June 2019 GLOBAL NEWS
AMSTERDAM TO HOST CAR WASH SHOW EUROPE
De Kromhouthal Site Of Third Annual Event …
The third edition of the Car Wash Show Europe is slated for September 18 and 19 at the uniquely designed industrial De Kromhouthal exhibition facility. Presented by the International Car Wash Association in cooperation with several other trade organizations, the trade-only event will feature more than 40 exhibiting companies and is expected to draw more than 2,500 car wash industry professionals from 90 countries.
Key highlights of the two-day show include product displays, car wash tours, workshops and a Car Wash Conference, as well as a networking reception and dinner party featuring the presentation of the Car Wash Hall of Fame awards.
Educational programming will cover a range of industry-specific topics, including the latest trends in car wash marketing, high-volume wash processing, hiring, developing and retaining high-performance employees, and increasing profits by improving car wash sites, to name a few. For more information and to register, visit www.carwashshoweurope.com.
The edgy-looking industrial De Kromhouthal exhibition center in Amsterdam will host the third annual Car Wash Show Europe.
ASTON MARTIN PRESIDENT LAURA SCHWAB DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS
London Hosts Autocar’s Rising Stars Event…
Aston Martin’s President of Americas Laura Schwab delivered the keynote address at Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry—Rising Stars event on June 19. Appointed Aston Martin’s first-ever President of Americas in 2015, Schwab joined the firm from Jaguar Land Rover, where she had held senior roles in marketing, communications and sales operations.
In kicking off the event with the opening address, Schwab reflected on the challenges she faced and overcame, balancing motherhood and a career and offering advice to Autocar Rising Stars in attendance. “It’s brilliant that Autocar is leading this initiative to identify and inspire future generations of talent,” said Schwab. “The auto industry is full of creativity and innovation. As one of the few female leaders, I’d always eyed the corner office, but never had a woman to look upon for inspiration.
“I’m humbled by the prospect of presenting the future of the business—women with proven track records and commitment to rising through the ranks. Here’s hoping my story encourages more women to begin and to continue their climb to the top of a wonderful industry, where a diverse approach to leadership will be a welcome change to the status quo,” she added.
Laura Schwab, Aston Martin’s first-ever female President of Americas, presented the keynote address at Autocar’s British Women in the Car Industry.
POLESTAR ESTABLISHES NEW RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
UK Facility To Create Future Electric Performance Vehicles…
Polestar, the electric performance car brand jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Greely Holding, has significantly expanded it research and development capacity with the establishment of a new R&D center in the United Kingdom. Situated in Coventry, England, the new facility will allow Polestar to increase its R&D capabilities and further strengthens the brand’s ability to engineer future electric performance vehicles, according to a recent announcement.
Polestar launched in 2017 with the Polestar 1, a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with 600hp and an electric-only range 93.2 miles (150km)—the longest of any hybrid car in the world. In 2019, the company revealed the Polestar 2, its first full-electric, higher volume premium car designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3. In the future, the Polestar 3 will join the portfolio as a fully electric performance SUV.
“Investing in the automotive engineering talent that the UK has to offer will strengthen our capabilities,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO. “The passion and dedication of these great engineers fit the Polestar spirit perfectly and will allow us to create some really awesome cars.”
Polestar, the electric performance car brand jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Greely Holding, has established a new R&D center in the UK.
VOLVO XC40 WINS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Crossover Crowned Honest John Car Of The Year 2019…
Regarded as the most honest and unbiased awards in the industry, the HonestJohn.co.uk awards were recently announced in a ceremony at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, London, where cars and vans considered to be among the most popular were celebrated at the festive event.
The HonestJohn.co.uk awards differ from many others in the industry as it is the site’s readers who determine the models that earn top honors. The overall winner is the car that has proven to be the most popular with the site’s users over the past 12 months. In earning accolades, the Volvo XC40 not only was victorious in the Premium Crossover category, but also took the overall Car of the Year prize as a result of its popularity with the site’s 2.3 million readers.
“A crossover has to be very special to be named Premium Crossover of the Year, but the luxurious and stylish Volvo XC40 has made this category its own in 2019,” stated Honest John Editor David Ross. “It’s easy to see why our readers hold this upmarket crossover in such high regard. We were mightily impressed with XC40 when it was first launched, but even we couldn’t predict just how popular it would be, ultimately being crowned Honest John Car of the Year for 2019.” www.HonestJohn.co.uk.
The Volvo XC40, which recently took top honors in two people’s choice awards categories, was crowned Honest John Car of the Year 2019 as well as the Premium Crossover of the Year. Winners are determined based on their popularity with the site’s 2.3 million readers.