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From Vegas to Tatarstan - The Week

12 January 2018 | Simon Warburton

There's really only one place to start this week and it has to be in the Nevada desert where the annual tech-fest of the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 kicked off the year in a technological blitz which was high on AI.


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.


Nissan and Mitsubishi synergies begin in SE Asia - Analysis

8 June 2017 | Staff reporter

Nissan Motor expects its global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors will yield some early synergies in South-east Asia, a region in which it has struggled to keep pace with Japanese rivals Toyota and Honda.


Tomorrow's winners prepare for change today - COMMENT

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

How much disruption will the auto industry experience over the next ten years or so? It's a question that many are asking as attempts to sketch out the future of mobility - or, more accurately, urban mobility - gather pace.


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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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SPIEF 18 - VW Rus urges Moscow continue illicit trade fight

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's Russia Group says the country itself does not have an issue when it comes to producing fake goods, but is urging the government to continue to tackle illicit manufacturing being brought in from abroad.


SPIEF 18 - Russia at start of electric road - Renault

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's startling paucity of electric vehicles means it is at the very start of its alternative fuel journey says the country's Renault operation, although government Ministers underline the country "is not California."


French Ministers to debate automotive future in Paris

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

France's Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire will participate at a meeting in Paris tomorrow (22 May) to discuss the future of the country's automotive sector.


EC outlines measures to protect businesses in Iran

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

European Union (EU) leaders meeting in Sofia have authorised the Commission in Brussels to take steps to protect the interests of companies operating in Iran.


Martinrea opens new Michigan technical centre

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Martinrea has opened its new technical centre located in Auburn Hills, Michigan.


MEDEF sets up hotline for French companies with Iran business

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French business confederation, MEDEF, says it has set up a hotline for companies nervous about what the implications of the US withdrawing from the Vienna Agreement easing sanctions against Iran will be.


Groupe PSA to optimise powertrain design process with new R&D partnership

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Groupe PSA and Ecole Centrale de Nantes have launched an R&D partnership for  powertrain design processes for the group’s future vehicles.


Continental increases its stakes in DigiLens

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Continental is increasing its investment in DigiLens, the Silicon Valley-based holographic waveguide projection technology company.


Constellium expands operations at Decin plant

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Constellium is expanding its operations in Decin, Czech Republic, to support increased demand for aluminium profiles.


US Iran nuclear deal withdrawal "unacceptable" - France

17 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French diplomatic sources are branding the US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Vienna Agreement allowing Iran sanctions relief in return for scaling back its nuclear programme, as "unacceptable."


Autoneum opens Hungary plant

17 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Autoneum has opened a plant for the manufacture of lightweight components for acoustic and thermal management in Komárom, Hungary.


Hyundai Cradle and Metawave to develop smart radars

16 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Hyundai's corporate venturing and open innovation business Hyundai Cradle, is to invest in Metawave Corporation to build intelligent radars for autonomous vehicles.


Groupe PSA announces raft of executive appointments

16 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA's Executive Committee has unveiled a raft of management changes as it looks to further deploy the Push to Pass Strategic Plan and its Opel / Vauxhall's Pace operation.


Bridgestone Americas names new chief information security officer

16 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Bridgestone Americas has unveiled Andy Sobotta as chief information security officer (CISO), effective 21 May.


Webasto opens Germany R&D Centre

16 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Webasto has opened its new EUR40m (US$47m) Administration and R&D Centre in Stockdorf, near Munich accommodating 550 employees.


Faurecia seeks EUR30bn sales by 2025

16 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia says it is looking for sales growth of 7% to EUR20bn (US$24bn) by 2020 and EUR30bn of sales by 2025.


France to "protect" Iran interests as US imposes sanctions

15 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

France says it will act to protect its businesses in Iran and has asked the US that sanctions against Tehran do not apply to its interests in the country.


Thyssenkrup posts four-fold Q2 net income increase to US$253m

15 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp has almost quadrupled its second-quarter net income year-on-year from EUR64m (US$76m) to EUR253m.


UPS and Arrival team for 35 EVs in London and Paris

15 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

UPS says it is working with UK-based technology firm, Arrival to develop a pilot fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles to be trialled in London and Paris.


Novelis breaks ground on new Kentucky aluminium facility

15 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Novelis has broken ground on its US$300m automotive aluminium sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky, with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes and creating around 125 jobs.



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