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  • BMW CT scan prototype
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    BMW leverages computer tomography

    2018-07-30T12:12:44Z

    Germany - The OEM is now using computer tomography (CT) scans during the vehicle prototyping, production and analysis phases at its Research & Innovation Centre (FIZ) in Munich. This follows on from a two year development project, in which BMW and the Fraunhofer Development Centre for X-Ray Technology (EZRT) developed ...

  • Nedcar_controllelijn_01_39L_CMYK kopie
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    Steel makes a strong case

    2018-07-26T16:40:00Z

    With the push for powertrain electrification gaining strength producers of high-strength steel are preparing themselves to capitalise reports James Bakewell In 2017, global sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) reached 1.3m units, according to Frédéric Painchault, head of Global Automotive Marketing at ...

  • Audi production in Brazil
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    Um retorno lento ao crescimento

    2018-07-25T08:40:37Z

    Fabricantes de veículos na América do Sul estão vendo sinais de recuperação, impulsionados pelo crescimento das exportações, reporta Nick Gibbs O Brasil é, de longe, o maior mercado da América do Sul e, há uma década, o país vinha atraindo investimentos de fabricantes que buscavam um crescimento e testemunhou as ...

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    El lento retorno al crecimiento

    2018-07-24T12:32:25Z

    Las marcas automotrices en Sudamérica experimentan signos de recuperación impulsados por el crecimiento de las exportaciones, según informa Nick Gibbs Brasil es de lejos el mayor mercado en Sudamérica y hace una década el país estuvo recibiendo inversiones de todo el mundo gracias al crecimiento que había llevado las ventas ...

  • BMW and Great Wall in electric vehicle JV
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    BMW & Great Wall in electric vehicle JV

    2018-07-10T17:59:58Z

    China – BMW Group and Great Wall Motor have signed an agreement to produce MINI electric vehicles through a new 50:50 joint venture based in China. This new joint venture, “Spotlight Automotive Limited”, will also produce electric vehicles for Great Wall, and the partners intend to build a new state-of-the-art ...

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    缓慢地恢复增长

    2018-07-05T15:56:29Z

    南美的汽车制造业因出口的强势增长而出现反弹迹象。Nick Gibbs 报道 巴西目前是南美最大的汽车市场,而十年之前,巴西还在想方设法拉拢各地的制造商和投资,并在2012年创造380万销量的记录。之后跌了一个大跟头,2016年的市场又回落到205万辆的水平。去年,市场开始恢复,虽然没有特别表现,但市场销量增长了9.2%,达到224万辆(其中的186万辆是轿车)。然而据当地汽车制造商协会Anfavea公布的数据,该国的生产增长率却有25%,总量达到270万辆。 今年的销量更加给力,前四个月的增幅达到20%,而四月份的增幅甚至达到了38% ,据销量跟踪网站Bestselligncarsblog.com称, 这是本年代最高。 制造公司们又重新乐观了起来。去年,常胜将军菲亚特克莱斯勒汽车将第一的桂冠输给了通用汽车,市场份额缩水。公司认为,今年市场会增长10%,总量会达到240万辆。公司高管在今年6月1日的会上对投资商们说,从长期来看FCA认为巴西会在2022年之前达到300万辆的规模,而且有信心再一次夺冠,将拉美地区的利润提高10-12%。2017年,巴西成为FCA公司日润第三大地区,仅次于北美和意大利。 与此同时,通用汽车夺冠之后,扭转了在南美亏损的逆境,2017年已经出现盈利。据公司公布的数据,公司在南美地区的Chevrolet销量增长了14%。通用汽车去年在巴西的市场份额为18%,这多亏了Chevrolet Onix。该车产于南里奥格兰德州的格拉瓦塔伊工厂,在今年前四个月里成为巴西最畅销的车型,而Hyundai HB20和Ford Ka屈居第二和第三。 之前的衰败曾经是这个地区的梦魇。2013年,行业里汽车制造直接雇员人数达到135,343名 — 这是历史最高。据Anfavea称,2016年的时候人数降到109,530名,与去年的109,910人相差无几。大量的岗位削减成为大众这样的汽车制造商日常工作,大众在2016年宣布在南美削减7,000个岗位 — 在巴西削减5,000个,在阿根廷削减2,000个。 2016年汽车销售营业额下降到413亿灭元,还不足2013年高峰时期873亿美元的一半。汽车零部件制造商的投资也从2011年的24亿美元下降到2016年的4.52亿美元,很多汽车制造商的生产都停滞不前。2016年,本田投资10亿美元在伊蒂拉皮纳建设新的工厂 — 这是圣保罗州的一个城市。工厂生产力达到120,000辆,但是工厂建成之后就闲置着。 谨慎制定发展计划 目前有迹象表明,很多公司对发展计划都非常谨慎。本田公司4月份宣布,伊蒂拉皮纳工厂明年开始生产汽车,首先是Fit B-段斜背式汽车。伴随这个决定而来的是,制造商还宣布要停止苏马雷工厂的生产,把那里的车型都拿到伊蒂拉皮纳生产。苏马雷工厂将用于生产发动机和其他组件。在接受Globo报采访的时候,本田拉美公司董事长Issao Mizoguchi表示,公司的的发展还不足以容纳两个工厂的生产。 而戴姆勒公司在圣保罗州的圣贝尔纳工厂生产梅赛德斯品牌轻型及重型卡车。工厂是公司旗下德国以外最大的商用车生产厂,由于自动化和供应链的发展,新的生产线的效率提高了15%以上。公司在圣保罗州的伊拉塞玛波利斯开设了新的实验基地,用于生产梅赛德斯商用车。事实上,去年巴西制造的汽车中有46%都是在圣保罗制造的,这里拥有27家工厂,生产的汽车包括福特、通用、本田、现代、戴姆勒、斯堪尼亚、丰田和大众。 大众向位于圣保罗南部的安溪艾塔工厂投资6.5亿欧元(约合7.67亿美元)进行现代化改造,用于生产Virtus汽车和新款Polo斜背式汽车。4月份有报道称,公司要在巴西库里巴蒂生产第一款SUV汽车,即小型T-Cross汽车。2018年上半年,T-Cross开始上市销售,与雷诺Kwid竞争,后者在库里巴蒂工厂进行本地化生产,与去年7月份推出上市。 而在零部件方面,西班牙金属冲压专家Gestamp公司去年在巴西贝廷开设了第七家工厂,为FCA公司提供零部件,生产Fiat Palio和Seina汽车。公司称,到2017年底为止,这个号子2.490万美元的工厂员工数量达到82人。 戴姆勒在圣伯尔南多工厂增加生产线,用于生产梅赛德斯品牌轻型及重型卡车 Gestamp总裁Francisco Riberas在去年接受AMS采访的时候称,巴西会出现强势增长,而Gestamp的战略就是密切关注反弹细节。他说,“有些竞争对手现在已经出局。我们就是要保持现状,拿到重要订单。我们现在需要的就是市场恢复。在一个容量在2亿辆的国家里取得350万辆的目标还是很合理的。现在的问题就是降低利率。” 2012 年的高峰是一次性的 然而LMC Auto分析公司预测称,巴西2012年曾经的辉煌在很长时间内都无法复原。公司同意FCA老板Sergio Marchionne的观点,认为市场今年的销量回答道240万辆,到2020年会逐渐达到270万辆,到2023年达到290万辆。公司预测,到2030年,市场销量回答道350万辆,但是不会再高了。美洲汽车销量预测高级经理Augusto Amorim对AMS称,“我们不会再看到巴西达到2012年的高峰了。” 这种预测还是有根据的。其一是,2012年的高峰是受到债务推动的。Amorim说,“在2012年的时候,很多行业都有税收激励。消费者购买汽车、电气和家具,因此债台高筑。政府现在也还在努力调节财政赤字问题,因此我们认为巴西不会再为汽车业提供激励政策了。” 另一个原因是,2012年购买的汽车还在使用当中。Amorim说,“2012年购买的汽车现在还不算旧,而且比新车还有更多的特点。”巴西是一个对价格非常敏感的市场,而且价格越涨越高。据Anfavea称,巴西平均购买税是30%,而英国是17%,美国式6.8%。2014年出台的法规让一些老牌廉价汽车彻底出局。 RIP Inovar Auto 高端汽车市场也很萧条。去年,该车段销量为45,000辆,而在高峰期是60,000辆。如果当时为了鼓励当地汽车制造商Inovar Auto政策没有招来欧洲的高端汽车制造商进入巴西的话,就不会出现什么问题。但是他们那么做了,而且那些以高昂代价完成本地化制造的公司已经陷入困境。比如捷豹路虎公司,2014年的时候投资7.5亿雷亚尔,在里约热内卢的伊塔蒂艾亚建厂,计划每年生产24,000辆汽车。生产从2016年开始,首先是Land Rover Discovery Sport和Range Rover Evoque ...

  • Ellesmere Port
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    Gaining PACE!

    2018-07-05T14:24:50Z

    Groupe PSA’s acquisition of GM’s loss-making European operations raised a few eyebrows. Ian Henry looks at the plan to turn around the Opel/Vauxhall brands After several months of due diligence, the deal was completed on August 1, 2017. Come early November, a new strategy, PACE!, was announced. Having been making ...

  • AAM dampers
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    AAM builds new powertrain plant

    2018-07-02T12:43:34Z

    Spain - American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has started construction of a new 15,000 sq.m facility in Viladecans - a town located 20km southwest of Barcelona. The company says it will house the production of powertrain components for several car makers, such as Renault, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Audi and Ford. ...

  • NEVS Shanghai plant cornerstone
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    NEVS builds factory in Shanghai

    2018-06-22T09:27:52Z

    China - The Swedish EV maker has started construction of a new car factory in Shanghai. It will be a copy of the plant that was recently completed in Tianjin - a city situated an hour south of the capital Beijing. Both these plants will have an annual production capacity ...

  • Drive-E 4 cylinder Diesel Engine - D3/D2 Front
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    Diesel – is the final curtain about to fall?

    2018-06-19T15:14:22Z

    Car companies across Europe are facing a serious problem with their diesel line-ups; whether it is the loss of consumer confidence following the VW crisis, or a rising environmental awareness among consumers, coupled with evident official policy moving against diesel, barely a week goes by without reports of declining diesel ...

  • BMW Brilliance battery production
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    BMW Brilliance boosts battery output

    2018-05-29T10:41:29Z

    China - Just months after opening the facility , the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture has announced an expansion to its battery plant in Shenyang. New batteries for the BMW iX3, which is set for launch in 2020, will be made here. "Today, we break ground for the next ...

  • Pre-production of the new Volvo S90 in the Daqing manufacturing plant
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    A global future

    2018-05-29T10:29:38Z

    Now Chinese-owned Volvo enters its tenth decade looking stronger than ever. Ian Henry reports Ford had owned Swedish carmaker since 1999, but had never been able to integrate it into the rest of its operations. Nonetheless, when Geely bought Volvo it found a company full of new ideas and plans ...

  • BMW 1 Series paintshop
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    BMW starts Leipzig extension

    2018-05-24T10:09:34Z

    Germany - The OEM revealed its intension to expand the plant back in July 2017 . It originally said the cost would total around €200m (US$234.82m), but has revised that figure to €300m. Construction work has started to extend and update both the bodyshop and paintshop. 500 new robots ...

  • ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC
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    Foreign policy friction

    2018-05-21T12:57:41Z

    Tariffs on steel imports, NAFTA renegotiation and the return to sanctions on Iran have been at the centre of recent policy actions by the US president; the implications for the auto industry are potentially severe but how things will develop are far from clear. The decision to impose tariffs on ...

  • Robert Engelhorn BMW
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    BMW shuffles production personal

    2018-05-16T10:49:55Z

    Germany - Robert Engelhorn is set to take over as director of the OEM's plant in Munich. Previously head of the technology and production division at the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture in China, Engelhorn will succeed Milan Nedeljkovic, who is assuming management responsibility for the corporate quality division. ...

  • EV disruptors Faraday Future
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    Gente nova no pedaço

    2018-05-16T08:40:25Z

    Muitas empresas emergentes promissoras estão procurando entrar no segmento de veículos elétricos De todas as forças perturbadoras que ameaçam derrubar as montadoras estabelecidas, a ascensão da energia elétrica poderia ser a primeira a dar o seu golpe. Afinal de contas, esta é uma tecnologia comprovada que pode ser rapidamente adaptada, ...

  • EV disruptors Faraday Future
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    Los nuevos chicos del barrio

    2018-05-15T09:31:42Z

    Muchas empresas emergentes intentan introducirse en el prometedor segmento de los vehículos eléctricos Las marcas automotrices se enfrentan siempre a las amenazas de las nuevas tecnologías, pero el auge de la energía eléctrica es ahora la principal. Se trata de una tecnología demostrada que cualquier nueva empresa puede adaptar, diseñar ...

  • Electric Vehicles 2018 cover copy
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    Out now: Electric Vehicles 2018

    2018-05-11T16:57:44Z

    As governments and vehicle-makers turn away from combustion engines, the time for EVs is now In this era of stricter regulations, commitment to the environment and energetic competition, alternatively-powered vehicles are central to every OEMs production strategy. While the take up of electrified vehicles over the past two decades has ...

  • Generation EQ
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    Smarter EV production

    2018-05-10T14:38:36Z

    As it launches ‘electric intelligence’ models, Mercedes-Benz is also adapting its factories for flexible production At first there was some confusion over what Mercedes-Benz meant when it announced that it was creating an ‘EQ’ division. Was it to be a line-up of cars which would directly challenge BMW’s i models, ...

  • BMW i8 Roadster line
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    Integrating i vehicles

    2018-05-10T12:02:38Z

    Separate production lines are used to build conventionally powered vehicles and the electrified i models at BMW Leipzig, but this could soon change A gulf remains between electric vehicles (EVs)and those that are powered solely by internal combustion engines (ICEs). This is evident in consumer demand, in range, in cost ...