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    Sewells Group is a global consulting and outsourcing firm which specialises in the automotive retail industry.

    We operate across the Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East regions.  We are in the business of improving the performance of individuals and organisations engaged in automotive retail. Our in-depth subject matter expertise in this area and our deep engagements with many leading automotive brands make us a leader in our business.

     
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      Peer-group forums where dealers are able to identify the financial drivers, processes and practices which lead to superior business results.

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      Sewells Group MRA model is a high level financial and performance analysis model which is used to analyse automotive retail performance and to guide strategic decision making.

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      A fully integrated, secure web based data collection, analysis management tool designed exclusively for the retail automotive market and has proven its capability & capacity.

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      Dealers require meaningful financial information in order to make informed strategic decisions in their businesses, and to better achieve the BM model.

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      The key to meaningful training and development interventions is the effective identification of training and development needs.

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      Developing integrated learning pathways enables learners to understand the road to competence and to plan their development requirements appropriately.

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      All motor dealers face the challenge of retaining and developing effective management and staff to allow them and the business to grow.

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      We have a well evolved technical education and skill development offer for automotive OEM’s and their dealers.

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      Sewells Group's strategic partnership with National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) in India focuses on promoting skill development in Automotive Retail.

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      The departmental leadership programme is designed to equip participants with the knowhow and strategic tools to enable them to effectively drive departmental performance.

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      Designed to equip delegates with the knowhow and strategic tools to enable future dealership managers to successfully achieve a balanced approach to leading and directing automotive retail operations.

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    • CCI fines car makers $420 million for anti-competitive practices
      Friday 26th September 2014  11:25am
      CCI fines car makers $420 million for anti-competitive practices BY ADITI SHAH (Reuters) - The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has fined more than a dozen global and local carmakers a total of 25.5 ...
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    • JLR will build Range Rover Evoque in China
      Tuesday 16th September 2014  04:43pm
      JLR will build Range Rover Evoque in China Tuesday, 16th September 2014 The Range Rover Evoque will be the first nameplate built at Jaguar Land Rover's new China factory, company CEO Ralf Speth said. "We are...
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    • Audi sales rise 10% in July on China, SUVs
      Wednesday 10th September 2014  07:10pm
      Audi sales rise 10% in July on China, SUVs Audi AG says its August sales in China rose 10 percent year on year last month to 47,145 vehicles. For the first eight months, China's top-selling luxury brand sold a...
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    • BMW hikes output at Rayong factory
      Thursday 14th August 2014  04:37pm
      BMW hikes output at Rayong factory German luxury-car maker BMW is spending 9 million euros (385 million baht) to expand its Thai plant and upgrade its logistics system to support the growing domestic market...
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    • Official Launch of the All New Suzuki CELERIO
      Monday 23rd June 2014  05:46pm
      On May 29th, 2014 at Centara Grand Hyatt Central Plaza Lat Phrao, Bangkok, Mr. Chaisiri Vichailak, Director of Administrative Department – Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI) congratulated to Suzuki Motor...
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    CCI fines car makers $420 million for anti-competitive practices
    Friday 26th September 2014  11:25am
    CCI fines car makers $420 million for anti-competitive practices

    (Reuters) - The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has fined more than a dozen global and local carmakers a total of 25.5 billion rupees ($420 million) after a probe found they had engaged in anti-competitive practices in the world's sixth largest auto market.

    The Indian penalty follows heightened regulatory scrutiny of the auto industry in China, the world's largest auto market. Several global car and spare parts makers have been fined, or are being investigated, by China's anti-monopoly regulator, the National Development and Reform Commission.

    The CCI said in a statement it had fined the 14 automakers after its investigation showed they were restricting access to spare parts, which in turn made them more expensive for consumers.

    It listed the automakers fined as the local unit of Honda Motor Co (7267.T), Toyota Motor Co (7203.T), Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and its unit Skoda Auto, BMW AG (BMWG.DE), Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz (DAIGn.DE), Fiat SpA (FIA.MI), Ford Motor Co (F.N), General Motors Co (GM.N) and Nissan Motor Co (7201.T).

    Local carmaker Tata Motors Ltd (TAMO.NS) was handed the highest penalty of 13.46 billion rupees. The other Indian carmakers fined were Maruti Suzuki Ltd (MRTI.NS), Hindustan Motors Ltd (HMTR.NS) and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (MAHM.NS).

    The fine, equivalent to two percent of the carmakers' three-year average India revenue, is payable within 60 days, the regulator said.

    "The anti-competitive conduct... has restricted the expansion of spare parts and independent repairers segment of the economy to its full potential, at the cost of the consumers, service providers and dealers," it said in the statement.

    In a statement, Ford's India unit said it was reviewing the order and its implications, adding that the company had been working to enhance the availability of parts.

    Tata Motors spokeswoman also said the company would study the CCI order before making any comment.

    Mahindra & Mahindra said it planned to appeal the watchdog's order. A Honda executive in India was not available for a comment, while a Maruti spokesman declined to comment.

    The India representatives of the other carmakers did not immediately respond to request for comment.

    The CCI said it had launched its investigation in 2011 after receiving information that spare parts made by some companies in India were not freely available in the market, resulting in higher prices for the parts and repair and maintenance services.

    It said it had asked the carmakers to rectify their anti-competitive behaviour, which it said impacted 20 million customers.

    ($1 = 60.5100 rupees)

    (Editing by Sumeet Chatterjee and Miral Fahmy)

    Source: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/26/india-antitrust-autos-idINKBN0GQ0NP20140826


    JLR will build Range Rover Evoque in China
    Tuesday 16th September 2014  04:43pm

    JLR will build Range Rover Evoque in China

    Tuesday, 16th September 2014

    The Range Rover Evoque will be the first nameplate built at Jaguar Land Rover's new China factory, company CEO Ralf Speth said.

    "We are starting with the vehicle with the highest demand" in China, Speth told journalists at a press event here.

    Jaguar Land Rover may later add production of its new Land Rover Discovery Sport, he said. "We are starting with one vehicle at first. We have to train our employees and bring them up to speed," Speth said.

    The factory in Changhsu, northeast of Shanghai, will officially open in October with production starting shortly after. Jaguar Land Rover's joint venture with China's Chery Automobile Co. will run the plant.

    It is Jaguar Land Rover's first full-scale assembly plant outside the United Kingdom and includes an engine plant that will start production in 2015. That plant will produce the automaker's new range of Ingenium four-cylinder engines.

    China is a fast-growing market for Jaguar Land Rover. In the first six months, the automaker sold 62,479 vehicles in China, out of a global volume of 240,372.

    The plant also will build vehicles to be sold under a new joint-venture brand, which was a condition of the Chinese government's approval of the factory. 

    Asked whether Jaguar Land Rover will build a long-wheelbase version of the new Jaguar XE compact sedan in China, Speth replied: "If we do a longer version, then we have to produce the vehicle in China; otherwise it doesn't make sense."

    Last year, Bernstein analyst Max Warburton wrote that the automaker targets sales of 150,000 cars in China in 2015. He estimated that Jaguar Land Rover makes half of its global profits in China, thanks to strong demand for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. 

    Last year, Jaguar Land Rover made a profit before taxes of 2.5 billion pounds (24.9 billion yuan).

    Jaguar Land Rover builds cars from kits in India, and the company has announced plans to build a plant in Brazil with production scheduled for 2016. Speth said the company was in talks to build a plant in Saudi Arabia.

    Source: http://www.autonewschina.com/en/article.asp?id=12269


    Audi sales rise 10% in July on China, SUVs
    Wednesday 10th September 2014  07:10pm

    Audi sales rise 10% in July on China, SUVs

    Audi AG says its August sales in China rose 10 percent year on year last month to 47,145 vehicles. For the first eight months, China's top-selling luxury brand sold a record 364,090 units, up 16 percent.

    Audi remained comfortably ahead of rival Mercedes-Benz, which sold 21,398 vehicles in China last month, up 18 percent year on year. BMW AG has not yet announced August sales.

    While Audi continues to set monthly sales records in China, the German automaker has been the target of antitrust regulators.

     Last month, the 21st Century Business Herald reported that Audi would be fined 250 million yuan ($41 million) for violating anti-monopoly laws. 

    Under the 6-year-old anti-monopoly law, the National Development and Reform Commission, China's antitrust regulator, can impose fines ranging from 1 to 10 percent of a company's revenues for the previous year.

    The National Development and Reform Commission has been investigating the business practices of Audi's sales arm with dealers in Hubei province.

     http://www.oemol.com/info/detail/15-12245.html


    BMW hikes output at Rayong factory
    Thursday 14th August 2014  04:37pm

    BMW hikes output at Rayong factory

    German luxury-car maker BMW is spending 9 million euros (385 million baht) to expand its Thai plant and upgrade its logistics system to support the growing domestic market.


    "The new investment will go mainly to expand production of passenger cars and motorcycles at Rayong's Amata City Industrial Estate," said Jeffrey Gaudiano, managing director of BMW Manufacturing (Thailand), the group's local production arm.
    The company plans to raise production of passenger cars to 10,000 vehicles in 2015 from 8,880 this year, with the motorcycle segment set to churn out 1,000 units next year.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/most-recent/422916/bmw-hikes-output-at-rayong-factory


    Official Launch of the All New Suzuki CELERIO
    Monday 23rd June 2014  05:46pm


    On May 29th, 2014 at Centara Grand Hyatt Central Plaza Lat Phrao, Bangkok, Mr. Chaisiri Vichailak, Director of Administrative Department – Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI) congratulated to Suzuki Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in the occasion of launching All New Suzuki CELERIO. Dr. Witoon Simachokdee, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Industry, gave opening speech and presided on the event. Mr. Shigeki Suzuki, Chief Engineer - Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan revealed that All New Suzuki CELERIO was designed under the concept of “Using pleasure” and “Driving Pleasure” that responded to consumer’s requirement. It used the new K10B 1 litre engine, compact with special design, and gave full power. With its streamline, it had capability and drivability like Suzuki SWIFT. Moreover, it provided the energy efficient with a fuel consumption rate of more than 20 km/l as well as environment friendly. Mr. Takayuki Sugiyama, President - Suzuki Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. added that Suzuki was confident that this new launching of All New Suzuki CELERIO with technology and expertise in creating small passenger car of Suzuki would enhance standard of passenger car and eco car along with promoting passenger car market. This was also the pathway for eco car group in the Thai market in the long run as well as introducing technology, opening new market, setting new standard of passenger car by Eco car, the 2nd that had been planned for Suzuki’s plant at Rayong in order to have Thailand as the manufacturing base for exporting to Asia and Europe.
    http://www.thaiauto.or.th/2012/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=1476

     


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