The Indian automotive sector has been growing fast and playing a vital role in the growth of the Indian economy. The industry includes trucks, buses, cars, two-wheelers, three-wheelers etc. and accounts for about 7.1 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). About the performance of auto industry during 2015-16, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) reveals that the India produced a total 23,960,940 vehicles including commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles, three wheelers, two wheelers and quadricycle in the period of April to March 2016. Whereas in April-March 2015 the total number of produced vehicles was 23,358,047 and it registered a marginal growth of 2.58 percent over this time period.
The automobiles sector can be divided into four main segments which are as follows:
- Two-wheelers– Scooters, motorcycles, mopeds and electric two-wheelers
- Passenger Vehicles– Passenger cars, multi-purpose vehicles and utility vehicles
- Commercial Vehicles– Light and medium-heavy vehicles
- Three Wheelers– Passenger carriers and goods carriers
Key factors which are shaping the future of India’s automotive industry
The Indian automotive industry has a glorious future in India. It is favoured by the following factors;
- Indian automotive market is the 3rd largest destination for investors and provides immense investment opportunities.
- Demand for fuel efficient and performance-oriented products has increased
- Positive economy
- Product innovation
- Increased market segment
- Improved banking infrastructure
- Accessibility of economical skilled workforce
- The government is focusing on to establish India as an auto-manufacturing hub
Progressively, automobile industry is expanding its presence in rural India and entrepreneurs and engineers are jumping into this space with their innovative ideas. Most of startups are changing the ways how automobile are built, bought, driven and sold. Here we have listed down top 10 India based automobile startups that has set to make big changes in automobile space innovatively.
- CarDekho –
CarDekho, a Jaipur based automotive platform helps users to find insights of this industry from across the world within a few seconds. This platform is backed by Ratan Tata and has raised $65 million funding to expand pan India. It was launched by two brothers Anurag Jain and Amit Jain in 2008. Users can find car prices details, features comparison options, specifications and lots more online on a single platform.
- CarZippi –
Suman Howlader founded CarZippi in August 2015. This startup is based in Bengaluru and offers a complete range of car care and mobile wash services at customers’ doorstep. It has also launched CarZippi SoS 24×7, a car breakdown service to address a sudden car breakdown problem. The company offers different packages so that customers can choose the perfectly matched package as per their requirement.
- MeriCar.com –
NCR-based MeriCAR.com is a marketplace for the after-sales automotive services in India! It was founded by Rakesh Sidana in 2008. It is supported by an international automotive corporate, to deliver roadside assistance in emergency breakdowns 24×7 pan-India. Through app customers can locate car repair shops easily in the near area within a 20 km radius through GPS.
- Autoyaar –
Ahmedabad-based Autoyaar.com, an aggregator platform was launched by Bharat Ostwal, Sunil Gupta, Amisha Shah and Abhishek Gupta with an aim to organise the fragmented automobile repair and service market in October 2015. The platform helps users to find service providers for two-wheelers and four-wheelers easily in their locality. Presently, it is operational in Ahmedabad and Pune with having over 1,000 automobile service providers for different kinds of vehicles.
- Spinny –
NCR- based Spinny operates in the pre-owned car segment and bringing transparency in the used car buying and selling process. It provides a comprehensive range of services to its customers all along documentation and inspection of vehicles either to seller or buyer. It has acquired Gurgaon-based Hopcar for its business expansion.
- Droom –
Droom, a leading online motorplace for used cars, scooters, bikes, bicycles and many more was started by Sandeep Aggarwal in January 2015. Users can find a wide variety of services all along finding used and brand new cars and other vehicles for any price range.
- SpareHub –
Pune- based SpareHub.com is an e-commerce marketplace that provides reputed companies’ spare parts to the users at genuine prices. It was founded by Arijit Chakraborty, Diptanu Bhadra and Tapas Gupta in December 2013. Presently, it is operational across west India and has more than 25 service centres with a huge collection of car spare parts. The company has raised investment from Singapore-based M&S Partners and Hyderabad Angels.
- Ather Energy –
Bangalore- based Ather Energy startup has launched India’s 1st smart electric scooter in Feb 2016. The startup was founded by two IIT Madras graduates Swapnil Jain and Tarun Mehta in 2013. The Ather Energy team members include passionate and curious creators who love innovative technologies that have not been manufactured previously.
- CarTrade –
Vinay Sanghi launched CarTrade in 2009 to connect car dealers and customers to buy and sell cars online. The startup went digital in 2013 and today has pan India presence with over 250 employees.
- GoBumpr –
Chennai- based GoBumpr helps users to find a Bike and Car repair service at a single platform with single mobile screen tap. They can look for on road assistance, tyre puncture assistance and more on the go. In fact GoBumpr is one stop mobile app for all car repairs, service and maintenance work. This platform was founded by Karthik Venkateswaran and Sundar Natesan in 2015.
In addition, the startups including 21North, Zonnett, Clickgarage, Gaadifix, Bookmycarservice and many others also have innovative products, services and business models that will affect the Indian Automobile industry future positively and ensuring great customers’ experience.