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Thursday 19 October 2017

Toyota has already doubled its production in Russia

Toyota has already more than doubled the pace of production at its Russian factory in St. Petersburg.

The Japanese carmaker, at the end of the first eight months, has assembled 44,493 cars compared to 21,476 in the same period last year.

In detail, 21,476 units of the Camry and 23,017 of Rav4 SUV were produced.

The export performance in the neighboring markets of Belarus and Kazakhstan is also good that with 3,876 units is already exceeding the full 2016 budget.

At sales level, Toyota's ...

Wednesday 18 October 2017

New confirmations on the future BMW plant in Russia

A Bavarian carmaker spokesman confirmed to Automotive News Europe that BMW is considering the opportunity to build a direct manufacturing plant in Russia in the wake of the regained vitality of the market.

BMW has long been active in the country thanks to a strong partnership with local Avtotor that assembles some models of the Group at the Kaliningrad factory.

And the new plant is expected to be near the Avtotor factory. BMW predicts that the Russian market will close 2017 with sales up 11% over the previous budget.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Mitsubishi at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show also with the Emirai 4 Concept

In addition to the previously announced e-Evolution concept, Mitsubishi will unveil another interesting prototype at the upcoming 45th edition of the Tokyo Motor Show, the result of the Mitsubishi Electric's division work.

This is the Emirai 4 Concept, an autonomous driving electric car that will meet the needs of future mobility.

For the first time, the car uses next-generation driving assistance devices, combining driver sensing features with safety lighting systems and an evolved man-machine interface.

Within the model, a camera can analyze the movements and positions of passengers by ...

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Nissan to add a second shift at its Russian plant

To confirm that the Russian market has returned to be attractive to major manufacturers in the world, having surpassed the serious crisis of the last four years, Nissan aims to add a second production shift line at the St. Petersburg factory.

The Japanese carmaker will therefore increase production at the factory in the wake of the regained vitality of its models in the country, especially the Qashqai, X-Trail and Murano SUVs.

The St. Petersburg factory, where over 450 new jobs have been created, has already strongly contributed to Nissan's ...

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ford becomes largest car exporter in India

At the end of the first half of the fiscal year, Ford became the leading auto carmaker in the Indian export industry.

The American manufacturer has closed the April-September period by exporting 82,347 vehicles and has thus surpassed the previous leader Hyundai, that reached 70,525 cars exported. Following in the order Maruti Suzuki and Volkswagen.

During the first half of the previous fiscal year, Hyundai was the leader with 87,499 vehicles in front of Ford with 73,821 units.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Hyundai strengthens Genesis range with a new version of the G80

Hyundai further strengthens the range of the newborn Genesis sub-brand by launching a new version of the G80 sedan.

This is a variant equipped with the 3.3-liter engine that will consolidate sales volumes of the car.

More generally, Genesis will help Hyundai to support global registrations with the same G80, but also with the G70 and G90, waiting for a further enrichment of the offer that will see SUVs models as protagonists.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Volkswagen Group with already 2,9 million units sold in China

Volkswagen Group's Chinese sales remain solid due to the success of the consolidated joint ventures with local Saic and First Auto Works.

The registrations of the first nine months increased by 1.4% compared to the same period last year for a total of about 2.9 million units, taking advantage of the contribution of the single September: + 6.3% to 406,500 units.

Among the brands, excellent results for Volkswagen with 2.2 million cars sold, Audi with 418,700 units and Porsche with 54,100 vehicles.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Already 9.000 European orders for the new C3 Aircross

Citroën has already received around 9,000 orders from European customers for the new C3 Aircross, of which 6,000 from France. C3 Aircross thus becomes the second most booked model for the Double Chevron brand between 1st and 12th October.

The car is set to play a key role in the ever more competitive SUV segment in Europe that will reach about 2 million units a year by 2020, compared to 1,165 million in 2016.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

VW Group's South african plant will host the production of Audi models

Not in the short term, but in the future the Volkswagen Group's Uitenhage South African plant will again host the production of Audi models (does not happen since 2001).

The announcement comes from the number one of the local division of the German carmaker, Trevor Hill.

Next year, meanwhile, Audi will surely launch in South Africa the new A8 and A7, the renewed TT and also the SUV family under the Q name.

Volkswagen is the main Automotive Group in the country and last year announced it will invest ...

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Mazda to start production of its new CX-5 in Hofu

Mazda launched the production of the new CX-5 also at its No.2 factory in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The goal is to meet the growing demand of the crossover that is already assembled at the Hiroshima central plant, as well as in China and Malaysia.

Since last December, Hofu's factory also co-operated with Hiroshima plant for the most compact CX-3 crossover production.

Mazda's general objective, within a new three-year strategic plan, is to increase global sales volumes to 1.65 million vehicles.