Business in Asia: Automotive news

China’s Xpeng delivers first batch of smart electric cars to Norway

The Guangzhou-based company Xpeng Motors will directly deliver 100 G3 SUVs to individual buyers in Norway. It’s the first time the company delivers the Chinese-made smart EVs directly to individual customers in Europe.  The deliveries may open the door for Chinese electric vehicle start-ups such as Xpeng, NOI and Li Auto, to target EV-mature markets…

Volvo Cars Thailand wins “Top European Brand For Safety Innovation Award”

Volvo Cars Thailand Company Limited, led by Mr.Pattarapong Achapalasiri, Head of Commercial Operations, Volvo Cars (Thailand) Co., Ltd. received, with great pride, the “Top European Brand For Safety Innovation Award” at the Thailand Car of the Year 2020 Awards and the Thailand Car Marketing Awards 2020, held for the sixth year and organized by the…

Salaries in Thailand expected to rise in 2021 despite COVID-19 crisis, says Mercer survey

While companies initially projected a 5% overall increase in salaries for 2021 in the first half of this year, further surveys reflect a moderation at around 3%. Salaries rose by 3.7% in 2020, marking the first time in 10 years that increases have dipped below 5%.   Salaries in Thailand are projected to increase in…

Volvo takes EV Motor Development In-House

Volvo Cars is making significant investments that allow for the in-house design and development of electric motors for the next generation of Volvo models, as the company continues to move towards becoming a fully electric car maker. The company has opened a brand new electric motor lab in Shanghai, China, the latest addition to its…

Sweden highlighted renewable energy and fossil-free transportation in ASEAN Smart Cities Summit

On 22 October 2020 the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi participated in the highly topical ASEAN smart cities summit. The Swedish Trade Commissioner Mr Bjorn Savlid shared how Sweden works with transforming transportation to electric and sustainable mobility in the session “ Smart Transportation in the Urbanization and Urban development strategy”. Sweden embassy’s Trade, Economics…

Ambassador Fries appears in video for Volvo Philippines

The Swedish Embassy released on 6 October 2020 the latest work of Ambassador H.E. Harald Fries who joined Volvo Cars Philippines’ Ride To Safety video. The promotional VDO highlights their newly renovated showroom with the health and safety of their clients in mind. In the video, the ambassador reveals that he has been a Volvo…

Telenor Connexion making headway in Asia-Pacific: Seth Ryding, CSO

With 20 years’ experience as developer and provider of IoT solutions Telenor Connexion also has over ten years in Asia-Pacific region. The Swedish-based provider is now boosting its organisation to further develop the established customer base, and to leverage on the significant market opportunities and future growth throughout the region. In charge to lead that…

Elkem has selected Herøya Industrial Park to for a large scale battery graphite plant in 2021

Norwegian polysilicon manufacturer Elkem has selected Herøya Industrial Park as the site for a potential large-scale plant for battery graphite production in Norway. Elkem,which is part of the China National Bluestar Group, chemicals business held by the state-owned China National Chemical Corporation. Elkem is currently constructing a pilot plant for battery graphite in Kristiansand, Norway.…

Embassy of Sweden, Business Sweden and European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines co-host a webminar on automotive industry

The Embassy of Sweden invites together with Business Sweden and in partnership with the ECCP – European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, to the “Accelerating Change in the Automotive Industry” webinar on 17 August 2020. Find out how European industry players are dealing with the economic disruption and global consumer shifts that have affected…

Full electric Porsche now available in the Philippines

Speedlux, luxury cars news announced on 14 July 2020 that the Porsche’s fully electric model, Porsche Taycan is now available regionally in flagship stores in the Philippines. To support the Taycan’s operation, Porsche Philippines is collaborating with ABB, a Swedish-Swiss multinational technology company, with over 10 years of expertise in the electric vehicle charging market.…