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2019 outlook - China key to Asia market performance

21 December 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in the Asia-Pacific region this year are expected to decline for the first time since the 1997-98 regional financial crisis, to a little more than 43 million units, and the outlook for 2019 is mixed at best. China clearly has a massive influence of the regional market these days and declining sales in the second half of the year was responsible for the region’s overall negative performance in 2018.


ANALYSIS - ASEAN vehicle sales rise 10% in Q3

6 November 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia's six largest markets combined continued to strengthen in the third quarter of 2018, with total volumes rising by 9.7% to 899,541 units from 820,135 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected by AsiaMotorBusiness.com from the mainstream local trade associations.


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

5 September 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 series of articles. Both makes are part of SGMW, and while GM is not the majority owner, it holds a large stake.


Why Baojun could become GM China's No.1 brand

3 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Seven years ago it didn't exist. Today it's General Motors' number two brand in the world's largest market. Baojun is more successful than Chevrolet, isn't far behind Buick and outsells Wuling by a factor of two to one.


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Faurecia agile enough to cope with Brexit needs - CEO

5 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia says it will adapt to what its customers want as the UK prepares to leave the European Union (EU) next year.


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.

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Daimler to restart Egyptian car assembly

21 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler is planning to build a Mercedes-Benz passenger car plant in Egypt in cooperation with a local business partner, resuming local assembly after several years.


Skoda and Volkswagen open new Technology Centre in Pune, India

21 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Skoda Auto and Volkswagen have opened a new Technology Centre in Pune, India.


Mahindra Electric launches Nemo Life, next-gen mobility app in India

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra Electric, part of the Mahindra Group, says it has launched the all new 'Next-Generation Mobility app' – Nemo Life. This announcement coincides with the completion of over 100m electric kilometres by Mahindra EVs on Indian roads.


Suzuki begins operations at Gujarat plant number-2 in India

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (SMG), a 100% subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation for the production of automobiles in India, has completed construction of the Gujarat Plant Number-2, and has started production of the Swift.


Revised BMW 7 Series makes world premiere in China

17 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

BMW has shown its mid-cycle facelifted BMW 7 Series in Shanghai, China.


Malaysia vehicle market down 12% in December

17 January 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Malaysian new vehicle market declined by 12% to 48,188 units in December from 54,728 units in the same month of the previous year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Indonesian vehicle market up 7% in 2018

17 January 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

New vehicle sales in Indonesia increased by 3.5% to 87,846 units in December 2018 compared with 84,880 units in the same month of the previous year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.


Indonesia to introduce EV/hybrid incentives

16 January 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Indonesian government has announced it will provide fiscal incentives to support the development of a local electric vehicle market, according to local reports.


China vehicle sales fall for first year since 1990

15 January 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

New vehicle sales in China fell by 2.8% to 28.08m units in 2018 from a record 28.88m units in the previous year, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Mitsubishi Europe sales rise in 2018

15 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Europe (MME), currently reorganising and expanding its Netherlands based operations, boosted calendar year 2018 sales 19% year on year to 165,259 vehicles.


VW Group China delivers over 4.21m units in 2018

14 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group China has announced deliveries for 2018 and says that with its Chinese joint venture partners, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the group delivered 4.21m (2017: 4.18m, +0.5%) vehicles to customers in the Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong, including 196,300 imported vehicles.


Vietnam sales jump 36% in December

14 January 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Vietnam's new vehicle market finished the year strongly in 2018, with sales jumping by close to 36% to 32,511 units in December from year earlier sales of 23,963 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).


After a good year, Brazil automakers expect a healthy 2019

11 January 2019 | Fernando Calmon

Sales of cars and light commercials in Brazil in 2018 topped 2.56m units, up 14.6% from the 2.24m units sold in 2017.


Ford China sales tank in "challenging" 2018

11 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford sales in China fell 36.9% year on year to 752,243 in 2018, reflecting the overall market plunge.


China passenger vehicle sales plunge 19% in December, 6% in 2018

10 January 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Sales of new passenger vehicles in China plunged 19.3% year on year to 2.22m units in December 2018, the seventh consecutive month of decline, according to retail data released by the China Passenger Car Association.


Porsche sets a full year sales record - again

10 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche sales worldwide rose 4% year on year to 256,255 vehicles in 2018.


JLR sales dip in December and fiscal year to date

10 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover retail sales dropped 6.4% year on year to 52,160 units in December, parent Tata Motors said.


GM China plans 20 'new' models in 2019, Cadillac sales up

8 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors said it would launch a "record" 20 new or "refreshed" models in China in 2019 with an eye on "emerging opportunities in new energy vehicles (NEVs)".


Foton sells majority stake in Borgward group

7 January 2019 | Staff reporter

Chinese automaker Foton Motor has sold a majority stake in German luxury carmaker Borgward Group, according to local reports citing a company filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange at the end of December.


Consumers cautious on autonomous - study

7 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Consumers' appetite for self driving vehicles lags the automotive industry's pace of investment in advanced vehicle technology, according to the 2019 Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study.



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