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Review of 2014 (1)

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Automotive safety...

One thing that has always got everyone in the automotive business talking is safety. It's an interesting one. Cars have become much safer in...

ANALYSIS: Indonesia's car market cools

Indonesia is an ASEAN market with plenty of growth potential. However, Tony Pugliese notes that it has hit some bumps in the road as fuel pr...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: All eyes on Vienna

I've come off the bench this week, as just-auto news editor, Graeme Roberts, takes a well-earned sojorn in Shakespeare's home county, HQ als...

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Faurecia deputy GM China Jingcheng Li 24 Nov 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.


INTERVIEW: Peugeot CEO Maxim Picat (Part 1) 10 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Can Peugeot become a near-premium brand, in time? CEO Maxim Picat believes it can. Here, he discusses progress on future vehicles and powertrains, and challenges the suggestion that rivals for Dacia and Renault's Logan and Sandero are needed.

Latest News

Chevrolet Brazil joins the adventurer craze 22 Dec 14

Fernando Calmon

The new Spin Activ is the first mass-produced Chevrolet in Brazil to gain the 'adventurous look' - effectively SUV off-roader looks minus the actual off-road ability.


Boosted buying power changes Brazil buyer profile 22 Dec 14

Fernando Calmon

In the last 12 years, as annual new vehicle sales have climbed 140%, the Brazilian buyer profile has changed and, even more, so has product segmentation.


Alliance suspends orders for some cars in Russia 19 Dec 14

Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor and Renault have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the ruble's plunge continues, alliance chief executive Carlos Ghosn said.


Brazil fleet may top 106m vehicles in 20 years 19 Dec 14

Fernando Calmon

A study by auto industry lobby group Anfavea on the evolution of the Brazilian market for the next 20 years, presented at a recent Harvard Business School (HBS) seminar in São Paulo, attracted considerable interest from companies eyeing the local market.


Geely earnings hit by Russia crisis 19 Dec 14

Tony Pugliese

China’s Geely Automobile Holdings saw its Hong Kong listed shares drop by over 20% this week after it told regulators that net earnings for the year are expected to decline by 50% due to the economic crisis in Russia.


Daimler truck plant reaches 20,000 milestone 19 Dec 14

Graeme Roberts

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles has now built over 20,000 BharatBenz and Fuso trucks at its plant in Chennai, south west India.

Latest blogs

What does a Chinese premium brand car consumer look like? 27 Nov 14

Dave Leggett

Well, on average, male and 33.5 years of age, with average annual household income of $175,000. There's some interesting stuff here in a survey of 800 premium brand car customers in China carried out by the Hurun Research Institute.


AvtoVAZ concession to heat-seeking cats 12 Nov 14

Dave Leggett

Russia is a tough environment for car companies. Right now, weak demand and possible future overcapacity for some of the big joint venture OEMs is a concern. And the depreciation of the rouble and associated uncertainties is a sizeable worry, also.

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