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Wednesday 13 December 2017

BMW to open test track for self-driving cars in Czech Republic

The BMW Group is planning an investment of approximately 185 million dollars for the construction of a test track for self-driving cars functions in Czech Republic.

The structure will be built in the western part of the country near the border with Germany.

The center, which will employ 300-400 technicians, will include over 100 km of roads (and 15 buildings) that will be exploited to simulate the traffic conditions of a large city.

Tuesday 12 December 2017

New record for Volkswagen brand global sales in November

The Volkswagen brand global sales recorded the best ever monthly result with a total of 594,300 cars sold in November, equal to an increase of 11.8% on the same month of 2016.

To push the positive trend the excellent results achieved above all in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, South America and China, to offset a certain weakness in the United States.

The performance from the beginning of the year was also positive, with an increase of 4% on the first eleven months of 2016 to a ...

Tuesday 12 December 2017

The Volvo XC60 is Japan Car of the Year

The Volvo XC60 was awarded with the prestigious Japan Car of the Year award at the end of a final selection that saw the Swedish SUV to win against the BMW 5 Series and Toyota Camry.

The prize, the first for Volvo in the 38-year history of this award, was handed over to Volvo Japan CEO Takayuki Kimora, who said he was surprised for the victory and he would have been happy also just with the Import Car of the Year Award.

The top ten was completed in order by ...

Tuesday 12 December 2017

A consortium led by Toyota for Japan's hydrogen fuel stations

A consortium of 11 Japanese companies, led by Toyota and JXTG Holdings, will jointly build about 80 new hydrogen vehicle charging facilities in Japan by March 2022 with significant savings on costs and investments.

The consortium, in which Nissan and Honda are also present, will start the construction phase of the charging columns already by the end of this fiscal year and the fuel cell infrastructure will be concentrated in the main Japanese cities.

Toyota is among the most advanced in hydrogen technology and is enjoying good commercial success with ...

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tata produced its first Tigor EV

Tata announces the start of production of the pure electric variant of Tigor at the Indian plant in Sanand, Gujarat region.

An important milestone in the carmaker's history, which is focusing on the electrification of the range under the input of the New Delhi Government, which intends to electrify the entire local auto industry by 2030.

The first unit of the Tigor EV is part of a fleet of 10 thousand cars for the Energy Efficiency Services Indian company.

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ford to produce its future EV models in Mexico

Ford has decided to produce its future electric cars in Mexico instead of the American factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, as originally expressed.

The plant near Detroit will therefore deal with the development of functions for autonomous driving, while at the Mexican plant in Cuautitlan an exclusive assembly line will be built for zero emission vehicles, operational from 2020.

Ford's choices will allow both plants to benefit from a significant increase in the workforce.

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mitsubishi to increase global output capacity by 10%

Mitsubishi has announced that by the end of the 2019 fiscal year it will increase the production capacity at its plants in Japan and abroad by 10% to about 1.5 million units.

In particular, the Japanese company will invest the equivalent of about 267 million dollars to strengthen sales and production activities of sport utility and other models in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia and in China.

Mitsubishi plans to close the current fiscal year to 1.03 million units sold to grow to 1.3 million by ...

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kia Morning (Picanto) top 1 million units in Korea

Kia has officially announced that in November the cumulative sales of the small Morning (known as Picanto in Europe) have reached in Korea the prestigious threshold of 1 million units sold since the launch.

The goal was met at 13 years from the introduction of the first generation, now we are at the third.

It is the first time that a single Kia model has succeeded in this undertaking. To be precise, Morning has already been sold in Korea in 1,001,177 cars, of which 378,183 of the ...

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mahindra to launch three new electric cars

Mahindra is currently the only Indian carmaker to distribute pure electric models, including the e2o hatchback and the eVerito sedan.

The head of the Mahindra Electric Mobility division, Ganesh Babu, has now anticipated a new electric offensive that will take place within the fiscal year 2019/20 in the launch of three new zero emission vehicles, with autonomy of 350, 250 and 300 km respectively and with excellent speed performance.

One of the new model will surely be an electric variant of the KUV100 SUV.

Monday 11 December 2017

Renault's car sharing service in Madrid with 500 Zoe

It is called Zity and is a new car sharing service active in Madrid thanks to the collaboration between Renault and the Spanish urban operator Ferrovial.

A fleet of 500 units of the Zoe EV is available to customers.

The Zity car sharing scheme covers practically the entire metropolitan area of the Spanish capital and strengthens Renault's position among the leaders in this type of services on a global level.