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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.


Chengdu motor show world debuts list

3 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

SAIC, General Motors and the Volkswagen Group revealed the most important new and future models at this year's Chengdu motor show. Below is a list of vehicle world debuts. A trending return towards C segment sedans and the addition of wagons (see Hyundai) continues.


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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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Hyundai-Kia sales recover in China, struggle in US

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

South Korea's Hyundai Motor and its domestic affiliate Kia Motors have enjoyed moderate sales rebounds in China this year after suffering sharp declines in 2017, after dealers were targeted by boycotts and protests following the Beijing government's anger at Korea's deployment of the US THAAD missile defence shield.


VW delivers 30 millionth car in China

19 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen brand said it had set a record in China with its 30 millionth delivery this month – a Touareg.


Philippine vehicle sales down 9% in October

19 November 2018 | Staff reporter

The Philippine new vehicle market continued to decline in October, by 9.2% to 33,150 units from peak year-earlier sales of 36,511 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).


VW CEO Diess adds responsibility for China

16 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

The VW Supervisory Board has assigned responsibility for the China Board of Management Division to VW Group CEO and chairman Herbert Diess, in addition to his other duties.


Thailand approves Mazda’s hybrid production

16 November 2018 | Staff reporter

The Thai government this week approved Mazda Motor’s application for tax incentives to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles in the country, according to local reports.


Daimler to build second R&D centre in Beijing

15 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Daimler has announced plans to build a new Research and Development Tech Centre in China with a total investment of over CNY1.1bn (US$155m or approximately EUR145m).


Gestamp China JV starts Tianjin operations

15 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Gestamp's joint venture with Chinese metal components company Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts (BHAP), has started operations with the opening of a new plant in Tianjin.


Novelis to expand Brazil aluminium rolling and recycling plant

14 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

"It's very important for the state of Sao Paulo to contribute to this high value-added project. Sao Paulo needs initiatives like this that promote the economic, social and environmental development of the state. Investe's role is to help companies to install or develop their businesses and in doing so, improve economic potential, generate jobs, income and increase the production supply chain and logistics involved," said Sergio Costa, the agency's director


Skoda looks to double sales in China - report

13 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW Group-owned Skoda brand is aiming to double its share of the Chinese car market according to a report in the China Daily newspaper.


Vietnam sales jump 39% in October

13 November 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Vietnam continued to rebound in October, by over 39% to 28,041 units from weak year-earlier sales of 20,156 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA). 


Mitsubishi to invest in local parts sourcing in Vietnam

13 November 2018 | Staff reporter

Mitsubishi Motors plans to expand its operations in Vietnam, as it looks to increase its exposure to one of Asia's most promising developing markets, according to reports in the region.


Russia maintains rise with October sales 8% up

13 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's powerful automotive recovery continued last month with sales of new passenger cars and LCVs increasing 8.2% last month.


China vehicle sales fall 12% in October

12 November 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in China fell by almost 12% to 2.4m units in October from 2.7m units a year earlier, according to reports citing data from the China Association of Auto Manufacturers (CAAM).


JLR global sales dip in October despite strong UK and US

12 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover retail sales in October 2018 fell 4.6% year on year to 44,282 units despite, the company said, strong sales of newer models such as the Jaguar I-Pace and E-Pace SUVs and updated Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.


Nissan shoots for plant in Ghana

9 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Nissan says it has committed to working with the government of Ghana to establish an automotive manufacturing industry in the country. The company will also make Ghana its hub for sales and marketing in West Africa.


DuPont eyes China automotive growth with new plastics factory

8 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

DuPont said it is spending US$80m to build a new factory in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province in East China.


Daimler YTD sales fractionally ahead of 2017

7 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz delivered 190,021 vehicles in October, up 3.9% year on year.


Mitsubishi joint venture launches Eclipse Cross in China

7 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

GAC Mitsubishi Motors (GMMC) is to start sales of the locally assembled Eclipse Cross in China.


Jaguar opening supplier liaison office in Hungary

6 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover plans to create a technical engineering office in Hungary, opening early in 2019.


Brazilian Volkswagen T-Cross slightly larger than European version

5 November 2018 | Fernando Calmon

The production version of Volkswagen's compact T-Cross SUV was unveiled simultaneously in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Shanghai (China) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) recently. It is the first SUV VW has made in Brazil - at its Sao Jose dos Pinhais manufacturing plant in the southern state of Parana.



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