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Tony Pugliese


Tony PuglieseBiography

Tony Pugliese is Director of Research at www.AsiaMotorBusiness.com.
He has 20 years experience in automotive research and consulting - over half of which based in Asia.

He joined the World Automotive Industry News Service at London-based PRS Consulting International Ltd in 1990. After five years working as an automotive industry researcher/analyst, he joined The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in 1995 as Deputy Editor of the Automotive Division covering global markets.

Emerging markets have been a key area of focus, particularly Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East, as well as component sector research. While at the EIU, he authored a number of best-selling global and emerging market reports.

In Asia, Tony Pugliese has worked with a number of large and medium-sized automotive consultancy firms on a broad range of automotive research assignments. These have included DRI-Global Insight, Knibb Gormezano & Partners, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), ARA-JD Power and Automotive World. He also writes regularly for a number of automotive industry publishers.

Columns by Tony Pugliese


Our Man In ASEAN

Our Man In ASEAN

Jakarta-based Tony Pugliese's regular updates, news and analysis from the ASEAN countries of south-east Asia

Articles by Tony Pugliese


GM is prioritising the production of trucks - such as the Chevrolet Colorado pickup - at its Rayong plantGM to phase out Cruze production in Thailand

22 March 2017

General Motors has said it plans to phase out sales and production of passenger cars in Thailand, choosing instead to focus on its more popular pickup trucks and SUVs in this market.


Panasonic to take control of Ficosa

22 March 2017

Panasonic Corporation said it plans to buy a further 20% stake in Ficosa International, a Spanish manufacturer of automotive rear-view mirrors and electronic systems.


Malaysia sales rebound in February

20 March 2017

Malaysia’s new vehicle market rebounded strongly in February, with total industry volumes rising by 12.1% to 42,455 units compared with depressed year-earlier sales of 37,874 units, based on data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Automakers sue Takata in US court

16 March 2017

Global carmakers including Nissan Motor, BMW and Ford, this week launched a lawsuit in a US court against Japan's Takata for losses incurred due to its faulty airbags, according to reports in the US.


Doublestar poised to take over Kumho Tire

16 March 2017

China’s Qingdao Doublestar Group has confirmed earlier media reports it is looking to buy a 42.1% stake in South Korean tyre-maker Kumho Tire Company.


Japanese sales rise 7% in February

15 March 2017

Japan's new vehicle market expanded by 7.4% to 484,724 units in February, from weak year-earlier sales of 451,328 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.


Toyota appoints first local CEO in Asia

14 March 2017

Toyota Motor Corporation announced this week it would appoint vice president-director Warih Andang Tjahjono to the position of president-director (CEO) of its local Indonesian subsidiary Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) in April.


New Chinese plant builds S90 sedanVolvo Cars to export from new Chinese plant

13 March 2017

Volvo Cars expects to begin exports from its newly-built Daqing car assembly plant in China's Heilongjiang province in May.


Chinese tyre maker to buy Kumho

13 March 2017

Creditors of South Korean tyre manufacturer Kumho Tire Company plan to sell their combined stake in the company to China’s Qingdao Doublestar Company, according to local reports.


South Korea import sales rise 3.5% in February (no VWs)

10 March 2017

Sales of imported cars in South Korea increased by 3.5% to 16,212 units in February, from 15,671 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA).




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