Often called the second capital of Karnataka, Hubli beats even the city of Mysore, as the second fastest growing city in Karnataka. It is also known by the name 'Chotta Mumbai'. Its sister city, Dharwad, is the district headquarters, whereas all the commercial activity is located in Hubli. It is also an important logistical hub and railway centre.
Hubli is a major trading area for cotton, groundnuts, oilseeds and various other agricultural products. Even Managanese and granite are traded here. Its industries include a large number of automotive manufacturing units set up by Tata, Hero etc. It is a major logistical hub, being the headquarters of VRL, Asia's largest logistical enterprise. Major industrial units of Weird, Hindustan Petroleum, Tatal, Telcon Spicer and Sankalp Semiconductor are also located here. Located on the Pune-Bangalor Express way, the city's industries and trading activities are poised to grow at breakneck speed.