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ANALYSIS - Daihatsu architectures and future models

10 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In this first part of what Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) divisions are planning, the focus is on Daihatsu Motor Company. It will be followed by a look at the current and future models of the Toyota brand, and in the final instalment, Lexus.


ANALYSIS - Changan architectures and future models

3 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The parent company has been trading for 155 years, so Changan knows a thing or two about being successful in business. The automotive division has this year fallen prey to the ongoing surge in sales by Geely's Emgrand brand in China, recently losing its fifth place in that market. However, having sold 662,620 passenger vehicles so far in 2017, it is far from failing, especially as Changan remains ahead of the Nissan, Baojun, Haval and Ford brands.


ANALYSIS - Suzuki architectures and future models [updated]

15 September 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Often flying under the radar due to its small presence in Europe and China, as well as its withdrawal from the US market, Suzuki Motor Corporation is something of a stealthy giant. Its dominance of the rapidly expanding Indian market, the strength of its mini-vehicle sales in Japan and a strategy of remaining fiercely independent after a bust-up with Volkswagen mark out SMC as one of the world's most unusual and successful OEMs.


Suzuki already planning to triple capacity at new Indian plant

15 September 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Having opened its first car plant in the Indian state of Gujarat earlier this year, Suzuki Motor Corporation now says it will lift capacity of the 250,000 units per annum plant to 750,000 by 2020. The statement was made by chairman Osamu Suzuki at an event where a new battery factory was also announced.


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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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Tesla retrofitting charging network and models for China

19 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tesla is reportedly planning to modify its models sold in China and its charging network there in order to boost sales.


Chinese EV sales surge in September

19 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Sales of electric vehicle (EVs) in China jumped by 80% year on year to 77,000 units in September, according to a report released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Malaysia sales fall 15% in September

17 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s new vehicle market fell by almost 15% to 40,981 units in September from 48,125 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Hella breaks ground for new electronics plant in Lithuania

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hella has laid the foundation for a new electronics plant in Lithuania.


VW Group China 9M 2017 sales up 1.4%

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group China has announced deliveries for the first nine months of 2017. Together with its two Chinese Joint Ventures, Saic Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered almost 2.90m (+1.4%) vehicles in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, including 139,000 imported vehicles.


Chinese vehicle market up again in September

13 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

China’s vehicle market was up again in September for a fourth straight month, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Volvo to export cars from Malaysia 

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car group, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, soon plans to begin exporting cars from Malaysia to other markets in the region, according to local reports.


Ford China September sales flat

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor Company sales in China were flat at about 113,000 vehicles in September.


Mitsubishi see China driving expansion

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Growth in China will be a driving force for the global expansion of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), the company's chief executive Osamu Masuko said yesterday.


Volkswagen Group monthly sales top 1m for first time

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group delivered over 1m vehicles for the first time in September, the highest level ever for a single month, the 1.01m tally was 6.6% up year on year.


Hino to assemble trucks in Russia

13 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Hino Motors, Toyota Motor's commercial vehicle subsidiary, announced plans to spend JPY1.89bn (US$16.8m) to build a new truck assembly plant in Russia.


Will BMW outsource China Mini making to Great Wall?

12 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW is working on a deal that would take Mini manufacturing outside Europe for the first time, according to news agency sources. The automakers are not commenting.


Hanon Systems establishes joint venture with China South Industries subsidiaries

12 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Global automotive supplier Hanon Systems plans to establish a joint venture with China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC) to support its growing business in the China market.


Volvo starts Indian assembly

11 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has joined rival premium brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes with local assembly of vehicles in India.


Daimler announces South America CV spend

10 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz do Brasil will be spending around EUR600m on its commercial vehicle business in Brazil over the next five years.


Porsche 2017 sales rise 4%

10 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche boosted sales 4% to 185,898 vehicles worldwide in the first nine months of 2017.


Iran automakers' fiscal H1 sales up 10%

9 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Automakers in Iran booked a 10% year on year increase in sales in the first six months of the current fiscal year which started in March.


Toyota expanding Brazil plant for Yaris

6 October 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Contrary to a claim by Nikkei Asia Review, Toyota will not 'squeeze' their Sorocaba plant, in the state of Sao Paulo, to produce the Yaris alongside the current Etios hatchback and saloon subcompacts.


Hella building its second electronics plant in India

6 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hella is building its second electronics plant near the city of Mehsana in the state of Gujarat. It recently opened an additional development centre for automotive lighting technology in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore.


Leopard's plant visit halts Suzuki output in India

6 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Imagine explaining this to your bosses in Japan.



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