• Trade & tariffs

    News » Porsche warns Brexit could force prices up in the UK

    February 18th 2019 Porsche has warned its customers in the UK that they could face a 10% hike in the cost of cars delivered after the Brexit deadline, as a result of the duties that may be imposed. “As one potential outcome of the Brexit negotiations, there is a possibility that a duty of up to 10% may […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Nissan plans to expand output in Russia

    February 18th 2019 Nissan plans to increase production activity at its plant in St Petersburg, Russia, this year and build on last year’s record-breaking sales, Nissan Manufacturing Rus general director, Igor Boitsov, has revealed. Given low forecast sales on the domestic Russian market, however, this may depend on increasing exports to adjacent markets, he admitted. Nissan manufactured 56,500 […]
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  • Trade dispute

    News » Trade wars contribute to Daimler’s lower profits

    February 11th 2019 Global trade disputes played a part in Daimler’s net profit falling by €3 billion to €7.6 billion ($8.7 billion) last year, compared with 2017. In addition, the decline in diesel car sales as well as disruption caused by the introduction of the new WLTP emissions test in Europe in September eroded the bottom line, said […]
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  • Automotive Logistics Mexico conference

    News » Standing up to risk

    February 6th 2019 Given that it has recently welcomed a new government, is preparing for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and is tackling a worsening domestic security situation, it is safe to say that the Mexican automotive industry faces significant risks as it seeks to improve on its position as the world’s seventh-largest automotive manufacturer and fourth-largest vehicle […]
  • Automotive Logistics Mexico conference

    News » Mexico stays strong in the face of adversity

    February 6th 2019 Mexico is holding onto its position as a top-ten global automotive manufacturer and exporter despite a variety of challenges, including the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the occurrence of severe weather events and a worsening domestic security situation. Eduardo Solis, executive president of the Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotriz (AMIA), told delegates at the […]
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  • International trade

    Intelligence » Q&A: Olivier Thouard, customs and tax director, Gefco

    February 6th 2019 Automotive companies and their logistics providers have largely been kept in the dark over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and how they will continue to trade vehicles and parts with the continent. The UK exports more than 80% of the vehicles it makes but more than 80% of its domestic sales […]
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  • Market development

    News » Volkswagen to establish business in Ethiopia

    February 5th 2019 German carmaker Volkswagen has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ethiopian government to establish its automotive business in the African country. The MoU has four goals: to set up a vehicle assembly plant, localise automotive components, introduce mobility concepts such as app-based car sharing and ride hailing, and open a training centre. For […]
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  • Trade relations

    News » Auto sector wins out in EU-Japan trade deal

    February 4th 2019 The automotive industry has secured special terms in the EU-Japan free trade agreement (FTA) that came into effect on February 1. To address specific sensitivities in the 28-member trading bloc, the EU said motor vehicle tariffs would be lowered in stages during a seven-year transition period,  before being eliminated. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement also removes several […]
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  • Supply chain disruption

    News » Mercedes van assembly frozen at Gaz Group plant

    February 4th 2019 A parts shortage believed to stem from US sanctions has forced Daimler to temporarily halt assembly of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at the Gaz plant in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. Citing several sources, Russian news outlet Kommersant suggested the parts shortage could be the result of US sanctions against companies owned or controlled by Russian oligarch, Oleg […]
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  • Market trends

    News » UK vehicle exports buoyant amid Brexit uncertainty

    February 4th 2019 Vehicle exports from the UK accounted for 81.5% of production last year, the highest proportion since 2012, allowing the country to maintain its position as the second strongest new car market in Europe after Germany. According to data presented last week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK exported over 1.2m […]
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