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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.

Latest news

Moody's changes BAIC outlook to negative

29 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the Baa2 issuer rating of Beijing Automotive Group and the Baa2 senior unsecured rating on the bonds issued by BAIC Inalfa HK Investment and guaranteed by BAIC Group.

Thai market declines in June

19 July 2019 | editorial team

Thailand's new vehicle market declined in June 2019 for the first time since early 2017, by 2.1% to 86,048 units from 87,854 units in the same month last year, according to wholesale data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Malaysia sales plunge 34% in June

19 July 2019 | editorial team

Malaysia's new vehicle market plunged by 34% to 42,526 units in June 2019 from 64,465 units in the same month last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Porsche confirms 2018 profit and VW investment up

27 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche SE chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch told an audience of about 3,500 shareholders at the annual general meeting the company had increased its group profit 6% year on year to EUR3.5bn thanks to a EUR3.6bn (EUR3.4bn in 2017) contribution from Volkswagen AG.

Daimler revises profits forecast

24 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler said an "increase of provisions for various ongoing governmental proceedings and measures relating to diesel vehicles by a high three digit million [euro] amount" would affect its second quarter 2019 earnings and be taken into account in the group EBIT.

Mazda 2019 profits beat forecast

9 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation said it sold 1,561,000 vehicles worldwide ended 31 March 2019.

Geely sets high targets for Proton as Q1 sales jump

1 May 2019 | editorial team

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) has provided an update on its plans for one of its recent acquisitions, Proton Holdings.

Denso FY2019 revenue up, profits down

26 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Denso revenue for the financial year to 31 March, 2019 rose 5% year on year to JPY5,362.8bn. Operating profit fell 23.4% to JPY316.2bn and net profit was off 20.6% to JPY254.5bn.

Tesla hopes for 2,000 Chinese made cars a week by year's end

26 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla production in China could reach 2,000 vehicles a week by the end of the year, CEO Elon Musk has said.

Ford turning to trucks for US profit boost

17 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has said a shift in production at a Michigan plant to trucks from less profitable cars would lead to a $1bn-plus boost to its operating profit.

Ubiquitous Uber autonomous will take "a long time"

9 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Don't expect self-driving cars to become ubiquitous for a long time, a key Uber executive has said.

We’re on the CASE and JAMming

8 April 2019 | Dave Leggett

There is more than one way to skin a cat, so the rather graphic old saying goes. It’s a bit hard on cats perhaps, but means there is often more than one way to get something done. If that something is imparting news, analysis and advice to people interested in the global automotive industry, well we’ve got a few content platforms up our sleeves.

Owners won't control data vehicle generates - survey

11 February 2019 | Graeme Roberts

UK automotive executives believe the owner/driver of a connected car in future won't own the data their vehicle generates, according to KPMG's Global Automotive Executive Survey 2019.

Cox sees US SAAR down in January

29 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

According to a forecast released by Cox Automotive, auto sales volume in January is expected to increase slightly – less than 1% – from January 2018.

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.

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