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In June this year, rival carmakers Ford and Volkswagen inked a memorandum of agreement for a possible strategic alliance. Months after signing the MoU, automotive industry analysts are now floating the ideas of possible merger or an equity swap between the American and German companies. Nonetheless, Ford is quick enough to quash such ideas even before they get out of hand.
Under the signed MoU, Ford and VW are exploring a number of potential projects in several areas like the development of a range of commercial vehicles together. Likewise, a possible partnership would also work to better serve the evolving needs of customers. The parties have already made it clear back then that the potential alliance wouldn’t involve any equity arrangement.
However, The Detroit Bureau published an analysis that the potential alliance between Ford and VW might go beyond the commercial vehicle market, since doing so could be beneficial for both carmakers. For instance, Ford can benefit from VW’s robust presence not just in Europe, but also in Latin America and China. On the other hand, VW can take advantage of Ford’s strong fortified status in the United States, particular in the pickup and SUV segments.Read the entire article Ford kills rumors over potential merger or equity swap with Volkswagen
Ford Motor Co. will have to stretch itself into multiple price points (up and down) in order to catch up in the Chinese market. Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, said that the company is “very focused” on developing the Ford brand and on establishing its models into various segments. Ford, which has to catch up to competitors like General Motors, Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp. in China, has recently presented the redesigned Focus into China's fiercely competitive C segment, the largest segment in China.
Hinrichs predicts that by 2015, the C segment will make up for 5 million units of China's 18.5 million market by 2015.
This segment is bigger than entire car markets in numerous countries. It is divided into subsegments influenced heavily by price, namely: C Low, C Medium and C High.Read the entire article Ford to introduce new models in China to catch GM, VW and Toyota
Ford Motor Co.’s image and pricing in Germany need a boost if it wants to command more respect and expect to raise sales there. According to Stefanie Weiland, a car buyer and former owner of a Ford vehicle, Ford has a “deplorable” reputation. She is looking for a new car at the VW dealership, saying that its cars are “unbreakable.”
Ford Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally wants to achieve in Germany what he was able to do in the United States, which is to sell more vehicles by playing up fuel economy and technology such as voice-activated stereos.
Ford admits that its retail prices fell behind the German carmaker by an average of 6.3 percent in the last eight months. J.D. Power & Associates said that when it comes to sales, Ford is ranked No. 5 and its vehicles make up 7.5 percent of the German market. Meanwhile, Volkswagen has a share of around 20.8 percent.Read the entire article Ford wants to boost its image and pricing in Germany, will take on Vw
In response to gains in market share by rivals, Hyundai Motor Co. is studying a plan to make a network of up to 1,000 rural outlets and is presenting a more affordable small car. Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. have both increased their share.
Arvind Saxena, Hyundai’s India director for sales and marketing, said that the carmaker has been examining these markets and seeks to focus on expanding the network in those areas. He didn’t provide a timeframe for this plan.
Hyundai wants to concentrate its expansion in rural areas that have a small number of dealerships as the growing economy in India is distributing wealth beyond the urban regions. Hyundai’s sales in India increased by about half the rate of the overall market in the last fiscal year.Read the entire article Hyundai wants to grow in India as Vw and Ford increase their market share
Volkswagen AG posted higher earnings last year than Ford Motor Co. as the demand in China continued to surge. The net income of Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, rose sevenfold to 6.84 billion euros ($9.42 billion), according to a report from the company on Feb. 25. Ford posted a profit of $6.56 billion for 2010, while General Motors Co. had $4.7 billion. Toyota Motor Corp. forecasts 490 billion yen ($6 billion) in profit in the year ending March 31.
Volkswagen seeks to beat Toyota, the world's largest carmaker, in sales and profitability by 2018 as it relies on growth in Brazil, Russia, India and China. VW expects deliveries to increase by 5% this year after posting a record 7.2 million deliveries of cars and SUVs in 2010.
Sales in China, VW's biggest market, increased by 37% last year to 1.92 million on the Lavida sedan and Golf hatchback. Net income surpassed the 4.96 billion-euro average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.Read the entire article VW passed rival Ford in the auto industry earnings race last year
As parts suppliers in Japan are still striving to restart factories, it’s likely that Ford Motor Co., Volkswagen AG, and other carmakers will follow moves by General Motors Co.'s Opel unit and PSA/Peugeot Citroen SA to slow down production in Europe in the coming weeks.
BMW AG, Daimler AG, and VW have already been struggling with scant parts supplies as they operate plants at high capacity levels to meet record demand.
VW spokesman Christoph Adomat said his company will maintain production through this week. The Cologne, Germany-based Ford of Europe can't rule out production disruptions, said spokesman Adrian Schmitz.Read the entire article Vw, Ford slowing production in Europe in the coming weeks
New car sales for General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen rose in October as total market volume increased by 27.1 percent, as compared to the prior year.
This extended a rebound from August as people hurried to buy cars before the policy incentives of Beijing expire at the end of 2010. However, other automakers like BYD and Toyota Motor saw a decline in their sales for various reasons.
Industry observers say that in November and December, monthly sales could top the 1-million mark, thanks to those year-end advertising campaigns by carmakers who want to exceed or achieve their yearly sales target.Read the entire article GM, Ford and Vw sales in China rise 27 percent in October
Ford had been the top-selling brand in the European Union for only a month before Volkswagen swooped in and got back its top rating. Industry body ACEA revealed that the Ford brand exceeded Volkswagen brand by 1,298 units in March, selling 168,611 new cars compared with VW's 167,313 units. Last April, VW sold 138,304 new-cars in the EU, a 7.7% drop while Ford's sales plunged nearly 20% to 87,721 units.
In fact, Ford was overtaken by Renault, which sold 99,642 units, and Peugeot, which sold 88,721 units.
Ford sales suffered as scrappage schemes that have increased sales of the smaller Fiesta and Ka models ended or were wound down in key European markets. Due to their strong domestic French market and by the launches of new products.Read the entire article Volkswagen gets 1st place from Ford as the top-selling brand in the Europe
Customers seeking a hardcore version of the Volkswagen T-Roc can finally flash a smile. This comes after the German carmaker unveiled a performance version of the high-riding crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – the all-new Volkswagen T-Roc R. Sales of the new T-Roc are expected to commence by the end of the year.
The all-new Volkswagen T-Roc R was developed by Volkswagen R, a wholly owned independent subsidiary of VW. The carmaker has been using the letter R – indicating its link to motor sports -- since the Golf R32. Now, the T-Roc R is privilege to have inherited the letter, making it the first crossover since the Touareg R50 to bear the initial.
To indicate the performance potential of the new Volkswagen T-Roc R, it features a specially redesigned radiator grille with a polished silver anodized aluminum band on the underside. The radiator grille also bears the “R” logo while the bumper boasts of a sporty design as finished in the vehicle color. Integrated into the front bumper are vertically arranged daytime running lights,Read the entire article 2019 Geneva Motor Show: Volkswagen T-Roc R is a performance-laden 300-PS crossover
It is already an open secret that the newest Police Interceptor Utility is the police cruiser version of the 2020 Ford Explorer. But there is surprise. As revealed at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Police Interceptor Utility comes with a hybrid variant, which basically implies the upcoming launch of the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid.
The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid will be joining Ford’s armored lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles that will include the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, F-150 SSV, Expedition SSV and Transit PTV as well as the SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid is expected to further boost Ford’s dominance of the law enforcement community, as the carmaker accounted for around 65 percent of police vehicle sales in the US (data is as of 2007).
Ford now offers three powertrain choices for the all-new Police Interceptor Utility. The 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain comes as standard, while a 3.3-liter V6 engine and 3.0-liter EcoBoost mill are also available. All of these are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, as complemented by a full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and deep snow/sand traction control mode.Read the entire article 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is a frugal yet menacing hybrid law enforcement vehicle
Ford Motor Co.’s Explorer family of sports utility vehicles has just been expanded with the arrival of two new models. The base, XLT, Limited and Platinum models of the Explorer are welcoming their newest family members – the Explorer ST and the Explorer Hybrid. All of these models are built at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.
The new Ford Explorer Hybrid is the first dedicated hybrid model in the Explorer family. It is powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain that is expected to deliver 318 hp of total system output, which is sent to the rear wheels of the Explorer Hybrid. Ford is aiming to make the Explorer Hybrid capable of returning more than 500 miles of range before having to refuel.
Furthering the capability of the hybrid powertrain of the new Ford Explorer Hybrid is an all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission as well as a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery. Since the battery is built into the chassis just below the second-row seats, the cargo and passenger room of the Explorer Hybrid remains the same as it conventionally powered siblings.Read the entire article Ford livens up its 2020 Explorer SUV lineup with new Hybrid and ST models
German carmaker Volkswagen is now making the latest evolution of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI -- the new Golf GTI TCR. First unveiled as a concept at the annual GTI meeting in Worthersee, Austria, the new Golf GTI TCR is touted to be the most hardcore, most powerful and the fastest Golf GTI ever. Interested customers in Germany can now order the new Golf GTI TCR at a starting price of EUR38,950 (around $44,356) including VAT.
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is basically the street going version of the same-named racing car that won the international TCR racing series two times. It is powered by a version of the carmaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is tuned to deliver up to 286 hp (213 kW) of max output. Power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – the only option -- with a limited-slip front differential.
With this amount of power, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is capable of sprinting from nil to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in just 5.6 seconds, on its way to a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). However, when a customer avails of a certain option (Vmax), the Golf GTI TCR can go as fast as 162 mph (260 km/h).Read the entire article Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR comes to life as orders now being accepted
Ford surprised visitors at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan when it introduced the all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which it touts as the most powerful street-legal Ford so far. The Mustang Shelby GT500 will arrive in Fall 2019, with prices to be announced close to launch date.
Basically a Mustang without a pony logo but with a cobra badge, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine with Eaton 2.65-liter Supercharger. This mill is mated to a segment-first dual-clutch transmission, a Tremec 7-speed dual clutch transmission that is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds.
Ford didn’t disclose the exact output numbers for the 5.2-liter V8 engine, but said that this mill is capable of deliver more than 700 of whooping horsepower. According to Ford, this should allow the new Mustang Shelby GT500 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in mid-three seconds and reach a quarter mile in sub-11 seconds.Read the entire article Detroit-unveiled 2020 Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford so far
Sports utility vehicles are still in heavy demand. Ford knows this very well as the American carmaker has seen sales of its SUVs surge dramatically by 28 percent in the past six years. Leading this charge are the Ford Expedition and Ford Explorer SUVs, which is why these models are each getting not just one, but special editions.
These new four special edition SUVs – Ford Expedition Stealth Edition, Ford Expedition Texas Edition, Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition and Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition – will only be offered in the United States and are expected to further boost the popularity of the Expedition and Explorer in the country. The new four special edition SUVs were all unveiled at the State Fair of Texas.
There is a reason why Ford unveiled the new four special edition SUVs at the State Fair of Texas. After all, Texas is the largest market for Ford’s large SUVs. In fact, the state accounted for nearly 25 percent of Expedition retail sales nationally – even more than the combined sales of the SUV in Florida and California.Read the entire article Ford unveils new special editions for its Expedition and Explorer SUVs
Visitors at the much-awaited 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show – scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 -- can expect a wide array of show cars that demonstrate not only various aftermarket parts and specialty services, but also the capabilities for various companies. One of these show cars is the Future Forty from MagnaFlow and Superformance.
Superformance is an American automobile company that creates performance components and full replicas, especially cars from the 1960s like the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, GT40, and the Corvette Grand Sport. The company and MagnaFlow – a firm that takes pride of its expertise in performance exhaust systems superior catalytic converter technology – have decided enter into a partnership and create a visually exciting fabrication that makes use of a Ford MkI GT40 replica and the engine of a modern Ford GT. The result is what is to be shown at the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show – the Future Forty.
The companies started the Future Forty project by getting a MkI GT40 replica from Superformance. This replica boasts of an exact recreation of the original monocoque and pressed steel roof of the GT40. However, this GT40 replica doesn’t feature the usual naturally aspirated V8 engine, and is instead powered by a mill derived from a modern Ford GT – a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 powerplant.Read the entire article SEMA Show-bound Future Forty by Superformance is a GT40 replica with Ford GT engine
After confirming in 2017 that its midsize pickup would be coming back to the United States, Ford took the wraps off the 2019 Ranger early last year. It featured an all-new design especially made for the US, and is a bit different from the Rangers sold overseas. Now, Ford is finally commencing the production of the 2019 Ranger at its newly transformed Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit.
To mark the kickoff of the production of the new Ford Ranger, the carmaker had special celebrations at its Michigan Assembly Plant. The celebrations essentially mark the rebirth of the Ranger, which is slated to return to the US early 2019 following an eight-year hiatus. Likewise, the celebrations mark the rebirth of the plant that has been a witness to the ups and downs of the American auto industry in the past six decades.
Invited in the celebrations aren’t just leaders from Ford, but also from United Auto Workers. A large of number of the plant’s workforce – numbering more than 3,000 employees – was also present. These employees, as well as media members and others, were given an opportunity to ride in the new Ford Ranger a custom-built, off-road course in the plant’s parking lot.Read the entire article Ford marks start of Ranger production at its Michigan Assembly Plant with celebrations
Volkswagen is introducing its smallest sports utility vehicle so far, this further expanding its SUV lineup. With the new and tiny Volkswagen T-Cross, the German carmaker is taking advantage of the continued growing demand for SUVs, whether large or small.
With a styling that makes it appear like a smaller brother of the Volkswagen T-Roc, the new VW T-Cross is underpinned by the A0 version of the VW Group’s MQB platform. This is the same platform that underpins other models in the VW Group such as the VW Polo and Audi A1 as well as the SEAT Ibiza and SEAT Arona crossover.
The compact nature of the new VW T-Cross is wrapped in its small dimensions. It boasts of a length of just 161.8 inches (4.11 meters), making nearly as long as the Nissan Juke small crossover. Inside, the new VW T-Cross can accommodate between 13.6 cubic feet (385 liters) to 16.07 cubic feet (455 liters) of cargo, depending on the position of the rear seats. These rear seats can slide 5.5 inches (14 cm), thereby increasing or reducing the available cargo space. When the rear seats are folded down, the cargo space offered by the VW T-Cross increases to 45.24 cubic feet (1,281 liters). An optional folding front passenger seat can be availed by customers who need more cargo room.Read the entire article New Volkswagen T-Cross is the carmaker’s latest and smallest SUV
The limited-run Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid coupe isn't your ordinary car. While it doesn’t have superb power or excellent handling, it does offer superior levels aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. Too bad, its production was very limited and there is no chance you can get a new XL1.
But in a twist of fate, an almost new VW XL1 is up for auction in the United Kingdom. According to Autoblog, Silverstone Auctions will be conducting the auction for the XL1 plug-in hybrid. In particular, the model to be auctioned is 2014 VW XL1. Yes, this plug-in hybrid model is already around four years old, it is practically new. After all, this super-aerodynamic coupe registered only 79 miles on the odometer.
This 2014 VW XL1 coupe is just one of the 30 examples sold by the German carmaker in the UK. Overall, VW only built 250 models, all of which were sold in Europe including in the UK. Thus, the auction is a great opportunity to purchase a rare model, and a fairly new one not the least.Read the entire article Silverstone Auctions is selling a 2014 VW XL1 plug-in hybrid with 79 miles on odometer
The Ford Mustang is definitely a performance machine made to dominate the roads. Nonetheless, the Mustang could be further improved by availing some packages from Ford Performance. To this effect, the newest version of the Mustang offers a wholesome improvement in terms of style, performance and enjoyment. The new Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance delivers a greater degree of driving and owner experience.
Ford Performance in collaboration with World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles team, came up with a Mustang that dons RTR’s signature modern and aggressive styling as well as with the ability to suit itself to a number of driving conditions.
This is made possible by installing a suspension system from Ford Performance that features adjustable sway bars. These sway bars can be adjusted to change chassis balance for either passive or MagneRide suspensions. In effect, the Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance can adjust for a driving down a twisty backroad, challenging lap times, zooming on a drag strip or even drifting.Read the entire article Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance is a stylish, adaptable pony car!
The 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in just around the corner (October 30 to November 2), and people are expecting special parts and equipment as well as concept builds to show up. Three of the builds that are going to the 2018 SEMA Show will be derived from the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Jetta, as announced by Volkswagen of America, Inc.
These Jetta builds are the H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line, Air Design USA Jetta SEL and the Jetta S by Jamie Orr. All of them will be displayed at various locations in the Las Vegas Convention Center on the entire duration of the 2018 SEMA Show.
Wrapped in the Habanero Orange factory finish, the H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line is a build that highlights the aftermarket suspension offerings from H&R Special Springs. It features H&R Street Performance Coil Overs and Trak+ wheel spacers that brought the Jetta closer to the ground. It rides on 19 x 8.5-inch Rotiform BUC wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero tires. Visible through the wheels are upgraded front performance brake calipers and 13.4-in rotors.Read the entire article 2018 SEMA Show: Three VW Jetta builds on its way to showcase aftermarket parts
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