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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...
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 r...
| 21 Aug 2015
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.
| 21 Aug 2015
Electric powertrain technology comes with a number of drawbacks - mainly surrounding battery performance issues - but it is interesting to see different OEM strategies emerging.
| 16 Jul 2015
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.
| 9 Jul 2015
The 12 percent YoY rise in the June German passenger cars market has seen some notable changes to the usual pecking order. Opel muscled past both Ford and BMW to take fourth position behind Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and third-placed Audi.
| 17 Nov 2014
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’.
| 31 Jul 2014
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.
| 12 Nov 2015
Sales of new passenger vehicles in China jumped by over 13% year on year to 1.94m units in October, lifted by a sales tax cut at the end of September, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The data covers sales of passenger cars, SUVs and MPVs but not commercial vehicles.
| 11 Nov 2015
Mercedes-Benz achieved record unit sales in October with worldwide sales of 155,189 vehicles and growth of 10.1% year on year. In the first 10 months of the year, 1,531,541 vehicles were delivered, up 14.6%.
| 3 Nov 2015
Mercedes-Benz has begun rolling off its second all-new localised SUV model GLC at the assembly lines of its production joint venture in China, Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC) about six months after the GLA-Class started local production.
| 22 Oct 2015
Daimler said on Thursday (22 October) it had set new records for unit sales and revenue in the third quarter of 2015. Revenue rose 13% year on year to EUR37.3bn on sales (also up 13%) of 720,000 cars and commercial vehicles. Sales of 508,400 units set a new quarterly record at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
| 20 Oct 2015
To comply with new EU-mandated environment requirements taking effect in 2017, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz said it would equip European market S- and E-Class models as the first production passenger cars with CO2 air conditioning systems. Cars using a new, alternative refrigerant will have a special fire protection system.
| 12 Oct 2015
Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by almost 20% to 20,381 units in September, from 17,027 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.
| 8 Oct 2015
Mercedes-Benz September sales rose 15.8% year on year to a monthly record of 188,444 vehicles. Year to date sales were up 15.2% to 1,376,424.
| 6 Oct 2015
Daimler is claiming a world first after testing a series production Mercedes-Benz Actros truck equipped with the company's intelligent Highway Pilot system on a public road in Germany. The company said the premiere is a 'further important step towards the market maturity of autonomously driving trucks – and towards the safe, sustainable road freight transport of the future'.
| 21 Sep 2015
Leoni has signed a joint venture (JV) deal with China's Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts (BHAP), a subsidiary of state-owned Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC). The Chinese State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) approved the JV.
| 16 Sep 2015
The partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG accelerated and strengthened as it entered its sixth year in 2015, the companies’ leaders said today in their annual media update during the Frankfurt show. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Alliance, described the partnership as “one of the most productive in the auto industry.”
| 15 Sep 2015
Johnson Controls (JCI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts (BHAP), an auto parts subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Industry Group (BAIC Group), to set up automotive battery sales and manufacturing joint ventures in the world's largest vehicle market. Under the MOU, JCI and BHAP will partner to offer a range of batteries to automakers and service networks under BAIC Group, one of China's largest automobile manufacturers.
| 14 Sep 2015
Dongfeng Nissan Auto Sales Company, a joint venture between Nissan Motor and Chian’s Dongfeng Motor, has been fined a total of CNY123m (US$19.3) by Chinese regulators for braking the country’s anti-monopoly laws.
| 10 Sep 2015
Mercedes-Benz India has started assembly of its CLA sedan. Piyush Arora, the local head of operations, said: "The start of local production of the CLA simultaneously in petrol and diesel variants is a key decision that will help curtail the long wait list for the sedan."
| 4 Sep 2015
Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have broken ground for their joint venture manufacturing complex COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), in Aguascalientes in central Mexico. The factory will build premium compact vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.
| 3 Sep 2015
Global labour body, IndustriALL says it was action organised by Mercedes-Benz staff in Brazil, which has led to dismissed workers being reinstated.
| 2 Sep 2015
Automakers were reminded of the impact the calendar can have on light vehicle sales here in the US. Labor Day - a key end-of-summer selling day - falls this year on the first Monday (the 7th) in September. In August 2014, it fell on 1 September but was included in the August sales tally.
| 28 Aug 2015
Predictions on when new vehicle sales in Brazil might vary. A GDP decline of a shade over 2% is now estimated for this year to be followed by 0.5% to 1% in 2016.
| 25 Aug 2015
A strike over job cuts at a General Motors plant in Brazil has ended but trouble has now broken out at a Mercedes factory in the country.
| 25 Aug 2015
South Korea's LG Electronics will supply Honda Motor and Porsche with in-car displays as the supplier tries to grow its auto business to counter weak sales at its mainstay television and smartphone units, a media report said.
| 24 Aug 2015
Production and sales results have been gloomy in Brazil all year but recent confirmation of four new auto investments provided some relief although all had been announced previously.
| 21 Aug 2015
Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG) plans to build a new US$150m automotive supplier plant in Tuscaloosa County to supply the local Mercedes-Benz plant at Vance.
| 14 Aug 2015
Mercedes-Benz is adding a Coupé to its C-Class family, which will be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt Show.
| 15 Jul 2015
Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere.
| 19 May 2015
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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