Dilip Chhabria

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Dilip Chhabria
Alma materArt Center College of Design
OccupationAutomobile designer
Known forDC Avanti, REVA NXR and DC TCA
ChildrenBonito, Minica[1]

Dilip Chhabria is an Indian car designer and the founder of DC Design.[2] He designed and manufactured DC Avanti & DC TCA,[3] considered India's first sports car.[4]



Dilip Chhabria graduated with a bachelor degree in commerce. In a 2015 interview, he said that he had seen an advertisement in a car magazine and decided to become a car designer.[1] He then studied in the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, US.

After graduating, he worked for General Motors. He returned to India to start a workshop in Marol.[2][5] His first product was a ring shaped horn for the Premier Padmini.[1]

In 2002, he was hired by the Kinetic Engineering Limited to design a limited edition scooter.[6] In 2006, he tied up with Exim Star of ETA Star Group to form a new company, DCStar. It was set up in Dubai to produce custom cars.[7] In 2009, he designed a concept car for the Coca-Cola Company to promote the energy drink Burn in India.[8] In 2011, he designed the REVA NXR electric car for Mahindra & Mahindra.[9] In 2012, Air Works India tied up with Chhabria to design airplane interiors.[10] In 2013, he was hired by Siddhi Vinayak Logistics to design the buses for their luxury bus service.[11] In 2014, he designed custom luxury buses for Girikand Logistics.[12] In 2015, he launched the DC Avanti.[13]

In 2010, he launched the DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies with the D. Y. Patil group.[14]

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  1. ^ a b c "I ate, drank and slept cars as student, Dilip Chhabria explains his passion". Firstpost. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "India's a dream for design". The Telegraph (UK). 8 February 2003. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Dilip Chhabria launches country's first sports car, priced at Rs 36.30 lakh". The Economic Times. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Making of an Indian speedster: I have risked all on this supercar 'Avanti', says Dilip Chhabria". The Economic Times. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Dilip Chhabria: The master auto designer". Rediff. 10 April 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Kinetic Motor Joins Hands With Dilip Chhabria". Business Standard. 17 January 2002. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Dilip Chhabria Design ties up with ETA 's Eximstar". The Hindu Business Line. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Coke drives in concept car to promote 'Burn' drink". The Hindu. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Mahindra to launch its first all-electric compact car next year". Business Standard Motoring. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Air Works eyes Rs 300 cr revenues next fiscal". Business Standard. 20 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Siddhi Vinayak Logistics to launch luxury bus service in India". The Hindu. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Girikand Logistics targets luxury travel segment with 'Grand Chariot'". Business Standard. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Dilip Chhabria launches country's first sports car". Business Standard. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  14. ^ "DC initiates designing institute". Auto Car India. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2016.

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