Which brand PSA Group will choose to sell in the U.S. by 2026 will be decided next year and engineers in Germany have begun work on ensuring the future models meet North American regulations and tastes.DS or Peugeot are most likely. Alternatives include Citroen and now Opel and Vauxhall after PSA bought the U.K. brands last year from General Motors for about $2.5 billion. Opel is the least likely candidate as the plans to return to North America began before the acquisition and the brand would have too much overlap with existing GM models, especially Buick models created on Opel platforms.PSA is using the former Opel engineers based in Russelsheim to work on next-generation models for the U.S. and they began their work a few months ago, said Carlos Tavares, CEO of the PSA Group since 2014. He thinks their engineering combined with the emotion of French brands will resonate with American buyers.Research shows the three French brands have a positive connotation in the U.S., associated … [Read more...] about PSA Working on U.S.-Bound Vehicles but Brand Decision Still Year Away
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
It has been seven decades since the Land Rover Defender first went on sale, which is a major milestone and one that the company couldn’t help highlighting with a special 70th Anniversary Edition—despite the fact that the Defender went out of production some two years ago. The 70th Anniversary Defenders are being sold by Land Rover Classic, a branch that already offers buyers pristine factory-restored Series 1 models. The 150 re-engineered 90- and 110-series Defenders, by contrast, will be the hottest-performing version in the iconic off-roader’s long history.The vehicles are being fitted with a 5.0-liter engine, making them the first V-8–powered Defenders since 1998, when a 3.9-liter V-8 offered 190 horsepower. The naturally aspirated 5.0-liter unit used here puts out considerably more: 399 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Working through an eight-speed automatic transmission, that’s sufficient to send the Defender 90 from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 … [Read more...] about Defend without End: Land Rover Creating 70th-Anniversary Defender with V-8 Power!
DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Thursday it will shift production of Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks from Mexico to Michigan in 2020, a move that lowers the risk to the automaker's profit should President Donald Trump pull the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Fiat Chrysler said it would create 2,500 jobs at a factory in Warren, Michigan, near Detroit, where the Ram 1500 is currently built, and FCA will invest $1 billion in the facility. The Mexican plant will be "repurposed to produce future commercial vehicles" for sale global markets. Mexico has free trade agreements with numerous countries.Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne a year ago raised the possibility that the automaker would move production of its heavy-duty pickups to the United States, saying U.S. tax and trade policy would influence the decision.If the United States exits NAFTA, it could mean that automakers would pay a 25 percent duty on pickup trucks assembled in … [Read more...] about FCA shifts Ram Heavy Duty trucks from Mexico to U.S., creating 2,500 jobs
Volkswagen has created a new company division devoted to its e-mobility strategy, headed by its former head of production and logistics, Thomas Ulbrich. Ulbrich takes charge of the new division from 1 February and is tasked with overseeing Volkswagen's transition to electric power, including the implementation of its new MEB platform. His successor as head of production and logistics is Andreas Tostmann, who moves from sister company Seat, where he had been executive vice president of production. Volkswagen’s e-mobility strategy will roll out the MEB platform in 2020 with the electric ID hatchback and ID Crozz SUV - production versions of recently revealed concepts. Ulbrich’s responsibilities will include ensuring these cars’ transition to production models runs successfully, and it’s likely that projects such as Ionity - a consortium of manufacturers including Volkswagen rolling out … [Read more...] about Volkswagen creates new e-mobility division to oversee electric future