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Interview with KN Gupta, Joint MD, Maclite (Super Nova Autolite Pvt Ltd)

KN GUPTA, Joint Managing Director, Maclite (Super Nova Autolite Pvt Ltd) & MD, SKNG Business Solutions Pvt Ltd reveals in an interview with Motown India Editor Roy P. Tharyan, that the auto industry in India is toda...

CV Raman of Maruti Suzuki answers 23 critical questions for car owners

23 Questions every car owner should be able to answer Interview with CV Raman, Sr. Executive Director, Engineering, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Raman san answers 23 critical question for car owners.

Interview with Rajeev Chaba, President & MD,  MG Motor India

Just to give you a perspective of the company, SAIC sells almost 70 lakh cars per year and the Indian market is 30 lakhs per year. So this company is the market leader. They have got various brands and lots of platf...

Interview with Anuj Prasad, Founder & CEO, Desmania Design Pvt Ltd

We are the first ones to build an automotive design studio outside the OEMs. We launched the studio in 2010. It has been a one-of-a-kind studio in India which has a clay modeling facility, and has a facility to make...

Interview with Pradeep David,  General Manager, Universal Robots – South Asia. Universal Robots

Interview with Pradeep David, General Manager, Universal Robots – South Asia. Universal Robots

Interview with Ankit Khatry, co-founder, Emflux Motors

Interview with Ankit Khatry, Co-founder, Emflux Motors. The electric motorcycle will have a range of 200 km in city ride condition, can accelerate from 0 - 100 kmph in 3.0 Seconds and can achieve a top speed of 200 ...

Interview with Kevin Flynn- FCA India and Gurpratap Boparai- Fiat India Automobiles

Kevin Flynn, President & Managing Director, FCA India and Gurpratap Boparai, CEO, Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd. feel that the new Jeep Compass will really appeal to the Indian consumer and that the company will be...

Interview with Pietro Gorlier, CEO, Magneti Marelli and Saju Mookken, Country Manager & MD, Magneti Marelli India

Interview with Pietro Gorlier, CEO, Magneti Marelli and Saju Mookken, Country Manager & MD, Magneti Marelli India

Interview with Sanjay Gupta,Sr. Director, NXP Semiconductors.

Interview with Sanjay Gupta, Sr. Director, NXP Semiconductors. Gupta says that according to IMS Research, the global market for automotive electronics is set to rise to Rs.13.04 lakh crore ($240 billion) in 2020.

Interview with Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric & Global Business, A2B

Interview with Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric & Global Business, A2B. Gill talks about the progress of this e-scooters.

Interview with Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric & Director-Corporate Affairs, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles

Interview with Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric & Director-Corporate Affairs, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles

Interview with Claude d’Gama Rose, Managing Director, Continental Automotive Components India

Interview with Claude d’Gama Rose, Managing Director, Continental Automotive Components India

Interview with Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors Ltd

Interview with Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors Ltd

Interview with Sri Krishnan V, Vice President, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions

Interview with Sri Krishnan V, Vice President, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions

Interview with Kiran Deshmukh, Executive Vice Chairman, Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd.

We have displayed a model of a car which is fitted with the products that we make with a focus on electric mobility. We are displaying here an electric assisted power steering, an electrically driven axle, etc. This...

Interview with Rajesh Poddar, Director-Business Development, Paracoat Products Ltd

We are basically into solutions for noise vibration and our efforts are into reducing the weight of the car, fir resistance products so that we are safe from accidents, etc. We have put up products pertaining to the...

Interview with Nirmal K Minda, CMD, Uno Minda

This year I am very much impressed. Since the last show, the components show is different from the Motor Show. I think it is a good move. People are coming here with focussed approach. Many OEM management has come h...

Interview with Rajesh Philip, Executive Director, Madhus Garage Equipments Pvt Ltd

This time we are bringing in the latest Hunter Revolution tyre changer which was launched in the US last year and is one of its kind. This tyre changer is fully automatic. This is what we are displaying here and it ...

Interview with Karl Wagner, Vice President Global Sales & Engineering, Thermal Systems, BorgWarner

In terms of product readiness, as I mentioned the light duty Visctronic, we have a complete product portfolio in thermal as well as the entire BorgWarner family which is supporting the OEMs to be successful in meeti...

Interview with Diego R Tamburini, Manufacturing Industry Strategist, Industry Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk, Inc, USA

P.Tharyan of Motown India interviews Diego R Tamburini, Manufacturing Industry Strategist, Industry Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk, Inc, USA at the Autodesk event held in Las Vegas recently.

Interview with Pawan Shetty, Head Operations, Lamborghini India

Two Wheel Drive has been a very important product even when we had the Gallardo. Around 65pc of the sales of the Gallardo range was 2WD. So without a doubt it is an important offering that we had to give when we bro...

Interview with Leonardo DiCaprio, Hollywood star

Award-winning actor and global environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio will chair the newly-created Formula E Sustainability Committee. This body will focus on Formula E’s contributions to promoting the mass use of elect...

Interview with Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal, Mahindra Racing Formula E Team

Dilbagh Gill has been at the helm of the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team since its inception. In its second season, Mahindra Racing goes into battle as one of a select few manufacturers that is developing its own all...

Interview with Dr. Ravi Damodaran, President- Technology & Strategy, Varroc Engineering Pvt Ltd

Varroc has probably the most diverse portfolio of products for the two wheeler industry ranging from plastics to electrical, electronics and metallic products for powertrains. We even make catalytic converters. We a...

Interview with Rajiv Budhraja, Director General, Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association

ATMA stands for Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association. We are an industry body of the companies which make automotive tyres in India. We have been there since 1975. It’s almost forty years now. It’s an indust...

Interview with Philipp Von Sahr, President BMW Group India

The BMW Plant Chennai started operations on March 29, 2007. The BMW Plant Chennai locally produces the BMW 1 Series, the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 7 Series, the BMW X1, t...

Interview with Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India

Triumph Motorcycles India, a subsidiary of UK based Triumph Motorcycles has every reason to be excited about its debut in India. For a superbike manufacturer, selling 1326 units in fiscal 2014-15 has come as a pleas...

Interview with Karam Sahni, Head, Two Wheeler division, Elofic Industries

Elofic Industries is the leading filter manufacturer in the country. The company manufactures filters for all vehicles like passenger cars, tractors, commercial vehicles, two-wheelers etc in its three production uni...

Interview with Ronan LeRoy, Head of Two Wheeler, Vehicle Dynamics, Continental's C&S Division

Interview with Ronan LeRoy, Head of Two Wheeler, Vehicle Dynamics, Continental's C&S Division.

Interview with Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations

With Nissan completing 10 successful years in India we had a lot of questions for Nissan India’s recently appointed President Guillaume Sicard. We asked him about the progress of the Datsun brand in the country, the...

Interview with Dharmesh Arora, Dr Robert Felger & Michael Soding of Schaeffler

Interview with Dharmesh Arora , President & CEO, President Automotive, Schaeffler India Dr Robert Felger , Senior VP Product & Marketing, Business Division Automotive Aftermarket, Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarke...

Interview with Pavana Jain,CEO & Co-founder, ShiftMobility

SHIFTMobility's all-in-one platform for the automotive industry was designed from the ground up to vertically integrate manufacturers, distributors and repair centres to make their businesses smarter, faster, and mo...

Interview with Pawan Sharma, Vice President, Domestic Sales Elofic Industries Ltd

Interview with Pawan Sharma, Vice President, Domestic Sales Elofic Industries Ltd

Interview with Tapas Gupta, Founder, SparesHub.com

SparesHub.com is an e-commerce site started by three friends –Tapas Gupta, Arijit Chakraborty and Diptanu Bhadra. SparesHub.com is a one stop shop for buying all car spare parts and accessories from reputed brands l...

Interview with Thomas Lich, Senior Expert, Bosch Accident Research (Robert Bosch Corporation, Germany)

Accident Research (AR) in general helps to identify key issues on traffic safety by analyzing in-depth accident data. Such data is collected in four locations in India currently (Status January, 2015). They are Coim...

Interview with Rohit Saboo, President & CEO, National Engineering Industries Limited (NEI)

National Engineering Industries Limited (NEI) is the flagship company of the CK Birla Group. NEI was founded in 1946 by renowned industrialist B M Birla, under the name of ‘National Bearing Company Limited’.

Interview with Shivapada Ray, COO, DSK Motowheels

Established in 2012, DSK Motowheels, a part of the DSK Group (Diversified business group with a turnover of over Rs. 5000 crore) forayed into the growing automobile sector by entering the niche segment of powerful a...

Interview with Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors

As we announced in July this year, we will launch the Gurkha next month in September 2014. Therefore we thought of the RFC in August. If we win the RFC there will be nothing like it. We have in the meantime learned ...

Interview with Ashish Gupta, Founder & Director, Cougar Motorsport

My dream is to convert this into an annual 4X4 convention. And on the sidelines of the convention we are doing the RFC. This is a great beginning in this direction.

Interview with Darren Cox, Director, Global Motorsport, Nissan

What’s interesting is that we were talking about the road safety activity that Nissan India do, and also something similar in China, they use simulators. It’s not as advanced as Gran Turismo, but it’s to teach peopl...

Interview with N. Raja, Senior Vice President & Director, Marketing & Sales Division, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd.

Interview with N. Raja, Senior Vice President & Director, Marketing & Sales Division, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd.

Interview with Joe King,Head, Audi India

Interview with Joe King,Head, Audi India

Interview with A. K. Taneja, Managing Director & CEO, Shriram Pistons & Rings Ltd.

Interview with A. K. Taneja, Managing Director & CEO, Shriram Pistons & Rings Ltd.

Interview with Aditya Arora, Chief Operating Officer, Base Corporation Ltd

. Our product is a low involvement grudge product. There is hardly an involvement when it comes to purchase of a battery and the grudge is because you are forced into buying a battery whether you like it or not. ...

Interview with Terrence Hahn, Milind Godbole & Nitin S. Kulkarni of Honeywell Transportation Systems

Turbocharging started off with what is known as wastegate technology. The conventional turbochargers used to have something called a turbo lag. When you hit the gas pedal, it’s a little while before the turbo really...

Interview with Amit Dakshini, Chief Strategy Officer, Varroc Group

Our vision is to become a global conglomerate and we will be working on multiple directions to further our objectives. On one hand, we will continue to enhance our base in the two-wheeler market by adding new custom...

Interview with H.P. Nanda, Director - Strategy and Growth Initiatives, DuPont India

Collaboration has always been our DNA and we firmly believe in our science-based solutions to truly make a difference. We make one of the advanced polymers which will be able to replace metals in the automobile to m...

Interview with Reiner A. Allgeier, Managing Director, Schenker India Private Limited

The infrastructure here in India is definitely not on par with developed countries like Europe or United States. The country’s infrastructure needs a further enhancement. However, what I can see a lot was done in th...

Interview with Gulshan Ahuja, Secretary General, Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA)

The dealers’ margins in India are miserably low. The current slowdown, which is happening for 18 months, has aggravated the existing problems faced by automobile dealers. The problem is that automobile dealers canno...

Interview with Christian Saffer & Frank Schloeder of BMW India

It’s part of an evolution. If you look at the design of our cars for the last 30 to 40 years, it was always some evolution and some revolution. It’s just a process of design change because people are changing. Every...

Interview with Subu Nagasubramony, Managing Director, Visteon India Operations

Every year the quality level steps up a notch in every program. For us it is not much of a challenge because being a global player we have already designed to those levels. Even if sometimes an OEM does not ask for ...

Interview with Rama Shankar Pandey, MD, Hella India Lighting (HIL)

It is true that the automotive industry has been cyclical and ideally it is best not to forecast anything (growth) at this moment. So a firm has to be very agile and flexible in order to take on these cyclical effec...

Interview with Anirvan Roy, General Manager, Automotive Lubricants, ExxonMobil Lubricants India Pvt. Ltd

I would candidly say that the automotive aftermarket is the major thrust area for us. As compared to the direct market, not only does the aftermarket have a higher consumption capacity but we get multiple channels o...

Interview with Virender Malik, Managing Director, ARO Equipments Pvt. Ltd.

We are already running an in-house training centre at our corporate office in Gurgaon. We have one of the best such centres in the industry. We are already providing training to OEM dealers. We have been providing t...

Interview with Rishikesh Sahay, CEO, Rai Automotive Systems

Our sales have definitely been impacted because of the downturn in the economy. Everything boils down to the sales of the cars. If the car sales drop, then the workshop owners will be deferring any capital-intensive...

Interview with Siddharth Gandhi, Head-Marketing, Sales and Business Development, Autoform India

Even though there is a decline in the aftermarket vertical for us, we have got an additional opportunity as OEMs are looking for seat covers from us. This is because they want to bundle up with freebies in order to ...

Interview with Samit Mitra, Vice President-Sales and Services, Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd.

Unlike cosmetics or garments, the battery industry is a wee bit conservative in popularising its products. This is because our customers make are not making a pleasure-seeking purchase, but a harassment one. So we h...

Interview with Dinesh Tyagi, Director, International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT)

In the next five years, we should be looking at revenue of close to 150 crore. By that time, we will be able to ramp up our headcount to over 400. Within a distance of 7km from iCAT, we will be establishing another...

Interview with Rakesh Batra, National Leader, Automotive Sector, Ernst & Young LLP

Interview with Rakesh Batra, National Leader, Automotive Sector, Ernst & Young LLP

Interview with Sameer Malhotra, CEO of Shriram Automall India Ltd. (SAMIL)

Interview with Sameer Malhotra, CEO of Shriram Automall India Ltd. (SAMIL)

Interview with Karan Thapar,Director- Marketing, Inventa Cleantec Pvt. Ltd.

Interview with Karan Thapar,Director- Marketing, Inventa Cleantec Pvt. Ltd.

Interview with Gerrit Kuyntjes & Mohit Arora of J.D. Power Asia Pacific

Interview with Gerrit Kuyntjes - Vice President and General Manager, J. D. Power Asia Pacific and Mohit Arora - Executive Director, J.D. Power Asia Pacific

Interview with Nitin Prasad, Managing Director, Shell Lubricants India

Our association with Ferrari is over 60 years old. And there are a number of benefits that we derive out of it. Formula One is all about raw speed, power, engine performance, etc. It is not only the question of heat...

Interview with Vinnie Mehta, Executive Director, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)

Interview with Vinnie Mehta, Executive Director, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)

Interview with Ashwani Muppasani, VP-Sales, Marketing & After-Sales, General Motors India

What we are offering with the Sail U-VA is value, space, etc. The most encouraging thing is that we don’t have any negativity about this product. Whoever has bought it is very happy, says Ashwani Muppasani

Interview with Manohar Bhat, Vice President (Marketing) Maruti Suzuki India Limited

We are organising motorsports activities to promote the talent in the country and also to enhance the brand equity of our company. This is because when you promote any talent, it has a positive rub-off effect on the...

Interview with Sugato Sen, Deputy Director General, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)

Interview with Sugato Sen, Deputy Director General, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)

Interview with K.N.Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, Padmini VNA Mechatronics Pvt. Ltd

Our products are mainly OEM centric. There is a very small requirement of our parts in after sales, which we cater through OEMs only, as quite a few parts are safety related. We do not want to enter in direct after ...

Interview with Nitish Tipnis, Director – Marketing and Sales, Hover Automotive India

Our marketing strategy will always be about what the consumer needs. If you look at the Evalia, we have taken a very different approach. We have not looked at a family. We have looked at a unit. It’s not about a hus...

Interview with Sudeep Narayan, Marketing & PR Director, Volvo Auto India Pvt. Ltd.

Interview with Sudeep Narayan, Marketing & PR Director, Volvo Auto India Pvt. Ltd.

Interview with Vikram Malhotra, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, JK Tyre & Industries Limited

Interview with Vikram Malhotra, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, JK Tyre & Industries Limited

Interview with Anurag Mehrotra, Vice President, Marketing, Ford India Pvt. Ltd

Ford’s vision is very clear. We want to follow the ‘One Ford’, ‘One Team’ and ‘One Plan’. That doesn’t change. We are going to bring global, high-quality, safe and smart products to India. And we are going to make s...

Interview with Nalin Kapoor, Sr. GM & Group Head – Marketing, Hyundai Motor India

The market is young now as we see more and more young population buying our cars. In terms of purchase behaviour, the reasons for buying a car have changed. Until a few years back, it was a value-for-money purchase....

Interview with Nalin Kapoor, Sr. General Manager & Group Head – Marketing, Hyundai Motor India

The market is young now as we see more and more young population buying our cars. In terms of purchase behaviour, the reasons for buying a car have changed. Until a few years back, it was a value-for-money purchase....

Interview with Vivek Nayer, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

We were a jeep company around the time of independence. We used to manufacture and market jeeps sourced from Chrysler. That has always been our DNA. So we make rough and tough UVs and SUVs and have been the market l...

Interview with Sunil Gupta, CEO, Avis India

We are very happy with the way the car rental business has shaped up. This is because as the market is evolving, our clients are feeling the need to have high-quality organised sector players who offer a very high s...

Interview with Mayank Pareek, Managing Executive Officer (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

Interview with Mayank Pareek, Managing Executive Officer (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

Interview with Sumit Sawhney, Vice President (Marketing, Sales and Aftersales), General Motors India

a few of our international models are available in LHD configurations. That’s always a challenge. But from a performance point of view, we have the relevant models like the Cruze in India. It has been the segment le...

Interview with Anil Dua, Senior Vice-President (Marketing & Sales), Hero MotoCorp

Hero MotoCorp sold 5.4 million two-wheelers in 2010-11 and aims to exceed sale of six million units this financial year. A factor such as rising input costs affects all players equally.

Interview with Anil Dua, Senior Vice-President (Marketing & Sales), Hero MotoCorp Ltd.

Hero MotoCorp sold 5.4 million two-wheelers in 2010-11 and aims to exceed sale of six million units this financial year. A factor such as rising input costs affects all players equally.

Interview with Sumit Arora, Research Director—Automotive, Ipsos Marketing

Interview with Sumit Arora, Research Director—Automotive, Ipsos Marketing

Interview with Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM

If you look at hybrid and zero-emission vehicles, the cost equation is not there as compared to conventional vehicles. To be more precise, the value proposition is not there in such non-polluting vehicles. So if I p...

Interview with S. Sandilya, Chairman, Eicher Motors Ltd. & President, SIAM

We normally look at it from the perspective of task and finishing. But my take on that it is a continuous journey. There is no end to any organisation’s growth. It’s a continuous journey and if you look at it from E...

Interview with Abhijit Bakre, Country Manager-Marketing, Michelin India

The big piece of the Michelin story is our desire to drive radialisaton in the Indian CV industry. What is going to be the key driver is the shift in market from bias tyres to radial tyres with better infrastructure...

Interview with Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group

Segway Personal Transporter (PT) is an interesting product. Segway PT is one product which is unique in its proposition. It does not have any competition and it’s a vehicle that will help you navigate in places wher...

Interview with Marc Nassif, Country Managing Director, Renault India Pvt. Ltd

The connect between Renault and Formula One is very strong. We are supplying engines to three teams this year. This year too we hope to be world champions.

Interview with Nigel E. Wark, Executive Director (Marketing, Sales & Services), Ford India Pvt Ltd

There is a good indicator that automatic transmission is on the drawing board for the future. I think this is a segment that can rightfully take on the automatic. We are going to see this marketplace more automatic ...

Interview with Sameer Sodhi, Director Business Unit, Automotive Lighting, South West Asia, Philips Electronics India Ltd.

We are investing a lot in plants in China where we have two new plants. We also do partnership where we come up with the design and the partner manufactures it as per our specifications.

Interview with Shashank Srivastava, Chief General Manager, Marketing Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

In the brand tracks we do, there is this question of how people perceive us on the technology front. There was this time around 1997-98 till around 2003 where our score on technology actually came down. When Marut...

Interview with Amit Gossain, Vice President—Marketing and Business Development, JCB India Ltd.

We are obviously very large in the backhoe segment. Our heavyline manufacturing plant was set up in 2006-07. So if you look at it from that perspective, we are growing year-on-year and have expanded our product rang...

Interview with Satish Sharma, Chief India Operations, Apollo Tyres Ltd

We always have to do a little bit of balancing of how much to grow in Kerala and how much not to grow in Kerala. We started our lives with Kerala and we’ll stick to it. We have 2 plants in the State. You know how st...

Interview with Arvind Saxena, Director (Marketing and Sales) Member of Board, HMIL

We have finalised the plan for a diesel engine plant. We would manufacture all diesel engine requirement in India itself. I think by the second half of 2013 we should have a diesel engine being manufactured here. T...

Interview with Abhijit Mukherjee, Managing Director, Tenneco Automotive India Pvt Ltd.

Tenneco is also looking at big growth in the next 5 years. And that growth is essentially coming a lot from our emissions business which because of the fact that emission standards are being tightened and broadened ...

Interview with Rishi Aggarwal, Managing Director, JCBL Ltd

JCBL has four brands, Cerita, where we are making our own chassis also for a select niche where other OEMs do not have a product or customers want little flexibility. We have our own Happy Bus range of school buses....

Interview with P.Balendran, Vice President (Corporate Affairs), General Motors India

When we entered India in 1994, we had to do so with a local partner as per the then prevailing automotive policy. The automatic approval route only came about in 2002. So when we came into India we tied up with Hind...

Interview with Jnaneswar Sen, Vice President, Marketing, Honda Siel Cars India Ltd.

We were the first to bring the hybrid technology into the country when we launched the Honda Civic hybrid in 2008. Our learning from that was the civic hybrid generated huge interests in the market. There was a huge...

Interview with Niraj Hans, Managing Director, Fiat Partecipazioni India Pvt. Ltd.

On the operations front we are an independent company. Having said that, our synergies exist with other Fiat companies. We keep on discussing our strategies with regards to a particular supplier.

Interview with Gaurav Saxena, Director- Sales & Marketing, International Cars & Motors Ltd.(ICML)

The major share of revenues within the Sonalika group comes from the tractor business. Which contributes as much as 85 to 90 per cent. We have a common plant for engine and transmissions. A lot of body parts are bei...

Interview with Debashis Mitra, Director- Sales & Marketing, Mercedes Benz India

Debashis Mitra, Director- Sales & Marketing, Mercedes Benz India talks to Motown India about the company's increasing sales and improving performance in India.



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