Autocar Professional’s March 15, 2024, issue is out! | Autocar Professional

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Cover story

The rise of women in the automotive industry in India is taking place at a fast clip and their contribution is being recognised each day. However, when it comes to creating a level-playing field, there is still some way to go. In this Women’s Day Special issue we deep-dive to try and understand the challenges and the way forward.

The Autocar Professional Women to Watch webinar recognised ladies driving the transformation and growth in the automotive industry. This International Women’s Day, we brought together some of the leading CXOs from the sector to discuss policy and infrastructure interventions to encourage women participation in the industry.

We also visited the Mercedes-Benz car assembly plant in Pune to witness the involvement of women in the production of luxury cars of thr brand.

 

Among the various reports and conversations we also look at ASDC’s plan to benefit and empower 50,000 women through their Solar2EV project.

Special report

Tata Motors was once again in the top news this fortnight as it has announced the demerging of the companies as separate business entities to help nurture growth and profits independently.

Spotlight

BYD has targeted the sub Rs 30 lakh EV market where it intends to grab a lion’s share with an array of impressive products.

Stellantis, the fourth largest automotive conglomerate in the world is exploring the possibility of introducing yet another nameplate from its stable of 14 brands in the Indian market. Leapmotor, a Chinese EV brand in which Stellantis picked up a 20 percent strategic stake in October 2023 for Euro 1.5 billion (about Rs 13,500 crore) is being considered for an India entry.

Maruti Suzuki has historically been a major player in the small car segment, dominating the market in India with models like the Alto, WagonR, and Swift. The carmaker believes that there’s still shelf life despite the onslaught of SUV, and EVs.

In conversation

Sagree Sardien Mercedes-Benz Head of Region, Overseas Markets reaffirmed the commitment of the German luxury carmaker that sees the country as its fifth largest market in the coming years.

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