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Chengdu motor show world debuts list - the just-auto preview

20 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Every year the Chengdu motor show seems to grow in importance. The 2018 event is no exception. Below is an initial list of vehicle world pre...


Proton under Geely - the future models

19 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final Geely group brand to have its current future passenger vehicles assessed is Proton. Due to unremarkable cars, a home nation where...


ANALYSIS - VW targets growth in China with FAW

12 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

Volkswagen Group’s Chinese joint venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Company, is bringing on stream a vast amount of new production capacity...


Will new Musso give SsangYong the sales pick-up it needs? [UPDATE: SYMUK replies to suspension criticism]

6 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a tough few years for SsangYong, especially in Europe as Russia, formerly one of its best markets, fell apart. Now, things are loo...


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Interview - Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation's (ARNPO) scale in Russia is quite staggering in a country which specialises in the colossal and the gigantic. ARNPO Alliance localisation director, Denis Chirkov outlined some of the issues in this challenging country, but which is coming back strongly after years of recession at the recent Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow.


Interview - VW Group Rus purchasing director Patrick Huseman

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group Rus says it has learned from the crisis years not to rely too heavily on imported components as a weak rouble made imports uncompetitive.

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Kia Niro EV with 280 miles range on sale in Korea

20 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Kia says its new fully electric Niro - with a claimed range of 280 miles on single charge - has now gone on sale in its home market. The car gets its European debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, with European sales to commence at the end of this year.


Toyota to close Japan plant on tech shift

20 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is reportedly planning to shut down a car assembly plant in Japan as it looks to consolidate its production network ahead of the auto industry's technological shift towards electric and driverless vehicles.


VW Group China sales up 9.2% in H1

20 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group China has announced the first half-year deliveries for 2018: with its two Chinese joint venture partners, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered over 1.99m (1.83m, +9.2%) vehicles to customers in mainland China and Hong Kong, including 80,300 imported vehicles.


Indonesia sales fall 11% in June

20 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Indonesia fell by 11.4% to 58,837 units in June from 66,389 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.


Mazda to resume two-shift operation in Hiroshima

19 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor said it now had a "degree of certainty regarding parts supply and employees' commuting methods" and would restart two shift production at two plants in Hiroshima, Japan.


Infiniti announces fourth 'LAB' for Hong Kong

19 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Nissan's premium Infiniti brand is to add a start-up 'LAB' in Hong Kong.


Honda launching Clarity PHEV in Japan

19 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid variant, on 20 July at dealerships in Japan.


Malaysia sales jump 28% in June

19 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded by 28.3% to 64,502 units in June from 50,273 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Philippine sales fall 22% in June

19 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

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).


Vietnamese car company to unveil models at Paris Show

18 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

A new Vietnamese car company, VinFast, says it is developing its own range of 'world-class vehicles' to be produced at a new facility in northern Vietnam.



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