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Germany – The World’s Automotive Hub of Innovation Germany is recognized the world over for its outstanding automotive industry and excellence in engineering. From Asia to the Americas, German cars embody highly cherished values of innovation, reliability, safety, and design. Germany is by some distance Europe’s leading production and sales market. The country’s world-class R&D infrastructure, complete industry value chain integration, and highly qualified workforce create an internationally peerless automotive environment. It enables companies to develop cuttingedge technologies, which perfectly address tomorrow’s mobility needs. Take a look at our impressive numbers and find out why, more than 125 years after inventing the automobile, Germany remains the world’s automotive innovation hub. The automotive industry is the largest industry sector in Germany. In 2017, the auto sector listed a turnover of EUR 423 billion, around 20 percent of total German industry revenue. Germany is Europe’s number one automotive market; accounting for
over 30 percent of all passenger cars manufactured (5.65 million) and about 20 percent of all new car registrations (3.44 million). Germany’s new car registrations have set a new record mark for this decade - highest since 2009. Source VDA One in every five cars worldwide carries a German brand: Source: VDA 2018 Germany is home to 40 automobile assembly and engine production plants with a capacity of over one third of total automobile production in Europe. In 2017, Germany’s domestic internal automotive industry R&D expenditure rose two percent to EUR 21.9 billion, equivalent to 35 percent of Germany’s total R&D expenditure. Source: VDA 2018 16 of the world’s top 100 automotive suppliers are German companies. Around 77,5 percent of cars produced in Germany in 2015 were ultimately destined for international markets – a new record. R&D personnel within the German automobile industry reached a level of just about 114.000
in 2017. Around 820.500 are employed in the industry as a whole. International investors benefit from numerous competitive advantages when doing business in Germany. Germany’s favorable geographical location in the heart of Europe enables business without trade barriers, thanks to its integration in the European Union and the Eurozone. A stable single currency and close proximity to other major European markets consolidate the German automotive industry’s advantageous position. “Germany has established itself as one of the most attractive investment destinations worldwide. It is the only western European country that plays a significant part in the so-called “global Champions League.“ Germany’s high concentration of auto-related R&D, design, supply, manufacturing and assembly facilities makes it possible for companies to successfully partner across the whole value chain. It also explains why recent studies see the German automotive industry outperforming other countries when it comes to innovative power, product quality and productivity.
Around 38% of all premium segment cars were produced in Germany in 2017. By becoming part of the world’s automotive innovation hub, investors have the opportunity to boost their businesses through innovating, producing, and marketing worldleading technologies and products “Made in Germany.” The automobile industry in Germany generated roughly 426 billion euros in total sales in 2017, compared to 404.6 billion euros the year before. In fact, revenue figures for 2017 have already exceeded the predicted amount of 406.6 billion euros. The most recent numbers for gross production value in German car manufacturing are from 2015, showing production was worth 462.5 billion euros that year.
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Aptiv Completes Acquisition Of KUM Aptiv PLC, a global technology company enabling the future of mobility, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of KUM, a leading provider of highly engineered connectors and cable management solutions for a range of harsh-environment automotive applications. “KUM is a great fit for our business and strengthens our leadership position in Asia Pacific and engineered components,” said Kevin Clark, Aptiv president and chief executive officer. “We value KUM’s deep customer relationships, and are confident in our ability to provide a quick and seamless transition for all key stakeholders.” Headquartered in Ulsan, South Korea, KUM enhances Aptiv’s global market position and expands Aptiv’s range of specialized connectors and cable management solutions. With a highly complementary footprint and product portfolio, KUM will be fully integrated into Aptiv’s existing Asia Pacific operations. The transaction is expected to be accretive to EPS in 2018, and terms are consistent with those announced on May 2.
About Aptiv Aptiv is a global technology company that develops safer, greener and more connected solutions enabling the future of mobility. Headquartered in Dublin, Aptiv has 147,000 employees and operates 14 technical centers, as well as manufacturing sites and customer support centers in 45 countries. Visit aptiv.com.
Hyundai Mobis Adds Emotion To Auto Component Design
Hyundai Mobis, has established a ‘Design Model Workshop’, a cuttingedge design research facility in order to secure a competitive edge in auto component design. It is the first time in Korea that an automotive supplier, rather than a Global Automaker, has launched its own design research facility.
Meritor Acquires AA Gear & Manufacturing Meritor, Inc. that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of AA Gear & Manufacturing, Inc. (“AAG”) and its subsidiaries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Howell, Michigan, AAG is a privatelyheld manufacturer that provides low-to-medium volume batch manufacturing for complex gear and shaft applications, as well as quick-turnaround prototyping solutions and emergency plant support. The company has a strong manufacturing engineering team with a reputation for solving customers’ technical issues as a means to building long-term customer relationships. Those relationships include some of the world’s leading manufacturers across a wide range of attractive end markets including agriculture, construction, heavy truck, diversified industrial and automotive. “The addition of AAG will provide our Components business with increased technical capabilities that will enable Meritor to offer new products and applications and to accelerate our components growth strategy,” said Kevin Nowlan, senior vice president and president, Trailer, Components and Chief Financial Officer. “We are confident that AAG will fit seamlessly into our Components business, and we look forward to working together to serve our customers, drive operational excellence and achieve our growth objectives.”
Hyundai Mobis announced on the 12th that it had invested around 3 billion Korean Won in building a large-scale design model workshop with a floor area of 430m2 in its R&D center in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do. The design model workshop is equipped with a range of cutting-edge design machines, including a clay model processing machine, which can create a life-size clay car, and a powder 3D printer.
The goal is to assess whether the auto components created by the automotive supplier go well with the design of a car, thereby improving design quality. They will make a clay mockup of a car and fit components created by 3D printers to the car.
efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck,
Hyundai Mobis plans to create models of new cars and establish an optimal component design process that best suits each car model. The design workshop is expected to facilitate the design process because they can get a car model in the early stage of component design and fabricate and modify samples in a single place. Another merit is that designers can see the design of a real model, rather than simply seeing a virtual one on the monitor. 4 | July-August 2018 | autoASIA
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of approximately 8,200 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Meritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company’s website at www.meritor.com.
Sika Automotive Recognized By Frost & Sullivan For Its Exceptional Body Shop Adhesives, SikaPower® And SikaSeal® vehicles,” noted Dr. Dokos. “In response to this trend, Sika has developed special structural adhesives and structural strengthening components to stiffen the new car body designs. Sika is ready to respond to the challenges inherent in lightweight construction and multimaterial design, as well as addressing the need for heat management, insulation, and fire protection.”
ased on its recent analysis of the European body shop adhesives market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Sika Automotive (Sika) with the 2018 European Product Leadership Award for its remarkable flagship adhesives, SikaPower® and SikaSeal®. These two marketleading body shop adhesives improve automobiles’ stiffness, crash durability, and fatigue performance, thereby reducing vehicle weight and increasing safety levels. “Sika’s Body Shop Adhesive products enable lighter-weight vehicle body construction, leading to higher fuel efficiency and other performance benefits including better use of functional systems like engine and braking systems,” said Dr. Leonidas Dokos, Vice President at Frost & Sullivan. “Sika products help automakers achieve up to 20 percent weight reduction in the vehicle body-in-white - which can translate to 150 kilograms per car. These technology benefits, backed by Sika’s strong global reputation, have led to Sika Body Shop Adhesives being used in the manufacture of more than 25 million cars
worldwide annually.” Sika’s best-in-class, epoxy-based SikaPower® adhesives are bulk hybrids that cure by the temperature in an electro-coat oven. The SikaPower® product portfolio includes crash durable, structural, and e-Coatable adhesives that are available with or without glass spheres needed to keep a bondline distance between two metal sheets. The adhesives are extremely age resistant and durable, with outstanding mechanical and processing properties, and are ideal for joining multi-material substrates. SikaSeal® products have special performance properties that prevent bond-line read-through and are mainly used for mastic and anti-flutter applications. Due to the special performance properties the products allow the use of thinner metals, which results in additional weight savings. “Furthermore, the company is aware of the latest trends in the automotive industry, particularly the growing demand for electric
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that develops a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid market acceptance. The award recognizes the solution’s quality and the customer value enhancements it enables. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
SIKA CORPORATE PROFILE Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 101 countries around the world and manufactures in over 200 factories. Its more than 18,000 employees generated
annual sales of CHF 6.25 billion in 2017.
SIKA AUTOMOTIVE Is a leader in the development and the production of high performance acoustic, bonding, reinforcing and sealing systems that contribute to Lighter, Stronger, Safer, Quieter, Greener and more sustainable approaches to vehicle assembly. Sika Automotive provides automotive manufacturers and suppliers with proven materials, application engineering and validation expertise to enhance interior sound quality, improve occupant comfort and increase structural and safety performance in vehicles worldwide. A proud recipient of the 2015 Automotive News PACE Award for mixed material bonding technology, and a 2016 recipient of a Best Practices Award in Body Shop Adhesives from Frost and Sullivan, Sika Automotive leverages development of new solutions from our 20 Global Technology Centers plus 18 Regional Technology Centers, allowing for global reach with local presence. For more information, visit www.sikaautomotive.com.
About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, collaborates with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, Frost & Sullivan has been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion. autoASIA | July-August 2018 | 5
Vehicle Architecture Isn’t Brain Surgery. (Or is it?) for the continuation of legacy cars, while we ensure the architecture is as up-to-date as possible. Visionary: This is where the real fun happens. The visionary approach allows Aptiv to start at square one. No legacy issues. No restrictions. It’s an innovator’s playground, where engineers can take truly revolutionary approaches to reimagining how the world gets from Point A to Point B. These methods enable work that is not only efficient, but also respects the vehicle as a whole and avoids additional costs for the Tier 1 supplier and manufacturer.
Three approaches to rethinking a car’s nervous system. Updating a car‘s wiring is a lot like performing neural surgery. Every wire is part of an intricate and increasingly complicated network. How intricate? Today’s premium cars have 2.5 miles of wiring and more than 100 ECUs. And both those numbers are growing larger and more complex every day. Writing the code behind the “brains” of today’s increasingly sophisticated vehicles is a daunting task. But so too is re-thinking the architecture—its nervous system— that allows these brains to act. That’s exactly what the “surgeons” at Aptiv are doing: finding newer and better ways to help OEMs architect their cars in a way that enables their burgeoning functionalities.
Three approaches. One goal. In the automotive world, innovation never happens in a vacuum. It has to take into consideration the realities of the industry. That’s why Aptiv takes three distinct approaches 6 | July-August 2018 | autoASIA
to the architecture challenge. Optimization: While a car’s commercial cycle usually lasts six years, Aptiv engineers like to look at it every three years and enhance a car’s features as much as they can without rewiring new technologies or parts. This allows the vehicle to stay top-of-the-line in terms of functionality, without taking on too much unnecessary rewiring. Evolutionary: This approach takes into account the reality of legacy cars. Often OEMs will have plans for a new car, but they have a lot of carry-over parts from their existing models. Our work here consists of keeping 50 percent of the parts as carry-over and allowing 50 percent new components. The evolutionary approach allows
The future you know. Whatever the approach we choose to take is that we are already driving cars that include components that have resulted from those explorations, including enhanced energy management like stop-start functionality and personalized features like memory function, enhanced infotainment and diagnostics.
Advances in enhanced energy management are already reversing the growth curve in alternators. In fact, we’ll soon have the ability to get more power from smaller alternators. The revolutionary architecture will be designed mainly for autonomous driving L4/L5 with tremendous advantages like significant less amount of control units, full redundancy for power supply and high speed data exchange. Dependent on the customer’s desire it can be designed as a scalable solution covering also lower automation levels. The Aptiv team works every day to find new solutions—concepts that have the breadth and scale to implement now. This value and expertise we bring to our customers, not only brings us more revenue for future research, it helps ensure that your car’s nervous system can deliver the fast, safe, and reliable distribution of data and power that your car’s brain demands.
Varroc Group And Varroc Lighting Systems Open Tokyo Office To Support Japanese Customer Growth A high-resolution image of the office opening ceremony is available for download at: http://bit.ly/VarrocLightingJapanOfficeOpening.
VARROC LIGHTING SYSTEMS, A LEADING GLOBAL EXTERIOR VEHICLE LIGHTING SUPPLIER, ALONG WITH ITS PARENT COMPANY, VARROC GROUP, IS EXPANDING ITS FOOTPRINT WITH THE OPENING OF AN OFFICE IN TOKYO. THE CUSTOMER AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER INCREASES THE COMPANY’S PRESENCE IN JAPAN; BRINGING INNOVATIVE, HIGH-QUALITY, AND COST-COMPETITIVE EXTERIOR LIGHTING SOLUTIONS TO THE GROWING TWO- AND FOUR-WHEELED VEHICLE MARKET WORLDWIDE. THE NEW OFFICE ALSO STRENGTHENS VARROC LIGHTING’S LOCAL ENGINEERING SUPPORT OF JAPANESE ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER (OEM) CUSTOMERS.
“Varroc Lighting’s ambitious global expansion involves growing our business with Japanese OEMs globally,” said Varroc Lighting Systems President and CEO, Stephane Vedie. “With our Japan office, we can now offer proximity to Japanese OEMs for project management and engineering, while leveraging our global low-cost manufacturing footprint for lighting and electronics.” The new location has office and meeting space for up to 14 engineers and expands the company’s global footprint to 12 countries on five continents. In addition to Japan, Varroc Lighting recently announced plans to open new plants and development centers in other high-potential vehicle growth and manufacturing markets, such as Brazil and Morocco.
About Varroc Lighting Systems Varroc Lighting Systems is a leading global supplier of innovative automobile and two-wheeler lighting solutions. Focused on safety, mobility and style, Varroc Lighting Systems brings leadingedge technology to the mainstream automotive market with high-quality and cost-competitive solutions. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, U.S., the company has more than 7,200 employees worldwide with operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Varroc Lighting Systems is a key member of the Varroc Group family of automotive-components business. Visit www.varroclighting.com for more information.
About Varroc Group Founded in 1988, Varroc group is a global tier-1 automotive component manufacturer and supplier of exterior lighting systems, plastic and polymer components, electricalselectronics components, and precision metallic components to passenger car, commercial vehicle, two-wheeler, three-wheeler and off highway vehicle (“OHV”) OEMs directly worldwide. With 36 worldclass manufacturing facilities and 16 R&D centers in 10 countries, Varroc is the 2nd largest Indian automotive component supplier. Varroc offers best design solutions that give customers a competitive edge in their markets. autoASIA | July-August 2018 | 7
Ballard And Audi Sign 3.5-Year Extension To Long-Term Program For Fuel Cell Passenger Cars
Ballard Power Systems announced that the Company has signed a 3.5-year extension to its current Technology Solutions contract with AUDI AG, part of the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG, www.volkswagenag.com and AUDI AG, www.audi.com), extending the HyMotion program to August 2022. The aggregate value of the contract extension is expected to be C$80-to-130 million (US$62-100 million). The program will support Audi through its small series production launch. The HyMotion program encompasses automotive fuel 8 | July-August 2018 | autoASIA
cell stack development as well as system design support activities. Ballard is focused on the design and manufacture of world-leading, next-generation fuel cell stacks for use in Audi’s demonstration car program. Ballard engineers are leading critical areas of fuel cell product design – including the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), plate and stack compo-
nents – along with certain testing and integration work. Dr. Peter Mertens, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG said, “Our collaboration with Ballard has enabled the acceleration of our automotive fuel cell program, by bringing together fuel cell skills and expertise in both organizations. We have developed
demonstration cars using fuel cell technology and design from the HyMotion program, and are working toward a small series production launch.” Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO stated, “The long-term
vehicles will deliver outstanding automotive fuel cell performance, including highest power density, lightest weight, highest durability and robust freeze start capabilities.” Mr. MacEwen added, “The automotive industry is undergoing extraordinary transformation, driven by electrification, shared mobility and autonomy. We believe shared mobility and autonomy will fundamentally change passenger
President – Technology and Product Development commented, “Our highly experienced team of HyMotion engineers and scientists are collaborating closely with Audi’s fuel cell competence center. We recently completed a series of regularly scheduled program update meetings with Audi in Germany and can confirm that we remain on-track with respect to our program goals.” Ballard signed an initial 4-year contract with Volkswagen AG in March 2013, followed by a 2-year extension in February 2015, with the full 6-year contract term running to March 2019. AUDI AG assumed
HyMotion and Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro.
About Audi The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. It is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. 100 percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include Audi Sport GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy). In 2017, the Audi Group delivered to customers about 1.878 million automobiles of the Audi brand, 3,815 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and 55,900 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. In the 2017 fiscal year, AUDI AG achieved total revenue of €60.1 billion and an operating profit of €5.1 billion. At present, approximately 90,000 people work for the company all over the world, more than 60,000 of them in Germany. Audi focuses on sustainable products and technologies for the future of mobility.
HyMotion program is a testament to the commitment that Volkswagen Group and Audi have shown toward fuel cell electrification and their partnership with Ballard. Ballard is committed to supporting Volkswagen and Audi’s corporate fuel cell automotive goals and objectives. We believe the Ballarddesigned fuel cell stacks integrated into Audi’s propulsion systems and
car utilization rates, with much longer daily range requirements and longer hours of operation. We expect fuel cell electrification to uniquely provide the passenger vehicle market with zero-emissions, low noise and smooth acceleration while also meeting long daily range and rapid refueling requirements.” Dr. Kevin Colbow, Ballard’s Vice
leadership of the program in 2016. Concept cars representing multiple Volkswagen and Audi brand models, and utilizing technology and components developed through the HyMotion program with Ballard, have been unveiled at Detroit and LA Auto Shows over the past several years. This has included the Golf SportWagen HyMotion, Passat
About Ballard Power Systems Ballard Power Systems provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programs. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com. autoASIA | July-August 2018 | 9
GAC Motor Opens New Showroom In Dubai For Top Models And Introductory Offers GAC Motor will promote its flagship GS8 and GS4 saloons and the GA8 saloon in June in Kuwait , Qatar, Bahrain , the UAE and Lebanon with a series of marketing campaigns, including priority packages for financing, exhibitions at local shopping malls and events test drives.
AC Motor, China’s fastestgrowing automaker, will inaugurate a stand-alone showroom in Dubai with an area of 1,000 square feet next month,officially launching the top models in Dubai United Arab Emirates, including GS4 and GS8. The company also offers promotional offers such as a customer service package and preferential financing. “By opening our new showroom in Dubai , GAC Motor will have another platform to showcase our high-quality modern vehicles in the Middle East,” said Yu Jun , president of GAC Motor. “In addition, we will enhance the customer’s shopping experience with this new store Further improve service quality. “ All of GAC Motor’s new vehicles undergo CAE certification, system testing, a full vehicle test, and targeted tests under seven road conditions: heat, humidity, cold, ice and snow, hill climbs, endur-
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As part of GAC Motor’s expansion strategy in the region, the company plans to open a branch office to ensure local management of sales, customer service, marketing and human resources, and to increase international collaboration efforts. The automaker also explores the possibilities of expanding into the Saudi Arabian market this year. ance tests, and dust. All tests will be carried out on 200 automobiles and the tests will drive a total of 19.8 million kilometers. “Even in the hot, dry and sandy climate of the Middle East, GAC Motor products deliver outstanding performance. We hope to continue to deliver superior quality to our Middle Eastern customers in the future, “said Yu Jun . One of the new top models introduced in the UAE, the SUV GS8, has five years of development. It has the latest in collision-absorbing technology and more than 95% high-strength steel in the passenger compartment. In addition, Collision Guard and Crashbox absorb the bulk of the energy from a collision, reducing repair costs after low speed crashes, as only collision protection and bumpers need to be replaced. The powertrain of the GS8 features intelligent second-generation
i-4WD four-wheel drive and an all-terrain feedback system. The driver has a choice of six driving modes: sand, mud, snow, smart, sport and economy. The design combines maneuverability with offroad performance for even greater performance. The GS4 is a top model for the compact SUV market , built by GAC Motor to strict international standards. The design of the body is rated five stars and meets the North American standards for the pressure stability of the SUV’s car roof. The vehicle has a comfortable and ergonomic design. The GS4 has a modern automatic transmission with high efficiency for sporty driving. The shift takes only 0.2 seconds, resulting in efficient driving with low fuel consumption. JD Power’s Initial Quality Study (IQS) for the Asia Pacific and China region saw the GS4 topping the Chinese compact SUV market for two consecutive years.
Furthermore, GAC Motor will carry out continuous compatibility tests for the entire model range. The goal is to adapt further models to the needs of the markets and to offer a larger model range for customers in the Middle East.
Information about GAC engine The Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor CO. LTD (GAC Motor), founded in 2008, is a subsidiary of the GAC Group, which occupies 238th place in the Fortune Global 500 corporate list. The company develops and produces premium quality vehicles, engines, components and car accessories. For five consecutive years, GAC Motor has been the number one Chinese brand in China Initial Quality Study SM (IQS) for JD Power’s AsiaPacific region. This is evidence of the company’s quality strategy from innovative research and development through manufacturing to supply chain, sales and after sales service.
Bridgestone Expands Flagship Fuel-Efficient Tire Line U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) announced the expansion of its flagship Ecopia tire line with the release of the next-generation Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire for crossovers, SUVs and minivans. Engineered for longlasting performance and improved fuel-efficiency,* the all-new Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire offers a comfortable ride, backed by a 70,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.**
he Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire is the newest offering in the Bridgestone Ecopia powerline of tires. With more than 100 sizes, the Ecopia powerline simplifies the tire buying experience by providing a comfortable, secure tire solution for more than 65 million vehicles on U.S. roads since 2010. “With its exceptional ride comfort, extended wear life and improved fuel efficiency,* the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire is a smart tire choice,” said Erik Seidel, president, consumer replacement tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “This newest offering has allowed us to create a true powerline that is a go-to solution for dealers as they work to meet their customers’ needs.”
The next-generation Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire is engineered with an optimized tread pattern to give drivers a secure, comfortable ride in all-season conditions. A unique tread block design offers increased traction and improved braking performance on wet roads.*
service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.
The Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire is available in 27 sizes, covering more than 60 percent of the crossovers, SUVs and minivans on the road today. To learn more, contact an authorized Bridgestone tire dealer or visit BridgestoneTire.com. *Versus the Bridgestone Dueler Ecopia H/L 422 tire. **Certain conditions and limitations apply. See Bridgestone representative or warranty manual for details.
About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.: Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the autoASIA | July-August 2018 | 11
GM Honors Henniges Automotive For Performance, Quality And Innovation About Henniges Automotive Henniges supplies original automotive OEMs with sealing systems for doors, windows, luggage compartments, tailgates, sunroofs and hoods. The company also provides anti-vibration components and window surround systems for the automotive market. Henniges sells its products to all major OEM automotive customers and has operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company employs 8,200 people worldwide.
About General Motors Co.
Henniges Automotive, a leading global supplier of advanced automotive sealing and anti-vibration systems, was launched in Orlando, Florida , Awards ceremony for the 26th annual Supplier of the Year awards from General Motors as one of the GM Suppliers of the Year.
M has honored 132 of its best suppliers from 17 countries. Among them is Henniges, who has always managed to surpass GM’s expectations, to produce superior value, or to bring new innovations to the company. The announcement featured most of the suppliers that GM has honored since first awarding the Supplier of the Year in 1992, and this year Henniges is one of the winners for the first time. “This is a good opportunity for General Motors to honor those suppliers who truly are the best of the best ,” said Steve Kiefer , GM’s Senior Vice President, Global
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Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The automotive industry is currently undergoing a transformation unbelievable speed, and the relationship with our core suppliers when it comes to bringing a strong range of vehicles to market today and bringing the most modern cars and mobility services to market tomorrow is the most important thing. “ The GM Supplier of the Year Award is specifically designed for suppliers who excel at meeting quality, execution, innovation, and total cost of ownership goals. Award winners include companies that provide General Motors products and services in the areas of automotive components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and support, and indirect services. “We are unbelievably honored to receive the award from General Motors as one of their best suppliers,” said Larry Williams , president of Henniges Automotive. “For us at Henniges, one of our key goals is to
meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. And as a team we wholeheartedly committed to this goal, and this prestigious award from a loyal customer like GM is a clear sign of the hard work and dedication of our global Henniges team, and it is proof that we are achieving our goals together and that we deliver the highest quality sealing and anti-vibration systems in the industry. “
General Motors Co. and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leading positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint ventures sell vehicles under the Chevrolet , Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands . More information about the Group and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a world leader in vehicle safety and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com
Foton Motor And Piaggio Group Have Signed An Agreement For The Development Of Light Commercial Vehicles French intelligent management, factories and products.
Recently, Foton Motor and Piaggio Group held the signing ceremony for the joint development project for a new light utility vehicle in Italy. The agreement was signed jointly by Foton International’s Vice President of Foton Motor Group and Foton International CEO Chang Rui and Piaggio & CSpA President and CEO Roberto Colaninno (PIA.MI) .
ince 2016, Foton Motor and Piaggio Group have successively signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Framework Agreement. The final signing of this agreement symbolizes the fact that both parties have made a satisfactory analysis of the feasibility of the project and officially launched the implementation stage of the development of the new product. The European market is an important sector for the global configuration of Foton Motor. This joint development project with Piaggio Group is not only a strategic global diversification solution for Foton, but also indicates its willingness to expand into the European market. Piaggio Group is the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in Europe and ranks first in the European market in terms
of production volumes and sales of two-wheeled motorcycles. It is also developing rapidly in the sector of light commercial vehicles with three and four wheels. In 2017, its volume of sales of commercial vehicles in the world amounted to 176,800 units. As the leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in China, Foton Motor is dedicated to commercial vehicles of all types, including medium and heavy trucks, light trucks, vans, vans and buses. Foton Motor has established joint ventures with leading global manufacturers, including Daimler, Cummins and ZF, and has more than 1,000 sales and service networks in 110 countries and regions around the world. Always a trendsetter in the commercial vehicle sector in China, Foton Motor is currently integrating information technology and manufacturing technology to create
The cooperation between Foton and Piaggio Group is an important milestone for both sides in terms of their joint expansion into the European automotive market. By seizing this opportunity, Piaggio Group will modernize commercial vehicles on the European market while playing an active role in expanding its business and consolidating its position in the market. The new four-wheeled light commercial vehicle products for the European market are based on Foton Motor’s current mini-truck product platform, inheriting the benefits of Foton Motor’s mini-trucks in terms of product quality, comfort and convenience. driving and traveling as well as fuel economy. In addition, they combine world-leading technologies to implement new logistics and passenger transport solutions, and complete the new “last mile” urban logistics ecosphere. In the future, both parties will develop, in due course, new electric vehicles with intelligent interconnectivity and, where appropriate, integrate the markets of the Middle East, Southeast Central and South America and Africa. Sino-European cooperation highlights the fact that Foton Motor not only has a first-rate lean manufacturing system, but also has rich product lines and global development capability. While this cooperation represents a small step for Foton Motor in pursuing its globalization strategy for the European market, it also represents a giant leap in the production of intellectual property technologies as advocated in the “Made in Europe” plan. -in- China 2025 “. autoASIA | July-August 2018 | 13
Standard Motor Products Releases 123 New Parts For Standard® And Intermotor®
Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) announces the addition of 123 new part numbers to its Standard® and Intermotor® lines. The release expands coverage through the 2018 model year by an additional 96 million VIO and spans over 50 product categories. To view the highlights, watch Standard’s New Parts Spotlight Vol. 25 at www.YouTube.com/StandardBrandParts.
cians with the coverage and quality they need to service today’s evolving automotive technologies.”
The company continues to expand its line of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) categories, with the release of 15 Blind Spot Detection Sensors, 5 Cruise Control Distance Sensors, and 4 Lane Departure System Cameras. Standard’s ADAS line now totals more than 100 parts.
Standard® offers a full line of premium engine management products across an array of categories including diesel, turbochargers, TPMS, VVT components and new MAF sensors. Intermotor® offers a full line of genuine import products that are unrivaled for their superior quality, original match and comprehensive coverage. For additional information, contact an SMP sales representative or visit www.StandardBrand.com and www. IntermotorImport.com.
Additionally, the company increases coverage for two other growing technologies, variable valve timing (VVT) and EVAP systems. With 3 VVT solenoids and 2 VVT sprockets added, Standard continues to increase its aftermarket-leading VVT coverage. The introduction of 8 new EVAP components—including Canister Purge Valve, Canister Purge Solenoid, Fuel Vapor Canister, Canister Vent Solenoid, and Canister Vent Valve components—increases Standard’s EVAP coverage by more than 1 million VIO. Commenting on the news, Phil Hutchens, Vice President Engine Management Marketing, SMP, stated, “With our latest expansions to ADAS, VVT, and EVAP categories, we’re committed to supplying professional techni14 | July-August 2018 | autoASIA
All new applications are listed in the eCatalogs found at www.StandardBrand.com and www.IntermotorImport.com and in electronic catalog providers.
About SMP: SMP supplies independent professional auto technicians and automotive do-it-yourselfers with high quality replacement parts for engine management ignition, emission and fuel systems as well as temperature control products for domestic and import cars and light trucks. SMP products are sold through both traditional and non-traditional distribution channels. For more information, download the SMP® Parts App 2.0 or visit www. smpcorp.com.
China Automotive Systems Establishes Joint Venture With KYB (China) Investment Co., Ltd. For EPS Systems China Automotive Systems, Inc., a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, today announced it has established a new joint venture, Hubei Henglong KYB Automobile Electric Steering System Co., Ltd. (“Hubei KYB”), with KYB (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (“KYB”), a wholly owned company of Japan KYB Co., Ltd., for the development and production of electric power steering systems (“EPS”) and other auto-related products.
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Based in Jingzhou City, Hubei Province, China, Hubei KYB will engage in the research, development, manufacture, sales and service of automotive electric steering systems and other automotive products. Specific product categories include columntype electric power steering system (“C-EPS”), gear-type electric power steering system (“P-EPS”), rack-type electric power steering system (“R-EPS”) and other automotive EPS products. The rights to EPS technologies from both parties will be transferred to Hubei KYB with full technical support for the R&D department. Hubei KYB plans to invest approximately RMB 960 million and have registered capital of RMB 320 million. It expects to have an annual production capacity target of 5 million units to significantly penetrate the Chinese and the global EPS markets. CAAS’s participation will be RMB 213.12 million for a 66.6% ownership, funded by in-kind and cash, which include the transfer of intellectual property, equipment for EPS production and cash. The Board of Directors will consist of five directors, three of whom will be appointed by CAAS including the chairman. The joint venture will lease its operating headquarter offices and factory buildings from the existing CAAS facilities in Jingzhou City. Hubei KYB will establish an independent R&D department in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, to research and develop new products and technologies. In addition, CAAS and KYB plan to transfer all their current EPS business in the Chinese market, including the business of KYB’s Japanese customers in China, to Hubei KYB. Mr. Qizhou Wu, chief executive officer of CAAS, commented, “This joint venture will provide great benefits to both parties. The combination of our technologies will enhance the performance and quality Hubei KYB’s EPS products to increase our market position in this growing market. CAAS will also benefit by Hubei KYB suppling KYB’s Japanese customers in China in addition to the potential to export to customers outside of Japan. Hubei KYB adds significant production capacity to meet the demands of KYB’s customers and new research programs to build more advanced EPS systems.”
About KYB As a pioneer in hydraulic technology, KYB is active in a wide range of fields, including automobiles, motorcycles, construction machinery, railroad cars, aircraft, special purpose vehicles, seismic isolation systems, vibration control dampers, and marine equipment. By developing advanced products that combine hydraulics with vibration control, power control, and systemization technology, KYB has earned the trust of customers around the world. It aims to continue earning customer and stakeholder support with its relentless drive to create the technologies and products of tomorrow. KYB has plants and companies in 23 countries and areas around the world, with business segments in Automotive Components (AC) Operations, Hydraulic Components (HC) Operations, and Others, which includes the Special-purpose Vehicles, Aircraft Components and the System Products and Electronics Components Business. Net sales for the 2017 year was 355.2 billion yen.
About China Automotive Systems, Inc. Based in Hubei Province, the People’s Republic of China, China Automotive Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of power steering components and systems to the Chinese automotive industry, operating through eight Sinoforeign joint ventures. The Company offers a full range of steering system parts for passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles. The Company currently offers four separate series of power steering with an annual production capacity of over 6 million sets of steering gears, columns and steering hoses. Its customer base is comprised of leading auto manufacturers, such as China FAW Group, Corp., Dongfeng Auto Group Co., Ltd., BYD Auto Company Limited, Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. and Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. in China, and Chrysler Group LLC in North America. For more information, please visit: http://www.caasauto.com. autoASIA | July-August 2018 | 15
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Range Rover, Range Rover Sport facelifts to launch end-June Both SUVs will come with updated features and tech.
LR will launch the refreshed Range Rover line-up in India on June 28, 2018. Bookings for the updated Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs began back in April, this year. You can continue to buy the car with two wheelbase options. Like the Velar, this car gets new Pixel-laser LED headlamps that inset into the gloss black fringes of the new-look
grille, designed in a new Atlas mesh pattern. The new range borrows a lot from the Velar. The front and rear bumper also get a new design, and new tail-lamp inserts. The cabin, once again, is inspired by the Range Rover Velar. You get the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10.0-inch touchscreens on the centre console. There are restyled front seats coupled with heated armrests, up to 17 connecting points for charging and multimedia, a deployable centre
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console at the rear, a hot stone seat massage function, gesture-controlled sun blinds, a cabin air purifier, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity for up to eight devices and adaptive cruise control with the queue assist function. Engines will include the 255hp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel motor and go up to the 517hp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine.
India-Russia Friendship Rally completes successfully The rally featured Mahindra SUVs and covered 19,989km in total through four countries.
Hyundai’s new hatch spotted testing in Delhi The car could be christened the Santro. Hyundai’s new India-hatch was spotted testing in Delhi recently. It is expected to be launched sometime around Diwali this year and it could be named the Santro. Like the Santro, the car will have a high-roof (a.k.a ‘tall boy’) design. The previous Santro was quite roomy so you can expect this car to offer enough room for five despite its size. This car will most probably replace the Eon in the carmaker’s line-up and it will be built on the first-gen i10’s HA platform. Dual airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors as standard are what you can expect. An updated version of the original Santro’s ‘Epsilon’ four-cylinder petrol engine will most probably feature under the hood of this car. Hyundai could also offer an automated manual transmission or AMT option for this car. There is no word on the price yet, but the car will compete with the Celerio and Tata Tiago
Maruti stops production of Ignis diesel Dealers are offering Rs 65,000 as discount to clear unsold stock.
he Ignis has been a bit of a slow-seller for the manufac turer, with the diesel car attracting few buyers. The company, according to reports, has stopped production of the diesel variant but continues to sell the petrol variant with both gearbox options. There is no official comment from Maruti yet but some dealers in Mumbai, Delhi, Ludhiana and Chennai confirmed that they are not accepting fresh bookings for the Ignis diesel. They are also offering a discount of Rs 65,000 to clear unsold stock. Dealers also said that the Ignis diesel production "could be on hold for the time being".
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Supported by Mahindra Adventures, the India-Russia Friendship Rally recently concluded in Russia. The expedition is a joint effort by the Indian and Russian governments. The rally was organised to commemorate the 70th year of Indian independence and 70 years of the IndiaRussia diplomatic relationship. The rally consisted of a group of travel enthusiasts from India and Russia in 18 Mahindra vehicles – 14 Scorpios, two XUV 500s, one Getaway and one Thar. The drive commenced in Bhilai on February 19 and covered four countries before reaching Russia in May. Organised by Kalinga Motorsports, all four governments participated in this event as well.
Jaguar launches F-Type SVR Coupe, Convertible in India
The F-Type SVR is the fastest production Jaguar till date
ou can now buy the Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe in India, in both Coupe and Convertible form, and the models are priced at Rs 2.65 crore and Rs 2.80 crore (both prices, ex-showroom, India), respectively.
The 2018 version comes with minor updates â€“ the car gets new daytime running LED lights with integrated indicators, a new bumper and revised tail-lights. Jaguar Land Roverâ€™s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division has tweaked the standard car to make this version. Its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 motor now makes 575hp and 700Nm, which is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It can hit 100kph in a claimed 3.7sec and can hit a max speed of 322kph. The Convertible takes the same amount of time to hit 100kph but has a slightly lower top speed of 314kph.
New 5-year extended warranty introduced by VW You can add three years to the standard two-year plan.
olkswagen India is now offering a new extended warranty programme that adds three more years to the standard two-year warranty. Apart from the 2+3 warranty package, you can also avail a new one-year Service Value pack, which comes with a complimentary pick-up and drop with vehicle inspection, an engine check-up, special pricing on wheel alignment and balancing, minor body and paint jobs, and a 3M interior enrichment treatment. There are discounts also on offer on a 40-point monsoon check and select spare parts and accessories. The company is giving 1,000 customers an opportunity to win cash coupons and five customers could get an additional year of service with the purchase of a Service Value pack. The extended warranty, Service Value pack and other offers are valid until August 15. 22 | July-August 2018 | autoASIA
Auto part exports clock almost-flat FY17 growth turnover growth came from the aftermarket where the sales expanded by 25.6 per cent to $8.4 billion, data showed. Infographics “Despite the challenges of demonetisation and uncertainty in implementation of Goods and Services Tax, vehicle production remained buoyant. Against this backdrop, the auto component industry posted an encouraging performance,” ACMA president Rattan Kapur said. He called the aftermarket segment growth a silver lining. Kapur, however, said it is unlikely that India will emerge as a net exporter of auto components. “The first choice of component makers is to cater to this rising demand from the domestic market. Therefore, India can turn a net exporter only when the domestic market is saturated,” he said. Against the backdrop of frequent changes in regulatory environment, ACMA said there is a need for long-term stable, technology-agnostic road map for the automotive industry.
xports of auto components from India saw almost flat growth in the financial year 2016-17, growing just 0.8 per cent to $10.9 billion. The value of exports has stagnated in a small range of $10.8 billion to $11.2 billion for three consecutive years. Data released by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) show that exports grew 0.8 per cent in FY17 against a decline of 3.7 per cent in FY16. Vinnie Mehta, director-general at ACMA, said export demand for components had been under pressure due to the slowdown in several global markets. “It is significant that our shipments did not decline,” he said. India exports parts related to the engine, transmission, steering, chassis, bumpers, rubber products, etc. Europe is India’s biggest export market and accounts for 35 per cent of shipments.
“This will help the industry to invest in sustainable growth and development, in line with aspirations of all stakeholders,” Mehta said. Asia and North America account for 27 per cent and 26 per cent, respectively. Exports to Europe rose 2.6 per cent and the shipments to Asia rose 4.6 per cent. However, demand in North America declined 3.8 per cent. India is a net importer of auto components. Imports saw their first decline in three years, dropping 2.3 per cent to $13.5 billion in FY17 against a growth of 1.8 per cent in FY16. The technological collaboration of Indian component makers with global majors and focus on localisation by vehicle manufacturers have helped in reducing imports. The total turnover (revenue) of the component industry stood at $43.5 billion in FY17, growing almost 12 per cent over FY16. This is the first double-digit growth in turnover in the last several years, helped by expansion in passenger vehicles and two-wheelers. The turnover had grown at 1.3 per cent in FY16. A trigger for this
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Tata launches its Tigor Buzz
t is based on the mid-spec XT trim and remains mechanically unchanged.The company has launched a limited-edition Tigor called the Tigor Buzz. This version is based on the mid-spec XT trim and is priced at Rs 5.68 lakh for the petrol and Rs 6.57 lakh for the diesel (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
There are minor tweaks to the car, which include a glossy black roof and piano black finish on the mirrors, and dual-tone wheel covers and red inserts on the front grille. The cabin is similar but it gets red accents on the air-con vents and upmarket fabric for the seats. Mechanically, there are no changes, the car is available with a 85hp, 1.2-litre Revotron (petrol) and the 70hp, 1.05-litre Revotorq (diesel) engine, both mated to the five-speed manual transmission.
Kawasaki launches Kaze Race Track Day in India
he company has introduced a new track event, called the ‘Kaze Race Track Day’ at the Kari Motor Speedway racetrack. The track in Coimbatore hosted the event on July 14, 2018. The fee for participation was Rs 7,900, exclusive of accommodation, travel and transport expenses (for motorcycle shipping).
‘Kaze’ is the Japanese word for wind. The track day will help riders hone their riding skills and Kawasaki has plans to host these events in the BIC and MMRT in the future. Kawasaki owners with bikes above 900cc can only participate at this event, for now. So, if you own a Z250, Ninja 300, Versys-X 300, Ninja 400, Z650, Versys 650, Ninja 650, Z800 or Vulcan S, you cannot participate in the event. The track day has been organised specifically for the brand's premium customers, according to Kawasaki; but the company does plan to host other events for those with sub-900cc Kawasaki motorcycles. The Kaze Race Track Day will be held in association with the RACR (Rajini Academy of Competitive Racing). RACR is headed by Indian racer, Rajini Krishnan, who recently won the opening round of the 2018 Malaysia Superbike Championship.
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BMW Launches Petrol Version of X6 at Rs. 94.15 lakh Powered by a 306hp, straight-six engine; Cheaper than its diesel variant by Rs.32 lakh.
fter launching the 6-Series-GT and M5 performance sedan, Bavarian carmaker BMW has now introduced a petrol version of SUV Coupe, the X6. Called X6 35i M Sport, this SUV is priced at Rs.94.15 lakh (ex-showroom, India) making it a whopping Rs.32 lakh cheaper than its diesel counterpart, the 40d M Sport. The new X6 petrol will compete with the Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupe which costs Rs.86.40 lakh.
Powering the X6 35i is a turbocharged, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engine that makes 306hp and 400Nm of torque while mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. And power is sent through all 4-wheels via BMW’s xdrive system. Spec and equipment remains same as the M Sport diesel version and this includes a 10.25-inch display for the instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system with iDrive connectivity, two 9.2-inch entertainment screens at the rear that are controllable via remote, a 600W, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, Dakota and Nappa leather upholstery.
Yamaha launches BS-IV compliant R3 at Rs 3.48 lakh Gets ABS and comes shod with Metzeler M5 tyres.
fter just launching the R15 V3.0, Yamaha has upped it ante by launching the 2018 YZF-R3 sportsbike at the Auto Expo 2018. Priced at Rs 3.48 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) buyers can choose from two available colour options – Racing Blue and Magma Black. Big news is that Yamaha has now made the R3’s 321cc parallel-twin, fourvalve, engine BS-IV compliant. Power and torque figures stand at 41.9hp at 10,750rpm, and 29.6Nm of at 9,000rpm respectively and the engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Also, the YZF-R3 gets new dual-channel ABS and Metzeler M5 tyres. Suspension duties continue to be handled by the 28 | July-August 2018 | autoASIA
same 41mm Kayaba forks up front and preload-adjustable shock at the rear. It gets a 110/70 R17 tyre at the front and a 140/70 R17 tyre at the rear, each mounted on 17-inch alloys. Otherwise, the R3 more or less remains the same with its instrument cluster displaying information like current and average fuel consumption, the coolant temperature and two trip meters.
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1-lakh units of new Maruti Swift sold in just 145 days MARUTI'S 20 MILLIONTH VEHICLE PRODUCED IN INDIA WAS ALSO A SWIFT
ountry's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said its hatchback Swift attained sales milestone of one-lakh unit in just 145 days.
said, “We would like to thank all those who chose to buy this 3rd Gen Swift, which offers both power packed performance and advanced safety.”
“This is the fastest 100,000 units for any car in India. The Third generation Swift has received overwhelming acceptance from customers across regions and age groups, complementing the success of the first and second generation Swift,” MSI said in a statement.
It may be recalled that MSI's compact sedan Dzire (the new avatar) became the best-selling model in the country for the first time in August last year, taking the crown position from its sibling Alto. Maruti Suzuki Dzire had dropped 'Swift' from its name last year.
Since its launch in 2005, cumulatively Swift has sold over 1.89 million units in India. Maruti's 20 millionth vehicle produced in India was also a Swift, the company said.
The all-new 2018 Maruti Swift was launched at the Auto Expo in Delhi this year. The new Swift is priced at Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base LXI variant, while the top-end ZDI + variant is priced at Rs 8.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The third-generation Maruti Swift,
RS Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki
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based on the 5th-generation HEARTECT platform, has a superior power to weight ratio with an improved acceleration performance. New features such as Smart Play Infotainment with Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto/ Mirror Link compatibility and voice recognition are popular with the tech-savvy young customers. In addition, customers have appreciated the newly added Auto Gear Shift (AGS) technology to the brand.
The new Swift now comes equipped with dual airbags, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist and ISOFIX child seat restraints as standard across all the variants. In terms of equipment, the new Swift gets LED projector headlamps, 7-inch touchscreen SmartPlay infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link support, automatic climate control system, reverse parking camera, engine start/ stop button, parking sensors and much more.
Uber Lite rolled out for Android users
ber Lite will pilot first for Android users in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Delhi and roll out across the country this summer before its launch in other countries.New Delhi: To encourage more people to join its platform, global online cab service Uber has launched "Uber Lite" -- a lighter version of the main rider app that has been built and designed in India. "Uber Lite" will pilot first for Android users in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Delhi and roll out across the country this summer before its launch in other countries."Uber Lite" is less than 5MB to download and has a 300millisecond response time even in
low-connectivity areas and works on 99 per cent of Android devices, the company said in a statement."We have over 75 million monthly active riders, which is a tiny fraction of the world`s population. With such a huge growth opportunity outside of the US, we are committed to building for the next hundreds of millions of riders," said Manik Gupta, Vice President Product, VP and Head of Product, Uber. The lighter app was launched during "Uber`s Tech Day 2.0" here in the presence of Peter Deng, Head of Rider Product, Uber. "After extensive research with our riders, it was obvious we couldn`t just make a smaller copy of Uber. We needed to reimagine the experience for India and key markets around the world. The result is Uber Lite," said Deng. The app retains the core functionality of the rider app, has in-
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app support and includes critical safety features, such as an emergency button and the ability to share your trip with friends and family. "Uber Lite" guides users through the request experience by detecting their current location. If it can`t detect your location because of GPS or network issues, it guides you to choose popular landmarks nearby. Additionally, the app stores the city`s top places so that even when you are offline, no network is needed for them to appear. "To keep the app light and fast, maps in Uber Lite are not loaded by default, but are available with a tap when you need them," said the company.
BMW India launches petrol variant of new X3 priced at Rs 56.9 lakh
he two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine of the new BMW X3 has a power of 252 hp.New Delhi: German luxury car maker BMW has launched petrol variant of its all-new X3 sports utility vehicle priced at Rs 56.9 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.
The vehicle is locally produced at the group's Chennai plant, BMW India said in a statement. Commenting on the launch, BMW Group India President Vikram Pawah said,"With the launch of the all-new BMW X3 xDrive30i, now our customers can also experience unadulterated driving pleasure in a refined petrol engine option." The two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine of the new BMW X3 has a power of 252 hp and is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/hr in just 6.3 seconds, it said, adding the engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new BMW X3 features advanced safety technologies such as attentiveness assistance, dynamic stability control (DSC) including cornering brake control (CBC), electric parking brake with auto hold and side-impact protection among others, besides six airbags.
Suzuki unveils new Access special edition; introduces Access 125 with CBS
long with the CBS upgrade, the Access 125 Special Edition also received a new colour option.New Delhi: Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL), a subsidiary of two-wheeler manufacturer, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, on Monday introduced the new Access 125 with Combined Brake System (CBS). Along with the CBS upgrade, the Access 125 Special Edition also received a new colour option - Metallic Sonic Silver with Beige Coloured Leatherette seat. The new Access 125 CBS starts at Rs 58,980 (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and the Special Edition is priced for Rs 60,580 (Exshowroom New Delhi). The Access 125 is powered by SEP technology. The CBS on the new Access 125 enables operation of both brakes from the left brake lever, helping in maintaining a good balance between front and rear brake forces. Suzuki Access 125 CBS guarantees a comfortable ride by offering a long and relaxed seat, enlarged floorboard, large under seat storage, a convenient front pocket, optional DC socket and dual convenient utility hooks. It additionally offers steel front fender and leg shield for added protection and comes with highly rigid frame layout, the company said in a statement. The new Metallic Sonic Silver Special Edition also comes with the special black-coloured alloywheels and grab rail combined, special round shaped chrome mirrors. The Special Edition logo emblem lends the Access 125 a further unique identity. The Access 125 Special Edition will be available in Metallic Matte Black and Pearl Mirage White. The Access 125 CBS will be available in all six existing colours Pearl Suzuki Deep Blue, Candy Sonoma Red, Glass Sparkle Black, Metallic Fibroin Gray, Metallic Sonic Silver and Pearl Mirage White. Sajeev Rajasekharan, EVP, Sales and Marketing, SMIPL, said, â€œSuzuki is committed to improving and innovating its products to offer best quality products to our customers. We are confident that with the new enhancements, we will be able to add many more customers to the Suzuki family.â€? 34 | July-August 2018 | autoASIA
Hyundai Motor rolls out 8 millionth car in India Hyundai rolled out its first million car, Santro, in 2006, 8 years after commencement of commercial production in 1998.New Delhi: Hyundai Motor has marked the 8 millionth car milestone with the rollout of the New 2018 Creta. “The fastest 8 Millionth milestone marks Hyundai’s remarkable successful journey of 20 years in India and its commitment to offer world - class Modern Premium and benchmark products meeting customers aspirations. Since inception, Hyundai Motor India has sold 5,300,967 units in the Indian Market and 2,703,581 units in exports globally,” the company said in a statement. Hyundai rolled out its first million car, Santro, in 2006, 8 years after commencement of commercial production in 1998. The company reached its next million milestone being within 8 -19 months. YK Koo, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Limited said, “Evolution of a Revolution is Hyundai’s DNA. Today marks a momentous and landmark day in the history of Hyundai Motor India with the achievement of 8 Millionth Milestone. Hyundai is the only manufacturer to achieve this feat in the shortest span of time while strengthening our Manufacturing Excellence, Customer Experience, Marketing Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility . In our evolving journey to becoming India's most Loved and Trusted
brand, we have pushed the boundaries and taken on new challenges at every step. Our vision is to deliver on the promise of becoming the ‘Lifetime Partners in Automobile and beyond’. I dedicate this achievement to our valuable customers and every member of the Hyundai family.” Koo thanked the customers for their support and said that the company will be launching a series of activities and Emotionally Connecting Campaigns to mark the 20th year of excellence in Sales and Production in India.
Passenger vehicle sales rise 20% in May
otorcycle sales last month rose 15.16 percent to 12,21,559 units as against 10,60,744 units a year earlier.New Delhi: Domestic passenger vehicle sales rose 19.65 percent to 3,01,238 units in May from 2,51,764 units in the corresponding month of 2017, according to SIAM data.
Domestic car sales were up 19.64 percent to 1,99,479 units as against 1,66,732 units in May 2017, data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) showed. Motorcycle sales last month rose 15.16 percent to 12,21,559 units as against 10,60,744 units a year earlier. Total two-wheeler sales in May rose 9.19 percent to 18,50,093 units compared to 16,94,323 units in the year-ago month. Sales of commercial vehicles were up 43.06 percent to 76,478 units in May, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a rise of 12.13 percent to 22,82,618 units from 20,35,610 units in May 2017, it added.
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GENERAL MOTORS HAS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF
Dhivya Suryadevara as Chief Financial Officer, effective Sept. 1, 2018. completed $2B notes issuance to fund discretionary pension contributions and upsized and renewed GM’s $14.5B revolver.Suryadevara also served as CEO and Chief Investment Officer for GM Asset Management from 2013 to 2017. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of business and investment activities of GM’s $85B pension operations. She has received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras in Chennai, India and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Accountant. “Chuck has played a crucial role in driving profitable growth across the enterprise for the last several years, as well as being a vital part of the development and execution of all aspects of the core and future business strategies for the company,” said Barra.
he Indian-origin Suryadevara will report directly to Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO. Dhivya would replace Chuck Stevens, GM executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, who has indicated his plans to retire after more than 40 years with the company, effective March 1, 2019. Stevens will remain with the company as an advisor until his retirement. Suryadevara had joined GM in 2005. Chevrolet announced exit from Indian market in 2017! “Dhivya’s experience and leadership in several key roles throughout our
financial operations positions her well to build on the strong business results we’ve delivered over the last several years,” said Barra. Suryadevara, 39, has been vice president, Corporate Finance since July 2017. In this role, she has been responsible for corporate financial planning, investor relations and special projects. She played an integral role in the Opel divestiture, Cruise acquisition, Lyft investment and more recently, SoftBank’s investment in GM Cruise. From 2015 to 2017, Suryadevara served as vice president, Finance and Treasurer. She helped achieve ratings upgrades from all three credit ratings agencies,
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Automakers burned as U.S.-China spat flares
ears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality last week as the U.S. delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, including auto parts critical to the U.S. supply chain, and China quickly retaliated with a tariff targeting an equivalent amount of U.S. goods, including autos. The volley of fire dashes hopes for a more amicable resolution of the U.S.-China trade dispute, hopes that were raised just a month ago when China agreed to substantially lower tariffs on imported vehicles following pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump. If the China action moves ahead as planned July 6, it would hit Tesla and German luxury automakers hardest. Mercedes-Benz and BMW are big exporters of crossovers and SUVs
to China from their U.S. plants. Tesla exported 14,779 U.S.-built vehicles to China last year. The Detroit 3 would be less affected because most of their sales in China come from locally produced vehicles, though Ford and FCA have accelerated exports to China. Trump ordered the tariffs in response to Chinese requirements for technology transfers as a condition for doing business in China, and to counter alleged cyberthefts of trade secrets from foreign companies. Business groups from the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said they agreed with the need to protect U.S. intellectual property, but that tariffs were the wrong tool because they mostly hurt U.S. businesses and consumers.
The U.S. tariffs will come in two rounds: The first, effective July 6, targets 818 products worth $34 billion. The second, covering 284 products worth $16 billion, will undergo further review before a final decision, and could involve additional tariffs. The next shoe to fall could be another round of threatened U.S. tariffs on $100 billion of Chinese goods. FCA sales advance 11% behind Jeep, retail FCA's U.S. retail sales in May rose 10 percent to 167,785 and accounted for 78 percent of total volume. Fleet sales accounted for 22 percent of total sales, a slight uptick from 21 percent for May 2017. U.S. and Chinese officials have had
negotiations to resolve the tariff dispute, which experts say can be contained with minimal economic impact at current levels. The talks are complicated by China's ability to influence North Korea in its denuclearization talks with the U.S. as well as an effort in the Senate to penalize Chinese telecom company ZTE for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran after Chinese President Xi Jinping persuaded Trump to soften the original penalty. Trump has angered many U.S. allies and members of his own party with protectionist moves such as tariffs on steel and aluminum. But reaction has been mixed on his actions against China, which many business groups and lawmakers in both parties view as an untrustworthy trading partner.
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Faurecia displays its 'Cockpit of the Future' in India
aurecia, a global leader in its three areas of business – automotive seating, interior systems and emissions control technologies – recently showcased its award-winning vehicle Cockpit of the Future at the ACMA Value Chain Summit, held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
vehicles won’t be what they look like today. We will have bigger display units. We have seven-inch display units currently. We will have nine-inch touchscreens in two years,” he added. Faurecia, which has worked with Tesla and China’s Byton on advanced interior systems globally, has developed some affordable, innovative solutions for
Faurecia’s interior systems business division displayed this concept, which drew considerable viewers from industry. Called ‘Intuition’, Faurecia’s flagship demonstrator, which was brought from Europe for display in India, showcased an entire dashboard with integrated instrument panels, centre console and other components that surround the interior system. renault-espace-cockpit-of-thefuture-1 “By showcasing Faurecia’s Intuition demonstrator, we are trying to show how Faurecia is preparing to be a complete integrator and supplier of different technologies, of the entire cockpit of the future,” Sameer Raina, engineering director – India and Thailand, Faurecia Interior Systems, told Autocar Professional. He added that Faurecia, globally as well as in India, is trying to align its strategy towards moving from being a commodity-based supplier (supplying parts such as door panels, center consoles, instrument panels and others) to becoming a technology company. In India, the company aims to position itself as the only supplier with the required capabilities to help the carmakers transform automotive interiors in their respective products in line with the rapid transformation. Faurecia is aggressively working on its R&D on interior systems that include connectivity, human machine interface, integration of electronics and other complex domains. “In five years from now, the interiors of the 40 | July-August 2018 | autoASIA
India market. “The innovative airvents and armrests are built to suit the requirements here,” said Raina while demonstrating an armrest with an invisible tissue holder. Offering a space saving solution, it is yet to be commercialised, he disclosed. In India, Faurecia continues to expand its industrial
base for three Business Groups: Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Seating. This campaign is now backed by the Pune TechCenter, which provides the full range of R&D expertise needed to develop local and international programs. Faurecia now has more than 600 R&D engineers at its Pune facility, which caters to the company’s interior and
seating business divisions. The R&D unit on clean mobility, on the other hand, is based in Bangalore. Faurecia bags German Innovation Awards Meanwhile, on June 11, Faurecia announced that it has won two German Innovation awards for its ‘Morphing Instrument Panel’ and ‘Immersive Sound Experience’, innovations that provide a unique and personalised user experience for the connected, predictive and versatile Cockpit of the Future. Founded by the German Parliament and supported by German industry,
the autonomous driving mode, the display adjusts to a central position. At the same time, the shape of the dashboard customises to its new position. When the driver switches from driving to autonomous mode, the display glides from the driver’s side to a central position and simultaneously the instrument panel surface smoothly adapts its shape. Both movements are managed by Faurecia innovative know how in micro-mechanisms and materials. During driving mode, the display can be used as a driving cluster giving driving information and safety signals, and can also act as a central screen for navigation and media. During autonomous mode the
display will become the large entertainment screen visible for all passengers. virtual-reality-cockpit-of-the-future Immersive sound experience: Acoustics contribute to the comfort and well-being of the driver and passengers. Faurecia has integrated innovative technologies and advanced software algorithms to create two individual sound bubbles, allowing each occupant to listen to something different or receive a telephone call without being overheard.
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The automotive manufacturing industry comprises the production of commercial vehicles, passenger cars, three & two-wheelers. Two-wheelers are by far the most popular form of vehicle in India, taking an 80 per cent share in 2015-16. India became the largest two-wheeler market in the world after selling 17.7 million two-wheelers in 2016.
Automobile Industry in India 25.3 million automobiles produced in FY17. Total production volume grew at a CAGR of 4.43 per cent during FY12-17.
utomobile exports from India increased 15.81 per cent year-on-year in AprilFebruary 2017-18. During the same period, two and three-wheelers exports increased 20.30 per cent and 37.02 per cent, respectively. Introduction The Indian auto industry is one of the largest in the world. The industry accounts for 7.1 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Two Wheelers segment with 80 per cent market share is the leader of the Indian Automobile market owing to a growing middle class and a young population. Moreover, the growing interest of the companies in exploring the rural markets further aided the growth of the sector. The overall Passenger Vehicle (PV) segment has 14 per cent market share. India is also a prominent auto exporter and has strong export growth expectations for the near future. Overall automobile exports grew 15.81 per cent year-on-year between April-February 2017-18. In addition, several initiatives by the Government of India and the major automobile players in the Indian market are expected to make India a leader in the 2W and Four Wheeler (4W) market in the world by 2020. Market Size Production of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three wheelers and two wheelers grew at 14.41 per
cent year-on-year between AprilFebruary 2017-18 to 26,402,671 vehicles. The auto industry is set to witness major changes in the form of electric vehicles (EVs), shared mobility, Bharat Stage-VI emission and safety norms. Electric cars in India are expected to get new green number plates and may also get free parking for three years along with toll waivers@. India's electric vehicle (EV) sales increased to 25,000 units during FY 2016-17 and are poised to rise further on the back of cheaper energy storage costs and the Government of India’s vision to see six million electric and hybrid vehicles in India by 2020. Investments In order to keep up with the growing demand, several auto makers have started investing heavily in various segments of the industry during the last few months. The industry has attracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) worth US$ 18.413 billion during the period April 2000 to December 2017, according to data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Some of the recent/planned investments and developments in the automobile sector in India are as follows: The only electric automaker in India, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, has partnered with Uber for deploying its electric sedan e-Verito and hatchback e2o Plus on Uber platforms in New Delhi and Hyderabad. Mahindra & Mahindra (M & M) is planning to make an additional
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investment of Rs 500 crore (US$ 77.23 million) for expanding the capacity for electric vehicles in its plant in Chakan. Government Initiatives The Government of India encourages foreign investment in the automobile sector and allows 100 per cent FDI under the automatic route. Some of the recent initiatives taken by the Government of India are The Government of Karnataka is going to obtain electric vehicles under FAME Scheme and set up charging infrastructure across Bengaluru, according to Mr R V Deshpande, Minister for Large and Medium Industries of Karnataka. The Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India has shortlisted 11 cities in the country for introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) in their public transport systems under the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles in India) scheme. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Ministry for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, is planning to
procure 10,000 e-vehicles via demand aggregation, and has already awarded contracts to Tata Motors Ltd for 250 e-cars and to Mahindra and Mahindra for 150 ecars. The government is planning to set up a committee to develop an institutional framework on large-scale adoption of electric vehicles in India as a viable clean energy mode, especially for shared mass transport, to help bring down pollution level in major cities. Road Ahead The automobile industry is supported by various factors such as availability of skilled labour at low cost, robust R&D centres and low cost steel production. The industry also provides great opportunities for investment and direct and indirect employment to skilled and unskilled labour. The Indian automotive aftermarket is estimated to grow at around 10-15 per cent to reach US$ 16.5 billion by 2021 from around US$ 7 billion in 2016. It has the potential to generate up to US$ 300 billion in annual revenue by 2026, create 65 million additional jobs and contribute over 12 per cent to India’s Gross Domestic Product.
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Auto Components Industry in India has come a long way in ensuring growth for the sector. Indian Automobile industry is expected to achieve a turnover of $300 billion by the year 2026 and will grow at a rate of CAGR 15 per cent from its current revenue of $74 billion. Government has drafted Automotive Mission Plan (AMP) 2016-26 which will help the automobile industry to grow and will benefit Indian economy in the following ways:Contribution of auto industry in the country’s GDP will rise to 13 per cent, currently which is less than 10 per cent Introduction
he Indian auto-components industry has experienced healthy growth over the last few years. Some of the factors attributable to this include: a buoyant end-user market, improved consumer sentiment and return of adequate liquidity in the financial system. The auto-component industry of India has expanded by 14.3 per cent because of strong growth in the after-market sales to reach at a level of Rs 2.92 lakh crore (US$ 43.55 billion) in FY 2016-17. The industry is further expected to grow to US$ 47-49 billion in FY18. The auto-components industry accounts for 2.3 per cent of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs as many as 1.5 million people directly and indirectly each. A stable government framework, increased purchasing power, large domestic market, and an ever increasing development in infrastructure have made India a favourable destination for investment.
value precision instruments while the unorganised sector comprises lowvalued products and caters mostly to the aftermarket category. The total value of India’s automotive exports stood at Rs 73,128 crore (US$ 10.9 billion) in 2016-17 as compared Rs 70,916 crore ($10.8 billion) in the year 2015-16. This has been driven by strong growth in the domestic market and increasing globalisation (including exports) of several Indian suppliers. Autocomponent exports from India are expected to grow 7-9 per cent in FY18, backed by stronger global growth and higher exports to emerging nations. Growth is further expected to accelerate to 8-10 per cent in FY19 due to pick up in global scenario.&
The Indian automotive aftermarket is expected to reach Rs 75,705 crore (US$ 13 billion) by the year 2019-20, according to the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA). These estimates are in sync with the targets of the Automotive Mission Plan (AMP) 2016-26.
The Indian auto-components industry can be broadly classified into the organised and unorganised sectors. The organised sector caters to the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and consists of high-
According to the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the Indian auto-components industry is expected to register a turnover of US$ 100 billion by 2020 backed by
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strong exports ranging between US$ 80- US$ 100 billion by 2026, from the current US$ 11.2 billion. Investments The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into the Indian automobile industry during the period April 2000 – December 2017 were recorded at US$ 18.41 billion, as per data by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Some of the recent investments made/planned in the Indian auto components sector are as follows: In April 2018, Motherson Sumi Systems signed a deal to acquire Reydel Automotive for US$ 201 million. The acquisition will help the company to enter new geographies and get new customer portfolios. Schaeffler India, the Indian arm of Germany’s automotive and industrial parts maker, is planning to invest Rs 300 crore (US$ 46.66 million) per annum over FY18-19. Setco Automotive is going to invest Rs 250 crore (US$ 38.62 million) over the next two to three years for capacity expansion and modernisation. Government Initiatives The Government of India’s Automotive Mission Plan (AMP) 2006–2016
More than 100 million jobs will be created in the economy Companies will invest around US $80 billion as a part of their capital expenditure. End of life Policy will be implemented for old vehicles Road Ahead The rapidly globalising world is opening up newer avenues for the transportation industry, especially while it makes a shift towards electric, electronic and hybrid cars, which are deemed more efficient, safe and reliable modes of transportation. Over the next decade, this will lead to newer verticals and opportunities for autocomponent manufacturers, who would need to adapt to the change via systematic research and development.
The Indian auto-components industry is set to become the third largest in the world by 2025 Indian auto-component makers are well positioned to benefit from the globalisation of the sector as exports potential could be increased by up to four times to US$ 40 billion by 2020.
Jaguar Land Rover India has started the bookings for the 2018 F-Type SVR in the country
eing the British luxury marque's fastest production car ever, the 2018 Jaguar F-Type is priced at Rs 2.65 Crores (Ex. Showroom, India). It is developed by the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team at Jaguar Land Rover. The F-Type SVR is available in both Coupe and Convertible forms. The high-perfor mance model is powered by the 5.0L V8 supercharged engine which develops top power of 567bhp and peak torque of 700Nm, while doing a 0100kmph sprint in just 3.7 seconds before topping out at 322kmph.
Rohit Suri, President & Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL), said:“The new F-TYPE SVR is the first Jaguar car to have been developed by the Special Vehicle Operations. Their ideas of precision engineering reflect brilliantly in each aspect of the car. Be it design, performance or comfort; sports car enthusiasts will experience all these features when behind the wheel of the new F-TYPE SVR.” Lightweighting has been achieved by the use of Titanium and Inconel exhaust system that saves 16 kg, while adding muscle to the roar of the F-TYPE. Forged 20-inch alloy wheels save a further 13.8 kg, while the use of a new, larger rear bearing enables an increased stiffness of up to 37 percent higher than the conventional F-TYPE rear knuckles. The interiors of the car feature SVR performance seats that offer lateral support during dynamic driving. This attribute is coupled with an option of cooling. Moreover, the lightweight Magnesium construction of the seats saves an incredible 8 kg of weight when compared with the previous generation models. Jaguar F-TYPE SVR’s V-MAX mode allows the driver to achieve astonishing speeds with minimum drag, while Wider Pirelli P-Zero tyres – 10 mm wider than standard F-TYPE tyres – offers improved grip and handling. The high-performance model offers luxurious aesthetics and driver-focused performance, while retaining the comfort and daily utility provisions, atypical of all Jaguar cars.
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Official: KTM 390 Adventure India Launch in 2019
TM is preparing to launch the 390 Adventure in the Indian market in 2019. The much awaited high performance adventure bike has been making headlines for quite some time and the Austrian brand has now announced it will bring the model here next year. This will be sold alongside the Streetfighter Dukes ad Supersport RC siblings in the domestic market. With this, KTM is expecting to see boost in sales performance as the demands for the premium and high performance adventure bikes have been increasing in India for quite some time. The KTM 390 Adventure comes bearing the Austrian brand’s legacy of being the unbeatable at the world’s toughest race, the Dakar Rally since 2001.In India, KTM is one of the fastest growing motorcycle brands with a CAGR of 45% since its launch six years ago. The brand has been able to be very popular
among the young generation customers of the country with its aggressively priced Duke and RC models that are produced locally in India at Bajaj Auto’s plant. Expect the aggressive looking adventure bike to be priced between Rs 2.20 lakh and Rs 2.40 lakh (ex-showroom). It gets power from the same 373.2 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine coupled with a 6-speed transmission, that works in the KTM Duke 390. The adventure bike will get ABS as standard.
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Suzuki Burgman Street 125 Bookings Start
he bookings for the upcoming Suzuki Burgman Street 125 have already started across authorized Suzuki dealerships in the country. The dealerships have started accepting bookings for the 125cc scooter for a token amount of Rs 5000, suggest media reports. It is expected that Suzuki will launch the new 125cc scooter in India in the month of July with prices expected to fall between Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000. It is to be noted that Suzuki has not made any official announcement regarding the bookings of the new 125cc scooter. According to reports, the scooter was spotted on the roads during the shoot of its television commercial. In terms of design and styling, the 125cc scooter takes inspiration from Suzukiâ€™s Burgman range of maxi-scooters that are sold in the international markets with a choice of engines ranging between 125cc to 650cc. As for the Indian market, the Suzuki Burgman Street 125 will share its engine and cycle parts with the bestselling Suzuki Access 125.That said, the Suzuki Burgman Street 125 is expected to get the 124c, single-cylinder engine good for 8.5bhp at 6,500rpm against 10.2Nm torque at 5,000rpm. It is also likely to share the suspension set-up and braking system with the Suzuki Access 125. Though, Burgman will vary in visual terms with a distinctive styling that will make it stand out in the 125cc segment. The Suzuki Burgman Street 125 is expected to get a large proportioned body, a long comfortable seat, LED lights all around the body, digitalized instrument panel and best-in-class under-seat storage among other key features.
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Nissan Leaf EV India Launch in Late 2018
issan is keen to enter the Indian EV market and it has finalized the world famous Leaf EV already. The electric vehicle will be launched here in late 2018 and as we have reported already, it will be sold as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) instead of being manufactured locally. For this, the EV is expected to be priced between Rs 40-50 lakh.The Nissan Leaf EV is currently worldâ€™s bestselling electric vehicle and the car sells every 20 minutes in Europe. However, the Japanese brand is not expecting big success with the Leaf EV in India, but this will surely boost the electric vehicle market in the country. The second generation Leaf EV is powered by a 40 kWh battery pack that kicks out 138 bhp of peak power and it can run up to 400 km on a single charge.A big challenge in front of the Nissan Leaf EV is going to be the lack of charging infrastructure. Till the charging infrastructure is available across the country, Nissan will be able to sell the electric hatchback only in some parts of India. Interestingly, this is going to be the first long range EV in India. Presently, Mahindra and Tata Motors sell their electric vehicles in India. Apart from that, several other car brands have already announced their electric vehicles for the market. Indian government too is emphasizing on the electric mobility in India and in this scenario, a car like Nissan Leaf EV will come with significant importance.
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Nissan Announce Expansion Strategy for Indian Market Nissan, the Japanese automaker, has announced a major expansion strategy in the Africa, the Middle East and India region. This expansion strategy is a part of the company’s six-year midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022. It aims to build on its strengths in markets including South Africa, India, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and parts of subSaharan Africa. The company plans to maintain and build on solid profit margins in the region. Nissan will further develop strong partnerships and use local talent to meet growing vehicle demand. Industrywide sales in the region are expected to rise by about 40 percent to more than 12 million vehicles a year by 2022. Nissan India recently introduced the updated version of NissanConnect App! “Under the Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022 plan, the company is looking to capture the full potential of the Africa, Middle East, and India region,” said Peyman Kargar, chairman of Nissan in Africa, the Middle East and India. “Our ambitious plans reflect the exciting opportunities ahead. Nissan has already developed a strong presence within this fastgrowing region, and we are well-positioned to maximize our growth and make an increasing and lasting contribution to Nissan’s overall performance.” In India, the company will strengthen its dealership network and develop the power of the Datsun and Nissan brands through initiatives including sponsorship of the International Cricket Council.Nissan has built a strong foundation for growth in India with a 480,000-vehicle capacity plant, as well as a large research and development center – both in Chennai and established with its Alliance partner, Renault. The Japanse automaker will expand into new frontier markets where few carmakers are present. This follows the March 2018 announcement that Nissan is entering Pakistan through a manufacturing and licensing agreement with its partner Ghandhara Nissan Ltd. The initiative to build Datsun models will create more than 1,800 jobs. Globally, Nissan is targeting annual revenue of 16.5 trillion yen and an 8 percent core consolidated operating profit margin by the end of fiscal year 2022. 50 | July-August 2018 | autoASIA
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Swiss Police Gets Tesla Model X Fleet
esla seems to be emerging as a popular cop car with police departments in major cities like Los Angeles, Denver and Luxembourg adding Tesla Model S to their fleet. The Ontario Police recently purchased Model X, and Englandâ€™s famous Scotland Yard is also evaluating options to add electric vehicles to their fleet. Interestingly, the police force in Basel, Switzerland will soon replace diesel vehicles with Model X 100D SUVs.Each Tesla Model X 100D SUV will cost approximately 150,000 Swiss Francs which equates to $151,000, around 50,000 Francs more than the ageing diesel vehicles. According to the statement released by the Basel-Stadt Cantonal Police, the total cost of ownership will be lower than the conventional vehicles and the Tesla Model X 100D will prove to be economically beneficial, more practical as well as emit less carbon compared to the diesel vehicles. Besides, the EV will demand low maintenance cost and will have a higher resale value which makes it an ideal option. The decision to purchase Model X 100D SUV is in tandem with the environmental measures structured in the Cantonal Legislative plan 2017-21 and the vehicle was finalized only after a thorough investigation and practical tests that show Tesla X 100D meets the requirement. Moreover, an alarm response vehicle should have sufficient payload and ample of storage space to keep equipment required by police officers. Additionally, the Model X 100D comes with a four-wheel drive and a host of tech such as an onboard computer that can help record the data that make it a better choice.
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Audi A8 Awarded as Most Innovative Model of 2018
udi A8 has been judged as the most innovative model of the year 2018 and Audi is the most innovative premium brand in the “Autonomous driving and safety” category. The “Center of Automotive Management” and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, who together present the “Automotive Innovations Award,” reached this verdict. For the award as the most innovative premium brand in the “Autonomous driving and safety” category, the four-door design vision Audi Aicon proved compelling alongside the assistance systems in the Audi A8. Checkout the discounts and offers of upto Rs 10 Lakhs on Audi Cars in India! “We are absolutely delighted with these awards,” said Peter Mertens, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG, during the award ceremony which was held on Tuesday evening in Frankfurt am Main. “They prove that with the new A8 we are at the forefront of the competition when it comes to technology and are also making a significant contribution to the important future-oriented area of automated driving.” The victory for the Audi A8 is testimony to the numerous innovations which the brand’s flagship delivers. The active suspension took first place in the rankings. In the case of a side impact it mitigates the risks for passengers by instantly raising the body by a few centimeters.The exit warning, the laser scanner and the HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light also provided the large sedan with important points. With the “Automotive Innovations Award,” which was held for the seventh time in 2018, the most innovative automakers and suppliers of the year were singled out for praise. The manufacturer’s standings were decided based on a study of the database maintained by the “Center of Automotive Management” in Bergisch Gladbach. An expert jury reached the decision for the suppliers. A total of 1,296 innovations from all leading automakers involving around 60 brands were incorporated into the 2018 rankings. autoASIA | July-August 2018 | 53
Michelin to invest in recycling technology for 100 percent recycled tyres by 2048
t Movin’On 2018, a world summit on sustainable mobility, Michelin has announced its ambitious plan to ensure that by 2048, all of its tyres will be manufactured using 80 percent sustainable materials and 100 percent of all tyres will be recycled. The summit will end on 1 June, 2018. Today, the worldwide recovery rate for tyres is 70 percent and the recycling rate is 50 percent. Michelin tyres are currently made using 28 percent sustainable materials (26 percent bio-sourced materials like natural rubber, sunflower oil, limonene etc., and 2 percent recycled materials such as steel or recycled powdered tyres). The current world-wide recovery rate for tyres is 70 percent and the recycling rate is 50 percent. For a sustainable future, Michelin is investing in high technology recycling technologies to be able to increase this content to 80 percent sustainable materials. The route to a sustainable material target Michelin is conducting research programs into bio-sourced materials like ‘Biobutterfly’, which was launched in 2012 with Axens and IFP Energies Nouvelles to create
synthetic elastomers from biomass such as wood, straw or beet. Michelin has recently acquired Lehigh, a specialist in high technology micro powders (formally called as Micronised Rubber Powders (MRP)) which are derived from recycled tyres. The powder replaces oil- and rubber-based feedstocks in a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. Lehigh has one of the largest micro powder manufacturing plant in Tucker, Georgia, with an annual claimed production capacity of 54,000 tonnes. Lehigh’s state-of-the-art ‘Application & Development’ centre is also located in Tucker and serves as an innovation hub where Michelin conducts research and formulates MRPs in collaboration with its customers. Lehigh Spain is a joint venture with Hera Holding based in Barcelona. Michelin has five product ranges so far, PolyDyne, MicroDyne, EkoDyne, Rheopave and Zenoflex. Commenting on this venture, Christophe Rahier, director of the high technology materials business line at Michelin, said, “This acquisition demonstrates Michelin's strategic determination to capitalise on its expertise in high-tech materials, in areas that extend beyond the field
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of tyres. In particular, by promoting the use of innovative recycled materials from tyres in a variety of non-pneumatic industrial sectors.” In 2018, according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, it is estimated that 1 billion of 'end of life' tyres are generated worldwide, representing around 25 million tonnes. Within this total, 70 percent of tyres are recovered and 50 per cent are recycled every year, on average. This 50 percent is the amount of recycled material, into products such as rubber used in sports surfaces, and the additional 20 percent is transformed into energy. To make sure that by 2048, 100 percent tyres are recycled, Michelin proposes to develop partnerships and identify new ways to recycle tyres or new outlets for recycled tyres.
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