Tata has just announced a change in its board of directors. Their CEO and Managing Director, Mr. Guetner Butschek will be stepping down from his role from June 30th. However, he will still stay with Tata Motors as a consultant till the end of the fiscal year. Mr Girish Wagh has been appointed as the Executive Director to the Board of Tata Motors Ltd. He is currently leading Tata’s Commercial Vehicle business as President.
The reason for Mr Guenter stepping down is that he wants to relocate to Germany at the end of his contract. He is doing this for personal reasons. He has been leading Tata Motors for the past 5 years and he joined Tata in 2016. Mr Chandrasekaran said “I would like to thank Guenter for leading Tata Motors successfully over the last 5 years and creating a strong foundation for the future. I look forward to his continued inputs as a consultant to the Company.”
Mr Guenter Butschek said: “Leading Tata Motors over the last 5 years was an exciting experience. The business fundamentals are stronger, and we are well-positioned to leverage the opportunities in both Commercial and Passenger Vehicles. I look forward to my continued association with the company as a consultant in the coming months.”
Pratap Bose also left Tata
Pratap Bose, the former leading designer of Tata Motors has also left the organization. He recently joined Mahindra and Mahindra as a chief design officer. He will be leading the Mahindra Advanced Design Europe which is located in the UK and he will also oversee Mahindra India Design Studio.
He has worked with automobile manufacturers like Mitsubishi, Piaggio and Mercedes-Benz. Pratap Bose designed the IMPACT design philosophy for Tata Motors which has been quite successful with vehicles like Tigor, Tiago, Altroz, Nexon, Safari and the Harrier.
Recent car launches
Tata has been quite successful with its recent car launches. They launched the facelift of the Nexon last year and it has been selling quite well since then. It now resembles a lot to the Land Rover’s because of which the road presence of the compact SUV was increased substantially. They also launched the Harrier with some updates which fixed some minor glitches. Both the SUVs also got a power bump. Tata Motors also launched the Nexon EV which is the best selling electric vehicle currently in the Indian market.
They launched the Altroz iTurbo this year and the iconic Safari also made a comeback. Tata is also working on micro-SUV which was shown at the Auto Expo 2020 as the HBX Concept. The test mules of the new car has been spotted quite a few times on test.
The rumours say that Tata Motors is also working on a dual-clutch automatic gearbox for the Altroz iTurbo and the Nexon. Currently, the Nexon is offered with an AMT gearbox whereas the Altroz is offered only with a manual gearbox. The rumours also say that they are working on a turbocharged petrol engine for the Harrier and the Safari. As of now, both SUVs are only offered with a diesel engine.