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November 2017 - Global News

GM to Meet Mandated Green Vehicle Sales Targets in China

General Motors China said it will meet production quotas for new energy vehicles (NEVs) designed to meet government mandated green car sales targets aimed at reducing pollution.

Tags: China, General Motors, SAIC, Global

November 2017 - Global News

Ford Enters Joint Venture for China EVs

Zotye Ford Automobile Co., Ltd., a new 50/50 joint venture, will offer a range of battery-electric vehicles for consumers in China under a new indigenous brand, Ford announced.

Tags: Ford, Joint Venture, Battery-Electric Vehicles, China

November 2017 - Global News

China's JAC Motors Launches Electric Truck Line

China’s JAC Motors recently launched a JAC Electric Trucks operation.

Tags: China, Global, Electric Vehicles

October 2017 - Global News

UPS Increases Investments in China

UPS upped its investment in the Chinese market by enhancing its services in 20 cities in the country to better serve the manufacturers and exporters that will be powering the region's growth.

Tags: UPS, China, Global

October 2017 - Global News

Foton, Cummins Cooperating on China Super Truck Program

China’s Foton Motor and Cummins have signed a memorandum of cooperation around the launch of the second stage of the China Super Truck program.

Tags: Global, China, Cummins, Foton Motor

October 2017 - Cover Story

State of the Chinese Commercial Fleet Market

The new-vehicle market has been up and down for the 2017 calendar-year, but demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles continues to remain strong. The sales forecast is that the growth rate for 2017 will be lower than prior years.

Tags: China, General Motors, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2017 - Global News

GM China September Sales Increase 6%

GM’s sales in China rose 6.6% to 366,305 units in September compared to the same time in 2016, and were driven by strong SUV sales for its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and Baojun brands.

Tags: China, General Motors, Global

October 2017 - Global News

Volvo's Performance Brand Launches Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo’s Polestar performance unit unveiled its first production unit in Shangai, an electric-hybrid vehicle that offers 600 hp

Tags: Volvo, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, China, Global

October 2017 - Global News

Renault India Discontinues Four Models Due to Low Sales

Renault India only has three vehicles in its lineup, the Kwid, Duster, and Lodgy. The group plans on releasing the Captur later this month.

Tags: India, Renault, Global, Discontinued Vehicles

October 2017 - Global News

Ford to Focus on Trucks, EVs, Connectivity

Ford Motor Co.'s new leader wants to shift investment into trucks and electrified vehicles and reduce costs and investment in sedans and internal combustion engines, Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett said Tuesday.

Tags: Ford, Automotive Executives, C-Suite, Battery-Electric Vehicles

October 2017 - Global News

India to Procure 10K EVs from Tata

Tata Motors will supply 10,000 battery-electric vehicles to a government-run energy-services join venture in India as the country continues efforts to reduce emissions and curb fuel imports.

Tags: Tata Motors, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2017 - Global News

Chery to Bring Compact SUV to Europe in 2018

Chery will introduce its Exeed compact SUV in Europe in 2018, and will offer three powertrain variants, including a plug-in hybrid.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chery

September 2017 - Global News

Ford, Mahindra India Alliance May Include EVs

Ford signed a memorandum of understanding with Mahindra Group to strengthen its commitment to India and support Mahindra’s expansion into other global markets.

Tags: India, Ford, Global, Mahindra Group, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2017 - Global News

Toyota Recalls 20K Vios, Yaris Sedans

Toyota Vietnam is recalling more than 20,000 Vios and Yaris sedans to replace faulty air bag inflators.

Tags: Toyota, Recalls, Yaris, Vietnam, Global

September 2017 - Global News

China Pushes to Ban Sale of Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles

China is setting a deadline for automakers to end the sale of fossil-fuel powered vehicles as the country looks to reduce oil consumption and pollution and push for the development of electric vehicles. Regulators are working on a timetable for the ban.

Tags: Diesel Engines, China, Emissions Reduction, Global

August 2017 - Global News

Renault-Nissan, Dongfeng Form EV Venture

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd. have formed a joint venture to co-develop and sell electric vehicles in China, according to a company announcement.

Tags: China, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Renault-Nissan Alliance

August 2017 - Global News

Ford Names Luo to Lead Ford China

Ford has named Jason Luo as the new chairman and CEO of Ford China as it continues to strengthen its global leadership team.

Tags: China, Ford, Global, New Hire

August 2017 - Global News

Ford Sets Up Joint Venture for EVs in China

Ford signed a memorandum of understanding with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., Ltd., to secure a joint venture for the development, production, marketing, and servicing of a new line of all-electric passenger vehicles in China.

Tags: China, Ford, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 2017 - Industry News

China's Great Wall Downplays Fiat Chrysler Buy

China's Great Wall Motor Co. is moving away from a bid to acquire part or all of Fiat Chrysler a day after expressing interest in the company and its Jeep brand, reports Bloomberg.

Tags: Jeep, China, Mergers & Acquisitions, FCA

August 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo, Geely Form EV Tech Sharing Companies

Volvo Cars and its parent, Geely Holding, have formed two entities to share existing and future technology to help accelerate the development of electrified vehicles for Geely vehicles in China and Volvo cars.

Tags: Volvo, Joint Venture, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Geely

July 2017 - Global News

Mitsubishi to Unveil Minivan for Indonesia

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will unveil its latest multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) for the Indonesian market at the 25th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show in August.

Tags: Mitsubishi, Indonesia, Global

July 2017 - Global News

Daimler Builds Battery Factory in Beijing For EV Production

The production of the batteries at the factory will meet the demands of producing electric vehicles locally.

Tags: China, Daimler, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

June 2017 - Cover Story

The State of the Commercial Fleet Market in South Korea

The corporate fleet sector in South Korea accounts for 18-20% of total auto sales, with most sales going to local brands. However, GM Korea is growing its fleet presence, with commercial sales now representing 9% of total sales.

June 2017 - Global News

Daimler Launches 50,000 BharatBenz Trucks in India

Production of the BharatBenz trucks in Indian has ramped since its launch almost five years ago with approximately 50,000 assets currently on the road in india

Tags: India, Daimler, Global

June 2017 - Global News

Fiat India Produces First Locally-Developed Jeep Compass

Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited and FCA rolled out India's first locally-produced Jeep Compass.

Tags: Jeep Compass, Indiana, Global, FCA

June 2017 - Global News

UPS Inks Joint Venture with a Top Chinese Courier

UPS has announced that it will join with one of the leading courier delivery services in China to develop and provide international delivery services initially from China to the U.S., but with expansion plans for other destinations.

Tags: UPS, China, Global

May 2017 - Global News

GM Unveils Wuling Hong Guang S3 SUV

SAIC-GM-Wuling unveiled its first SUV to the Chinese market.

Tags: China, General Motors, Compact SUVs

May 2017 - Global News

MitFuso Opens Truck Power Charging Station in Japan

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) inaugurated the first public power charging station dedicated to trucks in Japan, directly outside its Kawasaki manufacturing facility.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Electric Trucks, EV Charging Stations, eCanter

May 2017 - Global News

GM Delivers Over 270K Vehicles in China

General Motors and its joint ventures in China delivered 272,770 vehicles in April, with deliveries of luxury vehicles, SUVs, and MPVs representing nearly half of the company’s sales.

Tags: Chevrolet, Buick, China, General Motors, Global

May 2017 - Global News

Mitsubishi Leads Auto Exports from Thailand

Mitsubishi Motors has become the No. 1 automotive exporter in Thailand with total export volume of 309,915 units for the 12-month period ending March 31.

Tags: Thailand, Global, Vehicle Exports

May 2017 - Global News

Chevrolet Equinox Launches in China

The Chevrolet Equinox is now available in China, reflecting automaker's goal of introducing more than 20 new or refreshed products in China by the end of 2020

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Equinox, China, Global

April 2017 - Global News

Buick Unveils Velite 5 PHEV in China

General Motors has unveiled the Buick Velite 5 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which is a rebranded and modified version of the Chevrolet Volt manufactured in China.

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Global, Shanghai, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, China

April 2017 - Industry News

Zoomcar Adds Mahindra Electric Vehicles to Platform

This partnership will allow individuals to purchase the all-electric Mahindra e2oPlus on Zoomcar’s platform, list the vehicle for rental when not in use, and earn cash to help offset the monthly ownership costs.

Tags: Carsharing, Peer-to-Peer, Zoomcar, Mahindra Group, Battery-Electric Vehicles

April 2017 - Global News

UD Trucks Rolls Out Flagship Cabover for Japan

UD Trucks has launched the all-new Quon in the Japanese market as “a full model change” for its heavy-duty flagship.

Tags: UD Trucks, Volvo Group, Global, Japan, Cabovers

April 2017 - Global News

Korea Speeds Up Plan to Build Alt-Fuel Refueling Infrastructure

The South Korean Ministry of Land Transportation announced plans to build 200 multipurpose stations to charge vehicles powered by fuel cells, batteries, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by 2025.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, South Korea, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

April 2017 - Global News

Ford Launching Ranger Pickup in China

Ford Motor Co. will sell the Ranger mid-size pickup truck in China in 2018 as part of the automaker’s pursuit to grow the country’s emerging pickup market, the company announced.

Tags: China, Ford Ranger, Ford, 2018-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

April 2017 - Global News

Ford Expanding Vehicle Electrification in China

Ford will launch two new electrified vehicles in China as part of the automaker's plan to roll out a broad range of electric vehicles in the country by 2025.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Ford, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, China

March 2017 - Global News

New Car-Sharing Service in Japan features Nissan’s Ultra-Compact EV

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and the City of Yokohama introduced a round-trip car sharing service on March 20, 2017, featuring the Nissan New Mobility Concept, an ultra-compact electric vehicle.

Tags: Yokohama, Nissan, Carsharing, Japan, Global, Mobility

March 2017 - Global News

Maruti Suzuki Releases Road Safety Index for Indian Cities

Maruti Suzuki India Limited released the Road Safety Index, a weighted average of scores on important parameters relating to road safety. The eight cities selected for the campaign were identified based on population, metro status, and statewide coverage.

Tags: India, Global, Safety

March 2017 - Global News

Chinese Truck Manufacturer Foton Opts for ZF Transmission

The TraXon automatic commercial vehicle transmission system from ZF will go into volume production in Chinese manufacturer Foton’s new Auman EST-A. Foton is one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers on the Chinese market.

Tags: Transmissions, Global

March 2017 - Industry News

South Korea Launches First Hydrogen Carsharing Program

The city of Gwangju plans to offer South Korea’s first hydrogen carsharing program. There will be 15 hydrogen vehicles available as well as 27 all-electric vehicles.

Tags: Carsharing, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, International Rentals, Alternative Fuels

March 2017 - Global News

Ford China Sales Up for February but Down YTD

Ford and its joint ventures in China sold 64,641 vehicles in February, up 2 percent compared to February 2016. Year-to-date sales for Ford in China totaled 153,073 vehicles, a 21 percent decrease compared to the same time last year.

Tags: China, Ford, Global, Jiangling

March 2017 - Global News

Chery Launches Two New SUVs in Russia

The Chery launched the new Tiggo 3 and Tiggo 5 SUVs in Russia.

Tags: Russia, Global, Compact SUVs, Chery

March 2017 - Global News

Hyundai Launches Electric Carsharing in South Korea

Hyundai’s carsharing service is expected to launch in South Korea in April, using electric vehicles such as the Hyundai Ioniq.

Tags: Hyundai, Carsharing, Hyundai Ioniq, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 2017 - Feature

Market Snapshot: Turkey Fleet Market

There are more than 17 million vehicles in Turkey, of which 40% are fleet vehicles. Fewer than 13% of the population in Turkey either owns or drives a vehicle, according to research by 'Automotive Fleet' magazine. In terms of fleet passenger cars, only 10% of the 2.4 million company cars in Turkey are leased, but demand for fleet leasing has been growing.

Tags: Leasing, Turkey, Global, Payment Cards

February 2017 - Global News

PSA Group to Expand Vehicle Assembly in Vietnam in 2017

The PSA Group and its partner THACO (Truong Haï Auto Corp.) signed an agreement on Feb. 22 to bring to market in Vietnam two new SUVs that will be assembled in THACO’s plant in Chulai in Quang Nam Province.

Tags: Peugeot, Vietnam, Global, PSA Group

February 2017 - Global News

BYD Launches Largest EV Taxi Fleet in Southeast Asia

BYD has launched a fleet of 100 electric taxis in Singapore, forming the biggest electric taxi fleet in Southeast Asia, according to BYD, a Chinese renewal energy technology company.

Tags: BYD, Alternative Fuels, Singapore, Taxi Fleets, China

February 2017 - Global News

Mitsubishi Begins Production of Mirage G4 in Philippines

Mitsubishi Corp. (MMC) has announced that production of its Mirage G4 — also known as the Attrage in other markets — has started at the vehicle assembly plant of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC).

Tags: Mitsubishi, Global, Philippines, Assembly Plants

February 2017 - Global News

Pricing Announced for Chevrolet Cruze Hatch in China

Pricing for the China Chevrolet Cruze Hatch was announced on Feb. 7. Five trims with a choice of 1.4T or 1.5L engines are available for a price range between RMB 109,900 and RMB 169,900.

Tags: China, Chevrolet Cruze, Global, Chevrolet, Hatchbacks

February 2017 - Global News

Tariffs Upheld on OTR Tires From India and Sri Lanka

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has upheld the tariffs on off-the-road tires suggested by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).

Tags: Tires and Wheels, International Trade Commission, Tariffs, India, Sri Lanka, Global

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