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

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BorgWarner’s Compact Wastegate Turbocharger Boosts Latest 1.0-liter Gasoline Engine from Honda

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  • BorgWarner’s most compact turbocharger for 1.0-liter engines
  • Boosts performance, improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions
  • Delivers quick response with low noise, vibration and harshness as well as an excellent power density

Auburn Hills, Michigan, July 11, 2017  BorgWarner, a global leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles, delivers its proven wastegate turbocharger for Honda’s new three-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline direct-injected engine, initially available for the Civic in Asia and Europe. BorgWarner’s compact turbocharger improves engine efficiency and boosts performance, helping achieve an outstanding power output of 95 kW (127 HP) with quick engine response.

“Designed for powerful, downsized engines, BorgWarner’s wastegate turbocharger combines high power density and excellent response in an extremely compact package,” said Frédéric Lissalde, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Turbo Systems. “BorgWarner’s first global development with Honda reflects our strong reputation as a leading supplier of advanced turbocharging technologies and supports our growth in Asia and around the world.”

BorgWarner’s reliable B01 turbocharger features a compact, robust design with low noise, vibration and harshness and facilitates the use of low viscosity oil. Its advanced materials withstand exhaust temperatures up to 950 degrees Celsius and rotational speeds of up to 285,000 rpm. Fitted with an electrically actuated wastegate for highly accurate control to prevent charge pressure at high engine power, BorgWarner’s turbocharger delivers powerful and efficient performance. In addition, it improves fuel economy while providing excellent torque characteristics over the entire engine speed range. The low-inertia turbine wheel allows a wider performance range while optimized harnessing of exhaust gas pulsation offers fast response at low engine speeds. In addition, the rapid activation of the catalytic converter during cold starts significantly reduces emissions.

Via: BorgWarner

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Honda Motor establish Joint Venture for electric vehicle motors

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Tokyo, July 3, 2017 — Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the establishment of a joint venture company for the development, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles on the premises of Hitachi Automotive Systems in Hitachinaka-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture.

As announced on February 7, 2017, the two companies have conducted discussions based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed on February 3, and entered into a joint venture agreement on March 24 to make more tangible preparations to establish the new company. The newly established company will receive a financial grant from Ibaraki Prefecture as it has been recognized as a relevant project that “promotes the establishment of corporate head office functions” within the prefecture.

Name of company Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems, Ltd.
Location 2520 Takaba, Hitachinaka-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture
Representative Noboru Yamaguchi, President
Business Development, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles
Contribution 5 billion yen (capital: 2.5 billion yen, capital reserve: 2.5 billion yen)
Date of establishment July 3, 2017
Investment ratio Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. 51%
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 49%

The new company will respond to the growing global demand from automakers for electric vehicle motors by developing competitive motors that combine the expertise of the two companies.

About Hitachi Automotive Systems

Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company is engaged in the development, manufacture, sales and services of automotive components, transportation related components, industrial machines and systems, and offers a wide range of automotive systems including engine management systems, electric power train systems, drive control systems and car information systems. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi-automotive.co.jp/en/.

About Honda Motor Co.

Honda Motor Co. (NYSE: HMC) Honda designs, manufactures and markets automobiles, motorcycles, power products and aviation products worldwide. A global leader in powertrain and electromotive technologies, Honda produces nearly 28 million engines annually for its three product lines. Honda and its partners build products in more than 60 manufacturing plants in 27 countries, employing more than 208,000 associates globally.

Via: Hitachi


*Information contained in this news release is current as of the date of the press announcement, but may be subject to change without prior notice


 

GM And Honda Pour $85 Million Into Joint Fuel Cell Manufacturing In Michigan

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General Motors and Honda have both leaned on one another regarding fuel cell development in an ongoing strategic partnership, but both automakers have tied the knot even further.

GM announced both automakers have invested $85 million total into a joint fuel cell manufacturing operation in Michigan. The operation, titled Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC, will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan. Both automakers are planning to mass produce fuel cells at the facility beginning in 2020.

Both GM and Honda will continue to share what it learned through its fuel cell engineering and operations and place the technology in future roadgoing vehicles. This work will ultimately lead to the next generation of fuel cells and hydrogen storage technologies and create a more affordable commercial solution for fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems.

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GM-Honda Fuel Cell

“The combination of two leaders in fuel cell innovation is an exciting development in bringing fuel cells closer to the mainstream of propulsion applications,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The eventual deployment of this technology in passenger vehicles will create more differentiated and environmentally friendly transportation options for consumers.”

GM and Honda have led the fuel cell technology space for years with 2,200 patents between both automakers. The upcoming operations are expected to add 100 jobs to the Brownstown battery facility.

Source: GM Authority

Traffic Training Park inaugurated in Punjab by Honda 2 wheelers and Ludhiana Municipal Corporation

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Extending its commitment to make safe riding an everyday habit for two-wheeler riders, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) today entered into a pact with the Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana to adopt the first-ever Children Traffic Training Park in Punjab.

The upcoming traffic park in Ludhiana is set to be Honda’s tenth such tie-up in India after similar parks in Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Yeola – Nashik, Hyderabad, two in Delhi and a recently inaugurated Road Safety Education center in Indore, an official spokesman said here.

Through a dedicated road-safety team, Honda has trained over 2.6 lakh people on safe-riding in less than 3 years through these traffic parks, he said.

Present at the MoU signing ceremony were Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Mayor, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, GK Singh -Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana, Ghanshyam Thori- Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana, Harpreet Singh- Department Manager, Safe Riding Promotion & Training, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Rajeev Singh- Zonal Manager (Sales), Punjab, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India.

Key initiatives by Honda at Children Traffic Training Park, Model Town, Ludhiana will include expert Honda Safety instructors (female & male) to educate new riders on correct riding techniques, Honda’s Proprietary riding trainers which shall aid people above 16 years of age to experience over 100 possible dangers on road.

Speaking on the occasion, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said, ” Under ‘People Come First’ philosophy, road safety promotion has been Honda’s top priorities worldwide since 1970. In India too, we follow safety as an integral part of all our business activities.Through various road safety initiatives, we have educated more than 9 lakh individuals including women and kids.”

Hero MotoCorp to phase out all the models under licensing agreement with Honda

Ignitor, Impulse, Passion xPro, Maestro are going to be phased out by April 2017

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India’s largest two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp will terminate sales of some of its models like the Maestro, Ignitor, Impulse and Passion xPro which were acquired under a licensing agreement with former partner Honda. The discontinuation will happen by the end of the current financial year.

According to Hero, they has achieved a significant milestone by launching the all-new Splendor iSmart 110. The automaker believes it has sufficient capability to develop new products for global customers. Hero has already got the Maestro Edge to replace the older version of the Maestro while sales of two-wheelers like the Ignitor, Impulse and Passion xPro is limited.

Recently the company launched its first in-house designed and developed motorcycle, the Splendor iSmart 110, which has a price tag of Rs. 53,000/- (ex-showroom, Delhi). Also, the company is looking at replacing its old models with new models developed on its own new technology.

The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 comes with an all-new engine developed at the company’s innovation centre in Jaipur. Hero MotoCorp has designed the new chassis and body for the new Splendor which results in savings on royalty payments to Honda.

The world’s largest selling 2-wheeler brand is planning to enter 50 new markets while setting up 20 manufacturing facilities across the globe, targeting an annual turnover of Rs. 60,000 crores by the end of this decade. However, due to some uncertain economic conditions in Africa, Latin and Central America, Hero MotorCorp has been facing some heat in its global ambitions.

20 Cars & SUVs launching in 5 months

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