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Tata Motors' future models under the microscope

4 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

After the disappointment of the Nano and a series of underwhelming subsequent new vehicle releases, Tata Motors seemed to lose its way. Now, thanks to the success of the Tiago small car and a record overall Indian market for new passenger vehicles in the first half of 2017, Tata is firmly on the comeback trail and has even pushed the mighty Toyota down to sixth place. But will it be able to achieve its stated goal of becoming number three by 2019?

What SAIC is planning for MG, Roewe and Maxus

2 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SAIC has two main passenger car manufacturing JVs in China. These are with the Volkswagen Group and General Motors. China's largest state owned OEM also has much in the way of plans for its own makes and it is these which are examined here below.

Will GM regret the shrinking of Chevrolet?

18 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

GM has consolidated operations and withdrawn its Chevrolet brand from a number of markets as part of a strategy to focus activity where it turns a profit. There's a clear short-term benefit to the bottom line, but will it be regretted in the long-term as rivals are left to exploit new opportunities in emerging markets?

China leads global EV sector

3 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China is the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, with a total of 409,000 units sold in the country last year – up by 65% on the previous year, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

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AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

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 Chinese auto market, 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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FCA denies Great Wall approach for its business

21 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) has denied that it has been approached by Great Wall as rumours continue to swirl over Chinese OEMs interested in acquiring all or part of its automotive operations.

GM confirms investment in southern Brazil

18 August 2017 | Fernando Calmon

General Motors will spend BRL1.4bn/US$430m on its Gravataí plant in state of Rio Grande do Sul.

GAZ/PJSC Rosseti ink Russia agreement

18 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group has inked an agreement with Russian energy network company, PJSC Rosseti.

CFO moves to head GM India

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GM India announced president and managing director Kaher Kazem would hand over the reins of the company to chief financial officer Sanjiv Gupta from 1 September.

KSS starts India steering wheel production

17 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Key Safety Systems (KSS) has started production of steering wheels in its new manufacturing location in Pune, Maharastra, India.

Nissan sees e-Power potential in emerging markets

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor Indonesia displayed the first model to receive the new e-Power drivetrain, the Note, at the motor show in Jakarta. The car was launched first in Japan last year and the automaker sees potential for it in emerging markets.

Nemak names new VP

16 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Lighting supplier, Nemak has announced VP,  Napoleón Cantú has decided to leave the company "to pursue other professional opportunities."

Indonesian motor show: new policies and more MPVs

14 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

The Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show kicked off on Thursday at the International Convention Centre in the BSD satellite city just outside Jakarta.

China sales rise 6.2% in July

14 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in China rose by 6.2% to 1,967,000 units in July, from 1,852,000 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

Kwid places Renault Brazil in the spotlight

11 August 2017 | Fernando Calmon

If the Brazilian buyer has taken some time to understand - and especially to accept - the subcompact idea, the debut of the Renault Kwid will straighten this out.

BMW Group global sales up 0.4% in July 2017

11 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The BMW Group had a record July with sales of 180,726 BMWs and Minis, a 0.4% increase year on year. The year to date tally of 1,401,551 (+4.3%) vehicles was also a record.

VW group YTD sales rise 1.3%

11 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen group has boosted year to date sales 1.3% year on year to 5.98m vehicles after July sales up 4.3% to 820,900 units.

Skoda and Tata end 'strategic partnership' talks

10 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Skoda has said that it has ended talks with Tata Motors on a planned strategic alliance because the two failed to identify sufficient technical and economic synergies.

Russia rebound powers on for fifth straight month

10 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia has continued its upward trajectory of automotive sales with July seeing sales of new passenger cars and LCVs increasing 18.6% according to the Association of Russian Businesses (AEB).

Turkish vehicle exports surge in July

10 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Turkish automotive industry provided around one fifth of all exports for the Turkish economy in July, figures issued by the Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters Association (OIB) show.

Geely's Lynk shoots for half a million a year

9 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Lynk & Co, Geely's China-based premium brand has set a half-million unit annual global sales target by 2020 according to an interview with The South China Post.

Bosch China regenerative braking plant planned

8 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Bosch is further extending its manufacturing capacity in China in a move that points to suppliers gearing up for growth in electrification in China's light vehicle market.

Vietnam market plunged 21% in July

8 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Vietnam plunged by over 21% to 19,345 units in July, from 24,584 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).

Renault signs Iran JV to swiftly raise production

7 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Groupe Renault has inked a joint venture agreement with Iranian partners, Industrial Development & Renovation Organisation (IDRO) and Parto Negin Naseh to produce 150,000 vehicles per year in the country.

EU approves Magna China JV

4 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

The European Commission has given the green light to a joint venture signed between China's Hubei Aviation Precision Machinery Technology (HAPM) and Magna International.

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