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BMW i3 production boosted 43% in preparation for U.S. launch

April 15, 2014 13:05 CET
BMW has ramped up production of its i3 electric car to 100 vehicles a day, ahead of its launch in the United States this month, board member Harald Krueger said.... Read More »

 

SGL says cheaper carbon fiber will offer automakers alternative to steel, aluminum

March 31, 2014 13:10 CET
Carbon fiber reinforced parts for cars could become more than 70 percent cheaper over the next few years, making them a reasonable alternative to steel and aluminum, an SGL exec told a German weekly.... Read More »

 

BMW, SGL to boost carbon-fiber output on i-subbrand success

Feb. 17, 2014 10:58 CET
BMW is building a second production hall at a carbon-fiber factory jointly run with SGL Carbon to respond to growing demand for its i-subbrand models.... Read More »

 

BMW will weigh demand before extending i range

Jan. 28, 2014 15:51 CET
BMW has no plans to add a third model to its i-brand range until it has a better idea of demand, Harald Krueger, the carmaker's production chief, said.... Read More »

 

BMW will weigh demand before extending i range

9:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
BMW has no plans to add a third model to its i-brand range until it has a better idea of demand, Harald Krueger, the carmaker's production chief, said.... Read More »

 

Lamborghini unveils Gallardo replacement

Jan. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
The new 601-hp Lamborghini Huracan is the latest in the automaker's line of supercars. The mid-engined coupe replaces the most successful Lamborghini model of all time, the Gallardo.... Read More »

 

Lamborghini unveils Gallardo replacement

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
The new 601-hp Lamborghini Huracan is the latest in the automaker's line of supercars. The mid-engined coupe replaces the most successful Lamborghini model of all time, the Gallardo.... Read More »

 

SGL says up to 300 jobs affected by cost-cutting program

Dec. 12, 2013 06:01 CET
German carbon fiber specialist SGL Group said that its global work force will be reduced by up to 300 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 pioneers use of carbon fiber in mass-produced cars

Nov. 16, 2013 06:15 CET
BMW is breaking new ground with its extensive use of carbon fiber in the i3 electric car. The move represents the biggest shift in automobile production since at least the 1980s when the first all-aluminum car frames were made.... Read More »

 

Steel makers roll out lighter, tougher products

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Steel makers say they are offering lighter, more durable products to maintain steel's dominance as the preferred raw material for vehicle production.... Read More »

 

Tooling supplier sees carbon fiber demand grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Carbon fiber is 10 times stronger than steel and four times lighter, auto industry experts say. Because of carbon fiber's high price, it has been used mostly by upscale European brands such as Ferrari and McLaren. But as carbon fiber prices fall, the material is gaining use on vehicles with lower price tags.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW indirectly controls its carbon fiber partner

6:40 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2013
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer was correct when he said this week the automaker doesn't need a bigger stake in SGL. What he didn't say is the reason why: BMW already indirectly controls the carbon fiber supplier.... Read More »

 

BMW CEO says automaker has no plans to raise stake in SGL

Oct. 29, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW does not intend to increase its stake in SGL Group, the carbon fiber materials supplier the automaker works with to create the passenger cabin for its i3 electric car and its i8 plug-in hybrid.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Supplier IAC says size matters more than ever

Sept. 17, 2013 06:01 CET
Achieving scale is the only way to survive as a supplier in a fiercely competitive and globalized automotive market, a top executive at IAC Group said. “Size means you have global presence. You need to be big to be a business partner,” CCO Guido Widdershoven told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

BMW prices i3 electric car below expectations to help fuel demand

July 22, 2013 09:24 CET
BMW will sell the battery-powered i3 city car at a lower-than-expected base price to encourage demand for its first electric vehicle as the automaker aims to keep rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz at bay.... Read More »

 

Japan's Toray buys stake in U.S. supplier Plasan Carbon Composites

10:49 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2013
Japan's Toray Industries has taken a minority stake in U.S. auto carbon fiber supplier Plasan Carbon Composites in a move underlining the potential growth for carbon fiber parts in light vehicles.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

From supercars to bicycles, Lexus workshop shifts gears

10:57 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2013
Call it an ignoble evolution of Lexus' famed LFA Works. Master craftsmen at Toyota's secretive workshop used to build the luxury brand's $375,000 LFA halo sports car. Now, they make bicycles.... Read More »

 

BMW, VW supplier SGL lowers profit guidance on Asia

June 28, 2013 09:43 CET
SGL Carbon, a German supplier partly owned by BMW and Volkswagen, lowered its profit guidance for the second time this year, citing increased competition from Asia.... Read More »

 

BMW plans perks to win EV customers

April 18, 2013 08:34 CET
BMW will offer extra services to attract drivers to its "i" electric-car lineup, including occasional use of fuel-powered models.... Read More »

 

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