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  • Will electric vehicles finally take off in India? March 18, 2013

    Over the past five years, the clamour about electric vehicles (EVs) becoming a feasible transport option has become loud. "It has all come together", is the refrain. "It" means four things: The battery has evolved to a point where it is cheap and reliable; governments recognise the need to move...
  • Will the electric car be closer to mass market? January 4, 2012

    Think about it this way: India currently has about 15 cars per 1,000 residents. The UK has 560. Do you think Indian consumers will gladly accept a much lower standard of "motorisation" than the West already enjoys? One of the first big-ticket purchases of new members of the middle class...
  • The Indian education of Renault-Nissan's CEO April 24, 2012

    Joseph Campbell, in his The Hero with a Thousand Faces, explained the making of a hero. The hero starts out ordinary; gets a call to adventure; undergoes severe tests and on survival gets a great boon. After this, he returns to an ordinary life and uses that boon to improve...
  • Don't want to be a niche car maker: Renault-Nissan November 24, 2009

    Forbes India: Looking back, auto sales have done much better than people thought largely perhaps because of government-backed incentives. So how is the outlook for auto demand looking? Carlos Ghosn: I think 2010 is going to be relatively stable as compared to 2009. It's not going to be stable in every...
  • Renault-Nissan, Bajaj form JV for small cars May 12, 2008

    Chennai: India's Bajaj Auto Ltd will set up a join venture (JV) with the Renault-Nissan alliance to produce and market small cars - but priced higher than Tata Nano, the companies announced Monday. While Bajaj Auto will hold 50 percent in the new entity, Renault and Nissan will share the balance...