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Chengdu motor show world debuts list - the just-auto preview

20 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Every year the Chengdu motor show seems to grow in importance. The 2018 event is no exception. Below is an initial list of vehicle world premieres, with many more to be added during the coming weeks.


Proton under Geely - the future models

19 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final Geely group brand to have its current future passenger vehicles assessed is Proton. Due to unremarkable cars, a home nation where the annual market remains well below three quarters of a million vehicles and poor marketing in the few countries it has tried to export to, the formerly state-run firm is a lacklustre operation. Could a cash infusion and a management shake-up transform the firm?


ANALYSIS - VW targets growth in China with FAW

12 July 2018 | Staff reporter

Volkswagen Group’s Chinese joint venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Company, is bringing on stream a vast amount of new production capacity in China this year, as the German automaker looks to strengthen its lead position in the Chinese market and prepares for changing government regulations.


Geely-Volvo to expand Lynk & Co with secret SUVs

2 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

In this second chapter of an examination of the future models of Geely divisions, the focus turns to Lynk & Co. The start-up brand is doing well in China, its sole market. Although Geely is yet to reveal this, there are now additional plans to extend the brand from a four-model line-up by using the Volvo XC60 and XC90 as the basis for two larger SUVs.


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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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VW Group China sales up 9.2% in H1

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group China has announced the first half-year deliveries for 2018: with its two Chinese joint venture partners, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered over 1.99m (1.83m, +9.2%) vehicles to customers in mainland China and Hong Kong, including 80,300 imported vehicles.


Vietnamese car company to unveil models at Paris Show

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

A new Vietnamese car company, VinFast, says it is developing its own range of 'world-class vehicles' to be produced at a new facility in northern Vietnam.


VW Group global sales rise in H1 2018 but June sputters

18 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group said it had booked record first half sales for 2018, delivering 5.5m vehicles globally, up 7.1%.


SEAT starts assembling Arona and Leon in Algeria

17 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW Group-owned Seat has begun the final assembly of the Arona and the Leon models at a plant in Algeria.


BMW to up stake in Brilliance joint venture - reports

16 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Reports in China say that BMW is about to become the first foreign carmaker to hold a majority stake in a joint venture in the country.


Renault H1 sales up 9.8% driven by emerging markets

16 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe Renault sales volumes were up 9.8% in the first-half helped by the inclusion of the two brands Jinbei and Huasong (over 85,000 units combined). On a like-for-like basis Groupe Renault sales increased 5.3% in a global market up 4.2%.


Moody's downgrades JLR parent Tata Motors

16 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded to Ba2 from Ba1 the corporate family rating (CFR) for Jaguar Land Rover parent company Tata Motors (TML). It also downgraded the company's senior unsecured instrument ratings to Ba2 from Ba1 but said "the rating outlook is stable".


Brazil's Route 2030 promises a better future for its auto industry

13 July 2018 | Fernando Calmon

At last, after several postponements, Brazilian president Michel Temer announced the Route 2030 Programme for the auto industry which consists of a 15-year plan (uncommon in Brazil) divided into three five-year periods.


Wabco announces India truck steering deal

13 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has announced its first major steering system deal in India following its September 2017 acquisition of US-based RH Sheppard, a supplier of steering technologies for commercial vehicles.


Toyoda Gosei establishes new engineering and sales office in Gurgaon, India

13 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyoda Gosei has established the Gurgaon Office (engineering, sales) of Toyoda Gosei Minda India (TGMIN), a subsidiary in India, to increase sales in the rapidly growing market.


China vehicle sales rise 4.8% in June

12 July 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in China rose by 4.8% to around 2.27 million units in June from 2.17 million units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Tesla to build 500k plant in Shanghai

11 July 2018 | Staff reporter

US electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla Inc plans to build a 500,000 unit/year car plant in Shanghai, according to a memorandum of cooperation signed with Shanghai's  government.


BMW Group joins Apollo, Baidu's autonomous driving platform

11 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Baidu and the BMW Group have announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the BMW Group will join Apollo, the open autonomous driving platform by Baidu, as a board member.


BMW and Great Wall Motor ink e-Mini deal

10 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The BMW Group and Chinese OEM Great Wall Motor have signed an agreement to produce Mini electric vehicles through a new 50:50 joint venture based in China.


Vietnam sales slip 4% in June

10 July 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Vietnam declined by 3.7% to 21,913 units in June from already weak year-earlier sales of 22,750 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).


Lada lifts export sales in first half

10 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Lada says it sold 16,592 cars in overseas markets in the first half of 2018, a 64% increase compared to the results for the same period last year.


Volkswagen expanding E-mobility in China with JAC and SEAT

9 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group China has signed a memorandum of understanding with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC) and SEAT.


Tesla hikes China prices

9 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla raised prices on its Model X and S cars by over US$20,000 in China, according to media reports.


GAZ in partner with Africa Motors commence sale of LCVs in Morocco

6 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

GAZ, a manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Russia, together with Africa Motors (Auto Hall Group), a new distribution partner of GAZ, have started selling a range of commercial vehicles GAZelle Next in Morocco.


BYD and Changan Automobile launch battery JV

5 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

BYD has announced a strategic cooperation agreement with Changan Automobile to jointly manufacture batteries for electric vehicles.



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