Volkswagen’s chief in China says they’re possibly not retaking the crown from General Motors there anytime quickly.
That, Apple’s lead car guy is gone, Takata’s in difficulty and a lot more … following the break!
Volkswagen’s China chief: ‘Volume is not everything’
Volkswagen’s chief in China mentioned the automaker would have a good year in China and deflected any sales race with General Motors by saying “volume isn’t every little thing,” according to Reuters.
Jochem Heizmann, head of Volkswagen in China, told reporters that the firm would focus on resale and residual values in the country — not sheer numbers.
GM surpassed VW final year in sales last year in China, according to the report. It might stay that way this year.
Longtime Apple vehicle exec leaving
A longtime Apple executive for projects including the iPod and iPhone, and reportedly head of the company’s automotive division, is leaving the business, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Steve Zadesky, a 16-year Apple veteran and former Ford engineer, is leaving the business for private reasons not connected to functionality, according to the report.
Zadesky reportedly led the company’s secret project “Titan” given that 2014. His departure could be a setback for the secretive tech company who could be stockpiling auto industry veterans for an upcoming car — or massive dance party. We’ll never know due to the fact Apple doesn’t tell us anything.
Storm causes delays for plants, auto show
Common Motors and Toyota closed their plants in Kentucky ahead of Winter Storm Jonas, according to Automotive News.
Toyota shuttered for the weekend its Georgetown, Kentucky plant, which produces the Camry, Avalon and Lexus ES 350. GM closed its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant that makes the Corvette for the weekend ahead of the storm that will reportedly bring a lot more than 12 inches of snow to the location.
Similarly, the Washington Auto Show’s public days over the weekend were postponed for the storm. The auto show is scheduled to reopen on Monday.
Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky plant was not affected by the storm.
10th fatality confirmed five million much more cars added to enormous Takata recall list
Regulators added 5 million much more automobiles to the huge list of automobiles affected by faulty Takata airbags, Reuters reported. The total number of faulty automobiles in the U.S. has grown to much more than 24 million, with the number of faulty inflators growing to 28 million.
In announcing the additional affected automobiles, regulators also confirmed that a tenth person has been killed by the defective airbag inflators. Officials say a Georgia man was killed Dec. 22 by a faulty airbag in his Ford Ranger truck.
Vehicles affected for the initial time contain Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Saab. Extra Ford, Honda and BMW vehicles had been added to the recall list on Friday.
The National Highway Site visitors Security Administration’s internet site for cars impacted by the Takata recall hasn’t yet been updated with the list of new automobiles, which isn’t quite valuable.
The additional recalled vehicles are yet another blow to the troubled automotive supplier which brings us to …
Takata will ask for automaker bailout, possible merger
Beleaguered airbag maker Takata may possibly ask Japanese automakers to bail out its troubled company and merge with Daciel to continue to make airbag inflators, Reuters reported.
Takata’s prime executives are planning to resign including CEO Shigehisa Takada, who has been criticized for not handling the crisis successfully, according to the report.
Final year, Takata was fined $ 70 million by U.S. regulators who mentioned the fine could develop to $ 200 million if the company didn’t comply with terms of the order. Automakers such as Toyota and Honda backed away from the huge automotive supplier final year following the announced fine.
A spokesman for Daciel didn’t confirm the report, but said they “are discussing techniques to perform with Takata to supply protected (airbag) inflators, despite the fact that we have not decided on any specifics,” according to Reuters.