Tata Motors’ Global wholesales Went Down By 13.9% In December 2018


Tata Motors’ total global wholesales for December 2018, including Jaguar Land Rover, were at 100,551 vehicles, a decline of 13.9 per cent, compared to December 2017.




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Tata’s global wholesales stood at 100,551 vehicles, against the 116,783 units from December 2017

Tata Motors Group today released its global wholesale figures for the month of December 2018. The company’s total wholesales, for the last month of 2018, reached 100,551, a decline of 13.9 per cent, compared to December 2017, when the company sold about 116,783 units. This also includes the global wholesales numbers of Jaguar Land Rover and CLJR for the month of December 2018 and the Global wholesales of all Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo range for the same month.

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Jaguar Land Rover total wholesales reached 45,474 vehicles in December 2018


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Tata Motors‘ total wholesales in December 2018 just from passenger vehicle business reached 59,898 units, seeing a 14 per cent decline, compared to the wholesales numbers achieved during the same month in 2017, which was about 69,648 vehicles. Out of the total passenger vehicles wholesales, Jaguar Land Rover’s contribution was 45,474 vehicles. JLR’s number for December 2018 also includes 5007 vehicles that came from CJLR volumes, the JV between JLR and Chery Automobiles. Jaguar wholesales for the month were 14,088 vehicles, while Land Rover wholesales for the month were 31,386 vehicles.

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Global wholesales of all Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo range in December 2018 reached 40,653 units, a decline of 14 per cent against what the company achieved in December 2017. During the same month in 2017, the company’s global wholesales from commercial vehicle business were about 47,270 units.

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Tata Motors’ December 2018 Sales Drop By 8 Per Cent


Tata Motors’ cumulative vehicles sales dropped by 8 per cent at 50,440 units in December 2018 owing to liquidity crisis in the industry, higher interest rates and rising fuel costs that continued to impact the industry.

Tata Motors’ commercial and passenger vehicles sales dropped by 8 per cent at 50,440 units in December 2018 as against 54,627 in 2017. The liquidity crisis in the industry, higher interest rates and rising fuel costs continued to impact the commercial vehicle sales, with M&HCV and I&LCV segment witnessing a decline while the passenger vehicle business bounced back. The cumulative sales for the domestic market (April-December 2018) was at 497,972 units compared to 398,764 units over last year, a growth of 25 per cent.

Tata Motors’ passenger vehicles business sales recorded a growth of 1 per cent, at 14,260 units as compared to 14,180 units sold in December 2017, due to good demand for new generation passenger vehicles. The company is gearing up for the launch of its much awaited SUV, Tata Harrier, in January 2019. Cumulative sales growth of PV in the domestic market for the fiscal (April-December 2018) were at 156,397 units, a growth of 21 per cent, compared to 129,229 units, in the same period, last fiscal.


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The company’s commercial vehicle business declined in December 2018 at 36,180 units, by 11 per cent, compared to 40,447 units sold in December 2017, Cumulative sales for the fiscal (April-December 2018) at 341,575 units have grown by 27 per cent, compared to 269,535 units sold last year same period. The M&HCV truck segment declined by 27 per cent, at 11,506 units, compared to 15,828 units over last December. This segment was largely impacted by drop in cargo sales due to low consumer sentiments.

The I&LCV truck segment reported sales of 4,846 units, relatively unaffected with a marginal decline of 5 per cent over last year. The demand in I&LCV sales has been led by the e-commerce sector, increased rural consumption, supported by new products. The SCV Cargo and Pickup segment continued its growth momentum with sales of 16,367 units, up by 8 per cent over 15,105 units sold in December 2017

The company’s sales from exports from both commercial and passenger vehicles businesses in December 2018 was at 3,999 units as against 6,293 units in December 2017, lower by 36 per cent, due to sharp TIV contraction in Bangladesh due to elections and political uncertainty in Sri Lanka.

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Tata Motors Plans Seven-Eight New Launches By 2020


Tata Motors is planning to cover 90 per cent of the market by 2020 with its new product offensive.




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Tata Harrier will debut the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy.

It all started back in August 2016 with launch of the Tata Tiago and it took Tata Motors just two years to change all the preconceived notions that Indian car buyers had regarding the brand which over the time had developed a “fleet-purpose” image. Tata Motors conventionally was infamous for quality and fit and finish issues and it’s new products like the Tiago and Nexon which have been a runaway success and in turn a game changer for Tata Motors. Tata Motors has turned it around once with new products and is geared up to step up its game again with the Turnaround 2.0 strategy which aims to resonate the Passenger Vehicle business.

Also Read: Tata Harrier SUV Review


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The company has plans to further build upon its product offensive and will be launching seven – eight new models by 2020 in a bid to cover 90 per cent of the market. The new products will be underpinned by two new platforms- OMEGA and ALFA on which multiple products will be developed helping the company to achieve better economies of scale. The first product of the eight is the upcoming Tata Harrier SUV which is based on the OMEGA platform and second is the Tata 45X (codename) premium hatchback which will be launched later in 2019. Both the products will cover a left out segment for Tata Motors. The Harrier will debut company’s new IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy and all new launches in next two years will embody it.

tata 45x conceptThe 45X will be Tata Motors’ first offering in the premium hatchback segment.

Also Read: Tata Harrier SUV: All You Need To Know

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Tata Motors is also afoot to increase its reach in India which will help the company to market and retail the new products better. Tata Motors has recently added 27 new dealerships in the top 20 serviceable markets and six dealerships went operational in Rajasthan on the same day. The company is planning to start 17 more dealerships soon. In total, Tata Motors has added 59 dealerships and 142 Emerging Market Operations (EMOs) in 2018 and has expanded its operations in 90 cities this year.

 

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Tata Motors Assures UK PM Theresa May About Commitment TO JLR: Report


A report in ‘The Sunday Times’ suggests that Tata Motors has reportedly assured Prime Minister Theresa May of the company’s commitment to Britain’s automotive industry despite the ongoing turmoil of Brexit.




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Retail sales of Jaguar saloons and Land Rover SUVs fell 13.2 percent from July-September 2018

It was in July 2018, that Jaguar Land Rover Automotive announced that the UK Government needed to urgently provide certainty for business including guaranteed tariff-free access and frictionless trade with the European Union. Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover had said back then “Jaguar Land Rover’s heart and soul is in the UK. However we, and our partners in the supply chain, face an unpredictable future if the Brexit negotiations do not maintain free and frictionless trade with the EU and unrestricted access to the single market. We urgently need greater certainty to continue to invest heavily in the UK and safeguard our suppliers, customers and 40,000 British-based employees.”

A couple of months later, in October 2018, Tata Motors, announced a turnaround plan for JLR which had been hit hard by trade tensions between China and the US, low demand for diesel cars in Europe and worries over Brexit. It was called ‘Project Charge’ and Tata Motors said it planned to cut costs and improve cash flows at Jaguar Land Rover by $3.2 billion in the next 18 months. JLR plans to launch several new vehicles but the big one will be the new Range Rover Defender which will be showcased soon. Over the next few years JLR will also offer a hybrid or electric version of all its models by 2020.


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Also Read: Tata Motors Reveals Turn Around Plan For JLR

Now, a report in ‘The Sunday Times’ suggests that Tata Motors has reportedly assured Prime Minister Theresa May of the company’s commitment to Britain’s automotive industry despite the ongoing turmoil of Brexit. According to report, Tata Sons chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran is understood to have written to the British premier to stress that the Tata Group plans to keep investing in JLR and has no intention of selling the firm.

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Land Rover has already teased the new-gen Defender and it will make its world debut in 2019 

The company in fact seeks the support of the government for electric and driverless technology, and for building a battery factory in the Midlands region of England. Tata Motors made a loss of ₹ 10.49 billion for the July-September quarter, compared to a profit of ₹ 24.83 billion a year ago. JLR reported a loss of 101 million pounds during the quarter and its margin on earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell 130 basis points to 9.9 percent.

Retail sales of Jaguar saloons and Land Rover SUVs fell 13.2 percent to about 130,000 units, hurt particularly by tariff changes in China and escalating trade tensions.

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As part of the turnaround plan, JLR will first focus on cash saving by reducing non-product investments and speeding up asset sales. In the near term it will improve efficiency in areas including purchasing and material cost, manufacturing and logistics and people and will focus on strategic and non-core asset sales. JLR has already reduced the number of production days at its UK plants in Castle Bromwich and Solihull.

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Tata Motors And Zoomcar Partner To Rent Tata Tigor Electric Vehicles


The first batch of Tata Tigor EVs were flagged off in Pune, as Zoomcar aims to expand to 20 cities with the 500 electric cars.




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Greg Moran, Zoomcar & Shailesh Chandra, Tata Motors at the flag off in Pune

After supplying electric vehicles to the government, Tata Motors has now partnered with self-drive rental company Zoomcar and will be offering 500 Tata Tigor electric vehicles. The Tata Tigor EVs are being supplied for operations only in Pune for now. The first batch of the Tata Tigor electric vehicles were flagged off at a ceremony in Pune at the automaker’s dealership. The rental company plans to reach out to 20 cities with the 500 Tata electric cars by next year. Tata Motors produces the Tigor EVs at the company’s facility at Sanand, Gujarat and has been supplying the same to EESL.

Tata Motors – President, Electric Mobility Business & Corporate Strategy, Shailesh Chandra said, “The future of mobility will increasingly be connected, shared and powered by zero emission technologies. Tata Motors is strongly committed to this transformative journey and working with all like-minded partners to accelerate the enabling ecosystem. It is a great pleasure to announce our partnership with Zoomcar to offer shared electric mobility solution for the citizens of Pune. Tata Tigor EV will now be available on the self-drive rental platform, offered by Zoomcar, to enable zero-emission transport option for the citizens of Pune. We are confident that our customers will appreciate and enjoy the driving experience.”

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Commenting on the partnership, Zoomcar – Co-Founder and CEO, Greg Moran said, “The Zoomcar team is thrilled to partner with Tata Motors to bring electric vehicles to Pune. This marks the beginning of a dynamic partnership within electric mobility and we expect to touch 20 cities and 500 electric vehicles with Tata over the next year.”

The Tata Tigor EVs were first unveiled late last year and visually aren’t very different from its internal combustion engine-powered derivatives. The subcompact sedan can seat five, has a use-able boot and gets all the basic features in place including air conditioning, power steering, audio system and more. The Tata Tigor EV offers a range of up to 120 km and delivers a top speed of 130 kmph. The Tigor EV is not on sale yet to the average Indian car buyer.

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In a statement, Tata said that the company is committed to the government’s vision of driving electric mobility in the country and is collaborating with other partners to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles. That being said, Tata isn’t the first manufacturer to tie-up with Zoomcar. The rental company partnered with Mahindra Electric in July this year to offer 50 e2oPlus electric vehicles in Pune for self driving as well as renting. The self-drive rental company also signed an MoU with Delhi’s NTPC last month for development and utilization of public charging infrastructure.

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Tata Motors Introduces I&LCVs In Bhutan


The I&LCVs come with the 497 TCIC ngine which offers 125 bhp and 400Nm torque. In addition, the common rail engine engine boasts of viscous fan technology for low NVH levels.




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Asif Shamim, RM (SAARC) Tata Motors, Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi, Minister for I&B, Bhutan at the Launch

Tata Motors announced the commercial launch of four new models to augment its range of Intermediate and Light Commercial Vehicles (I&LCV) – LPT 912, LPK 912, LPK 1212 and LPT1412 in Bhutan. The models comprise of light-trucks 5 Tonners to 13 Tonners GVW and a new tipper range from 3 CuM to 6.5 CuM all of which will be launched in a phased manner. These models come with a Common Rail Diesel Injection (CRDI) engine technology and enhanced fuel efficiency. The I&LCVs come with the 497 TCIC ngine which offers 125 bhp and 400Nm torque. In addition, the common rail engine engine boasts of viscous fan technology for low NVH levels. All these models are equipped with GBS 40. The GBS 40, the most proven gear box is available with a 5 forward + 1 reverse option and an unmatched warranty of 3 years/3000 hrs.

Speaking on the occasion, Asif Shamim, Regional Manager (SAARC), International Business-Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Ltd. said “It is our constant endeavor to provide Bhutanese customers with world class products and services. Our latest range of I&LCV trucks offers unmatched performance, comfort and safety, along with versatility of various load body lengths and tipper capacities to cater to a varied number of applications. These trucks are designed and tested for the conditions in Bhutan and will deliver power, performance and profitability to our customers, exceeding all their expectations.”


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The new range offers comfort and performance with suspended seats, refreshed interiors, new and smoother steering with tilt and telescopic adjusting features and best-in-class grade-ability making the toughest terrains easy to manoeuvre. Additionally, the deeper gear ratios allow this range of trucks to move across any terrain with ease . Reinforced chassis, clutch plates and stiffer and heavy-duty leaf springs adds to the durability of the vehicles

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Tata Motors To Increase Prices By Up To Rs. 40,000 From January 2019


Price of all Tata cars and SUVs will be increase by up to Rs. 40,000 depending on the model and city. The new prices will go into effect from January 1, 2019.




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Tata Motors says that the hike in price is due to rising input costs and the increase in fuel prices

Tata Motors has announced that it will increase the prices of its entire passenger vehicles range in India by up to INR 40,000. The price hikes will vary for each model depending on the variants and city, and the new prices will be effective from January 1, 2019. The company says that the hike in price is due to rising input costs and the increase in fuel prices. That said, usually, January is the month when almost all the manufactures announce a price hike. In fact, Renault, Volkswagen and Isuzu Motors have already announced their respective price hikes.

Also Read: Tata Tiago XZ+ Launched In India, Prices Start At ₹ 5.57 Lakh


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The Tata Tiago got a new top-end XZ+ variant in India this month

Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, “The changing market conditions, rising input costs and various external economic factors have compelled us to consider this price increase. We are optimistic on maintaining our growth trajectory in the coming year on the back of our robust portfolio consisting of segment-leading products like TIAGO, HEXA, TIGOR and the NEXON. Early 2019 will also mark the entrance of our most awaited SUV – the HARRIER. We are confident that the HARRIER will receive all the love from our existing and prospective customers and will further help us in strengthening our brand salience.”

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Tata Motors will also be launching the all-new Tata Harrier in January 2018

Also Read: Tata Nexon Creates History With 5 Star Global NCAP Crash Test Rating

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In January, Tata Motors will also be launching its premium compact SUV, the Tata Harrier, which have already driven, and it’s expected to be priced in the range of ₹ 16 lakh to ₹ 20 lakh. In fact, this year itself, we saw the launch of the several new and updated Tata cars like – the Nexon Kraz edition, Hexa Downtown Urban edition, Tiago JTP, Tigot JTP and the refreshed 2018 Tigor as well. 2019 will also see the launch of Tata’s upcoming premium hatchback, codenamed 45X, which is expected to arrive towards the end of next year.

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Tata Motors Group’s Global Sales Falls By 7% In November 2018


The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in November 2018, including Jaguar Land Rover, were at 1,04,964 units, lower by 7 per cent, as compared to November 2017.




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The Tata Motors Group posted a net loss of Rs. 1902.4 crore in the first quarter of FY2019.

It’s not been a great year for car manufacturers not only in India, but also across the world. While consumer sentiments changing is one aspect for this change, there’s been a lot of talk about a slump in sales of diesel powered cars and of course the hike in prices of crude oil globally. All this and the prevalent economic factors have had an impact on car sales and it’s reflected in the sales numbers of car manufacturers. The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in November 2018, including Jaguar Land Rover, were at 1,04,964 units, lower by 7 per cent, as compared to November 2017. In fact, it was in August this year that the Indian automaker reported a consolidated net loss of ₹ 1902.4 crore in the first quarter of FY2019.

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The Range Rover Velar has received a good response from customers globally 


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The company had posted a net profit of ₹ 3199 crore during the same quarter last year. The company announced that it was hit by losses at its UK subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and higher raw material costs. This is the company’s first quarterly loss in three years. The luxury brand reported a loss of 210 million Pounds (around ₹ 1900 crore) between April and June 2018, which was attributed to a number of factors primarily being the duty reduction in China last month, and diesel concerns in the UK and Europe.

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The E-Pace has been one of the front runners for Jaguar in terms of sales

On the commercial vehicles front, global wholesales for all Tata Motors’ vehicles and Tata Daewoo range in November 2018 stood at 38,535 units, lower by 6 per cent compared to November 2017. Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles in November 2018 were at 66,429 nos., lower by 7 per cent compared to November 2017.

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Jaguar Land Rover sold 49,312 vehicles in November 2018 with Jaguar contributing to kitty with the sale of 15,114 units and Land Rover selling 34,198 vehicles. Sales in China for Jaguar Land Rover decreased by 49 percent because of the challenging market conditions amid tariff changes and continued trade tensions with the US.

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Tesla May Consider Buying Idle General Motors Plants


Elon Musk told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he may be willing to buy some of the five factories General Motors Co. will idle next year.




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Tesla is the the second rival to step up with possible job-creating moves as GM takes political heat

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he may be willing to buy some of the five factories General Motors Co. will idle next year, making him the second rival in two days to step up with possible job-creating moves as GM takes political heat for cutting workers.

Musk made the statements in an interview with Leslie Stahl that will air Sunday. CBS released excerpts Friday.

GM CEO Mary Barra was in Washington the past two days meeting with members of Congress about her plans to close five factories in North America and lay off 14,700 workers. She is under pressure to keep some of those facilities opened.

While Barra was speaking with legislators on Thursday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it will reopen one of its idle engine plant in Detroit and build a new Jeep, intensifying the irritation in Congress over GM’s plan to cut jobs.

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Tesla makes the all-electric Model S, Model X and Model 3 at its sole auto plant in California, which it bought from a joint venture operated by GM and Toyota Motor Corp.

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Anand Mahindra Congratulates Tata Motors On Nexon Crash Test Rating


The Tata Nexon becoming the first ever car from an Indian manufacturer to receive a 5 star safety rating from Global NCAP.




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The Tata Nexon received 16.06 points out of a possible 17- the highest as yet for any Indian made car.

Made-in-India cars are finally getting a spotlight on the global stage. It was just yesterday that we told you about the Tata Nexon becoming the first ever car from an Indian manufacturer to receive a 5 star safety rating from Global NCAP. Congratulations have poured in from all over the world for Tata Motors and but there was one tweet we couldn’t ignore and that came from the Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra.

Also Read: Tata Nexon Receives 5 Star Safety Rating

Anand Mahindra posted a tweet which said, “Big shout out and congratulations to Tata Motors for this achievement. We will join them in proving that ‘Made in India’ is second to none.” Yes, Mahindra too had its share of success at the Global NCAP crash test with the Marazzo.

Also Read: Anand Mahindra Goads Musk To Bring Tesla To India

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The Mahindra Marazzo has become the safest car in its class with this 4 star rating

The recently launched new Mahindra Marazzo MPV has become the safest car in its class, with a high 4 star crash rating in the latest round of India crash tests by Global NCAP. It’s now also the 2nd highest car by overall score amongst all 32 India-made models tested by Global NCAP so far; the first of course being the Nexon.

Also Read: Mahindra Marazzo Receives 4 Star Safety Rating 

Secretary General, Global NCAP, David Ward, congratulated both Tata Motors and Mahindra by tweeting, “Great to see major Indian competitors TataMotors Mahindra celebrating their four & five star success in #SaferCarsForIndia!”

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The successful side impact test on the Nexon sealed its 5 star rating

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The global safety watchdog had given the Nexon a 4 star safety rating back in August 2018 and now the subcompact SUV has passed the side impact test with flying colours. The Tata Nexon received 16.06 points out of a possible 17- the highest as yet for any Indian made car. That this feat comes from an Indian manufacturer rather than a multinational is of significant importance.

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