The agreement will integrate 10 plants in India and six in Europe with a total of 10,000 employees and enable CIE to increase its annual sales by more than one-third, from €1.6 billion to €2.2 billion....More
The rules that will be enforced as of January 2014 will require front airbags and antilock braking systems on all new cars sold in the country, features that have been standard for years on autos in most industrialized nations....More
OEMs that ignore the government’s incentive programs do so at their own risk, says an executive from the association of vehicle importers. In practice, companies that do not adhere to the program will have their IPI tax hiked 30% on imports....More
Given that car ownership indicates high social status, it is a priority to buy a vehicle even for Brazilians with modest annual incomes as low as $15,000, industry experts say, which is why 150 different models are offered in the country....More
Opponents fear domestic makes simply are not competitive against the inexpensive, reliable South Korean exports that have seized market share in Europe since that country signed a free-trade agreement with the European Union....More
Ludwig Willisch is confident about BMW’s prospects this year. Besides overall U.S. market strength and “a nice influx of new models,” he expects a sales boost from a new 4-cyl. diesel engine in the 328d that debuts in August....More
Currency controls and the complex business climate of the Chávez era flipped the auto industry on its head. Used cars easily fetch twice their original list price, and new cars appreciate as they are driven off the lot....More
The U.S., EU and Japan also charge that the country is asking importers to make certain commitments such as limiting their imports, balancing them with exports and making or increasing investment in local production facilities....More
The knowledge gap already could be affecting sales of advanced-technology vehicles, which last year accounted for 3.5% of the nearly 17 million cars and trucks sold in the U.S., according to WardsAuto data....More
“Logically, Cadillac is not disconnected from GM,” the longtime luxury executive says. “The way we want to organize the business in the future is that Cadillac will own the entire process, all the things that touch Cadillac.”...More
Through June, FCA says the diesel makes up 18% of the Ram 1500s shipped from the plant but only 12% of the retail mix. The automaker says a 20% retail mix remains in sight. But it should have been achieved by now....More
The vehicles will be tested on suburban roads in Adelaide, the state capital, at the same time the South Australian government hosts an international conference to discuss driverless-vehicle technology and regulation....More
Engineers and designers from ZF and the former TRW have been sharing notes, exchanging ideas and identifying best practices, and some of the resulting technologies will be ready for market in the near future....More
How many automotive suppliers can design, manufacture and deliver a complete axle, 9-speed transmission, steering rack, suspension, brake calipers, electronic controllers, seatbelts and every airbag necessary to protect vehicle occupants?
Only one: Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen, after its acquisition of TRW.
Ann Arbor’s Mcity test track includes four traffic lights, an underpass, metal bridge deck, gravel roadways and parking spaces that are angled, perpendicular and parallel. Efforts are under way to open a similar but larger facility nearby in Ypsilanti....More
Located on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mcity is a $10 million 32-acre (13-ha) test track with roundabouts, bike lanes, a tree canopy and 4-way intersections to simulate small-town traffic situations.
I-GAME’s focus is on cooperative solutions and the scenarios for next year’s competition during Dutch Technology Week have been selected to highlight situations where cooperation is superior to autonomy....More