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ASEAN vehicle market down almost 10% in 2014

The fourth quarter sales data is in and 2014 saw vehicle sales fall by almost 10% in the ASEAN region. Tony Pugliese analyses the results in...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Tipping point avoided...

One way or another, this first full working week after the festive break has been an eventful one....

ANALYSIS: Things to watch out for in Asia in 2015

After a bumper 2014 in Asia-Pacific, buoyed by growth in China's car market, Tony Pugliese considers the outlook for markets in the region i...

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...

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

General Motors suspending St Petersburg production 30 Jan 15

Graeme Roberts

The downturn in the Russian market has forced General Motors to halt production at its St Petersburg plant for two months.


Toyota to boost Etios output 30 Jan 15

Graeme Roberts

Toyota do Brasil plans to increase annual Etios vehicle production at its Sorocaba plant in São Paulo from 74,000 units to 108,000 units.


Honda India to standardise engines 30 Jan 15

Graeme Roberts

Honda has announced plans to standardise engines across its model range in India. It is currently working on a series of diesel engines that will be available in its future generation models.


Gloomy (non) growth forecasts abound in Brazil 29 Jan 15

Fernando Calmon

According to JATO Dymanics, Brazil remained the world's fourth largest auto market in 2014, staying ahead of Germany by a mere 67,000 units.


SVW launches investigation into Sumitomo tyres 29 Jan 15

Dave Leggett

Chinese media reports say that Shanghai Volkswagen has reportedly launched an investigation into tyres produced by Sumitomo Rubber Industries' China plants after claims that sub-standard tyres may have been fitted to the China-made Passat.


Infiniti to increase Chinese production 29 Jan 15

Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor's Infiniti plans to increase local production in China, following the Chinese government's innovation and economic transition driven policies.

Latest blogs

Kia's China-only crossover 2 Jan 15

Graeme Roberts

We're well used to China-only models from the long-established foreign automaker players there like Volkswagen and General Motors but now even the (relative) newcomers are getting in on the act.


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.

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