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ASEAN vehicle sales jump 11% in Q2

29 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in South-east Asia’s six largest markets rose by 10.6% to 781,162 units in the second quarter of 2016, from 706,532 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto by AsiaMotorBusiness.com.

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Our Man's in Russia this time

17 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Barely had our business/components/supply chain editor Simon Warburton, liberally fuelled by glutinous rice balls he helped make, touched back down in Blighty, after a week covering the 2016 Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing, China, and it was time for us to sling him back onto a plane, this one bound for the 'Detroit of Russia', St Petersburg.

JLR's Brazilian expansion - Analysis

14 June 2016 | Ian Henry

As Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Brazil officially opens, Ian Henry takes a closer look at the company’s latest manufacturing set-up and its evolving international manufacturing strategy.

THE WEEK - The phone will introduce your car

10 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Like almost every other aspect of the autobiz, the retailing and service side is changing. Tesla has gone to war in the US to end the cosy manufacturer/dealer relationships and sell direct to the end user. Extensive consolidation into massive dealer groups has taken place worldwide (RIP most 'mom 'n' pop' shops) and almost all outlets these days - even in my small town - seem to be big, smart, glass and chrome edifices populated by sales staff toting tablets and electronics-savvy 'technicians' in place of the grease-stained 'mechanic' of yore. Handover of the new car has also changed - how about a virtual reality presentation?

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Magna EVP on Chinese auto market, Getrag - Q&A

8 March 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Magna International has been steadily growing in Asia since the mid-1990s and today has almost 17,700 employees at 48 manufacturing locations and 26 product development, engineering and sales offices. To find out more about the supplier’s presence and market strengths in Asia, Matthew Beecham met with Frank O’Brien, Executive VP for Magna’s business in Asia while on a visit to Magna’s North American headquarters in Detroit.

INTERVIEW: Faurecia deputy GM China Jingcheng Li

24 November 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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GM Brazil updates Chevrolet Onix and Prisma

29 July 2016 | Fernando Calmon

When General Motors decided to revamp its full Brazilian model line within a year back in 2012, it was aware that, just four years later, it would run a similar marathon once again - six launches in seven months.

GKN doubles AWD production capacity in China

29 July 2016 | Dave Leggett

Growing global demand for GKN Driveline’s all-wheel drive (AWD) systems and expertise has led to the expansion of the company’s production capacity in China.

Maruti Suzuki launches first LCV

28 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Suzuki Motor Corporation subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India has entered India's light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment for the first time with the Super Carry compact truck.

Volkswagen Group June 2016 global sales rise 5.1%

28 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group deliveries last June rose 5.1% year on year 883,400 vehicles. First half deliveries were up 1.5% to 5.12m.

Iran 80% localisation aim unsurprising - source

27 July 2016 | Simon Warburton

Reliable sources close to Iranian producer, Saipa, say it is not surprising Tehran is mulling a localisation rate of 80% following several overseas evaluations of the quality of domestic components

Samsung minority stake in BYD confirmed

27 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

China’s BYD has confirmed Samsung Electronics had completed the acquisition of a 1.92% stake in the electric vehicle manufacturer for CNY3bn (US$450m).

Thai sales rise 6% in June

27 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The Thai new vehicle market continued to recover in June, with sales rising by 5.8% to 63,808 units compared with 60,325 units in the same month of last year, according to data gathered by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Nissan Kicks making world debut in Olympics Brazil

26 July 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Nissan has really needed something different to boost its sales in Brazil where it both imports or manufactures locally the vehicles it sells.

General Motors re-thinks India strategy - report

25 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors officials have said the automaker is re-evaluating its planned US$1bn spend to date in India and has put on hold moves to bring a new car platform to the country.

Mahindra launches mild-hybrid Scorpio

25 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Mahindra & Mahindra has launched mild hybrid technology called ‘Intelli-Hybrid’ in its redesigned Scorpio.

Daihatsu unveils new small sedan for Malaysia

22 July 2016 | Dave Leggett

Daihatsu is entering the small sedan market in Malaysia with a model developed jointly with Perodua.

Global OEM powertrain JVs 'essential' for China

22 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

China is the largest passenger vehicle market in the world in terms of both production and sales volumes and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking to harness the potential of this vast market by rolling out new and improved powertrains, according to a new report.

Malaysia sales flat as Perodua launches compact

21 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s new vehicle market was largely unchanged in June, with sales falling just slightly to 57,358 units compared with 57,436 in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Jakarta show world debut for Mitsubishi crossover

21 July 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Mitsubishi Motors will reveal what it terms a 'small crossover MPV concept car' at the Indonesia International Auto Show 2016. A production model will be one of the main products of a new 240,000 units per annum plant which MMC is presently building in Jakarta’s satellite city Bekasi.

China's vehicle exports tumble

19 July 2016 | Dave Leggett

China's vehicle exports tumbled in the first half of this year.

Chinese Hyundai dealers want stock compensation

18 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Hyundai Motor dealers in China are seeking compensation from the South Korean automaker, claiming their businesses have been affected by the company’s failure to offer sufficient product.

BMW now building 1 series sedan in China

18 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture had added the 1 series sedan to its locally-built range, saying the premium compact car segment is the fastest growing segment both in China and worldwide.

Jeep EMEA region sales up 11.5% in June

18 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said June was a record-setting month for its Jeep brand in the EMEA region after 12,300 units were sold (up 11.5%), marking the 32nd consecutive month of year over year growth.

China's Future Mobility targets expanding EV sales

18 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Future Mobility, a Chinese electric-vehicle (EV) start-up established at the beginning of the year, plans to launch a premium car model by 2020 that will compete with existing global vehicle manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Turbocharging I3s a growing trend in Brazil

15 July 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Turbo charging a one-litre, three-cylinder engine is a growing trend here in Brazil.

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