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Will Geely take control of Proton?

13 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Shares in Proton Holding’s main shareholder, DRB-Hicom Bhd, rose to a three-month high last week as speculation mounted that China’s Geely Automobile Holdings is the front-runner to take control of Malaysia's first national car company.

China, India and Europe boost global car sales

10 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

JATO Dynamics' analysis of 52 markets found that 84.24m units were sold in 2016, which was driven by increased demand in China, India and Europe. China saw double-digit growth in sales, while demand in the US remained stable. Global demand for SUVs continued, with significant sales increases in the segment across South East Asia, Europe and China.

What PSA Group must do to turn DS around [updated]

3 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The future model strategy for DS is explored here in this, the first in a series concerning the passenger car brands of PSA Group. The other chapters will be a focus on Citroën, followed by Peugeot.

ASEAN REPORT - Vehicle sales up 4.2% in 2016

1 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets are estimated to have risen by 4.7% to 947,241 units in the fourth quarter of 2016, from 904,504 units in the same period of the previous year, according to data exclusively provided to just-auto by AsiaMotorBusiness.com.

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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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PSA and Geely bid for Proton - reports

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA Group and China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have reportedly submitted bids to buy a stake in loss-making Proton.

FAW and Dongfeng in advanced R&D alliance

21 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s FAW Group Corporation and Dongfeng Motor have signed an agreement to set up a jointly-owned R&D centre focused on the development of advanced technologies such as fuel cells, smart connectivity and lightweight materials.

Audi teams up with Zoomcar in India

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

India carshare firm Zoomcar has announced a partnership with Audi.

Honda targets strong growth in Malaysia

20 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Honda Malaysia plans to introduce four new models this year to help lift domestic sales to over 100,000 units, according to CEO Katsuto Hayashi.

Mitsubishi Philippines begins Mirage G4 production

20 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced that production of the Mirage G4 (Philippine market name; Attrage in some other markets) has started at the vehicle assembly plant of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC).

Chinese Audi dealers demand US$4bn to cover losses

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Audi dealers in China are demanding CNY28bn yuan ($4bn) to cover losses over the past three years that they blame on the automaker adding too many distributors, potentially worsening a sales decline that saw BMW and Mercedes-Benz overtake the luxury brand last month, Bloomberg reported.

Yet another facelift for nine-year old Citroën C5

17 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Another world premiere for April's Auto Shanghai 2017 has been been added to just-auto.com's debuts list. Astonishingly, the poor selling Citroën C5 is to be given yet another facelift.

GKN and SDS commence AWD Disconnect production

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GKN Driveline’s Chinese joint venture partner SDS has commenced production of its complete all-wheel drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles in China.

EU sales rise 10.2% in January

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The EU passenger car market started 2017 well, partially due to extra selling days during the month. Registrations grew markedly (+10.2%) compared to January 2016, totalling 1,170,220 units, according to ACEA data.

Great Wall to launch premium brand SUVs

16 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s leading SUV manufacturer, Great Wall Motor, plans to launch a new high-end SUV brand later this year to help drive sales of premium models.

Cap hpi predicts registrations growth across EU

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Car sales across the European Union will grow by at least 2.8% in 2017 according to Cap hpi.

China vehicle sales now 'flat' in January

15 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Total vehicle sales in China rose by 0.2% to 2.52m units in January, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) this week.

PSA looks to Iran regional export post-sanctions

14 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says it is "very, very keen" to use its burgeoning relationships with Iranian automakers as a springboard for exports to the Middle East.

PSA eyes 60% Iran localisation as JVs ramp up

14 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says it is aiming for a localisation rate of up to 60% in Iran with its SAIPA joint-venture as the pace of automotive development ramps higher following the ending of most international economic sanctions.

China passenger vehicle sales drop 10% in January

13 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Sales of passenger vehicles in China fell by 9.8% year on year to 2.12m units in January, according to the China Passenger Car Association.

AvtoVAZ 2016 net loss of RUB45bn but revenue up

13 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

AvtoVAZ Group has posted a 2016 net loss of RUB44.8bn (US$772m), including impairment and restructuring costs, but the automaker increased revenue by 4.8% to RUB184.9bn.

Hindustan Motors sells Ambassador for $12m

13 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hindustan Motors' Ambassador brand, synonomous with a 1950s Morris Oxford recycled into top government official transport and taxis in India, has been sold to Peugeot for INR80 crore (US$12m).

Russia January passenger and LCV sales dip 5%

13 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) says January sales of new passenger cars and LCVs decreased by 5% last month, representing a slightly disappointing performance from December's fall of just 1%.

Mahindra plans Nasik/Igatpuri plant spends

13 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mahindra & Mahindra plans to spend INR15bn (US$224m) at its Nasik vehicle and Igatpuri engine plants in Maharashtra.

Survey shows Brazil auto executives ahead on tech

10 February 2017 | Fernando Calmon

International consultancy KPMG’s traditional Global Automotive Executive Survey (GAES), in its 2017 edition published late last month, revealed peculiarities related to the Brazilian market.

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