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    MG Motor unveils all-electric ZS EV in India
    MG Motor has unveiled its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) eZS in India, The Economic Times reported on 5 December. The MG eZS comes with a 143 PS power output and a 44.5-kWh battery, which will give it a range of over 300 kilometers. The electric SUV will be launched next mon...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz commences battery production in Thailand
    Mercedes-Benz has started production of batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) at its Bangkok plant in Thailand, the company announced in a press release on 4 December. Mercedes-Benz and its local partners, Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP) and Thonburi Energy Storage Systems (TESM), h...
    05-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Hubject partners with Penta for secure EV charging services
    Hubject has entered into a partnership with Penta Security to enable standardized secure communication between electric vehicles and charging stations, Hubject announced in a press release last month. Hubject and Penta Security, both Vehicle to Grid (V2G) Root Certificate Authorities (V2G Root CAs),...
    Tata Motors, Google collaborate to launch Tata Altroz Voice BoT
    Tata Motors has announced a collaboration with Google to launch a voice bot for its Altroz hatchback, the automaker said in a press release on 3 December. The Tata Altroz Voice BoT is designed to guide customers on the car’s features and specifications and is useful in the entire process of boo...
    04-Dec-2019 News New Products
    ChargeFox opens new ultra-rapid EV charging station in Australia's New South Wales
    ChargeFox has opened a new ultra-rapid charging station in Sydney, the first in New South Wales (NSW), the company announced in a press release on 29 November. The station is located in Zetland’s East Village Shopping Center. “From day one, our vision has been to see 100% of road travel powered ...
    Ecopro BM partners with Blackstone Minerals for battery materials
    South Korean battery cathode  maker Ecopro BM has partnered with Blackstone Minerals for battery materials for lithium-ion batteries, Blackstone Mineral announced in a press release today (2  December). Ecopro BM and Blackstone have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) un...
    Audi recalls 11,140 vehicles in Australia over incorrectly fastened wheel arch covers
    Audi has issued a recall of 11,140 vehicles in Australia over incorrectly fastened wheel arch covers, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 28 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017–2020 Audi Q5 vehicles. Significance: In the affe...
    29-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    EESL partners with SDMC to set up EV charging stations in India's capital city New Delhi
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has partnered with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in New Delhi in India, news website ETAuto reported on 27 November. The two companies will install around 75 charging stations in the SDMC area, ove...
    Toyota recalls 683 vehicles in Australia over issue with hazard lamps
    Toyota has issued a recall of 683 vehicles in Australia to fix an issue with hazard lamps, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 27 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017-2019 Toyota Coaster XZB70 vehicles. Significance: The ACCC no...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Hyundai to set up new manufacturing facility in Indonesia
    South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company has announced its plans to set up its first ever production facility in Indonesia, according to a press statement issued on November 26th. The company entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Indonesia to build...
    28-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Tata Motor’s upcoming Nexon EV to offer over 30 connected car features
    The Nexon, Tata Motors’ upcoming electric vehicle (EV), will carry more than 30 connected car features, according to information on the automaker’s website. The features include location-based services, vehicle health monitoring, alerts, safety, and security. Tata adds that the EV will offer pre...
    28-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Minda Corp’s Q2 net profit down 27.5% y/y to USD5 million
    Minda Corporation has reported a 27.5% year-on-year (y/y) decrease in net profit to INR355.1 million (USD5 million) for the second ended 30 September 2019, according to a regulatory filing on 6 November. The company recorded 35.8% y/y decline in profit before taxes (PBT) to INR421.3 million. Minda C...
    Porsche recalls 2,348 vehicles in Australia to reprogram instrument cluster software
    Porsche has issued a recall of 2,348 vehicles in Australia to reprogram instrument cluster software, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 26 November. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2017-2020 Panamera (971) and MY 2018-202...
    27-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz partners with Chargefox for EV charging services in Australia
    Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Chargefox to offer free fast charging to EQC owners in Australia for five years, Chargefox announced in a press release on 25 November. EQC owners will have to register their vehicle details in the Chargefox app, after which owners will be able to see all of the free...
    Honda’s new City sedan features latest generation of Honda CONNECT infotainment system
    Honda has launched the fifth generation of its entry-level sedan City in Thailand with the latest Honda CONNECT infotainment system, the company said in a press release on 25 November. It includes premium functions such as a multi-information display (MID) with illumination, 8-inch advanced touch di...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 780 vehicles in Australia over issue with trim divider of rear door windows
    Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall of 780 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the trim divider of the rear door windows, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 21 November. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2019 Mercedes-Be...
    26-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    MRF’s Q2 net profit down 17.7% y/y to USD32.4 million
    MRF’s consolidated profit from continuing operations declined 17.7% year on year (y/y) to INR2.2 billion (USD32.4 million) in the second quarter ended 30 September 2019, the Indian tire-maker said in a regulatory filing on 8 November. The company’s profit before taxes (PBT) also declined 16.2% y...
    Minda Industries’ Q2 net profit down 32% y/y to USD7 million
    Minda Industries, the flagship company of the Indian auto parts supplier Uno Minda Group, has reported a 32% year-on-year (y/y) decrease in net income to INR494.4 million (USD7 million) for the second quarter ended 30 September 2019, the company said in a regulatory filing on 14 November. The compan...
    Lumax Industries’ Q2 net profit down 3.7% y/y to USD2.8 million
    Lumax Industries has reported a 3.7% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net profit to INR200.8 million (USD2.4 million) for the second quarter ended 30 September 2019, according to a company regulatory filing on 12 November. Profit before tax for the period grew by 1.9% y/y to INR264.6 million. The compa...
    MG Motors and Fortum set up fast EV chargers in India’s NCR region
    MG Motor and Fortum Charge & Drive India have installed four electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers in the NCR region in India, the company announced on 19 November. As part of the partnership, a 50 kW charger was unveiled at MG’s flagship showroom at Gurugram. The other three stations have been ...
    Wheels India plans to open cast aluminum plant in India during next fiscal
    Steel wheels manufacturer Wheels India has announced plans to open a new manufacturing unit to produce cast aluminum in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, according to a report by ET Auto earlier this month. The company intends to invest INR1.4 billion (USD19 million) in the new plant. Significance:...
    20-Nov-2019 News Investments
    BYD to supply 50 electric T3 vans to logistics operator Eto Motors in India
    The Indian arm of Chinese electric vehicle (EV) major BYD will supply electric cargo vans to logistic player Eto Motors. According to a report by Autocar Professional on 14 November, BYD has received an order from India’s Eto Motors, an electric fleet operator, for supply of 50 units of BYD’s el...
    Stanley Electric acquires shares in Pakistan-based automotive lights supplier Electropolymers
    Stanley Electric has acquired shares in Pakistan-based automotive lights supplier Electropolymers (Private) Limited, the Japanese supplier announced on 7 November. The company informed that it received a portion of shares by means of a third-party allotment implemented by Electropolymers, bringing i...
    Stanley Electric establishes production base for automotive lights in Philippines
    Stanley Electric has established a new production base for automotive lights in the Philippines, according to a company press release last month. The company announced the establishment of a production subsidiary in the Philippines following a series of talks with Germany-based HELLA, one of its bus...
    Tata Power partners with self-drive car rental company Zoomcar in India for EV fleet
    Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (Tata Power-DDL) has joined hands with Zoomcar, an India-based self-drive car rental company for electric vehicle (EV) fleets, according to a company press release on 13 November. The company has rolled out a pilot project with Zoomcar in a phased manner under which...
    Motherson Sumi’s Q3 net profit up 3.6% y/y to USD54.5 million
    Motherson Sumi Systems Limited (MSSL) has reported a 3.6% year-on-year (y/y) growth in consolidated net profit (attributable to owners) to INR3.8 billion (USD54.5 million) for the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, according to a regulatory filing on 11 November. Revenue from operations in the q...
    Varroc Engineering’s Q2 net profit down 76.9% y/y to USD3.2 million
    Varroc Engineering has reported a decline of 76.9% year on year (y/y) in net profit to INR229.4 million (USD3.2 million) for the second quarter ended 30 September 2019, according to a regulatory filing on 12 November. Revenue from operations for the period declined 9.9% y/y to INR27 billion. Operati...
    ZF inaugurates new facility in Vietnam to produce chassis modules
    German gearbox and chassis components manufacturer ZF has opened its newest production facility in the city of Hai Phong, Vietnam, according to a press release dated November 11th. This new EUR25 million (approximately USD28 million) plant will provide chassis module sets to Vietnamese automotive ma...
    Mahindra recalls certain XUV300 SUVs in India to fix faulty suspension parts
    Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is recalling a limited batch of XUV300 vehicles in India to fix a faulty suspension component, according to a report by The Economic Times on 4 November. The recall affects certain compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that were manufactured up until 19 May 2019. Th...
    12-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Subaru recalls 25,329 vehicles in Australia over issue with PCV valve
    Subaru is recalling 25,329 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the aluminum positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 4 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017-2019 Subaru Impreza and MY 2018...
    12-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    BMW recalls 12,663 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators
    BMW is recalling 12,663 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 7 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 1997-2000 BMW E46 3 Series vehicles. The recall affects vehicles fitted with drive...
    12-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Volvo recalls 2,045 vehicles in Australia over issue with engine valve
    Volvo is recalling 2,045 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the engine valve, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 8 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2016-19 Volvo V40, S90, V90 Cross Country and XC90 vehicles. The recall affec...
    11-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Subaru recalls 54,715 vehicles in Australia over improper engine control module programming
    Subaru is recalling 54,715 vehicles in Australia over improper engine control module programming, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 1 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017-19 Subaru Impreza, and MY 2018-19 Subaru XV vehicles. S...
    08-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Exide Industries' Q3 net profit up 16.1% y/y to USD35 million
    India-based battery supplier Exide Industries has reported a growth of 16.1% year on year (y/y) in its profit after tax to INR2.5 billion (USD35 million) in the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, the company announced in a press release on 6 November. Exide Industries’ revenue from operations ...
    Apollo Tyres Q2 net income drops 43% y/y to USD11.7 million
    India-based Apollo Tyres has reported a 43.7% year-on-year (y/y) drop in net profit to INR830.7 million (USD11.7 million) for the second quarter ended 30 September, according to a company regulatory filing on 5 November. The Indian tire-maker reported a 6.3% y/y decline in sales to INR39.2 billion. ...
    JK Tyre’s Q2 net profit up more than triples y/y to USD24 million
    JK Tyre has reported a more than threefold jump year-on-year (y/y) in net profit to INR1.7 billion (USD24 million) for the second quarter ended 30 September 2019, the Indian tire-maker said in a regulatory filing on 30 October. The company’s profit before tax declined 68.3% y/y to INR216.3 million...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    MG Motor rolls out first OTA software update for Hector SUV in India
    MG Motor has rolled out its first over-the-air (OTA) software update in the Indian market for its Hector SUV, the carmaker said in a press release on 21 October. The software update will contain new features including Apple CarPlay. The carmaker will roll out the update to the cars in batches. MG...
    29-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Lighting Suppliers strategy: Outlook
    ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and AD (autonomous driving) are now some of the main reasons for the automotive industry to improve safety for drivers and road users. Technologies such as laser, digital projections, and LED matrix are gathering momentum in the industry for both exterior an...
    Schaeffler India appoints Sanjeev Saxena as Automotive President
    Schaeffler India has appointed Sanjeev Saxena as the new Automotive President, according to a company press release on 23 October. In his new role, Saxena will be responsible for the Automotive business of Schaeffler in India. Operating out of the company headquarters in Pune, he will report to Hars...
    Intelligent braking: Trends and drivers
    Vehicle systems today are increasingly attempting to reduce driver dependence in the event of a crash, apart from day-to-day driving. Braking systems are also being looked at from a critical eye in this respect, in order to further the safety cause in an imminent autonomous future. No longer looking...
    Toyota working with Suzuki to launch compact BEV in India
    Toyota has confirmed that it is planning to launch a compact battery electric vehicle (BEV) along with Suzuki in India, The Economic Times reported on 22 October, citing Shigeki Terashi, executive vice president, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). “India is, of course, one of the countries we have in...
    The challenges EV start-ups are facing
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) totaled more than 2 million units in 2018, a 63% increase from the previous year, according to the IEA’s Global EV Outlook 2019. PEVs accounted for 2% of global light-vehicle sales in 2018, which is a quantum jump from 0.3% in 2015. If recent announcements ...
    Indian state Odisha plans to offer subsidies to EV buyers, manufacturers
    To promote electric vehicles (EVs), India’s Odisha state government plans to offer subsidies and incentives to both EV manufacturers and buyers, according to a report by Times of India on 22 October. The government has asked the finance department to finalize the size of subsidies and incentives f...
    CEAT’s Q2 net profit down 30.3% y/y to USD6.2 million
    Indian tire-maker CEAT has reported a 30.3% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net profit to INR439.8 million (USD6.2 million) for the second quarter ended 30 September 2019, according to a regulatory filing by the company on 22 October. Revenue from operations for the period stood at INR16.9 billion, do...
    Indian government places orders of Hyundai Kona electric SUVs
    The Indian government has placed orders with Hyundai for its new Kona electric compact SUVs for its officials, the local newspaper Mint reported today (21 October). According to the report, some government officials, including Power and Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh and chairman and mana...
    Exide to start assembling lithium-ion batteries at Indian plant from December
    Exide Industries Ltd. plans to start assembling lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries at its Indian plant in Gujarat in December, according to a report by Press Trust of India on 17 October, citing a company official. "We will begin assembling lithium-ion batteries from imported cells of China in December ...
    Indian state West Bengal plans to offer subsidy to covert diesel taxis to electric
    The West Bengal state government has planned to phase out diesel taxis and replace them with electric cabs or e-cabs in a bid to phase out vehicles emitting noxious smoke, according to a report last month by ET Auto, citing a senior official. The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) in c...
    Volkswagen recalls 63,214 vehicles in Australia over issue with transmissions pressure accumulator
    Volkswagen is recalling 63,214 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the transmissions pressure accumulator, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 15 October. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2009-2015 Golf, MY 2009-2015 J...
    17-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 107 vehicles in Australia over issue with electric line for power supply of coolant pump
    Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall of 107 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the electric line for power supply of coolant pump, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 17 October. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2018-201...
    17-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Delhi city government in India to reserve site for EV charging stations at parking lots under new policy
    In a bid to curb pollution and promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Delhi, India, the municipal corporations in Delhi are now mulling over reserving spots and setting up charging stations in parking lots, according to a report by the Economic Times on 16 October. South Delhi Municipal Corp...
    AEPPL signs MoU to set up lithium-ion battery plant in Indian state Gujarat
    Automotive Electronics Power Private Ltd (AEPPL),  a joint venture (JV) between Japanese Toshiba Corporation, Denso Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Indian state Gujarat to set up a lithium-ion battery plant, reports...
    16-Oct-2019 News Investments
    Mazda recalls 35,476 vehicles in Australia over premature wear of certain engine components
    Japanese auto maker Mazda has issued a recall of 35,476 vehicles in Australia over premature wear of certain engine components, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 10 October. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2014-2016 Mazd...
    15-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Maruti Suzuki collaborates with five start-ups for automotive IoT, AI solutions
    India’s biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has picked five start-ups to develop automotive, internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) concepts into real-time applications, it said in a press release on 14 October. This is under Maruti’s Mobility & Automobile Innovation Lab (MAIL)...
    15-Oct-2019 News Investments
    Hyundai recalls 8,185 vehicles in Australia over oil leakage risk
    Hyundai is recalling 8,185 vehicles in Australia over an oil leakage risk, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 9 October. The recall covers model years 2010-2013 Hyundai iX35 2.4L vehicles. Significance: In the affected vehicles, oil may lea...
    10-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 13,768 Lexus vehicles in Australia over issue with front airbag inflators
    Toyota is recalling 13,768 vehicles in Australia over an issue with front airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 3 October. The recall affects 12,179 units of model year (MY) 2005-2012 Lexus IS 250 (GSE20); 1,281 units of MY 2010...
    10-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Tata Motors launches extended range Tigor EV
    Tata Motors has launched the extended range version of its all-electric Tigor EV in India, starting at INR944,000 (USD13,288), the company announced in a press release on 9 October. The electric vehicle (EV) is now available for both fleet and personal segment customers. The compact sedan now has a ...
    10-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Maruti Suzuki India cuts production by 17.48% y/y in September
    Indian automaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) reduced its production in September by 17.48% year on year (y/y), making it the eighth straight month that the automaker has lowered its output, the company said in a regulatory filing on 8 October. The automaker produced a total of 132,199 un...
    Toyota recalls 2,714 vehicles in Australia to replace fuel pipe
    Toyota is recalling 2,714 vehicles in Australia to replace the fuel pipe, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 8 October. The recall affects 1,899 units of model year (MY) 2019 Land Cruiser Prado (GDJ150), 576 units of MY2019 Hiace (GDR300 and G...
    09-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Minda Industries to acquire German lighting design and engineering company Delvis
    Minda Industries Ltd. (MIL) has entered into a definitive agreement with Germany-based automotive lighting design and engineering company, Delvis Gmbh, to acquire a 100% stake in the latter, according to a regulatory filing on 8 October 2019. The transaction is valued at EUR21 million (USD23 million...
    Jaguar Land Rover recalls 590 vehicles in Australia over issue with windshield wiper washer jets
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is recalling 590 vehicles in Australia over an issue with windshield wiper washer jets, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2020 Range Rover Evoque vehicles. Significance: In the a...
    08-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    India has potential to become one of the largest EV markets in the world, says report
    India has the potential to be one of the biggest markets for electric vehicles (EV) globally, Live Mint reported on 3 October, citing a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Ola Mobility Institute. The report said that 10 states and union territories (UT) have taken the lead in building p...
    Hyundai records strong demand for Kona EV in India
    Hyundai has witnessed strong demand for its all-electric Kona in India and has recorded cumulative bookings of 300 units since the vehicle was launched in July last year, Moneycontrol reported on 25 September. According to the report, the electric vehicle (EV) has been sold out for 2019. “We ha...
    Government of India modifies EV charging station norms
    The government of India has modified its guidelines for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the country, The Economic Times reported on 4 October. Under the new guidelines, there will be at least one charging station to be available in a grid of 3km x 3km in cities and one charging...
    Mitsubishi Electric to establish new plant in India
    Japanese firm Mitsubishi Electric made an announcement today that the company will commence construction of a new facility in the state of Gujarat, India. The plant will be based within the premises of the company’s subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive India Pvt Ltd. (MEAI). Signific...
    Tata to launch Nexon EV with recently unveiled Ziptron technology
    Tata will first launch its new electric vehicle (EV) powertrain technology ‘Ziptron’ in the Nexon EV in the fourth quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2019–20, the company announced in a press release on 3 October. The electric compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) will target a range of about 300 kilom...
    04-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Impact of increasing sensor fitment on the in-vehicle network
    ADAS for Autonomous Driving is the major force for the automotive in-vehicle networking sensor market; especially for image and radar sensors. These devices are being integrated into several interior and exterior components of the vehicle, including radar into bumpers and grills, and image sensors i...
    Chargefox announces locations for 22 new EV charging stations in Australia
    Chargefox has announced the locations for 22 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Australia, the company announced in a press release on 26 September. Five of these 22 stations are already operational. All ultra-rapid stations will be powered by 100% renewable energy. The 22 stations conne...
    Mercedes-Benz announces plan to offer connected car features in India in three phases
    Mercedes-Benz India has said the launch of connected car features ‘Mercedes me connect’ in three phases, according to a company press release. The Mercedes me Adapter will be launched in phase 1. The Mercedes me Adapter app includes 14 unique features such as vehicle health, online appointmen...
    03-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Mazda recalls 397 vehicles in Australia for inspection of fuel tank
    Japanese auto maker Mazda has issued a recall of its hatchback in Australia over a potential issue regarding its fuel tank. Significance: The vehicle affected in this recall is the MY2018 Mazda2 hatchback. Mazda says the reason is that a fuel tank potentially exceeds the manufacturing dimens...
    03-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Hyundai launched MY2019 Elantra in India with 34 'Hyundai Blue Link' features
    Hyundai Motor India has unveiled 34 Hyundai Blue Link features in its BS6 compliant sedan—the 2019 Elantra—the company said in a press release on 27 September. Out of the 34 Blue Link features, 10 are exclusively India specific, the carmaker added. “The seamless connectivity especially on t...
    02-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Datsun offers CVT technology in Go and Go+ models in India
    Japanese car maker Nissan’s sub-brand Datsun has recently announced new versions of their Go hatchback and the Go+ station wagon for the Indian automotive space. These vehicles, when launched a few years ago, heralded the rebirth of the Datsun brand. Significance: The company announced that the...
    02-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Minda Corp announces resignation of CFO Sanjay Aneja
    Minda Corporation’s current chief financial officer (CFO) Sanjay Aneja has resigned from the company, effective 25 September, according to a report by ET Auto on 26 September. Minda Corp, a part of Spark Minda Group, has appointed Laxman Ramnarayan as the new CFO with effect from 26 September. ...
    EV battery maker Northvolt to source lithium hydroxide from Tianqi Lithium
    Swedish battery maker Northvolt has signed an agreement with China-based Tianqi Lithium to source lithium hydroxide, Reuters reported on 24 September citing a filing by Tianqi Lithium on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The supply will be from Tianqi Lithium’s Australia unit ‘Tianqi Lithium Kwinana...
    Volkswagen recalls 7,847 vehicles in Australia over defective airbags
    Volkswagen (VW) is recalling 7,847 vehicles in Australia over defective airbags, according to a notice by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 25 September. The recall affects model year (MY) 2010–15 Polo A5 (front driver’s side inflators), MY 2010–14 Eos (front ...
    25-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Tata Motors unveils new EV powertrain technology 'Ziptron'
    Tata Motors has unveiled its new electric vehicle (EV) powertrain technology ‘Ziptron’ for its electric cars, the company announced in a press release on 19 September. Ziptron comprises an efficient permanent magnet AC motor providing superior performance on demand, advanced dust-proof...
    20-Sep-2019 News New Products
    BMW recalls 7,909 vehicles in Australia over airbags issue
    BMW is recalling 7,909 vehicles in Australia over defective airbags, according to a notice by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). The recall affects model year (MY) 2002–03 BMW 5-Series, MY 2001–06 BMW 3-Series, and MY 2003 BMW X5 vehicles. Significance...
    20-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Honda recalls 8,122 vehicles in Australia to replace defective airbags
    Honda has issued a recall of 8,122 vehicles in Australia to replace defective airbags, according to a notice by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). The recall affects 6,271 units of model year (MY) 2001–07 Honda Accord and 1,851 units of MY 2003–06 Honda MDX vehicle...
    20-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Indian state Tamil Nadu unveils EV policy
    In a bid to promote adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), the Indian state Tamil Nadu has unveiled its EV policy called ‘Tamil Nadu Electric Vehicle Policy 2019’, according to a press release on the official website of the government of Tamil Nadu on 16 September. The policy offers a slew of sops...
    Tata Motors partners with what3words to offer enhanced navigation in India
    Tata Motors has tied up with what3words for navigation services in India, where drivers can enter a three-word address by voice or text input, then navigate to the exact location, the automaker said in a press release on 17 September. Drivers will be able to enter the destinations in 36 differe...
    19-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    Toyota recalls 82,756 vehicles in Australia airbags issue
    Toyota is recalling 82,756 vehicles in Australia over defective airbags, according to a notice by Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 15 September. The recall affects model year 2001-2003 Toyota Avensis ACM20; MY 2001-2007 Corolla ZZE122; MY  2003-2005 Corolla ZZE123; and...
    16-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Vedanta Aluminium launches ‘Primary Foundry Alloy’ for auto industry
    Vedanta Aluminium has launched ‘Primary Foundry Alloy’ (PFA) for the Indian automotive industry, according to a report by Autocar Professional on 14 September. The company has become the "first primary aluminum producer" to supply the raw material for alloy wheels in the country with the unveili...
    BMW, DRÄXLMAIER Group open new PHEV battery plant in Thailand
    BMW and DräxlmaierGroup have opened a new battery plant in Thailand to manufacture plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) batteries, the automaker announced in a press release on 10 September. BMW Group Thailand launched the local assembly lines in July 2019 at the Dräxlmaier Group plant in WHA Chonburi In...
    12-Sep-2019 News Investments
    Teijin opens new resin compound plant and technical center in Thailand
    Japan-based Teijin Limited has commenced operations at its ASEAN compound plant and technical center in Thailand, the company said in a press release on 10 September. The new plant and research and development (R&D) facility is located at Teijin Corporation (Thailand) Limited in Bang Pa-in Indus...
    11-Sep-2019 News Investments
    EESL signs agreement with India’s Apollo Hospitals to install EV charging stations
    The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Apollo Hospitals Enterprises, which operates a chain of super-specialty hospitals in India, to install public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its premises across the country, The Press Trust ...
    Mahindra & Mahindra acquires 55% stake in Meru Cabs in India
    Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has agreed to acquire 55% stake in local car rental company Meru Cabs, the company said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 31 August. M&M will pay INR1.03 billion (USD14.25 million) for the controlling stake in Meru. The paym...
    Chargefox teams up with BMW to offer i3 owners in Australia three-year charging subscription
    Chargefox has partnered with BMW to provide customers of the BMW i3 and i3120 Ah in Australia with a convenient charging solution, the company said in a press release on 3 September. According to the partnership, the i3 (and i3 120 Ah) owners will get a three-year subscription to charge their electr...
    Schaeffler India opens new corporate headquarters in Pune city
    Schaeffler India Limited has opened a new corporate office in Pune, India, according to a company press release on 3 September. Commenting at the inauguration, Dharmesh Arora, CEO of Schaeffler India said, “This is a significant milestone as we continue our One Schaeffler India journey of lever...
    Audi introduces ‘myAudi Connect’ app in India
    Audi has launched its ‘myAudi Connect’ map in India to drive up its digitalization in the country, the automaker said in a press release on 2 August. The ‘myAudi Connect’ app comes with features such as car tracking, geo fencing or time-based curfew along with disturbance in case of any inci...
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    India’s Sona Group partners with Comstar Automotive to develop EV focused automotive technology platform
    India-based Sona BLW Precision Forging Ltd. and Blackstone’s automotive portfolio company Comstar Automotive Technologies Ltd. have announced the completion of a transaction that forges a partnership between the firms, Blackstone said in a press release on 30 August. The partnership will create an...
    Renault launches Triber in India with MediaNav Evolution connected infotainment, fully-digital LED instrument cluster
    Renault has launched its Triber multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) for the Indian market, the automaker said on 28 August. The vehicle features the automaker’s MediaNav Evolution connected multimedia system with an eight-inch touchscreen. The multimedia system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and An...
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    Mercedes-Benz recalls 675 vehicles in Australia over issue with active brake assist software
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 675 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the brake assist software, according to a notice by Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 29 August. The recall affects model year 2019 GLE, CLA, C, E, and S Class vehicles. Significance: In the affected ...
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    MG Motor partners with Delta Electronics to set up EV charging infrastructure in India
    MG Motor has partnered with Delta Electronics to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in India, the automaker said on 29 August. As part of the partnership, Delta will install AC chargers in private vehicle parking locations such as homes and offices to enable owners of MG-brand EVs ...
    Indian Oil plans to build 1-GW EV battery plant in India
    State government–owned oil and gas company Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is planning to build a 1-GW plant for manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), Hindu BusinessLine reported on 28 August citing IOC chairman, Sanjiv Singh. IOC is set to partner with a global startup for producing t...
    Kia's new Seltos SUV in India features SoundHound’s Houndify voice AI platform
    SoundHound has announced a partnership with Kia Motors India under which SoundHound will supply its Houndify voice artificial intelligence (AI) platform for Kia’s Seltos sports utility vehicle (SUV), launched in India last week, the US-based company said in a press release on 28 August. Th...
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    Mitsubishi Motors recalls 6,384 vehicles in Australia over issue with suspension lower control arm
    Mitsubishi Motors is recalling 6,384 vehicles in Australia over an issue with suspension lower control arm, according to a notice by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 28 August. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017-2018 Mitsubishi Pajero NX vehicles. Significance: ...
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    Australian government invests USD10 million in EV charging infrastructure company Evie Networks
    The Australian government, through Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has announced an investment of AUD15 million (USD10 million) in Evie Networks, the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure network. The investment will be used to install a total of 42 charging sites at roadside ser...
    Elconconnectors Cables signs JV agreement with PT Banshu and PT Askara to produce wiring harness in India
    Elconconnectors Cables has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Indonesia’s PT Banshu Group and PT Askara Internal to manufacture wiring harnesses in India, the Press Trust of India reported on 27 August, citing a statement from the partners. The companies will invest around INR 200 million ...
    New incentive policies will promote EV component manufacturing in India
    The electromobility industry has started taking shape around the world with some countries taking a big lead, especially China, the United States and Norway. India too is now pushing hard to catch up with these leaders through aggressive incentive policies. In February this year, the Indian governme...
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