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JAPAN: Renault-Nissan alliance suspends orders for some cars in Russia

Nissan Motor and Renault have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the ruble's plunge continues...

BRAZIL: Fleet may top 106m vehicles in 20 years

A study by auto industry lobby group Anfavea on the evolution of the Brazilian market for the next 20 years, presented at a recent Harvard B...

SWEDEN: Volvo to show connected car-cyclist technology at CES

In what the partners say is "a ground-breaking collaboration", Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will...

BELGIUM: Punch Genk offer "missed opportunity": Mayor

Genk's Mayor says the decision not to take up Punch Metal's offer to secure up to 200 stamping jobs at Ford's Belgium plant is a "missed opp...

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JAPAN: Renault-Nissan alliance suspends orders for some cars in Russia 19 Dec 2014

Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor and Renault have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the ruble's plunge continues, alliance chief executive Carlos Ghosn said.


BRAZIL: Fleet may top 106m vehicles in 20 years 19 Dec 2014

Fernando Calmon

A study by auto industry lobby group Anfavea on the evolution of the Brazilian market for the next 20 years, presented at a recent Harvard Business School (HBS) seminar in São Paulo, attracted considerable interest from companies eyeing the local market.


SWEDEN: Volvo to show connected car-cyclist technology at CES 19 Dec 2014

Graeme Roberts

In what the partners say is "a ground-breaking collaboration", Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will present an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists for the first time ever at the International CES in Las Vegas (6-9 January 2015).


GENEVA 2015 DEBUTS: Lotus Evora facelift 19 Dec 2014

Glenn Brooks

It might not be taking place until March, but the first cars to be making their global debuts at the next Geneva motor show have been announced.


CHINA: Geely earnings hit by Russia crisis 19 Dec 2014

Tony Pugliese

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.


US: New York Taxi of Tomorrow programme starts in April 19 Dec 2014

Graeme Roberts

New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has set 20 April, 2015, as the start date for the Taxi of Tomorrow programme which calls for most retiring taxis to be replaced with the Nissan NV200 and will significantly increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxis in the fleet.


INDIA: Daimler truck plant reaches 20,000 milestone 19 Dec 2014

Graeme Roberts

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles has now built over 20,000 BharatBenz and Fuso trucks at its plant in Chennai, south west India.


US: Johnson Controls to supply Range Rover lithium-ion batteries 19 Dec 2014

Simon Warburton

Johnson Controls says it will supply its lithium-ion batteries for the hybrid Range Rover.


US: Aleris inks aluminum deal with Sankyo Tateyama 19 Dec 2014

Simon Warburton

Aleris says it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its aluminium extrusions business to Sankyo Tateyama, a Japanese building products and extrusions manufacturer.


GERMANY: ZF appoints Franz Kleiner and Peter Lake to board 19 Dec 2014

Simon Warburton

ZF Friedrichshafen has appointed Franz Kleiner and Peter Lake, members of ZF's Board of Management.


US: Federal-Mogul develops battery shield 19 Dec 2014

Simon Warburton

Federal-Mogul Powertrain says it has developed a new product, Protexx-Shield 3007, which protects batteries from high engine compartment temperatures that would otherwise shorten battery life.


SWEDEN: SKF starts hub bearing unit delivery to Mazda 19 Dec 2014

Simon Warburton

SKF says it has made the first deliveries of its low-friction hub bearing units to Mazda, which will equip the recently launched Mazda2, manufactured at the automaker's new plant in Mexico, as well as other models to be launched during 2015.


BRAZIL: BASF to supply Chery coatings 19 Dec 2014

Simon Warburton

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.


BELGIUM: Punch Genk offer "missed opportunity": Mayor 18 Dec 2014

Simon Warburton

Genk's Mayor says the decision not to take up Punch Metal's offer to secure up to 200 stamping jobs at Ford's Belgium plant is a "missed opportunity" as the factory prepares for its last day today (18 December).


JAPAN: CEO says Takata funded to deal with airbag recalls 18 Dec 2014

Graeme Roberts

Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21m vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, a top company executive told the Nikkei business newspaper.


RUSSIA: Wild currency ride sees GM temporarily suspend wholesaling 18 Dec 2014

Simon Warburton

Russia's chaotic currency situation has led General Motors to temporarily suspend wholesaling of vehicles to dealers.


RUSSIA: Sales suspended as ruble crisis bites 18 Dec 2014

Chris Wright

Car makers are pulling down the shutters at dealerships across Russia because of the currency crisis which has seen a 40% drop in the value of the ruble.


US: Visteon agrees to sell its stake in HVCC 18 Dec 2014

Dave Leggett

Visteon has agreed to sell its controlling stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. (HVCC) to private equity group Hahn & Company and Hankook Tire.


JAPAN: JAMA discusses airbag inflator chemical replacement 18 Dec 2014

Graeme Roberts

Japan’s automakers are discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate air bags as Takata inflator recalls continue.


US: Takata chief goes on PR offensive with open letter 18 Dec 2014

Graeme Roberts

Takata has published an open letter from its chief executive officer in US and German newspapers.


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