All stories by Shally Seth Mohile
Korean Auto firm Kia unveils a new brand identity in IndiaRediff.com28 Apr 2021
Close to 60 per cent models that Kia sells in India are top trims of the models. In line with its global strategy, the India arm of South Korean major Kia has dropped 'Motors' from its name. This is to reflect the transition from an automaker to a provider of advanced and eco-friendly mobility solutions, the company said. With a new brand identity and slogan, the fourth-largest car maker in India by sales aims to accelerate growth and strengthen its premium positioning.
General Motors Employees Union challenges layoff of 1,419 at TalegaonRediff.com20 Apr 2021
GM cites global pandemic as reason for the step. Firm had stopped selling cars in India in 2017 and stopped production completely on December 24, 2020.
Maha lockdown: Auto plants in state scale down operationsRediff.com16 Apr 2021
On Day One of the lockdown announced by the Maharashtra Government, it wasn't business as usual for automobile manufacturing units in the State. Confusion prevailed over regulations-what is allowed and what isn't. While some units ran with less than half the workforce, others sought clarity from the government on what is permissible and what isn't.
Auto sales stand at six-year low, shows SIAM dataRediff.com13 Apr 2021
The five-year (2015-16 to 2020-21, or FY21) compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of the overall auto industry is now negative at 2 per cent, against 5.7-per cent growth it saw in the previous five years (from 2010-11 to 2015-16).
Vehicle registration falls 28.64% YoY in March despite low base: FADARediff.com9 Apr 2021
The lockdown in Maharashtra will have a catastrophic impact on April sales, as dealers will not be able to realise the potential of festivities like Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Baisakhi and Poila Boishakh.
Anish Shah is new MD-CEO of Mahindra groupRediff.com27 Mar 2021
When Anand Mahindra becomes non-executive chairman in November, Shah will become the first professional MD and CEO in the history of the Mahindra group to have a complete oversight of and responsibility for the Mahindra group businesses.
Marriott hotels to add 7 new properties in IndiaRediff.com21 Mar 2021
Marriott International is looking to make deeper inroads into leisure destinations as it seeks to make the most of domestic travellers' pent-up demand, said the company's top official. The world's largest hotel operator will add seven new properties in India in 2021, five of which will be in leisure locations - two in Goa, and one each in Mahabaleshwar, Thiruvananthapuram, and Dehradun.
Suzuki Motor charges up for EVs, spells out strategy for the first timeRediff.com10 Mar 2021
Recently, Suzuki Motor Corp (SMC) in an investor presentation expressed strong intent to enter the electric vehicle (EV) space. This is part of a larger strategy the Hamamatsu-based firm has drawn up in developing electrification of technologies as it seeks to achieve carbon neutrality. The significance of this presentation is that it marked the first time that the Japanese carmaker spelt out its EV strategy with well-defined timelines. SMC plans to develop electrification technologies by 2025, fully implement them in products from the same year, and make a full-scale quantitative increase from 2030.
Honda's scooter sales back in the fast lane after a steep declineRediff.com9 Mar 2021
The local arm of the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer accounts for every second scooter sold in India.
Why are luxury carmakers bullish on India?Rediff.com13 Feb 2021
Mercedes-Benz India, BMW India and Audi India have lined up over 50 new model launches as they seek to recoup previous year's loss in volumes, reports Shally Seth Mohile.
'Budget should focus on making manufacturing competitive'Rediff.com29 Jan 2021
'It has the potential to add half a trillion dollars to the economy over the next five years.'
Long, winding road ahead for electric cars in IndiaRediff.com27 Jan 2021
The electric vehicle evolution in India's passenger vehicle market has remained frozen in time and may see limited adoption over the next decade, experts say.
Mercedes to launch 15 new models in IndiaRediff.com21 Jan 2021
The Three-Pointed Star also unveiled its 2021 motto coined as 'Reimagining Excellence', which aims at making the brand more desirable and drawing customers closer.
Mahindra lays off two-thirds of staff at its North American subsidiaryRediff.com14 Jan 2021
Firm attributes move to pandemic and legal spat with Fiat Chrysler, says it is in line with group's strategy to re-think capital allocation and drive efficiency.
Will Tesla's entry boost sale of EVs in India?Rediff.com6 Jan 2021
With only a handful of models by a few manufacturers including Tata Nexon, MG ZS, Hyundai Kona, among others, the segment has remained under tapped.
Want to buy a Lamborghini?Rediff.com2 Jan 2021
A flurry of new models like the Huracan STO, Huracan EVO RWD Spyder will arrive in India in 2021.
Ford, Mahindra to scrap proposed JVRediff.com1 Jan 2021
US auto major Ford Motor Co on Friday said it and India's Mahindra & Mahindra have decided to scrap their previously announced automotive joint venture and it will continue its independent operations in India as it is. The two companies determined that they will not complete a previously announced automotive joint venture between their respective companies. The decision follows the passing of the December 31, 2020 'longstop' or expiration date of a definitive agreement the organisations entered into in October 2019, Ford Motor Company said in a statement.
GM finds Indian roads a bit too bumpy; to cease manufacturing ops on Dec 24Rediff.com23 Dec 2020
In spite of straddling the market with multiple competitively priced models, GM was pushed to the fringes by the rivals from Japan and Korea.
It's raining freebies and discounts at hotels!Rediff.com17 Dec 2020
From free salons to discounted room rates, hotels are offering it all.
Maruti still rules the Indian marketRediff.com16 Dec 2020
With 15 models and a market share of close to 50 per cent, it rules the Indian market, selling almost 1.5 million units every year, rolling out one model every ten seconds.