U.S. Distributor Inks 2nd Deal with China’s Chery Auto

Budget T-Go brand will join high-end Vantas marque in U.S.
#asia #Chery

Car/Ride Sharing

StreetScooter Hires Former Ford, Tesla Execs

Germany’s StreetScooter GmbH has hired two executives from Ford and Tesla to help it expand its electric delivery van business globally.
#people #Tesla #europe


Chery, Deutsche Post Partner on Electric Vans

Chery Holdings and Deutsche Post’s StreetScooter unit have agreed to begin making light-duty electric delivery trucks in China by 2021.
#Chery #asia


Chery Teams Up with Quanergy on Lidar, Smart City Tech

China’s Chery Automobile Co. has selected Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Quanergy Systems Inc. to be its lidar partner for future autonomous vehicles.
#Chery #tech


Ford Swaps Out Expatriate Execs in China

Ford Motor Co. is replacing dozens of Western executives in China with local marketing experts in a bid to cut costs and gain more local marketing knowledge.
#asia #Ford #ChongqingSokon

Qoros Taps Japanese Execs for CEO, COO, CTO

Chinese carmaker Qoros Automotive Co. Ltd. has installed a trio of Japanese auto executives to its top posts.
#people #asia #Nissan


Local Assembler May Buy Ford Truck Plant in Brazil

Brazilian carmaker CAOA is negotiating to buy Ford Motor Co.’s truck plant in Sao Paulo that is slated to close later this year.
#facilities #americas #Hyundai


Report: Quality Issues Plague JLR in China

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.’s sagging sales in China are rooted in chronic and accelerating quality control issues, says Automotive News Europe.
#Porsche #asia #Lexus

Autonomous Vehicles

Desay to Open Autonomous-Vehicle Test Center in Singapore

China’s Desay SV Automotive Ltd. is opening a research and development center in Singapore that will focus on Level 4/5 autonomous vehicle, connectivity and cybersecurity systems.
#asia #Siemens #Mazda


Ford Makes China Operations a Stand-Alone Business Unit

Ford Motor Co. has restructured its global operations, promoting China to its own business unit that reports directly to headquarters.
#Ford #Chery #asia


Chery Readies Frankfurt Design Center

China’s Chery Automobile Co. is opening a design and development center in Frankfurt, the company’s first facility in Europe.
#europe #Chery


Chery EV for Europe at Least Two Years Away

China’s Chery Automobile Co. says its first electrified model for the European market won’t arrive until at least 2020.
#europe #HP #Chery

Study Shows Americans Leery of Chinese Cars

One-third of American motorists wouldn’t consider buying a vehicle from a Chinese carmaker, according to a poll by car-shopping website Autolist.
#SAIC #Geely #BYD


Report: JLR Mulls Lynk Rival in China

Jaguar Land Rover reportedly is in talks with Chinese joint venture partner Chery Automobile about launching a new brand to compete against Geely Automobile Holding Co.'s Lynk & Co. unit.
#Tata #SAIC #Geely

Car/Ride Sharing

Didi Chuxing and What’s Missing

While the global car sharing market is anticipated to grow 34 percent annually between 2017 and 2024, the rate is expected to be 40 percent in China.
#FirstAutomotiveWorks #Nissan #Renault

Car/Ride Sharing

UPDATE: China’s Didi Signs 12 Carmakers for EV-Sharing Service

Beijing-based Didi Chuxing Technology Co. has signed partnership agreements with a dozen carmakers to launch a car-sharing network in China featuring electric vehicles.
#Geely #Renault #BYD


Autonomy Picks Up Speed

The latest generation of the ProAI unit from ZF for autonomous vehicle technology is capable of processing inputs from multiple cameras, LiDAR and radar, as well as “paint” a 360-degree view around a vehicle, locate it on an HD map, and calculate a safe path through traffic, in no small part because it deploys the NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, which is a processor that is capable of performing 30 deep-learning trillions of operations per section.
#NVIDIA #oem #Chery


Russia’s December Car Sales Jump 14%

Demand for cars and light-duty commercial vehicles in Russia climbed 14% to 166,000 units in December, according to the Moscow-based Assn. of European Businesses.
#europe #Lada #Mazda

Chery Automobile Readies Electric Entre to European Market

Chery Automobile Co. is preparing to enter the European market with an array of electrified models, starting with the Exeed TX small crossover vehicle due a few years from now.
#HP #europe #Chery


Chery Automobile Eyes European Design Center

Chinese carmaker Chery Automobile Co. is preparing to open its first design studio in Europe.
#GeneralMotors #europe #Chery