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Traverse, the great divide - a tough CASE to crack

6 August 2018 | Calum MacRae

There’s a great deal of consternation in the auto industry presently, but that concern is divided in to two camps. On the one hand, there are those in the here and now anxious about whether total industry volume in the US this year will be 18m or 17.8m. On the other hand, there are those more concerned about the future and whether CASE (connected, autonomous, shared and electrified) or ACES (to put it another way) will fundamentally challenge the industry’s business model that’s been built up over the last 100 years or so. The differences in approach were there for all to see at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan last week.


Commercialising innovation - as easy as APC

6 July 2018 | Calum MacRae

To continue to encourage and ‘derisk’ invention and innovation in the UK’s automotive industry the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was established in 2013 as a result by intervention by the UK government and the industry (the UK’s Automotive Council). The APC has been funded with GBP1bn with half of the fund stemming from the government and half from industry. Its brief is simple, but complex: support the UK industry’s move to low carbon solutions and create an ecosystem that supports R&D, thus ending the dreaded ‘valley of death’.


Fiat Chrysler lays out its plans - what happens next?

4 June 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Jeep and Ram, two brands which are successful mainly in the USA, are expected to account for most of the future profitability of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at a global level over the next five years. That was the gist of the announcements made at FCA's 'Capital Markets Day'. Although a lot was said at Balocco, many questions concerning the next generation of models for FCA divisions went unanswered.


Punch Powertrain on a rapid growth track

19 September 2017 | Calum MacRae

Punch Powertrain is a transmission supplier that’s creeping up on the rails of the more established suppliers such as Aisin, JATCO and ZF and is providing them with stiff competition. Since 2013 it’s achieved average annual growth of around 50% and has plans to take its capacity from 1.2 million units at the end of this year to over 3 million units by 2020. It’s headquartered at Sint-Truiden in Belgium and is a major supplier of CVTs to Chinese domestic OEMs from its manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China. 


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GENEVA INTERVIEW - Nissan Europe SVP of sales and marketing Ken Ramirez

12 March 2018 | Mike Vousden

Ken Ramirez is Nissan Europe's recently appointed senior vice president sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the 2018 Geneva show to talk about the cars on display and the brand's plans for an electrified future.


GENEVA INTERVIEW - Kia Motors Europe's Michael Cole

6 March 2018 | Chris Wright

Kia Motors Europe is cautiously optimistic that it can break through the 500,000 sales barrier this year with numbers already running 6% ahead of last year which ended with 472,000 sales.

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LG Chem's EV battery business expected to become profitable in Q4

11 December 2018 | Staff reporter

LG Chem is expected to begin generating profits from its electric vehicle (EV) battery operations in the fourth quarter of 2018.


US-China spat hurting Germans, VDA says

7 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The trade dispute between the United States and China is affecting Germany’s automotive sector with the number of new vehicles in the Chinese market expected to fall this year, the VDA industry association said.


Bosch expects a flat 2019

7 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Bosch expects global car production in 2019 to languish at this year's level, the head of its core components unit has said, citing a slowdown in China and lower demand for diesel cars in Europe.


Flexible energy options needed for EV growth - reports

21 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Flexible energy options, such as energy storage, smart-charging electric vehicles, demand response and interconnectors, are needed to ensure that the energy transition proceeds on an optimal path, according to two new reports from BloombergNEF (BNEF) in partnership with Eaton and Statkraft.


VW prepares to sell 50m electric vehicles - reports

12 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen's electric vehicle platform and battery purchasing plans are being readied to handle production of 50m vehicles, chief executive Herbert Diess reportedly told German auto trade weekly Automobilwoche.


Haldex boosts Q3 and YTD sales and profits

25 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Heavy commercial vehicle brake adjusters and disc brakes specialist Haldex said it increased net sales in all regions in the third quarter.


Trade tensions will hit supply chains - Moody's

11 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Moody's Investors Service expects the US-China trade dispute to continue to limit investments, prolong tariff restrictions and elevate geopolitical tensions. Significant sector and regional impacts are likely, including unintended consequences on domestic supply chains.


Jaguar Land Rover says July sales reflect 'market uncertainty'

10 August 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover said retail sales in July fell 21.6% year on year to 36,144 vehicles "primarily reflecting transitional issues in certain markets".


Honda raises full-year profit forecast, helped by weaker yen

31 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Honda has raised its profit outlook as stronger sales in the US have helped it post a gain of 11% in quarterly operating profit (fiscal first quarter ended 30 June) to 299.3 billion yen, beating analyst estimates.


Toyota getting serious about lower hydrogen power costs

27 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota is designing hydrogen powered, lower-cost, mass market passenger cars and SUVs and shifting the technology into buses and trucks to build economies of scale, a media report said.


Veoneer optimistic after poor second quarter

27 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Veoneer, spun off from Autolive, has reported second quarter sales up 1% to $572m.


Eaton sets up new eMobility business

26 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Power management supplier Eaton said it was focusing on increasing demand for high-voltage electrified vehicle technology with the creation of its new eMobility business.


Mazda to continue diesel development

11 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor has said it would continue to develop diesel engines even as an increasing number of global carmakers turn their back on the 125 year old technology.


Geely's Volvo Cars aims for half EVs, half subscription sales by 2025

7 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has announced new financial and operational goals which, it said, "will position the company as a leading player in the global automotive business by the middle of the next decade".


SinoTruck targets strong overseas growth

14 May 2018 | Staff reporter

China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp (CNHTC), one of China’s largest truck manufacturers also known as SinoTruck, is expanding aggressively overseas as it looks to build on its strong domestic market position.


South Korea import sales jump in April

8 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea jumped by over 29% to 25,923 units in April from 20,051 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA).


VW Group 'could list' Volkswagen Truck & Bus

16 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Truck & Bus - in the news last week for its strategic alliance with Toyota's Hino and consequent announcement of 'capital market readiness' and future plans - said it "expects an overall stable development in new truck and bus registrations in its relevant markets over the coming years".


AEB to wait until after Q1 for Russia forecast

19 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) says it will wait until after the first quarter before issuing its guideline forecast for this year's sales figures, but remains reasonably optimistic for 2018.


Ford lays out new US product plan and organisation changes

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced a major strategy plan out to 2020 for the US market, claiming it will have the freshest lineup among all full line automakers with average showroom age dropping from 5.7 to 3.3 years as it replaces three-quarters of its range. It is also promising full connectivity ahead of over-the-air updates and the 'Transportation Mobility Cloud'.


AEB hails Russia figures but urges long-term caution

16 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market has "outperformed" expectations says the Association of European Businesses Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC), which nonetheless injected a note of caution when viewing the figures.



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