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    VW sets up new components division to drive efficiency

    2019-01-28T15:23:04Z

    Volkswagen has established a new division – Volkswagen Group Components – tasked with reducing costs by €2 billion ($2.27 billion) while improving efficiency and taking on board the increasing importance of electric vehicles. Thomas Schmall (right), chairman of VW’s new Group Components division, with Stefan Sommer, VW Group board ...

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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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    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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    Autoeuropa clears backlog after strike at Setúbal

    2019-01-08T14:29:04Z

    Frenzied activity took place in the second half of December at the Autoeuropa Terminal at the port of Setúbal, Portugal, to free a backlog of vehicles trapped there by a stevedores strike that was finally brought to an end after more than a month. Additional vessels were brought in to ...

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    Ukraine sanctions risk Russian vehicle exports

    2018-12-12T13:57:39Z

    The growth in Russian vehicle exports during 2018 could be in jeopardy if a new bill to ban Russian vehicle imports is passed by the government in Ukraine, one of the biggest sales markets for Russian-made cars. According to figures from the Russian Federal Customs Service, in the first nine ...

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    Sovac starts assembling SKD kits for Audi in Algeria

    2018-12-12T09:40:18Z

    Audi has begun assembling vehicles at the Relizane plant run by its long-time Algerian partner, Sovac, from semi-knockdown (SKD) kits prepared at the OEM’s Ingolstadt plant in Germany. “[All models] are built at the main plant in Ingolstadt and transported to Barcelona, where they are knocked down into individual assembly ...

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    German OEMs meet Trump amid tariff confusion

    2018-12-05T12:51:10Z

    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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    VW Autoeuropa plant forced to ship via Leixões

    2018-12-04T11:33:05Z

    Strikes at the Portuguese port of Setúbal that are expected to continue into January have forced Volkswagen to switch exports of its T-Roc SUV, made at the Autoeuropa plant in Palmela, to the northern port of Leixões. According to the ports administration of Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo (APDL), ...

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    WLTP hits tier suppliers’ bottom lines

    2018-11-14T11:39:23Z

    Two more tier suppliers have attributed declining financial performance to a drop-off in vehicle sales caused by the introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) for emissions standards in Europe. Michigan, US-based aluminium wheel manufacturer Superior Industries International has put a third-quarter loss down to the effects ...

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    Russian tax hike to fund higher outbound subsidies

    2018-11-07T10:14:08Z

    Russia’s deputy prime minister, Dmitry Kozak, has announced plans to raise the utilisation fee on imported vehicles by 30%, to help fund an increase in the subsidies provided to export projects in the automotive sector. Both Russian assembly plants and importers have been subject to the utilisation fee since 2014. ...