All stories by T E NARASIMHAN
Being 'atmanirbhar' is a mega challenge for auto industryRediff.com1 days ago
Indian auto industry's dependence on China is high and it will continue to be so in the BS-VI era and as the country moves towards electric mobility. Domestic players lack both technological competence and the sheer pricing advantage that support Chinese imports.
As rural economy picks up, tractors see decent salesRediff.com2 days ago
Companies expect to reach full capacity in August after fixing supply chains that collapsed in the months-long lockdown to contain the coronavirus.
Textile firms get ready to stitch 'anti COVID' clothing lineRediff.com5 days ago
To cater to the antiviral fabrics and antimicrobial segment, almost all the Indian big textiles brands, including Reliance, Arvind, Aditya Birla, Donear Group, Raymond, and Siyaram have entered the market. Companies started their journey with reusable masks and PPE kits, and today, they are offering a range of PPE clothing along with fashion and casualwear.
Even before release from jail, Sasikala factor rocks TN politicsRediff.com22 Jul 2020
The big question is: Will her release be a threat to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami? The answer is, while it may give him moments of nervousness, he will not be replaced, say political experts. T E Narasimhan reports.
Car makers rejig products as diesel, petrol prices near parityRediff.com10 Jul 2020
While the share of diesel vehicles sales in the overall passenger car industry has already fallen sharply, sales of CNG vehicles have shown a compound annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent over the past five years.
Jio Platforms deals a big boost for PE investmentsRediff.com2 Jul 2020
Investments totaling over $9.5 billion in Jio Platforms by a clutch of private equity firms, following social media giant Facebook's $5.7 billion mid-April investment in the company, helped overall.
How Hyundai Creta busted the no sales in lockdown mythRediff.com24 Jun 2020
Smart positioning, continued communication and a global design language have played a big role, say experts
Despite anti-China sentiments will Vivo manage to keep ringing?Rediff.com24 Jun 2020
As campaigns against Chinese brands intensify and the virus keeps people indoors, Vivo plays it slow with a digital-first launch plan.
'We will continue with China business'Rediff.com23 Jun 2020
Sundram Fasteners is planning to grow the Chinese venture further expanding on its product range covering fasteners, bearing housings, machined castings.
Auto retail sales down by 88.87% in MayRediff.com12 Jun 2020
At the end of May, out of 26,500 outlets about 60 per cent showrooms and 80 per cent workshops were operational across the country.
Royal Enfield may recall 15,200 units from export marketsRediff.com21 May 2020
This is a precautionary service intervention, and will be undertaken across the UK, rest of Europe and South Korea, the company said.
Used car market heads for boom post-lockdownRediff.com20 May 2020
A study by second-hand car dealer CARS 24 showed 42 per cent of the consumer feel the need for a car to travel safely now. Those who used cabs to commute before the pandemic want to buy a car for the family and a two-wheeler for shorter runs.
Maruti: As people prefer pvt transport, hatchbacks are popularRediff.com18 May 2020
While the company used to report bookings of 4,000-5,000 every day, following the partial lifting of lockdown, in a week, it has received around 6,000.
10 planned Mercedes launches on scheduleRediff.com16 May 2020
'Even during the lockdown, we have received many online enquiries and subsequent bookings.'
Lockdown effect: Rs 3,500 crores stuck in Hindi/Telugu/Tamil moviesRediff.com15 May 2020
'Maybe it's time for Plan B for the film industry.'
Coronavirus spoils the show for media and entertainment businessRediff.com23 Apr 2020
Finding enough shows to air, creating content that gets people to pay and watch and wooing advertisers back into the fold are going to be the biggest challenges the M&E industry faces.
Hyundai plans to go ahead with new launches despite COVID-19Rediff.com19 Apr 2020
Company says work-from-home has been useful; doesn't foresee any delay in launches as it awaits govt clarity on resuming operations.
TVS buys UK's iconic Norton in an all-cash dealRediff.com18 Apr 2020
Founded by James Lansdowne Norton in Birmingham (in 1898), Norton Motorcycles is among the most popular British motorcycle brands of all time.
How Tamil Nadu is fighting Covid-19Rediff.com13 Apr 2020
The state is following surveillance, containment, increasing testing facilities, and ensuring essentials at people's doorstep, among other strategies, reports T E Narasimhan.
Textile industry may lose 25% of its jobsRediff.com10 Apr 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic has completely halted production and new orders, exporters say that payments have also been delayed for the shipments sent before the lockdown. Exporters say some customers are not taking delivery of the shipments because they have shut shop. Ready-made garment players had been hoping for a revival in demand in China but with the virus spreading to Europe, the US and other major markets, there are no orders coming from the major retailers.
Coronavirus suddenly thrusts Medimix into limelightRediff.com24 Mar 2020
Born and sold as a cure for skin ailments, the brand that turned 50 last year has never seen such a massive crush at its shelves.
New Creta gets 14K bookings in 2 weeksRediff.com17 Mar 2020
Offering buyers a car that meets their aspirations & lifestyle needs, the Creta became a style icon. The Creta, which was officially launched on Monday, is a global model, created with an investment of more than Rs 1,000 crore.
At Tirupati, deity's call proves stronger than covid-19 fearsRediff.com15 Mar 2020
According to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), on March 12, 61,652 pilgrims had darshan, after waiting for nearly five hours, compared to 57,352 on March 11, after they waited for nearly eight hours. On February 12, about 61,860 pilgrims had darshan.
Despite high rates, brands get ready to bat for IPLRediff.com27 Feb 2020
For 2020, 13 brands are said to be on board already and advertising rates have been fixed at a premium of 10-15 per cent over 2019.
MG Motor plans to launch affordable EVs shortlyRediff.com21 Feb 2020
Hopes to launch full-size SUV MG Gloster by Diwali 2020, and have four products in the market in one-and-a-half years of its operations in India.
How Tata Motors has used birds in its aggressive branding exerciseRediff.com17 Feb 2020
Be it the name, the design and communication campaign and the engagement processes being imagined between the brand and its buyers, the company is casting its cars in a new mould, reports T E Narasimhan.
Sales of commercial vehicles, two-wheelers to rise from H2Rediff.com12 Feb 2020
Industry representatives have said from the second half of the year, they hope to see revival because the rural economy is looking up and the projects the government has announced.
Despite new launches, Samsung continues to lag behind Xiaomi in IndiaRediff.com7 Feb 2020
It has 18.9 per cent share of the market, down from 22.6 per cent for the third quarter of 2018 while Xiaomi has 27.1 per cent share.
How TikTok is expanding its footprint in IndiaRediff.com5 Feb 2020
Both its short video-sharing apps have ranked as the top two breakout social apps of 2019 in India.
Auto Expo: Despite coronavirus threat no Chinese firm will pull out, says SiamRediff.com30 Jan 2020
Chinese players form a major part, around 20 per cent of the auto expo this year, despite a slowdown in the Indian automobile sector in the last one year. Over two dozen top officials from various companies were planning to participate in the event, besides a group of journalists.
December's auto sales back in redRediff.com22 Jan 2020
While commercial vehicle (CV) sales were the worst hit, down by 21 per cent to 67,793 units from 85,833 units, two-wheeler sales dropped by 16 per cent to 12,64,169 units from 15,00,545 units. Passenger car sales dropped nine per cent to 215,716 units from 236,586 units.
Auto Expo: From concept vehicles to facelifts, over 70 launches are scheduledRediff.com22 Jan 2020
During the six-day-long event, automakers have planned 10 global launches, 26 India specific launches, six concept vehicles, seven facelifts and 21 vehicle unveilings.
Textile hub Tirupur in trouble as world brands cut down export ordersRediff.com5 Jan 2020
MotherCare, the baby and maternity clothes retailer that annually sourced garments worth Rs 100 crore from a single exporter in Tirupur, filed for bankruptcy in the UK and will close all its 79 shops in that country. It was the latest world-famous brand to pull down Tirupur's fortunes.
Chinese investors are suddenly in love with Indian startupsRediff.com2 Jan 2020
Not just from the likes of Alibaba and Didi Chuxing, Indian startups saw a surge in Chinese funding from financial investors in 2019. This is a seven-fold jump from $459 million in 2016.
Isro puts Chandrayaan-2 setback behind itRediff.com27 Dec 2019
The year ended with the launch of the PSLV's 50th mission.
Tamil Nadu polls: A test for AIADMK, DMKRediff.com24 Dec 2019
The new entrants in Tamil Nadu politics, actor-turned-politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, have decided to stay away from the elections, reports T E Narasimhan.
BS-VI effect: Auto firms see PV sales rising in DecemberRediff.com23 Dec 2019
A nationwide and compulsory switch to BS-VI is due from April 1, 2020. Amid increase in input and other costs, companies had decided to increase the price of their vehicles from January 2020. This is expected to push sales of passenger vehicles by 2 to 4 per cent in December; reportedly, bookings are in that range.
M&M succession plan: Change of role for Anand MahindraRediff.com21 Dec 2019
Mahindra will serve as a mentor and sounding board for the managing director on issues to be presented to the board, especially in the areas of strategic planning, risk mitigation and external interface. In addition, he will be available to provide feedback and counsel to the managing director on key issues facing the enterprise.
Yamaha aims to treble India market shareRediff.com21 Dec 2019
'We are bullish about India.'
Dabangg Effect: Pepsi puts the fizz back in Brand SalmanRediff.com18 Dec 2019
Pepsi is betting on Dabangg 3's box office success.