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THE WEEK THAT WAS: The year is flying by...

Dunno 'bout you but 2015 seems to be flying by waaaay too fast - where did yet another week go?...

COMMENT: Russia - it is rocket science

It's not often Soviet rocket scientists are mentioned in an automotive context, but the subject came up recently on the sidelines of the Rus...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chinese scoop up Pirelli

We started the week with a bit of a surprise - famous Italian tyremaker was nabbed by a Chinese chemical company with big plans for its tyre...

ANALYSIS: Depressed Thai market forces rethink

After a government stimulated market binge in 2012, the Thai vehicle market has been left saturated and has declined sharply since. As outpu...

Latest Interviews

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.


INTERVIEW: Peugeot CEO Maxim Picat (Part 1) 10 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Can Peugeot become a near-premium brand, in time? CEO Maxim Picat believes it can. Here, he discusses progress on future vehicles and powertrains, and challenges the suggestion that rivals for Dacia and Renault's Logan and Sandero are needed.

Latest News

Volvo Cars’ China sales will outpace premiums 21 Apr 15

Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson said his company's sales in China in 2015 would grow faster than the overall market for premium cars.


GKN claims another global AWD first 21 Apr 15

Graeme Roberts

Following on from last week's claim it had become the first Tier One supplier to deliver a complete all wheel drive (AWD) system to a vehicle manufacturer, UK based GKN Driveline said it had become the first global Tier One supplier to design, develop and manufacture a complete all-wheel drive (AWD) system in China.


GKN Automotive China JV to spend US$850m expanding 21 Apr 15

Graeme Roberts

The Chinese joint venture between GKN Automotive and Huaya Automotive is spending US$850m over the next five years to meet growing demand for the company’s driveline systems, all-wheel drive (AWD) and hybrid technology.


JCI begins start-stop battery production in China 21 Apr 15

Graeme Roberts

Johnson Controls is expanding its manufacturing operations in China by beginning production of advanced lead-acid batteries for start-stop vehicles to help automakers meet increasingly strict fuel economy and emission regulations.


Shanghai show debuts list updated 21 Apr 15

Glenn Brooks

Manufacturers continue to announce world premieres at Auto Shanghai 2015.


Mitsubishi China recalls 26,000 vehicles 21 Apr 15

Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors is recalling around 26,600 Lancer and Outlander models in China for a demister fan problem.

Latest blogs

"Difficult and beautiful" in Russia 19 Mar 15

Simon Warburton

Despite fears numbers would be down, this year's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) kicked off in Moscow with a healthy attendance that belied the undoubted economic challenges the country faces.


Winter thaw sees Moscow shine 16 Mar 15

Simon Warburton

It really is Spring sat here in Moscow and while not exactly scorchio, the sun is beating down on this most vibrant of cities, which seems to have rid itself of its once oily, heavy air.

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