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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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    Ford reviews joint venture with Sollers in Russia

    2019-01-18T17:24:11Z

    Ford may close some or all of the plants it operates in Russia with local carmaker Sollers, according to the Russian government. The statement follows a recent announcement by the carmaker that it would be “addressing underperforming markets” and reducing structural costs in Europe as it aimed to improve ...

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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 ...

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    Mexican car industry calls for action on fuel shortage

    2019-01-16T12:15:00Z

    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. States including Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacan, ...

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    Honda to halt UK production during Brexit

    2019-01-14T17:42:21Z

    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 ...

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    Storrs replaces Clarke at Ford of Europe

    2019-01-11T10:27:56Z

    Chris Storrs (pictured) has replaced Helen Clarke at Ford of Europe as finished vehicle logistics manager. Clarke, who was in the role for more than six years after taking over from Bert Bong, has moved to a new role in material planning and logistics for the carmaker. She is now ...

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    Ford Otosan and AVL join forces on platooning

    2019-01-08T12:24:41Z

    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. The first phase of the project is due to be completed by June this year and will see Ford Otosan’s product development team work with ...

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    Dealing with change

    2019-01-03T17:16:00Z

    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. As OEMs move increasingly towards selling more vehicles directly to customers, there are growing indications of significant impacts for traditional ...

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    Connecting the dots

    2019-01-03T12:06:00Z

    Buy a new BMW, and it’s no surprise to find it stuffed with hi-tech telematics. Real-time traffic information, GPS navigation, automatic speed limit display, rear vision display, parking assistance, smartphone integration, intelligent diagnostics and status display – all of these and more are fast becoming part of the modern driving ...

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    China to cut tariffs on US vehicle imports

    2018-12-18T17:15:52Z

    The Chinese government says it will suspend additional duties of 25% on US-made vehicles and automotive parts for three months starting January 1, amid signs China and the United States are de-escalating their trade dispute. “This is a good signal that [they] are on track to solve the trade war,” ...

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    Hyundai abandons trial moving vehicles by rail

    2018-12-12T11:09:12Z

    Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) has decided not to pursue a recent pilot scheme to despatch finished vehicles to Chennai port by rail. Both the manufacturer and the port trust announced that Hyundai had sent 102 cars to the port by rail on November 27, with a further 125 cars the ...

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    SCH to discharge Fords shipped into Liverpool

    2018-11-20T11:54:25Z

    Port and logistics services company SCH has signed a contract with Ford to discharge vehicles arriving at the port of Liverpool from the US and Europe. Full details of the contract remain confidential but SCH will unload and park vehicles delivered on shipments to the port twice a week. SCH ...

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    Zotye seeks to break into US market

    2018-11-20T09:35:19Z

    Chinese carmaker Zotye Automobile has agreed to set up a US sales and distribution base in Lake Forest, California, in partnership with Haah Automotive Holdings. Haah, through its Zotye USA subsidiary, will have US distribution rights to sell Zotye Automobile’s full range of SUVs. The goal is to start selling ...

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    Ford starts shutdown at Bridgend engine plant

    2018-10-31T12:17:15Z

    Work at a production line at Ford’s engine plant in Bridgend, south Wales, has been put hold for five days, just as the company starts work on building a new engine. The halt is on the AJ line which is making an engine for Jaguar, the BBC reported. A Ford ...

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    Ford appoints Chen to tackle sales slump in China

    2018-10-30T17:01:25Z

    Ford is turning its business in China into a stand-alone business unit, Ford China, headed by Anning Chen (pictured). The move is part of a general reorganisation of the OEM's Asia-Pacific operations designed to return the company to profitable growth. The change takes place against a background of falling sales ...

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    Ford highlights the high cost of US-made steel

    2018-10-24T10:51:58Z

    Ford has highlighted the high cost of US-made steel, in the aftermath of the 25% import duties on the metal imposed by President Donald Trump. Speaking about the cost of key input materials at a recent event to mark the start of Ranger pick-up production at the Wayne assembly plant ...

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    Testing times

    2018-10-16T13:11:19Z

    The start of September this year marked the point at which all new car registrations in the EU had to comply with the new CO 2 emissions test – the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). This laboratory test is designed to introduce more realistic and stricter criteria ...

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    Car prices jump in Russia as fiscal pressure mounts

    2018-10-16T12:09:25Z

    The cost of most new cars in Russia rose sharply in September in response to a mix of factors including the recent devaluation of the Russian rouble, the introduction of higher duties on imported components and an upcoming increase in taxation. Research conducted by the Russian Gazette , the official ...

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    Pressing a point

    2018-10-15T10:31:14Z

    Slightly to the north of Wolverhampton in the UK’s industrial Midlands – and perhaps more crucially just a few miles off a key transport route, the M6 motorway – lies one of the latest additions to the worldwide roster of production facilities for stamped automotive metal parts. In mid-September, Spanish-owned ...

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    Ford to end Focus production in Argentina

    2018-10-09T12:54:36Z

    Ford plans to stop manufacturing the Focus compact car in Argentina next May as part of an effort to reduce losses from its South American operations. The carmaker also stopped producing what was once its most popular models in its home base Michigan earlier this year because of declining US ...