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Monday 16 January 2017

Audi Q5: ready to debut the 2.0 TDI with 150 hp and the S line black

Important news for the Audi Q5. The mid-size SUV is now available with the entry level variant powered by the 2.0 TDI engine with 150 hp combined with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

The new engine (the version costs 43,150 euros) joins the 2.0 TDI with 163 and 190 hp and promises to be at the top of its class in terms of efficiency.

With the same engine as the previous generation, the Q5 with the TDI and 150 hp consumes just 4.5 liters ...

Monday 16 January 2017

Honda aims to sell more than 5 million units globally in 2017/18

Honda has revealed to its main partner that in the next fiscal year (that will start on April 1 and ends March 31 of 2018), the goal is to increase global sales to more than 5 million units.

This would be an increase of 3% compared to the advanced estimates for the current financial year to reach as well around 5.15 million cars.

Honda growth will be driven primarily by US, China and some emerging markets of Southeast Asia with a focus on SUVs.

Monday 16 January 2017

Volkswagen will be the first brand in China to overcome 3 million vehicles sold

This year, Volkswagen will become the first single automotive brand in China to overcome the threshold of 3 million units sold.

However, not difficult to forecast, whereas in 2016 the brand has sold 2,997,000 vehicles in the main market in the world (out of a total of 3,98 millions of the entire Group).

In the course of 2017, VW will launch in China eleven new or renewed models, massive offensive that will continue at least until 2020.

Saturday 14 January 2017

AvtoVaz plans to increase exports by 50%

The Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Maure confirmerd that the AvtoVAZ Group plans to increase again its volumes of export for this year.

Having anticipated a month ago a growth of 30%, now the increase of the Russian carmaker in exports is expected by 50% compared to the performance in 2015 to a total of 30,000 vehicles. Another confirmation of the Russian market recovery.

Saturday 14 January 2017

Mazda aims to increase its sales by 18% in Thailand

Mazda announces a product offensive in Thailand with the aim of increasing its volumes by 18% compared to the performance in 2015 for a total of about 50,000 units.

The growth will go through the local launch of six new models, including the updated CX-5 SUV, although the first will be the new 3. The carmaker plans to reach a 6% market share, the highest since 2000.

Saturday 14 January 2017

Honda to revive its Civic model in Japan

After six years, from next summer Honda will sell its Civic model also in Japan, where it is produced at a plant in the Saitama prefecture.

The car, which is having a good success in North America and in the rest of the world (while in Japan it gave way to Fit as the most popular car), has already been sold globally in about 24 million units since its launch in 1972.

Saturday 14 January 2017

In the Bentley's future to be launched many plug-in hybrid models

In the Bentley future there will be great space for the introduction of plug-in hybrid versions of models already on the market.

CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, anticipated that in addition to the already sure plug-in variant of the Bentayga SUV from 2018, this kind of engine will also be installed on the Continental GT from 2019.

Saturday 14 January 2017

Kia's Slovak unit lifts production to record 339,500 cars

New production record for Kia in Slovakia. Last year, the Korean carmaker has indeed assembled 339,500 units at the plant in Zilina, a slight increase compared to the performance of 2015 (the factory is travelling at its full capacity).

Positive trend for engine production, which grew by 5% to a record of 612,900 units.

Friday 13 January 2017

Infiniti confirms plans to launch electric sports car by 2020

Infiniti has confirmed it will launch an electric sports car by 2020. According to anticipations of the President, Roland Krüger, it will be a totally new model and not derived from existing cars.

The Nissan Group luxury brand electric sport model should have a global vocation, with a focus on China.

Friday 13 January 2017

Mercedes is top premium car seller also in India

The Mercedes reconquest of the world's leadership in the premium segment has also helped the Indian unit that has also confirmed its leadership in 2016 in the local ranking of this segment.

Mercedes sales in India have in fact reached 13,321 units, in line with the previous annual trend.

To push Mercedes Indian trend it was mainly the SUV range and for 2017 the projections are optimistic.