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Will GM regret the shrinking of Chevrolet?

18 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

GM has consolidated operations and withdrawn its Chevrolet brand from a number of markets as part of a strategy to focus activity where it turns a profit. There's a clear short-term benefit to the bottom line, but will it be regretted in the long-term as rivals are left to exploit new opportunities in emerging markets?

China leads global EV sector

3 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China is the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, with a total of 409,000 units sold in the country last year – up by 65% on the previous year, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

How Buick could push Toyota out of China's top 3

21 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Buick cars and light trucks are the focus of the second feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors.

GM China's future vehicles - Baojun and Wuling

16 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Baojun and Wuling are two of the best selling brands in China, and each is controlled by the SAIC General Motors Wuling joint venture. This is the first part of a look into each of GM's passenger vehicles divisions and their worldwide models, both current and future.

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AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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.

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Ford Brazil re-engines and updates EcoSport

27 July 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Time flies. It's 14 years since Ford Brazil was first in the blue oval empire to launch the EcoSport B-SUV [initially restricted mainly to South America - ed] and it's done well here in South America.

Volkswagen Group and Sovac open multi-brand plant

27 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen and partner Sovac officially opened their multi-brand joint venture assembly plant (view location in just-auto's search engine QUBE in Relizane, 280km south west of Algiers).

Nissan Brazil adds shift as Kicks demand rises

26 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Brazil has started a second shift at its Resende factory.

GAC starts selling GE3 SUV EV in China

25 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese automaker GAC's first self-developed smart all-electric SUV, the GE3, is now on sale in China.

Great Wall Motor profit dives

25 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Great Wall Motor has reported that its net profit halved in the first half of the year.

Toyota to produce EVs in China from 2019

24 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor plans to produce electric vehicles in China from 2019, according to reports in Japan citing unnamed sources.

Brazil's ethanol producers, automakers, sign deal

21 July 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil is in a privileged position for electricity generation and land vehicle fuel production thanks to its ethanol infrastructure. While countries in the so-called 'developed world' need expensive and hard-to-implement solutions to reduce CO2 emission, with projects sometimes taking decades to deliver tangible results, this country can count on biofuels now.

JLR opens Chery JV China engine plant

21 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover has opened a Chinese engine plant as part of its RMB10.9bn (US$1.6bn) joint venture with Chery Automobile to manufacture the Ingenium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine for future Chery JLR vehicles.

Volvo Cars and Chinese parent Geely plan new JV

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars announced it would set up new joint venture technology company with its Chinese car group parent Geely Holding.

Hyundai starts production at new Chinese factory

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor has commenced production at its fifth passenger car assembly plant in China.

Magna has Plan B if Slovenia plans thwarted

19 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Magna says it is "sure" it will secure approval for its new vehicle assembly plant in Slovenia, although the supplier maintains it has an alternative plan should talks collapse.

China electrified car sales set for high growth

19 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fitch Ratings believes China's new energy (electrified) vehicle (NEV) market will expand steadily to meet 2m annual sales a year by 2020, from around 507,000 units in 2016.

Mercedes-Benz launches Nissan-based X-Class

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has launched its long-heralded X-Class medium size pickup truck, effectively a rebadge of the Nissan-Renault Alliance's Barcelona built Navara model line.

Slovenia Magna decision imminent as 3,000 apply

18 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Slovenia's Ministry of Economy says 3,000 people have already applied for jobs at Magna's potential new plant in the country as the supplier waits on government approval for its site.

New energy vehicle output and sales soar in China

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

June production and sales of new energy vehicles in China reached 65,000 units and 59,000 units respectively, increasing 43.4% and 33.0% respectively year on year.

China passenger car sales rise, slowly

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Production and sales of passenger cars in China in June 2017 reached 1,845,000 and 1,832,000 units respectively, up 5.6% and 4.6% month on month month, and up 3.7% and 2.3% year on year, 1.7 percentage points and 2.2 percentage points lower than the overall growth.

Mitsubishi to launch new crossover MPV

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said its new small crossover MPV would make its global debut at the Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) next month.

Nissan UK plant trains South African colleagues

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shop floor supervisors from Nissan Motor's South African assembly plant in Rosslyn now undergo training at the automaker's flagship Sunderland plant in the UK, and over 40 local employees have completed the course, a top executive revealed.

Tantech takes majority slice of Chinese EV maker

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tantech Holdings has completed the acquisition of 70% equity interest in Suzhou E Motors, a specialty electric vehicles and power batteries manufacturer based in Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province.

Jaguar to build E-Pace in China

17 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Having announced more details of the upcoming E-Pace compact SUV, and that it will be assembled for most markets under contract by Magna Steyr, Jaguar said the car would will also be manufactured at the Chery Jaguar Land Rover plant in Changshu "exclusively for Chinese customers" with sales starting in China in 2018.

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