Tata Technologies, a global provider of engineering services, is forming a new vehicle program group to meet the demand for faster, more complex vehicle development support within the auto industry.

Tata Technologies’ Vehicle Programs & Development Group will include more than 200 engineers operating from four automotive engineering centers worldwide, in Novi; Coventry, England; Pune, India; and Stuttgart, Germany.

Kevin Fisher, a senior Tata Technologies executive with more than 30 years of experience in vehicle program engineering, has been named president of the new organization and will be based in the Detroit suburb of Novi. The group will start with about 25 staffers in Novi.

“Our group draws on industry-leading technology and global engineering expertise in the places where today’s automotive ideas take shape,” Fisher said. “The next decade will see an ever increasing demand for accelerated product development that also will need to incorporate more new technology than the auto industry has seen in 30 years. We are positioning the Tata Technologies VPD Group to set the pace in automotive product development and technological innovation.”

Fisher reported that the new group has already won several full-vehicle programs in the United States and Europe, including development of the G2 electric car from Maryland-based Genovation Inc. European-based premium car manufacturers, North American OEMs, major automotive suppliers and independent automotive start-ups are also part of the Tata Technologies VDP Group client portfolio.

The company will be an exhibitor at the 2011 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress taking place April 12-14 in Detroit.

Tata Technologies is part of Tata group, India’s oldest and most respected business group, with extensive international operations and fiscal-year revenues of more than $65 billion, 61 percent of which comes from business outside of India. Tata group companies employ about 350,000 people worldwide.

More at www.tatatechnologies.com.

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