December 30, 2014

Beijing Hyundai Motor Company to build fourth, fifth plants in China

Beijing Hyundai Motor Company (BHMC), a 50-50 joint-venture between Hyundai Motor Company and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., said it would begin building its fourth and fifth plants in China next year.

BHMC will build its fourth plant in Cangzhou, Hebei

December 24, 2014

Tata Motors launches next-generation Prima range in Nepal

Tata Motors launched four new next-generation Prima heavy commercial vehicles, for the very first time in Nepal, with partner Sipradi Trading Private Limited.

Setting new benchmarks in styling and features, the next-generation Tata Prima is a combination of power,

Scania supplies 100,000th truck with activated connectivity

In December Scania supplied its 100,000th truck with activated connectivity, which means that the owner as well as Scania's workshops receive regular updates on the trucks' performance. This feature is included as standard in many European markets and in a number

December 23, 2014

Additional US$ 266-million investment in FCA US Kokomo facility

FCA US LLC confirmed that it will invest an additional US$ 266-million in its Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.) to increase capacity of the fuel-efficient TorqueFlite transmission. This is the sixth investment made at Kokomo Transmission (KTP) since June 2009, bringing

Mazda Motorsports expands PR team

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced the addition of Jade Gurss to its PR team. Gurss will be responsible for all communications related to the Mazda Skyactiv Prototype program competing in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. Gurss

December 22, 2014

Hyundai appoints Albert Biermann as Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development

Hyundai Motor Group has appointed Albert Biermann as its new Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development.

Based at the company's R&D Center in Namyang, Korea, Biermann will lead the development of new high performance Hyundai

December 20, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK announces senior management

Michael Kamper, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK, has been appointed Head of Marketing, Sales & Customer Services for Daimler Trucks Asia, effective from March 2015. This new position is part of the top 100 Executive Management team of Daimler AG.


Ford announces partnership with the Ford Ranger and Arenacross UK

Ford has announced a partnership with the Ford Ranger and one of Europ's leading action sports and entertainment tours, Arenacross UK.

The Ford Ranger will appear in the arena itself, helping to run the various events and featuring in the races. Another Ford Ranger

Toyota Research Institute announces ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship

The Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing of North America (TEMA), in partnership with The Electrochemical Society (ECS) is requesting proposals from young professors and scholars

Martha Desmond appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer at Apollo Tyres

Martha Desmond has been appointed as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Apollo Tyres Ltd. Martha has replaced Tapan Mitra, who retires as the Chief of Human Resouces by the end of this year. She will be responsible for all aspects of HR in the organisation,

December 19, 2014

All-new 2015 Dodge Challenger earns five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA

The all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Five stars is the highest possible safety rating given by NHTSA.

"The new Dodge Challenger coupe further demonstrates our

TrustFord appoints Steve Hood as Chairman and CEO

Ford of Britain's wholly owned dealer group, TrustFord, is announced the appointment of Steve Hood as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The previous Chairman and CEO, Stuart Kerr, has left the business to pursue opportunities outside the Group.

Steve Hood

December 18, 2014

HMSI launches new 163 cc CB Unicorn @ Rs. 69,350

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) added a vibrant twist to its motorcycles portfolio in India with the launch of all new CB Unicorn 160.

Powered by the latest 163 cc mid-sized advanced Honda engine that comes with magnificent enhancements, due

NAIAS announces 2015 Poster Contest winners

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced the winners of its annual high school poster contest held in conjunction with the 2015 edition of the show, which takes place January 17-25, 2015 at Cobo Center in Detroit. This year's contest drew 781 entries

Wirelessly charged city bus tested for the first time in Sweden

Scania has become the first company in Sweden to test a wirelessly charged electric-hybrid city bus. The bus will start operating on the streets of Södertälje, Sweden, in June 2016 as part of a research project into sustainable vehicle technology. Scania is undertaking

Volvo Car Corporation appoints Tom Johnstone to the Board of Directors

Volvo Car Corporation (Volvo Cars) has appointed Tom Johnstone as a member of its Board of Directors effective January 1, 2015. Johnstone joins the Board of Volvo Cars from Gothenburg-based technology firm SKF, when he finishes his tenure as President and CEO

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles celebrates production of 20,000th truck at Oragadam plant

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV) crossed the milestone of the 20,000th locally produced trucks from its plant at Oragadam.

Only two and a half years after start of production of the first BharatBenz heavy-duty truck, the 20,000th locally produced truck,

Volvo Trucks appoint Mike Corcoran as Commercial Truck Director

Mike Corcoran has been appointed to the position of Commercial Truck Director for Volvo Trucks with effect from next year. In his new role, Mike will be responsible for the Volvo Trucks new trucks business - including fleet sales - in the UK and Ireland and reports

Oliver Jarvis replaces Le Mans legend Kristensen in Audi team

Britain's Oliver Jarvis will replace record Le Mans 24 Hour race winner Tom Kristensen in the 'factory' Audi team next year.

Jarvis, who celebrates his 31st birthday next month, takes the Audi Sport Team Joest seat of recently retired nine-time Le Mans winner Kristensen for

Mitsubishi Motors celebrates 5-million cars produced at the Okazaki plant

Mitsubishi Motors Corporations (MMC) Okazaki plant near Nagoya (Japan) celebrated its 5-millionth vehicle produced since 1977 - a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Tetsuro Aikawa, MMC's President & COO, formally presented this milestone Outlander PHEV to

December 17, 2014

Leadership changes at Daimler Trucks in Asia

Dr. Albert Kirchmann (58), currently Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, will become Chairman of Daimler Trucks Asia as of April 1, 2015. In this position, he will consult and support the company's strategic development and will continue to represent Daimler on the political level

December 16, 2014

Raminator and Hall Brothers Racing Team breaks speed record for monster trucks

Raminator, a monster truck sponsored by the Ram Truck brand, has broken the Guinness World Records record for the 'Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck' at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Hitting a new record speed of 99.10 miles per hour (mph),

Chrysler Group LLC announces new company name - FCA US LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker, announced that it has changed its company name to FCA US LLC.

The name change is effective immediately and follows the naming convention of its global parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Infiniti opens new stores at both Westfield shopping centres

Infiniti is broadening its retail approach with the opening of Infiniti stores in two of London's most pioneering shopping and entertainment destinations, Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City.

The car company is joining some of the world's most

Michael Bettag to succeed Jurgen Langer in the Daimler Supervisory Board

Michael Bettag (born on December 21, 1961) has been appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG representing the employees with effect as of January 1, 2015. The Stuttgart District Court (Registration Court) has accepted a request submitted

Andrew Roberts is new Director of Communications of Bentley Motors

Bentley Motors has announced that Andrew Roberts will become Director of Communications, effective January 5, 2015. He will succeed Wolfgang Glabus, who will take up the position as Head of Industrial and Environmental Policy at the Volkswagen Group

Matthieu Lussiana won Brazilian Superbike Championship

The year 2014 ends with another title win for a privateer BMW Motorrad rider. Matthieu Lussiana (FR) was crowned champion in the highest category of the Brazilian Superbike Championship (BRSBK), the Moto 1000 GP class. The eighth and final round was held at

December 15, 2014

Skoda produces 500,000th third-generation Octavia

Skoda produced the 500,000th third-generation Octavia. The anniversary vehicle - an Octavia GreenLine in white colour - rolled-off the Skoda production line in Mlada Boleslav. The third-generation Octavia, launched at the beginning of 2012, is in a class of its own and has proven

Hayden Paddon confirmed for Hyundai Motorsport WRC line-up in 2015

Hyundai Motorsport has announced that New Zealander Hayden Paddon will remain part of its driver line-up for the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

The 27 year old will take part in a heightened campaign next season, driving a minimum of nine rallies

December 13, 2014

Emily Dymond joins Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Press and PR Department

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Press and PR department has appointed Emily Dymond as Product Affairs Manager, with effect from January 5, 2015.

Emily joins Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with more than eight years of communications

December 12, 2014

Renault announces senior management appointments

As of January 1st 2015, Christian Vandenhende is appointed EVP Quality and Total Customer Satisfaction, Renault Group, replacing Philippe Prevel, who will take other responsibilities. He will become a member of the Renault Executive Committee and will

December 11, 2014

World preview of the New Fiat Doblo

Fiat presents the New Doblo, the only 'Active Family Space' in the segment able to satisfy the requirements of the modern, sporty and dynamic family which uses it 7 days a week, on work days and at the weekend alike, without limits in terms of space and use.

Available for

Supervisory Board of Daimler AG appoints Ola Kallenius to the Board of Management

The Supervisory Board of Daimler AG has appointed Ola Kallenius (45) as a member of the company's Board of Management with effect from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2017. He will continue to be responsible for worldwide car Marketing & Sales. The Supervisory Board

Heritage Motor Centre's collection awarded 'Designated' by Arts Council England

Warwickshire's motor museum at Gaydon has been added to the Arts Council England's roll call of nationally important Designated collections.

The Arts Council's Designation scheme is a mark of distinction awarded to the finest cultural collections

December 10, 2014

Suzuki GB announces partnership with Halsall Racing for 2015

Suzuki GB has announced its partnership with Halsall Racing for the 2015 MCE British Superbike (BSB) season.

Suzuki delighted to confirm that it will entrust the company's BSB effort going forwards to Halsall Racing, competing on the GSX-R1000 with a two-rider line-up

Arwed Niestroj is the new CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.

There has been a change at the helm of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA). The new CEO Arwed Niestroj assumed responsibility for MBRDNA's workforce of some 300 at the R&D bases in the USA.

Arwed Niestroj began his career

Five stars for the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron from Euro NCAP

The Euro NCAP consortium has awarded the new Audi A3 Sportback e tron the maximum five star rating for crash safety. This puts the first series production plug-in hybrid from Audi among the safest cars in its class.

The test panel was impressed by the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Hyundai Motorsport announces partnership with Alpinestars for 2015 WRC season

Hyundai Motorsport announced that it has entered into a technical partnership with Alpinestars, the leading provider of performance motorsport apparel and footwear.

Under the new agreement, which comes into effect for the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship

BMW Group achieves worldwide sales up 7.6 per cent with 188,342 deliveries in November

November saw global demand for BMW Group vehicles increase to a new record high. Worldwide, a total of 188,342 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered (previous year: 174,992 / +7.6 per cent). In the first eleven months of the year, sales of BMW Group vehicles

MG confirms plan to return to BTCC in 2015; continuation of partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering

MG confirmed that it plans to return to the MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 2015 with the MG6 GT and continue the successful partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering that saw MG lift the manufacturers championship in 2014.

"I am delighted

Nissan starts production of the Nissan X-Trail in Saint Petersburg

Nissan announced the start of production of the new X-trail at St. Petersburg as the company boosts its manufacturing presence in Russia.

The new X-Trail combines the best of Nissan's 4x4 heritage and Crossover expertise to create the ultimate alternative to conventional

2015 Mustang Convertible begins shipping to US Ford dealers

Ford Motor Company announced that the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible will begin shipping to dealerships nationwide.

"Cold weather may have come unseasonably early this year, but with available heated seats, remote start and selectable drive modes with a snow/wet

December 09, 2014

McLaren Automotive expands retailer network in Australia with McLaren Melbourne

McLaren Automotive has launched its second Australian retail showroom with the opening of McLaren Melbourne, located within Eureka Tower, 80 City Road, Southbank. Operated by Trivett Bespoke, the showroom meets growing demand for the brand in Victoria

500,000th Mercedes-Benz passenger car rolls-off production line in Beijing

The 500,000th locally produced Mercedes-Benz passenger car, an all-new long-wheelbase C-class model, has rolled-off the production lines at Daimler's Sino-German production joint-venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC), marking yet another milestone

GM Foundation contributes US$ 2.875-million to higher education

The General Motors Foundation announced grants totaling US$ 2.875-million to support 29 leading universities and organizations across the country in 2014 through its University/Organization Partner Program.

The initiative provides funding to advance

JLR India launches Jaguar XF 2.2L Diesel Executive Edition @ Rs. 45.12 lakh

Jaguar announced the launch of a new edition of Jaguar XF2.2L Diesel called the Executive Edition at a price of Rs.45.12 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai, Pre Octroi).

"We are excited to introduce Jaguar XF 2.2L Diesel Executive Edition, at an attractive price point. It will enable

Heritage Motor Centre launches 'DriveZone' for under 17's to learn basic driving skills

The Heritage Motor Centre has launched a series of driving packages aimed at those aged 11-17 who want to learn basic driving skills. Drivezone is a purpose built off-road driver training facility featuring a track almost 1 km long with a roundabout, junctions and other

Vauxhall's Astra plant boosts workforce as 5-millionth car is built

In its 50th year as one of the UK's most prolific car plants, Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory will produce its five-millionth vehicle, while also preparing for an influx of 300 extra staff to support the build up to an all-new Astra in 2015.

News of the landmark car will be

Kia Motors UK raises £40,000 for Walton Charity

When posed with the challenge - can you walk to Seoul, South Korea in 14 weeks? 116 staff at Kia Motors UK head office immediately said yes! Armed with pedometers every step was counted in the walk to Seoul.

As a further incentive the company agreed to pay £1 for

December 08, 2014

Changes at the top in Maserati North America and Maserati China

Effective January 1, 2015, Christian Gobber will be assigned responsibility for Maserati North America, replacing Pete Grady, who has announced his intent to retire effective March 31, 2015.

Christian Gobber will maintain his responsibility for Maserati Global Sales.

Effective January

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