Tata Motors sales up 8% to 48,648 units in September
Posted by on 02 October

Tata Motors sales up 8% to 48,648 units in September

New Delhi: Tata Motors reported an 8% increase in total sales at 48,648 units in September. The company sold 45,215 units in the same month last year. Domestic sales of Tata Motors' commercial and passenger vehicles grew 5% to 42,961 units in September over the same month of the previous year. Sales of passenger vehicles in the domestic market grew 24% to 14,601 units last month as against 11,732 units in the year-ago period, Tata Motors said in a statement. Mayank Pareek, President - Passenger Vehicles Business Unit at Tata Motors, told PTI: "Our sales have been spread across models. While Tiago is doing well, our existing products are also doing well. While Tiago has acted as the pull-factor, other models are also getting good sales, our footfall has increased by 34%." This growth has come in a month, which also happens to have the inauspicious period of Shradh. Sentiments are getting better, interest rates are decent and fuel prices are more or less stable, he added. For the industry, Pareek said in the first half of the fiscal, sales have grown by 12.2% at about 1.49 million units. "Going by this trend, the Indian auto industry could cross the 3 million units mark this year," he added. In the commercial vehicles segment, the company's domestic sales were down 2% at 28,360 units, Tata Motors said. Exports during the month were up 29% at 5,687 units compared with 4,402 units sold in September 2015.
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Maruti clocks biggest monthly sales in September
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Maruti clocks biggest monthly sales in September

New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki, the country’s biggest car maker, has reported its best ever monthly sales in September, growing over 29 per cent in the domestic market as dealers stock vehicles for deliveries in the festive season beginning on Saturday. Maruti’s growth will drive the industry to a strong double digit growth in September. The company, which enjoys a 47 per cent share in the Indian market, sold 137,277 vehicles last month against 106,083 units in the same month last year. All segments of the company have grown by double digits, though the bulk of the growth has come from its utility vehicle segment which includes its latest product, Brezza. The compact segment (Baleno, Swift and Dzire) and mini segment (Alto and Wagon R) have grown 12 and 25 per cent, respectively. Ciaz sales have grown 52 per cent to 6,544 units. The vehicle has consistently sold more than the previous market leader Honda City for last few months. The H1 (April-September) domestic sales growth of Maruti stood at 12.1 per cent. Its exports in September also jumped 54 per cent to 11,822 units.  
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Mercedes-Benz adds GLC to ‘Made in India’ fleet
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Mercedes-Benz adds GLC to ‘Made in India’ fleet

Mumbai: Mercedes-Benz on Thursday announced production of its popular GLC from its Chakan plant in Pune as localization of manufacturing process is increasing among luxury car makers. The car has been priced starting Rs 47.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and officials said along with the costs, local production would reduce the waiting period considerably, especially with the festival season ahead. This is Mercedes-Benz's ninth product to its local production portfolio in India. Piyush Arora, Executive Director (Operations), Mercedes-Benz India said, "We are extremely satisfied with our localisation strategy, which is pivotal to our long-term success in this dynamic market. The rolling out of the 'Made in India' GLC underscores our positive outlook for the Indian market, as we look forward at introducing more locally produced vehicles depending on future market growth." As per the industry statistics, at present market share of premium cars in India is just 1-2% of the total market as compared to about 4-5 % in markets like China. Brazil has penetration of about 2.7% in the luxury car market segment. As per a forecast by IHS Automotive, in 2015, Indian luxury car market grew 6.4% year on year with over 35300 units sold during the period. Sales are expected to grow to 87300 unit sales by 2020-end.  
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Nissan unveils limited edition Datsun redi-Go Sport
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Nissan unveils limited edition Datsun redi-Go Sport

New Delhi: Japanese auto major Nissan has launched Datsun redi-Go Sport, a limited edition variant of its recently launched hatchback redi-Go, priced at Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new variant, which comes with various additional features like rear parking sensor and black interiors, will be available for sale during the festive season. The company named Olympics medal winner Ms. Sakshi Malik as the brand ambassador of the redi-Go Sport. “Datsun redi-Go has redefined the value proposition offered to young achievers in India. Now, we are delighted to introduce the limited edition Datsun redi—Go Sport, which adds a sporty—themed option for customers during the festive season,” Nissan Motor India Managing Director Arun Malhotra told reporters. Nissan had launched redi-Go in the country on June 7 and so far has sold around 14,000 units of the compact car. redi-Go Sport comes with various features, including Bluetooth—enabled music system, remote keyless entry, sporty roof spoiler and graphics, among others. On the overall sales growth of the Datsun brand in India, Datsun India Business Unit Vice—President Jerome Saigot said: “We are growing at 200 per cent after the redi—Go was launched. We are targeting up—country and first—time buyers. So far, we have received good response.” He, however, did not share the exact number of Datsun vehicles sold during the fiscal so far. Asked about the limited edition redi-Go Sport, he said the company has not fixed a definite number, but the vehicle will be available only till the end of November.  
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Hero MotoCorp launches new Achiever 150
Posted by on 26 September

Hero MotoCorp launches new Achiever 150

New Delhi: Hero MotoCorp on Monday introduced the new Achiever 150 priced at Rs 61800 and Rs 62800 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Pawan Munjal, chairman and managing director, Hero MotoCorp, said, "The launch of the new next generation Achiever 150 is a reiteration of our strong focus on developing new, technologically superior and youthful products across segments for our customers in India and across the globe." With this launch, Hero MotoCorp is looking at expanding its presence in the premium 150 cc segment as well, Munjal said.
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Maruti Suzuki introduces ‘MS Dhoni inspired’ Alto spl edition
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Maruti Suzuki introduces ‘MS Dhoni inspired’ Alto spl edition

Hyderabad: Country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Saturday launched 'MS Dhoni inspired' special edition of the Alto small cars. The special editions of Alto800 and AltoK10 cars are part of the carmaker's association with the upcoming movie 'MS Dhoni - The Untold Story' which is based on the life of limited over cricket skipper MS Dhoni. The special edition cars will be available for sale at Maruti Suzuki dealerships from the first week of October 2016. Alto's association with the movie is based on the cricketer's massive popularity which harmonises with the credibility of the car in India, Maruti Suzuki India Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) RS Kalsi said. Dhoni, the movie star cast and Kalsi together unveiled the special editions of Alto800 and AltoK10 here. "As iconic brands both are equally loved and recognised across languages and cultures across India. Alto is the only car brand to cumulatively sell 30 lakh units. MS Dhoni is a living legend of Indian cricket and is recognised for his dynamic leadership style in cricketing world. "The achievements and recognitions of both MS Dhoni and Alto make them the true stars of their own leagues," Khalsi said. Dhoni said he is having tough time with respect to promotions of his biopic. "My part is done. I narrated the story and I did my bit. So now everything comes to the actors. Yes, I am feeling the pressure of the promotion that is going on either we have to travel or music part. "Over all it is journey that I have been through right from the start. So it goes to childhood period when I was in school, how I was playing football and then shifted to cricket and that middle period I was struggling," Dhoni said. As a part of the association, Maruti Suzuki is running a series of customer engagement activities on social media. The special edition Alto has Dhoni inspired sporty seat covers with number "7", MS Dhoni signature decal and body graphics, high end music system, reverse parking sensors, among others, the company said in a release.
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Maruti Suzuki’s exports cross 15-lakh mark
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Maruti Suzuki’s exports cross 15-lakh mark

Mumbai: The country's largest carmaker in terms of sales Maruti Suzuki has crossed the 15 lakh mark in exports, the company said in a release. Maruti Suzuki exports its vehicles to over 100 countries including Europe, Latin America and Africa. The company had started exporting to Europe in 1987-88. The first hits in the international markets for Maruti were the very popular Maruti 800, the Zen, and now the A-Star. Maruti Suzuki said that the carmaker has exported over 3,90,000 Altos to various countries so far. Commenting on the exports' milestone, Maruti Suzuki's Managing director and CEO, Kenichi Ayukawa, said, “we are happy to reach the 1.5 million milestone for our exports. Maruti Suzuki has consistently maintained a presence in international markets, regularly offering new products and reaching out to new countries. Our products like Zen, A-Star, Maruti 800 and Alto have made a mark overseas, including in the most competitive markets of Europe.” Till August, the carmaker had exported 49,721 vehicles, down 14.3% from the 58,025 vehicles exported in the same period last year. In FY16, the carmaker exported 123897 vehicles to its international markets, data released by the company showed. According to the carmaker, in 2015-16, its top five exported models were the Alto, the Swift, the Celerio, the Baleno and the Ciaz. Its top markets for exports were Chile, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Bolivia. Earlier this year, Maruti's new Baleno hatch became the first car from its stable to be exported to Japan. Its newly launched light commercial vehicle, Super Carry, is also exported to South Africa and Tanzania, and will be exported to SAARC countries soon.  
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TVS launches StaR City+, Sport in new colours
Posted by on 19 September

TVS launches StaR City+, Sport in new colours

New Delhi: TVS Motor Company on Monday launched new colour variants for its two brands of motorcycles TVS StaR City+ and TVS Sport. The new colour variants - TVS StaR City+ (Spotlight White) & TVS Sport (Black Silver) have been launched to mark the approaching festive season. With the launch of the new colour variant TVS StaR City+ will be now available in 11 different colour variants - Chocolate Gold, White Gold, Black Gold, Black Silver, Black Blue, Matte Grey, Titanium Grey, Oscar Black, Show-Stopper Blue, Celebrity Scarlett and Spotlight White colour now. TVS Sport will be available in 9 different colour variants - White Blue, White Red, White Green, Mercury Grey, Black Red, Black Green, Team Blue, Red and Black Silver. Arun Siddharth, Vice President, Marketing (Motorcycles), TVS Motor Company said, "We're happy to launch the new colour variants of TVS StaR City+ and TVS Sport in new attractive colours. These colours reflect the flavours of the festive season and enhance the look of these motorcycles." Ever since launch in 2014, TVS StaR City+ continues to be a popular choice among two wheeler buyers. The Spotlight White colour variant of TVS StaR City+ will come with the same tried and tested 109.7cc power mill which is an ideal combination of smooth performance, power and fuel economy. Other features of the Motorcycle include tubeless tyres and digital fuel gauge. The new Spotlight White TVS StaR City+ is priced at Rs. 44,300 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) for Kick Start, Alloy variant and is currently available at all TVS Showrooms across the country. The new Black Silver colour variant of TVS Sport comes with 99.7cc power mill and provides an impressive mileage of mileage of 95km/l under standard test conditions. Some of the other features of the product are all gear electric start, aluminium grab rail, chrome muffler guard and a sporty instrument cluster. The new Black Silver TVS Sport is priced at Rs 36,880 (ex-showroom, New Delhi) for Kick Start, Spoke variant and is currently available at all TVS Showrooms across the country.
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Auto industry can create 65 million new jobs by 2026
Posted by on 17 September

Auto industry can create 65 million new jobs by 2026

New Delhi: According to Heavy Industries Secretary Girish Shankar, the government expects the automobile industry to create 65 million new jobs and clock annual revenues of $300 billion by 2026. “India’s auto industry is one of the largest and most competitive in the world, contributing 7 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product or GDP,” Mr. Shankar said. “We have worked out an Automotive Mission Plan 2026 along with industry, which is aiming for a 12 per cent share in GDP, third position in the world’s auto industry and 65 million additional jobs.” The auto sector is presently facing a lot of challenges in the country, such as the uncertainty around diesel engines forcing players to hold back investment plans, Mr. Shankar said that the passenger vehicle market is still expected to double to 4 million units by 2020 from the current level of 1.97 million. “Our industry still doesn’t cover 100% of technology or components to make the car, but it does provide around 97 per cent. The government is offering high incentives for research and development investments by the automotive industry which has led to many auto makers setting up research centres or expanding existing ones,” he said. While India has become a design hub for global auto makers, especially for compact cars and two-wheelers, the industry needs to respond expeditiously to fresh challenges such as the emergence of driver-less cars, Mr. Shankar said. “There will be a greater demand for newer automotive designs to meet the aspirations of the Indian market,” he said adding that the industry must focus more on tapping the rural market which currently has only a 13 per cent share of passenger vehicle sales.  
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Vitara Brezza tops UV segment in April-August sales
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Vitara Brezza tops UV segment in April-August sales

New Delhi: In just seven months since its launch in March, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd’s (MSIL) Vitara Brezza has not only beaten its competitors in the compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) range such as Ford’s EcoSport, but it has also beaten UV segment like Mahindra’s Bolero in April-August sales. According to company sources, the Vitara Brezza has achieved domestic sales of 41,484 units between April and August, which is higher than Hyundai Motor’s Creta followed close with 39,088 units in the said period based on the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers’ data. What worked for Vitara Brezza was pricing coupled with safety aspects and new features. “Brezza’s balance between style, sportiness and performance has stuck the chord with the customers who have given it an overwhelming response. Brezza sets Maruti Suzuki on a strong footing in the utility vehicle space. We are delighted at the customer response and are trying our best to optimise production to meet the high demand,” RS Kalsi, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), MSIL told BusinessLine. He said some of the advanced features in the vehicle are also one of the reasons to gain the sales momentum. Powered by 1.3-litre diesel engine (DDiS200), the Vitara Brezza is future ready for safety regulations and is one of the first cars in the country to be certified for offset and side impact crash tests which will be enforced in India in 2017. Asked if sales of S-Cross were hit after the Brezza launch Kalsi said, “That’s not correct. S-Cross is a premium cross-over and sales are in line with expectation. Around 2,000 units of S-Cross are sold every month,” he said. Besides, both cars are sold through different retail channel so there’s no question of customer choosing one over another. Customers are clear about their choices, Kalsi added. According the analysts tracking the automobile industry, one of the biggest reasons for Maruti to gain sales of Vitara Brezza, is because of its vast network across the country. MSIL has over 1,700 dealers across the country.  
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