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COMMENT: Post Soviet unions no zest for strikes

One of the aspects that genuinely surprised me about the recent visit to Russia organised by Renault and AvtoVAZ was the almost complete abs...

COMMENT: From the Russian shop floor

Last week Simon Warburton visited the Moscow Motor Show with Renault Russia and had the opportunity to talk with senior executives, as well...

COMMENT: Russian stoicism a valuable tool

Eating a stone's throw from Moscow's notorious Lubyanka was an unusual experience last week, but then as so much of Russia is unexpected, it...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: And what a week...

I submit, yeronner, brain fade, the leap straight from summer holiday to Swedish presser and an exceptionally busy week for the delay in thi...

Latest Interviews

Q&A with David Lindley, SAIC's UK tech centre MD 16 Jun 2014

Dave Leggett

SAIC Motor technical Centre UK SMTC UK works on designing, developing and engineering advanced new vehicle and powertrain products for SAIC, one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers and owner of the MG brand. Dave Leggett interviewed SMTC UK's managing director David Lindley.


INTERVIEW: VW Rus director Marcus Osegowitsch 20 Mar 2014

Simon Warburton

Marcus Osegowitsch is general director, Volkswagen Group Rus and Simon Warburton caught up with him on the sidelines of this year's Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow.

Latest News

Russia faces two-year slump - Ford 23 Sep 14

Dave Leggett

Russia's car market faces two years with little prospect of significant recovery according to the head of Ford's operations there.


Magna plans two new Indian factories 23 Sep 14

Graeme Roberts

Magna International said it was setting up two new plants in the Sanand region of the state of Gujarat, India, as a result of winning new business awards for vehicles built on global platforms.


Lower tariffs spark Vietnam exit fears 23 Sep 14

Dave Leggett

Fears are being expressed that the end of import tariffs on built-up car imports to Vietnam - under trade agreements - could cause manufacturers with assembly plants to quit Vietnam unless there are compensatory tax breaks from the government.


Nissan forms Infiniti JV with Dongfeng 22 Sep 14

Dave Leggett

Nissan has formed a joint venture in China with Dongfeng that will produce Infiniti cars for the Chinese market in a move that deepens the partnership between Nissan and Dongfeng.


GAZ Group launches medium-duty truck 22 Sep 14

Graeme Roberts

GAZ Group's Gorky automobile plant has begun production of a new, medium-duty truck called the GAZon Next.


BMW i3 REX costs US$100,000 in Brazil 22 Sep 14

Graeme Roberts

BMW's i3 is the first 100% electric vehicle to go on retail sale here in Brazil and is now available in eight regional capital cities for nothing short of US$100,000/BRL237,000.

Latest blogs

Badge snobbery in China 30 Jul 14

Dave Leggett

Ah, the old chestnut of the promise of the automotive brand, the core brand values and what the brand says about the driver.


Lockdown in St Petersburg 23 May 14

Simon Warburton

It's perhaps no huge surprise security is taken so seriously at this year's Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, but the sheer scale of the precautions is overwhelming.

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