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ASEAN vehicle sales fall 3.6% in Q1

New vehicle sales in south-east Asia’s six largest markets fell by 3.6% to 737,474 units in the first quarter of 2016, from 765,399 units in...

Beijing backdrop – China challenges ahead

Automotive eyes turn to the Beijing Auto Show this week....

Depressed Brazil market will disrupt tech advances

The time seems to have come: no one is sure about how long the Brazilian economy will keep getting worse before recovery starts....

ANALYSIS - Driving the Haval H2 SUV

Might Haval one day be as successful in markets outside China as Land Rover and Jeep are today? Today, it seems fanciful. Tomorrow? Who know...

Latest Interviews

Magna EVP on Chinese auto market, Getrag - Q&A 8 Mar 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 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.

Latest News

ZF forms e-mobility unit with China focus 29 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

ZF says it is bundling activities which will shape the future of e-mobility into its new ‘E-Mobility Division’ which will be focused on market opportunities in China.


Peter Lake to head booming ZF Asia-Pacific 28 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

ZF board member, Peter Lake is to assume responsibility for Asia-Pacific, which has seen sales double in the region from around EUR3bn (US$3.4bn) to EUR6.4bn.


BEIJING - PSA launches DS 4S premium hatchback 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

PSA Group launched a new model exclusively for the Chinese market at this week's Beijing show - the DS 4S. Designed in France and produced at PSA's Shenzhen joint venture factory, the car is positioned as a 'premium hatchback' in the compact car segment.


BEIJING 2016 - world premieres list 26 Apr 16

Glenn Brooks

As happens every two years, there was a vast number of vehicle and concept world premieres at the Beijing motor show. Arguably the most important were the Acura CDX, Changan CX70, Geely Emgrand GS, Honda Avancier, Hyundai Verna, Renault Koleos, VW Magotan and VW T-Prime.


BEIJING - Automakers sounding more cautious note 25 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Major western automakers active in China, usually through local manufacturing/distribution joint ventures, are now sounding a more cautious note over the world’s largest car market, they said on the sidelines of the Beijing motor show.


GAC Fiat-Chrysler launches Jeep plant in China 25 Apr 16

Tony Pugliese

Fiat-Chrysler has started operations at its new joint venture plant in Guangzhou, southern China.


Qoros wants to reverse losses ‘in 3 years’ 19 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Struggling China-based premium vehicles maker Qoros is hoping that management and organisational changes will bring an improvement to its financial performance.


AvtoVAZ outlines expected board changes 18 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Renault-Nissan and Rostec State Corporation say they expect to appoint Serguey Skvortsov as AvtoVAZ chairman, with Denis Le Vot elected as vice chairman following the Russian automaker's annual shareholder meeting on 23 June in Togliatti.


Mercedes-Benz starts Brazil assembly gently 15 Apr 16

Fernando Calmon

Mercedes-Benz has gradually started production at its just-opened, 20,000-unit capacity assembly plant in Iracemápolis, 170km/106 miles north-west of São Paulo City.


Toyota Europe boosts first quarter sales 15 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe reported sales for the first quarter of 2016 of 241,600 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, an increase of 5.1% from Q1 2015, in a European market still split between growth in the west and central Europe (+7.9%) and further decline in the east (-10%). Total market share for the group was 4.8%.


Grupo Antolin opens JV China headliner plant 15 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Grupo Antolin has opened a new plant in Wuhan, China to manufacture headliners and door panels for Renault, PSA, Nissan, Infiniti, as well as Honda in a joint venture with Dongfeng Visteon.


KSS starts India R&D Technical Centre 15 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Key Safety Systems (KSS), says it has decided to "stake a major investment" in a site at IMT Manesar near New Delhi to establish a global R&D Technical Centre.


Tougher China CO2 targets driving content - Delphi 14 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Delphi says significantly rising production in China and tougher emissions targets are driving major content opportunity.


Delphi number one China supplier in new normal 14 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Delphi says it remains the number one automotive supplier for China as the country adapts to its 'new normal' rate of GDP increase after years or runaway economic expansion.


Mazda rolls out water based paint to foreign plant 14 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the introduction of its unique Aqua-tech Paint System at Changan Mazda Automobile (CMA), the company's joint venture vehicle production facility in Jiangsu, China.


ZF TRW adds crash test sled in Anting China 13 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

ZF TRW, the active and passive safety division of ZF Friedrichshafen, has opened the crash sled section of its Anting Technical Centre in China.


Porsche sales set company Q1 record 13 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Porsche said first quarter 2016 sales set a company record with 55,974 new vehicles delivered worldwide, a rise of 10% year on year.


Chinese gaming firm plans electric crossover 13 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Major Chinese gaming company Youzu Interactive plans to partner with an electric vehicle maker to produce a sport utility vehicle for sale in 2018 according to Bloomberg.


Pierburg wins EUR85m Chinese OEM contract 11 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

KSPG subsidiary, Pierburg, has secured an EUR85m (US$97m) lifetime contract from an unnamed Chinese OEM for control valves, actuators for intake manifolds, and electric switchover valves.


Vietnam sales jump 53% in March 11 Apr 16

Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Vietnam picked up momentum in March, with deliveries to dealers rising by close to 53% to 23,192 units from 15,206 units a year ago, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.

Latest blogs

Faring well in Moscow 23 Mar 16

Simon Warburton

While in Moscow last week, I needed to find a cab back from the centre of town, a stone's throw from Moscow's infamous KGB headquarters, the Lubyanka and not much further to The Kremlin, so right slap in the heart of the city.


Russian resilience will see it through crisis 18 Mar 16

Simon Warburton

I was talking to someone who works for the British Embassy in Moscow at the Russian Automotive Forum's (RAF) Cocktail Reception and we got on to why there were no British suppliers at the event.

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