- Official: Audi urban concept video
- SKODA increases worldwide deliveries by July to more than 500,000 vehicles
- VW: Something small is coming Up
- Gentex SmartBeam systems for Audi A7
Posted: 10 Aug 2011 05:58 PM PDT
How will we drive tomorrow? Audi is once again opening up new horizons: the Audi urban concept is a 1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. The technical study does not fit under any of the conventional categories – the Audi urban concept combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car into one radical new concept.
Posted: 10 Aug 2011 05:35 PM PDT
In the first seven months of the year, the SKODA brand has delivered 523,200 vehicles worldwide (January – July 2010: 437,300 vehicles). Thus, the Czech automobile manufacturer was able to increase its sales 19.7 percent in comparison to the previous year and for the first time ever delivered more than 500,000 vehicles by July. At the same time, SKODA achieved a new record for the month of July with 68,500 sold units (last year: 58,500).
In its Czech home, SKODA grew better than the overall market, recording an increase of 9.6 percent. Overall, 4,400 vehicles were delivered to customers there.
The brand also recorded a clear plus in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe in July: In the Ukraine, sales rose 54.8 percent. Slovenia grew 9.3 percent, Poland 3.7 percent, and Croatia 4.0 percent.
Sales figures in Western Europe also developed positively. With a plus of 24.0 percent, the Czech automobile manufacturer reached a sales volume of 27,200 units there. In this context, high rates of increase were reported by the Netherlands with a plus of 53.2 percent and Austria with a plus of 36.8 percent. On the German market, SKODA was able to increase its market share as the most popular import brand. In Belgium, sales rose 23.8 percent, in France it was 22.6 percent, and in Switzerland 13.2 percent.
The markets in China, India, and Russia grew at high speed. In China, SKODA deliveries increased 15.4 percent to 17,800 units in July. In Russia, SKODA achieved the third best monthly result with 6,100 deliveries and a plus of 22.7 percent. In India, SKODA has outpaced last year’s sales by 70.1 percent with 2,300 units sold to date. In doing so, about two thirds of Indian customers decided on the Fabia.
In other markets outside of Europe, SKODA reported good results as well. In Australia, the brand reached the second-best monthly sales record in July.
Deliveries to customers in July 2011 (SKODA models compared to July 2010):
Posted: 10 Aug 2011 11:00 AM PDT
With the Frankfurt Auto Show weeks away, Volkswagen and others are starting leak our information on what will be showing and or debuting. It was two years ago that Volkswagen showed us the E-Up at the 2009 Frankfurt IAA. During the show Martin Winterkorn said “We will launch a zero emissions Up! on the market in 2013″.
The 64th IAA will take place on September 15-25th and Volkswagen has released its first teaser titled “Something small is coming Up!”. The first is directed towards the small moments that make us happy. Could we see the first production models this year?
“Isn’t it the small moments that make us happy? That can make an ordinary day great? That make us feel like we’re floating? In September 2011, the time has come. The Up! is on its way.”
The second is a still image saying “A Small Bang With Great Sound!”. This is directed towards a digital concert with Royseven to take place on August 21st.
Posted: 10 Aug 2011 06:08 AM PDT
Gentex Corp. has begun producing an automatic dimmer for high-beam headlights for the Audi A7.
The system, called SmartBeam, uses a miniature camera and computer chip to dim a vehicle’s headlights automatically when it detects oncoming traffic.
SmartBeam is integrated into the supplier’s rearview mirror.
Gentex, which is based in Zeeland, sells auto-dimming mirrors to all major automakers. With estimated North American automotive sales of $367 million for fiscal 2010, it ranks 93rd on Automotive News’ list of the top 100 suppliers to North America.
- Auto News
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