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COMMENT - Detroit basks but for how long?

The mood at the Detroit Show this week was good, but there was also a sense that the future could be less bright. The good news right now is...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Out 'n' about with Mazda

Post-Geneva, there was no shortage of auto industry happenings this week....

THE WEEK THAT WAS: There's a ghost in the house...

Yes folks, there's a ghost in the house and the temptation is to say, it's the ghost of safety. Okay, that's a bit laboured in the week of H...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Recall axe falls at GM

There are 15 vacant desks at General Motors in the US today - the latest development in the debacle that saw a faulty ignition switch design...

Latest Interviews

Behr Hella Service on the HVAC aftermarket - Q&A 15 Feb 2016

Matthew Beecham

Established a decade ago, the 50/50 joint venture Behr Hella Service now serves the global independent aftermarket for vehicle air conditioning and engine cooling. Although initially active in the European independent automotive aftermarket, the venture has established a presence in the international aftermarket spanning South America, NAFTA and Asia-Pacific. Matthew Beecham spoke to Steve Hudson, head of business development at Behr Hella Service about the forces driving the engine cooling and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) repair sector and how the venture has grown in the market place.


Detroit interview - Ford CEO Mark Fields 14 Jan 2016

Dave Leggett

Ford’s Fields tells just auto he wants to revolutionise the automotive customer experience.

Latest News

EquipAuto to outline 2017 show initiatives 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Organisers of next year's EquipAuto aftermarket show in Paris are to unveil a raft of initiatives to tempt international exhibitors back to the French capital in a bid to regain numbers before the financial crash of 2007.


Schaeffler to expand Hungary bearing factory 19 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Schaeffler Group is increasing its roller bearing capacity with a new manufacturing hall at its FAG Magyarorszag Ipari plant in Debrecen, Hungary. The laying of the foundation stone is planned for this year and the first products will be made in the second half of 2017.


Spark Minda acquires Panalfa Autoeletrik 7 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Component manufacturer Spark Minda says it has acquired Panalfa Autoelektrik in Bawal, Haryana, through its company, Minda Corporation.


Mazda UK brings customer relations centre in-house 4 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mazda UK has brought its customer relations centre in-house at its new head office in Dartford, Kent, replacing its "traditional outsourced customer contact centre approach" with its own employees.


Kia extends Total lubricants partnership to Europe 4 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors and Total Lubrifiants have renewed their partnership agreement for another five years with Total remaining Kia's "preferred" aftermarket lubricants supplier exclusively across a network of 5,500 dealers in 180 countries - including west European markets from 1 January, 2017.


Takata airbags recall could cost $24bn - report 30 Mar 16

Dave Leggett

Analysis undertaken internally by Takata suggests that a full recall of its airbag inflators could cost as much as US$24bn, according to reports.


Pirelli 2015 revenue up 4.8% 17 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

Pirelli said its 2015 operating performance was in line with targets after it booked revenue growth of 4.8% year on year to EUR6,309.6m (US$7078m), above the 2015 target of "over EUR6.25bn" thanks to the "great" improvement in the price/mix component (+7.1% compared to a target of "equal to or above" 5.5%) as a consequence of price increases, greater replacement sales and more diverse geographic and product mixes.


Bridgestone to add run-flat tyres in Europe 14 Mar 16

Dave Leggett

Bridgestone is to roll out run-flat tyres as replacement options in the European market this spring.


Cooper Standard to repurchase stock 14 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

Cooper-Standard Holdings has approved a securities repurchase programme, authorising the company to repurchase, in the aggregate, up to US$125m of its outstanding common stock or warrants to purchase common stock.


Most Europe car buyers want a radio - survey 9 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

A survey of drivers across UK, France and Germany showed that, despite new in-car technology, eight of 10 car drivers would never consider buying a car without a radio.


Lamborghini chief moving to head Audi's Quattro 23 Feb 16

Graeme Roberts

Automobili Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann (51) will be the new CEO of Quattro, a fully owned subsidiary of Audi, which produces and distributes the high performance R and RS models.


Ford details FordPass for Europe 22 Feb 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford of Europe has announced details of services FordPass - launched at the Detroit show last January will offer across the continent.


BMW building new parts centre in Thailand 10 Feb 16

Graeme Roberts

BMW is spending THB220m (US$6.3m) on a new national parts distribution centre in Bang-Na, on the outskirts of the Thai capital Bangkok.


Wabco acquires Trans-Safety Locks business 10 Feb 16

Simon Warburton

Wabco says it has acquired the business of Trans-Safety Locks, a security solutions provider for the transportation industry in Europe.


Venezuela hits Goodyear 2015 results 9 Feb 16

Graeme Roberts

Goodyear's fourth quarter 2015 sales were $4.1bn, compared to $4.4bn a year ago after a $339m exchange rate hit. But operating income rose 33% to $476m due to materials cost savings and higher tyre volume.


B-Quick expands Thai service network 5 Feb 16

Tony Pugliese

Thai auto service chain B-Quik plans to invest THB270m (US$7.6m) this year to expand its nationwide network of service outlets, according to local reports.


Continental to start India ABS and ESC production 21 Jan 16

Simon Warburton

Continental's Chassis & Safety Division will start production of ABS and ESC units in India this year.


Bridgestone launches new run flat tyre 19 Jan 16

Chris Wright

Bridgestone has launched its new DriveGuard run flat tyre in Europe which will be available as an aftermarket fitment to any make of car fitted with a pressure monitoring system.


Daimler Trucks returns to Iran as sanctions lift 18 Jan 16

Simon Warburton

Daimler Trucks says it will return to Iran having signed letters of intent with local partners Iran Khodro Diesel (IKD) and the Mammut Group.


FordPass to be automaker's iTunes 11 Jan 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford said in Detroit it was introducing FordPass - as part of its "transformation into an auto and mobility company" - a platform that "reimagines" the relationship between automaker and consumer, aiming to do for car owners (Ford ownership not required) what iTunes did for music fans.

Latest blogs

Queen of Parts 18 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday this week (April 21).


Wind, fire and then locusts? 4 Aug 15

Graeme Roberts

As one who has worked 'down in parts' in a previous life I have not a little sympathy for the warehouse and counter men and women at Hyundai Motor Company Australia's spare parts operation.

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