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Welcome To Popular Group

Popular Group

The ‘Popular Group’ has a rich and varied experience and diversified presence in the Automotive Industry. Our experience in the field is matched MACHINE TOOL only by our commitment to quality and adherence to values, both of which have helped us to reach, where we are today. Our TOYOTA, LEXUS, HYUNDAI, BAJAJ, KTM, HARLEY DAVIDSON & JCB dealerships, Used Car divisions like ‘U Trust’ for Toyota & ‘H Promise’ for Hyundai Used Car and IT divisions spread in South India all bear in the distinctive Popular seal.

The Group is solely promoted and headed by Mr. Saju K. Thomas who belongs to the well known KUTTUKARAN FAMILY, a name which is familiar to the automobile industry for more than six decades, especially among the Indian automobile majors like, Maruti, TELCO, Bajaj and Toyota.

POPULAR GROUP operates in various sectors of the Automotive Industry like Passenger Cars, Two Wheelers and Earth Moving & Construction Equipments.

KUTTUKARAN GROUP is a family-owned group of companies active in the automobile industry across three Southern states of India viz Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Started in 1939 dealing in Automobile Spares Retailing under the name POPULAR AUTOMOBILES in the town of Trichur, Kerala, India. Subsequently added complementary business lines like Engine Rebuilding Workshops, Retailer of Engineering Consumables &Tool, Vehicle Dealerships, earth moving, industrial & construction equipments etc.

Year 2000 the “KUTTUKARAN” group as it is popularly known has grown in the Automobile Retail Sector to a turnover of Rs.3,000 millions and an employee strength of 2,600. The Kuttukaran group consists of the following;-

Mr. Saju K Thomas is the architect of successful dealership business in the Kuttukaran Group. He started his career in automobile dealership when Kuttukaran Group entrusted him the responsibilities of the company Popular Vehicles and Services Ltd., which has awarded Maruti dealership during the year 1983.

Popular Vehicles & Services Ltd. (PVS) established in 1983-84 was among the first batch of Maruti dealers appointed in India. Popular Vehicles & Services Ltd. has established an envious position in automobile retailing. It is the first Maruti Dealership in Kerala, started in 1983-84 at Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. The Kochi branch has been functioning since October 1985 and the Third dealership was started at Kozhikode in 1996. Popular's first Maruti Dealership outside Kerala was inaugurated on March 2003 at Chennai. Mr. Saju K. Thomas was managing the entire dealership operations of Popular Vehicles right from its inception.

Besides Maruti, Popular Vehicles got dealership for Bajaj Two and Three wheeler vehicles at Ernakulam District and at Bangalore during the year 1995. PVS was also the dealer for DCM Toyota for LCV’s from 1984 till the company seized to operate. Subsequently when Toyota started their new venture in India, Popular Vehicles has got the Passenger Car dealership and a new company by name Motor World Ltd., was incorporated during the year 1999.

In 2002 Mr. Saju K Thomas, the architect of successful dealership businesses of Maruti, DCM Toyota and Bajaj in the Kuttukaran group separated from the Group and went on to establish the ‘POPULAR GROUP’ which is promoted by Mr. Saju K. Thomas and his family members.

The Group has consists the following dealerships as of today.

Our Business

This company was incorporated as a limited company under the name Motor World Limited during the year 1999 with Mr. K.P Paul as main promoter. During 2002 Mr. K.P Paul resigned as the director and Mr. Saju. K Thomas, Mrs. Sheila Saju (Wife of Mr. Saju. K Thomas) and Mrs. Elsy Thomas (mother of Saju K Thomas) joined the company as directors.

Popular Motor Corporation (PMC) established during 2002 as Partnership firm registered with Registrar of Firms Karnataka, Saju. K Thomas as Managing Partner. In the business separation from Kuttukaran Group, Mr. Saju K Thomas has got Bajaj dealership from Popular Vehicles and Services Ltd., and the same has transferred to PMC both in Kerala and Karnataka. During the year 2014 PMC has awarded dealership of KTM Two wheelers. In the year 2014, PMC has awarded JCB dealership for their earth moving, industrial and construction equipments in the 9 districts of Central and South Kerala .

Registered Office

Bannerghatta Road.

43/ 1B, DRC Post, Bangalore- 29

Guiding Principles

We are committed to anticipate, understand and meet our customers‘ needs and expectations. As a diligent dealer with a passion and commitment, we provide indispensable support to make our customers a memorable experience of vehicle ownership. We deliver superior value through our commitment to quality, service and reliability, supported by our wide spread presence.

Innovation

Constant innovation in everything we do is essential for our long-term financial success. We are leaders in continuous improvement, and our culture encourages and rewards creativity and initiative from all our employees.

Leadership

Constant innovation in everything we do is essential for our long-term financial success. We are leaders in continuous improvement, and our culture encourages and rewards creativity and initiative from all our employees.

People

As a family company, we are devoted to our employees‘ well-being and personal development. We promote a multi-cultural environment where employees work together in teams to enrich our culture and capability. We believe in the value of enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and with our Principals.

Responsibility

Our company and its family shareholders together are committed to deliver maximum customer satisfaction. We take all possible care to ensure the safety of the workplace quality in our service.

Management principles

To ensure the success of our diversified group, the organizational and management structure has to be based on broad entrepreneurial freedom of action for the managers and on placing the appropriate trust in all our staff. Individualism, with a high degree of delegated responsibility, coupled with a minimum of necessary formalized rules, must characterize the group’s special corporate style. Special priority is attached to staff training, and motivation

Company History



  • 1980's
  • 1990's
  • 2000's
  • 2010's
1980

Started career with the family business, “KUTTUKARAN” Group, having Automobile spare parts (Popular Automobiles), Engineering equipments (Popular Mill Stores), Engine Rebuilding (Popular Garage), Automotive machine manufacturing unit (Kuttukaran Machine Tools) having strong presence in South India, Delhi & Bombay.

1983

The Kuttukaran group diversified it’s business empire to vehicle dealership and got the first dealership from Maruti Udyog Limited as dealers of Maruti cars in Kerala and formed a new company “Popular Vehicles and Services Ltd”. (PVS).

Popular Vehicles established 4 regional marketing centers, six service centers for Maruti vehicles and sold around 8000 vehicles & serviced 75000 vehicles per annum, within a short span of time and PVS have grown to the largest dealer for Maruti vehicles at the national level.

Popular was consistently reached either first position or runner-up for the technical /marketing skill contest conducted by Maruti Udyog on several years.

“Popular Unlimited Car Care Package”, a very unique after sales service scheme initiated by Saju K Thomas was very much appreciated by Maruti Udyog Ltd, customers and other dealers.

These achievements were possible only because of dynamic and professional leadership of the Popular team led by Mr. Saju K. Thomas, it’s Managing Director.

1984

Established DCM Toyota LCV dealership in Kerala under PVS till the company seized to operate in 1994

1988

Formed Kuttukaran Leasing and Investment Ltd an NBFC to fund two wheeler customers

1990

Commenced Bajaj Two & Three Wheeler dealerships at Kochi and expanded operations to Bangalore by 1995.

1999

Set up Toyota passenger car dealership under “Motor World Limited” (Nandi Toyota) in Bangalore, along with ‘U Trust’, certified used cars in Bangalore, Karnataka.

2000

Established another dealership of TATA commercial vehicles under “Popular Mega Motors India Limited”.

By 2000 the KUTTUKARAN group under the leadership of Saju K Thomas has grown in the automobile retail sector to a turnover of Rs. 3,000 Millions and an employee strength of 2,600.

2002

Separated from Kuttukaran Group and formed own business group named ‘Popular Group’.

Started a new firm under the name ‘POPULAR MOTOR CORPORATION’ having its Regd. Office in Bangalore and transferred Bajaj Dealership Cochin in Kerala & Bangalore in Karnataka from Popular Vehicles to POPULAR MOTOR CORPORATION (PMC).

2004

Awarded Bajaj Dealership to PMC in Alleppey, Kerala and started operations in 2005.

2004 – A new dealership business started by POPULAR MOTOR WORLD PRIVATE LIMITED, POPULAR HYUNDAI, Dealers of Hyundai Motor India Ltd., for their entire range of passenger cars along with ‘H Promise’ certified used cars in Kerala.

2010

PMC has awarded Bajaj Dealership in Mysore, Karnataka, in the year 2010.

2012

Awarded KTM & Kawasaki Motor cycles dealership to PMC, Mysore.

2013

Awarded KTM & Kawasaki Motor cycles dealership to PMC, Bangalore in Karnataka and Cochin in Kerala.

2014

KTM & Kawasaki Motor cycles dealership by PMC at Alleppey.

Started dealership business of JCB India Ltd., for their earth moving, construction and industrial equipments in Central and South Kerala, by PMC, Popular JCB.

2017

Awarded KTM & Kawasaki Motor cycles dealership to PMC, Bangalore in Karnataka and Cochin in Kerala.

2018

Awarded Bajaj dealership in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to PMC

Received Harley Davidson Motor Cycles dealership of H.D. MOTOR COMPANY INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and registered a new firm called East Coast Motors, to look after the dealership business of H D Motor Cycles, by trade name ‘Marina Harley Davidson’.

KEY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL

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Saju K Thomas
Chairman and Managing Director of the Group
Commerce Graduate, started his career since 1980 with Kuttukaran Group, a family concern having established business in automobile industry
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Thomas K Saju
Partner
Graduate in MBA, Elder son of Saju K Thomas, actively involved in JCB, Bajaj & KTM dealership operations in Kerala since 2015
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K.I Jojo
Executive Director –Toyota & Lexus Dealership
Graduate in Electronics with wide exposure in sales and marketing operations of Automobile dealerships and other business. Joined in our group during 1991 and was heading Maruti, Bajaj and Toyota operations. Currently responsible for the entire operations of Toyota and Lexus Dealerships.
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Simon M Xavier
Vice President HR
Graduate in Personal Management, having exposure in manufacturing and dealership business, handling various portfolios in our group since 1991.Managing administrative and HR functions of the entire group for the past 28 years and also responsible for Bajaj & HD operations in Karnataka & Tamil Nadu.
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Sujith Chandran
CEO – Hyundai Dealership
An MBA in marketing with wide exposure in sales and marketing operations in automobile and other business. Managed different portfolios in our group since 1995 and currently responsible for entire Hyundai dealership operations
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M.K Hari
Vice President (Finance & Accounts)
A Chartered Accountant qualified in the year 1992. Having wide exposure in handling Accounts, Finance and Taxation of various industries like Hospital, Hotel, Education, Manufacturing etc. Heading the Finance and Accounts division of the group since 2006.

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Our Vision

" To be the Most Admired Fastest Growing
Innovative Corporate House Committed to
Customers,Employees,Shareholders and Society "

Our Belief

" Man Power is our life and asset "

Our Philosophy

" To be at the Top
in everything
and anything
we do "

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contact info

  • Popular Group
    Popular Motor Corporation,
    33/2361-A-2, Geethanjali Stop, Nh-47 Byepass,
    Vyttila P.O,Ernakulam, Kerala - 682 019.
  • Phone
    +91 484 280 3500 - 10
  • email
    info@popularmc.com