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A billion reasons to try

2019-01-14T14:27:27+00:00By Gavin du Venage

For the past ten years, a rising number of Chinese OEMs have appeared on African roads. Bearing cheerful names such as Geely, Chery, Hafei, Chana and Foton, some managed to land on their feet and build a healthy presence. Others, though, have gone down face-first.

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German OEMs meet Trump amid tariff confusion

2018-12-05T12:51:10+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW executives have this week outlined a series of planned investments in the US to administration officials, after meeting with President Donald Trump. Their meetings took place amid uncertainty over trade conditions, after the president’s tweet that China had agreed to end 40% duties on imports of ...

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Peacing together new logistics

2018-10-25T14:38:19+01:00By Gavin du Venage

The end of a longstanding conflict in the Horn of Africa is set to create new pathways into one of the potentially richest automotive markets in the continent; after two decades, Eritrea and Ethiopia have concluded a conflict that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives. The catalyst for peace ...

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Delphi delivers converter to Geely in China

2018-10-03T11:42:26+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Delphi Technologies is producing a new vehicle propulsion device in China and has commenced deliveries to OEM Geely.The Suzhou plant set up by Delphi has started fully localised production of a combined inverter and DC/DC converter (CIDD), used in electric vehicles and hybrids to manage their electric drive systems. “Combining ...

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Volvo seeks US tariff relief for China-built SUV

2018-09-19T10:06:35+01:00By Marcus Williams

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Vehicle makers grapple with cost of trade wars

2018-08-01T14:53:06+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Carmakers are faced with shifting production, higher purchase costs, lower profits and the possibility of raising the price of their products as a consequence of the continuing global trade conflict.

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EEU hits vehicle makers with revised rates

2018-07-23T16:19:51+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Carmakers with assembly plants in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus are now unable to export finished vehicles duty free within the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), because the localisation rate has increased.

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Location key to Volvo’s latest plant in the US

2018-06-27T14:55:55+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Sweden’s Volvo Cars has held a plant opening for its first US manufacturing base, near Charleston, South Carolina.

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Harman expands Suzhou factory

2018-05-01T17:22:26+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Samsung Electronics subsidiary Harman International has expanded its plant in Suzhou, China, which produces audio and connected car products.

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Settling into steady growth

2018-04-24T15:54:19+01:00By Marcus Williams

China has the biggest car market in the world and is expected to make 25.3m vehicles this year. The city of Chengdu has 4.5m of them driving around it, making it the second largest in China for vehicle numbers behind Beijing – and it was to Chengdu that delegates headed ...

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Gefco reports gains in automotive beyond core PSA contracts

2018-04-17T11:54:41+01:00By Marcus Williams

Gefco has reported annual revenue gains of 5.1% in its full-year results for 2017, earning €4.4 billion ($5.4 billion). Sales were supported by a 8.1% growth in global automotive accounts outside of its traditional activity for former parent company Groupe PSA (which now includes GM's Opel/Vauxhall divisions).

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Volvo Cars: Outbound evolutions

2018-04-05T12:02:10+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Lewis

The vehicle yard at Torslanda, at Volvo Cars’ global headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, is just one part of the OEM’s growing global logistics operations, but it is a good place to glimpse some important changes and innovations. 

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Volvo to produce Lynk & Co cars at Ghent

2018-04-03T13:16:27+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Lynk & Co cars will be produced for the first time in Europe at Volvo’s plant in Ghent, Belgium, from late 2019, signifying closer collaboration between two companies within the Zhejiang Geely Holding group of China.

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Volvo Cars: Leaning towards greater stability

2018-04-03T09:57:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Since Geely Holdings acquired it from Ford Motor Company in 2010, Volvo Cars has been reinventing itself, from product development through to its industrial base and supply chain. Today, with a refreshed model line-up and amidst several new launches, sales have grown to record levels, with further expansion still to ...

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VW seeks to boost presence in emerging markets with exports from China

2018-01-17T11:04:45+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Volkswagen Group China has revealed plans to begin shipping cars from the country to emerging markets, beginning with South-East Asia. A pilot shipment is being made to the Philippines this month. The announcement follows similar moves by other carmakers over the last year, as China shifts towards becoming a global ...

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China leads the car-sharing market, despite the challenges

2017-12-20T12:22:44+00:00By Klaus Schmitz

The Chinese government is using car-sharing – short-term car rental, usually charged by the hour – to stimulate the new energy vehicle (NEV) market and increase individual mobility efficiency. In June 2017, the central government released draft guidance for the car-sharing industry, outlining some supporting policies. The guidance specified certain ...

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Ford to look at new retail opportunities in first phase of Alibaba deal

2017-12-13T12:15:57+00:00By Gareth Tredway

Ford Motor Company has signed a letter of intent with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to explore strategic collaborations in connectivity, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobility services and digital marketing.

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The building blocks of demand

2017-12-04T14:57:26+00:00By Anthony Coia

China and Europe are far apart, not just in terms of distance, but also culturally, economically and politically. Yet they occupy the same Eurasian land mass and trade between the two regions has been growing strongly. That includes automotive freight, with parts and vehicles moving in greater numbers in both ...

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Geely joint venture opens biggest car plant in Belarus

2017-12-04T11:03:17+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

BelGee, a joint venture between the government of Belarus and Chinese carmaker Geely, has just opened the biggest vehicle assembly plant in Belarus.

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Moving with market currents

2017-11-24T11:06:03+00:00By Andrew Williams

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