Maruti Suzuki India’s Kenichi Ayukawa is Autocar Professional's Man of the Year 2017

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 28 Dec 2017

The 196-page bumper issue is a collector's edition of news, views, analysis, interviews and exclusive columns from captains of industry.
The 196-page bumper issue is a collector's edition of news, views, analysis, interviews and exclusive columns from captains of industry.

The mega issue the automotive industry waits for is out – 196 pages of high-quality content, in-depth stories, exclusive interviews, incisive analysis, top-class photo-features, columns from captains of industry and lots more.

Autocar Professional’s biggest edition of the year – the 13th Anniversary Special Issue and a true-blue collector’s edition – is out and packs wholesome content that makes for riveting reading right through the new year. This issue contains a truly comprehensive collection of industry news stories, thought-provoking features, plenty of analysis and exclusive guest columns from captains of industry. In other words, high-quality editorial content that stays true to the magazine's tagline – ‘Essential reading for the Automotive Industry' in other words.  

The cover story is on Autocar Professional’s ‘Man of the Year 2017’ – Kenichi Ayukawa, the managing director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India. Achieving market leadership and staying there amidst rising competition and a disruptive market environment is a difficult task in any industry. For leading the company’s growth sustainably, even as he prepares to drive the company towards an era of electric mobility, 62-year-old Ayukawa wins top honours.

Ayukawa's growth mantra is the customer in India. As he tells Autocar Professional, “Our learnings come from our customers. Right from the first product we rolled out way back 35 years ago to entering the new territory of electric vehicles, we first like to hear from customers what they are expecting. We prefer to make extensive costumer research the basis of all discussions. Anyone who is serious about business and growth in India must listen to customers and plan.”

As regards future growth, Ayukawa is bullish: “We are making good progress to our goal of 2 million annual sales in 2020. We are committed to double-digit growth this fiscal. There are always challenges in business, but I am confident we are on course.”

We’d like to reveal more but the thrill is in reading the whole story.



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The passenger vehicle segment in India is driving towards 3.3m sales this fiscal but how does the future look for the luxury car market? Our detailed analysis reveals all. We follow it up with an interview with Roland Folger, MD and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, and also the head of the latest luxury car entrant in the India market, Lexus India’s president Akitoshi Takemura.

How the automobile dealer fraternity in India needs to work smarter in a world that’s gone digital, turning electric and filled with vacillating customers. John K Paul, one of India’s largest automobile retailers, reveals what it will take to survive – and thrive – in an age of disruption.

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Two-Wheeler Special: TVS Motor Co has raced into the premium motorcycle segment with its new Apache RR 310. Our detailed feature details all that went into developing the speed machine embellished by interviews with Arun Siddharth, VP – Marketing, Premium Vehicles, International Business, and Vinay Harne, president, New Product Introduction.


If you’re keen to know how the midsize bike market – the one that’s seeing boom times – is set to fare in the near future, all you have to do is get your eyes onto this four-page feature, which is equipped with the most detailed model-wise chart industry has seen.


The acceleration of electrification in the automobile world will see the first charge and acceptability in the two-wheeled world. Find out who are billed to be the movers and shakers in this segment.

Commercial Vehicle Special: Winning the Deming Prize – the Oscar for TQM – is a huge achievement. Winning is twice is another thing altogether. And that’s what Ashok Leyland has done. We visit the award-winning Hosur Plant II to learn the art of total quality management.


In the world of M&HCVs, buses compared to trucks get lesser mention. But that’s where things are about to change. To find out more, you will have to turn to page 148.

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Exclusive guest columns: Visteon Corporation is driving a new global dynamic in the world of auto electronics. President and CEO Sachin Lawande writes lucidly on ‘Evolving the digital cockpit on the path to autonomous driving’.


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Ravi Pandit, chairman and Group CEO, KPIT Technologies, details how the many challenges of ushering in a green automobile era can be overcome.

Erich Nesselhauf, MD and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, writes on how the company is ready for introducing EVs when the Indian market is.

Vishnu Mathur, director general, SIAM, charts out Indian OEMs’ future roadmap to sustainable growth.

Vinnie Mehta, director general, ACMA, on making India e-mobility ready and why the government should consider gradual adoptions of EVs rather than an abrupt shift to only pure EVs.

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