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12 months in evaluate: Key highlights from the Indian auto trade | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Revealed On Dec 31, 2021 08:00:00 AM

We glance again all of the essential occasions, bulletins and legislations that affected the Indian auto trade in 2021


2021 hasn’t been a straightforward 12 months for anybody, automotive trade included; and whereas there was vital restoration, we’ve seen some main pandemic-related setbacks as properly. Right here’s a take a look at a number of the key highlights the Indian Automotive Trade has been via this 12 months.

Money for trash 

After numerous talks and deliberation a few Car Scrappage Coverage, the central authorities lastly handed one this 12 months. When it comes to the time frame, the coverage implementation will start with heavy industrial automobiles, which is able to bear obligatory health checks beginning April 1, 2023. For all different automobiles, obligatory health checks will start from June 1, 2024. The scrappage coverage comes into impact after a automobile’s registration cycle is over – on the whole, personal passenger automobiles have a timeframe of 15 years and industrial automobiles 10 years. The scheme is voluntary and automobiles which fail the check have the chance to check twice extra, put up which the automobile will probably be mandatorily scrapped. The renewal, nonetheless, will include larger charges and extra taxes, whereas scrapped automobiles will obtain a payout and rebates on a brand new buy.

Amped Up

The EV race definitely bought a lift this 12 months with carmakers both launching EVs or asserting their future electrical plans. Whereas market chief Maruti is wanting in direction of hybrids and CNG, it’ll additionally launch its first EV by 2025. In the meantime, Tata Motors created a brand new electrical division and plans an EV portfolio of 10 automobiles by 2026. Alternatively, Mahindra has introduced eight EVs by 2027, whereas Hyundai has introduced six by 2028. Moreover, just a few manufacturers have introduced plans to transition to turning into absolutely electrical carmakers – Jaguar plans to go all electrical by 2025, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo plan to do the identical by 2030, and Audi by 2033.

On the secure facet  

Car security has seen regular progress in India and the previous 12 months was no completely different. This 12 months noticed the staggered introduction of the obligatory fitment of twin entrance airbags on all vehicles in India. The regulation required any new mannequin launched after April 1, 2021 to get a twin airbag set-up as normal. Automobiles already on sale required the standardisation of twin airbags from August 31, nonetheless, this deadline was then pushed to December 31, 2021 owing to the state of affairs attributable to the continued pandemic.

On once more, off once more

Ford had a tumultuous few years in India, none extra so than this final one. After what appeared like a strong plan to regain floor within the Indian market with a Joint Enterprise (JV) with erstwhile associate Mahindra, issues went downhill for the American model. The JV was known as off on the final levels and the 2 manufacturers minimize all ties and plans for future shared merchandise. Having pinned its future mannequin technique largely on Mahindra platforms, Ford was left with no choice aside from halting manufacturing in India, after virtually 27 years of operation. Ford will promote its crops right here, however will nonetheless stick with it with a CBU solely portfolio – it has introduced the Mustang Mach E for our market – whereas it additionally said that it’ll retain almost 90 p.c of its service community.

Chipped away

One of many greatest – if not the most important – problem for the automotive world has been the international semiconductor scarcity that started in 2020, however surged all via the previous 12 months. The principle reason for the scarcity was two-fold. Firstly, carmakers lowered demand for digital chips as a result of drop in gross sales accompanied by the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and so they simply weren’t anticipating the restoration of demand to be as quick or robust because it was. Secondly, demand for semiconductors boomed within the client electronics trade (laptops, PCs, telephones, gaming consoles, and so on) given the rise in do business from home for many of the workforce across the globe.

Provided that these digital chips are used for all the pieces from controlling headlights and mirror changes to dealing with complicated processes like ADAS (advance driver help techniques) and telematics, the influence of the scarcity has been extreme. A lot so that almost all automotive manufactures have needed to minimize manufacturing to function the above-mentioned options. A main instance of this is able to be Maruti Suzuki, the Indian market chief, who noticed manufacturing minimize by almost 60 p.c in September.

Moreover, many carmakers have even tweaked specs, dropping complicated digital options that require a number of chips to function. As an example, Mahindra has introduced a brand new top-end AX7 Good variant for the XUV700 with out the ADAS system.

With most within the trade anticipating this scarcity to be a long-winded affair, corporations just like the Tata Group have introduced their intent to look into the feasibility of creating a semiconductor meeting plant in India. Although this will even possible take a while, with the earliest chips anticipated to roll out of the plant two to a few years down the road. Provided that the scarcity is predicted to hold on in 2022, a fast finish sadly isn’t in sight.

Inexperienced Dream

Whereas EVs are just about the longer term, alternate gas choices too made headlines this 12 months. Maruti, and others like Hyundai and Tata, is pursuing CNG, whereas the federal government has additionally expressed its need to discover ethanol-blended fuels. It has already said its intention to mandate the manufacture of flex gas engines (engine that may take a variable and better than 15 p.c mix of ethanol) in addition to pure ethanol pushed automobiles in India. 

Direct to buyer  

In a bid to reinforce its fledgling supplier community, Citroën started gross sales of its C5 SUV on to prospects, whereas Mercedes made an attention-grabbing change in its total gross sales technique. In essence, the German carmaker’s supplier community not purchases vehicles from the model earlier than promoting it to the purchasers. As a substitute, potential patrons now have entry to Mercedes’ total nationwide stock and might place orders straight or through a supplier. Mercedes-Benz says billing will probably be direct to the manufacturing unit, which suggests one mounted and honest nationwide worth and simpler availability of vehicles.

Decrease EV duties, extra infrastructure, free registration

Fuelling the EV spurt has little doubt been the slew of nationwide in addition to state degree incentives. States like Delhi and Maharashtra applied engaging EV insurance policies. As an example, patrons in Maharashtra might have as much as Rs 1.5 lakh off on a Nexon EV. Subsidies and advantages are additionally on provide to these constructing the charging infrastructure. The central authorities additionally exempted all Battery-Operated Autos from paying any payment for registration.

Seeing this EV push, carmakers like Tesla and Hyundai – each of whom plan to import new electrical vehicles to India – have requested the federal government for a discount in import duties for EVs. Whereas these requests had been initially dismissed, the central authorities is at the moment evaluating slashing import duties on EVs.

Starry Nights

Security is more and more turning into a bigger precedence for automotive patrons in India, and because of the crash check scores from international security watchdog World NCAP, automotive security is now on numerous lips. Many manufactures have additionally responded accordingly with good outcomes and, apparently, the 4 new India-spec fashions which have been examined this 12 months have carried out fairly properly, with the Mahindra XUV700 and Tata Punch securing a 5-star score, whereas each the Tata Tigor EV and Renault Triber getting a 4-star score.

Launches from the 12 months

MG Hector Plus – January 7

The three-row spinoff of the favored MG Hector SUV.

Aston Martin DBX  – January 15

Aston’s first SUV made it to the Indian automotive market.

Volvo S60 – January 20

After a short absence, the S60 is again in its third-gen guise.

BMW Three Collection Gran Limousine – January 21

BMW’s Three sequence sedan bought a stretch with an extended wheelbase.

Renault Kiger  – February15

CMF-A based mostly Kiger ushered Renault into compact SUVs.

Tata Safari – February 22

Safari nameplate revived with the three-row model of the Harrier.

Jaguar I-Tempo – March 23

Globally acclaimed I-Tempo marked JLR India’s entry into EVs.

Mercedes-Benz A–Class – March 25

The brand new entry level into the German luxurious model in India.

Citroën C5  – April 7

Consolation-oriented C5 heralded Citroën’s Indian arrival.

Mercedes-Benz GLA – Could 25

Extra upright GLA continues to be Merc’s SUV entry level.

Mercedes Maybach GLS 600  – June 8

 Maybach’s famed degree of luxurious and opulence, in an SUV.

Skoda Octavia – June 10

MQB-based sedan brings again Octavia nameplate to India.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class – June 17

Units the brand new benchmark for tech and luxurious within the section.

Hyundai Alcazar  – June 18

3-row model of the Creta provides a bigger petrol and extra tech.

Skoda Kushaq – June 28

The primary mannequin from the VW Group’s ‘India 2.0’ plan.

Land Rover Defender  – July 8

Iconic three-door Defender lastly arrives in India.

Ferrari Roma  – July 9

The brand new GT showcases Ferrari’s new design language.

Mahindra Bolero  – July 13

TUV300 replace now sporting the Bolero moniker.

Audi e-tron / e-tron Sportback – July 22

Audi entered the EV house with two physique types of the E-tron.

Audi RS5 Sportback  – August 9

Earlier a 2-door coupe, RS5 arrives in four-door Sportback guise.

Mahindra XUV700  – August 14

The a lot awaited XUV500 successor arrived with a brand new nameplate.

Volkswagen Taigun – September 23

Sister automotive to the Kushaq, the Taigun adopted three months later.

Audi e-tron GT – September 22

Slick four-door EV coupe marked Audi’s continued foray into EVs.

Power Gurkha  – September 27

All-new Gurkha continues to supply a rugged and succesful off-road package deal.

MG Astor – October 11

Petrol-powered model of MG’s ZS EV additionally packed in additional options.

Tata Punch – October 18

The Punch serves because the smallest and most inexpensive Tata SUV.

Maruti Celerio – Novemeber 10

New Celerio now underpinned by Maruti’s Heartect platform.

Porsche Taycan / Taycan Cross Turismo – Novemeber 12

Porsche India entered the EV house with the sedan and Cross Turismo property.

Mercedes-AMG A 45 S  – Novemeber 19

This hot-hatch has the world’s strongest turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

BMW iX – December 13

Idea-car like iX is BMW’s fist EV providing in India.

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