Tata Motors Group is continuously monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation closely and responding appropriately in accordance with relevant government requirements and advice in China and other jurisdictions it operates.
Our first priority has been the health and safety of our employees. Shanghai-based JLR China & Chery Jaguar Land Rover staff have been working from home since the end of the lunar holiday and the offices and JV plant reopened in the week of the 24th February. Production will be ramped up as the number of employees returning to work and demand increases.
Jaguar Land Rover sales in China grew on average about 25% year on year for the 6 months from July through December 2019 and we continued to see strong growth for the first 3 weeks of January. The coronavirus has significantly impacted China sales with February retails down around 85% vs the prior year. In the first half of the month about 20% of dealers were open which has since improved to now over 80% although most are still operating with reduced staffing and facilities. Jaguar Land Rover expects this to improve over the course of March, however, retail sales are expected to recover more gradually. The spread of the virus to other markets such as South Korea, Japan, and Italy will also impact sales in those markets.
Suppliers in China are resuming operations but remain below full capacity.
For Tata Motors domestic, the transition out of BSIV is almost complete. However, materials management to support the ramp up of BSVI has become a daily affair and we are seeing improved availability position as vendors come on stream in China. With some flexibility in mix (models, trim levels) current visibility protects production volumes up to mid-March. The further planning horizon contains some uncertainties which are expected to be mitigated to a large extent; situation could lead to limited volume losses in Q4. This is however, expected to be recovered as market demand is likely to improve gradually upon transition to BSVI. The timeline for a complete rebalancing of supply and demand is dependent on the further developments in the coming 4-6 weeks. Domestic business is positive to overcome the current challenge with a limited impact on its overall FY21 performance.
Jaguar Land Rover’s supply chain is primarily based in Europe and the UK, with a relatively small percentage of direct parts from China. Over 95% of its Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers in China are now open but at reduced capacity and Jaguar Land Rover is engaged with its suppliers on the status of their sub-tier suppliers in China. Jaguar Land Rover has visibility of availability of most parts out 2 weeks or more and has managed to avoid potential parts shortages by working closely with its suppliers and with some increased use of air freight. In the event of specific parts shortages, Jaguar Land Rover would ordinarily be able to still build cars and retrofit missing parts when available, however, we cannot rule out the risk that a shortage of a critical component could impact production at some point. The spread of the virus to South Korea, Japan, and Northern Italy is creating similar issues which we are managing in the same way.
Recognizing the present situation is highly uncertain and could change, the reduction in China sales resulting from the coronavirus presently is estimated to reduce Jaguar Land Rover’s full year EBIT margin by about 1%, however, free cashflow in Q4 is still expected to be modestly positive and JLR ha £5.8 billion of total liquidity at December 2019 (£3.9b of cash and a £1.9b undrawn revolving credit facility).
For Tata Motors domestic business, Q4 performance was already planned to be significantly impacted due to the switchover from BSIV to BSVI and the shortage of parts is likely to have some additional impact on specific BS VI models which is expected to be secured in the coming months. Tata Motors expects to end the quarter with positive free cash flow.
Tata Motors inaugurates fifth Saarthi Aaram Kendra at Udaipur
· First Saarthi Aaram Kendra in Rajasthan, in association with Pasco Motors
· The initiative provides comfortable rest stops to commercial vehicle drivers
· Fifth Saarthi Aaram Kendra launched in last one year after the first Kendra was launched in Haryana in May 2019
Mr Rajib Ghosh - RMCC, Tata Motors and Mr Ashok Khandelwal - GM, Pasco Motors along with senior officials from Tata Motors and Pasco Motors at the inauguration of the Saarthi Aaram Kendra, Udaipur
Driven by its mission to address the issues in the trucking industry, Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, in association with Pasco Motors, has launched Saarthi Aaram Kendra, at Madri, near Udaipur, Rajasthan. This is the fifth Saarthi Aaram Kendra in the country, for the truck drivers, launched by Tata Motors in the last ten months. The unique initiative is primarily aimed towards improving the working conditions of commercial vehicle drivers while promoting better quality of life and taking necessary steps to enhance their mental and physical wellbeing. The Saarthi Aaram Kendra was inaugurated by Mr. Rajib Ghosh – Regional Manager Customer Care, Tata Motors and Mr. Ashok Khandelwal – General Manager, Pasco Motors along with senior officials from Tata Motors, Pasco Motors, fleet owners, key customers, sales and service team, and more than 65 saarthis. During the launch, Tata Motors also conducted the Samarth health check-up camp and driver training on health, safety and environment for the truck drivers.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Rajesh Kaul, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “Truck drivers form an important cog in the wheel, keeping the economy of India moving. At Tata Motors, we appreciate their efforts and we want to prioritise their mental health and physical wellness through our initiatives. After receiving an overwhelming response from truck drivers at Saarthi Aaram Kendras across the country, we are excited to open more such centres to improve the working conditions of the drivers. We are pleased to partner with Pasco Motors to bring comfort and safety to the saarthis in Madri, an important hub for truck drivers in Rajasthan.”
The Saarthi Aaram Kendra at Pasco Motors, Udaipur is expected to benefit the saarthis in utilising the various amenities like driver rest area, canteen/dhaba, doctor’s facility, clean washrooms, vehicle servicing facility, secured parking and driver training room, amongst other things. This is a step forward in recognising the efforts of saarthis by providing them access to state-of-the-art amenities as well as address their medical requirements.
The Saarthi Aaram Kendra initiative is a part of a larger driver welfare program that Tata Motors runs and also includes the ‘Tata Motors Samarth’ initiative, which covers areas like accidental insurance, hospitalisation cover, financial counselling and educational assistance packages for their children, for the wellbeing of the saarthis and their families.
The first Saarthi Aaram Kendra was inaugurated by Mr. Girish Wagh (President, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors) in May 2019, at an Indian Oil facility in Haryana. It has received healthy response with more than 50 drivers availing its facilities on a daily basis. Tata Motors has put a strategic plan to set-up more such facilities along major National Highways to serve the needs of more drivers in the future.
About Tata Motors
Tata Motors Limited (NYSE: TTM; BSE: 500570 and 570001; NSE: TATAMOTORS and TATAMTRDVR), a USD 44 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, pick-ups, trucks and buses. Part of the USD 110 billion Tata group, Tata Motors is India’s largest and the only OEM offering extensive range of integrated, smart and e-mobility solutions. It has operations in India, the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 134 subsidiaries, associate companies and joint ventures, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea.
With a focus on engineering and tech enabled automotive solutions catering to the future of mobility, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and amongst the top four in the passenger vehicles market. With ‘Connecting Aspirations’ at the core of its brand promise, the company’s innovation efforts are focused to develop pioneering technologies that are sustainable as well as suited to evolving aspirations of the market and the customers. Tata Motors strives to bring new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers, fuelled by state of the art design and R&D centres located in India, UK, US, Italy and South Korea. Internationally, Tata commercial and passenger vehicles are marketed in countries, spread across Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.
Tata Technologies, a leading global engineering services organization, has been positioned in the ‘Leadership Zone’ in the recently released Zinnov Zones Global ER&D services 2019 report. Tata Technologies has made impressive gains across all its key verticals – Automotive, Aerospace, and Construction & Heavy Machinery, and has been ranked as a global leader for the third straight year. Zinnov has also rated Tata Technologies first amongst all India-based ESPs for the Automotive Industry ER&D services vertical.
The Zinnov report has recognized the work of Tata Technologies across its Automotive ER&D offerings, including the work being done in the design and development of EVs and platforms. Also, Zinnov has recognized Tata Technologies’ engagement with global customers in the Construction & Heavy Machineryvertical for offerings that include mechanical engineering, product design, electronic, electrical & embedded systems, control systems, emissions, powertrain and hydraulics; and service offerings around MRO, tooling design and simulation for the Aerospace industry.
Warren Harris, CEO & MD, Tata Technologies said, “We are pleased that we have reinforced our position as a Leader amongst Global ER&D players across our key verticals and continued to improve our position year on year. The Zinnov ranking is a testament to the breadth and depth of Tata Technologies’ offerings in ER&D services and the value that we create for our customers. It also reflects our commitment towards developing capabilities and solutions that enable our customers to design, develop and realize Better Products and thereby help us achieve our vision of ‘Engineering a better world’.
Sidhant Rastogi, Partner and Practice Head of Zinnov, further added, “Tata Technologies has proved its mettle once again by strengthening its Leadership position among global ER&D service players. In a highly competitive industry, Tata Technologies stands out with its dedicated focus across key verticals and horizontals. With new initiatives on emerging areas such as electric cars, Industry 4.0 and smart engineering solutions, Tata Technologies is well poised to become the ESP of choice for businesses worldwide."
Zinnov Zones for ER&D services is an annual rating from global management consulting firm Zinnov which caters to ER&D service providers and helps understand ongoing transformation resulting from changing priorities and align market positioning accordingly. The report has an enhanced focus on digital engineering and covers areas such as ER&D spending, vertical-focused digital engineering spending and capabilities, and market addressed by service providers. The 2019 report assessed 50 global service providers for their ER&D prowess, aimed at helping enterprises make informed purchasing decisions for strategic initiatives.
Tata Motors today announced the launch of ‘Mega Safety Campaign’, a nationwide free safety check-up camp for its customers at 650+ workshops. Commencing on 15th March, this campaign is a part of Tata Motors’ overall outreach during the National Safety Month and endeavors to provide an exclusive vehicle safety check-up to its customers. The campaign will run till 31st March 2020.
Apart from the total safety check-up of the car, the Company will also offer a free top wash/foam wash for the vehicle, attractive discounts on labor, parts, lubricants, accessories and value added services. To raise awareness amongst customers, Tata Motors will also be conducting workshops on tips for safe driving and vehicle maintenance. This will be in addition to the road safety activities organized in conjunction with local RTOs across cities.
According toMr. Subhajit Roy, Senior General Manager & Head Customer Care (Domestic and International Business), Tata Motors, “Customer safety has always been at the forefront of our brand. We are delighted to be conducting free safety check-up camps for our customers. Through the roll-out of this camp, we aim to ensure the overall safety of our customers and raise awareness regarding safe driving and vehicle maintenance. This effort is in alignment with the constantly evolving safety norms and seeks to equip our customers with the best safety practices.”
Furthering itself in the service sphere, Tata Motors also announced the launch of the latest version of the Tata Motors Service Connect (TMSC) app. The app now is much faster and comes with a 24X7 breakdown assistance support on home screen which shares the breakdown location directly with the TML call centre at a click for locating customer location and providing help.
The service checks in the mentioned duration will cover the check-up of Engine, Clutch, Transmission, Brakes, Steering, Suspension, Wheels & Tyres, Lights, ORVM, IRVM , Horn, AC, Seat, Seatbelts and Door Locks, etc. to ensure complete safety of the vehicle & customer.
To get your car checked up and to avail the offers, please contact your nearest Tata Motors Authorized Workshop. To locate the nearest workshop, please download the latest version Tata Motors Service Connect (TMSC) app or visit Tata Motors Customer Care and Service networks
About Tata Motors
Tata Motors Limited (BSE: TATAMOTORS), a USD 45 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. Part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors is India’s largest and the only OEM offering extensive range of integrated, smart and e-mobility solutions. Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 109 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea.
With a focus on engineering and tech enabled automotive solutions catering to the future of mobility, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and amongst the top four in the passenger vehicles market. With ‘Connecting Aspirations’ at the core of its brand promise, the company’s innovation efforts are focused to develop pioneering technologies that are sustainable as well as suited to evolving aspirations of the market and the customers. Tata Motors strives to bring new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers, fueled by state of the art design and R&D centers located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea. Internationally, Tata commercial and passenger vehicles are marketed in countries, spread across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.
Tata Motors Lucknow plant on track to achieve 100% renewable energy sourcing for its energy requirements by 2030
· Continued efforts towards energy consumption has led to a reduction of 38% in specific energy consumption over the last four years
· Significant energy conservation measures have resulted in reducing plant’s non-working day energy consumption by 57%
Staying true to the Tata Group’s core philosophy of adopting sustainable practices, Tata Motors Lucknow plant has minimized the use of energy in its functions and processes with its constructive and consistent efforts. The company’s Lucknow plant has adopted an Energy Management System (EMS), which has ensured a substantial reduction of 38% in specific energy consumption over the last four years, i.e. from 406 kWh / equivalent vehicle in FY2015-16 to 250 kWh / equivalent vehicle in FY2018-19. Tata Motors’ Lucknow plant is moving swiftly towards improving its energy efficiency by leveraging innovation, optimizing operations, implementing energy-efficient technologies, adoption of energy conservation measures, use of renewable sources of energy, low-cost automation and introducing employee suggestion schemes.
Speaking on the initiatives, Mr. Pramod Choudhary, Plant Head - Tata Motors Lucknow,“Environment protection features as a top priority agenda in our business and we have set the action plans for carbon emission control, energy conservation, water conservation, and waste management. Our Lucknow plant has always been cognizant of the need for energy conservation and has been steadily making progress towards attaining 100% renewable energy sourcing for all its operations by 2030. We have increased the share of renewable energy to over 16% in the last two years by installing 4MWp capacity Roof top Solar power plant in the plant premises. We will continue to drive such innovative initiatives as our contribution to make this planet smarter and greener, thus attaining sustainable development.”
The outcome of the implemented processes are gauged by a meticulous system of energy monitoring and analysis through various reports such as Hourly Energy Report, Daily Energy Report, Daily Energy Audits and Monthly Energy Reports. These reports are then used to track, analyze and reduce variations in energy consumption across the shops and departments by a dedicated energy management cell. These effective analysis techniques have resulted in reducing the plant’s non-working day energy consumption by over 57% from 33,000 kWh to 14,300 kWh from FY 2018-19 to January’ 2020.
These practices have even helped the Lucknow plant in bagging many prestigious energy-efficiency awards at the national and state levels – National Energy Conservation Award by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India (For years 2010, 11, 14, 2016), Excellent Energy Efficient Unit Award by CII (For years 2009, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 19) and the UP State Energy Conservation Award by Ministry of Energy, Govt. of UP (For years 2017, 18 & 19). In addition to this, Lucknow plant is also exploring new avenues of open access solar power purchase; enhancing in-house solar plant capacity through various other innovative applications like solar walkways, solar street lights, solar heating, electric vehicle charging station etc.; green energy through Bio-gas plant; and by adopting other new RE technologies planning to enhance the renewable energy contribution towards 100%.
Unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Tata HBX made its first appearance as the H2X concept in 2019. One year later, this very concept has been shown as the HBX at the Auto Expo 2020. Although Tata Motors showcased other concepts at the expo, the HBX is 90% close to the actual production car. With its rugged and adventure ready look, HBX is all set to raise the bar for driving enthusiasts.
2. The Gravitas is the first 7-seater to be built on the OMEGA ARC.
The Tata Gravitas is the second car to be built on the OMEGA architecture, following the successful debut of the Harrier last year. Based on the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy of Tata Motors, the Gravitas is an accurate representation of the delivery parameters that Tata Motors stands for – design, space and premiumness. The Gravitas is set to be launched later this year.
3. The HBX is the smallest car to be built on the ALFA ARC.
After the launch of the premium hatchback Altroz - the HBX concept becomes the second model to be based on Tata’s new ALFA (Agile, Light, Flexible, Advanced) architecture. This micro SUV concept will be positioned below the Tata Nexon.
4. With the impending launch of the HBX, Tata Motors will have an SUV in every segment.
With the scheduled launch of the production version of the HBX in the next financial year, Tata Motors is slated to have an SUV in every segment. This wide array of exciting products also consists of the Nexon in the compact category, the Harrier in the midsize SUV category and the Hexa along with the soon-to-be launched Gravitas, in the large SUV segment.
Tata Motors statement on warranty extension policy
Mr. Subhajit Roy, Senior General Manager & Head Customer Care (Domestic and International Business), Tata Motors.
In light of the Central Government imposed lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resultant inability of our customers to avail maintenance & repairs, as part of their vehicle’s warranty policy, Tata Motors has decided to extend the last date, for customers whose OE warranty and free service period (not kms.) are due to expire between 15th March, 2020 and 31st May, 2020, to 31st July, 2020. This decision validates the proactive response towards customer centric values that we at Tata Motors live by every day.
All Tata Motors workshops will ensure that our customers have been informed of this extension, as we continue to stand by our customers under the current circumstances. For further information, customers can reach out to us at Contact Us | Tata Motors Service
· Tata Motors Ltd (TML) Board approves plan to subsidiarize TML’s Passenger Vehicles (PV) including Electric Vehicles (EV) business into a separate subsidiary through a scheme of arrangement
· This shall help provide differentiated focus for the PV and CV businesses and help each of them realise their potential
· This decision is a first step in our plans to secure mutually beneficial strategic alliances for the domestic PV business and help secure its long-term viability
· Shailesh Chandra, President EV and Corporate Strategy, is appointed President PV business including EV business with effect from April 1, 2020
· Mayank Pareek, will be superannuating from Tata Motors at the end of February 2021.
TML Board has in-principle approved to subsidiarize TML’s PV business (including EV) by transferring relevant assets, IPs and employees directly relatable to the PV business for it to be fully functional on a standalone basis through a slump sale. However, certain shared services and central functions will be retained at TML to deliver cost efficiencies for the entire group. The proposed transfer shall be implemented through a scheme of arrangement, which will be tabled for approval to the TML Board over the next few weeks. Implementation of the scheme will be subject to regulatory and statutory approvals as applicable, including approval of shareholders and creditors. We expect the transfer process to be completed in the next one year.
The Passenger Vehicle business landscape is seeing rapid transformation in the form of tightening emission norms, push towards electrification, enhanced disruptions from autonomous and connected technologies. Additionally, India continues to remain an attractive market for global OEMs while the aspiration levels of the Indian consumer continue to rise requiring stepped up investments in contemporary products in a competitive market.
Over the last few years, TML’s PV business has implemented a strong turnaround and has earned its right to grow by launching a slew of successful products like the Tiago, Tigor, Nexon, Hexa, Harrier and most recently the Altroz and Nexon EV. A fully refreshed BSVI ready product portfolio based on the Impact 2.0 design philosophy, consistently improving NPS scores, improved retail market shares and an exciting entry into the EV space coupled with improved profitability makes the business ready to realise its potential.
However, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 virus increases the challenges faced by the business. In this situation our first priority is to secure the health and safety of our people while continuing to serve our customers and securing the viability of our ecosystem. Additionally, in sync with our strategy to “Win Sustainably” we will take decisive steps to strengthen our business over the long-term. A move towards subsidiarization of the PV business is the first step in securing mutually beneficial strategic alliances that provide access to products, architectures, powertrains, new age technologies and capital.
Along with this move, we are also pleased to announce the appointment of Shailesh Chandra, President EV and Corporate Strategy as President PV business including EV with effect from April 1, 2020. He will be assuming responsibility for the PV business from Mayank Pareek. Shailesh’s appointment at the start of the new financial year gives him the opportunity to shape the organization as we ready it to operate as a subsidiary once the necessary approvals are in place. Shailesh and Mayank will work on transition over the next few weeks and Mayank will be superannuating from Tata Motors at the end of February 2021. We would like to thank Mayank for his contributions in getting TML PV business back on track to “Win Sustainably” and wish him well for the future.
Tata Motors’ new TVC requests social distancing during Corona Virus lockdown
Car manufacturers around the world are spreading awareness by changing their logos and releasing new TVCs on social distancing. India is currently under lockdown and the car manufacturers are doing their bit by making ventilators, face masks and donating money to the relief funds. The car manufacturers are also releasing new TVCs to spread awareness among the citizens to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and stay safe. Tata has also released a new TVC that sends the message of maintaining social distancing.
The TVC starts by saying that connections are important in life and we make connections to remind ourselves that we are not alone. But with the present situation on the coronavirus pandemic, it is best to follow the lockdown and remain in isolation. The TVC says that it is important to remain isolated to be together again in the future and that’s how it should be. The TVC revolves around Alone Together theme.
Tata Motors has a handful of new models for the Indian market. Early this year, the company launched the Altroz premium hatchback, Nexon EV, Harrier Automatic and Tigor, Tiago and Nexon facelifts. At the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo, the carmaker showcased a range of new models and concept that have been planned for the country. Here, we bring you a sneak peek of upcoming Tata cars that will be launched in 2020 and 2021.
At the 2020 Delhi Motor Show, the carmaker showcased the Tata Gravitas 7-seater SUV. The SUV is esentially the 7-seater version of the Harrier SUV. Once launched, it will be put up against the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming MG Hector Plus and Hyundai Creta 7-seater. The Gravitas will be the brand’s second product to use the new OMEGA Platform which is sourced from Land Rover Discovery Sport’s D8 platform. Similar to the new upcoming Tata cars, the Gravitas will feature the new IMPACT design 2.0 language. Powering the vehicle will be the 170bhp, 2.0-litre diesel engine that also does duty in the new Harrier. The motor will come with a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic gearbox along with an optional AWD system.