afaqs! news bureau
Company Briefs

Autocar Professional celebrates 7th Anniversary

Company Brief

Mumbai, December 26, 2011

Autocar Professional, India's leading automotive business-to-business magazine, has published its 7th anniversary issue. In this special edition, the magazine has voted Pawan Goenka, President (Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors), Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), as its 'Man of the Year 2011'. Pawan Goenka was chosen for leading the team in achieving two major milestones for M&M in 2011 – closing the SsangYong deal and successfully launching the XUV500, the first front-wheel-driven monocoque body SUV for the company.

Autocar Professional celebrates 7th Anniversary
Hormazd Sorabjee, editor of Autocar India, said: "The smooth acquisition of SsangYong, the super-successful launch of the XUV500 and record sales of the Bolero, despite tough market conditions, are examples of the diverse achievements of Dr Goenka in the past year. They also illustrate his ability to deftly lead M&M on multiple fronts. This is a well deserved accolade for Dr Goenka."

On being chosen as the Man of the Year 2011 by Autocar Professional, Pawan Goenka said: “It is an honour for me to have been chosen for this recognition by Autocar Professional for the second time. I dedicate this accolade to the organization for giving me a vast canvas to play with and to all my colleagues at Mahindra who have worked tirelessly, accepting no limits. It is a tribute to the spirit of RISE which Mahindra stands for and represents through its products and service”.

Goenka is the first industry professional to win Autocar Professional's 'Man of the Year' recognition twice. He won it first in 2006 for being the 'architect of M&M's global dreams'. This year he vindicated Autocar Professional's view about him by delivering some critical results that will help propel M&M in the global league.

“Autocar Professional had shortlisted personalities from OEMs, supplier companies and the government who influenced the industry for the 'Man of the Year 2011' title. Dr Goenka was the chosen one for his contribution to M&M, which also made a difference to the Indian auto industry. Apart from the two key milestones in 2011, Dr Goenka has successfully led the team to sustain M&M's performance,” says Sumantra Barooah, associate editor, Autocar Professional.

Autocar Professional's December 15 issue also features a world exclusive on Hyundai's global India R&D Centre in Hyderabad which helped develop the Eon hatchback. The magazine also got exclusive access to Indo-French plastic body parts supplier Plastic Omnium Varroc's manufacturing facility near Pune.

A true collector's edition, the 180-page issue also carries guest columns by industry captains, an analysis of the current status of robotics and automation in the Indian auto industry, and a riveting Global Industry Outlook report for 2012, among a host of other informative articles.

For further information, please contact:

Autocar Professional

Sumantra Barooah

Tel: +91-22-43021000

Email: sumantra@haymarketsac.com