BMW reported record sales in 2017, but Mercedes keeps lead

BMW Group has released its sales numbers for 2017 and they show the last 12 months for the company have been really successful. The announcement even goes on to say “the BMW Group reconfirms its position as the world’s leading premium automotive company,” but there’s a small catch. Nevertheless, the company was outsold by Mercedes-Benz, keeping the order in the three-way German luxury sales race unchanged.

Sales of BMW brand models rose 4.2 percent in 2017 to 2.09 million passenger cars and SUVs, compared with a 9.9 percent gain to 2.29 million at Mercedes, which claimed the top spot in global luxury-car sales rankings for a second year. Registrations at Volkswagen’s Audi premium division edged up 0.6 percent to a record 1.88 million cars, benefiting from a 34 percent December surge in China, the brand’s largest market. BMW, which had kept the global luxury sales crown for about a decade before slipping behind Mercedes in 2016, said deliveries were fueled by a 9.6 percent gain for its SUV lineup and a 15 percent increase for the 1-Series. Read more

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Maserati will fix 2018 Ghibli and Quattroporte due to risk of fire

Maserati North America Inc. is recalling more than 1,000 of its newest luxury cars to fix leaky fuel pipes that increase the potential for an engine fire. The 2018 Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans – with prices starting at $73,050 and $105,600, respectively – have a faulty fuel delivery pipe in the engine compartment that may leak gasoline.

The cars haven’t yet been delivered to customers, and they’ll be fixed before individuals are able to drive off with them, according to Matteo Sardi, a spokesman for the carmaker. The company said the flaw, caused by a part from supplier SumiRiko Italy, affects all 1,406 of the vehicles manufactured from July 24 through Dec. 14, when the problem was identified. Read more

Porsche dresses five cars in classic racing liveries

For over 60 years, Porsche has enjoyed wins across the world at all levels of competition — more so than any other automaker. From the early air-cooled models to the more recent 919 Hybrids, nearly every Porsche that’s hit the track has been memorable in one way or another. Still, some are more recognizable than others. To pay tribute to some of those models, Porsche has created a series of five Macans dressed to the nines in classic racing garb. Each of the liveries represents some form of Porsche Le Mans race carPorsche has won Le Mans more times than any other manufacturer or team on the planet. The German automaker took the five Macans to Singapore to photograph them in some of the city-state’s most iconic locations.

The white, red and blue Martini Racing livery might be the most iconic of them all. This dress covered everything from the Porsche 917 in Le Mans to some of the automakers efforts in rally and touring car. It’s simple, clean and permanently tied to motorsports. Porsche began its partnership with Martini and Rossi in 1968. The photo was taken at Holland Village. Read more

Ford Motor Co. best-selling U.S. brand for 2017 year

Congradulation to Ford Motor Co. for keeping the title of best-selling U.S. Brand results of 2017, driven by strong light-truck sales, it rose with 1.3 percent. Even if the full-year volume of sales dropped with 0.9 percent in comparison with 2016. Ford takes this position for the eighth year in a row, and the F serieswas America’s best-selling truck for the 41st consecutive year.

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Here are the scale of growth and decrease of Ford brands: Ford rose 2.4% in December and fell 0.9% on the year, Lincoln fell 17%, F series up 2.1%, Mustang up 9.2% in the first full month for the new 2018 model, Fusion down 8.8%, Explorer up 31%, Edge up 7.6%, Escape up 1.8%, Focus up 9.7%, Lincoln Continental down 34%, Lincoln Navigator up 30%.

U.S Car Sales decline in 2018

This year was not good for U.S. car sales, academics and researchers are talking about a pangent but not the worst decline in 2018. There are not so many specialists who dare to have a look beyond 2018, but Morgan Stanley did it and he doesn’t like what it sees, with a technology-obsolescence inspired downturn so awful government subsidies may be necessary to support the market.160105_EM_AutoSalesRecords

Meanwhile forecasts for 2018’s decreases with 1.5% to off 5%. BMI Research rekons sales in 2018 will go down with 1.5%after a 1.1% fall this year. The Center for Automotive Research  at the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany is peripheral less optimistic, going for a 2% fall in 2017 to 17.2  million cars and another fall of 1.5% in 2018.

Galhotra’s success and progress

Kumar Galhotra emigrated from India to USA at age 18 to study mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He knew there was just one company he wanted to work for “It was just Ford”he recalled. Shortly before receiving his bachelor of sience degree, Galhotra printed a stack of resues and hand-delivered them in hopes of landing a job with Blue Oval. Galhotr’s ambition paid off with a 30-years career at Ford that now has him taking on high-stakes responsibilities as automaker’s chief marketing officer.

Galhotra has orchestrated since 2014 at the once-moribund Lincoln Brand, he has oversee four consecutive years of sales growth at Lincoln, a century-old brand whose customer bas had deteriorated to be beyond airport limos and the ederly. He became president of the brandin Mark Field’s first month as CEO in 2014 and immediatly began changing toward a formidable goal of tripling Lincoln’s global sales t0 300,000 by the end of this decade.

Alfa Romeo will launch a larger version of its Stelvio SUV

Alfa Romeo is currently working on a larger version of the Stelvio (pictured). The upcoming flagship SUV will also be the first vehicle from the Italian automaker to be offered with an electrified powertrain. The vehicle will be built on the Stelvio’s Giorgio platform but will have a bigger body and a longer wheelbase.

Alfa Romeo Chief Technical Officer Roberto Fedeli claims that a larger, heavier SUV could embody brand DNA with the help of “a 48-volt mild hybrid solution.” The near-instant get-up of an e-turbo would counteract weight gain expected to be around 440 pounds. Fedeli revealed Alfa Romeo’s testing a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with an e-turbo on a simulator, and said they “can achieve around 350 to 400 bhp.” Right now, the standard Stelvio produces 280 hp from its turbocharged 2.0-liter. Read more