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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. 

Latest interviews

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.

Latest news

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.

Moody's stabilises global auto manufacturing outlooks as economic recovery fuels demand

14 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Increased consumer car demand due to improving global economic prospects and a lowering of the rating agency's sales growth requirements for the sector have changed the outlook on the global auto manufacturing industry over the next 12 to 18 months to stable from negative, said Moody's Investors Service in a report published on Wednesday (14 March).

West European car market up by 3.5% in February

9 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

West European car registrations grew by 3.5% year-on-year in February, according to data released by LMC Automotive.

Toyota announces new powertrains

26 February 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor said it had developed a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), six speed manual transmission, two litre engine, two litre hybrid system, and 4WD systems based on its Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).

Indonesia sales rise 11% in January

21 February 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Indonesia jumped by 11.5% to 95,892 units in January from like for like sales of 85,978 units a year earlier, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.

Thai sales rise 16% in January

21 February 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Thailand continued to recover in January with sales jumping by 16.2% to 66,513 units from 57,254 units a year earlier, according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Opportunity knocks for suppliers to book $700bn new revenue

1 February 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Though US$150-$200bn of traditional automotive supplier revenue is at risk over the next decade, over $700bn of opportunities exist for value chain players to capture, according to Deloitte’s third annual 2018 Global Automotive Supplier Study.

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