Study of Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing Finds Mixed Performance for Most OEMs, BMW and Toyota as the Clear Leaders

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Sustainable Value Margin—the ratio of Sustainable Value to sales—for each of the evaluated manufacturers. A survey of the sustainability performance of 17 of the world’s leading automakers has found a mixed pattern when it comes to the sustainability performance of most of the car manufacturers. The ranking of the 17 manufacturers based on the Sustainable Value Margin. Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing (2009).

European and Chinese Auto Manufacturers Groups Sign Cooperation Agreement

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The European Automobile Manufacturers’s Association (ACEA) has signed a cooperation agreement with the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) in Beijing. CAAM, founded in 1987, is the Chinese nationwide association grouping enterprises and organizations engaged in the business of auto, motorcycle, components and related industry.

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Borgward to build manufacturing facility in Bremen; all-electric-drive Borgward BX7 first model; Industry 4.0

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The company also plans to manufacture electric and plug-in-hybrid versions of the BX5 series and other models. Construction of the new manufacturing facility is scheduled to begin in early 2017. From the start, Borgward’s Bremen plant will base the technological aspects of its manufacturing system, processes, and equipment on the Industry 4.0 Borgward plans to create an SKD manufacturing facility with a production capacity of up to 10,000 vehicles per year.

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Chinese Government think tank calls for refocusing auto industry on environment-friendly and energy-saving targets

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He also said that auto manufacturers should strengthen their safety and quality control standards. Sales of domestically-manufactured autos rose 36 percent year on year to reach 13.14 million units in the months through September, as lower-priced automobiles have become more affordable for better-off Chinese people, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on Oct. Xinhua.

Vehicle sales on the rise in China

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This means that sales topped the one million unit mark for the fifth month in a row, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. You only need to draw a comparison with the USA to see how well the Chinese automotive market is fairing. Tags: Cars Green cars Latest news ChangAn Auto Company China China Association of Automobile Manufacturers China vehicle sales Chinese car companies

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China wants auto industry to focus on energy saving

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The deputy director of one of the Chinese government’s top think tanks has called for automakers to shift their focus to environmentally friendly and energy saving targets. Tags: Green cars Latest news China China Association of Automobile Manufacturers China auto industry China energy saving

MINI realigning model range with emphasis on electromobility; crossover & premium compact segments; and China

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The British premium automobile manufacturer MINI is realigning its model range, with a focus on drivetrain technologies, vehicle segments and services of the future. Based on a new vehicle architecture, developed from the ground up for pure e-mobility, battery-electric vehicles will be produced in China from 2023, in cooperation with the local manufacturer Great Wall Motor. China Electric (Battery) Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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BMW Group plans joint venture for MINI electric vehicles in China; LoI with Great Wall Motor

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To this end, the BMW Group has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. In addition to its two automobile production locations, BBA already runs an engine plant, which includes a battery factory for electrified BMW brand vehicles produced locally in Shenyang. This is the first battery factory operated by a premium automobile manufacturer in China. China Electric (Battery) Vehicle Manufacturers

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GAC Group begins construction of $6.5B industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles

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China-based automobile manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group), the parent company of GAC Motor, has begun construction of a large industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles as part of its efforts to boost its electric vehicle business. The planning and construction of this industrial park is a concrete step to implement the Chinese government’s green development goals for Guangdong and the national ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy.

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Honda to unveil new China market SUV concept at Auto Shanghai

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a wholly-owned Honda subsidiary in China, plans to stage the world premiere of an all-new concept model as well as other new Honda models at Auto Shanghai 2015 (The 16th International Automobile & Manufacturing Technology Exhibition, press days: April 20-21, 2015, public days: April 22-29, 2015). Jointly with Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., and Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Honda will unveil a concept model for a new SUV exclusively developed for the Chinese market.

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Production and sales of plug-ins boomed in China in 2014

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The production and sales of plug-in vehicles in China boomed last year, according to statistics from CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers). CAAM also reported that while in 2014, the sales of Chinese brand passenger cars increased by 4.1% Specifically, the sales for Chinese brand cars were down 17.4%, with a decrease of 5.6 In contrast, sales of Chinese brand SUV enjoyed growth both in sales and market share, increasing by 50.4%

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Daimler and Baidu to enhance strategic cooperation in automated driving and vehicle connectivity

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With collaboration between German and Chinese companies accelerating in the areas of automated driving and intelligent connected vehicles, Daimler and Baidu recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance their Sino-German cooperation in these strategic fields. Given the increasing pace of digitalization, Daimler has continuously built strong local partnerships including those with Chinese tech giants in research and development.

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS) and Dongfeng Motor Corporation enter strategic cooperation, focused on new energy vehicles

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Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DFM) is the third biggest Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer headquartered in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Dongfeng has formed several strategic long term partnerships with other international major car manufacturers including AB Volvo and as a 14% shareholder of PSA. In 2012 DFM acquired 70% of T engineering, a Trollhättan based engineering company and a spin off from Saab Automobile Powertrain, as their first R&D center overseas.

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Infineon Technologies and SAIC Motor establish power module JV in China

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SAIC Motor Corporation Limited and Infineon Technologies AG established a joint venture to manufacture power modules for the developing electric vehicle market in China. The JV is headquartered in Shanghai; its new manufacturing facility resides in Infineon’s site expansion in Wuxi. This includes the buoyant Chinese market which has become the largest and fastest growing market for hybrid and full electric vehicles in the world.

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StreetScooter showcases all-new versions of successful WORK and WORK L electric light commercial vehicles

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The new version of the WORK L will also serve as the basis for electric light commercial vehicles for the Chinese market. At the beginning of September, StreetScooter announced its intention to establish a joint venture with the Chinese automobile manufacturer Chery and enter the important Chinese market with the production of a joint eLCV.

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First car using Nidec’s E-Axle traction motor system unveiled

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Although the traction motor system will be launched in the Chinese market first, Nidec plans to make the product available to European automobile manufacturers as well in the near future. Nidec started out as a manufacturer of small electric motors for appliances and other machines in 1973 in Kyoto, Japan. Nidec also recently launched a joint venture with French Groupe PSA to develop, manufacture and sell a separate lineup of automotive electric traction motors.

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European automakers request 6-month postponement of new Euro standards due to COVID-19

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Mike Manley, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the current European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) president, has sent a letter to Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, requesting a 6-month postponement of the application dates of key upcoming EU standards, including: Euro 6d TEMP for heavy vans and ambulances (currently 1 September 2020); Euro 6d ISC?FCM

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Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group form new JV to co-develop electric vehicles in China

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eGT), will focus on the core competencies of each partner and will harness the full potential of the Renault-Nissan Alliance electric vehicle leadership, as well as the resources of Dongfeng in the new energy industry, to meet the expectations of the Chinese market. eGT will design a new EV with intelligent interconnectivity, that will be in line with the expectations of Chinese customers. The new move aims to tap the potential of the fast-growing Chinese segment of the market.

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CCID Consulting estimates upsurge in aluminum for automobile bodies in China if technical breakthroughs in alloy performance and application technology are made

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China-based and -focused CCID Consulting estimates that the China passenger vehicle market will need at least 1.802 million tons of aluminum sheets annually, assuming that aluminum replaces 15% of the steel used in automobile manufacturing by 2015. The progress of urbanization and the upgrade of the consumption structure will continue to boost the automobile consumption. The stable growth of demand in the automobile market lays a solid foundation for aluminum application.

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GM inaugurates flexi-engine plant in India

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General Motors inaugurated its new flexi-engine facility in Talegaon, GM’s first powertrain plant that enables gasoline and diesel engines to be manufactured simultaneously. The new engine plant will begin by producing engines for small passenger cars manufactured by GM in India. GM is the fifth-largest automobile manufacturer in India. In February 2010, GM and its Chinese partner SAIC opened a joint venture in India for cooperation in vehicle manufacturing and sales.

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Volkswagen Group to invest €51.6B over next five years; seeking to make itself future-proof

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This amount will be funded in full from the cash flow generated by the Chinese joint ventures. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. Tags: Engines Hybrids Market Background Motors Vehicle Manufacturers The Volkswagen Group will invest around €51.6 billion (US$76.5 billion) in its Automotive Division in the coming five years.

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China to Encourage Consolidation in Auto Industry; Push to Increase Market Share of Domestic Automakers

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China’s central government plans to implement a new policy in the first half of this year to encourage auto industry consolidation and further the development of Chinese-brand passenger vehicles, an official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said at a recent news conference. According to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), 4.58 million Chinese-brand passenger vehicles were sold last year, some 44.3% China Daily.

Chinas Auto Subsidy Boosts Domestic Auto Spending by US$3B in 1H2010

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In a bid to accelerate the elimination of high-emissions and polluting vehicles and stimulate automobile consumption, the government rolled out the “old car for new” subsidy last June—encouraging people to replace their old cars. China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said that Chinese auto sales rose 47.67% year on year to 9.02 Xinhua. China’s subsidy to encourage the replacement of older, higher-emitting vehicles boosted domestic auto spending by 20.5

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ZAP Acquires 51% Stake in China’s Jonway Auto in Focus On China EV Market; Plans Acquisition of Other 49% in Second Phase

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ZAP and Jonway Group announced they had earlier signed definitive agreements according to which ZAP will acquire 51% of Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co. ZAP is a 15-year-old California EV company and Jonway Auto is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jonway Group, a 20-year-old Chinese vehicle manufacturer. ZAP intends to acquire the remaining 49% of Jonway Automobile following completion of the first phase and following final regulatory approval.

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Beijing Foton launches “China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance”; Auman Energy Super Truck

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Chinese truck and utility vehicle manufacturer Beijing Foton has launched the China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance and showcased the Auman EST (Energy Super Truck) at an event in Athens, Greece.

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JATO: global vehicle sales fall by 39% in March; electrified vehicles up to 17.4% new registration market share in Europe

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MG (owned by the Chinese SAIC) was the only group to post an increase in registrations, with its volume jumping from 1,327 to 2,592 units. The regulation has already had an impact on production, as the transition directly from BS4 to BS6, in line with the Supreme Court’s deadline, meant that BS4 models could no longer be registered and many manufacturers were left with unsold factory and dealer stock.

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Ballard signs $12M agreement for 15 kW fuel cell stacks for commercial bus range-extenders in China

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DFAC), which is part of Dongfeng Motor Corporation, a Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer headquartered in Wuhan. Dongfeng Motor Corporation is the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in China. Ballard Power Systems signed an Equipment Supply Agreement (ESA), valued at $12 million, with Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co., Synergy) to provide FCvelocity-9SSL fuel cell stacks for use in commercial buses in China.

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Geely exports more than 100,000 vehicles in 2012; 164% year-on-year growth

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According to figures released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), in the first eleven months of 2012 Chinese self-developed brands exported 470,000 passenger vehicles in total—with automotive manufacturers on average showing a 30% sales increase over 2011 figures. In 2009, Geely bought the Australian transmission manufacturer Drivetrain Systems International (DSI) and then in 2010 Geely purchased Volvo Car Corporation from Ford.

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China Forecast to Produce 12M Vehicles This year

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Chinese domestic auto makers were expected to produce and sell more than 8 million units of vehicles in first eight months this year respectively, said Chen Bin, director of the Department of Industry under the NDRC. Sales of China’s domestically-made automobiles totaled 1.09 percent from a year earlier, the fifth month in a row that saw auto sales exceed one million units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. People’s Daily.

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Ballard in $10M deal to provide fuel cell technology for 33 Clean Energy Buses in China

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to provide fuel cell power products and technology solutions to support the planned deployment of an initial 33 fuel cell-powered buses in two Chinese cities. Ballard and Zehe are collaborating with electric bus manufacturer Jiangsu GreenWheel New Energy Electric Vehicle Co. Ballard and Synergy are collaborating with electric bus manufacturer Foshan Feichi Automobile Manufacturing Co.

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Asia Poised For Hybrid Electric Growth

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The biggest market growth sectors for the automobile industry is undoubtedly in Asia, with China spearheading this growth backed by government stimulus and a greater deal of control over the local market. Already breaking through the 20 million barrier, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers expect sales to reach 25 million annually over the next couple of years.

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Platts Report: China oil demand grows 4% year over year in June; growth slows

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million barrels per day (b/d), according to a just-released Platts analysis of Chinese government data. The latest analysis is based on a new methodology introduced from July in response to significant shifts in Chinese consumption and trade patterns in recent years. million units, according to data from China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. China’s apparent oil demand rose 4.1% in June from a year earlier to 11.25

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BAIC BJEV in strategic cooperation with Dresden University of Technology for lightweighting technology

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The collaboration between us isset to deliver innovations that drive the global technological progress in the new energy automobile area and the industrialization of lightweighting technologies. The team has specialized test validation centers for aviation and automotive composite materials, and also has IP in light-weight materials, and their construction and manufacturing. Beijing Electric Vehicle Co.,

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GM China and FAW Establish Light Commercial Vehicle Joint Venture

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which is located in Ha’erbin, Heilongjiang, and FAW’s share in Hongta Yunnan Automobile Manufacturing Co., It is also a proactive step for helping the Chinese government realize its plan of restructuring and further developing the automotive industry, broadening the market share of local self-owned brands and enhancing FAW’s performance. General Motors China and China FAW Group Corp.

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ZAP, Zhejiang Jonway Partner to Target China and Export EV Markets

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US-based electric vehicle provider ZAP and China auto manufacturer Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co. Jonway currently manufactures several thousand units per month of its A380 compact SUV in 3- and 5-door models and is expanding its product line with new model sedans and other automobiles. In 2009, China overtook the United States as the world’s largest automobile market with sales increasing 46 percent from 2008 to 13.6 The Jonway A380. Click to enlarge.

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Freescale S12 MagniV Mixed-Signal MCUs supporting mid-class vehicle growth in China

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Automobile sales alone in China posted a 13% year-over-year gain for April 2013, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Freescale’s S12 MagniV block diagram. Click to enlarge. China’s automotive market is now the largest in the world by volume, with some 22 million units produced last year, and expectations of 22-23 million units this year.

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China on track for 12million vehicles

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A report in the People’s Daily quotes Chen Bin, director of the Department of Industry under the NDRC, as stating that Chinese car manufacturers were originally expected to produce and sell more than eight million units of vehicles in the first eight months of the year. Now sales of China’s domestically produced automobiles have totalled 1.09million units in July alone – that’s up 63.57

Japanese carmakers still ‘most sustainable’

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A focus on tailpipe CO2 emissions has distracted away from the impact of car production, suggests Professor Frank Figge who co-authored the ‘Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing’ study. Disappointingly, the report also found that leading manufacturers including Porsche, KIA and some Chinese manufacturers are still not producing sufficient sustainability performance data. There is a mixed picture among European manufacturers.