Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22nd March 2006, 00:56   #1
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: somewhere
Posts: 74
Thanked: 12 Times
Default BMW's formal entry into India

This news might be old for some (people like Mav, especially) but if it isn't here goes,

MUNICH, MARCH 16: BMW has decided not to renew the [COLOR=blue][COLOR=blue][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][COLOR=blue][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]contract[/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] with its first dealer in India, Delhi-based Kashyap Motors. The dealership contract expires in June this year. Kashyap Motors is one of the three dealers BMW currently has in India. The other two in Mumbai and Hyderabad are owned by Navneet Motors.
The axing of Kashyap Motors is part of its nationwide restructuring of dealership network in the run-up to the launch of India-assembled cars in early 2007.

BMW India has planned a network of 10 dealers across the country. Rival Mercedes Benz India already has 23 dealers in India.
The chosen ones will be flown to Munich later this month when they will participate in a 3-4 day brand event that has been specifically designed for their introduction to BMW’s standards.

One thing that Indian car companies need to do is bring their websites on par with companies abroad. And so do dealers.

The Navnit website is decent but nothing great.

the bmw dealer in my area
http://www.wagnerbmwofshrewsbury.com/

Even the mercedes india site isn't great.

website design resources are in abundance in India, some serious investment (time and interest more than money) needs to be made in this direction, what with all internet access becoming commonplace.
axp817 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd March 2006, 01:29   #2
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sahil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,201
Thanked: 2,089 Times
Default

The mystery question is: When can we expect to see BMW roll out cars out of its production unit in India?
Does have one have any confirmed whereabout dates? Will the 5 series launch first or just the 3 series?
Maverick or someone working for navneet probably has some info...pls shed some light on this... there are a lot of us here waiting for the day BMW begins indian delivery.
Sahil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd March 2006, 08:29   #3
BHPian
 
tsreekaranrao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: hyderabad
Posts: 115
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nayakn
The other two in Mumbai and Hyderabad are owned by Navneet Motors.
Hyderabad??? Where....
tsreekaranrao is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd March 2006, 09:02   #4
BHPian
 
CaliforniaKnight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: IND + DXB
Posts: 938
Thanked: 35 Times
Default

The hyderabad dealer is not NAVNIT motors....it's a different dealer and the work is still on.
Navnit has it in Mumbai and Bangalore. Expect another dealer in Mumbai very soon.
The first car to roll out will be a 320d and then the 320i.
5 Series will also follow thereafter.I has to be by second quarter 2007.
CaliforniaKnight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th September 2006, 12:48   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
lurker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tura
Posts: 1,308
Thanked: 641 Times
Default

Made in India BMWs by March

CORPORATE BUREAU
Posted online: Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 0059 hours IST




NEW DELHI, SEPT 9: Luxury carmaker BMW, short for Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, plans to start manufacturing its cars at a factory in Chennai by March next year and is investing Rs 117 crore to set up the plant, the company's India president Peter Kronschnabl said here on Saturday. The German automaker will manufacture the BMW 3-series and 5-series models at its plant in the beginning. The 7-series and four-wheel drive models will be imported to India as completely built units and sold in India, Kronschnabl added.
BMW plans to manufacture 1,000 cars in the first year of operations of its Chennai factory for domestic sales. It will have a capacity to roll out 1,700 cars annually. In 2005, BMW sold around 250 cars in India and hopes to sell the same number of cars by the end of this calendar year. The company has already sold 147 cars till August.




Cars from the BMW stable currently retail at prices starting from Rs 55 lakh in the country, but this includes a 110% import duty. The price of the cars is expected to come down once manufacturing starts at the Chennai plant, though BMW officials have declined to comment on this in the past.

DaimlerChrysler, the luxury car market leader in India, sold 2,018 cars out of the total luxury car market of 3,000 cars last year. The company manufactures Mercedes-Benz models at its plant at Pune in Maharashtra. Another luxury carmaker Audi, which has A4, A6, A8 and TT Coupe models in the Indian market, sold 105 units in 2005, all of which are imported.

The market for luxury cars in India is small, estimated at about 3,000 units a year and growing at a tenth annually. But carmakers expect the market to expand rapidly with increased local manufacturing and resultant lower prices.
lurker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2006, 08:40   #6
BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 569
Thanked: 5 Times
Default Interesting development!

Looks like the price of a locally assembled bmw 3 series could come close to a CBU Camry (dont know if the accord is also CBU)!
rangaraj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2006, 09:10   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
maxbhp's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: C C K
Posts: 1,372
Thanked: 65 Times
Default

I just hope they come in soon , throw in some awesome engines and very soon I guess we will have best engines fighting for Supremacy .... AMG , Brabus, Schnitzer , Alpina we are waiting
maxbhp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2006, 10:04   #8
BHPian
 
Centro-P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 66
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

Wow this is awesome news!!! Would love to see bimmers in abundance in India. Will they make their mobikes as well?
Centro-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2006, 13:33   #9
BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Noida
Posts: 128
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

Heard in CNBC yesterday that BMW would roll out both the 3 series as well as the 5 series from its indian plant.

Accord is not a CBU as someone asked. Camry ( Both old and new ) are CBUs and hence the price differential between the two.
sumitsingh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th September 2006, 08:47   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
lurker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tura
Posts: 1,308
Thanked: 641 Times
Default

Alright, this is the latest news on the BMW foray into India front....
  • BMW will introduce ALL of its models in India except its Motorcycles.

    BMW will launch Mini Cooper in India in 2009

Quote:
BMW's roadmap


BMW has firmed up its production plans in India. The luxury carmaker plans to invest about 20 million euros in Indian operations by end-2006. It plans to start production at its upcoming facility in Chennai by the beginning of 2007.

The German major plans to produce both the diesel and petrol versions of the BMW 3 and BMW 5 series saloons at this facility. It hopes to widen its footprint by setting up six new dealerships, and tap the small-car market in India with its `Mini' brand.
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...1701931500.htm
lurker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th October 2006, 07:46   #11
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sahil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,201
Thanked: 2,089 Times
Default Update on the 5series

This might be the 5 series that will make it to India next year, as BMW has promised to get the very latest model.
http://www.worldcarfans.com/spyphoto...9-bmw-5-series

Also we probably will get a longwheel base version too as it was launched in China a few days ago.
http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2006/10...el-base-5.html
Sahil is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Formal dressing and tailoring for all occassions (EDIT: Put all your queries here) manaa45 Shifting gears 77 13th November 2017 11:47
Formal Intro. contact.nitin7 Introduce yourself 5 22nd April 2012 00:34
Piaggio plans Vespa’s third entry into India soon askicode Motorbikes 0 14th March 2007 18:27
A formal hello to Tbhpians GRAY Introduce yourself 15 21st November 2005 12:48


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 00:39.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks