GM targets hydrogen-powered generators in expansion of fuel cell business

GM targets hydrogen-powered generators in expansion of fuel cell business

By Tina Bellon

Jan 19 (Reuters) – General Motors (GM.N) on Wednesday said it plans to expand its hydrogen fuel cell business beyond vehicles by supplying hydrogen-powered generators for uses including at construction sites, music festivals, data centers and the military.

The wider application of hydrogen fuel cells will allow GM to leverage and scale existing hydrogen investments and refine the technology, GM executives said.

“Think of places where you don’t have a permanent installation for power generation, but you need clean power sources,” Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s Hydrotec business, said on a call with journalists.
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India, Tesla in ‘weird stalemate’ on tax cut demands with no investment pledge-sources

India, Tesla in ‘weird stalemate’ on tax cut demands with no investment pledge-sources

By Aditi Shah and Aditya Kalra

NEW DELHI, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Talks between India and Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) over potential tax benefits are deadlocked as the government is not keen to give the company any breaks without a commitment to manufacture locally, people familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

Tesla is desperate to import and sell its electric vehicles in India and has for nearly a year lobbied officials in New Delhi to reduce tariffs, which the company’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk says are among the highest in the world.

ut Indian official sources said they have been unconvinced by Tesla’s lobbying as the company has not yet shared any firm plan to invest in the country, something that would be in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” vision to boost local manufacturing and create jobs.

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Group Landmark | Dream to Reality in 25 years

Group Landmark | Dream to Reality in 25 years

by WAF Think Tank 

The year was 1997 and the auto retail was fairly nascent in the country. A young entrepreneur with stars in his eyes had a dream to build an automotive retail business which creates new standards of excellence. His name was Sanjay Thakker. Honda Cars India had just set up their shop in the country. Mr Thakker applied for their dealership at Ahmedabad along with his partner Milind Shah.

They impressed the Honda management and were granted the Dealership LOI.  And thus started the journey of Group Landmark. They already had a successful insurance business.

Sanjay Thakker – Chairman, Group Landmark

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Meet the New MD at Skoda Auto Volkswagen India | Piyush Arora

Meet the New MD at Skoda Auto Volkswagen India | Piyush Arora

by WAF Think Tank 

 

WAF congratulates Mr Piyush Arora on becoming the MD of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited

Mr Arora is an Industry Veteran with decades of experience in Automotive Company Operations. He had been with Mercedes-Benz Group for more than a quarter century.

He has vast experience and deep insights in Manufacturing Operations, Quality, Purchase & Logistics. He strikes a fine balance with his Technical knowhow, understanding of Business Strategy and Global Markets.

He had been leading Operations for Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd. , Mercedes-Benz Indonesia and Mercedes-Benz Vietnam

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Ford records $8.2 bln fourth-quarter gain from Rivian investment

Ford records $8.2 bln fourth-quarter gain from Rivian investment

Jan 18 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter results would include an $8.2 billion gain on its investment in Rivian Automotive Inc (RIVN.O), following the electric-vehicle maker’s blockbuster market debut in November.

Rivian had soared as much as 53% to cross $100 billion in the biggest initial public offering of 2021, but the company’s shares have dropped over 27% since then. read more

The stock closed 8.5% lower on Tuesday after hitting its weakest since the IPO amid a broader tech selloff on Wall Street.

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Volkswagen and Bosch team up to boost Europe’s battery ambitions

Volkswagen and Bosch team up to boost Europe’s battery ambitions

By Victoria Waldersee

  • JV to be set up by the end of this year
  • To deliver battery production systems, assist manufacturers
  • Will serve Volkswagen and other factories across Europe

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and Bosch have agreed to set up a joint venture by the end of this year to equip battery cell factories and help make Europe self-sufficient in battery production.

The venture will deliver battery production systems and assist battery cell manufacturers in scaling up and maintaining production sites, Volkswagen said on Tuesday, adding it would serve its own factories and others across Europe.

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Carmaker Stellantis to announce strategic plan in March

Carmaker Stellantis to announce strategic plan in March

Reuters

PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Carmaker Stellantis (STLA.MI), whose brands include Citroen and Fiat, said it would announce a new long-term strategic plan in March.

“A bright future ahead: Long-term strategic plan to be announced on March 1, 2022 ,” the company said on Wednesday.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Editing by Louise Heavens
Daimler Truck sees 20% sales growth in 2021

Daimler Truck sees 20% sales growth in 2021

Reuters

Jan 18 (Reuters) – Newly spun-off commercial vehicle maker Daimler Truck (DTGGe.DE) sold 455,000 units in 2021, the company reported on Tuesday, a fifth more than last year but still 13% below pre-pandemic levels.

Supply chain bottlenecks slowed production particularly in the second half in the United States and Europe, the company said in a statement.

Trucks Asia fared best with 30% growth, while the Buses segment did not grow at all, with sales flat at 19,000.

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Toyota needs to build 1 mln cars in March to reach annual target – Nikkei

Toyota needs to build 1 mln cars in March to reach annual target – Nikkei

Reuters

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) will build 700,000 vehicles globally in February, up 10% on the year, but will still need to make a million more in March in order to reach an annual production target of 9 million, the Nikkei business daily said.

A Toyota spokesperson declined to comment when asked about the Nikkei report or whether the Japanese automaker planned to stick to that production target for the year ending March 31.

The world’s biggest car maker has been trying to increase production in the final months of the business year to make up for output lost earlier because of a shortage of components from plants in Southeast Asia hit by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

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WAFinar no 25 : How to Master Supply Chains in 2022

WAFinar no 25 : How to Master Supply Chains in 2022

by WAF Think Tank 

The automotive supply chain for manufacturing cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles is one of the most complex in the world. It’s becoming more global too, second only to the electronics sector for the spread of suppliers, manufacturers and other third parties around the world. Globalization adds some unique complexity to the automotive supply chain, and demands practical solutions from vehicle manufacturers and brands.

It’s not just globalization that creates difficulties for automotive suppliers and builders. Changes in manufacturing processes, consumer demands and new, disruptive trends – all impact on the vehicle supply chain network for raw materials, parts and finished automobiles. Both internal and external factors require automotive supply chain managers to minimize costs, optimize manufacturing and distribution, and ensure that parts and products get to the right organizations at the right time.

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Renault’s higher-value brands focus pays off in 2021

Renault’s higher-value brands focus pays off in 2021

PARIS, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A solid performance by Renault’s (RENA.PA) higher-value brands helped soften an overall drop in annual worldwide group sales at the French carmaker, as its focus on more profitable models pays off.

Renault’s (RENA.PA) worldwide group sales fell for the third year in a row in 2021, due notably to problems with the supply of chips used in vehicles.

Renault, whose Chief Executive Luca de Meo has moved from a strategy of chasing volume to creating value, said sales of passenger cars and light vehicles fell 4.5% to 2,696,401 units.

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India proposes mandatory side, curtain airbags in all cars from Oct

India proposes mandatory side, curtain airbags in all cars from Oct

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NEW DELHI, Jan 15 (Reuters) – India, which has among the world’s deadliest roads, on Saturday proposed mandating at least six air bags in all passenger cars manufactured from Oct. 1.

The government wants automakers to provide two side air bags and two curtain air bags, to protect those seated in the rear seats, in addition to the already required two air bags for all vehicles.

The side air bags are to “help mitigate primarily torso injury” during a side crash, while the curtain air bags would “deploy in a side impact crash or roll over to help mitigate primarily head injury”, the ministry of road transport said in a notification.

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One Moto India Products Unveiling is Well Attended & Deeply Appreciated

One Moto India Products Unveiling is Well Attended & Deeply Appreciated

by WAF News Service 

Recently One Moto India unveiled their 3 Super Star Products the Bika, Electa and Commuta to the Indian Media and Industry Experts at Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Shri Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments of the Government of Telangana was the chief guest for the evening.

It’s nice to see the Govt of Telangana encourage electric mobility in the state and the country!

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For BP, car chargers to overtake pumps in profitability race

For BP, car chargers to overtake pumps in profitability race

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  • BP focusing on fast battery chargers, executives says
  • Fast chargers almost as profitable as petrol filling
  • BP and rivals targeting big growth in EV charging

 

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – BP says its fast electric vehicle chargers are on the cusp of becoming more profitable than filling up a petrol car.

The milestone will mark a significant moment for BP which wants to shift away from oil and expand operations in power markets and around electric vehicles (EV).

EV charging has for years been a loss-making business as a whole for BP and rivals as they invest heavily in its expansion. The division is not expected to turn profitable before 2025 but on a margin basis, BP’s fast battery charging points, which can replenish a battery within minutes, are nearing levels they see from filling up with petrol.

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Reliance, Hyundai, Mahindra bid for incentives under India’s $2.4 bln battery scheme

Reliance, Hyundai, Mahindra bid for incentives under India’s $2.4 bln battery scheme

By Aditi Shah

NEW DELHI, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries (RELI.NS), South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) and automaker Mahindra & Mahindra (MAHM.NS) are among companies that have submitted bids under the country’s $2.4 billion battery scheme, two sources told Reuters.

India last year finalised an incentive program to encourage companies to invest in the local manufacturing of batteries as it looks to establish a domestic supply chain for clean transport and build storage for renewable energy.

Friday is the last day to submit technical bids.

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Unvaccinated truckers entering Canada must quarantine -government

Unvaccinated truckers entering Canada must quarantine -government

By Steve Scherer and David Shepardson

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Unvaccinated Canadian truckers re-entering Canada from the United States must get tested for COVID-19 and quarantine themselves starting Jan. 15, the Canadian government said on Thursday, a day after the Canadian border agency dropped the rule.

Some 10% to 20%, or between 12,000-22,000 Canadian truck drivers, and 40%, or 16,000 U.S. truck drivers traveling into Canada would be sidelined by upcoming mandates in both countries, the Canadian Trucking Association (CTA) estimates. Driver shortages are further expected to fuel red-hot inflation, industry lobby groups have said.

Canadian federal government ministers issued a statement on Thursday, saying the Canadian border agency made an error on Wednesday when it said those requirements were dropped.

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S.Korea’s LG Energy Solution plans U.S. battery JV with Honda -report

S.Korea’s LG Energy Solution plans U.S. battery JV with Honda -report

SEOUL, Jan 14 (Reuters) – South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) plans to build a battery joint venture (JV) with Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T) in the United States, South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper said on Friday, citing an unnamed industry source.

The potential battery JV between LGES and Honda could cost as much as 4 trillion won ($3.4 billion) and have an annual production capacity of up to 40 gigawatt hours (GWh) of batteries, enough to power 600,000 electric vehicles (EVs), the newspaper reported. The report did not have details, such as the timeline of when the JV would be built and begin operations.

LGES, LG Chem Ltd’s (051910.KS) battery subsidiary, commands more than 20% of the global EV battery market and supplies Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), General Motors Co (GM.N) and Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) among others.

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Ford crosses $100 bln in market value for the first time

Jan 13 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co’s (F.N) market value breached $100 billion for the first time on Thursday, as more investors bet on the Detroit automaker’s electrification strategy.

The company’s shares, which have more than doubled in value last year, were up 3.7% in afternoon trade after hitting a more than two-decade high earlier.

Ford is now worth more than its century-old rival General Motors (GM.N), whose market cap stands at about $88.61 billion and EV start-up Rivian Automotive (RIVN.O), whose value is about $77.8 billion.

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BMW cautious on bringing batteries in-house despite rising sales

BMW cautious on bringing batteries in-house despite rising sales

BERLIN, Jan 13 (Reuters) – BMW won’t scale up its own battery cell production for electric cars until the technology has developed further, the German company said on Thursday, taking a more cautious approach than some rivals despite record brand sales in 2021.

The automaker, which was also upbeat about hitting the top end of its 9.5%-10.5% profit margin estimate for 2021, currently buys battery cells from CATL (300750.SZ), Samsung (006400.KS) and Northvolt among others, but is building its own pilot plant.

“We have secured our needs for the next few years very well with the partners we have,” finance chief Nicolas Peter told Reuters, adding BMW wouldn’t rush to scale up its own cell production.

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Covid self testing kits by Abbott | Special Price for WAF Community

Covid self testing kits by Abbott | Special Price for WAF Community

COVID-19 continues to put a burden on companies around the world. As a global leader in diagnostics, Abbott has been developing industry leading tests, and expanding access to testing to help tackle the difficult issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While vaccination is the best way to get employees back into the office; regular testing provides an added layer of confidence in your customers who are in contact with your last mile company representatives.

To help companies expand their operations during these times, Abbott has pioneered a Panbio COVID-19 Ag Self- Test – highly accurate, fast and easy to use.

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Tesla’s Musk says ‘working through challenges’ with India government

Tesla’s Musk says ‘working through challenges’ with India government

NEW DELHI, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is “still working through a lot of challenges with the government” in India, its billionaire chief executive Elon Musk said on Twitter on Thursday, responding to a question on when it would launch its electric cars in the country.

Tesla had plans to begin selling imported cars in India last year and has been lobbying the government to slash import taxes on electric vehicles (EVs) before it enters the market. In October, it took its demands to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office.

Musk didn’t identify the “challenges” being worked on in his Twitter post.

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Volkswagen China shuts two plants in Tianjin due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Volkswagen China shuts two plants in Tianjin due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Reuters

BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Volkswagen Group’s (VOWG_p.DE) China unit said on Thursday it has shut a plant it jointly runs with FAW Group in the city of Tianjin, as well as a component factory, due to recent COVID-19 outbreaks there.

“Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreaks both the FAW-VW vehicle plant and VW Automatic Transmission Tianjin component factory have been shut down since Monday,” a spokesperson told Reuters.

“Both plants have conducted COVID -19 testing twice for all employees this week and are waiting for the results. We hope to resume production very soon and catch up with lost production. The top priority remains the health and well-being of our employees.”

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EU court rejects cities’ bid to curb car emissions

EU court rejects cities’ bid to curb car emissions

Reuters

BRUSSELS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The European Union’s top court dismissed a complaint on Thursday brought by the cities of Brussels, Madrid and Paris against the European Commission in which they accused it of setting car emissions limits for nitrogen oxides too high.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) thereby overruled an earlier judgement in favour of the cities from the General Court, the EU’s second-highest chamber, which prompted an appeal by Germany, Hungary and the Commission.

The case revolves around the Commission’s introduction after the 2015 Dieselgate scandal of real driving emissions testing to complement laboratory procedures and its setting of emission limits on nitrogen oxides for light passenger and commercial vehicles.

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BMW brand delivers record 2.21 million vehicles in 2021

BMW brand delivers record 2.21 million vehicles in 2021

Reuters

Jan 12 (Reuters) – The BMW brand delivered an all-time high of 2.21 million vehicles in 2021, up 9.1% from the previous year, the company said on Wednesday, and more than doubled its sales of fully-electric vehicles globally.

The BMW Group delivered 2.52 million vehicles, an 8.4% increase from last year.

 Nearly a quarter of BMW and Mini vehicles sold in Europe (23%) were either hybrid or fully-electric cars, the carmaker said, falling to 13% on a global level.

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GM challenges Carvana with CarBravo online used car marketplace

GM challenges Carvana with CarBravo online used car marketplace

By Joseph White

DETROIT, Jan 11 (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N) said it will launch an online used vehicle market called CarBravo that will allow the automaker and its dealers to challenge Carvana Co (CVNA.N), CarMax Inc (KMX.N) and others profiting from selling secondhand vehicles.

GM’s CarBravo site will aggregate vehicles owned by Chevrolet, Buick and GMC dealers, as well as cars and trucks that GM Financial, the automaker’s consumer finance arm, controls after taking them back from rental car agencies or vehicle leases. GM officials said the company’s dealers have about 400,000 used vehicles in stock.

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China’s annual auto sales climb for first time since 2017

China’s annual auto sales climb for first time since 2017

By Sophie Yu and Brenda Goh

  • NEV sales a bright spot as China pushes to curb air pollution
  • Industry body expects chip shortage to ease this year
  • CAAM expects NEV sales to surge 47% in 2022

 

BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) – China’s auto sales last year grew for the first time since 2017, industry data showed on Wednesday, boosted partly by a jump of 1.5 times in sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs).

Overall sales in the world’s biggest car market rose 3.8% year-on-year, after monthly sales of 2.79 million vehicles in December brought total sales for 2021 to 26.28 million,data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) showed.

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Best Selling Cars in India for 2021!

Best Selling Cars in India for 2021!

Maruti Wagon-R became the best-selling car in 2021 for the first time, and also achieved the best-ever annual sales in a lifetime, though it was a photo finish between siblings – Swift and Baleno.

  • In reality, Maruti Baleno+Toyota Glanza (cross badged), with a combined sales of 1,98,563, is the best-selling product in 2021

  • Maruti continues to dominate the top 10 space with 8 products

  • MUV Ertiga+XL6 became the 5th best selling product line in India

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Rivian manufactured 1,015 vehicles in 2021, says COO retired

Rivian manufactured 1,015 vehicles in 2021, says COO retired

Jan 10 (Reuters) – Rivian Automotive Inc (RIVN.O) produced 1,015 vehicles by the end of 2021, the Amazon-backed electric pickup truck maker reported in a filing on Monday, in line with its lowered expectations.

Last month, Rivian said it expected production to be “a few hundred vehicles short” of its 2021 target of 1,200 because of supply chain constraints. read more

The company delivered 920 vehicles by the end of 2021, according to the filing. (https://bit.ly/3fbzFvS)

Separately, Rivian said Rod Copes retired as chief operating officer.

“Rod began a phased retirement from Rivian several months ago, affording the team continuity as we moved toward production ramp,” the company said in an emailed statement on Monday.

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Volkswagen CFO expects inflation to ease and chip shortage to drag on – WSJ

Volkswagen CFO expects inflation to ease and chip shortage to drag on – WSJ

Reuters

Jan 10 (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) expects inflation to ease later this year but warned there would be no significant improvement in the global semiconductor shortage, Chief Financial Officer Arno Antlitz told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.

The German carmaker was well-hedged against inflation, Antlitz told the Journal on Monday, adding that the company had mitigated the impact of raw material and component price increases through rigorous cost-cutting.

 According to the report, he said the current high inflation will be temporary, but the company would continue to struggle with a tight supply of chips throughout the year.

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Factbox: Corporate America revamps back-to-office plans on Omicron threat

Factbox: Corporate America revamps back-to-office plans on Omicron threat

Reuters

Jan 11 (Reuters) – Companies across the United States are revising their back-to-office plans, driven by rising uncertainty around the Omicron COVID-19 variant that has pushed up infections to record levels in the world’s biggest economy.

U.S. financial firms were among the first to encourage employees to return to offices, but rising cases have forced most of the major banks to rethink their plans and tighten vaccination mandates. read more

 Here is a list of companies that have taken new actions as Omicron cases rose:

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Tesla sold a record 70,847 China-made vehicles in Dec -CPCA

Tesla sold a record 70,847 China-made vehicles in Dec -CPCA

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BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) – U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) sold 70,847 China-made vehicles in December, the highest monthly rate since it started manufacturing in Shanghai in 2019, data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed on Tuesday.

Tesla’s December sales, which included 245 for export, were almost three times the amount achieved in the same month last year and 34% higher than November’s sales. read more

It also brought Tesla’s total sales of China-made cars for last year to at least 473,078, according to Reuters’ calculations of CPCA’s data, which prior to April did not publish figures for Tesla’s China-made car exports.

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Volkswagen aims to double electric car sales in China this year after missing targets

Volkswagen aims to double electric car sales in China this year after missing targets

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BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) said it would likely double sales of its ID battery electric vehicles in China this year and aims to do even better but the automaker could be hamstrung by a shortage of semiconductors.

The ID series, which Volkswagen produces at its Chinese joint ventures with SAIC Motor (600104.SS) and FAW Group, is the backbone of its EV ambitions in China, the world’s largest auto market.

The German automaker sold 70,625 of its ID electric vehicles in China last year, missing its goal of selling 80,000 to 100,000 cars, with production also affected by regional COVID-19 outbreaks in addition to chip-related issues.

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Ford hires Audi’s Sander to lead Ford Germany, passenger vehicles Europe

Ford hires Audi’s Sander to lead Ford Germany, passenger vehicles Europe

Reuters

BERLIN, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Ford (F.N) has appointed Audi’s Europe sales chief Martin Sander into a new role heading up its German operations as well as running passenger vehicles for Europe, the company said on Monday.

The new position will combine the role of chair of Ford-Werke GmbH in Germany and General Manager of passenger vehicles for Europe, effective from June 1 and based in Cologne.

Sander, who was born in Germany and is currently based in Ingolstadt, was previously senior vice-president of Sales in Europe for Audi, following a 25-year career at Volkswagen Group (VOWG_p.DE).

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Strong demand revs Rolls-Royce car sales to a record high in 2021

Strong demand revs Rolls-Royce car sales to a record high in 2021

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LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce, a unit of Germany’s BMW , said on Monday its sales soared 49% to a record high in 2021 despite the global coronavirus pandemic, as demand worldwide for luxury vehicles surged.

In an online presentation, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said the carmaker sold 5,586 vehicles to customers in more than 50 countries, the largest number in its 117-year history despite all the volatility wrought by the pandemic.

“In the luxury sector as a whole, the struggle was not so much focused on attempting to find customers, but rather producing enough product to satisfy huge customer demand,” Müller-Ötvös said.

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U.S. hybrid electric car sales hit record highs

U.S. hybrid electric car sales hit record highs

By Hyunjoo Jin

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Pure electric cars are making all the headlines, but their gasoline-electric hybrid rivals quietly achieved record sales in the United States last year, industry data showed.

While the likes of Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and Ford Motor Co (F.N) pushed for electric vehicle sales, Asian automakers boosted hybrid vehicle line-ups, as many customers still shun EVs due to higher prices, limited driving range or lack of charging stations.

U.S. sales of hybrid vehicle sales jumped 76% to 801,550 vehicles last year, accounting for 5% of U.S. light vehicle sales, according to data from analytics firm Wards Intelligence.

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Finally, Volkswagen brings back the Microbus, with a battery

Finally, Volkswagen brings back the Microbus, with a battery

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DETROIT, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will show a production version of its long-awaited ID.Buzz, an electric reincarnation of its beloved Microbus or Kombi, on March 9 and plans to launch it in the United States in late 2023, the company said on Friday.

The ID.Buzz is one of “the most anticipated and most hyped” models anticipated from the Volkswagen brand since the company launched its new Beetle in the late 1990s, Scott Keogh, head of Volkswagen’s North American operations said during a media call.

Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess tweeted on Thursday “The legend returns on 03/09/22!” The tweet contained a sketch of the profile of the ID.Buzz van.

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GM recognizes California’s authority to set vehicle emissions rules

GM recognizes California’s authority to set vehicle emissions rules

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WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N) on Sunday said it had agreed to recognize California’s authority to set vehicle emission standards under the Clean Air Act.

The move will make the Detroit automaker eligible for government fleet purchases by the state of California, GM said.

The automaker made the commitment to recognize California’s authority in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom. GM said in the letter it is “committed to complying with California’s regulations.”

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Ferrari unveils new management team to face electrification challenge

Ferrari unveils new management team to face electrification challenge

MILAN, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Ferrari (RACE.MI) unveiled on Monday details of leadership changes aimed at boosting technology and product exclusivity as the luxury sports car maker embraces electrification under new chief executive Benedetto Vigna.

Vigna, a tech industry veteran and a former top executive at chip maker STMicroelectronics (STM.BN), took the CEO role at the beginning of September with a task to drive Ferrari into the new era of cleaner, silent and interconnected mobility.

In one of Vigna’s first major moves Ferrari last month said it was shaking up its leadership, with three top executives leaving the company, including Chief Technology Officer Michael Leiters. read more

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GM’s electric commercial vehicle unit signs deals with Walmart, FedEx

GM’s electric commercial vehicle unit signs deals with Walmart, FedEx

General Motors Co’s (GM.N) electric commercial vehicle business, BrightDrop, said on Wednesday it has signed a new deal to supply EVs to retail giant Walmart Inc (WMT.N) and expanded its supply agreement with delivery firm FedEx Corp. (FDX.N)

Financial terms of the deals, announced in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, were not disclosed. Continue reading “GM’s electric commercial vehicle unit signs deals with Walmart, FedEx”

Volvo to debut self-driving feature in California using Luminar sensor

Volvo to debut self-driving feature in California using Luminar sensor

Volvo Cars (VOLCARb.ST) and self-driving sensor maker Luminar Technologies Inc (LAZR.O) said on Wednesday a hands-free driving system called “Ride Pilot” will be first released in California, though the companies did not give a specific date.

Volvo is planning to deploy the technology, which will allow the car to fully take over driving tasks in some limited situations, in a forthcoming all-electric SUV that Volvo plans to announce later this year. Continue reading “Volvo to debut self-driving feature in California using Luminar sensor”