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Volvo Trucks North America’s decision to cut the workforce at its Virginia truck plant by around 25% in February 2016, is likely to send shi...
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In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA motor show.
Some of the news is just in today so, you may not have seen all of the stories yet but, after a slight rattling of investors' cages by the recent stock market shenanig..., er, 'correction' in China, this week we have seen automotive investment confidence in three key markets. From Mazda, in Russia, Daimler, in alliance with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in Mexico and, Nissan again, right here in the UK, for Europe.
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This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews from a number of events here in Olde Engerland and Europe, all the while enduring 35C 'heatwaves', rail delays due to the 'wrong kind of heat', missed plane connections and the usual summer chaos.
At the 2016 CES, Cat Dow talked with Floris Van Der Klashorst, vice-president of HERE Automotive. HERE's a creator of connected navigation solutions and since December 2015 has been owned by an alliance of the German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler.
Dr. Jens Sommer has worked as Senior Transmission Expert in Shell Global Solutions in Germany since 2010. Currently, he is based at Shell's new Technology Centre in Shanghai to support local OEMs. As Senior Transmission Expert, Dr. Sommer is in charge of manual transmission and dry dual clutch transmission fluid development activities, which covers passenger cars as well as heavy duty applications.
Knorr-Bremse is to purchase the on-highway CVS transmission components business from Bosch in Japan, with around 120 employees transferring.
Hella has announced it is supplying claimed world first three-layered multibeam-LED headlamps for Daimler's redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The lamps were developed jointly by automaker and supplier.
The Daimler Group's car sharing unit, car2go, will open its 31st international location in Brussels in October 2016. What Daimler claims is "the world's largest free-floating car-sharer" starts business with 300 vehicles in an area covering around 50 square km in the city of Brussels.
Daimler is thinking about building its first passenger car assembly plant in Russia, a spokeswoman has said.
Beijing Benz Automotive has started production of the special long-wheelbase version of the redesigned Mercedes E-Class designed for China.
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen has started production of the C-Class Cabriolet. The model is is the first convertible since the C-Class line evolved from the 190 back in the early 90s and is also the fourth C-class derivative made at the factory which is the 'mother plant' for several overseas factories.
Daimler will spend around EUR7 bn on 'green' technology in two years, the automaker announced.
Daimler insists the relative slowdown in the formerly exponential growth rate of China's economy is still powering the automotive sector to achieve sustainable sales increases.
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz boosted unit sales 12.9% year on year to 170,625 vehicles in May. Year to date sales rose 12.3% to a record 818,175 units.
Mercedes-Benz is expanding capacity at its Vitoria van making facility as it experiences strong order growth this year.
Europe's Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), has revised its forecast for 2016 car registrations up from its initial January forecast of 2% growth.
Brose says it has manufactured the five millionth front seat structure since the start of production in 2012 for a joint project between Daimler and BMW.
Daimler said it would book a charge "in the mid hundreds of million euros" in financial 2016 to cover costs associated with the recently announced extended recall of 35m-40m Takata inflator-equipped airbags.
Despite presenting fairly solid Q1 2016 performance data on 22 April, and forecasts for the full year for unit sales "slightly below the level of the previous year" and EBIT "at the prior-year" level, Daimler Trucks has now, just less than one month later, acknowledged that these predictions were overly-optimistic.
Romania’s Sebes was not a serious candidate for Daimler’s new engine factory due to the poor infrastructure, according to economy minister Costin Borc, romania-insider.com reported, citing Ziarul Financiar.
Daimler says it is pursuing a "conservative" path of communication surrounding the US Department of Justice (DoJ) request for information regarding exhaust emissions in America.
Mercedes-Benz has gradually started production at its just-opened, 20,000-unit capacity assembly plant in Iracemápolis, 170km/106 miles north-west of São Paulo City.
Mercedes-Benz delivered 198,921 cars to customers in March, more than ever before in one month (+8.4%)
Underlying the good times for premium brands, Daimler’s Supervisory Board chairman has hailed last year as the company’s most successful year ever.
Daimler's Romanian subsidiary Star Assembly has started production of the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.
Daimler announced the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen would produce the new GLC Coupé, just launched at the New York show, with the C-Class Cabriolet to follow. By then, the factory will be building 10 different models and taken on 200 current temporary workers as permanent employees.
Progress-Werk Oberkirch (PWO) has unveiled fiscal 2015 net income up EUR200,000 to EUR7.5m (US$8.5m), as well as Group revenue rising from EUR381m to EUR405m.
Here we are again. September 11. On that day in 2001, I was in Frankfurt at the auto show.
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