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Passive Safety in The Automotive Sector of India

New Delhi, Dec 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) In the automotive sector parlance, passive safety features refer to systems designed to minimise injury to the occupants in the event of a crash as against active  safety systems that help drivers avoid accidents.  It is important to equip a vehicle with both active and passive safety features.

The Automotive Industry in India has been one of the key drivers of economic growth, with a CAGR of over 15% during the last 7 years.  In 2010-11, the total turnover of the Industry  stood at USD 73 Billion (Rs. 3,27,300 cr.) and its contribution to the Manufacturing GDP and the excise duty was 22% and 21% respectively.  Today, India is the largest manufacturer of tractors, second largest manufacturer of two  wheelers, 5th largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles and is an emerging global automotive hub.  The Indian automotive sector is now widely recognized for its enormous potential to be a growth engine and propel the country on a high growth path.

While the growth story, both in retrospect and prospect, sounds impressive and exciting, it also poses several areas of concern and challenges.  Increasing urbanization and motorization, rapid development of road infrastructure, introduction of faster vehicles and the changing driving pattern have brought to the fore the problem of  increasing number of injuries and mortalities resulting from road traffic accidents.  As per an estimate, about 125,000 people die and 450,000 get injured in India every year due to Road Traffic accidents.

Reinventing Mobility – The Automotive Industry in India

New Delhi, October 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) India has come a long way from the days when the automotive industry in India was characterized by limited choice, old technology, obsolete designs and endless waiting period to be a proud owner of a vehicle.  In sharp contrast, today, India is the seventh largest vehicle manufacturer, the second largest two wheeler manufacturer and the fifth largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in the world.  The Indian auto industry today churns out a large number of new model and variant launches every year and exports almost 12% of the vehicles produced by it to the most competitive auto markets globally.  Even the bravest analyst could not have taken the risk of making such a bold forecast not so far back in time.

The past ten years have witnessed a six fold increase in the auto industry turnover and the automotive exports have grown by almost twenty times.  As a result, the automotive industry today contributes 22% to the manufacturing GDP and 21% of the total excise collection in the  country.   In 2010-11, the total turnover and export of the Automotive Industry in India reached new pinnacle of US $ 73 billion and US $ 11 billion respectively with the cumulative announced investments reaching US $ 30 billion. This sector truly represents a shining example of an effective Industry-Government collaboration and the kind of results that can be achieved in a relatively short span of time with the right kind of support from the Government, combined with the entrepreneurial skills and managerial talent that the Indian Industry has to offer.  Although there seems to be a bit of a slowdown of growth of the auto industry in the recent past, this is just transient and now the industry is fully back on track for achieving the Auto Mission Plan targets for 2016, which were unveiled by the Prime Minister in 2007.

The growth of the transportation sector also brings with it the challenges associated with rapid depletion and the rising cost of fossil fuels, the impact of vehicles on the environment and climate change.  These are areas of grave concern not only to the Governments around the world but also to industry experts and automobile leaders alike.

Bio-Diesel – an ECO-Friendly Fuel for India

Biodiesel de soja (B100); Soybean Biodiesel (B100)

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By Tarit Mukherjee

New Delhi, July 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) As our lifestyles become more 'developed' by the day, so does the damage we do to the environment. Our every move, from watching television, to working at a computer, to taking a flight to our favourite holiday destination harms the environment in one way or the other. Air and water pollution levels are increasing world over by the day. Never before has the need to use alternative resources, such as wind, solar and nuclear energy been so high.

India is one of the largest petroleum consuming and importing countries. India imports about 70 % of its petroleum demands. The current yearly consumption of diesel oil in India is approximately 40 million tones constituting about 40% of the total petro-product consumption. Bio-diesel can be the major replacement in terms of petro-product consumption by India which is eco-friendly too.

Bio-diesel is a clean burning, eco-friendly natural fuel obtained from tree born oil by a chemical transformation process called “Transesterification” carried out in a chemical processing plant. Transesterification is an age old chemical process and is a time tested method of transforming vegetable oils or fats into bio-diesel.

Mercedes-Benz India New Showroom in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, March 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Reiterating its position as the luxury car manufacturer with the widest & largest network presence in the country, Mercedes-Benz India today formally inaugurated its state-of-the art facility in Andhra Pradesh, - Mahavir Motors -in Hyderabad located at Kavuri Hills. This new facility was inaugurated by Mr. Peter Honegg, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and Mr. Yashwant Jhabakh, Managing Director, Mahavir Motors.

Mr. Peter Honegg, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented: “Mercedes-Benz invented the automobile 125 Years ago and till date our guiding philosophy has been to offer our customer ‘the Best or Nothing’. Mahavir Motors have been our able partners and have successfully represented the Mercedes-Benz brand in this market, offering best in class services & establishing a world class car ownership experience for our customers in Andhra Pradesh for over a decade now. With the inauguration of the new facility, we have now moved closer to our esteemed customers to give them a premium vehicle ownership experience. The sprawling facility, the magnificent ambiance and the outstanding service will ensure that we extend the Mercedes-Benz experience to the automobile aficionados of this region. I am sure this state-of-the-art facility will go a long way in further enhancing customer delight and provide them the unique attributes that brand Mercedes-Benz stand for globally.”

Mercedes-Benz India wins Prestigious 'Auto Awards" across categories in 2011

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Pune, March 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mercedes-Benz India emerged as one of the most successful brands amongst the luxury car manufacturers of the country by winning as many as eight prestigious awards from reputed automotive magazines and television channels for 2010.

The company’s products comprising the SLS AMG, the GL-Class, the E-Coupe and the E-Class, won an award in each category reiterating Mercedes-Benz India’s vast and superior product portfolio and their appreciation from auto aficionados. Mercedes-Benz’s superior brand image and products impressed jury members and customers alike, as it also was presented with Auto India’s prestigious ‘Best Brand Award’ which is based on the responses of its readers.

Mahindra GIO - India's Cheapest 4-wheeler Compact Car Launched in Chandigarh

Mumbai, Maharashtra, March 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the US $7.1 billion Mahindra Group, today announced the launch of the Gio Compact Cab, its next generation passenger cab, in Chandigarh. India's most affordable 4-wheeler Cab has been developed to change the face of intra-city stage and contract carriage travel in India. Equipped with modern & trendy looks, style, design, technology and offering carlike comfort, the Gio Compact Cab is competitively priced at Rs. 1.95 lac (Ex-Showroom Chandigarh, BS3).

The Gio Compact Cab brings all the advantages of a 4-wheeler within reach of the 3-wheeler customer. With the tagline 'Jiyo Nain Andaaz Main', the Gio Compact Cab offers the status, comfort and safety of a 4-Wheeler with 27% higher earnings than 3-Wheelers.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ramps Up Production to 2,10,000 Units

Bangalore, March 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / OPENPRESS) Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the ramp up of its annual production capacity to 2, 10,000 units.

In line with TKM’s increasing annual production capacity and in order to cater to the increase in demand for the Innova , Fortuner,Corolla Altis and the Etios , the company will ramp up production to 2,10,000 units.

Toyota ETIOS in India: Steps Taken to Reduce Waiting Period

Bangalore, March 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / OPENPRESS) TKM today announced that it is taking active steps to bring down the waiting period for the Etios to half of the current situation.

This will be realized through various steps including starting of second shift production, changes to takt time (production time per vehicle), production enhancement and postponement of the launch of Hatchback - Etios Liva from April to June - all reflecting the increasing demand for the Etios. Further details will be announced shortly.

Shannon Campbell wins The King of the Hammers champion title again !

Watsonville, CA, March 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWeb) FOX Racing Shox sponsored rock racer, Shannon Campbell, wins his second King of the Hammers, becoming the only driver to win the race more than once since its inception four years ago. Campbell charged through the treacherous Mojave Desert, overcoming obstacles that stopped other drivers dead in their tracks, to take the crown with an impressive 31-minute lead over the rest of the pack.

Singapore laps up new Lamborghini

Lamborghini LP700-4

Singapore, Dec 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / openPR) - Despite the global economic downturn, the economy of Singapore shows no signs of slowing. In fact, more than fifty orders have been received for the new, S$ 1.5 million, Lamborghini LP700-4; and it hasn't even got an official name yet.

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