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

Barely had our business/components/supply chain editor Simon Warburton, liberally fuelled by glutinous rice balls he helped make, touched ba...

JLR's Brazilian expansion - Analysis

As Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Brazil officially opens, Ian Henry takes a closer look at the company’s latest manufacturing se...

THE WEEK - The phone will introduce your car

Like almost every other aspect of the autobiz, the retailing and service side is changing. Tesla has gone to war in the US to end the cosy m...

No China crisis yet

It's my last day here in Chongqing before heading back to the UK via Helsinki - the northern route to Europe with Finnair works well - and b...

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

Strong May for Renault boosts European car sales 29 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

New car registrations in the 29 markets analysed by JATO Dynamics show that the positive trend in automotive sales is continuing – with new car registrations during May 15.1% higher than the same month in 2015.

SMIC to buy 70% of Lfoundry for EUR49m 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) has inked a deal to acquire 70% of Lfoundry for EUR49m (US$54m).

Inteva opens new Mexico interiors plant 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Inteva Products is expanding its global manufacturing capabilities with a new 300,000-square-foot facility in Guanajuato, Silao, Mexico.

Maxion opens new Brazil aluminium wheel site 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Maxion Wheels has opened a new light vehicle aluminium wheel plant in Limeira, São Paulo, Brazil.

Force Motors opens new engine/axle plant in India 27 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Force Motors’ new plant at Chakan has been opened.

Toyota opens first GD diesel engine plant in India 27 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota Industries Engine India (TIEI), a joint venture between the local Kirloskar Systems (KSL) and Japan's Toyota Industries Corporation has opened a new diesel engine plant at Jigani Industrial Area, Bengaluru.

Export demand boosts Brazil automakers recruitment 24 Jun 16

Fernando Calmon

Following BMW, which will begin X1 SUV exports from its Brazilian assembly plant to the US next month, three other automakers have decided to hire temporary workers to help fill new orders from overseas due to increased competitiveness following devaluation of the Brazilian real versus the US dollar.

Financial bodies comply with norms - Iran Bank 24 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Iran's Central Bank says it, as well as the country's financial institutions, are compliant with international norms.

More private investment needed-Iranian Ambassador 23 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Iran's Ambassador to Russia is calling for more private businesses to become involved in his country as the post-sanctions landscape starts to open up real possibilities for overseas companies.

AvtoVAZ announces new board members 23 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ has unveiled the composition of its new board members today (23 June) at its annual general shareholder meeting.

Romania sales up 6.9%, output down 6.9% 23 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Sale of motor vehicles in Romania rose 6.9% year on year in the first five months of the year to about 46,200 units, a local report said. But national production dropped by 6.9% according to the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA).

Iran lauds new business climate as PSA deal inked 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Iran's Industry Minister has delivered a tub-thumping series of reasons why Western operations should consider reviving old ties or starting new ones in the post-sanctions era.

Borgward BSP platform details and Kuka alliance 22 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

Chinese-German would be luxury SUV maker Borgward has named Kuka as a strategic partner for manufacturing operations, at whilst also revealing the abbreviation by which its current and future vehicles' platform is internally known.

Pierburg secures EUR375m China OEM order 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Pierburg, a subsidiary of supplier, KSPG (a member of the Rheinmetall Group), has been awarded what it says are "major orders" worth EUR375m (US$423m) by an unnamed Chinese automotive group.

Mitsubishi Philippines breaks stamping site ground 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation's (MMPC) Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy Programme, also known as CARS, has broken ground to inject more than Php2bn (US$43m) to construct a stamping shop facility in the country.

NEVS drops Saab as it establishes identity 21 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) is to drop the Saab trademark as it moves to become a sustainable mobility provider.

Malaysia vehicle sales fall 13% in May 21 Jun 16

Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s new vehicle market continued to shrink in May 2016, by 12.8% to 44,669 units compared with already weak 51,254 sales in the same month of last year, according to the monthly automotive industry report released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Eberspaecher ramps up Brazil bus AC activity 21 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Eberspaecher Suetrack says it will intensify its activities in Brazil to meet the growing market for bus air conditioning in South America.

Honda Taiwan reaches 300K cumulative milestone 21 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Honda Taiwan has held a ceremony to celebrate its 300,000-unit cumulative automobile production at its plant in Pingtung City.

Russia localisation on the rise - Deputy Minister 20 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Russia's Industry Ministry says domestic automotive component manufacture is increasing despite the continuing struggles of the sector in the country, which has seen huge sales falls.

Latest blogs

White nights and networking in St Petersburg 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

So another St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has flashed by in its usual white blur of back-to-back press conferences and some of the highest level networking I've ever seen.

New Normal becomes New Reality in BRIC parlance 15 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Russia or more specifically, St Petersburg, is hosting its 16th International Economic Forum here in its mighty second city and it's a continued show of defiance against a West, which is equally stubborn in its insistence of maintaining a frosty disapproval of The Kremlin's Crimea and possibly Eastern Ukraine involvement

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