The company announced that it will commence the introduction of its all-new BSVI range of products with passenger vehicles, starting from January 2020. This will be demonstrated by a grand showcase with 4 global unveils, 14 commercial and 12 passenger vehicle displays at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020, at Greater Noida.
Tata Motors has entered its 75th year in 2020 with a rich legacy in contributing to the nation. It is building a sustainable future by providing aspirational, innovative mobility solutions for a Connected India. This intent will be represented as the theme at the Tata Motors’ pavilion.
Guenter Butschek, CEO and MD, Tata Motors said, “We are delighted to announce the theme for our pavilion at the Auto Expo 2020 – Connected India: Responsible and Sustainable Mobility Solutions. This theme will bring alive our future focus on CESS, which is – Connected, Electric, Shared and Safe. The future of efficient, green, sustainable mobility solutions needs to translate into reality. As a responsible corporate, we are doing every bit to contribute to this agenda and are gearing up to bring a new generation of products faster to market. We are excited to unveil our extensive range of future portfolio at the Auto Expo 2020 which are not only BSVI ready, but are designed and developed to truly enhance the value proposition for our aspiring customers.”
Tata Motors is building a common Connected Vehicle Architecture, which will serve the entire portfolio across Commercial, Passenger and Electric Vehicles, to enable the extended digital eco-system of its customers. The Electric vehicles will support the government’s e-vision of promoting a clean and green India. To leverage the shared mobility ecosystem, Tata Motors will be providing innovative solutions in people and goods transport. In support of the Indian growth story, it will provide the safest range of vehicles to set new industry benchmarks.
As part of its sustainability mission, the company has also taken steps like going paperless and increased the green cover at the pavilion. Keeping the growing start-up culture in mind, Tata Motors will use the Auto Expo 2020 to also crowd source and engage with the start-up communities.
BSVI transition has been the single largest focus area for Tata Motors. It established a state-of-the-art ‘Advance Power Systems Engineering Tech Centre’ at its Engineering Research Center (ERC) Pune, which has played a key role in engineering, testing and developing cutting-edge powertrain solutions for its product portfolio, including comprehensive electrification.
Rather than limiting the scope to only emission migration, the company has streamlined its portfolio with enhanced features, offering superior performance and added value enhancers for the benefit of the customers.
The deployment of modular product architecture across its vehicle platforms has ensured a higher commonisation of parts, quicker time to market and lower costs for its vast range of offerings. The company is ready with its entire range of drivetrain combinations, including gasoline, diesel & CNG engines with manual, automatic and automated-manual transmissions for BSVI emission norms.
Mr. Rajendra Petkar, President & CTO, Tata Motors said, “The Tata Motors team has tirelessly worked towards a seamless transition to the BSVI regime. With the customer at the centre of our plans, we have designed & engineered our products keeping in mind the duty cycles and growing aspirations. From January 2020 onwards we will be introducing over 100 lead models with over 1000 variants. These will cover options of powertrain combinations, body styles, chassis configurations plus technologies imbibing connected, electric, shared and safety. Significant front loading of activities, use of digital product development tools and early involvement of globally reputed technology & supplier partners has helped us to accelerate the portfolio migration.”
Together with Malu Dreyer, Minister President for the State of Rhineland-Palatinate and Dr Volker Wissing, Minister for Economic Affairs and Transport in the Rhineland-Palatinate region, Stefan Buchner, Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG, responsible for the regions Europe and Latin America and the Mercedes-Benz truck brand and Thomas Zwick, Chairman of the Works Council at the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant opened the extended Development and Testing Centre in the southern Palatinate region, eighteen months after the foundations were laid.
Around €50 million ($55.5 million) have been invested in the centre of competence for the development of trucks – amongst other things for a new test stand facility for testing both individual systems and complete vehicles as well as an office and workshop building. In addition, around €20 million ($22.2 million) went towards the ultra-modern road-to-rig test stand for comprehensive testing of Mercedes-Benz trucks in real time. The complex is a further integral part of the Mercedes-Benz Truck Testing Campus and went into operation in 2019.
Stefan Buchner said: "The new development and testing capacities perfectly complement the activities of our truck production in Wörth. By bundling the development scopes, Mercedes-Benz Truck's largest plant has gained in importance, offering attractive jobs in the southern Palatinate region that are secure in the long-term."
Prof. Uwe Baake, Head of Product Engineering at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, added: "Our new road-to-rig test stand for trucks is one of the most modern in Europe. Thanks to its precise simulation of driving, we have taken testing and measuring for conventional and alternative drivetrains from the road into the testing hall and are thus making an important contribution to sustainability and relieving public roads.”
The development and testing centre (also known by its German abbreviation EVZ) is the centre of competence for development work at Mercedes-Benz Trucks and thus plays an important role in the development and testing of connected, automated and electric driving.
The opening of the EVZ in June 2008 in close proximity to the Wörth production plant was deliberate – it allowed for a close co-operation between the development and production areas. This proximity to the production area provides definite benefits for purchasing/parts logistics, for example, as well as for the co-operation with the production planning (link between development and production). The bundling of development scopes in Wörth means that significant synergy effects can be achieved.
The EVZ has numerous rough road test tracks and a range of different road surface types which are representative of various roads around the world at its disposal. This allows us, for example, to replicate the conditions which the vehicles may face in places like South America, South Korea, Africa and of course Europe. The EVZ still also has a run-in track with bank angles as high as 49% for functional testing. What's more, office, workshop and service facilities are all present on-location at the EVZ and accommodate a range of test rigs for such tasks as truck component testing.
Prof. Uwe Baake presented one of the most modern road-to-rig truck test stands in Europe at the opening ceremony. Mercedes-Benz Trucks recently started testing trucks comprehensively, sustainably and in real-time with the system. In a 24/7 operation, drivetrains for traditional drive system variants, gas engines, hybrid drive systems, battery-electric and fuel-cell drive systems can be simulated in realistic driving conditions on the test stand and developed to production standard.
Now, instead of testing on public roads, test drives or legally prescribed test cycles are automated and extremely precise; carried out in the testing hall using drive simulations. For this, the truck is connected with the test stand computer via a control line and controlled from there for all of the necessary functions. As a result, many complex fuel consumption measurements which were previously carried out exclusively on the road are now possible on the test stand in comparable conditions and with even greater repetitive accuracy. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is thus making a significant contribution to sustainable transportation.
The test stand is equipped with a large headwind fan with an airflow rate of more than 800,000 m³/hour, which is equal to a maximum approach velocity of 90 km/h. The temperature of the entire testing room can be set steplessly within the range of -7°C to +50°C to produce extreme ambient conditions.
Various vehicle combinations with up to four driven axles can be driven on the new test stand. In doing so, the tractor unit stands on four drums with a diameter of three metres. A large water-cooled electric motor with an output of 600 kW is mounted at each roller. These electric machines enable the simulation of all driving resistances acting on the vehicle externally during real driving operations. This includes, for example, extreme uphill climbs at full load with maximum payload or also braking on a downhill gradient. All of the maximum speeds permissible on motorways throughout Europe can be driven on the test stand.
The goal of the joint company “FlexFactory: Digital Factory Performance” is to offer digital and flexible production concepts as well as innovative software solutions in order to permit production of very small batch sizes with a high degree of economic efficiency.
“There is a great demand on the market for customised products. The challenge is to manufacture even small series profitably,” said Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman and Member of the Executive Board Finance and IT at Porsche AG. “We therefore see great potential through the cross-industry bundling of our competencies with Munich Re and MHP. This allows us to combine risk management expertise with software skills and production know-how.”
Torsten Jeworrek, Member of Munich Re’s Board of Management, commented on the collective objective: “For us, this joint venture is all about developing innovative production strategies and services that add up to a comprehensive solution, which we can then market as a complete and tailored package. In turn, customers will quickly reap strategic benefits and genuine added value through the pooled competencies of our companies.”
MHP and Munich Re have been working on developing solutions for flexible, digital production that simultaneously minimise technological and financial risks since the end of 2017. The Porsche Group and Munich Re each have a 50% share in the nascent joint venture. Establishment of the joint venture is subject to approval of the merger by the responsible authorities.
Ghosn spoke of a "handful of malevolent actors who sought to destroy my reputation", he spoke of the pain that his family has been put through by the, "relentless and shameless attacks by Japanese executives and prosecutors".
He said that the Japanese system is “indifferent to the truth”, “My ordeal is a result of unscrupulous executives at Nissan and the judicial authorities. I did NOT escape justice, I fled injustice,” he emphasised. "I was left with no other choice but to flee, with the prospect of the impossibility of a fair trial. I was facing a system where conviction rate is 99.4% and I bet it is higher for foreigners, the charges against me are baseless, why else have the prosecutors continually delayed the still undetermined trial date?”
Ghosn ran through several topics, with slides showing the prosecution papers and the original information from Alliance auditors which appeared to exonerate him from all charges.
He spoke of the background to the accusations: “Nissan performance started to decline in 2017, I took myself out in end of 2016 when I moved to Mitsubishi as chairman of the board. Nissan, a company that was ‘dead’ in 1999 is now one of the top 60 brands in the world. I was at Nissan for 17 years, delivering profit.” Ghosn addressed the accusations of favouritism in appointing certain board members, saying, “Board members may be proposed by their predecessor - me in some circumstances - but are always appointed by the board."
Speaking of the underlying factors, he said that Nissan was keen to regain some control of the Alliance board: The French government’s voting rights involvement prevented the board of Renault-Nissan awarding voting rights to Nissan. I wanted to retire in 2018 but I was asked to continue integrating the two companies. There was no trust and our Japanese friends thought the only way to get influence in the Alliance was to get rid of me.”
Ghosn said that he did not ever propose a full merger between Renault and Nissan but recommended a holding company and that this would allow Nissan the autonomy they desired but, “in the end, one side said ‘we want all the power’.”
He said that collusion between Nissan and the prosecutors is everywhere, “This became clear when witnesses were coached at some length before my arrest.”
Ghosn named the following current and former Nissan executives as being involved in the 'plot' to oust him: Hiroto Saikawa, Nissan's CEO at the time, Toshiaki Onuma a former senior Nissan administrator, Hari Nada, Nissan's former head of legal, Masakazu Toyoda, the former Japanese trade ministry official who heads Nissan's nomination committee, Hidetoshi Imazu, a former internal auditor and Hitoshi Kawaguchi, an ex-executive who was in charge of government relations.
Addressing another specific charge, he said that, “the prosecutor told me, 'you are being arrested for under-reporting compensation that was NOT paid to you'. This shows how ridiculous the charges were.”
Speaking about his treatment in the Japanese legal system, Ghosn detailed the sequence of events and at times seemed stunned by the treatment he received, saying, “I felt I was not a human any more, when I was given two hours with my wife after nine months imprisonment.” He spent nearly 130 days in solitary confinement as prosecutors repeatedly arrested him on different counts. He also said he was interrogated for as long as eight hours a day without a clear explanation of the charges against him.
He said that he was told that it was likely that he would have to stay in Japan for five years before any judgement would be passed, of which he said: “I felt like a hostage in the country that I love, where I brought Nissan from being in the dirt, to great success, working for 17 years.”
Ghosn covered the issues of the party held in Versailles for his wife’s 50th birthday, showing the documents that appeared to exonerate him and his family from receiving a known benefit.
Likewise the houses in Rio de Janeiro and Lebanon were explained as being the property of the Alliance and that they could be sold back to Ghosn at market value; they were his business residences during his time as CEO.
He talked of getting FCA to join the Alliance, discussions with John Elkann. He said that the Alliance missed the ‘unmissable’ opportunity of FCA, that FCA were the perfect fit with the Alliance, he said it is ‘unbelievable’ that this merger did not happen.
He said that the conclusion of the FCA deal was very close in January 2018, when he was arrested. “I think the deal was a great waste for Renault, but it is a great opportunity for PSA.”
Addressing the accusations of greed, Ghosn revealed that he had been approached to head up General Motors: “I was offered double the pay, in 2009, to become CEO of GM - but they were tough times for all companies and a captain does not desert the ship when it is in trouble”, speaking of Nissan’s difficulties during the credit crunch/global financial crisis.
When asked what his plan is now, and will he live his life as an international fugitive, he said, “I am used to doing ‘mission impossible’. Yes, in the short term I am here in Lebanon but I am not going to give up. You can expect me to take some initiatives to clear my name, in the next week. I want to be remembered as an important actor in the global car industry, not as someone who runs from a problem.”
Ghosn was asked if he would risk travelling to France, as the French authorities have said that he would not be extradited from there. “I am happy here in Lebanon but I have to clear my name. I cannot accept that lies and fabrication can prevail.”
When asked if the very top level of Japanese government was involved in the plot to oust him, he said he did not believe that and that he would be prepared to stand trial anywhere in the world where he could get a fair trial, not something that he could be assured, even by his own lawyers, that could happen in Japan.