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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.


2018 Moscow motor show world debuts list

29 August 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Below is a list of vehicle world premieres which appeared at the 2018 edition of the Moscow motor show.


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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.


Interview - VW Group Rus purchasing director Patrick Huseman

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group Rus says it has learned from the crisis years not to rely too heavily on imported components as a weak rouble made imports uncompetitive.

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Indonesia sales rise 6% in August

19 September 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Indonesia continued to grow in August, by 5.9% to 102,197 units from 96,460 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.


Steady car sales will keep global auto sector outlook stable - Moody's

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The outlook for the global automotive manufacturing industry remains stable over the next 12 to 18 months, reflecting expectations for steady demand across key regions despite looming challenges, Moody's Investors Service said in a report.


Ford tests Cellular Vehicle To Everything (C-V2X) technology in China

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said it had successfully conducted its first tests of Cellular Vehicle To Everything (C-V2X) technology on public roads in China, as part of an ongoing pilot project in Wuxi, Jiangsu.


VW heavy vehicles unit to expand joint ventures in China

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Traton Group (VW's former heavy truck and bus unit) and China's CNHTC Group announced a further expansion of their long-term joint venture.


Autoneum opens two new China plants

17 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Autoneum has opened two new plants in China to add to its existing eight facilities.


Brazil August sales tally comes as a surprise

14 September 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Sales of new vehicles in Brazil in August reached 248,623 units, surprising industry watchers.


VW China completes four factory projects

14 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has announced the completion of a major production expansion in China, opening four new facilities in Qingdao, Foshan and Tianjin in recent months.


Daimler and Bosch demo automated valet parking in China

14 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler and Bosch have demonstrated their joint automated valet parking pilot project in Beijing.


Putin, Abe attend Sollers Vladivostok engine plant opening

14 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Mazda Sollers has opened is new engine manufacturing plant in Vladivostok with a capacity of 50,000 units per year in an inaugural ceremony attended by Russian President, Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.


China sales drop a further 4% in August

13 September 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in China fell by 3.8% to 2.103m units in August from 2.186m units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Wabco opens braking systems facility in Thailand

12 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Wabco has announced the inauguration of a new advanced production base in Rayong, Thailand, to support increased local demand for braking systems from major commercial vehicle manufacturers.


Vietnam sales fall 7% in August

12 September 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Vietnam fell by 7.4% to 19,213 units in August from already weak year earlier sales of 20,746 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).


VinFast shows more pictures of Paris debut models

10 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Vietnamese OEM start-up VinFast has issued more images of its upcoming models which will debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.


Daimler sets eight month sales record despite August fall in key markets

10 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz said its unit sales in the first eight months of 2018 rose 1.1% year on year to a record 1,512,268.


BYD and Baidu to mass-produce self-driving cars by 2021

10 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese automaker BYD and local tech giant Baidu last week announced plans to begin mass production together of self-driving cars by 2021, according to local news reports.


Russia August sales rise 11%

10 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased 11% in August according to data from the Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC).


Citroen Brazil launches 'localised' C4 Cactus

7 September 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Because the SUV market keeps growing steadily here in Brazil, automakers have plenty of opportunities to launch new or improved models.


Nissan announces new India strategy

7 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan has announced a new strategy for India which will see it launch new products, strengthen the Nissan and Datsun brands, expand its dealer network, optimise flexible manufacturing and boost R&D facilities together with Alliance automakers also operating in the country.


UACJ to construct new China plant

7 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

UACJ is to build a new battery foil production facility in China and expand its business.


Grupo Antolin opens new China plant

6 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Grupo Antolin has opened its new factory in Shenyang, China.



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