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View From The Bridge - May 2017

The global legislative drive to reduce the burn of fossil fuels and enhance air quality is setting challenges for the lubricants industry as OEMs are forced to seek alternative power sources for vehicles and other modes of transport. How the industry responds will be critical over the next few years.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment, Europe, Lubricants, Russia, Toyota, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

8th May, 2017        

Toyota EV U-turn as VW launches China electric model

Japanese manufacturer accepts China pressure on EV development as VW announces new all-electric model.

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, electric vehicles, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

6th May, 2017        

EU criticises emission reg delays as VW gets all-clear for fix

The European Parliament has criticised a number of countries for dragging their feet over new emissions regulations. Meanwhile VW has been given the go-ahead to repair rigged software.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech, Volkswagen

30th December, 2016        

VW China sales and global group profits recover despite emissions scandal

The German carmaker sees sales growing in the crucial Chinese market as group Q1 results are positive, although VW brand takes a hit.

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

31st May, 2016        

Focus in China remains on green cars

NEV sales grow as automakers continue to expand their hybrid ranges

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, electric vehicles, hybrids, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

30th May, 2016        

Japanese car sales post modest growth

After years of slowing sales Japanese automakers are gaining ground in China

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, electric vehicles, Japan, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

29th February, 2016        

Light vehicle sales rise 7.3% in 2015

Chinese vehicle deliveries rose to 21.1m cars last year as a late surge lifted sales

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

2nd February, 2016        

VW proposed fix for diesel cheat: a catalytic converter system

VW will propose fitting a new catalytic converter system that could to about 430,000 cars capable of cheating diesel emissions tests.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Lubes tech, N America, Volkswagen

1st February, 2016        

VW investigation will not affect investment in China

Despite being sued by a local environmental group, VW remains committed to the growing market

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

30th December, 2015        

View from the Bridge - December 15

The Paris Climate Change Summit heralded some blue sky thinking in an increasingly polluted world. But what will be the impact on the lubricants industry? Only time will tell.

Tags: additives, bio lubes, CO2 emissions, Europe, Volkswagen

7th December, 2015        

Real-time fuel economy emissions figures become available

Masternaut are launching an OEM fuel economy database while Peugeot-Citroen will publish real-world fuel economy figures.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

31st October, 2015        

VW could lose trust in China in race against Toyota

Reputational damage may slow VW in its global sales race against Toyota

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, CO2 emissions, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

31st October, 2015        

View from the Bridge - October 15

Is the VW crisis the auto-industry's Deepwater Horizon and will it prove to be a turning point? What role will lubricants play in helping meet the increasing environmental pressures now being placed on the auto sector?

Tags: BP, China, CO2 emissions, N America, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

5th October, 2015        

VW hit by fraud and emissions crisis

German carmaker VW has been rocked by an apparently wide-ranging crisis involving alleged fraud through use of 'defeat devices' in the US and Europe.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, Ford, GM, N America, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

30th September, 2015        

China's auto market to grow 1.4% in 2015

Amidst major economic headwinds, the sector struggles to meet 7% growth estimates

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

27th September, 2015        

As sales fall, VW continues to open new China plants

Sales dipped for the first time since 2005 as VW opens its 20th plant in China

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

23rd August, 2015        

Volkswagen Last Mile Surfer

Volkswagen have announced a 'rescue-parking' electric scooter which folds and fits into the boot of a car.

Tags: And finally, Volkswagen

6th August, 2015        

VW and Saab owner to build new China plants

In the midst of falling sales and rock bottom prices, carmakers are doubling down on Chinese production

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, electric vehicles, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

28th July, 2015        

Spot the difference: Porsche vs Zotye

A Chinese carmaker has caused a stir with a copycat Macan, but cheap SUVs might actually be helping foreign carmakers

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

28th July, 2015        

VW hunt for new chairman could be stormy

The chairman of the carmaker Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piech, has resigned after a power struggle with chief executive Martin Winterkorn leaving a chellenge to find his replacement.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

5th May, 2015        

Consumer group says EU must change fuel consumption tests

Class actions have been launched against Fiat and Volkswagen fuel consumption tests by European consumer group, BEUC.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Fiat, Lubes tech, Volkswagen

25th March, 2015        

VW’s China-built budget car plan is taking shape

Volkswagen group makes progress on inexpensive line, despite improvements in luxury sector

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

22nd March, 2015        

GM to invest heavily in China

The US car giant is looking to best rival VW in the Chinese market

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

21st December, 2014        

VW China says growth to slow to 10% on lack of capacity

Expansion may slow but the German car giant is still bullish on China long-term

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

24th November, 2014        

Why buy cars online in China? VW knows.

VW are leading the way in online car sales thanks to clever marketing

Tags: China, China Internet Marketing, Internet marketing, social media, Volkswagen

26th October, 2014        

Foreign carmakers continue building spree

Ford, Hyundai and VW have all slated new plants for construction in China

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, Ford, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

18th September, 2014        

Automakers under pressure in anti-trust probe

Foreign carmakers are coming under fire for their Chinese pricing strategies

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, Japan, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

20th August, 2014        

Volkswagen's new crossover will be US built

Volkswagen has chosen to build its new crossover in the US rather than Mexico.

Tags: N America, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

10th August, 2014        

VW plans expansion as China sales rocket

The German automaker plans two more assembly plants as sales increase by 19%

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

26th July, 2014        

Sad demise of the VW Kombi

After seventy years, Volkswagen has decided to retire its famous Kombi camper van.

Tags: And finally, Volkswagen

8th May, 2014        

10% rise in European car sales

March has seen a rise in European car sales for the seventh consecutive month.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes marketing, Volkswagen

6th May, 2014        

Beijing auto show a hit

118 new models were exhibited at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, China OEM Equipment, Chrysler, General Motors, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

28th April, 2014        

China’s car sales rise 8% in March

Fear of purchasing restrictions in major cities has lead to panic buying, inflating vehicle sales

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, General Motors, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

24th April, 2014        

Yihon produce China’s first 8-speed AT fluid

The Chinese lubes producer has developed transmission fluid to cater for higher spec gearbox requirements.

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Volkswagen

20th March, 2014        

Connected cars

The Citreon Picasso is the first Qeo-enabled car. VW has a new app for drivers.

Tags: Europe, Mobile technology, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

10th March, 2014        

Automotive marketing: internet is king

GM and VW both use cross-channel, cross-device marketing via the internet for their latest campaigns and consumer technologies.

Tags: automotive industry, GM, Internet marketing, Mobile technology, Volkswagen

6th March, 2014        

Auto sales strong in China for 2013

Car sales in China top 22m units last year, foreign brands driving growth

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, GM, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

13th January, 2014        

Sales of light vehicles jump 16% in November

China's car market continues to grow, helped by recovery of Japanese brands

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Ford, GM, Great Wall, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

15th December, 2013        

Faulty gearbox continues to trouble VW

After a $600m recall last year, VW's gearbox problem is once again causing problems in China

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

23rd November, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China, October 2013

New look China Bulletin, internet marketing and China's mobile marketing boom.

Tags: China, OATS, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

25th September, 2013        

Auto brands battle for China dominance

GM, Toyota, BMW and VW amongst the leaders fighting for share of Chinese market

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, Europe, GM, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

28th July, 2013        

VW and GM failed to qualify for ‘green’ energy subsidies

Auto giants fall short of requirements and unlawfully gain financial benefits

Tags: China, Environment, regulatory and standards, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

28th July, 2013        

NDRC reverses foreign investment policy decision

Incentives back on the table for potential overseas auto investors

Tags: China, Environment, regulatory and standards, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

19th June, 2013        

VW recalls 384,000 cars in China

Record numbers recalled after gearbox fault is identified.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

22nd March, 2013        

VW increases China production as Europe demand weakens

German automaker set to double production over next five years

Tags: China, Corporate News, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

22nd March, 2013        

Chinese automakers are catching up

Domestic car vehicle brands are gradually starting to make inroads into foreign brand's share of China market

Tags: China, innovation, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

22nd March, 2013        

China car sales grow 20% in first 2 months

SUVs and MPVs drive China car sales at start of 2013

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, GM, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

22nd March, 2013        

China world’s largest automarket in 2012

China overtakes Europe as it tops the passenger vehicle sales table

Tags: BMW, China, Corporate News, Europe, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

23rd January, 2013        

Tough times ahead for Chinese automakers

Nation's car manufacturers face internal and overseas challenges.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Toyota, Volkswagen

21st November, 2012        

Ducati stays the same, says Audi boss

Ducati's new owners have pledged to keep the brand unchanged at a workforce meeting

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

14th August, 2012        

China's automakers face serious consolidation

More than half of China's car brands may disappear within five years according to analysts

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Ford, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

21st July, 2012        

VW merges with Porsche as global deliveries increase

VW has taken a controlling stake in Porsche as the German Group continues to grow its worldwide market

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Porsche, Volkswagen

9th July, 2012        

Foreign carmakers fuel Chinese auto stockpile

Auto manufacturing expansion continues as China sales slow

Tags: BMW, China, GM, innovation, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

25th June, 2012        

People’s Car Project bears fruit

VW project gains massive online input from China's amateur innovators.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China and finally, Volkswagen

14th May, 2012        

SAIC profits jump 67% and forecasts strong 2012

Chinese automaker SAIC sees 67% profit leap helped by VW joint venture and forecasts a good year to come.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts, Volkswagen

23rd April, 2012        

VW set record sales as Euro market slumps

Germany's VW continues its global rise, but ACEA's latest figures show a slump in total vehicle sales across Europe.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

2nd April, 2012        

VW China may recall faulty gearboxes

VW may be forced to recall vehicles fitted with its DSG gearbox following public pressure

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

26th March, 2012        

January vehicle sales drop in China

A slowing economy and New Year celebrations have slowed the auto market in China.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Ford, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

23rd February, 2012        

China to limit foreign investment in auto sector

Overseas car makers are set to have their ambitions trimmed when it comes to investing in China's auto industry.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Ford, GM, OEM and automotive, Toyota, Volkswagen

23rd January, 2012        

VW sets tough environmental targets

Volkswagen is to set tough new environmental targets for its production plants

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Volkswagen

6th January, 2012        

VW already ahead of 2010 by Q3

VW has overtaken last year's earnings with a quarter of 2011 still to go.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

3rd November, 2011        

View from the Bridge - China (Nov 2011)

The Chinese economy continues to grow, although tough decisions may be required in the manufacturing sector. VW is set to be come the top global automaker.

Tags: automotive industry, China, GM, Toyota, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

25th October, 2011        

China Vehicle Sales Up in September

Pace accelerates on Chinese vehicle sales despite government restrictions.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Ford, General Motors, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

20th October, 2011        

Western car giants step up China investment

VW and Daimler are set to invest billions of dollars in China operations.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Daimler, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

22nd September, 2011        

VW develops cylinder shut-off for TSI engines

VW has launched industry-leading TSI cylinder shut-off technology.

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, Volkswagen

14th September, 2011        

China Auto Sales Show Gradual Increase

China is showing an overall increase in sales, although some sectors are slow.

Tags: automotive industry, China, General Motors, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

27th July, 2011        

Market potential boosts foreign car makers

Automakers from Asia and Europe are spurred on by China's booming car market.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Daimler, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

15th July, 2011        

VW launch brings the house down.

Tower demolition used to demonstrate Amarok strength

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Volkswagen

13th May, 2011        

Conference shows China auto strength

Major auto manufacturers and OEMs look ahead to a prosperous Chinese market at a Shanghai conference

Tags: automotive industry, China, Ford, GM, innovation, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

11th May, 2011        

VW profits soar in Q3

Auto manufacturer, VW saw profits more than treble as it heads into the final quarter.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

25th October, 2010        

Castrol and VW stay united

Castrol has extended its lubes OEM and service contract with VW.

Tags: automotive industry, Castrol, Lubes news, Volkswagen

18th May, 2010        

VW in record ketchup sales

VW launch a limited edition tomato ketchup to celebrate record VW ketchup sales

Tags: And finally, Europe, Volkswagen

9th April, 2010        

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