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ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen EVs and SUVs

12 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In this final part of three articles which discuss the current and future models plans for the Volkswagen passenger car brands, just-auto takes a look at electrified models, crossovers and SUVs. This follows features which looked at cars, and then pick-ups and MPVs.

End of the road for the Philippines’ iconic Jeepney

6 December 2017 | Tony Pugliese

The  Philippines' government is demanding that old fleets of public utility vehicles, mostly comprising colourful iconic Jeepney vehicles, be replaced with safer, more comfortable and more environmentally-friendly vehicles. Tony Pugliese reports

ANALYSIS - Future models for Dongfeng Motor

14 November 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In addition to being a JV partner for several foreign OEMs, Dongfeng Motor is a fairly successful vehicle manufacturer in its own right, with multiple brands and sub-brands in China. Its weak point is a lack of any sizable export business and exposure to the collapsing Chinese market passenger vehicle sales of Kia Motors and Groupe PSA.

Future cars analysis - Could Renault turn Lada into the next Skoda?

8 November 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Russia is not for faint-hearted investors. Boom to bust to boom has been the pattern of recent years. Some, such as GM decided to make a Rexit. Renault, though, stayed and may eventually reap rewards from its shareholding in AvtoVAZ and the Lada brand, which commands 20 per cent of an improving market for new vehicle sales.

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AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on recent up-tick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

Magna EVP on China’s automotive market, opportunities for growth and Getrag – Q&A

8 March 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Magna International has been steadily growing in Asia since the mid-1990s and today has almost 17,700 employees at 48 manufacturing locations and 26 product development, engineering and sales offices. To find out more about the supplier’s presence and market strengths in Asia, Matthew Beecham met with Frank O’Brien, Executive VP for Magna’s business in Asia while on a visit to Magna’s North American headquarters in Detroit.

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Renault forms JV with Brilliance for China LCV production

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings [BMW's car JV partner] have inked a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) using Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands aiming for 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains.

Hanon Systems to build automotive compressor plant in China

15 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Global automotive supplier Hanon Systems announced that it had signed an investment agreement with the Dalian municipal government in China to expand its automotive compressor operations to support local business growth.

VW group YTD volume up 3.9% so far

15 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group sold 995,900 vehicles in November, up 11.1% year on year. YTD volume was up 3.9% to 9,743,400.

Ford moving Fusion/Mondeo to China - reports

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources told Reuters.

Varroc to start Morocco production facility

14 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Varroc Lighting Systems is establishing a manufacturing and product development base in Morocco.

BAIC eyes 2025 phase-out for gasoline cars - report

13 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) is reportedly planning the phase-out of conventional fuel-powered cars sold under its own brand by 2025 as part of an ambitious new energy cars campaign.

Autoneum and Ayegh team for Iran component production

13 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Autoneum has concluded an exclusive licence agreement with automotive supplier, Ayegh Khodro Toos (AKT) for the production and distribution of its multifunctional components for acoustic and thermal management in Iran.

Major Morocco OEM/supplier deal to create 11,500 new jobs

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Morocco has inked a huge raft of automotive deals with international OEMS and suppliers worth around US$1.5bn and creating more than 11,500 jobs.

China sales up slightly in November

12 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in China increased by less than 1% to 2.96m units in November from strong year earlier sales of 2.94m units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

Volkswagen deliveries reach all time record in November

12 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen brand said it delivered more vehicles worldwide in November than ever before in a single month: 594,300 units.

Ford China sales dip in November

11 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford sales in China in total fell 8% year on year in November to nearly 118,000 vehicles.

BYD invests in Morocco

11 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

BYD is investing in Morocco and has announced an MoU for the supply of a 'range of renewable energy solutions to the country leading by the company’s innovative straddle monorail system, the SkyRail; and to explore the possibility of localised production'.

Vietnam sales drop 18% in November

11 December 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Vietnam's new vehicle market continued to fall sharply in November, by 17.7% to 21,622 units from 26,284 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).

Valeo unveils investment in Cathay CarTech Fund

11 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valeo has confirmed its investment of CNY375m (US$59m) in Cathay CarTech Fund - Cathay Capital’s first RMB fund - to take a stake in China’s automotive and mobility ecosystem.

Groupe PSA planning secret SC21 car for India

8 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A business daily says Groupe PSA is planning to build a B segment car at its Indian JV in 2020.

JLR global sales up 10% in November 2017

8 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover sold 52,332 vehicles in November, up 10% year on year, driven by strong sales of Land Rover models.

Lada Russia sales surge 14.3% in November

8 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Lada has posted November sales up 14% to 29,163 units, with 11-month figures showing 279,008 registrations, up 17%.

Ford and Alibaba look to work together in China

7 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As expected, Ford Motor Company and Alibaba Group on Thursday agreed to explore a strategic collaboration to jointly identify new opportunities to redefine consumer retail experiences and explore solutions for sustainable mobility.

Groupe Renault announces senior management changes

7 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Current AvtoVAZ president and CEO, Nicolas Maure, has been appointed SVP, chairman of Eurasia Region to replace Denis Le Vot, who will take on new responsibilities within Renault- Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Ford reportedly plans Alibaba-assisted online sales

6 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford reportedly is set to announce a deal with Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba to trial car sales online.

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