The Joint Working Group was constituted in the year 2009.
It has so far held six meetings, including the one which was held recently at Frankfurt.
The main areas which the Joint Working Group is focusing on are to provide an institutional framework to generate synergy in the auto sector for mutual development, so that the initiative leads to greater exchange of information and cooperation in the fields of R and D, sustainable alternative fuels and drives and automotive efficient engine technologies.
"It also aims to initiate steps for quality improvement and enhance technology sharing as well as facilitate institutional cooperation for the development of auto industries in both the countries," the Indian Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said in a statement on Wednesday.
"The spirit of co-operation is well reflected in the active engagement between the centers of technological excellence on both sides. For example, Fraunhofer Institute is engaged in providing technological support in the area of problem solving with ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) and ACMA Council of Technology (ACT)," it said.
"As per studies, it is anticipated that car sales in India will rise from 3 million per year to 9 million by 2020; 2- wheelers from 14 million to over 30 million; commercial vehicles from 0.7 million to 1.6 million and so on. This provides great opportunity for German and European auto majors and component manufacturers to select India as a destination of choice for the long haul," the Ministry said.
--IBNS (Posted on 19-09-2013)