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Jeep® Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Named 2015 Green SUV of the Year™

Jeep® Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Named 2015 Green SUV of the Year™

4160D.C. - Green Car Journal has named the Jeep® Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel its 2015 Green SUV of the Year™. The announcement

was made today at the Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C.

“The Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel delivers what today’s drivers really want in an efficient SUV,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and “It offers a do-everything nature with exceptional comfort, power, functionality and driving range, plus surprising efficiency that delivers lower environmental impact.”

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“Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV in history, and we’re pleased to add this significant award from Green Car Journal to the Jeep trophy case,” Manley added.

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Paul Mitchell and Nazih Group announce the first hair styling training institute in the UAE

Paul Mitchell and Nazih Group announce the first hair styling training institute in the UAE

4140In a step that is set to revolutionize the regional beauty industry, Paul Mitchell – the well-known US professional hair care brand, has announced its plans to set up a training institute for beauty enthusiasts in the UAE in collaboration with Nazih Group. The announcement came during an event held at Sheraton Hotel JBR in Dubai in the presence of officials from Nazih Group and Paul Mitchell.

The number one US salon brand was brought to the region by Nazih Group, the pioneer marketer and distributor of professional salon products and equipment in MENA region, last July and had massive success among professional beauty salons and hair stylists in the UAE.

Mr. Nazih Hamad, the Managing Director of Nazih Group, said: “After a successful launch last year, we are pleased to announce our plans for setting up a training institute which will definitely benefit hair stylists in the UAE. This step is to further reinforce our commitment to our discerning customers and we are sure that the new training institute will benefit those seeking the latest trends in the beauty industry.

In his comments John Paul Dejoria, chairman and co-founder of Paul Mitchell said:” The huge success that Paul Mitchell’s hair care range brought in, motivated us to set up the plan for a training institute and the fact that Dubai has it all nowadays, we decided to kick off from here. We are also happy to be working closely with a leading group such as Nazih in this amazing growth journey for their wide expertise in the beauty scenery in the region.”

Paul Mitchell started more than 35 years ago to provide luxury hair care at an affordable price. The rich product portfolio makes the brand a leader in the hair care industry worldwide with a renowned institute that graduates 17,000 hairstylists annually. John Paul Dejoria – Chairman and Co-founder of the brand will be visiting the UAE for the first time to witness the launch plans and explore the potential market for the brand in addition to developing the business.

Nazih Group is the exclusive distributor for over 50 brands in MENA region. A pioneer in the Middle East, Nazih Group is in existence for more than 35 years, and present in 16 countries across the MENA region and Canada.

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His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opens Intersec 2015

His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opens Intersec 2015

4130The focus of the global security and safety industry is firmly on Dubai this week as the 17th edition of Intersec, the world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection got underway yesterday (Sunday 18th January).

Taking place over three days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec 2015 was opened by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Larger and more representative than ever before, the three-day event features 1,237 exhibitors from 54 countries, showcasing more than 2,000 brands across 48,000sqm of exhibition space – a 10 per cent increase over the previous edition.

With 300 debut exhibitors and the world’s top ten commercial security companies taking part, Intersec 2015 will be the global launch-pad of new products and services across the show’s five core sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Homeland Security & Policing, Safety & Health, and Information Security.

The 27 per cent year-on-year increase of UAE exhibitors means that 227 locally-based companies are also out to gain further traction in a global security equipment market that is estimated to be worth US$116 billion by 2016.

“With Intersec now among the most influential trade gatherings for the global security community, we are glad to see a sustained increase in interest in reaching the substantial Middle East market,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser, Messe Frankfurt Middle East.

“Intersec is not only an interactive networking and knowledge-sharing platform, but it also facilitates some of the game-changing partnerships that make an impact on the regional security scene.”

US-based FLIR Systems are among the world’s top ten commercial security companies launching innovative systems at Intersec, with live demonstrations of its K55 thermal imaging camera that helps firefighters see while working through smoky and hazy environments.

Bosch Security Systems, the world’s second largest commercial security provider, is also presenting its latest video surveillance, fire detection, and intrusion detection systems.

“Our focus this year is on solutions we carry in our portfolio of four key verticals, namely, airports, stadiums, hotels, and energy and utilities under the theme ‘Maximise Connected Security’”, said Baraa Dahkel, Regional Manager of Business Development at Bosch Security Systems Middle East.

“This is the slogan we have adapted at Intersec 2015 reflecting our focus on connectivity. In 2015, 75 percent of the 7 billion people in the world will have internet connection, while some 6.6 billion devices will be connected. We live in a connected world, and Bosch Security Systems wants to be at the forefront of this development.”

While the global security market continues to grow by 5.5 per cent annually, demand in the Middle East is estimated to double that, as regional governments spend heavily on surveillance systems to protect against threats of crime, smuggling and illegal immigration.

This is expected to push up the sales of network surveillance systems by 89 per cent by 2016 according to global analysts Frost & Sullivan.

Eyeing this lucrative market, international players including Panasonic, Dahua, Sony, Grundig Security, and Samsung Techwin, are among those presenting video surveillance systems with a focus on 4K imaging technology – ultra-high definition video with over eight million pixels, or four times the resolution of high definition video.

Shinichi Wakita, Managing Director of Panasonic Middle East and Africa, said: “There is growth in demand for surveillance technology in the region as local governments are strongly committed to providing residents and industries with security and protection at all times.

“In line with this robust demand, at Intersec 2015, we are showcasing our 360 degree integrated solutions that effectively cater to all indoor or outdoor facilities.”

CP PLUS, a world leader in high performance security surveillance products and solutions, is also introducing i-Wizard, an intelligent video surveillance IP solution including Cameras and NVRs.

The strong international flavour at Intersec 2015 is reinforced by the largest ever presence of German exhibitors taking part, including 71 pavilion exhibitors and 16 standalone exhibitors – 37 per cent more than in 2014.

Other country pavilions include those from the UK, USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, and the UAE.

Featuring for the first time at Intersec is the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference (GPEC) Pavilion adding weight to the Homeland Security & Policing section, while returning is the Dubai SME Pavilion, putting the spotlight on locally-owned and operated small businesses.

The Techtextil Pavilion is also back with a range of the latest in non-woven safety wear and protective clothing, while more than 35 speakers make up a varied conference programme that spans 40 power packed sessions covering Fire Safety, Commercial Security, Occupational Safety, and Safety in Design Buildings.

Intersec 2015 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and supported by the Dubai Police, the Dubai Civil Defence, and the Dubai Police Academy.

Dubai’s flagship security event is the largest of 13 Messe Frankfurt safety & security events held worldwide, which include Secutech India, Secutech Taiwan, Secutech Thailand, Intersec Buenos Aires, Secutech Vietnam, Seguriexpo Buenos Aires, TB Forum powered by Intersec in Moscow, and SecProtec EastAfrica powered by Intersec in Nairobi.

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Nexans Wins ‘Best Physical Infrastructure Vendor’ At Reseller Middle East Hot 50 Awards

Nexans Wins ‘Best Physical Infrastructure Vendor’ At Reseller Middle East Hot 50 Awards

4123Nexans, the worldwide leader in cables and cabling systems, announced that it has won the ‘Best physical infrastructure vendor’ award at the prestigious Reseller Middle East Hot 50 Awards held in Dubai.

In its third year, the Reseller Middle East Hot 50 awards recognises and honours fifty companies that have shown excellence throughout the year in various categories. These 50 ‘hot brands’ ranged from various stakeholders of the channel ecosystem, right from distributors, resellers and systems integrators to vendors.

“We are honoured to be chosen by the editorial team of Reseller Middle East for this award. Nexans has always been striving for excellence with its continuous investment in R & D to bring the most innovative cabling solutions to the market. This award is also a recognition of our team’s dedication to our customers and partners in providing only the highest level of expertise, excellence, customer service and support. We thank Reseller Middle East for this top honour,” says Mr. Tarek Helmy, Regional Director Gulf and Middle East, South & East Africa of Nexans Cabling Solutions.

Nexans boasts of a broad range of cabling products vis-à-vis other cabling vendors. The company has a wide range of best-in-class products such as the LANmark-6A and -7A products, the LANsense Next Generation Analyser (NGA) and the Nexans EMAC (environmental monitoring and access control) devices, complete data centre solutions in both copper and fibre, and high-density patching. The company also has pre-terminated customised copper assemblies in Cat6A, Cat7A, as well as fibre assemblies in OM3, OM4, & OS2. These solutions enable the rapid deployment of cabling in installations where the time on site must be minimised especially in data centre environments; and Slimflex bend-insensitive fibre patch cords, specifically designed for environments with increasing port density, such as the data centre.

Apart from the above products, Nexans offers a complete range of LAN cabling products and value added services providing improved reliability and reduced cost of ownership for Network Managers. All offered solutions are supported by the Nexans 25-year warranty program that covers Products, Performance, Channel, and Labour.

Earlier in the year, Nexans has won the ‘Best Cabling Vendor of the year’ at the Network Innovation Awards 2014 and the Network World Middle East Awards 2014 for the second year in a row. These awards are organized by the two of the largest and independent IT publications in the Middle East, which is a clear recognition of Nexans’ strong market position vis-à-vis competition. The Reseller Middle East Hot 50 Awards 2014 for the ‘Best physical infrastructure vendor’ is another feather in Nexans’ cap.

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VCUQatar presents Crossing Boundaries Lecture by Florian Ortkrass

VCUQatar presents Crossing Boundaries Lecture by Florian Ortkrass

4120As part of the Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar is proud to present Florian Ortkrass from Random International with a lecture titled “Minimal Information, Maximum Access.” This event will take place on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Atrium at VCUQatar. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Founded in 2005 by Stuart Wood, Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch, Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. In his lecture, Florian Ortkrass will discuss perception, movement and behavior in relation to the work of Random International.

Random International responds to recent developments in cognitive science and new media by creating works that encourage an active relationship between people and their surrounding environments and explore behavior, reaction and intuition in relation to natural phenomena and the human form. The studio’s 2008 piece “Audience” reverses the roles of viewer and viewed within a spatial sphere, inviting onlookers into a hoard of small, anthropomorphic mirrors which then all turn to face them. Their ongoing “Swarm Studies” use light to simulate collective behavior, creating an autonomous, illuminated swarm that responds to those in its vicinity. “Rain Room,” for which the studio is best known, was exhibited at MoMA in 2013, following its debut at the Barbican Centre in 2012. The immersive installation is an environment of perpetual ‘rainfall‘ through which visitors can walk and yet remain dry.

In 2014, following a residency at Harvard University, Random International began new path of enquiry, considering the implications of life in an increasingly machine-led world. Resulting from these experiments, the developing body of work offers a new dialogue between person and object, with a focus on the entire body as medium for engagement. In an age where machines are intrinsically embedded in daily life, and have an increasing position of control, influencing human relationships, the artistic treatment of the man-machine relationship raises crucial and critical questions of identity and autonomy.

VCUQatar’s Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the featured speakers who are representatives of excellence in creative and innovative thinking. Florian Ortkrass from Random International will present his lecture on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Atrium at VCUQatar.

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Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Honours 10 Outstanding Companies at 1st Annual Business Excellence Awards

Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Honours 10 Outstanding Companies at 1st Annual Business Excellence Awards

4109Ten companies that have demonstrated the best business practices, the strongest growth, the most innovation, the most outstanding corporate social responsibility and other exceptional qualities were honoured during Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone’s (RAK FTZ’s) first annual Business Excellence Awards programme. An external judging panel from International Performance Excellence (IPE) selected the winners from over 120 entries for RAK FTZ, the investment home of more than 8,000 companies.

“We congratulate all the winners of the RAK FTZ Business Excellence Awards for their innovation, vision, determination and growth,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK FTZ. “They deserve this recognition for the significant contributions they have made not only to the economic development of Ras Al Khaimah, but also to the community in which they do business.”

The awards were presented during a prestigious gala dinner on 15 January at the Rixos Bab Al Bahr hotel. Members of the RAK FTZ Board of Directors and RAK FTZ CEO Peter Fort also attended.

HH Sheikh Ahmad continued: “Honouring our most outstanding business partners for their success not only highlights what makes these companies stand apart from the crowd, but also showcases the many ways in which the free zone has enabled their success: with lower costs, high-quality business set-up support, and top-notch facilities. We look forward to helping even more clients set up and grow successful companies at RAK FTZ in the year ahead of us.”

The winners are as follows:

Burkert-Contromatic AG International Middle East, a fluid control system company, is the winner of the Best New Technology award, highlighting an organisation that has identified new products or services related to technology, and has successfully brought them to market.

J & R Business Consultancy, a business consultancy and training company, is the winner of the Best Small to Medium Size Business Award, recognising an organisation that provides an exceptional product or service.

Biri Industries, a leading manufacturer and supplier of pipes and hoses for home, agriculture, oil and gas, marine and industrial uses, is the Fastest Growing Company. This award honours an organisation that has shown outstanding growth within two to three years from its start-up date.

Eurocap, which manufactures injection-moulded plastic packaging items, specialising in caps and lids for perfume and cosmetic products, is the Best Contributor to Ras Al Khaimah Development. The award recognises the company that has made the most significant contribution to the emirate’s economic and social development.

Milly Pack, a packing and packaging materials manufacturing company, is the winner of the Best Start-Up award, which honours an organisation that has been trading for less than three years and has demonstrated innovative business ideas.

Utico, the largest full-service private utility in the Middle East, won the Best Corporate Social Responsibility award, recognising a company that has demonstrated responsible business practices in favour of the environment and the community.

Special awards were also given to the following companies for their achievements and dedication to RAK FTZ.

Intertrad, which exports and imports tea, spices, food commodities, synthetic rubber, wool and tiles; and RamJet Aviation Support, which has provided high-quality services for the aviation market since its establishment at RAK FTZ in 2007, were recognised with the Pioneer Award, for the companies that have been with the free zone the longest.

TCA International and Zaher Kayyali Trading were recognised with the Referral Champion of the Year Award, for companies that have made the most referrals to the free zone.

The awards programme was supported by one of the most rigorous assessment processes based on the EFQM Excellence Model. An independent committee chose the nominees and winners through a comprehensive analysis of submissions from the competing organisations.

Judges for the awards came from International Performance Excellence (IPE), an independent company that promotes quality in business around the globe. Some of IPE’s other clients include Etihad Airways, the UAE Ministry of Health, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Police, and the Abu Dhabi Education Council, among others.

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Nominations for the 2016 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize are now being accepted

Nominations for the 2016 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize are now being accepted

4106Nestlé announced the launch of the nominations for the 2016 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize which will award the winners up to CHF 500 000 (approximately 525,000USD), an investment that could make a significant difference in helping to scale up or replicate business-oriented initiatives addressing challenges in nutrition, water or rural development.

About the Prize

The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize is awarded every second year. Its overall aim is to reward the best examples of Creating Shared Value initiatives worldwide and to encourage others to adopt this approach. Creating Shared Value runs deep throughout Nestlé’s global operations and is based on the belief that for a company to be successful in the long term and create value for its shareholders, it must also create value for society.

In selecting the winner, the Creating Shared Value Council will be looking for an entry that is innovative, applies environmentally sustainable practices, has demonstrated results on a small scale and can be viably scaled-up to help improve people’s lives.

Watch a short video to find out more

2014 finalists

Winner: Honey Care Africa won the overall Creating Shared Value Prize for its Sweeter South Sudan programme, which helps farmers generate additional income from honey production.

Runner-up: MSABI was selected for its True Life Water Point programme that provides access to safe water and sanitation.

Runner-up: Sanergy was selected for its Sustainable Sanitation in Africa’s Informal Settlements programme to make affordable and hygienic sanitation accessible to people in low income urban areas.

Could you be the next winner of the CHF 500 000 prize?

How to enter

To know more about the Nestlé CSV Prize 2016, nomination process and conditions to apply please visit:

To enter the competition, complete the nomination form before 28 February 2015 through this link

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4102Jaguar has today confirmed it will introduce an all-new model to the Jaguar line-up, to go on-sale in 2016, named the Jaguar F-PACE.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, commented: “We received such an overwhelmingly positive response to the C-X17 concept car last year that we just had to make it a reality.”

“The Jaguar F-PACE, inspired by the F-TYPE, represents a perfectly judged balance of performance, style and practicality. It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. The F-PACE is our family sports car.”

The Jaguar F-PACE couples class-leading interior space and exceptional on-road dynamics with five-seat usability to produce a true performance crossover. It will encapsulate everything that Jaguar stands for: beautiful design, precise handling, a supple ride, luxurious interior finishes and cutting-edge technology.

Speaking in Detroit, Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Global Sales Director said: “In 2015 we will celebrate Jaguar’s 80th year. We have started it by announcing our first performance crossover which we consider to be the ultimate practical sports car - a car that builds on the marque’s founding ideals of Grace, Pace and Space to become one of the most innovative Jaguars we’ve ever developed. The F-PACE has now begun its engineering and development testing programme ahead of the new model going on sale in 2016.”

The F-PACE will be manufactured in Solihull, UK.

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Zenith and Stéphane Peterhansel: professional adventurers

Zenith and Stéphane Peterhansel: professional adventurers

499With Zenith having been joined by a name as great as Stéphane Peterhansel, the 49-year-old all-time Dakar rally champion, never has its message been better illustrated: the brand is surrounded by the greatest living legends. The man known as Peter has joined the team of Zenith ambassadors for three years, as the latest in a long line of names whose achievements have won them world renown.

We do not choose a life of competition by chance: we decide to be an adventurer. At the age of eight, Stéphane Peterhansel climbed aboard his first motorbike. His father then sparked his passion for racing. Nature and the great outdoors became his playground. At 14, he became the French skateboarding Champion. “It was my main activity,” he confides. “It’s what I did every weekend and every evening.” Two years later, he gave up his studies for a career on the motorbike. The rider famous for his blue bandana won the Dakar rally raid six times on two wheels before reaching five podiums on four wheels. These achievements are staggering, but the key to them lies elsewhere.

The man who holds the all-time record for Dakar wins possesses a whole host of values which can give – and find – meaning in other domains, such as watchmaking. A simple but striking observation: only with exceptional discipline was he able to achieve the most extraordinary of feats. This statement could be Zenith’s motto, and that of every man or woman who has joined the brand throughout its history. The Frenchman is now part of the team of Zenith ambassadors, alongside whom he is sure of continuing success, without ever losing sight of three objectives: pleasure, daring and authenticity.

A cohesive team

In the past few days, Stéphane Peterhansel has embarked on a new challenge, taking the start on the Dakar 2015 for Team Peugeot Total alongside Cyril Despres and Carlos Sainz. He is racing Dakar 2015 with the intention of making his mark behind the wheel of the 2008 DKR prototype, defying the laws of gravity.

Joining Zenith at the same time seemed to him to be a sign of destiny: “Becoming part of this family now has real meaning to me. I have always loved watches and I have dreamed for many years of being able to own a Zenith. Today, I am lucky enough to be wearing an El Primero Lightweight, a super light watch ideal for accompanying me on this new adventure.” The champion was also won over by the brand’s values: “I could immediately see that Zenith has motivation, commitment and the desire to excel. We have the same mindset, the same taste for victory.”

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Audi expands its investment program: €24 billion from 2015 through 2019

Audi expands its investment program: €24 billion from 2015 through 2019

498Audi is further expanding the biggest investment program in its history. From 2015 through 2019, the Ingolstadt-based company plans to invest €24 billion, which is €2 billion more than in the previous planning period. 70 percent of the investment will flow into the development of new models and technologies. Audi aims to meet stringent CO2 limits worldwide with a new generation of extremely economical combustion engines and alternative efficiency technologies. Furthermore, new features in the areas of connectivity and driver assistance are designed to extend the “Vorsprung durch Technik” of the brand with the four rings. At the same time, the company is expanding its worldwide production network. More than half of the planned investment will take place at the German sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.

Audi plans to develop new cutting-edge technologies and to create additional production capacities worldwide in the next five years through large-scale investment. “We place top priority on sustainable growth. That’s why we are making large investments in the innovative areas of electric mobility, connectivity and lightweight construction,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management (CEO) of AUDI AG. The company is also pushing ahead with the expansion of its global production network.

The total investment volume of €24 billion comprises approximately €17 billion of investment in property, plant and equipment and €7 billion of capitalized development costs. “70 percent of all our investment in the next five years will flow into new models and innovative technologies,” explained Board of Management Member for Finance (CFO) Axel Strotbek.

“Despite the growth in total investment, we will keep a watchful eye on the upcoming challenges and exercise the required cost discipline,” stated the CFO. Top priority is being placed on progressing as efficiently as possible. The expansion of international manufacturing structure and higher advance expenditure for new models and technologies, in particular to meet stricter CO2 limits worldwide, require enormous efforts from the entire workforce.

In order to fulfill the ambitious CO2 limits, the company is working not only on the next generation of fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel engines, but also on plug-in hybrids such as the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron*, which became available in the first markets at the end the year. “We are constantly further developing alternative drive systems and focusing above all on connecting the car with its digital environment,” explained Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s Board of Management Member for Technical Development. “The car will communicate with the driver, the Internet, the infrastructure and other vehicles, while moving in an environmentally friendly manner.” The new Audi TT* is a pacemaker in terms of seamless connectivity. Its integrated Audi virtual cockpit, which merges a combination of instruments and an MMI screen into a central digital unit, sets new standards.

The workforce will also grow in the context of the investment in the main plants in Germany. Last year, Audi has recruited approximately 3,000 new employees in Germany alone. “We will continue to recruit in 2015, thus

underpinning our course of sustainable growth,” said Audi’s Board of Management Member for Human Resources, Thomas Sigi. In addition, Audi will promote its own young talent and will once again provide specialist training to 700 young people. “We want to strengthen our core competencies, especially in key technologies, with a strong team in the domestic plants,” continued Sigi.

Worldwide, the Audi Group’s workforce has now grown to the record size of 80,000 employees. In Mexico and Brazil, the company is investing in new plants so that it can fully utilize the growth potential of the American continent. In this way, the premium producer from Ingolstadt will make sure it is even more independent of exchange-rate fluctuations in the future.

Audi reached the mark of 1.7 million cars delivered in 2014. By 2020, the company aims to be the premium brand number one on a sustainable basis.

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