Swaraj Baggonkar

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Moneycontrol

This week in Auto: 7-seater SUVs catch people’s fancy; GM India warns workers; Osamu Suzuki announces retirement and more

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This week in Auto: 7-seater SUVs catch people’s fancy; GM India warns workers; Osamu Suzuki announces retirement and more

Here is a complete wrap of all the top stories of the week

Exclusive | We’ll have a double-digit market share in FY22, says Shailesh Chandra, Tata Motors’ passenger vehicles czar

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Exclusive | We’ll have a double-digit market share in FY22, says Shailesh Chandra, Tata Motors’ passenger vehicles czar

Tata Motors, once a laggard in the auto industry when it came to car sales within India, is suddenly firing on all cylinders. In just ten months, and with just five models, it has managed to script a surge in turnover, with Nexon sales doubling to 8,200 units a month. We look under the bonnet to find out what changed at the carmaker in such a short time

Auto industry seeks Govt's support to set up semiconductor production in India

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Auto industry seeks Govt's support to set up semiconductor production in India

Government’s support is needed since investments required for localisation of semiconductor is large and the beneficiaries include companies from the non-auto sectors also

Osamu Suzuki: The Number 1 carmaker for India decides to retire at 91

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Osamu Suzuki: The Number 1 carmaker for India decides to retire at 91

When Maruti was scouting for a partner in the 80s, the Indian govt was not in favour of Suzuki. The Japanese firm eventually won the deal, and Osamu Suzuki made Maruti Suzuki a household name in India. The Indian operations later even surpassed sales in the company’s home market.

Suzuki targets over 50% passenger car market share in five years

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Suzuki targets over 50% passenger car market share in five years

Suzuki Motor Corporation, as part of its mid-term management plan lasting five years beginning April 2021, also plans to launch hybrid and electric vehicles, boost its presence in the SUV segment, and add several mini showrooms in the rural pockets of India.

Holiday hotels see rise in occupancy levels, but industry not cheering

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Holiday hotels see rise in occupancy levels, but industry not cheering

Many hotels renting rooms below standard rates cites as main reason. Hotels say leisure destinations, not metros, are the main revenue-earners now. In fact, hotels lobby body FHRAI says occupancies and room rates, pan-India, are still low.

General Motors union rejects ultimatum to accept severance packages, meet Maharashtra labour minister

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General Motors union rejects ultimatum to accept severance packages, meet Maharashtra labour minister

General Motors India had told employees in a letter dated February 19 that they have time till February 23 to either accept the voluntary separation package or face a lawsuit

Explainer: What has gone wrong at General Motors India plant?

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Explainer: What has gone wrong at General Motors India plant?

General Motors has sent a letter to its employees asking them to accept the voluntary separation package issued by it or be ready to face a lawsuit.

In Pics: So what is the Tata Safari up against? Check out who its rivals are

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In Pics: So what is the Tata Safari up against? Check out who its rivals are

Tata Safari does not have much competition for now. However, there are at least two new launches scheduled in the seven-seater SUV segment. Check out where does the Safari stand

This week in Auto: Hyundai's silver jubilee in India; Renault Kiger launch; Hero MotoCorp capex plans; and more

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This week in Auto: Hyundai's silver jubilee in India; Renault Kiger launch; Hero MotoCorp capex plans; and more

Here is a wrap of all the important news in the automotive space this last week

Maruti’s switchover to Rupee-based royalty pay to Suzuki running 2 years late

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Maruti’s switchover to Rupee-based royalty pay to Suzuki running 2 years late

Maruti does not provide reasons for the delay. Royalty payment is computed every quarter by MSIL and shared publicly. Rupee-denominated payment formula was envisaged to escape the adverse risk of the yen-rupee fluctuations.

Long wait beyond 1-2 months forcing auto dealers to reject customer bookings

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Long wait beyond 1-2 months forcing auto dealers to reject customer bookings

Be it Maruti, Tata, Hyundai or Nisan, carmakers are not able to meet demand because production lines are either running at full capacities or they are facing a semiconductor shortage. Dealers are facing unusually low inventory levels and the waiting period for some models are stretching up to six months.

Hero MotoCorp raises capex for FY22 to up to Rs 1,000 crore

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Hero MotoCorp raises capex for FY22 to up to Rs 1,000 crore

Move follows better-than-expected recovery in demand in recent months. From an average 2.61 lakh units per month during April-July, Hero MotoCorp sales touched 5.91 lakh units a month in the September-January period. Company ready to make provisions for more spends if demanded by the market.

Marc Llistosella: The kickboxer from Germany who has boarded a Tata bus

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Marc Llistosella: The kickboxer from Germany who has boarded a Tata bus

He takes over as CEO and Managing Director of Tata Motors from July 1. In his new role, the company’s commercial vehicle division will need most of his attention. His success at Daimler India and the establishment of the Bharat Benz brand are among his achievements.

Check out how Renault Kiger's prices fare against its rivals

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Check out how Renault Kiger's prices fare against its rivals

At Rs 5.45 lakh, the Renault Kiger is the cheapest SUV in its category. But just how affordable is it compared to its rivals?

This week in Auto: Scrappage policy in Budget; semiconductors a pain point; Hero Moto’s Harley-Davidson plan, and more

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This week in Auto: Scrappage policy in Budget; semiconductors a pain point; Hero Moto’s Harley-Davidson plan, and more

Here is a quick look at what made headlines in the auto sector last week

Hero aims to benefit from Harley brand image, joint product development on track

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Hero aims to benefit from Harley brand image, joint product development on track

Earlier this week both companies announced the setting up of a new business unit that would be tasked to sell Harley-Davidson bikes in India through a network of 11 dealers.

Demand boom: Carmakers have a problem that they aren't losing sleep over

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Demand boom: Carmakers have a problem that they aren't losing sleep over

Decadal low auto loan rates, attractive finance options and robust demand from non-urban pockets have helped affect a spectacular turnaround in market sentiments

Bajaj Auto to enter electric three-wheelers in FY22, working on electric Qute too

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Bajaj Auto to enter electric three-wheelers in FY22, working on electric Qute too

The COVID-19 pandemic became the biggest reason for the delay in its launch, but things are looking up with the reopening of schools, offices and commercial spaces like shops and malls

January auto sales | Check how these two-wheeler companies fared

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January auto sales | Check how these two-wheeler companies fared

India's two-wheeler industry recorded an increase of 4 percent during January to 1,236,536 units as against 1,186,750 units sold in the same month in 2020.

January Auto Sales | Check out which carmaker helped in 25% industry growth

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January Auto Sales | Check out which carmaker helped in 25% industry growth

India's top-ten carmakers recorded a rise of 25 percent in January volumes to 293,025 units as against 234,641 led by continued surge in demand for new and existing products

Budget 2021: Pawan Goenka says investment cycle is about to begin

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Budget 2021: Pawan Goenka says investment cycle is about to begin

New investments in the auto sector could flow in for setting up new factories as well as for resumption of new product launches that got severely disrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic

This week in Auto: Fancy a Hero MotoCorp car or three-wheeler?

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This week in Auto: Fancy a Hero MotoCorp car or three-wheeler?

Here is a complete look at what made headlines during the week

Renault unveils Kiger | All you need to know about the SUV

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Renault unveils Kiger | All you need to know about the SUV

French carmaker Renault has taken the sheets off the Kiger which also marks its world debut. This is the first sub 4 -meter compact SUV from Renault.

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