Autocar Professional's March 1 issue: Future on the radar

by Sumana Sarkar 01 Mar 2020

Hero MotoCorp's Pawan Munjal: "It's the right time to shift gears."

If Autocar Professional’s Auto Expo 2020 review special (February 15) was a cracker full of exciting content, then March 1 issue brings up the bigger picture for the automotive industry. The future is all about standing out in disruptive times and making businesses future ready. Here's a glimpse into what's inside the latest issue.

Hero MotoCorp's new roadmap revealed
After nearly a decade of riding solo following the parting of way swith Honda, the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer aims to 'Be the Future of Mobility’. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Hero MotoCorp indicates that collaboration is one key path to grow sustainably in a disruptive era.

Endurance Technologies' test track is go!
From OEMs to component majors, future-readiness continues to be the buzzword. With a unique facility- a brand new 29-acre proving ground, the Aurangabad-based Endurance Technologies has its eyes set on creating new solutions for the future. Identifying the advantages of getting products ‘first-time right’, the component maker clearly spells out the strategy behind its Rs 55 crore test facility, which is also available for industry use.

Exclusive interview with Daimler Mobility's global CEO
In the automotive financing space, every second vehicle sold globally by the Daimler Group is financed or leased by Daimler Mobility. In an exclusive interview, Franz Reiner, CEO of Daimler Mobility, details current global trends, why he believes pay-as-you-use and a higher share of leasing, short-term and long-term rentals will also happen in India. Not just that, he also elaborates why the company is betting big on start-ups in India.

Haima Automobiles says hello to India with E1 EV
Another exclusive interview: Williams Dong, General Manager, Haima Automobile International Corporation says they plan to partner the Bird Group and bring the under Rs 10 lakh E1 EV in India in mid-2021.While Bird Electric will leverage its Group experience of operating BMW dealerships across India, it has set a rather ambitious target of 30,000 units in the second year of operations with Haima.

DHL SmarTrucking's boss bullish on AI to enhance logistics efficiencies
AI and efficiencies of scale are the other buzzwords apart from e-mobility and Vikas Mohan, CEO of DHL SmarTrucking reveals how machine learning is helping making transport efficient and faster with minimal wastage. DHL SmartHubs are focusing on not just reducing transit time but also enhance the quality of life for their truck drivers.

Sandhar-Whetron bets big on safety products for India
After a series of Korean partnerships and JVs, Sandhar now looks further eat, ties up with Taiwan’s Whetron Electronics Company for a 50:50 JV. Sandhar-Whetron bets big on demand for safety products, opens new parking sensor line

SEG Automotive targets 2- and 3-wheeler EV makers
The leading German Tier 1 supplier focuses on optimising its operations and innovate for new products. With BS VI kicking in from next month, the company says it is ready to accelerate cleaner mobility for OEMs in India starting with electric motors and controllers for two- and three-wheelers, and also offering solutions to be CAFE-norms ready.

Made-in-Goa electric ATV headed for the US
This made-in-India electric ATV built with imported components is set to wow the US markets. Goa-based Powerland now trains its eyes on the world’s largest market for all-terrain vehicles, USA. TejNaik, co-founder, Powerland Agro reveals that the FAME-II policy does not support development of electric ATVs, so they are keen about pushing them aggressively in Europe and the US. However, the company is also planning to develop an electric UV for the logistics industry in India.

UV sales analysis: How new products and new brands are thriving
Good news continues to flow in for Kia as the new comer continues to wow sentiments with trail blazing sales number in the utility vehicle market. In fact, all four OEMs see their new products deliver the goods, even as established players see their offerings take a hit in the April 2019 to January 2020 period.

Plenty of news too
Along with all the features and interviews detailed above, the March 1 issue also contains a power pack of the latest news. The leading oil marketing companies say that they are BS VI-ready with top players assuring delivery of BS-VI fuel ahead of the April 1 deadline. Find out why airline tarmac buses mean a massive business opportunity for electric bus manufacturers. 

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