Sudhakar Shah


Sudhakar covers the Indian auto industry from his base in Mumbai.

Fiat India Must Recover From Self-Inflicted Wounds
Fiat India offers about 35 variants of six models, none of them in the growing SUV segment. That limited lineup puts the automaker near the bottom of a list of more than 35 companies that offer nearly 800 variants of their models in India.
Indian Supreme Court OKs Larger Diesels in Delhi
Domestic automakers and importers estimate they lost Rs75 billion in business since a diesel ban was imposed in December in India’s third-largest city.
Tata’s Revival Plan Focused on Better, Lower-Cost Vehicles
Tata Motors’ reputation and market share peaked earlier in the decade. Sales reached 667,000 units in 2012, good for a 20.2% market share that since has been slashed in half.
Hyundai Adding Capacity to Build on Success in India
The automaker says it has reached the limits of its 680,000-unit capacity. Gujarat tops the list of potential sites for its next plant.
Persistent Renault-Nissan Alliance Penetrating India
The Alliance has high hopes for its Common Module Family architecture, which makes it possible to build a vehicle using five or six different modules and produce 15 to 20 different models.
Beleaguered Automaker Tata Seeks Road to Recovery
Tasked with turning around Tata’s sales slide, among other problems, is new CEO and managing director Guenter Butschek, previously chief operating officer of Airbus and head of Daimler’s joint automaking venture in China.
Mercedes-Benzʼs Tri-Star Shining Brightly Over India
The automaker reclaimed the sales title aided by the launch of two models at the high end of India’s relatively small luxury market: the AMG Coupe S 63 sports car and the Maybach S-Class 600.
Mahindra Counters Dieselgate With New Engine Lineup
The automaker has developed two new, versatile multipurpose platforms, one due this year and the next in 2017. It also is working on six small eco-friendly engines, three diesels and three gasoline models.
Market Performance Belies Ford Indiaʼs Ambitions
The Indian subsidiary is assuming key responsibilities within the Ford organization, particularly as a development base for the automaker’s new-vehicle platform designated for most of its models in emerging global markets.
Indian Automakers Respond to Young Buyers’ Demands
To keep up with the changing market, some automakers are using more modular platforms and parts designed for multiple uses. This helps them develop product plans for up to 10 years while maintaining contact with young buyers.
Suzuki’s Stand-Alone Indian Plant Gets Green Light
Suzuki Motor Gujarat, wholly owned by the Japanese automaker, will build Maruti Suzuki-branded light vehicles built to the joint venture’s specifications. The deal provides India’s No.1 automaker with urgently needed capacity.
Japan’s Suzuki Calling Shots as India JV Stands By
By establishing its SMG subsidiary, Suzuki appears to be distancing itself from Maruti Suzuki, even though it holds a 56% stake in the JV. The Japanese automaker anticipates substantial earnings from the cars it will make for Maruti Suzuki at two new plants.
VW Emissions Scandal Echoes GM India Controversy
Despite evidence that VW misrepresented emissions data to Indian authorities, the automaker need look no farther than a similar case involving General Motors India to see its actions might not carry a severe penalty.
Fiat Chrysler Rethinking India Product Strategy
Not satisfied to coast on profits from engine building, Fiat India is revisiting its India car-building and -marketing strategies to match the qualities offered by competitors’ products, President and Managing Director Kevin Flynn says.
Self-Regulation Foundation of Indian Auto Safety 
Market response is the major force for ensuring vehicle fitness in India, as the country has no specific law or procedures for recalls or liability for compensation.


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