Ashok Leyland sales down 69.33% for April

Hinduja Group flagship company Ashok Leyland today said its sales for the month of April declined 69.33 per cent to 1,750 units as compared to 5,705 units sold in the corresponding period last year.

Domestic sales for the month stood at 1,615 units against 5,549 units in corresponding month last year, down by 70.90 per cent, the company said in a statement.

Exports during the month also fell by 13.46 per cent to 135 units from 156 units in the same period last year, it added. The company reported a decline of about 72.40 per cent in total domestic sales of medium and heavy commercial vehicles at 1,591 units compared to 5,503 units in the same month last year.

Domestic light commercial vehicle sales fell by 47.83 per cent to 24 units in April from 46 units in the corresponding period last year, while exports of LCVs for the month of April 2009 was zero compared to seven units in the same period last year.


Hyundai to Shift I20 Production to Europe

Hyundai Motors India Ltd (HMIL) was planning to shift the production of its premium hatchback i20 for the export market from Chennai to Europe, following recent labour troubles that caused overseas sales to fall behind target. If the move materialises, it will mark a major change in HMILs original strategy of making India an export hub for its small cars.

We will address the European market from a local plant there, confirmed an HMIL spokesperson. Hyundai has a plant in the Czech Republic and another is coming up in Russia. The i20 for the domestic market will continue to be manufactured in India.

The i20 is expected to account for 40 per cent of the Korean companys exports for 2009-10. The company had earmarked 80 per cent or 120,000 units a year of the 150,000 i20s produced in India for the European market. Last financial year, the car maker exported 253,354 units (of all cars, including the i20) from India, about half its annual production.

The strike saw production drop 5 per cent and senior executives said the company met only 85 per cent of its export target. (SIAM)



Tata Motors Launches Starbus Range in tamilnadu

Tata Motors launched all-new Starbus range of buses in Tamil Nadu which priced between Rs. 9 and Rs. 11 lakhs, has been ergonomically designed giving the external body a round shape, while the internal styling has been given detailed attention with superior fittings, wider seats and comfortable backrests.

Tata Motors launched all-new Starbus range of buses in Tamil Nadu which priced between Rs. 9 and Rs. 11 lakhs, has been ergonomically designed giving the external body a round shape, while the internal styling has been given detailed attention with superior fittings, wider seats and comfortable backrests.


TVS Apache RTR 180 Menace will be launched in May 2009 :: Details

TVS is likely launch much waited Apache RTR 180 Manace in May 2009. TVS will also launch the TVS Sport, a new edition of its Star Sport, and a new TVS Flame.

The TVS Apache RTR 180 Menace will be powered by a fuel injection system, producing 18bhp with a top speed of 135 kmph and expected to have a higher compression ratio than the Apache 160 RTR Fi and will have projector lamps, 120 rear, trip meter, digital speedometer and 0-60 timer, petal-shaped disc brakes, naked chain cover, and a service and battery indicator.It will have a bigger RTR sticker on the tank scoops and a wider 110/80-17 rear tyre. The motorcycle is likely to be priced between Rs 70,000 - Rs 100,000.


Tata Nano Accessories Price List

Sample Accessories Package A (Mix of interior, exterior and music):

  • Alloys: Rs. 10,000
  • Seat Covers: Rs. 2,500
  • Music System: Rs. 10,000
  • Body Colored Bumper: Rs. 3,000
  • Total Accessories: Rs. 25,500

Sample Accessories Package B ( Exteriors):
  • Alloys: Rs. 20,000
  • Roof Spoiler & Body Kit : Rs. 20,000
  • Vinyl Stickering: Rs. 3,000
  • Sun Film: Rs. 2,500
  • Body Colored Bumpers: Rs. 3,000
  • Total: Rs. 48,500

Sample Accessories Package C ( Interiors):
  • Seat Covers: Rs. 2,500
  • Dashboard Trim: Rs. 2,000
  • Gear Knob: Rs. 500
  • Steering Wheel: Rs. 500
  • Power windows: Rs. 5,000
  • Music System With Sub: Rs. 20,000
  • LCD Display: Rs. 10,000
  • Total: Rs. 40,500


Mahindra Launches Kinetic Flyte 125cc Scooter

Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) begins its foray into the two-wheeler market in India with Kinetic Flyte. Mahindra Kinetic FlyteKinetic Flyte is a 125cc automatic scooter with features such as powerful 125 cc engine and telescopic suspension, front fuelling, the largest storage space in its class and 4-in-1 anti-theft key,  which ensure a smooth ride.

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M&M is now player with product categories ranging from two-wheelers and three wheelers to utility vehicles, commercial vehicles and passenger cars.


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Maruti Suzuki Ritz microsite

Maruti Suzuki India has launched a microsite - - for Maruti Ritz which is going to launch 15 May.

Heigh-lights of  Ritz microsite ::

  • countdown ticker showing the time left for Ritz to arrive
  • a fun online viral to watch and enjoy
  • car wallpaper
  • interesting screensavers
  • 360 view of car
  • multiple interesting games and puzzles
  • prizes such as trolley bags, Puma T-shirts, and Ritz desk sets which consists of a pen holder, a mobile holder and attractive coasters.

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Toyota to introduce its Lexus brand

Toyota to introduce its Lexus brand

Toyota is likely launch its luxury cars in the country. The cars would be imported as a CBU - completely built unit initially. The models, prices and the launch dates have not yet been decided by the company yet. Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. First introduced in 1989 in the United States.



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Hyundai i20 Diesel expected by this year end

Earlier i had mentioned that i10 and i20 will be available in deisel models soon. Hyundai plans to introduce at least two new products in the Indian market annually for the next couple of years. The i20 diesel variant would be the next in line with launch scheduled for later in 2009. The company’s goal is to increase its market share in India with the help of its new products.



Hyundai strike ends

Employees of Hyundai’s factory in Chennai have been on a hunger strike for the last four days. The workers were demanding recognition of the employee union, formed in 2007. This ongoing strike has been called off. The CITU-led employee union, decided to end the 18-day strike after the State Labour Commissioner, held parleys with the union and management on Thursday.


Bajaj-KTM to unveil streetbikes at Auto Expo 2010

Bajaj Auto and KTM will launch their first streetbikes in the Indian market. The products will be introduced at the biennial Auto Expo in 2010. KTM is the Austrian company manufactures motorcycles. Bajaj Auto has 31.72 per cent stake in it. Both are working on 125cc and 250cc motorcycles to launch in Indian market. KTM plans to showcase these high-performance products at the international bike fair, EICMA, to be held in Milan, Italy, this November. They will also display this bike afterwords in Auto Expo in new Delhi, January 2010.


Maruti Suzuki Ritz to be launched on 15th May

Maruti Suzuki will launch the Ritz on 15th of this May. The car will available with the new 1.2 litre petrol engine and the 1.3 litre multijet diesel engine options. Read Previous post...

India's number one carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited is set to launch India's first BS-IV compliant passenger car, Ritz, on May 15.

Ritz is a tallboy hatchback, positioned in the premium A2 market segment. The Maruti Suzuki Ritz, adopts a contemporary European design and is positioned at the growing premium-end of the compact car market.

Ritz will be the first passenger car in India to be compliant with the BS-IV emission norms, in petrol as well as diesel variants. This is many months ahead of the BS-IV norms being applicable in India, reinforcing Maruti Suzuki's leadership position.

With Ritz, MSIL aims to consolidate its leadership in the highly competitive compact car segment. The company commands the largest market share of 58 per cent in the A2 segment.

Being a car meant for the family, the Ritz has received special attention in the area of seating comfort. The rear seat has been designed for comfortable seating of 3 passengers.

The suspension of the vehicle with a ground clearance of 170 mm has been tuned for Indian road conditions.

Ritz is MSIL's eighth new model within 48 months following the launch of Swift, Zen Estilo, SX4, Swift Diesel, Grand Vitara, Swift Dzire and A-star. In the A-2 segment, Ritz will be the 7th offering for the customers by Maruti Suzuki.

The Ritz combines modern European design, the sportiness of the Swift, the latest in engine technology and Suzuki's globally acclaimed expertise in compact cars. The Ritz further reiterates Maruti Suzuki's commitment to bring global car models for its customers in India.

The Ritz will be available with two different engine options: a brand new K-series 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, 85PS Petrol engine and the super-successful 1.3 litre, 16-valve DDiS, 75PS Diesel engine.


Luxury Cars may cost 50k less

ET reported that the luxury cars may cost less upto 50,000. This can be possible if a proposed duty cut being discussed by government gets implemented. The ministry of heavy industries has written to the finance ministry to waive off the specific excise duty levied on mid-size and top-end cars last year.

The government had imposed an additional tax of Rs 15,000 on cars having engine size between 1,500-2,000cc and Rs 20,000 on all vehicles beyond 2,000cc. But the actual impact on the selling price of cars was much higher, as the tax was imposed on ex-factory price of vehicles. (ET)


Maruti plans 600cc cars to beat Nano

Maruti 800 was used to be the cheapest car in india. Now the place was taken by people car, Tata Nano which cost around 1.25 lack. Now people who prefer Maruti 800 as their dream car, Change view to Tata Nano. Around 2 lack people have applied for Tata Nano.

Maruti is planning to bring out a 660cc car. Maruti is looking to launch its 660cc car to challenge Tata Nano. Suzuki already has 600cc models, such as Cervo Mode and Alto running in Japan. Thus, it’s possibility that Maruti Suzuki could roll out a 660cc car to keep its hold on the small car market of India. (TopNews)


After Nano, Tatas offer Nano Homes for Rs 3.91 lakh

After Rs 1-lakh people's car Nano, the Tatas unveiled a low-cost realty project which offers a house for 3.91 lack. The real estate development, Tata Housing, will build one-room-kitchen flats for just Rs 3.91 lakh in a township being developed at Boisar, 100 km from Mumbai. The salt-to-software Tata conglomerate plans to develop the township within 24 months and allotment of flats would made through lottery. (ie)


Toyota Land Cruiser in India By June 2009!

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Toyota will launch the Land Cruiser in June 2009 

Land Cruiser will be brought as a CBU - Complete Built-Up Unit and will be cost around Rs 80 lakh. It has 4.5 litre V8 diesel engine. The monster of an oil burner is good for 286PS @ 3600rpm. Coupled with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and 4 wheel drive, the 4461cc twin-turbo equipped diesel mill can propel the 2555kg Land Cruiser to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds. Also in Toyota's international Land Cruiser arsenal is a massive 5.7 litre DOHC VVT-I V8 petrol engine capable of close to 400 PS of power. Sadly, Toyota might not be getting this powerplant to India when it takes the wraps off the Land Cruiser in June 2009.

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300 Hyundai workers arrested

Around 300 workers of Hyundai who gone on sudden indefinite fast were arrested by police yesterday. 500 members of the CITU, who staged a road blockade in support of the Hyundai workers at the arterial Anna Salai, were also arrested.

Members of the Hyundai Motor India Employees Union, which has been spearheading an indefinite strike at the company's manufacturing unit at Sriperumnbudur since April 20 demanding recognition and a solution to other labour related issues, commenced the fast following the officials' absence on May 4. (ET)


Hyundai Motor ties-up with State Bank of Travancore for vehicle finance

Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the second largest car manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter, has teamed up with State Bank of Travancore, a premier nationalised bank based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Hyundai Motor India signed an MOU with the bank today to facilitate easy auto loan disbursals for its customers. The agreement was signed in the presence of Sri Arvind Saxena, Sr. VP, Marketing & Sales, Hyundai Motor India Ltd and Sri A K Jagannathan, Managing Director, State Bank of Travancore.

The State Bank of Travancore boasts of a wide network of 726 branches and 460 ATM’s spanning 16 states of the country. This tie up with HMIL will help both the partners to reach out to wider market and make loans convenient and easy to finance.

Speaking on the occasion, Arvind Saxena, Sr. Vice President, HMIL, said, “We are extremely pleased to partner with State Bank of Travancore as we see it as value addition for our customers. Our expertise and the reach brought to the table by the State Bank of Travancore would provide the customer much easier and quicker credit facilities. This association is an attempt to ensure that we are able to reach out with more finance options with rationalized interest rates for the benefit of our customers.”

Hyundai Motor India Ltd already enjoys a great presence in both the urban and semi-urban markets with a wide array of product offerings. Through this strategic tie-up with State Bank of Travancore, the company seeks to further strengthen its position across deep rural markets and focus on a major retail expansion drive.

The two partners will utilize and leverage each other`s strengths to cross sell Hyundai vehicles and the bank`s car loans and schemes. HMIL also has strategic tie ups with Syndicate Bank, Bank of India, Punjab National bank, Canara Bank, Bank of Baroda and Corporation Bank.


Mahindra Tractors domestic sales register 39% increase in April 2009

Mahindra & Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES), a part of the U.S. $6.7 billion Mahindra Group, maintained its leadership position in the tractor industry in April 2009.

For the month of April 2009, domestic sales of tractors of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. were 11282 nos. as compared to 8125 nos. for the same period last year, an increase of 39%. Exports during the month were 358 nos., as against 520 nos. for the same period last year. Total sales (domestic + exports) for the month were 11640 nos., as compared to 8645 nos. for the same period last year, an increase of 35%.


BMW Roadster Z4 sports car soon in india

BMW India is set to bring its two-seater Roadster Z4 sports car in India by the mid 2009. BMW Z4 is a rear-wheel drive sports car. Z4 is built at BMW's Regensburg, Germany plant as a retractable hardtop roadster, can run up to 250 kmph. It may cost around Rs. 50-60 lakh and would be imported as a CBU from Germany.

BMW Roadster Z4 2009

The 2009 BMW Z4 Roadster is actually a hardtop convertible, complete with a two-piece aluminum roof that electrohydraulically deploys from the trunk in 20 seconds.

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BMW had earlier decided to launch the high-performance car Mini by 2009, but the feasibility study done proved to be against its commercial viability. It has been deduced from the study that a small car with such a high price point of nearly Rs.20 lakh is not conducive for Indian car owners.


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The G8 sport truck significantly stretches Pontiac’s commitment to style and performance.

“Pontiac has never shied away from offering segment-defining vehicles, going back to the original GTO,” said Jim Bunnell, Buick-Pontiac-GMC general manager. “There’s simply nothing else like the G8 sport truck on the road today, and we definitely believe that there are customers who will be excited by its distinctive design, performance and cargo capabilities.” (gotbroken)


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Suzuki Motorcycle sales up 33% in April 2009

Suzuki Motorcycle India has reported a 33% hike in its motorcycle sales during April 2009, at 13,548 units, as against 10,208 units in April 2008. GS150R has contributed important in this figure. Suzuki has very limited vehicles in india, and has been running its cars in conjunction with Maruti.

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Tata Reported Decline of 2% in Sales for April 2009

Tata Motors’ domestic sales for the month of April 2009 were 36,257 nos., a 1% increase over 35,844 nos. sold in April last year. The company’s total sales (including exports) were 37,518 vehicles, a decline of 2% over 38,149 vehicles sold in April last year.

Commercial Vehicles ::

The company’s sales of commercial vehicles in April 2009 in the domestic market were 22,847 nos., an increase of 9% compared to 21,001 nos. sold in April last year. This is the first month since Sept 2008, that the company is registering a year-on-year increase. This increase is driven by LCV sales which at 14,794,an increase of 52% over April 2008 ,which offset the situation in M&HCV sales which at 8,053 nos., is a 28% decline over April 2008.

Passenger Vehicles ::

Tata Motors passenger vehicle business reported a total sale and distribution of 14,615 (13,410 Tata + 1205 Fiat) vehicles in the domestic market in April 2009, compared to 15,243 (14,843 Tata + 400 Fiat) vehicles in April 2008. Tata branded car sales were at 11,202 nos. and grew marginally by 0.1%. The Indica range sales at 8,633 nos., grew by 16.2% over last April led by the growing numbers of the Indica Vista. The Indigo family registered sales of 2,569 nos., a decline of 31.7% over April 2008. The UV/ SUV range of Sumo and Safari accounted for sales of 2,208 nos., a 39.5% decline over April 2008.

Exports ::

The company exported 1,261 vehicles in April 2009 as compared to 2,305 vehicles in April last year, a decline of 45%.


Tata Motors gain 2500 Crore By Nano Bookings

tata nano pictureThe bookings for Nano started on April 9 and closed on April 29. Tata Motors received over 2.03 lakh bookings for Nano, garnering nearly Rs 2,500 crore in this period. The bookings were double of allotted number of cars for delivery. Fully paid bookings were nearly Rs 2,500 crore. Out of the total bookings, 70 per cent were financed and the rest on application through cash payment. About 4,000 cash bookings were made online through

Out of the three variants of Nano, the base model Nano Standard accounted for 20 per cent, mid-range Nano Cx 30 per cent and the top end Nano Lx getting 50 percent of the booking.(ET)


GM :: New Mini Car by Dec

General Motors India (GMI) will launch the new mini-car in the Indian market by December. Company Vice-President, Mr P. Balendran,said that free services and sales camps will follow in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Among the services on offer here will be a 73-point service check up for GMI vehicles, pollution check, body wash and polish in addition to exchange and loan facilities and test drives. The company plans to hold such camps twice a year in each centre.

Till April end, GMI had sold 18,683 units, including 11,000 of the Spark. They will launch second mini-car in the market by December. It will be produced at the Talegaon plant. Chevrolet Cruze, to be produced at Halol and will enter the market by September. (SIAM)


Volkswagen to Launch New Beetle in Nov

Volkswagens India arm plans to launch the two-door, four-seater New Beetle in India in November this eyar. The car, which is produced in Mexico, will be imported here, according to Kurt Rippholz, head of communications, Volkswagen Group India. He was speaking at an event to announce the production of the groups small car, Polo, at its 575 acre plant in Chakan near Pune.

Initially, around 100 Polo test cars will be manufactured. Present at the plant was Minister for Economics, Labour and Transportation of the Lower Saxony, Dr Philipp Rosler, who officially gave the go-ahead for the first welded body of the car.(SIAM)


Honda Jazz to cost Rs. 5.5 lakhs

Honda to launch their Jazz premium hatchback in the Indian market. This new model is expected to cost at prices starting at Rs. 5.5 lakhs. Honda Jazz would compete in India with existing cars like Skoda Fabia, Tata Indigo, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Accent. Honda Jazz in India would be powered with a 1.2-litre intelligent variable valve timing and lift electronic control petrol engine that has been developed specifically for the Indian market.


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Yamaha to become big player in india

Yamaha stands unique in indian bike market. Yamaha recently launch FZ16, FZ-S and YZF R15 in india to compete against the Hero Honda, Bajaj, TVS and other existing makers.  It is competing very well, as it is selling good number of vehicles in india.

Yamaha is the only choice of India Youth. Yamaha bikes are bit more expensive as the quality and performance matters, but i guess it is the only reason why Yamaha is not coming as number one in indian bike market.

Yamaha India said that they sold 15,120 units in the month of April compared to 10,199 units sold in the same month last year.


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Chinese Car Makers to Enter Indian Market

Two of the Chinese auto manufacturers are planning to enter Indian auto market. The Chery Automobiles and Great Wall Motors of China are eyeing Indian auto market to market their cars in the country.

Indian auto market is experiencing flat sales growth but the auto manufacturers are still hopeful about the emerging economy. India and China are two of the most important markets amongst the Asian countries that are expecting growth in the auto segment. The recent 870 exhibits from various auto makers at the Shanghai Motors Show, clearly stated that the auto manufacturers are quite keen to sell their wares and models in these emerging markets.

According to the China Automobile Industry Association, Chinese carmakers sold 4,26,000 vehicles in the first quarter of this year to capture 30 per cent of the domestic car sales market. And even as automakers around the world are in turmoil as consumer demand evaporates in the global credit crisis, the Chinese remain optimistic. (CTI)


Hyundai i10 and i20 set to get diesel options

Hyundai Motor India has announced that they are working hard on launching the diesel versions of their new models in the market.

The company plans to offer both i10 and i20 in diesel variants.

Hyundai India said in a statement: “We will launch the i20 diesel for the domestic market this year. But we are yet to finalize the engine size.”

Hyundai i20 diesel would be launched before the diesel version of the i10.

They are likely to power the i20 diesel in the Indian market with a 1.4 liter CRDi engine that offers 88 BHP. The company has a more powerful engine that is used on export models but it is unlikely to be used due to higher costs.


Bajaj Auto reported a 26.27 per cent fall in sales

Two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto on Saturday reported a 26.27 per cent fall in its motorcycle sales at 1,49,733 units in April as against
2,03,081 units in the same month last year.

Total two-wheeler sales during the month stood at 1,50,252 units, a 26.32 per cent decrease over the same month last year, Bajaj Auto Ltd (BAL) said in a statement.

The company had sold 2,03,930 units of two-wheelers in the year-ago period.

BAL's exports also plummeted by 29.52 per cent at 51,887 units in April from 73,624 units a year ago.

The company's total vehicle sales stood at 1,69,119 units last month compared to 2,21,843 units in the year-ago period, down 23.77 per cent, the statement said. (ET)


2009 Pulsar 150 Upgraded!!

2009 Pulsar 150 Upgraded

As part of 2009 pulsar series, Bajaj will launch a new upgraded version of pulsar 150cc. The changes are cosmetic and it comes with the same 150cc engine.

The new pulsar gets tank scoops borrowed from the pulsar 200cc and all black theme. Also the headlight now gets power directly from the battery. (Vicky)


Mahindra’s sales register an impressive 16.6% growth

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), a part of the US $6.7 billion Mahindra Group, today announced domestic sales of 22617 units in April 2009.

“Mahindra has posted a strong performance with 36% growth in domestic sales in the UV segment. All our products including the Scorpio, Bolero and the Xylo continue to outperform the industry. The XYLO continues its strong run since its launch in January ’09 and has posted its highest monthly sales of 3509 units in April," said Mr. Rajesh Jejurikar, Chief of Operations, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

M&M automotive sector’s total domestic volumes (including joint ventures) for the month of April 2009 stand at 22617 units, as against 19392 units in April 2008 - a jump of 16.6%. This includes the monthly sales for the Scorpio, Bolero, Xylo and the Pik-Up which stood at 18447 units for April 2009 as against 13560 units for the same period last year.

The company sold a total of 23004 vehicles (Domestic + Exports) in April 2009, as against 20030 vehicles (Domestic + Exports) sold in April 2008.