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Mahindra Hopes to Close Aston Martin Deal

Mahindra Hopes to Close Aston Martin Deal

Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra is hoping to close a deal on Aston Martin by the end of this week, having topped a previous offer from Italian private equity firm InvestIndustrial.

Auto Sales In India Poised To Overtake Japan

Auto Sales In India Poised To Overtake Japan

At one point, Japan was among the world’s leading auto markets but the country has yet to regain its stride after last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japanese auto sales dropped to half the peak rate and a recovery has yet to take hold. Global information company IHS Automotive conducted a study that shows sales in India…

Mahindra and Mahindra Hopes Fade For Small Truck in U.S.

Mahindra and Mahindra Hopes Fade For Small Truck in U.S.

The relationship between Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra and Global Vehicles USA is finally severed, thanks to an arbitrator, but the six-year tale that lead to this divorce takes a little more telling than that. When Mahindra decided to market a light truck in the U.S., it turned to company Global Vehicles USA. That was…

MINI Launches in India With Four Available Models

MINI Launches in India With Four Available Models

With the luxury car and mid-size car market growing rapidly, it makes sense that the BMW group has introduced its MINI brand to India. MINI has brought four models with them for their Indian debut: the MINI Cooper, the MINI Cooper S, the MINI Cooper Convertible and the Clubman. Kay Segler, senior vice-president of MINI brand…

DC Design Avanti Supercar Revealed

DC Design Avanti Supercar Revealed

As we anticipated, DC Design has unveiled India’s first supercar at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Dubbed Avanti after Studebaker Avanti in the Tintin comics, the supercar may be affordable but doesn’t exactly meet what we’d consider supercar standards. It may at the very least look the part of being an exotic supercar, but the…

Suzuki XAα Concept Unveiled at New Delhi Auto Expo

Suzuki XAα Concept Unveiled at New Delhi Auto Expo

Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest auto company, is set to unveil the new XAα concept car at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo. While earlier reports suggested that the new concept will eventually replace Maruti Suzuki’s highly successful Jimny SUV, Maruti Suzuki managing director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi explained that, “the Concept XAα is designed for…

DC Design To Reveal India’s First Supercar

DC Design To Reveal India’s First Supercar

DC Design is scheduled to unveil India’s first supercar at the upcoming 2012 Delhi Auto Expo that’s just around the corner. This is the same firm that was responsible for the Rolls-Royce inspired Phantom DC Concept coupe back in 2006. The supercar will be a limited edition, low volume vehicle assembled at DC Design’s facility…

Tata Nano Recalled For Defective Starter Motor

Tata Nano Recalled For Defective Starter Motor

The Tata Nano was supposed to be a cheap, simple car built for the people, but so far it has caused nothing but problems for the Indian automaker. First it was an electrical issue that caused the Nano to catch fire which was the catalyst for a recall of 70,000 Nano’s. Now a faulty starter…

Suzuki Sourcing More Diesel Engines From Fiat

Suzuki Sourcing More Diesel Engines From Fiat

Suzuki is working closely with Fiat to increase their supply of diesel-powered cars in India. The two have been working together since 2003 when Suzuki started offering a Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter diesel in their Sedici/SX4 duo. That partnership flew in the face of another deal between Suzuki and Volkswagen that has since imploded. Recently rising gas…

2012 Tata Nano’s Insane New Commercial [Video]

The world’s least expensive car, the Tata Nano’s original purpose in design was to be a modern Ford Model-T, mobilizing millions of families in India. Despite the Nano’s noble intentions, only 1,200 examples were sold in the month of September when initial projections expected a rather optimistic 20,000 vehicles per month. A new approach may…

Tata, Owner Of Jaguar, Land Rover Names Next CEO

Tata, Owner Of Jaguar, Land Rover Names Next CEO

Tata Sons has named Cyrus Mistry as its next CEO, as current CEO Ratan Tata prepares to retire. The unmarried, childless Tata named Mistry as CEO of the holding company responsible for Tata’s numerous divisions, among them their automotive sector which owns Jaguar and Land Rover, along with the namesake Tata Motors brand. “The appointment…

Tata Nano Getting Plenty Of New Upgrades To Boost Sluggish Sales

Tata Nano Getting Plenty Of New Upgrades To Boost Sluggish Sales

The world’s cheapest vehicle has just gotten a whole lot (little bit?) better, with Tata announcing a batch of upgrades for their economical Nano. The 624-cc engine now makes a ferocious 37.5-hp, giving it a max speed of 65-mph. In addition to the performance increase, the Nano also got its suspension reworked which included a…

Brazil Set To Become World’s Third Largest Car Market By 2015

Brazil Set To Become World’s Third Largest Car Market By 2015

A report by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants claims that by 2015, Brazil will be the world’s third largest auto market, with China and the United States occupying the first and second slots respectively. Brazil will displace Japan as the third largest market, as sales are expected to double to 6.6 million vehicles by 2020. The…

Hyundai To Challenge Suzuki’s Dominance In India With Eon Small Car

Hyundai To Challenge Suzuki’s Dominance In India With Eon Small Car

Suzuki may be an also ran in America, but in India, their Maruti Suzuki partnership can boast the title of “best-selling car” with their Alto subcompact. With a population of 1 billion people, the Indian market is a significant one, and the Japanese auto maker is facing competition not just from home grown efforts like…

Little Green Car Narrowly Escapes Crashing Bus Sandwich [Video]

Look for the little green car in this video. No, not that one. See it? It’s just another day in Bangladesh (according to the comments), one of the many South Asian countries with more notorious drivers than the last 6 Nicholas Cage movies. After the bus knocks over the other one, the little green car…

Tata Motors May Enter Joint Engine Development Program With Jaguar Land Rover

Tata Motors May Enter Joint Engine Development Program With Jaguar Land Rover

Today, a report was released regarding the possibility of Tata motors entering a joint engine-development program with Jaguar Land Rover. Tata is currently India’s leading automaker by sales, and presently obtains engines from Jaguar and Land Rover models from the brand’s previous owner, Ford Motor Co. Tata feels that the joint engine-development program would allow…

Chevy Beat EV Launches as Demo Project in India

Chevy Beat EV Launches as Demo Project in India

As part of the celebrations for the World Environment Day, Chevrolet showcased an electric version of their Beat sub-compact car in India. The Beat BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) is powered by 300 lithium-ion battery cells, which will take eight-hours to charge from a standard 240V house outlet. On a full charge, the Beat BEV can…

Tata’s New Mini Trucks Designed For “Deep Penetration Goods Movement”

Tata’s New Mini Trucks Designed For “Deep Penetration Goods Movement”

India sure knows how to do small (and cute) right. So you wouldn’t normally describe a truck as “cute,” but in the case of Tata’s Magic Iris and Ace Zip, we think you’ll agree that it’s okay this one time. Green and inexpensive, these mini trucks are designed for “deep penetration goods movement.” Made from…

Jaguar Land Rover To Build Engine Plant In India

Jaguar Land Rover To Build Engine Plant In India

Both facilities have been conceived so that Jaguar Land Rover can replace, as quickly as possible the four-cylinder gasoline and turbo diesel engines it currently sources from Ford Motor Company, which have proven to be relatively expensive.