BRAZIL: Nissan will enlarge its model line to grow in Brazil

Brazil’s current weak auto sales, likely to spill over from 2014 into 2015, seems to be far from the best background for the huge investment just made by Nissan in Resende, 100 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro City.

BRAZIL: Nissan opens new Resende factory and supplier park

Nissan has officially opened its BRL$2.6bn (US$1.5bn) factory complex in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which is one of the largest automotive investments by any manufacturer in the country.

SWEDEN: Nevs headcount climbs to 700+ as 9-3 deliveries start

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) says it now employs more than 700 people at its Trollhättan plant in Western Sweden as 9-3 production starts to ramp up.

CHINA: Ford to launch Lincoln

Ford is to take its premium Lincoln brand to China with an eye on buyers who currently choose Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

ANALYSIS: The models likely to be axed by PSA's Tavares

The new head of PSA Peugeot Citroën says the group's model range will be slashed to just 26 vehicles, across three brands, by 2020. Which vehicles might Carlos Tavares be sharpening his axe for?

Latest Automotive Insights

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Carlos sharpens the knife

PSA's Carlos Tavares wasted little time getting his feet under the CEO's table before announcing he was getting the pruning knife out to hac...

ANALYSIS: The models to be axed by PSA's Tavares

The new head of PSA Peugeot Citroën says the group's model range will be slashed to just 26 vehicles, across three brands, by 2020. Which ve...

Management briefing: UK engine manufacturing (1)

The recent announcement by Bentley that its Crewe headquarters is to become the centre of excellence for the Volkswagen Group for all W12 en...

COMMENT: PSA's Tavares plots turnaround

New product is a big driver of performance in the automotive business, as we are all very well aware....

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The bubble car returns

There's a tale told that Leonard Lord, head of British Motor Corporation (the merged Austin and Morris post-war), eyed Isetta bubble cars an...

COMMENT: Nissan looks for top UEFA bang for buck

It's not hard to see why Nissan was so keen to replace Ford as UEFA's automotive partner in its four-year Champions League sponsorship deal,...

Top Auto News

2014 BEIJING SHOW: Hyundai ix25 global debut

Glenn Brooks | 21 Apr 14

The media preview day for AutoChina 2014 was Sunday 20 April.


Nissan Brazil will enlarge its model line to grow

Fernando Calmon | 17 Apr 14

Brazil’s current weak auto sales, likely to spill over from 2014 into 2015, seems to be far from the best background for the huge investment just made by Nissan in Resende, 100 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro City.


Ford to launch Lincoln in China

Graeme Roberts | 17 Apr 14

Ford is to take its premium Lincoln brand to China with an eye on buyers who currently choose Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

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Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A with Tenneco: Energy recovery technologies 14 Apr 14

Matthew Beecham

Tenneco’s advances in exhaust heat recovery technologies include thermoelectric generators (TEGs) and Rankine systems for powering electrical accessories, recharging batteries and supporting vehicle propulsion without reducing engine performance. Tenneco reckons that the same trends that are causing the vehicle powertrain to become electrified are indeed causing its after-treatment systems to become electrified. Matthew Beecham spoke to Marcel Womann, Supervisor, Advanced Cold End Products, Advanced Engineering, Tenneco Clean Air Division about TEGs.


INTERVIEW: Michelin marketing manager winter tyres Europe Pierre-Edouard Sorel 7 Apr 14

Simon Warburton

Pierre-Edouard Sorel joined Michelin in 2005. He started as a sales representative in France in trade marketing. At the end of 2007, he headed the market intelligence department of Michelin's Earthmover tyres product line and has been marketing manager for winter tyres in Europe since 2011. Sorel talked to Simon Warburton about legislation, labelling and the dealer benefits of winter tyre usage.


Q&A with Zircotec: Energy recovery systems in F1 3 Apr 14

Matthew Beecham

This year marks a step change in the F1 regulations. A raft of aero and powertrain rules are set to create a more efficient race car with more direct links to road car technologies. V8s, used since 2006, will be replaced by all new 1.6 litre turbo charged V6. Engines are now also referred to as ‘power units’ thanks to the increased hybrid nature of their power generation. As track testing of this new ‘turbo’ and what some describe as an ‘energy efficient’ era, one supplier to the F1 teams talks about the impact of the rules on its business and how it is responding to the challenges. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to Terry Graham, managing director of Zircotec, a supplier of thermal management products and heat protective coatings.

Automotive Blog

Spring issue of Lotus Engineering's proActive

Dave Leggett | 14 Apr 14

The latest issue of Lotus Engineering's proActive is out.


About those US octane ratings...

Graeme Roberts | 14 Apr 14

Interesting comment about my earlier blog on US octane ratings from our Brazilian correspondent Fernando Calmon.


An octane boost for US petrol?

Graeme Roberts | 10 Apr 14

Ever been bemused at the low octane ratings of US petrol? Pull up to a pump and you get options like 87, 89, 93.

Hot Automotive Issues

Russian localisation takes RAF centre stage as Forex comes under pressure

Last week saw the 17th Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow, where the localisation issue occupied centre stage. Russian Forex stresses compounded by Moscow and the West's stand-off are making domestic component content a crucial factor. We group all the stories and comment from the Conference here.

Apple CarPlay arrives, Android rival expected soon

As more and more new technology, such as Apple's CarPlay launched with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo at Geneva, finds its way into automobiles, launch venues are changing. You're as likely now to meet a new Focus at a consumer electronics show or new auto software miracles at a mobile phone technology symposium as at a conventional motor show. We've packaged up some recent 'tech' articles here.

It's Geneva show time again

We're busy keeping track of expected new model launches and our show coverage is lovingly packaged here

It's quarterly results time again...

The year has turned and we're already hearing the sounds of pages being turned as quarterly and full year results roll in, electronically and otherwise. As usual, we're grouping our reports here for your convenience.

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United States Autos Report Q2 2014

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