- NHTSA chief says GM made ‘incredibly poor decisions’ on recalls – Automotive News: The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized GM for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a “new normal” for safety recalls.
- GM’s Opel Hunkers Down in Russia – WSJ: Adam Opel, the European unit of General Motors., is reorganizing its business in Russia in the latest sign that weakening sales there threaten GM’s turnaround in Europe.
- Tesla: high times – FT: Is the pioneering electric car company good value in the long term, but less so in the short term?
- JAPAN: Toyota stalls on Mexico plant plans – Just-auto: Toyota has paused plans for a new assembly plant in Mexico after company president Akio Toyoda called for a review of the North American market.
- Hyundai plans to build 2 more factories in China, not 1, reports say – Automotive News: Hyundai Motor Co. plans to build two factories in China instead of one, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters today.
- Bosch benefits as new ZF-TRW combo enters driverless car fray – Automotive News: Robert Bosch GmbH gained full control over key automotive technology, positioning the world’s biggest parts supplier as an unexpected beneficiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s leap into the No. 2 position.
- GM’s Opel to cut Russia production as slowdown bites – Reuters: U.S. carmaker General Motors is cutting production and shedding around 500 jobs at its Opel division in Russia, hit by a plunge in local demand due to a slowing economy and Western sanctions.
As you read this, I am winging my way from Tokyo to the West Coast for our traditional twice-yearly Daily Kanban Konference with Ed Niedermeyer, and the delicacies of the Portland food cart community.
Service could remain spotty throughout the week, but we will try! Please peruse the Daly Kanban Newsbot during the airline-induced outage.
- US: Interior trim piece fit prompts Toyota curtain airbag recall – Just-auto: Toyota’s US unit is recalling around 130,000 2014 Tundra Crew-Max Cab and Double Cab pickup trucks to check curtain airbags.
- Tesla’s $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales – Automotive News: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world’s largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno.
- Honda, Toyota Play Catch-Up on Automated Driving Tech – Wards: The top two Japanese automakers demonstrate their latest automated technologies, with an eye toward a 2020 launch.
- Auto market grows in China but domestic car brand share shrinks – Via Google News: Auto sales and production both rose in August from a year earlier in China, but the market share of the country’s indigenous brands continued to shrink …
- Ford to launch 4 new car models in India over 18-20 months -exec – Reuters: Ford Motor Co plans to launch four new car models in India and is looking to increase the amount of locally-made parts to reduce the cost of its vehicles sold in the country, the head of its local unit said on Friday.
- SEAT to Continue Audi Q3 Output With Next-Gen Model – Wards: Launch timing is unclear, but close to 2018 appears likely. Union sources say the Martorell plant beat out Volkswagen’s Belgium plant to win the job.
- JLR will build Range Rover Evoque in China – Automotive News: Jaguar Land Rover says the Range Rover Evoque will be the first model built at the company’s new China factory. The automaker also said that it may add production of its new Land Rover Discovery Sport at a later date.
- “Internet cars” made in China – Via Google News: SAIC Motor Corp and Alibaba Group signed an “Internet Car” agreement in Shanghai on July 23, which will enable SAIC to use Alibaba’s “YunOS” …
- Nevada Governor signs $1.3 billion tax break package for electric car maker Tesla – Reuters: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a package of bills on Thursday to provide $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for Tesla Motors, putting a bow on the deal for the electric car company to build a massive factory in the state.
- Air Bag Flaw, Long Known, Led to Recalls – NY Times: Failure to address an air bag defect was rooted in the auto industry’s ability to self-report safety problems in a minimal way.
- GM Issues ‘Stop Delivery’ Order on 2015 Corvettes – WSJ: General Motors Co. has issued a “stop delivery” order that will interrupt supply of one of its hottest selling vehicles: the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette.
- GERMANY/UK: Opel introduces Karl, Vauxhall revives Viva – Just-auto: Judging by the derisory comments on Twitter today, some British motoring writers aren’t impressed with General Motors Europe’s German unit Opel’s decision to call its new five-door small car Karl. UK unit Vauxhall will revive the Viva nameplate last used in 1979.
- China auto sales growth slows – Via Google News: China’s auto sales reached 1.72 million vehicles in August, a rise of just 4.0 percent compared with the same month a year ago, …
- MEXICO: Toyota considers the lure of south of the border – Just-auto: Toyota reportedly is looking to build a new vehicle plant in Mexico to take advantage of the country’s low labour costs and numerous free trade agreements.
- China fines Volkswagen, Chrysler for price-fixing – Via Google News: China’s anti-monopoly authority NDRC has imposed hefty fines against German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) and US auto group Chrysler.
- Audi and Chrysler fined for price-fixing – FT: Carmakers are handed penalties totalling $50m by the Chinese antitrust regulator as part of a probe into foreign automakers
- China fines Audi and Chrysler for price-fixing – Via Google News: China’s anti-monopoly regulator has fined Volkswagen’s Audi and Fiat’s Chrysler for fixing the price of cars and replacement auto parts, as part of a …
- Opel to launch budget family car in Europe by 2015 – Reuters: General Motors will launch a budget family car under the Vauxhall and Opel brands next year in a bid to woo customers of the company’s Chevrolet brand, which is set to be discontinued in Europe at the end of 2015.
- China fines Volkswagen affiliate $44.2 million – Via Google News: FAW-Volkswagen Sales Company, Ltd, a partnership between the Frankfurt-based firm and Chinese auto maker FAW, has been ordered to pay …
- China Auto Sales Grow at Slowest Pace in Five Months – Via Google News: Passenger-vehicle sales in China rose at the slowest pace since March as the economy slows and the government steps up anti-monopoly probes …
Subaru boosts 2014 U.S. sales forecast to 500,000 vehicles - Automotive News: Subaru of America, expecting to sustain strong growth in the United States, has boosted its forecast for sales this year to 500,000. Last year's total of 424,683 marked the … [Continue reading]
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Bill Ford Supports Autonomous Cars, Trains in Megacities - Wards: A conundrum: Isn’t Ford in the business of selling as many cars and trucks as possible? “I think any business only exists to make people’s lives better, period,” Ford says. “Shoving … [Continue reading]
RUSSIA: Volkswagen lowers Kaluga production target - Just-auto: Due to falling real wages and a weakening rouble, Volkswagen plans to reduce production at its plant in Kaluga, Russia. Texas governor says lower tax, regulatory hurdles lure companies … [Continue reading]