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COMMENT: Putin defies winter with Lada backing

As winter starts to really take hold in Russia – both climatically through the advent of the first real cold of this time of year – and equa...

Suppliers defensive in teeth of VW storm

If not exactly a stampede, there is certainly an orderly queue of suppliers beating a retreat to distance themselves from one of the greates...

COMMENT: Russia toughs it out at US$40 a barrel

As sharply falling oil prices which went below US$40 last week, continue to feed through to Russian exchange rates, with a plunging currency...

COMMENT: TPP legacy as Obama's Grand Projet?

It's only natural to want to leave something behind, something tangible which indicates you've made a difference and which will endure for d...

Latest Interviews

Q&A: GETRAG FORD talk manual gearbox developments 18 Sep 2015

Calum MacRae

At the 2015 IAA, Calum MacRae spoke with Christof Schulte, Senior Product Development Manager manual transmissions, GETRAG FORD Transmissions GmbH, Germany. MX65 – in three variants 5MTT152, 5MTT215 and 6MTT215 - is the replacement for Ford's venerable iB5 transmission (alternatively known as 5MTT170) and will be produced in four global locations.

Q&A: Ulrika Pettersson, Tech Leader - Volvo XC90 10 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

As head of software development for VCC's V526 project, Ulrika Pettersson manages the input of suppliers to the new XC90's advanced infotainment system. With more variants of this big SUV still to come, her role is evolving.

Latest News

Low-carbon may create 66,000 French jobs - report 26 Nov 15

Simon Warburton

Renault, Michelin and a raft of energy providers, as well as suppliers, are backing a low-carbon report published ahead of next week's COP21 meeting where dozens of Heads of State are expected to descend on Paris.

SMMT hails UK Catapult funding committment 26 Nov 15

Simon Warburton

UK automotive supplier association, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), is welcoming yesterday's (25 November) British government Spending Review, which is pledging to increase funding for Britain's technology Catapult Centres.

Magna and Hongli Zhixin team on China seating JV 26 Nov 15

Simon Warburton

 Magna and Chongqing Hongli Zhixin Automotive Parts Manufacture have inked a 50/50 joint-venture agreement to provide complete seating systems and seating components to Changan Ford and other customers in China.

Constellium to build new US$32m Georgia plant 26 Nov 15

Simon Warburton

Constellium says it will construct a new manufacturing facility in Bartow County, Georgia, creating 150 jobs, in response to growing demand for its automotive structures in North America.

SMMT backs EU club membership - with reform 25 Nov 15

Simon Warburton

UK automotive trade body, Society of Motor Traders and Manufacturers (SMMT) is nailing its colours firmly to the European Union (EU) mast, although it still insists reform is needed.

SMMT urges UK to back auto ahead of finance review 25 Nov 15

Simon Warburton

Britain's automotive trade body, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), is urging the UK government to back the sector ahead of a major financial announcement concerning the country's future spending plans.

Latest blogs

Sparkle in the rain 29 Oct 15

Simon Warburton

To the backdrop of bright autumnal sunshine - not to mention a certain German automaker's woes - this year's recent FKG Suppliers Forum in Gothenburg fused a heady mixture of knowledge exchange and networking.

New Bosch president starts royally 5 Jun 15

Simon Warburton

New UK Bosch president, Steffen Hoffmann has only been in post a couple of months, but has clearly already moving in some very exalted circles indeed.

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