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Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911
Posted 4:31 am U.S. ET, May 11
Porsche has opened its first Experience Center in Asia based outside Shanghai's Formula One circuit.
China may be Porsche's biggest market but there is one core weakness that executives say is a concern: poor 911 sales. The sports coupe is coveted by fans across the world, except China where it is brand's least popular model by far.
Porsche sold 1,674 units of the 911 in China last year, just 2.3 percent of its Chinese volume. In its German home market Porsche sold 7,500 examples of the 911 for ...
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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler
Posted 8:50 am U.S. ET, May 9
Every merger or acquisition is a learning opportunity for the auto industry, but no deal serves up as many lessons as DaimlerChrysler. That's why the 20th anniversary of the unveiling of the now defunct and debunked "merger of equals" is an occasion worth noting.
Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler Corp. failed because of a clash of cultures. But that's an over ...
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VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 1
The I.D. hatchback, shown here as a concept, wil be the first vehicle from VW's I.D. electric family.
Volkswagen doesn't want to rely on product advertising alone for its game-changing I.D. battery-powered hatchback, the first in a family of I.D. models that the brand hopes will make it the world’s No. 1 seller of full-electric vehicles.
VW will support the I.D. launch with a marketing overhaul symbolic of what it calls "New Volkswagen," hoping to wipe away the shame associated with its die ...
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Renault's push to grow outside Europe is off to a mixed start
Posted 8:50 am U.S. ET, April 27
| Peter Sigal is a France-based correspondent with Automotive News Europe.|
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn is betting that growth outside of Europe will drive revenues over the next six years. But, following flat growth in the first full quarter since Ghosn unveiled Renault’s Drive the Future midterm plan, it's not yet clear whether that strategy will pay off.
Ghosn says Renault will double its sales outside Europe and triple revenues by 2022. The company has invested bi ...
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Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 23
Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
The Chinese government has announced that it will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domestic automakers by 2020.
The move bodes well for foreign automakers' future in China as it will allow them to part from joint venture partners and gain full control of local operations. But a complete separation will be hard for nearly all global brands that manufacture in Chin ...
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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas
Posted 4:52 am U.S. ET, April 19
The Schaeffler Mover concept is an electric chassis that can take different bodies such as a robotaxi, shown, or a small cargo van. (Schaeffler)
Schaeffler is looking toward the future with new products and projects that might be considered unconventional for a company whose roots lie in ball bearing production.
The German supplier's four focus areas in its 2020 strategic plan are urban mobility; environmentally friendly drivetrains; interurban transportation (trains and airplanes); and the energy chain (sustainable and conventional).
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week
Posted 7:13 am U.S. ET, April 13
Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
If Volkswagen wanted to explain why it just reorganized itself into brand groups that supposedly will better drive forward the company's transformation process, then they did a poor job of it. But there were some key takeaways from Friday’s press conference that answered other open questions including why Matthias Mueller was dismissed from his post as CEO.
Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch went ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 13
The H500 features a fastback profile and a generous rear passenger compartment. The most unique aspect of this fairly conservative shape: fins on the front fenders that flow into the windowsills.
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Pininfarina is giving the world an early peek at a sedan concept set for reveal this month at the Beijing auto show, one of two concepts that the design house will showcase there.
The Mahindra-owned consultancy has joined with Hybrid Kinetic Group of Hong Kong with the goal of developing "clean energy vehicles," and if the H500 sedan concept looks like a hopeful Tesla competit ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 12
The J-Pace will slot above the F-Pace, shown, in Jaguar's lineup.
It looks like Jaguar’s got another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights.
According to Autocar, the bigger Jaguar crossover will be called J-Pace and will borrow parts and pieces from Land Rover's component bins. As for the sheet metal, designer Ian Callum will pen a new shell for Jaguar's fourth crossover in half a de ...
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Bangle's quest to ban banality
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 5
Chris Bangle stands in front of the REDS minicar. The tall, boxy model was created by the former BMW executive's Italy-based design consultancy. (Chris Bangle Associates)
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believes companies should be doing more to stand out from their rivals. This includes doing away with something he was once in charge of at his former employer: establishing a common design language for the entire brand.
"I would say that was my main job, to maintain that phenomenon for my years at BMW. ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 22
Scheider wants to leverage ZF's deep and diverse product portfolio.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
New ZF Friedrichhafen CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider's biggest question after fewer than 40 workdays at the supplier is: "How do we push this forward?"
He wants to leverage ZF's deep and diverse product portfolio. "No one else has what we have," Scheider said. ZF produces everything from driveline and chassis technology to active and passive safety solutions.
Scheider, 55, became CEO on Feb. 1 ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 16
BMW opened a driving center in South Korea in 2014.
It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for two of Germany's major premium brands the hunt for gold in South Korea continues. BMW's and Mercedes-Benz's sales are booming and, unlike Europe, diesels have been a major driver of the success.
Models such as the BMW 520d or Mercedes-Benz E 220d routinely rank as the best-selling imports.
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Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 14
| Douglas A. Bolduc is managing editor at Automotive News Europe.|
Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said.
"No one is offended when the newest engineer challenges the CEO on why we are doing something," said Hagai Zyss, CEO of chipset specialist Autotalks, a Tier 2 supplier working with giants such as Denso and Robert Bosch.
Autotalks offers so-called vehicle-to-ev ...
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The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva auto show, but it appeared in very inconspicuous places.
Renault's Alpine sports car brand has a French flag in both door panels of the recently revived A110. ...