WEL­COME

Business Traveller (India) - - WELCOME - Ri­aan Ja­cob Ge­orge Edi­tor

To truly un­der­stand In­dia’s bur­geon­ing au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try, all you need to do is walk through one of Mum­bai or New Delhi’s tony neigh­bour­hoods. You will feast your eyes on all man­ner of Ger­man sedans and Bri­tish SUVs, In­dian hatch­backs and Ital­ian sports cars, jostling for space with rick­shaws, rick­ety taxis, chug­ging scoot­ers and the oc­ca­sional cow. It’s of­ten hard to imag­ine how far we’ve come in the last two decades. Back then, the choice was lim­ited and the trusty Am­bas­sador, was of­ten our best bet. Now, we’re spoilt for choice. Es­ti­mates in­di­cate that the In­dian au­to­mo­bile sec­tor churns out an av­er­age of 25 mil­lion ve­hi­cles an­nu­ally. In­ter­est­ing, though, to note the re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the mar­ket — in­ter­na­tional car­mak­ers lo­cal­is­ing their pro­duc­tion, the in­tro­duc­tion of In­dia-spe­cific mod­els and in­creased pres­ence in the In­dian hin­ter­land.

In fact, to­day, you are more likely to spot an Audi Q7 or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class in a small non­de­script town in, say, Pun­jab or Kerala, than in gl­itzy Mum­bai or New Delhi.

This is­sue’s In­dia Car Re­port 2018 is a roundup of the key play­ers in this seg­ment, and just what they’ve been up to in the past 12 months.

We also look at how tech­nol­ogy is en­hanc­ing the tra­di­tional air­port ex­pe­ri­ence through dif­fer­ent means. Don’t for­get to read our fea­ture on Cuba, how cuba’s econ­omy is cop­ing un­der its new pres­i­dent.

We also get on board one of Sin­ga­pore Air­lines’ freshly minted A380 cab­ins as well as de­code a much-loved wardrobe sta­ple — the trench coat.

Lastly, en­joy, with our com­pli­ments, the VisitBri­tain sup­ple­ment, where we travel to Birm­ing­ham, Manch­ester, Liver­pool and Lon­don, to ex­plore these quintessen­tially Bri­tish des­ti­na­tions as hubs of cul­ture, arts, fine din­ing, de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture and her­itage.

En­joy the is­sue and drive re­spon­si­bly!

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