Autocar Professional's October 15 magazine -- out today

by Autocar Pro News Desk Oct 16, 2017

A fortnight after Autocar Professional rolled out its Lightweighting Special, the latest and mid-month issue is about the latest industry updates on some heavyweights and their manufacturers. Yes, you got it right: Commercial Vehicles. The cover story reveals the strong leap of faith market leader Tata Motors and Wabco India have taken by introducing Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in the Tata Prima and Signa range of trucks. It is a pathbreaking move because not only does it come ahead of any legislation but, importantly, the ESCsmart system is variable and can be used for all types of CVs including small CVs, M&HCVs and buses too. Hopefully, more OEMs will take to equipping their CVs with this life-saving technology which predicts a vehicle's forthcoming instability, and automatically intervenes by applying the brakes to avoid rollover, skidding or jackknifing. For the CV driver as well as the vehicle owner, what's not to like? autocar-professional-october-15-cover-pdf-copy

If Tata is making advances, can Ashok Leyland be behind? The Chennai-based CV major is plotting aggressive moves designed to make it the market leader in electric CVs. We reveal the company's EV strategy. 

Meanwhile, new players like Daimler India Commercial Vehicles are in consolidation mode. CEO and MD Erich Nesselhauf shares details on the India growth game-plan, introduction of new 10T and 14T trucks, a new sub-9-tonne platform solely for export models, and he does not see any immediate need to expand the dealer network. 

Mahindra & Mahindra, the company which has been at the forefront of electric mobility in India, is now looking to give its SUVs an electric charge. Find out what managing director Dr Pawan Goenka is planning on the EV investment and product development front. 

Vehicle electrification is also what Jaguar Land Rover is strategising actively. In a comprehensive interview, Group Sales Operations director Andy Goss speaks on many issues including the targeting of new markets, growth in India, how Ingenium engines are sharply bringing down CO2 levels, plans for driving autonomous mobility and scaling up of manufacturing capacity. 

The mega trend of lightweighting is and will continue to be a high-focus are for industry and Autocar Professional. The IAC Group, which is a global supplier of instrument and door panels, console systems, headliners and overhead systems, is bullish on its India operations, Why? It's all there in our in-depth, three-page report along with an interview with PC Jayan, director - Engineering, IAC India. 

In a similar upbeat-on- India mood is Japan's MinebeaMitsumi which makes multi-functional miniature ball bearings, motors and resolvers, and more recently a wide range of antennae for application in GPS AM/FM and connectors. 

Like the Indian auto industry, the monthly Sales Analysis pages too are in festive mood, what with plentiful stats on just why the sector's headed for good times. This comprehensive analysis of domestic sales in September 2017 is yet another highlight of this issue. 

While September sales point to a smoother ride in the near future, apex automobile dealer body FADA is readying for the future. Get to know how it aims to rejig, reinvent and re-energise its band of dealers across the country in an India that's fast turning digital. 

The News Pages, as usual, are brimming with the latest industry updates that you should be aware of. 

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