April 19, 2014

Eropean Auto Makers Ramp Up Production To Meet Demand

European automakers such as Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have all seen a resurgence in popularity this year, and now, with the disaster in Japan, these companies are beginning to feel pressure to ramp up production to meet an increasing demand. While the auto sector seems to focus on domestic and Korean brands as the big benefactors of production slow-downs with Japanese brands, the Europeans seem to have also seen an increased demand.

Volkswagen, with fresh new looks for 2011 is seeing their numbers increase with each passing month, and may be a logical alternative for buyers who are finding cars like the Honda Civic in short supply. The German automaker has already announced that they could keep one plant running on a volunteer basis during their normal summer shut-down. Meanwhile BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also adding shifts to better meet demand.

While production slow-downs for Japanese makers such as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan are not anticipated to cause major supply problems, the possibility of scarcity of some models is real, and other brands seem willing and able to fill the void. Car in the U.S. sales are anticipated to hit about 13 million this year, but recent sales months actually have the industry topping that number. Other indications of an overall auto industry recovery are showing up as well. GM announced a $2 Billion investment and additional jobs, Chrysler has seen major positives not seen by the company in years, and Hyuandi is quietly surging with much more attractive vehicles.

It looks like the usual summer shut-downs may not be happening in the normal manner this year as many manufacturers are keeping inventory levels at a point where they are barely keeping up with demand. If there is a major shift in demand to a particular maker, they will be very tempted to add shifts, or modify plant shut-downs.

BMW 6 Series Premieres At New York International Auto Show

It is hard to believe, but this is the third generation of the BMW 6 Series Coupe.  The latest and greatest from the German automaker is set debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.  The new coupe joins the already introduced BMW 6 Series Convertible which itself will be available at dealerships next month.  In addition to the 6 Series Coupe, BMW will be unveiling a new TwinPower four-cylinder engine that will power the Z4 Roadster and the BMW App that takes smart phone connectivity to the next level.

The new BMW 650i Coupe will fulfill the innermost desires of the BMW enthusiast.  There is a reason that BMW is known as the Ultimate Driving Machine, and this coupe certainly lives up to the mantra.  As always the 650i Coupe sports stylish good looks combined with a level of luxury even the most discriminating driver would appreciate.

Features expected in a BMW are certainly present.  The driver’s cockpit is designed to allow for aggressive driving with comfort in mind.  The car features the swept-back greenhouse and muscular lines familiar to not only BMW drivers, but envied by nearly every other driver on the road.  The BMW 650i will be as much of a workhorse in the luzury line-up in 2011 as it has been in the past.

The car boasts a  V-8 engine that cranks out an impressive 400 horse power between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm and features peak torque of 450 lb-ft between 1,750 and 4.500 rpm.  This new driving machine will be available at U.S. auto dealers in the Fall of 2011.