In 2013-14, the most ubiquitous car on Indian roads–Maruti Alto–completed a full decade of dominance in the market. It first reached the pole position in 2004-05 when it ended the more than two decade rule of its predecessor Maruti 800. It is not a mere coincidence that as it celebrates 10 years of leadership in the year that also marks the end of the road for the M800. Read more

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After every occasion when a ghastly road accident cuts short a life or two and jolts us out of our stream of consciousness, one common topic that is always discussed within the automotive industry is India’s apathy towards safety features like ABS (anti lock brakes) and airbags. Read more

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When competition hots up, the meek become nervous and buckle under pressure…the not so meek neither so mighty, show resilience and soar higher than ever before. The Maruti Swift Dzire seems to belong to the second category. Read more

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Seldom is it that a year that begins with such promise and hype ends as one that is forgettable and beset with regrets. 2012 was one such example. It began with a bang with the biennial New Delhi Auto Expo, the show piece event for the domestic industry. And it ends almost with a whimper. Read more

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It can be said without any shade of doubt that the festive months of October and November are always crucial for consumer centric sectors like cars. Read more

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Thanks to Maruti’s persistent problems with its workforce at the manesar factory, the outstanding bookings of the new Swift has risen to 1.08 lakh units. Read more

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It is by far the largest selling carmaker in India, but its success is led largely by age old cars like Alto, Wagon R and even Swift. With parent Suzuki in a state of disarray and more dependent on Maruti than ever before and a product pipeline that is drying up and consists mostly of refreshes, Maruti Suzuki’s indefatigable halo in India is diminishing. What is even more disturbing is its complacency amply reflected in the deadlock between management and workers at its newest Manesar factory. Read more

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