Volkswagen and its Chinese joint venture partner FAW-Volkswagen will together develop new digital services for VW brand models that are increasingly expected to have full connectivity on board. “Developing digital offers for our Chinese customers is one of Volkswagen’s key focus points,” the VW brand’s China boss, Stephan Woellenstein, said in a press release. “As Read More..
Before taking on his current job, Wilko Stark was head of strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars, where he focused on preparing the German premium car brand for a future characterized by connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification and the sharing of vehicles. Today, Stark is in charge of purchasing and supplier quality at Mercedes. In a brief interview, Read More..
The auto industry has seemingly suffered two major body blows in the last 10 days. The shock arrest of Carlos Ghosn in Japan and GM’s announcement of plant closures in North America give succour to those who believe we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the car industry. By Paul Fisher The doomsday scenario is that incumbent OEMs and Tier suppliers will be Read More..
Byton has started tests of its Byton M-Byte model on public roads in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The Chinese electric-vehicle startup said it is on schedule with the M-Byte. It cited its global engineering network, with facilities in Europe, the US and China, as a key factor in the development. The M-Byte is scheduled Read More..
Daimler has received the green light to start testing highly automated vehicles on public roads in China. It is the first international automaker to receive the approval and the premium car group said it will now start tests in Beijing. “Today’s announcement marks a major step forward for our innovation efforts here in China,” Hubertus Read More..
BMW Group is to expand its co-operation and joint research work with the Chinese cybersecurity research team Tencent Keen Security Lab. It has been carrying out security tests both internally and with independent third parties, and a project with Tencent Keen explored potential vulnerabilities in the head units and T-Box components of various BMW models Read More..
CHENGDU, China — China is committed to opening its market to global competition, as shown by the announcement last week that it will lower import tariffs and remove a two-decade old regulation restricting foreign carmakers to making cars there only as part of a joint venture with a Chinese company. And according to speakers at this week’s Read More..
Magna International will develop a next-generation smart electric vehicle architecture together with China’s Beijing Automotive Industry Holding (BAIC). The Canadian automotive supplier said the architecture will specifically be for the Chinese market, where 700,000 electrified vehicles were sold in 2017. The agreement calls for Magna Steyr, Magna’s Austrian engineering subsidiary, to take a lead role Read More..
AMSTERDAM — Lynk & Co, which unveiled a new, smaller car model here last week, will also launch a new approach to car retailing in Europe. The Chinese brand, which, like its sister company Volvo Cars, is part of China’s Geely Group, will start selling its 01 SUV in 2019, when it begins building vehicles Read More..
Fred Schulze will take up a new role as head of production and logistics at SAIC Volkswagen, the joint venture between Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation and Volkswagen Group. The appointment will take effect in July. Schulze, who currently is responsible for production of Audi’s large SUVs and crossovers, will succeed Christian Vollmer, who will become Read More..