Maruti Suzuki Targets Annual Production Of 2 Million Units By 2020


Toshihiro Suzuki, President, Suzuki Motor Corporation, has said that the company’s Gujarat plant is aiming to ramp up annual production to 7.5 lakh units by 2020, by adding a third assembly line.

Toshihiro Suzuki, President, Suzuki Motor Corporation, has said that Suzuki’s third plant in Gujarat will aim to ramp up annual production to 7.5 lakh units by 2020. Currently, the Suzuki Hansalpur plant annually manufactures 2.5 lakh units out of one assembly line and the second line will be up and running in the next few months while the third assembly line should start operations by early 2020. Maruti Suzuki plans to get its annual production capacity to 20 lakh or 2 million units by the next financial year.

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(Toshihiro Suzuki, President, Suzuki Motor Corporation explained about the company’s production plans at the ongoing Vibrant Gujarat Summit)

Toshihiro Suzuki said, “Suzuki is making investments in Gujarat on a continuous basis. The first vehicle assembly plant of Suzuki Motor Gujarat was inaugurated in September 2017. The second plant will start shortly. We plan to commission the third assembly plant in 2020. After three plants in operations, annual production capacity of Suzuki Motor Gujarat will be enhanced up to 750,000 units.”

As of now, Maruti Suzuki’s Gurugram and Manesar plants have a total combined annual capacity of 15 lakh units with each plant manufacturing 7.5 lakh units each. Adding Suzuki’s capacity, the company currently has a grand total annual production capacity of 17.5 lakh units. Once the third assembly line at Gujarat plant begins operations, the total annual production capacity could go up to 22 lakh units or 2.2 million units by 2020.

This bodes well for the Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) too as it recently signed a new Royalty formula with Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC). At present, MSIL pays royalty to SMC for all models in yen with the exception of the Vitara Brezza, for which it pays the royalty in rupees. By 2025, MSIL will be paying royalties on all models to SMC in rupees.

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Royalty payment in rupees aims to reduce average royalty rates to 5 per cent of the net sales of existing models. Comparatively, royalty payment in Japanese Yen was about 5.6 to 6 per cent for existing models.

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Industrial Production Growth (IIP) Slows In November: Factory Activity Data


Industrial production growth stood at 0.5 per cent in November, the government said on Friday, largely due to a contraction in manufacturing activity. That marked the slowest rate of growth in industrial production recorded since June 2017. The industrial production or factory output, determined by Index of Industrial Production (IIP), also missed economists’ expectation by a large margin.

A poll of economists had forecast a growth of 4.1 per cent in industrial production for November, news agency Reuters reported.

The growth in industrial production in October was revised upwards to 8.4 per cent, from 8.1 per cent, the data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed.

In the category of manufacturing, which has a weightage of 77.6 per cent on the index, the production contracted 0.4 per cent in November. Growth in manufacturing had stood at 8.2 per cent in the previous month, the data showed.

Growth in mining and electricity stood at 2.7 per cent and 5.1 per cent in November. Mining has a weightage of 14.4 per cent on the Index of Industrial Production.

Industrial production in the first eight months of the current financial year (April-November) was at 5 per cent, the government noted in its statement.

(With agency inputs)





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Rolls-Royce Warns Brexit Could Bring Production To A Halt


Ultra-luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce said its factory in southern England risks being paralyzed in the event of a hard Brexit if just one component becomes unavailable because of border delays.




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Rolls Royce productions could be severely affected by the outcomes of BREXIT.

Some of Britain’s largest and most storied manufacturers are making a last-ditch plea to lawmakers to avoid a disorderly retreat from the European Union with stark warnings of production grinding to a halt and political inertia hurting their business. Ultra-luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce said its factory in southern England risks being paralyzed in the event of a hard Brexit if just one component becomes unavailable because of border delays. At planemaker Airbus SE, which makes the wings for all its aircraft in the U.K., uncertainty about which sort of Brexit may happen has become “really unbearable” and costs for contingency planning and preparations have ballooned into the many millions, Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders said Wednesday night in London.

With just 78 days left until the U.K. leaves the European Union one way or the other, the political stalemate continues to haunt companies that rely on the uninterrupted flow of goods and stability to make investments. Like other automakers, Rolls-Royce operates a just-in-time production system, usually holding parts for no more than 24 hours, creating the risk that any supply-chain snags freeze up the entire operation.


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“My plea to decision-makers in London: Whether you think that leaving the EU is good for the U.K. or not, by all means: stop filibustering around this issue, allow for an orderly, agreed Brexit and find an agreement with Brussels,” Enders said in the British capital to an audience that included U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed exit agreement with the European Union is widely expected to be rejected by lawmakers when it’s put to a vote in Parliament next week, keeping the possibility of a no-deal Brexit on the agenda.

Enders said the money already spent on stockpiling parts is only a fraction of what the company would incur in case of a disorderly divorce. Rolls-Royce is also preparing for a no-deal split on March 29 by training suppliers in new import procedures, bringing forward an annual production halt to the first two weeks of April, investing in IT systems, and — like rival Aston Martin — arranging for some parts to be flown in if ports become snarled by customs delays. Still, the maker of the $325,000 Cullinan sports utility vehicle’s “super-fragile” logistics chain remains vulnerable, Chief Executive Officer Mueller-Oetvoes said in London on Wednesday.

“You can plan for whatever you want but you can’t store up weeks of parts, and if the logistics chain breaks it will affect production,” he said in a briefing at Rolls-Royce’s Mayfair showroom. “You only need to miss one component and you can’t finish the car.”

Rolls-Royce sources 32,000 parts used in its vehicles from more than 600 global suppliers, with only 8 percent produced in the U.K. That requires 35 daily cross-Channel truck journeys. The level of customization on offer means each car takes about 800 hours to build, adding to the scope for disruption. Other automakers like Jaguar Land Rover have warned that tens of thousands of British jobs are at risk in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Whatever the circumstances, Rolls-Royce rules out moving production away from its Goodwood plant near England’s south coast, with the marque’s British credentials central to its appeal to the ultra-rich, Mueller-Oetvoes said. “This is a no go,” he said, adding that Rolls-Royce is committed to Britain and that a third of its customers travel to Goodwood, “sitting with engineers and designers to specify their dream and see how we craft and hand-build things.”

For Airbus, too, moving out of the U.K. is fraught with complexity. The wings are among the most complex components of an aircraft and the facilities in the U.K. have honed decades of manufacturing expertise. At the same time, Airbus relies on open borders to make the logistics work, often shipping parts or entire wings back and forth between the mainland and the U.K. multiple times with special cargo planes.

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Enders, an outspoken critic of the U.K.’s plan to leave the EU, stopped short of endorsing May’s deal that is awaiting a vote in parliament next week. Hammond backed him in his view that leaving without a deal would run counter to British interest. Speaking shortly after Enders, Hammond said his government will do “everything we can” to back the aerospace sector.

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Apple Cuts First Quarter Production Plan for New iPhone Models by 10 Percent: Report


Apple is cutting planned production for its three new iPhone models by about 10 percent for the March quarter, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Wednesday, a week after the company slashed its quarterly sales forecast.

That rare step exposed weakening demand in China for Apple’s iPhones amid a slowing economy, which has also been buffeted by a bruising trade war with the United States.

Many analysts and consumers have said the new iPhones are overpriced.

Apple asked its suppliers late last month to produce fewer-than-planned models of the XS, XS Max, and XR, Nikkei said, citing sources with knowledge of the request.

The request was made before Apple cut its forecast last week, Nikkei said. The surprise warning triggered a broad sell-off in global stock markets.

Overall planned production volume of both old and new iPhones is expected to be cut to about 40 million to 43 million units for the January-March quarter, from an earlier projection of 47 million to 48 million units, Nikkei reported citing one source familiar with the situation.

Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Apple May Cut iPhone Production Yet Again: Analyst


Apple May Cut iPhone Production Yet Again: Analyst

Apple may reduce the production orders for the latest crop of iPhones, claims analyst

Apple could further reduce the production orders for the latest crop of iPhones in the first quarter of 2019, predicts Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang. The Cupertino-based company has reportedly already cut the new iPhone orders at least twice. While the previous cuts were attributed to the lower-than-expected demand for the phone, the upcoming reduction could be to deal with the weakness in demand from China because of the fallout from the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the analyst says.

An investor note floated by Zhang recently notes that the Chinese companies are showing their support to Huawei by offering to subsidise the Huawei smartphone purchases of their employees, instead of the iPhone purchases. The analyst claims that the iPhone XR production orders could be reduced by as much as 2.5 million units with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max seeing cuts of 1 million and 500,000 units respectively.

To remind you, Huawei’s Wanzhou was held in Canada earlier this month and is facing extradition to the United States over charges related to violations of export controls and US sanctions. Wanzhou was granted bail on December 12.

Earlier, Apple had shocked investors by revealing that it is expecting lower-than-expected sales for the Christmas quarter. Following which the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple, in late October, had slashed up to a third of the 70 million units that it had asked the suppliers to assemble for the iPhone XR. The company further increased the number of cuts in November. Apple’s new iPhones – iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR — were introduced in September this year with prices starting from $749. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models went on sale the same month, whereas iPhone XR reached the stores in October.

In other Apple news, the company pulled some older iPhone models from the German stores because of the ongoing patent battle with Qualcomm. According to the company, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will not be available at Apple’s 15 retail stores in the country. The other stores will continue to carry all iPhone models.



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Probe Agency Seeks Production Warrant Against Christian Michel


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Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday moved a petition in Delhi’s Patiala House Court seeking production warrant of Christian Michel, alleged middleman in Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.

The production warrant is an order issued by a criminal court of law to produce a person before the court in connection with criminal proceedings pending against him.

The 54-year-old Michel is an accused in the case along with others including former Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief SP Tyagi. The AgustaWestland helicopter deal finalised during the previous government headed by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh got mired in the allegations of kickbacks.

According to the ED charge sheet filed in a court two years back, Michel had received kickbacks to the tune of 30 million Euros from AgustaWestland for the deal involving the purchase of 12 VIP helicopters. The deal, signed in 2007, was scrapped in 2013 following the bribery allegations.

At present, Michel is in judicial custody and is lodged in Tihar jail. He too has filed a new petition asking the judicature to allocate him a special cell in the prison. In its plea, Michel has stated that the other inmates of the cell are bothering him with too many questions.

“It is submitted that the accused Christian James Michel apprehends that the inmates along with him in the cell are trying to interact with him in a detailed manner and asking him questions pertaining to the pending investigation,” reads his petition.

“It is submitted that such interactions with the common people/residents in the cell may go against the interest of the investigation as well as the rights available to the accused in the jail. They tried to mention that the safety of the persons who are interacting with the accused may at some point of time be in jeopardy,” the petition of Michel further reads.

“It is informed by the accused that the residents in the cell are putting uncomfortable questions to him which otherwise affect the personal liberty of the accused,” the petitions adds.

“The accused apprehends that any wrong statements made by any of them through any media interaction may go against the interest of the accused as well the free and fair investigation and trial, which the Constitution of India guarantees,” Michel stated in his plea.





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Mahindra XUV300 Will Be The Production Name Of The S201 Subcompact SUV


Sources close to the company reveal that the new S201 subcompact SUV will be called as the Mahindra XUV300 in India.




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The Mahindra XUV300 is the automaker’s new subcompact SUV based on the SsangYong Tivoli

Mahindra XUV300 will be the name of the company’s all-new subcompact SUV. Known as the S201 so far, the new XUV300 is based on the SsangYong Tivoli’s X100 platform and will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and Ford EcoSport. The new Mahindra XUV300 will be the third sub-4 metre SUV from the home-grown utility vehicle manufacturer, after the TUV300 and the lesser popular NuvoSport, and this new one will be positioned above both the SUVs. As for the launch, the new Mahindra XUV300 is slated to go on sale in India in early February 2019.

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The Mahindra XUV300 takes its design styling inspiration from the bigger XUV500


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Like the bigger Mahindra XUV500, the company has carried over the Cheetah-inspired styling for the new XUV300. So, up front, the new subcompact SUV comes large boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lamps on either end. The SUV also gets large headlamps with extensions that connect to the foglamps creating the tear-duct design.

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Mahindra XUV300 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs, LED taillamps and more

The SUV also gets some bold character lines along the profile with black cladding, short overhangs and larger 17-inch alloy wheels. The rear end, on the other hand, comes with brand new LED taillamps, roof-mounted spoiler with brake lights and a beefy rear bumper with sliver skidplate. Mahindra will also be offering a sunroof with the SUV and roof rails.

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Mahindra XUV300 will also come with a sunroof

The cabin too takes a lot of inspiration from the XUV500, but the styling is unique, with a dual tone light beige and black treatment. The well-equipped dashboard features a touchscreen infotainment system, possibly equipped with Android Auto and Apple Carplay.  On either side we have large air-con vents with chrome bezels for the ones in the corners, and a new steering wheel as well with mounted controls. The new XUV300 will also be feature-rich with leather interior, automatic climate control, 7 airbags, rear parking camera and sensors and much more.

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Mahindra XUV300 will get a well-appointed cabin with 7 airbags on the top-end model

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Mahindra will be offering the new SUV300 in both petrol and diesel engine options. This could include the 1.5-litre diesel unit that is likely to make around 120 bhp, and a newly developed 1.2-litre G80 turbocharged petrol engine. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and as of now, Mahindra will not offer an automatic option.

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Maruti Suzuki Aims To Stop The Production Of BSIV Models By December 2019


The diesel cars are expected to cost around Rs 2.5 lakh more than their petrol counterparts.




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India’s largest carmaker is geared up to meet the BSVI Norms

Maruti Suzuki is aiming to wind up production of all Bharat Stage 4 or BS4 complaint cars by December 2019. The announcement comes on the wake of Bharat Stage 6 preparations as India’s largest carmaker is geared up to ready its entire product line-up to comply with the upcoming emission norms and will be starting with manufacturing of BS6 compliant products thereafter. Only one BS4 model is likely to continue with production in 2020 and that too for a very limited period of time depending on the demand of the particular model.

However, the company as of now has not shared any information on the sales of BSVI compliant models but according to the statement made by the officials earlier, it will be meeting the deadline well ahead of the time. The upgrade is also likely to increase the cost of the vehicles by a significant margin, specially for the diesel variants. The diesel cars are expected to cost around Rs 2.5 lakh more than their petrol counterparts as they will require a major overhaul in a bid to meet the stringent emission norms. According to a statement made earlier, the cost of petrol models are expected to increase by ₹ 35,000. In order to meet the emission norms all the diesel models are required to be fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter and a catalyst reductor which would need design and structural changes in the models, specifically in the sub-four meter ones. 


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At present, Maruti Suzuki is using only a single Fiat sourced 1.3-litre multijet engine across its model line-up. The company is also developing a new 1.5-litre engine which will power its upcoming BSVI models.

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Mahindra S201 Production Name Announcement Date Revealed


Mahindra and Mahindra will be announcing the production name of its upcoming subcompact SUV – S201, on the December 19,




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Mahindra has said that the S201, like the Alturas G4, will also get a different and new name

Mahindra has finally revealed the new date for the name announcement of its upcoming subcompact SUV – S201. Now slated to be announced on the December 19, Mahindra has previously stated that the S201 will also, like the Alturas G4, be named something different and new. So, it’s possible that Mahindra might again, unlike the usual way, choose a name that doesn’t come with an ‘O’ at the end. Upon launch, the new Mahindra S201 will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and Ford EcoSport .

The upcoming SUV is based on the SsangYong Tivoli and unlike the G4 Rexton-based Alturas G4 Mahindra is expected to have changed more than just the badging. While we are yet to see the actual SUV, based on the several test mules spotted so far the upcoming S201 is also likely to come with several styling updates both on the outside as well as the inside. For instance, it will get a revised rear section with new taillamps, as revealed in some of the spy photos.


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Mahindra S201 SUV gets new LED taillamps, very different from what the Tivoli gets

On the flipside, the SUV will also carry over some of the offerings of the Tivoli, like – projector headlamps, LED DRLs, alloy wheels, touchscreen infotainment system, sunroof, auto climate control with dual-zone function, cruise control and more. The SUV is likely to be a five-seater only, and not get a seven-seater version like some of Mahindra’s sub-4-metre SUVs including the TUV300 and the NuvoSport.

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Powertrain options are likely to include the new 1.2-litre G80 turbo petrol motor that will be available right from the start, alongside the 1.5-litre diesel. Both engines will come paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox while an AMT unit is also likely.

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delhi high court cancelled Restriction on production of oxytocin drug


सिर्फ सरकार की कर्नाटक एंटीबॉयोटिक एंड फार्मास्यूटिकल लिमिटेड (केएपीएल) को दवा के घरेलू इस्तेमाल के लिए उत्पादन की इजाजत दी गई थी.

दिल्ली हाइ कोर्ट ने ऑक्सीटोसिन दवा के उत्पादन पर प्रतिबंध को किया रद्द

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