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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chinese scoop up Pirelli27 Mar 15

We started the week with a bit of a surprise - famous Italian tyremaker was nabbed by a Chinese chemical company with big plans for its tyre making unit. Mama mia!...read more

MEXICO: Kia Motors car output plans revealed27 Mar 15

Kia Motors plans to manufacture the Forte compact and an unnamed small car at its first plant in Mexico, in Nuevo Leon....read more

JAPAN: Toyota sets one in two hybrid course27 Mar 15

Toyota plans to increase the production of hybrid vehicles in Japan in order so that by 2016 every second car sold locally is a hybrid....read more

CHINA: China Automotive Systems net profit up in 201427 Mar 15

China Automotive Systems' net sales for full year 2014 were up 56.47% to US$11.82m compared with $7.56m in 2013....read more

JAPAN: Honda to expand capacity in India27 Mar 15

Honda Cars India (HCIL), Honda Motor’s automobile production and sales subsidiary in India will expand its second car production plant, the parent company in Japan announced on Friday....read more

GERMANY: Next Mercedes target: one-tonne trucks27 Mar 15

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plans to follow rival Volkswagen into the one tonne pickup truck segment by the end of the decade but not in North America or Asia, at least initially....read more

UK: Consortium to develop zero emission light commercials27 Mar 15

Millbrook, the former Vauxhall proving ground operation that is now an independent test and technology centre, said it was joining a UK industry consortium to develop a new class of zero-emission, lig...read more

JAPAN: Toyota reviews new approach to design and production26 Mar 15

In the four years since announcing its new Global Vision, Toyota has made significant progress toward achieving sustainable growth by making better cars with a new approach to manufacturing automobile...read more

INDIA: Ford to export Sanand built compact26 Mar 15

Ford India's new Figo Aspire sub four metre compact car will be exported, the automaker said....read more

INDIA: Ford opens Sanand car and engine plants26 Mar 15

Ford India has officially opened its new vehicle and engine manufacturing facility in Sanand, Gujarat....read more

SOUTH KOREA: Ssangyong names new CEO26 Mar 15

Ssangyong Motor has appointed vice president Choi, Johng-sik as its new CEO....read more

CHINA: Freudenberg installing new headliner line26 Mar 15

Freudenberg & Vilene Nonwovens is is installing a new production line for automotive headliners at its Suzhou facility in Eastern China....read more

SMMTCONNECT: Volvo will have 100 autonomous trial cars by 201726 Mar 15

Volvo will have 100 autonomous cars on the road in its home city of Gothenburg by 2017, Marcus Rothoff, autonomous driving programme director, told the SMMTConnect conference. They will be operated by...read more

CHINA: BMW to increase localisation26 Mar 15

BMW plans to step up component localisation in China and will launch six more models specifically designed for the market in the next few years. It already makes special long wheelbase models there....read more

UK: Tata's Jaguar Land Rover announces GBP 600m plant and R&D spend26 Mar 15

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has announced a GBP600m plant and R&D spend in central England where it is based....read more

MEXICO: Nissan's second plant produces 200,000th vehicle25 Mar 15

Nissan has celebrated the production of its 200,000th vehicle at the A2 manufacturing complex in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico.Nissan has celebrated the production of its 200,000th vehicle at th...read more

US: Wabco plans new air brake factory25 Mar 15

Wabco will spend US$17m to build a new factory in Charleston, South Carolina to meet increasing demand for its air disc brakes (ADB), air compressors and related systems....read more

THAILAND: Ford unveils new Everest SUV25 Mar 15

The redesigned Ford Everest - an SUV spun off the newly facelifted Australian developed Ranger pickup for Asia-Pacific markets - has made its debut in Thailand at the Bangkok show....read more

THAILAND: Suzuki launches locally made Ciaz at Bangkok show25 Mar 15

Suzuki Motor has launched its Ciaz sedan at the Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand, the third country to build the new model....read more

CHINA: Hyundai launches new Sonata25 Mar 15

Hyundai has launched the ninth generation Sonata sedan in China priced from CNY174,800 (US$28,150) to CNY249,800....read more

UK: Jaguar Land Rover announces Whitley R&D expansion25 Mar 15

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to expand its advanced engineering and design centre at Whitley, Coventry, doubling its footprint at the site....read more

JAPAN: Mazda gears up against patent trolls25 Mar 15

Mazda Motor Corporation said it had joined the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a coalition operated by non-profit corporation LOT Network headquartered in Oregon, established to counter unreasonabl...read more

GERMANY: Ford automates S-Max speed limiter24 Mar 15

Ford Europe's redesigned S-Max minivan has new technology that enhances the speed limiter so it can read roadside signs and adjust the limit automatically....read more

SWITZERLAND: Nissan says Leaf battery failure rate negligible24 Mar 15

Nissan Motor said its own data shows 99.99% of its Leaf EV battery units "remain entirely fit for purpose" five years and around 35,000 European sales since the launch of the all-electric model....read more

CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda to expand Kvasiny plant24 Mar 15

VW Group's Škoda said its Kvasiny plant and public infrastructure surrounding the east Bohemian site would be modernised and expanded over the next few years....read more

US: GM, Ford to ask UAW to agree third tier jobs - report24 Mar 15

Ford and General Motors are considering negotiating with the United Auto Workers union for the creation of a third tier of lower-paid workers in the US, news agency sources said....read more

GERMANY: BMW and Scherm trial 40-tonne electric truck24 Mar 15

BMW Group has partnered with logistics company Scherm Group to use a 40-tonne pure-electric truck in Munich next summer and become the first automaker in Germany to use an electric truck of this size ...read more

JAPAN: Mitsubishi Electric spending $33m on US alternator output24 Mar 15

Mitsubishi Electric said it would spend JPY4bn (US$33m) at its subsidiary Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America (MEAA) to expand and newly construct facilities to increase production of high efficien...read more

US: NHTSA opens investigation into earlier Nissan airbag recall24 Mar 15

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is probing whether Nissan's March 2014 recall of 989,701 vehicles over an airbag issue was effective or not....read more

INDONESIA [updated 25/3]: Mitsubishi breaks ground for new JV plant24 Mar 15

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) on Tuesday held the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Indonesian car factory in the GIIC Industrial Estate in Bekasi Prefecture.Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC...read more

THAILAND: Ford unveils updated Ranger23 Mar 15

Ford unveiled an updated Ranger truck line which will go on sale worldwide - from three plants - later this year, apart from the NAFTA region....read more

US: Cadillac introduces twin turbo V623 Mar 15

Cadillac has announced a new generation of V6 engines, led by a claimed exclusive twin turbo that it said would be one of the industry's most advanced six cylinder petrol engines....read more

CHINA: Tesla may enter plant partnership - report23 Mar 15

Tesla Motors is reportedly considering teaming up with automakers in Chongqing - Chang'an Automobile and Lifan Group - to set up plants in China....read more

INDIA: Nissan strengthening Datsun GO - report23 Mar 15

After the Datsun GO was awarded a zero rating in Global NCAP's crash test, Nissan is using higher-grade steel and reinforcements to strengthen the hatchback's body shell, media sources said....read more

UK: Toyota and BMW to develop two sports cars jointly23 Mar 15

Toyota and BMW are collaborating to develop two sports cars....read more