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Will Geely take control of Proton?

13 Feb 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Shares in Proton Holding’s main shareholder, DRB-Hicom Bhd, rose to a three-month high last week as speculation mounted that China’s Geely A...


ASEAN REPORT - Vehicle sales up 4.2% in 2016

1 Feb 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets are estimated to have risen by 4.7% to 947,241 units in the fourth quarter of 2016...


Trump and Putin to trigger Russia stagnation thaw?

27 Jan 2017 | Simon Warburton

A whirling dervish of supposed Kremlin spies, honeytraps, MI6 agents and double bluffs defined a week eerily reminiscent of Cold War days, b...


Five key developments in Asia - 2016 review

23 Dec 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The year 2016 has been a strong one overall for Asia’s automotive industry. Regional sales are expected to increase by 9.5% to a record 42m...


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INTERVIEW: Faurecia deputy GM China Jingcheng Li

24 Nov 2014 | Simon Warburton

China's astonishing growth rates of recent years is starting to ebb, but still represents a powerful performance that is the envy of most of the developed world. Simon Warburton talked to global component producer, Faurecia deputy general manager China Division, Jingcheng Li, about opportunities which challenges such as emissions control and lightweighting, present.


INTERVIEW: VW Rus director Marcus Osegowitsch

20 Mar 2014 | Simon Warburton

Marcus Osegowitsch is general director, Volkswagen Group Rus and Simon Warburton caught up with him on the sidelines of this year's Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow.

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Audi plans China expansion

24 Feb 2017 | Dave Leggett

Audi plans to launch five clean-energy vehicles and expand annual production in China to 1m units over the next five years, sources in China say.


Maruti Suzuki to invest more in R&D unit

24 Feb 2017 | Dave Leggett

Maruti Suzuki aims to complete the second phase of its research and development centre in northern Haryana state by March 2019 at an estimated investment of 19 billion rupees ($280m).


PSA and THACO team for Vietnam assembly

23 Feb 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Group and its partner THACO (Truong Haï Auto Corporation) have signed a contract to accelerate development in Vietnam by committing to local assembly and bringing to market two new SUVs, to be produced in Chulai (Quang Nam Province).


Thyssenkrup sells CSA to Ternium for EUR1.5bn

22 Feb 2017 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp has reached agreement with Ternium on the sale of the CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico (CSA) steel plant in Brazil to Ternium for a purchase price (enterprise value) of EUR1.5bn (US$1.6bn).


Mercedes confirms Russia car plant

21 Feb 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz is to create a new plant to make cars in the Moscow Region of Russia from 2019.


PSA and Geely bid for Proton - reports

21 Feb 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA Group and China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have reportedly submitted bids to buy a stake in loss-making Proton.


FAW and Dongfeng in advanced R&D alliance

21 Feb 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s FAW Group Corporation and Dongfeng Motor have signed an agreement to set up a jointly-owned R&D centre focused on the development of advanced technologies such as fuel cells, smart connectivity and lightweight materials.


Skoda starts production of new 1.0 TSI engine

21 Feb 2017 | Dave Leggett

Skoda has started production of a new 1.0 TSI powertrain at its Mladá Boleslav engine plant.


Audi teams up with Zoomcar in India

21 Feb 2017 | Dave Leggett

India carshare firm Zoomcar has announced a partnership with Audi.


Honda targets strong growth in Malaysia

20 Feb 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Honda Malaysia plans to introduce four new models this year to help lift domestic sales to over 100,000 units, according to CEO Katsuto Hayashi.



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