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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: http://tinyurl.com/4y9tahv (Car Trade India)

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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
DYPDC
• 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 http://dypdc.com/dypdc_newsite/workshop.reg/index.php

We are extremely pleased to announce that DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies, Pune, in association with TU Delft University, Netherlands, will conduct a two-day interactive workshop, titled, Future of Automotive Retail on Dec 03 and 04, 2010, at DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies campus in Pune.

This interactive workshop, through short lectures and assignments, case studies, and practical work sessions, will help organizations take their retailing strategy to a whole new level. The workshop will provide participants with core principles, tools, models, and techniques of Automotive Retail, and in the process enable them to apply their learning in their own organizations.

The workshop is being led by world renowned name in the field of Retail Strategy, Sir Rodney Fitch. Prof. Henri Christiaans (Associate Professor, Industrial Design at TU Delft), James Woudhuysen (Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester,) Elmer van Grondelle (Head of the Automotive Design Department at Delft University), and Emanuele Nicosia (Professor, Automotive Design, DYP-DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies) are some of the other internationally acclaimed experts who will immensely benefit the participants.

Participants will learn how to create a viable retail strategy for their business, generate and implement ideas to develop or improve services and customer experience. They will also receive a clear understanding of retail strategy process, and learn practical innovation techniques and the confidence to use them immediately. By the end of the workshop participants will have an understanding of implicit strategic challenges, and most importantly, a foundation for addressing them in the future.

Visit http://puneevents.in/index.html for more details

These are good times at DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies. A lot is happening and it is happening quickly. It’s only been a fortnight since the undergraduate and postgraduate program in automobile design began and we’ve already had some of the best in the field of design interacting with our students.

First up was Prof. Mahendra Patel, who spent two days with our students teaching Visual Order. He covered topics like Harmony, Rhythm, Balance and Contrast. The time he spent with the students helped them immensely in understanding visual order and its extremely important role in design. A little about him : Prof. Patel is one of the finest teachers of Design today. He has been a faculty with National institute of Design, Ahmedabad for the past 39 years. He also conducts workshops and training programs at Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda; Srishti College of Arts and Design, Bangalore, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, Industrial Design Center, IIT Mumbai, and Indian Institute of Crafts, Jaipur. He has also taught at Rhode Island School of Design, USA, Nova Scotia College of Arts, Canada, Christchurch College of Arts, New Zealand and Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Pakistan. Presently, he is serving as adjunct faculty member at the Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) and MIT Institute of Design, both of which are in Pune. He recently won the Gutenberg International Award for his contribution in font designing for Indian scripts, and map design and signage design for Indian cities.

We also have on our campus Mr. Patrick Roupin and Mr. Nicola Crea.

Mr. Patrick Roupin is an award winning Belgium designer. He holds a Masters degree in product engineering design from the ISD – Supinfocom Group, Valenciennes / Pune. He won the Designer for Real World – Victor PAPANECK Prize in 2004. Patrick formerly worked as a usability specialist for one of the world’s leading usability companies in India. He has also worked as a product designer with companies such as Decathlon and Faurecia in France. He’s doing some very interesting workshops with our students, which are mainly focused on social experiments.

Mr. Nicola Crea is a design manager and consultant for product development, who has worked with great automobile companies like Pininfarina Concept Institute, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz cars and Giannini. In 1992, he ventured into designing of boats and motorcycles and started his own consultancy, “Victory design”, which is an engineering studio devoted to yacht design. From 2006 to 2008, he headed CISME (Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi sulla Mobilità Ecosostenibile), research center of studies on sustainable mobility. He is also the coordinator for all design activities for Tulton, a company that specializes in development of new products. He is a professor at the University of Chieti, and regularly collaborates with the Politecnico di Milano and University of Genoa.

To be among such luminaries has truly been exhilarating for our students, who have eagerly absorbed all that these greats had to offer. Rest assured, it is only going to get bigger, better, and brighter from this point on.

World renowned Professor Mahendra Patel graced the DYPDC College campus and took a session on Visual Order. Prof. Patel is one of the finest teachers of Design today. He has been a faculty with National institute of Design, Ahmedabad for the past 39 years. He also conducts workshops and training programs at Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda; Srishti College of Arts and Design, Bangalore, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, Industrial Design Center, IIT Mumbai, and Indian Institute of Crafts, Jaipur. He has also taught at Rhode Island School of Design, USA, Nova Scotia College of Arts, Canada, Christchurch College of Arts, New Zealand and Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Pakistan. Presently, he is serving as adjunct faculty member at the Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) and MIT Institute of Design, both of which are in Pune.

Mr. Patel has won several awards, amongst which the most recent is the highly respected Gutenberg International Award for his contribution in font designing for Indian scripts, and map design and signage design for Indian cities.  He was also recognized as the Grand Master of design in 2007 by the Industrial Design Centre of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. He has worked on font design of six Indian scriptures – Devanagari, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Bengali – and is planning to work on more.

He was gracious enough to answer some of our questions when he was in our campus.

Question: What led you to become a designer?

Answer: I was good at drawing right from my childhood. My teachers always encouraged me, which helped me immensely. It helped me gain confidence. And at the advice of a good friend I took fine arts and landed in Baroda to study the same.

Question: When or why did you shift to graphic design?

Answer: I finished my graduation and went to join my father’s business. I thought I will help him in his business and pursue painting on the side. However, I soon realized, it wasn’t my cup of tea. I was confused as to what to do in life. So I went to my professor K.G. Subramaniam seeking advice. He said I had two options: either to become an art teacher (which I didn’t want to) or go meet Gera Sarabai, who he said, was looking for people like me. I figured I had nothing to lose so I went to meet her. I gave the interview and showed my portfolio. She really liked my work. She asked me if I would like to join as a graphic design consultant at the National Institute of Design. Although I had no idea what graphic design was, I agreed. Gradually, I turned to letter design and typography. Around that time, Adrien Frutiger from Paris was visiting India. He was interested in exploring Type Design and its opportunities. I had this idea of working with Indian scripts. When I suggested it to him, he appreciated my idea and invited me to work with him in Paris. I learnt a lot while working with him.

Question: What is it that you like most about DYPDC College?

Answer: I appreciate your sharp focus on Automobile Design. There is also a heavy emphasis on research and development, which is evident from your workshop, prototyping and testing facilities. I am also very impressed by the approach towards education, the way it is so practical in nature.

Question: What according to you is the best design?

Answer: The best design is the one where the designer goes unnoticed. It should have a strong service focus, user purpose, and functional design. Design should provide uniqueness and an individual identity to businesses. One thing that bothers me is that we are still imitating the West when it comes to design, but we don’t understand that there design has become an art form, while here it still needs to be functional first.

Question: What’s your one advice to aspiring designers?

Answer: My advice to them would be learn the fundamentals first and then experiment. And always keep your eyes open to all the changes taking place around you.

After much delay on our behalf, which was partly due to the delay in tallying up the votes and partly due to the fact that we were busy with our undergraduate and postgraduate program in Automotive Design, which is now in full swing.
Without much ado…the overall winner for the contest is Ms. Suman Mishra from Chennai. She was picked on the basis of 1) Clear understanding of the issue at hand and 2) Feasibility of his solutions.

Congratulation Suman.

As for the rest of the participants…we had initially declared there will be City-level winners too, however, due to lack of any deserving entries (there were a few good ones though), The DYPDC Jury decided to name only one winner, and do away with the other prizes. Their decision is final and binding and no phone calls or emails in this regard will be entertained.

Global automakers in India are planning to launch new models and boost investment in the country, executives said at a conference, signalling brisk demand in one of the fastest growing car markets in the world.

French car maker Renault’s Indian unit will launch five cars between mid-2011 and mid-2013, including small cars in 2012, its India head said at an industry conference on Thursday.

Toyota’s India unit expects to sell 63,000-64,000 Etios compact cars in 2011, Deputy Managing Director Sandeep Singh said. The Etios has been designed specifically for the Indian market and will be launched towards the end of 2010.

The compact car segment in India, with cars measuring between 3.4 to 4 metres in length, is rapidly expanding and accounts for more than 70 per cent of the total car market.

Narrow roads, heavy traffic and lower prices make compact cars attractive to the country’s rising middle class that is looking for ways to spend its increased disposable income amid galloping economic growth.

India is seeing a near 35 per cent growth in car sales with more than half a million cars already sold in the first four months of 2010/11.

Renault’s small cars will be built on alliance partner Nissan’s platform, Country General Manager Marc Nassif said. The cars produced at its manufacturing unit in the southern Indian city of Chennai, built jointly with Nissan, will be Renault-branded, and would be competitively priced, he said.

Though top carmaker Maruti Suzuki still holds sway, global majors such as Toyota, Honda, General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford are eyeing the lucrative small-car sector.

Maruti Suzuki, in which Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp holds a 54.2 per cent stake, is seeing strong sales in August, its marketing and sales chief Mayank Pareek said.

General Motors’ Chevrolet Beat and Ford’s Figo compact cars have already seen runaway sales so far this year.

Nissan, which is 44 per cent owned by Renault, has started selling its compact Micra cars since June.

Separately, Renault-Nissan is working with Indian two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto to make a low-cost car, which would be designed by Bajaj and launched by end-2012.

INCREASED SPENDING Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president for the Asia Pacific region and Africa, said the company expects an opportunity to expand capacity in India as the market grows.

Ford, which had earlier announced a $500 million investment for India, will need fresh investments if it expands capacity.

The company is planning to introduce eight new vehicles in India by the middle of the decade and will start exporting its best-selling compact Figo cars from India to 50 new markets next year, including Mexico, north African countries and the United Arab Emirates.

“We are making a bigger bet in India,” Hinrichs said. The Indian car unit of Honda will launch a compact car in the second half of 2011 and will initially roll it out of its facility near New Delhi.

Honda Siel, which makes and sells cars such as the Jazz hatchback and Honda City sedan, is expecting double-digit sales growth this month, marketing head Jnaneswar Sen said.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/auto/automobiles/Automakers-to-launch-new-models-spend-more-in-India/articleshow/6440780.cms