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Automobile

Maruti, Hyundai, et al. have a foggy view on demand. The way out: a tweak in the forecasting method

Automakers will have to be more innovative in terms of demand forecasts. Use of a scenario-based forecasting methodology for the next few quarters could help. Time-series forecasts, based on historical data, won’t work in these uncertain times. Every associated element of the business — from production to sales, and logistics to component supply — needs to adopt a flexible approach.

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Logistics

An auto-industry recovery appears far away. Vehicle-carrier companies are drastically scaling down.

Automobile-transportation companies are awash in debt, with mounting losses. A key pillar of the auto-sector supply chain, many of them face an uncertain future and are selling off their prime assets – trailers and trucks for carrying cars and two-wheelers. These carriers have a chilling assessment of the ground realities. An auto-sector recovery is far, far away, they say.

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Auto

Two-wheeler sales face a double-digit dip. But Hero, Honda, et al. have spotted a silver lining.

FY21 will be bumpy for two-wheeler manufacturers as they try to pick up the threads with a gradual reopening of plants and dealerships. What could come as a saviour is a potential aversion for shared mobility and public transport, prompting people to buy two-wheelers. Companies are getting ready with easy financing options and digital platforms. Will their strategies pay off?

Auto

Inside Bosch’s measured e-mobility move: EVs need less parts, their makers building tech in-house

Bosch’s cautious embrace of e-mobility tells a story relevant to all power-train suppliers. The window of opportunity is going to shrink as power-train combinations in EVs are a fraction of what is used in traditional vehicles. To make EVs affordable, big automakers are going for in-house engineering and technology. However, smaller manufacturers may still rely on large suppliers.

Auto

Sometimes we’re perceived as slow-moving. But that doesn’t mean nothing is happening: Bosch CTO

Affordability is key in countries like India. Automotive component giant Bosch knows this. Jan Roehrl, chief technology officer and joint managing director, Bosch Limited, in an interview with ET Prime says the company is gathering market requirements to shape platforms and variances which it can industrialise on a larger scale keeping affordable mobility in mind. Excerpts:

Auto

A ventilator needs 5,000 parts, 300 assemblies: Maruti, M&M drove in different tracks to find them

Ventilators are complicated devices. Due to their vast manufacturing experience, automakers were a natural choice for making them. While Maruti joined hands with a startup, M&M put its R&D strength to use and is planning to utilise one of its plants for testing and manufacturing. Both have achieved 70% localisation, making their products affordable.

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Aviation

Course correction: domestic flights see rough take-off on lack of coordination. Here’s the fix.

Every country should have a National Aviation Plan in case of an outbreak of a communicable disease. But there has been no public reference to such guidelines, which if exist, should have been implemented when India restarted domestic air traffic earlier this week. In the absence of coordination between stakeholders and a clear plan, passengers are suffering.

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