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Chris Wright


Chris WrightBiography

Chris Wright trained as a reporter with Brenards Air News Service, a national agency serving UK newspapers, radio and television with news stories from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports, and worked there from 1970 to 1977.

From 1977 to 1987 he was worked as reporter, sports editor, news editor and assistant editor on a number of evening and weekly titles published by Middlesex County Press Group.

He worked for Security Publications from 1987 to 1991 as editor of three motoring titles and eventually became editorial director, automotive publishing division.

From 1991 to 1999 he freelanced for national daily newspapers and magazines specialising in the automotive industry and was also contracted to edit Automotive International until it was bought by Crain Communications in 1999.

From 1999 to 2002 he was international editor with Automotive News Group before becoming a director of Interchange Europe in 2002.

Wright and Tony Lewis founded Interchange as a partnership to pool their freelance resources for a series of one-off project which included numerous FT Management Reports on the global auto industry, mostly focusing on Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers.

The partnership developed to encompass corporate clients who use the partners’ expertise to help formulate their communication strategy. These included Delphi, Nissan Europe and Toyota Europe.

Now a limited company, Interchange Europe provides news stories about the auto industry to newspapers, magazines and websites and also writes, edits and produces newsletters for various clients using a well-established network of writers, photographers and designers.

Columns by Chris Wright


The Wright Stuff

The Wright Stuff

Roving correspondent Chris 'CJ' Wright gets out and about to interview key industry players and also offers his astute opinions on emerging industry trends.

Articles by Chris Wright


Marchionne is all for European automaker consolidation; previously eyed a deal with an unresponsive GMGENEVA - Marchionne approves GM-PSA deal

7 March 2017

The PSA deal to buy Opel from General Motors is a step in the right direction - a direction towards industry consolidation and the need to drive down costs and capacity, according to Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne.


Ford Europe's next big launch is the redesigned Fiesta, now offered with the automaker's new top Vignale trimGENEVA - Ford surges in Europe as GM throws in the towel

7 March 2017

While big rival General Motors' struggles in Europe have been highlighted by the sale of Opel to PSA, Ford is enjoying something of a resurgence in the region.


GENEVA - Three plants to make new Jeep for Europe

7 March 2017

Jeep's new Compass model will be supplied to Europe from up to three different plants, starting from the middle of this year.


As well as launching new Picanto and Rio small cars, Kia is introducing the plug-in hybrid Niro in GenevaGENEVA - Kia chief remains bullish on Europe as sales surge

7 March 2017

It doesn't seem to matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of Kia, the brand seemingly goes from strength to strength in Europe.


Engine assembly at BridgendFord to lose more jobs at UK engine plant - report

1 March 2017

Ford may have to cut the workforce at its Bridgend engine plant in Wales, UK, with as many as 1,160 jobs lost by 2020 according to documents seen by the BBC.


Wijnen plans not only to halt the decline but boost aftersales business by 40% through 2020 with connectivity, personalisation and mobility services in order to create further revenue streamsNissan Europe's aftersales chief faces up to challenges

16 February 2017

Cars are become safer, more reliable and people are actually driving less – all of which are giving carmakers a headache because they are experiencing a squeeze on one of their most lucrative profit centres - aftersales.


Vehicle-ownership per person and per household both peaked in 2006US car ownership falling

15 February 2017

Car ownership in the US is falling, a study by the University of Michigan Sustainable Worldwide Transportation department has confirmed.


Aerial edition anyone? Mazda's latest folding roof MX-5 is designated RF for Retractable Fastback (not radio frequency)Latest Mazda MX-5 cheaper in real terms

9 February 2017

More than 25 years after its launch in the UK the latest top spec Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) costs considerably less to buy than the original which had wind-up windows, no ABS or traction control and the most basic of sound systems.


Kia UK has alternatives to under-siege diesel

31 January 2017

It’s not been a good 12 months for diesel. There was the VW emissions scandal in the US, followed by accusations against other carmakers in Europe, and now cities are planning to penalise diesel drivers.


These BMW displays are in other locations than showroomsBMW shows off car development process in new locations

25 January 2017

In an elaborately-staged display "using aesthetic lighting installations and innovative storytelling", BMW claims to have "brought to life the development process and engineering expertise behind the 7 Series".




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