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SAIC future models - MG and Maxus/LDV

15 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The first of a two-part look at the current and future passenger vehicles of SAIC's own-brands recently examined Roewe. In the concluding ch...


SAIC future models - the rise of Roewe

9 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Launched in 2006, Roewe took its time to eventually become a mainstream brand. Now, with the addition of more SUVs and electrified models, s...


Proton hopes revived with new Geely SUV

25 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Malaysia’s Proton Holdings announced at the weekend it has already pre-sold over 5,000 units of its new X70, just a week after it opened the...


Will SAIC GM Wuling benefit if China's SUV boom fizzles?

5 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Baojun was first, now Wuling is the second General Motors brand to have its current and future passenger vehicles looked at as part of a new...


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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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Tata taking orders for JLR platform based Harrier SUV

15 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors has started taking orders for its new Harrier SUV which is built on architecture derived from Land Rover's D8 platform on which over 1m SUVs have already been sold worldwide.


Brazilian VW Jetta likely to be the "best among the rest"

15 Oct 2018 | Fernando Calmon

The market for compact-medium sized passenger vehicles in Brazil is defined by strong competition amongst the SUV contenders as well as conventional cars, has lost a little momentum but still attracts loyal and perhaps less mainstream buyers.


SDS opens new tech centre in China; marks 30 years of GKN JV

15 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

GKN Automotive's Chinese joint venture, Shanghai GKN Huayu Driveline Systems (SDS), has officially opened a new technical centre in the suburb of Kangqiao to specialise in research and development of constant velocity joint (CVJ), All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and eDrive systems. The opening also marks 30 years since GKN established its automotive joint venture in China, the first Tier One supplier to do so.


BYD expands global e-bus sales; hydrogen developments

15 Oct 2018 | Staff reporter

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has won a contract to supply a fleet of battery powered buses to a Canadian private bus operator based in Vancouver.


China car market drops a further 12% in September

12 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

New vehicle sales in China fell by 11.6% to 2.39 million units in September from strong year-earlier sales of 2.71 million units, according to data gathered by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Skoda January to September 2018 global sales up 7.8%

12 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Skoda delivered 939,100 vehicles to customers worldwide in the first nine months of the year, exceeding the previous year’s result by 7.8%.


Aapico Hitech raises stake in Indian partner SGAH

12 Oct 2018 | Staff reporter

Thai automotive components manufacturer Aapico Hitech plans to increase its stake in its Indian joint venture Sakthi Global Auto Holdings Limited (SGAH) to 49.99% from 25.1%, according to reports in Thailand.


BMW taking controlling stake in Chinese joint venture

11 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW Group is to increase its stake in its Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), to a controlling 75% from the current 50%.


Magna opens new Czech seating facility

11 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Magna has officially opened its new seating facility in Chomutov, Czech Republic, to support new BMW Group business.


China dealers want tax cuts as market stalls - report

11 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

China’s auto dealers’ association has reportedly asked the government to halve taxes on car purchase to stimulate a soft market.



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