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Volkswagen Tops China Car Sales

Posted: January 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Grilled | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Volkswagen Tops China Car Sales

VW Tops China Car SalesVW are now the biggest automotive manufacturer in the world’s biggest automotive market, quite a contrast to their US operations where they skirt around the middle of the pack.

Volkswagen were once much-loved in the US for their quality, but have since seriously fallen out of favor.

Over in the Middle Kingdom VW’s pull on the Chinese public is immense, the German auto-makers offer stretches from the cheapest $US12,000 hatch to the $US175,000 Phaeton übersedan.

And it seems that anything with a VW badge riveted to the front and back panels seems to simply drive out the showroom doors.

Volkswagen sold 3.27 million vehicles in China last year, it’s closest rival, GM, sold 3.16 million cars, now the race is on for VW to become the world’s biggest automotive manufacturer, but for them to achieve that result they will need to improve the way the US market views them :: Read the full article »»»»


Australias High Cost of Keeping US Auto Makers Local

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Business News, Grilled | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australias High Cost of Keeping US Auto Makers Local

Ford Celebrates Launch of 2012 Ford FocusSales of the Australian made large cars – Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon – have dropped alarmingly in recent years. The Commodore’s 15-year run as Australia’s best-selling vehicle was ended abruptly in 2011 by the Japanese manufactured Mazda3, while Ford Falcon sales plummeted to fewer than 19,000 units in 2011. So Exactly How Much Does it Cost to Keep Auto Makers in Australia? Between $100 and $200 Million!? Holden says it is getting closer to announcing co-investment from the Federal Government and parent company General Motors as it looks to secure the local manufacturing of the Cruze and Commodore beyond 2018. Ford has announced a fresh $103 million investment for it’s Falcon range of large car and Territory SUV, though the future of the Australian-built vehicles is still guaranteed only until the end of 2016. Australia’s Minister for Manufacturing, Kim Carr, and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill have been in talks with GM at this week’s 2012 Detroit motor show as part of a political delegation seeking future support for the Australian car industry.State and federal governments could be forced to pay up to $200 million to keep Holden factories in Australia, a workforce analyst said. Both the federal and South Australian governments have indicated they will pay Holden’s parent company General Motors a “substantial sum” to prevent manufacturing from being moved offshore. Holden wasn’t able to announce its own confirmed co-investment strategy but the car maker’s managing director, Mike Devereux, said parties are working towards an agreement. Read the full article »»»»


Australias High Cost of Keeping US Auto Makers Local

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Business News, Grilled | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australias High Cost of Keeping US Auto Makers Local

Ford Celebrates Launch of 2012 Ford FocusSales of the Australian made large cars – Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon – have dropped alarmingly in recent years. The Commodore’s 15-year run as Australia’s best-selling vehicle was ended abruptly in 2011 by the Japanese manufactured Mazda3, while Ford Falcon sales plummeted to fewer than 19,000 units in 2011. So Exactly How Much Does it Cost to Keep Auto Makers in Australia? Between $100 and $200 Million!? Holden says it is getting closer to announcing co-investment from the Federal Government and parent company General Motors as it looks to secure the local manufacturing of the Cruze and Commodore beyond 2018. Ford has announced a fresh $103 million investment for it’s Falcon range of large car and Territory SUV, though the future of the Australian-built vehicles is still guaranteed only until the end of 2016. Australia’s Minister for Manufacturing, Kim Carr, and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill have been in talks with GM at this week’s 2012 Detroit motor show as part of a political delegation seeking future support for the Australian car industry.State and federal governments could be forced to pay up to $200 million to keep Holden factories in Australia, a workforce analyst said. Both the federal and South Australian governments have indicated they will pay Holden’s parent company General Motors a “substantial sum” to prevent manufacturing from being moved offshore. Holden wasn’t able to announce its own confirmed co-investment strategy but the car maker’s managing director, Mike Devereux, said parties are working towards an agreement. Read the full article »»»»


General Motors China About to Sell More Cars Than GM USA

Posted: May 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on General Motors China About to Sell More Cars Than GM USA

Is General Motors Chinese business likely to produce more sales than it’s U.S based parent? GM China registered sales of around 685,000 in Q1 with a growth rate of 10% from same period last year. This growth will likely accelerate GM’s share in China despite the expiration of government incentives and subsidies. The automaker is consolidating its position in China and plans to double its sales in the next five years with its multi-brand strategy and focus on electric vehicles, though increased competition from other global automakers like Ford, Daimler AG, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Nissan could challenge these goals. General Motors opened a second plant in Shanghai last year and added three new Chevrolet models in 2005. China’s vehicle market has nearly tripled in size from 4.56 million units – in 2003 – to 13.64 million units in 2009.Shanghai-GM sold 99,589 vehicles in China in March, an increase of 14.5 percent year-on-year and a record for the month. SAIC-GM-Wuling, GM’s tripartite microvan joint venture with partners SAIC and Liuzhou Wuling Motors, registered domestic sales of 125,247 vehicles in March. FAW-GM, GM’s light-duty truck joint venture, generated domestic sales of 8,161 vehicles for the month M★S READ MORE