Media drive started for performance variants of Tiago & Tigor twins

As per the tweet by Sirish Chandran, Tata Motors has started media drive for Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP.

It is a known fact that Tata Motors has been working along with Jayem Automotives of Coimbatore to make performance variants of Tiago and Tigor twins. Tata and Jayem together rolled out a 50:50 joint venture called JT Special Vehicles Pvt Ltd.

JT Special Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. will develop a range of performance vehicles in a phased manner at a dedicated line, currently being explored at Coimbatore. With all processes including design, precision machining, assembly, and testing facilities driven under one roof, this facility will aim to deliver the next level of personalization and enhanced performance with agility and efficiency.

Through this partnership the JTP (Jayem Tata Performance) range of cars will make it possible for a large consumer audience to experience the thrill of driving. It also aims at enhancing the product portfolio of TATA MOTORS, by offering exciting, emotion charged products. JTP will appeal to customers with a hidden streak of adventure who are looking for more than just a solution to the daily commute.

According to the product note from Tata Motors:

The Tiago JTP & Tigor JTP are the first two products from this new exciting range. They have been developed to deliver high performance through enhanced power and torque output using the 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine with performance oriented intake and exhaust systems. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission with optimized gear ratios for superior acceleration and extraordinary performance. It also features multi drive modes – City and Sports for the best of both- sheer performance or efficiency while negotiating every day traffic. The suspension has been tuned for precision with reduced ground clearance for improved handling.

The Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP features a new front end with large grill, smoked projector headlamps, bonnet and fender vents. 15” diamond cut alloy wheels and side skirts enhance the side profile while a diffuser on the rear bumper carries the sporty theme to the rear. Smoked projector headlamps not only provide great illumination but add a touch of aggression to the front .The interiors feature an all-black theme with sporty accents on AC vents, premium leather seats & steering with contrast red stitching.

The Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP also feature dual front airbags and next-gen ABS with EBD and Corner stability control for absolute safety in all driving conditions. For enhanced connectivity and a best in class infotainment experience – they come with infotainment system by Harman™ with 8 speakers for a surround sound like effect.

Technical Specifications:

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About Jayem Automotives:

Jayem Automotives is an independent Automotive R & D Company involved in design, development, testing and manufacturing of a wide range of automotive components, systems and prototypes. The company has been contracted by MRF Limited to manufacture and run the Indian Formula Ford Championship since 2008 & Formula 2000 since 2012 respectively.

About Tata Motors:

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2, 75, 561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India. With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

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“Best Global Brands 2018” – the star shines: Mercedes-Benz is the world’s most valuable premium automobile brand

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Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz was able to further increase its brand value and is once again the world’s most valuable premium car brand. In the current “Best Global Brands 2018” ranking by the renowned U.S. brand consulting company Interbrand, Mercedes-Benz again climbed places in the top ten most valuable global brands and now is ranked on 8th place. Mercedes-Benz is still the only European brand in the top ten. Compared with 2017, the value of the brand grew by two percent to 48.6 billion dollars. Mercedes-Benz has continually increased its value since 2009.

“It is great news that the value of the Mercedes-Benz brand has further increased”, says Britta Seeger, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “Once again we are the world’s most valuable premium automobile brand and are thus holding our ground in a field surrounded by big technology and consumer brands. We are delighted that people reward our new products such as the fully-electric EQC, our bold marketing campaigns such as the Grow Up campaign and new dialogue formats such as the ‘me Convention’.”

The strengths of the Mercedes-Benz brand lie in its long tradition, great innovative strength, the will to constantly reinvent itself and the abiding principle of its founding fathers only to be satisfied with the best. From the invention of the automobile to the largest manufacturer of luxury vehicles and a provider of comprehensive mobility services – Mercedes-Benz always looks for the best answers to the mobility needs of people.

Global study on brand valuation This year marks the 19th time that the annual “Best Global Brands” study has been published by Interbrand. The study is considered by leading CEOs worldwide to represent the competitive benchmark for the value of international brands. The study is designed to identify the world’s 100 most valuable brands. Interbrand’s brand valuation considers the three aspects “financial performance of the brand’s products or services”, “role of the brand in the purchase decision-making process” and “strength of the brand in relation to safeguarding the company’s future revenue”. This method is the first one to be successfully certified according to ISO 10668:2010 – an international standard that defines the basic requirements on procedures and methods for determining the monetary value of a brand.

Mercedes-Benz also occupies first place among worldwide premium automobile manufacturers in the current “Global 500 2018” ranking by the US brand valuation company Brand Finance. 500 brands were examined in the course of this study. Mercedes-Benz is in 15th place (20th place in 2017) as the most valuable European brand, with a brand value of 43.9 billion dollars (a 24 percent increase over 2017). The jury expressly recognized the modernization of the brand, and the marketing and social media activities to reach new, younger target groups.

The complete Best Global Brands ranking can be found under at www.bestglobalbrands.com

Source: Daimler Press Release

Thanks to the new agreement, India to become less reliant on China & Japan for Li-Ion batteries

CSIR lab to give technology for India’s first indigenous Lithium Ion Battery project

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Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project. The Agreement was signed in Bengaluru on Saturday (June 09, 2018) by Dr Vijayamohan K. Pillai, Director, CECRI and C. Narasimhan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of RAASI Group in the presence of  Union minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan.

A group at CSIR-CECRI headed by Dr Gopu Kumar has developed an indigenous technology of Lithium-ion cells in partnership with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) New Delhi, CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad. CSIR-CECRI has set up a demo facility in Chennai to manufacture prototype Lithium-Ion cells. It has secured global IPRs with potential to enable cost reduction, coupled with appropriate supply chain and manufacturing technology for mass production.

Currently, Indian manufacturers source Lithium Ion Battery from China, Japan and South Korea among some other countries. India is one of the largest importers and in 2017, it imported nearly 150 Million US Dollar worth Li-Ion batteries.

“Today’s development is a validation of the capabilities of CSIR and its laboratories to meet technology in critical areas to support our industry, besides other sectors,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan after the signing ceremony. “It will give tremendous boost to two flagship programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – increasing the share of Clean Energy in the energy basket by generating 175 Giga Watts by 2022, of which 100 Giga Watts will be Solar and the second, National Electric Mobility Mission, to switch completely to electric vehicles by 2030.”

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the project is in tune with Prime Minister’s vision of “Make in India”, to turn India into a manufacturing hub and to cut down outflow of foreign exchange.

Raasi Group will set up the manufacturing facility in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu close to Bangalore. “We want to bring down the cost of cell manufacturing below Rs. 15,000/- per KW to replace Lead Acid Battery,” said Narasimhan. “We also have plans to make Lithium Ion battery for solar roof top with life span of 25 years to make it affordable enough to drive the Photo Voltaic segment.”


Also read: EV’s production in India is all set to get boost from CECRI and CAEM


Li-Ion batteries have applications in Energy Storage System – from hearing aid to container sized batteries to power a cluster of villages, Electric Vehicles (2-wheeler, 3-wheeler, 4-wheeler and Bus), portable electronic sector, Grid Storage, Telecom and Telecommunication Towers, Medical Devices, Household and Office Power Back (UPS), Powering Robots in Processing Industry. Lithium-ion batteries can power any electrical application without the need of physical wires-means wireless.

Dr Jitendra Yadav, Director, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru, Dr Vidyadhar Mudkavi, Director, CSIR-4PI, Dr. M. Annadurai, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru were also present on the occasion. Dr Annadurai stressed, the Li-Ion cells developed by ISRO is primarily for space applications and there is room for convergence.

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India car sales snapshot in April 2018

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Maruti Suzuki India time and again proved that it cannot be dethroned that easily. Despite having around 50% market share it further grew to capture a whopping 55% market share. Every time we think that Maruti reached peaks and it cannot grow further it is proving us wrong, this month it grew by 13.4% compared to the last April.

Tata Motors despite trying hard to reach third position is still having tough time to displace Mahindra. But Tata can make it to third position as we can see it is consistently growing at a healthy rate(this month it grew by 34.4%) owing to the success of Tiago and Nexon.

Biggest loser this April is Honda, it de-grew by 36.9% compared to the April 2017.

Thanks to Jeep Compass that Fiat is able to post better numbers.

Source: Autopunditz

Gaku Nakanishi takes charge as C.E.O & President of Honda Cars India

Mr Nakanishi will take over from Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, who moves to New Business Strategy Division, Business Development Supervisory Unit in Honda Motor Co., Ltd

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Gaku Nakanishi, the new CEO and President of Honda Cars India

Honda Cars India announced senior management changes in February 2018 and the changes came to effect from April 1st.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has appointed Mr Gaku Nakanishi as the new President & CEO of Honda Cars India Ltd and he will take charge from April 1, 2018, consequent to the management changes announced annually by Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Mr Nakanishi will take over from Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, who moves to New Business Strategy Division, Business Development Supervisory Unit in Honda Motor Co., Ltd for accelerating formulation of new business strategy and pursuit of open innovation in the area of future mobility.

During his tenure in India, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno was instrumental in fortifying the premium brand positioning of Honda in India. He spearheaded the introduction of several premium models in India including BR-V, Accord Hybrid, New City and WR-V and laying the foundation for launch of new models including All New Amaze, All New CR-V and comeback of the Civic. Mr. Ueno’s strong focus on new age communication led to many integrated marketing campaigns targeting consumers across age profiles. In his role, he emphasized on achieving operational efficiencies at company and dealership level during rapid market shift from diesel to petrol, Demonetization and GST implementation. He also led several initiatives in the field of sales and service to enhance customer experience and dealer profitability.

Mr. Gaku Nakanishi has been President and CEO of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. since 2015. Mr Nakanishi has been associated with Honda Motor Co., Ltd. for almost 30 years and has vast experience in the automobile industry, having worked in several international markets including North America, Mexico, Japan, Thailand and has worked with overseas division for CIS, Middle East & Africa and Asia & Oceania regions.

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Mercedes-Benz plant Sindelfingen starts production of the Compact SUV GLA

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The ‘Innovation Factory‘ at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant: the Site Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant Michael Bauer (left) and Ergun Lümali, Chairman of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen Works Council (right) are celebrating the start of production of the compact SUV GLA with the team.

“With the GLA, the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant is producing a compact model for the first time proving its high flexibility. With the project ‘Innovation Factory’ we are shaping the future of production at Mercedes-Benz Cars. At the same time we are supporting our global production network by providing quickly additional capacities. Our employees contribute a major part with their long-term experience and a high level of motivation”, explains Michael Bauer.

The production of the compact SUV GLA at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant, which is about 20 km away of the company headquarters in Stuttgart, marks the starting point for the pilot project ‘Innovation Factory’. Cutting-edge production technologies which feature the ‘Factory 56’, one of the most modern car productions, are tested previously in the ‘Innovation Factory’: from innovative Industry 4.0 solutions to a work organization with flexible working models, the project covers almost all aspects of a future-oriented production.


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“We do have a highly qualified team that compensates order peaks of the GLA production. Thus Sindelfingen is proving its leading role as an innovation and competence center for new technologies. We, the works councils, are getting closer to our aim producing more vehicles in Sindelfingen. Our effort is to prepare the plant for future challenges and to ensure the employment. I am pleased, that our hard work paid off to make the location strong for the future”, says Ergun Lümali.

The GLA has been rolling off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant since 2013, and also at the Chinese production site of Beijing Benz Automotive Corporation (BBAC) in Beijing since 2015. Since the market launch of the GLA in 2014, more than 500,000 customers have already chosen the compact SUV. Rastatt, the lead plant for the GLA as well as for the A- and B-Class, is running at its full capacity. The production of the vehicle in Sindelfingen creates additional capacities until the end of the product life cycle. For the first time a compact vehicle with front-wheel drive is produced at the Sindelfingen plant, known as the center of competence for rear-wheel drive vehicles in the luxury and upper-range classes.

The GLA is characterized by its sportily dynamic design idiom, light-footed handling and extensive individualization range. As the first compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz it brought a breath of fresh air to its market segment and established itself there as a major player. In 2017 the GLA was most successful in the markets China, USA, Germany and Great Britain. The GLA portfolio meets all individual mobility requirements of its customers.

About the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant

The Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant is the center of competence for upper-range and luxury-class vehicles, and also the lead plant for the production of the S- and E-Class model series. This will also be the location for the prospective production of electric vehicles of the new EQ product and technology brand. Together with the central production organization of Mercedes-Benz Cars, the plant employs a workforce of more than 25,000. The site is the location for the production of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Sedan and Estate), the CLS, the S-Class (Sedan, Coupé and Cabriolet), the Mercedes-Maybach and the Mercedes-AMG GT family. Around 250 vehicles a day are delivered at the Mercedes-Benz customer center in Sindelfingen.

Source: Daimler Global Media Site

Tata Motors and ASDC certify first batch of trainees in Sanand for skills in automotive assembly

The collaborative skill development program was introduced in 2016 through an MoU between both parties

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Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President, Passenger Vehicle Operations, Tata Motors, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors and Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) at the certification ceremony of the first batch of trainees in Sanand, graduating from the collaborative skills development and certification program.

Key Highlights:

  • Tata Motors has partnered with ASDC (Automotive Skills Development Council), NSDC (National Skills Development Corporation) and NAPS (National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme), for various skill development programs in the automotive sectors
  • 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) at Sanand plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills and similar assessments are being conducted in Tata Motors Sanand Plant. We would be certifying around 1500+ trainees in next 3 years at Sanand plant.
  • Tata Motors plans to skill 40,000 people in next 3 to 4 years across all plants, subsidiaries and dealer network

As part of a unique initiative to promote “Skill India Mission”, Tata Motors and Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) certified the first batch of trainees under their collaborative skills development and certification program. Introduced in 2016, the program is currently training around 4000 apprentices, out of which 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) with over 90% success ratio at Sanand Plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills. The trainees, after completion of their first-year training at Tata Motors’ Skill Development Center were assessed through an online test, a practical examination and a viva conducted by the external ASDC nominated assessor. Trainees that successfully passed these examinations were felicitated at the certificates award ceremony in the presence of top officials from Tata Motors, ASDC and NEEM partners at Sanand.

The first batch of trainees were awarded the ASDC certification in presence of Mr. Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resource Officer, Tata Motors, Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, Chief Executive Officer, ASDC and Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President – Operations, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors, said, “Today indeed is a very proud moment for us at Tata Motors, as the first batch of ASDC certified trainees, enrolled under the NEEM program, graduate from the Sanand plant Skill Development Center. This program has been diligently put together by Tata Motors’ Skills Development Center, in association with NEEM service provider and ASDC. It’s a matter of great satisfaction to see a large batch of trainees, both girls and boys, mostly from rural areas and small towns who were inducted through the “Earn & Learn” mode under the ‘National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM)’ that’s part of Government’s Skill India mission. With the evolution in automobile manufacturing and service, the need for skilled workforce will continue to increase exponentially, with a huge potential to generate large-scale employment opportunities. However, for the youth to be able to take up these opportunities, it is important they have the mindset of quality, productivity, safety and discipline coupled with right technical skills, which our Skills Development Center as well NEEM partner, imparted very systematically during the program duration. Sowing the seeds of learning has short, mid and long-term benefits, and we at Tata Motors foresee this as the foundation to prepare them as well the Indian Automotive Industry for future growth.”

Adding to this, Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), said, “The automotive industry is a significant generator of employment in India. Till date, the ASDC has contributed to the development of the automotive industry by creating 200 Qualification Packs (QPs) comprising of 363 Unique National Occupational Standards (NOS) and total 946 NOS related to automotive sector. Tata Motors’ partnership with ASDC will further enhance the expertise in conducting research, developing training course curriculums and certification of trainers and students, in consultation with experts from the automotive industry and from academia.”

Tata Motors has been at the forefront in creating the right set of talent pool for the automobile engineering and manufacturing industry. With a first-of-its-kind MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Tata Motors has over the past few years has signed over six such agreements with leading institutes and organisations, to develop skilled & highly competent manpower for being future ready.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited, a USD 42 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. As India’s largest automobile company and part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 76 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea. In India, Tata Motors has an industrial joint venture with Fiat. Engaged in engineering and automotive solutions, with a focus on future-readiness and a pipeline of tech-enabled products, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles with 9 million vehicles on Indian roads. The company’s innovation efforts are focused on developing auto technologies that are sustainable as well as suited. With design and R&D centres located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea, Tata Motors strives to pioneer new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers. Abroad, Tata cars, buses, and trucks are being marketed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

Tata Motors Press Release