Automotive Purchasing Weekly 16 November 2015 - page 11

Brit-builtVauxhall AstrawinsGermany’s2015
11 November 2015 | OEM
Vauxhall’s Brit-built Astra won the best
compact car honour at the prestigious
Golden Steering Wheel Awards, Germany’s
automotive Oscars, in Berlin on November
10, 2015.
Vauxhall/Opel Group CEO Dr Karl-
Thomas Neumann and Chief Marketing
Officer Tina Müller attended the ceremony in
the Axel-Springer-Haus, receiving the award
from Editors-in-Chief Marion Horn (Bild am
Sonntag) and Bernd Wieland (Auto Bild). The
Golden Steering Wheel is awarded jointly by
the two publications.
A jury consisting of readers, experts and
celebrities pick the best newcomers each
year after extensive test drives.
“We at Vauxhall/Opel can be extremely
proud of this Golden Steering Wheel. It
proves that all of our efforts have paid off.
The new Astra is synonymous for lightweight,
highly-efficient engines, better packaging,
features from the luxury class, trendsetting
connectivity and exemplary quality,” said a
jubilant Dr Neumann at the award ceremony.
Opel’s CMO Tina Müller added: “We have
already received more than 40,000 orders
for the new Astra. And now we have won this
very special prize. We can all be delighted
with it.”
Built at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant
in Cheshire, the new Astra is up to 200kg
lighter than the outgoing model and thanks
to its clever design it is smaller on the
outside and bigger inside.
The powertrain portfolio features petrol
and diesel units ranging from 100PS to
200PS, including an all-new 1.4-litre (145PS)
ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo, a four-
cylinder unit from the same family as the
one-litre, three-cylinder engine seen in
Corsa, ADAM and VIVA.
Equipped with OnStar, the first all-
new Vauxhall to feature this technology;
this includes high-speed 4G LTE mobile
network, emergency response notification
and stolen vehicle recovery technology.
It is also one of the first vehicles from a
mainstream manufacturer to get Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto, available through
a new version of the IntelliLink infotainment
GMCanadaPresident to focuson
futureautomotive technology, jobs
11 November 2015 | OEM
In remarks to the Canadian Club in
Toronto, GM Canada President and
Managing Director Steve Carlisle called
on governments in Canada to act quickly
to carve out a purposeful role in a fast
changing automotive sector.
“No company, country or government
owns this space, but we see that Canada has
distinct advantages in mobile technology,
engineering skills, applied research and a
strong automotive history,” said Carlisle. “As
Canada prepares to invest billions in much
needed urban transportation infrastructure,
we need to understand how new automotive
technologies and urban mobility approaches
can increase infrastructure ROI, accelerate
environmental benefits and anchor new
high skilled Canadian jobs at the forefront of
a new automotive innovation supply chain.”
In April 2015, GM Canada announced it
that has 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.
Carlisle announced that GM Canada
will support the University of Waterloo’s
Engineering Faculty by providing $1 million
to fund a Research Chair in advanced
materials while also sponsoring engineering
student Capstone design projects involving
software development, which is key to GM
Canada’s work on the connected car.
Dean of EngineeringDr. Pearl Sullivan said:
“Waterloo Engineering has a longstanding
partnership with GM Canada. Their support
of our Educating the Engineer of the Future
campaign allows us to collaborate further
to advance innovations in automotive
lightweighting and connectivity.”
Carlisle also announced that GM Canada
will establish an innovation research
outpost within Waterloo’s Communitech
innovation research hub with initial focus on
urban mobility, car sharing and mobile app
“Communitech has developed a unique
innovation ecosystem that allows enterprise
companies and startups to collaborate and
innovate together,” said Communitech CEO
Iain Klugman. “General Motors Canada
is a great addition to this ecosystem, as
our startup and mid-sized companies will
benefit from having access to a world class
automotive company, while GM Canada will
be exposed to new concepts, technologies
and ways of thinking about opportunities in
the automotive sector.”
BMWGroupsales inOctober higher
11 November 2015 | OEM
Following on from the best ever first three
quarters in the company’s sales history,
October was another record month for
BMW Group deliveries, seeing sales up 7.1%
in the first 10 months.
Sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce
brand vehicles totalled 191,651 for the month,
an increase of 4% compared with the same
period last year. In the first 10 months of
the year, total sales of BMW Group vehicles
increased by 7.1% to 1,836,464.
“Our sales continue to grow steadily
in all regions of the world, despite
ongoing volatility in some markets,” said
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of
Management of BMW, Sales and Marketing
BMW. “Sales of our trend-setting BMW
X models are showing particularly good
growth in a competitive environment and
the new BMW X1 is in extremely high
demand. Customers around the world are
responding very positively to the new BMW
7 Series, which has also just arrived in the
showrooms, so we are expecting to see
additional momentum going towards the
end of the year,” he continued.
BMW brand sales increased by 6.3%
in October, with a total of 164,915 vehicles
sold to customers in the month. Deliveries
in the first ten months of the year rose 5.8%
compared to the same period last year, with
a total of 1,560,697 BMW brand vehicles
The BMW 2 Series range continues to
grow its sales with a total of 15,615 delivered
worldwide in October. The best-seller
remains the 2 Series Active Tourer, which
more than quadrupled its monthly sales to
total 7,915 customer deliveries. Meanwhile
with 11,575 units delivered worldwide in
October, sales of the BMW 4 Series range
are up 6.3% on the same month last year. The
brand’s biggest growth drivers, however,
continue to be the ever-popular X vehicles.
October sales of the BMW X3 increased
by 7.3% (11,915) while the X4 grew sales
by 5.0% in the month, with a total of 4,428
delivered worldwide. A total of 13,541 BMW
X5 vehicles were delivered to customers
in October (+9.1%) while sales of the BMW
X6 almost tripled to a total of 4,335 in the
2,553 BMW i vehicles were delivered to
customers in October, 6.2% more than in the
same month last year. BMW i sales in the
first ten months are up 78.6% year-on-year
Sales of the MINI brand continue to grow
year-on-year, with a total of 272,819 vehicles
delivered to customers around the world in
the first 10 months, an increase of 15.4%.
Sales of the MINI three door for the year
through October have increased 8%, with
a total of 105,072 delivered to customers.
Global sales of the MINI 5 door total 75,562
in the year so far. The five door MINI has
proved very popular since its launch last
September – deliveries in October were
around four-times higher than the same
month last year, totalling 7,601. The new MINI
Clubman came onto the market at the end
of October and is expected to bring further
momentum to brand’s sales.
Once again, the BMW Group achieved
sales growth in all major sales regions both
in October and in the year-to-date, following
the company’s strategy of balanced global
With a range of markets in the region
continuing to show double-digit growth,
Europe is providing strong momentum in the
year-to-date. With deliveries in the region
totalling 816,220, BMW and MINI combined
sales are up 10.1% on the same period last
year. Great Britain, the BMW Group’s fourth
biggest market, is maintaining strong sales
growth with 189,967 vehicles delivered to
customers so far this year, an increase of
14.5%. Many other markets also achieved
double-digit growth, especially in southern
Europe. Customer deliveries in Italy, for
example, are up 12.1% in the first ten months
(57,889), with sales in Portugal up 25.5%
Sales volume in the Americas continues
to increase steadily; a total of 402,276 BMW
and MINI vehicles have been delivered to
customers in the region so far this year, an
increase of 5.6%. In the U.S., sales in the
first 10 months of 2015 totalled 328,456, up
5.4%. Customer deliveries in Canada over
the same period rose 10% (34,937) while
Mexico achieved a sales increase of 18.7%
The first 10 months of the year have
also seen more BMW and MINI vehicles
delivered in Asia than ever before, with
sales of 561,124, up 4.4% compared with
the same period last year. Sales in mainland
China grew 2.3% in the year-to-date, with
a total of 384,176 BMW and MINI vehicles
delivered to customers. Deliveries in South
Korea continue to show double-digit growth
with 44,567 vehicles sold so far this year, up
17.5%. Deliveries in Japan climbed 9.7% in
the year-to-date (55,416).
The strong sales momentum at BMW
Motorrad continued in October with a total
of 9,211 units sold in the month, an increase
of 4.3% compared with the same month
last year. In the first 10 months of the year,
121,622 customers around the world took
delivery of a BMW Motorrad vehicle, up
11.5% on the same period last year.
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