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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.

Latest news


All current diesel vehicles can be electric - BYD

23 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

BYD says all vehicles currently using diesel can be replaced by electric versions as the move towards alternative propulsion gathers pace


DHL Freight re-wins and extends BMW logistics contract

23 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

DHL Freight has been awarded an extension of its contract with the BMW Group and will continue to manage the vehicle manufacturer's overland transport in 17 countries covered by the companies' previous contract.


Continental breaks ground on Lithuania plant

23 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Continental has broken ground at its first EUR95m (US$111m) plant in Kaunas, Lithuania, creating around 1,000 new jobs.


Huf and Baolong team on TPMS JV

23 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Huf Group and Chinese automotive supplier, Baolong have signed a letter of intent to establish a tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) joint venture from 1 January next year.


ACEA slams EC steel import tariffs as trade war looms

20 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Tariffs of up to 25% imposed by the European Commission (EC) on the import of a number of steel products following Washington's decision to levy its own surcharge, have been heavily criticised by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).


Faurecia records H1 net profit up 10% to EUR342m

20 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has posted first-half net income up 10% to EUR342m (US$399m), while sales also grew by double digits in the second quarter and first six months.


Clearlake sells Sage Automotive Interiors to Asahi Kasei

19 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Clearlake Capital Group has announced a definitive agreement to sell Sage Automotive Interiors to an affiliate of Asahi Kasei.


Henkel addresses supplier/OEM 'pain-points'

19 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Henkel says solutions addressing the 'pain points of OEMs and tier suppliers include liquid gasketing, magnet bonding, thermal management and potting products as well as an impregnation service.


Cooper expands Starfire tyre lineup

13 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Cooper Tyre has added to its Starfire line-up with the Starfire Solarus AS all-season brand pitched at a value price point.


Sumitomo and Dunlop open Germany development centre

12 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech have opened their European Development Centre campus in Germany.


Leoni appoints new CEO

12 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Leoni has announced Aldo Kamper will take up his position as CEO on 1 September this year.


TomTom buys out minority shares in TomTom Africa

12 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

TomTom is strengthening its position in Africa by buying out the minority shareholders of TomTom Africa.


Autoneum expands Czech tooling site

12 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Autoneum is expanding its development and production site for tooling in the Czech city of Hnátnice owing to high demand and capacity utilisation.


Foresight wins QuadSight prototype order from Chinese EV manufacturer

11 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Foresight Autonomous Holdings has announced the sale of further prototype of its QuadSight quad-camera vision system targeted for the semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle market.


Analog Devices and Baidu team on autonomous driving

11 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Analog Device has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Baidu to jointly advance autonomous driving.


Ecotap and Allego win Dutch public charging contract

11 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Dutch provinces, Gelderland and Overijssel have awarded EV charging operators, Ecotap and Allego the concession for installing and operating 4,500 public charging sockets in 43 participating cities.


Grupo Antolin wins EUR100m EIB interiors loan

11 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Grupo Antolin has secured a EUR100m (US$117m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance its RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) strategy for automotive interiors.


Valmet starts A-Class production in Finland

10 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Valmet Automotive has started production of the new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class at its Uusikaupunki plant in Finland.


Honeywell names new chief supply chain officer

10 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Honeywell has named TorstenPilz as senior vice president and chief supply chain officer reporting to chairman and CEO, Darius Adamczyk and will also serve as company officer.


PSA and Inria establish AI OpenLab

10 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Inria are creating OpenLab dedicated to artificial intelligence with areas studied including autonomous and intelligent vehicles, mobility services, manufacturing, design development tools, design and digital marketing as well as quality and finance.



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