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Turkish Auto Supplier Industry To Enter Top-10

Automotive Sector To Close The Year Positive

September 2015

COMTRANS’15 Inaugurates Paves The Way For New Opportunities


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o cut a long story short, permanent change is the rule of the game in the automotive industry. It is evident that technology and competitive power will always be the two keys for the survival of the automotive industry. The Turkish automotive and components industry has developed to the stage where it is ready to take advantage of the globalization and structural changes in the world automotive industry. A number of firms active in the industry have been named the "co-designer" in the global vehicles manufactured in Turkey. These firms have also reached the stage where they act as "co-designer" for the global production of motor vehicle manufacturers. Turkey is the only country within the surrounding geographical area to have established a well advanced automotive industry. Therefore, the automotive industry is strategically important both for Turkey and for firms that will invest in Turkey. Many studies identify Turkey as the automotive market with the highest potential in the future. Multinational vehicle manufacturers with their own production facilities in Turkey. Besides, vehicles produced in Turkey are regularly awarded as “Van of the Year”,”Car of the Year”,”Busbuilder of the Year” etc. The Turkish automotive and auto spare parts industry have prospered dynamically in line with ever increasing demand from abroad. Business people operating in the industry have become outward oriented more than ever before. As known, we convey the messages of the Turkish automotive and the related industries by participating in a series of international fairs and exhibitions. This month, we participate in COMTRANS, Moscow, Russia. COMTRANS, the International Exhibition for Commercial Vehicles is the most important event dedicated to commercial vehicles in Russia. The event is a unique specialized show of commercial motor vehicles. It is an event where buyers in search of transport solutions for their business can meet manufacturers and vendors of commercial vehicles, equipment, and services. We wish them and their trading partners a fruitful business.

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Ford Otosan Awards Its Star Workers

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leading automotive manufacturer in Turkey, Ford Otosan has awarded its employee regarding their super success and discipline as an example for their colleagues. Ford Otosan and Turk Metal Labor Union attended to the 4th Ford Otosan Stars ceremony held at Ford Otosan Culture and Life Center of Vehbi Koc Foundation. At the end of assessment that carried out by the scope of “Awarding Blue Collar Workers”, which has been entered into force with purpose of being awarded and approved of successful employees, the number of 89 Ford Otosan employees deserved the award. The plaques were presented by Haydar Yenigun, Director General of Ford Otosan; Yucel Yucel, Secretary General of Turk Metal Industry Union and Nursel Olmez Ates, Human Resources Director of Ford Otosan to 89 employees of the firm. In his speech at the award ceremony, Haydar Yenigun, Director General of Ford Otosan, said; “Valuable and self-sacrificing efforts have been at the background of success of Ford Otosan as the second biggest industrial establishment of Turkey.” He stated his appreciation regarding being awarded of Ford Otosan employees. Yucel Yucel, Secretary General of Turk Metal Union, said; “Honoring employees’ efforts and labor is very valuable and we believe that this system is a source of motivation for workers.” Nursel Olmez Ates, Human Resources Director of Ford Otosan, said that their basic aim was to approve super performance of employees, to share their successes together with their families. She also congratulated all of their colleagues who contribute to strengthen the position of Ford Otosan with every passing day.

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Indigenous Car Ready With 3 Prototypes

urrently 3 prototypes of indigenous car brand have been ready at The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and tests have already been launched, according to the statement Fikri Işık, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology. Turkish Minister Işık responded questions of reporters at the 12th edition of Turkish Design Advisory Council held at the ministry office. Over a question of a press member about making of indigenous car, Minister Işık said that 3 prototypes of the indigenous car have been ready at the TUBITAK and their tests have begun late August. Minister Işık continued, “I personally saw the vehicles and tested. The accumulation of the TUBITAK will be applied on these vehicles. These prototypes will be improved in every area and the works will continue in order to offer the vehicles in the best, most suitable and economic conditions to drivers across the world prior to the year 2020. Now, 3 of 4 prototypes are ready.” The works which are underway are continuing in line with SEPTEMBER 2015

the program with a big determination and speed so as to let a Turkish car brand operate on the world roads before 2020. Stating some changes had been made in the 4th prototype Minister Işık said, “Some works are continuing especially in our desired technology, I think it will be ready within 1-2 months.”


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Toyota Turkey To Hire Extra Worker

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oyota Turkey will hire worker in noteworthy number with regard to getting incentive certification related to the new project next year. Orhan Ozer, CEO of Toyota Automotive Industry Turkey, stating that they would start to hire workers related to the new project of which incentive certification has been taken, he added that they would hire workers in noteworthy number in 2016. In his announcement at a banquet at the plant complex in the district of Arifiye, the western city of Sakarya province, he said their manufacturing speed had reached by 112 second per vehicle, they had hired employee in this scope directed towards need. Stating that they would employ qualified workers from the temporary workers, Ozer said; “In this stage, we do not hire workers through Turkish Labor Organization (ISKUR), but we will do it in the course of time.” About strike of labors of the automobile companies in the summer month, Ozer said: “We never object to labors’ union membership. We respect our labor decision.” Ozer reminded that they would continue exports without

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hesitating. However he said that their exports to Russia had reduced regarding crisis in the country. “Despite export reduction to Russia, nevertheless the domestic market has increased 50 percent in the first half this year. We compensated the gap in the Russian market some extent through the domestic market. This has been observed in our production units. In other words, there is a positive situation in Turkey, after this I do not presume to any negativity in the sector.”


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Busworld Kortrijk Bigger Than Ever Busworld Kortrijk is in full preparation for its opening day on 16 October 2015; as for European Coach & Bus Week will take place from Saturday 10 October and ends with the announcement of the winners

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ince the demand for space was even more intense than for the 2013 edition, Mieke Glorieux, Director of Busworld Kortrijk, added 3.000m² to the temporary Pavilions, hall 8 and 9. These Pavilions are constructed especially for Busworld Kortrijk every 2 years and are situated at the second main entrance 'North'. They are constructed on permanent hard standing, fully serviced and connected to Halls 1, 2 and now also 3. They are at least as qualitative as the permanent halls and they have daylight. The European Coach & Bus Week (or short ECW) will take place from Saturday 10 October and ends with the announcement of the winners on Wednesday 14 October during the Busworld press conference. All manufacturers are

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invited to participate with their most innovative vehicles in the two categories: bus or coach. In each category, they can win a Grand Award and best of category labels in 'Safety', 'Comfort & Ergonomy', 'Styling & Design', 'Ecology' and last but not least 'Innovation'. The rules and regulations can be downloaded on the new Busworld Kortrijk website. An entry form can be requested per e-mail. Busworld Academy will also be highly active during Busworld Kortrijk 2015. How will our mobility be organized in 2025 and what will the role of buses be? What does the bus of the future look like? Learn about the vision of the manufacturers, the operators and the authorities on the future of bus and coach technology and services. Busworld Academy organises several High level Debates, Roundtables and Seminars about safety, sustainability and comfort of buses and coaches.


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COMTRANS’15 Inaugurates Paves The Way For New Opportunities COMTRANS is regarded as the largest and most important meeting place of the commercial vehicle industry in Eastern Europe, on 8-12 September 2015

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he international commercial vehicle industry is being presented at COMTRANS 2015. With more than 300 exhibitors, the 13th International Exhibition for Commercial Vehicles, COMTRANS 2015 is being held from September 8th to 12th in Moscow, is the largest international commercial vehicle show this year. "Despite the current difficult situation in the Russian commercial vehicle market, there is tremendous interest in COMTRANS this year," says Peter Bergleiter, Managing Director of IMAG. "We expect more than 300 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, including all major truck, transporter, bus and trailer manufacturers." However, international component manufacturers and suppliers, like BorgWarner, ContiTech, SAF-Holland, Voith, Wabco and ZF will also be presenting their products and services at COMTRANS 2015. In the European commercial vehicle industry, the Moscow exhibition has been firmly established in the exhibition calendar as the leading international trade fair after the IAA

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Commercial Vehicle. It is now considered the largest and most important meeting place of the commercial vehicle industry in Eastern Europe, according to the statement. Leading trade fair for the commercial vehicle industry All major truck, transporter, bus and trailer manufacturers will be represented at COMTRANS in 2015, as well. Increased exhibitor and visitor numbers as well as increased international recognition show that COMTRANS has noticeably gained importance in recent years. COMTRANS will be taking place from September 8th to 12th, 2015, at the Crocus Expo Center in Moscow. The Press Day will be on September 07th. Range of Products • Trucks, Buses & Minivans, Vans & Pickups, Trailers & Semitrailers, All-Terrain & Off-Road Vehicles, Armored Vehicles, Municipal Vehicles, Special-Purpose Vehicles, Support & Maintenance, Logistics & Transport Services, Parts & Accessories, Lubricants, Tires • Tools & Repair Equipment, Leasing of Motor Vehicles, Insurance, Media.


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Countdown In Eurasia Undersea Passage The boring process of Eurasia undersea passage through the Bosporus strait of Istanbul between Asia and Europe has finished, the undersea tunnel passage will reduce the travel time from 100 min to 15 min

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ne of the best engineering projects of the world, the Eurasia Tunnel, is being built undersea of the Bosporus Strait of Istanbul, has entered last 15 months to finish. The undersea project which will link Asia and Europe to each other has entered last 15 months to be completed. According to the agreement, the project would finish in August 2017; but it is foreseen to be inaugurated to service earlier than that date. The tunnel will lower a 100-minute travel to 15 minutes between the districts of Kazlıçeşme Göztepe. The works of the project which is connecting Asia and Europe to each other through undersea are continuing intensely. The total length of the tunnel is 5 thousand 400 meters, of these 3 thousand 340-meter passes undersea has been completed in 490 days. Together with linkage of roads, the tunnel will have 14 thousand 600 meters length. Once the project enters into force daily 130 thousand vehicles are expected to pass through the tunnel. Together with the operation of the tunnel, while emission amounts, fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs will reduce,

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it will also contribute to the country economy regarding traveling time to be shortened. Following completion of the project - which is stated to be harmonious with “Istanbul Silhouette - remarkable ease will be gained in traffic jam including eastern Historical Peninsula, Bosporus, Galata and Unkapanı bridges. Small buses, vans, minibuses and automobiles will pass through the tunnel which is being constructed double story, each story with double lanes. The two continents have been linked undersea base by Tunnel Boring Machine which was made particularly for the project. Thanks to intensive works the boring operation undersea was finished 6 months earlier. The groundbreaking ceremony of the Eurasia Tunnel was made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 19 April 2014 launching at the Asia side and finished by attendance of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Feridun Bilgin, Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communication. The Eurasia Tunnel Project is being built with Build-OperateTransfer model to cost $1 billion 245 million. For the project, international loan worth $960 million has been secured. Consisting of 1,672 rings, also seismic rings have been mounted in two various point to strengthen durability of the tunnel against a possible earthquake. High performance precast concrete in the production of the rings aiming for a 100-year service term. With the number of 2 thousand 124 employees, 250 earthmoving machines operate in the construction of the project, Avrasya Tunel İşletme Insaat ve Yatırım AS. will operate the tunnel for 24 years 5 months. Following private operation completion the operation process will be transferred to the public body.


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“Automotive Sector Should Benefit From Horizon 2020”

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urkey’s Automotive Technologies Platform (OTEP) indicated that Turkish automotive sector should benefit from the supports in the scope of the EU Horizon 2020 which is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever with some 80 billion euro of funding. Despite worth 400 million euro of Turkey’s bid only 14 million of the fund has been used, according to the round table meeting held with the OTEP and daily Dunya newspaper. At the meeting held by moderator of Dr. Rustu Bozkurt, author of daily Dunya, highlighted that in order to let Turkish automotive sector be an attraction center should generate technology, also public establishments and Civil Society Organizations to be involved into the cooperation of industryuniversity. “Classical systems should be revised” Ali G. Goktan, Chairman of Automotive Technologies Research & Development Company and the Board of the OTEP, stating they had installed university-industry cooperation based on three legs as university-industry, public formulation in 20052006, he continued: “This three-leg has been transformed into four-leg by being added of the civil society organizations within last year. Effort is being exerted to formulate university, industry, public and civil society organizations.” Highlighting classical systems should be revised in education; Goktan reminded the periods, which let the automotive sector enter into stagnation, had been experienced. In 2007, we hit a big hard-wall. There is also educated staff-wall in front of us. There are fund and qualification. The classical systems must be revised, but for this a certain program should exist, projects must be prepared. Many things can be made with educated human resources knowing what they make.” “We fund R & D of France, the UK and Germany” Suheyl Baybali, Coordinator General of TAYSAD, indicated that in order to be able to benefit from the EU Horizon 2020, the TAYSAD should be informed from the OTEP more. He continued, “The members of the OTEP should involve the works. Joint actions should be performed in demanding profile issue by cooperating with both in Turkey and Europe. When we look at the performance for 1,5 years the received total fund Turkish automotive sector accounted for 14 million euro. But the TUBITAK demanded 400 million euro. We can be able receive the necessary figure to fund our respective activities from that platform. We are currently funding R & D activities of France, the UK and Germany that is being fed by the fund. The companies prepare and submit small projects, funding certain costs, but we see that Germany, the UK and France get the big projects. This issue can be one of the most important functions of the OTEP.” “We have chance to make Turkey a hub of gravity” Osman Sever, Secretary General of Turkey’s Automotive Manufacturers Association, said that almost their entire members have become center of R & D. He said, “Our supplier industry do very serious works. It involves directing this area in an outstanding way to allow Turkish automotive industry save its competitive position. There is an industry exporting the number of 900 thousand unit vehicle per

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annum. Our current and potential members can be example in the engineering issue. We can get further stages with cooperation of public-industry-university-Civil Society Organization. If we are able to generate true policies in this issue, we can be able to make Turkey a hub of gravity in the engineering and automotive issue.” “Surging added-value is possible with knowledge” Volkan Bayraktar, Director General of the OTAM and Secretary General of the OTEP, stating advancement of the sector passes through the rising the added-value, and said; “This should be knowledge-base. There are certain restrictions in market structure, underground and energy resources. To reach certain added-values requires information, and then we can heighten marginal benefit. As putting forward this information, it is not possible to set a R & D roadmap and process without partnering with Europe. One of these integrations is Horizon 2020. The European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) manages discussion process of Horizon 2020 in the automotive section and ERTRAC recognizes the OTEP as counterpart in the process. As the ministry of industry makes up its roadmap and strategies should look at the OTEP and Europe’s roadmaps.” Tolga Dogancioglu, Director General of Hexagon Studio and member of Board of Directors of the OTEP, said that Turkish automotive industry was exporting to the most difficult markets of the world. “There are some barriers in front of advancement of the automotive sector. We cannot move in the speed of our objectives that we put forward. In order to get economic benefit investment should be made in medium and big size establishments. The EU protected market has taken our development opportunity from our hand.” Prof. Dr. Metin A. Ergeneman, R & D Coordinator of the OTEP, highlighting Turkish automotive sector had entered the sector so late, and said, “We should determine a concrete strategy. The sources should be gathered and not being hesitated from the cost. There is much work must be done. The events should be analyzed by making up national councils with the establishments such as the OTEP.” Horizon 2020 Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.


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Busworld Academy Represents Bus And Coach Sector At ITS World Congress

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his year, the ITS World Congress is returning to France for the second time in its 22-year history. On Monday 5 - Friday 9 October, the ITS World Congress will be held in Bordeaux and will draw over 10,000 Intelligent Transport System leaders, public officials, experts, academics and professionals from around the world to discuss and showcase the latest innovations, developments, deployments, challenges and research taking place in the industry. This year, the 22nd ITS World Congress will be host to 35 live, technical and interactive ITS demonstrations in Bordeaux! Each of the demonstrations will take place in the immediate vicinity of the Congress Exhibition Hall during the World Congress. With over 250 programme sessions, 350 exhibiting companies spread across 25,000 sqm of exhibition space, 35 live demonstrations, 20 associated events, 8 technical visits, 2 ITS Competition programmes and a multitude of social and networking events, the 2015 ITS World Congress will offer unique and valuable opportunities and learning experiences for every ITS professional. The Busworld Academy seminar is scheduled on Tuesday October 6th at 3PM, and will focus on “Needs, wishes and restraints of the urban and intercity bus- and coach” As the largest international conference on Intelligent Transport Systems in the world, this is an event that cannot be missed for any ITS professional. Busworld Academy is very proud to be representing the bus and coach sector in this field. Topics of ITS Space technologies and services for ITS Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning and timing services are widely used today by all modes of transport. When combined with vehicle sensors and V2X communication, future multi-constellation and multi-frequency receivers will dramatically improve positioning performance and contribute to the development of a wide range of innovative ITS applications. Cooperative ITS deployment challenges The infrastructure for mobility, transport, journeys and services is becoming increasingly intelligent. In addition the different aspects of infrastructure, such as roads, waterways, railroads, terminals, fixed and mobile communication networks, are becoming interconnected and integrated – as are vehicles and even travellers. It is already clear that the next generations of transport and communication infrastructures, vehicles and traffic management will be smarter, safer and much more efficient than their predecessors. However their evolution is accompanied by new challenges related to security, privacy, liability, interoperability, business models, standardization and institutional issues. Multimodal transport for people and goods Enhancement and better use of multimodality can make transport systems more sustainable in terms of cost-effectiveness, efficiency and environmental-friendliness in order to fulfil Society’s mobility and transport needs. To achieve multimodality for people and goods, a proper physical and information infrastructure, advanced transport systems and operations, as well as ad hoc and seamless services are required. This topic encompasses the challenges of multimodality, and best

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practices in inter- and intra-hubs (eg cities, [inland] terminals and ports) from various perspectives, including policy, traveller behaviour, productivity, economy, liability, business models and technology. Urban trends driving ITS changes In a changing world cities must respond to multiple challenges (eg environmental, economic, demographic). At the same time demand for access to better, more resilient and more inclusive mobility services throughout cities and mega cities is increasing. Cities’ transport problems are wide ranging and involve water, waste, energy and information management. We need a new, ‘smarter’, approach to deliver gains in all these areas and to find better ways to use what is already in place. This means harnessing the full range of ITS tools to strike a balance between challenges and increasing demands, finding ways to integrate multimodal services to satisfy policy and community requirements, and developing innovative business models. Solutions for sustainable mobility It is an unwelcome fact that transport systems are significant contributors to greenhouse gases and air pollution. Travel time and costs have for a long time been the main decision criteria for mobility choices, without regard to the impact on land use or environmental factors such as air quality, noise reduction, energy usage or the scope for contributing to climate change mitigation. Automated Roads, Automated Management, Automated Driving Automation is emerging as a key ITS innovation. It can improve efficiency, reduce fraud, help overall service management and contribute to service and policy outcomes. Automation of roads with effective incident detection and management can improve safety and efficiency. Automated management using decision support systems enables complex issues to be handled efficiently and effectively. Are Big Data and Open Data transport’s “Silver Bullets” ? In the transport and mobility domains, satisfying individuals’ wishes for the best personal travel solution has long had priority over the needs of overall network management. The combination of better access to traditional transport related data] and increasing availability of new sources of data coming from end users (eg smartphones, social media, crowd sourcing), transport and communication infrastructure and vehicles (probe data), generates a new paradigm for data sourcing, data sharing and data exchange. We may for the first time have the chance to satisfy the needs of both the users and the stakeholders in transport management.


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Automotive Sector To Close The Year Positive In the first seven month this year, although expanding nearly 50 percent, the Turkish automotive market seemingly to be some unclear in the rest part of the year, nevertheless with the positive effect in the first 7 months the year will close positively

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urkish automotive market showed high performance over the expectations up until August this year; however it would not be easy in the rest part of the year, according to the statement of Hayri Erce, General Coordinator of Automotive Distributors’ Association (ODD). In the first seven month this year expanding nearly 50 percent, the automotive market seemingly would be some unclear in the rest part of the year, he added. Indicating there had been reasons for that unclearness stemming from both home and abroad, Erce said the biggest factor was possibly interest increase might be implemented in the US by the central bank (FED) in Sept or December, that would be affect the developing market. Stating an increase had been enjoyed due to base effect in the automotive sales for 7-8 months of 2015, with that effect the year would be completed positively in the market, Erce said; “But in addition to the snap election will be held and if interest increase will be made by Fed, this might mean that more difficult process wait us in the last quarter of the year.” Over a question, Erce said increasing of public transport investment in developed countries would cause a stagnation in the automobile market, because of those markets have reached a satisfied level. He continued; “We do not have such a problem. Obviously

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the average age is under 30-year old. Possessing of an automobile is a statue and enjoyment for people. Emotional approaches are very important in this condition. The people do not avoid having an automobile even though public transport vehicles’ utilization increase. In fact, increasing in public transport vehicles let mobility increase, this ensures more comfortable area. People prefer to use their own vehicles in leisure times. In other words, without reaching the satisfaction process, it is not possible to see negative effective of the public transport vehicle investment increase in Turkey. Despite having sold this much, the number of automobile per 1000 people is still 170 units. When you make a comparison with the western countries and even Eastern European countries, Turkish automotive market has much road should be taken. For this reason, this speed will continue. Current conjunctural stagnation is a temporal uncertainty. After this uncertainty to be overcome, so that it will be overcome in a way, yet the automotive sector will be one of the most important sectors in Turkey and will continue its growth.”


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EU Alternative Fuel Vehicle Registrations Up 24.6% In 1H European Union alternative fuel vehicle registration increased 24.6 percent in the first half of the year; as for the second quarter the registration increased 17.4%

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n the second quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle registrations in the EU increased (+17.4%), totalling 143,595. In the second quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle registrations in the EU increased (+17.4%), totalling 143,595. Of these, electric vehicle (EV) registrations significantly grew (+53.0%), rising from 18,024 units in Q2 2014 to 27,575 units in Q2 2015. Demand for new hybrid vehicles (HEV) also increased (+22.6%), totalling 53,443 units. 62,577 new passenger cars in the second quarter (+3.0%) were powered by propane and natural gas. Looking at the EU’s major markets, the UK saw the largest increase of AFVs registered over the period (+62.4%), followed by France (+59.7%) and Spain (+58.0%). Among the EFTA countries, demand was primarily driven by Norway (+74.1%), with 11,614 vehicles registered, 77% of which electrically powered. Passenger car registrations: surge 8.2% in the first half

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In June 2015, demand for new passenger cars in the EU was up +14.6%, pursuing the upward trend commenced 22 months ago and marking the largest over-the-month increase since December 2009. In June 2015, demand for new passenger cars in the EU was up +14.6%, pursuing the upward trend commenced 22 months ago and marking the largest over-the-month increase since December 2009. All major markets significantly supported the overall expansion, with Spain (+23.5%), France (+15.0%), Italy (+14.4%), Germany (+12.9%) and the UK (+12.9%) posting double-digit growth. Across the region, new passenger car registrations totalled 1,364,009 units. In the first semester of 2015, new passenger car registrations increased (+8.2%) surpassing 7 million units (7,169,984). All major markets posted growth, contributing to the overall upturn of the EU market over the period. Registrations in Spain (+22.0%), Italy (+15.2%), the UK (+7.0%), France (+6.1%) and Germany (+5.2%) increased compared to the same period one year ago.


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Turkish Auto Supplier Industry To Enter Top-10

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Turkish automotive supplier industry aims to enter first ten in the global automotive market by 2030 through R& D studies, Dr Mehmet Dudaroglu, head of TAYSAD

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r. Mehmet Dudaroglu, head of TAYSAD, outlined the need for structural of the automotive supplier industry in the future. “We should strengthen our country’s research and development capacity in the scope of existing potential. So we will get more value-added production and competitive opportunity in the world markets with contribution of Horizon 2020.” Dr. Mehmet Dudaroglu, Chairman of Turkish Association of Automotive Parts & Components Manufacturers (TAYSAD), came together with press members at a meeting held at Istanbul Avangrade Hotel. He evaluated general economic situation and the sector. Dudaroglu said, “As the backbone of the economy the automotive supplier industry sector has to the power to be able to be more productive. In this point, R & D activities, which will be entered into force, set a great importance. A big responsibility falls on the representatives of the sector in terms of using current domestic volume and production capacity efficiently. As TAYSAD, we are aware of our responsibility and we step into this direction. BMW sectorial trade committee organization that we have set up is one of these steps.” Recording that they had shared the new vision which had been made up by coming together with the representatives of the sector in the scope of developing new technologies and R & D, Dudaroglu said, “When we look at the county exports based on kg, the average export is in level of $1,6 per kilogram. As for Turkish automotive supplier industry exports on average is $6 per kilogram. This figure is the most

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important proof of our sector contribution to the Turkish economy.” “We are leader in R & D” Dudaroglu said Turkish supplier industrialist association has invested remarkably in R & D centers in order to provide qualified products to let automotive industry get value-added. “Across the country there is the number of 188 R & D centers. Of these 72 belongs to the automotive industry and 60 ones to supplier industry. 54 of 60 ones consist of members of the TAYSAD,” Dudaroglu said. He also highlighted lack of fund taken from the Horizon 2020 to date, adding that they would get more from that fund. Meanwhile, the second sectorial trade committee, which has been held 5 years ago, was held late July in Munich with organization of TAYSAD. Dudaroglu also highlighted that they would raise Turkish Automotive Supplier Industry to the first 10 in the global automotive market by 2030.


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Total Bus Market Expands 14% “We are racing to offer the most economical and comfortable products to our customers”, Dincer Celik, Director General of TEMSA

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he total bus market grew 14 percent in the first seven months this year over the same period previous year in Turkey. As 3806 unit bus sold in the first 7 months last year, this year the sales of bus raised by 4400 units in the same period. In Turkey, characterizing with higher quality and competitive comfortable passenger carrier of the highways, as well as manufacturers’ participation in this competition with more economic and higher comfortable product designs are the most important effects in growth of the bus market, said Dincer Celik, Director General of TEMSA. “The growth in the market makes us happy as manufacturers ensure added-value with investments and employments in the country. We are in race to offer the most economic and comfortable products to our customers. As the establishment determines the needs very well in the market listening to the customers in the best way and supporting customers in place are among the most important factors. In 2014, we got 30 percent share in the market. We have kept this market level in the first seven months. We have also raised our sales figures to upper level being different from the last year. Last year Temsa sold 1200 buses in the first seven months, this number reached by 1320 increasing 120 units,” Celik noted.

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Intercity Stating developments in the product segments at the end of 7 months this year, Dincer Celik said, “The bus market increased some 33 percent in the first 7 months over the same period last year. As of the end of July, totally number of 978 vehicles sold in coach market. Safir bus got 43 percent of the market share in RHD segment, as for intercity bus it got 28 percent of the market share and sustained its growth. In this growth our Safir VIP vehicle made this distinction. The demand for comfortable 2+1 seat VIP makes us very pleased. Seeing big demand from passengers SAFIR VIP has become sought-after vehicle.” City buses The city bus market is the single market which experience slowdown, Celik said. He continued, “Temsa maintained its growth in the city bus market which contracted 3 percent over the same period last year and we got 43 percent market share in LF segment which comprises 80 percent city bus market, as for the all city bus market we got 36 percent market share together with our Tourmalin vehicle. Featuring the lowest fuel consumption with its modern design and aftermarket service, Avenue makes its buyers pleased.” Midibus In the first 7 months, the midibus market grew 13 percent and with the sales number of 193 units in July, Prestij SD recorded the biggest sales ever of Temsa in this segment in last 6 years. In the domestic market, as of the end of July, nearly 3000 unit midibuses sold in Turkey. The midibuses with 27-29 seats consist of 65 percent of midibus market in which Prestij SD also takes place. Prestij SD is in the level of 43 percent in its own segment, as for in the whole midibus segment gained nearly 30 percent market share together with sales of Prestij City and MD9 LE. This year, Prestij vehicle also became the best seller and demanded the most valuable midibus until now this year. The prefect fuel saving and providing economy continues to determiner in the market.”


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IAA Showcases Latest Trends And Technology The 66th International Motor Show (IAA) Cars in Frankfurt will be showcasing the latest trends and technological highlights of the automotive on 17-27 September 2015

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he 66th International Motor Show (IAA) Cars in Frankfurt will showcase the latest trends and technological highlights of the automotive year 2015. The world’s most important mobility trade show will be running from September 17 to 27, 2015. Around 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries will display their innovations, including numerous world premieres. The IAA slogan is “Mobility connects” – and points up the megatrend of connected and automated driving which, alongside electric mobility, will be a defining aspect of this automotive exhibition. “New Mobility World” highlights the most important mobility trends Of course, visitors will be able to see and experience these topics at the stands of the manufacturers and major suppliers. Furthermore, the new exhibition section entitled “New Mobility World” (H3.1) will showcase the most important developments and innovations in the new digital mobile world that will combine different areas. Therefore this section will include firms from the field of telecommunication. The exhibition’s conceptual framework is reflected in five thematic areas: Connected Car, Automated Driving, E-Mobility, Urban Mobility and Mobility Services. The complete spectrum – from driver assistance systems as the first step toward automated driving, all the way to a wide range of urban mobility solutions – will be presented to visitors on a total area of 30,000 square meters – including 12,000 square meters for the outdoor circuit (F12). This new platform places the focus squarely on modern people with their changing individual mobility needs. Test drives through the streets of Frankfurt Eight manufacturers from Germany and abroad will offer visitors the chance to test drive their favored models free of charge in public road traffic and thus to experience the benefits of the latest electric or conventionally powered models. Participants will need a valid driver’s license and personal ID – and once they have registered in Hall 10 on the trade show grounds nothing will get in the way of a “joy ride” lasting up to 25 minutes. Test track for off-road vehicles A modern and very popular “IAA classic” is the off-road circuit on the open-air site F12 to the south of Hall 10. IAA visitors

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can take a ride with a professional driver and experience “up close” their dream vehicle – anything from a modern off-road vehicle to a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) – being put through its paces: lumps and bumps, pot-holes, extreme inclines, gravel and bridges. This is an excellent demonstration of the technology with which modern off-road vehicles are equipped for overcoming demanding terrain. Here skill is more important than speed! Carrera offers motor racing in miniature Carrera, the world market leader in slot car tracks and accessories, is inviting enthusiasts to take part in fantastic motor races on the miniature race track, with gripping duels guaranteed. On the DIGITAL 132 track, contestants can choose their individual favorites from the Audi A5 DTM, the AMG Mercedes-Benz C-Coupé DTM and the BMW M3 DTM, and really step on the gas. The racing championship in miniature format will be held on the huge digital Carrera race track on the open-air site F11. Fun for children Entertainment will also be provided for younger exhibition visitors. The IAA children’s movie theater (from age five upwards) will offer a varied program in Hall 4.2. In addition, on the open-air site (F4) children aged between three and 13 will be able to get behind the steering wheel themselves for the first time, and in the LEGOLAND® driving school they can develop their love of driving and try out their talent. Here they will drive small electric cars from Hyundai and have a unique opportunity to take their first “driving test.” Visitors will find these and many other fascinating events and activities at the 66th IAA Cars held in Frankfurt from September 17 to 27, 2015.


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Turkish Automotive Industry Set Russia Target Market The Turkish firms exhibited various products ranging from air suspension systems to auto radiators, brake systems to fuel transfer systems, electronic parts to engine parts at MIMS

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urkish automotive industry took place at MIMS Automechanika Moscow Fair as national participation and set negotiations so as to develop relations and trade with the Russian Federation market. “Last year, even though we experienced plunge in exports to the Russian Federation, Our industry’s target market has not changed. Interest of our firms in the MIMS Automechanika Moscow Fair show the importance of the Russian market,” Orhan Sabuncu, Chairman of the Board of Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association (OIB). According to the statement from the OIB, the Turkish Automotive Industry took place as the national participation status at MIMS Automechanika Moscow Fair, which is regarded one of the most important supplier organizations of the European and Asian region. It set negotiations at the fair in order to develop relations and trade with the Russian Federation. Veysel Parlak, Director General of Exports of Turkish Ministry of Economy, visited the Turkish stands at the fair that 49 Turkish firms joined. The statement said, “Despite some regional troubles have been experienced for a while in the privileged countries as the targeted markets, expectations of the Turkish automotive industry directed towards this country has not been changed.” Last year, having nearly the number of 44 million motorized vehicles, despite Russian Federation’s domestic market narrowing 15 percent to 2,5 million units in 2014, this market still has been favorite of lots of brands. In this framework,

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showing importance the MIMS Automechanika Moscow Fair hosted 1,107 firms from 36 countries this year. Also the Turkish firms have looked for a common ground to develop business cooperation in addition to boost their exports by offering just in time delivery and flexible production advantages. The Turkish firms exhibited various products ranging from air suspension systems to auto radiators, brake systems to fuel transfer systems, electronic parts to engine parts. Evaluating MIMS Automechanika Moscow Fair, OIB Chairman Oran Sabuncu marked the total automotive imports of Russian Federation were $40 billion, as for imports of supplier industry were $11,5 billion in 2013. “In 2014, regarding crisis with Ukraine despite the country’s imports decreased by $31 billion, our firms have discovered the crucial potential there. So we, as the OIB, give importance to this country as well as our firms,” Sabuncu noted. Sabuncu concluded, “Within the upcoming 5 years, we expect our number of investor firm will reach by 30 units. Despite our exports worth $1,1 billion in 2013 decreased by $800 million in 2014, a great importance is given to the automotive industry in this country and various supports are ensured as well. If we want to possess the global automotive brands, our firms might reach this target by setting out investments in such countries. Even though, we experience plunge in the exports to the Russian Federation last year, our industry’s target market has not changed. The interest of our firms in MIMS Automechanika Moscow Fair shows the importance of Russian market.”


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Volkswagen Group Delivers 5.83 Million Vehicles In First 7

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rom January to July this year, the Volkswagen Group delivered 5.83 (January to July 2014: 5.89; -1.0 percent) million vehicles. In July, the Group handed 792,100 (July 2014: 822,200; -3.7 percent) vehicles over to customers. “The overall economic situations in China, Russia and Brazil continue to be tense. At the beginning of the second half of the year, the Volkswagen Group was not entirely immune from these developments. To a certain extent, we did experience a tailwind in North America and especially in Europe,” Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg. “In the second half of the year, we expect the patchy development of markets to remain a key factor in the various regions,” Klingler added. On the overall European market, Group brands delivered 2.45 (2.37; +3.7 percent) million vehicles from January to July. These included 1.32 (1.23; +7.2 percent) million vehicles in Western Europe (excluding Germany). In the home market of Germany, 781,700 (739,500; +5.7 percent) customers opted for a new vehicle from the Volkswagen Group. The Group delivered 354,400 (397,500; -10.8 percent) vehicles in Central and Eastern Europe. Significant increases in the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary were insufficient to compensate for the tense situation in Russia, where deliveries fell by 40.3 percent to 97,600 (163,400) units. Group deliveries in North America continued to grow, reaching 533,000 (501,900; +6.2 percent) vehicles in the period to July. These included 349,000 (337,700; +3.4 percent) vehicles delivered in the USA. The situation in South America, where the Volkswagen Group delivered 346,400

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(449,000; -22.9 percent) units from January to July 2015, remained tense. While deliveries in Argentina once again rose, there was a fall to 245,900 (354,300; -30.6 percent) vehicles delivered in Brazil. In the Asia-Pacific sales region, 2.22 (2.32; -4.1 percent) million vehicles were delivered to customers in the period to July. As market leader, the Volkswagen Group was not immune to the continuing downturn in China, delivering 1.99 (2.10; -5.3 percent) million units in its largest single market. Outline of developments at Group brands The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 3.40 (3.56; -4.3 percent) million vehicles to customers worldwide in the first seven months of 2015. The premium brand Audi handed over 1.05 (1.01) million vehicles worldwide from January to July, an increase of 3.5 percent. The sports car manufacturer Porsche delivered a total of 134,700 (104,900) vehicles in the period to July, representing an increase of 28.5 percent compared with the previous year. The Czech brand ŠKODA delivered 627,100 (605,300) vehicles from January to July, a rise of 3.6 percent. SEAT handed over 251,300 (234,600; + 7.1 percent) vehicles to customers worldwide in the first seven months of the year. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 256,600 (255,400; +0.4 percent) vehicles during the same period. The MAN brand delivered 58,600 (67,500; -13.2 percent) units from January to July. The Swedish brand Scania handed over 43,400 (42,000; +3.2 percent) heavy trucks and buses to customers in the period to July.


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American Automakers Continue Investment In US Economy American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC) Releases “2015 State of the U.S. Automotive Industry”, this year’s report found that American automakers’ investments are contributing significantly to the revival of the economy

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APC issued its “State of the U.S. Automotive Industry 2015”, an annual report highlighting the contributions of the American automakers to the U.S. economy, especially their role as job multipliers. This year’s report found that American automakers’ investments are contributing significantly to the revival of the economy. The sale of vehicles manufactured by American automakers has increased by more than 58 percent since the financial crisis and their U.S. auto production has nearly doubled. As part of this significant investment by American automakers, they have generated tens of thousands of new American jobs “What this report has found is that American automakers drive the U.S. economy and their investments are making America more competitive in a global economy, and making significant contributions to the revival of manufacturing here in America,” said Governor Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council. “As the driver of American manufacturing, FCA US, Ford and General Motors employ two out of three of U.S. autoworkers. They produce more of their vehicles, buy more of their parts, and conduct more of their research and development in the U.S. than their competitors.” Additional key findings in the “2015 State of the U.S.

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Automotive Industry” report: • American automakers and their suppliers are the United States’ largest manufacturing sector, responsible for 3% of GDP—no other manufacturing sector makes as many American jobs. A single U.S. assembly plant generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year. • FCA, Ford and General Motors, together, invest more than $18 billion in R&D every year. Each of them, alone, invests more in R&D than tech leaders Apple and Sony, biotech leaders Amgen and Bristol-Myers Squibb, and electronics leaders like H-P. • FCA US, Ford and General Motors operate more than 226 assembly plants, factories, research labs, distribution centers and other facilities in 32 states. These facilities are among the largest consumers of American iron, steel, glass, rubber and semiconductors. • To compete in an increasingly global market, automakers continue to streamline the number of body platforms they use and are consolidating production as well as research and development. • Automakers are America’s largest exporters. Over the past five years, automakers and their suppliers have exported more than $632 billion in vehicles and parts – approximately $118 billion more than the next largest exporting industry.


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Kancıoğlu Automotive Makes A Breakthrough

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s Kancıoğlu Automotive, we launched our business adventure at a production area of 80 sq meters in 1960. As of 2015, we have brought our firm into a comprehensive, systemized position in commercial spare parts production by moving from an area of 80 sq meters to 11000 sq meters, Mehmet Ali Kancaoglu, Chairman of the Board of Kancıoğlu Automotive, said. In this development, they would continue to progress to serve to their partners that work completely for them on an area of 4000 sq meters and generate employment opportunity for the people, he noted. Kancaoglu continued, “At the same time, continuing to serve to the sectors such as construction, tourism in our commercial area, we have directed 80% of our power and attention towards the automotive sector with our industrial spirit, production and desire for innovations. In the first years producing engine mountings, shaft centre bearings, along with our innovations we have also added brake chamber production since last 20 years; now we are going to offer TYPE Brake chamber, which is a first in the world by using our knowledge, experience and technology to the market this year. Together with our all necessary R & D studies, abiding by conditions in the scope of the standards, our tests that we accomplished by vehicle continued for 12 months. In this new process that we have started by believing we have obtained much positive results from our TYPE Brake Chamber. By your mediator we have a debt to thank for everybody who work at Kanca group exerted effort and support. This

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Kancıoğlu Automotive is going to make a breakthrough as a first in the world by offering its new product, TYPE Brake Chamber, to the market this year success belongs to all of us. As Kancıoglu Automotive, we exert efforts to get opinions of our employees, encourage them to produce new ideas, we also play role in their individual progress in order to reach achievement.” “So, we make our employees feel as a member of our Kanca family rather than as an employee of our firm and their contribution to our firm. We are closer one step ahead to innovations regarding our employees’ competence, talent, effort and production capacity. Our engineers who engaged in our R & D studies for innovation; technical team and masters who devoted themselves to our work have become our partner by producing new ideas for years.” Kancioglu concluded, “Our TYPE Brake chambers were displayed as prototype at IAA HANNOVER fair and saw terrific interest in the giants of the sector. The officials of the firms congratulated us. This is also sufficient for our brand. I hope our success would also contribute promotion of our nation even little bit, everything deserves for our country and people.”


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Aruna Solar-Powered Car Makes Debut Aruna, the first family car driven by solar energy manufactured by the Istanbul Technical University has made its introduction

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he sponsors of Aruna, the solar energy–powered family car, came together at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU). Engin Durmaz, Deputy Governor of Istanbul, Dursun Ozbek, Chair of Galatasaray Sport Club, Fatih Isbecer, Secretary General of Galatasaray and other sponsors attended to the invitation in the host of Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, Rector of the ITU. Thanking Engin Durmaz, Deputy Governor of Istanbul and the sponsors, Rector Karaca said, “I am happy being in front of you with Aruna the first solar-driven family car being revealed via hands of the ITU students in the leadership of ITU’s visionary academic staff as well as sponsorship of decent businessmen mostly graduated from the ITU. Today, we came together to thank the sponsors due to supporting Aruna. We are also maintaining our works with ‘green campus’ concept. We sustain this concept with our scientific infrastructure, technological potential and powerful academic staff and continue to achieve firsts. There are also our other teams and projects work on green energy. I believe that we will achieve new successes with these projects with our sponsors’

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support. Galatasaray Sports Club Chairman Dursun Ozbek in his speech said, “I am pleased being a graduate from the ITU. We will support our young friends what we can do.” Burak Oklar, speaking on behalf of ITU Solar Car Team, said, “We made 11 years ago our first car in order to produce future’s alternative fuel-driven cars, supporting domestic made car production and showing alternative energy can be applied in daily life. Our first target, possessing the most cups, as solar car team is to accomplish the tour across Turkey successfully that we set out in the upcoming days.” Energy spending of Aruna costs 1 kurus per kilometer Consisting of the ITU students the ITU Solar car team, which has won 19 cups within 11 years with their own 7 vehicles, enjoys proud of making 4-seat family car. Aruna was designed to support the domestic made car and showing alternative energy can be applied in daily life. A 25-person team which attends to the various faculties of the ITU, making a first family car with utilization of the university, firstly it would launch to tour Turkey and then would go to Australia to join the race called “World Solar Challenge”.


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Honda BR-V Makes World Debut at Indonesia International Auto Show The new generation crossover utility vehicle features the combination of an SUV appearance and handling and great utility and the spacious cabin of an MPV

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he Honda BR-V Prototype officially made its world debut at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2015. This new generation crossover utility vehicle features the combination of an SUV appearance and handling and great utility and the spacious cabin of an MPV. Powered by a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine with either a new 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), it enhances both driving performance and fuel economy. The much-awaited Honda BR-V is scheduled to be marketed first in Indonesia in early 2016, followed by other countries. The World Premiere of the Honda BR-V Prototype was presented at the Honda Booth by Noriaki Abe, Chief Operating Officer for Regional Operation (Asia and Oceania) of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., together with Kusnade Budiman,

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President Comissioner of PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM), and Tomoki Uchida, President Director of PT Honda Prospect Motor. “Honda started business in Indonesia in 1971, and the importance of this country for Honda’s auto business has been increasing year by year,” Abe mentioned in his remarks. “With the all-new 7-seat BR-V and the rest of the Honda lineup, we will continue to offer exciting products and the joy of driving to our customers in Indonesia.” Meanwhile, Uchida said, “Honda BR-V was developed to fulfill the needs of Indonesian customers. We believe Honda BR-V will be greatly received by customers in Indonesia and become the main attraction in this year’s motor show.” Honda BR-V will be marketed in Indonesia with a price range from Rp. 230 to 265 million, and the booking will start from GIIAS onward. The production of Honda BR-V will start at HPM’s Karawang factory in January 2016.


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Only 3% Of Vehicles Account For 25% Of CO2 Emissions In Europe Transport industry and green groups join forces to inject competition into truck fuel efficiency in Europe

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he International Road Union, The European Express Association, Leaseurope, CLECAT, Green Freight Europe, The Northern Logistics Association, European Transport Board and Transport & Environment call on the European Commission to give a much-needed boost to competition on truck fuel efficiency, in a letter sent to Commission officials. The Commission is finalising a test procedure, called VECTO, to for the first time measure CO2 emissions from new trucks and buses. VECTO is a software simulation tool that translates input values such as aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance and engine efficiency into fuel consumption and CO2 figures on different type of routes for virtually all types of trucks. The Commission will introduce VECTO as the European type approval test procedure for trucks in 2016. But if VECTO is to have a real impact on the market, truck users need to have access to it. Truck buyers must be able to compare how their preferred vehicles and fuel saving technologies perform on their specific routes or journeys. This would increase comparability, choice and competition. The European Commission is currently assessing whether it should grant third parties access to VECTO and its input

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values. But truck manufacturers vehemently oppose it on the dubious ground that it would imply disclosing commercially sensitive information. The Commission is also working on another key demand of the eight signatories, i.e. to introduce an in-compliance test to ensure the simulated VECTO fuel consumption reflects real-world fuel consumption. William Todts, clean truck manager at Transport & Environment said: “This is about empowering hauliers. Currently, if you want to know how fuel efficient a truck is, all you can build on is your own experience, magazines, or what the local dealer tells you. This is a barrier to competition and a big roadblock for truckers to make informed purchase decisions. That's why today an unprecedented coalition of transport operators and green groups have joined forces to put an end to this and demand full access to the truck CO2 test.� While lorries make up only 3% of vehicles, they account for 25% of road transport CO2 emissions in Europe. Their fuel efficiency has stagnated for the last 20 years and, contrary to cars or vans or to the USA, the EU has not set fuel economy standards for trucks. For hauliers, fuel amounts to up to a third of the cost of a running a fleet. European manufacturers have a leading position on the global HDV market, accounting for over 40% of total global production.


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Nissan Introduces All-New Murano To China

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The all-new Murano strengthens Nissan's SUV lineup for the Chinese market and responds to the demand for SUVs from Chinese consumers, especially those young urbanites

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issan announced that the all-new Murano, including the hybrid version, is officially available for sale from its joint venture in China, Dongfeng Nissan Passenger vehicle company (DFL-PV). Priced from RMB 238,800 to 379,800 (approximately USD 38,208 to 60,768*), the all-new Murano strengthens Nissan's SUV lineup for the Chinese market and responds to the demand for SUVs from Chinese consumers, especially those young urbanites who pursue a high energy lifestyle and have discerning tastes. Murano also is an important product in DFL-PV's "Young Nissan" strategy to reach a significant and growing part of the market in China. The all-new Murano speaks Nissan's latest global design language, with distinctive signatures such as the V-motion grille, floating roof and boomerang LED lights. The dynamic and sharp body is guided by the Emotional Geometry concept, while an upscale, spacious interior welcomes users inside. Thanks to its aerodynamic design, the all-new Murano has a drag coefficient at 0.31 which is one of the lowest in class. As a key market in Nissan's global business, China is the first

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market to introduce the hybrid version of Murano. The allnew Murano, including the hybrid version, is equipped with the new supercharged QR25DER gasoline engine and an electric motor with a compact lithium-ion battery. With the Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System and Xtronic transmission, it delivers powerful driving performance equivalent to the V63.5L gasoline engine, as well as superior fuel economy similar to the 2.0L gasoline engine. Furthermore, the hybrid version of Murano offers enhanced driving experience in both city and rural contexts thanks to the ALL MODE 4x4-i drive system. Nissan places priority on automobile safety for its customers, and the all-new Murano boasts some of the most advanced in-class safety shield technologies, including Moving Objective Detection (MOD) and Around View Monitor (AVM) for realtime monitoring of road conditions. A comprehensive range of driving aid features is also offered to further enhance driving safety, such as Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication (EAPM), Driver Alert System (DAS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Warning BSW and Cross Traffic Alert (CTA). First launched last year in the United States, the all-new Murano has received numerous awards, including the "IIHS top safety pick" and "Wards' best ten interiors for 2015."


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Mazda Holds Opening Ceremony At Thai Powertrain Plant

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Pilot production of the SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter diesel engine has already begun at the engine plant at MPMT which is due to begin mass production in the last quarter of 2015

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azda Motor Corporation has announced that it held an opening ceremony at Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MPMT), the company's new powertrain plant located in Thailand's Chonburi province. Approximately 500 people attended the ceremony celebrating the plant's opening, including Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn; employees of MPMT, including President and CEO Hidenori Kawakami; and Mazda's Representative Director, President and CEO, Masamichi Kogai. MPMT is Mazda's first transmission plant outside Japan. In January of this year, it began producing the company's new SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmissions which are also made at the Hofu Plant in Japan. Capable of producing up to 400,000 units per year, automatic transmissions made at the plant will be supplied to Mazda's production facilities in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico and China. Pilot

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production of the SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter diesel engine has already begun at the engine plant at MPMT which is due to begin mass production in the last quarter of 2015. Its start will mark the completion of a comprehensive framework for the production of SKYACTIV models in Thailand, including manufacture of engines, transmissions and vehicle assembly. "With the start of operations at MPMT, Thailand becomes the first production base outside Japan where Mazda is able to conduct comprehensive vehicle manufacture, including production of engines and transmissions and vehicle assembly," said Mazda's Representative Director, President and CEO, Masamichi Kogai at the ceremony. "Mazda will continue to make our utmost efforts to contribute to the sustained growth of the automobile industry and economy of Thailand." Mazda aims to continue enriching people's lives through a variety of contact points, including the manufacture of highquality vehicles, and become a brand which maintains a special bond with its customers.


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All-new Sportage To Be Unveiled At IAA Frankfurt The ‘face’ of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car’s design, with the car’s headlamps no longer integrated with the grille for the new model

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ia Motors has revealed the first official exterior images of the all-new Kia Sportage, featuring a dynamic and strong new design. The all-new Sportage will make its global debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on 15 September 2015. Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Kia Sportage features a bold, progressive design, with the vehicle’s designers generating a sense of power and agility from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, the Sportage generates visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing. The ‘face’ of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car’s design, with the car’s headlamps no longer integrated with the grille for the new model, instead sweeping back along the outer edges of the more sharplydetailed bonnet and bolder wheel arches. Immediately recognisable as a Kia, the Sportage’s lower, wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille adds more volume to the lower half of the Sportage’s

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face, resulting in a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance. The all-new Sportage is characterised by its sportier, more raked profile. From the side, the all-new Sportage retains the swept-back silhouette of the outgoing model, with a roofline that tapers slightly towards the rear of the car, longer front overhangs, shorter rear overhangs and longer wheelbase. Smooth bodywork, bolder wheel arches and sharp lines endow the Sportage with a more dynamic, muscular look. At the rear, the horizontal forms and surface volume emphasise the car’s width and give the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo concept car, the slim combination lamps are joined by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while turn signals and reversing lights are separated, relocated lower down to add more visual weight and a greater sense of stability to the lower half of the car. The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand’s Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres.


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Fatih Birol Ushers In New Era For IEA

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Dr. Birol, who joined the IEA in 1995 and most recently held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, has now taken the office as Executive Director of global energy authority

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atih Birol took office as the new Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)as of 1st Sept 2015, ushering in a new era for the global energy authority. Having worked at the IEA for 20 years, he starts the job with an intimate knowledge of where its strengths lie and where – and how – it can improve its ability to effectively respond to the changes taking place in the global energy landscape. Dr. Birol’s selection as IEA Executive Director marks one of the rare occasions that the head of an international organisation has been selected from within its ranks. “It is the privilege of a lifetime to be chosen to run the IEA, and I am deeply honoured by the trust that each one of our 29 member countries has placed in me,” he said. Well known and respected internationally for his work in the energy field, Dr. Birol joined the IEA in 1995 and most recently held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the flagship World Energy Outlook publication. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, which provides a forum to enhance co-operation between decision-makers in the highest levels of government and industry. Earlier in his career, Dr. Birol served in the Secretariat of the

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Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an experience which gives him a unique perspective on the producer-consumer relationship. He has also been a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All and was named by Forbes magazine among the most influential people on the world’s energy scene. He is the recipient of numerous awards from governments from all parts of the world. A Turkish citizen, Dr. Birol was born in Ankara in 1958. After initially studying power engineering at the University of Istanbul, he went on to receive a MSc and PhD in energy economics from the Technical University of Vienna and a Doctorate honoris causa from Imperial College London. He is an honorary lifetime member of Galatasaray Football Club. Dr. Birol becomes the seventh Executive Director to lead the IEA, which was founded in 1974. He succeeds former Dutch Minister Maria van der Hoeven.


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Changing Title Of Having increased its targets, Hıdırusta has changed its existing title Hıdırusta Motorlu Araçlar San. Ve Tic. Ltd. Şti as Hıdırusta Otomotiv A.Ş.

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aking place in the powerful firms of the automotive aftermarket, Hıdırusta has made a more crucial transformation in the scope of the targets set for 2020. The company has changed its present tittle Hıdırusta Motorlu Araçlar San. Ve Tic. Ltd. Şti as Hıdırusta Otomotiv A.Ş. Climbing to summit with swift paces with enlarging product range and investments, Hıdırusta has opened the doors of a new period in its 37-year history. As of 1st July 2015, changing its title as Hıdırusta Otomotiv A.Ş., the company is preparing to advance to its objectives with safe steps. Stating they had made ‘innovation and leadership’ as their key strategy since the first day in the spare parts sector to date, Riza Sahin, Director General of Hıdırusta Automotive Corporate, said: “This decision, which we have made with a rooted history and sector experience, is not should be seen this change only consisting of a title change. In the scope of our long-term targets, it makes up one of the first steps of our growing plans.” Since the establishment onwards, being solution partner of heavy vehicles such as MAN and Mercedes-Benz in spare parts supply, Hıdırusta is continuing to wide its product range Sahin said, “This year, we let our customers meet with the products of the brands such as Contitech, SKF, Nissens, V.Reinz, INA and FAG one each a leader in their field. In addition to these, as of 2015, we have begun to supply spar parts of DAF, Volvo, Renault and Scania brand vehicles as well.” Target 10 branches in 5 years Currently serving to its customers, primarily in Istanbul headquarters and in the offices of Gaziantep, Samsun and Izmir in 2000 various locations, Hıdırusta targets to be all commercial vehicles’ leading spare parts distributor by achieving turnover worth TL500 million by 2020. In line with this scope they had planned to expand their supply-chains opening new subsidiaries, Sahin continued; “We aim to wave Hıdırusta flag in more 5 different locations within 5 years, to let our services reach 10 points including headquarters. Following enlarging our heavy vehicle service range, our next stop will be light commercial vehicles. We will continue to our investments with a vision to be market leader in all segments by doing our best for our title ‘Usta’ mission meaning master in the sector.”

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About Hıdır Usta Stepping into automotive spare parts sector in 1978; since 1997 to date, Hıdırusta keeps its place at the top in spare parts distribution for the commercial vehicle brands especially for MAN and Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles. The company distributes in 2000 different locations through its branches in Gaziantep, Ankara, Samsun and Izmir and its headquarters in Istanbul with the mission of “Your Spare Parts Warehouse”. As of July 2015 changing its name as Hıdırusta OTOMOTIV A.Ş. currently distributing brands of Hıdır Usta are Blacktech, Bando, Behr, Beru, Beşer, BF, Boge, Bogra, Bosch, Brio, Contitech, Corteco, Dayco, Delco, Depo, Diesel Technic, Dinex, Ditaş, Elring, Erich Jager, Euroricambi, FAG, Febi, Ferodo, FTE, Garrett, Glyco, Goetze, Haldex, Hella, Hengst, Holset, Hubner, INA, KKK-Schwitzer, Kongsberg, Laso, Lemforder, Maysan, Mekra, NTN, OE Germany, Orex, Pobjeda, Prestolite, Racor, Sachs, Sampa, Sanz, Separ, Seuffer, SKF, SKT, Supar, Supsan, Textar, Valeo, VDO, Voith, Wabco ve ZF. In addition to its activities directed towards domestic market, also signing on the global cooperation, Hıdırusta has been a partner of TEOM INTERNATIONAL known “Aftermarket Professional Club” via TATCOM A.Ş. of which Hıdırusta has been in the founder members.


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NSK Group Launches Production In World Standards NSK Group has passed to a production concept in the world standards with IFS ERP

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roducing steering and suspension systems since 1982 onwards under the brand ROTA for commercial vehicles, agriculture tractors, earthmoving machines and special purpose vehicles, NSK Group has possessed a production process, controllable and full integrated structure in the world standards through IFS ERP Project. “The way for being an institutional company is directly proportional with institutional software so as to get your processes under the control and terminate dependency on an individual. This is not with a program within our knowledge, it would be possible with a program has already been developed, open to teach, to add new things to us, to take us from our current place to a further place. IFS was one of this programs,” Sinan Zırhlı, member of Executive Director of NSK Group and Deputy Commercial Director General. Stating when they were working previously with a local software firm prior to IFS ERP, and after they had realized that a software depended on a person, could not allow the firm progress and made up problems in the integration of 4 companies and they could not grow more; so they had begun look for an institutional and powerful ERP, Sinan Zırhlı continued, “The way for being an institutional company is possible with a software to let your processes get under the control and as well as not being depended on a person. This was not possible with a program developed as much as our knowledge, it would be possible with a program, which has already been developed, open to teach, to add something to us, to take us from our current place to further. So IFS was one of these programs.” Stating that one of the biggest reasons choosing IFS as one of the foremost references of the world in the automotive sector, Zırhlı said the bad experience stories of the rivals in the same segment with IFS about adaptation processes had directed them to IFS. Mustafa Caglayan, Manager of NSK Group Information Technologies, responsible for ERP Project, briefing about how they managed the issue in choosing ERP process, and said, “We have known IFS for long years and joined its events and followed success of the project closely. We also would like to get a software in the industry standard.” Once the senior administrators made decision, they had negotiated with the determined software through an elected commission constituted with 5-person, Caglayan highlighted that they believed they have chosen the truest program for NSK Group following the process that included full of demos, workshops, reference visits.

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Full Integrated Hand Terminal and IFS Mobil Platform with IFS ERP Yalcin Cokgel, Project Manager, stating one of the most important implementations in the house was to be able to use the hand terminals, and said; “These terminals work on IFS mobile platform integrated with IFS ERP and all mobilizations in warehouse and some of production outputs are realized with these devices as online.” All Companies Have Come into Operational Condition in 7 months Stating rod factory in the district of Karacabey and marketing company in Istanbul have passed to live with inter-site installation and MRP structure of the company, Sinan Zırhlı said all processes such as sales, purchasing, production planning, MRP, production, accounting and finance, cost and payroll of all companies have passed to live in a short time as 7-month. Correct Pricing with Standard Cost The Project Manager Yalcin Cokgel emphasized that the standard cost structure of IFS which has been installed in NSK Group was also very important. As for Sinan Zırhlı related to the issue, said; “The standard cost is sine qua non in order to state a price when a customer comes and asks sales price of product which would have not been yet produced. You should not make either loss or miss customer.” Cockpit Screens on IFS Business Intelligence Platform Stating IFS Business Intelligence-BI portals were also used at NSK Group, in addition there was some cockpit screens being used for ‘Lean Production’, Mustafa Caglayan said the reports which support this process are taken from IFSBI for lean production philosophy. Caglayan concluded, “The information on which the entire factory negotiates and discuses and immediate reports that show the realized turnovers are taken from IFS-BI. The top level administration can reach these reports promptly in every consignment and what profitability condition of the product is can be seen.”


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Tesla Model S P85D Breaks Consumer Reports’ Ratings System

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“The all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85D sedan performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system.” The P85D is brutally quick, with instant acceleration. The car’s thrust is forceful and immediate. Its near-instant g-forces can otherwise be achieved only by leaping off a building— literally, according the statement. That this electric car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds without an engine’s roar makes it frighteningly eerie in its silent velocity. It’s so explosively quick that Tesla has generated an “insane” driving mode (See the complete Tesla Model S P85D road test — for free at ConsumerReports.org/ tesla.). With a six-figure price tag, the P85D is expensive, meaning its virtues will be experienced by a rare few. But its significance as a breakthrough model that is pushing the boundaries of both performance and fuel-efficiency is dramatic (even more so because it is coming from the factory of an American startup company). The Model S precedes additional electric cars coming from Tesla Motors. The Model X crossover is due to arrive in 2016, followed in 2018 by a more attainable compact sedan, named Model 3, targeted to start at about $35,000. “The P85D also has better braking and handling than our topscoring standard Model S. And yet it’s more energy-efficient, getting the equivalent of 87 mpg.” Despite its sharper focus on performance, the P85D also maintains its practicality and luxury. “In rating it, however, we faced a quandary: The Tesla initially scored 103 in the Consumer Reports‘ Ratings system, which by definition doesn’t go past 100. The car set a new benchmark, so we had to make changes to our scoring to account for it. Those changes didn’t affect the scores of other cars. To be clear, the Tesla’s 100 score doesn’t make the

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P85D a perfect car—even at $127,820. It has imperfections. The interior materials aren’t as opulent as other high-ticket automobiles, and its ride is firmer and louder than our base Model S.” What’s more, a lengthy road trip in an electric car with a 200plus mile range can be a logistical hurdle if a quick-charging station isn’t along your route. It’s also important to note that our Rating doesn’t include the Tesla’s reliability. The Model S has average reliability, according to our owner-survey responses. That said, the Tesla Model S P85D is an automotive milepost. It’s a remarkable car that paves a new, unorthodox course, and it’s a powerful statement of American startup ingenuity.


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All New Cars Must Meet Euro 6 In EU Auto industry and motor traders launch clean diesel campaign in order to raise awareness about clean diesel as Euro 6 comes into force as of 1st September 2015

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s of 1st Sept, all new cars sold must meet the latest EU emissions legislation – Euro 6. To mark this occasion the automotive and motor trading industries are joining forces to launch www.cleandieseltech.eu. The purpose of the online campaign is to raise awareness about clean diesel, which is made up of a three-part system that combines cleaner diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective emissions control technology. This campaign provides simple and accessible facts, figures and infographics to inform the general public and policy makers alike about the latest generation of diesel technology. Since 1992, the EU has introduced increasingly stricter limits on vehicle emissions through a series of ‘Euro’ standards. The latest and most stringent of these standards is Euro 6. New car models have complied with Euro 6 since September 2014,

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and as of today all new cars sold must meet this standard. Over the last 15 years, nitrogen oxides (NOx) limits for diesel car engines have been reduced by 84%, and particulates (PM) by 90%. Diesel cars also have 15% lower CO2 emissions per kilometre than equivalent petrol-powered vehicles. The campaign partners - the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), the European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs (CECRA) and the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) - are calling for technology-neutral and results-oriented policy to ensure the uptake of the latest low-emission vehicles. With this support, they will continue to work together to ensure that modern diesel remains one of the key pillars in the portfolio of low CO2 technologies for delivering clean and affordable transport for future generations.


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New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet: Open-Top Luxury

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he new Cabriolet is the sixth variant of the current S-Class family and the first open-top luxury four-seater from Mercedes-Benz since 1971. It offers a distinctive, sensual and exclusive design, the cutting-edge technology of the S-Class and a comprehensive warmth and wind protection concept which includes intelligent climate control for convertibles. The elegantly sporty model will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. Also on show in Frankfurt will be a superlative dream car from Mercedes AMG in the guise of the S 63 4MATIC Cabriolet. Its 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine offers an output of 430 kW (585 hp) and peak torque of 900 Nm, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split as standard and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. "After 44 years we are once again able to offer Mercedes aficionados an open-top car in the S-Class. The new S-Class Cabriolet symbolises our passion for individual and timelessly exclusive mobility, which we share with our customers", remarks Ola Källenius, Board Member of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales. The new S-Class Cabriolet is exceptionally rigid. Innovative solutions such as the luggage compartment bulkhead made of aluminium and magnesium as well as the aluminium rear floor also lower the bodyshell weight to the level of the S-Class CoupÊ. The standard-fit roll-over protection system behind the rear head restraints features pyrotechnic initiation of the actuators for the first time, in addition to which the roll bars themselves are moved into position by a gas generator. "Two years after its launch, the S-Class family is now complete. We have never offered six models in the luxury class before - and never before have we enjoyed such success", says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "The S-Class sets the pace on the global market when it comes to safety, efficiency and comfort." Mercedes-Benz lays claim to building the world's most

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comfortable convertible. When it comes to climate comfort, the enhanced automatic wind protection system AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, the heated armrests, the seat heating also in the rear plus the intelligent climate control ensure that this is indeed the case. In contrast to conventional systems, the climate is controlled fully automatically. This means that the driver does not need to select a mode for closed or open top, nor is it necessary to save a temperature setting for these driving conditions. A loving attention to detail is also evident in the luggage compartment concept: when the soft top is opened, it folds away into part of the luggage compartment. The soft top is separated from the remaining luggage compartment space by means of an electrically operated retractable cover which encloses the soft top. This luggage compartment partition extends automatically during opening of the soft top. This means that the driver no longer needs to stop in order to operate the luggage compartment cover manually, providing for added convenience. The partition will not be activated if the luggage compartment is loaded such that there are objects in the area of the partition. When the soft top is closed, the luggage compartment partition can be retracted by pressing a button in the inner panelling of the boot lid, so as to increase the available luggage space. Additional boons are standard-specification electro-hydraulic remote locking for the luggage compartment and a throughloading facility into the interior.


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Exporters Optimistic From 3rd Quarter Evaluating ‘tendency survey’ that was regularly prepared by Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) for the 3rd quarter, Orhan Sabuncu said the exports would boost in the 3rd quarter of the year

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he exports are expected to increase in the 3rd quarter and the exporters look for the new growth models, Orhan Sabuncu, Chairman of Uludag Exporters’ Associations (UIB), said. In August, the exports worth $1 billion 457 million were accomplished via Uludag Exporters’ Associations. The exports showed 3.83 percent increase year-on-year. In the first eight months this year, the total automotive sector exports became $14,2 billion, as for year on year, the UIB’s exports became $21,9 billion decreasing 7.87 percent. Highlighting export decreases depending on euro/dollar parity since the beginning of 2015 continued in August 2015 too, Orhan Sabuncu said that they were hopeful from the 3rd quarter. In order to balance the falls that depended on parity their activities directed towards new market were continuing, adding that the importance of the Iranian market was increasing with every passing day. Evaluating ‘tendency survey’ that was prepared by Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) regularly for the 3rd quarter, Orhan Sabuncu said that the exports are predicted to boost in the 3rd quarter and exporters expect the new growing models. Sabuncu continued; “The fluctuations in the global markets is continuing since the first month onwards this year. Despite this condition constitutes barrier for the exporters to see their front, we maintain to seek new opportunities. We, as the

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Turkish exporters, consider that exporters would increase the exports in the 3rd quarter. Adopting a growth model by taking innovation into center, focusing on added-value, information and technology-based competition would contribute fairly to our short, medium and long-term targets.” Stating the importance of Iran in their foreign trade which would increase with every passing day, Chairman Orhan Sabuncu emphasized together with preferential trade agreement signed with Iran the exports increased 18.4 percent directed towards this country in the first 8 eight months according to the data from the TIM, adding that integration of Iran with the world would reveal positive effects for Turkish exporters.


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Iveco Magelys Pro Chosen Coach Of The Year

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he International Coach of the Year is the Euro6 version of the Iveco Magelys Pro, the flagship of Iveco’s coach range. It was chosen from a very strong field of candidates following the staging of the Coach Euro Test at Plovdiv in Bulgaria in mid-June. Built at the Annonay plant in France, the original version of the Magelys was first shown to the public in 2007. An integral design, it combines tubular and pressed steel sections within a body shell that is corrosion protected through emersion in a cataphoretic dip tank process. Always an attractively styled coach, the Euro6 version, which has won the award, has been aesthetically enhanced by the addition of what Iveco refers to as ‘The Silver Smile’, a brightwork feature on the lower panel beneath the front screen carrying the Iveco name. This is now carried by all of Iveco’s integral bus and coach range. Also new are the light units and the rear lights which are also common across the range, one of a number of ways in which the manufacturer has sought to simplify things for operators and reduce the total cost of ownership (or TCO). Offered in both 12.2m and 12.8m variants, the coach entered in the Coach Euro Test was the longer model that can accommodate a maximum of 59 passengers if specified without toilet, though that demonstrated seated only 46 on Kiel recliners in an execution developed specifically for express line work. Alone among the participants, this featured three point belts throughout and a nice touch was that ‘Welcome Aboard’ was stitched into every seat squab. For the express line role, it was equipped with a nearside door providing access for wheelchairs boarding by means of a Dhollandia lift stowed across the width of the luggage hold. In contrast with the usual UK method of ensuring drivers do not have to demount seats, the Iveco solution was to fit facing seats alongside the doorway with an easily stowed table between. Internally the Magelys takes a very different approach to other coach designs in a number of ways. Firstly, you won’t find

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any grey in the trims used, there isn’t any. Instead everything is in shades of brown, including all of the plastic mouldings. However, the most distinctive feature is that rather than the conventional method of mounting the racks close to the windows, Iveco has set them inboard a way, leaving sufficient room for the passenger next to the window to stand fully upright. On top of this, the greater part of the length of the roof edge on each side of the coach is glazed which, together with the deep side windows, means that there is 35% more light entering the coach than there otherwise would be. You can have the whole ceiling glazed if you want but it requires specialist cleaning facilities and a degree of additional nuisance which is one reason why very few operators specify it. In an effort to enhance passenger comfort, a number of passenger entertainment systems are incorporated including GPS, a road camera, Wi-Fi and a system that provides a choice of 250 movies, as well as the USB and 220 volt plugs necessary to keep today’s communication devices charged and working. For the driver, the cockpit is quite well laid out with the steering wheel given the leather look treatment. Most jurors found it very comfortable to drive, though not as swift to accelerate as some. The Magelys is only offered with the FPT Cursor 9 unit that has a capacity of only 8.7 litres, yet delivers 294kW (400hp) and torque of 1,700Nm at 1,250rpm. This weighs less than the Euro5 version and is matched to the ZF AS-Tronic automated transmission. The really noteworthy aspect of it is that it eschews EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) to control the engine exhaust emissions, relying solely on SCR (selective catalytic reduction) to accomplish this. Iveco claim that the move to Euro 6 has seen a fuel usage reduction of up to 10%. In addition to the physical features of the Magelys, something that most jury members commented upon was the value for money that the vehicle represented, with the price surprisingly low given the quality of what was provided.


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