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India's quiet achiever - the rapid rise of Mahindra

18 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The battle for third place in the Indian market for passenger vehicles is hotting up, with both rivals drawing on foreign subsidiaries to expand their ranges. Tata is well placed to attack the country's traditional number three brand from later in 2019 as new models come on line. For now though, Mahindra is pulling ahead thanks to ever more Ssangyong-derived SUVs.


Thailand becoming production hub for heavy trucks

4 March 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Thailand is fast becoming a major SE Asia production hub for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, with Scania the latest global manufacturer to set up a regional production and R&D centre in the country.


ASEAN vehicle market growth slowed in Q4

5 February 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets combined increased by 5.3% to 988,948 units in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 938,692 units in the same period of the previous year, according to data collected by AsiaMotorBusiness.com from local associations and government departments.


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.


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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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JLR wins copyright case over Jiangling's Evoque copy

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has won a major copyright case in China against a local car maker.


Geely Auto boosts 2018 revenue and profit

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars owner Geely Automobile Holdings said total revenue increased by 15% year on year in 2018 to RMB106.6bn as the group's average selling price continued to improve, mainly driven by the improvement in product mix.


Yin Long to make e-buses in Serbia, take over Ikarbus

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese bus manufacturer Yin Long Group plans to start manufacturing electric buses at the Serbian Ikarbus factory, according to a local report.


Aston Martin adds distributor for central and eastern Europe

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Aston Martin has appointed a Romania-based distributor for that country and central and eastern Europe.


Toyota and Suzuki to share models and hybrid technology

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor announced and agreement to "begin considering concrete collaboration in new fields".


Suzuki, Toyota, eye car making JV in Ghana

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Officials from Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and CFAO are eyeing a joint venture to manufacture and distribute vehicles in Ghana.


GM to spend $2.7bn on Brazil factories - report

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors has said it would spend US$2.7bn at two Brazilian factories over the next five years, sparing them from closure.


Ford to boost Romanian plant capacity

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford will spend EUR200m at its Romanian plant in Craiova, targeting capacity for 250,000 cars a year, Ziarul Financiar reported.


VW eyes China JV stake increases

19 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

One of its Chinese partners has pushed back after Volkswagen last week said it planned to increase its efforts to acquire majority control of its Chinese joint ventures, according to local reports in China.


Opel returns to Russia

14 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA's Opel brand is returning to the Russian market this year. The brand will initially make three models available at selected Russian dealers – the Grandland X (shipped from Eisenach) as well as the Zafira Life and the Vivaro (from Russian production facilities).


Vietnam sales fall in February

13 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Vietnam's new vehicle market slipped by 6.1% to 11,453 units in February from 12,196 a year earlier, according to member wholesale data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).


Infiniti gives up on western Europe, UK manufacture

12 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti has thrown in the towel and will abandon western Europe to focus on markets in which it is more successful. This will include ceasing production of a model line here in the UK.


China vehicle sales fall sharply in February

12 March 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

New vehicle sales in China continued to fall sharply in February, by 13.7% to 1,482,000 units from already weak year-earlier sales of 1,718,000 units, according to newly-released wholesale data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Kia considers plant closures in China

11 March 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Kia Motors revealed at the weekend it was considering closing one of its main vehicle assembly plants in China in response to weak local demand.


Russian market falls first time in two years

11 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Russian sales of new passenger cars and LCVs fell for the first time in nearly two years last month as the effects of a 2% increase in VAT feed through.


Nissan expanding Leaf sales to new markets in Asia

11 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan is expanding Leaf electric model sales to new emerging markets in Asia.


Nio scraps plans to build assembly plant in Shanghai

8 March 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Chinese electric vehicle start-up Nio announced in its fourth-quarter financial report this week it had scrapped plans to build its own vehicle manufacturing plant in Shanghai, citing weaker than expected sales.


VW said to have chosen Serbia for new car plant

7 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen is still exploring options for building a new car factory in eastern Europe, and hasn't made any decision yet, Mark Langendorf of the group's communications department said in an interview with Serbian newspaper Blic, according to Romanian media reports.


US sales for Polestar 2 threatened by trade tariffs

7 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

The Geely/Volvo Cars owned Polestar brand has warned that the launch of its new fully electric model in the US could be jeopardised by trade tariffs.


Hyundai axes oldest Chinese assembly plant

7 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai will close its oldest plant in China as early as next month due to plummeting sales in the world's biggest market, South Korean media reported.



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