Automotive Purchasing Weekly 25 April 2016 - page 8

GMsell 2.36millionvehiclesglobally
in first quarter
20 April 2016 | OEM
China sales increase driven by strong
performance in SUV and luxury segments,
US retail sales increase 7% and European
Opel/Vauxhall sales up 8.4%.
General Motors sold 2.36 million vehicles
globally in the first quarter of 2016. The
company delivered on its sales priorities,
led by strong results in the SUV and luxury
segments in China and retail performance in
the US.
“The quality of GM’s global sales in the
key segments and markets in the first quarter
is in line with our efforts to drive sustained
profitable growth,” said GM President Dan
Ammann. “In China, we continued to grow
SUV sales and Cadillac expanded in the
luxury segment. In the US, our disciplined
approach to increased retail sales and
lower rental fleet resulted in more profitable
GM’s first quarter sales were down 2.5%
compared to a year ago, mainly due to
continued challenging conditions in parts of
South America and Asia and the softening
of the mini-commercial vehicle market in
In China, GM and its joint ventures
delivered 964,000 vehicles in the first
quarter, an increase of 0.2%. GM’s total SUV
sales in the country were up 148%, led by the
continued success of the Buick Envision and
Baojun 560. Cadillac deliveries in China rose
North American sales increased 1.2% to
800,000 vehicles. In the US, GM continued
to grow retail share faster than any other
automaker with retail deliveries up 7%, or
537,000 vehicles.
In Europe, sales of Opel and its Vauxhall
sister brand increased by 8.4% to more
than 300,000 vehicles in the first quarter,
outperforming the industry growth of only
5%. Opel has received more than 150,000
orders for the new Astra that was recently
awarded European ‘Car of the Year 2016.’
Mitsubishi admits rigging fuel tests
20 April 2016 | OEM
Improper conduct in fuel consumption
testing on products manufactured by
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC).
MMC has conducted improper testing to
manupulate tests and present better fuel
consumption rates, using a different testing
method to the one required by Japanese
law. Shares in Mitsubishi have dropped
15% so far in Tokyo, the company’s biggest
decline in 12 years.
The applicable cars are four mini-car
models, two of which are the eK Wagon and
eK Space which have been manufactured by
MMC; and the other two are the Dayz and
Dayz Roox, which have been manufactured
by MMC and supplied to Nissan Motors
Corporation (NM) since June 2013. Up
until the end of March 2016, MMC has sold
157,000 units of the eK Wagon and eK Space
and supplied 468,000 units of the Dayz and
Dayz Roox to NM.
Since MMC developed the applicable
cars and was responsible for obtaining the
relevant certifications, MMC conducted fuel
consumption testing. In the process of the
development for the next generation of
mini-car products, NM examined the fuel
consumption rates of the applicable cars for
NM’s reference and found deviations in the
figures. NM requested MMC to review the
running resistance value set by MMC during
tests by MMC.
Mitsubishi and Nissan have decided to
stop production and sales of the applicable
cars. MMC and NMwill discuss compensation
regarding this issue. Mitsubishi will also
conduct an investigation into products
manufactured for overseas markets.
OperationsCentre inLivonia,
20 April 2016 | OEM
Startup vehicle manufacturer staffs
experienced team to assemble E-Series
vehicles for critical safety, manufacturability
and durability testing.
Elio Motors has established a Pilot
Operations Centre in Livonia, Michigan (US),
for the purpose of assembling its E-Series
vehicles. The E-Series vehicles will be used
to conduct safety, system-performance,
manufacturability and durability tests.
In January at the North American
International Auto Show, CEO Paul Elio
announced that Elio Motors and its
supplier partners had started the E-Series
development process by determining the
specific parts and build sequence for the test
vehicles. With that phase of development
complete, the company is gearing up for the
E-Series assembly.
“Beginning the E-Series assembly is
another important milestone in our journey
toward production, as these test vehicles will
allow our engineering and supplier teams to
evaluate and validate our design,” Elio said.
“Commencement of the build will be another
tangible sign of the progress we continue to
make every day in our unrelenting quest to
get this vehicle to market.”
The E-Series vehicles will be hand
crafted at the Pilot Operations Centre by a
seasoned, eight-person build team. The first
E-Series vehicle will be used to calibrate and
test the Anti-Lock Braking System supplied
by Continental Automotive. As additional
E-Series vehicles are completed, they will be
used for a variety of aerodynamic, safety and
durability testing. The build team currently is
studying the E-Series vehicles’ systems and
processes, prior to build launch.
According to Gino Raffin, Vice President
of Manufacturing and Product Launch for Elio
Motors, the E-Series build is a monumental
step for successfully moving the Elio from
engineering and design development to
eventual commercial production.
“The E-Series vehicles are an important
bridge from the prototype phase to the
commercial production phase,” Raffin said.
“Building the E-Series vehicles in Detroit
allows for a seamless and timely execution
because the majority of our original
equipment supplier partnerships are based
here. All of the learning that we gain during
the E-Series vehicle build will be transitioned
to our production facility in Shreveport for
our 100 pre-production vehicle builds that
are slated for the end of the year.”
Raffin said the Elio Motors Pilot
Operations Centre was established adjacent
to Technosports Creative – the company
that built Elio prototypes P2 through P5 –
to facilitate the transfer of knowledge as
the company transitions from the prototype
development phase to the E-Series.
Toyota to restart productionon
vehicleassembly lines inJapan from
April 25
20 April 2016 | OEM
Between April 25 and 28, Toyota will
restart production on most of its vehicle
assembly lines in Japan.
On April 17, Toyota announced that,
due to parts shortages resulting from the
severe earthquakes that struck Japan’s
island of Kyushu last week, production
would be suspended on almost all of its
vehicle assembly lines in stages between
April 18 and 23.
Production will remain suspended on the
following vehicle assembly lines between
April 25 and 28:
Toyota Motor Corporation: Motomachi
Plant (line 1 and LFA Works)
Toyota Motor Kyushu: Miyata Plant (lines 1
and 2)
Toyota Auto Body: Inabe Plant (lines 1 and
Gifu Auto Body
Hino Motors: Hamura Plant (line 1)
Due to ongoing tremors in the affected
areas, the vehicle production plans detailed
above remain subject to change.
We will continue to make all possible
efforts to offer support to the residents
of Kumamoto, and hope for the soonest
possible recovery of the affected areas.
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