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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

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.

UK car output target of 2m pa by 2020 in doubt - SMMT  

27 July 2017

Uncertainty over the country’s withdrawal from the European Union means it is unlikely the UK will meet its ambition to produce 2m vehicles annually by 2020, according to the SMMT's chief executive Mike Hawes.

Conti will demo its robo taxi at the Frankfurt show later this yearContinental trials autonomous robo taxi

24 July 2017

Continental is using its corporate expertise in automation, new mobility concepts, and electrification to develop solutions for future urban transport.

Initial reaction to design of the new Polo is very positiveVolkswagen unveils new Polo in Berlin

16 June 2017

Volkswagen has shown its new sixth generation Polo in Berlin.

Jeremy Thomson, enjoying life at MazdaINTERVIEW - Mazda's UK MD

14 June 2017

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.

Skoda starts car-sharing programme in Poland

8 June 2017

Skoda is to start a car sharing scheme in Poland under the brand name Omni.

Ford is experimenting with car sharing and shared leasesCar makers start to think about future business models

16 May 2017

The writing has been on the wall for a few years now. The sudden realisation that learning to drive or owning a car was no longer the rite of passage it once was in the US made carmakers start to think about future business models.

Mahindra axes UK EV sales, will buy back cars

3 May 2017

India's Mahindra and Mahindra has stopped selling electric cars in the UK due to weak sales and is winding up operations here, according to Reuters.

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