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New order: world in motion dances to China’s beat

15 Sep 2017 | Calum MacRae

It used to be the way that a trip to a major European motorshow was a good chance for the assembled press to have a good laugh at the late...


Suzuki already planning to triple capacity at new Indian plant

15 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Having opened its first car plant in the Indian state of Gujarat earlier this year, Suzuki Motor Corporation now says it will lift capacity...


ANALYSIS - Tata Motors' future models under the microscope

4 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

After the disappointment of the Nano and a series of underwhelming subsequent new vehicle releases, Tata Motors seemed to lose its way. Now,...


ANALYSIS - What SAIC is planning for MG, Roewe and Maxus

2 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SAIC has two main passenger car manufacturing JVs in China. These are with the Volkswagen Group and General Motors. China's largest state ow...


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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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All Brazil measures and forecasts on the rise

22 Sep 2017 | Fernando Calmon

The Brazilian auto industry's results at the end of August for the three main indicators - domestic sales, production, and exports - point to a recovery with no expectation of a reversal.


Malaysia sales slightly lower in August

22 Sep 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s new vehicle market drifted lower in August, by just over 1% to 51,720 units from 52,312 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Thai sales rise 7% in August

22 Sep 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded by 6.8% year-on-year to 67,962 units in August, compared with 63,609 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.


VW begins production of new Passat in India

21 Sep 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has started Indian production of its Passat, positioned in that market as a premium luxury sedan, at its Aurangabad factory in Maharashtra state.


Mexico earthquake prompts plant status reviews

21 Sep 2017 | Dave Leggett

Carmakers with plants in Mexico are assessing them for earthquake related disruptions this week, but the initial impact on operations caused by the earthquake that struck the Mexico City area appears to be limited, with plants experiencing only minor or no damage.


Indian car market forecast to grow 9% in 2017 - report

21 Sep 2017 | Dave Leggett

The car market in India is set for growth of around 9% in 2017 according to Moody's ratings service.


MIRA China expansion prompts move to new facility

21 Sep 2017 | Dave Leggett

MIRA China – part of HORIBA MIRA - has moved into a new office following a 50 per cent growth in staff in the past 12 months.


Beijing mulls relaxation of rules to boost EVs

20 Sep 2017 | Dave Leggett

China's government is reportedly considering a relaxation of its rules applying to foreign inward investment in order to boost the EV market and sector in the country.


Audi launches premium mobility service in Beijing

20 Sep 2017 | Dave Leggett

Audi says it has launched its 'Audi on demand+' premium mobility service for China in Beijing.


Magna opens new vision systems engineering centre in Shanghai

20 Sep 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Magna, which claims to be the global market leader in automotive mirrors, has opened a new engineering centre in Shanghai to bring its latest vision systems to local automakers.



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