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Automakers plan gradual resumption of China output

10 February 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Automakers plan gradual resumption of China output Graeme Roberts Some carmakers were likely to have restarted output at China factories after shutting temporarily due to the coronavirus, media repor... read more


Huawei working with Audi and GAC on driverless cars

13 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Huawei working with Audi and GAC on driverless cars Dave Leggett Chinese telecoms giant Huawei says it will launch self-driving cars as early as 2021 in partnership with several carmakers, including ... read more


VW China completes four factory projects

14 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

VW China completes four factory projects Graeme Roberts Volkswagen has announced the completion of a major production expansion in China, opening four new facilities in Qingdao, Foshan and Tianjin ... read more


Audi Hungary begins series production of electric motors for EVs

25 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Audi Hungary begins series production of electric motors for EVs Dave Leggett Audi in Hungary has begun series production of electric motors at its manufacturing site in Gyor. The company says approx... read more


VW systematically expanding its partnerships in China

12 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW systematically expanding its partnerships in China Dave Leggett Volkswagen Group says it is expanding its successful business relationships in China. As part of the fifth German-Chinese gover... read more


Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles

11 May 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles Fernando Calmon In March 2003 Brazil's auto industry began producing flexible-fuel cars powered by engines capable of running either on ethanol or pe... read more


Automakers take to Alibaba smart speaker

24 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Automakers take to Alibaba smart speaker Graeme Roberts Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volvo car owners in China will have a new choice for controlling their cars from home as the three car brands tie up wi... read more


VW China recalling 4.86m vehicles with Takata airbag inflators

14 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

VW China recalling 4.86m vehicles with Takata airbag inflators Graeme Roberts Volkswagen Group China (VGC), with Volkswagen (China) Import (VGIC), FAW-Volkswagen Automotive (FAW-VW) and SAIC Volkswag... read more


GKN creates new propshaft joint for Audi Q5

2 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

GKN creates new propshaft joint for Audi Q5 Dave Leggett GKN Driveline says it has created a new lightweight, high-speed propshaft joint for the all-new Audi Q5. It will be manufactured in Mexico to ... read more


Audi deepens partnerships with Chinese tech giants

12 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Audi deepens partnerships with Chinese tech giants Dave Leggett Audi says it is to strengthen the digital footprint of the brand in China via partnerships with local Internet firms. Audi China a... read more


Audi expands Chinese local content with automatic transmission plant

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Audi expands Chinese local content with automatic transmission plant Graeme Roberts Audi, with Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Tianjin (VWATJ), has opened a new automatic transmission plant in Chin... read more


HUNGARY: Audi to spend US$118m on Gyor plant

20 October 2015 | Graeme Roberts

HUNGARY: Audi to spend US$118m on Gyor plant Graeme Roberts Audi plans to invest HUF32bn (US$117.6m) in its Gyor plant in Hungary, the country's foreign minister Peter Szijjarto has said. Th... read more


CHINA: Audi to show concept car at International CES Asia

29 April 2015 | Dave Leggett

CHINA: Audi to show concept car at International CES Asia Dave Leggett Audi says it is to open the first International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia with a keynote address. On May 24, Board Ch... read more


INDIA: Toyota and Volkswagen standardise airbags

6 January 2015 | Graeme Roberts

INDIA: Toyota and Volkswagen standardise airbags Graeme Roberts Toyota and Volkswagen have introduced standard airbags in all vehicles they offer in India. Volkswagen has added dual 'bags - driver... read more


BRAZIL: Three-cylinder turbocharged engines on 'fast forward'

1 December 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Three-cylinder turbocharged engines on 'fast forward' Fernando Calmon At least three automakers here in Brazil are betting on turbocharger technology for their new, one-litre, three-cylinder ... read more


INDIA: Regulator follows China with parts prices clampdown

26 August 2014 | Chris Wright

INDIA: Regulator follows China with parts prices clampdown Chris Wright Carmakers in India are coming under similar pressure from regulators as those in China with a total of US$420m in fines being h... read more


CHINA: Japanese companies fined in pricing probe

19 August 2014 | Chris Wright

CHINA: Japanese companies fined in pricing probe Chris Wright China's antitrust regulator has fined Japanese bearing makers NSK and NTN a combined (US$47m) for violating rules in the latest clamp dow... read more


CHINA: Authorities widen autos anti-trust probe

7 August 2014 | Staff reporter

CHINA: Authorities widen autos anti-trust probe Staff reporter China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) continued to expand its anti-trust probe in the automotive sector, with ... read more


BRAZIL: Toyota luring 19 suppliers to engine factory site

9 June 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Toyota luring 19 suppliers to engine factory site Fernando Calmon At the cornerstone laying ceremony for its new Brazilian engine plant, Toyota said it plans to have 19 suppliers close to the... read more


MEXICO: Magna Powertrain expands to make AWD systems for Audi

30 April 2014 | Graeme Roberts

MEXICO: Magna Powertrain expands to make AWD systems for Audi Graeme Roberts Magna International's powertrain unit has laid the foundation stone for a new manufacturing facility in Ramos Arizpe, Coah... read more


BRAZIL: Inovar-Auto programme encourages R&D centres

10 March 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Inovar-Auto programme encourages R&D centres Fernando Calmon The Brazilian government's new Inovar-Auto regime introduced in 2013 has provided stimuli for the auto industry to invest a p... read more


INDIA: Faurecia opens emissions control TechCenter

5 February 2014 | Simon Warburton

INDIA: Faurecia opens emissions control TechCenter Simon Warburton Faurecia has opened its TechCenter in India for emissions control technologies in a site housing almost 200 engineers specialising i... read more


CHENGDU SHOW: Global debuts list [final version]

3 September 2013 | Glenn Brooks

CHENGDU SHOW: Global debuts list [final version] Glenn Brooks Details of concepts and new models which made their global debuts on 30 August  at the media preview day of the Chengdu motor show. ... read more


CHINA: VW opens new engine plant

16 August 2013 | Dave Leggett

CHINA: VW opens new engine plant Dave Leggett Volkswagen and its JV partner FAW have opened a new engine plant in Changchun with initial production capacity of 300,000 units a year.  The new ... read more


SOUTH AFRICA: IAC enters SA with interiors JV

9 July 2013 | Dave Leggett

SOUTH AFRICA: IAC enters SA with interiors JV Dave Leggett International Automotive Components (IAC) has announced that it has formed a joint venture with Feltex Automotive, a South Africa-based supp... read more


CHINA: Volkswagen recalls more cars with DSG gearboxes

4 July 2013 | Graeme Roberts

CHINA: Volkswagen recalls more cars with DSG gearboxes Graeme Roberts Volkswagen is recalling more vehicles with a gearbox problem in China supplementing a recall of 384,181 vehicles that started in ... read more


TURKEY: TB Sewtech starts on Corolla seat covers in Düzce

2 July 2013 | Graeme Roberts

TURKEY: TB Sewtech starts on Corolla seat covers in Düzce Graeme Roberts A Toyota Boshoku unit in Turkey has started production of seat covers for the new, locally produced Toyota Corolla sedan mode... read more


CHINA: Toyota to make hybrid batteries

31 May 2013 | Graeme Roberts

CHINA: Toyota to make hybrid batteries Graeme Roberts Toyota Motor plans a joint venture with a local company in China to produce batteries for the country's growing petrol-electric hybrid car market... read more


PAKISTAN: Toyota Boshoku to establish Pakistan JV

9 May 2013 | Dave Leggett

PAKISTAN: Toyota Boshoku to establish Pakistan JV Dave Leggett Toyota Boshoku has concluded an agreement to establish a joint venture in Pakistan with Pakistani automotive component maker, Thal, and ... read more


ROMANIA: TRW opens new steering wheel facility

29 April 2013 | Dave Leggett

ROMANIA: TRW opens new steering wheel facility Dave Leggett TRW has held the opening ceremony for a new steering wheel facility that will supply Audi, in Baia Mare, Romania. The plant is a steerin... read more


SHANGHAI: Global debuts list [Final version with additional cars & updated descriptions]

22 April 2013 | Glenn Brooks

SHANGHAI: Global debuts list [Final version with additional cars & updated descriptions] Glenn Brooks Details of concepts and new models which made their global debuts on Saturday 20 April at Auto Sh... read more


BRAZIL: Inovar-Auto programme discussed at auto industry forum

9 April 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Inovar-Auto programme discussed at auto industry forum Fernando Calmon The federal government of Brazil has again postponed restoring the full rate of IPI tax on cars by 1 July. Having kept t... read more


CHINA: VW China in gearbox recall

20 March 2013 | Dave Leggett

CHINA: VW China in gearbox recall Dave Leggett Volkswagen in China will recall 384,181 vehicles to fix a gearbox problem. The recall, which will start on April 2, covers some Passat, Sagitar, Golf... read more


GERMANY: ContiTech building Russian pipe plant

11 December 2012 | Graeme Roberts

GERMANY: ContiTech building Russian pipe plant Graeme Roberts ContiTech is spending EUR13m (US$16.8m) on a new plant for air conditioning and power steering lines in Kaluga, Russia, a city also home ... read more


BRAZIL [photo added]: Honda strengthens local R&D, Acura debuts in 2015

24 October 2012 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL [photo added]: Honda strengthens local R&D, Acura debuts in 2015 Graeme Roberts Honda's Brazilian unit, which assembled some models including the Fit [Jazz] locally, will invest BRL100m (US$19... read more


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