Tangential Trends

Acting Fresh…Again!

A year back, we had just picked and dusted ourselves up after the disaster called 2013. Passenger vehicle sales were down with no signs of revival and we analysed factors that had led to the fall. Analysts at EMMAAA were of the opinion that sales...

Top Five Things that Worry Us

We at IAR are a bunch of skeptics and critics. We like finding problems where none some exist. So while the entire industry is getting optimistic about the market, we sat down to look at the biggest issues that worry us today. The industry may have...

GM India – Will it survive?

Many unnamed business gurus advise start-ups to fail, and fail fast. You see, it is okay to fail. In the theoretical world of business gurus, failure is seen as a learning exercise. By failing faster, you learn faster. Then, as another set of...

Corking the Champagne

The miser in us has always wondered if it is possible to open a bottle of Champagne, pour out a flute, then cork it again, and put it back in the fridge? Would the bubbly still be bubbly when I take it out another day and pour out another flute?...

Go Public? Stay Private…

The Indian automotive industry hasn’t witnessed many any carmakers, barring Maruti-Suzuki, going public in the last thirty years. At the same time, many suppliers have floated on the stock exchanges. Why do vehicle manufacturers shun away from...

What Makes Maruti-Suzuki Tick?

In a diverse market like India, where most of the major automotive brands (barring PSA and the Chinese lot) are represented in one way or another, for one to maintain market leadership over three decades is impressive. That Maruti-Suzuki does that...

Nano – Staying Small

When Tata Motors unveiled the Nano Ultra Low Cost Car (ULCC) during Auto Expo 2008, there was absolute euphoria within the Indian and Global media. This was perhaps the first time that a carmaker had developed an all-new passenger car from scratch...

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