Autocar Professional's February 1 is a tech tour de force

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 01 Feb 2019

Nitin Gadkari, Union MInister for Transport, on a tour of SIAT 2019. Seen here with Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director of ARAI.

Automotive technology was the talk of the town in the past fortnight. Not surprising, considering the biennial Symposium of International Automotive Technology (SIAT) 2019 was held in Pune.   

This key industry event proved to be a true-blue tech fest with plenty of research presentations, scores of new products and innovations being showcased and technologies aimed at cleaner, sustainable and more efficient mobility. Our 14-page report covers the latest updates on BS VI, vehicle crash and safety, electric mobility, telematics, NVH and simulation.

The past fortnight was also one of new passenger vehicle launches including the Tata Harrier, Maruti Wagon R and the Nissan Kicks. We also speak to Peyman Kargar, senior VP of Nissan Motor Co and Nissan in the Africa, Middle East and India region, on the learnings from a very competitive India market, and the strategy to differentiate the Nissan and Datsun brands. Meanwhile, Yamaha launched updated FZ-F1, FZS-F1 and YZF-R3 Version 3.0.

Two other incisive interviews in this issue: Dr Dirk Leiss, chairman of the executive board, Benecke-Hornshuch Surface Group, Continental, and Dr Bala K Bharadvaj, SAE India president and MD, Boeing Research & Technology – India.

Sales in December 2018 for India Auto Inc were forgettable as seen in our detailed analysis of the April-December 2018 domestic sales numbers.

All this, plus an exciting News section led by Bajaj Auto which has embraced a brand-new global brand identity. 

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