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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

PSA sees Free2Move as an essential element in its mobility strategy and a first step into the US market (with MaaS rather than actual vehicle sales)PSA outlines global mobility strategy

15 November 2017

Newly enlarged Groupe PSA faces challenges on a number of fronts as it looks to integrate Opel and Vauxhall to its operations. Like other OEMs, it also needs a strategy for a rapidly changing urban mobility landscape. Chris Wright was in Paris to hear more.

Tavares has just outlined a 'mobility strategy' for  an enlarged PSAPSA's Tavares eyes car-sharing opportunity

15 November 2017

As Groupe PSA unveiled its global mobility strategy in Paris, chairman and CEO Carlos Tavares said he has not ruled out engineering and building cars specifically for car-sharing in the future.

Fleet capacity utilisation to soar under car-sharing

15 November 2017

The majority of vehicles used by car-sharing schemes will have utilisation rates above 50% by 2020 - up from around 5% now, according to Fujitsu America.

PSA's Tavares criticises 'unrealistic' emissions targets

15 November 2017

PSA chief Carlos Tavares has said governments and legislators need to stop imposing unrealistic emissions targets on carmakers - they should leave it to the experts to reduce CO2 emissions.

DS7 'crossback' will be sold through selected exclusive dealers who may sell other brandsPSA's DS aims for top brand billing

2 November 2017

Citroen's upscale DS division is aiming to become one of the top global luxury brands, up there with other French icons such as Hermes, Gucci and Chanel.

Nissan hopes the Nismo sub-brand can appeal to younger buyers, in particularTOKYO SHOW - Nissan sorry for 'recent troubles'

25 October 2017

Nissan kicked off its Tokyo press conference with a profuse apology from Japan and Asia chief Danielle Schillaci for its "recent troubles."

Mazda's Vision Coupe comes with a 'Soul of Motion exterior that embodies a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, achieving a simple “one-motion” form that conveys a sense of speed'TOKYO SHOW - Mazda designers explain 'Kodo'

25 October 2017

When Mazda broke off its relationship with Ford some 10 or more years ago the brand had to come up with a new design direction of its own – and so in 2010, its new design philosophy: Kodo —Soul of Motion was born.

COMMENT - Tokyo Show loses lustre, but is worth it

25 October 2017

Since moving from its old home well outside the city in Mukuhari to the more central Big Sight, the Tokyo Motor Show seems to have lost some of its lustre.

TOKYO SHOW - Mazda eyes EU-Japan trade deal boost

25 October 2017

New trade deals between the EU and Japan could allow Mazda, with no European plants of its own, to operate on a level playing fields with its rivals for the first time.

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.

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