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Chennai is nicknamed the "Detroit of Asia" (or the "Detroit of India") due to the presence of major automobile manufacturing units and allied industries around the city. The 4-wheeler vehicles in Chennai is the base of 30% of India's automobile industry and 35% of its automobile component industry. Besides the commercial industry, the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) has been established in Avadi to produce military related vehicles. Avadi also boasts of the Combat Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), a new engine testing facility.
|Ashok Leyland||Chennai port||Buses, haulage vehicles, special application vehicles, diesel engines|
|Ashok Leyland - Nissan||Pillaipakkam||Dost truck|
|BMW||Chengalpattu||BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 series, BMW X1, BMW X3, Mini Cooper|
|Caterpillar||Thiruvallur||Off Highway Trucks, HEX, Back-Hoe Loader, Skid Steer Loader|
|Daimler||Oragadam||36,000||BharatBenz trucks, Mercedes-Benz buses|
|Design Edge Technologies||Ambattur||3D CAD modelling,Automotive PLM, Tool Automation for CAD, PDM supports|
|Ford||Maraimalai Nagar||200,000||Ikon, Fiesta, Mondeo (discontinued), Fusion, Endeavour, Figo, Ecosport|
|Mahindra & Mahindra||Mahindra World City||Research and development for automotive and farm sector |
|Force Motors||Mahindra World City||Engines for BMW|
|Hindustan Motors||Tiruvallur||Trekker (discontinued), Landmaster (discontinued), Contessa (discontinued), Ambassador|
|Hyundai||Irungattukottai||600,000||Accent, Elantra , Getz (discontinued), i10, i20, Verna, Santro, Sonata, Terracan (discontinued), Tucson|
|Integral Coach Factory (ICF)||Perambur||Railway coaches|
|Mitsubishi||Tiruvallur||12,000||Lancer, Lancer Cedia, Pajero, Montero, Outlander|
|Nissan||Oragadam||200,000||Micra, Teana, X-Trail, Datsun Go|
|Renault||Oragadam||200,000||Logan, Pulse, Scala, Fluence, Duster, Koleos, Kwid|
|Royal Enfield||Tiruvottiyur||Classic, Bullet, Bullet Continental, Bullet Sixty-5, Thunderbird, Bullet Electra-X, Bullet Machismo 350/500, Mini-Bullet 200, Fury, Explorer, Silver plus, Mofa, Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650.|
|Valeo||Vallam||500,000||wiper motor manufacturing facility|
|CNH Industrial (India) Pvt. Ltd - (New Holland Tractors)||Porur||450,000||Tractor|
|CEAT||Sriperumbudur (Upcoming Plant)|
Auto component companies have their manufacturing plants in and around Chennai include
- Avalon Technologies
- Ashley Alteams
- Bavina Industries
- Brakes India
- Design Edge Technologies
- India Pistons
- Iochpe Maxion
- JKM Daerim
- Korea Fuel Tech
- Leo Primecomp
- Sundaram Clayton
- Wheels India
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