Chinese components are priced so low that Indian manufacturers are seeking anti-dumping duties. But India also has a free-trade agreement with the ASEAN trade bloc that allows duty-free imports of parts made in those countries....More
A General Motors East Africa official says East African auto dealers are seeing growing demand for luxury cars, and the trade pact will allow them to “import those expensive toys and deliver them to our clients.”...More
Potential customers for 4x4 Sprinters include ski resorts needing to shuttle people through heavy snow; emergency crews needing to battle inclement weather; railroad workers coping with steep grades; and oil crews working in muddy conditions....More
Mercedes-Benz rolls out the '15 Sprinter cargo van with new technologies such as part-time 4-wheel drive and a more sophisticated electronic stability control system to mitigate the effect of heavy winds and prevent rollovers during extreme maneuvers. A model also is available with a 7-ft. roof.
A Canadian policy analyst says Canada will be the only region in the world with access to both the U.S. and EU markets through free-trade agreements once the Canadian and European parliaments ratify the pact, which may not occur until 2016....More
Buyers can choose from among 150 high-end models from five automakers, including the Indian subsidiaries of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, and 70 super-luxuries from nine manufacturers ranging from Aston Martin to Rolls-Royce....More
Dennis Williams does not seem convinced complete wage parity will occur, as he talks about “bridging” the gap between the two levels and stresses that the automakers must continue to be successful....More
WardsAuto editors gather for a roundtable discussion of several EV and hybrid vehicles vying for 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines honors. Vehicles discussed include: BMW i3 (range extender and pure EV), Fiat 500e, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Soul EV, Lexus NX, Volkswagen e-Golf....More