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THE WEEK: JLR returning to global manufacturing?

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover looks like it is slowly building up to a global manufacturing footprint that, at least a little, mirrors the...

SAO PAULO SHOW: This year's was one of the best

Attracting over 750,000 visitors in 11 days, the São Paulo motor show saw several locally made and imported new model launches of varying de...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Interesting, interesting...

Graeme Roberts | 24 Oct 2014

If I had to think of one adjective to describe this week's autobiz news, 'interesting' is as good a fit as any. Bit of this, bit of that.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Eyes on Russia

Graeme Roberts | 30 May 2014

In a bit of a change from my usual weekly epistle, may I first draw your attention to some articles from Our (occasional) Man in Russia, Simon Warburton, fresh back from (deep breath) the St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014. We've bundled up his articles, including the odd travelogue blog, here in one handy all-inclusive take-home pack. Well worth a read.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Assembly plant week?

Graeme Roberts | 28 Mar 2014

OK, OK, I admit it - this week is looking a bit like Assembly Plant

ANALYSIS: Scale and mega-platforms

Dave Leggett | 25 Feb 2014

Dave Leggett considers some of the big strategic drivers for the global automotive industry. In particular, he believes that the the shift of global demand to emerging markets and the growth of "mega-platforms" will reinforce auto industry scale economies - favouring the bigger groups.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Magna International's Guenther Apfalter

Simon Warburton | 13 Mar 2012

Magna International has just announced 2011 full year net income of US$1bn, although European vehicle production fell by 4%. Magna International Europe and Magna Steyr Group president Guenther Apfalter talked to Simon Warburton at company headquarters south of Vienna about challenges in Europe and the direction the company is headed.

DR Motor outlines Termini Imerese plans

Simon Warburton | 24 Feb 2011

A third automotive company - DR Motor - has shown its hand at the last minute expressing an interest in moving into part of Fiat's Termini Imerese plant in Sicily, as the Italian and Sicilian governments prepare to divide up EUR450m (US$621m) in grants for the site

Latest News

2015 CHENGDU SHOW: World premieres

Glenn Brooks | 7 Sep 2015

The media preview of CDMS 2015, the 18th Chengdu motor show, took place on 3 September. The following vehicles and concepts were world premieres.

Chery wins ‘China’s Most Admired Companies’ award

Andreas Strasser | 3 Sep 2015

he results of 'China's Most Admired Companies (2014-2015)' awards were unveiled at the CPPCC Auditorium on 29 July. Chery was highly recognised by the judges for its efforts in independent innovation, independent brand building and its achievements, becoming the only Chinese automaker with independent brand ranking among the 'China's Most Admired Companies'. This is also the second time for Chery to be included in the list.

Brazil parts makers see rise in aftermarket sales

Fernando Calmon | 26 Aug 2015

Brazil's auto parts industry has been more deeply affected by the current new vehicle sales downturn because it is a less resilient sector. But some relief has come from a slight improvement in aftermarket sales. After all, if Brazilians are shopping less for cars, they're spending more on replacement parts for repairs and servicing.

Auto investments offset sales and production gloom

Fernando Calmon | 24 Aug 2015

Production and sales results have been gloomy in Brazil all year but recent confirmation of four new auto investments provided some relief although all had been announced previously.

Chery spearheads China’s auto export drive

Tony Pugliese | 31 Jul 2015

China’s Chery Automobile said it exported 50,130 vehicles in the first half of 2015, more than 25% of all Chinese vehicle exports in that period.

JLR appoints new China sales chief

Chris Wright | 2 Jun 2015

Tata Motors' luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has appointed a new head of sales in China where the company has seen a slow down in sales in recent months. Mark Bishop succeeds Yi Lu, who resigned in mid-April citing personal reasons.

Chinese brands have failed to catch on in Brazil

Fernando Calmon | 26 May 2015

Against the background of an overvalued Brazilian real and an expanding market (for nearly a decade), the Chinese automakers' strategy for selling cars and light commercial vehicles here has been to offer well equipped models with no available additional options.

Qoros to show SUV model at Geneva

Dave Leggett | 25 Feb 2015

Qoros is to show its latest model - the Qoros 3 City SUV - at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

Chery in JV for electric car share project

Dave Leggett | 9 Feb 2015

Chery Automobile, telematics firm Pateo Corp and Internet car service platform Yongche Inc are to establish a joint venture to build fully electric 'smart' cars for a new sharing service in China.

JLR launches China built Range Rover Evoque

Graeme Roberts | 6 Feb 2015

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched its locally made Range Rover Evoque in China.

Qoros appoints Phil Murtaugh as CEO

Dave Leggett | 4 Feb 2015

Qoros Automotive has announced the appointment of Phil Murtaugh as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Gloomy (non) growth forecasts abound in Brazil

Fernando Calmon | 29 Jan 2015

According to JATO Dymanics, Brazil remained the world's fourth largest auto market in 2014, staying ahead of Germany by a mere 67,000 units.

Revalued dollar hurries nationalisation plans

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jan 2015

Independent of obligations imposed by the industrial policy, all automakers building cars in Brazil (or about to) intend to increase their local content percentage. This is due to spiralling logistic costs, direct and indirect tax rises on imports and, especially, because there is a clear tendency towards a dollar to real valuation in this and in the years to come.

Fuji puts China Subaru production plans on hold

Graeme Roberts | 20 Jan 2015

Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries has put on hold plans to manufacture vehicles in China due to slowing demand.

Jury still out on a flat or growth 2015 for Brazil

Fernando Calmon | 12 Jan 2015

In automotive terms, 2014 surely will not be missed after the Brazilian domestic market’s 7.1% sales downturn. Combined with the 2013 0.9% slump, this means that, at 3.498m units, Brazilians bought some 8% less cars, LCV and HCV, last year than in the record 2012.

Ricardo works on Qoros SUV NVH

Graeme Roberts | 7 Jan 2015

Ricardo said it had worked with Qoros on NVH for the brand's new 3 City SUV.

BASF to supply Chery Brazil coatings

Simon Warburton | 19 Dec 2014

BASF's Coatings division says it is the sole supplier of automotive coatings for the new plant of the Chinese automaker, Chery in Jacarei, Brazil, which started operations in August, 2014.

Magna relocates, renames Shunde mirrors factory

Graeme Roberts | 10 Dec 2014

Magna International has relocated its Shunde mirrors manufacturing facility in Guangdong province and renamed it Guangdong Magna Automotive Mirrors.

JLR Brazil to decide soon on second local model

Fernando Calmon | 8 Dec 2014

Jaguar Land Rover has started building its manufacturing plant in Itatiaia, in the east of Rio de Janeiro state, as part of a spend of BRL750m/$300m and is considering a second model for the new plant after the previously announced Land Rover Discovery Sport.

China Automotive starts building Brazil plant

Graeme Roberts | 1 Dec 2014

China Automotive Systems has begun construction of the first stage of a factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil which will assemble steering units sold to South American automakers.

Chinese OEMs to recall cars on fuel pumps

Tony Pugliese | 20 Nov 2014

Three Chinese automakers have been told to recall a total of 560,000 cars because of fuel pump defects.

JLR-Chery JV opens China factory

Graeme Roberts | 21 Oct 2014

Tata Motors luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover has opened its first full manufcaturing facility outside the UK, in China.

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