Automobile Sales in May: Automobile sales in May another poor show as Covid played spoilsport

NEW DELHI: Automobile manufacturers in May reported a high double-digit y-o-y slide in sales due to disruption caused by Covid-19. Maruti records 86% slumpThe country’s largest carmaker reported an 86.23% decline in total sales at 18,539 units in May. The company had last year reported sales of 1,34,641 units during the month. Domestic sales declined by 88.93 per cent to 13,888 units last month, as against 1,25,552 units in May 2019. The company exported 4,651 units last month, down 48.82 per cent from 9,089 units in May 2019. Hyundai sales…

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MG Motor: MG Motor to sanitise 4,000 police vehicles across India

NEW DELHI: MG Motor India on Monday said it plans to sanitise around 4,000 police vehicles across the country. The company is undertaking complete car sanitisation including fumigation, car wash, cabin refresh and sanitisation of high touch points of police vehicles, MG Motor India said in a statement. Under the initiative, the carmaker aims to sanitise up to 4,000 police vehicles across the country at its service stations, free of cost, starting May 4, it added. “We understand the risks undertaken by the police department especially in these tough times,”…

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MG Motor: Hector Plus, Gloster launch plan on track amid Covid-19 crisis

NEW DELHI: MG Motor pavilion at Auto Expo 2020 was a crowd-puller in the rather dull marquee event. The six-seater avatar of Hector and luxury MPV Gloster saw the light of the day and created ripples in the crowd with much fanfare. Two months down the line, with coronavirus making its presence felt, the world is staring at an unprecedented lockdown and threatening economic slump. Industries have shut, workers forced to flee and buyers resorting to staying indoors, the deserted roads present a grim picture. MG Motors India, which is…

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MG Motor India: In talks with 3 medical device companies to manufacture ventilators: MG Motor India

NEW DELHI: MG Motor India is in talks with three medical device makers, including GE, to produce ventilators at its Halol facility to help meet demand during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a top company official. The company, which has also launched a hunt for a low-cost ventilator design through a challenge, is also developing its own ventilator and hopes to be ready with a prototype within a week as part of its three-pronged approach to get into ventilator manufacturing considering the shortage during this health crisis. “We are talking…

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coronavirus: ‘Stay home, roads can wait’: Automakers reach out through quirky social media posts

NEW DELHI: As India and the world stand in the middle of coronavirus scare, social distancing has become a norm. Automakers, in their ways, have chosen punchy pick-up lines to aware and educate customers on the need to stay at home during the crisis. The virus has affected over 6,00,000 people globally while the death total in India is nearing 20. PM Modi, earlier this week, declared a county-wide 21-day lockdown as a measure to promote social distancing. Automotive manufacturers have opted for social media to express their concerns and…

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MG Motor India: Coronavirus impact hits MG Motor India retail sales, component supply affected

NEW DELHI: MG Motor India on Sunday reported retail sales of 1,376 units in February, hit by component supply constraints from coronavirus hit-China and other locations. MG Motor’s sales last month included 158 units of ZS EV, the carmaker’s latest electric SUV, the company said in a statement. The company had retailed 3,130 units in January. SUV Hector and ZS EV are part of MG Motor India portfolio currently. The company had launched ZS EV at an introductory price of Rs 20.88 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). MG Motor said it…

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Maruti, Hyundai, Toyota say production schedules unaffected so far by coronavirus outbreak in China

NEW DELHI: Major automobile manufacturers Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Toyota Kirloskar Motor do not see any immediate impact on their production schedules due to disruption in supply of components from plants located in coronavirus-hit China. The companies, however, continue to monitor the situation closely, especially the operations of their major suppliers, in order to face any adverse situation that crops up in the future. “We do not foresee any problem as of now. We will keep in touch with our suppliers and will inform if there is any issue”, a…

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MG Motor India eyes increasing production of SUV Hector by up to 30%

NEW DELHI: MG Motor India plans to increase production of its SUV Hector by around 30 per cent after BS-VI emission norms come into effect from April 1, according to a senior company official. The company, which last week launched the ZS EV, is also set to review plans for a sub-Rs 10 lakh electric vehicle (EV) considering the robust response to its pure electric SUV. MG Motors to ramp up ZS EV production from March: Rajeev Chaba “In case of Hector we are planning for another ramp up and…

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