Chrysler and US Agency to Develop Hybrid Powertrain for Minivan

Mike Omotoso

In recent remarks to workers at a Chrysler minivan assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, Fiat and Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne said that he expects Chrysler to remain a leader in the minivan segment and suggested that Chrysler will rethink the minivan to make it more versatile. As part of its . . . Continue Reading Chrysler and US Agency to Develop Hybrid Powertrain for Minivan

GM Withdraws Request for Energy Loans, Invests In Batteries

General Motors has withdrawn its application for $14.4 billion in low-interest government loans from the Department of Energy (DOE), citing its overall progress and improved global business performance, according to CFO Chris Liddell. Also, the company reports that it has just invested $7 million in Envia Systems, a California-based start-up that has been developing . . . Continue Reading GM Withdraws Request for Energy Loans, Invests In Batteries

Satisfaction with Automaker Websites Differs with Point of Entry

Satisfaction with manufacturer websites among new-vehicle shoppers is higher for users who accessed an automaker’s site through a model page rather than the website’s home page, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Manufacturer Website Evaluation StudySM (MWES)—Wave 1, which examines the usefulness of automotive manufacturer websites during the new-vehicle shopping process by evaluating . . . Continue Reading Satisfaction with Automaker Websites Differs with Point of Entry

China is Volkswagen Group’s Major Growth Platform

 

Volkswagen Group China wants to protect its position as the leading volume automaker in China, which is now the largest passenger-vehicle market in the world. In 2010, the automaker said it sold 1.92 million vehicles in China and Hong Kong, vs. 1.4 million unit sales in 2009, through its two joint venture companies . . . Continue Reading China is Volkswagen Group’s Major Growth Platform

North American Vehicle Production Volume to Rise at Lower Pace

North American vehicle production levels in 2011 will continue to recover, but will likely increase at a lower pace than in 2010, according to an update from Automotive Forecasting analysts at J.D. Power and Associates.

In 2010, output in the US, Canada and Mexico climbed nearly 40% from 2009, to 11.8 million vehicles. In . . . Continue Reading North American Vehicle Production Volume to Rise at Lower Pace

January Begins with Upbeat US Retail Sales Pace

US retail light-vehicle sales in January are outdistancing projections, according to the latest forecast update from J.D. Power and Associates. On a volume basis, retail deliveries are expected to climb 23% from January 2010 to reach 632,100 units—representing a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 10.0 million units—nearly 2.0 million units higher than the . . . Continue Reading January Begins with Upbeat US Retail Sales Pace

China’s President to Discuss Business, Technology, Partnering with US

China’s president, Hu Jintao, was in the US this week for meetings with President Obama and business officials—including CEOs of major international companies—to discuss China as an economic partner and the country’s marketplace, according to news reports. This is the first  official visit to the US by a Chinese leader since 1997, according to . . . Continue Reading China’s President to Discuss Business, Technology, Partnering with US

Quality Gap Between Passenger Vehicles and Pickups Narrows In South Africa

In its most recent study on the initial quality of passenger vehicles and pickup trucks in South Africa, J.D. Power records major improvements compared to the last time the study was conducted. In fact, the evaluation of 228 problem symptoms across nine factors* finds that the initial quality gap between passenger vehicles and pickup . . . Continue Reading Quality Gap Between Passenger Vehicles and Pickups Narrows In South Africa

The Battle for Navigation System Market Share Heats Up

The competition is heating up. Factory-installed navigation systems are already a dynamic market, but what happens when more options or alternatives are introduced to the market and in greater numbers? Currently, factory-installed navigation manufacturers and suppliers face newer competition from smartphones and cellular phones equipped with navigation capabilities, as well as from more established . . . Continue Reading The Battle for Navigation System Market Share Heats Up

Even Used-Vehicle Buyers are Going Online

Amit Aggarwal

This past year saw a massive increase in the used automotive Internet usage (AIU) rate, as 68% of all used-vehicle buyers went online during the vehicle shopping process versus 63% in 2009.  The dramatic rise has narrowed the gap between used- and new- AIU rates.

There are many factors at . . . Continue Reading Even Used-Vehicle Buyers are Going Online