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    Fortescue, ATCO partner for hydrogen refueling infrastructure deployment in Australia
    Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) and ATCO Australia have partnered to explore deployment of hydrogen vehicle fuelling infrastructure in Western Australia, Fortescue announced in a press release on 6 April. The two companies will collaborate to build and operate a combined hydrogen production and r...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Varroc extends temporary closure of all Indian factories until 14 April
    Varroc Engineering Limited has stated that it will extend the temporary closures of its production facilities in India until 14 April, according to a notice sent by the company to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 1 April. The shutdown is being extended due to the lockdown imposed by the government of In...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Uno Minda to invest USD4.4 million in Toyoda Gosei Minda JV
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. will transfer its all shares in Toyoda Gosei South India Pvt. Ltd. (TGSIN) to Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd. (TGMIN), a joint venture (JV) between Uno Minda and Toyoda Gosei (TG), in 2020, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 2 April. To this end, Minda Industr...
    02-Apr-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bharat Forge, Rico Auto extends operations suspensions in India until 14 April
    Two Indian suppliers Bharat Forge and Rico Auto have announced extension of suspension of production activities in India until 14 April due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to their regulatory filings on 31 March. Bharat Forge had announced on 23 March about producti...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bharat Gears suspends operations at all plants in India until 14 April
    Bharat Gears has announced that suspension of operations at all its plants in India will continue until 14 April due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according company press release on March 31. It includes plants in Faridabad in Haryana, and Mumbra and Lonand in Maharashtra. ...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive Stampings and Assemblies suspends all production activities in India
    Automotive Stampings and Assemblies Limited has announced that the company is suspending all production activities in India until further notice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a BSE filing by the company on 27 March. “The duration of this sh...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Rico Auto, Hi-Tech Gears, Sandhar, Exide Industries closes production at Indian facilities
    Several automotive suppliers in India have announced suspension of manufacturing operations at their production facilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a regulatory filing, Sandhar Technologies has announced suspension of manufacturing operations at i...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Suzuki Motor extends production suspension at India’s Gujarat plant until 14 April
    Suzuki Motor Gujarat Pvt Ltd has extended its suspension of operations in Gujarat to 14 April, the company said via a press release on 26 March. The company had initially announced suspensions till 31 March. SMG manufactures cars on a contract basis for Maruti Suzuki. This comes after Prime Minis...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: WABCO India suspends all operations till 14 April
    According to a notice provided by auto components manufacturer WABCO to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 26 March, the company has declared that the operations at all plants and offices of WABCO India Ltd. will be put on hold until 14 April. This shutdown was initiated due to the lockdown imposed by the...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renesas says Malaysian operations running at limited capacity
    Renesas Electronics has provided an update on its Malaysian and Chinese operations on 26 March. The company says its Renesas Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. unit has partially resumed operations on 21 March, while Renesas Semiconductor KL Sdn. Bhd. partially resumed operation from 26 March, and I...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Tenneco shuts plants in many Indian cities
    Tenneco has announced that it has shut down its plants in Bangalore, Patiala, and Bhiwadi due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 25 March read. The announcement comes after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi imposed a 21-day lockdown of the entir...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    India-based Lithium Urban partners with Fourth Partner Energy for EV charging services
    Commercial electric vehicle (EV) fleet operator Lithium Urban Technologies has partnered with renewable energy solutions provider Fourth Partner Energy to build charging infrastructure in India, Autocar Professional reported on 19 March. The two companies formed a joint venture (JV) called Shuchi An...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Vishay expects operational issues at facilities in Philippines, Malaysia and France
    Vishay Intertechnology has said that due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company will face operational issues at facilities in Philippines, Malaysia, and France, which will impact deliveries on a series of products. It added that its plants in China continue to return t...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Apollo Tyres, CEAT suspend production in India
    Several automotive suppliers in India have announced the suspension of manufacturing operations at their production facilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Indian tire-makers Apollo Tyres and CEAT have announced their temporary production suspension...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive suppliers in India suspend manufacturing operations
    Several automotive suppliers in India have announced suspension of manufacturing operations at their production facilities to prevent spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Mint reported on 23 March. In a regulatory filing, Minda Corporation said that it is suspending manufacturing ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renault, Toyota, GM, Ford suspend production in India
    Renault, Toyota, Ford, and General Motors (GM) have announced production suspension at their plants in India to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release issued on 23 March, Renault said it temporarily halted production at it’s Alliance manufac...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automakers in India suspend production in many states
    Several automakers in India have announced temporary closures at their production facilities to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 22 March. The country’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki decided to halt operations at its facilities in Gurgaon and Manes...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    BMW confirms Android Auto with OTA updates for Australia by second half of year
    BMW has said that a full wireless version of the smartphone mirroring function with over-the-air updates (OTA) will be available in Australia by the second half of this year, Carsguide reported on 14 March, quoting BMW Australia product planning executive, Prabs Datar. “Any [BMW] already on the...
    Kia recalls 18,091 vehicles in Australia over issue with hydraulic ECU
    Kia Motors has issued a recall of 18,091 vehicles in Australia over an issue with Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 17 March. The recall affects 3,288 units of model year (MY) 2006–09 Kia BL Sorento...
    18-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Magenta Power partners with HPCL to install EV chargers in India
    Magenta Power has partnered with HPCL to install street-lamp-integrated electric vehicle (EV) chargers, ‘ChargeGrid Flare’, in India, Autocar Professional reported on 16 March. The chargers are expected to be launched by April this year. In the first stage, the EV chargers shall be installe...
    Mitsubishi Motors recalls 102,616 vehicles in Australia over issue with tow bar wiring harness
    Mitsubishi Motors has issued a recall of 102,616 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the tow bar wiring harness, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 12 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2015–19 Mitsubishi MQ and MR Triton vehicle...
    16-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Hyundai launches new CRETA SUV in India with over 50 advanced connectivity features
    Hyundai has launched its all new CRETA SUV in India with more than 50 advanced connectivity features. It will feature Hyundai’s Blue Link Advanced Connectivity Solutions, the press release dated 4 March showed. “All New CRETA will feature Blue Link Connectivity, bringing in ‘Hello Blue Link...
    09-Mar-2020 News New Products
    PARTNERSHIP: JLR partners with Tata Power for EV charging infrastructure in India
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has partnered with Tata Power to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in India for JLR customers, Tata Power announced in a press release on 5 March. Under the partnership, JLR will offer end-to-end charging solutions for its range of EVs to be launched i...
    INVESTMENT: Australian state Tasmania to invest AUD50 million to support hydrogen projects
    The Tasmanian Government has announced plans to invest AUD50 million (USD32.6 million) to encourage the development of a hydrogen energy industry in the state, according to a report by The Australian on 2 March. Tasmania's Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan includes AUD20 million for a Tasmanian Renewab...
    03-Mar-2020 News Investments
    EV Motors partners with utility company BSES to set up EV charging stations in India
    EV Motors has partnered with utility company BSES Yamuna Power (BYPL) to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at select locations under jurisdiction of BYPL in and around New Delhi in India. As part of the agreement, EV Motor and BYPL will work jointly to create, operate, and maintain char...
    Birla Carbon, GranBio develop ‘nanocellulose dispersion composite’ rubber for tires
    Birla Carbon and GranBio Technologies have announced the introduction of their patent-pending ‘nanocellulose dispersion composite’ NDC™ rubber for use in tires, Birla Carbon said in a press release on 20 February. The breakthrough in nanocellulose technology for rubber compounds provides a num...
    26-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Varroc Lighting reports fire accident at Indian plant
    Varroc Engineering has reported a fire at its Hinjewadi automotive lighting plant in Pune, India. According to a BSE filing by the company, the fire occurred at Varroc Lighting Systems India Private Limited, a plant that manufactures lighting products for four wheelers in India. “The fire incidenc...
    Honda to shut down production operations in the Philippines
    Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), which produces passenger cars BR-V and City, has announced that it will stop production operations in its plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in the Philippines effective March 2020, the automaker said in a press release on 22 February 2020. Significance: Honda is cons...
    Lumax Industries’ Q3 net profit down 61.1% y/y to USD2.6 million
    Lumax Industries has reported a 61.1% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net profit to INR188.9 million (USD2.6 million) for the third quarter ended 31 December 2019, according to a company regulatory filing in early February. Profit before tax for the period was also down by 59.4% y/y to INR251.9 millio...
    EESL partners with BSNL to set up 1,000 EV stations in India
    State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for installing charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). As per the MOU, EESL will set up public EV charging stations at 1,000 BSNL sites in a phas...
    Imports of lithium-ion batteries in India quadruples between 2016–18 period
    India has quadrupled its import of lithium-ion batteries to between 2016–18 period to 712 million in 2018, compared with 175 million batteries in 2016, Indian-based news site, The Hindu, reported on 9 February. From January 1, 2019, until 30 November 2019, imports touched 450 million. The cost of ...
    Singapore plans to offer subsidies for electric cars and taxis from 2021
    Singapore is planning to offer subsidies for those who buy electric cars and taxis from January 2021 onwards, todayonline.com reported on 18 February, citing deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat. Under the scheme, buyers will get a subsidy of  up to 45% on the additional registration ...
    New Zealand to add up to 110 EV charging stations
    The New Zealand government has announced additional funding to ramp up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the country, Beehive.govt.nz reported on 18 February. The government approved a total of 21 projects that would see the installation of up to 110 EV chargers in more than 20 ar...
    Toyota recalls 1,037 vehicles in Australia over issue with seat belt reminder system
    Toyota has issued a recall of 1,037 vehicles in Australia over a failure of seatbelt reminder system, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 12 February. The recall affects model year (MY) 2015-19 Prius (ZVW50) and Prius V (ZVW40) vehicles. Sig...
    19-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    Tata Power plans to install 700 EV charging stations in India by 2021
    Tata Power plans to increase its network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to 700 by next year, reports Press Trust of India, citing a company official. Currently, Tata Group has 100 fast-charging stations across various cities, including in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad, and...
    Avis India partners with quikk for e-mobility services
    Car rental service provider Avis India has partnered with quikk India to offer corporate electric mobility services, ET Auto reported on 17 February. Under the partnership, Avis India and quikk India have developed an integrated artificial intelligence (AI)-based model that integrates transportation...
    IndianOil partners with Phinergy to develop metal-air batteries
    India-based oil and gas company IndianOil Corporation (IOC) has partnered with Israel-based Phinergy to develop metal-air batteries for automotive industries, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. IndianOil has taken a minority equity stake in Phinergy, and is now in the proce...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Mahindra Electric unveils new 'MESMA 350' architecture for EVs
    Mahindra Electric has showcased its new architecture for electric vehicles (EV), ‘Mahindra Electric Scalable and Modular Architecture 350 (MESMA 350)’ at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, according to a company press release on 6 February. MESMA 350 is a 350 volt powertrain that has been built from t...
    14-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Ford introduces FordPass connected car technology on all models in India
    American carmaker Ford has launched its connected car technology FordPass in India, the Economic Times Daily reported on 13 February. The service will be available on all Ford models in the country. The automaker also says that all BS-VI Ford models will come with a factory-fitted cloud-connected...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Trak n Tell exhibits telematics solutions for EVs
    Trak n Tell has showcased several telematics solutions for electric vehicles (EVs) at the Auto Expo 2020 in India, Autocar Professional reported on 11 February. The solutions help monitor the state of charge, GPS-enabled vehicle tracking, geo-fencing in case of theft or misuse and alert over-sp...
    14-Feb-2020 News New Products
    EESL announces new tender to procure 1,000 EVs
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in India has opened a new tender to procure 1,000 electric vehicles, Autocar Professional reported on 10 February. The tender is for electric sedans with over 180 kilometers range. These should include 750 EVs with three-year warranty, along with a three-yea...
    Lumax Auto signs MOU with Ananda Drive Techniques to make motors, controllers for EVs
    India-based Lumax Auto Technologies Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ananda Drive Techniques, China, to manufacture powertrain products for electric vehicles (EV) including automotive motors and controllers, according to a regulatory filing by Lumax on 7 February. The M...
    Lumax Auto extends JV business with Stanley Electric in India
    Lumax Auto Technologies Limited has announced the extension of its existing joint venture (JV) business with Stanley Electric Co Ltd. in India to include electronics parts and components, ET Auto reported on 12 February. Commenting on the partnership Deepak Jain, chairman and managing direct...
    CEAT starts production at new tire plant in Tamil Nadu, India
    Indian tire manufacturer CEAT opened its new tire production facility in Kanchipuram, near Chennai, according to a report filed by ET Auto. This new greenfield plant is located on a 163-acre site and CEAT is reportedly planning to invest INR 4,000 crores (nearly USD 560 million) over the next decade...
    13-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Motherson Sumi System’s Q3 net profit down 30.4% y/y to USD37.8 million
    Motherson Sumi Systems Limited (MSSL) has reported a 30.4% year-on-year (y/y) decline in consolidated net profit (attributable to owners) to INR2.7 billion (USD37.8 million) for the third quarter ended 31 December 2019, according to a regulatory filing. Revenue from operations in the quarter under r...
    Suzuki Motor JV plans to set up EV battery recycling plant in India
    Suzuki Motor, through its joint venture (JV) Automotive Electronics Power Pvt. Ltd (AEPPL), is planning to set up an electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling plant in India, Autocar Professional reported on 8 February, citing Hisashi Takeuchi, managing officer and deputy executive general manager (gl...
    11-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Tata Power to set up 50 EV chargers in and around India’s capital New Delhi
    Tata Power is planning to install 50 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in and around India’s capital city New Delhi, Press Trust of India reported on 4 February. Tata Power has partnered with EV cab operator Prakriti E-Mobility for the project. The companies will set up 30 slow chargers and five fast...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies concept tire for Maruti Suzuki FUTURO-e EV concept
    The Yokohama Rubber Co Ltd. has developed a concept tire under its fuel-efficient ‘BluEarth’ brand for Maruti Suzuki’s new concept electric vehicle (EV), the Concept FUTURO-e, the Japanese tire-maker announced in a press release on 6 February. Yokohama Rubber developed a concept tire e...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Kia shows Carnival MPV with UVO connected car technology
    Kia has launched the Carnival multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) with its UVO connected car technology at the Auto Expo 2020 in India, a company press release on 5 February read. The MPV contains advanced technologies with UVO Connect, which is Kia’s connected car and infotainment system. UVO Connect ...
    11-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Gestamp showcases lightweighting solutions for EVs
    Spanish metal body manufacturer Gestamp showcased a number of lightweighting solutions for electric vehicles (EV) at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, ETAuto reported on 7 February. The display included hot stamping solutions and the battery box for lithium-ion batteries. Significance: This is the fir...
    Anand Group partners with Far-UK to develop carbon fiber composite parts
    Anand Group and Far-UK, a provider of lightweight structural composite materials, have entered into a partnership to develop carbon fiber composite parts, Anand Group said in a press release on 6 February. “The partnership will explore and create first-to-the-world applications in the automotive s...
    10-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Tata Motors launches BSVI-compliant automatic variant of Harrier SUV
    In a press release dated February 3rd, Indian car maker Tata Motors has introduced the automatic transmission variant of the Tata Harrier. The company also announced that it has opened bookings for its Harrier SUV that is compliant with the BS6 Indian emission norms. This Harrier automatic SUV wi...
    10-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Mahindra unveils all-new 2L direct injection petrol engine
    At the ongoing 2020 Indian Auto Expo outside New Delhi, Indian car manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has revealed its newest line-up of engines. According to motoring publication Autocar India, this new series will feature turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) and will be called mSta...
    10-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Tata Motors unveils Altroz EV, Sierra EV concept
    Tata Motors has showcased its all-electric Altroz electric vehicle (EV) at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, the company announced in a press release on 5 February. The Altroz EV comes with a permanent-magnet AC motor with single-speed gearbox and a high-energy-density battery pack. The Altroz EV has a t...
    07-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Great Wall Motors' Haval introduces Vision 2025 Concept EV
    Great Wall Motors (GWM) has introduced its Haval Vision 2025 Concept electric vehicle (EV) at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, the company announced in a press release on 5 February. GWM said that the sport utility vehicle (SUV) gets features such as face recognition, next-generation 5G in-car info...
    07-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): MG unveils all-electric, connected SUV 'Marvel X'
    MG Motors has unveiled its all-electric, connected sport utility vehicle (SUV) Marvel X at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, the company announced in a press release on 5 February. At the event, MG Motor showcased a total of 14 internet, electric, and autonomous cars across the hatchback, sedan, and util...
    07-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): GWM showcases affordable EV 'Ora R1' and all-electric sedan iQ
    Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors (GWM) has showcased its affordable all-electric hatchback Ora R1 at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, the company announced in a press release on 5 February. According to a report by Moneycontrol, the vehicle is available with two battery options—a 28.5-kWh or a...
    07-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Reliance Jio showcases connected car solution
    Reliance Industries’ telecom unit Jio showcased a connected car system at the Auto Expo in India on 5 February. The solution included information on the vehicle's health, driver's distraction level, and theft alerts. The solution contains an IoT (internet of things) module with an eSIM supporting ...
    07-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Mahindra unveils eKUV 100, eXUV300 EVs
    Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) has launched battery-electric versions of its popular SUVs at the Auto Expo 2020 that is currently being held in Greater Noida, India, the automaker said in a press release today (6 February). The company launched eKUV 100 and eXUV 300 all-electric SUVs, fur...
    06-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Renault unveils K-ZE EV with 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack
    Renault has unveiled its all-electric hatchback K-ZE at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, reports Autocar India. The vehicle is equipped with a 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery which enables a range of 271 kilometers on a single charge, as per New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The battery powers an electric ...
    06-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Waitomo, Hiringa Energy partner to set up hydrogen refueling stations in New Zealand
    New Zealand energy companies Waitomo Group and Hiringa Energy have teamed up to develop New Zealand’s first nationwide hydrogen refueling stations network, according to a press release. The companies have already finalized initial locations for the stations, with plans for a further 20 stations to...
    Mahle plans to manufacture electric drive systems in India
    Mahle plans to manufacture electric drive systems at its facility in Coimbatore in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Autocar Professional reported on 3 February. The company said the new facility will initially produce high-capacity motors and controllers for electric two- and three-wheeler segments a...
    06-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Henkel opens new manufacturing plant in India
    Henkel has opened a new plant in Pune, India, to manufacture adhesives, sealants and surface treatment products, the company announced in a press release on 4 February. Henkel has invested close to EUR50 million (USD55.3 million) in the plant which will cater to various industries including aut...
    05-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Lumax Industries to showcase range of automotive products
    Lumax Industries will showcase a range of automotive products at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020 in India, Autocar Professional reported on 3 February. The company will exhibit automotive lighting, seat structures and mechanism, integrated plastic modules, electricals and electronics, emission control, ...
    04-Feb-2020 News New Products
    India increases custom duty on EVs
    In the latest budget, the Indian government has announced an increase in custom duty for imported electric vehicles (EV) to between 5% and 15%, The Economic Times reported on 1 February. This will increase the cost of EVs which are imported as completely-built units or as knocked-down kits. The cust...
    Mercedes-Benz’s new GLE SUV in India features E-Active Body Control suspension, ADAS
    Mercedes-Benz has launched the latest generation of the GLE featuring long wheelbase, the company said in a press release. The new GLE sport utility vehicle (SUV) comes equipped with E-Active Body Control suspension and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). According to Mercedes-Benz, E-Active ...
    31-Jan-2020 News New Products
    EESL partners with BHEL for EV charging network in India
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has partnered with Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL), a leading engineering and manufacturing company, to set up public charging network for electric vehicles (EV) at highways across India, Autocar Professional reported on 30 January. The companies have signed...
    JK Tyre’s Q3 net profit down 58.9% y/y to USD1.5 million
    JK Tyre has reported a decline of 58.9% year on year (y/y) in net profit to INR109.5 million (USD1.5 million) for the third quarter ended 31 December 2019, the Indian tire-maker said in a regulatory filing on 30 January. The company’s profit before tax declined 48.2% y/y to INR233.1 million. Reven...
    Subaru recalls 721 vehicles in Australia over issue with seat locking mechanisms
    Subaru has issued a recall of 721 vehicles in Australia over an issue with seat locking mechanisms, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 26 January. The recall affects model year (MY) 2019 Subaru Impreza and Subaru XV vehicles. Significance: ...
    30-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Bridgestone appoints Gabriel Asbun Group President of Bridgestone Americas
    Bridgestone Corporation has appointed Gabriel Asbun as member of the board and group president of Americas Tire for Bridgestone Americas (BSAM), the tire-maker announced in a press release on 29 January. Asbun will be based in Nashville, Tennessee, and report to Paolo Ferrari. He will succeed Higgin...
    Tata Motors launches Nexon EV in India
    Tata Motors has launched the all-electric compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) Nexon EV in India, the company announced in a press release on 28 January. The vehicle delivers an Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)-certified range of 312 kilometers. The electric SUV has been priced at INR1...
    29-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Tata Group companies to collaborate to develop EV ecosystem in India
    Tata Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate holding company, aims to set up a complete electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem in India. To this end, Tata Group companies are collaborating to manufacture electric vehicles (EV) and batteries, set up charging stations and build a battery recycling plant,...
    FCA recalls 544 vehicles in Australia over issue with transmission wiring harness
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a recall of 544 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the transmission wiring harness, according to a recall notice on the website of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) earlier this month. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 201...
    29-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Fiat ends production of 1.3L diesel engine in India
    Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India has ended the production of its 1.3L Multijet diesel engine in India, Autocar India reported on 24 January, citing a company statement. Fiat said that Parts will be available at all FCA authorised workshops for the next 10 years for any Fiat vehicle equipped wit...
    Mazda recalls 34,122 affected vehicles in Australia over risk of accumulation of carbon deposits in intake shutter valve
    Mazda has issued a recall of 34,122 vehicles in Australia over a risk of accumulation of carbon deposits in the intake shutter valve, according to a recall notice on the website of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) earlier this month. The recall involves certain model year (...
    27-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Tata AutoComp forms JV with Prestolite Electric Beijing to develop EV components in India
    Tata AutoComp Systems, an auto-component conglomerate, has signed a joint venture (JV) with China-based Prestolite Electric Beijing to design, engineer, manufacture and supply powertrain solutions for the Indian electric vehicle (EV) market, according to a report by ETAuto on 24 January. The JV will...
    MG Motors plans second phase of investments in India to expand production capacity
    MG Motors is evaluating the next-phase of expansion in India, ETAuto reported on 23 January, citing Rajeev Chaba, managing director and president of the company. The automaker is considering setting up a new manufacturing unit to have an additional annual production capacity of up to 200,000 units. ...
    24-Jan-2020 News Investments
    MG Motor launches ZS EV in India
    MG Motor has launched the all-electric ZS EV in India, the company announced in a press release on 23 January. The electric sport utility vehicle has been launched at a price starting at INR2.8 million. Customers who booked the vehicle before 17 January, will get the EV at an introductory price of I...
    24-Jan-2020 News New Products
    CEAT’s Q3 net profit remains stable y/y at USD7.3 million
    Indian tire-maker CEAT’s net profit remained almost stable year on year (y/y) at INR527.9 million (USD7.3 million) in the third quarter of FY 2019/20 ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 22 January. Revenue from operations for the period grew 1.8% y/y to INR17.6 billion....
    Tata Motors launches Altroz hatchback in India with HARMAN-powered infotainment system
    Tata Motors has unveiled its Altroz hatchback with a Harman-powered infotainment system, the automaker said in a press release on 22 January. It features a 17.78-inch touchscreen. The Altroz also contains rain sensing wipers which turn on when it starts to drizzle. Drivers can customize the infot...
    23-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Force Motor develops multi-powertrain platform for vans
    India-based Force Motors developed a multi-powertrain platform ‘T1N’ for vans that is compatible with both internal combustion engines (ICE) and all-electric variants, Autocar Professional reported on 22 January. The electric variant based on the T1N is expected to be available by 2022. “Th...
    23-Jan-2020 News New Products
    MG Motor gets over 2,800 bookings for ZS EV in India within first month of launch
    MG Motor has received over 2,800 bookings for its all-electric ZS EV sport utility vehicle (SUV) in India within the first month of opening of booking, the company announced in a press release on 20 January. MG Motor will cater to 2,409 of these bookings received from the markets where the ZS EV wil...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Maruti Suzuki to showcase electric concept FUTURO-e
    Maruti Suzuki is set to showcase an all-electric concept ‘FUTURO-e- at the Auto Expo 2020 in India next month, the company announced in a press release on 21 January. Further details about the vehicle were not disclosed by Maruti Suzuki. “Concept FUTURO-e resonates Maruti Suzuki’s commitment t...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Prakriti E-Mobility partners with Ridecell for EV cab service in India
    App-based taxi service provider Prakriti E-Mobility has selected US-based Ridecell to be the platform provider for its electric vehicle (EV) cab service in India, Ridecell announced in a press release on 6 January. Under the partnership, Ridecell is a technology partner in India for Prakriti’s app...
    Tata Nexon EV gets certified range of 312 kilometers
    Tata’s latest electric vehicle (EV) offering Nexon EV has received a certification for a range of 312 kilometers from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Autocar Professional reported on 17 January. The Nexon EV is equipped with a 30.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 129 PS permanent-ma...
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    Auto Expo 2020 (India): BorgWarner to showcase clean mobility solutions
    BorgWarner is planning to showcase its range of hybrid and electric vehicle solution at the Auto Expo 2020 in India, the company announced in a press release on 14 January. Display will include exhaust gas recirculation system (EHRS) and additional electric vehicle products such as its latest batter...
    Sumitomo Rubber sets up rubber procurement company in Singapore
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) has established a natural rubber procurement subsidiary ‘Sumitomo Rubber Singapore Pte. Ltd.’ in Singapore, the company said in a press release on 14 January. The subsidiary, scheduled to begin operations in April this year, will take over these procurement...
    Seeing Machines partners with Qualcomm to supply driver monitoring systems
    Seeing Machines has partnered with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to deliver optimized driver monitoring systems (DMS) on high-end infotainment platforms for the global automotive industry, according to a company press release on 8 January. The two companies are working closely on an optimized implemen...
    10-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Bosch plans to cut over two thousand jobs in India due to weak auto sales
    German supplier Bosch will cut “a couple of thousand” jobs in India, according to Soumitra Bhattacharya, the managing director of Bosch. In a report filed by Bloomberg, he said that the job cuts would take place over a 4-year period. He also went on to say that IC-engine vehicles and electric...
    Indian state Kerala to install 131 EV charging stations under central government scheme
    Indian state Kerala is planning to install 131 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state as part of the central government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) Scheme, Mathrubhumi reported today (6 January). Nearly 50 of these charging stations will b...
    Suzuki JV AEPPL plans to invest USD520 million in second phase of EV battery plant in India
    Automotive Electronics Power Pvt. Ltd (AEPPL), a joint venture (JV) among Japanese Toshiba Corporation, Denso Corporation, and Suzuki Motor Corporation, is planning to invest INR37.15 billion in the second phase of its under-construction battery plant in Gujarat, India, Live Mint reported on 1 Janua...
    03-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Sales of electric cars cross 1,300 units in April-November period in India
    Sales of electric cars in India touched 1,309 units during the April to November period, news website ETAuto reported on 28 December. Mahindra e-Verito was the best selling model with 513 units sold during the period. It was followed by Tata Tigor EV with 491 units, Hyundai Kona EV with 280 units an...
    Audi recalls 3,960 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators
    Audi is recalling 3,960 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) said in a statement last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 1998-2000 Audi A6 4B/C5, MY 1998-2000 Audi A8 4D/D2, MY 1997-2000 Audi A4 8D/B5, MY 1999-2000 A...
    02-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    BMW to recalls 2,251 vehicles in Australia over issue with child seats
    BMW will recall 2,251 vehicles in Australia over an issue with child ISOFIX seats, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) said in a statement last week. The recall affects model years 2013 through 2019 BMW X6 and X6M SUVs. According to BMW, using the ISOFIX mounts and addition...
    31-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Hyundai recalls 106,441 vehicles in Australia over issue with airbag control unit
    Hyundai is recalling 106,441 vehicles in Australia over ab issue with the airbag control unit (ACU), according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 17 December. The recall affects model year (MY) 2007-12 Hyundai 130 (FD) vehicles. Significance: In the ...
    31-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    EESL and HPCL sign MoU to install EV charging infrastructure in India
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) to set up a charging infrastructure network for electric vehicles in order to give a boost to electromobility in India. This initiative is being done under the National Electri...
    Kia recalls 3,315 vehicles in Australia over risk of failure of braking assist function
    Kia is recalling 3,315 vehicles in Australia over a risk of failure in the braking assist function, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 24 December. The recall affects model year (MY) 2020 Kia UM Sorento vehicles. Significance: In the affect...
    30-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Renault plans to launch first EV in India in 2021
    Renault is planning to launch its first electric vehicle (EV) in India by the end of 2021, Autocar Professional reported on 26 December citing Venkatram Mamillapalle, country CEO and managing director, Renault India Operations. However, Mamillapalle did not disclose which model the French autom...
    Sterling Tools, Jiangsu Gtake Electric form JV to develop EV components
    Sterling Tools and China-based Jiangsu Gtake Electric have formed a joint venture (JV) in India to manufacture electric vehicle (EV) components, news agency Asian News International (ANI) reported on 24 December. The JV company will function as a subsidiary of Sterling Tools and start production by ...
    India’s Delhi government launches EV policy
    India’s capital territory Delhi has launched a new electric vehicle (EV) policy to increase the adoption of EVs in the city, Autocar Professional reported on 24 December. The government will offer incentives to all classes of vehicles, from 2-wheelers to 4-wheelers, and also for charging infrastru...
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