October 2017 car sales snapshot

October 2017 car sales in India

Apart from Maruti, Tata, Toyota, Fiat and Skoda, every other OEM saw a decline in sales compared to the last October. Tata Motors sales stood flat when compared to the same period last year. Fiat is riding high on the top of the Jeep Compass sales. Hyundai India sales decline is marginal. Ford and Renault are the biggest losers. On the whole October 2017 proved to be a tough month for Indian auto industry. Stay tuned detailed model wise sales report.

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Via: Autopunditz

Finally, Maruti to launch Super Carry within this year – says R C Bhargava

Tata Ace and Mahindra Maxximo to get a new rival from Maruti in the form of Super Carry. Until now the segment is dominated by Tata, Mahindra and Ashok Leyland. Have to see how Maruti will fare in the commercial segment.

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Maruti’s LCV Super Carry  is code named Y9T will be launched this year.

According to Economic Times, Maruti’s chairman R C Bhargava confirmed that the Super Carry will be launched in India within this year.

Super Carry was scheduled to be launched much earlier but was delayed due to re-engineering works.

According to the report, the delay was due to the wrong understanding of the load factor by Maruti. “We could not understand the load factor in the segment. Unlike a car, where you can seat four-to-five people with some luggage, an LCV gets abused in the Indian market. A one tonne truck often carries 1.5 tonne,” the executive said, citing the firm’s inexperience in the Indian LCV market and its inability to read attributes of the vehicle properly as the reasons for the delay.” said the company executive.

“First time in over 30 years of company’s history, a product is delayed,” said a top company executive directly involved with the matter, on condition of anonymity.

Interestingly India made Super Carry is on sale at Tanzania since June this year, where unlike in India the trucks are loaded as per their capacity rating. The export version is powered by 1.2 liter  72ps petrol  engine.

The Indian version Super Carry will come equipped with two engine options, 1200cc  petrol  engine and 800cc diesel in different tune from the export version. 800cc diesel is already on duty on Celerio.

via: Economic Times

Kia Motors to finalize it’s plant location in India by this August

Hyundai’s sister company Kia Motors to zero in on it’s plant location in India by August. Production to start in 2019 with initial capacity of 3 lac vehicles.

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According to Reuters, South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp is expected to pick a site next month for its first factory in India, stepping up plans to start making cars in one of the world’s fast-growing auto markets, two people familiar with the matter said.

The move would enable Kia to leverage the existing supplier base of its affiliate Hyundai Motor Co, India’s second-biggest automaker by sales. The proposed factory would start production in 2019 and eventually have capacity to make 300,000 Kia vehicles a year, one of the people told a major bet for a firm that sold 3.05 million vehicles last year.

The Korean pair, jointly the world’s No.5 carmaker, are chasing new business after missing annual targets in 2015 for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis. Their combined sales fell 2 percent in first-half 2016, hit by weakness in markets like China, Russia and Brazil.

India is likely to become the world’s third-largest car market by 2020, according to IHS, up from fifth place now, with annual sales nearly doubling to about 5 million vehicles from 2.7 million in 2015.

The size of Kia’s investment has yet to be decided, one of the people said, declining to identify which models will be produced at the factory. Kia is best known as a maker of relatively inexpensive cars, like the Rio sub-compact.

Three sites are under consideration for the plant, and Kia may announce the plan in September after deciding on a location in August, the second person said.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the project was confidential.

The states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat have all been wooing Kia, according to two other people with knowledge of the matter. One of the two, an official with the Andhra Pradesh administration, said the state – which neighbors Tamil Nadu, home of Hyundai’s existing plants near Chennai – is the frontrunner.

Kia said in a statement to Reuters on Thursday that it was “continually evaluating potential locations for overseas manufacturing facilities, including India, to secure additional engines for future growth. However, as of now no concrete plans have been finalised.”

MARUTI CHALLENGE?

Hyundai started India production nearly two decades ago and has two factories in India that make cars for the domestic market and for export to Europe and elsewhere.

The firm trails only Maruti Suzuki India Ltd in sales in India, and has an extensive service and dealer network that gives it an advantage over global rivals that have struggled to build market share including General Motors, Toyota Motor Corp and Volkswagen.

Kia’s South Korea factories accounted for 57 percent of its sales last year. It also has plants in China, the United States and Slovakia, and its first Mexico factory began production earlier this year.

For the time being most cars sold in India are small. Hyundai sells several low-priced vehicles in the country, which could present a challenge in terms of market positioning for Kia, which would not want to cannibalise Hyundai sales.

Hyundai shares parts and vehicle underpinnings with Kia, which Hyundai bought at the height of the Asian financial crisis in 1998. Differentiating their brands has been a challenge, as they compete in similar segments and markets.

via: Reuters

Kabali CRAZE: Swift Kabali Edition launched at Chennai

After AirAsia and Airtel now Maruti Suzuki is cashing in on Kabali Craze.
Why is this film generating this amount of buzz that debatably no other Indian film currently has? Is it because Superstar is collaborating with a fresh promising team? Or is it because he plays his age or is it because he enacts a Don, 20 years after Baasha? What amazes everyone is the untamable swag of SSRK. His costumes look kickass too, with an apt grayish toupee and white beard to go with the supercool shades.
WHILE THE CRAZE FOR KABALI REMAINS A MYSTERY, COMPANIES ARE CASHING IN ON IT

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The release of Kabali, or any Rajinikanth film for that matter, is like a national holiday in Tamil Nadu. Such is the craze that if you get the tickets on the first day of screening, it’s a huge accomplishment (let alone I’m trying hardest as ever). When the Kabali teaser was released on May 1, it crossed five million views on Youtube in just 22 hours setting a new Indian film industry record previously held by Dhoom 3 and Sultan movies for most number of views. It will inexplicably send nostalgia to the classic Rajinikanth movies as a larger-than-life gangster.

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Releasing in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi across 5,000 plus screens worldwide, around 500 screens in the US, the producer is expecting the movie to make over Rs. 500 crore – bigger than the blockbuster Baahubali. Lately AirAsia, the official airline partner, adorned its passenger carrier with the Kabali theme. It’s for the fanatics across the world flying to see the movie on its release date according to them.

Leading into the release on July 22, exclusive Kabali recharge packs like unlimited 2G internet, hello tunes and even Kabali branded SIM cards have been launched by Airtel. Kabali merchandise like T-shirts and coffee mugs are selling on demand in the Southern states too.

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With the online bookings opened in some multiplexes sold out in no time today, Maruti Suzuki has fuelled up the enthusiasm with the special edition Swift paying hommage to Kabali – directed by the highly capable Pa. Ranjith.

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The roof, side profile and bonnet have Rajinikanth, fondly known as Super Star, vinyl wrap stickers with the registration plate at front displaying the letters ‘Kabali Edition’. At the rear, the Tamil wording ‘Nerrupuda Nerrunguda’ is from the exhilarating theme song and above which the famous dialogue from the teaser marking his return as a gangster. The glass on the rear hatch bears his signature ‘Maghilchi’ dialogue as well. No mechanical changes are intended as it’s purely a celebration for the release of the movie.

Source: Gaadiwaadi

 

 

20 Cars & SUVs launching in 5 months

We are halfway through 2016 and have already seen few hit launches in the market in the form of Maruti Vitara Brezza and Datsun Redi-Go. The festive season is around the corner and that is when the swarm of new cars are launched in India to capture the festive mood. We bring you 20 new…

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