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Among those traditional automakers taking space at this year’s consumer electronics show (CES) – and stealing much of the limelight - were A...
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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.
The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show got underway yesterday at the shiny new Indonesian Convention and Exhibition centre in BSD, a new commercial centre some 30km west of central Jakarta. Tony Pugliese was there.
Electric powertrain technology comes with a number of drawbacks - mainly surrounding battery performance issues - but it is interesting to see different OEM strategies emerging.
Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. Mazda was up 47% in June, while multiple European brands are also enjoying high percentage gains.
Emissions legislation, weight, packaging, safety and cost are the main factors driving fuel tank innovation. Matthew Beecham talked to Albert Boecker, Product & Advanced Engineering Director, Global Fuel Tank Systems, TI Automotive about the supplier’s fuel system technology and what can be done about ‘fuel slosh’.
David Ingrams, who retired from Audi UK's press office today (31 July) played a key role in helping the German automaker's engineers achieve "uncompromised" right hand drive configurations and also oversaw a collection of about 50 classic cars, many of which he helped to launch when new. The man who praised Audi for taking the long-term view has himself served 36 years with the automaker and the connection may not yet be completely severed.
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%)
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.
Mercedes-Benz Vans claims it has become the first manufacturer of commercially operated vans to open an online sales channel. The pilot is being launched in the Netherlands with the Mercedes-Benz Citan and in cooperation with the local dealer network.
Mercedes-Benz Vans division has reported record sales, revenue and EBIT figures for the financial year 2015 and said that it expects further expansion in 2016.
Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea continued to decline in February, by 6.3% year-on-year to 15,671 units after a 3.5% drop to 16,234 units in January, according to data compiled by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.
Mercedes-Benz in the US faces a class action lawsuit from the owner of Mercedes BlueTEC diesel car that accuses it of knowingly programming so-called ‘clean diesel’ cars to emit illegally excessive levels of nitrogen oxides.
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has set up a new hub for transporting new vehicles from Europe to Asia in the Slovenian port of Koper. It started operating at the end of 2015.
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has signed a sourcing deal with South Korea’s SK Innovation for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
Senior Daimler managers are to drive electrified vehicles as part of a company policy to encourage the use of as much zero-emission driving as possible. This year, the automaker wil spend EUR30m extending its charging infrastructure at many sites.
Confirming earlier media reports, Daimler's supervisory board has named Ola Kaellenius (46) as the member of the management board in charge of group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development starting 1 January, 2017.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed details of the latest 1.7m vehicle recalls by two major German automakers and said a third also plans to recall multiple vehicles from model years dating back over a decade. All are fitted with driver side airbags with potentially faulty Takata inflators.
A EUR15m logistics improvement project at Daimler's Kecskemét, Hungary factory is progressing well after construction started earlier this year, Daimler said.
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars sales and marketing chief Ola Kaellenius will move to head of research and development, German media reports said.
Daimler is to recall around 840,000 vehicles to check for potentially faulty Takata airbags in a move the automaker expects will cost about EUR340m.
In 2015 the European car market totalled 14.2m new registrations, an increase of 9.3% over 2014 full year results; the highest since 2009. The market benefited from the last two months of double-digit growth with December setting the highest positive monthly change of the last three years at 1.16m units. Therefore, the last quarter volume increase was the highest of the year, standing at 10.2% more than in Q4 2014, representing 3.42m cars sold in total. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, SAAR, came in at 16.52m units.
New vehicle sales in Taiwan rose slightly in December, by 0.1% to 41,821 units, according to data released by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
Proposals floated in Detroit last week by top federal auto safety officials indicating the agency is willing to allow auto manufacturers to detour US motor vehicle laws and regulations, particularly for unproven robot cars would, if true, be a "wrong turn" for the agency, Consumer Watchdog said.
Last year, 2015, new car registrations in Europe's Big Five markets passed the 10m units mark, increasing by 8.8% compared to 2014. All five markets posted positive growth with Germany leading the way with 3.2m units, up by 5.6%, although this was the lowest annual increase among the five countries.
Despite operating at just a third of the capacity of the Araquari, Santa Catarina state, assembly plant, BMW has decided to start building the X4 crossover locally in the second half of this year.
New vehicle sales in China jumped by 15.4% to 2.8m units in December, from 2.4m units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere.
The dinosaurs are back? No, that's not a reference to the Top Gear Three who are reportedly readying for a Netflix rebirth.
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