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..
Didi Chuxing and BAIC Group will jointly operate an electric-vehicle car-sharing program in China. Didi, which operates China’s largest mobile transportation platform, said it had formed a strategic partnership with automaker BAIC to work together in areas such as EV fleet operation, big data applications, mobility services, and customized vehicle design. The two companies also plan Read More..
BMW said it is in “advanced discussions” to form a new joint venture with Great Wall Motor in China to locally produce electric Mini brand cars there. The German premium car group said it has signed a letter of intent with Great Wall, a major Chinese carmaker, to jointly build the cars. Mini is now Read More..