Akrapovič, the Slovenian exhaust specialist which was founded in 1991 by Igor Akrapovič, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. To kick off the celebrations, Akrapovič has prepared a special logo to mark the occasion, featuring an interlocked ‘25’ in the shape of a racetrack, with a chicane design element to honour one of the most important areas of the firm’s history: the highly emotive and exciting world of racing. Akrapovič’s first major milestone came in 1993, with entry into international competition in the Pro Superbike and later WSBK championship, leading to a partnership with Kawasaki Deutschland after the Akrapovič system outperformed the factory version. Continued expansion in high-level racing led to the company achieving its first victory on the world stage in 1997, when Japanese factory rider Akira Yanagawa won a WSBK race on a Kawasaki. On the retail side, Akrapovič designed and offered customers … [Read more...] about Akrapovič celebrates 25 years of exhaust technology and innovation
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The Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) today celebrated a decade of imparting world- class skills training to young talent of Karnataka from underprivileged background. Established by Toyota Kirloskar Motor in 2007 within the premises of Toyota’s manufacturing plant at Bidadi, near Bangalore, the institute confers certificates to deserving students every year. The convocation certificates to the eighth batch of graduates were handed over by the chief guest Jamshyd N Godrej, chairman, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company, in the presence of Akito Tachibana, MD, TKM; Shekar Viswanathan, vice-chairman, TKM; Yoshihiro Horinouchi, DMD, TKM; Sailesh Shetty, VP, TKM; Kan Asaine, SVP, TKM; V Wiseline Sigamani, principal, Toyota Technical Training Institute, the faculty members and families of the graduating students. Other key guests who were present were Takayuki Kitagawa, Consul General of Japan (Bangalore) and Toshiaki Fukatsu, principal – Toyota Technical … [Read more...] about Toyota Technical Training Institute celebrates 10 years of skilling in India
In line with its plan to further drive growth in its precision forgings business, the Rs 4,500 crore Sona Group has signed an agreement to acquire the entire 25 percent stake of its Japanese partner Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in Sona BLW Precision Forgings Ltd (SBPFL). The company, which has an annual turnover of around Rs 2,400 crore, is the flagship company of the Sona Group. The acquisition of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation’s stake will give Sona Group’s holding company 100 percent ownership of Sona BLW Precision Forgings. Commenting on the decision, Sunjay Kapur, CEO of the Sona Group (pictured above), said: “We are moving ahead rapidly to cement our global leadership position in the precision forging business. We are grateful to Mitsubishi Materials for having partnered with us as we explored, researched and developed new materials, processes … [Read more...] about Sona Group to acquire Japanese partner’s stake in Sona BLW Precision Forgings
INDIANAPOLIS— The month of May is upon us or, as so many who actually experience call it, “The Year of May.” Practice starts for the 88th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Mother’s Day, this Sunday, May 9th. I think it’s an intriguing month ahead and last week’s two days of open testing coupled with the closed single-day 3-liter test event held the first Saturday in April on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval haven’t changed my mind. There is such a deep field in this race that it could easily shape up to be one for the ages. Add to that the fact that there are many intangibles involved, such as changes to cars and power mills enacted by the Indy Racing League to stop catapulting cars and, presumably slow the racers (hah!), the scenario becomes even more intriguing. You need more than two hands to count the number of car/driver/team combinations that could take it all on May 30th. Some of these combos are fairly obvious even to the uninitiated; … [Read more...] about The Year of May
Why Automakers Are Increasingly Entering AlliancesIt's only a question of how deeply the knife will slice as Mazda's desperate cost-cutting measures take aim at its U.S. workforce this week.The maker has signaled it will post a $1.2 billion loss when the Japanese fiscal year wraps up on March 31, its worst performance in 11 years, and only by offering more than a billion dollars in new stock is it likely to head off a more serious crisis. For now, anyway.With long-time partner Ford Motor Company slashing its stake in its Japanese affiliate from 33 to just four percent since Alan Mulally was named CEO, even Mazda's top executive Takashi Yamanouchi admits it will be difficult to go it alone, Yamanouchi recently acknowledging his company is "actively" looking for new alliance partners.Of course, Mazda is not alone. General Motors confirmed this month that it would enter into a far-reaching partnership with Paris-based PSA Peugeot Citroen. And Germany's Daimler AG has repeatedly expanded … [Read more...] about “It’s partner or die” in today’s automotive world
Ulrich Hackenberg isnt yet a household name but if Volkswagens $70 billion bet on his big idea pays off, he may join the likes of Henry Ford, Alfred Sloan and Taiichi Ohno in the canon of auto industry pioneers.Since the heyday of Henry Ford and his Model T, the worlds automakers have considered the "global car" to be their Holy Grail - the same basic design that can be built, in subtle variations, and sold in different markets.Take that fundamental concept, stretch it across many different vehicle types, sizes and brands, then build them by the millions, and you begin to sense the enormity of Volkswagens rapidly evolving "mega-platform" strategy and its potential impact on competitors around the globe.Auto engineer Hackenberg nurtured this bright idea for three decades, after early pitches to auto executives were largely ignored, until somebody finally bought it wholesale. The man who bit was Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn.Hackenbergs fundamental rethink of … [Read more...] about Has Volkswagen discovered the Holy Grail of carmakers?
Homegrown utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Ford have decided to collaborate again, after a 1995 tie-up to facilitate the American carmaker’s entry into India ended in 2005. This time, the firms would explore joint development of products, especially electric and connected vehicles. The partnership will look to expand Ford’s reach in the fast-growing Indian market and improve M&M’s access to global markets. At present, both have a single-digit share in a market dominated by Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor. Teams from both the firms would work together for up to three years and any further strategic cooperation would be decided at the end of the period. The partnership comes at a time when the government has gone all out to promote electric vehicles and plans to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030. More and more Indian automobile companies are, thus, feeling the need to partner international brands to … [Read more...] about M&M partners Ford in drive for e-cars
With the introduction of a 375cc motorcycle, and the help of his technology partners, Rajiv Bajaj wants to revolutionise Indian motorcycles again and dominate all its categories.Despite decades of socialism during which there was no access to products available in international markets, India has had its fair share of legendary motorcycles, from the iconic home-grown Enfield Bullet, to the Czech-engineered, twin-exhaust Yezdi Roadking. However, the two bikes that set a new bar for performance, in the 1980s and early 90s were Yamaha’s RX 100 — a stylish, hi-rev two-stroke thoroughbred — and its 350cc older brother, the astonishingly quick and powerful RD 350. Owning — or even just riding — either gave you an instant cool factor. Both eventually had their engines made in India in a joint venture with Escorts, and both left their competition far behind, in the dust.No manufacturer was able to come up with anything completely indigenous on two wheels that … [Read more...] about Bajaj – king of motorcycle universe?
Tesla Motors has partnered with Toyota and will begin building electric vehicles in the latter’s NUMMI factory in Fremont, California. The 5.3-million square-foot NUMMI facility stopped producing vehicles for Toyota and plant partner General Motors in April. Tesla plans to build the Model S electric car at the plant starting in 2012, as well as other potential future models, should the brand thrive enough to build them.The NUMMI factory has an annual production capacity of about half a million vehicles, and used to build the Toyota Corolla and Tacoma, Pontiac Vibe, and others. (Of course, Tesla will utilize but a tiny fraction of that capacity.) NUMMI is located close to Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto, which the company says “ensures a tight feedback loop” between design and manufacturing.As for the partnership between the two companies, a press statement said that Toyota and Tesla will “cooperate on the development of electric vehicles, parts, and … [Read more...] about Tesla Partners with Toyota, Will Build Electric Vehicles at NUMMI Plant in California
The automotive world and beyond is buzzing about the massive airbag recall covering many millions of vehicles in the U.S. from nearly two dozen brands. Here’s what you need to know about the problem; which vehicles may have the defective, shrapnel-shooting inflator parts from Japanese supplier Takata; and what to do if your vehicle is one of them. LATEST UPDATES 1/18/2018, 6:00 p.m.: The Associated Press reports that another person has died as a result of a defective Takata airbag. The latest fatality was Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida. According to AP and the lead investigator, Chester T. Everett, she “was struck by metal pieces that burst through the Takata airbag, causing a six-by-three-inch gaping wound to her left temple, a fractured skull, and bruising and bleeding on her brain.” On July 19, 2017, Barker was driving a 2002 Honda Accord at about 30 mph when it collided with a car that had turned left in front of her. … [Read more...] about Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles