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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Range Rover Evoque Brazil build

We'll permit ourselves a small 'told you so' this week after Jaguar Land Rover finally confirmed it would build the Range Rover Evoque in Br...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: BMW presser to remember

Frankfurt. Lots of new cars to read about. Lots of industry news to be told. So what did you ghouls read most? Natch, the report about the p...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Confidence, demonstrated

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 2015

Some of the news is just in today so, you may not have seen all of the stories yet but, after a slight rattling of investors' cages by the recent stock market shenanig..., er, 'correction' in China, this week we have seen automotive investment confidence in three key markets. From Mazda, in Russia, Daimler, in alliance with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in Mexico and, Nissan again, right here in the UK, for Europe.

COMMENT: Russia toughs it out at US$40 a barrel

Simon Warburton | 4 Sep 2015

As sharply falling oil prices which went below US$40 last week, continue to feed through to Russian exchange rates, with a plunging currency in turn putting pressure on disposable income available for automotive purchases, is there a silver lining in the depreciation cloud?

COMMENT: Ford F-Series production soars

Glenn Brooks | 3 Sep 2015

Low gasoline prices and a relatively strong US economy are no doubt the main drivers of a huge boost in production of Ford's F-Series pick-up range: the firm built an astonishing 94,401 units of the big pick-up family in August. That compares to 78,327 in August 2014.

Jakarta Auto Show Report

Tony Pugliese | 21 Aug 2015

The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show got underway yesterday at the shiny new Indonesian Convention and Exhibition centre in BSD, a new commercial centre some 30km west of central Jakarta. Tony Pugliese was there.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Ford Europe's CD-car vehicle line directo

Calum MacRae | 21 Sep 2015

At the 2015 IAA, Calum MacRae spoke with Rolf Deges, Vehicle Line Director, CD-cars and covered Ford’s product development process, AWD developments and the challenges that connectivity brings.

Interview with Ford of Britain's MD

Calum MacRae | 18 Sep 2015

At the 2015 IAA, we caught up with Ford of Britain’s newly-appointed chairman and managing director Andy Barratt. Prior to taking up his new role he had served as Ford of Britain’s director of sales since 2011.

Latest News

Ford announces $1.8bn China R&D spend

Graeme Roberts | 12 Oct 2015

Ford announced on Monday it would spend CNY11.4bn (US$1.8bn) on research and development in China by 2020. It said it would "significantly build up its research and development capabilities in the country" - especially at its Nanjing Research and Engineering Center (REC) - and develop more vehicles in China, for China.

Vietnam sales rise 49% in September, 61% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 9 Oct 2015

Vietnam’s new vehicle market continued to steam ahead in September, with the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association reporting a rise in deliveries to dealers of almost 49% year on year to 19,256 units compared with 12,948 units a year earlier. Sales in the first nine months of the year increased by close to 61% to 144,674 units, from 90,139 units previously, reflecting continued strong economic growth - driven by buoyant domestic consumption and manufacturing investment.

SUV demand continues to drive Oz September sales

Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 2015

Sales of new motor vehicles in Australia in September continued the 2015 trend with growth up 6.8% year on year to 101,392 units. Year to date volume rose 3.6% to 862,832. 

New Zealand vehicle sales set September record

Graeme Roberts | 5 Oct 2015

New passenger and commercial vehicle registrations in New Zealand in September rose 5% year on year to 12,474 units, a record for the month. Toyota remained the overall market leader with 19% market share followed by Ford (12%) and Holden (11%). Year to date Toyota, Holden, Ford, Mazda and Hyundai remained the top five brands overall.

Brazil auto workers agree to 20% hours reduction

Graeme Roberts | 21 Sep 2015

Volkswagen and Ford workers in Brazil have agreed to a 20% reduction in working hours as well as wage cuts in order to avoid mass layoffs.

Ford SA builds first updated Ranger at Silverton

Graeme Roberts | 21 Sep 2015

The first customer-ready, updated, Ranger pickup truck has come off the production line at Ford's assembly plant in Silverton, South Africa.

Ford’s Gen 2 S-Max to feature Magna camera systems

Dave Leggett | 16 Sep 2015

Magna International has announced that it is supplying front and rearview camera systems on the second-generation Ford S-Max, the first van to feature a comprehensive range of DAS technologies typically offered only in premium-class vehicles.

FRANKFURT: Euro Ford Edge is all diesel, all-4WD

Graeme Roberts | 16 Sep 2015

Ford's US-made Edge SUV which made its European specification debut at Frankfurt will be offered over here with a choice of 180PS two-litre TDCi diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission, or 210 PS bi-turbo 2.0-litre TDCi diesel with six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission. Both powertrains will deliver up to 78.4mpg fuel efficiency and 149g/km CO2 using auto-start-stop technology.

Ford to close Australian plant by 7 October 2016

Graeme Roberts | 15 Sep 2015

Ford plans to shut down its Broadmeadows plant in Australia by 7 October 2016.

UAW targets FCA in bargaining round

Graeme Roberts | 14 Sep 2015

The United Auto Workers has targeted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as lead negotiator on a new wages and benefits contract for over 140,000 unionised factory workers at the Detroit Three automakers, the automaker and union announced at the weekend. The UAW did not elaborate on its decision to choose FCA to set the pattern for new master contracts it will negotiate later with General Motors and Ford.

Workers at Ford Brazil plant strike

Graeme Roberts | 11 Sep 2015

Workers at a Ford plant in Brazil began an open-ended strike on 10 September to protest job cuts, adding to labour tensions that have rattled the nation's auto industry in the midst of its worst crisis in nearly 20 years.

Ford plans tech centre, Chennai capacity boost

Graeme Roberts | 11 Sep 2015

Ford India has confirmed fresh spending to expand capacity at its manufacturing plant in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and set up a new global engineering and technology centre. Representatives from Ford and Tamil Nadu state government signed a memorandum of understanding at the Global Investor Meet, making way for a Ford campus across 28 acres of land, the company said in a statement.

Carla Bruni to be Ford brand ambassador

Graeme Roberts | 11 Sep 2015

Ford has hired France's one-time first lady Carla Bruni to star in a brand-promoting video in which she ditches her guitar for the testosterone-charged job of a male soccer team coach.

Ford project previews 'zero particulate diesels'

Dave Leggett | 11 Sep 2015

Ford says its European research arm is leading an EUR3.5m research project to investigate the use of alternative fuels that offer could offer the potential for extremely low particulate emissions and enhanced fuel efficiency.

Ford Oz has issues with twin clutch transmissions

Graeme Roberts | 10 Sep 2015

Volkswagen experienced problems with twin clutch automatic transmissions since it first launched six-speed units in 2005 and now it looks as if Ford is in a similar boat 'down under', following Australian reports.

Ford becomes largest CV manufacturer in H1/2015

Graeme Roberts | 10 Sep 2015

Ford was the largest and fastest growing manufacturer of commercial vans in the US in the first half of 2015, according to its analysis of IHS new vehicle registrations to the end of June.

Ford finds European Millenials like SUVs

Graeme Roberts | 8 Sep 2015

Ford of Europe plans to expand its range and increase sales in the fast-growing SUV segment in Europe, as well as significantly increase its offering of all-wheel drive (AWD) technologies so, natch, its has released results of a Ford-sponsored survey in the region showing "SUVs are highly desired by Millennials – those aged 17-34 – indicating Europe’s SUV boom is poised to accelerate". More so than other age groups, Millennials say SUVs make them feel powerful when they drive, are the kind of vehicle they want to be seen in and are more sporty and fun to drive than other vehicle types – according to strategic research consultancy Benenson Strategy Group.

Ford China August sales decline 3%

Graeme Roberts | 8 Sep 2015

Ford sold 79,608 vehicles in China during August, a 3% decrease compared to August 2014. Year-to-date, sales surpassed 700,000, down 1%. Changan Ford Automobile (CAF), Ford's passenger car joint venture, sold 59,651 vehicles in August, a 1% decrease compared to 2014. CAF sold 512,377 vehicles from January to August, steady compared to the same time last year.

Vietnam sales rise 46% in August, 62% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 8 Sep 2015

Vietnam's new vehicle market continued to grow strongly in August with sales rising by close to 46% to 16,019 units from 11,001 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.

Ford Sollers starts new US$275m engine plant

Simon Warburton | 3 Sep 2015

Ford Sollers has launched its new US$275m engine plant in Elabuga, Tatarstan as part of its existing commitment to increase local content and expand operations in Russia

Labor Day shift hits US light vehicle sales

Bill Cawthon | 2 Sep 2015

Automakers were reminded of the impact the calendar can have on light vehicle sales here in the US. Labor Day - a key end-of-summer selling day - falls this year on the first Monday  (the 7th) in September. In August 2014, it fell on 1 September but was included in the August sales tally.

NZ 'new vehicle registrations still in high gear'

Graeme Roberts | 2 Sep 2015

The New Zealand new vehicle market continues to defy general economic indicators with sales in August up 10% year on year to 11,192 units "and delivering a steady 5% growth [to 87,105] for the year to date", according to John Manley, president of the local Motor Industry Association.

Latest blogs

Mixed developments in global vehicle markets

Dave Leggett | 4 Aug 2015

'Make hay while the sun shines' is an old saying that underlines the importance of making the most of clement conditions while you can, for tomorrow, weather conditions may not be so favourable.

Europe: thoughts on currency movements

Dave Leggett | 16 Jan 2015

Interesting news today that Ford is significantly raising output of the Fiesta in Germany in Q1 (other models, too, but mainly Fiesta). The move prompts a number of thoughts.

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