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Russia confirms Khrabrovo as location for BMW plant in Kaliningrad

2019-06-24T12:44:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Following February’s news that BMW planned to build a vehicle assembly plant in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, which lies between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic coast, the government’s official news source, Russian Gazette, has reported it will be in the Khrabrovo Industrial Park.

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US Trade Representative rejects Volvo and GM requests for tariff exemptions

2019-06-12T14:05:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has turned down separate applications from Volvo and GM to be excluded from a 25% import duty on their Chinese-made SUVs.

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Changan Ford fined for anti-competitive practice in China

2019-06-12T13:50:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

China’s anti-trust regulator has ordered Changan Ford Automobile, the US carmaker’s 50:50 joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile, to pay a penalty of 162.8m yuan ($23.5m) for having restricted prices since 2013.

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Ford announces closure of UK engine plant

2019-06-10T10:02:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Ford plans to shut its 1,700-employee engine factory in Bridgend, South Wales, and shift production to Mexico. Declining demand and excess capacity lie behind the decision.

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SMMT warns of ‘no deal’ cost after Brexit blow

2019-06-05T09:03:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

A sustained production decline in the UK’s car industry could be expected to ease by year-end as new models arrive and output balances out over the third quarter, provided the country leaves the European Union (EU) with a favourable deal, a substantial transition period and all other things remain equal, said Mike Hawes, CEO of the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Motoring on: Brazil’s heavyweight OEMs prepare for growth

2019-05-20T10:20:00+01:00By Tony Danby

Brazilian truck and bus sales picked up strongly last year following the country’s long recession, and now both OEMs and logistics providers are hoping the trend continues

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Why all eyes are on Israel for AI

2019-05-17T15:59:00+01:00By Jonathan Ward

In the race to perfect autonomous driving, Israel has proven to be a hotspot of technological innovation – driven, in part, by its military expertise and surveillance tools

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Toyota North America: Breaking down supply chain barriers

2019-04-30T15:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota is realigning its production and service parts organisation by integrating its inbound and aftermarket supply chain departments into a new division called PDAD. Group vice-president of the new division, Alok Vaish, explains the thinking behind it

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Trust in Turkey: How exports are carrying the country through its economic crisis

2019-04-11T12:01:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

Turkey faces some difficult economic headwinds that have already impacted on its automotive industry. But there are still several reasons for optimism, especially the country’s strength as a vehicle export hub with easy access to the European market

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In the service of free trade

2019-04-04T15:59:00+01:00By DP World

Free trade zones offer many tax and logistics benefits to the automotive supply chain. DP World, with its flagship facility in Dubai, UAE, wants to expand these services in markets in the Middle East and Africa, the UK and the US

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Smarter about spot loads

2019-03-21T16:53:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

Logistics technology company Loadsmart promises to automate full truckload shipments to the benefit of both shippers and carriers

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Hanging in the balance

2019-01-21T16:55:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

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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Ford reviews joint venture with Sollers in Russia

2019-01-18T17:24:11+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Ford may close some or all of the plants it operates in Russia with local carmaker Sollers, according to the Russian government.

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German automotive body warns on US trade tensions

2019-01-16T12:54:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

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 ...

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Mexican car industry calls for action on fuel shortage

2019-01-16T12:15:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Mexico’s new federal government has launched a radical strategy to combat the country's long-term problem of fuel theft. However, this has led to fuel shortages in central regions, which have closed gas stations, and is now threatening the transport and logistics supporting the automotive sector.

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Driving into a Russian road block?

2019-01-16T09:03:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Despite economic uncertainty in Russia, analysts expect new vehicle sales to grow further - putting increasing pressure on the nation’s already depleted fleet of car carriers

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Honda to halt UK production during Brexit

2019-01-14T17:42:21+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Japanese OEM Honda is to suspend production at its British plant for six days in April after the UK leaves the European Union on March 29.The decision follows an assessment of how best to prepare for any logistics and border problems following Brexit.“These contingency provisions have been put in place ...

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Storrs replaces Clarke at Ford of Europe

2019-01-11T10:27:56+00:00By Marcus Williams

Chris Storrs (pictured) has replaced Helen Clarke at Ford of Europe as finished vehicle logistics manager.

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Ford Otosan and AVL join forces on platooning

2019-01-08T12:24:41+00:00By Steve Garnsey

The commercial vehicle arm of Ford’s joint venture in Turkey, Ford Otosan, has begun developing platooning technology for its trucks with Austrian research company AVL.

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Dealing with change

2019-01-03T17:16:00+00:00By Andrew Williams, Andrew Williams

In recent years, a number of shifts in the industry have begun to affect traditional dealership models, changing the types of relationships that exist between dealers, OEMs and customers.

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