Déjà la 33ème édition du Festival Automobile International (FAI). Cet événement marque traditionnellement le début de la Car Week parisienne qui s’achèvera à la fermeture de Rétromobile. Petit tour d’horizon de cette manifestation. Le FAI ce sont deux manifestations distinctes : la remise de trophées dont le très couru “Plus belle voiture de l’année “, et également une exposition de concepts cars, dont certains en première mondiale. A tout seigneur, tout honneur, voici le palmarès complet des trophées : Plus belle voiture de l’année : Alpine A110. En battant deux SUV (DS7 Crossback et BMW X2), le FAI nous réconcilie heureusement avec l’automobile de caractère. Et c’est encore mieux quand elle est française (esprit chauvin de mauvaise foi inside). Victoire méritée pour l’Alpine, qui a plutôt bien … [Read more...] about Festival Automobile International 2018
‘New Delhi’s air quality falls as winter arrives.' ‘Air quality dipping rapidly, Delhi government issues health advisory.’ ‘Delhi smog: Trucks, heavy vehicles banned from entering state’. News stories related to air pollution and surrounding crisis in the National Capital did the rounds in the recent past.Air pollution levels are increasing by the day, not just in New Delhi, but across all major cities in India. According to 2017 Global Burden of Disease study, approximately 1.1 million people die in India each year from diseases directly related to air pollution.It is important to note the fact that ‘motor vehicles running on petrol, diesel and other conventional fuels are a significant source of air pollution, accounting for about one-third of the total particulate matter pollution in India.’Though per capita emission in India is low as compared to developed economies, they are poised to increase multi-fold as we are … [Read more...] about Overcoming challenges to usher in a green automobile era
It’s starting to feel like people in the automotive industry simply cannot help but blurt out ludicrous claims involving a hypothetical future nobody on the outside seems to care about. These people, in charge of the the automobile’s ultimate form, appear to be so singularly obsessed with the vague concept of “mobility” that they can’t imagine any other alternative.This week’s example came from Simon Humphries, the new general manager of Toyota’s advanced R&D, who mused about a tomorrow that didn’t need mass-market models. However, we’re not satisfied to condemn the design chief. Media outlets deserve a share of the blame for promoting these concepts without much logical backing.Reuters, which quoted Humphries as saying “there will be an emotional solution, and a practical solution [for transport]. So maybe the story is that the middle ground is increasingly going to disappear,” also referenced an … [Read more...] about Please Stop: Toyota Design Head Envisions Future Without Mass-market Automobiles
The first session of the Union Budget 2018 happened today where Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the proposed budget. Click here to know about the different updates that were announced today. While the Finance Minister covered most sectors, nothing about the Indian automobile sector was announced today. The Lok Sabha house has been adjourned to February 5, 2018 where the next session will take place. We believe the Finance Minister will announce new reforms concerning the automobile sector. Here are some of the points taken from Union Budget 2018 verbatim that will directly or indirectly affect the reach, sales and other aspects of the automobile industry in India. Stay tuned for a detailed analysis of the Union Budget 2018 that comes later in the day.Infrastructure is the growth driver of economy. Our country needs massive investments estimated to be in excess of Rs 50 lakh crore in infrastructure to increase growth of GDP, connect and integrate the nation with a … [Read more...] about Union Budget 2018: How does it affect the Indian automobile Industry?
At this very moment, Chinese-based automaker GAC has a massive booth in the very center of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The company has expressed its intent to start importing its vehicles into the United States in 2019. However, 536 miles away (by car), Washington is bemoaning Chinese trade practices — a topic which might be extremely relevant for Guangzhou Automobile Group in the coming years.On Wednesday, Democratic U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump separately criticized China’s trade policy. For automobiles, this translates into Chinese-built cars incurring a maximum 2.5 percent import tariff upon entering the United States, while U.S.-built cars sent East are hit with an average 25 percent tax. One way around this is for American manufacturers to partner with a Chinese automaker and assemble vehicles in-country. Of course, this doesn’t bolster U.S. jobs, and it gives the locals a front-row seat on … [Read more...] about The GAC Effect: Imported Chinese Automobiles Face Fierce Criticism from U.S. Politicians