BMW 7 Series for German Embassies, General Consulates
A pan-European invitation to tender for the Central Supplier
Agreement of Luxury Class Vehicles has ended in success for the BMW
Issued by the German Foreign Office, the call for bids covered all
the country’s major Embassies and General Consulates. The open tender
process resulted in the BMW Group obtaining all three contracts for its
With the agreement in place, the company is now set to equip the
highest representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany with 7 Series
Following the standard 730d, the second contract from the tender
process went to the all-wheel variant. The third went to the
The Central Supplier Agreement of Luxury Class Vehicles takes effect
on the day of the award and runs for a whole year, with a one-off option
to extend by another twelve months. With immediate effect, the Foreign
Office can order the vehicles it needs from VH-41.
They will be delivered direct to the country of use with the
appropriate local equipment package in place.
“Everything will be sourced from a single supplier,” said VH-41
(International Direct Sales, Special and Corporate Sales Market
Consultant) Katja Reichemberger. That means we can offer the Foreign
Office an attractive complete package.
From quotes and order management to worldwide transport and global
delivery coordination through the BMW delivery organization, VH-41 is
always going to be the first point of contact for the Foreign Office.
“This will ensure that German Embassies and General Consulates around
the world receive their allocated business vehicles in good time and
with the right country-specific package,” he said.
Convincing on all counts when it came to selecting a producer, a
number of factors played a decisive role in the Foreign Office’s
Among them were the coverage and structure of the worldwide service
and logistics network.
Also important were environmental issues, with harmful emissions, CO2
output and fuel consumption being among the main considerations
influencing the decision. The BMW brand was able to convince the Foreign
Office on all counts, with the Efficient Dynamics technologies in its 7
Series models being just one decisive factor. As a result, the Group was
the favourite compared with other producers in the competition.
Taking local auto marketing global
roadplus.lk is one of Sri Lanka’s largest auto web portals today,
which allows buyers and sellers to meet over the internet. With the IT
infrastructure development and the improvement in IT awareness in Sri
Lanka there have been an exponential trend in using the internet for
personal needs such as buying vehicles for domestic use.
The site administrators have been experiencing a speedily rising
usage of roadplus.lk, not being limited only to the cities but also from
rural areas interacting with the site extensively. Improvement in mobile
technology also has contributed to this tremendously.
The web portal roadplus.lk facilitates to upload images of vehicles
along with all the other information free of any charge and this can be
done from buyers’ own internet access point. With the widespread use of
broadband internet, it can be from the buyer’s own home.
Since the website is designed with a very simple, human friendly user
interface, any novice user new to web applications is able to grasp it
quickly. Any user with basic knowledge of IT following the simple steps
to submit his information can access the web portal with ease. On the
other hand the roadplus.lk web portal is structured in such a way that
information required by the sellers is just a click away.
The website is divided according to different segments based on
different automobile requirements without abandoning the user in the
site. And also the site has some space allocated to introduce new
Above all, each segment has thousands of options from which the user
can select the best automobile to suit his requirements.
Further, roadplus.lk also consolidates other basic requirements of a
This is provided through enabling services such as bank loans,
insurance, leasing from the site, by connecting relevant service
providers to roadplus.lk. This inclusion has made roadplus.lk a
comprehensive service provider to the automobile industry.
The team at roadplus.lk consists of highly professional individuals
who have performed deep market analysis on internet marketing and
especially the automobile industry.
“Our licence to operate is our customer’s satisfaction” is the motto
of roadplus.lk. With a fine blend of locally and internationally
qualified team with past experience of providing similar trade platforms
globally, roadplus.lk has been in operation for over six months to date.
roadplus.lk provides easy interfaces and guaranteed contacts to ensure
quicker, smoother and hassle free trade opportunities in automobiles to
satisfy the most stringent needs of any customer.
Toyota global April sales up
Japanese automaker Toyota said global sales surged 21.3 percent
year-on-year in April, despite millions of safety recalls worldwide that
have left it facing a series of lawsuits in the US.
The Toyota group, which includes brands Daihatsu and Hino trucks,
said it sold 671,921 vehicles in April, up from 554,034 a year earlier,
spokesman Paul Nolasco said. The figure was lower than March sales of
The world’s largest automaker said global production jumped 53.8
percent to 667,495 units compared to a year ago, when the industry was
in the grip of the financial crisis.
Toyota continues to see its sales rise despite having pulled around
10 million vehicles worldwide since late last year for safety issues.
It also paid a record 16.4-million-dollar fine to settle claims it
hid gas pedal defects blamed for more than 80 deaths in the United
States, with US officials refusing to rule out the possibility of more
The beleaguered auto giant also faces a host of lawsuits over
“unintended acceleration” issues that prompted the majority of the
recalls, which analysts warn may yet dent the future profitability of
Earlier this month it said it would recall 11,500 Lexus vehicles
worldwide because of a steering system defect, in the latest blow to the
Japanese auto giant’s reputation.
Despite the recalls, Toyota posted a return to profit in the past
fiscal year, including a net profit of 112.2 billion yen in the three
months ended March, the height of its crisis, defying many expectations.
Other Japanese makers posted sales and production gains Friday as the
industry continues to rebound on booming global demand which has helped
drive Japan’s export-led recovery from deep recession.
Second-largest maker Honda Motor marked its 10th straight monthly
increase of domestic sales, which rose 9.5 percent on-year. It did not
give global sales figures.
Third-largest Nissan saw global production rise 57 percent on-year to
319,673, what it called an all time record for April.
Fourth-largest maker Mitsubishi Motors, said its global production
gained 72.7 percent from a year ago. Close rival Mazda saw production
soar 51.4 percent.
Honda production ‘partially resumes’ at China plant
Japan’s second-largest automaker Honda Motor said Monday production
had “partially resumed” at a parts factory in China where an
unprecedented strike has forced the company to close other plants.
Honda’s assembly lines in China came to a halt last week due to a lack
of parts from Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Co, located in the southern
city of Foshan.
A Tokyo-based Honda spokeswoman said that despite a partial restart
at the parts plant Monday, production at all four of its car assembly
factories would remain frozen Tuesday as negotiations with striking
“Parts production has partially restarted this afternoon, but auto
assembly will not be restarting yet,” said Honda spokeswoman Natsuno
Asanuma, without giving further details. “We need more time,” she said.
She said Honda’s Chinese joint ventures, Guangqi Honda Automobile and
Dongfeng Honda Automobile, would stay closed Tuesday as negotiations
continued at the transmission and engine components unit.
Production at Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., Honda’s 50-50 joint
venture with China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group, stopped a week ago. The
venture’s two plants are in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong.
Output at Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., the company’s other joint
venture, located in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, came to a
standstill Wednesday afternoon. The venture also operates two factories.