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MEXICO: Ford confirms $2.5bn factory spend

Ford has confirmed an earlier-reported spend of $2.5bn on two new factories in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Guanjuato to make engines...

SHANGHAI SHOW: PSA and Dongfeng to share new small car platform

PSA Peugeot Citroen and Dongfeng have announced a project to jointly develop a global platform for the manufacture of B- and C-segment vehic...

UK: SMMT cautions sales will not rise "inexorably"

Relentlessly upbeat figures from the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) showing nearly 500,000 cars were sold in the UK last...

JAPAN: No future for long range EVs - Toyota engineer

Battery powered electric vehicles have no practical future as a long range alternative to conventional cars even if technological breakthrou...

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MEXICO: Ford confirms $2.5bn factory spend 20 Apr 2015

Graeme Roberts

Ford has confirmed an earlier-reported spend of $2.5bn on two new factories in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Guanjuato to make engines and transmissions.


SHANGHAI SHOW: PSA and Dongfeng to share new small car platform 20 Apr 2015

Dave Leggett

PSA Peugeot Citroen and Dongfeng have announced a project to jointly develop a global platform for the manufacture of B- and C-segment vehicles under the Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Dongfeng brands.


UK: SMMT cautions sales will not rise "inexorably" 20 Apr 2015

Simon Warburton

Relentlessly upbeat figures from the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) showing nearly 500,000 cars were sold in the UK last month, cannot be sustained "inexorably" according to the UK trade body.


JAPAN: No future for long range EVs - Toyota engineer 20 Apr 2015

Chris Wright

Battery powered electric vehicles have no practical future as a long range alternative to conventional cars even if technological breakthroughs allow them to be charged quickly, according to Toyota’s top fuel cell engineer.


SHANGHAI SHOW: Ford adds Taurus large sedan for China 20 Apr 2015

Dave Leggett

Ford is adding a locally made Taurus large car, described as a "new premium business sedan" in China.


BRAZIL: Jeep's Renegade reignites light vehicle diesel debate 20 Apr 2015

Fernando Calmon

The first compact, diesel SUV made in Brazil that can be purchased for less than BRL100,000/US$32,700, FCA's Jeep Renegade reopens the long running discussion here on whether or not to allow the fuel to be used in all types of vehicle.


CHINA: Lotus Group enters into new joint venture 20 Apr 2015

Tony Pugliese

Lotus Group International, owned by Malaysian automaker Proton Holdings (DRB-Hicom) and China’s Goldstar Heavy Industrial, have agreed to set up a new joint venture company in China to localise production of Lotus cars and "develop the use of efficient and advanced technology".


CHINA: Shanghai GM to expand product line 20 Apr 2015

Chris Wright

Shanghai GM, the joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor, is to spend 100bn yuan (US$16bn) over the next five years developing new vehicles.


GERMANY: VW board backs Winterkorn as row rumours simmer 20 Apr 2015

Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's Board has publicly backed CEO Martin Winterkorn, despite intense speculation of a major dispute between the chief and top executives.


US: BorgWarner supplies variable cam and engine timing for JLR engine 20 Apr 2015

Graeme Roberts

BorgWarner has announced a deal to supply variable cam timing (VCT) and engine timing systems for Jaguar Land Rover's new Ingenium I4 engine line.


SPAIN: Ford readies Ford Vignale Mondeo for launch 20 Apr 2015

Dave Leggett

Ford has unveiled a production version of the new Ford Vignale Mondeo, the first new model to be introduced as part of its Vignale sub-brand.


SHANGHAI SHOW DEBUTS LIST: BAW, Geely, Haval, Qoros & Venucia models added 20 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

Manufacturers continue to announce world premieres for Auto Shanghai 2015.


2015 AMSTERDAM SHOW: World premiere list 20 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

Opel was the only manufacturer to announce a world premiere at AutoRAI 2015.


SHANGHAI SHOW: TRW launching new camera technology 20 Apr 2015

Graeme Roberts

TRW Automotive's Global Electronics business unit is launching its next generation video camera sensor - the S-Cam 3 - in China for the first time in early 2016.


SHANGHAI SHOW: TRW plans three more plants 20 Apr 2015

Graeme Roberts

TRW Automotive Holdings has announced plans to open three new plants in China this year and next.


SHANGHAI SHOW: Toyota plans two new hybrids 20 Apr 2015

Graeme Roberts

Toyota plans to launch two hybrid cars in China this year as part of efforts to launch vehicles that will help to reduce pollution in the country.


US: Ford moves forward on carbon fibre research 20 Apr 2015

Chris Wright

Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement to advance research on cost effective, high volume manufacturing of automotive grade carbon fibre, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.


MALAYSIA: Sales jump 14% in March 20 Apr 2015

Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Malaysia increased by 14.2% to 67,314 units in March, from 58,919 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


FRANCE: Renault demands French state revert to 15% share 17 Apr 2015

Simon Warburton

Renault is asking the French state to revert to its 15% stake in the automaker following a surprise hike in Paris' stake to almost 20% last week.


SWEDEN: NEVS administration exit opens deal door: FKG chief 17 Apr 2015

Simon Warburton

Scandinavian automotive supplier body, FKG says its members are optimistic following news of National Electric Vehicle Sweden's (NEVS) exit from reorganisation.


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