Euro Auto Trends


CANADA: Magna announces Nissan liftgate first

Posted in New & Coming Models by frank on the April 15th, 2014

As usual under the quaint agreements that still apply, the car was out long before the supplier news. Nonetheless, it’s worth noting Magna Exteriors’ announcement of production of the North American automotive industry’s first all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle built in Smyrna, Tennesee and, eventually, Korea as well.

SWEDEN: Nevs aims for EV series production start by winter latest

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by frank on the April 15th, 2014

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) says it is aiming for series production start of its Saab 9-3 battery-powered model by autumn or winter this year.

GERMANY: Ford Q1 sales outpace market rise

Posted in Market Trends by jonas on the April 15th, 2014

Ford Europe said its sales volume increases in March and the first quarter of 2014 outpaced the overall market.

CHINA: Chevrolet looks for a Cruze boost

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the April 15th, 2014

General Motors will launch the updated Chevrolet Cruze sedan this month at the Beijing show, choosing China for the model’s global debut as the carmaker seeks to boost sales of the brand in its biggest market.

MEXICO: Nissan to triple local purchases to US$7bn

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the April 15th, 2014

Nissan’s Mexican unit has said it looks to triple purchases from domestic manufacturers to US$7bn by 2016.

JAPAN: Toyota boosts aftermarket network in southeast Asia

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the April 15th, 2014

Toyota is working with affiliates to grow its vehicle maintenance network in southeast Asia.

CHINA: Tesla eyes partner for charging network – report

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the April 15th, 2014

Tesla Motor chief Elon Musk is set to meet with China’s largest refiner Sinopec Group to discuss possible cooperation on building charging units during his visit to the country next week.

SWEDEN: SKF Q1 sales up 10.4% to US$2,546m

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by frank on the April 15th, 2014

SKF reported an increase of 10.4% in net sales to SEK16,734m (US$2,546m) in the first quarter 2014 as compared to SEK15,152m in the previous year.

VIETNAM: Sales rise 22% in March, 29% YTD

Posted in Market Trends by frank on the April 15th, 2014

New vehicle sales in Vietnam increased by close to 22% to 9,313 units in March, from 7,650 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.

SWEDEN: Nevs inks Orio parts deal as rumours indicate EV start

Posted in Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the April 15th, 2014

National Electric Sweden (NEVS), has inked a spare components deal with Orio, formerly Saab Automobile Parts, as rumours swirl it has started pilot manufacture of its 9-3 electric vehicle.

UK: Former Bentley chief returns for another round

Posted in Market Trends by jonas on the April 15th, 2014

Volkswagen Group motorsport chief Wolfgang Dürheimer is to become chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors from 1 June, 2014, replacing Wolfgang Schreiber, who will take up a new position within the group.

IRAN: Renault monitors diplomacy as sanctions ease

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by jonas on the April 15th, 2014

Renault says it is “closely monitoring” the diplomatic situation concerning Iran as automakers and suppliers start to take advantage of the slight relaxation in sanctions against Tehran.

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