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China steals a march on rivals in growing Iranian industry

27 Apr 2018 | Calum MacRae

Since the lifting of sanctions on Iran in early 2016 the country’s automotive industry has recovered significantly with latest figures compi...

Briefing: Iran's auto industry (2)

31 Mar 2016 | Calum MacRae

Through a review of seven years of Iranian light vehicle production data, just-auto provides an understanding of the automotive industry’s c...

What potential does Iran hold for the global automotive industry?

24 Mar 2016 | Calum MacRae

Through a review of seven years of Iranian light vehicle production data, just-auto provides an understanding of the automotive industry’s c...

COMMENT - Iran on sanctions end brink as suppliers prepare

15 Jan 2016 | Simon Warburton

As I write this, the world could be just hours away from witnessing the end to one of its most extraordinary and long-running geopolitical s...

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Interview - Turkey ripe for major development - ODD

24 Apr 2018 | Simon Warburton

Those robust enough to venture out onto Istanbul's choked roads might react with some incredulity to suggestions car penetration rates could rise substantially, but it's important to take Turkey's business and cultural capital as a one-off and not representative of the country as a whole.

Interview - Turkish Automotive Suppliers Association - Taysad

23 Apr 2018 | Simon Warburton

Turkey today stands at something of a crossroads both literally and metaphorically as this enormous country of 80m people – whose average age is just 30 – looks to leverage its attraction as a manufacturing powerhouse and availability of a significant labour pool. Just-Auto Business Editor, Simon Warburton visited the Turkish Automotive Suppliers Association, Taysad in Istanbul to take the temperature of the country's most important manufacturing sector.

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Volvo halts Iran truck assembly

24 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Trucks has reportedly ceased truck assembly in Iran due to US sanctions which mean it cannot be paid for shipped parts and knocked down kits.

BYD sending more ebuses to Israel

4 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BYD has confirmed an order for the first ever pure electric buses for Jerusalem, Israel.

SABIC collaborates with Nottingham Spirk to develop new end-user products

16 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

SABIC’s Specialities business is to collaborate with Nottingham Spirk, a business innovation and product design firm based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Centrica ploughs finance into Israeli EV charging company

10 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

Centrica is making what it describes as a "multi-million pound" investment in Israeli EV end-to-end charging software solutions company.

Varroc Lighting buys Turkish manufacturer

2 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Exterior vehicle lighting specialist Varroc Lighting Systems has acquired Sa-ba Automotive, a privately-owned company headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

Defiant Renault will "not abandon" Iran as sanctions loom

29 Jun 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault is insisting it will "not abandon" Iran as manufacturers struggle to understand the impact of US sanctions against Tehran.

VW Group CEO makes Israel trip

22 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

New Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has made a visit to Israel that is seen as politically significant - given the company's history - as well as commercially beneficial due to the increasing presence of Israeli companies in advanced automotive technologies.

Ricardo and Ford Otosan announce heavy-duty transmission JV

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ricardo is assisting Ford Otosan as heavy-duty transmission family development partner for future commercial vehicle platforms.

VW opens new tech campus in Israel

22 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group has officially opened a campus in Tel Aviv named Konnect to provide local partners and start-ups direct access to the group and its many brands. It will support business collaborations within the highly innovative tech scene in Israel as well as support in mentoring and consulting.

Renault-Nissan-MMC venture fund makes six investments

22 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance venture capital fund has agreed five investments in four months totalling US$50m and will present another to its supervisory board next week, the fund's head has said.

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