To Repair Your RV In Pebble Creek

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Budget 2015 Don’t see across-the-board excise duty cut, says M&M’s Pawan Goenka

The last one-and-a-half years have been a challenging time for the automotive industry. Some players have done well, but almost everybody in the industry has faced challenges during the period. There are a variety of factors that we have talked about in the past. So I would not repeat them.

I am beginning to see some signs of a turnaround. However, looking at the latest numbers, it is very hard to say that the industry has turned around. But there is some amount of optimism for sure. Some people may still think that our sales have not been growing, and they would be true.

But the fact is that as we look forward to the next year, as we look at the policies of the government and at what might happen to the economy, it certainly gives us the optimism that next year would be a year of a comeback to winning ways for the industry.

There still will be some winners and some losers. It’s inevitable in an industry that has almost 18-20 players now. But overall for the industry, next year will be a turnaround year. It depends on several factors, all

Will temporary workers in automotive industry be a permanent problem

In the fifteen months that have gone by since a Maruti Suzuki HR manager was killed in labour unrest at its Manesar plant, at least three other auto companies have been crippled by strikes by workers.

A demand for better terms for temporary workers, comparable to permanent employees, has been a contentious issue common to most of these disputes.

Auto companies hire temporary workers when demand picks up and release them when sales slump, thus saving labour costs.

On an average, about 40% of the industry’s workforce is temporary, up from 30% a few years ago. Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra and Maruti Suzuki, for instance, have together laid-off almost 4,000 temporary workers recently.

Even as the industry calibrates its temporary workforce in tune with consumer demand, worker angst is also increasing. So is there a win-win solution that can avoid ugly conflicts between companies and their workforce? Companies are trying to find one.

Maruti has discarded the practice of having “third-party contractors” hire and manage such workers. “We are moving to companyowned temporary workers—the tried-andtested people—who are being built as a talent pipeline,” says SY Siddiqui, chief operating officer (human resources

Auto sector saw M&A deals worth $29.4 billion in 2010 PwC

The automotive sector witnessed mergers and acquisitions worth $29.4 billion last year, with the Asia-Pacific region accounting for 11 billion of the total value, says global consultancy firm PwC.

The overall transaction value is much less than the $39.4 billion witnessed in 2009 and the count of deals also fell to 521 last year from 532 in 2009.

The report said the automotive industry across the globe will see a high level of deal activity in the year 2011.

Automotive merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2010 was driven by strategic buyers focused on strengthening business units following the global financial crisis.

“Automotive companies are investing in strategic deals aimed at broadening their geographic footprint and/or strengthening their technology portfolio, enhancing their ability to compete globally,” PwC US Automotive Transaction Services Leader Paul Elie said.

Compared to overall global trends, both Asia and Europe observed significant increases in deal activity and the value.

In 2010, Asia’s disclosed deal value more than quadrupled from 2009 levels to $11 billion due to a few large vehicle manufacturer transactions.

The report did not provide any specific data on India.

Super Taikyu Fuji – Race day

Well, it was a high followed by a low.
The race got to a good start with Maejima-san as start driver with plans to switch after either one or two stints for me to finish off the race.
We were 3rd on the grid and after a short drop to 4th place, Maejima-san climbed to 2nd with about 2.0 seconds gap to the #113 Karura Ings Z. But Maejima-san reported cramps in his legs with about 15 laps to go in the first stint. The heat was tremendous during the race and even though the car was equipped with a cooler full of ice and water that gets pumped through the underwear coolsuits and a motorized drink cooler, I imagine it would have been difficult to maintain focus for over an hour. Maejima-san ended up pitting 8 laps early. We topped the car off with fuel and just changed the rear tires. But on my out lap, two Class-2 cars had a major collision at the exit of the final corner to the right and I immediately knew it would cause a full course yellow. And as our luck would have it, the pace

BMW shows plug-in hybrid electric based on X5 Sports Activity Vehicle

BMW‘s forthcoming plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), based on the X5, reflects a combination of high performance and sophistication in its approach to controls and features. The 2.0-L twin-scroll turbo delivers 240 hp/179 kW (255 lb·ft/ 346 N·m). And combined with the 95-hp electric motor, there’s a peak output of 270 hp (201 kW) and 300 lb·ft (407 N·m). The power goes through BMW’s continuously engaged X-Drive (intelligent All Wheel Drive) system, so the X5 maintains its “SAV” (Sports Activity Vehicle) character. The “concept” vehicle was introduced at the New York Auto Show; the production version is expected within the year.

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The PHEV control system provides several intelligent modes, including a predictive one based on the route plugged into the vehicle’s navigation system. There is also a battery temperature control system for high ambient temperature operation that uses an electronically controlled tap off the vehicle’s air conditioning.

Estimated NEDC ratings 

The estimated all-electric range is 30 km (19 mi), based on a BMW study that 80% of trips with the X5 are under 20 mi (32 km). That

Koenigsegg returns to U.S. market with carbon-fiber ‘hypercar’

Koenigsegg, the 20-year-old Swedish high-performance “hypercar” maker, does its own thing with product development, so it’s probably good that the maker of slightly over 100 cars/year did not complete its attempt to keep the Saab name alive with a takeover of that marque’s mass production facilities.

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The company is back in the U.S. after a five-year absence, and featured the Agera two-seater in its return, in a display at the New York International Auto Show. The car, which has a carbon-fiber monocoque-type body, also uses the first carbon-fiber wheels certified for road use, and a host of other super-premium technology.

The Agera, which takes 4000 h to build, is not a racecar, although there is a configuration that could put it on the track. That version will be featured in a Koenigsegg exhibit at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show.

The “standard” R model has a rated top speed of 450 km/h (280 mph) in top gear. The tires are a special Supersport design developed in collaboration with Michelin, which rates them for over 415 km/h (258

Alfa Romeo finally returns to U.S. with 4C

After twenty years of absence and many delays, Alfa Romeo is finally coming back to the U.S., and the company is packing for the long haul. After the very-low-volume and very-high-end 8C, the Italian automotive manufacturer is officially returning with a two-seat, mid-engine sports car that can only be called a raw, untainted performance machine—or the 4C, depending on how poetic you want to be.

Alfa Romeo’s return has been nothing but poetic, with a series of broken promises and broken hearts for the brand-loyal fans here in the U.S. This time its official, as Alfa has signed with 82 dealerships across the U.S. to sell the new sports car. Three of the dealerships will be sharing showroom space with Maserati (in California, Maryland, and Wisconsin), while the rest of the 79 will be run alongside Fiat dealerships.

For those who have worked on bringing the car to the U.S. market, it means a lot. Michael Berube, Head of Product Planning for Alfa Romeo, is excited about the manufacturer’s return. “It’s not just any brand,” Berube said proudly. “Alfa Romeo is one of the oldest brands still in

Modernized muscle Chrysler revamps Dodge Charger, Challenger for 2015

“Meeting 54.5 mpg will be a challenge, but we have a lot of customers who want to drive this,” said Brenna Kaufman, pointing towards the 2015 Dodge Challenger she unveiled to a group of media in Chrysler’s Tech Center Design Dome. Kaufman, the car’s Chief Engineer, smiled as she pondered the coupe’s Shaker cold-air induction scoop poking through the Sublime Green hood. The paint color is identical to the hue conceived during the era of Afros and bell-bottoms and used on the 1971 Challenger that is the new model’s inspiration.

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“I hope muscle cars never go away,” Kaufman opined, “but we as a company have no choice but to prepare ourselves and continue to work on more efficient technologies and powertrains.”

That’s precisely what Chrysler has done to its latest E-segment L-platform cousins, the Challenger coupe (LA program) and Dodge Charger sedan (LD), officially launched at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The classic American rear-drive models get significantly refreshed for MY2015, with all-new interiors. Charger is comprehensively reskinned. Major technology upgrades shared by both cars include

New Ford S-Max to get class-leading driver assistance features

Ford launched revised and new products at the 2014 Paris Motor Show highlighted by the new S-Max. The model will replace the original launched in 2007, when Ford introduced the concept of a five/seven seat people mover. This model, using new architecture and powertrains, will see the debut of Ford’s adaptive steering system for Europe and will also be the first Ford to be offered with LED headlamps with glare-free high beam. Ford claims its pre-collision assist system is the first in the S-Max segment.

Among the targets set for the new car were improving some styling-related features including the LED headlamps. According to Uli Koesters, who is the vehicle line director for Ford of Europe’s C and D car segments, this gives new intelligent lighting functionality that Ford has not had before: “For example, the vehicle automatically recognizes certain conditions and then adapts the amount of light that it sheds in certain areas. So you can see around the corner or further ahead, and it recognizes if other vehicles are approaching or if you are approaching other vehicles in front of you.” This is Ford’s glare-free high-beam technology.


New XC90 burnishes Volvo’s safety credentials

Volvo‘s new XC90 seven-seat SUV model, which got its first public showing at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, will replace the current model launched in 2002. The vehicle will initially be offered with a range of Drive-E four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines using a common architecture with 82.0-mm (3.23-in) bore and 93.2-mm (3.67-in) stroke to give a displacement of 1969 cm³. Head and block are constructed from aluminum, and the engines are mounted transversely.

The most powerful engine will feature in the plug-in hybrid gasoline T8 variant. A turbocharged and supercharged engine developing 236 kW (316 hp) at 5700 rpm and 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) between 2200 and 4500 rpm will drive the front wheels and a 60-kW electric motor provides drive to the rear wheels. In electric drive mode, the battery offers a range of around 40 km (25 mi). The default hybrid drive mode will employ both engine and motor.

Volvo claims carbon dioxide emissions of around 60 g/km and measured on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). T6 models share the same gasoline engine as the T8 hybrid but without the hybrid electric drive. There will also

Tech Mahindra to collaborate with Wichita State University in the areas of aerospace engineering, automotive testing

Country’s fifth largest software services firm Tech Mahindra has inked a pact with US-based Wichita State University (WSU) to collaborate in the areas of aerospace engineering, certification, information technology and automotive testing.

Tech Mahindra will collaborate with WSU and its National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), the largest academic aviation R&D institution in the US, on multiple areas of engineering including composites, advanced materials and structural testing, it said in a statement.

“I strongly believe that this synergy can help reach the next level of solution offerings to our marquee customers addressing their custom needs and industry specific requirements in the areas of certification and testing,” Tech Mahindra Head of Americas (Aerospace and Defence) Krishna Balasubramaniam said.

The Indian IT firm plans to invest in equipping the engineering talent available in the region to enhance their employment opportunities in the Wichita aerospace community.

“This investment will enable Tech Mahindra to provide end-to-end solutions from design, to testing and certification for global aerospace and automotive customers and prospects in the region,” it said.

Apart from creating a local pool of trained aerospace, IT and automotive engineers, the partnership will also facilitate cooperative initiatives in

Amtek Auto picks 51.3 per cent stake in JMT Auto for Rs 110 crore

Amtek Auto, India’s leading forging and integrated auto component manufacturer, on Thursday announced that it has acquired a 51.27% stake in JMT Auto for about Rs 110 crore.

Headquartered in Jamshedpur, JMT has revenues of around Rs 307 crore for the March ended fiscal and is one of the leading auto component manufacturers in the Eastern Indian region. It has seven manufacturing facilities spread across locations such as Jamshedpur, Dharwad and Lucknow.

Arvind Dham’s $2-billion Amtek Auto would acquire shares of JMT at Rs 148.70 a share, a 28% premium over the current market price. JMT ended at Rs 116.15 per share at the close of trade at BSE on Thursday. The company would fund the entire transaction through internal cash accruals and debt. It would make a mandatory open offer for the 26% stake from the public, following the successful acquisition of the company.

JMT supplies a wide range of high-quality automotive components through technology-based manufacturing processes. According to sources in the automotive business, these facilities complement manufacturing capabilities of Amtek Auto and its global product portfolio particularly in the areas of gear, shaft and oil & gas components.

Commenting on the acquisition,

Government extends NATRIP project timeline by 3 years

The government today extended the timeline for completing the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infra Project (NATRIP) by three years.

“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister, has approved extension of the date of completion of the present timeline by three years that is from 31st December 2014 to 31st December 2017 of the NATRIP),” an official statement said.

The extension of timeline will help the project to be completed as per the objectives and will ensure that state of the art automotive testing, homologation and R&D facilities are made available in India, it said.

NATRIP which plans creation of facilities at seven locations such as Ahmednagar, Silchar, Raebareli, Pune, Manesar, Chennai and Indore had faced hurdles at various stages of implementation on account of delays in acquisition of land, clearances and shifting of utilities besides, contractual complications and foreign exchange variation.

The statement said the project envisages setting up of full-fledged testing and homologation centres within the northern hub of automotive industry at Manesar in Haryana and southern hub of automotive industry at a location near Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

The statement said besides this, the project

Government to introduce flexible-fuel policy to cut dependence on imported fossil fuels

Government plans to introduce flexible-fuel policy for the automotive industry to promote new sources of alternative energy and reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels that has been a major burn on forex reserves.

In the first step, government has notified ethanol up to 85% for petrol and diesel-fired vehicles that would allow the sugarcane-based byproduct to be used in commercial vehicles in the first stage and eventually for other segments.

While provisions for blending 5% fuel with ethanol are already there and plans to hike the content to 10% — due since 2008 — is being expedited by the current NDA government.

The new notification has framed the broad contours to have 85% ethanol content allowing the bio-fuel to be used in neat-energy source in the automotive industry. As per the notification issued last month, the newly-manufactured petrol vehicles fitted with spark ignition would be able to run on a mixture of petrol-ethanol mix of up to 85% (Ethanol) blend.

“There vehicles would require to meet emission standards as prescribed for other vehicles depending on this special fuel. Besides notifying the new norms, the Bureau of Indian Standards would make the ideal ISI specifications

New vehicles to spur auto growth, says Sona Chief Sunjay Kapur

India’s automotive industry has bottomed out and launches of new vehicles will spur the sector to 7-8% growth, says Sunjay Kapur, who took over as chairman of 5,200 crore Sona Group after his father Surinder Kapur died on June 30. Kapur tells ET’s Nabeel A Khan, in his first interview since taking charge as chairman, that the group plans to centralise management of Sona Koyo and Sona BLW, he says. Edited excerpts.

Sona Group has been very optimistic about exports from India in the past. What are your plans?

In terms of exports, the way India is structured, we will go towards a global supply market just because we are well positioned in terms of cost and skill set. We are well versed in dealing with small car industry and that is a growing segment. If you look at the last quarter, the passenger cars have outgrown the utility vehicles segment, which was not the case in the past few years.

So we see a huge increase in sales in the A, B segments globally and India can become a hub for this. We have

Germany’s Durr acquires Chennai-based Mhitraa Engineering Equipment

German mechanical and plant engineering firm Durr Group has acquired Chennai-based Mhitraa Engineering Equipment as part of expansion of its cleaning technology business in India for an undisclosed sum.

“The acquisition of Mhitraa enables us to expand our portfolio of cleaning systems for the Indian market, thus covering the entire range – from entry-level cleaning machines to high-end-systems,” Head of Durr’s Measuring and Process Systems division and CEO of Carl Schenck AG Ralf-Michael Fuchs said in a statement.

Carl Schenck is a subsidiary of Durr AG and acts as a holding company performs central tasks for its divisions.

Mhitraa is a specialist for industrial cleaning systems and has close supplier relations with automotive and motorcycle manufacturers as well as engine suppliers in India.

It has around 60 employees and achieved sales in the single-digit million euro range. Since its foundation in 1988, the company has installed more than 500 cleaning systems in India, Durr said in its statement.

The automotive industry uses industrial cleaning systems to clean workpieces such as engine and transmission components in the production process.

“The acquisition of Mhitraa rounds

Tata Motors hires former Airbus COO Gunter Butschek as CEO of India operations

Tata Motors has hired former Airbus Chief Operating Officer Gunter Butschek as its managing director and chief executive of local operations, filling up positions left vacant after the death of Karl Slym in January 2014.

The 55-year-old German will take charge at Tata Motors on February 15, the nation’s top automobile manufacturer by revenue said in a filing with stock exchanges. He will be responsible for only the Indian operations, with the company’s London-based Jaguar Land Rover unit continuing to be managed by CEO Ralf Speth.

Butschek, who resigned from Airbus in December 2014, has had a series of negotiations with Tata Motors over the past year or so, people in the know said. He spent almost four years at Airbus out of which about two and half years as the aircraft maker’s chief operating officer.

He has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, all at Stuttgart based luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz.

The appointment of Butschek happens at a time when the domestic operations of Tata Motors are gradually turning a corner. While it is losing market share on the commercial vehicle front, the company has

Robots & Vision Show attracts record attendance

DETROIT, MI-Nearly 6300 people attended the biennial International Robots & Vision Show held May 11-13. This figure represented a 24% increase over the 1997 show attendance. “The jump in attendance indicates that more companies are becoming aware of the power robots and vision have to solve their manufacturing challenges and make their companies stronger global competitors,” said Donald A. Vincent, executive vice president of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). “A high percentage of the audience indicated that they plan to purchase robots or machine-vision systems within the next year,” he noted.

The increase in show attendance coincided with the increase in robot and vision use. According to RIA statistics, the North American robotics industry sold more robots in the first quarter of 1999 than in any quarter since the industry began collecting statistics in 1983. A total of 4732 robots valued at $362.8 million were sold, an increase of 67% in units and 24% in value over 1998 figures. The robotics industry shipped 10,857 robots valued at $1.028 billion in 1998, the industry`s second best shipping year ever.

The RIA estimated that spot welding applications in the automobile industry accounted for at least 50% of all

Production of industrial machinery recovers, China leads in growth

A report from IMS Research (Wellingborough, UK) examines production of industrial machinery, which significantly impacts many markets for industrial machine vision systems. Despite the world recession, China was still able to maintain growth in machinery production in 2009. Although there was a dip from the incredible growth rates of the preceding years, output still grew; in almost every other country there were steep declines.

Growth in China is predicted to increase in 2010 from the 2009 level, without quite reaching the 20% plus growth seen before the economic downturn. Continued growing domestic demand, with higher levels of disposable income and large government investment, underpins this return to stronger growth in machinery production.

Of the major industrial nations, the US is expected to be among the strongest performing in terms of growth in 2010. The US was one of the first into the downturn, and subsequently one of the earlier nations to return to growth. The recovery in the automobile industry, which benefited from large government stimulus packages, is helping drive growth in machinery production revenues in 2010.

Germany, the leading European producer of machinery, suffered badly as its exports declined throughout the economic downturn. Recovery in Europe started