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| 28 November, 2020, 10:48 AM IST | E-Paper

    Rajiv Ghosh

    Principal Analyst - Auto, ET Prime

    I joined ET Prime to write on the auto sector, which is in the throes of complex regulatory changes and a shift towards premium models in India, while technological disruption upends its fundamentals ...

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    187-page bid document, a sea of paperwork: inside a plan to make EV batteries in IndiaBajaj revs up in mid-capacity segment, but loses traction in entry-level bikes. Guess who’s gained?Poor visibility on EVs, a cost-obsessed market: scheme to fuel local batteries has many loose wiresCut downtime, trace errors: how Rockwell Automation is helping Indian firms roll out Industry 4.0
    Inside Maruti’s rural drive: 12,000 sales executives, 900 outlets, and myriads of local influencersQuick off the block: Kia wants to take the pole position in compact-SUVs with SonetAn urbanisation master plan: how to crank up India’s economic engine and improve quality of lifeA biscuit-tin battery, learnings from aircraft: Tesla, now more agile, means more bumps for others
    Why global carmakers, Toyota to Ford, go slow on India. The answer is stuck in sub-4 metre cars.Bend it like Hyundai: 652 robots, global tech for Indian cars, and the art of devising flexibilityLessons from Toyota: pull energy from gravity; put humans, not robots, in the driver’s seatM&M looks to hop off SsangYong, fix holes in investments. But its ‘God mode’ is hidden in tractors.
    Future cars will be software on wheels. An ex-Tesla engineer from India gets ready for the race.With battery and charging tech, Ola Electric eyes a long EV drive. It needs to find its North Star.Ola Electric's most experienced official Sanjay Bhan quitsFree trade and competition in agriculture: India’s economic reforms, part II
    Rural economy will be India’s lifeline in this epic crisis. After many years, farmers are smiling.Car dealers buckle up: Consolidation and cost cutting are now inevitable. Maruti could lead the way.Maruti sees V-shaped recovery in auto sales. But high prices, low affordability pose challenges.Sometimes we’re perceived as slow-moving. But that doesn’t mean nothing is happening: Bosch CTO
    Inside Bosch’s measured e-mobility move: EVs need less parts, their makers building tech in-house“Indian component makers must aim for breakthroughs in frugal innovation to cater to local market.”Why global manufacturing won’t desert China for India. Automation, near-shoring are the priority.Tight finances, scant workforce, low capacity utilisation: Auto supply chain has a tough ride ahead
    Indian auto is slowly going digital. The dead weight of old business models will be left behind.Trapped in BS-IV stockpile, auto dealers face profit washout. A few wrong turns got them here.More twinge ahead: why the coming financial year would be a muted one for employeesNetwork, localisation, pricing keep Maruti unchallenged. Amid slowdown, rivals sit on the fence.
    What the Toyota deal could drive home for Maruti: new tech, African markets, some transition painEVs can’t run on legacy: a lesson from Tesla that can drive M&M and Tata electric cars to scaleMaruti’s woes: puny profit per car, demand for cheaper trims. Inventory push, less discount can helpBajaj Chetak has picked up some new traits on its way back: a virtual showroom, servicing in minutes
    Build your own tech, trump rivals with innovation, avoid PR stunt: the Ather way of doing businessWhy is Hero sputtering? Slow R&D, ardour for profitability, and a relentless Bajaj hot on its heels100km range and fast: Can Altigreen’s power train do a Greaves Cotton for electric three-wheelers?Going to the masses: electric-vehicle makers can take history lessons from Ford’s Model T
    Wired differently: the new Chetak and the quest to make India’s first mass electric scooterBeating the Street on JLR’s horsepower, Tata Motors could turn in a profit as early as Q3 FY20War of the wheels: decoding the different playbooks of Bajaj Pulsar and TVS ApachePMAY or economic slowdown? Here’s what throttled India’s auto sector.
    Bargain hunters lift sagging auto sales. But a demand revival is still miles away.Revv’in up auto world’s new growth engine: why Hyundai and M&M are chasing this car-rental startupMaruti has entered the grungy lanes of slowdown. Its own strengths have brought it here.The pain may not fully go for auto stocks even after a recovery
    What lies ahead for auto: nervous dealers, long queues of vehicles at factory gates, empty showroomsIt’s a gadget, it’s an SUV: The Hyundai Venue has found a way to get young buyers to the showroomsAn INR9 lakh crore lure could make India go back on its EV pledgeStrict criteria or a derisory business case — what led to a lone bid for Pune e-bus fleet?
    Charging can’t even pay the attendant’s salary: why finding a charging point for EVs isn’t easyStop, swap, go: your e-ride won’t go dry. Sun Mobility and 22 KYMCO will tell you how.
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