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Isuzu FR 1318, the premium coach

The Isuzu FR 1318 front-engine bus looks ‘premium’, and is refined and comfortable. Story by: Bhushan Mhapralkar Photos by: Mahesh Reddy The view ahead is uninterrupted almost. The seating is high, and the large ORVMs that protrude ahead ensure that little is lost in terms of the view of what is in the vicinity. Behind the two-spoke […]

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INDUSTRY TALK

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BKT Tyres: Changing rules of the game

BKT is eyeing a leadership role in the global OHT tyre market by means of a USD 500 million investment. Story by: Bhushan Mhapralkar Established in 1954 as a manufacturer of bicycle tyres at Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Mumbai-based BKT Tyres is changing the rules of the game. It is diligently working towards realising the vision of achieving […]

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INDUSTRY TALK

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Riding the AC bus

Demand for air-conditioned buses is on the rise. Story by: Anirudh Raheja Privatisation of education has given rise to a set of challenges that extend all the way down to securing admission at the kindergarten level. In Delhi, getting admission is a monumental task says Jasmeet Marwah, a businessman from a plush South Delhi colony. For […]

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INTERVIEWS

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Building buses

B Anil Baliga, Executive Vice President  – Bus & Application,  VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd. Interview by: Bhushan Mhapralkar Q. The Pithampur plant is running at full capacity. How does that augur for buses? A. We have geared up for a production run of 5500 numbers. We are doing about 6000 to 6100 units. We will […]

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Validation and Certification

Q & A Dinesh Tyagi, Dinesh Tyagi, Director, International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT) Interview by: Anirudh Raheja Q. What role is ICAT playing in shaping up the Indian automotive industry? A. ICAT was setup under the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure project (NATRiP). It is one of the most significant initiatives in the […]

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Asia-Pacific bound

Q & A Rudi Von Meister, President, Region of Asia Pacific, ZF Friedrichshafen AG Interview & photo by: Ashish Bhatia Q. As a leading global automotive parts maker, has ZF Friedrichshafen AG managed to attain an equally strong foothold in markets beyond Europe? Especially markets like Asia-Pacific? A. ZF has traditionally relied on our core […]

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Going Electric

Q & A Veejay Nakra, Senior Vice President, Sales & Customer Care, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Interview by: Bhargav TS Q. What is your industry outlook? A. The sentiments are positive and things are moving in the right direction. We have a full year for the new products that we have launched. The first […]

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