Automotive Purchasing Weekly 7 December 2015 - page 13

SsangyongMotor recordsglobal
salesof 12,415units
1 December 2015 | OEM
Ssangyong sold 12,415 cars in November
globally, up 21.5% year-on-year. Its
cumulative domestic sales record highest
growth of 45.3% in auto industry thanks
to robust sales of Tivoli. Ssangyong
will expand global sales with efficient
production system.
Ssangyong Motor, part of the Mahindra
Group, has announced that the company
sold a total of 12,415 units in November 2015
– 9,062 units in domestic sales and 3,353
in exports.
Its November sales surged 21.5% from
a year earlier, the highest year-on-year
growth, largely resulting from the robust
sales of the Tivoli.
The company’s cumulative sales from
January to November 2015, recorded a 1.2%
rise compared to the same period last year.
In the domestic market, its sales showed
an upward trend with the highest growth
among the automotive manufacturers. Its
domestic sales in November jumped 56.1%
from the previous year, and 45.3% on an
accumulated basis compared to the same
period last year.
Especially, the Tivoli, which set a monthly
sales record in October, has led the sales
momentum. Its domestic sales during
January to November almost reached
40,000 units, and this is the highest yearly
sales record of the company’s single model
since 2002 when the Rexton sold 43,134
through November plunged 38.6% over
the last year, even though its exports to the
European market rose by 70% year-on-year
thanks to the successful launches of the
Tivoli diesel and 4WD Tivoli.
Choi Johng-sik, CEO of Ssangyong Motor,
commented: “The Tivoli becomes No.1 small
SUV brand, showing continuous uptrend
in sales,” adding, “We will continue to lead
the small SUV market with the Tivoli, and
expand our global sales with the efficient
production system.”
Newstage in theco-operationprogramme
1 December 2015 | OEM
PSA Peugeot Citroën and Toyota Motor
Europe revealed the new Citroën
SpaceTourer, Peugeot Traveller, and Toyota
Proace. Both companies have confirmed
the continuation of their co-operation
agreement signed in 2012.
The three vehicles will be launched in the
first half of 2016 and will be present on the
respective stands of the three brands at the
Geneva Motor Show in March 2016.
“We are delighted to present today these
three new vehicles, the result of the co-
operation with Toyota Motor Europe. This
agreement has enabled us to develop a
new and efficient vehicle platform, offering
our customers around the world modern
products which are particularly competitive
in their segment,” said Patrice Lucas, PSA
Peugeot Citroën Head of Programme and
“We’re very pleased that the collaboration
we started in 2012 with PSA Peugeot Citroën
is now delivering a brand new generation
Toyota Proace,” said TME President and
CEO Johan van Zyl. “Both teams worked
very hard together and at individual brand
level and I am confident that our distinctive
new van with all its variants will strengthen
the Toyota light commercial vehicle offer in
Europe. The new Proace will complement
the range of solid and durable vehicles
customers are expecting from Toyota.”
Since 2013, the first Toyota Proace
vehicles were based on the current
generation Peugeot Expert and Citroën
Dispatch vehicles. It was agreed at the start of
the collaboration in 2012 that the companies
would work together on next generation
vehicles and that the collaboration would
last beyond 2020.
The aim of the collaboration is for both
companies to be able to offer a competitive
product in the mid-size, light commercial
vehicle, shuttle and Combi segments and
benefit from development and production
cost optimisation. The vehicles are produced
at PSA Peugeot Citroën’s plant of Sevelnord,
in Valenciennes, France.
Toyota Motor Europe participated in the
development and industrial investment
costs for the new vehicles.
The vehicles share all technical features,
powertrains and equipment and propose
a distinctive styling rooted in each of the
brand’s design language.
investment, 2,000new jobs to
1 December 2015 | OEM
Ford will create 2,000 new jobs and invest
$1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant to
support the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford
F-Series Super Duty truck – the toughest,
smartest, most capable Super Duty truck
lineup ever.
Ford is investing $1.3 billion for an all-new
body shop, facility upgrades and retooling
to build the new aluminum-bodied Super
Duty truck at Kentucky Truck Plant. Add to
that the $80 million invested in 2014 to meet
growing customer demand for Super Duty
trucks and $129 million to support Lincoln
MKC production at Louisville Assembly Plant,
and Ford has invested more than $1.5 billion
in the commonwealth of Kentucky and the
city of Louisville in the past two years.
“With the introduction of the all-new Ford
Super Duty, America’s best-selling heavy-
duty pickup, we expect to continue growing
our truck leadership,” said Joe Hinrichs,
Ford President of The Americas. “Through
this investment, we are continuing to show
our commitment to Kentucky and the city of
Louisville, as well as bringing to customers
industry-leading trucks to help them take
care of business and earn a living.”
Kentucky Truck Plant
Kentucky Truck Plant produces F-250,
F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty
pickups and chassis cabs, as well as Ford
Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. The plant
has produced more than five million Ford
F-Series Super Duty trucks since it was
introduced in 1999.
“Adding new jobs and more investment at
Kentucky Truck Plant not only secures a solid
foundation for our UAW members, but also
strengthens the communities in which they
live, work and play,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW
Vice President, National Ford Department.
“Such success highlights our members’ hard
work and dedication to building world-class,
quality vehicles like the Super Duty.”
Ford began manufacturing vehicles
in Kentucky in 1913 with 11 employees.
Kentucky Truck Plant, which opened in 1969,
covers six million square feet and employs
close to 4,400 people.
“This tremendous investment and
commitment to new job creation reconfirms
the strength of a more than century-long
relationship between Kentucky and Ford
Motor Company,” said Kentucky Govenor,
Steve Beshear. “We wholeheartedly
appreciate Ford’s continued confidence in
the commonwealth’s work force and pro-
business environment, and we look forward
to expanding our relationship in the future.”
Ford 2017 F-Series Super Duty
The all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty
pickup and chassis cab lineup is the
toughest, smartest and most capable ever.
Toughest: The all-new, high-strength
steel frame; segment-first, high-strength,
military-grade, aluminum-alloy body; and
stronger axles, springs and suspension
create the only Built Ford Tough heavy-
duty truck lineup that works as hard as
Super Duty customers
Smartest: Sixteen class-exclusive new
features and up to seven cameras make
Super Duty the ultimate tow vehicle;
adaptive steering technology makes
maneuvering easier
Most capable: Ford-engineered, Ford-
built gasoline and diesel engines and
transmissions power the all-new Super
Duty lineup that tows and hauls more than
Super Duty underpins Ford’s commitment
powertrains and innovative technologies
that answer customer demands. Ford Trucks
offer power, toughness and durability,
making Ford the top-selling truck brand.
There are five models in the Super Duty
lineup: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and
Platinum. The all-new Super Duty will be
built at Kentucky Truck Plant and goes on
sale late next year.
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