Automotive Purchasing Weekly 7 December 2015 - page 9

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VolvoCars stakes itsclaim in the
premiumsedansegmentwith the
long-awaitedS90
4 December 2015 | OEM
The Swedish car maker is better known for
its SUVs and estates, but with the launch of
the S90 Volvo is clearly intent on shaking
up the premium sedan segment with its
distinctive executive class sedan.
Equipped with a host of new technologies
ranging from cutting edge safety to cloud-
based apps and services, the S90 is further
proof of the Swedish brand’s continuing
transformation.
“With the launch of the XC90 we made a
clear statement of intent. We are now clearly
and firmly in the game. With $11 billion of
investment over the past five years we have
not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be
– we are now delivering on our promise of
a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand,”
said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO,
Volvo Car Group.
The new Volvo S90 comes equipped
with an advanced semi-autonomous drive
feature, Pilot Assist. The system gives gentle
steering inputs to keep the car properly
aligned within lane markings up to motorway
speeds of around 130 km/h and no longer
needs to follow another car. Pilot Assist is
another step towards full autonomous drive
– a key innovation area for Volvo.
The S90 will also come with a clean and
powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid
powertrain and one of the most luxuriously
appointed
interiors
and
connected
infotainment systems in the large sedan
segment.
“Our idea was to bring something entirely
new to this rather conservative segment
and deliver a visual expression that exudes
leadership and confidence on the exterior.
On the inside we have taken the S90 to
the next level, delivering a high-end luxury
experience that promises comfort and
control,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice
President Design at Volvo Car Group.
The S90 also introduces a world first
function to City Safety - large animal
detection - a system capable of detecting
large animals such as elk, horses or moose,
night or day. The technology offers an
intuitive warning and brake support to help
avoid a collision. The S90 has also benefitted
from Volvo Cars’ recent investment in a
highly advanced chassis simulator.
“The S90 has taken a big stride forwards
in terms of driving dynamics, performance
and ride. We have completely redesigned
the Volvo driving experience from the
ground up to deliver a sense of precision,
engaging control and comfort,” said Dr Peter
Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research
and Development at Volvo Car Group.
The S90 is set to be publically unveiled at
the NAIAS in Detroit.
HyundaiMotor reportsNovember
2015global sales
2 December 2015 | OEM
Hyundai Motor, South Korea’s largest
automaker, has posted its gains in
November 2015 with global sales totaling
451,838 units - year-over-year increase of
4.9%.
The company recorded 16.9% YoY sales
increase in the Korean market with 65,166
units sold. The sales figure in the overseas
market also rose by 3.1% year-over-year
(YoY) with 386,672 units sold.
Cumulative yearly sales at month end
reached 4,448,969 units. While representing
a 0.9% drop from the same period last year,
the figures reveal a solid performance in key
markets such as the US, China, and India.
The shipments from the U.S., China and
India plants all increased by 4.5%, 11.2%, and
5.9% YoY, respectively.
“While
the
economic
uncertainty
surrounding the auto industry is likely to
continue for some time, we are responding
to market changes by enhancing
competitiveness by launching a host of new
products and focusing on our strongest
markets to ensure future growth,” said
Hyundai Motor’s spokesman.
November 2015 sales review
Total output from Hyundai Motor’s
overseas plants rose 10.7% in November,
compared to the same month of the previous
year. Solid performance in key markets such
as the U.S., China, and India has been the
vanguard for the strong growth.
The shipment from the U.S. plant was
robust, increasing by 4.5% YoY. Hyundai
Motor’s SUV models have led the way to
the growth with high sales figure of Tucson
and Santa Fe in the U.S. market. Black Friday
promotions in November also contributed to
the increase.
The China plant showed a remarkable
performance in November. Both MoM
and YoY shipments rose by 10% and 11.2%,
respectively, as sales in Chinese market is
gaining momentum in part due to the tax
cut for vehicles under 1,600 cc. Continuous
strong sales of main models such as ix25,
Langdong and Mistra supported the rapid
YoY shipments growth in China.
Hyundai’s India plant also recorded
notable results, increasing by 5.9% YoY
due to sales recovery of i10 and steady
sales figure of i20. Continuous strong sales
of newly launched Creta supported the
shipments growth in India.
Moreover, Czech, Turkey, Russia, and
Brazil plants also posted positive results. The
shipments from these plants all increased,
compared to the same month last year.
The Czech plant showed strong
shipments figure in November with 19% YoY
increase, due to widespread popularity of
All-new Tucson and solid sales performance
of its main models such as i30 and ix20.
Shipments from the Russia plant also
recorded a solid result, rising by 9.7% YoY.
Steady sales of Elantra have been the main
reason for the positive result.
In Turkey, the shipments figure posted YoY
sales increase for two consecutive months.
Stable demand on i10 and i20 supported
this month’s 7% YoY increase and the last
month’s 35.3% YoY increase.
In Brazil, both MoM and YoY shipments
increased by 19.4% and 6.2%, respectively,
due to successful launching of HB P/E
(Product Enhancement) models despite
challenging market situations.
GMCanada toplay leading role in thebuildof a fleet of autonomousvehicles
2 December 2015 | OEM
GM Canada President announced that the
Canadian Engineering Centre will build a
fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet Volts,
during speech at the Economic Club in
Ottawa.
In remarks to the Economic Club in
Ottawa, GMCanada President and Managing
Director, Steve Carlisle, confirmed that its
Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa,
Ontario, has been awarded a mandate to
play a leading role in the build of autonomous
driving vehicles. These vehicles will be part
of a test fleet based at the GM Technical
Centre in Warren, Michigan.
“Our Engineering Centre in Oshawa was
a logical place to locate this important work
and it is the next step in growing the new
mandate of the Centre to focus on work
related to the Connected Car,” said Carlisle.
“The Province of Ontario’s leadership in
allowing autonomous vehicle testing was a
helpful support in securing this advanced
technology work for our Canadian facility.”
The opportunity to realise fully
autonomous vehicles has recently become a
high profile issue for governments as billions
of dollars are expected to be invested in
new infrastructure. The Conference Board
of Canada has suggested that autonomous
cars could save Canadians $65 billion per
year through less congestion, less fuel and
fewer collisions and fatalities.
GM’s fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet
Volt electric vehicles will first be deployed
as part of a broader test programme at
GM’s Technical Centre in Warren Michigan.
Through this programme, GM employees
will reserve a Volt using a car-sharing app,
then select a destination. GM’s autonomous
technology will bring the vehicle to its
destination and park it. The programme will
serve as a rapid-development laboratory
to provide data and lessons to accelerate
GM’s technical capabilities in autonomous
vehicles.
In April 2015, GM Canada announced it
that had been awarded a new automotive
R&D and innovation mandate at its
Oshawa Engineering Centre, focused
on fast emerging ‘connected car’ and
the development of new urban mobility
solutions. The company is hiring 100 new
software engineers and engaging a growing
ecosystem of select Canadian universities,
accelerators and suppliers in its mandate.
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