At Uttarpara (Calcutta) in 1948. At present 100% foreign direct investment is permissible under automatic route in this sector. started assembling of cars and trucks at Chennai in 1930 and at Mumbai in 1931. Automobile industry did not exist in India in the real sense before Independence. Automobile Industry in India has made considerable progress during the last three decades. Ltd. Tata Engineering and Locomotive Co. (India) Ltd. Today, it is one of the most vibrant sectors of the economy. (TELCO) is the leading producer of medium and heavy commercial vehicles and accounts for over 70 per cent of such vehicles produced in India. These centres produce almost all sorts of vehicles including trucks, buses, passenger cars, three wheelers and two wheelers. manufacture light commercial vehicles P. Ford Motor Co. started assembling trucks and cars in 1928 in their factory at Mumbai. at Kurla (Mumbai) in 1947 and the Hindustan Motors Ltd. The real development of the industry began with the establishment of the Premier Automobiles Ltd. ), Arson near Rupnagar (Punjab) and Surajpura in Ghaziabad district of U. No industrial license is now required for setting up any units for manufacture of automobile except in some special cases. P. Four plants, each at Hyderabad, Pithampur (M. Only assembly work was done from the imported parts. Mumbai, Chennai, Jamshedpur, Jabalpur and Calcutta are the chief centres producing automobiles. General Motors (India) Ltd.