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Autocar Professional – December 1-2021 issue It is the dawn of the last month of the year and as the Yuletide spirit grips the world, Autocar Professional’s December 1 issue gets you the highlights of automotive action from the world over. Electrification, vehicle lightweighting and connected vehicles are among the global automotive megatrends. The latest issue has them all. The Skoda Strategy As Skoda and Volkswagen come together to take the India 2.0 story forward – Skoda Auto's CEO Thomas Schafer points out that ‘India 2.5 is an initial idea but maybe it has a 3.0 and a 4.0’. We get you a sneak peek on the three pillars of focus for the Czech carmaker and details the 'Next Level – Skoda Strategy 2030'. Gurpratap Boparai, MD, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India says Skoda Volkswagen is also evaluating electric options and added that though there are internal rivalries between the brands, they “act together.” Chip crisis continues The chip crisis is hampering automobile production schedules the world over – Yamaha has acknowledged that the present semiconductor crisis has hit its Indian operations at a time when premium bike sales are on the up. Find out how the bike maker is planning to address the challenge? Aakash Minda, Minda Corporation’s executive director, says the "semiconductor shortage is a challenge which is affecting order” but he sees every crisis as an opportunity. We get you details about the company’s future roadmap. Given SKF’s significant presence in the two-wheeler and PV markets, the impact of the ongoing chip shortage is another challenge. We speak to India MD, Manish Bhatnagar. Going light The new Maruti Celerio adopts the lightweight Heartect platform which helps it go 26.6km to the petrol litre. Coimbatore-based Boom Motors claims it has 40 percent fewer parts in its e-scooter offering. Find out how. Guest column: Naveen Mehta of Jindal Aluminium on the many facets of the alloy for vehicle lightweighting.

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