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ASEAN REPORT - Vehicle sales rise by 5.6% in Q3

27 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets rose by 5.6% to 774,303 units in the third quarter of 2016, from 733,108 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto.

Eastern Europe labour worries surface this week

21 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

I doubt things are at the Panic Button stage but, as automakers and suppliers continue to pile into 'low cost' eastern Europe - this announcement of expanded output from Toyota just today is just one example - a question of labour availability and/or retention is beginning to surface.

Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.

The Week That Was - August replenishes batteries

5 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

August's dog days are well and truly on us up here in the Northern hemisphere and in the soporific heat of a British summer – well OK – it's warmish – industry tends to take a well-earned break and recharge the batteries ready for an autumn which will rapidly see the Paris Motor Show loom large.

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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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Faurecia inks third Iran joint-venture

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has signed its third Iranian joint-venture agreement, with emissons controls the latest technology unveiled.

Borgward and Faurecia establish China seating JV

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia and Borgward have created a joint-venture in China to develop and build complete seats.

Chery-Jaguar Land Rover JV plans factory expansion

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plans to expand production capacity, according to a local media report.

PSA/Stafim to establish assembly plant in Tunisia

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

PSA Group and Stafim, Peugeot's long-term partner in Tunisia, have signed a letter of intent to assemble and sell a Peugeot pickup truck in Tunisia.

Parent companies aiding Brazil auto subsidiaries

28 November 2016 | Fernando Calmon

In the golden times, not so long ago, global automakers' subsidiaries operating in Brazil sent healthy profits back to the parent companies' coffers. Between 2006 and 2012 these even accounted for the bulk of profits some car makers made as their Brazilian units continued to perform well while those in other countries faced difficult, post-credit crunch times.

Thai vehicle market drops 11% in October

24 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Thailand’s new vehicle market dropped sharply in October, by 10.7% to 60,634 units from 67,911 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.

Chinese tyre JV in Thailand targets US exports

23 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Thai tyre manufacturers ND Rubber and Siam Rubber have signed a joint venture agreement with China’s Shandong YinbaoTyre Group to build a manufacturing plant for truck and passenger car tyres in Chonburi province.

BYD to build new electric bus plant in China

23 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

China’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer BYDAuto has said it plans to build a new electric bus plant in Xi’an in the country’s Shaanxi province.

Trump says US will quit TPP

22 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

US president-elect Donald Trump has said that the US will quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal on his first day in the White House.

Infiniti opens Brand Experience Centre in China

22 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Infiniti has opened its first Brand Experience Centre in China - at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

2016 Guangzhou motor show - world premieres list

21 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The following cars, crossovers, MPVs, SUVs and concepts were world premieres at the 2016 AutoGuangzhou motor show.

Chinese media say Daimler boss insulted Chinese

21 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Chinese media reports say that the CEO of Daimler Trucks and Buses China has insulted the Chinese people following an argument over a parking space.

Motor show brings optimism to Brazil

18 November 2016 | Fernando Calmon

The São Paulo Motor Show, running until Sunday 20 November, is notable for its new, spacious, modern and fully air-conditioned exhibition hall and for a large number of launches, restyles, creativity and trend setting.

Great Wall launches new premium SUV brand

18 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Great Wall Motor Company, China’s leading manufacturer of SUVs, launched a new premium brand this week called 'Wey' in an effort to lift its share of the domestic high end vehicle market.

Beijing Benz builds millionth Mercedes

17 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The millionth vehicle has been built at Beijing Benz Automotive Co (BBAC).

Europe big five markets see 0.5% car sales fall

15 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Car registrations in Europe’s ‘Big 5’ markets saw a small decrease of 0.5% in October 2016, with total registrations for the month at 829,980 – slightly down from the 834,464 registrations seen in October 2015. However, year-to-date registrations totalled 9,339,623 at the end of October – a 6.6% increase when compared to the same period in 2015.

GM and Ford Brazil investigate car sharing

15 November 2016 | Fernando Calmon

The Brazilian car consumer is a little interested but has not yet got deep enough into car sharing. One of the reasons is the low 'motorisation' index  -  just 200 vehicles for each 1,000 inhabitants. The dream of car owning for the first time is pursued by many.

Dealers fret as Audi eyes a second China JV

14 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Audi has confirmed it was in talks with China's SAIC Motor for a long-term collaboration which dealers for its existing joint venture say would cause them "potentially fatal damage".

Renault-Nissan targets low-cost EVs for China

11 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Renault-Nissan revealed plans to make available low-cost electric cars for the Chinese market within two years as it looks to tap into fast-growing demand for zero-emission vehicles in the country.

BMW Group sales continue to grow through October

11 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

BMW Group vehicle sales set an October record at 196,002 units, up 2.3% year on year. Year-to-date sales rose 5.8% to 1,942,642.

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