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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

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.

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.

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