Automobile Industry in India - Expert Analysis

The automobile industry is evolving at a fast pace globally. The Indian car market is expected to grow to become one of the largest in the world. The Indian Automobile Industry is unique in many ways, with a preference for some products and segments not seen elsewhere. Skewed fuel pricing and less-understood government subsidies are also impacting the market. Autojunction's official Auto Blog seeks to understand the nuances of this one-of-a-kind car market, providing insights and expert opinions.

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201430 Dec

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There are some motorcycles which are more than just two wheels and an engine; they represent the history and heritage of a country and its culture. The Indian Chief is an American motorcycle, one with as much claim to the United Statesmotorcycling history and heritage as Harley-Davidson.

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201407 Nov

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The New Car Assessment Program, or NCAP, has classified a number of vehicles on sale in India as nsafe with potential life-threatening injuries in the event of an accident. While Global NCAP is inherently well-meaning, its understanding of the Indian market, or lack of it rather, means that such an approach is impractical for India.

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201430 Apr

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Motorsport on TV; the excitable commentary and images of racing cars, the sound of the engines and the gasp-a-minute on-track action had me hooked. There was a driver in a red and white car with a bold Marlboro logo, and who always wore a yellow helmet, who seemed to spur the commentators to the most excitable levels of commentary. His name was Ayrton Senna, and he just made another fan.

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201424 Mar

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Nigel Harris has got to get the pricing right for the re-launched Fiesta and this model needs to see strong sales if Ford India wants to be taken as a serious contender in the Indian passenger car market. The company has traditionally had one strong seller every few years, rather than a portfolio of competitive products at various price points.

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201330 Dec

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Formula 1 may lay claim to being the pinnacle of motorsport, but that is now an increasingly vacuous claim. On the one hand, the costs of the sport are untenable to make it a viable business in the longer term, and on the other, the increasingly convoluted technical regulations make the sport harder to understand for the average fan.

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201324 Sep

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The recent launch of the new Hyundai Grand i10 is just the opening shot fired by Hyundai India in its campaign to become the country’s largest car-maker. Presently, Hyundai is the second-largest by volume in the Indian passenger car market, but some way behind market leader Maruti. It does however, export more cars from India than any other manufacturer with a factory in India, something that the company is at pains to point out.

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201320 Aug

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The Audi Q3 S is simply a cheaper version of the hot-selling Q3. The ‘S’ moniker, usually reserved for sportier versions of cars, is Audi’s smart way of luring buyers, and giving the car a proclivity of sporting character. Of course, the astute car buyer knows that Audi’s sportier models use the letter ‘S’ as a prefix, not a suffix. Hence, a hot version of the Q3 would be the SQ3, and not the Q3 S.

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201304 Jul

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Born in Lode Lane is two biographies in one; on the one hand, it provides a brief snippet into the life of one Mr Roger Crathorne, and on the other, it is full of insights and anecdotes about Land Rover. Born a year apart, within a mile of one another, the life and times of Roger Crathorne and Land Rover have been linked.

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201331 May

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Hyundai has come a really long way. From a car company which began operations in 1967 (its first car, the Pony, was a cheap and cheerful compact car which borrowed Mitsubishi running gear), it is today the world’s fourth-largest car-maker if you combine sales of Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia. The three car-makers which sell more are GM, VW AG and Toyota, with Hyundai-Kia today selling more cars than Ford and Renault-Nissan.

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201324 Apr

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The media is buzz with news concerning the introduction of quadricycles, or basic four-wheeled vehicles, in the Indian market. A report prepared by a special executive committee, headed by Dinesh Tyagi, Technical Director of ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology) is looking at various aspects concerning the introduction of quadricycles in India. Meanwhile, though there are lobbyists arguing for and against the introduction of quadricycles in India.

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201318 Apr

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Globally, markets have been depressed. Prices are rising and disposable incomes are drying up. At such times, consumers understandably put-off or postpone high-ticket purchases like consumer durables, houses and cars. In India, car sales have remained flat over the past 12 months. While some segments, notably the small car segment, have witnessed falling sales, others have seen growth, particularly the UV / SUV market and the luxury segment.

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201318 Mar

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When the last Union budget was tabled, the Finance Minister and his advisors, in all their wisdom, decided to increase excise duties on SUVs by 3 % to 30 %, the logic being that they contribute to greater congestion on Indian roads, and also consume more fuel. Also, the bulk of SUVs on sale in Indian use diesel fuel, which is heavily subsidised by the government, hence justifying the increase in excise duty.

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