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Mercedes-AMG may have competitor for Porsche's 718 Cayman

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
The entry-level luxury sports car world might be getting even more competitive. According to Autocar, Mercedes-AMG is looking into offering a competitor to Porsche's 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster.

Ford Motor Co. plans new midsize crossover in joint venture for China

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
Ford Motor Co. plans to introduce a new midsize crossover for China next year with its joint-venture partner, Jiangling Motors Corp.

BMW tests electric 3 series in Europe

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
Spy shots of BMW's electric 3 series, referred to as a Tesla Model 3 fighter, have surfaced in Europe.

Texas dealer group Reagor Dykes falls fast and hard

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
The sudden bankruptcy filing by Texas dealership group Reagor Dykes marks a stunning fall for a former high flier, with more of the tale yet to come.

Subaru inventory levels lowest of automakers in 2018

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
Subaru's inventory level fell to 26 days on Aug. 1, its lowest point of the year and the lowest for any brand or automaker so far in 2018.

GM plans Collision Repair Network for dealers

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
General Motors is launching the GM Collision Repair Network next year for qualified dealerships and body shops in the U.S.

One Ford plan evolving to cut costs

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
Ford's head of product development and purchasing says the One Ford plan will now evolve to five modular vehicle platforms, in a move expected to cut costs and boost efficiencies.

Fixed ops in focus

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
At Automotive News' first Fixed Ops Journal Forum, held Thursday, Aug. 9, in Atlanta, attendees heard lessons on leadership and strategies for recruiting technicians.

Tariffs not a big worry for Mitsubishi

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
Tariffs come at an inconvenient time for Mitsubishi, but COO Trevor Mann says the Japanese importer will weather a trade storm.

PwC's automotive leader, Dietmar Ostermann, says nationality matters

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
PwC's automotive leader, Dietmar Ostermann, makes the point that as automakers compete through innovation, supplier nationality still matters.

Hendrick Automotive group uses docuPAD to improve FandI sales manager training

Automotive Business Review - 13 août 2018 - 07:01
Hendrick Automotive Group uses docuPAD to improve training for its FandI managers.

Saudi fund in talks to invest in Tesla buyout deal

Automotive Business Review - 12 août 2018 - 17:49
Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund is in talks that could see it becoming a significant investor in Tesla as part of Elon Musk's plan to take the electric car maker private, according to a person with direct knowledge of the...

President Trump terms Harley-Davidson’s move to shift overseas as ‘a bad move’

China car times - 12 août 2018 - 16:55

Earlier on Sunday, August 12th, President of the United States of America, Donald Trump launched a fresh attack against the iconic U.S. motorcycle maker Harley Davidson, by disparaging the motorcycle maker’s plan to shift some of its production unit abroad.

President Trump’s tweet also looked to be in support of consumers that have called for a boycott of Harley-Davidson.

Through a series of early morning tweets, President Donald Trump mentioned that individuals who chose to boycott Hayley-Davidson were a “great” development, He also additionally said that various other manufacturers would be moving their production unit in America.

In a bid to avoid tariffs, Harley has been making a lot of investments in production facilities overseas.

By announcing its plans of moving its European market production out of the U.S. due to retaliatory tariffs from the European Union back in June, the 115-year old iconic motorcycle manufacturer has found itself in a public relations turmoil.

As its U.S. sales have gradually declined due to a lack of millennial buyers, Harley has announced international plans which include making inroads in China and India.

Notably, in an interview with CNBC back in July, The CEO of Harley-Davidson, Matt Levatich went on to label Trump’s statements as “unfortunate attention” when asked about the tuff business decisions the company was forced to make.

Levatich also said that these decisions were not related to politics whatsoever. According to him, “We are not a political organization, whatever we have to deal with, we do it.  We have worked really hard to have an apolitical approach to our business and for our consumers, that are all over the world.”

Lincoln urges dealers to build stand-alone showrooms, reversing course

Automotive Business Review - 12 août 2018 - 07:01
Lincoln is asking dealers in the 30 top U.S. luxury markets to build stand-alone showrooms, reversing an effort to consolidate with Ford stores now that the brand has become more viable.

Redesigned Toyota Century recalls a bygone era of luxury

Automotive Business Review - 12 août 2018 - 07:01
The redesigned Toyota Century is one part ultrapremium status symbol, one part anachronistic holdover from a bygone era.

Calspan update shows evolution of crash testing

Automotive Business Review - 12 août 2018 - 07:01
Crash-test labs are working to raise their engineering capabilities to meet new testing standards from global regulators.

Chevy taps high and low ends to boost Silverado sales

Automotive Business Review - 12 août 2018 - 07:01
GM is looking at the bookends of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado lineup to expand sales and attract new buyers.

Tesla killers are arriving from Jaguar, Porsche, Audi and others

Automotive Business Review - 11 août 2018 - 12:11
The Tesla fighters that are about to roll off the production lines of European premium automakers are another headache for Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Italian motorcycle maker’s worldwide sales drops down for the second quarter of 2018

China car times - 11 août 2018 - 07:42

Ducati sales have fallen down by 7.4 percent in the first half of 2018 from the same time last year. The motorcycle maker has so far sold 32,250 in 2018 which generated the company 448 million Euros in revenue.  

This is the first time in 8 years the company has sales have been sluggish. Ducati sales have fallen by 8.9 percent in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to last year. The motorcycle maker sales were 20,319 units as compared to 22,300 units in the same time last year.

The global sales of the SuperSport and Superbike categories seen very good numbers, but the sales for the Ducati bikes were in red. SuperSport and Superbike witnessed a growth rate of 29 percent with global sales of 7,683 units in the first half of this year. The Ducati Panigale V4 and the Multistrada 1260 are the bike models which are driving the growth in sales.

The motorcycle maker did not reveal its growth figures in the global market. Italy the home country for Ducati has seen a positive growth, but the whole motorcycle market has slowed down which could also result in a slowdown in Italy.

Ducati has grown at a very good pace over the last 8 years but the overall slowdown in the global motorcycle market would affect the sales figure 2018 with big numbers. The sales numbers in the united states would slow down as well, however, the company has not published the units sold in the united states but we expect a drop in over sales.

Margo Oge urges automakers to 'make a deal' with California

Automotive Business Review - 11 août 2018 - 07:01
Margo Oge, former EPA official in the Obama administration, says automakers have an opportunity to work with California and shape a de facto national emissions program.
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