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Battle of e-scooters for customers moves to India’s hinterland
A battle between legacy and new-age OEMs in the electric scooter segment for customers in the rural markets is in the making after Ather Energy announced the launch of Rizta, a family scooter, at an attractive introductory price.

CEO’s Take On 2024: From rural economy to African markets auto sector needs action on many fronts, says Tsutsumu Otani, MD, President & CEO, HMSI
For the overall growth of the Indian automotive market it is essential to improve the rural economy. The auto OEMs have to respond quickly to the ever-changing needs of the market led by the young generation and acknowledge working women as an important market segment. India has the potential to be a global automotive manufacturing hub especially owing to its proximity to Africa, which is the next big market besides Asia and Europe. In addition to technological innovations such as EVs, connectivity, and autonomous driving, sustainable technologies that make efficient use of limited resources will also be important, Tsutsumu Otani, MD, President and CEO - Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, told ETAuto in an exclusive interview.

Elon Musk confirms India visit, says looking forward to meet PM Modi
Earlier in the day, sources said Musk is expected in India the week of April 22. He is likely to announce the company's investment plans in the country during his visit, the sources said.

Bridgestone India mid-term biz plan targets 25% revenue growth, 10 mn sales by 2026
Tyre maker Bridgestone India has launched its Turanza 6i range of tyres for the premium passenger vehicle segment. On the sidelines of the launch event, Managing Director Hiroshi Yoshizane told ETAuto that India is the fastest-growing business portfolio in its global business and it looks to clock 25% growth in its revenue between 2024 and 2026. He also shared how the tyremaker's mobility solutions business is gradually expanding in India.

Top 10 PVs in March 2024: Tata Punch takes up No 1 spot, Maruti slips to third
In the top 10 list of vehicles sold in March 2024, Maruti Suzuki lost the first two slots to Tata Motors and Hyundai India.

Maruti Suzuki applies for Bharat-NCAP safety ratings for some vehicles
Maruti Suzuki has applied for Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (Bharat-NCAP) safety ratings for select vehicles, following Tata Motors' SUVs Safari and Harrier, which received 5-star ratings last year. Bharat-NCAP, launched in August, aims to enhance vehicle safety standards beyond mandatory regulations, aligning with global benchmarks.

Renowned car designer and Pininfarina Group chairman, Paolo Pininfarina, dies at 65
Born on August 28, 1958, in Turin, Paolo Pininfarina belonged to the illustrious lineage of the Pininfarina family, whose impact on car design is immeasurable. The roots of his family's influence trace back to his grandfather, Battista, who established Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1930, a pioneering design house that revolutionized automotive aesthetics.

A Gates-backed startup is making fuel from water and carbon dioxide
Since its Corpus Christi facility came online in October, Sacramento, California-based Infinium has become one of the first e-fuel makers in the world to turn industrial-scale production from a concept into a reality.

This start-up wants to take on the CV biggies with a new tech-heavy electric truck
Tresa Motors, founded by Rohan Shravan, Founder CEO and CTO of Tresa Motors, starts from a range of 18 tonne to 55 tonne vehicles. This HCV building structure aligns with the ‘Make in India’ initiative by promoting 80%-85% in India (excluding its battery) in-house.

Ola Cabs to exit international markets this month
Ola Cabs to exit UK, Australia, New Zealand. Focus on electric mobility, India expansion. Profitable FY23, revenue growth. Ceasing Australia operations. ANI Technologies, Hemant Bakshi, Ola Electric scooters involved.

Ultraviolette and the art of making electric motorcycles
The Bengaluru-based startup launched the F77 electric motorcycle in 2022. In the following year it took part in EICMA Milan and showcased its F99 concept. The founders, Narayan Subramaniam and Niraj Rajmohan, believe that the script has started on a right note though volumes are too little to write about now.