BRAZIL: Nissan opens new Resende factory and supplier park

Nissan has officially opened its BRL$2.6bn (US$1.5bn) factory complex in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which is one of the largest automotive investments by any manufacturer in the country.

SWEDEN: Nevs aims for EV series production start by winter latest

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) says it is aiming for series production start of its Saab 9-3 battery-powered model by autumn or winter this year.

MEXICO: Automakers out-export Japan to US in first quarter

Mexico's auto industry claims to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months.

US: GM's Barra announces new 'Global Product Integrity' unit

Speaking in New York ahead of the auto show, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has announced the formation of a new unit within the global product development area to be tasked with safety performance.

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There are more hopeful signs lately of gathering monentum for recovery in the European car market. Car sales in Western Europe were up by 10% in March.

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Top Auto News

Nissan opens new Brazil factory and supplier park

Fernando Calmon | 16 Apr 14

Nissan has officially opened its BRL$2.6bn (US$1.5bn) factory complex in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which is one of the largest automotive investments by any manufacturer in the country.


GM forms 'Global Product Integrity' unit

Dave Leggett | 16 Apr 14

Speaking in New York ahead of the auto show, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has announced the formation of a new unit within the global product development area to be tasked with safety performance.


Union claims victory in Maruti plant elections

Simon Warburton | 16 Apr 14

Maruti Suzuki is declining to comment on union claims the labour body has won 11 out of 12 seats against what it refers to as a "management installed puppet panel" at the automaker's Manesar plant.

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Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A with Tenneco: Energy recovery technologies 14 Apr 14

Matthew Beecham

Tenneco’s advances in exhaust heat recovery technologies include thermoelectric generators (TEGs) and Rankine systems for powering electrical accessories, recharging batteries and supporting vehicle propulsion without reducing engine performance. Tenneco reckons that the same trends that are causing the vehicle powertrain to become electrified are indeed causing its after-treatment systems to become electrified. Matthew Beecham spoke to Marcel Womann, Supervisor, Advanced Cold End Products, Advanced Engineering, Tenneco Clean Air Division about TEGs.


INTERVIEW: Michelin marketing manager winter tyres Europe Pierre-Edouard Sorel 7 Apr 14

Simon Warburton

Pierre-Edouard Sorel joined Michelin in 2005. He started as a sales representative in France in trade marketing. At the end of 2007, he headed the market intelligence department of Michelin's Earthmover tyres product line and has been marketing manager for winter tyres in Europe since 2011. Sorel talked to Simon Warburton about legislation, labelling and the dealer benefits of winter tyre usage.


Q&A with Zircotec: Energy recovery systems in F1 3 Apr 14

Matthew Beecham

This year marks a step change in the F1 regulations. A raft of aero and powertrain rules are set to create a more efficient race car with more direct links to road car technologies. V8s, used since 2006, will be replaced by all new 1.6 litre turbo charged V6. Engines are now also referred to as ‘power units’ thanks to the increased hybrid nature of their power generation. As track testing of this new ‘turbo’ and what some describe as an ‘energy efficient’ era, one supplier to the F1 teams talks about the impact of the rules on its business and how it is responding to the challenges. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to Terry Graham, managing director of Zircotec, a supplier of thermal management products and heat protective coatings.

Automotive Blog

Spring issue of Lotus Engineering's proActive

Dave Leggett | 14 Apr 14

The latest issue of Lotus Engineering's proActive is out.


About those US octane ratings...

Graeme Roberts | 14 Apr 14

Interesting comment about my earlier blog on US octane ratings from our Brazilian correspondent Fernando Calmon.


An octane boost for US petrol?

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Last week saw the 17th Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow, where the localisation issue occupied centre stage. Russian Forex stresses compounded by Moscow and the West's stand-off are making domestic component content a crucial factor. We group all the stories and comment from the Conference here.

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As more and more new technology, such as Apple's CarPlay launched with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo at Geneva, finds its way into automobiles, launch venues are changing. You're as likely now to meet a new Focus at a consumer electronics show or new auto software miracles at a mobile phone technology symposium as at a conventional motor show. We've packaged up some recent 'tech' articles here.

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It's quarterly results time again...

The year has turned and we're already hearing the sounds of pages being turned as quarterly and full year results roll in, electronically and otherwise. As usual, we're grouping our reports here for your convenience.

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Middle East and Africa: A Region of Contrasting Automotive Opportunities

Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to experience the greatest population growth of all the world’s regions in the coming decade. Carmakers are therefore increasingly drawn to the region. There are, however, stark contrasts in the opportunities across the Middle East and Africa, and one strategy does certainly not fit all... Read more

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