This just proves what we have been telling you all along. Indian automotive industry is poised for bigger, better things in the near future.

In a bid to boost new business opportunities, Australia is aiming to enter into a formal tie-up with rapidly growing Indian auto companies. If such a thing happens, the Kangaroo country’s world class firms will be able to put up their show in world’s second fastest growing auto markets. And India, in turn will be benefitted with Australia’s innovative green technology.

Multi-billion-dollar Australian auto industry has already taken up the initiative by sending their Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Kim Carr, on a three day visit to India. Carr said that Australia was looking forward to make closer tie-ups between their innovative automotive corporations and the Indian companies.

He said, “With the help of the Australian Government’s ‘a New car plan for a Greener Future’, our auto industry has not only survived the global economic downturn but is transforming and becoming a world leader in new technology.”

Enthusiastic Carr further pointed out the benefits of Innovative technology that the country would get from this alliance. The Indian auto majors and related companies can take advantage of the newly introduced R&D Tax Credit Legislation for up scaling their product sales and manufacturing part, he added.

After discussing some crucial points with utility car leads Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors, the minister said, “This expertise makes our companies attractive partners for international companies including India.”

He continued to extoll on the profit that the Indian auto companies could get from the collaboration. The subcontinent’s auto firms can take the benefit of the opportunity as Indian auto industry desires new vehicle designs, building process and low emission technologies, and Australia is an ideal country to help them out with its innovative technology, he added.

SOURCE: (Car Trade India)


The response to the automotive sketching workshops held by renowned DYPDC faculty around the country has been overwhelming. Students and professionals alike with a burning passion for automotive sketching attended the workshops, making it a huge success.

These workshops were a unique opportunity for students to learn the basics of automotive sketching. The workshop equipped them with the skills and confidence to build great portfolios, preparing them for an exciting career in automobile design.

Our faculty coached them one-on-one, and taught them quick tips and tricks to master the art of sketching and ways to get progressively good at it.

Here are some of the pictures from the event:

DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies is proud to bring to you a one of a kind intensive Automotive Sketching Workshop.

Sketch like pros in no time!!
Learn tips and tricks of the craft.
See your super-cool ideas magically come to life on paper

This workshop is a unique opportunity for you to learn the basics of automotive sketching. DYPDC’s Learn from the Masters automotive sketching workshop will equip you with the skills and confidence that will help you build great portfolios and prepare you for an exciting career in automobile design.

Our faculty will coach you one-on-one, and teach you quick tips and tricks to master the art of sketching and ways to get progressively good at it.

Duration and Venue:

• The workshop will be held in major Indian cities
• It will be a full-day workshop
• Information regarding venue, time and city will be provided to you
on registration.
• All stationary items required for the workshop will be provided by
• Tea/coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided to all participants

Workshop fee:

A nominal fee of Rs. 600 will be charged per participant. Fee can be paid at the venue. The fee will include cost of the workshop, certificate, lunch, tea/coffee and snacks.

Please note that if a participant applies to DYPDC, the workshop fee will adjusted against the DYPDC application fee.

The cities where the workshops are being held are:

Indore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai.

To register for the workshop visit

If you think, breathe and talk cars, and can’t think of doing anything else than designing cars and bikes all your life, then you should pursue automotive design at DYPDC. Here are 12 reasons why joining DYPDC is such a good idea:

1. Dilip Chhabria, your Chief Mentor, will inspire you to bring distinctness to your art, who will guide you, help you find your voice as a designer.

2. Focus – DYPDC College is completely focused on Automobile design education.

3. Instructional facilities that inspire ideas and breed creativity

4. Faculty that open a world of possibilities for you.

5. International visiting faculty that bring years of experience, who will make you question, discover, explore, and express yourself, and push you to new limits you never thought were possible.

6. A curriculum that is flexible, stimulates interest and develops knowledge, skills and understanding of automotive design.

7. Preparation for a life of continuous growth and learning.

8. A range of teaching and learning methods

9. Our deep-rooted partnership with the industry will help us source design projects, internships and placements.

10. International exposure through exchange programs and study tours

11. A stimulating, dynamic student life for a great college experience.

12. Students build an actual car at the end of their program. No other design school has this unique feature.

DYPDC Centre for Automotive Research and Studies and Goethe-Institut recently organized an evening with two unique lectures. One was titled Forms of E-Mobility by Wolfgang Jonas, who is a Professor for “Designwissenschaft” at Braunschweig University of Art, Institute for Transportation Design, and the other was titled The POVER Car, which was conducted by Elmer Van Grondelle, Head, Advanced Automotive Design, Delft University of Technology.













The lectures were held at Max Mueller Center, Pune, at their lovely, open air lawn. There were close to 30 participants who attended the lecture and included people from both academia and industry. The lecture began at around 7 in the evening and went on till 9 pm, followed by beverages and dinner.

It was quite interesting to listen to both gentlemen as they had different styles of approach to their presentation. While Jonas’s lecture was thought-provoking, to the point and highly technical, Elmer’s was light, lively and filled with anecdotes. The audience loved the contrasting styles and were equally involved in both the presentations. Jonas focused on strategy, design and innovation, while Elmer spoke about a concept called Poverty Car, hence the name Pover Car, which was built by his students for the developing countries, like India and such.

A little brief on the two gentlemen:

Wolfgang Jonas studied of naval architecture at the Technical University of Berlin. He has been a consulting engineer in the area of Computer Aided Design for companies of the automobile industry and the German standardization institute DIN. Since 1988 he has been teaching (CAD, industrial design, exhibitions) and research (system theory and design theory) at the University of the Arts Berlin and at the University of Wuppertal.

He is a visiting professor at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, Université de Montréal, Canada, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea, Aalborg University, Denmark.

His areas of interest are: Design theory as meta theory, design theory and design methods in a systemic perspective, systems thinking, scenario planning, research through design.

His numerous publications on theoretical and practical aspects of designing include: “Design – System – Theorie: Überlegungen zu einem systemtheoretischen Modell von Designtheorie” (1994), “Mind the gap! – on knowing and not-knowing in Design” (2004), “Positionen zur Designwissenschaft” (2010), also publications on the history of naval architecture in Nordfriesland (1990) and on the aesthetics of modern ships (1991).

Elmer D. van Grondelle has close to thirty years of experience in automotive design and the design of automotive design processes. He holds a B.A. from the Dutch Royal College of Art and a Design Management MBA from the University of Westminster. He has worked for companies like Ford, BMW, Lamborghini, Volkswagen, Toyota, Kymco and Hyundai. Currently Elmer freelances as a strategic automotive designer, and spends half of his time at Delft University of Technology, where he is the program manager for Advanced Automotive Design. Elmer teaches automotive design, strategy and design processes. His research involves the design of management models that frame and facilitate tacit knowledge in automotive design.

Tell us a bit about your background. What you’ve been doing? What you intend to do in the future?

I am an Assistant Professor in Dept. of Design, IIT Guwahati. I teach Ergonomics and Human Factors to UG and PG students. I joined IIT Guwahati in March 2010. Before joining in IIT, I worked as a research fellow in Ergonomics Lab, DIPAS, DRDO, Delhi for five years. During my stay in DIPAS, I acquired research experience in the field of military ergonomics and gained expertise in ergonomic evaluation of products and workstations using digital human modeling softwares.

I received my Ph.D. in Physiology from the Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, T.N., India in Sept’ 2009 for the thesis entitled ‘Ergonomic Studies of Some Basic Human Performance Resources in the Design of Different Indian Military Workstation in Virtual Environment’. I earned M.Sc in Physiology with specialization in Environmental Physiology from University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India in the year 2003.  I was awarded with Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management by Pondicherry University in 2008.

Besides regular teaching activity, I am also continuing my research work. Ph.D student and PG students are enrolled under my guidance for their thesis work. In future, I want to strengthen my research in cognitive aspects of automobile design, particularly in information processing (visual, auditory, tactile etc.).

What does design mean to you?

Being a faculty and researcher in ergonomics/human factors, I feel that design is a co-ordinated approach towards better object/facility or service to satisfy human needs (physical and cognitive). There is more consideration of co-ordinate geometry and human perceptions in design.

What’s the scope of automobile design in India?

India is a country with a large population. There’s a big market out here. Indian people vary widely in their anthropometry and morphology due to mixture of various races in the population. There are also huge variations in their culture, religion, economic status, climate etc. All these factors influence the design of vehicle for them. Hence, I believe that there is enough scope of working in the field of automobile design in India.

Tell us a bit about your experience during conducting workshop at DYPDC College?

It was a nice experience to conduct the week long workshop on ‘Human Factors/ Ergonomics in Automobile Design’. I covered basic ergonomic principles in design to applied human factor issues in the automobile sector. Besides power point presentations, different assignments were given to the students for a hands-on experience in applying percentile anthropometric data, strength data, joint mobility values etc. in vehicle design, use of various reference points and standards for automotive packaging, analyzing view fields/visual obstruction, defining reach zone and subsequently positioning various controls, providing clearance spaces, assuring comforts in terms of single/multiple body joint angles etc. Demonstration on application of digital human modeling softwares in ergonomic evaluation of vehicle workspace was given for making the workshop more interesting and understandable.

All the participants were highly enthusiastic and some of them really performed well. I was extremely happy with the feedback from them. I am also thankful to all the faculty members and staff for their cooperation and help. It helped me conduct the workshop successfully. I want to convey my sincere thanks to Director, DYP-DC college for inviting me for conducting the workshop and providing me with all the facilities.

What are your thoughts about DYPDC College? About what it is trying to achieve?

DYP-DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies is a highly specialized and goal oriented institute for automobile design. They are developing sound infrastructure for laboratories/studios. Renowned faculties from premier institutes and experienced designers from industries in India and abroad are engaged here as fulltime or visiting faculty. So, it is becoming a global school. Moreover, partnership with the industry is extending job opportunities for students.

I hope in the near future, this institute will take the leading role in the automobile sector in India.

India’s largest automobile company Maruti Suzuki will supply its latest compact car A-Star to Volkswagen AG . The car, which will undergo some modifications and design changes, will be sold in India and Asian markets under a new brand, according to senior officials in the automobile industry.

The agreement to supply A-Star, Suzuki’s fifth global model after Swift, Ritz, SX4 and Grand Vitara will be inked soon. Volkswagen holds 20% stake in Maruti’s parent company Suzuki.

Volkswagen’s decision to choose A-Star comes after two years of Maruti’s success of supplying A-Star to another Japanese carmaker Nissan Motors, which re-badges the same car as Pixo for sales through its own network in Europe. A-Star sold as Alto in overseas markets is exclusively made by Maruti Suzuki at its Manesar plant in Haryana. It’s a futuristic product specifically developed by parent Suzuki Motor Corp (SMC) for developed markets meeting all its stringent crash safety tests, emission norms and environment regulations.

Maruti’s engineering team would work closely with VW to tweak the car as per its global market needs, said a senior official from the automobile industry. “There could be some changes in the basic design though the overall technical specs won’t be altered,” the official added.