Rajkamal Narayanan

An automobile enthusiast with a keen eye on the Indian auto industry and a passionate photographer, Rajkamal Narayanan is a Senior Correspondent with Financial Express, based in Bangalore.

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Mobility innovations in this decade will surpass innovations made over the last century — Warren Harris, Tata Technologies

In an interview with Warren Harris, the CEO of Tata Technologies, we get to know more about Tata Technologies, its Mechatronics, the Tata-GKN collaboration, and how software and technology are crucial in building modern cars.

warren harris, ceo, tata technologies

With an increasing vehicle base, the demand for alternate after-sales service is growing — Mridu Mahendra Das, Automovill

In a conversation with Mridu Mahendra Das, the Co-founder and CEO of Automovill, we get to know the reason why Automovill started, its presence in India, and the types of services offered in the B2B space.

Mridu Mahendra Das, Automovill

We are looking to expand to Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh next — Vivek Sharma, FixCraft

The car after-sales service segment is growing, as more startups offer services that equal OEMs. One such startup is FixCraft, a Delhi based start-up that is focused on car after-sales services. To understand more, we spoke t

vivek sharma, ceo, fixcraft

We are set to reach a significant level of EV adoption by 2030 — Ashwini Tiwary, Autobot India

In an interview with Autobot India, we speak to Ashwini Tiwary, the Co-founder and CEO of Autobot India, to understand the company's role in India's transition towards electric vehicles, services offered in the EV segment, an

ashwini tiwary autobot india

Companies must focus on de-risking their supply chain — Venkat Subramaniam, SKF India

In a conversation with Venkat Subramaniam, the Director of Automotive Business at SKF India, we get a better understanding of the sensitive automotive market in India, how it can perform better, and how we can transition to E

venkat subramaniam, director, automotive business, skf india

Hydrogen power will see significant opportunities in the heavy-duty transportation market — Anand Chordia, Air Products

With the Indian government pushing towards hydrogen-powered vehicles, Air Products India, a global player in industrial gases, is gearing up to face the future. Speaking to the MD, Anand Chordia, we understand more about hydr

anand chordia, md, air products india

MG launches its most advanced mid-size SUV In India, the Astor

MG Astor launched in India for ₹9.78 lakh onwards. The MG Astor is MG's most advanced mid-size SUV in the Indian market, featuring a personal AI-based assistant, ADAS Level 2 technology, and smart connectivity features.

MG Astor red front

Amidst the Covid outbreak, we have added over 800 dealerships — Tsang-Chih Chu, Maxxis Tyres

In a conversation with Tsang-Chih Chu (Kurachi), the Director of Maxxis Tyres India, we understand how the Covid crisis helped Maxxis turn the tables into a learning opportunity, what plans are, and the products are in the pi

maxxis tyre tsang chih chu

With EVs, connected car technology is an indispensable feature: Connected Mobility Summit

As carmakers race towards developing the best-connected car technology, infrastructure plays a major role. But the question is, can data generated from vehicles be shared on a common platform? How important is this data?

ride and fleet sharing panel discussion - connected mobility summit

Connected Mobility Summit: ‘ADAS – Connecting Transportation for Improved Safety’ panel discussion highlights

The panel discussion organised by Express Mobility as part of the Connected Mobility Summit 2021, saw industry experts speak on the topic "ADAS - Connecting Transportation for Improved Safety". Here are the highlights.

connected mobility summit adas panel discussion highlights

Our aim is to open 50 new showrooms — Sumit Garg, Luxury Ride

The used car market in India is picking up pace, especially when the automotive industry is at its slowest. In the used car industry, the luxury car segment is thriving. To understand more, we speak to Sumit Garg, the MD and

sumit garg, luxury ride

Car subscription platform in India – An in-depth understanding with Sakshi Vij and Sunil Gupta

The car subscription program in India is relatively new and includes big names such as Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, MG, as well as companies such as Mylescars and Avis India. In an interview with the CEOs of Mylescars an

car subscription india - mylescars, avis india

Shortage of electronic components impacts Maruti Suzuki’s September sales

Maruti Suzuki sold a total of 86,380 units in September 2021. This includes 68,815 units sold in the domestic market and 17,565 units exported. Compared to sales in September 2020, Maruti Suzuki has witnessed a drop in sales

maruti suzuki price huke 1.9%

In 5 years, we want to build a connected mobility system with a 20% EV fleet – Amit Gupta, gogoBus

In a conversation with Amit Gupta, the Co-founder and CEO of gogoBus tells us about the kind of services the company offers, and why a TAAS platform is needed to help fleet owners manage their daily operations seamlessly.

amit gupta, ceo, co-founder, gogobus

Mahindra XUV700 prices announced: Now configure and add to cart

Mahindra XUV700 prices revealed, starts from ₹11.99 lakh for the MX series (MT, petrol, 5-Seater) and ₹12.99 lakh for the AX series (MT, petrol, 5-Seater). Along with the price announcement, Mahindra has also added an 'ad

Mahindra XUV700

Mahindra Thar’s rival, Force Gurkha, launched in India for ₹13.59 lakh

Force Motors has announced the price of the new Gurkha that was unveiled a few days ago. The new Force Gurkha is priced at ₹13.59 lakh, ex-showroom, and deliveries will begin October 15, 2021.

force gurkha launched in india

Volkswagen aims big with the Taigun, looking to sell 5000 units a month

Volkswagen has big dreams with the newly-launched Taigun in India and aims to sell 5000 units per month. The current bookings, however, have exceeded expectations for the carmaker, as we get to know from Ashish Gupta.

Interview with Ashish Gupta

Volkswagen enters the mid-size SUV segment with the Taigun, priced at ₹10.49 lakh onwards

Volkswagen launches the Taigun mid-size SUV in India for ₹10.49 lakh onwards. The new Volkswagen Taigun will compete against the segment's best-sellers such as the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and the recently-launched Skoda

volkswagen taigun launched in india

The goal is to start tests of fuel-cell trucks in three years – Kamal Bali, Volvo

Speaking to Kamal Bali, the President and CEO of Volvo India, we get insights into how hydrogen can be used as a clean fuel source in commercial and long haul vehicles and how Volvo can work towards achieving this in India.

interview with kamal bali on hydrogen fuel

Puncture-resistant tyres to energy regeneration — A look at the future of JK Tyre

The amount of R&D that goes into manufacturing tyres is phenomenal. In a recent visit to JK Tyre's R&D centre in Mysore, the Raghupati Singhania Center of Excellence, we speak to Dr Mukhopadhyay, the Director, R&D, JK Tyre, t

jk tyre r&d centre visit

MG Astor unveiled – Say hello to the world of AI in cars

The wait is over, as the MG Astor finally breaks cover. The MG Astor is the first vehicle in India to feature Level 2 autonomous safety, along with a personal assistant to keep drivers engaged and a host of smart connectivity

mg astor unveiled

New Force Gurkha breaks cover with an updated BS6 engine and more

After being showcased at the Auto Expo last year, Force Motors has finally unveiled the new Gurkha with an updated BS6 engine and some creature comforts that the previous generation model missed out on.

New Force Gurkha

The automated parking system business will grow to be USD 1 billion industry – Rajesh Kabra, RR Parkon

Automated parking systems are interesting to watch but seldom do we get insights. Speaking to Rajesh Kabra, the Managing Director of RR Parkon, we understand the industry behind it, how the company came into being, and their

rajesh kabra, director, rr parkon

The used car market is seeing tech-driven growth – Jatin Ahuja, Big Boy Toyz

The used car industry has done exceedingly well during the pandemic, especially the premium cars. We speak to Jatin Ahuja, the MD and Founder of Big Boy Toyz to find out more.

interview - jatin ahuja big boy toyz

Indian EV market could grow to nearly US$206 billion by 2030 – Ashutosh Verma, Exalta India

India is aiming to achieve 100% electric vehicles on the road by the year 2030. To do so, automotive manufacturers are in overdrive, embracing the move. There are a few hindrances, however. We speak to Ashutosh Verma, the Fou

Maruti Suzuki recalls over 1.8 lakh petrol vehicles manufactured between May 2018 and October 2020

Maruti Suzuki has announced a proactive recall for 1,81,754 units of the Ciaz, Ertiga, Brezza, S-Cross, and the XL-6 petrol variants manufactured between 2018 and 2020.

maruti recalls brezza, ciaz, s cross, ertiga and xl6

Hyundai’s first hot hatch, Hyundai i20 N Line launched in India for ₹9.84 lakh

Hyundai i20 N Line launched in India for ₹ 9.84 lakh. The first hot hatch from the South Korean carmaker gets a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with a choice of two gearbox options and sportier suspension.

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