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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Bank holiday and election fever8 May 15

A short week for us due to the first (of two) bank holidays has ended in a surprise majority win for the Conservatives overnight (along with the virtual elimination of Labour from parliamentary seats ...read more


UK: Delphi Diesel Systems axing 176 jobs8 May 15

Delphi Diesel Systems is to axe 176 of 771 jobs at a plant in Sudbury and move them abroad, leaving the plant to concentrate on higher skilled work and innovation....read more


US: Porsche opens US$100m headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia8 May 15

Porsche Cars North America has officially opened its new US$100m Experience Centre (PEC) and headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia....read more


US: UAW seeks bargaining agency for VW Chattanooga8 May 15

The United Auto Workers (UAW) intends to commence a new round of discussions with Volkswagen for recognising it as the collective bargaining agent for the company's workers at the Chattanooga plant in...read more


AUSTRIA: Audi claims "ground-breaking new combustion" for new I48 May 15

Audi has launched a 2.0 TFSI petrol engine with 140kW (190hp) with a claimed ground-breaking new combustion method. It will appear in the next generation A4....read more


INDIA: BMW local parts content now 50%8 May 15

BMW has increased the amount of auto components sourced domestically to 50%....read more


GERMANY: Goodyear Dunlop to terminate contract with 7,500 workers - reports8 May 15

Goodyear Dunlop reportedly plans to dissolve its contract with 7,500 German employees. The contract, which has been in existence for the past 17 years, made sure that the company's seven German sites ...read more


CHINA: CAR expands business with Shanghai-VW8 May 15

CAR Inc, China’s leading car rental company formerly known as China Auto Rental, plans to significantly expand its rental fleet over the next three years with the purchase of "tens of thousands" of ve...read more


JAPAN: Toyota volume down but profits up8 May 15

Toyota’s global net income jumped 19.2% during the 2015 fiscal year that ended 31 March, 2015....read more


GERMANY: BMW 3 Series now offers three cylinders7 May 15

A three cylinder entry level engine is a key change in an updated BMW 3 Series range on sale in Europe from July. There are also new I4 and I6 engines while a plug-in hybrid follows in 2016....read more


UK: CV registrations rise 24% in April7 May 15

Commercial vehicle registrations in the UK rose 23.5% to 28,827 units in April, with similar growth of 23.9% to 137,283 year to date....read more


CHINA: GM sells 258,484 vehicles in April7 May 15

General Motors and its joint ventures sold 258,484 vehicles in April in China, down 0.4% year over year....read more


GERMANY: Mercedes sales up 11.3% in April7 May 15

Mercedes-Benz April sales rose 11.3% to 148,072 cars worldwide....read more


UK: April sales up 5.1%7 May 15

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed April registrations up for the 38th consecutive month. Demand rose by 5.1% to 185,778 units – the month's best performance since ...read more


US: Visteon to shut down technical and engineering centre6 May 15

Visteon plans to shut down its technical and engineering centre in Holland, Michigan, as most of its clients are located in metro Detroit, 180 miles away....read more


GERMANY: Volkswagen forms Truck & Bus group6 May 15

Volkswagen is creating an integrated commercial vehicles group - a structured framework for its mid-sized and heavy trucks and buses and a new group holding for the MAN and Scania brands....read more


INDIA: Tata Motors puts diesel Nano on hold6 May 15

Tata Motors has decided against using a two cylinder 800 cc diesel engine in the Nano in the near future due to issues related to "refinement and economics"....read more


INDIA: Volvo likely to decide on local assembly in 2015 - reports6 May 15

Volvo is reportedly expected to decide in 2015 whether to start assembly of vehicles in India - or not....read more


CANADA: GM to end Oshawa Camaro production on 20 November6 May 15

GM Canada has confirmed the end of production of the current Chevrolet Camaro at its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant (as first announced in December 2012) will be on 20 November 2015....read more


GERMANY: Daimler, partners, open first motorway hydrogen filling station6 May 15

Daimler, Linde and Total have jointly opened Germany's first motorway hydrogen filling station at a service area in Geiselwind on the A3 between Würzburg and Nuremberg....read more


GERMANY: Ford confirms AWD Galaxy6 May 15

Ford has confirmed the redesigned Galaxy sold primarily in Europe will be available with all wheel drive (AWD)....read more


GERMANY: Bosch develops radar-less stereo video camera6 May 15

Bosch has developed a stereo video camera with which an emergency braking system can function based solely on camera data. Normally, this would require a radar sensor or a combination of radar and vid...read more


US: GM builds a half billion vehicles world wide6 May 15

General Motors has built over a half billion vehicles in 106 years, the company announced....read more


GERMANY: BMW sets Q1 records, affirms healthy 2015 outlook6 May 15

BMW Group sales volume, revenues, profit before financial result and profit before tax all reached new highs in the first three months of 2015....read more


US: Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies to expand in Ohio5 May 15

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies plans to expand its Findlay, Ohio automotive sealing facility and hire new employees to meet increasing customer requirements for quality components....read more


CANADA: Magna forming China BIW JV5 May 15

Magna International and Chongqing Xingqiaorui have agreed to form a strategic body in white joint venture in China....read more


NEW ZEALAND: Pickups top April sales model chart5 May 15

New vehicle sales remained healthy in New Zealand last month with the model sales chart topped by three pickup truck lines....read more


US: Ford expands door latch related recall5 May 15

Ford has expanded a door lock recall by 119,567 vehicles to 456,400 units in the US....read more


US: EPS corrosion prompts 487,000 unit Ford recall5 May 15

Ford is recalling 487,301 vehicles sold in cold weather US states because corrosion may cause the electric power steering motor to fall off....read more


INDIA: Maruti offering youth vehicle service training5 May 15

Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) will scale up its skill development activities by setting up Automobile Skill Enhancement Centres (ASEC) at 45 government-run Industrial Training Institutes across the count...read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW's 'master tactician' falls1 May 15

The big news of the week[end] was the failure of Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch to unseat CEO Martin Winterkorn, as we reported here and here....read more


JAPAN: Tokai Rika to establish Mexican company1 May 15

Tokai Rika will establish a new company in Salinas Victoria, Nuevo León, Mexico. The new company will be called Tokai Rika Mexico (TRMX) and is scheduled for incorporation in May. This will be the fir...read more


GERMANY: Volkswagen does not plan any M&A1 May 15

Volkswagen does not plan any other merger or acquisition apart from the ongoing discussions with FAW, its Chinese JV partner, for raising its stake....read more


INDIA: Isuzu’s suppliers to invest in Andhra Pradesh1 May 15

Under the Automobile and Auto Component policy 2015-20, Isuzu Motors India has signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government to facilitate investment by seven of its component suppliers in the stat...read more


CANADA: GM to hire 100 engineers at Oshawa centre1 May 15

GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle has announced that GM's Canadian Engineering Centre is growing into an innovation hub for the 'connected car' and green technologies, two areas...read more