Germany’s best quality car is… a Hyundai

Leading German motoring magazine AutoBild, has awarded Hyundai Motor Company the honour of first-place in its annual AutoBild Quality Report for 2010.

Hyundai edged out local manufacturers BMW and Audi, and eclipsed its rival Toyota to take the prestigious award based on a comprehensive analysis of reliability, long-term quality and customer satisfaction.

AutoBild’s annual list evaluates seven key criteria, each weighted equally, including feedback received from 9278 owners, manufacturer warranty provisioning, recall information, and data from Germany’s Technische Uberwachung Verein report (TÃœV) based on no less than 7.5 million vehicle inspections.

Considered by many to be one of the most respected industry quality surveys, and endorsed by a fastidious German audience, the award further demonstrates the gains Hyundai has made in consistently improving the quality of its products, service and support available to its owners.

“Hyundai is always proud to receive awards for its products, particularly this one from AutoBild, which places the company ahead of brands many have considered to be at the pinnacle of the industry.” said Hyundai Motor Company Marketing Director Oliver Mann.

Hyundai’s star continues to rise elsewhere in Europe with British magazine Motor Trader naming Hyundai as the Car Franchise of the Year in its annual Motor Trader Industry Awards. Also in the UK, the i30 recently took first place in the Driver Power Top 100 survey, a customer satisfaction survey conducted by the best-selling Auto Express magazine – confirming the findings of UK’s Which? consumer guide whose subscribers revealed i30 to be Britain’s most reliable medium-sized car.


New Deal For V8 Supercar Racing At The AGP

Albert Park, Melbourne – A new deal was announced today between the V8 Supercars at the Australian Grand Prix for the next five years.

The deal between the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and V8 Supercars Australia will see:

– A five year extension for racing at the Formula One event at Albert Park
– “Endurance” or longer format racing which will require tyre changes and fuel stops
– New facilities including a pit building with garages and corporate hospitality suites
– $500,000 in prize money provided by V8 Supercars Australia

The new race will be called the ALBERT PARK 500.

The Australian Grand Prix will unveil its new trackside building in 2011 which includes a temporary V8 pit garage facility for re-fuelling and tyre changes previously unseen at Albert Park. The new facility located on pit lane, south of the F1 garages, will include additional corporate hospitality suites positioned above the V8 team garages providing a spectacular new vantage point for motorsport fans.

“Our passion for motorsport is not limited to Formula One,” says Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Ron Walker AC CBE. “We are committed to bringing an exhilarating V8 Supercar race to as many Australians as we can, providing them with the best of motorsport action.”

The 2011 race will be the first event as part of a five-year plan with the V8 Supercars changing from the current race format to endurance races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the event. The proposed format includes two 200km races and one 100km race with winners sharing in a total prize pool of $500,000.

“ALBERT PARK 500 will set the stage for thrilling racing especially now there is $500,000 in prize money” says Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer of V8 Supercars Australia. “The new V8 Supercars race format will have event goers and die-hard motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with the nose-to-tail racing of the V8’s around the Albert Park circuit” he says.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Holding said Albert Park 500 at the Australian Grand Prix would be a major attraction for motorsport fans and tourists from around Australia.
“The popularity of V8 Supercars with Australian motorsport fans combined with the international prestige of Formula One is a formidable combination and one that will attract big crowds. The Australian Grand Prix just got even better with V8 Supercar action guaranteed at Albert Park for the next five years,” Holding said.


Mercedes-Benz Tops JD Powers’ Survey

For the first time in 21 years, Mercedes-Benz beat Lexus in one of the industry’s most watched initial quality studies. Now it’s aiming for the top overall spot.


Waiting List For IBIS In Montreux !

With three months to go before the eighth annual International Bodyshop Industry Symposium – IBIS – this year’s event is already fully subscribed, with a waiting list for delegate places.  IBIS 2008, which will take place at the Montreux Palace Hotel, Montreux, Switzerland between June 9-11, has proved to be an irresistible draw for industry leaders and influencers from around the world.


IBIS provides global interchange

317 people attended the eighth International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS), held at the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland in early June. The IBIS debate centred on vehicle safety systems and their impact on reparability, skills resourcing, write-offs, and how ‘lean thinking’ can improve the repair industry.


BASF Coatings’ Success With Nissan in Russia

The fact that global presence is a key success factor has been demonstrated by BASF Coatings’ success at the Nissan plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. BASF Coatings supplies all spraypaints for Nissan’s Teana and X-Trail models produced in the Russian city. To win the 100 per cent suppliership, BASF Coatings edged out the tough competition in a field of other leading paint producers.


General Motors Files For Bankruptcy

General Motors filed for bankruptcy yesterday, the third-largest in US history, with White House advisers confirmings the bankruptcy would not affect GM Holden.



Ateco, the exclusive importer of Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Citroen and Fiat products for Australian and New Zealand has extended its interests to cars from China. The company’s Governing Director, Neville Crichton, announced today (18 March 2008) that a distributorship agreement for Australia and New Zealand has been signed with Chery Automobile Company.


Toyota Cutting Parts Costs to Balance Books

Media reports say that a troubled Toyota Motor Corp plans to cut auto parts procurement costs by around 30 per cent over three years to help regain profitability. According to a Japanese newspaper Toyota has asked its suppliers to cut prices of some parts by 30-40 per cent for cars that will hit the market by 2013. The Nikkei business daily also said Toyota plans to switch to less expensive materials and parts.