Drive Forward Together: Indo-German Cooperation in the Automotive Sector

The event ‘Drive Forward Together’ was organised on 17 June 2019 in New Delhi by GIZ – the German Agency for International Cooperation – in collaboration with the German Embassy and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). The event witnessed participation from around 80 government and industry representatives, who discussed the road ahead for Indo-German cooperation in the automotive sector.

Mr. P V Mathew, Mr. Sivam Sabesan, Dr. Rajesh Bajaj, Mr. Vinod Pandey and Mr. Ramkrishna Donakonda (left to right)

A study, titled "Automotive and Component Trade with India – Insights on standards, homologation and imports" was launched at the event. The study provides an overview of the regulatory landscape of the automotive sector in India and describes how automotive regulations and standards for emissions and safety are developed. Based on industry interviews, it points out the regulatory concerns especially of German automotive companies along with India-specific requirements. The study was conducted by GIZ in collaboration with VDA within the framework of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs.


Mr Walter J. Lindner, the German Ambassador to India, highlighted the great opportunities India provides for German car and component manufacturers. He stated: “The Indian market is growing rapidly. It has overtaken Germany in terms of vehicle sales for the first time, last year. Germany wants stronger trade to and from India. It’s great that the two countries discuss harmonisation of standards and regulations because it saves time and costs in bilateral trade. The new publication provides important perspectives on technical and regulatory aspects in the automotive sector. It will make India’s traffic cleaner, safer and increase trade.”


The release of the study was followed by a panel discussion on “Promoting Electric Mobility through Standards and Regulations: Indo-German Cooperation”. The panel discussion had Mr. Vinod Pandey from BMW, Mr. Ramkrishna Donakonda from Bosch, Mr. P V Mathew from Bureau of Indian Standards and Mr. Sivam Sabesan from CharIN e.V. The session was moderated by Dr. Rajesh Bajaj, Deputy Director General at Bureau of Indian Standards. The discussion pertained to the Indian government plans to improve electric mobility uptake and its impact on the auto sector, with focus on the 2/3-wheeler markets as well as the public transportation segment, in line with the Government of India focus areas.