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2019 Chengdu motor show - world debuts list

6 Sep 2019 | Glenn Brooks

By no means a major Chinese motor show, nonetheless the annual event in Chengdu is usually the venue for quite a few world premieres. This y...

General Motors future models - SGMW Wuling

27 Aug 2019 | Glenn Brooks

When it comes to light commercials, Wuling is far and away the Chinese market leader. The brand, which is controlled by the SAIC, General Mo...

General Motors future models - SGMW Baojun

22 Aug 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Only a year ago, SAIC GM Wuling's Baojun division was riding high, shooting up the Chinese market for passenger vehicles into seventh place....

Scala propels Skoda into C segment mainstream

14 Aug 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The European market's C segment has been good to SEAT and Audi, while in the class betwixt this one and the traditional D-sized models, Škod...

Latest interviews

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.

Latest news

Skoda starts production of its first PHEV

20 Sep 2019 | Dave Leggett

Skoda's first production model to be fitted with plug-in hybrid electric drive - the Skoda iV - has rolled off the production line at its Kvasiny plant.

Hella expands its cooperation with FAW China

20 Sep 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hella and China FAW Group (FAW) are intensifying their cooperation.

Toyota Brazil adding third car line at Sorocaba

19 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor said its Brazilian sales and manufacturing subsidiary, Toyota do Brasil (TDB), would spend BRL1bn (US$243m) at its Sorocaba plant in Sao Paulo.

Malaysia sales down sharply again in August

19 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Malaysia's new vehicle market continued to plunge in August, by 22% to 51,148 units compared with strong year-earlier sales of 65,550 units, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Thai market decline steepens in August

18 Sep 2019 | editorial team

Thailand's new vehicle market declined for a third straight month in August, by 6.9% to 80,838 units from strong year earlier sales of 86,814 units, according to wholesale data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Tata Motors adopts what3words system for India navigation

17 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors said it had become the first automaker in India to use the what3words technology already seen in vehicles from European automakers including Daimler, Ford and Nissan.

Shanghai issues new permits to test connected, autonomous cars

17 Sep 2019 | editorial team

The Shanghai Municipal authorities this week issued the first in a new series of permits allowing carmakers to conduct more advanced operational tests on smart and connected vehicles, to help speed up the commercialisation of assisted and autonomous driving technologies.

Mitsubishi starting Xpander assembly in Vietnam

13 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it would begin assembling its Xpander crossover multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) from CKD kits at its factory in Vietnam.

Toyota China using Panasonic batteries designed for Tesla

13 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has started using the same type of battery Panasonic designed for Tesla in some plug-in hybrids sold in China, media reports said.

Philippine recovery stalls in August

13 Sep 2019 | editorial team

The Philippine new vehicle market declined by 2.4% to 29,599 units in August 2019 from 30,313 units in the same month of last year, according to member wholesale data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

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