- Has the market for new vehicles reached its peak? – Yahoo:
- Tesla to Roll Out New Models in China – Yahoo:
- Nissan Planning for Post-EV-Incentives World – Wards: Renegotiating the quota for federal EV credits and making the Leaf more attractive are areas Nissan is exploring.
- Thailand’s Auto Industry Looks to Rebound in 2015 – Wards: Toyota Thailand President Kyoichi Tanada predicts the market will recover from last year’s 33.7% plunge with sales rising 4.3% to 920,000 units, including a 7.4% climb in car deliveries to 397,200 and CVs up 2.1% to 522,800.
- Hardcore Porsche Boxster in development for 2016 launch – Autocar: Lightweight Boxster could be badged ‘Club Sport’ when it goes on sale in 2016A more sporting version of the Porsche Boxster, which could become a successor to 2011’s Boxster Spyder, is in development.
- VW to Set Reasonable Dealer Sales Targets in China – Via Google News: Sinomach Automobile Co. (600335), a Tianjin, China-based importer of VW cars, rose 4 percent as of the close in Shanghai trading. The benchmark…
- China dealers fight back as stock piles up – Via Google News: SHANGHAI — The China Automobile Dealers Association has been a weak and loose organization. Its main job was to produce an annual list of…
- Porsche works to deliver more Macans to U.S. dealerships – Automotive News: Porsche is working to increase supplies of the new Macan mid-sized crossover to US dealers in 2015. Wait times for Macan buyers have been six months or more since it went on sale last May.
- With Titan, Nissan aims for ‘white space’ below biggest pickups – Automotive News: Nissan has a new strategy for scratching out a piece of Detroit’s full-size pickup market: It will stop chasing cowboys. And it will instead think about Roman gladiators, Spartacus, NFL football players, and maybe even flesh-eating zombies.
Toyota’s new Alphard and Vellfire minivans, revealed today in Tokyo, are laden with new technology, like the impression to the driver that the car is transparent, or a computer, that parks the car nearly by itself. The minivans also come with Naoya Ukaku, a Toyota designer, and the trailblazer of a new, design-driven management concept.
Ukaku’s title is “Project Chief Designer.” Beginning with the Alphard and Vellfire, all new Toyota models will have one. “The PCD is like a chief engineer for design development,” Toyota’s Dion Corbett told me this afternoon. “He remains the car’s chief designer from idea development, through commercialization design all the way to sales preparations.” Until now at Toyota, these functions were handled by three different departments. The departments remain, but in the future, the Project Chief Designer stays with the car, and transitions with it from department through department while it gestates from the rough scribble on a napkin to final launched product.
Ever since the DailyKanban broke the story of the range-doubling Leaf nearly two months ago, facts have been dribbling out of Nissan drop by drop. At the Detroit Motor Show, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn dropped a few heavy hints. Today, we came as close to confirmation as possible at this point in time. In a press conference at Nissan’s Yokohama HQ, Nissan’s dapper Japan Chief Takao Katagiri told reporters to expect “a more efficient EV with an improved battery” during Nissan’s fiscal 2016, which goes from April 1 2016 through March 31 2017. In the “a picture says more than a thousand words” dept., a slide Katagiri put up against the wall during his remarks was more forthcoming. [Continue Reading]
- GERMANY: BMW appoints new head of Mini brand – Just-auto: MW Group has announced that from From 1 March 2015, Sebastian Mackensen will take on responsibility for the MINI brand.
- New 666bhp McLaren 675 LT heading to Geneva motor show – Autocar: Hardcore new McLaren is intended to bridge the gap between the 650S and the P1 hypercar, and could command a price tag of around £400,000
- Can Cadillac Get New Dealers to Boost Sales? – Yahoo:
- Korea’s car imports reach $9.1 billion in 2014 – Via Google News: In 2014, consumers here purchased 196,359 imported vehicles, up 25.5 percent from 2013, according to the Korea Automobile Importers and…
- BMW and Volkswagen Electric Vehicle Plans Take Step Backward – Yahoo:
- Jeep CEO Expects Sales Momentum to Continue After Record 2014 – Wards: Jeep CEO Mike Manley says the brand’s next goal is to sell 1.9 million units annually by 2018.
- JAPAN: Nissan to raise exports from Japan – Just-auto: Nissan is planning to exploit the weakness of the yen to increase exports from Japan, according to a Nikkei report.
- GM’s Barra sees single digit growth in China – Reuters: DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The chief executive of General Motors said on Friday that she expects single-digit growth in China but described the European market as “fragile”.
ANALYSIS: Has Audi reached a limit with model proliferation? - Just-auto: Audi's continuing success has come with a stream of new products but is a TT family a step too far? European cities move against diesel cars - FT: Politicians concerned … [Continue reading]
“Hit by a plunge in the Russian rouble and increased buying incentives in the United States,” (an interesting combination of events, presented by Reuters) Hyundai’s net profit took a 19 percent plunge for the October to December quarter. Will other … [Continue reading]
As predicted by the DailyKanban for about six months, Toyota remains World’s Largest Automaker. Also as predicted, new numbers suggest that Toyota might lose its crown by the end of 2015. That was the unsurprising part of the news. The surprising … [Continue reading]
Two Films About Evil Cars Trying to Kill Someone - Via Google News: Elliot Silverstein's entry in the once-ubiquitous genre is more outlandish in conception, as the evil automobile in question may well be acting under the... UK: … [Continue reading]