Volkswagen and Skoda rethink India strategy

Volkswagen and Skoda rethink India strategy

Oct 21, 2014

The Volkswagen–Skoda cross-badging has not brought the benefits the companies hoped it would in India. The formidable German–Czech alliance has almost led to a cannibalisation of sorts. The group’s sales have fallen 19 percent from last year. These auto companies will have to achieve enough product differentiation by re-designing the portfolio and reworking the...

ETC system by end of year

ETC system by end of year

Oct 20, 2014

NHAI has partnered with ICICI and Axis Banks to help with e-tolling proposed along India’s highways. India is all set to build an extensive network of highways spanning the country and this system is expected to facilitate easier toll collection. ETC will involve RFID tags and transceivers. The first interoperable RFID-based toll system was launched at the...

NE to benefit from improved connectivity

NE to benefit from improved connectivity

Oct 17, 2014

The lack of economic infrastructure has hampered the growth of India’s beautiful North Eastern region, with vast untapped potential, to a great extent. Gadkari has emphasised the need to get the region out of its geo-political isolation by allocating funds for the construction of roads to improve connectivity and the quality of life of the people and to get the...

Cutting carbon emissions at a cost

Cutting carbon emissions at a cost

Oct 16, 2014

India has often been accused of stonewalling and thwarting climate talks at various international summits. Though India’s new government seems more proactive than many of its predecessors, it has reiterated its stance saying that in a country where millions live in poverty, the focus is on growth and not the carbon footprint as of now. World leaders will meet...

Government portal for vehicle data

Government portal for vehicle data

Oct 15, 2014

The Indian government wants vehicle manufacturers to upload specifications of the vehicles they sell on a portal that will serve as a digital database to provide quick and easy access to information. The new government is proposing reforms in the Road Transport and Safety Act 2014 and emphasising the need for e-governance. The Indian government has asked auto...

Mercedes India on a launching spree

Mercedes India on a launching spree

Oct 14, 2014

As part of its new India strategy, in January 2014, Mercedes-Benz India had announced the company’s intention to launch ten new models by the end of the year. Looking to maintain its double-digit growth the company reported in 2013, Eberhard Kern said, “Last year was our year of offensive. We wanted to catch up and we did, so this year will be the year of...