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Old 31st March 2011, 18:41   #1
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Ashok Leyland to be renamed Hinduja Leyland
Swati Anand & Nandini Sengupta, TNN, Mar 12, 2011, 04.54am IST
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CHENNAI: Hinduja Group company Ashok Leyland (AL) is in the process of going through a major branding exercise which will include a change in its logo, name as well as category segmentation. Sources in the marketing circuit and the company said that the exercise is part of the larger Hinduja Group corporate branding exercise which is underway.

London-based firm Wolff Olins is said to be working on the rebranding and category segmentation exercise for Ashok Leyland. When contacted, a company spokesperson sent an email reply saying: "There is a brand exercise afoot but at present the project is at too nascent astage to offer any comments."
shok Leyland is segmenting and branding the different product categories it will house thanks to its tie-up with Nissan and other global alliances. A source said Ashok Leyland will get a new identity as part of the group rebranding exercise which will give all companies in the Hinduja Group a common brand profile and will result in Ashok Leyland being rechristened Hinduja Leyland.

Wolff Olins has been assigned the job of rebranding the company to put it in the same league as that of its global alliance partners. The company is likely to bring in a fresh team of designers from across the globe for this exercise.

"A complete overhaul for the brand could not have happened at a better time. The commercial vehicles space is becoming like the car market, with all major global players vying for the Indian consumer . So Ashok Leyland has to rethink its positioning in the market," says Prathish Nair, director (brand strategy and client development) at Trancend Brand Consulting.

"Vehicles today need to go beyond being sturdy and reliable— they have to be sleeker , faster and more fuel efficient . Driver comfort is another ignored area that MNCs are leading the way in."
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Nooooooooooooooo, please!

Let the company name be changed, but the brand 'Ashok Leyland' should remain.

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Nooooooooooooooo, please!
Let the company name be changed, but the brand 'Ashok Leyland' should remain.
Even its a strict no no for me!
I Just love the Brand "Ashokleyland"
I am not able to compromise ALL as HLL

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PS : Ashley2 , you may need to change your TBHP handle to 'Hinley2'
This is actually the saddest part!.
Its something like Infy for Infosys.
A pet/nick name for a Indian Manufacturing company Ashley..
I really cant afford to sacrifice this

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I am not able to compromise ALL as HLL
As HLL acronym was vacated a few years ago in favour of HUL, ALL can very well become HLL. After all they intend to sell vehicles like FMCG product with a wide distribution network and continuous flow of innovative new products.

On a slightly serious note, most conglomerate groups across India are busy working on a group identity so that the normal customer can connect with the group and each of its subsidiary companies on a same plan of trust. Similar reason why Mahindra has started the RISE campaign to bring all the companies under a single umbrella.

I wonder what will they rename Indus Ind bank to shore up its fortune!
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Always a big Q which has stronger recall - Ashok or Leyland? Looks like Leyland has more recognition. Sad to see the name change, HL will not be the same as AL. With this name change, the original founder of Ashok Leyland - Raghulal Saran, who named the company Ashok Motors after his son - will be exiled into the history bin.
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OK, they want to make Hinduja name to spread across! But would it gain the same acceptance as Ashok Leyland? Anyway, people call ALL products as "Leyland" , so that will continue!
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So much for the saying ''What's in a name''? Shakespeare would be shaking his head up above!

Like MC said, seems everyone is busy ''overhauling'' their group! Ashok Leyland sounds a lot more better than Hinduja Leyland! Personal opinion.
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Both Mr. Ashok and Leyland are not part of the action anymore. SO it should be just Hinduja or Hinduja-Hino?
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IMHO, Hinduja Leyland doesn't have the same ring to it's name as Ashok Leyland.
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