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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

Toyota India to use TNGA platform in new models 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota plans to move away from using low-cost platforms in India, and switch to the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) in upcoming models.


Romanian car sales rise as local output slows 20 May 16

Graeme Roberts

New passenger car sales in Romania rose 9.4% year on year in the first four months of 2016 to 28,000 units. But local car production went down 6.4% on lower domestic sales and exports, according to the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA).


Brembo closes 66% ASIMOCO stake transaction 20 May 16

Simon Warburton

Brembo says closing of the transaction to acquire a 66% stake in the share capital of ASIMCO Meilian Braking Systems (Langfang), has now taken place.


Protean teams with Tianjin for in-wheel motors 20 May 16

Simon Warburton

Protean Electric and the Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area (THT), have announced their plan to start manufacturing in-wheel motors in Tianjin during the second half of 2016 and to construct a factory on a permanent site within THT by the end of next year.


Global NCAP fails five Indian cars in crash test 19 May 16

Graeme Roberts

The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP continue to disappoint with all five models rated as zero star. The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all showed low levels of adult occupant protection.


New China autoglass making JV officially opens 19 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Shandong PGW Jinjing Automotive Glass (PJG), a joint venture between Shandong Jinjing Science & Technology Stock, a leading supplier of float glass in China, and Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW), a world-leading supplier of automotive glass, have celebrated the opening of a new automotive glass manufacturing facility in Zibo, Shandong Province, China.


Mobileye and China unveil safety research results 19 May 16

Simon Warburton

Mobileye, with the Chinese Research Institute of Highway Ministry of Transport, has unveiled findings from a 2015 test of their collision avoidance technology.


Toyota to build second plant in Malaysia 18 May 16

Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor plans to build a second vehicle assembly plant in Malaysia to tap into growing regional demand, according to reports in Japan quoting company sources.


Indonesian market turns positive in April 18 May 16

Tony Pugliese

The new vehicle market in Indonesia expanded for the first time in two years in April, by 3.8% to 84,700 units from 81,600 units a year earlier, according to data released by the industry automotive Gaikindo.


Renault's Curitiba plant to assemble Brazil Kwid 16 May 16

Graeme Roberts

The Kwid will be assembled in Brazil by Renault's Ayrton Senna industrial complex in Sao José dos Pinhais (state of Parana), the automaker announced.


VW April 2016 global CV sales rise 5.8% 16 May 16

Graeme Roberts

In the first four months of the year Volkswagen commercial vehicles delivered 154,600 vehicles to customers worldwide - growth of 4.7%. With 41,500 vehicles, the brand's deliveries in April also exceeded the previous year's level (+5.8%).


NEVS acquires 50% of New Long Ma facility 13 May 16

Simon Warburton

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formally signed the contract to acquire a stake in the New Long Ma manufacturing company in Fujian.


China Automotive Q1 net income down to US$5.7m 13 May 16

Simon Warburton

China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has unveiled first quarter net income down from US$8.5m to US$5.7m, while net sales fell 5.5% to US$116.9m.


Russian market to pick up in 2017 - EY 12 May 16

Simon Warburton

Russian analysts say domestic sales will continue to fall this year, but expect the situation to improve in 2017, when demand is forecast to pick up.


Chinese sales rise 6% in April 12 May 16

Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in China rose by 6.3% to 2.12m units in April 2016, compared with 1.99m units in the same month a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Russia Lada sales rise for first time in two years 12 May 16

Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ says Lada sales have increased in Russia for the first time in two years, with April seeing a 7.8% rise compared to 12 months ago and 10.7% more than in March.


Toyota opens US$170m Brazil engine facility 11 May 16

Simon Warburton

Toyota do Brasil LTDA (TDB) has opened its new US$170m engine manufacturing facility in the city of Porto Feliz, creating 320 direct jobs.


Vietnam sales surge by 38% in April 11 May 16

Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Vietnam continued to grow strongly in April, with deliveries to dealers rising by over 38% to 22,979 units from 16,643 units a year ago, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).


FAW-Volkswagen JV to build fifth plant in China 10 May 16

Tony Pugliese

FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company announced it would build a fifth vehicle factory, in the port city of Tianjin, as it looks to increase its exposure to growing demand in the world’s largest vehicle market.


Weak currency hits South Africa vehicle market 10 May 16

Dave Leggett

Higher prices for vehicles in South Africa caused by the weak rand, along with higher interest rates, are continuing to dent the country’s vehicle market. On the upside, the soft currency means export prospects appear bright.

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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