• Latin American market

    News » Car sales drive growth in Latin America

    August 15th 2018 The first two quarters of 2018 have seen a 7% increase in the Latin American automotive market, with sales of light commercial and passenger vehicles increasing from 2.64 million to 2.83 million. However, Felipe Munoz, global analyst of JATO Dynamics, comments that while the results are positive, the economies of the region have to grow […]
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  • Aftermarket parts

    News » Parts supplier changes source after imports seizure

    August 15th 2018 US Auto Parts Network has stopped importing automotive grilles after the country’s customs service held a shipment, which was allegedly counterfeit and infringed the original automobile manufacturers’ trademarks. The online seller of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories says it is now procuring grilles from alternative sources to avoid future supply chain disruptions. “This will reduce both revenue and […]
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  • Industrial unrest

    News » VW hit by logistics slowdown in Russia

    August 15th 2018 Logistics workers at VW’s assembly plant in Kaluga, Russia, have begun industrial action in protest over plans to outsource some staff, trade union MPRA said in a statement on its Facebook page on August 6. Logistics workers have implemented a go-slow policy at the plant based on following all official production requirements to the letter, said […]
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  • Government policy

    News » Russia plans new localisation requirements

    August 15th 2018 OEMs’ eligibility for Russian state support, including tax breaks on components imports, will be determined from 2019 via a new points-based system to estimate vehicle localisation levels, the country’s Industry and Trade Ministry announced at the beginning of August. The new system will replace the percentage-based model used for more than a decade under the […]
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  • Spanish logistics

    News » Seat debuts duo trailer

    August 8th 2018 Spanish OEM Seat and transport provider Grupo Sesé have begun to pilot a double trailer truck combination to see if it can reduce the cost of delivering inbound components by a quarter. The double trailer approach could help reduce the number of large trucks on the road by 50%, which implies huge benefits in terms of sustainability, environmental responsibility, safety and efficiency, said […]
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  • Aftermarket moves

    News » Hella disposes of two operations

    August 8th 2018 German automotive components and services firm Hella Group is selling its wholesale companies in Denmark and Poland to Swedish aftermarket company Mekonomen to concentrate its activities on the independent spare parts business and develop workshop equipment. “As part of this, we are accelerating the interaction between the divisions and opening up digital business models,” said […]
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  • Parts distribution

    News » Daimler on target for next-day delivery

    August 8th 2018 Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is planning to open its tenth parts distribution centre (PDC) in the US at the beginning of next year as it moves toward its goal of providing next-day delivery to more than 90% of its US dealers. The move comes at the same time the truckmaker is advancing digital customer […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Nissan opens up new production Frontier

    August 7th 2018 Japanese OEM Nissan has started manufacturing the Frontier pick-up truck in Argentina – the fifth country to make the vehicle. Known as the Nissan Navara elsewhere in the world, the vehicle is already produced in Mexico, Spain, China and Thailand. The company has opted to produce the truck in Alliance partner Renault’s assembly plant in Santa Isabel, Cordoba, […]
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  • North American ports

    News » Port Canaveral on a roll

    August 7th 2018 Port Canaveral is now able to handle more finished vehicles thanks to a draft deepening project that allows post-Panamax ro-ro vessels to berth at the port. Late last month, the Floridian port accommodated vessels from Höegh Autoliners and NYK Line simultaneously, a first for the facility, which only started handling vehicle flows in 2016. The […]
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  • Vehicle distribution

    News » Acumen expands enclosed fleet

    August 7th 2018 UK-based Acumen Automotive Logistics is investing almost £800,000 ($1.03m) in four enclosed semi-trailers to meet rising demand for covered vehicle transport. Three new Belle Trailers units and one Rolfo trailer are joining Acumen’s enclosed fleet, which has more than doubled in size within five years from 13 to 30 vehicles. The trailers can each accommodate […]
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