Automotive Purchasing Weekly 16 November 2015 - page 14

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VWGroupBoardofManagement and
WorksCouncil agreeon joint steps
10 November 2015 | OEM
The CEO of Volkswagen, Matthias Müller,
and the Chairman of the Group Works
Council, Bernd Osterloh, agreed on the
further procedure for investment and
capacity planning on November 9.
A series of talks between the Board
of Management and the employee
representative body will take place over the
coming 10 days in order to find a common
path for the future of the company.
Following the meeting, Müller said: “In
the present difficult situation we must jointly
make decisions that factor in economics
just as much as employment. I attach great
importance to the views and experience of
our works councils. In light of the changed
circumstances, we are facing an ambitious
task. We will be prioritising forward-looking
products and technologies. Bernd Osterloh
and I agree that this is the key factor for
reliably safeguarding both the future
success of our company and employment.”
Osterloh commented: “Matthias Müller
will personally take charge of cooperation
between the Board of Management and
the Works Council. That is a strong signal
for the workforce. We will join him on the
road to the future because we believe
he is a reliable partner. We are seeking
shared decisions in the interest of the
company, shareholders and employees. The
challenges are enormous, but the workforce
will stand behind the company as long as we
succeed in agreeing on a balanced package
of investments, economy measures and
forward-looking projects. The discussions
between Matthias Müller and myself have
laid the foundation for that.”
Lamborghini HuracanLP610-4
updated for 2016
9 November 2015 | OEM
Following its successful market introduction in 2014 the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 is
now available to order with a number of updates that focus on efficiency, drivability and
luxury.
As standard, both the Huracán coupé
and newly-launched Spyder version include
cylinder deactivation to improve engine
efficiency; the first time this function is
included in a naturally aspirated V10 engine.
When full engine capacity is not required, five
of the 10 cylinders are temporarily deactivated
by switching off one cylinder bank. When the
driver accelerates, the system switches back
instantaneously to ten-cylinder mode, while
being virtually impossible to detect by the
driver. This feature reduces fuel consumption
and CO2 to 283 g/km
A fine-tuning of the electronically
controlled 4WD system provides a neutral
and even more improved driving behavior,
particularly in STRADA mode.
The offer in the color an trim of the Huracán
has been significantly enlarged. Interior
refinements as standard include leather
to door handles and the upper parts of the
center console. Air vents are now painted in
exclusive matt black.
Lamborghini Ad Personam, the brand’s
customisation programme, has also added
the availability of interior personalisation, as
well as exterior options including heritage
colors and matt paints. The full Ad Personam
programme provides for owners wishing to
further customise their cars to their unique
personal tastes.
The options programme has been further
extended. New options available include
Lamborghini’s Sensonum audio system.
The system delivers 390Watts RMS, with
a 10-channel amplifier and a range of 10
loudspeakers in hexagonal-shaped grilles
and the exclusive Sensonum badge.
Lamborghini’s optional sports exhaust
system, which can be specified with astyle
package for high gloss black tailpipes, is now
available in all markets worldwide.
New LED lighting in the engine
compartment can be combined with the
optional transparent engine bonnet and
carbon fibre engine compartment. Cruise
Control can be specified, and a travel
pack provides additional storage nets front
and rear, an additional 12V lighter and
cupholders.
Subaruconfirmsnewthree-row
crossover tobemade in Indiana
productionplant
9 November 2015 | OEM
Subaruof IndianaAutomotive has confirmed
that it will receive 3-row crossover model
in 2018 as its fourth model, replacing the
retired Tribeca. The vehicle will be produced
at its SIA plant in Lafayette, Indiana.
The all-new crossover is expected to
be built beginning in 2018 and will be a
larger vehicle than the Tribeca, with full
third-row capability. The new vehicle has
not yet been named, but will likely carry a
name synonymous with outdoor adventure,
consistent with the company’s other
successful crossovers; Outback, Forester
and Crosstrek.
When production of the new model
begins, Subaru will have four models
produced in the U.S.: Legacy, Outback, a
new Impreza compact sedan and five-door
model beginning production in late 2016,
and this new crossover. Subaru production
in Indiana is projected to be approximately
228,000 units in 2015, and annual capacity
is scheduled to grow to 394,000 with the
introduction of the Impreza model.
Subaru is currently enjoying its seventh
consecutive year of sales records and
expects to close 2015 with over 550,000
sales, with sales tripling since 2007.
Tom Easterday, Executive Vice President,
Secretary, and Chief Legal Officer of
Subaru of Indiana Automotive said: “We are
delighted to be bringing even more Subaru
manufacturing to the U.S. The new model
will also result in increased investment at
SIA and at several of our suppliers across
the country.”
Thomas J. Doll, President and COO of
Subaru of America said: “We have enjoyed
record sales for seven consecutive years
and the introduction of an all-new, American-
made Impreza followed by an all-new larger
3-row crossover will help keep our sales
momentum strong.”
Škodacelebrates its
120yearsof history
9 November 2015 | OEM
Founded by Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, Škoda has developed from a small-scale
bicycle manufacturer to a global brand, active in more than 100 international markets over
its 120 years.
Despite this remarkable growth, Škoda
continues to display the values that first
inspired Laurin and Klement to start
the company. Engineering excellence,
innovation and unique Czech style remain
as important to Škoda in 2015 as they did to
Laurin and Klement in 1895.
The Škoda story is a remarkable one.
The brand has survived the turmoil of two
world wars, and battled through some of the
toughest economic conditions Europe has
seen. Even in difficult times, Škoda has had
the vision and the engineering ingenuity to
create some truly landmark cars that have
shaped automotive history.
A brief history
The Škoda story began in 1895, when
cycling fanatics Václav Laurin (a mechanic)
and Václav Klement (a bookseller) started
designing and manufacturing bicycles under
the name Slavia. The bicycles sold well, so
Laurin and Klement decided to take the next
step – and add motors. The pair started
making motorbikes in 1899, and changed
the name of their company to the Laurin &
Klement Co. While making nearly 4,000
motorbikes of various types, the pair started
experimenting with a new phenomenon –
the motor car - which began to gradually
replace motorbikes from 1905 on.
Expansion led to a merger with Czech
engineering firm Pizen Skodova and the
formation of the Škoda brand. Despite the
devastating impact of two world wars that
twice wiped out the brand’s passenger car
production and fundamentally changed
the political and economic landscape
of Czechoslovakia, Škoda never lost its
passion for innovation and design. Cars such
as the 1934 Popular brought tubular frame
technology to mass production between
conflicts, while post-war models such as the
1101 and Octavia helped get the country back
on to the road to prosperity. Even during
the 1970s and 1980s when difficult trading
conditions forced the brand to develop cars
on limited budgets, Škoda never lost its
fighting spirit and desire for original design.
The Velvet Revolution of 1989 marked
the start of a new era for both the Czech
Republic and Škoda. To help the brand
realise its ambitious plans for the future,
Škoda sought a partner and in 1991
announced a merger with the Volkswagen
Group. With financial security came a design
and engineering renaissance that continues
to this day. Thanks to landmark models
such as the 1996 Octavia and the 2000
Fabia, the automaker re-established itself
as a major force in the car market. Mould-
breaking new models including the Yeti and
Superb followed, further reinforcing Škoda’s
reputation for innovation and bold design.
110 years after the first Voiturette Type A
was driven out of the Mláda Boleslav factory
gates, the Czech manufacturer is active in
more than 100 international markets and
has a broad seven-model range. In 2014,
it achieved worldwide sales of 1,037,200
vehicles – breaking the 1 million mark for the
first time ever.
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