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September management briefing: Frankfurt review

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...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Confidence, demonstrated

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...


Tony Pugliese | 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.


Dave Leggett | 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.


Glenn Brooks | 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.


Glenn Brooks | 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.

Latest Interviews

Matthew Beecham | 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’.


Graeme Roberts | 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.

Latest News

Graeme Roberts | 12 Feb 2016

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars sales and marketing chief Ola Kaellenius will move to head of research and development, German media reports said.


Graeme Roberts | 10 Feb 2016

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.


Graeme Roberts | 1 Feb 2016

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.


Graeme Roberts | 19 Jan 2016

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.


Graeme Roberts | 18 Jan 2016

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.


Graeme Roberts | 18 Jan 2016

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.


Fernando Calmon | 15 Jan 2016

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.


Tony Pugliese | 13 Jan 2016

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.


Graeme Roberts | 11 Jan 2016

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has introduced new autonomous driving technology with its new E-class, unveiled on the eve of the Detroit show.


Glenn Brooks | 6 Jan 2016

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show saw the world premieres of various cars, concepts and automotive technologies as listed below. The press preview days were 5 and 6 January.


Graeme Roberts | 21 Dec 2015

Renault said its Batilly plant, which makes the large Renault-badged Master van plus variants for GM Europe's Opel and Vauxhall brands, and Nissan Motor Europe, has broken a production record in 2015.


Graeme Roberts | 17 Dec 2015

European new car sales experienced a 27th consecutive month of growth during November 2015 with volume up 13.5% year on year, the second largest rise this year, according to analysts at JATO Dynamics. This followed a significant slowing of growth during October as a consequence of smaller increases in the 'Big Five' EU markets.


Graeme Roberts | 11 Dec 2015

New vehicle sales in China jumped by close to 20% to 2.5m units in November from 2.09m units a year earlier, helped by a sales tax cut introduced at the end of September, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.


Graeme Roberts | 4 Dec 2015

Mercedes-Benz sales rose 7.4% year on year to 161,953 vehicles for a November record.


Graeme Roberts | 3 Dec 2015

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, has built its 20 millionth car. The nominated vehicle was an S500 plug-In hybrid.


Tony Pugliese | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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%.


Dave Leggett | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Tony Pugliese | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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.

Latest blogs

Simon Warburton | 15 Jul 2015

Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere.


Dave Leggett | 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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