Indian Automotive Industry

Indian Automotive Industry registers a growth of 2% overall in the month of January 2015 as against January 2014.The industry produced a total of 1,976,270 vehicles including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three wheelers and two wheelers in January 2015 as against 1,937,489 in January 2014. The numbers were helped by Passenger Vehicles which grew by 3.62 % over the current fiscal (April 2014 - January 2015), whereas commercial segment registers a negative growth of 4.6%. Three Wheelers is showing robust growth despite several issues. Exports In April-January 2015, overall automobile exports grew by 19.40 percent over the same period last year. Passenger Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles, Three Wheelers and Two Wheelers grew by 6.66 percent, 14.73 percent, 18.98 percent and 23.30 per

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Volkswagen launches limited edition of Polo GT

Volkswagen India has launched a limited edition of its Polo GT hatchback and priced it at Rs 9.21 lakh. The limited edition, Polo GT Sport will be available across both petrol and diesel variants of Polo GT, while the petrol variant powered by a 1.2 litre engine is priced at Rs 9.11 lakh, the diesel option with a 1.5 litre engine costs Rs 9.21 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Polo GT Sport has new exterior and interior updates such as glossy black spoiler, 16 inch alloy wheels and leatherette finished seat covers.

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India makes crash test mandatory from October 2017

Government of India is aiming to make roads safer for people, is set to introduce stringent safety norms under which all new cars will have to undergo mandatory crash tests from October 2017. All new cars will have to comply strict crash test norms, while for upgrades of existing models, the deadline will be from October 2018. New minimum safety norms, including frontal and side crash tests, will apply to all cars ? entry level, small and cheaper models. As per the new order, cars would be tested for frontal crash norms at 56 kmph, while for the side crash test, it will be at 50 kmph,. The new test facility offers a range of crash tests like full-frontal impact, side impact and offset-frontal impact etc. From now on, all these tests can be carried out under one roof for the first time

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Government plans to have seven automotive design testing centre in India

India plans to have seven world class automotive design and testing centres being set up by National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) by the end of this year. The centers will have infotronics laboratory and crash testing labs. The high-speed testing track will come up in two years. The centers are coming up at Manesar, Bangalore, Rai Bareli, Silchar, Indore, Pune and Chennai under NATRiP. Currently, NATRiP is carrying out all safety tests including frontal and side crash test for vehicles. Since most of our vehicle manufacturers were drawn from Europe and were the earliest in the industry, we have followed their method of testing for prototypes and the subsequent COP

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Hyundai Motors launches automatic variant of Elite i20

Hyundai Motor has launched an automatic variant of its premium hatchback Elite i20 priced at Rs 9.01 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new variant comes with 1.4 litre petrol engine with four speed automatic transmission besides additional safety features like six airbags, speed sensing auto door lock and height adjustable front seat belts. It may be noted, the car i20 has so far sold more than 1 million units in India and still going strong.

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Automotive Testing Facilities to come under one umbrella

Automotive Testing Facilities in India developed across India under the central government?s National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) are to be unified under the Automotive Regulatory Board, an umbrella body. These centres are located in Pune, Ahmednagar, Manesar, Chennai, Indore, Silchar and Rae Barelli, with work on only the last not yet started. ARAI Board will come into existence soon after all the seven facilities are complete and will work under the Ministry of Heavy Industries. The setting up the seven specialised testing facilities under NATRiP were expected to cost Rs 1,800 crore, but as these could not be completed on time, the cost has escalated to Rs 3,800 crore.

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Automotive Research Association to set up labs for testing of vehicle safety

Automotive Research Association is setting up a new structural dynamics lab and centre of excellence (CoE) for fatigue testing in the country at Chakan near Pune in Maharashtra. The total investment for the project is around Rs. 2100 million. The lab will have advance equipment for power train engineering and development of all types of power trains including transmission for diesel, petrol, hybrid and green technologies. The fund for the project has come from National Automotive Testing Infrastructure Project. Apart from this Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) is also setting up inspection and certification test centres under Ministry of Road transport and Highways. The centres will be located at Nashik, Surat, Chindwara, Bangalore and Telengana. A passive lab will become

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Indian Automobile Industry in 2014

Indian Automobile Industry had a tough time in 2014. Its passenger car and commercial segment has performed poorly, the two wheeler segment has shown promise. The light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment has been the worst hit, with sales reducing to approximately 330,000 units - an 18.9 percent YoY fall over 2013, while the two wheeler segment has grown at 13 percent growth between January and October over YoY. The industry also saw a lot of recall on account of defective components and the Competition Commission of India (CCI) ruling against OEMs favouring independent service stations. Though the fuel price has come down, it is yet to result in sales growth. With diesel and petrol price narrowing - the growth in diesel vehicles is also tapering off. Most of them are looking for pro-auto bu

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Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014

Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014, a draft bill is prepared by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India, which will extend to the whole of India if enacted. Previous government has attempted to review the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 in 2007 and in 2011. They had set up 2 committee headed by S Sundar, Secretary, Ministry of Surface Transport. However, it has been on the shelves and now it has been dusted out and a new bill draft has been made with its help. The first report suggested the establishment of a National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board and an accompanying Bill was proposed for the same. The second made major amendments to the existing Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and introduced international best practices suitable for India. The following changes are pr

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