According to automotive analysts ASM-Holding, employment in the Russian auto industry has declined 10.5% since May 2014, from 205,134 to 183,534 workers, and a new wave of layoffs may take place by the end of the year....More
The Association of European Businesses Automotive Industry Committee says year-to-date deliveries are down 33.0% at 1,192,723 units, and committee Chairman Joerg Schreiber says a poll of members indicates a full-year slide of 37%....More
The Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee says the result was an improvement on July’s 27.5% tumble and left the year-to-date total down 33.5% at 1,051,851 units....More
While first-half sales fell 36% from like-2014, July’s 27.5% decline reflected “mostly the low-base effect of a poor market showing in the corresponding period last year,” industry spokesman George Schreiber says....More
While deliveries last month fell 29.7% to leave the Russian market’s first-half result down 36.4% from prior-year, an industry group predicts full-year sales will finish 36% behind the 2014 total....More
Industry spokesman Joerg Schreiber notes “ general customer activity is undergoing a mild reactivation, thanks to a gradual reduction in bank interest rates and new-car prices supported by a more robust ruble exchange rate.”...More
Some analysts speculate China’s refusal to certify the LG Chem and Samsung SDI battery packs is a response to South Korea’s decision to deploy the U.S.-built Terminal High-Altitude Aerial Defense missile system to guard the country against attacks by China....More
Drawing heritage cues from the first civilian Dodge off-roader introduced in 1946, the '17 Ram Power Wagon picks up design cues from the Ram 1500 Rebel and strength from a heavy-duty chassis and 6.4L V-8 hitched to a Borg Warner transfer case and beefy solid axles front and rear.
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