Emirates renews deals with Mauritius, Seychelles
April 26, 2017
Emirates on Tuesday renewed marketing agreements with Mauritius and Seychelles by extending the memorandums of understanding it has with the tourism board of each country.
In a statement, the Dubai-based carrier said various joint activities will be developed under the agreements, such as the attendance of tourism trade shows and fairs, trade familiarisation trips, product presentations and workshops.
French prosecutors open Peugeot diesel-cheating probe
April 25, 2017
French prosecutors have opened a formal investigation into suspected diesel emissions test-cheating by carmaker PSA Group, a court official said on Monday.
The probe was opened earlier this month into alleged consumer fraud offences, the official said, confirming a report in daily newspaper Liberation.
Deal underway with Czech company to manufacture tractors in Kurdistan
April 24, 2017
The Kurdish Ministry of Agriculture is planning to set up a company in the Kurdistan Region to manufacture tractors in a bid to help the Region’s farming industry following negotiations with the Czech company Zetor Tractors.
According to the plans, the Czech firm will be committed to open a new division in Kurdistan Region before 2030, but the company will start an assembly sector in 2020 where local labour force are planned to assemble vehicle parts imported from the Czech Republic.
IKCO Says Iraq Production Rising
April 24, 2017
Iran Khodro, Iran’s largest carmaker, announced on Saturday that its Samand sedan production in its Iskandariya plant in central Iraq is now producing 45 to 50 units per day.
IKCO said in a press release it has been producing the Samand in the city southwest of Baghdad for the past few years. However, production of vehicles – mainly used as taxis in the Iraqi capital – have remained static in recent years due to the ongoing conflict"...
Carmakers line up about half-a-dozen new, entry-level sedans this year
April 24, 2017
Indian carmakers, including market leader Maruti Suzuki, are set to introduce about half-a-dozen new, entry-level sedans this year, intensifying competition in a segment that relies on upgrades by compact hatchback drivers to drive volumes.
Among the new models are Maruti Suzuki’s new-gen Dzire, Hyundai Motor India’s all new Xcent, Tata Motors’ Tigor, Chevrolet’s the Beat Essentia, and Ford’s facelifted Aspire.
Maruti Suzuki currently commands as much as 50 per cent"...
Honda to launch all-electric battery car in China next year
April 20, 2017
Japan's Honda Motor will launch an all-electric battery car in China next year as demand for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) expands in the world's largest automobile market, a senior company executive said. Yasuhide Mizuno, Honda's China chief, told reporters on the sidelines of the Shanghai auto show on Wednesday the automaker was 'expediting' the development of the EV. He said he expects the car to arrive in showrooms before the end of next year. Mizuno added that plug-in hybrid models would likely follow, but did not say when that car might hit the market in China. Carmakers in China are scrambling to develop and sell so-called new energy vehicles (NEVs) in anticipation of tougher new rules expected to be implemented as early as next year. Those rules will likely require companies to generate as much as eight percent of their China sales with plug-in cars, either fully-electric......
General Motors to offer 'NEV subsidy' in China on Buick Velite plug-in
April 19, 2017
: General Motors said on Tuesday it would offer a 36,000 yuan ($5,233) discount to Chinese buyers on its Buick Velite plug-in hybrid car when it goes on sale in the country later this year. The carmaker said it would offer the 'new energy vehicle' subsidy due to uncertainty over Chinese government subsidies for such vehicles. The Velite gets power from an electric battery system that is recharged using a small gasoline engine. General Motors' Buick brand made the announcement at an event ahead of the Shanghai auto show that opens later this week. indiatimes ...
Uber's vice president of global vehicle programs leaves company
April 18, 2017
Uber Technologies said on Monday that its vice president of global vehicle programs, who played a role in the company's self-driving car program, has left the company. Neither Uber nor the executive, Sherif Marakby, said why he was leaving. The former Ford Motor executive joined Uber just last April to help with its autonomous vehicle project in Pittsburgh. "Self-driving is one of the most interesting challenges I've worked on in my career, and I'm grateful to have contributed to what will soon be a safer future for everyone," Marakby said in an emailed statement. The departure is the latest of several high-profile exits from the ride-hailing company. Uber has been rocked by a number of setbacks lately, including accusations of sexual harassment from a former female employee and a video showing Chief Executive Travis Kalanick harshly berating an Uber driver. It has also been......
Brand Upgrading: Chinese Auto Giant JAC Announces Bold New Branding Strategy at Annual Conference
April 17, 2017
At the 2017 International Distributors’ Conference, held on April 16-19, JAC reaffirmed its plan to build a strong global brand by launching and implementing a new brand upgrade strategy which will be focused on three key areas: technological innovation on products upgrade, exports, and enhanced collaboration"...
Volkswagen to build new SUV in Tennessee plant
April 13, 2017
Volkswagen plans to build another new sport utility vehicle at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant as demand surges for larger vehicles, the German company's top US executive said on Wednesday.
Volkswagen Group of America Chief Executive Officer Hinrich Woebcken told reporters at the New York auto"...