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Chris Wright

Chris WrightBiography

Chris Wright trained as a reporter with Brenards Air News Service, a national agency serving UK newspapers, radio and television with news stories from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports, and worked there from 1970 to 1977.

From 1977 to 1987 he was worked as reporter, sports editor, news editor and assistant editor on a number of evening and weekly titles published by Middlesex County Press Group.

He worked for Security Publications from 1987 to 1991 as editor of three motoring titles and eventually became editorial director, automotive publishing division.

From 1991 to 1999 he freelanced for national daily newspapers and magazines specialising in the automotive industry and was also contracted to edit Automotive International until it was bought by Crain Communications in 1999.

From 1999 to 2002 he was international editor with Automotive News Group before becoming a director of Interchange Europe in 2002.

Wright and Tony Lewis founded Interchange as a partnership to pool their freelance resources for a series of one-off project which included numerous FT Management Reports on the global auto industry, mostly focusing on Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers.

The partnership developed to encompass corporate clients who use the partners’ expertise to help formulate their communication strategy. These included Delphi, Nissan Europe and Toyota Europe.

Now a limited company, Interchange Europe provides news stories about the auto industry to newspapers, magazines and websites and also writes, edits and produces newsletters for various clients using a well-established network of writers, photographers and designers.

Columns by Chris Wright

The Wright Stuff

The Wright Stuff

Roving correspondent Chris 'CJ' Wright gets out and about to interview key industry players and also offers his astute opinions on emerging industry trends.

Articles by Chris Wright

Peter Schreyer sees the need for brand differentiation through design for Hyundai Motor Group's two brands Hyundai-Kia's design chief on CASE opportunities

16 November 2018

Hyundai Motor Group Design chief Peter Schreyer is rightly proud of his role in changing not only the look,  but the perception of the South Korean carmaker’s two brands. His work is far from done, however. There are plenty more challenges ahead, not least with the advent of autonomous vehicles.

Ford, Opel, Nissan, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, Volvo, Bentley, Rolls-Royce among others were conspicuous by their absence leading to the inevitable debate: are motor shows dead?Paris - are motor shows dead?

3 October 2018

There was a distinctly threadbare feel to this year's Mondial de Paris - more no-show than show.

C5 Aircross for China has bench rear seat; Europe versions will have three individual seatsParis - Citroen eyes 80% electrification by 2025

3 October 2018

Citroen aims to have 80% of its range electrified by 2025 and offer global vehicles adapted by local requirements.

JLR is lobbying the UK government for continued 'frictionless' trade with the EU when the UK leaves the bloc next year. The difficulty is that the UK government has said it intends to leave the EU customs union and single market, raising the possibility of new tariffs and border checks on UK manufactured goods shipped to the EU.Paris - Bad Brexit 'could cost JLR GBP1.2bn'

2 October 2018

The impact of a bad Brexit deal could hit Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to the tune of GBP1.2bn (US$1.5bn) according to UK managing director Rawdon Glover, speaking to just-auto in Paris.

European Auris is now called Corolla again - Derby built hatch and wagon will have 1.2 petrol or 1,8 and 2.0 hybrid powertrains. Sedan will be added, supplementing TurkeyParis - Toyota plans for UK plants Brexit

2 October 2018

Toyota has already put plans into place to maximise efficiencies at its UK plant ahead of any Brexit deal, good or bad.

Niro has high claimed EV rangeParis - Kia goes to Hollywood for eNiro promoter

2 October 2018

Kia's star of the Paris show came all the way from Hollywood - although not literally.

Updated Mazda MX-5 reaches UK

11 September 2018

Mazda's upgraded MX-5 is now being rolled out in its most important European market, the UK.

Kia's redesigned 2018 third generation Ceed line includes a 1.6-litre turbodiesel badged 1.6CRDi offered with six speed manual or seven speed dual clutch automatic transmissionsCarmakers keeping the diesel faith - Kia

25 July 2018

Diesels may have been demonised over the past couple of years but carmakers are keeping the faith even though sales have dipped in many markets.

6 has had another update with detail revisions and new enginesNo-deal Brexit won't faze Mazda UK

19 July 2018

Vehicle makers have been issuing stark warnings over the future of their investments in the UK unless a sensible customs agreement is made with the EU after Brexit but one company chief will be happy enough with no deal.

Mazda My Way London trial snares 375 buyers, national roll-out to come

19 July 2018

A two year trial in London taking Mazda cars to customers instead of waiting for them to come into the showroom has resulted in 375 sales. Now the project will be rolled out across the UK.

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