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Great Wall Motor - soon to be selling more SUVs than Jeep?

9 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

GWM has been surfing the SUV wave in China longer than most. Its Haval H6 for many years challenged the Wuling Hongguang for the title of be...


ANALYSIS - Skoda future models

18 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Škoda has come a long way in a relatively short period. Sales keep rising, especially in China and Europe, and profits with them. This, more...


End of the road for the Philippines’ iconic Jeepney

6 Dec 2017 | Tony Pugliese

The  Philippines' government is demanding that old fleets of public utility vehicles, mostly comprising colourful iconic Jeepney vehicles, b...


ANALYSIS - Future models for Dongfeng Motor

14 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In addition to being a JV partner for several foreign OEMs, Dongfeng Motor is a fairly successful vehicle manufacturer in its own right, wit...


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Tenneco comfortable with auto's electrification drive

15 Sep 2017 | Calum MacRae

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA we spoke to Ben Patel, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tenneco.


AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on recent up-tick

7 Jun 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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New year bodes well for Brazil car market

19 Jan 2018 | Fernando Calmon

The Brazilian market finally leveled off and started recovery in 2017. A better year had been forecast in December 2016 after a consecutive four year slump in sales finally bottomed out with sales down almost 50% compared with the record year 2012 in which 3.8m cars and commercial vehicles were sold (both light and heavy). Brazil dropped from fourth to eighth largest world market.


Mazda opens new Thai engine machining factory

19 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

Mazda has opened a new engine machining factory at its powertrain plant in Thailand’s Chonburi Province to be known as Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) (MPMT).


Philippine sales rise by 18% in 2017

18 Jan 2018 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in the Philippines jumped by over 33% to 45,494 units in December from 34,104 units in the same month of the previous year, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines and Truck Manufacturers Association.


Indonesia sales rise 1.6% in 2017

18 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Indonesia fell by 2.3% to 84,880 units in December from 86,870 units a year earlier, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.


DETROIT - GAC 'serious' about US market entry in 2019 - analyst

17 Jan 2018 | Dave Leggett

Guangzhou Auto (GAC) is serious about entering the US market by the end of 2019, according to China automotive specialist Mike Dunne.


China vehicle sales rise 3% in 2017

16 Jan 2018 | Tony Pugliese

China’s new vehicle market expanded by 3% to 28.88m units last year, from 28.03m units in 2016, according to data compiled by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


AutoChina - Great Wall to reveal Tesla rival at Beijing show

16 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from the news that Volkswagen will give the next Touareg its public premiere at AutoChina in April, Great Wall Motor will also have a world debut: a new brand which will sell only electric vehicles.


Russia powers on with 14% December sales rise

15 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia is continuing its impressive recovery after years of slumps with sales of new passenger cars and LCVs increasing 14% in December.


New Delhi Auto Expo - multiple car and truck makers absent

15 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The high cost of participation is said to be one of the main reasons why the likes of Volkswagen Group, Daimler and Nissan will not be attending the bienniel Auto Expo in New Delhi. Maruti Suzuki is the first manufacturer to announce a world debut for the 2018 edition of India's national motor show.


Chassis International to start Mexico production

15 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

Chassis Brakes International will start production of brake calipers and rotors at a new plant in Queretaro, Mexico this year.



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