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Auto Monitor V Vol. 11 No. 22

1-15 December 2011

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I INTERVIEW ““WORST FEARED FOR AUTOMOBILE RETAIL”

48 Pages

Nikunj Sanghi, President, FADA

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Hyundai launches i10 LPG variant Our Bureau New Delhi

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yundai Motor India recently launched the LPG version of the i10 priced `27,630 more than the existing petrol model. The new variant christened as i10‘blue drive’ comes with a factory-fitted LPG kit.

The Korean car maker has introduced the eco-efficient ‘blue drive’ technology in the Next Gen i10 in its 1.1 Era and 1.1 Magna variants. The ex-showroom Delhi prices for the i10 Era (1.1 lt) is `416,144 and i10 Magna (1.1 lt) is priced at `430,659. The i10 LPG comes with an easy petrol to LPG shift that offers customers a combination of reliable performance and unmatched fuel economy.

Domestic Top 5 PV-makers Sector

Oct-10

Oct-11

Change

MSIL

107,555

51,458

-52.16%

HMIL

34,720

33,001

-4.95%

TML

28,577

28,575

-0.01%

M&M ^

17,036

21,065

23.65%

Toyota

6,602

10,762

63.01%

Domestic Top 5 2W-makers HML BAL

Oct-11

Change

491,356

497,105

1.17%

239,936

244,503

1.90%

TVS

173,771

159,887

-7.99%

HMSI

140,059

171,814

22.67%

31,791

38,229

20.25%

IYM

Abhishek Parekh Mumbai

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oyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) is evaluating imports of components and kits from its facilities in Indonesia and Philippines to meet the burgeoning requirements in the Indian market. With the launch of the Etios and the Etios Liva, Toyota’s Indian arm has become the fastest growing passenger car maker over the last few months. Its volume growth has been in the range of 50 to 70 percent. The depreciation of rupee vis-a-vis the dollar and flooding at its suppliers’ facilities in Thailand—the key manufacturing and component sourcingbaseforToyota,hasaddedto the company’s woes. “Our priority is to reduce the waiting list for our compact cars,” said Deputy MD (Commercial)Asia Pacific Regional Officer, Toyota Kirloskar Motors, Shekar Viswanathan on the sidelines of an automotive plastics seminar

in Mumbai recently. The Etios has continued its dream run in the Indian market with waiting period for the diesel extending to three to four months in most cities. It recently launched the diesel variant of the Etios. “We are having to redraw our strategy on petrol and diesel mix, especially for Etios, due to growing price differential as we did

Domestic Top 5 CV-makers Sector

Oct-10

Oct-11

Change

TML

30,234

35,263

16.63%

M&M

9,228

10,792

16.95%

ALL

4,628

5,682

22.77%

VECV Eicher

3,070

4,135

34.69%

FML

2,114

2,008

-5.01%

* Source: SIAM/ ** Excluding exports/ *** all sub segments considered/ ^ excluding MRPL

not anticipate multi-fold demand for diesel cars that we are seeing over the recent months,” said Viswanathan. He added that TKM is also looking to kickstart exports of the compact offering Etios by around middle of next year to South Africa and will subsequently evaluate on exports to other neighbouring countries. The Japanese car-maker is

looking to expand its vendor base in a gradual manner in India. Its current vendor base is around 130 suppliers. The company is targeting local manufacturing of engines by 2013 and is looking to have close to 95 percent localisation for its compact offerings. Earlier, Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts (TKAP) started the construction of its `500 crore engine plant and the expansion of its existing transmission facility. TK AP is a joint venture between Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Industries Corporation and Kirloskar Systems. It is looking to make around a lakh engines by around third quarter of 2012 and around 2.4 lakh transmissions a year starting early 2013. It currently manufactures manual transmissions for the Fortuner made in India, Thailand and Argentina and axles and propeller shafts for the Innova, manufactured in India.

Tabros signs slew of JVs Shambhavi Anand New Delhi

DATA MONITOR

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Toyota gears up for Etios demand

NEWS IN BRIEF

Sector

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AUTOPINION CARBON FIBRE CARS WITH BIO-BASED INTERIORS: THE NEW REALITY

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albros Group has been looking to widen its footprint in the component business through JVs and technical alliances of late. While its gasket manufacturing division, Talbros Automotive Component (TACL) has entered into a equal JV with the global automotive systems and components supplier, Sistemi Sospensioni SpA—a subsidiary of Magneti Marelli, another group company QH Talbros, which supplies steerings and suspension components, has entered into a technical alliance with the Japanese ball joint manufacturer Musashi Auto Parts. As per to JV agreement with Sistemi that is expected to be operational by April 2012, TACL shall transfer its existing stamping business to this venture, after obtaining shareholder approval. The JV will start operations in Faridabad, Haryana and manufacture components like knuckles, front axles, rear axles and various types of control arms. Magneti Marelli will support the joint ven-

Vidhur Talwar, Joint MD, QH Talbros

ture with design and technology with an aim to develop light-weight suspension solutions. “This JV will help us in further augmenting our position as the largest producer of control arms. It will help us in bringing in new technology and also in manufacturing peripheral products, which we are not supplying now. It will help us in moving up the value chain,” Joint Managing Director QH Talbros, Vidhur Talwar said. According to Vice-President, TACL, Anuj Talwar, the Sistemi JV has already been nominated for supplying to some leading vehicle manufacturers in the country and might also explore opportunities to set up a plant in future,

preferably in the western part of the country, depending upon the requirements of its customers. The JV agreement with Talbros will allow Magneti Marelli to further extend its presence in India and enter a newer business area— suspension systems. The Italian supplier’s advanced technology and international expertise will help create a value in the JV company. Another division of the Talbros Group, QH Talbros, which manufacturers steering and suspension components, has recently signed a technical assistance agreement with Japanese ball joint manufacturer, Musashi. The Japanese company which also manufactures camshaft, transmission and gear components, apart from ball joints, will help the Indian partner in design, development, testing of prototypes and give the process for mass manufacturing. “The alliance is on royalty basis and will work on case-to-case basis depending upon the customers,” President QH Talbros, Rajeev Mittal told Auto Monitor. The gasket division of the group had earlier signed a technical

assistance agreement with Sanwa Packaging Industry Company, Japan, for obtaining technical know-how for the manufacturing of heat shields for automotives and related applications. “Heat shield technology is in a nascent stage in India currently, but as the size of the engines in cars increase and the size of the vehicle decrease, there will be a need to insulate the peripheral components from the heat dissipated by the engine,” Talwar said. He also said that the two companies are in talks on alliance in obtaining post coating technology of gaskets. “We might look at converting technology agreements into joint ventures with our partners in the future. We look at technical alliances before signing a JV as engagement before marriage.” The group has recently set up a plant in Chennai for manufacturing steering and suspension to cater to the needs of Daimler’s new project, Bharat Benz to which, it claims to be the single source supplier for all chassis parts. According to Mittal, the plant is expected to commence production in April 2012.


EDITORIAL Crank it up

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he week that went by was not favourable for the economy as a whole as the rupee weakened further, hovering around `52 per USD when this edition went to press. The rupee has weakened by close to 20 percent in this calendar so far and if the momentum continues, it may end up in a catastrophe. While the industry has been insisting for the government to deploy the country’s foreign exchange reserves to salvage the falling rupee, the government and the Reserve Bank of India are taking a different route. Whatever may be the formula, early results are solicited. While the companies with higher import content and long /short-term loans will suffer the most, it will give relief to those OEMs that are exporting vehicles. It will also benefit the component manufacturers that have sizeable export shares in their business portfolio. In this scenario, the OEMs with high import content will have no other go except to pass on the burden to the customers, which will eventually hamper the sales. The automotive industry is also increasingly becoming more vulnerable to the vagaries of economy prompted by several other factors including the fuel price hike and hardening of interest rates. Though the oil marketing companies have reduced the price of petrol by about two rupees, there are enough indications that they might roll back the price reduction due to hardening of USD. In addition, the industry is also affected due to natural calamities like floods in Thailand and the tsunami in Japan. This is because of the fact that the operating margins of most of the players are very low—averaging in the order of a lower single digit. For instance, the OEMs invest a lot on new product development, manufacturing and marketing, though almost every company is working with a tight schedule and cost control objectives. Ditto is the case with the component manufacturers. The dealers also spend a lot of money on sales. The

cost of selling a vehicle has been continuously increasing due to several factors including the higher cost of real estate, manpower crunch, cost of training, maintaining the showroom and the last but not the least, higher cost of fi nance. The dealers have to raise funds through loans to maintain an inventory. In many cases the dealers do not get the vehicles even after weeks of depositing money upfront towards the cost of vehicles. This affects their margins that are already thin. So what is the solution? Firstly, the OEMs, the vendors and the dealers must work in tandem to minimise the overall expenditure. Secondly, there should be enough care taken to face unpredictable eventualities to a great extent. Thirdly, the trio should share the best practises more often amongst themselves so that every stakeholder is benefited, as even the slightest deceleration in the sales end up in eroding profits. Wishing you much pleasure reading. Do send us your feedback.

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CONTENTS CORPORATE LeeBoy enters CE market by fielding motor grader

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LeeBoy India Construction Equipment kicked off its local presence with the launch of the first equipment motor grader 785i—engineered and manufactured in India

Leyland Deere to penetrate backhoe loaders segment

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Ashok Leyland John Deere JV for CE has had trials for its new concept in the runup to its debut product—435 Backhoe Loader

Ibex to setup die-casting facility in Chennai

GLOBAL WATCH 15

Ucal Group company Ibex Products has setup a new die-casting facility in Chennai with an investment of `14 crore

Schwing Stetter launches mini concrete mixer ‘Nimo’

Wabco expands for air compressors technology

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Wabco is in the process of expanding the customer base for its c-comp clutchable air compression technology in Europe

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Schwing Stetter launched ‘Nimo’, a mini concrete mixer with a capacity of three cubic metres allowing operations even in city limits at anytime during the day

Chrysler to spend $1.7 billion on Fiat-based Jeep

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Chrysler will invest $1.7 billion to develop and build the next generation of its Jeep, based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform, to debut in 2013

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Kia looking to reduce environmental impact

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Newer Kia models are subject to an LCA test to minimise their environmental impact and suppliers are encouraged to do the same with their production processes

Honda unveils Fit EV at Los Angeles Motor Show

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Honda unveiled 2013 Fit EV at the LA Auto Show and announced plans to lease the 123 city-mile per charge single battery electric commuter vehicle in the US

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THE OTHER SIDE

Mahle looks for higher contribution from CV

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Mahle Filter Systems is gearing up to weather the slowdown in the auto industry by evolving into a complete air management system manufacturer

FADA auto summit to forge international council

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Sameer Aghi, President, Cobra Carbide

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Aghi’s work experience spans across India, Middle East, Singapore and the US and started his career as a software programmer and moved to ERP consulting while working in Silicon Valley

Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations will be organising its 7th Auto Summit titled ‘Shifting Gears: Terrain Ahead’ in association with SIAM at New Delhi

AMW enters volume segment of HCV

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ŠKoda’s Rapid entry into C segment Škoda Auto India recently launched C segment sedan Škoda Rapid priced between `6.75 lakh and `9.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Rapid will be produced at the group’s Chakan plant in Pune and mainly target young professionals who want to upgrade from hatchback and small cars. “Škoda Auto India marks a crucial milestone in India with the launch of Rapid. We intend to strengthen our presence in the highly competitive C segment in the country with this launch. We are confident that this car will become the cornerstone for the Škoda brand in India.”, Member of the Board & Director, Sales & Marketing, Škoda Auto India, Thomas Kuehl commented. The car will be available in eight variants which include both in petrol and diesel engine. The petrol version has a 1.6 litre engine with maximum power of 77 kW (105PS)@5250 RPM and maximum torque of 153 nm@3800 RPM while 1.6 litre diesel engine with maximum power of 77 kW(105PS)@4400 RPM and maximum torque of 250 nm@1500–2500 RPM.

Auto Monitor

of the fortnight

AMW has entered the 16-tonne segment with a tipper—1618TP at the recently concluded Excon 2011 and is planning to launch rigid axle truck in the same capacity


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“Worst feared for automobile retail”

The relentless rise of inflation, fuel price and interest rates are the major reasons that would make the next two years difficult for the automobile retail. Fearing the worst, President, FADA, Nikunj Sanghi told Nabeel A Khan that the OEMs should either hold on to current prices or roll back prices. He insisted that the government should offer incentives to those scraping their old cars and introduce infrastructural projects to increase vehicle demand. Could you provide an update on the activities of FADA? Currently, around 65 percent of the total dealers are members of the association. Being the only apex body of the automobile dealers in the country, we aim to attain 100 percent membership in the near future. There are a number of dealerships in the hinterland and Tier II and III cities where the awareness level of what FADA can do is limited. FADA is about sharing knowledge and best practices and it is also about what are strategies to be implemented to keep the growth and success. Do you think that the services are matching the expectations of the customers? The deal-

ers are not failing to deliver on the quality of service. The biggest bottleneck that dealers are facing is availability of skilled manpower. With the kind of technology coming in the industry, unless you don’t have the skilled manpower it is difficult not only for dealers but also for manufactures to deliver the services required. Realising the gap in the demand and supply of the skilled manpower, the government constituted the skill development council and one of the fi rst trades taken up there was auto-technician training. And going by that, SIAM, ACMA

and FADA have joined hands and formed a skill development council and we are in the process of rolling out auto technician courses across the county soon and that is being supported by the central government.

These three factors have severely impacted the demand of automobiles. Now with inflation not being under control and the government tightening the noose further, the automobile demand is going to be affected.

What is FADA doing to bring common transport law in country? FADA did take a very important step in this direction by conducting a transport commissioners’ workshop in Delhi a couple of years back. We plan to continue that practice of getting all the transport commissioners of all states on a single common platform. What we do is take the best practice of one state and share it with the transport commissioners of other states. Moreover, the government has also created inter-state transport council where it is trying to make all the transport laws common including the road tax structure.

Do you foresee a threat for dealership business? Immediately, I don’t see dealerships shutting down, but it is going to be difficult for them to be profitable. What happens when demand goes down, is that there is an increased pressure on sales due to which, the cost of sales also goes up as you need to hire more people and offer bigger discounts. Thus profitability is going to dip.

What is the roadmap for automobile retailing? The festival period has not lived upto expectations. Usually, a festival period sees a 20-30 percent increase in sales as against the rest of the months, but this cycle has not happened this time. Post-festival, most dealers are experiencing lower footfalls and enquiries. As a result, this is a challenging period and it could get worse. There are a number of reasons for this: Inflation has impacted the commodity prices, that has resulted in increased prices of vehicles in the last six months. The second blow is that the increased interest rates imposed to control the inflation have led to higher EMIs. Finally, the relentless hike of fuel prices.

Where are the automotive sector and dealership business heading? If you look at the SIAM’s projection for vehicle demand, there is a downward revision of the growth projection from 12 to 16 percent to two to three percent. And they are saying that they could revise it further; obviously the manufacturers are also in the same mode as the demand recession is going to continue. It is too early to foresee anythings as the cost of the existing dealership business is very high. Thus the decision to close is not easy for any dealer to make. Hence there is a tendency to try and prolong any closure for in the hope of revival. So I don’t see an immediate reason for shutting down of the dealerships. What kind of indicators would you like see for revival? A majority of the vehicles are financed. Thus interest rates have a major impact on the purchase decision of the vehicles. Hence the immediate thing required is roll

back of interest rates so that the EMI becomes easier to be paid. The manufacturers will have to look at the prices; probably they should hold on to the current prices or roll back the prices. There has been a price increase by the OEMs in the last two years and I am not saying that it was not justified because there was an increase in the commodity prices too. We don’t see any revival in the near future; the next 18 to 24 months are going to be difficult. What should be done to boost sentiments at all levels? The government needs to take similar steps that they took when the recession hit the industry back in 2008-09. The should take measures like giving incentives to scrap old or inefficient cars and buy new vehicles, giving impetus to government undertakings like state road transport corporations to introduce new fleets and boost new infrastructure that can actually put money into the market and increase the demand for vehicles. Do you think the performance of the CV and two-wheeler segments will continue in the same fashion? I think that even these two segments, which have to date sustained recessionary pressures, are being hit. And I understand that there is a demand recession coming from CV segment. From the point of being a sellers’ market, the CV segment has become a buyers’ market. Discounting has started in CV segment also and you will see the inventory levels have started to rise in these dealerships. I don’t think any segment of the automobile industry has been left untouched by the slowdown.


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LeeBoy enters CE market by fielding motor grader T Murrali Bangalore

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eeBoy India Construction Equipment recently forayed into the Indian sub-continent with the launch of the fi rst equipment motor grader 785i— engineered and manufactured in India. The 785i motor grader is a 12.4 tonne, 150 horsepower workhorse, designed to consistently level, rip, spread, cut and contour a variety of roads and other surfaces to the required specifications. According to President & CEO, LeeBoy India, Kamal Bali, the equipment attempts to bring greater value when compared with the existing products by providing advanced features like a fully automatic power shift transmission, roll-over protection safety, falling object protection safety and air-conditioned cabin for safety and higher operational efficiency. It also offers improved fuel economy due to its variable volume load sensing hydraulic system, lock-up clutch on torque

converter and electro-hydraulic fan drive. India is the fi fth largest market with an estimated value of around `18,000 crore. With the increased focus on infrastructure creation, the value is expected to grow three fold in five years. During the last one year, the company observed that the maintenance and repairs were the biggest pain points for customers. In order to address this issue, the company has introduced its OperationRepairs-Maintenance (ORM) initiative in India. This concept is aimed at reducing customer’s pain areas by taking complete responsibility for the equipment’s uptime and performance, through the equipment life cycle. “We come with a new paradigm in the construction equipment space that dissociates itself from the classical equipment sale and service model. Ours is a longer term, holistic and on-ground engagement with select customers, providing them integrated solutions, which will

About Leeboy LeeBoy India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics), the land systems arm of ST Engineering, an integrated engineering group providing solutions and services in aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The brand LeeBoy comes from VT LeeBoy (LeeBoy USA), a leading road construction equipment company in the US for nearly fi ve decades. LeeBoy US is the wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering through its US holding company, VT Systems. help them to focus on their core business,” Bali said. In order to support its long-term plans, the company is setting up a manu-

(Inset) Kamal Bali, President & CEO of LeeBoy India (R) 785i Equipment Motor Grader

facturing facility in Jigani near Bangalore at an investment of about $35 million, he said. In the next six to eight months, LeeBoy India will introduce a slew of construction equipment as part of its fi rst phase of operations. These include, amongst others, a 15-tonne motor grader, a 22-tonne crawler excavator,

a backhoe loader and a range of asphalt and concrete batching plants. In the second phase, the company will have a set of road construction and maintenance products from LeeBoy US’s stables such as pavers, curbers and pothole patchers, in addition to the 14-tonne and 33-tonne crawler excavators.

Seah Moon Ming, Dy CEO & President, Defence Business, Singapore Technologies Engineering

Tell us the markets you are currently servicing across the globe? We have manufacturing facilities in the US and China and now, we are present in India too. These are strategic locations where we have the technical capability, local design team and production team. We do have business in Mexico and Brazil. Every market has its own unique requirements as far as construction industry is concerned. So everything has to be designed to the exacting user requirements. We always wanted local people to run the show as they know the markets better. Of the BRIC countries, you are present in China and India. Brazil and Russia are also growing faster. Are you looking at

entering these markets? We are thinking about entering Brazil. There is nothing concrete now as all these plans take about three years to get evolved. We have not thought about Russia actively. We are also considering Africa. However, in terms of engineering capabilities, we found that India, China and the US are better. If we want to enter any market, it is necessary to have local engineering capabilities. The US is generating about 70,000 engineers a year while China generates around 800,000 and more than a million engineers pass out from India every year. Given the availability of engineering talent, are you looking at making India as a major hub for design and development of products? Yes, Indian engineers will start supporting their counterparts in the US soon. Currently, the technology is transferred from the US to India for developing products for the local market. India can never become a standalone development centre as the knowledge from the local market is essential. However, it will soon emerge as a co-development centre for other facilities.

How long have you been operating in China and what has been the response? We are in China for the last five years and present in three different locations and through three different companies. We make mining trucks in Beijing, excavators in Guiyang Guizhou and road construction equipment in Zhenjian. While the road construction equipment is sold under LeeBoy brand, other equipment is sold under Trxbuild brand. Why do you have different brands for different markets? This is based on the market acceptance; for instance, India embraces western technologies better and so we have introduced LeeBoy brand here, which holds about 80 percent of market share of construction equipment in Nort h America. Our strateg y is to take in to consideration the interest of local market. We are very careful about culture and what people want. You mentioned that the product launched in India is fully manufactured with components sourced locally. What is the strategy behind the same? The strategy is identical for all our manufacturing facilities. If we do not leverage the local capabilities and take care of the requirements, we cannot be successful. The volumes are low; the market size of motor grader in India is estimated at 800 units. In this scenario, how will it be viable for vendors to support your requirements? I agree with you, but for specialised equipment, usually, say about 1,000 units of aggregates is a good volume, which we will be able to absorb. However, the value will be high and so it can be managed. It is the same case even in the US. Moreover, we cannot centralise manufacturing of aggregates as the requirements are different. What is your target for India? By 2030, we should be $500 million company in India, holding at least five percent the construction equipment industry.


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Leyland Deere to penetrate backhoe loaders segment Our Bureau Chennai

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ealising the importance of the aftersales service in the construction equipment industry, Ashok Leyland John Deere Construction Equipment Company (ALJDCE) has had several dry runs and trials not only on the product, but also on its new concept, which has been evolved to address customers’ aftersales service requirements. This exercise has been done for the JV company’s debutante product—435 backhoe loader, launched recently, and will compete in the market having a size of about 20,000 units annually. One of the unique sales propositions that the company claims is its initiative called CAREi —an acronym for lower cost of operation minimisation, availability of machines, reliability of the equipment, easy-to-do business and intelligence evolved over a period of time. The key initiative in CAREi is the commitment the company gives to the customers to restore the machine within 24 hours of the registering the complaint.

(L) Cabin space and layout (R) Leyland Deere 435

Company sources told Auto Monitor that they tried a mock drill of customer registering a complaint in the temple town— Palani, about 430 km south of Chennai and time taken by the company in addressing the issue. They found that the exercise could be completed in less than 20 hours from the time of receipt of complaint call, including the shipment of required spare parts. The spare parts were shipped from its central warehouse in Gumidipoondi, about 45 km north of Chennai,

where the company has its manufacturing facility. Similarly, it tried this exercise successfully with a customer in Bidar, situated in the north-western part of Karnataka and about 500 km away from Chennai. After the exercise proved to be successful, the company launched this initiative, sources added. Recent ly, A LJDCE has launched its first product Leyland Deere 435 backhoe loader in Chennai. Manufactured by the equal joint venture between Ashok Leyland and John Deere,

the product is marketed under the brand Leyland Deere. John Deere brings in its advance technica l k now-how a nd experience in global construction equipment space while Ashok Leyland lends in-depth knowledge of Indian market, expertise in manufacturing, sourcing and distribution, to this strategic partnership. The company claims that the product has been designed to transform the nature of the construction equipment business in India as well as redefi ne the way

construction equipment products are perceived and used. The product has been manufactured to the address the critical considerations of lower operating cost, higher productivity and greater uptime. Powered by Ashok Leyland’s H-series engine, the 435 backhoe loader comes with power shift transmission, larger cabin with better visibility and roll over protection structure and falling object protection system—key elements for the operator safety. Besides, the cabin has three-layer roof to insulate from heat. It also has an electronic monitoring system, higher breakout forces and greater dig depths. The company has invested around `200 crore towards product development and construction of the plant having a capacity of 10,000 units. It is planning to introduce two more products—the fi rst one being the wheel-loader to be introduced in 2013. It hopes to reach full capacity by 2016 with the backhoe loader accounting for about 90 percent of the sales. The CAREi programme will also include an extended warranty of a year after the fi rst year of warranty, committed restoration of time for the equipment and regular and periodic visits by service engineers during warranty periods and an insurance over of `two lakh for customers operator. When asked how it was possible to commit such a service to the customers, Chairman, ALJDCE, Dr V Sumantran said, “We leverage the bus services to ship spare parts as the buses run overnight and reach the destination the next day. Our dealers have also introduced service vans and technicians with twowheelers to reach the customers’ place at the earliest possible time.” Interestingly, aftersales service has been the key in construction equipment segment and many players did not get to the next level due to poor after sales network. The equipment is initially launched in the southern states, before being rolled out nationally. The JV company has also announced TVS & Sons as the dealer for Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The President (dealership line of business) of TVS & Sons, N Krishnamoorthy said the company will have five Tier I dealerships and seven Tier II dealerships. When asked about the strategy, he said that the former will have more products displayed and will be in mostly in big cities, while the latter will have one product on display manned by more service engineers. This is to support the customers’ requirements of aftersales service, since the equipment is mostly operating in the rural areas.


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Carbon fibre Cars with bio-based interiors: The new reality W

Abdul Majeed Leader, Automotive Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers

hile struggling global economies have put enormous pressure on automakers over the last two years, rising fuel prices and consumer awareness of climate change are turning out to be the new challenges for automakers in this decade. To address these new challenges, Automakers are working hard to improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicles by using and testing new lightweighting materials such as carbon fibre composites and biobased materials. Let us examine these new lightweight materials in more detail. For automotive uses, composites can be divided into two categories: polymer matrix composites, such as Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) for interior and body components and metal matrix composites for applications in brake rotors and cylinder liners. Of the two types Poly Matrix Composites (PMC) have by far been the most prevalent in the auto industry.

What is CFRP in its real form? Carbon fibre is made up of fibres about 0.005-0.010 mm in diameter mostly composed of carbon atoms which are bonded together in microscopic crystals. These crystals are aligned parallel to the axis of the fibre which in way aids in its high strength. Several thousand carbon fibres are twisted together to form a yarn. These yarns are combined with plastic resin and moulded to form a high strengthto-weight ratio material known as carbon fibre reinforced plastic. Some remarkable properties of the CFRP include high tensile strength, low weight and low thermal expansion.

Is there a potential for CFRP to evolve as a mainstream technology? CFRP is not a new fi nd. For years it was used in spacecraft, passenger aircraft (Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A350 XWB), high-end racing cars and bikes. Over the years, the key developments in auto industry were concentrated around fuel economy and safety standards but reducing the weight of a vehicle was always considered as a

Source: ATR Group

Qatar to develop CFRP materials and processing systems for automotive components. Other automakers are likely to follow BMW, Daimler and VW and introduce CFRP parts into volume production in future.

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Source: ATR Group key challenge by the automakers. Though plastics were quite apparent in car interiors new materials such as CFRP could help automakers decrease weight in this area. This eco-friendly and sustainable proposition led automakers to begin use of CFRP on few low-volume high end cars such as Porsche Carerra GT and Bugati Veyron.

Natural fibre composites are more eco-friendly and are readily recyclable. Some of the fibres being explored by Ford include sisal, hemp, Indian grass, coconut coir and wheat straw

For example, Bugati veyron has a interesting carbon fibre-aluminium construction. The carbon fibre passenger cell is very much similar to the cockpit of a racing car weighing approximately 110 kg. However any further applications / larger series production of CFRP parts is dependent on automakers initiatives to switch from metal to composites. Research in the past has indicated that near-

ly 20 percent improvement in fuel economy could be achieved if CFRP is used to reduce vehicle weight by 60 percent. Also CFRP components can be cost effective only if the body structure is integrated with the body panel (ie monocoque design) instead of stamping out steel parts and assembling them. Also large volume of component parts CFRP technology may not be economically viable without addition of more functionality into a single CFRP part. This is likely to lead to cost reduction over the long term. Hence a strong and closer collaboration across the entire value chain including automakers, suppliers and CFRP fabricators / raw material vendors is the need of the hour. Secondly, recycling of carbon fibre reinforced polymers is another important issue that cannot be ignored by the Industry. In the automotive industry, there are statutory requirements for recycling. And in various countries such as Germany, the recycling rate for used vehicles will be dictated by the regulations on end-of-life vehicles. Therefore new materials like CFRP can be a viable business proposition in long term only if they are proven to be recyclable

CFRP in Lightweight Electric Cars To target large scale volumes at competitive costs, German luxury car maker BMW and Seattle-based SGL automotive announced formation for a joint venture (in late 2009),SGL Automotive Carbon fibres LLC. The manufacturing facility at Moses Lake Washington will manufacture CFRP for applications in its future MegaCity series of vehicles (i3 and i8). BMW is particularly interested in using carbon fibre for its electric cars in order to counterbalance the extra weight of the batteries and improve range. I3 is expected to be ready for global launch by 2013. A similar agreement was signed in January 2011 between Daimler AG and Toray, the worlds biggest supplier of the carbon fibres to develop lightweight components for Mercedes-Benz cars by 2012. Volkswagen and Porsche are working with the government of

As automakers explore ways to make their manufacturing environmental friendly usage of bio-based materials is also on the rise. For example, Ford uses biobased material such as soy-based polyurethane on seat cushions and seatbacks on 23 of its models. The escape also features a soybased headliner. The company is also natural fibres as a potential substitute for glass fibres used to reinforce plastic car parts. Natural fibre composites are more eco-friendly with a production that is less energy-intensive and are readily recyclable. Some of the fibres being explored by Ford include sisal, hemp, Indian grass, coconut coir and wheat straw. Most of the natural fibres being used in cars today are used in compression-moulded plastic parts. As the most of the plastic car parts are injection-moulded, challenges still exist when using natural fibres instead of traditional fi llers for plastics. Other challenges in usage of natural fibres include absorption of moisture and odour during processing / service. Such challenges can be overcome with research and development.

Heat Resistant BioMaterials Another innovative approach for developing new eco-friendly materials in cars was adopted by Mazda Motor Corp, when it successfully created a bioplastic with the strength, heat resistance and quality fi nish necessary for injection-moulded automobile interior parts. This bioplastic which has 25 percent higher heat resistance than other bioplastics used in electrical appliances was used in the instrument panel and bumpers of Mazda cars.

The Future Carbon fibre composites and bio-based materials were never considered a mainstream technolog y for automotive applications in the past, but the attitude of automakers towards these technologies is changing. As cars become more technologically advanced and include numerous accessories, automakers have to fi nd a way in reducing the weight of the car structure by keeping in consideration its impact on carbon footprint and by not compromising the safety of passengers and pedestrians. While steel and aluminium will continue to have a significant place in car manufacture at least for the next 10-15 years, these metals may not be in a position to meet the legislative requirements at that point of time. In 2025, automakers may have little choice but to make greater use of carbon fibres composites. (The views / opinions expressed here are those of the author and does not necessarily refl ect the opinion of PwC)


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bex Products, a part of Ucal Group, which provides special process services to the automotive industries, has setup a new plant in Chennai with an investment of `14 crore. Managing Director, Ibex Products, Sivaramakrishnan told Auto Monitor, “We have constructed a new plant in Chennai for die-casting operations and the production has already started from last month.” The plant, which is spread over an acre, will have 350 tonne machines with capability for consistent quality die-casting. “We are aiming to go for stateof-the-art equipment in the new plant, which will have completely automatic processes with the latest technology available in the market” he said. Ibex manufactures smaller die-casting components with 120-180 tonne machines and has now setup a higher capacity machine to meet the die-casting demand. Its processes range from high pressure die-casting, vacuum impregnation, fettling, shot blasting, anodising, driloc coating, electroplating, copper brazing, precision drilling and machining to sub-assemblies. The company, which already has four facilities in Chennai, expects to look for orders from international customers for die-

Lowell Paddock to take over as GM India head Our Bureau Chennai

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owell Paddock is taking over as President and Managing Director, GM India from January, 2012. Based at GM India’s headquarters in Gurgaon, he will oversee GM’s operations across India, including its manufacturing facilities in Halol in Gujarat and Talegaon, Maharashtra, as well as its joint venture with Chinese automaker SAIC.

Profile Paddock has held several important posts in product pla n n i ng a nd prog ra m me ma nagement in his home country—the US, as well as in Europe and Asia since joining GM in 1992. His previous positions include Director, Portfolio Planning, GM Europe, Vice President, Planning, GM Asia Pacific and Executive Director, Pla n n i ng a nd Prog ra m me Management, GM’s Shanghai GM. Since September 2009, he has served as Vice President, Programme Management and Planning, GMIO overseeing GM’s product lineup in Asia Pacif ic, A frica, t he Middle E a st , Ru s si a a nd t he Commonwealth of Independent States. He also serves on the Board of Directors of t he GM-AvtoVAZ joint venture and GM Korea. Mea nwhi le, current GM India Head, Karl Slym w ill move to GM’s largest operations in China as Executive Vice President of SAIC and Wuling Motors. He will remain a member of the GMIO leadership team.

casting with the new plant. The new Chennai plant will also cater to the needs of the existing customers including Ucal Fuel Systems, Delphi, Rane and Pricol. Ibex, which was originally created as a dedicated vendor for Ucal Fuel Systems, initially provided only processes. Over a period of time, it has extended its business to component manufacturing. It is also planning to integrate all the die-casting facilities into a single shed with the impregnation, as the process is done along with the die-casting process. The company specialises in thin wall casting with very small tolerances of around five microns. It has plans to setup an R&D centre to create testing facility and develop simple automations. The company is looking to

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Ibex to setup die-casting facility in Chennai

(L)Sivaramakrishnan, MD, Ibex Products (R) An Ibex component

benchmark against the best practices and it has implemented lean manufacturing in all the facilities. It is aiming to increase its turnover three times by the end of 2013.

Talking about the Ucal Group, Sivaramakrishnan said, “Our strength is our manpower— facilities with machines and infrastructure can be created easily. However, manpower makes a

big difference in any organisation. Ucal group has a young and motivated work force, and our company is always known for good HR practices that has stood us well from the last few decades.”


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Comsol to introduce corrosion module Abhishek Parekh Bangalore

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omsol is looking to deepen penetration in the automotive and engineering segment in India by offering software and products for applications in material sciences and heat treatment/transfer. Additionally, the company has been looking to increase its focus on offering solutions or simula tion capabilities for hybrid/electric-hybrid vehicles. “We have seen complex and integrated applications in the areas of heat transfers and welding related work with material sciences. Our software package is typically aimed at helping understand material behaviour and simulations under different scenarios. Increasingly, our customers in India are looking for applications in the areas of arc welding and electric welding and meeting their expectations is a challenge for us going forward,” Vice President, Product Management, Comsol, Bjorn Sjodin. He pointed out that the emerging areas of battery and powertrain related research for hybrid/electric requires detailed simulation and behavioural analysis in terms of electrochemical and thermal processes over significant amount of time. Moreover, the company is looking to have deeper penetration in the areas of heat treatment, improvisation of welding perfor ma nc e, u nder st a nd i ng metal corrosion and providing

Comsol is to introduce a corrosion study module in its software next year to enable customers undertake detailed analysis of corrosion properties and testing. It offers perpetual user license and also allows regular updates to the package through an annual subscription model integrated environment to do advanced research. “We provide a live link or a bridge between our software and other CAD software to enable customers to work on multiple platforms,” he added. The company is looking to introduce a corrosion study module in its software next year to allow existing and new customers undertake detailed analysis of corrosion properties and testing. The company offers perpetual user license and also allows regular updates to the package through an annual subscription model. Most research & development arms of global OEMs as well as research outfits providing service to these OEMs, are looking to optimise research for improving on their understand-

on-board wires. The automobile industry has been traditionally taking inspiration or adopting processesandtechnologies from the aerospace segment in the areas of material sciences and weight reduction. Sjodin points out that a major area for research in the aerospace segment is reduction in number of onboard cables for communication and entertainBjorn Sjodin, VP, Product Management, Comsol ment t hrough ing of processes and workings of greater adoption of wireless a powertrain. India is already a communications technology, major development and research wherever feasible. The company centre for battery and hybrid/ regularly advices customers on electric powertrain research for best practices in aerospace and the automotive industry globally. other segments to the automotive The country has been acknowlcustomers and vice versa. edged as playing a key role in “Research in the areas of cost reduction and performance electromagnetic shields and enhancement effort of hybrid/ materials used in devices for onelectric powertrain. “The major board communications can be of issues in development of hybrid/ great interest to the automotive electric vehicles is understandsegment. We can help customers ing charge/discharge cycles, in simulation and understanduseful life and power output of a ing of the mechanical processes battery. It is not practical prepto help customers make faster osition to work on numerous decisions,” according to Sjodin. prototypes and hence CADThe company’s electromagnetic based simulations have emerged module is targeted at such users a more convenient way to arrive hoping to work in the field and the at solutions,” said Sjodin. module is also being extensively One of the areas of interused by the company’s automoest for automotive customers is tive customers for telematics weight reduction and reducing related work.

Additionally, major new and incremental developments in the sensor technologies is yet another growth area for the company targeting the automotive sector and genera l engineering segment as well. The key challenge in the area of sensors is the capability of CAD tool to combine chemical, mechanical and electrical technologies for better simulations and understanding of underlying processes. Comsol established its marketing office in India around 2009 and has been growing at around 60-70 percent in terms of user base. Comsol Multiphysics is a software environment for the modelling and simulation of any physicsbased system. Its particular strength is its ability to account for multi-physics phenomena. The company offers optional modules to add discipline-specific tools for mechanical, fluid, electromagnetism, and chemical simulations, as well as CAD interoperability. Founded in 1986, the company has offices in Burlington, Los Angeles and Palo Alto. International operations have grown to include offices in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Independent distributors of Comsol Multiphysics are located in Australia, China, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey.

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he Chennai-based German concrete construction equipment manufacturer, Schwing Stetter launched ‘Nimo’, a mini concrete mixer with a capacity of three cubic metre. Currently, the company has higher capacity of concrete mixer of six cubic metre and planning to sell around 250 Nimos in 2012.

Managing Director, Schwing Stetter India, Anand Sundaresan said, “Nimo is expected to set a new trend in residential construction industry taking the benefits in view of the size. Currently, ready mix concrete has a share of less than ten percent in the country and is likely to gain greater momentum with the industry looking towards a boom.” The Nimo, measuring 6,500 mm in length, 2,400 mm in width and 3,100 mm in height, has been

designed to cater to the needs of the residential construction industry in the country. One of the major advantages of Nimo is that unlike the case of larger transit mixers, which are not allowed to ply in the city during working hours, this new model can be used anytime within or outside the city limits. Moreover, the lighter weight of the model also means that it is ideally suited for manoeuvring through narrow lanes as well as

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Schwing Stetter launches mini concrete mixer ‘Nimo’

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softer terrains. “It is indeed promising to see India emerging as a major manufacturing hub for the construction equipment industry. This industry is expected to grow to a size of $6.5 billion by the year 2014 as reported by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII),” Sundaresan said. Nimo has been designed keeping in mind the increased infrastructure and real estate development pace in India. The new mini mobile concrete mixer is ideally suited for beating problems such as traffic congestion and deliver concrete on time at project sites. Speaking about the new product, Chief Operat ing Officer, Schwing Stetter India, VG Sakthikumar said, “The launch of Nimo marks a landmark year for Schwing Stetter. It will bring about a revolution in the construction landscape with its small size, as it will help negotiate traffic during the day and noise pollution during the nights, and will accelerate the execution and delivery of time bound projects.”


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Mahle looks for higher contribution from CVs Nabeel A Khan New Delhi

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ahle Filter Systems India (MFSI) is gearing up to weather the slowdown in the automobile industry by evolving into a complete air management system manufacturer and increasing its focus on commercial vehicle and the aftermarket. MFSI, a 50:50 JV between Germany’s Mahle Group and the Anand Group, has emerged as one of the leading fi lter suppliers in the country. The company has recently started production at its new Chennai plant where it will be assembling and testing injection moulding products apart from manufacturing oil mist separators, metal free fi lters, carbon canisters, cylinder head covers, engineered plastic components, plastic oil fi lter module other value-added products. It is also developing a new nano fi lter, which is expected to have an improved dust holding capacity and also better water separation technology. In India, diesel has a high percentage of water content and this technology will help increase life of the engine and fuel efficiency. It will supply intake manifolds and air cleaners to Nissan Motor as the fi rst customer from this plant and it has also got a letter of intent from Honda Siel Cars India to supply around a lakh units of cylinder head covers for its hatchback Jazz. The fi lter maker expects to start the supply to Honda by the middle of 2012. The Japanese carmaker is exploring an option to export these components from India. The company has recently signed an agreement with VE Commercial Vehicles to supply heavy and medium duty cylinder head covers and expects an order of 25,000 units a year starting 2013. The company has benefited from its parent’s global relationship with most of the global automobile manufacturers including Daimler and Renault. The company is hoping to leverage and build up on this relationship.

Building On Aftermarket Historically, it has been observed that when the OE business is slowing down due to the drop in the sales of vehicles, people start paying more heed to their existing vehicles thus increasing the spend in the aftersales services. “If the slowdown continues, we expect that our aftermarket will offset any decline in overall revenues. We have built a second factory last year in Parwanoo to increase focus on the aftermarket. Another reason for setting up the plant here was that the Himachal Pradesh government gave us incentives for operating within state,” former COO, MFSI, Sunil Nair told Auto Monitor. Though, he did not elaborate on the type of benefits offered by the state government. Currently, the manufacturer is utilising 80 percent of its Parwanoo plant capacity and churning out around `25 crore per month in terms of revenues. The company has already established its presence well in the aftermarket through Purolator—a three decade old brand and gets around 26 percent of its total revenue from this segment. MFSI is investing around `two

Filters by MFSI

crore in marketing in the aftermarket. Of late, it has increased presence in the HCV segment in the aftermarket. “Earlier Purolator was mainly into PVs but now with the JV with Mahle

we have received a lot of support from Germany and that has enabled us to develop and produce fi lters for the commercial vehicles. Currently, Mahle’s market share in the HCV and CV after-

market is very small but we hope to take that to around 15 percent of its total aftermarket sales in the last two years,” he said. Nair added that the company has not lost focus on the PV; it continues to be the leading manufacturer of fi lters in the PV aftermarket. It is only increasing the focus in CVs because of the growth seen in the last few years following Indian government’s increased investment in infrastructure development. During this month, the company is launching a whole range of fi lters and other products for the commercial vehicles in the aftermarket. MFSI has developed a green fi lter, which is metal free, having good potential in the international market. Worldwide PVs have shifted towards the metalfree fuel fi lter for its ability to be completely recycled. It also has a

patent on this product and contesting cases against a number of manufacturers over violation of the patent. The manufacturer also has the benefit of having a fully automatic and one of the largest fi lter media impregnation facilities at its Gurgaon plant. It also supplies the media to other manufacturers from this facility. The company was not very active in the twowheeler segment because of low profit margin however, after the split in Hero Honda it hopes to get bigger business from Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI). It has also recently received an order from Suzuki Motorcycles. The company hopes to close the current fiscal with a growth of around 21 percent in the total revenue, which stood at `356 crore in 2010.


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FADA auto summit to forge international council exchange ideas. The summit will bring together all stakeholders on a common platform to mull and address the current and emerging challenges for sustained grow th of all players connected with automotive business.

Nabeel A Khan New Delhi

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International Platform

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ederation of Automobile Dea lers A ssociat ions (FADA) will be organising its biennial event— Seventh Auto Summit, in association with Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) at New Delhi on 9 and 10 January, 2012. The event will be coinciding with Auto Expo scheduled from 7-11 January, 2012. The theme of Auto Summit 2012 is ‘Shifting Gears: Terrain Ahead” and Anand Mahindra will be the keynote speaker in the upcoming summit. Auto Summit will present an opportunity for the dealers to meet the industry leaders and other members of auto retail fraternity from across the country to share experiences and

An important agenda of the summit is to forge an international alliance by making an international dealer council a reality. The association has invited a number of countries to participate in the summit. “We already have confi rmations from seven to eight countries including the US based NADA and the current chairman of the American dealers association has agreed to participate in the auto summit. We have circulated the vision paper to 17 countries and we look forward to signing a MoU for forming the international dealership council,” President, FADA, Nikunj Sanghi told Auto Monitor. Presently FADA is sharing only national experiences while the auto industry in other countries is far more mature than that of India. The association feels that there are lots of knowledge and learning which will come to Indian dealers when it shares experiences and practices on a global level. There are a range of expertise that the international dealers can also earn from Indian dealers, as this is one of the fastest growing auto markets in the world. The exposure to the developed markets will help domestic dealers to become more customers centric.

Towards Vibrancy The creation of international council will help not only in knowledge sharing but also the dealer manufacturer relationship of the other countries and this platform will help in learning from each other’s experiences. There are manufacturers which are operating in India and also in other countries; here they have a different rule from other countries so the international council may help in bringing common and helpful practices. FADA has received participation confi rmation from Italy, Brazil, the UK and Germany and looking forward to getting confi rmation from China, France and a lot of other countries. The Auto summit will also aim to offer exposure to the dealers, which they otherwise do not have access to, at their current locations. For the inaugural session, the association has invited Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Dr Montek Singh Ahulwalia and hopes that the summit would help create awareness to what is happening to the auto retail industry. The industry body will also convey to him about what is required to be done by the government to make the auto retail industry more vibrant because the industry is not only the biggest revenue generator for both the state and central government but also the biggest employment generator. “If you take average direct employment of 200 people in each dealership multiplying it to the 7,000 dealership across the country, you can imagine the kind of employment offered by the auto industry. This presence is very important for the auto summit.” Sanghi explained.


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Nissan launches limited edition X-Treme Trail Our Bureau New Delhi

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apanese auto major Nissan has launched a limited edition of its SUV X-Trail as part of an adventure reality show called ‘X-Treme Trail’. Nissan and National Geographic will give television viewers an experience into the uncharted terrains of India through its new adventure reality show X-Treme Trail. The limited edition Nissan X-Trail, which commemorates the drivable feat achieved in India by Nissan SUVs. Priced at `2,278,928 LE-Grade (ex-showroom, Mumbai) with a 2 litre diesel engine, the SUV has added ten new features such as touchscreen navigation system, rear spoiler, X-Treme Trail Decal and door visor set, all adding to the comfort and ease of off-roading on Indian terrains. Unveiling the limited X-trail Edition to coincide with the occasion, CEO, Hover Automotive India, Dinesh Jain said, “Brand Nissan is known for its product Innovations around the world. Nissan X-trail with the new 2 litre M9R fuel-efficient diesel engine combined with the most capable all mode 4X4-i system makes it a unique vehicle in its class.” Jain added, “In the X-treme Trail programme, the Nissan X-trail has surpassed the expectations of all 19 amateur drivers and the two fi nal winners who successfully drove it across one of the most difficult terrains in the world, the Siachen Glacier, which also reconfi rms the claims that the car is perfectly designed for city as well has off-road driving. We would like to launch an X-treme Trail Limited Edition of Nissan X-trail for anyone who enjoys the SUV experience. The limited edition will be on sale from the month of Nov, 2012 at all Nissan 45 dealerships across India”. Commenting on the premier

Ferrari launches FF at `3.42 crore Our Bureau Chennai

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errari launched its first four-seater, four wheel drive model, FF, in India and priced it at `3.42 crore onwards (excluding local taxes and duties).

The vehicle is powered with 6.3 liter, 65 degree V12 engine the FF produces 660 PS at 8,000 RPM and 683 nm at 6,000 RPM. It can reach a top speed of 335 km/ hr and accelerate from zero to 100 km in 3.7 seconds. Customers can choose from a range of six colours. Some features include rear-seat infotainment system with two screens for watching TV and DVD and a 1289 watt, 16 channel stereo system with Dolby surround sound. According to Ashish Chordia, Chairman, Shreyans Group, the dealer partner of Ferrari the company has received strong prelaunch demand for the car.

Dinesh Jain, CEO, Hover Automotive India at the launch (R) The X-Trail Limited Edition on display

of X-treme Trail, Senior Vice President, Content, National Geographic Network India, Ramon Chibb said, “Nat Geo has always worked with like-minded brands on creating some of the best integrated proper-

ties in the past. Adventure and exploration is in the DNA of National Geographic channel and through our association with Nissan for X-treme Trail, we will bring out the powerful imagery of the extreme Indian

terrains through an adrenaline pumping drama. The expedition was one of its own kinds of experience which comprise the journey of more than 4,000 km, 32 days of shoot with a crew base of more than 40 people. We are

very excited about this initiative as for the very fi rst time a reality adventure show on Nat Geo will be telecasted simultaneously on four different channels—Nat Geo, Fox Traveller, Star World and Channel V.”


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AMW enters volume segment of HCV T Murrali Bhuj

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sia Motor Works (AMW) has entered the 16-tonne segment with a tipper—1618TP, at the recently concluded Excon 2011 and is planningtolaunchrigidaxletruckinthe same capacity. The company has hitherto been operating in 25 to 49 tonne segment. However, the focus will continue to be in the mining segment. According to the Managing Director and CEO, AMW, Anirudh Bhuwalka, the company will be unveiling four new products at the Auto Expo. At present, its product portfolio has 17 vehicles and before the end of next year, it will have 22 products in total, he said. Currently, it sells around 1,000 vehicles per month and with its entry into the volume segment of 16 tonne category, the company hopes to utilise the full capaci-

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cabins. Now it is developing a chassis with cowl for some specific applications, he said. During the current fiscal, AMW will enter in to all segments of the HCV market and is poised to grow strongly, thanks to its increasing penetration into the construction and mining segment of the market. The company has introduced 3118 SWB model last June, which is the fi rst 12 wheel tipper from AMW’s stable, aimed at mining and construction market. Bhuwalka said with every player fielding products that are technologically superior, “We believe that aftersales service will make all the difference.” Cu r rent ly, t he c ompa ny ha s 87 dea ler s including two outside India. The company plans to setup truck centres in every state with about 15 to come in place next couple of years. The company is setting up a vendor park at its campus with a target to source about 65 percent of the components soon.

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elgium, one of the leading maritime nations in the world, is looking to cooperate with the Indian Shipping Ministry towards developing the Indian port sector to help boost India’s profi le as one of the leading maritime powers in the world. Belgian delegation led by Minister-President, Flemish Government, Kris Peeters recently called on Shipping Minister GK Vasan in Chennai to take stock of the various cooperation arrangements between Belgium and India and work on the future course of action. Recalling the age-old relations between India and Belgium, Vasan said, “The relationship started in 1723, with the mooring of the fi rst ship of the Ostend Company at Benquabra in the then undivided Bengal. The Belgian merchants received concessions and settlement rights from the Nawab of Murshidabad in 1730. Since that time, trade relations started between the two countries and have been thriving for close to three centuries.” As India and Belgium have strong trade relationships, there are ample possibilities for Belgium and India to work together on port development projects among other areas of cooperation. India and Belgium have complementary characteristics in the field of port development. The minister said that India has 13 major ports and 176 notified non-major ports along its 7,517 km coast line handling around 324,982,000 tonnes of cargo during April to October in the current fi nancial year. There are several port agreements between Indian ports and the Belgian ports under which, Indian maritime officials have received training organised at Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Centre (APEC training). Speaking further, Vasan said that the port of Zeebrugge, with lock-free access and berthing, is one of the most modern container ports in Europe. The port is known for its car handling capability with more than 16 lakh units passing into Europe through this port every year. The aim of the MoU between the ports of Chennai and Zeebrugge is to promote the exchange of ideas, technology and other inputs. The port of Zeebrugge will help Chennai port to emerge as a clean cargo port, as Zeebrugge has successfully transitioned from handling dirty cargo such as coal and iron ore to containers, cars and other engineering goods. Regarding co-operation in the port development sector, the minister added that dredging could be a major area of cooperation between Belgium and India. As per the eleventh five-year plan of India, the country faces a total capital dredging requirement of almost 298.28 million cubic metres in all the major ports by March, 2012. India is trying to attract overseas companies in the area of dredging. Belgium is already involved in dredging operations at some of the major ports such as Cochin, Tuticorin, Ennore and Kolkata. The issue of custom duties for import of dredgers will be taken up with the appropriate authorities for its resolution, he added.

Belgian council with GK Vasan, Shipping Minister

The minister also expressed the hope that the agreements between Indian and the Flemish ports can be strengthened and extended through enhanced cooperation in the field of port management. It can be the exchange of know-how and expertise, APEC training, joint lines of communication or trade to other parts of the world, other aspects related to competitiveness and productivity such as terminal procedures, IT communication, control on cargo flows and monitoring productivity. The cooperation between two countries is expected to increase the Belgian investment in India and enable Indian port sector to rapidly develop and achieve the ambitious targets set by the Ministry of Shipping with respect to capacity augmentation of the Indian ports.


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CII to spur investment in higher education Our Bureau Chennai

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he Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has made a pitch for changes in the Foreign Currency Regulation Act (FCRA) so that greater Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) can flow in higher education. At per current law, 100 percent FDI is allowed in education. Forprofit entities are not allowed to get licences from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or function as private universities under Acts of different state governments. Hence the investment vehicle is often a Society or a Trust or a Section 25 company. Since only a Section 25 company can issue share capital, it is the most preferred medium for

investment. Money flows into the operating non-for-profit entity from an Indian corporate, or a fund in India or abroad or from a foreign collaborator. Wherever there is an FDI, as is the case with most venture capital and private equity investments, or indirect in the sense that the investing company has foreign shareholders or has access to foreign funds, the FCRA Act comes into play. While all legal authorities and big four accounting fi rms are of the opinion that investment in a Section 25 company being in exchange for a share subscription, does not come under FCRA, investors are jittery since the FCRA legislation has harsh penal provisions. To overcome this fear, CII has recommended that a clarification be made by the appropriate

authority in the government that FCR A is not applicable to investments made under automatic FDI in a Section 25

company against equity subscription and that the said company receiving such investment is deemed to have fulfilled

a ll its compliance requirements upon filing requisite RBI returns for inward remittance and issuing equity against such a remittance. These recommendat ions form part of the paper which CII had recently submitted to the Planning Commission for inclusion in the 12th Plan. The plan panel is in the process of creating the approach Paper to the 12th Plan which will be fi nalised soon. The paper will be released for wider circulation on the occasion of CII’s 1st UniversityIndustry Congress that was held from 14-15 November, 2011. The conference was reported to be inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal and attended, among others, by UGC Chairman, Ved Prakash and visiting assistant deputy minister for advanced education and technology from Alberta, Canada, Mel Wong. University-Industry Congress is a big initiative to create a permanent mechanism for dialogue between industry and academia and will see participation from a number of global universities including Indiana University, US; Georgetown University, US; Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada; Brunel Universit y, UK; University of Chester, UK; College of Rockies, Canada and University of Maryland, US. The aim is to identify role models of excellence in higher education from industry perspective and recognise their work in collaboration with industry. Towards that end a survey of engineering institutes is being done to map their linkages with industry. The outcome of the survey is expected to be announced soon. The other recommendations in the CII paper to the Planning Commission include a clarification from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), that a Section 25 company can issue capital to the public in an IPO or private placement and that it will not lose tax exemption and not-for-profit status just because shares are valued above par. The paper talks of creating a special class of companies for regulated education. It said, “There is talk of removing tax exemptions for trusts and societies engaging in ‘commercial’ privately fi nanced ‘regulated’ higher education. The underlying thought process is that many of these institutions have acquired huge asset base, and have proved to be a source of black money generated in the form of donations and capitation fee. The obvious move forward is to create a special class of partially tax exempt companies on the lines of Section 501 (c) company under the US tax code.” Some of the suggested features of such companies, it is stated, can be: flat tax of 10 percent on taxable surplus; shares can be valued, traded and issued to public just like any commercial share issue, under existing SEBI regulations; no bar on shareholding resident, nonresident, foreign individuals and companies etc (at present a Section 25 company has no such restrictions) and no dividend distribution policy at option of the company.


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NMP ascribes key role to SMEs: CII Our Bureau Chennai

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II welcomed the special emphasis on MSME manufacturing under the National Manufacturing Policy (NMP). According to CII, the NMP provides for adequate support to promote and strengthen employment-intensive industries to ensure job creation. Special attention will be given in respect of textiles and garments; leather and footwear; gems and jewellery; and food processing industries. Sharing the concern (as highlighted in the NMP), regarding the MSME access to fi nance, CII has mentioned that one of the major challenges faced by SMEs is inadequate access to adequate and timely fi nance, mainly due to lack of fi nancial information and

non-formal business practices, as they are largely dependent on promoter’s resources and loans from fi nancial institutions and banks. According to CII, the capital markets are difficult to access, due to high costs and difficulties in complying with regulatory requirements. Bank fi nances access is limited, due to the inability of SMEs to create tangible assets, as also the debtequity ratio norms followed by banks. Also the fi rst generation entrepreneurs investing in SMEs have also found access to VC (Venture Capital) funds difficult, despite the VC and Private Equity (PE) market having grown considerably in India. Supporting the NMP proposals for improving the MSME access to fi nance, Chairman, CII National MSME Council

plot of land) in case of re-investment of sale consideration in the equity of a new start-up MSME unit in the manufacturing sector for the purchase of new plant and machiner y, will enable a large number of entrepreneurs to raise equity by selling of ancestral properties and to raise the level of investin t he Ramesh Datla, Chairman, CII ments National MSME Council & MD, Elico MSMEs in the manand Managing Director, Elico, ufacturing sector, apart from Ramesh Datla mentioned that boosting employment. the measures such as the rolloDatla stated that specifver relief from long term capital ic measures, as highlighted in gains tax to individuals on sale of the NMP, such as the setting up a residential property (house or of a stock exchange for SMEs

and implementation of SEBI‘s “framework for recognition and supervision of stock exchanges/ platforms of stock exchanges for SMEs”, the tax pass-through status for Venture Capital Funds (VCFs) will a focus on SMEs in the manufacturing sector. Liberalisation of RBI norms for banks investing in, and IRDA guidelines to provide for investments by insurance companies in VCFs with a focus on MSMEs in the manufacturing sector, will also provide an impetus to the VC funding for the fi rst generation SME entrepreneurs, he added. On meeting statutory compliance, the NMP has observed that the compliance burden of laws and regulations is particularly severe on SMEs. “By their very nature, SMEs have limited manpower and resources which could be used more fruitfully in production activities if there is a mechanism to take care of the statutory compliances. For instance, there are a number of payouts which a company has to make under the EPF Act; Employees Pension Scheme; ESI Act; Payment of Gratuity Act; Personal Injuries Act; Workman‘s Compensation Act among acts,” said Datla. Welcoming the NMP proposal to set up one or more service organisations to undertake the responsibility of collecting dues from the companies and making the necessary payouts in return for a charge linked to the wage bill of the company, CII suggested that such an organisation(s) can be licensed by the government and the industry will have the option to use the services of such licensed organisation, while the statutory liabilities under the laws would however be of the MSMEs themselves. Deputy Director General, CII, Gurpal Singh stated that the implementation of the policy is as important as policy making itself, as unless properly implemented, the policy by itself will not deliver the desired result. Hence, to ensure effective implementation of the policy, a ‘MSME focussed’, manufacturing policy review mechanism will have to be instituted and a high-level committee chaired by Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Co-Chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of MSME, may monitor the implementation on a regular basis. Fi na l ly, t he proposed Ma nu f a c t u r i n g I ndu s t r y Promotion Board (MIPB) at the level of union minister of commerce and industry that will be constituted to ensure coordination among central ministries and state governments must have a representation from the MSME and the Ministry of MSME, added CII. It is estimated that, in terms of value, the small sector accounts for about 45 percent of the manufacturing output and 40 percent of the total exports of the country. The sector is estimated to employ about 59 million persons in over 26 million units throughout the country. Further, this sector has consistently registered a higher growth rate than the rest of the industrial sector. There are over 6,000 products, ranging from traditional to high-tech items, which are being manufactured by the MSMEs in India.


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Tyre makers announce big plans for Tyrexpo Africa 2012

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eading international tyre manufacturers are gearing up for next year’s Tyrexpo Africa 2012 exhibition to be held from 6-8 March 2012, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, by announcing plans for new products aimed at increasing penetration of southern African markets. Among them will be the popular and successful Infinity brand, distributed by Tyrecor, for whom Managing Director, Charl de Villiers stated, “Tyrecor is looking forward to the upcoming Tyrexpo Africa 2012. We will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary and will make use of this opportunity to exhibit the brands that we represent in Southern Africa. We have recently expanded our Infinity UHP range and will showcase many of these new sizes at the show. He continued, “Solideal Construction tyres and Starmaxx Agricultural tyres will also feature in our lineup of products. Both these brands have received great support since being introduced to the market and we wish to build on this. We would like to invite all our customers to join us at Tyrexpo Africa 2012 and experience fi rst-hand our quality brands and join in the 10th anniversary celebrations.” Singapore-based Stamford Tyres is another leading manufacturer returning to exhibit at TyrexpoAfrica 2012 and will use the event to launch several new products in both their private brand, Firenza, and exclusive brand, Falken. Taking centrestage will be the launch of the brand’s fi rst 4x4/ SUV tyre—the Firenza AT186, which will initially be available in sizes ranging from 15 to 17 inches. There will also be a combination of Falken brands, which are exclusively distributed throughout South Africa by the Stamford Tyres Group. At the same time the very latest Falken UHP pattern will be introduced—the FK453—which will become the new flagship pattern in the high performance sector. The FK453 will be available in sizes ranging from 16 to 22 inches and has a specially designed tread pattern for super handling and performance on wet roads. Stamford Tyres has established a growing presence throughout South Africa and currently operates sales and administration bases in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein, which support strategically placed warehouses across the country. Tubestone, the local distributor of BKT and Nankang tyres, will be another prominent exhibitor next March. India’s BKT is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Off Highway tyres and supply Tubestone with their range of agricultural, construction, industrial, earthmover and port application tyres. Nankang provides the company’s passenger tyre range and remains on the forefront in technology and quality. They aim to constantly improve comfort, speed and safety in transportation. “Tyrexpo Africa is utilised to raise our presence in the market, showcase new and existing

products and interact with show visitors” said Tubestone’s Managing Director, Pieter Kruger. According to Pieter, delegates can once again expect an impressive setup from

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NI introduces its first low-speed CAN and LIN interfaces for NI CompactDAQ New NI-XNET modules maximise project reuse with additional platform support

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ationa l Instr uments introduced the C Series NI 9861 CAN interface and NI 9866 LIN interface, the newest modules in the NI-XNET family of products and the fi rst low-speed CAN and LIN modules that integrate with the entire NI CompactDAQ platform recently. As part of the NI-XNET family, the new modules provide engineers with productivity advantages such as hardware-accelerated messaging and onboard processing. The single-port, lowspeed C Series NI 9861 CAN interface module features integrated CAN database support for importing, editing and using sig-

nals from FIBEX, .DBC and .NCD fi les. It is capable of 100 percent bus load communication up to 125 kbit/s without dropping any frames. The NI 9866 LIN module is also a single-port interface with integrated support for importing and using signals from LDF databases along with master/slave support and hardware-timed scheduling for master tasks. It is capable of 100 percent bus load communication up to 20 kbit/s without dropping any frames. Engineers can use the new CAN and LIN modules with the same NI LabVIEW or ANSI C/ C++ software code on a variety of platforms including NI

Engineers can use the new CAN & LIN modules with the same NI LabVIEW or ANSI C/C++ software code on a variety of platforms CompactDAQ, CompactRIO, PXI and PCI. Project reuse saves time as the same applications can be used, for example, in labs with

PCI; in manufacturing end-ofline tests with PXI; in portable in-vehicle communication settings with NI CompactDAQ; and in headless in-vehicle logging with CompactRIO. With native support in NI VeriStand real-time test development software, the new modules are ideal for real-time automotive testing applications, including hardware-in-the-loop simulation and test cell applications. Both modules support synchronisation and triggering with other CompactRIO and NI CompactDAQ modules. NI CompactDAQ offers a platform for portable in-vehicle network com-

FADA s 7th Auto Summit - 9th & 10th January 2012 at New Delhi FADA will be organising its major biennial event, viz. 7th Auto Summit on 9th & 10th January 2012 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi, coinciding with Auto Expo scheduled for 7th to 11th January 2012. Having regard to speed-breakers encountered from time to time, the theme of Auto Summit 2012 is SHIFTING GEARS - TERRAIN AHEAD . As earlier Summits, the Auto Summit 2012 is being organised in association with SIAM. Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Dy Chairman, Planning Commission, has kindly agreed to inaugurate the Auto Summit 2012 and to deliver the Inaugural Address. Mr Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman & MD, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd will be the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session, while Mr S Sandilya, President, SIAM and Group Chairman, Eicher Motors will deliver the keynote address. As in the past, Auto Summit 2012 will be a two-day event. The day one, i.e. 9th January 2012 will, by and large, comprise workshops on day-to-day management of automobile dealerships and best dealership practices. The day two of the event, i.e. 10th January 2012 will start with a formal Inaugural Session at 10.30 a.m. followed by other Business/Interactive Sessions. As in the previous Auto Summits, industry leaders, senior Government ministers & officials, captains of allied businesses and renowned management gurus are expected to address and interact with the participants at the 7th Auto Summit. Auto Summit presents a great opportunity for automobile dealers to meet the industry leaders and other members of auto retail fraternity from across India and abroad to share their experiences and exchange ideas. The Auto Summit brings together all stakeholders on a common platform to mull and address the current & emerging challenges for sustained growth of all players connected with automotive business.

The Summit is also an occasion to celebrate and unwind, as cultural evening and networking cocktails & dinner form an integral part of the two-day programme. Presentation of Automotive Dealer Excellence Awards (ADEA) for the year 2011 forms an integral part of the programme.

Background FADA has been organising a biennial Convention of Automobile Dealers, viz. Auto Summit at New Delhi coinciding with the Auto Expo, commencing from the year 2000. The previous Summits were a grand success, each Summit attracting 700-800 participants representing dealerships, vehicle manufacturers, oil companies, banks, insurance & finance companies and media from all over the country and abroad. Practically, all leaders of automotive industry and allied businesses have addressed at this forum in the past on various issues including changing paradigm of auto retail, marketing, human resource management, customer satisfaction, relationship management, etc. The Summit deliberations helped in creating a tremendous awakening and identifying the challenges & opportunities for automotive business as a whole.

Registration and Programme Details For Registration and Programme Details, please contact FADA Office at the following address: Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) 805, Surya Kiran, 19, K G Marg, New Delhi - 110 001 Phones: 011 - 2332 0095, 6630 4852, 4153 1495 E-mail: fada@airtelmail.in The registration form and programme details can also be download from FADA s website: www.fadaweb.com

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munication, in-vehicle logging and basic automotive electronics communication in a USB, wi-fi or Ethernet form factor. The NI-XNET family provides a common programming interface for multiple automotive networks such as CAN, LIN and FlexRay. With NI-XNET interfaces, engineers can develop applications for prototyping, simulating and testing these networks faster and more easily in LabVIEW and LabVIEW RealTime software as well as ANSI C/ C++. The interfaces combine the performance and flexibility of low-level microcontroller interfaces with the speed and power of Windows and LabVIEW RealTime OS development. Engineers can easily integrate them with desktop real-time PCs and realtime PXI systems.

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coclean Dürr has fi nalised a long-term supply agreement with the BMW Group. The agreement provides that Dürr Ecoclean will supply BMW over 40 robotic cleaning cells with short delivery times by the year 2014. The cleaning systems are part of several major investment programmes by BMW in Asia and Europe. The fi rst EcoCFlex type robotic cleaning cells that the car maker ordered within the scope of the order will be delivered to BMW in Landshut, near Munich, in the third quarter of 2012. Dürr Ecoclean will install cleaning technology for the crankcase of the new modular drive component for series motors with three, four and six cylinders at the BMW foundry in Landshut. Other robot cells for treatment of cylinder heads, crankcases and crankshafts are planned for the plants at Hamshall, Munich and Steyr. BMW produces various engine series there. The framework agreement also includes supplying the new BMW engine plant in Shenyang, China. In existing plants the flexible cleaning cells from Dürr Ecoclean will partly replace older transfer systems for cleaning engine parts. The framework agreement confi rms the longstanding, successful cooperation between BMW and Dürr Ecoclean. The EcoCFlex robot cell was fi rst installed at the Munich plant in 2005, and has since been continuously further developed jointly with BMW. For Dürr Ecoclean, the framework agreement will contribute to a solid base workload at the Monschau location in the coming years.


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Wabco expands for air compressors technology W abco, a tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industr y, is in the process of expanding the customer base for its c-comp clutchable air compression technology in Europe. Series production in Europe is expected to begin by the end of 2012 to equip Wabco’s c-comp air compressor on this major customer’s heav y duty truck and bus engines that w ill meet upcoming Euro VI emission standards. Wabco’s c-comp air compressor disengages a truck or bus compressor from the engine when the vehicle’s air pressure reaches limit. As a result, it allows fuel savings up to 264 gallons (1,000 litres) on long haul applications annually while reducing the vehicle’s carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5,700

pound (2,600 km).

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“This new agreement marks yet another series adoption of Wabco’s industry-leading air compression technolog y as we continue to innovate solutions to meet rising standards for vehicle efficiency and environmental sustainability,” said Vice President, Compression and Braking, Wabco, Nikhil Varty. The company reported third quarter sales of $706 million, up 20 percent from a year ago and up 30 percent on a US GAAP basis, reflecting the industry’s strong global growth.

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“During Q3 2011, the commercial vehicle industry continued to develop strongly as Europe, North America and South America generated double-digit growth in production of trucks and buses,” stated Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wabco, Jacques Esculier. “In the third quarter, China, India and Brazil still produced 58 percent of the world’s trucks and buses. The company further benefited from our well anchored position in these emerging markets where we successfully maintain an increasing level of adoption of Wabco technologies and systems, resulting in a higher value of Wabco content per vehicle,” he added.

Strategies: JVs and Agreements The company reported operating income of $94.5 million, two thirds higher than $56.4 million a year ago, while operating income was $92.4 million on a US GA AP basis, up from $54.8 million a year ago. The ratio of the increase in performance operating income in Q3 2011 and the 20 percent increase in sales represents a n incrementa l operat ing margin of 29 percent, excluding the impact from foreign exchange translation. T he compa ny recently entered into a long term agreement with IVECO to supply anti-lock braking systems (ABS) with ESCsmart technolog y that certifies electronic stability control (ESC) for commercial vehicles. The ABS and ESCsmart technologies w ill equip Eurocargo Euro VI medium duty on-road trucks starting in 2013 for series production i n Europe. During the quarter, the compa ny entered i nto new agreements with several major customers to supply advanced safety technologies and systems for series production. It will supply Kamaz with ABS that are integrated with anti-slip controls (ASR) to improve braking and driving performance. It also entered into a multi-year agreement w ith GM to supply mechanical vacuum pump technolog y for ga sol i ne direct-injection (GDI) engines in passenger cars to be produced in North America, Europe and Asia. Series production is expected to begin in 2012. The Meritor Wabco joint venture in North America intends to form a strategic alliance with Takata, a global leader in safety systems, to develop new active safety system products for commercial vehicles in North America.


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Chrysler to spend $1.7 billion on Fiat-based Jeep

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hrysler will invest $1.7 billion to develop and build the next generation of its Jeep to debut in 2013. The Jeep SUV will be built on a broader platform based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a car built by Fiat SpA that will also underpin Chrysler’s future car and sedan lineup. This joint platform is the linchpin of the next stage of Chrysler’s turnaround plan, which hinges on fusing Fiat and Chrysler operations to lower costs and expand the companies’ reach around the world. Chrysler’s Jeep plant in Toledo, which currently builds the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro, will build the fi rst Jeep SUV off this platform, which will be exported globally, by 2013. Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler & Fiat, Sergio Marchionne said four different models could be built on the Jeep SUV platform—“It’s a very large number for one vehicle”.

under pressure is to reduce costs. ... I am talking about everyone in general. Tighten belts, remove all unnecessary expenditures and try to gear up these places toward growth,” Marchionne told the Associated Press.

Stabilising Success Despite the weakening market, Fiat premiered the third generation of the Panda city car, the best-selling car in the segment in Europe, at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The car is slightly longer with more trunk space and three passenger seats in the rear, but retains much of the look of the original, which has sold more than 6 million units since its launch in 1980. Fiat Design Director, Roberto Giolito said they aimed to retain the concept “that people still love, while creating a brand new car.”

The Pa nda is being challenged by Volkswagen, which is launching the Up, the latest entry in the market for tiny, f uel-ef f icient cit y cars. Volkswagen last year acquired the Italian design house Italdesign Giugiaro, which contributed to the original Panda design in the 1980s. Production of the Panda will begin in November at the Pomigliano plant near Naples. But Marchionne has put other investments on hold—including plans to build Alfa Romeo Sergio Marchionne, Chief and Jeep SUVs at a Executive Officer, Chrysler & Fiat plant in Turin—while

Future Plans The investment includes $500 million to expand the Jeep plant in Toledo, where Chrysler will add 1,100 jobs on a second shift in 2013 to build the new Jeep SUV. The investment will be used to expand the existing body shop and add a 26,000 sq ft metrology centre, where the plant will measure the dimensions of vehicles rolling off the line to check for problems with fit and fi nish. The remaining $1.2 billion will be spent on other Chrysler plants in the United States, suppliers and other costs. It emerged from a federally funded bankruptcy in 2009 under Fiat, which quickly boosted its stake from 20 percent to more than 50 percent this year. Fiat is poised to increase its stake in Chrysler by another five percent by year-end, bringing its total share in Chrysler to a little more than 58 percent.

Concerns Marchionne said that the combined companies still aim to produce six million cars a year by 2014 despite the increased uncertainty in global fi nancial markets. He expressed frustration at Europe’s spiralling debt crisis, which threatens to engulf Fiat’s key market of Italy. It already is sapping consumer confidence with auto sales in Italy forecast at around 1.8 million this year, the lowest level since 1983. “People don’t even know how to buy groceries for the weekend right now, and we are worrying about 2014,” Marchionne said with some irony. Fiat SpA has a 53.5-percent majority stake in US automaker Chrysler Group LLC and is looking to combine the companies to create a global automaker. The market volatility, however, makes it impossible for the moment to float Chrysler shares on the markets. “You can’t get anything from the markets right now. The market is closed,” he said. Marchionne said Chrysler is nevertheless in a better position than Fiat because US policymakers have done more to stimulate the economy. The Italian-Canadian CEO said there need to be serious discussions in Europe about promoting growth, and that governments across the continent need to reduce their costs to confront the crisis credibly. “Anybody who runs a business knows that the only way to maintain a structure when you are

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the crisis sorts itself out. “Everything is on the table now because this uncertainty makes everyone concerned about what the future looks like,” he said. Marchionne has pledged to invest Euro 20 billion ($27 billion) in Italy to double production by 2014. The Fiat CEO also confi rmed talks with Suzuki on supplying engines, but indicated the deal was not yet fi nalised. “I think there is a potential deal with Suzuki on engine supply. We are going to continue working with the company... anything that works for them and for us, we will do,” Marchionne said. Suzuki said it will end its alliance with Volkswagen AG following a nearly two-year marriage, after Volkswagen accused Suzuki of violating the terms of its partnership by deciding to buy diesel engines from rival Fiat SpA.


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JLR, IMechE tie-up for advanced research

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aguar Land Rover (JLR) has signed an MoU with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The memorandum outlines the ways in which the two organisations will work together to ensure that JLR engineers remain a competitive force.

Principles Of Cooperation This MoU builds on a long standing relationship with IMechE and reflects the need for the UK to maintain its engineering pedigree. To support this, JLR and IMechE have outlined some ‘principles of cooperation’ to aid the development of professional engineers. The IMechE will deliver tailored training and technical programmes furthering the skills and technical capabilities of JLR engineers. Concurrently, JLR will support its engineers within

appropriate disciplines to undertake programmes of Continuous Professional Development (CPD). JLR is the leading premium automotive brand based in the UK. It is led by advanced design, engineering and technology, investing around £1.5 billion per annum on product creation over

the next five years. To achieve these ambitious plans, JLR employs a world class team of over 4,000 engineers and designers. JLR is looking to enhancing the skills embedded in its current engineering workforce and has developed a Technical Accreditation Scheme, which covers a number of highly relevant technical courses to meet the skills required for the next decade covering a whole range of low carbon, infotainment and next generation electronics and powertrain technologies. These modules are undertaken at a number of

leading UK universities, some of which also deliver masters level and accredited modules. More than 500 engineers have already been through the scheme and at least 2,000 more will go through the process in the next three years. This will be opened out to the supply chain and other engineering companies, improving the skills of the whole engineering community for the future. Head of Technical Excellence, JLR, Jo Lopes said “Jaguar Land Rover and the IMechE have built a close working relationship over many years in relation to the promotion and benefits of professional accreditation. The signing of MoU will help us build on this strong partnership and expand areas of collaboration to support JLR’s continuing growth at the centre of the UK’s automotive industry.”

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Thatcham Academy takes new approach to collision repair

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hatcha m Automot ive Academy is looking to take a new approach to skills development in the UK collision repair sector. Responding to customer demand for more f lexible training delivery, 2012 will see a new mobile training unit and innovative e-learning package available to UK insurance engineers and repairers. These t wo new initiatives, combined with state-of-the-art facilities in Berkshire, will give the crash repair sector unprecedented access to Thatcham’s high qua lit y tra ining a nd accreditation programmes.

Training Approach Combining the latest training aids and technology rich course content, on-site training will provide the complete solution to cost effective and focused skills without added downtime, travel and accommodation costs. The academy’s new flexible training approach will enable insurers and bodyshops to choose the delivery format that suits their technicians’ learning styles and best meets their business needs. Whether it’s on-site delivery, e-learning or training at Thatcham’s Academy in Berkshire, the courses will be based on the latest vehicle research, delivered by the UK’s most experienced instructor team.

Research Goals The academy’s innovations in course delivery will supersede the need for our satellite academy at MIRA, Nuneaton, which will close by the end of 2011, with all ATA aligned courses and competency testing transferring to Berkshire. The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, or ‘Thatcham’ as it is widely known, was formed in 1969 by British Insurers. The Centre is independently operated and has its own Board of Directors. Its main aim is to carry out research targeted at containing or reducing the cost of motor insurance claims, whilst maintaining safety standards. Thatcham provides products and services for a number of functional areas within the collision repair industry: insurers, motor ma nufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

Profile Employing over 170 members of staff, Thatcham has an established reputation and capability in delivering an array of products and services to the automotive industry, on a global stage. Thatcha m A ut om ot i v e Academy provides skills development and competency testing for insurance engineers and collision repair technicians. Adult and apprentice training programmes are available for a l l bodyshop d iscipl i nes. Academy courses benefit from the unique knowledge transfer f rom Thatcha m’s Resea rch Centre, with the latest vehicle repair procedures delivered to delegates and included in all course content. Thatcha m Instructors are in demand across the world.


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Kia looking to reduce environmental impact L

ife cycle assessment (LCA) is assuming a priority for automobile manufacturers across the globe. And so is the case with Korea-based manufacturer, Kia Motors Corporation. From the start of the design phase, all new Kia models are subject to an LCA to minimise their impact on the environment. And Kia suppliers are encouraged to do the same with their production processes. In 2008, the company launched a socially responsible management initiative designed to put the environment at the forefront of all its operations. Among other things, the company set out to develop economical vehicles, including those that run on alternative fuels, curb energ y consumption and emissions at factories, reduce pollution and waste during the

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production cycle and improve recycling technologies. Kia has received both internal and external recognition for its efforts. Using an internal environmental performance indicator, which measures CO2 emissions and the amount of resources used against sales revenue, Kia made a 40 percent improvement between 2004 and 2010. Kia’s plant in Zilina, Slovakia was certified in 2008 as an ‘environmentally-friendly’ facility, earning an ISO 14001 International Certificate of Environmental Management. The plant employs cutting-edge technology to ensure that production and waste-management have minimal impact on the environment. The plant has received environmental certificates from TUV Nord. The low tailpipe emissions from all four cars and the advanced processes used in their production have resulted in the models being certified according to the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Digital assessments during the design phase help to minimise the number of changes necessary down the line, reduce costs and resource consumption and calculate how a car will dismantle at the end of its life. One benefit of this process is the development of more efficient dismantling equipment. Since 2005, Kia has been using a self-developed chemicals management system to minimise the use of toxic substances and in 2010 it began to analyse the composition and weight of all materials used in the construction of a car to aid recycling. All newly-developed Kias now meet recyclability and reusability standards in Korea, Europe and China. The amount of waste, greenhouse gases and environmental pollutants they produce is monitored so that improvements can be made and the heat they create is recycled. Waste taken to landfill sites in 2010 was less than one percent of the total generated and the giant Sohari and Hwasung plants in Korea have sent absolutely no waste to landfill for the past two years. In 2010, nearly 94 percent of the waste created at the three main Korean plants was recycled. The manufacturer has also reduced the amount of water used in the building of each car by 27 percent in the past seven years, and has achieved a steady decline in the greenhouse gases resulting from production since 2005 and company standards on environmental and atmospheric pollutants are higher than those demanded by the Korean government. Kia’s decision to build cars in the markets where they will be sold, whenever possible, reduces the energy required for distribution. Kia is also replacing old transporters with new ones that can carry 20 percent more, and re-routing cargo through ports closer to production facilities. Looking further into the future, it is researching ways of increasing the amount of shredded material from scrapped cars for recycling from 85 percent to 95 percent. The company has also developed a manual on how to safely dispose of the high-voltage lit hium-ion batteries from the hybrid and electric vehicles that will soon be used in volume production.


Frost & Sullivan’s “Manufacturing Summit 2011” in its sixth edition will provide an ideal platform for industry networking, knowledge exchange and will continue to foster promotion of best practices in the industry. Participants will have an excellent opportunity to learn about proven practices and hear industry experts speak on what factors contribute towards the successful deployment of these practices. The forum is designed to assist companies overcome their implementation constraints and thereby improve processes.

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International auto round-up EU agreement to speed up introduction of electric vehicles The introduction of electrical cars will get a further boost with an international agreement promoted by the European Union, the United States and Japan in Geneva (Switzerland). The partners agreed to closely cooperate on convergence of regulatory obligations related to electric vehicles in the global context. This will lead to cost savings through economies of scale for automotive manufacturers. Currently, they only produce relatively small volumes of electric vehicles in different world regions. The agreement is, therefore key in the context of economic recovery and general cost-sensitiveness of the industry. Taking into account that the rules for electro-mobility technologies are currently being developed on both sides of the Atlantic and Asia, the cooperation is particularly interesting as it offers a unique opportunity to develop common approaches. European Commission Vice President, A ntonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: “This is a crucial step towards the development and reach out of electric cars. The regulatory cooperation agreement will help to increase the market potential for this important breakthrough technolog y, contributing for competitiveness and a more sustainable road transport”. Under the proposed cooperating agreement, two informal working groups on electric vehicles will be set up under the 1998 Agreement on Global Technical Regulations. The initiative was taken by the European Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. The working groups are indeed open to all countries that are contracting parties to the relevant UN Agreement, including India and China. The fi rst group will address the safety aspects of electric vehicles and their components, including the battery. It will cover the safety of occupants against electric shocks in-use, while recharging as well as after an accident. The second group will focus on environmental aspects of regulations applied to electric vehicles. The aim of both groups is to exchange information on current and future regulatory initiatives in this field, to avoid unnecessary differences between regulatory approaches and, where possible, develop common requirements in the form of a Global Technical Regulation (GTR). The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, also known as Working Party 29 (WP.29), operates under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), located in Geneva. It defi nes a large number of vehicle regulations, covering safety and environmental requirements for cars and other vehicles. The aim of the Forum is to promote harmonised technical requirements which reduce development costs

and avoid duplication of administrative procedures for industry and therefore contribute to economic efficiency and lower costs for consumers and society. The 1998 Agreement establishes a process through which countries from all regions of the world can jointly develop global technical regulations (“gtrs”) for vehicles and their components. It is complementary to the 1958 Agreement, with the particular aim to promote participation of various countries in the gtrs. At the present time, there are 32 Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement, including t he EU, Japan, USA, Korea, China and India.

Nissan takes low carbon crown Nissan was crowned the lowcarbon car king at an awards ceremony, which saw a double win for the company, continuing the success for its Leaf electric vehicle. The manufacturer was named Low Carbon Car/Van Manufacturer of the Year at the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards ceremony held at the Institution of Mechanica l Engineers (IMechE) in central London. The judges said that Nissan has been at the forefront of EV and battery technology development, which culminated in the launch of the ground-breaking fully electric Nissan LEAF in March 2011. The company’s effort had helped place electric vehicles

firmly in the minds of the motoring public as well as ensuring a network of charging and servicing points, thereby making the transition to electric motorist as seamless as possible for both consumers and company car drivers. Nissan also received the Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport award for its overall undisputed achievement across the full range of activities to encourage the shift to decarbonised motoring. The LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards recognise best practice from vehicle manufacturing and fleet operations to the development of products and services that reduce greenhouse gases from road transport

operations. Nissan beat off tough opposition—a total of 44 companies and organisations shortlisted—throughout the rigorous judging process. Nissan research has found that 80 percent of daily driving in Britain is below 30 miles, well within the Leaf’s 110 mile range. With the ability to carry five passengers and a 90 mph top speed, it marks a significant development in the environmentally-friendly options available for motorists. The Leaf, priced at £25,990 OTR including the government’s EV grant, is currently available at 32 specialist Nissan EV dealerships nationwide with a dealer expansion programme underway for 2012.


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Products .......................................................... Pg. No.

Products .......................................................... Pg. No.

Products .......................................................... Pg. No.

AC motors ...................................................................15

Coppers ......................................................................16

Modular tooling systems ............................................BIC

Acc paddle sensor assy ...............................................35

Countersinks ..............................................................BIC

Motors ........................................................................15

ADEA Awards ..............................................................37

Cutting machines .......................................................4

Motors ........................................................................15

Aluminum ..................................................................16

Cylindrical grinders ....................................................1, BC

National Productivity Summit-2011 ...........................34

AutoExpo-2012 exhibition ..........................................22

DC motors ..................................................................15

Packaging solutions ...................................................8

Automation ................................................................4, 13

Diamond tools............................................................BIC

PBEGL geared motors .................................................15

Automobile parts .......................................................10

Diesel engines ............................................................21

Powder metallurgy products .....................................10

Automotive component .............................................11

Diesel/kerosene engines ............................................21

Power chucking cylinders ..........................................1, BC

Bearings .....................................................................12

Double-column slideway grinders .............................31

Power sprayers ...........................................................21

Bicycle components & assemblies .............................16

Drilling tools...............................................................BIC

Power tillers ...............................................................21

Billet shearing machines ............................................17

Driver interfaces.........................................................6

Powertrain gauging ....................................................43

Brake motors..............................................................15

E-coatings solutions ...................................................FIC

Powertrain systems ....................................................6

Brass ...........................................................................16

EGR valves ..................................................................35

Protective packaging & cushioning solutions ............19

Building automation ..................................................4

Electrical/electronic architecture ...............................6

Pumpsets & power reapers ........................................21

Buses ..........................................................................9

Electronic control units ..............................................35

Reamers .....................................................................BIC

Cable carriers .............................................................12

Event ..........................................................................34

Robotics .....................................................................18

Cable connectors........................................................12

Exhibitions .................................................................34, 38

Rotary tables ..............................................................13

Cam shaft holders ......................................................16

Extension springs .......................................................3

Rubber moulded products .........................................12

CED/KTL coatings........................................................FIC

Factory automation....................................................4

Rubber to metal bonded products ............................12

C-frame power presses ...............................................17

Five-axis machining centres .......................................27

Safety electronics .......................................................6

Chains.........................................................................12

Flameproof motors ....................................................15

Salt spray chambers ...................................................41

CNC cutting machines ................................................4

Flange mounting motors ............................................15

Self adhesive tapes .....................................................10

CNC laser cutting machines........................................4

Forged products .........................................................16

Sensors .......................................................................6

CNC lathes ..................................................................1, 13, BC

Forging presses ..........................................................17

Silicon carbide based particulate ďŹ lters.....................39

CNC machines ............................................................33

Four-axis horizontal machining centres.....................27

Single-column vertical surface grinders ....................31

CNC oval turning centres ............................................33

Friction drop hammers ..............................................17

Slip-ring crane duty motors .......................................15

CNC oxyfuel cutting machines ...................................4

Friction screw presses ................................................17

Solid carbide drills .....................................................24

CNC plasma cutting machines ....................................4

General engineering...................................................16

Solid carbide mills......................................................24

CNC turn mill centres .................................................33

Gun drills ....................................................................BIC

Solid carbide reamers ................................................24

CNC turning centres....................................................33

Hammers....................................................................17

Solid carbide special drills .........................................24

CNC vertical machining centres..................................33

H-frame power presses ..............................................17

Solid carbide special mills..........................................24

CNC/VMC machines ....................................................25

HMC horizontal spindles ............................................13

Solid carbide special reamers ....................................24

CNCs & HMCs ..............................................................33

Hollow bars ................................................................23

Solid oxide fuel cell technology .................................6

CNCs ...........................................................................33

Horizontal CNC machines...........................................33

Stainless steel gear parts ............................................10

Coating machines .......................................................4

Horizontal machining centres ....................................33

Taps ............................................................................BIC

Coating plants ............................................................4

Hoses for automotive industry...................................12

Thermal ......................................................................6

Coating systems ..........................................................4

HVAC parts .................................................................16

Torsion springs ...........................................................3

Commercial vehicles ..................................................9

Hybrid & electric vehicle products.............................6

Transmission gears .....................................................10

Compaction & concreting equipment ........................21

Imaging & vision systems ...........................................4

Turrets ........................................................................1

Compression springs ..................................................3

Imtex Forming-2012 ...................................................38

Turrets ........................................................................BC

Connecting rods .........................................................16

Indexers .....................................................................13

Vacuum pump ............................................................35

Connectors .................................................................12

Infotainment ..............................................................6

Ventilators ..................................................................10

Lightweight diesel engines ........................................21

Vertical line series ......................................................33

Lightweight petrol......................................................21

Vertical machining centres.........................................1, BC

Logistics services ........................................................7

VMC linear series ........................................................33

Material handling solutions .......................................8

VMC vertical machines ...............................................13

Metal cutting tools .....................................................24

VMC/HMC machines ...................................................30

Milling cutters ............................................................BIC

Wireforms ...................................................................3

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International auto round-up Skoda Yeti wins Green Apple Award Skoda’s acclaimed compact SUV has won a prestigious International Green Apple Environment Award. The honour has been bestowed by The Green Organisation, an independent group dedicated to promoting the positive side of environmental behaviour. In existence since 1994, its annual awards highlight the benefits and profits that can come from environmental best practice. This year is the first time it has chosen to honour new cars, and selected the Škoda Yeti E 2.0-litre TDI CR as the inaugural winner in the ‘Smaller SUV & 4x4’ category. The award was judged by members of the Midland Group of Motoring Writers, who were invited to nominate their favourite contender from a shortlist of four. The Yeti E 2.0-litre TDI CR’s outstanding environmental performance—52.3mpg (combined) fuel economy and only 140g/km CO2 emissions—coupled with its practicality and versatility, edged out the competition. “This is actually that rare beast, an SUV with luggage space,” commented the judges. The awards presentation took place at a special event at the House of Commons recently. Škoda UK Product Marketing Manager, Chris Horrell was delighted with the prize. “The Yeti has been a game-changing car for Škoda and to win an award based around its environmental credentials is fantastic. That we’re the fi rst winner of this honour makes it doubly special.” The Škoda Yeti E 2.0-litre TDI CR is available from £16,170.

innovative features, including a three mode electric drive system, adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid. The system allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal and Sport to instantly and seamlessly change the driving experience to maximise efficiency or improve acceleration. While in Econ mode, practical driving range can increase by as much as 17-percent compared to driving in Normal mode. Acceleration improves significantly when in Sport mode, adding to the Fit EV’s fun to drive nature. In addition to the three-mode driving system, the Fit EV includes interactive coaching features designed to assist the driver in maximising battery performance and driving range. The power meter alerts the driver to optimal driving conditions. Additional

energy- saving features includes a highly efficient electric AC system and new regenerative braking system. The 6.6 kW, onboard 32 amp charger allows for convenient recharging of the Fit EV. With a 240-volt charger, the Fit EV can fully recharge in as little as three hours. At launch t iming, Honda w i l l have a preferred Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) charging supplier. To help the driver manage the electric vehicle ownership experience, the Fit EV will have a standard telematics system that allows the driver to stay connected. Through the Fit EV smartphone and computer applications, the driver can remotely view the vehicles state of charge, initiate charging and

activate the AC and heater, to pre-condition the vehicle while connected to the grid which maximises battery range on start-up. The mobile application and website also offers the ability to set charging notifications and alerts to optimise charging times based on varying utili-

ty rates and provides access to 24-hour roadside assistance. The Fit EV will come equipped with a standard Honda SatelliteLinked Navigation SystemTM t hat prov ides t he abi lit y to locate public charging stations and frequently updated traffic information.

Fit makes world debut Honda unveiled the all-new 2013 Fit EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show and announced plans to begin leasing the 123 city-mile per charge (76 mile range combined adjusted city/highway) single battery electric commuter vehicle in the US in summer 2012. The Fit EV is based on the popular Fit (named Jazz in Europe) and is a part of the company’s diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles that includes petrol-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cellelectric and natural gas-powered models. American Honda will begin leasing the Fit EV to customers in select California and Oregon markets next summer and will expand to six East Coast markets in early 2013. The introduction of the Fit EV to Europe has yet to be confi rmed. The Fit EV’s suggested price (MSRP) is $38,675 with an estimated lease priced at $399 a month. Honda will monitor market acceptance, but expects volume at this early stage of production to be approximately 1,100 EV’s over the next three years. Fit EV Performance: The Fit EV is designed to meet the needs of an average urban commuter, offering an estimated driving range of 123 miles on a single charge using the US EPA city cycle test methods. It will be powered by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 92 kilowatt coaxial electric motor. The high density electric motor, derived from the motor used in the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, delivers excellent efficiency and power while remaining quiet at high speeds. Driving range of the EV can be maximised by using several

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SIAM DATA

FLASH REPORT (MEDIA) REPORT II

Source: SIAM

Category Segment/Subsegment Manufacturer.

Production For the month of October 2010

2011

Cumulative April-October 10-11

11-12

Domestic Sales For the month of Cumulative October April-October 2010

I Passenger Vehicles (PVs) A : Passengers Cars - Upto 5 Seats Micro: Seats Upto-4, Length Normally <3200 mm, Body Style-Hatchback, Engine Displacement Normally upto 0.8 Litre Regular: Tata Motors Ltd (Nano) 4,794 4,584 40,492 34,068 3,065 Total 4,794 4,584 40,492 34,068 3,065 Micro: Seats Upto-5, Length Normally <3600 mm, Body Style-Hatchback, Engine Displacement Normally upto 1.0 Litre Regular: General Motors India Pvt Ltd (Spark) 3,111 2,183 19,658 17,488 3,233 Hyundai Motors India Ltd(Santro) 10,710 15,791 72,506 85,471 8,420 Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (M800, Alto,Wagon R,A-Star) 61,041 23,189 386,017 312,347 55,404 Total 74,862 41,163 478,181 415,306 67,057 Compact: Seats Upto-5, Length Normally 3600-4000 mm, Body Style-Sedan/Estate/Hatch/Notchback, Engine Displacement Normally upto 1.4 Litre Regular: Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd (Palio, Grande Punto) 1,340 529 8,354 7,678 1,347 Ford india Pvt Ltd (Figo ) 7,265 7,147 50,484 53,072 7,149 General Motors India Pvt Ltd (Beat, U-VA) 3,416 5,007 23,267 29,842 3,328 Honda Siel Cars India ltd (Jazz) 0 1,442 856 3,119 332 Hyundai Motors India Ltd(Getz, i10, i20) 33,098 23,497 238,966 228,009 22,745 Mahindra Renault Pvt Ltd NA NA NA NA NA Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (Swift, Ritz, Estilo) 24,408 10,741 160,396 116,666 24,729 Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd (Micra) 9,745 7,507 19,885 67,047 1,062 SkodaAuto india p.ltd ( Fabia ) 706 845 3,544 10,942 756 Tata Motors Ltd (Indica,Indica Vista, Indigo CS) 19,912 17,733 106,223 94,208 15,183 Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (Liva) NA 2,571 NA 12,194 NA Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (Polo) 2,100 1,407 14,350 25,782 2,344 Total 101,990 78,426 626,325 648,559 78,975 Super Compact: Seats Upto-5, Length Normally 4000-4250 mm, Body Style-Sedan/Estate/Hatch/Notchback, Engine Displacement Normally upto 1.6 Litre Regular: Hyundai Motors India Ltd (Accent) 3,492 2,717 20,907 22,152 1,536 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (Verito) 1,230 1,557 6,348 10,876 1,079 Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (Dzire) 9,495 5,076 60,570 50,381 9,644 Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (Etios-Sedan) NA 3,134 NA 26,959 NA Total 14,217 12,484 87,825 110,368 12,259 Super Compact: Seats Upto-5, Length Normally 4000-4250 mm, Body Style-Sedan/Estate/Hatch/Notchback, Engine Displacement Normally upto 1.6 Litre Specialty: Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (Beetle) 0 0 0 0 44 Total 0 0 0 0 44 Mid-Size: Seats Upto-5, Length Normally 4250-4500 mm, Body Style-Sedan/Estate/Hatch/Notchback, Engine Displacement Normally upto 1.6 Litre Regular: Ford India Pvt Ltd (Ford ikon,Fiesta Classic) 2,254 2,208 11,935 12,612 1,584 General Motors India Pvt Ltd (Aveo) 370 35 2,582 807 399 Hindustan Motors Ltd (Lancer) 33 40 427 243 38 Honda Siel Cars India Ltd (City) 3,285 3,156 28,148 19,258 4,316 Hyundai Motors India Ltd (Verna) 2,216 4,789 13,901 28,730 1,928 Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (SX4) 1,891 488 12,246 10,512 1,977 Nissan Motor India pvt Ltd (Sunny) NA 1,644 NA 2,784 NA Tata Motors Ltd (Indigo, Manza) 3,855 1,735 23,232 11,415 2,845 Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (Vento) 1,660 2,152 3,101 22,676 1,615 Specialty: Hindustan Motors Ltd (Ambassador) 603 210 4,444 1,575 574 Total 16,167 16,457 100,016 110,612 15,276 Executive: Seats Upto-5, Length Normally 4500-4700 mm, Body Style-Sedan/Estate/Hatch/Notchback, Engine Displacement Normally upto 2.0 Litre Regular: Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd (Linea) 643 105 6,115 2,998 723 General Motors India Pvt Ltd (Optra, Cruze) 1,178 1,042 7,282 7,473 1,290 Hindustan Motors Ltd (Cedia sports) 17 0 82 37 18 Honda Siel Cars India Ltd (Civic) 483 1 3,187 1,560 401 Hyundai Motors India Ltd (Elantra) 0 nA 0 NA 0 Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (Kizashi) 0 0 0 0 0 Renault India Pvt Ltd (Renault FLUENCE) NA 92 NA 1,086 NA Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd (Laura) 428 203 4,100 4,035 385 Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (Corolla ) 962 667 5,959 5,464 962 Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (Jetta) 595 336 2,730 1,272 281 Specialty: BMW india pvt Ltd ( 3 Series) NA NA 986 1,004 NA Hindustan Motors Ltd (EVO X) 0 0 0 4 0 Mercedes-Benz India Pvt Ltd (C-Class) NA NA 1,229 1,835 NA Volkswagen - Audi (A4) 0 0 0 0 131 Total 4,306 2,446 31,670 26,768 4,191 Premium: Seats Upto-5, Length Normally 4700-5000 mm, Body Style-Sedan/Estate/Hatch/Notchback, Engine Displacement Normally upto 3.0 Litre Regular: Honda Siel Cars India Ltd ( Accord ) 184 180 1,264 900 197 Hyundai Motors India Ltd ( Sonata ) 20 0 161 101 22 Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd (Teana) 0 0 0 128 23 Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd (Superb) 435 300 2,535 2,372 420 Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (Camry ) 0 0 0 0 15 Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (Passat) 8 50 579 801 59 Specialty: BMW india pvt Ltd (Gran Turismo, 5 Series) NA NA 886 1,740 NA Mercedes-Benz India Pvt Ltd (E-Class) NA NA 1,015 1,633 NA Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (Prius ) 0 0 0 0 10 Volkswagen - Audi (A6, A7) 0 0 0 0 87 Total 647 530 6,440 7,675 833 Luxury: Seats Upto-5, Length Normally Over 5000 mm, Body Style-Sedan/Estate/Hatch/Notchback, Engine Displacement Normally upto 5.0 Litre Regular: BMW india pvt Ltd (7 Series ) NA NA 0 0 NA Mercedes-Benz India Pvt Ltd ( S-Class) NA NA 320 278 NA Volkswagen - Audi (A8) 0 0 0 0 0 Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (Phaeton) 0 0 0 0 0 Total 0 0 320 278 0 Coupe: Roadster - 2 Doors; 2/4 seater, retractable/firm roof Regular: BMW india pvt Ltd (6 Series, Z4) NA NA 0 0 NA Mercedes-Benz India Pvt Ltd (E-Coupe, E-Cabrio, CLS, SLK) NA NA 0 0 NA Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd (370Z) 0 0 0 0 2 Volkswagen - Audi (R8, RS5) 0 0 0 0 2 Total 0 0 0 0 4 Exotics: Upto 5 Seats, Price >Rs. 1 Crore Mercedes-Benz India pvt. Ltd (SLS AMG) NA NA NA NA NA Total 0 0 0 0 0 Total Passenger Car 216,983 156,090 1,371,269 1,353,634 181,704 B: Utility Vehicles (Uvs) B: Utility Vehicles / Sports Utillty Vehicles; 2x4 or 4x4 offroad capability; Generally ladder on frame; 2 box ; 5 seats or more but upto 10 Seats UV1: Length<4400 mm, Price Upto Rs. 15 Lakh Force Motors Ltd (Trax) 37 34 228 221 41 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (Bolero, ST) 6,364 6,430 42,784 50,737 6,849 Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (Gypsy) 361 360 2,871 3,691 405 Tata Motors Ltd (Sumo,) 1,055 1,800 9,722 9,999 1,256 Total 7,817 8,624 55,605 64,648 8,551 UV2: Length<4400 - 4700 mm, Price Upto Rs. 15 Lakh General Motors India Pvt Ltd (Tavera) 1,525 1,687 10,671 12,562 1,594 International Cars & Motors Ltd (Rhino) 41 50 436 286 48 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (Scorpio, Bolero, ST, Xylo) 8,727 8,480 54,686 60,512 9,059 Tata Motors Ltd (Sumo Grande, Safari) 1,757 1,713 12,360 10,250 1,774 Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (Innova) 4,411 3,296 30,659 28,362 4,516 Total 16,461 15,226 108,812 111,972 16,991 UV3: Length>4700 mm, Price Upto Rs. 15 Lakh Force Motors Ltd (Trax) 242 460 1,664 2,160 269 Tata Motors Ltd (Aria, Xenon) 294 447 675 2,280 359 Total 536 907 2,339 4,440 628 UV4: Price Between Rs. 15 to 25Lakh BMW india Pvt Ltd (X1) NA NA NA 2,363 NA Ford India Pvt Ltd (Endeavour) 252 291 2,010 1,788 293 General Motors India Pvt Ltd (Captiva) 0 0 0 0 162 Hindustan Motors Ltd (Pajero, Outlander) 265 205 1,593 1,276 268 Honda Siel Cars India Ltd (CRV) 0 0 0 0 29 Hyundai Motors India Ltd (Santa Fe) 133 222 133 969 69 Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (Vitara) 0 0 0 0 17 Mercedes-Benz India Pvt.Ltd NA NA NA NA NA Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd (X-Trail) 0 0 0 0 44 Renault India Pvt Ltd (Koleos) NA 60 NA 158 NA Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd (Yeti) 131 141 131 1,377 100 Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (Fortuner) 1,057 743 7,190 6,184 1,084 Total 1,838 1,662 11,057 14,115 2,066 UV5: Price > Rs. 25Lakh BMW india Pvt Ltd (X3, X5, X6) NA NA 0 175 NA Hindustan Motors Ltd (Mentero) 4 1 21 57 4 Mercedes-Benz India pvt. Ltd (ML Class, GL Class, R Class, G class) NA NA 0 0 NA Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (LC,Prado) 0 0 0 0 15 Volkswagen - Audi (Q5,Q7) 0 0 0 0 127 Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (Touareg) 0 0 0 0 0 Total 4 1 21 232 146 Total Utillity Vehicles (Uvs) 26,656 26,420 177,834 195,407 28,382 C: Vans; Generally 1 or 1.5 box; seats upto 5 to 10 V1: Hard tops mainly used for personal transport, Price Upto Rs. 10 Lakh Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (Omini,Ecco) 15,009 10,633 91,912 91,770 15,379 Tata Motors Ltd (Venture) 22 300 99 3,869 0 Total 15,031 10,933 92,011 95,639 15,379 V2: Soft tops mainly used as Maxi Cabs, Price Upto Rs. 10 Lakh Force Motors Ltd (Trip) 52 0 131 100 38 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (Gio, Maxximo Mini Van) 16 1,617 51 13,710 49 Tata Motors Ltd (Magic, lris) 3,959 2,971 28,774 29,989 4,095 Total 4,027 4,588 28,956 43,799 4,182 Total Vans 19,058 15,521 120,967 139,438 19,561 Total Passenger Vehicles (PVs) 262,697 198,031 1,670,070 1,688,479 229,647 II Commercial Vehicles (CVs) M&HCVs A: Passenger Carriers A1: Max. Mass exceeding 7-5 tonnes but not exceeding 12 tonnes (M3(B1)) (b): No. of seats including driver exceeding 13 (M3(B2)) Ashok Leyland Ltd 123 58 1,051 1,317 72 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd 0 NA 0 NA 0 Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd 0 12 355 117 25 SML Isuzu Ltd 276 266 2,217 1,823 218 Tata Motors Ltd 320 311 3,239 3,812 356 VE CVs - Eicher 25 124 1,412 1,975 92 Total A1 744 771 8,274 9,044 763 A2: Max. Mass exceeding 12 but no exceeding 16.2 tonnes (M3(C)) (b): No. of seats including driver exceeding 13 (M3(C2)) Ashok Leyland Ltd 1,740 1,027 12,703 11,268 1,397 JCBL Ltd NA NA 0 1 NA SML Isuzu Ltd 8 6 54 48 0 Tata Motors Ltd 1,335 1,241 10,829 8,039 1,420 VE CVs - Eicher 21 99 91 461 19 Volvo Buses India Pvt Ltd 46 12 168 135 47 Total A2 3,150 2,385 23,845 19,952 2,883 A3: No. of seats including exceeding 13 and max. mass exceeding 16.2 tonnes (M3(D)) Passenger Carrier (D) Volvo Buses India Pvt Ltd 18 25 114 237 20 Total A3 18 25 114 237 20 Total M&HCVs(passenger carriers) 3,912 3,181 32,233 29,233 3,666 M&HCVs B: Goods Carriers (c) Max Mass exceeding 7.5 tonnes but not exceeding 10 tons Ashok Leyland Ltd 13 43 288 317 39 SML Isuzu Ltd 194 250 1,542 1,816 160 Tata Motors Ltd 370 393 3,224 3,813 692 VE CVs - Eicher 1,055 1,093 6,033 6,667 1,063 Total 1,632 1,779 11,087 12,613 1,954 (d) Max. Mass Exceeding 10 tons but not exceeding 12 tons Ashok Leyland Ltd 35 164 1,451 2,235 173 SML Isuzu Ltd 126 141 821 868 126

Exports For the month of October

Cumulative April-October

2011

10-11

11-12

2010

2011

10-11

11-12

3,868 3,868

40,467 40,467

33,245 33,245

0 0

597 597

1 1

1,722 1,722

1,782 9,456 25,009 36,247

19,575 48,109 308,398 376,082

16,396 57,326 259,909 333,631

18 4,470 10,019 14,507

15 1,160 2,664 3,839

55 24,293 78,129 102,477

46 22,076 56,302 78,424

495 5,689 5,383 1,683 18,391 NA 10,859 1,619 1,400 15,413 2,454 3,340 66,726

7,876 45,328 21,715 3,132 135,720 NA 153,314 4,355 3,576 87,290 NA 14,366 476,672

6,754 38,705 27,311 3,968 121,720 NA 111,374 10,362 9,661 79,947 11,533 22,432 443,767

93 661 21 0 10,764 NA 880 0 0 508 NA 0 12,927

71 2,711 22 9 12,197 NA 1,110 10,038 0 55 0 0 26,213

903 4,135 142 15 105,894 NA 7,549 0 0 4,079 NA 0 122,717

956 14,816 101 11 107,427 NA 7,097 59,770 0 2,173 0 0 192,351

745 1,818 5,001 3,405 10,969

9,395 4,948 60,005 NA 74,348

6,014 10,525 50,384 26,230 93,153

2,266 0 69 NA 2,335

1,967 0 58 0 2,025

12,702 1,500 453 NA 14,655

15,260 0 184 0 15,444

16 16

284 284

50 50

0 0

0 0

0 0

0 0

2,157 98 22 3,376 4,217 320 1,340 1,667 3,474

9,782 2,456 428 27,748 13,439 11,936 NA 23,410 2,978

11,797 970 220 23,179 28,275 10,229 1,999 10,618 20,350

50 6 0 0 0 14 NA 61 0

104 7 0 0 0 68 0 17 0

747 83 0 32 0 30 NA 1,098 0

586 69 0 8 0 267 0 312 0

161 16,832

4,319 96,496

1,507 109,144

0 131

0 196

0 1,990

4 1,246

127 967 8 281 NA 3 114 406 700 373

6,057 6,475 119 2,861 2 0 NA 4,033 5,929 2,141

2,560 6,973 41 1,579 NA 174 887 3,417 5,461 1,546

51 0 0 0 0 0 NA 0 0 0

28 1 0 0 NA 0 0 0 0 0

119 3 0 3 0 0 NA 0 0 0

214 21 0 0 NA 0 0 0 0 0

NA 0 NA 197 3,176

1,105 0 1,278 707 30,707

1,084 4 1,473 1,310 26,509

NA 0 NA 0 51

NA 0 NA 0 29

0 0 0 0 125

0 0 0 0 235

172 2 15 225 4 63

1,369 167 163 2,456 199 658

826 92 59 1,845 124 919

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

5 0 0 0 0 0

4 0 0 0 0 0

NA NA 1 176 658

1,080 1,078 91 488 7,749

1,578 1,351 6 754 7,554

NA NA 0 0 0

NA NA 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 5

0 0 0 0 4

NA NA 16 0 16

249 272 5 21 547

175 195 189 14 573

NA NA 0 0 0

NA NA 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

NA NA 0 13 13

50 103 6 5 164

31 74 2 66 173

NA NA 0 0 0

NA NA 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

NA 0 138,521

NA 0 1,103,516

5 5 1,047,804

NA 0 29,951

NA 0 32,899

NA 0 241,970

NA 0 289,426

41 7,676 270 1,757 9,744

224 42,511 4,163 9,238 56,136

222 51,023 4,096 10,390 65,731

0 13 70 23 106

0 16 43 15 74

0 210 117 294 621

1 91 114 241 447

1,679 50 9,262 1,612 3,411 16,014

10,521 445 53,864 11,848 30,719 107,397

12,484 286 57,845 10,186 28,385 109,186

0 0 260 15 0 275

8 0 303 13 0 324

5 0 1,383 171 0 1,559

52 0 2,296 84 0 2,432

475 441 916

1,650 1,491 3,141

2,094 2,288 4,382

0 0 0

0 4 4

0 0 0

0 77 77

NA 245 100 191 14 190 0 NA 16 59 103 763 1,681

NA 1,818 1,068 1,594 336 69 66 NA 281 NA 102 7,141 12,475

1,816 1,664 930 1,267 165 1,009 20 NA 148 150 906 6,199 14,274

NA 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA 0 NA 0 0 0

NA 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA 0 0 0 0 0

NA 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA 0 NA 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA 0 0 0 0 0

NA 3 NA 24 115 0 142 28,497

190 24 197 186 687 3 1,287 180,436

321 56 403 87 1,062 4 1,933 195,506

NA 0 NA 0 0 0 0 381

NA 0 NA 0 0 0 0 402

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2,180

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2,956

9,996 366 10,362

90,496 0 90,496

88,361 3,572 91,933

301 0 301

194 0 194

1,230 0 1,230

910 0 910

2 2,309 3,451 5,762 16,124 183,142

68 49 28,813 28,930 119,426 1,403,378

132 14,061 29,077 43,270 135,203 1,378,513

0 0 82 82 383 30,715

0 0 29 29 223 33,524

0 0 121 121 1,351 245,501

0 0 134 134 1,044 293,426

112 NA 3 126 390 182 813

987 0 354 1,863 3,766 1,663 8,633

1,497 NA 4 1,769 3,649 2,054 8,973

16 0 0 0 13 0 29

3 NA 0 0 34 0 37

134 5 0 4 321 117 581

149 NA 0 5 239 38 431

874 NA 4 986 103 9 1,976

10,101 0 43 9,355 101 178 19,778

8,585 1 43 7,146 418 131 16,324

437 NA 0 557 0 0 994

129 NA 0 295 25 0 449

2,292 0 0 2,753 11 0 5,056

2,340 0 0 1,931 53 0 4,324

27 27 2,816

107 107 28,518

236 236 25,533

0 0 1,023

0 0 486

0 0 5,637

0 0 4,755

49 184 836 1,149 2,218

266 1,388 4,081 6,137 11,872

219 1,560 5,388 6,395 13,562

0 0 43 37 80

0 12 53 5 70

66 91 366 228 751

34 202 390 136 762

262 90

1,408 728

1,847 868

8 0

18 0

88 24

136 2


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Tata Motors Ltd 1,075 900 VE CVs - Eicher 1,100 1,102 Total 2,336 2,307 Total B 3,968 4,086 B2: Max Mass exceeding 16.2 tonnes (N3(A)) (a) Max. mass exceeding 12 tonnes but not exceeding 16.2 tonnes (N3(A1)) Ashok Leyland Ltd 1,015 1,627 SML Isuzu Ltd 0 0 Tata Motors Ltd 2,854 5,606 VE CVs - Eicher 376 297 Total B2 4,245 7,530 B3: Max Mass exceeding 16.2 tonnes-Rigid Vehicles (N3(B1)) (a) Max. mass exceeding 16.2 tonnes but not exceeding 25 tonnes Ashok Leyland Ltd 350 1,177 Asia Motor Works Ltd 359 847 Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd 56 71 Tata Motors Ltd 3,268 3,647 VE CVs - Eicher 110 81 VE CVs - Volvo 0 NA Total 4,143 5,823 (b) Max. mass exceeding 25 tonnes Ashok Leyland Ltd 49 672 Asia Motor Works Ltd 2 80 Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd 20 20 Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd 110 50 Tata Motors Ltd 2,522 4,252 VE CVs - Eicher 70 157 VE CVs - Volvo 80 29 Total 2,853 5,260 Total B3 6,996 11,083 B4: Max. Mass exceeding 16.2 tonnes-Haulage Tractor (Tractor-Semi Traller/Traller)(N3(B2)) (a) Max. Mass exceeding 16.2 tonnes but not exceeding 26.4 tonnes Ashok Leyland Ltd 0 NA Total 0 (b) Max. mass exceeding 26.4 tonnes but not exceeding 35.2 tonnes Ashok Leyland Ltd 32 58 Tata Motors Ltd 0 0 Total 32 58 (c) Mass exceeding 35.2 tonnes but not exceeding 40 tonnes Ashok Leyland Ltd 0 0 Asia Motor Works Ltd 40 40 Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd 8 70 Total 48 110 (d) Max. mass exceeding 40 tonnes but not exceeding 49 tonnes Ashok Leyland Ltd 11 68 Asia Motor Works Ltd 0 25 Tata Motors Ltd 0 960 VE CVs - Eicher 7 0 Total 18 1,053 (e) Max. mass exceeding 49 tonnes and Above Ashok Leyland Ltd 53 92 VE CVs - Volvo 14 15 Total 67 107 Total B4 165 1,328 Total M&HCVs (Goods Carriers) 15,374 24,027 Total M&HCVs 19,286 27,208 LCVs A: Passenger Carriers A1: Max. Mass upto 5 tonnes (a): No. of seats including driver exceeding 13 (M2(A2)) Force Motors Ltd 593 980 Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd 180 18 Tata Motors Ltd 200 242 Total 973 1,240 A2: Max. Mass exceeding 5 tonnes but not exceeding 7-5 tonnes (M3(A)) (b): No. of seats including driver exceeding 13 (M3(A2)) Ashok Leyland Ltd 58 91 Force Motors Ltd 0 0 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd 0 0 Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd 71 184 SML Isuzu Ltd 85 183 Tata Motors Ltd 789 794 VE CVs - Eicher 126 116 Total A2 1,129 1,368 B2: Max. Mass upto 5 tonnes (b): No. of seats including driver not exceeding 13 (M2(A1)) Force Motors Ltd 447 445 Hindustan Motors Ltd NA 0 Tata Motors Ltd 209 153 Total B2 656 598 Total LCVs (Passenger Carriers) 2,758 3,206 LCVs B: Goods Carriers (a) Max. Mass not exceeding 2 tons-Mini Truck Segment Ashok Leyland Ltd NA 757 Force Motors Ltd 51 4 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd 3,881 4,603 Piaggio Vehicles Pvt.Ltd 435 829 Tata Motors Ltd 13,178 15,100 Total 17,545 21,293 (b) Max. Mass not exceeding 2 but no exceeding 3.5 tons-Pick Ups Force Motors Ltd 627 470 Hindustan Motors Ltd 33 2 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd 6,068 6,495 Tata Motors Ltd 2,237 1,985 Total 8,965 8,952 (a) Max Mass exceeding 3.5 tons but not exceeding 6 tonnes Force Motors Ltd 100 109 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd 0 0 Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd 354 600 SML Isuzu Ltd 5 6 Tata Motors Ltd 2,070 2,758 VE CVs - Eicher 48 51 Total 2,577 3,524 (b) Max Mass exceeding 6 tons but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes Ashok Leyland Ltd NA NA Force Motors Ltd 0 NA Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd 44 56 SML Isuzu Ltd 166 176 Tata Motors Ltd 376 625 VE CVs - Eicher 574 506 Total 1,160 1,363 Total LCVs (Goods Carriers) 30,247 35,132 Total LCVs 33,005 38,338 Total Commercial Vehicles 52,291 65,546 IV Two Wheelers A: Scooter/Scooterettee : Wheel size less than or equal to 12” A1: Engine Capacity less than 75cc Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd 1,497 440 TVS Motor Company Ltd 2,162 1,115 Total 3,659 1,555 A2: Engine Capacity 75cc and above but less than 125cc Bajaj Auto Ltd NA NA Hero Honda Motors Ltd 28,464 36,420 Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (Pvt) Ltd 82,890 108,053 Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd 16,554 12,403 Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd 19,700 9,251 TVS Motor Company Ltd 42,374 43,157 Total 189,982 209,284 Total Scooter/Scooterettee 193,641 210,839 B: Motor cycles/Step-Throughs : Big Wheel size more than 12” B2: Engine Capacity 75cc and above but less than 125cc Bajaj Auto Ltd 179,367 171,665 Hero Honda Motors Ltd 418,549 433,243 Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (Pvt) Ltd 16,914 15,873 India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd 5,246 6,763 TVS Motor Company Ltd 53,635 50,484 Total 673,711 678,028 B3: Engine Capacity 125cc and above but less than 250cc Bajaj Auto Ltd 165,100 164,004 Hero Honda Motors Ltd 27,738 26,466 Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (Pvt) Ltd 51,968 53,318 India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd 28,930 33,772 Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd 5,656 1,654 TVS Motor Company Ltd 23,411 21,793 Total 302,803 301,007 B4: Engine capacity 250cc and above Bajaj Auto Ltd NA 27 H-D Motor Company India pvt Ltd NA 98 Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (Pvt) Ltd 0 2,198 India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd 0 0 Royal Enfield (Unit of Eicher Ltd) 4,549 6,610 Total 4,549 8,933 Total Motor Cycles/Step-Throughs 981,063 987,968 C: Mopeds: Engine capacity less than 75cc & with fixed transmission, big wheelsize>12” Engine Capacity<75cc Mopeds TVS Motor Company Ltd 61,272 54,950 Total 61,272 54,950 Total Mopeds 61,272 54,950 Total Two Wheelers 1,235,976 1,253,757 III Three Wheelers A: Passenger Carriers A1:No. of seats including driver not exceeding 4 & Max.Mass not exceeding 1 tonnes Atul Auto Limited 1,060 1,335 Bajaj Auto Ltd 40,248 43,588 Force Motors Ltd 0 0 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd 3,998 4,711 Piaggio Vehicles Pvt.Ltd 14,684 14,208 Scooters india Ltd 320 427 TVS Motor Company Ltd 3,431 3,379 Total 63,741 67,648 A2: No.of seats including Driver exceeding 4 but not exceeding 7 & Max.Mass exceeding 1.5 tonnes Force Motors Ltd 0 39 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd 0 0 Scooters india Ltd 176 234 Total 176 273 Total Passenger Carrier 63,917 67,921 B: Goods Carriers B1: Max.mass not exceeding 1 tonnes Atul Auto Limited 742 1,111 Bajaj Auto Ltd 173 847 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd 763 996 Piaggio Vehicles Pvt.Ltd 6,049 5,486 Scooters india Ltd 430 464 Total 8,157 8,904 B2: Others Force Motors Ltd 0 NA Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd 951 400 Piaggio Vehicles Pvt.Ltd 14 11 Scooters india Ltd 83 210 Total 1,048 621 Total Goods Carrier 9,205 9,525 Total Three Wheelers 73,122 77,446 Grand Total of all Categories 1,624,086 1,594,780

6,864 5,641 14,777 25,864

6,885 7,581 17,569 30,182

1,375 959 2,633 4,587

1,753 1,227 3,332 5,550

8,533 5,752 16,421 28,293

12,017 7,268 22,000 35,562

100 35 143 223

100 6 124 194

985 136 1,233 1,984

716 142 996 1,758

11,014 1 25,986 1,972 38,973

12,918 8 35,895 3,117 51,938

736 0 2,734 301 3,771

1,121 1 4,136 434 5,692

8,796 0 20,616 1,677 31,089

9,730 18 21,467 2,503 33,718

541 0 556 45 1,142

333 0 424 4 761

2,231 0 3,097 335 5,663

2,785 0 3,726 416 6,927

13,883 2,875 376 31,606 430 1 49,171

9,418 5,780 466 30,075 622 NA 46,361

1,112 449 10 3,726 51 0 5,348

1,340 862 129 3,720 96 NA 6,147

13,947 2,897 57 31,105 457 12 48,475

9,503 5,376 631 27,599 587 NA 43,696

0 0 0 192 0 0 192

32 0 0 152 5 NA 189

0 0 0 1,318 4 0 1,322

517 0 0 1,149 5 NA 1,671

5,248 69 188 128 24,591 231 517 30,972 80,143

6,728 339 120 287 34,379 845 317 43,015 89,376

442 11 1 24 2,042 50 35 2,605 7,953

895 38 5 94 3,355 138 47 4,572 10,719

5,282 64 103 28 14,246 274 422 20,419 68,894

6,921 224 85 530 23,872 777 194 32,603 76,299

0 0 0 0 42 0 0 42 234

0 0 0 0 9 0 0 9 198

0 0 0 0 245 0 0 245 1,567

0 0 0 0 138 0 0 138 1,809

0 0

NA

0 0

NA

0 0

NA

76 76

NA

433 433

NA

1,946 0 1,946

1,393 0 1,393

193 526 719

124 520 644

2,197 4,684 6,881

1,421 4,769 6,190

15 0 15

8 0 8

45 0 45

73 0 73

2 311 11 324

0 393 215 608

0 71 0 71

0 23 77 100

2 309 0 311

0 300 217 517

0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0

10 0 0 10

2 0 0 2

1,664 147 0 36 1,847

1,055 133 2,319 74 3,581

270 11 769 6 1,056

120 40 1,127 18 1,305

1,805 149 6,153 52 8,159

1,190 116 7,151 67 8,524

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

15 0 0 0 15

0 0 1 0 1

1,231 93 1,324 5,441 150,421 182,654

863 148 1,011 6,593 178,089 207,322

155 9 164 2,010 18,321 21,987

187 11 198 2,247 24,208 27,024

1,132 80 1,212 16,563 144,839 173,357

1,091 125 1,216 16,447 162,026 187,559

0 0 0 91 1,690 2,713

0 0 0 8 1,161 1,647

0 0 0 503 9,717 15,354

0 0 0 76 10,570 15,325

4,837 1,952 2,153 8,942

6,198 1,045 3,250 10,493

721 258 189 1,168

933 187 321 1,441

4,738 1,953 2,910 9,601

5,966 1,491 3,166 10,623

12 0 13 25

6 0 0 6

84 0 179 263

71 0 114 185

635 151 0 1,175 1,753 8,406 1,710 13,830

987 22 0 1,866 2,087 9,900 2,073 16,935

39 3 0 61 191 918 121 1,333

21 2 0 56 210 761 195 1,245

404 137 0 1,106 1,767 8,130 1,546 13,090

237 48 0 1,383 1,953 7,784 2,126 13,531

11 0 5 0 3 202 22 243

47 0 0 0 0 290 5 342

80 0 7 0 24 1,217 245 1,573

303 0 9 0 19 2,412 76 2,819

2,827 NA 875 3,702 26,474

3,513 2 685 4,200 31,628

533 NA 480 1,013 3,514

535 0 475 1,010 3,696

2,792 NA 1,367 4,159 26,850

3,433 0 1,519 4,952 29,106

0 NA 0 0 268

0 0 2 2 350

0 NA 40 40 1,876

5 0 5 10 3,014

NA 899 20,714 5,941 83,193 110,747

757 696 32,478 7,316 110,814 152,061

NA 116 4,209 558 11,419 16,302

577 12 4,929 976 12,336 18,830

NA 798 20,924 5,571 72,647 99,940

577 254 30,182 7,122 96,876 135,011

NA 0 100 0 1,892 1,992

0 0 377 0 1,584 1,961

NA 2 295 12 11,067 11,376

0 0 2,532 10 13,063 15,605

2,863 274 40,962 11,673 55,772

3,180 137 47,414 23,622 74,353

615 33 5,019 1,335 7,002

403 13 5,863 1,774 8,053

2,793 246 35,139 6,808 44,986

3,304 127 39,368 11,728 54,527

0 0 1,278 156 1,434

36 0 1,224 106 1,366

6 0 5,442 1,783 7,231

71 25 7,701 2,459 10,256

820 0 3,143 13 14,734 604 19,314

880 0 3,284 51 19,756 813 24,784

126 0 416 2 1,986 35 2,565

123 0 599 16 2,315 60 3,113

831 0 3,147 8 13,186 498 17,670

831 0 3,011 44 16,277 792 20,955

7 52 0 0 225 11 295

0 0 0 0 345 11 356

11 116 0 0 1,931 35 2,093

15 87 0 0 3,514 98 3,714

24 0 112 734 2,859 2,876 6,605 192,438 218,912 401,566

NA NA 224 885 3,899 3,556 8,564 259,762 291,390 498,712

NA 0 23 105 267 373 768 26,637 30,151 52,138

NA NA 18 75 458 533 1,084 31,080 34,776 61,800

0 0 98 495 2,167 2,150 4,910 167,506 194,356 367,713

NA NA 95 623 3,008 2,817 6,543 217,036 246,142 433,701

NA 0 0 40 55 59 154 3,875 4,143 6,856

NA NA 0 57 47 9 113 3,796 4,146 5,793

0 0 0 240 277 444 961 21,661 23,537 38,891

NA NA 0 182 470 765 1,417 30,992 34,006 49,331

8,336 11,752 20,088

2,590 10,605 13,195

17,299 2,069 19,368

17,375 1,225 18,600

23,277 13,814 37,091

20,208 10,588 30,796

0 0 0

0 0 0

0 0 0

6 0 6

0 185,253 529,334 90,372 121,531 234,478 1,160,968 1,181,056

NA 250,829 638,841 90,786 145,089 296,791 1,422,336 1,435,531

NA 27,085 79,672 1,130 19,747 41,520 169,154 188,522

NA 32,930 106,154 558 9,793 43,325 192,760 211,360

27 176,950 520,466 65,865 121,493 228,278 1,113,079 1,150,170

NA 228,020 627,025 71,960 144,996 291,585 1,363,586 1,394,382

NA 1,288 955 132 0 1,070 3,445 3,445

NA 3,640 702 451 0 2,895 7,688 7,688

0 8,568 7,662 986 90 9,689 26,995 26,995

NA 21,890 10,150 937 90 20,260 53,327 53,333

1,123,793 2,656,288 113,941 46,455 371,370 4,311,847

1,242,941 3,139,010 104,209 44,209 336,788 4,867,157

113,673 437,088 14,475 7,303 53,057 625,596

101,662 438,561 13,733 7,079 44,015 605,050

711,887 2,595,901 104,902 45,790 295,301 3,753,781

699,458 3,063,634 83,990 37,331 294,867 4,179,280

59,422 11,673 2,562 364 7,820 81,841

65,510 9,717 1,792 1,291 9,158 87,468

388,916 63,370 11,313 5,497 60,202 529,298

521,359 63,979 20,234 6,192 76,065 687,829

920,300 182,196 319,189 152,463 24,384 142,025 1,740,557

1,061,967 207,280 346,676 237,221 34,218 184,445 2,071,807

126,263 27,183 45,909 24,488 5,692 14,741 244,276

142,806 25,614 49,712 31,145 1,463 14,944 265,684

726,820 173,568 288,199 111,314 24,159 81,927 1,405,987

852,773 201,083 314,527 173,466 30,709 94,762 1,667,320

30,440 1,236 5,394 5,096 0 8,615 50,781

41,070 1,776 4,044 7,720 248 7,535 62,393

214,038 7,179 30,923 40,586 449 56,167 349,342

267,783 7,524 31,405 61,220 3,671 63,753 435,356

NA NA 0 0 29,773 29,773 6,082,177

119 355 14,178 0 45,622 60,274 6,999,238

NA NA 3 0 4,271 4,274 874,146

35 101 2,215 5 6,793 9,149 879,883

NA NA 26 23 28,235 28,284 5,188,052

118 279 13,475 63 43,929 57,864 5,904,464

NA NA 0 0 122 122 132,744

0 0 12 0 210 222 150,083

NA NA 0 0 1,471 1,471 880,111

0 0 66 0 1,738 1,804 1,124,989

404,707 404,707 404,707 7,667,940

444,048 444,048 444,048 8,878,817

62,384 62,384 62,384 1,125,052

56,378 56,378 56,378 1,147,621

400,266 400,266 400,266 6,738,488

439,909 439,909 439,909 7,738,755

546 546 546 136,735

531 531 531 158,302

4,497 4,497 4,497 911,603

5,470 5,470 5,470 1,183,792

5,449 250,141 0 23,608 88,641 2,304 22,123 392,266

7,858 298,090 0 28,916 86,706 3,060 27,565 452,195

1,034 20,309 0 4,041 13,316 378 2,001 41,079

1,383 18,000 0 4,605 12,577 525 1,702 38,792

5,354 117,633 5 23,030 80,412 2,310 14,334 243,078

7,719 112,091 8 27,956 75,171 2,733 7,916 233,594

60 20,525 0 280 1,636 0 1,448 23,949

0 25,368 0 214 1,945 0 2,010 29,537

140 138,490 0 1,338 8,880 0 6,870 155,718

140 194,304 0 1,956 11,399 0 18,882 226,681

84 908 1,483 2,475 394,741

286 0 1,624 1,910 454,105

0 0 130 130 41,209

0 0 295 295 39,087

26 738 1,359 2,123 245,201

0 209 1,725 1,934 235,528

0 0 0 0 23,949

42 0 0 42 29,579

84 0 0 84 155,802

350 0 0 350 227,031

4,968 1,963 7,128 33,663 2,470 50,192

7,038 4,333 8,921 35,409 3,590 59,291

724 206 739 6,018 450 8,137

1,137 823 1,310 5,407 575 9,252

4,984 1,737 7,073 33,119 2,404 49,317

7,020 4,340 8,446 34,918 3,256 57,980

0 0 16 110 0 126

0 0 20 22 0 42

2 174 168 599 0 943

16 0 438 442 0 896

15 3,723 14 1,153 4,905 55,097 449,838 10,189,414

NA 2,907 105 1,536 4,548 63,839 517,944 11,583,952

2 630 0 86 718 8,855 50,064 1,456,901

NA 417 0 275 692 9,944 49,031 1,441,594

106 3,234 0 1,278 4,618 53,935 299,136 8,808,715

NA 2,870 0 1,629 4,499 62,479 298,007 9,848,976

0 0 12 0 12 138 24,087 198,393

NA 0 12 0 12 54 29,633 227,252

0 0 12 0 12 955 156,757 1,352,752

NA 0 108 0 108 1,004 228,035 1,754,584


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THE OTHER SIDE

Getting Personal

In Person

with Sameer Aghi, President, Cobra Carbide If not in the industry, where would you be? Somewhere in central California working as a wine taster What car do you drive? What do you dream of driving? I prefer the pleasure of being driven in Bangalore, sitting in the back of my Honda and let my driver bear it all. Before coming to India in January, I had an ES350, which I ended up crashing in a road accident. My eyes are set on the Range Rover Evoque now and would love to take it for a spin Your most recent indulgence: To explore new restaurants in Bangalore and experience the coastal cuisine What are you currently reading? ‘Corporate Chanakya’. It’s amazing to learn how ancient India was so advanced in every aspect of life. What are you doing when not talking about the industry? I am an avid reader. I already fi nished seven books out of the crosswords top 10 chart Outdoor activity you would miss office for… A great hike or a round of golf Where did you go for your last holiday? Capital of Ottoman Empire, Istanbul You get angry when… People lie on your face What is the one thing you would like to change about you? For the last three years I was playing competitive racquetball leagues in Southern California and I have not touched my racquet in last eight months. I really wish I could go back to court and start smashing that ball again

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Best thing to have happened to you… My 13-month-old daughter Aira... an original masterpiece. When we are children we have so many sparks in our life to make it exiting and every moment worth living. As we grow up, life becomes complicated and challenging. When we become parents, those sparks come back to us in simple pleasures we share with our kids.

Sameer Aghi graduated in n BCom in 1993 and pursued ministration from Fore School, his Masters in Business Administration n 1998. In his early years, he Delhi, which he completed in is business dealing in farm worked with his father in his equipment. His total work experience spans across 20 years covering various industries tries pan-India, Middle East, er started his career as a softSingapore and the US. Sameer ware programmer and moved ved to ERP consulting while working in Silicon Valley. He established his present company, Cobra India in 2002. He enjoys racquet ball, golf, olf, outdoor running and completed his fi rst marathon in 2005 at Los Angeles. His limbing mounnew indulgence includes climbing tains and plans to hike to Base Camp, Mt Everest next year. He is married to Prachii Aghi, earch who is into bio-IT field of research as a in Southern California. He has a. 13-month-old daughter, Aira.

An experience I won’t forget… I was hiking on Mt Whitney, which stands at little over 10,050 ft. It was an unforgettable experience; it was amazing to see how nature works in its own way to create an environment for humans to establish their civilisations.

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