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China's economic turbulence worries auto industry

China's economy is obviously causing concern right now. It has been such an engine of growth for the world economy that investors get spooke...

Jakarta Auto Show Report

The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show got underway yesterday at the shiny new Indonesian Convention and Exhibition centre in B...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Premium electric SUVs...

Electric powertrain technology comes with a number of drawbacks - mainly surrounding battery performance issues - but it is interesting to s...

ANALYSIS: Honda's BR-V could be The Next Big Thing

Underlining Honda's increasingly smart move towards investing where populations and incomes are rising in Asia, the company has just reveale...

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

BAIC Motor to acquire Daimler stake 1 Sep 15

Tony Pugliese

China’s BAIC Motor plans to buy a significant stake in Germany’s Daimler AG by the end of the year, chairman Xu Heyi said at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the two companies’ Beijing Benz Automotive joint venture.

Bosch opens diesel factory at Bidadi, Karnataka 28 Aug 15

Graeme Roberts

Bosch has opened a new manufacturing plant at Bidadi, Karnataka, India.

Ford names new MEA sales chief 28 Aug 15

Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced the appointment of Rob Crouse as director, sales for Middle East and Africa, responsible for the Middle East, North Africa, South Africa and Sub-Saharan African markets. Crouse will be based in the automaker's MEA regional headquarters in Dubai.

Brazil sales recovery will take time 28 Aug 15

Fernando Calmon

Predictions on when new vehicle sales in Brazil might vary. A GDP decline of a shade over 2% is now estimated for this year to be followed by 0.5% to 1% in 2016.

Toyota restarts Tianjin site after port inferno 27 Aug 15

Simon Warburton

Toyota says it will gradually restart production at its Tianjin plant tomorrow (28 August) following the devastating explosion in the nearby port, which killed at least 121 people and destroyed a possible 10,000 cars.

Brazil parts makers see rise in aftermarket sales 26 Aug 15

Fernando Calmon

Brazil's auto parts industry has been more deeply affected by the current new vehicle sales downturn because it is a less resilient sector. But some relief has come from a slight improvement in aftermarket sales. After all, if Brazilians are shopping less for cars, they're spending more on replacement parts for repairs and servicing.

Latest blogs

Fried cabbage's off 15 Jul 15

Simon Warburton

Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere.

Newsflash! Our relationship with the motor car is evolving 30 Jun 15

Dave Leggett

It's a recurring theme. We seem to be on the cusp of big changes that will profoundly impact car manufacturers, technology providers, component suppliers and all of us who move around - especially city dwellers.

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