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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.

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.

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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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Qoros finds new investor

28 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Investment firm Quantum and Wuhu Chery Automobile Investment Co Ltd have agreed to sell a controlling stake in their Shanghai-based car-making joint venture Qoros Automotive Co Ltd to an undisclosed Chinese investor, according to local reports.

GM India expands Beat range exports

28 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

GM in India has commenced shipments of the sedan version of its Chevrolet Beat to Latin America markets.

VW Slovakia strike ends as union accepts offer

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Slovakia's six-day walkout by thousands of staff has ended with workers returning to work after an improved offer by the automaker.

Saint-Gobain to build flat glass plant in Mexico

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Saint-Gobain is to start a new flat glass (float) production line in Saltillo, Mexico, scheduled to come on stream at the beginning of 2020, manufacturing glass for the automotive and construction sectors.

Daihatsu targets Brazil in partnership with Toyota

26 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Daihatsu Motors plans to launch small and compact cars in Brazil market as part of a broader strategy of expanding its collaboration with its parent company Toyota Motor in emerging markets worldwide.

Tesla eyeing Shanghai for new assembly plant

23 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tesla is considering a location in the Shanghai area for a plant to serve the Chinese market, according to reports.

Ford recalls Indian made cars in South Africa

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is recalling nearly 16,000 Indian made Ikon and Figo models in South Africa due to a potential fire risk, a media report said on Friday.

Peugeot returns to African pickup truck market

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Peugeot is returning to the African pickup truck market with a double cab model apparently sourced from China.

Chinese software snafu leads to Aston recall

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Aston Martin Lagonda is ordering a global recall of 1,658 Vantage cars after problems with a routine transmission software update led to incidents in China in which some cars stalled and lost power, its CEO told Reuters.

Slovak PM storms into VW strike backing wage hike

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Slovakia's Prime Minister has waded into the start of today's (20 June) strike by Volkswagen workers at its Bratislava plant by publicly backing the mass walkout.

Daimler starts construction of Russian plant

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has started construction of a EUR250m fully flexible passenger car assembly plant in Russia where it has so far concentrated on commercial vehicle production (partnerships with GAZ and YaMZ).

IAC opens India engineering centre

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

IAC has opened an engineering centre in Pune, India as well as holding the groundbreaking ceremony for a manufacturing site within General Motors' new supplier park in Arlington, Texas.

VW Slovakia union talks collapse as strike looms

19 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Slovakia is facing massive industrial action tomorrow (20 June) as thousands of workers walk out at 06:00 in support of a 16% wage claim, a hike derided as 'absurd' by management.

PPG opens new paint/coatings facility in Lipetsk

19 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

PPG has opened a EUR45m (US$49m) paint and coatings manufacturing facility in the Lipetsk region of Russia, creating around 200 positions and producing 25m litres (6.6m gallons) of coatings at full capacity.

AvtoVAZ "not isolated" from megatrends - CEO

16 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ insists its Lada brand will not remain isolated from global megatrends including on-board entertainment, but the giant automaker nonetheless concedes Russia presents distinct challenges when it comes to implementing some technologies emerging in smaller regions.

Nissan Brazil ends initial tests of ethanol FCV

16 June 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Nissan was the auto industry's first company to develop a vehicle prototype powered by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that works with bio-ethanol’. By combining this and two other technologies (electric motor and a 24 kW/h battery) range is in excess of 600km (375 miles).

Volkswagen Group YTD sales flat

16 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group has delivered 4.2m vehicles to customers since the beginning of the year, "on a par with the level for the previous year".

Czechs push labour quality rather than pure price

15 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Czech Republic officials insist they will make it clear labour in the country will be difficult to source if overseas investors believe they can hire staff purely on economic grounds.

GAZ and VW Rus ink manufacturing extension to 2025

15 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ have signed an extension of their manufacturing agreement for Volkswagen and Škoda cars in Russia to 2025.

Schaeffler Russia appoints new CEO

15 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Schaeffler has appointed Maxim Shakhov as Russia CEO based in Moscow and who will report to Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, CEO, Rainer Lindner.

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