While Hybrids Steal Show at Indian Auto Expo, It's the Diesels That Rake in the Moolah

Bosch board member Bernard Bohr sees diesel's share of Indian car and utility vehicle market rise to 37 percent by 2010.

Published: 16-Jan-2006

ogen technology made its India debut this year with players like Mahindra & Mahindra and Honda displaying their concept vehicles.

Though TVS was the first to showcase an electric hybrid three-wheeler at the last expo in 2004, there were plenty more hybrid electric vehicles on display this year, including one by M&M.

But when it comes to putting money where your mouth is, original equipment makers (OEMs) and component makers are investing in a more practical immediate technology — diesel engines, especially those with common rail injection systems.

If it was Bosch which announced investing Rs 550 crore on common rail systems a couple of days back, on Friday it was Delhi-TVS which said it would be spending Rs 500 crore on a common rail facility.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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