The Sixth annual Global Automotive Forum was held in Chongqing on June 9th, 2015. In the brainstorm session entitled “The Future of New Energy Vehicles (NEV)”, industry experts discussed the prospects and future promotion of NEVs in China.
Hydrogen Technology has great potential
Yusuke Hasegawa, Managing Officer and Director of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. and Chief Operating Officer of the Advanced Research Division, expressed Honda’s desire to tackle the many challenging environmental problems we face from a variety of different angles. Some of the company’s ideas to approach these issues include improving the efficiency of internal-combustion engines and introducing other alternative energies, such as hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles, hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles (FCV). Honda has already been able to implement some of these solutions. In 2012, the company upgraded key hybrid technologies to dramatically reduce the fuel consumption of hybrid electric vehicles without external electric power.
Presently, China is the workshop of the world and a country that simply produces automobiles instead automotive powerhouse because it still relies on Western, Japanese and South Korean technologies and processes. However, the goal of 13th Five Year Plan and “Made in China 2025” is to turn China from the world’s factory into a manufacturing powerhouse. With this in mind, what framework and direction can “Industry 4.0” provide for the transformation and improvement of the auto industry? What are the differences between Chinese and foreign views towards the development of “Industry 4.0”?
Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing in June 2015
One of the Largest and Top-level International Forums Held in China
GAF 2015 Press Release One
At the invitation of Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, Global Automotive Forum 2015 (“GAF2015” www.ga-forum.org/en) will be held on June 9-10, 2015 at Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center, coincide with the Chongqing Auto Show. This is going to be one of the largest, top-level and most important international forums held in China. This is also the first time for GAF to take place in Chongqing and shift its date from autumn to summer after having been developed for three years in Chengdu and two years in Wuhan.
Automotive design is often the product of the combination of innovation and inspiration, developed by referencing and observing surroundings. A successful design strategy stays true to the brand while changing the social economy, population, environment, and technology development. Therefore, in which aspects of the vehicle can we develop breakthroughs in terms of current design innovation? In the future, what characteristics should a preeminent designer have?
During the session entitled Auto Design and Styling: Innovation & Inspiration, held on the morning of June 10th, four experts in the design field had an engaging discussion on this topic from a variety of perspectives. The experts were Chen Zheng, Vice President of Changan Automotive Engineering Research Institute in China; James Hope, Corporate Design Director of Chery Motors; Pierre Leclercq, Vice President and Design Director of Great Wall Motor Co., Ltd. and Richard Chung, Vice President of Industrial Design & Craftsmanship, Global Interiors, Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors.
The 6th Global Automotive Forum will be held in the Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center from June 9th to June 10th, 2015. Modeled after the famous “Ted Talks,” we will roll out our newly designed section: “GAF Talks.”We have invited four industry leaders from the IT and auto fields to share their uniqueperspectives and ideas regarding the automotive field.
“Share the innovative ideas, ignite the power of thinking, master the industry dynamics” is the purpose of the GAF Talks program. We aim to provide innovative ideas for the automotive industry and are dedicated to creating an open atmosphere for deep thought and discussion. GAF Talks hopes to inspire audiences to think critically about every aspect of the “car.”
A discussion of ideas regarding China’s automobile aftermarket was held during the 6th Global Automotive Forum on the afternoon of June 9, 2015. This session was hosted by the Director of Automobile Strategic Development Research Institute of Tianjin University, Miss Guo Yan. Distinguished guests — Chairman of Pangda Group, Ltd, Pang Qinghua, General Manager of Auto Insurance, PICC Property, Shuang Lei, CEO of www.iautos.cn, Ma Xiaowei, CRC Leader, APAC, Managing Partner, Western Region, ERS, Deloitte China, Total Chow, CEO Asia Pacific, UTIL (Guangzhou) Auto Parts Co. Ltd, John Mack all attended this session.
As is known to all, China became the largest auto market in the world in 2009. From 2001 to 2014, China’s auto market maintained impressive industry growth with an annual growth rate of 24.97%. Nevertheless, the performance in China’s auto market has been negative since 2014. With the advent of Internet Plus and Industry 4.0, all parties from car manufacturers to dealerships have been forced into an era of revolution. So how can China’s automobile aftermarket capture this?
With the constant increasing of Chinese car population and the slowdown in overall sales growth, competition between Auto companies has become more and more fierce, which has resulted in a new type of car financing based on financial leasing.
In China, automotive rental markets are in their early stages. The rise of financial leasing will be another important growth factor and will certainly contribute to the future development of the Automotive Industry.
In the Panel discussion “Auto Financing and Leasing,” held on the afternoon of June 9th, Tang Yunke, Vice President of China Financial Leasing Co.,Ltd. and Deputy Secretary-General of China Youth Entrepreneurs Association; Matt Gibb, Deputy Oakland County Executive, Oakland County, Michigan, USA; and Jack Perkowski, Chairman of JFP Holdings, Ltd. held an in-depth discussion about this topic.