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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

Nearly two thirds of all Octavia buyers opt for the estate making it the best-selling estate in Europe and the most popular import car in GermanyIt is rather a Big Deal - Skoda's new Octavia

13 November 2019

When you take over the National Gallery, have the Philharmonic Orchestra playing and the prime minister in attendance you know something big is happening. And it doesn’t come much bigger in the Czech Republic than the launch of a new Skoda.

Petrol and diesel PHEV powertrains will be offered on Slovak-built Ceed models from 2020Kia says no-deal would hike car prices

4 September 2019

A no-deal Brexit could put the price of new cars in Britain up by 8% according to Paul Philpott, president of Kia UK.

Committed Toyota LCV dealers will have specific Professional branding, just like Fiat'sToyota Professional to target Europe LCV buyers

8 July 2019

Toyota is getting serious about light commercial vehicles in Europe, announcing a new business strategy along with new products and an electrification plan.

Toyota has previewed its BEV Proace City due on sale in 2020Toyota Europe launching electric van

8 July 2019

Toyota will join the party and launch an electric van next year to meet the demand of burgeoning last mile delivery requirements and the need to meet stricter emission rules in European cities.

The full purchase process can be done on line with home delivery but Volvo thinks most customers will still prefer a dealer hand-overVolvo launches UK's "most complete online sales service"

25 April 2019

Volvo UK has launched what it says is the most complete online sales service offered by any car manufacturer.

GENEVA - Political headwinds dampen sales growth hopes

5 March 2019

Political headwinds across Europe are dampening any hopes of growth in vehicle sales this year.

GENEVA - Toyota plans nameplate consolidation

5 March 2019

The launch of new Corolla is more than just a car for Toyota, it is the rebirth in Europe of a nameplate that has pretty much defined the brand for more than 50 years.

Lex Kerssemakers: No need for premiums to attack every market nicheINTERVIEW - Volvo Cars on its electrification strategy

29 January 2019

We talk to Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Volvo Cars, EMEA, about Geely-owned Volvo Cars' electrification strategy.

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.

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