automotiveIT Congress: Qoros CIO cites greenfield advantages


HANOVER – 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the company started five years ago from a clean sheet of paper and didn’t have to deal with antiquated plants, outdated machinery, old software or a difficult product history.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


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 […]

Auto Shanghai 2013

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The Shanghai auto show will take place April 20-29 against a backdrop of continued strong sales growth in the world’s largest car market. The organizers, China’s automobile manufacturers’ association, said the show’s theme will be “Innovation for a Better Life.” The event will focus on the growth of the Chinese car industry, innovation and green […]

Daimler takes 12 pc stake in China’s BAIC Motor


Daimler will acquire a 12 pc stake in Beijing Automotive Group’s (BAIC) passenger car division, the first time a western carmaker invests directly in a Chinese auto group. The two companies were already working together in various areas, but the investment lays the groundwork for closer cooperation in the world’s biggest car market. Daimler will […]

Audi grows in China

Audi's digital showroom in Beijing is the first of its kind in Asia (Photo: Audi)

Audi opened a new r&d center as well as a digital showroom in China, underscoring the importance of the world’s largest auto market to the German premium car brand. The Volkswagen Group subsidiary opened its first digital Audi showroom in Asia in Beijing last week, exporting a new sales model that it plans to introduce […]

Kuka gets big German carmaking order in China

(Photo: Kuka)

Kuka said it had received a major order to build a car body assembly line for a German premium carmaker in China. The German robotics and plant engineering group said its Chinese subsidiary had booked the order, which it said is valued “in the mid-double-digit million euro range.” Kuka will develop and build a car […]

CAR Symposium: Volvo Cars CEO wants to double sales

CEO Samuelsson says "intuititve functionality" will define tomorrow's Volvos (Photo: Arjen Bongard)

BOCHUM — CEO Hakan Samuelsson wants to nearly double worldwide sales of  Volvo Cars in the next seven years. To accomplish this, he wants to strengthen the Swedish car brand, reduce complexity in its vehicle lineup and boost sales in China and the US in particular. Samuelsson, who succeeded Stefan Jacoby at the helm of […]