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ASEAN vehicle sales rise 10% in Q1

3 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in South-east Asia’s six largest markets increased by 10.5% to 823,565 units in the first quarter of 2017, from 745,242 units in the same period of the previous year, according to data collected by AsiaMotorBusiness.com exclusively for just-auto.

ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 1

20 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models takes an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second will examine crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. In the final instalment, the focus will be on MPVs/minivans, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.

Japanese automakers strengthen grip on SE Asia

4 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

The Japanese auto industry maintained its strong grip on the vehicle markets of southeast Asia last year, according to exclusive data provided to just-auto.

ANALYSIS - current & future Datsun vehicles

23 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Future models for the three brands of Nissan Motor are the latest to be explored in just-auto's ongoing series. Datsun comes first, to be followed by Infiniti, and then a look at Nissan.

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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.

INTERVIEW: Faurecia deputy GM China Jingcheng Li

24 November 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.

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GMSA union sees 600 jobs gone by July

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has said up to 600 workers at General Motors SA are set to lose their jobs by July, out of a total of 1,500.

Audi resolves Chinese dealer concern

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group unit Audi said at the weekend it had agreed a deal with its dealers in China, effectively resolving a dispute over local joint ventures that could have disrupted its business in the world's biggest car market.

Toyoda Gosei building new airbag plant in India

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei is building a new plant in India to meet growing automobile production in India and the expected increase in demand for airbags as stricter safety regulations are adopted.

Brazil's Innovar-Auto replacement up for debate

19 May 2017 | Fernando Calmon

With the confusing Inovar-Auto (Innovate-Auto) programme due to end on 31 December 2017, the government has decided to impose a new, longer term directive for the Brazilian automotive industry.

Kobe Steel opens new aluminium plant in China

19 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kobe Steel's JV, Kobelco Automotive Aluminium Rolled Products (China), has opened a new factory in Tianjin, China. The company, established in 2014, produces and sells automotive aluminium panel material.

Volvo Cars to begin vehicle assembly in India

18 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars is to start vehicle assembly operations in India in 2017, in conjunction with Volvo Group, the truck, bus and construction equipment manufacturer which already builds vehicles in the country.

VW China JV recalls 600,000 cars

18 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A Volkswagen AG joint venture in China, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile, will recall 577,590 Golf and Sagitar cars in the country because of a headlight fuse defect that may lead to potential safety risks, the state's quality watchdog was cited as saying.

Sogefi to build coil spring plant in China

18 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Sogefi, the automotive components company of the CIR Group, has announced a project to start coil spring production for passenger cars in China at the end of 2018.

BYD becomes 'local auto manufacturer' in Argentina

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

CTS Auto/BYD Auto, a firm controlled by renewable energy technology company BYD, has been authorised to become a local auto manufacturer in Argentina.

Tan Chong defends Cambodia distribution rights

17 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s Tan Chong Motor Holdings (TCMH) has filed a US$33m counter-lawsuit against Narita Motorcare (Cambodia) in defence of its sole right to import and distribute Nissan vehicles in Cambodia.

Mahle expands in China with new compressor plant

17 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Mahle Group is expanding its presence in China, Mahle’s fastest growing market.

Pininfarina inks platform design deal with IKCO

16 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Pininfarina recently announced a commercial agreement with Iran Khodro (IKCO) for the development of a modular automotive platform, able to underpin at least four different vehicles including a medium segment passenger car.

New PSA JV to build LCVs in Uzbekistan

16 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Groupe PSA and SC Uzavtosanoat have announced an equally owned joint venture (JV) - Uzbekistan PCA - to build a production plant in the Free Industrial Zone of Jizzakh, 200km (120 miles) from Tashkent, in Uzbekistan, to produce Peugeot and Citroën LCVs for passenger and freight transport.

Renault Dacia Romania plant back up and running

16 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Dacia plant in Mioveni restarted production after dealing with the effects of last weekend's WannaCry cyber attack, the automaker said.

Renault India to boost product launches

15 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault is planning to shorten launch times and introduce more new products in India.

Isuzu India develops local vendors for global use

15 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Isuzu is gradually increasing component sourcing from India for its global operations as it develops local vendors in the country.

AEB cautiously welcomes 7% rise in April sales

15 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) is cautiously welcoming figures showing new passenger cars and LCV sales rose 6.9% last month, but which were still slightly less than the increase in March.

Romania 'cash for bangers' and EV/hybrid subsidies

15 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Romania’ Cash for Bangers program, known locally as Rabla Clasic, as well as the Rabla Plus version for electric and hybrid cars, will start on 18 May for both individuals and companies, the environment minister Gratiela Gavrilescu said.

ZYNP China to produce pistons for Kolbenschmidt

15 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Rheinmetall Automotive's KS Kolbenschmidt division has signed a licence agreement with supplier, ZYNP to produce and market commercial vehicle steel pistons for the Chinese market.

Brazil to triple auto exports to Colombia

12 May 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil's second vehicle trade agreement, outside the Mercosur region, is set to take effect within 30 days. The first was with Mexico a decade ago and now Colombia is opening up without the previous burden of a 16% import tax.

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