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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 | Tony Pugliese

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.


THE WEEK - PSA, GM Europe, Geneva

10 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Yes, of course, Geneva this week, with lots of shiny new metal to get the consumer media all a-Twitter (other social media platforms are available), but the big story, looking all but inevitable a week ago, was the first-thing-Monday announcement PSA would acquire GM Europe's Opel/Vauxhall operations. Or, as some pundits put it, GM (with some large pension liability support) will pay PSA to take it away.


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Q&A with Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO, Airbiquity

7 September 2017 | Cat Dow

Airbiquity is the market-leading provider of connected services for automotive. It’s Choreo platform supports just under eight million cars in over 60 countries across the world and it has recently signed new vehicle subscriptions for Ford, Nissan, FCA, Infiniti and Alpine. Cat Dow caught up with CEO and President Kamyar Moinzadeh to talk about over-the-air updates and future connectivity.


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.

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PSA/OV purchasing integration to account for 30% synergies

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA has unveiled a new unit bring together Peugeot/Citroën/DS (PCD) and Opel/Vauxhall (OV) Purchasing and Supplier Quality Organisations.


AGC develops new CFRTP technology

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

AGC Asahi Glass has unveiled a new technology enhancing the performance of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP).


BASF/Toda strengthening US and Japan production

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

BASF and Toda Kogyo are strengthening  production capabilities in the US and Japan to work on e-mobility.


Hungary powers on with 220 new Valeo jobs

14 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valeo Auto-Electric Magyarország is expanding its manufacturing and R&D complex in Veszprém, Hungary, with a EUR60m (US$71m) greenfield project creating 220 new jobs.


Varroc to start Morocco production facility

14 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Varroc Lighting Systems is establishing a manufacturing and product development base in Morocco.


BASF opens new automotive coatings plant in Thailand

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BASF's coatings division has opened a new automotive plant at its Bangpoo manufacturing site, Samutprakarn province, Thailand.


Bendix Wingman technology standard for Mack Trucks Anthem

14 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bendix’s advanced driver assistance system, Wingman Fusion, will come as standard on all models of the new Anthem from Mack Trucks.


Autoneum and Ayegh team for Iran component production

13 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Autoneum has concluded an exclusive licence agreement with automotive supplier, Ayegh Khodro Toos (AKT) for the production and distribution of its multifunctional components for acoustic and thermal management in Iran.


Schaeffler acquires Compact Dynamics

13 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Schaeffler has acquired the remaining 49% stake in Compact Dynamics company from Semikron, one year after securing a majority stake.


Moovel/SSB to pilot new mobility service in Stuttgart

13 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Moovel Group and the Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen (SSB) are to pilot a new mobility service in the German city, which customers can book on demand.


Hella to research on communication for automated driving

13 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Hella and project partners are to research how communication between automated and non-automated road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicle drivers could look like in a three-year project.


Aptiv opens new technology centre in Boston

13 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Aptiv has opened a new technology centre in Boston’s Seaport district, expanding the company’s US engineering footprint.


Plastic Omnium confirms EUR8bn revenue for 2017

13 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium is confirming EUR8bn (US$9.4bn) revenue for this year at its Investor Day at the S-Sigmatech global R&D centre for exterior components and modules in Lyon.


Major Morocco OEM/supplier deal to create 11,500 new jobs

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Morocco has inked a huge raft of automotive deals with international OEMS and suppliers worth around US$1.5bn and creating more than 11,500 jobs.


Autoliv to spin-off Electronics segment in Q3 next year

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Autoliv says it will prepare for a spin-off of its Electronics business segment, creating a new, independent publicly traded company during the third quarter of next year.


Volkswagen strengthens its rules to ensure sustainable, socially compatible raw material procurement

12 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group said it was currently talking with suppliers to determine how the sustainability of the supply chain, especially for raw materials used in electric vehicles, can be improved.


SEAT building new automated logistics centre at Martorell site

12 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

VW Group-owned SEAT is building a new and automated logistics centre, providing storage for parts and components and equipped with smart technology to make its operation completely automated.


New company to accelerate Japan’s hydrogen initiative

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Eleven companies have inked a deal to form a new venture next year to develop Japanese hydrogen recharging stations (HRS) for fuel cell vehicles


BASF expands Poland Sroda Slaska site

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

BASF is expanding its mobile emissions catalysts production site in Sroda Slaska, Poland.


Skeleton Technologies inks Sumitomo distribution agreement

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Ultracapacitor manufacturer, Skeleton Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with Sumitomo Corporation Europe to provide energy storage solutions for the hybrid electric and electric vehicle industry.



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