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Tony Lewis


Tony LewisBiography

Anthony (Tony) Lewis began his journalism career as a trainee reporter at the Bucks Free Press, received a National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualification and trained as a sub-editor at Eastern Counties Newspapers, Norwich.

From 1974 to 1987 he worked on the Western Daily Press, Bristol in a variety of senior editorial roles culminating as night editor. In 1979, Tony added the role of motoring correspondent and remained the paper's motoring man for 25 years.

From 1987 to 2002 he was a freelance focused mostly on the car industry, working in senior editorial roles at Diesel Car magazine, Automotive Management, Automotive International, Automotive News International and as editor of the FT Business publication Automotive Components Analyst. He also worked as a freelance editorial consultant for British Aerospace's Airbus division for three years, which included speech writing for senior Airbus executives.

Since 2002, Lewis has been a director of Interchange Europe, a partnership formed with colleague Chris Wright to pool their freelance resources for a series of one-off projects. These included numerous FT Management Reports on the global auto industry, mostly focusing on Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers.

The partnership developed a life of its own with a number of corporate clients using the partners’ expertise to help formulate their communication strategy. These included Delphi, Nissan Europe and Toyota Europe.

Interchange Europe provides news stories about the auto industry to newspapers, magazines and websites and also writes, edits and produce newsletters for various clients using a well-established network of writers, photographers and designers.

Articles by Tony Lewis


NextEV and Nanjing ink US$462m China plant deal

4 May 2016

NextEV and the Nanjing Municipal Government have signed a partnership agreement to build a RMB3bn (US$462m) plant for the development and production of high-performance motors, as well as electronic modules in the Nanjing Economic and Technological Development Zone.


INDIA: Visteon completes sale of interiors business

3 December 2014

Visteon has completed the sale of its interiors operations in India to Reydel Automotive Holdings.


SOUTH KOREA: Strong won hits Ssangyong sales

3 December 2014

Global sales at Ssangyong Motors slumped by 27.5% in November to 4,416 units as the strength of the won took its toll on exports.


JAPAN: Toyota consolidates key production units

1 December 2014

Toyota has announced a wide-ranging consolidation of its diesel engine, manual transmission and braking businesses.


GERMANY: BMW's MINI to cut model line-up - reports

27 November 2014

BMW will reportedly reduce the number of models in the MINI line-up from eight to five in the long-term to reduce cost and complexity.


ITALY: Ferrari spin-off to cut Fiat debt by EUR750m

27 November 2014

The planned Ferrari spin-off will cut Fiat Chrysler Automobile's net industrial debt by some EUR750m (US$936m) according to a regulatory filing.


FRANCE/JAPAN: Renault-Nissan sell 200,000 EVs in four years

26 November 2014

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold 200,000 electric vehicles since launching the Leaf some four years ago and is claiming a 58% share of the global EV market.


GERMANY: Carmakers looking to use more carbon fibre, says SGL boss

25 November 2014

More carmakers are looking to use parts reinforced with carbon fibre to help them make lighter and more fuel efficient vehicles, according to the CEO of SGL Group Juergen Koehler.


US: Honda failed to report 1,700 accidents in 11 years

25 November 2014

Honda has admitted that it failed to report 1,729 accidents involving death and injury in its vehicles to US safety regulators since 2003 blaming errors in data entry and an "overly narrow interpretation" of its legal reporting requirements.


US: More downs than ups, says GM's Ammann

25 November 2014

Demand in most parts of the world will continue to be soft while the US will continue its slow growth, according to General Motors' president Dan Ammann.




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