Premier Ltd or Premier Automobiles Limited is an Indian integrated automobile Company. Know more about the owner of Premier Ltd and other Company information. Premier Ltd is engaged in the manufacture of passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and tractors.

  • About the owner of Premier

Founder - Owner of Premier Ltd -Wiki - profile
Owner of Premier Ltd -Wiki – profile

Premier Ltd, incorporated in the year 1944 by industrial pioneer Walchand (Doshi) as India’s first automobile manufacturer part of the erstwhile. Presently, Premier Ltd is headquartered in Mumbai, India.

Walchand’ industrial group had established many of India’s major industries. The birthplace is said to be Solapur, Maharashtra. Later, Seth Walchand Hirachand leads the implementation of his vision of an independent India based on genuine Indian enterprise, skills, and capabilities.

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Company Name  Premier Automobiles Limited
Official Website
Founder / Owner  Walchand Hirachand
Founded  1944
Chairman & Managing Director  Maitreya Doshi
Head Office Mumbai, India
58, Nariman Bhavan,Nariman Point,

Mumbai 400021

 Customer Care
  • Official Page
  • +91-22-61179000
  • +91-22-61179003
  • Company Logo

Owner of Premier Ltd -Wiki - Logo - profile
Owner of Premier Ltd -Wiki – Logo – profile
  • Details of the owner of Premier Ltd(Wiki)

Mr. Maitreya V. Doshi, currently the Promoter and Chairman & Managing Director of Premier Ltd. Doshi, is an MBA graduate from IMD (Switzerland) and B.A. (Econ.) from St Premier Stanford University, U.S.A.  Markedly, associated with the Company for over 30 years starting as Manager – Management Services (1984 – 1988), then Vice President – Corporate Planning (1988 – 1993).

Eventually Executive Director (1993 – 1995) and finally Managing Director in 1995. He was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Board in 2007 and thereafter appointed as Chairman of the Board in 2008. By all means, he has been largely responsible for the strong turnaround of the Company’s operations as well as the development of new project activities such as the heavy engineering business.

Mr. Doshi has received many international YPO awards. Including the ‘Best of the Best awards for Chapter Education and Global Networking two times as well as YPO’s Leadership in Global Membership’ award.

In 1993,  World Economic Forum, Geneva nominated Mr.Doshi as one of 200 Global Leaders of Tomorrow selected from all over the world. Also, he was the first Indian speaker at Automotive News World Congress, Detroit, the USA in 1996.

  • Details of the Company

During the country’s struggle for freedom, Walchand staked into areas that would strengthen India’s industrial development. In a word, his focus was primarily on all spectrums of the transport industry.

To facilitate the assembly and repair of warplanes, Walchand established Hindustan Aircrafts Ltd. Straightaway nationalized for strategic reasons after independence. Explicitly, Rechristened Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd went on to become a legend in the aviation industry.

Today the Company’s focus is on two core businesses, namely Automotive and Engineering.  Especially, to operate out of its state-of-the-art ISO 9001 manufacturing plant in Chinchwad, Pune. The Engineering segment has two activities – CNC Machine Division and Engineering while the Automotive segment consists of Light Utility Vehicles and Sports Utility Vehicles.

Formerly, based in Mumbai, Premier Ltd. shifted to its current state-of-the-art ISO 9001-certified plant at Chinchwad, Pune. In fact, the Chinchwad plant, spread over 27 acres,  now serves as the centralized research, development, and manufacturing for all activities.

To point out, Premier entered the utility vehicle segment with India’s most fuel-efficient SUV called the RIO, which is compact and available in diesel (CRDi4 engine) and petrol variants. Its portfolio also includes a 1.5-tonne LCV called the Roadstar.

Owner of Premier Ltd - Premier RiO SUV
Owner of Premier Ltd – Premier Rio SUV

Company History

During the ’40s and ’50s:
  • License with Chrysler USA for cars and trucks
  • Factory set up in Mumbai
  • 1948: 1st car rolls out
  • 1952: Licence with FIAT for a small car
During the ’60s and ’70s:
  • Stamping plant set up at Dombivali Mumbai
  • FIAT cars are 100% localized
  • Indian Government imposes price, volume, and other
    controls, threatening growth and survival
During the ’80s:
  • Total car production crosses the half-million mark
  • 118 NE model launched
  • Production crosses 45,000 per year
  • Acquires Machine Tool business
During ’90s:
  • Forms separate joint ventures with Peugeot and FIAT
  • Goes through corporate restructuring
  • Peugeot JV ends
  • FIAT takes control of its JV
After 2000:
  • Sells Mumbai plant; all operations at Pune Machine Tool plant
  • Period of consolidation and return to consistent growth and
  • Expands and modernizes plant with a Rs 3 billion investment
  • Starts Heavy Engineering Division
  • Re-enters Auto Business with Pickup, Truck, and Van
  • Creates a new market segment: Compact SUV with its RIO
  • The Premier Automobiles Limited customer care

  • Chennai

Premier Ltd.,
Mr. D. S. Venugopal
T-8/1, 4th Main Road
Anna Nagar,

Chennai – 600 040

  • Tel.No +91-44-2619 0809
  • Mobile No. 93813 30990
  • New Delhi

Premier Ltd.,
Mr. O P Gupta
407, World Trade Centre,
Bara Khamba Lane,
New Delhi – 110 001

  • Tel.No. +91-11-2341 3331
  • Mobile No. 74283 56679
  • Kolkatta

Premier Ltd.,
Mr. A. N. Chattopadhyay
1st Floor, Commerce House
Room No.7 & 7A,
2 Ganesh Chandra Avenue,

  • Kolkata – 700 019
  • Mobile No. 93321 01342

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