Automotive Purchasing Weekly 2 March 2015 - page 9

Detroit Electric isall chargedup to
introduce itsvehicle range inUK
27 February 2015 | OEM
Detroit Electric has revealed the unique and
innovative design of its first flagship store,
which has been constructed on the same
site as the company’s dedicated production
facility in Europe.
The distinctive dealer showroom design
concept harmonises with the clean and
futuristic styling of the marque’s debut
production model, the exciting SP:01 pure-
electric sports car, which will soon begin
production at the plant in Leamington Spa,
Clever interior details in the flagship store
include reception and office furniture with
clean lines, some seemingly cast in concrete
for a thoroughly modern, industrial look, but
which are then complemented and softened
by recognisably classic modern furnishings
such as Corbusier sofas and leather-and-
chrome Marcel Brueuer Wassily chairs.
Customers will be able to ‘build’ their
own SP:01 on large touchscreen displays
in the showroom to unique, bespoke
specifications, before discussing their
vehicles in detail with Detroit Electric staff in
a dedicated, exclusive customer area in the
“Laying down this showroom marker is
an important step as we gear up to the start
of production of our first model and prepare
to roll it out to our first dealers in Asia and
Europe,” said Albert Lam, Chairman and
CEO of Detroit Electric.
“Our flagship store design reflects the
pioneering design and technology values of
a brand that can trace its roots back to 1907
– now revived a little over a century later,” he
added. “The showroom is a visually-arresting
and stylish environment where a customised
lighting theme literally highlights our ‘pure-
electric’ clean power product proposal.”
VolkswagenGroup redefines
27 February 2015 | OEM
On February 26, the Volkswagen Group
invited its key global suppliers to Wolfsburg
for the kick-off event of the new Volkswagen
FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks)
Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Member
of the Board of Management of Volkswagen
Procurement, launched the new corporate
initiative together with development and
procurement board members of the group
“The automotive industry is changing
fundamentally. New technologies and
shorter product cycles pose challenges for
our industry. In future, a key success factor
will be a highly efficient global supplier
network,” said Procurement Board Member
Garcia Sanz at the kick-off event.
The Group-wide Volkswagen FAST
initiative targets the best partners in
network. “Together with our partners, we
intend to forge ahead with the globalisation
and innovations of our brand and the entire
automotive industry and to actively shape
the future of the industry,” Garcia Sanz
The objective of the FAST program is to
prioritise investments and make efficient
use of resources in closer cooperation
with suppliers. The VW group aims to
boost the number of product and process
innovations and to coordinate them even
more effectively.
The first step will be to identify the best
suppliers in an agreed selection procedure.
Only these companies will receive access
to Volkswagen FAST. These partners will
be involved in innovation cycles within the
group at an earlier stage. For this purpose,
a new innovation interface has been
In return, FAST partners will also
contribute their ideas to the pre-series
development of vehicles at an earlier stage.
At the same time, production networks
between Volkswagen and its partners will
be harmonised even more closely in the
context of the globalisation strategies in
order to generate further synergy effects
and derive the maximum possible benefit.
Whowill succeedMartinWinterkorn?
26 February 2015 | OEM
VWGroup CEOMartinWinterkorn’s contract
is due to last till 2016. With less than a year
left, the question remains as to who will
take his place in leading the automotive
giant in the future.
Winterkorn’s response, on being posed
with this question, was highly unexpected.
According to the VW group CEO, Andreas
Renschler and Herbert Diess, who are joining
the group from German rivals Daimler and
BMW respectively, are potential successors
to the top spot.
“The decision about who will succeed
me is not an easy one for the supervisory
board,” said Winterkorn, which he has been
trying to ease by preparing the group for a
leadership change.
While Winterkorn hinted that there are
other internal candidates who have shown
great promise for the much coveted position,
his admiration for Renschler and Diess is
“Both colleagues are managers who did
good work in their previous jobs, otherwise
we would not have hired them,” he said.
While Renschler took over as the head of
Volkswagen’s truck division from February
1, Diess, is expected to take over from
Winterkorn as Volkswagen brand’s CEO
from October 1, with Winterkorn continuing
as the group’s CEO.
“A Volkswagen boss has to have a big
affinity to our products. He needs to be
close to customers, and he needs to have a
relationship with dealers.
“And he has to have a certain level of
social acceptance within the company.
Like always, it depends on the personality,”
Winterkorn said, adding that an engineering
background is an added bonus.
When he was asked about his thoughts
about working for four more years,
Winterkorn said: “Who knows. My contract
ends in 2016, and it depends on the
situation. Four years ago I could not have
imagined working until I am 69.”
Bignames fromIsuzuTruck for
26 February 2015 | OEM
The big news from Isuzu Truck is that its brand new Euro VI Isuzu 12.00 tonne GVW
‘FORWARD’ is making its debut at the CV Show, featuring a compact overall footprint as
well as class-leading carrying capacity of 7952 kgs.
The Isuzu F120.240 4x2 rigid is really
compact in size with a low chassis height
and offers great versatility.
Available with either Isuzu’s Easyshift
or manual transmissions, it is easy to drive
and offers excellent manoeuvrability. With
Isuzu’s Euro VI four-cylinder 5.2 litre diesel
engine producing 240 PS power and 765Nm
torque, this engine really does offer superb
fuel economy and productivity.
Also making its debut is the Euro VI
Isuzu ‘Urban’ N75.150(E) short wheelbase
chassis, featuring a Brit-Tipp all-steel tipper
body that offers a payload of 3780kgs.
This vehicle is part of a programme of pre-
bodied Isuzu tippers that have full ECWVTA
and are available off-the-shelf, for customers
that require a tipper in a hurry. A similar
programme is also in place with Brit-Tipp
on long wheelbase chassis with aluminium
drop-side bodies – these vehicles have a
payload of 4180kgs.
Completing the four vehicle line-up for
Isuzu are two Isuzu ‘Forward’ N75.190 Euro
VI rigids for two of the industry’s biggest
names, Argos
and HSS. Both vehicles feature
the popular Easyshift transmission.
As one of an order for 66 new Isuzus,
the Argos 7.5 tonner has an extended 5.3
m wheelbase and is fitted with a demount
body highlighting the new striking Argos
livery. The HSS vehicle is part of a 19-strong
order of Isuzus and is fitted with a drop-side
body with a 2-tonne cantilever tail lift.
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