The new engine plant has an annual production capacity of 200,000 units. It will produce the new 1.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine (4B4) which will be fitted to the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV. In addition, the plant will also manufacture the 4J1 engine for the locally-produced Mitsubishi Outlander SUV.
Producing the engines locally will enhance cost competitiveness and further strengthen the company's position in the world's largest automotive market. In addition to increasing employment at the new factory, the production will result in more employment opportunities throughout the supply chain.
Mitsubishi Motors will launch the Eclipse Cross into the local market this autumn to expand its SUV product range and support the local sales network.
GMMC has also agreed with Changsha City to expand and relocate to a newly established R & D centre. This new site has an area of 41 hectares and includes a vehicle testing course. The centre will further strengthen GMMC's technological development functions in order to meet the local market needs for China.
The first model that will be produced in the factory of SAIC Volkswagen is a Volkswagen Brand SUV in 2020. Together with the FAW-Volkswagen factory in Foshan, which opened this summer, SAIC Volkswagen's plant will begin to produce e-cars on the MEB platform directly after the first worldwide MEB-production starts in Zwickau, Germany.
"Through Volkswagen's MEB platform, we will be able to easily produce state-of-the-art electric vehicles for our Chinese customers on a high scale. The Volkswagen Group, its brands and their Chinese joint venture partners focus consistently on sustainable mobility and push the transformation of the automotive industry in China and worldwide," said Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group.
SAIC Volkswagen's new factory, located in Anting, Shanghai, adopts a production network based on Industry 4.0 and increases automation rates and efficiency. The facility comes equipped with over 1400 Industry 4.0 standard robots, as well as a range of technologies including AI, AR and VR, delivering an intelligent and digitalized production plant.
Covering 610,000 square metres, the plant for new energy vehicles (NEV) includes a variety of different function areas such as pressing equipment and battery assembly workshops, in addition to an elevated stereoscopic warehouse, a proving road and more. Meanwhile, it utilizes 27 types of environmentally-friendly technologies with a special focus on water preservation, energy saving and the reduction of carbon dioxide.
The facility is scheduled to be put into production by 2020 with a planned annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles. It will produce various new pure electric vehicles of SAIC Volkswagen, including medium- and large-sized pure electric SUVs, as well as battery systems. The first vehicle being built is a MEB-SUV from the Volkswagen brand. The factory will be supporting the Volkswagen Group's e-mobility strategy in China.
The vehicles being produced in Anting are based on the MEB, which is Volkswagen's first pure electric automotive modular platform developed for mass production. Through this new platform, MEB-vehicles will have a more dynamic design, additional space, expanded battery capacity, and all-new integrated digital services, while being fully prepared for future autonomous driving implementation.
With the Roadmap E, the Volkswagen Group is driving forward its ambitious electric offensive. By 2025, 50 purely electric vehicles will be on the market worldwide, with one in four new vehicles to be powered by electricity only.
This acquisition is a step forward for the electric carmaker as it paves way for producing their vehicles locally in China. Tesla has seen itself being caught in the crossfire between Beijing and Washington which has led to imposition of high tariffs on its vehicles in the Asian country.
With growing completion from local manufacturers as well as other carmakers, Tesla has been witnessing slower growth than expected in the biggest auto market in the world. Being able to produce vehicles locally in China will help the company put a more attractive price-tag on its vehicles and stay competitive.
Tesla plans to produce 500,000 vehicle annually at this plant in Shanghai.
This makes it the fifth year in a row that the number of vehicles produced has reached seven figures. The Škoda Kodiaq and Karoq SUVs as well as the Octavia and Fabia model ranges have significantly contributed to this success.
Michael Oeljeklaus, Škoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics, said, "The current financial year shows that a modern model range allows Škoda to tap into new customer segments in international markets in a sustainable way. In recent years, we have consistently increased our production and sales, and we are now surpassing the one-million mark for an impressive fifth time in a row. We're going to continue our growth strategy in 2019. Here, an important role is going to be played by the new Škoda Scala – a vehicle in the high-volume A segment that we have added to our portfolio."
The millionth vehicle manufactured in this production year – a Škoda Fabia 1.0 TSI in Moon White – rolled off the line today at the Mladá Boleslav plant. The recently revised small car is this year's most popular Škoda model range after the bestselling Octavia.
The persistently high demand for the Škoda Kodiaq and Škoda Karoq SUVs highlights the success of the brand's SUV campaign. It is an important component in the Czech car manufacturer's ever-increasing vehicle production and has played a significant role in Škoda reaching the one million mark as early as mid-October this year.
The Škoda Kamiq, which is offered exclusively in the Chinese market, adds to the SUV portfolio in the company's largest individual market. The new Škoda Kodiaq GT – the second Škoda SUV to be exclusively available for the Chinese market – is a key component of Škoda's SUV campaign in China.
Alongside the successful SUV campaign, its main focus is on electromobility, digitalisation and internationalisation. The aim is to gradually increase the number of markets Škoda is active in from the current 103 to 120.
The two definitive agreements on powertrain sharing and connected car solutions reinforce the progress made in the strategic alliance between the two companies, first announced in September 2017 and followed up with five Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in March 2018.
Under the definitive agreement on powertrain sharing, Mahindra Group will develop and supply a low-displacement petrol engine to Ford India for use in its present and future vehicles, starting in 2020. The BS-VI compliant powertrain will help Ford extend and strengthen its existing offering of petrol engines, that currently includes the all-new 3-cylinder TiVCT family.
Building on their intent to co-develop a suite of connected car solutions, Mahindra and Ford also announced joint development of a telematics control unit. Once developed, the connected vehicle solution will be deployed across both Mahindra and Ford vehicles.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. said, "Today's announcement further builds on commitments made so far, leading to a fruition of exciting new opportunities. We are confident to meet customer expectations by working together on a number of joint development areas. Going forward we will continue to identify the synergies that exist between the two companies."
"We are pleased with the progress our teams have made since we announced our strategic alliance with Mahindra Group a year ago," said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Markets. "Today we go further in delivering even greater value. With our collaboration in powertrain and connected car solutions, we will deliver an affordable portfolio and enable our Indian consumers to get behind the wheel, feeling more confident and connected."
Both companies continue to make progress on the remaining MoUs signed earlier this year. This includes leveraging their respective strengths on product development for India and emerging markets, including co-development of compact SUVs and electric vehicles.
Aiming to generate synergies and improve efficiencies, the strategic alliance between the two companies focuses on leveraging the benefits of Ford's global reach and expertise and Mahindra's scale in India and its successful operating model.
Expanding its global presence, Mahindra owns a majority stake in Ssangyong Motor Company in Korea, and it has entered into the shared mobility space with investments in ridesharing platforms in the U.S. and is developing products like the GenZe – the world's first electric connected scooter.
Ford is now one of the largest exporters of cars from India, Ford manufactures and exports vehicles and engines from its manufacturing facilities in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Sanand, Gujarat. India is also the second-largest Ford employee base globally, with more than 14,000 people working across the Ford India or Global Business Services operations in New Delhi, Chennai and Coimbatore.
The successful environmental incentives for scrappage of Euro-1 to Euro-4 diesel vehicles of any make are again being offered by some of the Group's brands throughout Germany.
Vehicle keepers in the 14 cities classified by the federal government as having the highest levels of pollution and in the surrounding areas will be entitled to the new exchange premiums. These premiums will be paid in addition to the vehicle's residual value when trading in a Euro-4 or Euro-5 diesel vehicle of any make.
The environmental incentives and exchange premiums come into immediate effect and are valid until further notice. The Group's Audi, SEAT, Škoda, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands will be announcing details of their brand-specific programmes.
Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Head of Group Sales: "The Volkswagen Group is making a significant contribution to improving air quality in German cities with this comprehensive package of fleet renewal measures. We are thus supporting the federal government's efforts to prevent possible driving bans and offering our customers unrestricted individual mobility."
The environmental incentives are being offered brand-specific throughout Germany for scrappage of a Euro-1 to Euro-4 diesel vehicle. The value of the incentive depends on the chosen model. Depending on the brand, the incentives are available for both new vehicles and on a varying scale for nearly-new used vehicles from the brand's range.
The Group brands' new exchange premiums apply for the 14 most heavily polluted cities and surrounding areas when trading in a Euro-4 or Euro-5 diesel vehicle and are paid in addition to the old vehicle's residual value. The value of the premium depends on the chosen model. Depending on the brand, the exchange premium is available for new vehicles and on a varying scale for nearly-new used vehicles from the brand's range.
These offers from the Volkswagen Group are directed at all keepers of Euro-1 to Euro-5 diesel vehicles in the 14 cities classified by the federal government and the surrounding areas. These keepers will shortly be receiving a letter from the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Motor Transport Authority) informing them that they are entitled to take advantage of these offers available from participating dealers.
Volkswagen's first environmental incentive from August 2017 to June 2018 successfully demonstrated that systematic fleet renewal is a swift and efficient way of improving air quality. Throughout the Group, over 210,000 old diesel vehicles were taken off the roads, scrapped and replaced by modern, cleaner models. In combination with the software updates for diesel vehicles, nitrogen dioxide emissions have thus been reduced by over 10,000 tonnes per year.
This solar panel installation follows the company's announcement earlier this year that its Skövde engine plant in Sweden is the first climate-neutral facility in its global manufacturing network.
"Installing solar panels in Ghent adds to our broader efforts to minimise our environmental footprint," said Javier Varela, head of manufacturing and logistics at Volvo Cars. "We have a constant focus across our supply chain on improving energy efficiency, aiming for the lowest possible carbon footprint across our operations, with the highest possible use of renewable sources."
The Ghent factory also uses wind power to supply around 11% of its power consumption, and in 2016 the factory introduced a heating system that reduced carbon emissions by 40%, saving 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Since 2008, the electricity supply for all Volvo Cars' European plants has come from renewable sources.
Volvo Cars is also working to make greater use of sustainable material in its products. By 2025 it wants at least 25% of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car to be made from recycled material.
The company is also committed to using less plastic in its operations, already undertaking a process to remove single-use plastics from all its offices, canteens and events across the globe by the end of 2019. Every year the programme replaces over 20 million single-use plastic items such as cups, food containers and cutlery with more sustainable alternatives, including biodegradable products made of paper, pulp and wood.
The centrepiece of Volvo Cars' commitment to reducing the environmental impact of both its products and operations was announced in 2017, when the company made its industry-leading commitment to electrify all new Volvo cars launched after 2019. This spring, Volvo Cars reinforced this strategy, by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its global sales by 2025.
Renault also confirmed plans for three new electric light commercial vehicles for China within two years.
A delegation from the Chinese government, including Mr. TANG Yijun, the Governor of Liaoning province, and Mr. Yan Bingzhe, Vice-Mayor of Shenyang, met with Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn, senior vice president of Renault LCV business unit Ashwani Gupta, Brilliance Auto CEO Mr. QI Yumin, Brilliance Chairman Mr. WU Xiao An, and other senior executives from both Brilliance and Renault, at Renault's corporate headquarters before signing the Strategic Cooperation agreement.
"Ten months after our initial launch of our joint venture in China with Brilliance, we have a local management team in place, LCV product plan to deliver further growth with seven LCVs for China including three electric LCV models, starting in early 2019. Our agreement with the local government in Liaoning province will strengthen our foundation for growth," said Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.
"The city of Shenyang and Liaoning province commit support to vehicle projects, new energies and R&D activities, industrial development, promotion of local suppliers and product development," said Mr Tang Yijun, Governor of Liaoning province. "Renault Brilliance Jinbei Automotive Company will play a crucial role in the sustainable industrial development of Shenyang, in the revitalisation of the local economy, promoting environment-friendly technical solutions and products and supporting the enterprises in the Liaoning Province."
Groupe Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Limited (Brilliance) signed a contract for the formation of a joint venture beginning in 2018, to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) under the Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands with the goal of achieving 150,000 sales annually by 2022, and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains. Year-to-date since forming the joint venture, Jinbei brand sales hit 124,900 in September.
Renault-Brilliance-Jinbei Automotive Co., Ltd. is headquartered and has manufacturing operations in the Dadong District of Shenyang and is producing in three key segments—MPVs, medium vans and heavy vans and will soon add electric LCV models to its range.
Liaoning Province is one of China's new automobile industrial hubs with over 120 auto & auto-parts manufacturers and is the largest provincial economy of Northeast China.
The new headquarters building, which is dominated by the 'Polestar Cube', was designed by Swedish architecture firm Bornstein Lyckefors, in cooperation with the Polestar Brand team.
The bright white glass surfacing on the exterior of the Polestar Cube, with its illuminated Polestar logos, also symbolises the 'guiding star' role that the Polestar brand plays as a design and technology spearhead within the Volvo Car Group.
"Minimalistic, avant-garde design is at the core of the Polestar brand, in our cars and in the way that we interact with our customers. Design also plays a role in how we feel and cooperate in our workplace," said Thomas Ingenlath. "With the new headquarters, we wanted to transform an existing structure to create a new, modern building on the Volvo Cars campus that expresses our brand values and which becomes an inspiring and desirable place for our global team to work."
The inauguration itself comes exactly one year after the new Polestar brand was revealed in Shanghai, China.
"We have expressed our minimalistic design in our brand appearances since we launched globally last October," continued Thomas Ingenlath. "In places like the Geneva Motor Show, Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, our brand presence has been embodied by a strong architectural statement.
"In China, another architectural expression is soon to be completed as we finalise the construction of the Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu. In just one year, we have already established Polestar as a global brand with a global footprint," concluded Thomas Ingenlath.
As a result of the administrative order imposing the fine, the active regulatory offence proceedings conducted by the Munich II public prosecutor against Audi AG will be finally terminated. Considering these special items the Audi Group will significantly undercut major financial key performance indicators forecasted for the fiscal year 2018.
The administrative order provides for a fine of €800 million ($928 million) in total, consisting of the maximum penalty as legally provided for of €5 million ($5.8 million) for negligent regulatory offences and the disgorgement of economic benefits in the amount of €795 million ($922.3 million).
According to the findings of the investigation carried out by the Munich II public prosecutor, monitoring duties had been breached in the "emissions service/power engine approval" organisational unit in the context of the monitoring of vehicles regarding their regulatory conformity.
According to the results obtained by the Munich II public prosecutor, these breaches of monitoring duties were concurrent causes of certain V6 and V8 diesel aggregates developed by Audi AG not meeting regulatory requirements; also, Audi failed to discover that diesel engines of the types EA 288 (Gen3), in the United States and in Canada, and EA 189, world-wide, that were produced by Volkswagen AG were advertised, sold to customers, and placed on the market with an impermissible software function in the period from 2004 and continuing to have an effect until 2018.
Following thorough examination, Audi AG accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal against it. By doing so, Audi AG admitted its responsibility for the deviations from regulatory requirements.
€6 billion ($6.96 billion) in investments, 1,200 new employees have been allotted for the launch of the Taycan alone. The ongoing development of Porsche Production 4.0 and an unparalleled knowledge campaign have been rolled out throughout the entire company.
"We predict that over 50% of Porsche models delivered from 2025 will be electrified," states Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Board responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche. This will involve substantial investments in fields such as development and production, as well as staff training. Despite this, the target profit margin of at least 15% remains unchanged.
One example of an efficient approach is the new Taycan production and assembly facilities currently being built as a "factory within a factory" at the main plant in Zuffenhausen. This development signals Porsche's move away from the traditional principle of an assembly line.
Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Production and Logistics, explained: "By applying flexi-line production, Porsche will become the first vehicle manufacturer to use driverless transport systems in a continuous series production process."
This will enable the sports car brand to combine the advantages of the traditional principle of continuous production with the flexibility of versatile assembly. It will also allow the number of work cycles to be increased using the same amount of space. Following the concept of "smart, green, lean", Porsche is also pursuing resource-friendly production. The Taycan production process is carbon neutral, with the future goal in production being to establish a complete zero-impact factory, a factory with no environmental impact.
For the Taycan, the 800V architecture in the vehicle guarantees that the lithium-ion battery can be recharged in just four minutes, providing enough energy to drive 100 kilometres (according to NEDC). Quick charging processes call for powerful charging systems. That is why Porsche E-Performance covers all areas of infrastructure with solutions for on the go and at home.
With a capacity of up to 22kW, Porsche Mobile Charger Connect is a quick, convenient way to charge the Taycan at home overnight. It can also be charged using inductive technology. As part of the joint venture Ionity, which also involves BMW, Daimler and Ford, Porsche will build 400 high-power charging stations with a capacity of 350kW per charging point across Europe by the end of 2019.
Wet conditions, fog, deer crossing, drivers face particular challenges in autumn and winter. The latest lighting systems which almost perfectly illuminate the road are proving helpful.
Modern LED lighting systems ensure that driving in the dark in autumn and winter is much safer. The Touareg, for example, has the optional "IQ.Light – LED matrix headlight" which includes a poor weather light that reduces back-glare and cross-glare on wet roads. Here the distracting reflections of the headlight on the reflective road surface directly in front of the vehicle are reduced by the "IQ.Light" that reduces illumination intensity in this area.
These kinds of intelligent controls are becoming increasingly popular. The Arteon as an example: the Gran Turismo is fitted with the optional "Active Lighting System". The LED double headlights perfectly illuminate the course of a bend before actually driving on it.
The new feature is that this is done proactively and independently of the steering angle based on the front camera images and the route data of the navigation system. This enables the Arteon to illuminate the course of a bend before the driver turns into it. The driver now looks into a brightly illuminated curve up to two seconds earlier, sometimes a crucial two seconds.
The first Volkswagen LED headlights made their international debut in autumn 2013 as standard equipment in the electrically powered e-Golf. Since then, this powerful and economical lighting technology has been used in an increasing number of vehicle classes.
Today, in addition to the Golf, Arteon and Touareg, the Polo, T-Roc, Touran, Tiguan and Passat series are also available with LED headlights.