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ASEAN vehicle market growth slowed in Q4

5 Feb 2019 | editorial team

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets combined increased by 5.3% to 988,948 units in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 938...

Will Great Wall sell a million Haval SUVs in 2019?

4 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

As buyers in China moved away from SUVs during 2018, Great Wall Motor’s Haval division, which sells 12 such models, began to suffer more tha...

ANALYSIS – Great Wall, Wey and Ora future models

31 Jan 2019 | Mike Vousden

We break down the future model strategies for Great Wall and two of its newest subsidiaries, Wey and Ora. Great Wall will be focusing on pic...

ANALYSIS - Kamiq and other future Skoda models [updated]

14 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Handsomely profitable and with a record 1.253 million vehicles delivered in 2018, the news only keeps getting better for Škoda. The Czech ma...

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.

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Chinese car sales slump in January

18 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Sales of passenger vehicles in China during January fell by almost 18% to just over 2m (2.02m) units according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) data. The scale of the year-on-year decline appears to confirm a weakening trend to car demand in the world's largest car market.

PSA invests in FengChe

18 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA has invested in used car supply chain management and transaction services company, FengChe.

PKN Orlen inks ABB Poland charging station deal

15 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

PKN Orlen has signed a general agreement for the supply of ABB’s next generation DC fast charging stations for electric cars, the Terra 54.

China sales likely weakened in January

15 Feb 2019 | editorial team

China's vehicle market looked to have weakened further in January with some key producers reporting declining sales ahead of the release of official data from the China automotive Manufacturers Association (CAAM).

Can new XUV300 keep Mahindra ahead of Tata?

14 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The Indian market's number three make, Mahindra, is a long way behind Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki. There is a battle going on for third place though, and now with the arrival of a SsangYong-based small SUV, M&M may pull away from Honda and Tata Motors.

Thailand brings forward Euro 5 for diesel

14 Feb 2019 | editorial team

The Thai government has said it will bring forward its planned introduction of Euro 5 standards for diesel fuel to 2023 from its previous deadline of 2025 in response to recent concerns over air pollution in the country.

CATARC acquires advanced ADAS driving simulator

14 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

The Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Centre (CATARC) says it has significantly expanded its vehicle development capabilities by acquiring a new, third-generation driving simulator from AB Dynamics.

Mercedes opens Thai parts distribution centre

14 Feb 2019 | editorial team

Mercedes-Benz has opened a new parts distribution centre on the outskirts of Bangkok to help improve deliveries of aftermarket parts across Thailand.

Nissan commences production of updated Qashqai in Russia

13 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan says it has celebrated the start of production of the Nissan Qashqai at its plant in St Petersburg, Russia, as it brings the latest version of its crossover to the Russian market.

Tachi-S readies new seat covers facility in Mexico

13 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Japanese components supplier Tachi-S has announced it will start up a new seat covers production facility in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes for which it will invest US$4m and create 600 new jobs.

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