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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


English vacuum cleaner maker plans an EV by 2020

27 September 2017

Dyson, the British engineering company best known for inventing bagless, cyclonic vacuum cleaners, is developing what it says is a "radical" electric car which will be ready for launch in 2020 – even though it does not yet have a chassis.


The times are changing for car shows and their relative importance, but they are still captivating for manyCOMMENT - The car shows world order is changing

13 September 2017

Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo and Detroit – the big five, must-attend car shows. Not anymore, the world order has changed.


Tavares has more work to do on optmising the combined Opel-Vauxhall-PSA manufacturing network in EuropeFRANKFURT - PSA's Tavares sees need to raise Opel efficiency

12 September 2017

In an interview with just-auto at the Frankfurt Motor Show, PSA chief Carlos Tavares warns of productivity gaps across the Opel manufacturing network that will require work to bring plants into line with PSA efficiency levels. He also says the company is planning several post-Brexit scenarios in the absence of any guidance from the UK government and European Commission.


The C-HR Hy-Power design studyFRANKFURT - Toyota to add high performance hybrid powertrain

12 September 2017

Toyota will introduce a new high performance hybrid powertrain next year to be made available as an option on a number of its models.


FRANKFURT - Kia tops rivals for IAA debuts

12 September 2017

One of the most satisfied car chiefs at the Frankfurt IAA must be Michael Cole, chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe. His list of vehicle introductions was longer than most of his rivals' entire model ranges.


Ssangyong UK's chief sees the new Rexton giving the brand a boostFRANKFURT - Ssangyong sees redesigned Rexton 'taking brand to new level' in UK

12 September 2017

The redesigned Ssangyong Rexton, making its European debut at the Frankfurt show, will push the South Korean brand to a new level. That's the confident prediction from Paul Williams, head of Ssangyong in the UK, the brand's best performing market in Europe.


Uber to axe diesel cars

8 September 2017

Uber will stop using diesel cars in the UK capital within two years so the majority of its rides are in electric or hybrid vehicles.


Will Daimler and BMW combine car sharing services?

18 August 2017

Daimler and BMW are rumoured to be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the chief executive of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt hinted to the Reuters news service.


When it comes to many unwanted emissions, diesels are just as clean or even cleaner than petrol engines, BMW chief Kruger claimsBMW chief fires back on diesel

2 August 2017

As German car makers plead their case to the government BMW chairman Harald Krüger said that future mobility will definitely depend on diesels because environmental protection has several dimensions: one of them is the fight against climate change.


Ford has UK engine manufacturing operations at Dagenham and Bridgend2040 ICE ban an issue for UK powertrain production

28 July 2017

The UK's thriving automotive engine production sector will have to adapt in the long-term as electrification gathers pace and conventional internal combustion engines (ICE) are banned altogether on new vehicles sold in Britain by 2040.




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