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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

As crossovers nibble at hatchback and sedan sales, Ford of Britain is emphasising wagons and the coming Active crossover in its redesigned Focus rangeRedesigned Ford Focus line emphasises wagons and crossover

28 June 2018

With the boom in C-SUVs comes a pan-European decline in the segment's traditional four and five door models. Ford is looking to hold on to its market share by adding an Active crossover model to its redesigned Focus range from next year.

Dacia's vast Pitesti plant in RomaniaRenault's Dacia, 50, eyes the future

25 June 2018

Dacia, the Renault Group's Romanian unit, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but has its sights set firmly on the future.

Dacia claims Sandero was top selling private sale car in Europe last yearDacia Sandero tops Europe private retail sales chart

25 June 2018

What car sold the most to private, retail customers across Europe last year? Would you believe the Dacia Sandero with more than a quarter of a million sales into that sector?

The new turbocharged petrol engines are of modular structure and available in two sizes: a one-litre, three-cylinder developing 120hp (photo) paired with a six-speed manual transmission and a 150hp, 1.3-litre, four-cylinder paired with a DDCT dual clutch transmission – both with front-wheel driveFiat-Chrysler Jeep Renegade updates include new petrol engines

12 June 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand is on track to meet its target of 1.9m global sales by the end of this year, up from 730,000 just five years ago.

The 110mm extension to the RX L's body - wheelbase remains the same - has been accomplished without detracting from the vehicle's design and coupe-like profileLexus Europe eyes six-figure sales by 2020

5 June 2018

A shift away from diesels and new WLTP reporting rules are helping Toyota's luxury Lexus brand in its quest to achieve 100,000 sales in Europe.

Car company boss watches out for bicycles: FoE's Steven Armstrong is a keen cyclist himself and understands cyclist needsINTERVIEW - Ford Europe boss promotes safe cycling

25 May 2018

Steven Armstrong might be a car company chief but he thinks nothing of riding his bike for 300kms or 400kms around Europe or 1,000kms over the Andes in South America.

New Touareg, VW's SUV flagship, is completely restyled, lower than beforeVolkswagen launches the all-seeing Touareg in Europe

11 May 2018

Volkswagen's new Touareg SUV is so clever it can see in the dark. Night Vision is part of a new suite of technologies on the new generation model which also includes a world debut by the Innovation Cockpit which will gradually be rolled out through the automaker's other model ranges.

First UK 'under the canopy' hydrogen pump opens

28 March 2018

The UK’s first 'under the canopy' hydrogen refuelling station has opened in Beaconsfield, a few miles west of the capital on the busy M40 motorway.

European Mustang is refined for 2018Ford updates European Mustang

26 March 2018

It's what helps athletes with disabilities stay stable as they snowboard and ski -  and it is being used on the new Ford Mustang for improved handling, particularly on tight European roads.

Zipse - BMW committed to future UK production for the Mini at much the same volumes as now INTERVIEW - Oliver Zipse, BMW board member responsible for production

21 March 2018

In an interview with just-auto, Oliver Zipse, BMW board member responsible for production, said that he does not expect changes to trade arrangements between the UK and EU to directly impact UK output volume at Mini's Oxford plant.

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