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Our Man In Asia

Tony Pugliese's regular industry and market updates from the Asia-Pacific region.

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GAC building new R&D centre in Michigan ahead of US launch

19 July 2018

China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) is spending US$4.45m on an R&D facility in Michigan ahead of its planned sales launch in the US in 2019.


Philippine sales fall 22% in June

19 July 2018

The Philippine vehicle market continued to deteriorate in June, with new sales plunging by 21.7% to 29,350 units from peak year-earlier sales of 37,479 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).


Thai sales rise 26% in June

18 July 2018

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to grow strongly in June with sales rising by 25.9% to 87,854 units from 69,797 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).


VW is ramping up in China via its local partner FAWANALYSIS - VW targets growth in China with FAW

12 July 2018

Volkswagen Group’s Chinese joint venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Company, is bringing on stream a vast amount of new production capacity in China this year, as the German automaker looks to strengthen its lead position in the Chinese market and prepares for changing government regulations.


Higher tariffs on US exports to China could encourage manufacturers such as BMW to boost localisation strategies in the world's largest vehicle marketChina vehicle sales rise 4.8% in June

12 July 2018

New vehicle sales in China rose by 4.8% to around 2.27 million units in June from 2.17 million units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Taiwan sales fall 5% in June

12 July 2018

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 5.5% to 37,889 in June from 40,103 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing company data. Imports accounted for 43.4% of the total last month.


Tesla is finally on the road to manufacturing in ChinaTesla to build 500k plant in Shanghai

11 July 2018

US electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla Inc plans to build a 500,000 unit/year car plant in Shanghai, according to a memorandum of cooperation signed with Shanghai's  government.


South Korean vehicle sales down 5.7% in June

11 July 2018

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers combined fell by 5.7% to 131,827 vehicles in June from 139,842 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


CATL to build US$240m battery plant in Germany

11 July 2018

China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) has announced plans to invest EUR240m (US$282m) in a lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Germany, as it looks to strengthen its presence in the European auto sector.


Vietnam sales slip 4% in June

10 July 2018

New vehicle sales in Vietnam declined by 3.7% to 21,913 units in June from already weak year-earlier sales of 22,750 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).




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