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India ditches physical driver's licenses, putting them on smartphones: is that a good thing?
India ditches physical driver's licenses, putting them on smartphones: is that a good thing?

In late 2014, the Iowa Department of Transportation announced that it was building an app that would allow motorists to store their driver's licenses on their smartphones. No one seemed especially fazed by the idea, since everything from music to movies to credit cards has been steadily migrating...Read More»

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo in Lime Gold Metallic paint
Like glittery metallic paints on cars? There's something you should know...

You're a conscientious consumer. You buy eggs from cage-free chickens, your bling is blood diamond-free, and your iPhone...well, you try not to think too much about your iPhone. But what about your car--specifically, its glittery metallic paint? Have you mulled that over much? Apparently, you...Read More»

Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)
World auto market hits new heights; 100 million sales by 2020?

Most automakers have seen moderate U.S. sales growth in 2016. The stats are even better in other countries, and there's no slowdown in sight. That raises a number of questions, including: how long until the global auto industry reaches the magic number of 100 million sales per year? The answer...Read More»

 A road accident in Kolkata, India (photo by Biswarup Ganguly)
Why few offer to help the injured after car crashes in India

India is a dangerous place for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. The latest stats from the World Heath Organization report more than 137,000 traffic fatalities per year, though a study from the Pulitzer Center pegs the actual number above 200,000. Why is the situation so bad? For starters...Read More»

Ford Figo ad featuring Paris Hilton and the Kardashians
Ford Apologizes For Ad Featuring Paris Hilton & Bound, Gagged Kardashians

Ford's thoughtful approach to marketing yields huge dividends. Its "Fiesta Movement" campaign, for example, remains the yardstick by which other social media forays are measured. But that doesn't mean that Ford and its numerous agency partners are infallible. Sometimes, mistakes are made, leaving...Read More»

2010 Mahindra TR pickup
Mahindra Finally Nixes Plans For U.S. Pickups & SUVs

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Indian automaker Mahindra has finally pulled the plug on plans to debut a line of pickups and SUVs in the U.S. When last we heard from Mahindra, it was being sued by a collective of American dealers, who said that they'd invested considerable time...Read More»

2011 Toyota FT-86 II Concept
Toyota To Topple As World's #1 Automaker, VW & GM Ride To Top

Volkswagen is bound and determined to become the world's largest automaker, and it promises to do so by 2018. According to industry analysts, VW could meet its goal this year -- seven years ahead of schedule -- but it may not stay on top for long. In terms of sales volume, Toyota is the world's...Read More»

2010 Mahindra TR pickup
Mahindra Tries To Dump Its Importer, U.S. Launch Left In Limbo

Things were going so well for Mahindra: Americans were ready for the pickups they'd been promising, the Environmental Protection Agency gave the company's diesels the green light, and Mahindra's U.S. importer, Global Vehicles, had put together a nationwide network of dealers to sell the trucks...Read More»

Alleged traffic violators posted to a Facebook page for the New Delhi police
You Thought Traffic Cams Were Bad? In India, Cops Use Facebook

Over the past few years, we've seen traffic cameras deployed in a growing number of cities across the U.S. (We wouldn't be surprised if the trend were tied to our struggling economy, since cams promise to generate a fair amount of dough.) But although the cameras have a number of fans, they've also...Read More»

Indian market Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet, nee Heartbeat of America, Goes Global: Can It Work?

As we enter Memorial Day weekend--which commemorates the U.S. men and women who have died in military service, most of them overseas--it's worth highlighting the increasingly global nature of that all-American car brand, Chevrolet. From 1986 to 1992, Chevy's ad slogan was "the heartbeat of...Read More»

Traffic in China
Report: China Recommended As Major Focus For Automakers

Boston Consulting Group has released a study that should be particularly interesting to automakers. BCG has determined that Brazil, Russia, India, and China (aka the BRIC countries) will account for nearly 31% of the growth in the auto market over the next four years. Of the four, China is best...Read More»

Tata Nano
Tata Nano Update: Now En Route To The U.S. Around 2013

Last we heard, the Tata Nano was scheduled for a U.S. launch by 2012. In a recent interview with Reuters, however, chairman Ratan Tata pushes back that rollout by a full year. Now, the world's cheapest car -- which is currently being re-tooled for its European debut in late 2011 -- is expected to...Read More»

Toyota Etios concept
Toyota, Suzuki Unveil Minicars At The Delhi Auto Expo

While TCC's American team prepares for next week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, there's also a good bit of news coming from the Delhi Auto Expo in India. Earlier today, Viknesh Vijayenthiran mentioned the unveiling of Honda's "New Small Concept" vehicle, which is set to go on...Read More»

Honda New Small Concept
Honda "New Small Concept" Revealed

Almost immediately after Toyota announced it would be unveiling a new economy car concept at the Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi, India this month, Honda came out and made virtually the exact same announcement. Today Honda has gone a step further and revealed its new concept, which has been titled...Read More»

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Toyota To Unveil Economy Car Concept In India This January

While most of our attention this January will be focused on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we'll also be keeping an eye on India and the near-simultaneous New Delhi Auto Show. Our interest has been piqued by Toyota's announcement that it'll be unveiling a new vehicle in New...Read More»

Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn: Auto Sales Have Bottomed, Nowhere To Go But Up

Speaking at a World Economic Forum in New Delhi, Carlos Ghosn -- head of Nissan Motor Company and Renault SA -- had some interesting things to say about the global auto industry. Among the most notable and encouraging items, Ghosn believes that the international sales slump has ended and that the...Read More»

Padmini Indian Taxi
21st Century Invades India's Taxis

  Step into a taxi and the thought of whether or not it has an air-conditioner, an electronic meter or even if the cabbie is willing to come to your home to pick you up is probably never going to cross your mind. In India’s bustling city of Mumbai, taxis are stuck in the past but things are...Read More»

Ford Figo
Ford Profitable By 2011; Launches New Facility In China

Despite the general unpleasantness that's plagued the auto industry for over a year, Ford is doing comparatively well these days. In fact, given the gradually rebounding global economy and Ford's new strategic alliances in Asia, CEO Alan Mulally feels fairly optimistic about the next two years...Read More»

Ford Figo
Ford Unveils Indian Market Figo Compact

India’s role as an important player in the future of Ford’s new global strategy was underscored today when CEO Alan Mulally unveiled an all-new car targeted at the rapidly growing market. The car is the new Figo hatchback and is scheduled to enter production at a newly renovated plant...Read More»

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