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Non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb

21 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And...


Will GM regret the shrinking of Chevrolet?

18 Jul 2017 | Dave Leggett

GM has consolidated operations and withdrawn its Chevrolet brand from a number of markets as part of a strategy to focus activity where it t...


China leads global EV sector

3 Jul 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China is the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, with a total of 409,000 units sold in the country last year – up by 65% on the pr...


Nissan and Mitsubishi synergies begin in SE Asia

8 Jun 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor expects its global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors will yield some early synergies in South-east Asia, a region in which it has...


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AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 Jun 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.


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.

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Brazil's ethanol producers, automakers, sign deal

21 Jul 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil is in a privileged position for electricity generation and land vehicle fuel production thanks to its ethanol infrastructure. While countries in the so-called 'developed world' need expensive and hard-to-implement solutions to reduce CO2 emission, with projects sometimes taking decades to deliver tangible results, this country can count on biofuels now.


JLR opens Chery JV China engine plant

21 Jul 2017 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover has opened a Chinese engine plant as part of its RMB10.9bn (US$1.6bn) joint venture with Chery Automobile to manufacture the Ingenium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine for future Chery JLR vehicles.


Thai sales rise 6% in June

21 Jul 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded by 5.7% year-on-year to 69,797 units in June, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.


Volvo Cars and Chinese parent Geely plan new JV

20 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars announced it would set up new joint venture technology company with its Chinese car group parent Geely Holding.


Hyundai starts production at new Chinese factory

20 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor has commenced production at its fifth passenger car assembly plant in China.


Magna has Plan B if Slovenia plans thwarted

19 Jul 2017 | Simon Warburton

Magna says it is "sure" it will secure approval for its new vehicle assembly plant in Slovenia, although the supplier maintains it has an alternative plan should talks collapse.


China electrified car sales set for high growth

19 Jul 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fitch Ratings believes China's new energy (electrified) vehicle (NEV) market will expand steadily to meet 2m annual sales a year by 2020, from around 507,000 units in 2016.


Mercedes-Benz launches Nissan-based X-Class

19 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has launched its long-heralded X-Class medium size pickup truck, effectively a rebadge of the Nissan-Renault Alliance's Barcelona built Navara model line.


Hicom doubles capacity with new paint shop

19 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Malaysia's DRB-Hicom Bhd this week began operating a new paint shop at its vehicle assembly plant in Pekan, in Pahang state.


Slovenia Magna decision imminent as 3,000 apply

18 Jul 2017 | Simon Warburton

Slovenia's Ministry of Economy says 3,000 people have already applied for jobs at Magna's potential new plant in the country as the supplier waits on government approval for its site.



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