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Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.


The Week That Was - August replenishes batteries

5 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

August's dog days are well and truly on us up here in the Northern hemisphere and in the soporific heat of a British summer – well OK – it's warmish – industry tends to take a well-earned break and recharge the batteries ready for an autumn which will rapidly see the Paris Motor Show loom large.


ASEAN vehicle sales jump 11% in Q2

29 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in South-east Asia’s six largest markets rose by 10.6% to 781,162 units in the second quarter of 2016, from 706,532 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto by AsiaMotorBusiness.com.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Our Man's in Russia this time

17 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Barely had our business/components/supply chain editor Simon Warburton, liberally fuelled by glutinous rice balls he helped make, touched back down in Blighty, after a week covering the 2016 Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing, China, and it was time for us to sling him back onto a plane, this one bound for the 'Detroit of Russia', St Petersburg.


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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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Romanian car output drops in 2016

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Car output in Romania dropped by 8.2% in the first seven months of the year due to a lack of new models, a local report said.


Lear to build leather processing plant in China

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Seating, leather and electrical systems supplier Lear has signed an investment agreement with the Administrative Commission of Yangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone to construct a premium leather processing plant in Yangzhou, China.


Toyoda Gosei to expand Mexico production facility

24 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Toyoda Gosei Automotive Sealing Mexico, a Mexican subsidiary of Toyoda Gosei, plans to increase its production capacity for weatherstrips to approximately 1.5 times the current level by 2020. This is being done to meet the growing demand for these parts as automobile production increases in North America, especially in Mexico. 


Audi China opens automatic transmission plant

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Audi, with Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Tianjin (VWATJ), has opened a new automatic transmission plant in China.


Daimler JV extends Denza EV's range to 400km

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler said it had broadened its new energy vehicles (NEV) line with the new Denza, extended-range 400, a 'made in China, for China' electric vehicle built by Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology joint venture (BDNT).


Toyota St Petersburg plant starts RAV4 production

23 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Production of the current generation Toyota RAV4 has started at Toyota's plant in St Petersburg, Russia.


Geely Auto first half profits rise, forecast up

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Geely Automobile Holdings has boosted first half profit after sales in China rose.


Chinaust Group acquires two Chinese companies

19 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Chinaust Group, a 50/50 joint venture between GF Piping Systems and Lingyun Industrial, has acquired two Chinese companies: Shuchang Auto Part and Lingyun Jingran Gas Valve.


Chevrolet launching Cavalier nameplate in China

18 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Chevrolet China said it would launch a new compact midsize family sedan called the Cavalier at the Chengdu Auto Show next month.


Chinese air conditioner maker eyes EVs

18 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Gree Electric Appliances, China’s largest air-conditioner maker, is entering the fast-growing electric vehicle market with a CNY13bn (US$2bn) acquisition of electric vehicle manufacturer Zhuhai Yinlong New Energy.


South Africa supplier body appoints new director

18 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

South Africa's National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM), says Renai Moothilal will be its new executive director as of next month.


Government support vital for NEV push - Infiniti

16 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Chinese new energy vehicle (NEV) sales will continue to grow as Beijing looks to ensure low emission technology is at the forefront, says Infiniti, with government collaboration essential.


Tesla alters China website after 'autopilot' crash

15 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla reportedly has removed the word 'autopilot' and a Chinese term for 'self-driving' from its China website after a driver in Beijing who crashed in 'autopilot' mode complained that the car maker overplayed the function's capability and misled buyers.


APM and Tachi-S form Vietnam seating joint venture

15 August 2016 | Tony Pugliese

APM Automotive Holdings, a Malaysian component manufacturer controlled by Tan Chong group, has entered into a partnership to develop and produce automotive seating in Vietnam.


VW Group seven month global sales up 1.3%

15 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group grew deliveries in the first seven months of 2016 by 1.3% year on year to 5.9m units while 787,300 were delivered in July.The Volkswagen Group grew deliveries in the first seven months of 2016 by 1.3% year on year to 5.9m units while 787,300 were delivered in July.


Russia sales "nowhere near" enough says gloomy AEB

12 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses has delivered a gloomy assessment of the country's automotive sales just days before next week's Moscow International Automobile Salon.


IKCO to start Azerbaijan production next year

12 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Iran Khodro says it has inked a deal to start production in Azerbaijan next year, producing Dena, Runna, Samand and Soren vehicles at a site in Naft Chaleh, triggering the creation of at least 300 jobs.


2016 JAKARTA SHOW: World premieres

12 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

There were global debuts from Daihatsu, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Toyota at the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.


IKCO to start 3-cylinder design with Mahle

12 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Iran Khodro says it has agreed a deal with Mahle to design and develop three-cylinder engines in a EUR125m (US$139m) agreement in the latest series of manufacturing initiatives following the recent lifting of sanctions by the West.


Datsun returns to Sri Lanka with redi-GO

12 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Datsun continues to expand its global presence with the brand's return to Sri Lanka, where it was first introduced in 1957. This comes just a few weeks after the brand was brought back to Lebanon.



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