Porsche names production boss to CEO position

Oliver Blume (Photo: Porsche)

Oliver Blume, head of production of the German sports car maker, will become the company’s CEO, succeeding Matthias Mueller, who has taken the top position at parent company Volkswagen Group. Blume, 47, takes up his new job October 1. Porsche also announced that its¬†US head, Detlev von Platen, will be the brand’s new global sales […]

VW to recall 5 million diesel vehicles

VW is getting ready to recall 5 million vehicles (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen, plans to recall 5 million of its diesel-powered vehicles to fix engine management systems that have been programmed to lower¬†emissions in official test cycles. The German carmaker said in a press statement that “the emissions characteristics” of customers’ vehicles will be corrected in the near future. It added that an internal evaluation had yielded […]

Volvo appoints new sales boss; Visser moves to Geely

Alain Visser (Photo: Volvo Cars)

Volvo Cars has appointed Bjorn Anwall, a McKinsey management consultant, to head its global sales and marketing. Anwall replaces Alain Visser, who is taking on a similar sales role at China’s Geely, the parent company of Volvo.     Visser said in a press release that he is taking on “the challenge of building a […]

Study: Big data slow to take hold in transportation industry

PwC warns that, without big data analysis, logistics companies will lose competitiveness (Photo: Toll Collect)

Transportation and logistics companies are slow to implement big data and business intelligence tools, according to a study by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers. Only 19 pc of companies surveyed are using the technologies as part of their business processes. According to the study, 35 pc of companies haven’t yet taken a look at big data and business […]

carIT Congress: Mercedes exec puts focus on digital delivery

Hartung (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – The auto industry needs to work faster¬†to improve its digital delivery and can learn from other industries, a senior Mercedes-Benz executive said Wednesday. “It’s all about the customers; digitalization isn’t a standalone goal,” said Christoph Hartung, head of Connected Car Mercedes-Benz Cars. In an address to the carIT Congress here, Hartung said carmakers […]

carIT Congress: Audi’s Stadler promises “piloted” A7 by 2017

Rupert Stadler (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said Wednesday that the next generation of its flagship A7 sedan will have the core functions of the carmaker’s “piloted driving” technologies on board. In a keynote address at the carIT Congress here, Stadler said the car, which is planned for 2017, will likely be able to drive in […]

WSJ: Apple plans electric car for 2019

Apple's automotive ambitions go beyond its CarPlay smartphone connectivity

Apple is planning to launch an electric car in 2019, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The US business newspaper says the consumer electronics group will triple its 600-person automotive team to meet the deadline. Apple has been in talks with several major automakers to see whether it could build the car […]

Update: VW says 11 million vehicles have test software on board

The Golf is one of the vehicles affected by the EPA allegations over manipulated diesel emissions (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen Group said Tuesday that 11 million of its diesel-powered vehicles are equipped with the engine management software that is the subject of a US regulatory investigation. The statement appeared to signal that a US investigation into whether VW intentionally manipulated emission-test results of its diesel cars in the US could become a much bigger […]

IHS cuts China sales forecast

Volkswagen Group is heavily dependent on the Chinese market (Photo: VW)

Leading market researcher IHS Automotive has reduced its 2015 forecast for new-car sales in China, predicting growth of only 1.4 pc for the year. Earlier, IHS had expected unit sales in the world’s biggest market to increase 4.4 pc from 2014 levels. The weaker outlook, which affects many carmakers that have a large sales presence […]

Bitkom: Auto managers expect driverless cars by 2030 or later

The study shows that opinions vary on when driverless driving will be widely adopted(Photo: Robert Bosch)

Almost half (48 pc) of Germany’s top automotive managers believe that self-driving cars will be widely adopted by 2030 and only 2 pc believe this will happen earlier. Fifteen pc predict 20 years and about one-third (29 pc) foresee that¬†the trend will take 25 years to establish itself. Those are some of the outcomes of […]