Indian Auto Industry Continues to Grow

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

India is fast becoming a powerhouse of the global auto industry, where the sector accounts for 22 percent of the nation’s manufacturing GDP.

Today, almost every major automaker has set up facilities in the country and according to a recent report by the Standard Charter Bank; India is likely to surpass Thailand in auto export market share by 2020.

According to the Confederation of Indian Industry, the auto sector India is globally the:

• 10th largest passenger car market

• 5th largest commercial vehicle market

• 5th largest bus and truck market

In the period 2010-2012 the sector grew by 26%, however growth slowed to 12% in 2012. The Indian Government recognises the impact of the sector on the nation’s economy and consequently, its Automotive Mission Plan 2016 seeks to grow the industry to US $145bn by 2016 and have it contribute 10% to the nation’s GDP. India is also emerging as a geographical hub for automotive R&D and distribution.

In 2014 Australian’s purchased 21,444 Indian built vehicles, an increase of 8.3% over the previous year. Conversely, Chinese auto imports accounted for just 4,154 vehicles.

This is in stark contrast to just four years ago when Chinese imported vehicles accounted for 6,6,90 sales and Indian sourced vehicles, 6,349 units.

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenue of USD 38.9 billion in 2013-14. It is the leader in commercial vehicles in each segment, and among the top in passenger vehicles with winning products in the compact, midsize car and utility vehicle segments. The Tata Motors Group’s has over 60,000 employees globally.

Amongst these 60,000 employees are over 4,500 engineers, scientists and technicians, working out of the company’s R&D centres in Pune, Jamshedpur, Lucknow, Dharwad in India, and in South Korea, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

Established in 1945, Tata Motors’ presence cuts across the length and breadth of India and over 8 million Tata vehicles ply Indian roads, since the first rolled out in 1954.

Tata Motors is listed in the New York Stock Exchange (September 2004) and has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia.

In 2004, it acquired the Daewoo Commercial Vehicles Company, South Korea’s second largest truck maker, now known as Tata Daewoo and in 2008 acquired Jaguar Land Rover.

Tata Motors vehicles are marketed in several countries across Europe as well as in Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, South Asia, South America, CIS and Russia. It has franchisee/joint venture assembly operations in Bangladesh, Ukraine, and Senegal.

The Tata Motors Xenon, which is sold in Australia, is manufactured in Pune, 150km south east of Mumbai.

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