Automotive industry in Chennai

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Chennai is nicknamed the "Detroit of India"[1] (or the "Detroit of Asia"[2]) due to the presence of major automobile manufacturing units and allied industries around the city. The 4-wheeler vehicles in Chennai is the base of 30% of India's automobile industry[3] and 35% of its automobile component industry.[4][5] Besides the commercial industry, the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) has been established in Avadi to produce military related vehicles. Avadi also boasts of the Combat Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), a new engine testing facility.

Automotive Manufacturers[edit]

Company Location Capacity Products
Ashok Leyland Chennai port[6] Buses, haulage vehicles, special application vehicles, diesel engines
Ashok Leyland - Nissan Pillaipakkam[7] Dost truck
BMW Chengalpattu[8] BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 series, BMW X1, BMW X3, Mini Cooper
Caterpillar Thiruvallur Off Highway Trucks, HEX, Back-Hoe Loader, Skid Steer Loader
Daimler Oragadam[9] 36,000 BharatBenz trucks, Mercedes-Benz buses
Design Edge Technologies Ambattur[10] 3D CAD modelling,Automotive PLM, Tool Automation for CAD, PDM supports
Ford Maraimalai Nagar[11] 200,000[12] Ikon, Fiesta, Mondeo (discontinued), Fusion, Endeavour, Figo, Ecosport
Mahindra & Mahindra Mahindra World City Research and development for automotive and farm sector [13]
Force Motors Mahindra World City Engines for BMW[14]
Hindustan Motors Tiruvallur Trekker (discontinued), Landmaster (discontinued), Contessa (discontinued), Ambassador
Hyundai Irungattukottai[15] 600,000[16][17] Accent, Elantra , Getz (discontinued), i10, i20, Verna, Santro, Sonata, Terracan (discontinued), Tucson
Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Perambur Railway coaches
Mitsubishi Tiruvallur 12,000[18] Lancer, Lancer Cedia, Pajero, Montero, Outlander
Nissan Oragadam 200,000 Micra, Teana, X-Trail, Datsun Go
Renault Oragadam 200,000 Logan, Pulse, Scala, Fluence, Duster, Koleos, Kwid
Royal Enfield Tiruvottiyur[19] Classic, Bullet, Bullet Continental, Bullet Sixty-5, Thunderbird, Bullet Electra-X, Bullet Machismo 350/500, Mini-Bullet 200, Fury, Explorer, Silver plus, Mofa, Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650.
TAFE Tractors Sembium Tractors
Wrightbus[20] Buses
Valeo Vallam 500,000[21] wiper motor manufacturing facility
Yamaha Vallam Vadakkal 450,000[22] Bikes
CNH Industrial (India) Pvt. Ltd - (New Holland Tractors) Porur 450,000[citation needed] Tractor

Tyre Manufacturers[edit]

Company Plant Locations
Apollo Tyres Oragadam
Bridgestone Oragadam
CEAT Sriperumbudur (Upcoming Plant)
JK Tyre Sriperumbudur
Michelin Thervaikandikai
MRF Arakkonam, Tiruvottiyur

Auto-components Manufactures[edit]

Auto component companies have their manufacturing plants in and around Chennai include

  • Avalon Technologies
  • Ashley Alteams
  • Bavina Industries
  • Brakes India
  • Design Edge Technologies
  • Hidromas
  • India Pistons
  • Iochpe Maxion
  • JKM Daerim
  • Korea Fuel Tech
  • Leo Primecomp
  • Machino,
  • Sundaram Clayton
  • Wheels India


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