Globalization http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53308/more en REFILE-Volkswagen says to launch over 20 electric vehicle models in China http://wardsauto.com/refile-volkswagen-says-launch-over-20-electric-vehicle-models-china <div class="node-body reuters_news-body"><p>(Refiles to remove repetition of text)</p> <p>SHANGHAI, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG said on Tuesday it would launch more than 20 models of battery-driven cars in China over the next few years.</p> <p>"In the near future, Volkswagen will be offering Chinese drivers over 20 NEVs, from small cars to large-sized SUVs, from plug-in hybrids to pure electric cars," Jochem Heizmann, head of Volkswagen Group China, said.</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/refile-volkswagen-says-launch-over-20-electric-vehicle-models-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology China Sales & Marketing Electric Vehicles Globalization Product Development Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:15:06 +0000 1144391 at http://wardsauto.com Continental May Target Asia for Next Acquisition http://wardsauto.com/continental-may-target-asia-next-acquisition <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Continental's chief financial officer says the German auto-parts and and tire manufacturer may be ready to expand further once it receives regulators' OK for its purchase of U.S.-based Veyance Technologies. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/continental-may-target-asia-next-acquisition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Suppliers Europe Germany Finance Globalization Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:33:00 +0000 1142871 at http://wardsauto.com Driving in Greece Stressful, But Worth It http://wardsauto.com/blog/driving-greece-stressful-worth-it <div class="node-body blog-body">The islands are lovely to visit, but be prepared for narrow winding roads with few guardrails to protect the buses, ATVs, scooters, cars and pedestrians that use them. And don’t bother looking for road signs. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/driving-greece-stressful-worth-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/driving-greece-stressful-worth-it#comments Blog Auto Makers Politics Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional Greece SEAT Globalization Safety Vehicles & Technology Akrotiri Athens Fira Kos Oia road safety Santorini scooters traffic Road Ahead Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:19:00 +0000 1135471 at http://wardsauto.com Motoring in Santorini, Greece http://wardsauto.com/europe/motoring-santorini-greece <div class="node-body gallery-body">Many of the roads leading to scenic vistas on the Greek island of Santorini are treacherous, partly because there are few guardrails protecting drivers from the loose gravel and imminent death that awaits those not paying close attention. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/motoring-santorini-greece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/motoring-santorini-greece#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional Greece Politics Globalization Vehicles & Technology Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:18:00 +0000 1135551 at http://wardsauto.com GM China Head Stays Cool Despite Daunting Agenda http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-china-head-stays-cool-despite-daunting-agenda <div class="node-body article-body">The operation has a lot on its plate, with five new manufacturing plants – and possibly a sixth – in the works, an aggressive new-model launch plan and a bullish short-term sales target for the Cadillac brand. And this with the market slowing overall.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-china-head-stays-cool-despite-daunting-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-china-head-stays-cool-despite-daunting-agenda#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Asia Pacific China General Motors Engine Globalization Vehicle Assembly Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:24:00 +0000 1139571 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Sketch of Cadillac plant under construction in Shanghai. It will have capacity for 160,000 vehicles.</strong></p> Supplier Roundup http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-132 <div class="node-body article-body">Novelis gets aluminum-sheet production rolling in China; Hankook Tire, metals processor Samuel waltz into Tennessee; Hay Group forges ahead into China.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-132" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-132#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology North America China U.S. Citroen Continental Aluminum Body Exterior Global Sources Globalization Logistics OE-Supplier Relations Plastic Tires Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:54:00 +0000 1141111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Citroen C4 Cactus has PolyOne protection on its sides.</strong></p> Automakers, Academics Examine Cars’ Sustainability http://wardsauto.com/politics/automakers-academics-examine-cars-sustainability <div class="node-body article-body">Assuming the industry and world survive, historians and economists of the future will decide where leadership in sustainability came from. The general perception here that the U.S. will not be the leader.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/automakers-academics-examine-cars-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/automakers-academics-examine-cars-sustainability#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Suppliers Europe Italy Audi General Motors Nissan PSA Tesla Politics Emissions Globalization Manufacturing Technology Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:59:00 +0000 1139101 at http://wardsauto.com <p><b><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Alcantara CEO Boragno chose carless Venice for the automotive symposium to undesrscore fragility of environment.</span></b></p> Design Passion Grows Alongside China’s Auto Industry http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/design-passion-grows-alongside-china-s-auto-industry <div class="field-byline"> Joseph R. Szczesny </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Chery design chief James Hope, formerly with General Motors, concedes Chinese automakers have imported “expats” to help upgrade car designs, but adds a lot of local talent is emerging.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/design-passion-grows-alongside-china-s-auto-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/design-passion-grows-alongside-china-s-auto-industry#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology China Chery Geely General Motors Exterior Globalization Interior Labor & Human Resources Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:18:00 +0000 1140321 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Chery TX concept wins 2013 design award.</strong></p> Mercedes-Benz Thrives as Russian LV Market Shrinks http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks <div class="node-body article-body">Mercedes parent Daimler reportedly continues searching for a local production partner. That would allow the automaker to sidestep the Russian government’s recent ban on state purchases of imported cars.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Europe Russia Audi BMW Jaguar Land Rover Lexus Mercedes Globalization Local Content Sales Results Trade Vehicle Assembly Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:33:00 +0000 1136971 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>E-Class among candidates for local production in Russia.</strong></p> Automated Driving Piques Chinese Consumers’ Interest http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automated-driving-piques-chinese-consumers-interest <div class="field-byline"> Joseph R. Szczesny </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The prevailing view that automated systems first will be used in Europe and North America is being challenged by Chinese interest in what Magna International executive Frank O’Brien calls the digital lifestyle.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automated-driving-piques-chinese-consumers-interest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automated-driving-piques-chinese-consumers-interest#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology China Auto Makers Continental Magna Autonomous Vehicles Future Products Globalization Internet Product Development Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:30:00 +0000 1137671 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>BMW, Chinese Internet giant Baidu co-developing driverless car.</strong></p>