Peugeot to re-enter India through a joint venture with CK Birla Group

PSA Group, the France-based carmaker and owner of automotive brands like Peugeot and Citroen, will soon re-enter the Indian market. The company is reportedly in talks with the New Delhi-based CK Birla Group for a probable manufacturing venture. An official announcement about the same is expected to be made by the end of this week.

Though detailed information hasn’t surfaced yet, media reports claim that the CK Birla Group and the PSA Group have signed a joint venture deal, which includes an assembly plant in Chennai. This manufacturing facility, with a current annual capacity of 12,000 vehicles, will likely be used to produce Peugeot vehicles locally. Further details about the signed joint venture are expected to be revealed within a week.

Interestingly, Peugeot’s Chief Executive, Carlos Tavares, had mentioned that the company is looking for partnerships to enter India, during his media interaction at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The automaker has been keen on entering the growing Indian market from the past decade. It had even acquired land for a production facility in Gujarat, which was later shelved due to financial constraints.

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Peugeot 508 spotted in India by a Team-BHP member

If the aforementioned plans do see the light, it will mark Peugeot’s re-entry into the Indian market after its infamous first attempt. The company had earlier partnered with Premier Automobiles Limited (PAL) and had launched the 309 in India. However, labour unrest and poor dealer services resulted in huge losses for the French automaker, forcing it to pull out of the market.

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Peugot 309, sold in India in nineties by Premier Automobiles Ltd (PAL)

Via Team-BHP

Tata Motors kicks-off T1 Racer Program (TRP) 2.0

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Receives over 1000 applications for the Season IV of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

In line with the company’s strategic objective of making the profession of truck driving aspirational, Tata Motors today announced the second edition of its the truck driver race selection and training program [TRP 2.0]. Acting as a catalyst to induct drivers into the commercial vehicle profession, the T1 Racer Program will present shortlisted Indian truck drivers, with an opportunity to compete in Season IV of the T1 Truck Racing Championship at India’s globally renowned F1 race track – The Buddh International Circuit (BIC), Greater Noida.

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After as stellar performances by Jagat Singh and Nagarjuna amongst others, is a testimony to the success of the Truck Racer Program, organised for the first time during the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2016. Having being trained for over three months by some of the best race instructors in India roped in by MOMA (MOMA Motorsport Management), the ‘Heroes of the Highways’ took home the highest price money ever won in an Indian motorsports event, held in 2016. A sum of rupees 10 lakhs each was awarded to winners who stood first in the two SUPER CLASS races. TRP 2.0 has attracted over 1000 applications for Season IV of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2017.

Speaking on the occasion, R.T. WASAN, Vice President (Commercial), Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, said, “As a leader in the Indian commercial vehicle space, Tata Motors has always been at the forefront in introducing first-of-its-kind innovative initiatives and with the truck racing, we conceptualized the T1 Racer Program, held last year for Indian truck drivers, for the very first time. Designed with the idea of making the profession of trucking and truck driving aspirational, TRP will act as a catalyst to induct Indian drivers into the fast growing T1 family and TRP 2.0 has over two times the number of truck drivers participating for a race seat, over the last year. With an overwhelming response and a more robust training program, over last year, we are confident that the program will equip shortlisted drivers to excel at Season IV of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2017. Our customers have played a critical role in making TRP a success. We take this opportunity to thank them for their collaborative efforts and look forward to taking TRP to greater heights in the coming years.”

Training Structure Design

The TRP training structure was designed uniquely, since race craft training is to be imparted to truck drivers, who had no previous exposure to track driving. Of these, there may be many, who have never driven a PRIMA and had little or no formal education. Hence, the course material has been designed to make it driver-friendly, so it could be grasped by the drivers, and that too, in limited time. MOMA designed a training program consisting of four Levels of training & elimination.

Level 1 – To impart elementary race theory & track driving lessons
Level 2 – Include a more intensive Prima-driving session
Level 3 – Involve rigorous physical and mental training sessions
Level 4 – Enable transition of a “road-driver” to a “Prima-Racer”

Professional Partners

Tata Motors is being partnered by some of the leading names in motor sports, all of whom are recognized for their knowledge and expertise in this field.

Vicky Chandhok, Consultant: Vicky Chandhok has been part of the T1 Truck Racing project from the start and has been helping Tata Motors in its endeavour to bring Truck Racing to India. He has helped Tata Motors, coordinate with multiple agencies to take the project to execution stage.

Steve Horne, Organizer, BTRA (British Truck Racing Association): Steve Horne is a celebrated race truck driver who has won the British truck racing championship twice. Currently one of the longest serving truck racing drivers, Steve has helped Tata Motors bring the sport truck racing to India, in multiple operational aspects.

Tata Motors, the country’s largest commercial vehicles manufacturer brought the popular motorsport of truck racing to India in 2014. The T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP added an exciting dimension of truck racing to one of the biggest trucking markets in the world, India. Over the last 3 years, this event has showcased the best talent in truck racing as well as the latest advancements in trucking technology.

About T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP

The T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP is organized by MMSC (Madras Motor Sports Club) and is inscribed on the calendars of FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) with safety and performance standards being followed as per the guidelines of the BTRA (British Truck Racing Association), who also play in role in the selection of the best British and European Race Truck Drivers, that compete in the T1 Championship.

The FIA is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring organizations. One of the core responsibilities of the FIA is the development of motor sport worldwide. Through its national member clubs the FIA is involved in every level of motor sport and its remit extends to the millions of amateurs and professionals who enjoy motor sport in all of its variety. The FMSCI is a long-standing member of the FIA and is the only national motor sport federation recognized by the Government of India, for the promotion and control of motor sport in India, and is affiliated to the prestigious Indian Olympic Association.

About the Tata PRIMA range

Being developed with Tata Motors subsidiary – Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicles (TDCV), Tata Motors conceived the award-winning Tata PRIMA range, setting new benchmarks in the performance and design of a next-generation commercial vehicle, based on superior technology, optimum power, fuel efficiency and safety. Built with technical inputs from across the world, the Tata PRIMA range is based on an Italian cab design, engine technology from the US and Europe, gearbox expertise from Germany, chassis frame know-how from Mexico, sheet metal dies from Japan and Korea, combining Swedish precision on a robotic weld line, hence is also referred to as the ‘World truck’ by Tata Motors.

Equipped with strong aggregates and a robust chassis frame and suspension, the Tata PRIMA range meets the highest operating standards under extreme conditions, thanks to outstanding material and build quality, comfort, driving dynamics, offering customers with of lowest cost of operations. A multiple award-winning range of trucks from Tata Motors, the Tata PRIMA is today available in different trims, including multi-axle trucks, tractor-trailers and tippers, apt for several applications, thus meeting varied end-user requirements, with its power, sustainable speed, safety and reliability, best-in-class, aggregates, cabin features and comfort, was uncompromisingly designed for long-distance/ hours of transportation.

Via Tata Motors Press Releases

UD Trucks to launch Croner at Bangkok on March 1st

Developed for growth markets, the all-new medium duty truck range is scheduled for global launch in Bangkok on March 1, 2017

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UD Trucks Quester : Image Source: Link

Ageo, Japan – UD Trucks is ready to launch Croner, its all-new medium duty truck, come March as it continues its rich legacy of building the “truck the world needs today” specifically for its growth markets across Asia, Africa, Middle-East and South America.

Croner is a reliable and versatile truck range built with robust components and uncompromising quality that delivers extra productivity and superior uptime. It will cater to a wide range of applications to help meet the varying needs of our customers in growth markets.

Named after the god of time in Greek mythology, Croner is engineered to help customers stay ahead of the competition, through the simple concept of saving time.

“It is our aim for Croner to make every moment count, through maximizing productivity and minimizing downtime on every run our customers make,” said Nobuhiko Kishi, Senior Vice President of UD Trucks Brand and Product.

Designed to excel in the medium duty segment to compete in growth markets, Croner’s superiority comes from the best of three worlds – strong Japanese heritage and craftsmanship, the Volvo Group’s global technology system, and local gemba approach in manufacturing, sourcing and support.

UD Trucks will also provide extensive customer service and service sales packages with the launch of Croner.

For more information, or to enquire about Croner, kindly visit http://www.udtrucks.com/en-int/reveal (English);http://www.udtrucks.com/th-th/reveal (Thai)

For more information about UD Trucks, please visit http://www.udtrucks.com/en-int/home

Via UD Trucks press releases