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Incentives help establish Thai plug-in hybrid industry - ANALYSIS

29 Nov 2018 | Staff reporter

The Thai government is expected to announce an overhaul of its Eco-Car programme in the coming weeks, as it looks to exploit growth opportun...


The future models Changan needs for a turnaround

28 Nov 2018 | Glenn Brooks

With sales of more than 1.8m vehicles so far in 2018, including its joint ventures, Changan Auto is major player in the Chinese market. Some...


Skoda Octavia Scout - Europe's Outback conquerer

26 Nov 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Subaru, mighty in the US, has only a small following in Europe, so the rarity of the Outback crossover means an opportunity for others. The...


ANALYSIS - Skoda drops diesel from updated Fabia

21 Nov 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A facelift and updated engines for the big-selling Fabia have arrived at just the right time for Skoda, helping the brand into ninth place i...


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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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China moving on US car tariff cut

11 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

China is moving toward cutting its trade-war tariffs on imported US-made cars, a step already claimed by President Donald Trump as a concession won during trade talks in Argentina, according to Bloomberg.


Vietnam sales jump 35% in November

11 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Vietnam continued to rebound in November, by over 35% to 21,180 units from weak year earlier sales of 21,662 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).


Russia November sales rise despite oil price dip

10 Dec 2018 | Simon Warburton

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased by 10.1% last month and among the top ten bestselling models so far, all are locally produced.


Tata mulling battery options for India consumers

10 Dec 2018 | Simon Warburton

Tata Motors says it has been evaluating ways to make battery provision cheaper for customers in India as the manufacturer looks to broaden the appeal of electric vehicles.


Daimler eyes larger stake in Chinese JV - report

7 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has raised the prospect of boosting its stake in a joint venture with Chinese partner BAIC Motor, according to Bloomberg sources, as the automaker seeks to gain more control over its operations in the world's largest car market.


Tesla after bids as China Gigafactory build starts

7 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla has opened a tender process to build its Shanghai Gigafactory and at least one contractor has started buying materials, according to sources and documents reviewed by the Reuters news agency which said this was the clearest indication that construction was imminent.


BYD plans listing for batteries biz - report

7 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

BYD, the electric vehicle and batteries specialist based in China and backed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is reportedly planning a share listing for its battery business by the end of 2022.  


Ford's Venezuela unit offers buyouts as output dwindles - report

6 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is offering buy-outs to staff at its moribund plant in Venezuela to reduce its payroll, two union leaders told a news agency, as the automaker seeks to streamline its money-losing South America operations.


Ricardo collaborates to develop new energy vehicle in Shangrao, China

5 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

Engineering consulting firm Ricardo says that a high level government-industry meeting attended by Chengzu Ma, Shangrao secretary of the municipal Communist Party committee, and representatives of the regional auto industry, underlines and confirms Ricardo’s collaboration in the development of future low carbon vehicles in the Shangrao area of China.


Taiwan sales drop 11% in November

5 Dec 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 10.9 % to 36,011 units in November from 40,436 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing registration data compiled by Taiwan's Directorate of Highways.



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