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Tata Motors and MTV are back with second season of 'Nano Drive with MTV'

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 18 2013

After the humungous success of the first season, Tata Motors and MTV are back with the second season of ‘Tata Nano Drive with MTV’, India’s first social road trip.

Bajaj Pulsar fan following in excess of one million on Facebook

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 18 2013

Bajaj Pulsar achieves the landmark distinction of being the first and only two-wheeler brand in the country to scaling the fan base of one million mark on social media website, Facebook.

Gabriel India wins FICCI Quality Systems Excellence Awards 2012

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 17 2013

Gabriel India's uncompromising commitment towards quality earns it accolades in the FICCI Quality Systems Excellence Awards for 2012 for Manufacturing, a second time in a row.

India to form inter-ministerial group to frame norms for quadricycles

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 17 2013

As the meeting by the automotive industry fraternity could not reach a consensus on framing norms for Quadricyles, the Government of India has firmed up its mind to form an inter-ministerial group, outside the preview of the Industry to frame norms for Quadricycles.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a true blue SUV and ultimate machine for off-roading says Boris Becker

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 17 2013

Mercedes-Benz India, the subsidiary of German luxury car manufacturer, yesterday unveiled the second generation of the all new GL-Class, formally launched by the legendary tennis star, Boris Becker in New Delhi.

Tata Nano Art in Motion associates with movie Fukrey

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 17 2013

Think you are a Fukra? Log in and tell us which is the best place to hang-out in Dilli and you’ll get to hang-out with the Fukras in Tata Nano Art Car at your favourite spot.

Apollo Tyres Chennai plant conferred with FICCI Quality Systems Excellence Awards 2012

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 16 2013

Apollo Tyres' manufacturing plant at Oragadam, near Chennai in Tamil Nadu, had bagged the Platinum (first) Prize in the large size category of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Quality Systems Awards for Manufacturing 2012.

Petrol cars are back on high octane drive in India as demand for diesel cars diminish

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 16 2013

After a two-year peak of diesel car sales in India, what with the phased de-control of diesel that had bridged the price between petrol and diesel to Rs 13.50, petrol driven cars are once again on high octane drive.

Bajaj Auto net profit slips by 0.9 percent to Rs 765 crore in Q4 2013

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 16 2013

Bajaj Auto Limited, the Pune-based two and three-wheelers manufacturer have clocked a 0.9 percent dip in net profit at Rs 765 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 in comparison with Rs 772 crore logged in the year ago period.

1966 Volkswagen Vanagon makes a stop over at Chakan plant

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 16 2013

While on a world road trip in the 1966 Volkswagen Vanagon, French couple, Seb Houisse and Soiziclasne visited the hometown of Volkswagen India at Chakan, near Pune, after having visited 15 countries before heading towards Iran.

Will FIBP grant permission for Honda Motorcycles and scooters India to set up exclusive stores?

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 16 2013

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, the domestic subsidiary of the Japanese two-wheeler major, Honda Motor Corp has planned to set up exclusive retail showrooms as part of its strategy to become the number one two-wheeler maker in the country.

Bosch Electrical Drives India inaugurates Rs 35 crore new manufacturing plant at Oragadam near Chennai

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 16 2013

The new plant is aiming at product portfolio expansion and future growth in the region.

Hero Electric to introduce 'first response vehicle' for medical emergencies

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 15 2013

As part of reviving the sagging sales of its electric scooters, the Ludhiana-based electric vehicles manufacturer, Hero Electric is contemplating on making unique products to propel sales growth.

Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2013 drivers burn rubber at Buddh International Circuit in Noida

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 15 2013

About 13 rookie drivers get their first taste of Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TSI race cars while six from the pick up from where they left the last year and Jeffery Krugger tops the chart at the end of the day with a fastest lap time.

Mittu Chandilya is the new CEO of AirAsia India

Automotive News by Jayashankar Menon on May 15 2013

AirAsia India has appointed the India-born management consultant Mittu Chandilya as its CEO.