The rule books in India, or what some people would call the holy grail of the automotive industry–Central Motor Vehicles Rules or the Motor Vehicles Act– dont have it. The manufacturers are either confused themselves or pretend that they are. It suits them as they want to keep consumers guessing as well. Read more

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After an insipid first two years, Japanese auto major Nissan has had a successful last two years. Read more

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Call it a stroke of luck or astute planning, but the launch of the Renault Duster in the first week of next month, could not have come at a better time. The domestic car industry a squeeze seldom seen in history and unlike in the crisis of 2008-09, neither the government nor the industry has any answers to it. The current problems that began with a crisis of confidence seems a lot more fundamental and India centric. Read more

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Back in January, a very high ranking official with Mahindra & Mahindra, country’s largest utility vehicle maker, wrote a confidential mail to his boss and the firm’s Vice Chairman, Anand Mahindra. This mail talked about how good the Maruti Ertiga, which was being showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo as a production version, was. It also had a veiled warning that the company needed to prepare itself for the onslaught. Read more

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The dreaded tax on diesel cars never came in the budget. What came instead is increased taxes on all cars and a promise of numerous fuel price hikes this year. Surely there wont be any stopping for diesel car launches now… Read more

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