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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).


Mazda production at Hofu, Hiroshima, has been disrupted by flooding caused by heavy rainFloods halt car production in Japan

9 July 2018

Devastating flash floods and landslides in Japan so far have left more than 90 fatalities and 50 people missing, and have prompted the evacuation of over 2m people from their homes. The natural disaster has also brought to a halt automotive production at a number of plants in the country, mainly in the western prefectures of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Yamaguchi, as well as in the nearby city of Osaka.


Ford begins Ranger Raptor production in Thailand

9 July 2018

Ford Motor began production of the Ranger Raptor in Thailand at the beginning of July, with local deliveries set to start in August.


Japan sales fall 5% in June

9 July 2018

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 5% to 453,765 units in June compared with a strong 477,469 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.




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