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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews...

ANALYSIS: Future models for Volvo's new car plants

Not too long ago, Volvo had just two plants in Sweden and one in Belgium, plus a couple of small-scale SKD operations. By 2018, the firm’s m...


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Good news for UK Auto Making

Graeme Roberts | 2 Apr 2015

There was some good news for UK Auto Manufacturing Plc this week as Honda announced that its under-used European car plant in Swindon would become the global production hub for the next generation Civic five door hatchback.


Briefing: Review of 2014 (2)

Dave Leggett | 23 Dec 2014

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments. This instalment considers major markets, corporate developments and people.


Review of 2014 (1)

Dave Leggett | 23 Dec 2014

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments, starting with a look at the overall picture.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Another year races by

Graeme Roberts | 19 Dec 2014

As someone said to me this week: "The older you get, the faster the years go by." He's not wrong. Where DID 2014 go? The year may be winding down to the Christmas break but things have still been busy in the autobiz.

Latest Interviews

Q&A: Volvo XC90 chief engineer Håkan Ivarsson

Glenn Brooks | 2 Jul 2015

Volvo Cars' technical director for the 90 Cluster models opens up about the development of the XC90. Plus, what's coming for two VCC architectures: SPA for medium and large vehicles, and the smaller Geely-Volvo CMA.


CEVT's Mats Fägerhag on Geely-Volvo CMA platform

Glenn Brooks | 24 Apr 2014

Mats Fägerhag, the former head of R&D for Saab, is now the CEO of China Euro Vehicle Technology AB (CEVT). This small firm's engineers are quietly creating the new CMA scalable architecture for C and B segment Geely and Volvo models.

Latest News

2016 GENEVA SHOW DEBUTS: Geely-Volvo CMA

Glenn Brooks | 16 Jun 2015

Li Shufu, the owner of Geely and VCC, has told the media in China that CMA, the firms' first co-developed architecture, will be revealed at the 2016 Geneva motor show.


Geely domestic sales increase 25% in May

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Geely Automobile said May sales in China rose 25% year on year to 38,395 units though exports plunged 34% to 4,164 cars.


London coming back on motor show circuit

Chris Wright | 28 May 2015

London is to return to the motor show circuit next year with an open air event in Battersea Park, next to the River Thames, run by a privately owned events organisation.


Volvo China plant starts US exports

Chris Wright | 26 May 2015

Volvo's Chinese plant in the south western city of Chengdu has completed its first luxury sedan made for the US market.


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.


Geely deploys methanol-fuelled taxi fleet in Guiya

Dave Leggett | 21 May 2015

In late April, Geely Auto deployed a fleet of methanol-fuelled taxis in the southern Chinese city of Guiyang in cooperation with the municipal government.


Volvo finds Chinese balancer shaft source

Graeme Roberts | 23 Apr 2015

Volvo Car Corporation and Mitec-Jebsen Automotive Systems (Dalian) have partnered to make the balance shaft for the automaker's new GEA3 engine. Production starts in 2016.


Plastic Omnium expects to double China revenue

Graeme Roberts | 21 Apr 2015

Plastic Omnium announced its latest developments in China at the Shanghai motor show including four new plants.


Harman unveils GAC Fiat infotainment deal

Simon Warburton | 21 Apr 2015

Harman says that it has finalised a multi-year agreement with GAC Fiat to supply several new vehicle models with its integrated infotainment systems.


Volvo UK dealer network getting a makeover

Chris Wright | 16 Apr 2015

Geely owned Volvo Car UK is to set new dealer standards for its distribution network and introduce two new initiatives aimed at removing some of the perceived barriers between customers while improving trust, service and overall impressions of the brand.


Geely to spend GBP250m on new London Taxi site

Graeme Roberts | 31 Mar 2015

Geely will spend GBP250m (US$370.8m) to build a new research, development and assembly facility for the London taxi as the group prepares for the introduction of the next generation London 'black cab'.


Volvo Cars to build US factory

Graeme Roberts | 30 Mar 2015

Geely owned Volvo Cars said on Monday (30 March) it would build a factory in the US, "fulfilling its ambition to be a truly global car maker" and spending around US$500m to underscore "its long term commitment to the US market".


Carl-Peter Forster leads London black cabs company

Dave Leggett | 25 Mar 2015

The London Taxi Company (LTC) which produces the iconic London black cab has announced that Carl-Peter Forster has been appointed as chairman of its board.


Geely forms JV with Xindayang to manufacture EVs

Graeme Roberts | 21 Jan 2015

Geely has formed a joint venture with Xindayang for the production of electric cars. The Zhejiang-based automaker has invested CNY1bn (US$161m) in the JV.


Geely earnings hit by Russia crisis

Tony Pugliese | 19 Dec 2014

China’s Geely Automobile Holdings saw its Hong Kong listed shares drop by over 20% this week after it told regulators that net earnings for the year are expected to decline by 50% due to the economic crisis in Russia.


Geely issues profit warning on rouble collapse

Dave Leggett | 17 Dec 2014

Geely has said that it expects full-year net income to fall by around 50% due to the impact of the sliding rouble and lower sales.


Volvo working on three cylinder engine

Chris Wright | 11 Dec 2014

Volvo has confirmed that it is developing its first lightweight, three cylinder, petrol engine.


Volvo expands its range with new small SUV

Roger Stansfield | 4 Dec 2014

Volvo will expand its range of SUVs to three within the next four years with the introduction of an XC40 based on its next-generation compact-car architecture.


China replaces US as Volvo Car's biggest market

Dave Leggett | 21 Nov 2014

China is poised to replace the US as Volvo Cars largest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars, up from 61,146 in 2013.


CHINA: Volvo expanding in Daqing to make SPA sedan

Glenn Brooks | 12 Nov 2014

Volvo Cars says it will expand its Daqing plant in China's northeast, adding production of "an all-new premium Sedan". This is likely to be the S90L, the successor to the S80L.


PARIS SHOW: Volvo set for US relaunch

Tony Lewis | 3 Oct 2014

Volvo will use the XC90 to relaunch itself in the US market where sales have declined for 11 years to slip to 58,000 from a peak of more than 140,000 in 2005, said Alain Visser, the Geely-owned automaker's senior vice president, marketing, sales and customer service.


Volvo considers Brazilian car manufacture

Fernando Calmon | 29 Sep 2014

With a limited quota of just 3,000 full imports a year, plus the strict Inovar-Auto government auto policy rules to contend with, there are rumours locally that Volvo and its Chinese owner Geely are considering building a car manufacturing plant in Brazil.

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