TTAC news round table: «Volkswagen» took the second place in China, a huge disaster for Takata, Apple and longtime car guy gone

TTAC news round table: "Volkswagen" took the second place in China, a huge disaster for Takata, Apple and longtime car guy gone
TTAC Новости круглого стола: "Фольксваген" занял второе место в Китае, большая беда для Таката, Apple и давний машине парень ушел

Signing ceremony for VW’s Foshan plant in China. Picture courtesy Volkswagen AG

VW chief in China said that they probably didn’t take the crown from «General motors» in the near future.

As for Apple, to bring the car the guy left Takata in trouble and more … after the break!

Der neue Volkswagen Satana (China)

Volkswagen’s China head: â€the Volume isn’t everything’

Volkswagen’s chief in China said that the automaker will be a good year in China and deflected any race sales «General motors», saying “volume isn’t everything â€� according to Reuters.

Jochem Heitzmann, head of Volkswagen China, told reporters that the company will focus on the resale and residual value in the country — not large in number.

GM surpassed VW in last year of sales last year in China, the report said. It can stay that way this year.

Apple Logo Circa 2005

Longtime Apple exec car, leaving

Longtime Apple Executive for projects, including the iPod and iPhone, and reportedly the head of the company€™s automotive division, is leaving the company, reports the wall Street Journal.

Steve Zadesky, 16 years at the Ford company and a former engineer, left the company for personal reasons not performance-related, according to the report.

Zadesky was reportedly brought the company€™s secret “Titanâ€� 2014. His departure could be a setback for the secretive tech company, which can be accumulation industry veterans for an upcoming car — or a massive dance party. We’ll never know, because Apple doesn’t tell us anything.

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Storm causes delays for plants, car dealership

GM and Toyota closed its factories in Kentucky ahead of winter Storm Jonas, according to automotive news.

Toyota shuttered for the weekend its Georgetown, Kentucky plant that produces the Camry, avalon and Lexus ES 350. GM closed it in bowling green, Kentucky plant that makes the Corvette the weekend before the storm that reportedly bring more than 12 inches of snow in the area.

Similarly, the Washington auto Show’s public days over the weekend were postponed by the storm. The showroom is scheduled to resume on Monday.

Ford€™s in the Louisville, Kentucky plant is not affected by the hurricane.

Takata Driver Airbag

10 confirmed fatalities; more than five million cars filled with massive Takata recall list

Regulators have added another 5 million cars in the huge list of cars affected by Takata’s faulty airbags, Reuters reported. The total number of defective cars in the U.S. grew by more than 24 million, the Number of defective inflatable grows to 28 million.

In the announcement of additional affected machines, regulators also confirmed that the 10 —th man was killed by the defective airbags. Officials say that a Georgia man was killed Dec. 22 when a defective airbag in his Ford Ranger pickup.

The first vehicles affected include Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Saab. Extra Ford, Honda and BMW were added to the list, we will remind, on Friday.

The National administration of traffic safety Administration’s website for vehicles affected by the Takata recall hasn’t was the updated list of new cars, which isn’t very useful.

Additional recalled vehicles are another blow to the troubled automotive supplier, which brings us to …


Takata will ask to save the automaker, potential merger

Torn Airbag maker Takata may ask Japanese automakers to bail out its troubled business and to merge with Daciel continue of airbags, reports Reuters.

Takata’s top managers plan to resign, including CEO Shigehisa Takada, who has been criticized for not handling the crisis effectively, according to the report.

Last year, Takata has been fined $70 million to U.S. regulators who said that the fine could rise to $200 million if the company didn’t comply with the terms of the order. Automakers such as Toyota and Honda dodged a massive supplier of components for the automotive industry last year after the announced fine.

The representative Daciel didn’t confirm the report, but said they “are discussing ways of working with Takata to supply safe (airbags) inflatable, although we have not decided any details,” according to Reuters.

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