As a percentage of total sales, Norway’s car buyers are wholeheartedly embracing electric vehicles as this chart form Statista shows. Other European countries remain behind, while China has a huge lead in numbers of electric vehicles sold. Norway’s embrace of electric vehicles is fuelled by government sponsored incentives and perks. Buyers do not pay import tax and Read More..
Geneva Motor Show saw a rash of new electric vehicles and concepts from Honda, Nissan, Fiat and Volkswagen, as auto industry enters the era of mass electrification. By Paul Fisher. Honda e Prototype Honda’s so-called EV for Europe made its debut at Geneva. Positioned as an “urban commuter”, the car features a range of over 200km Read More..
A mere 14% of German IT bosses say their companies have adopted agile working methods, according to a new study. The main reason, 71% of them told IT service provider Citrix, is the aging infrastructure they were confronted with when they started their jobs. Another major factor was a lack of support from top management. Many Read More..
Continental and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have developed a vehicle data sharing platform that will enable new digital services in the areas of driver safety and convenience. The two companies, which unveiled the platform at the MWC Barcelona mobile industry show, said the platform uses blockchain technology to assure that data is shared in a secure Read More..
Automakers need to speed up R&D efforts to meet demand for EVs, autonomous vehicles and connected cars. They also need to develop new models to fit marketing niches and consumer demands that change much more quickly – in the process affecting what their suppliers need to supply and how quickly. So, what IT tools are Read More..
Germans are focused on alternative powertrains and advanced driver assistance systems when buying a new car, but their number one priority is to get a good price for the vehicle they are trading in. A new poll conducted by the puls market research company in December found that 48% of new car buyers consider trade-in Read More..
Reports in German media suggest that BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen are set to invest 60 billion euros ($68 billion) over the next three years on electric cars and automated driving. The president of the German VDA car industry association, Bernhard Mattes, was quoted as saying that without the investment, the EU’s CO2 2030 targets could not be achieved. “The ramp-up of Read More..
Tesla is closing its showrooms globally and moving to an online sales model to reduce overheads across the business. The carmaker hopes this will deliver its Model 3 at a lower price of $35,000 (£26,400). By Marcus Williams. The premium electric carmaker said last week that shifting all sales online, combined with “other ongoing cost efficiencies”, would enable Read More..
In recent years, a number of shifts in the industry have begun to affect traditional dealership models, changing the types of relationships that exist between dealers, OEMs and customers. By Andrew Williams. As OEMs move increasingly towards selling more vehicles directly to customers, there are growing indications of significant impacts for traditional dealers. There are Read More..
Pat Shelly is senior solutions architect at Qt Company, a Finnish UX developer whose clients include Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot. Paul Fisher spoke to him about developments in automotive information systems, and the impact of autonomous vehicles. Paul Fisher: OEMs have struggled to build multimedia cockpit displays themselves. Now, they’re bringing in digital specialists like Qt to help. Read More..