Siddharth Philip

For Siddharth Philip's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Suzuki aims to take some Maruti turf in India

Nov 26, 2015

Suzuki aims to take some Maruti turf in India

After trust issues doomed Suzuki Motor Corp.’s alliance with Volkswagen AG, the Japanese carmaker now has to win over shareholders skeptical of plans for its crucial partnership with India’s largest carmaker. Suzuki wants to set up a wholly owned factory in India and supply ...

Toyota finds air bags in demand on India's deadly roads

Jun 23, 2015

Toyota finds air bags in demand on India's deadly roads

Toyota Motor Corp. has found that customers don’t mind paying more for safety on the world’s deadliest roads. For many years, carmakers have been loath to make air bags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. Yet eight months ...

SoftBank invests $250 million in GrabTaxi as it fends off Uber

Dec 4, 2014

SoftBank invests $250 million in GrabTaxi as it fends off Uber

SoftBank Corp. has invested $250 million in GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. as the cab-booking service fends off competition from Uber Technologies Inc. in Southeast Asia. SoftBank Internet and Media Inc., a unit of the Japanese company, will become the largest investor in GrabTaxi, Anthony Tan, ...

Honda hopes diesel dents Suzuki India lead

Jul 5, 2013

Honda hopes diesel dents Suzuki India lead

Honda Motor Co. may have cracked the formula for success in India: a diesel-powered compact sedan. The Amaze, introduced in April, drove the automaker’s sales to a record the following month and propelled Honda to third place among carmakers in Asia’s third-biggest market from ...