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India probes anti-competitive practices by car makers

Discussion in 'Non FIAT Cars and two wheelers' started by Sat-Chit-ananda, Aug 10, 2012.

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    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is investigating anti-competitive practices by car makers, the government said on Thursday, without naming the companies in question.

    The CCI had received information against some car makers, Minister of State for corporate affairs R.P.N. Singh told parliament in a written reply. He did not say what the complaints were. "Yes, we are investigating but we cannot reveal details at this stage," the commission's chairman Ashok Chawla told Reuters on Thursday. Chawla, the relatively new head of the three-year-old CCI, was previously the top civil servant in the Finance Ministry. A spokesman for Maruti Suzuki , India's largest carmaker, declined to comment on the statement, while spokespersons for Mahindra & Mahindra and Hyundai's Indian unit, also declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. A report in the Economic Times newspaper on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources, said the CCI was looking into a practice whereby automakers do not allow dealers to sell other brands. Under Chawla's stewardship, in June and July, the anti-trust body handed 12 of the country's biggest cement companies record fines of more than $1.1 billion for price fixing. At the time, analysts said the ruling, which was heavier than expected, reflected an increasingly tough approach by the regulator, which was making companies take competition law compliance more seriously.

    Source India probes anti-competitive practices by car makers
  2. pdydeva

    pdydeva Regolare

    Not sure if anyone tried purchasing any component over the counter from TASS/FIAT? How easy is it to walk in and purchase a spare from the A.S.S.?
  3. fiatlover

    fiatlover Esperto

    Grande Punto 1.4
    Depends on what spare you want to buy. They sell items like various fluids, bulbs, mudflaps etc. without any questions. But if you ask for a component, that require technical skills to install, they may not. Reasons are obvious.

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