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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

Dutch company PAL-V showed its Liberty flying car in Geneva and claims to have it ready for sales, complete with flying lessons, from as early as next yearGENEVA SHOW - Flying car maker goes back to the future

8 March 2018

As far back as the 1960s motor show visitors were given visions for the future with pictures and posters of carefree couples buzzing around cities in their flying cars.

Ssangyong showed all-electric e-SIV offroader concept at GenevaGENEVA SHOW - Ssangyong plans electric offroader

7 March 2018

South Korean brand Ssangyong is upping its game with the launch of a vastly improved and more sophisticated Rexton SUV and will make a technology leap in two years time with the launch of an all electric, fully off road capable model based on the Korando.

Polestar 1 is based on Volvo's large SPA platform and has a turbocharged, Volvo two-litre, I4 petrol engine developing 325hp. Two electric motors mounted on the rear axle provide an additional 275hp and there's 1,000Nm of torque!GENEVA SHOW - Volvo Cars' Chinese Polestar plant on schedule

7 March 2018

Polestar, Volvo Cars’ new electric  performance brand, is on track to have its first plant up and running in Chengdu, China, by the middle of next year with initial plans to make 500 models annually.

Kia Europe COO Michael Cole: COO Michael Cole said: GENEVA INTERVIEW - Kia Motors Europe's Michael Cole

6 March 2018

Kia Motors Europe is cautiously optimistic that it can break through the 500,000 sales barrier this year with numbers already running 6% ahead of last year which ended with 472,000 sales.

Marchionne: GENEVA INTERVIEW - FCA's Sergio Marchionne

6 March 2018

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is never short of a few words for the press, in an hour long round table in Geneva he covered a multitude of bases from the performance of the brands, steel tariffs in the US, the Chinese, diesel engines, new technologies and even his own plans once he steps down from his role.

The future of diesels is on automaker execs' minds this Geneva showGENEVA SHOW - Diesel taxes minds in 2018

6 March 2018

The demonisation of diesel was taxing the minds of automakers at the Geneva show today.

Chinese trust autonomous more than the rest of us

16 February 2018

Trust in autonomous vehicle technology is almost twice as high in China than in the US or Germany according to results from a global survey carried out by TUV Rheinland.

Subaru aims to be the fastest growing brand in the UK this yearSubaru UK aims to be fastest growing brand in 2018

25 January 2018

Some in the industry believe Subaru is not committed to Europe, but that is "absolutely not the case", and illustrated by a push in the UK where the local importer has set itself out to become the fastest growing brand in 2018.

DETROIT - Clean diesel gets a boost

18 January 2018

A few years back a change in the world order was comically illustrated by the fact that the best selling rapper was white and the number one golfer was black. Much has happened to Eminem and Tiger Woods since then: Now, as Europe, once the world’s largest diesel market, clamps down on oil burners, North America is seeing something of a surge.

Fork UK sources revamped EcoSport from Romania instead of IndiaFord launches updated Romanian EcoSport in UK

17 January 2018

You don’t have to rewind too many years to a time when the only SUVs on the roads were either in the US or limited to the off-road specialist makers. Now everyone has one, from the cheapest volume maker to the high-end sports car – even Ferrari has one in the pipeline. By 2020 one in three cars will be an SUV.

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