Policy and regulation

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    UK vehicle exports buoyant amid Brexit uncertainty

    2019-02-04T11:05:06Z

    Vehicle exports from the UK accounted for 81.5% of production last year, the highest proportion since 2012, allowing the country to maintain its position as the second strongest new car market in Europe after Germany. According to data presented last week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), ...

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    Nissan pulls plans to make X-Trail in Sunderland

    2019-02-04T11:04:05Z

    Nissan has reneged on a plan to make the next-generation X-Trail in the UK and will instead supply the European market with the crossover from its Kyushu plant in Japan. The decision – an obvious blow to the UK car sector – comes at a time when investment in the ...

  • Mercedes-Benz Cars baut Batteriefabrik im polnischen JaworMercedes-Benz Cars to build battery factory in Jawor, Poland
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    Mercedes-Benz to produce batteries in Poland

    2019-01-28T17:34:00Z

    Markus Schäfer (left), Mercedes-Benz Cars divisional board member with responsibility for production and supply chain, with Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki Mercedes-Benz Cars is to build a lithium-ion battery factory in Jawor, Poland, at the same site where the German OEM is building its new engine ...

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    Turkish exports bolster falling domestic sales

    2019-01-23T10:24:13Z

    Turkey’s automotive industry had a mixed year in 2018. Sales in its domestic market for passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) were down by 35%, according to the Automotive Distributors Association (ODD), at 621,000 compared to 956,000 in 2017. According to Turkey’s Automotive Manufacturers’ Association (OSD), production of passenger ...

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    ACEA warns of EU steel import tariffs

    2019-01-22T11:42:39Z

    European Union (EU) measures to protect the steel industry “pose a real risk” to the competitiveness of the region’s car sector, according to Erik Jonnaert, secretary-general of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). A total of 26 categories of steel from all countries will be limited to a quota, based ...

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    Hanging in the balance

    2019-01-21T16:55:00Z

    Lower production output, slower growth in export markets and several regulatory and operational issues are threatening to unbalance Poland’s finished vehicle market

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    Brexit: Why we need to get accustomed to digitalisation

    2019-01-21T15:11:00Z

    It s been more than 30 months since the EU referendum, but if and when the UK stops being an EU member state and becomes what is known as a “third country”, the number of customs declarations is expected to increase from 50m to 350m a year. British companies ...

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    Toyota and Kenworth work on zero-emission trucks

    2019-01-17T16:57:44Z

    Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has begun working with Kenworth on the supply of ten zero-emission trucks to move freight in the Los Angeles Basin. As well as mixed loads to and from the port of LA, a number of the hydrogen fuel cell trucks will be dedicated to transporting ...

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    Q&A: Iain Lindsay

    2019-01-17T16:37:01Z

    What do you say to potential investors who are concerned about what Brexit may mean for trade, particularly with the flow of goods and material being so essential to the automotive industry? Brexit is an issue that is at the heart of business concerns: what will it mean in terms ...

  • Ford’s Jim Hackett (left), VW’s Herbert Diess Germany US
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    German automotive body warns on US trade tensions

    2019-01-16T12:54:00Z

    German sector association the VDA has warned that ongoing trade tensions between the US and Europe and, separately, the US and China should not be allowed to derail the mutually beneficial relationship its OEMs currently have with the North American country. The warning coincides with news that VW and Ford ...