Global 2015 car sales forecast to rise 2.4 pc

Car sales will rise in 2015, but the global picture will be mixed (Photo: Emil Frey)

Global car sales are set to rise 2.4 pc to 88.3 million units, despite widespread geopolitical and economic uncertainties in many parts of the world, a leading market forecaster said this week. It would mark the fifth consecutive year of higher unit sales growth. According to market researchers IHS Automotive, China will lead the global […]

Chinese robot density set to grow sharply

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Starting from a low base, China is set to see a sharp increase in the use of robots in manufacturing, according the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). Today’s 200,000 robots in Chinese plants are set to double to more than 400,000 by 2017. That compares with a projected 300,000 in Europe’s five major markets in […]

2nd-generation QorosQloud set for launch

In China, the QorosQloud infotainment package comes with free 3G connectivity (Photo: Qoros)

Qoros Auto is set to unveil the second generation of its QorosQloud infotainment system at the Guangzhou auto show November 20. The China-based car group said the launch of QorosQloud 2.0, which comes as standard with its car models, takes place less than a year after it unveiled the first version of the system. Advanced […]

TRW opens tech center in Anting, China

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TRW is opening a technical center in China that will be its largest worldwide. The US automotive supplier group said the 66,000 square meter facility, which is located in Anting, near Shanghai, will have more than 20 scientific testing labs. Focus areas include braking, steering and suspension, occupant safety and safety electronics. The facility will […]

GM demonstrates EN-V 2.0 in test of city driving

Four of GMs small EV fit into one parking space (Photo: GM)

General Motors is starting tests of its¬†Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 electric vehicle to find out how the small networked vehicle functions in a simulated future urban environment. The tests of the fully networked EV are conducted in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, a Chinese-Singaporean project located 45 kilometers outside Tianjin in northern China. GM said the demonstration […]

automotiveIT Congress: Qoros CIO cites greenfield advantages

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HANOVER ‚Äď Chinese newcomer Qoros has one advantage over all other automakers: the company started five years ago from a clean sheet of paper and didn’t have to deal with antiquated plants, outdated machinery, old software or a difficult product history. “We took a greenfield approach to everything,” said Qoros CIO Wolfgang Grottke. “We have […]

Electric smart gets ready for China

Electric smarts will come to China before year-end (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler will soon start selling the new smart electric drive in China after authorities gave the carmaker the green light to start importing the small car into the world’s biggest market. The German premium car group said the electric version of the smart will go on sale in China before the end of the year. […]

VW to start selling EVs in China from 2014

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Volkswagen Group will start selling electric vehicles in China from 2014 as part of its overall strategy to become a world leader in green mobility. The German automaker also reaffirmed plans to boost its footprint in the world’s biggest car market by investing almost 10 billion euros over the next three years. “We will be […]

Mercedes opens biggest sales training center in China

Chengdu is the biggest Mercedes sales training center outside Germany (Photo: Daimler)

Mercedes-Benz has opened a new sales training center in Chengdu in southwestern China, the biggest of its kind outside Germany. It is the sixth Chinese facility operated by the premium car division of Germany’s Daimler. The center is capable of offering 55,000 training days a year for employees of Mercedes dealerships. Mercedes has 260 dealers […]

Daimler starts product development for vans in China

Daimler and Fujian Motor executives officially opened the new center (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler’s Chinese joint venture officially opened a new product development center for vans this week, as the German premium car and truck group continues to broaden the geographical spread of its operations. The center, located in Fuzhou in southeastern China, houses a¬†design and computation department, a proving ground, several component and complete-vehicle test rigs and […]