Autocar Professional – August 15, 2021 As India celebrates its 75th Independence Day, it is fitting to take stock of how much India Auto Inc has marched towards self-reliance or Atmanirbharta. Our cover story is a detailed perspective into India’s journey in the 30 years since reforms kicked in. Find out what RC Bhargava, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India, has to say on the domestic auto industry’s journey and tune in to what Sulajja Firodia Motwani, co-founder, Kinetic Green has to say about new growth drivers like electrification and green mobility. Meanwhile, testing has come of age with the 2,900-acre NATRAX proving ground in Pithampur.
An exclusive interview with Dr N Karuppaiah, Additional Director & Centre Head, NATRAX, reveals plans on optimising all-round testing capabilities in India. With digitalisation and in-vehicle connectivity on the rise, software companies are plugging into the auto industry. Find out how this trend could help India to become a global hub for ER&D. Resilient Indian suppliers Despite challenging market conditions in FY2021, the component industry did well to keep the YoY revenue decline to just 3 percent and registered a turnover of Rs 3.4 lakh crore ($45.9 billion). We detail the findings of ACMA’s performance report.
Reinventing the Auto Expo Even as the bi-annual Auto Expo 2022 held in New Delhi has been postponed, the question is whether the time is ripe to re-invent the event. With digitisation and remote launches gaining prominence, find out what the next step for the Auto Expo could be. Vehicle subscription as a sales strategy Given the current financial uncertainty and increased need for personal mobility solutions, could subscriptions for passenger vehicles provide an alternative ownership plan? Top industry players say growing ambition and willingness for an asset-light lifestyle could drive vehicle subscription.
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