Nissan appoints Thomas Kuehl as its India-Operations President

NEW DELHI, India (July 12, 2017), Nissan has appointed Thomas Kuehl as president, Nissan India Operations, effective from October 1, 2017.

In this role Kuehl, who joins Nissan from Volkswagen, will be responsible for both Nissan and Datsun brands and will head all operations in India including Marketing and Sales, Manufacturing and Research and Development.

“Nissan India is an increasingly important part of Nissan’s future growth plans,” said Peyman Kargar, chairman of Nissan’s Africa, Middle East and India region. “Thanks to his diverse and deep global auto industry experience, Thomas will help drive our business forward with a focus on delivering the best products and satisfaction for our customers, dealers and employees in India.”

Kuehl brings more than 22 years of automotive experience in different countries and different areas of value chain, as well as a deep knowledge of the Indian market gained during his time as Brand Head of Skoda Auto India and Executive Director Corporate Strategy for Volkswagen Group, India.

Commenting on his appointment, Thomas Kuehl said, “I am excited to be returning to India with Nissan. I have first-hand experience of the dynamism and great potential of India, which is on track to become one of the top three auto markets worldwide.”

“Nissan is also poised for significant growth with an expanding range of great products, technologies and services across the Nissan and Datsun brands and a well-established and quality-driven national retail network, supported by local production and R&D in Chennai”, added, Thomas.

Kuehl will be based in the headquarters of Nissan India Motors Pvt. Ltd. in Gurgaon and report directly to Peyman Kargar.

Kuehl replaces Guillaume Sicard, who stepped down from the role as President, India Operations recently to take up a new post with Alliance partner Renault as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific and Managing Director, South Asia.

About Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.

Nissan Motor India Private Ltd. (NMIPL) is a 100% subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Japan. The company was incorporated in 2005 and offers innovative and exciting products across hatchback, MUV, SUV and sedan segments in India. Nissan together with its global alliance partner Renault set up a manufacturing plant and a Research & Development Centre near Chennai. Nissan in India has a portfolio of two brands, Nissan and Datsun. For more information, visit www.nissan.in.

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Abhishe Mahapatra
Head Communications & CSR, Nissan India
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Volkswagen to use pWLAN (Public Wireless Local Area Network) technology for car-to-car and car-to-x communications.

  • From 2019 on, Volkswagen will start fitting the first models with pWLAN technology
  • Information on traffic risks arising at short notice will be sent to other vehicles and the local environment within a few milliseconds

Wolfsburg – Connectivity between different vehicles as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure in the vicinity is another important step towards connected motoring that aims to reduce road accidents or minimize their consequences. As from 2019, Volkswagen will therefore start fitting its first models with pWLAN as standard in order to serve as an additional communication technology for the exchange selected information relevant to traffic between cars made by different manufacturers. This will involve information being exchanged both between vehicles (car-to-car), as well as between vehicles and the transport infrastructure (car-to-X)*. This will, for example, enable information about the current traffic situation, accidents and other situations relating to traffic conditions to be shared with the local environment, within a radius of approx. 500 m, even faster than has been possible in the past.

The technology used by Volkswagen is based on the IEEE 802.11p (pWLAN) standard, which the automotive industry has standardized and tested for direct, non-proprietary inter-vehicle communication as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure and in international markets.

Using this technology, specially developed and validated for the requirements of automotive applications, it is possible to share information about the current traffic situation, warnings or even sensor data with the local environment within a few milliseconds. This extends the vehicle’s coverage by several hundred meters, virtually making it possible to look round the corner.

This gives customers an added advantage, as it uses a special frequency band intended for road safety and traffic efficiency. Thanks to the localized nature of data exchanged using this band, no data is stored centrally, meaning that there are no ongoing communications costs and it does not rely on mobile phone network coverage.

The strategy that Volkswagen is pursuing is to include pWLAN technology in the basic specifications of its models as standard, in addition to mobile phone connectivity. “We want to increase road safety with the aid of networked vehicles, and the most efficient way of achieving this is through the rapid roll-out of a common technology”, explains Johannes Neft, Head of Vehicle Body Development for the Volkswagen brand: “What matters most is that the technology is used consistently, and by as many manufacturers and partners as possible.”

When it is launched in 2019, the system will be based on warnings and information on local traffic risks that arise at short notice. Within the limits of the system, the new technology is capable of identifying potential traffic hazards. Examples would include a car making an emergency stop or the on-board sensors detecting black ice. Within a few milliseconds, this information can be shared with the local environment, allowing other road users to react to this risky situation appropriately.

As the effectiveness increases through a large number of users, Volkswagen is cooperating with authorities, ministries of transport and other automobile and transport industry partners, working on projects to accelerate the spread of the technology through to its inclusion in serial production.  At the same time, joint efforts are being undertaken with the partners to find ways of meeting the high requirements placed on data protection (i.e. the processing of personal data).

Once police forces and emergency services are also equipped with pWLAN technology, it will be possible for drivers to receive advance information on how far away approaching emergency vehicles are and the direction they are travelling in – often long before the vehicle can be heard or seen.

In addition to this, transport infrastructure operators in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria have announced plans to equip trailers used to block off roadworks with pWLAN technology, in order to reduce the risks of rear-end collisions in the area of roadworks on motorways.

In its push towards automated and cooperative driving, Volkswagen is working on enabling other transport infrastructure components (e.g. traffic lights) and other road users to be integrated in future, in order to improve road traffic safety with the aid of pWLAN technology.


* The exchange of information between vehicles (car-to-car) and between vehicles and transport infrastructure (car-to-X) presupposes that vehicles and transport infrastructure are equipped with pWLAN communication technology and use the same message format.


About the Volkswagen brand: We make the future real.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is present in more than 150 markets throughout the world and produces vehicles at over 50 locations in 14 countries. In 2016, Volkswagen produced about 5.99 million vehicles including best-selling models such as the Golf, Tiguan, Jetta or Passat. Currently, 196,000 people work for Volkswagen across the globe. The brand also has 7,700 dealerships with 74,000 employees. Volkswagen is forging ahead consistently with the further development of automobile production. Electric mobility, smart mobility and the digital transformation of the brand are the key strategic topics for the future.

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Unit sales of Volkswagen Truck & Bus with strong upward trend in first quarter of 2017

 

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  • Approx. 46,000 trucks and buses sold
  • 10% increase on same period of previous year
  • Renschler: “We had a good start to the new fiscal year. The positive unit sales development in Russia and South America in particular gives us reason for confidence.”

In the first three months of 2017 Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold around 46,000 trucks and buses of the MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus brands. All three brands improved their unit sales on the previous year – for the Group as a whole this amounts to a rise of 10%.

Unit sales at MAN Truck & Bus increased by 6% from the previous year to 20,170 vehicles. With 20,660 trucks and buses sold Scania recorded a 12% increase in sales. At Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus too sales rose; the 5,290 units sold by this brand represent 13% more than in the previous year.

Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus and the Volkswagen AG Board member responsible for commercial vehicles, said: “We have got off to a good start in the new fiscal year. The positive unit sales development in Russia and South America in particular gives us reason for confidence. After a long dry stretch Brazil is now slowly recovering and our patience is being rewarded with rising sales figures. As a Group too we are with our three strong brands growing closer together and steadily expanding our cooperation.”

In the first three months of 2017 the truck business developed positively: at 42,100 trucks the Volkswagen Truck & Bus brands sold approximately 9% more than in the first quarter of the previous year. In the Region EU28+2 (EU member countries, Norway and Switzerland) sales were, at 26,560 trucks, stable and on a par with the previous year’s figure. In South America the Group’s sales were up by 21%. Growth was achieved in particular in Argentina as a result of reforms introduced by the state. In Russia the incipient recovery of the economy and falling inflation rates led to considerable growth in sales. In the Asia-Pacific region the major contribution to the growth came from India, where the economic environment developed positively.

In the bus business too, the brands of Volkswagen Truck & Bus recorded improved sales: at 3,770 buses they exceeded the previous year’s figure by 16%.

MAN reports start of production of the TGE transporter and a major order for gas buses

Series production of the TGE started in the first quarter. With the TGE MAN is now for the first time offering a light commercial vehicle to customers in the logistics, courier service and craft trades sectors. Transporters are in increasing demand as a result of the growth in online trading which is expected to continue.

The commercial-vehicle manufacturer notched up an important success in Copenhagen, where in future 41 MAN Lion’s City GL CNG buses will be in service. This major order underlines MAN’s position as a leading provider of gas buses in Europe. The new buses, which have a capacity of up to 150 passengers each, will be deployed in the north of the Danish capital. Carrying 20 million passengers a year, the City Line in Copenhagen is one of the most highly frequented routes in Denmark.

Scania One launch and founding of Scania Growth Capital

In February 2017 Scania unveiled its new digital marketplace, Scania One, which addresses fleet operators and drivers with a number of connectivity services. With Scania One the drivers of 250,000 digitally connected Scania trucks can access the usual services but now also services from third-party providers. The goal is to enable users to achieve greater efficiency and thus higher profitability in operation of their fleets.

The founding of Scania Growth Capital marks a new departure for Scania. The aim here is to invest in innovative, fast-growing start-up companies and to make use of their business models and technologies. This access to new ideas with relevance for the industry is intended to help make Scania even more fit for the future.

Export success and investment at Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus

Despite the still difficult political and economic situation in Brazil, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus once again has three of the five best-selling trucks in its range. Also, compared to the first quarter 2017, deliveries from Brazil to other South American countries and Africa went up significantly. The international brewery group, Heineken, for example, ordered 150 trucks in Mexico, while the Mexican bus operator ADO placed an order for 154 buses with Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus’s commitment to Brazil as a production location was underlined by the largest investment package in the company’s history. The Brazilian commercial-vehicle brand of Volkswagen Truck & Bus will be spending some 420 million euros over the next five years in order to renew its product portfolio, modernize the plant in Resende and develop connectivity services.

As Chairman of the Latin America Committee of German Industry, Andreas Renschler welcomes the economic recovery in Brazil and the region: “I am firmly convinced that after years of crisis the turnaround has set in. The trend is clearly upwards. Our truck sales in South America grew by 21% in the first quarter, which is well ahead of plan.”

Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a global leader in commercial vehicles with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus and RIO. In 2016, the brands of Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold a total of 184,000 vehicles. Its product range includes light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses that are manufactured at 25 sites in 17 countries. As of December 31, 2016, the Company employed 77,000 people across its commercial vehicle brands worldwide. The Group is committed to driving transportation to the next level — in terms of products, services, and as a partner for its customers.

Tata Motors signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Volkswagen Group and Skoda for exploring Joint Development projects

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  • Explore long-term partnership for joint development projects
  • To develop innovative solutions for Indian and overseas market
  • Evaluate combined value chain activities to create synergies
  • Partnership to help Tata Motors become “FutuReady” by embracing new technologies
  • ŠKODA to lead project for Volkswagen Group brands

Tata Motors today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a long-term partnership with Volkswagen Group and Skoda, to explore strategic alliance opportunity for joint development of products. The agreement has been signed by Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD of Tata Motors, Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen AG and Bernhard Maier, CEO of Skoda Auto.

The document lays down the scope and objectives in order to reach agreement on the modalities and terms of a long-term cooperation in identified areas of partnership. Skoda Auto will take the lead on behalf of the Volkswagen Group to drive forward work towards development of vehicle concepts in the economy segment.

Announcing this strategic alliance opportunity, Guenter Butschek, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Motors, said, “We are delighted to announce our potential cooperation with Volkswagen Group and Skoda. We strongly believe that both the companies, by working together, can leverage from each other’s strengths to create synergies and develop smart innovative solutions for the Indian and overseas market. This is in alignment with Tata Motors’ efforts to make itself ‘FutuReady’ by embracing new technologies, fostering higher platform efficiency and offering solutions that connect with the aspirations of our customers.”

“Our aim with the envisaged strategic partnership with Tata Motors is to lay the foundations in the Group and the brands that will enable us to offer customer-oriented mobility solutions in the emerging, fast-growing automobile markets, as elsewhere. By offering the appropriate products, we intend to achieve sustainable and profitable growth in very different parts of the world. That is why we are systematically pursuing our regional growth strategy”, Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, commented.

“We are looking forward to the joint project with Tata Motors. Delegating project responsibility to ŠKODA underscores the great confidence of the Volkswagen Group in the ability of our brand. Together with Tata we will be specifying the concrete opportunities for collaboration over the coming months”, Bernhard Maier, CEO of ŠKODA Auto, stated.

Tata Motors and SKODA Auto, representing the Volkswagen Group, will detail out the guiding principles and terms of cooperation in the next few months. Post successful completion of definitive agreements, the two companies will start joint development work and joint value-chain activities. Based on this joint work, Tata Motors plans to launch products in the Indian market, starting calendar year 2019.

About Tata Motors:

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2, 75, 561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

About Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. The Group operates 120 production plants in 20 European countries and a further 11 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Every weekday, over 610,000 employees worldwide produce nearly 42,000 vehicles, and work in vehicle-related services or other fields of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries. With its “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025” future program, the Volkswagen Group is paving the way for the biggest change process in its history: the realignment to become a globally leading provider of sustainable mobility.

Toyota loses global sales crown to VW as U.S. trade barriers loom

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FRANKFURT — Toyota Motor lost its title as the world’s best-selling automaker to Volkswagen Group, ending the Japanese company’s four-year reign, as demand for its flagship Camry sedan waned in the U.S. and sales in China expanded at a slower pace than the overall market.

Toyota’s global sales, including its Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino brands, rose 0.2 percent to 10.2 million vehicles in 2016, the Japanese automaker said on Monday. That fell short of VW Group’s record 10.3 million cars, trucks and buses, a 3.8 percent gain.

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By another key yardstick, however, Toyota continues to outperform its European rival. Toyota’s profit was more than double Volkswagen’s in the six months through September, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Both the companies haven’t reported earnings for the quarter ended Dec. 31.

Toyota’s sales last year lagged behind Volkswagen mainly due to the changing dynamics in the both automakers’ largest overseas markets: the U.S. and China. While the Japanese company was hampered by a broad U.S. auto industry sales slowdown, VW benefited from its growth in China and a tax cut there that has stoked consumer demand since 2015.

Looking ahead, Toyota must contend with possible trade tensions as U.S. President Donald Trump pressures foreign automakers to make more cars and trucks in the U.S. VW, meanwhile, faces decelerating demand in China as the tax reduction expires.

Since his inauguration, Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord, reaffirmed a campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement involving Mexico and met with automakers to persuade them to keep production within the U.S.

Toyota will invest $10 billion in the U.S. over the next five years, maintaining its pace of spending during the last half decade, joining other manufacturers with highlighting projects in response to pressure from Trump to create jobs in America. After criticizing Toyota’s plans to build a Corolla plant in Mexico, Trump rebuked Japan last week for sending the U.S. hundreds of thousands of cars from what he said were “the biggest ships I’ve ever seen.”

“Trump is a bigger risk for Toyota than for Volkswagen because the German carmaker has a small exposure to the U.S. market,” said Ken Miyao, an analyst at Tokyo-based market researcher Carnorama. “Toyota has made investment to build a new plant in Mexico and will have limited options to appeal to Trump.”

U.S. production

Toyota built its first U.S. assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, three decades ago, in part to appease Washington during an era of icy trade ties. Since then, it has added factories in the country.

Last year Toyota built more than 1.38 million cars and trucks in the U.S., behind only General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Still, Toyota’s production was about 1 million vehicles short of its sales in the country. Any push for investment growth will come up against a U.S. auto market that is likely to wane after a reaching a peak in 2016.

“The development of the U.S. market is set to decide if VW can stay ahead of Toyota this year,” Sascha Gommel, a Frankfurt-based analyst at Commerzbank, said. “If the Chinese and European markets continue to be solid and the U.S. market weakens as I expect, VW might stay first in 2017 as Toyota has a larger exposure to North America.”

The Japanese automaker’s deliveries in the U.S. declined last year, trailing industrywide growth, as demand for its Camry slowed ahead of the introduction of the next generation of America’s best-selling sedan. The latest iteration of the model was unveiled at the Detroit auto show earlier this month.

Deliveries of Toyota in China climbed 8.2 percent in 2016, compared with the industrywide sales growth of 15 percent.

Top slot

In 2008, Toyota ended GM’s 77-year reign as the world’s largest automaker, holding on to the top annual sales spot until 2011, when it surrendered the title after production was disrupted by natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. The Japanese company regained the lead in 2012 and kept the position through 2015.

For Volkswagen, taking the global sales crown marks the culmination of an aggressive expansion that former CEO Martin Winterkorn began 10 years ago. While surging demand in China and expansion of the upscale Audi and Porsche brands’ line-ups have propelled sales gains, the group’s growth hit a wall in September 2015, when the carmaker and U.S. regulators revealed that some of its diesel engines carried software to cheat on emissions tests.

Volkswagen’s namesake brand accounted for almost 6 million of the group’s global deliveries in 2016. The marque is targeting sales of 3 million cars this year in China, the company’s biggest national market. In Germany, its second-largest market, the division is reducing its large leasing fleet for employees, which started to hurt new-car registrations toward the end of last year.

Via ANE

Tata Motors to help Volkswagen develop an Economy Car for emerging markets

One might wonder why Volkswagen approaches Tata Motors to develop a car. Volkswagen has been working on a budget car project since years but failed to keep the costs under control and hence approached Tata Motors(known for developing the world’s cheapest car Nano) for help.

595The auto giant Volkswagen plans to restart its small car project Budget Car. VW management is in talks with with Tata Motors, Manager Magazin reported in its latest issue (release date: July 22).

The Indian automaker should develop the model completely or partially for VW, according to the Wolfsburg Volkswagen headquarters. VW has been working on the project own their own since years. The Budget Car is designed for entry level markets like China and India. For the restart it was internally renamed Economy Car.

The developed in the past model approaches were repeatedly stopped. The VW developers did not get especially the costs under control. The car will be offered cheaper than the previously smallest VW model. The responsibility for the current project lies with brand chief Herbert Diess. Discussions on the possible development contract to Tata would however will be looked after by corporate strategy chief Thomas Sedran.

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The German carmaker has repeatedly tried its hand at the compact car segment including a partnership with Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corporation but failed to crack the intensely competitive market. Tata Motors on the other hand successfully developed and launched one of the world’s cheapest cars Nano, highlighting its expertise in low cost vehicle development.

via: Manager Magazin