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Global LD Trucks and Pick Up Sales to hit 6.7 million and 5.6 million respectively in 2019.
North America, India, Latin America, China, Japan and Korea will lead the growth of the global LCV market, while the US leads the pick up sales, China is the clear leader in the LD Trucks segment. The demand for electric light duty trucks will surge globally with the roll-out of strict emission regulations. New emission regulations, rising oil price and government incentives for EVs will strongly support the penetration of eLCVs in China, Europe and North America. PSA group, Volkswagen, Daimler and Ford are anticipated to launch new eLCVs in 2019.
VW Group starts cutting corners on Transporter
VW is cutting costs in order to become more profitable. This also affects the VWN plant in Hanover. Here the new Transporter T7 will not be produced as a completely battery-operated model.
Volkswagen apparently plans to cut up to 7000 jobs as part of a new cost-cutting program. CEO Herbert Diess wants to reduce the costs of the core brand VW by almost 6 billion euros by 2023 in order to become more profitable, the "Handelsblatt" reported with reference to corporate circles. The jobs are to be eliminated, especially in administration. Volkswagen did not want to comment on this on Friday.
Three years ago, the Volkswagen brand, which includes the following vans model: Golf, Passat and Tiguan models, reached an agreement with the workers' council on savings of 3.7 billion euros by 2020. On the basis of this "Pact for the future", 30,000 jobs are to be cut worldwide - 23,000 of them in Germany. In return, the Group intends to create numerous jobs in new areas. Yesterday, the Group Works Council reacted tight-lipped to the plans for further job cuts: "We would like to remind you of the agreed employment guarantee, which excludes compulsory redundancies until at least 2025."
More integrated now also on Sprinter basis
The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is now also a big hit with Carthago. Here it will serve as the basic vehicle for the Carthago E-Line and Carthago S-Plus from 2020. The two liners represent the brand's upper-class integrated vehicles. That's what the look, the body and the interior design stand for. In addition to Fiat on an Alko low frame (E-Line) and Iveco Daily (S-Plus), customers can now also choose the Sprinter as the base. It offers driving comfort in the form of an optional tandem axle, nine-speed automatic transmission or MBUX.
New exterior and interior design
Both integrated have been given a new face: Headlights in LED technology support the look with the sporty exterior graphics. Five double struts in a chrome look adorn the radiator grille. The windscreen has been raised by 13 centimeters, giving the pilot and co-pilot an even better view forward. In the cockpit itself, the dashboard has also been redesigned.
The living area can also look forward to a new design. There are two variants for the model relaunch, both have a new, striking C in common, which can be found for example on the backrest cushions or the open shelves. The large motorhomes promise plenty of standing room and freedom of movement. Another striking feature is a kitchen counter that serves as a room divider between the kitchen and the seating area.