At the end of the June quarter, the market share of Tata Motors in the car segment stood under 10%
Mumbai: Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata yesterday said he has “great respect” for the Mahindras but is also ‘saddened’ and ‘shamed’ that Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has overtaken Tata Motors in the market sweepstakes, reports PTI.
“I have a great respect for what Mahindra & Mahindra has been able to do. I also have a certain degree of sadness and shame that we have let that happen here,” Mr Tata told the 67th annual general meeting (AGM) of the country’s largest auto company last evening.
Incidentally, this was Mr Tata’s last AGM as the chairman of Tata Motors, as he is slated to retire as chairman from the $100 billion Tata Group in December.
At the end of the June quarter, the market share of Tata Motors in the car segment stood under 10%. The company, however, is the largest commercial vehicle maker with over 65% market share in the first quarter.
Calling for introspection, Mr Tata said the company will do everything to win back leadership position in car segment.
“I think we have a great deal of introspection to do, as to why M&M should be ahead of us and us catching up, on the horse-power we have lacked it, but we should have been there and not them.
“So I hope the spirit of this company will ensure that we undertake every step to get back to the prominent position and not let a competitor do better than us, by being first in everything we do,” Mr Tata said.
Tata Motors, which is the largest auto company in India, apart from being the fourth largest commercial vehicle maker in the world, will have to “single-mindedly” retain and protect its market position across all segments, he said.
“Tata Motors will have to understand customers better and will have to pay attention to the product offerings as well as customer support... will have to sustain and retain the market share. Failure to do so will see us slipping,” Mr Tata said, adding that “I hope the employees will rise to the occasion in spirit to meet the needs of the changing times.”
Promising shareholders that Tata Motors will take all efforts to improve its fortunes in the domestic market, Mr Tata said “We will undertake steps to get back to leadership position. Already we support our products after 10 years after the date of purchase”.
Stating that steps are already underway to arrest the slide, he said that Tata Motors is introducing very competitive range of commercial vehicles, which can compete ‘admirably’ with international CV makers like Merc, Volvo, and the Mahindra Navistar.
Mr Tata said that Tata Motors, which is the world’s fifth largest CV maker, will have to “single-mindedly” retain and protect its market position across all segments and any failure to do so will see them slipping.
Seeking employees’ support, he said: “I hope the employees will rise to the occasion in spirit to meet the needs of changing times.”
On fuels, Mr Tata said diesel has really become the fuel of the future. “Both in terms of fuel economy, torque diesel is today good. In fact, diesel is going to really become the engine of the future, so everyone is working on diesel.”