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Mercedes-Benz’ mother company, Daimler, is very optimistic about the company’s performance. And it is pretty obvious because the company plans to increase production this year, assuming to boost their sales up to three million vehicles annually.
We can’t blame them though, because last year, the company sold approximately 2.4 million units. So if they could produce more vehicles yearly, then they will be able to deliver more too.
According to German weekly Automobilwoche, Markus Schaefer, the Daimler board member in charge of manufacturing and procurement at Mercedes-Benz said that the sites in their global production network are running high on usage rates. And this is mainly their reason for expanding their capabilities, also when basing it on market demand, that is already moving towards 3 million units.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz has exponentially upped their production targets
With all the issues going around the automotive industry, car makers have to be more mindful of their moves, especially when it comes to the development and production of cars.
Like now, European spec cars had just been given a new set of requirements, and this will mean a production shutdown for BMW’s flagship 7 Series sedan for an entire year. To be more specific, this shutdown really only affects gas powered vehicles, and diesel engine will still be produced. This is quite an odd thing considering that diesel variants have a reputation of being the more polluted engines, especially with the Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal.
The decision to shut down engines began when the new requirements of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (also known as WLTP) were implemented. These rules began in 2017 after new forms of emissions testing has been done, and apparently, these are a better way to measure vehicle emission in real world driving.Read the entire article BMW will halt production of gasoline-powered 7 Series
If you were not able to reserve yourself a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and think that perhaps you could get your hands on a brand new 2019 model year of the car, we are now telling you that it is impossible. This is because the automaker has no plans to produce more than what they initially announced. It will be limited to 3,300 units only. This number has not changed since they first announced the vehicle. The company now reiterates that there won’t be an extension.
This is because over the last few weeks, Demon enthusiasts have been spreading rumours that their local Dodge dealerships are talking about another model year for the Dodge. This is why the company wants to clarify things now, saying that the Demon will not get a 2019 version.
In fact, Tim Kuniskis, Dodge boss said in his interview with Allpar.com that “2018 only, one and done”, meaning to say that those who did not get the 2018 model year missed out because there will not be a 2019 version if that is what they expected. Furthermore, he told the media several times last year that the Demon will remain to be a 2018 model only, so it is not his fault that Dodge enthusiasts assumed otherwise as he made it very clear.Read the entire article Dodge will not produce a 2019 model year of the Challenger SRT Demon
BMW has been steadfastly working on developing the all new version of the 3 Series and M3. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the existing model’s production will end when the new version comes along. But then, it seems like production will end sooner than we expected. In fact, there have already been reports of the discontinuation of the current F80 M3 taking place in a few months.
It was actually BMWBlog that announced this, as they said that the F80 M3’s production will be capped off as early as May 2018. One of the reasons for this is because of the introduction of the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle. This new procedure will act as the new standard when determining levels of pollutants, C02 emissions, fuel or energy consumption for cars worldwide.
Once this becomes effective, BMW will have to fit the M3 F80 with a complex new Otto particle filter beginning in June. But instead of doing this, they have decided to just completely stop production in May, also so that they may focus on developing the 3 Series and the M3 - both models are slated to begin production within the next couple of years. Production will only be halted for the M3 though, as the M4 will remain unaffected by this change. Therefore, production of the M4 will continue for a few more months after May.Read the entire article Production of the current BMW M3 (F80) might already end in May
Volkswagen recently launched a teaser video of what they will be launching in the next 12 months. And one of the models they featured was the T-Cross. This confirms that the production version of the model will finally be able to join us later this year as the automaker’s smallest crossover to date.
Here is the thing, the video is merely a brief teaser of each of their upcoming cars and that they did not provide specific details about when or where the T-Cross could make an official debut. However, based on the latest speculations, it might come out sometime earlier in the year. We might actually be able to see it debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. If you remember, it was back in 2016 that VW first premiered the T-Cross Breeze concept as a preview for their smallest crossover.
However, unlike the concept that we saw two years ago, the production version will not be a droptop. And from the spy shots we saw earlier, the road-going variant has been going through tests in the snow. The vehicle looks like a smaller version of the Tiguan, the automaker’s existing SUV. While it does share the same MQB platform as the polo, it is a shorter version of it.Read the entire article Expect VW T-Cross to arrive in Europe dealerships in 2018 and in the US by 2019
It appears that the Volkswagen e-Golf is doing really well. A couple of weeks ago, they announced that the production of the e-Golf with increased range will have to be doubled because of its strong demand. One major factor is the move by several automakers to offer rebates for drivers who get rid of their old cars in exchange for environmentally friendly cars, which is a good move - not just for the car manufacturer, but also for the environment.
To meet the rising demand, the German automaker will have to switch from single-shift operation to 2 shifts at their Transparent Factory Dresden so that output can be increased from 35 units per day to 70 cars daily. If you add that up, that will give you a total of 2,100 per month as opposed to the original figure of 1,050 only. The increase is said to be gradual with the additional shift to begin only in March 2018.
The e-Golf, as we know, comes equipped with a 35.8 kWh battery that is capable of reaching 125 miles (201 kilometers) EPA. That is a huge improvement (83 miles / 134 kilometers) from the previous version that comes with a 24.2 kWh battery.Read the entire article VW e-Golf production volume will double this March
It is not the first time that we have heard rumours about the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Volt. In fact, it has been years since we first heard of it, and today, the rumours are back. And it seems like it will actually happen in 2022. According to GM Authority, sources from AutoForecast Solutions say that the automaker plans to focus more on developing electric crossover and utility vehicles, and this is why the automaker sees no future for the Volt.
Apart from the idea of discontinuing the Volt, General Motors is actually considering getting rid of six passenger cars from its United States lineup by 2020. Of course, since these models will be gone for good, the company has plans of replacing them with a plug-in crossover of some sort, or a fully electric vehicle. That isn’t such a bad thing to be honest.
So if rumours are true, and if Chevrolet goes as planned, it will not be a big surprise to many anymore. This is also because passenger cars have not been moving as well in the United States. Moreover, the American automaker’s long term plan is to launch a total of 20 new electric cars by 2023, so do not be too sentimental about the discontinuation of the Volt, because you will have a lot more to choose from as a replacement to it.Read the entire article Chevrolet Volt production could end in 2022, most likely to be replaced by electric crossover
Volkswagen proves just how big of an automotive company it is as it is celebrating a very important milestone on the last day of the year. It is set to roll out its 6 millionth car on Sunday, the 31st of December. Most of the cars that were built this year were familiar nameplates, but of course, new members of the family like the T-Roc, Tiguan Allspace, and Atlas also played an important role as their production numbers have increased significantly as well. It should be mentioned though that for this calculation, the Arteon has been excluded because it is considered as the CC’s successor.
As mentioned earlier, it was the more popular models like the Polo, Golf, Jetta and Passat that took up the majority of the percentage of cars produced this year. Alongside those models, the Santana that is available in several versions in China, had an impact too.
The automaker has a total of about 60 models in their lineup globally, and this will still increase as models like the T-Cross and the Phaeton are currently being developed. Apart from all that, Volkswagen also has plans of expanding their current electric vehicle lineup, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they easily break the 6 million record by next year.Read the entire article VW breaks own production record with 6 million units built in 2017
The unveiling of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September indicated the imminent arrival of a new flagship sports utility vehicle. Now, the German premium carmaker has started the countdown for the launch of the final model – the BMW X7 Sports Activity Vehicle -- after the first pre-production models rolled off the assembly at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
According to the carmaker, this signals the countdown for the final 12 months leading to the unveiling of the final production version in the end of 2018. The production of the pre-production models at the BMW Group Spartanburg plant will allow the premium carmaker to both secure and optimize future series production.
BMW Group Spartanburg plant is the current home of BMW’s X models – BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 – and the addition of the upcoming X7 means that the assembly site would soon be producing five BMW X models. BMW X7 pre-production models are being assembled at the same line as the BMW X5 and X6 production models. The company has already assigned a team that would create the series production process for the final BMW X7.Read the entire article BMW X7 is in pre-production stage, testing to begin very soon
Every time there is an auto show, people tend to compare one car to another - in terms of technology, performance, appeal, and many other factors. And oftentimes, new models even get compared to their predecessors. So here are our top five from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.Read the entire article Top 5 production and concept cars at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn inaugurated the all-new Alpine A110 production line. This inauguration was attended by the Minister for Economy and Finance of France, Bruno Le Maire, with the two also inspecting the production line committed to the new sports car of Alpine. This production line will be part of Groupe Renault’s Alpine facility located in Dieppe, Normandy.
Talking about the new production line, Ghosn revealed that it was in Dieppe where the first-ever Berlinette was manufactured around half a century ago. The renewal of the Alpine production, he added, presented the company with an interesting challenge. Groupe Renault managed to rise to the occasion with Alliance, he continued, especially with support from the local urban district, the region, and ultimately the state. The factory has been completely refurbished, Ghosn declared, through an investment amounting to at least €35 million and the recruitment of 151 individuals. The brand has long been known for its French-style elegance and excellence. With this new production line, Ghosn said, this will no longer be simply claims but an actual industrial reality.
After two years of work and an outlay of at least €35 million, the brand believes that the Dieppe plant will become one of a kind especially in Europe. This new production line will have the capability of assembling the chassis and all-aluminum body of the Alpine A110. Meanwhile the paint shop will have new cleaning and sanding robots in order to ensure that premium quality finish. The brand also revealed that the same assembly line has been upgraded in line with the best practices of Alliance.Read the entire article Groupe Renault unveils new production line for Alpine A110
Mercedes-AMG revealed that it will be unveiling the CLS 53 during the North American International Auto Show in January 2018. This was confirmed by none other than that brand’s very own Chairman of the Management Board Tobias Moers.
Moers however confirmed as well that Mercedes-AMG will no longer be coming out with the CLS 63 AMG. The main reason is that the brand needs to make room for its AMG GT4 offering. This model is expected to go on sale by 2019 in the U.S.
This news could well make a number of customers sad, particularly those who have a preference for the CLS 63. Mercedes-AMG however did suggest that it may offer AMG versions for the E-Class Convertible and even the E-Class Coupe. Moers clarified that there will be 53 variants and these may arrive in the markets as early as 2019. There are also reports that hint at the redesigned GLE being given the 53 treatment. However, this will occur only once the standard version is launched, which is sometime in early 2019.Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG ditches CLS 63 to allow for new AMG GT4
The new Toyota FT-AC Concept (Future Toyota Adventure Concept) did excite and thrill many when it was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third small SUV concept that Toyota unveiled this year was designed for those with adventurous lifestyles but still have to be connected to the online world. Now, it appears that the FT-AC Concept would soon be developed for production with a market launch seen to happen in the next few years.
Jack Hollis, General Manager for Toyota Motor North America, told Motor Authority that for the next few years, the Japanese carmaker is planning to create and introduce a small SUV as inspired by the FT-AC Concept. Presently, Toyota’s crossover and SUV offerings include the C-HR, RAV4, 4Runner, Highlander and Sequoia, as well as the largest of them all, the Land Cruiser. In terms of size, the FT-AC would belong to the same segment as the C-HR, making it sit below the compact RAV4.
At first glance, offering a production version of the FT-AC and the C-HR would mean that Toyota is having two products in the same segment that might cannibalize each other’s sales. But as Hollis put it, the situation in the near future could be the same or similar to the 1990s, with Toyota offering more than one vehicle in each segment if they are distinct enough. This means that the FT-AC production version would be greatly differentiated from the C-HR.Read the entire article Production of Toyota FT-AC Concept will start within two years
BMW recently announced that the long awaited 2018 BMW M5 (F90) finally goes into production. The M5 is also known as the German automaker’s most powerful production high performance sedan in history. We saw it a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show when it made it public reveal.
Apart from being the most powerful production vehicle by BMW, it was announced to be the most expensive M5 ever, earlier this week with a starting price of $102,600, plus an extra $995 destination and handling fee. That makes it $8,500 more expensive than the outgoing model. After months of waiting, BMW confirmed that the 2018 M5’s mass production has started at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Southern Bavaria.
Without a doubt, the very first batch of BMW M5s will be delivered to customers in Europe when it first rolls off the line. But United States customers should not take too long until they get their hands on the F90 generation of the sedan. If everything goes as planned during the production process, deliveries should begin by March 2018 to countries including Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. BMW also plans to beat the previous generation’s production record of about 20,000 units.Read the entire article BMW starts production of new M5 (F90) at its Dingolfing, Bavaria plant
The other day, it was confirmed that Volvo will finally bring the XC40 to US soil, where it will first make an appearance at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, the small crossover will finally hit production phase at the Swedish company’s Ghent plant in Belgium. Having said that, we can expect to see the first batch of production models roll off the production line and head off to their respective owners sometime next year.
This early, the automaker has already received 13,000 orders, so they will definitely be busy producing enough examples of the XC40 in the next couple of months. To be more specific, customers should be able to receive their vehicles early next year, according to Volvo.
Volvo Cars chief executive and president Hakan Samuelsson said that the beginning of the XC40’s production is a special day for both Ghent and Volvo, and this particular model represents a bright future for the aforementioned companies.Read the entire article 2018 Volvo XC40 production begins in Belgium
The Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept has earned a ton of praises after it was unveiled in Detroit almost three years ago. Oddly, it took a while before the company came to realize its importance in boosting the US sales which as of late, have not been quite so impressive.
It can be recalled that Michael J. O’Brien, Hyundai Motor senior executive, has told Reuters before about the company’s plan of launching a new pickup truck in the US. It was also mentioned then that the main issue was on how to increase the production --- especially for the Tucson which often runs short of supply.
Initial reports also indicate that the Hyundai Kona, which is slated to launch in US early next year will come from South Korea. Then there is Dave Zuchowski, former Hyundai Motor America CEO, who said earlier this year that new SUVs including the Santa Cruz project have all received the go-signal from its corporate headquarters. It was confirmed by Hyundai later on that the Santa Cruz concept has indeed been given the notice to proceed and is now aimed directly for the US market.Read the entire article Hyundai may start manufacturing a new pickup in the US by 2021
Green Car Reports recently reported that Ford North America has just stopped producing its C-Max Energi. While speaking with Dan Jones, Ford North America’s Communications Mgr., it has been confirmed that the electric version of the C-Max has bowed out of the assembly lines while its hybrid version is expected to come next in the following year.
The recent decision could be due to the C-Max series’ unfulfilled sales expectations. Ford has only delivered a total of 40,690 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids from October 2012 up to the end of October this year. For a while now, it has also been wildly anticipated that Ford will soon be replacing it with some new models. Given that the company has just started testing its new Ford Escape Energi plugins as well as the expected arrival of the new Ford Focus Energi, the C-Max Energi’s production course has inevitably ended.
For one, The C-Max Energi has never been as popular in the US market. Despite selling a total of 2,374 units in 2012 followed by 7,154 in 2013 and 8,433 in 2014, the sales volume never really took off as much as the Tesla Model S or Nissan LEAF or Toyota Prius or even Chevy’s Volt and Bolt EVs. Even so, Ford has sold as many as 7,591 C-Max plugins in 2015, 7,957 in 2016 and 7,181 in 2017 and has stayed consistently among the top ten hybrid models in the country. Ford only has one remaining plug-in hybrid model under its portfolio and that is the Ford Fusion Energi with the same powertrain.Read the entire article Ford C-Max Energi discontinued, C-Max Hybrid to continue assembly until mid-2018
Less than a month ago, Toyota capped off its production in Australia, and now, Holden’s very last production model in the country has rolled off the assembly lines. This year marks the company’s 69th year of manufacturing in Australia, and Holden decided to organize a special private even for the hard-working men and women behind Holden and the media.
Holden is one of the oldest transportation companies in the world, and back in August 2008, they have already assembled their seven millionth vehicle. That is sixty years after the very first model was launched, and today, they have built over 7.6 million vehicles all in all. The last example Holden built in Australia is a Commodore Redline.
Mark Bernhard, Chairman and Managing Director of Holden, said in his statement that their company’s number one priority is to treat their people with respect and dignity, and he is proud to be able to achieve their goal during the transition. For him, it is a recognition of their dedication over the years. He then added that 85 percent of their people have transitioned over the years, and they have supported and worked closely with these people.Read the entire article Holden builds last model after 69 years of production
It looks as if Chevrolet has everything planned out in terms of production. Firstly, they have plans of introducing the Corvette ZR1 in a few months, which will then be followed by an all-new mid-engined Corvette. Currently, the automaker is rebuilding their facilities for their future models. And because of that, reports suggest that the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built in limited quantities only.
It was Bowling Green Daily News that reported that Chevy’s Bowling Green, Kentucky plant will only accommodate the lightly improved 2018 Corvette’s assembly for four months. This will begin next month after the facility’s three-month break in anticipation of the new model.
Lauren Langille, General Motors communications representative, said that their Kentucky plant employees will return to work all of October and November based on the training requirements as they prepare for production.Read the entire article Only 9,700 examples of the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built
Soon, one of Mercedes-Benz’s beloved special models of the G-Class will be hitting the cul-de-sac. Mercedes has confirmed that it would only accept orders for the Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² limited edition model, the brand’s ultimate off-roader, until the end of October. Production will be good until the last order, so interested customers are being urged by Mercedes to place theirs before the set deadline.
The G500 4x4² is regarded by many as a marriage between a typical G-Class and much superior G63 AMG 6x6. In fact, the G500 4x4² features a version of the portal axles found in the G63 AMG 6x6, with an axle less. In contrast to conventional rigid axles, portal axles have wheels positioned -- not at the height of the center of the axle – but much lower. This gives the G500 4x4² a ground clearance of around 450 mm and a fording depth of 1,000 mm.
Essentially, the G500 4x4² is the production version of the G500 4x4² Concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The concept practically combined an all-wheel drive system with portal axles, a newly developed variable chassis and the series-production G-Class body. It was powered by a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine that is also found on the Mercedes-AMG GT, with the capability to deliver 422 hp (310 kW). The concept came with a set of 22-inch 325/55 R22 wheels, carbon-fiber body parts and the seductive designo Exclusive range for the interior.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz to stop production of G500 4x4² in October with impending arrival of next-gen G-Class
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