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An ageing plant, heat on Chinese FDI, cost saving: why MG should say hello to contract manufacturing

There is little or no scope of modernising the Halol plant. MG can either spend over INR2,000 crore in a greenfield facility or invest INR1,000 crore on leasing another vehicle manufacturer’s plant. The second option makes more commercial sense given the current environment. But will the carmaker be ready to share technology know-how with its manufacturing partner?

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Quick off the block: Kia wants to take the pole position in compact-SUVs with Sonet

Seven years since Ford EcoSport’s debut, the recipe for success in India’s compact-SUV market has largely remained unchanged. The right blend of stance, looks, and features is what makes winners in this segment. And Kia’s latest model, Sonet, is no different. Loaded with features and a diesel automatic in its line-up, Sonet is a strong contender in the compact-SUV segment.

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A biscuit-tin battery, learnings from aircraft: Tesla, now more agile, means more bumps for others

The new technology halves battery cost and increases range. Tesla is adopting new processes not only to unleash an efficient battery but also make cars more maneuverable. This is bad news for auto companies that are still planning the future around internal combustion engines. The markets believe established automakers are structurally inept to leapfrog to digital and electric tech.

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