 2023

Rediff.com14 Oct 2020

First off the block will be a new multi-purpose vehicle which is being co-developed with Toyota - Suzuki's alliance partner. The model will also wear a Toyota badge.

How Mercedes is gaining speed in a slowing car market

How Mercedes is gaining speed in a slowing car market

Rediff.com1 Oct 2020

From watches and sunglasses to trekking/fitness bicycles, online shoppers seem ready to loosen purse strings.

In India, taxes on cars are among the highest

In India, taxes on cars are among the highest

Rediff.com29 Sep 2020

Cars and two-wheelers attract 28% GST and a cess in the range of 3-22%, taking the effective tax rate to up to 50%.

Mahindra Holidays scouts for acquisitions despite pandemic

Mahindra Holidays scouts for acquisitions despite pandemic

Rediff.com28 Sep 2020

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts plans to have close to 5,300 rooms in the next 3- 4 years from the current 3,700 rooms.

Despite all odds, Bharat to drive Maruti's sales

Despite all odds, Bharat to drive Maruti's sales

Rediff.com25 Sep 2020

Good sowing of kharif crops, better minimum support prices, and fewer Covid-19 cases (in villages) will help the rural growth story to continue, says Maruti.

IS Thar the pinch-hitter Mahindra so badly needs?

IS Thar the pinch-hitter Mahindra so badly needs?

Rediff.com8 Sep 2020

With the Thar, M&M has come full circle. In a market where every other vehicle has an SUV tag, the company plans to stick to its core competence of making rugged, true-blue, all-terrain SUVs, and marks a fresh beginning for the 75-year-old firm that enjoyed an indomitable position in the SUV segment till 2012, reports Shally Seth Mohile.

Planning to buy a car? Forget freebies and cash discounts

Planning to buy a car? Forget freebies and cash discounts

Rediff.com2 Sep 2020

Pandemic-hit auto majors are likely to set aside these time-tested strategies for now, and, instead, focus on attractive finance schemes and an enhanced digital experience.

Big fat Indian weddings to the rescue of 5-star hotels

Big fat Indian weddings to the rescue of 5-star hotels

Rediff.com24 Aug 2020

Hotels are also relying on couples who had earlier planned destination weddings but are now considering options within the country.

End of the road likely for 50,000 trucks

End of the road likely for 50,000 trucks

Rediff.com18 Aug 2020

Consolidation has begun, due to which some are trying to trim the business and others are seeking an exit. The situation would worsen after August 31.

Tata Motors pips Mahindra in vehicle registration

Tata Motors pips Mahindra in vehicle registration

Rediff.com11 Aug 2020

With entry-level cars being preferred amid the pandemic, market leader Maruti Suzuki has strengthened its hold, along with Hyundai Motor India.

12 auto models may be launched this festive season

12 auto models may be launched this festive season

Rediff.com10 Aug 2020

Close to 50 models were launched in India in the past 12 months, but companies have not been able to realise their potential due to the pandemic.

'A third of the hotels might close down forever'

'A third of the hotels might close down forever'

Rediff.com31 Jul 2020

With demand drying up, hotels are surviving on quarantine centres and isolation facilities.

Bajaj Auto to cut entry-level motorcycles by a third

Bajaj Auto to cut entry-level motorcycles by a third

Rediff.com27 Jul 2020

The Pune-based company sells the Platina and CT brands in the entry-level - 100-110cc - segment.

'You can keep locking down endlessly, but what will you do at the end of it?'

'You can keep locking down endlessly, but what will you do at the end of it?'

Rediff.com10 Jul 2020

'We haven't flattened the infection curve, we may have merely smoothened it temporarily.'

Hector flashes made-for-India badge on 1st anniversary in India

Hector flashes made-for-India badge on 1st anniversary in India

Rediff.com9 Jul 2020

Caught in the crossfire of Sino-India border skirmishes and strained by the severe impact of the pandemic on its business, Brand Hector is foregoing the bustle and frenzy for a quiet digital campaign that talks about its British roots, the smart tech powering its drive and its made-for-India models. The tone is subdued and the brand seems to be deliberately playing down its ownership by Chinese company, SAIC.

How Mahindra First Choice plans to spread its wings

How Mahindra First Choice plans to spread its wings

Rediff.com8 Jul 2020

The pre-owned vehicles arm of the Mahindra Group plans to add 30 outlets in a few days taking the total number to 1,000.

Freight rates on key routes zoom on diesel price hike

Freight rates on key routes zoom on diesel price hike

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

This will have an impact on inflation as everyone in the value chain passes on the costs.

As price gap of fuels narrow, diesel cars are less attractive

As price gap of fuels narrow, diesel cars are less attractive

Rediff.com29 Jun 2020

Several carmakers, including car market leader Maruti Suzuki India pulled the plug on diesel models citing higher costs for BSVI variants leaving buyers with limited options.

Auto cos warn against boycotting Chinese products

Auto cos warn against boycotting Chinese products

Rediff.com23 Jun 2020

A knee-jerk reaction, they said, could be detrimental to the fortunes of an industry that is highly dependent on the country given the huge competitive advantage it offers, in terms of cost and speed.

Auto industry recovery looks like a distant dream

Auto industry recovery looks like a distant dream

Rediff.com15 Jun 2020

To be able to tide over the current crisis, automobile manufacturers have waged a war against all cost heads.

Auto sales collapse in May amid lockdown

Auto sales collapse in May amid lockdown

Rediff.com2 Jun 2020

After the easing of lockdown in mid-May, auto companies were able to resume production in a phased manner, but the ramp-up was slow due to a broken supply chain, and lockdown-induced restrictions.

COVID-19: Two-wheeler sales likely to boom

COVID-19: Two-wheeler sales likely to boom

Rediff.com12 May 2020

Besides regular buyers, there is lot of interest among those in essential services, such as health, banking, and IT. The sales will be helped by social distancing becoming the new normal in both urban and rural regions as people will be averse to using public transport.

How hotels in India plan to tide through COVID-19

How hotels in India plan to tide through COVID-19

Rediff.com11 May 2020

Hotels are using a combination of platforms to reach out to the guests. These include online travel agents among others. hotels in India are offering guests an option to pay now and stay later.

Maruti to restart production at Manesar plant on May 12

Maruti to restart production at Manesar plant on May 12

Rediff.com7 May 2020

A clutch of automakers including Maruti Suzuki, Hero MotoCorp, Mercedes Benz India, Eicher Motors, TVS Motor, and Isuzu Motors India announced they had got the clearance from the governments of the states they operate in to resume operations.

How marquee hotels getting ready for post-lockdown biz

How marquee hotels getting ready for post-lockdown biz

Rediff.com24 Apr 2020

Executive lounges with happy hours, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary services have been the norm - but not anymore.

Now, order 5-star meals at home!

Now, order 5-star meals at home!

Rediff.com16 Apr 2020

What India's top restaurants are doing to satisfy your food cravings.

Auto cos see some light at end of lockdown tunnel

Auto cos see some light at end of lockdown tunnel

Rediff.com4 Apr 2020

Once the 21-day lockdown is lifted, which may happen in phases, those who have been contemplating purchasing a car may actually do it, said analysts. Thanks to social distancing norms and rising hygiene awareness, daily commuters may ditch public transport and shared mobility solutions like Ola and Uber. Many are likely to prefer the confines of a car over roughing it up in crowded public transport services such as a metro, local sub-urban trains and buses, they said.

Crippled road transport hits supply of essentials

Crippled road transport hits supply of essentials

Rediff.com1 Apr 2020

The possibility of harassment by cops and fear of the unknown have forced a large number of truck drivers to abandon vehicles at the transport centres and flee home. Transport of goods remains badly hit as confusion remains among various stakeholders and road transport becomes the victim of disconnect between policy makers and local authorities.

India Inc opens its coffers for PM-CARES Fund

India Inc opens its coffers for PM-CARES Fund

Rediff.com30 Mar 2020

From offering office premises that can be converted into isolation wards to earmarking funds to be used for procuring kits, ventilators as well as personal protective equipment for health care workers, India Inc has put a united front to combat the unprecedented crisis facing the country.

Tatas commit Rs 1500 crore to fight coronavirus

Tatas commit Rs 1500 crore to fight coronavirus

Rediff.com29 Mar 2020

The donation by Tata Sons and Trusts is the biggest sum committed by a corporate and its philanthropic arm since the outbreak of Covid-19. Others, including Reliance Foundation, Mahindra Group, Bajaj Group, and ITC, are lending support too in the battle against the pandemic.

Tata Motors to separate passenger car business

Tata Motors to separate passenger car business

Rediff.com28 Mar 2020

The business will also see a change of guard. Shailesh Chandra, president of EV and corporate strategy, will replace Mayank Pareek as president of PV business, including EV, with effect from April 1. Pareek will be superannuating from the company after a six-year stint at the end of February 2021. Chandra and Pareek will work on transition over the next few weeks.

With no food or hope, truckers stranded at borders across the country

With no food or hope, truckers stranded at borders across the country

Rediff.com26 Mar 2020

Some 500,000 drivers and helpers have been left high and dry because of lockdown; many of these trucks are carrying essential goods.

Auto Expo in the time of coronavirus sees fewer brands

Auto Expo in the time of coronavirus sees fewer brands

Rediff.com5 Feb 2020

Owing to the poor market conditions and tepid sentiments, the size of the show has shrunk compared to the last edition, which took place in 2018. A majority of the two-wheeler makers, and several car and commercial vehicle makers, have opted out of this year's show, which opens for the media on Wednesday.

It's 2020, but motown is still in slow lane

It's 2020, but motown is still in slow lane

Rediff.com4 Feb 2020

From Hyundai to Tata Motors, automakers are staring at a bleak future. With no succor provided in the Budget, the pain for companies is likely to continue for the next two quarters.

Chinese auto-makers cross Great Wall, drive into Auto Expo

Chinese auto-makers cross Great Wall, drive into Auto Expo

Rediff.com29 Jan 2020

Chinese automakers Great Wall Motors, FAW Haima Automobile, and Changan Automobile, after dithering about entering India for some years, have been encouraged by the robust sales performance of the late entrants Kia Motors and MG Motors even in a slowing market.

With Bajaj in sidecar, Triumph to jointly roll out bikes

With Bajaj in sidecar, Triumph to jointly roll out bikes

Rediff.com25 Jan 2020

It's the first time in its 178-year-old history that the iconic British motorcycle firm owned by the Bloor family has got into an alliance. Three years after announcement, the two companies formally signed on the dotted lines on Friday for a long-term partnership, which aims to achieve global scale in a segment in which Royal Enfield has head-start.

MG Motors' electric vehicle sold out before launch

MG Motors' electric vehicle sold out before launch

Rediff.com21 Jan 2020

This number is more than the total number (1,071) of electric cars sold in India in calendar year 2019. MG has stopped registrations for the ZS and will cater to 2,409 of the total bookings.

Chinese auto co to acquire GM's Talegaon plant

Chinese auto co to acquire GM's Talegaon plant

Rediff.com18 Jan 2020

The move marks the entry of GWM, one of the largest manufacturers of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups, into the Indian market and a complete exit for GM from the country, two years after it stopped selling cars here.

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