The Renault Group is driving for aggressive growth in the India market and is already chalking out a new, geographical game-plan. As of September 1, 2014, the Group is changing its international structure. To support growth during Phase 2 of its medium-term ‘Renault Drive the Change’ strategic plan, the current Asia-Pacific region will be split into two new regions. While the new Middle-East India region will include the Middle East, the Gulf countries and the Indian sub-continent, the Asia-Pacific region will include China, ASEAN countries, Korea, Japan, Australia and Oceania. By creating these two regions, Renault aims to ensure it has the organisational capacity to achieve the sustainable performance target of the strategic plan. The Group is present across six major regions around the world: Europe (including France), Euromed-Africa, Eurasia, Americas, Asia-Pacific and Middle-East India. Bernard Cambier, a member of Renault’s management committee, has been … [Read more...] about Renault’s revised strategic global growth plan has focus on India
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The inaugural Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok 2015, will take place 9-11 December 2015 at the world class IMPACT Forum Exhibition Centre, Bangkok. The three-day B2B event, free to attend for trade visitors, is organized by Tarsus Group Ltd, an International Media company, and co-located and partnered with the organizers of the Thailand International Motor Expo which annually attracts over 1.38 million visitors. Thailand is the largest production base in the ASEAN and the nerve centre of the supply chain for the automotive aftermarket. AAITF Bangkok 2015 will provide a much-needed B2B platform for buyers from one of the world’s fastest growing aftermarkets to source new products which can enhance their business. According to Peter Massey, event director, “Thanks to its location within SE Asia’s trading and transport hub, AAITF Bangkok offers unrivalled opportunity to make new commercial contacts across some of the world’s … [Read more...] about AAITF Bangkok revs up to be the meeting place for SE Asian automotive aftermarket
PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) has crossed the one million-unit automobile production milestone in Indonesia, 14 years after it began manufacturing operations in the country. HPM began local automobile production in February 2003 with the Honda Stream at its factory located in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia. The Karawang Factory, built on an area of 512,500 square metres, has with a production capacity of 80,000 units. The second factory was inaugurated in January 2014 with a production capacity of 120,000 units, augmenting total production capacity to 200,000 units per year. Honda rides demand curveOver the years, the Japanese carmaker has seen demand grow for its products. In 2003, the company sold around 22,000 units. Since then, sales have risen considerably and Honda recorded 200,000 unit sales in 2016 with a 19% market share in the country. Currently, HPM produces seven models at its two factories, which include the Mobilio, BR-V, HR-V, Jazz, Brio RS, Brio Satya and CR-V. … [Read more...] about Honda hits one-million unit production milestone in Indonesia
The Honda HR-V compact SUV will be launched in Pakistan by early 2016 and is being full imported from Thailand. Meanwhile in India, we don’t get the HR-V but the emerging market specific BR-V. The Honda HR-V started life in Japan as the Vezel and arrived in North America, Australia, Brazil and Thailand markets earlier this year, reviving the ‘HR-V’ nameplate. Now, news comes in that the next market to get the compact SUV will be Pakistan. Honda Atlas Cars, the distributor for the Japanese automaker in the neighbouring nation has imported a couple of units of the HR-V and will be launching the same in early 2016. Imported as a completely built unit (CBU), Pakistan gets the Thailand spec Honda HR-V (Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle) that will be drawing power from a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that is expected to belt out around 130 HP of power, paired to a CVT gearbox while a manual will be optional. The Thai spec models also comes with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder … [Read more...] about Honda To Launch HR-V In Pakistan In 2016 While India Gets BR-V
Why do people buy used cars? Can’t afford a new one? Better value for money? Right? This is the case in most countries worldwide. By do I say “most countries” and not “all”? The reason for this is that used cars actually cost more than new ones in Pakistan! Believe it or not! Earlier, one US dollar was equal to around PKR 101, which went up to 110 and now it fetches around PKR 107. Over time, the Pakistan Rupee has depreciated a lot against the Dollar. It is a good thing for those who already own a vehicle and are looking to sell it but a bad thing for those who are currently in the market for a new ride. Let us consider a couple of people for whom their vehicles actually turned out to be a great investment. Omar, a resident of Pakistan, wanted a Honda Accord and hence he imported one from Japan in 2008. The vehicle cost him PKR 17 lakhs and now after almost six years of usage, people are still ready to pay almost PKR 22 lakhs for the same Accord! Can you … [Read more...] about Used Cars Cost More Than New Ones In Pakistan!
Brian writes:Hola! First off, love the site, long time listener, first time caller. I recently had the amazing opportunity to act as chauffeur for my good Chilean friend Diego’s road trip through Patagonia. He had access to a little four banger 1998 Daihatsu Feroza (Rocky in the US) but did not know how to drive. So I gladly I wrestled this thing around Southern South America in a circuit of just over 3000 Kilometers that took us south on Chile’s famous Carretera Austral (dirt roads cutting through the Andes) and back north through Argentina’s Route 40 (very similar to route 66 in the US). Ten days, two ferry rides, a flat tire and a dead battery along the way, but totally worth it for the amazing landscapes we traversed and experienced.I was surprised to see that at almost every gas station we stopped at in both countries, the lowest grade octane available was 93, which being from the US I assumed was for fickle sports car engines and old ladies who don’t know … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: When RON met PON…Mon!!!
Almost every car company has, for better or worse, built vehicles with other OEMs to maximize economies of scale. Subaru and Saab tied the knot for a short-lived marriage. Mazda and Ford used to grab Korean econoboxes from Kia. But, Suzuki has been in a league of its own. Almost every vehicle Suzuki has built has been with a partner or ‘badgineered’ in some way or another.This is by far not a definitive list, only highlighting vehicles which were available in the US and Canada (if we included all Suzuki models, I would be writing this post into next year), so please feel free to add anything I’ve missed in the comments.Suzuki Samurai (Suzuki SJ30/SJ40/SJ410, second generation Jimny)Aliases: Chevrolet Samurai, Holden Drover, Suzuki Caribbean, Suzuki Katana, Suzuki Potohar, Suzuki SJ410, Suzuki Samurai, Suzuki Santana, Suzuki Sierra, Maruti GypsyWhen Suzuki first entered into a product sharing agreement with GM in 1981, this is … [Read more...] about Suzuki Death Watch 4: Badge-Engineering Redux
Yes it is that time of the month, the time for our acclaimed monthly rendezvous: the World Roundup, now in its 7th installment.Last month, the Subaru XV made the headlines by toppling the VW Golf in Switzerland. In September, the Focus is on China (capital F intended)…You can check out previous World Roundups here for March 2012 (“Has the Hybrid era started for good?”), April 2012 (“Big change coming from India”), May 2012 (“GM and Toyota Etios make headlines”), June 2012 (“Geely CK writes history in Ukraine“) and July 2012 (“The Subaru XV topples a legend in Switzerland”).Had enough of the world and you just want to know which cars sell best in your own backyard? Easy. You can visit 170 countries and territories in my blog, one by one, in the comfort of your own lounge. Yes sir.Back to our Roundup.The biggest worldwide car sales event this month is undoubtedly the … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: World September 2012 Roundup