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  • International trade

    News » Russian exports rise but subsidies in doubt

    February 26th 2019 Russia exported vehicles and parts worth $3.38 billion last year, an 11% increase compared with 2017, according to new research from the Russian analytical agency Auto News. Information from Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry indicates that the majority of export sales remain within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and only 32% of exports went […]
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  • In-plant logistics

    News » Škoda Scala production starts in Czech Republic

    February 19th 2019 The all-new Scala has started rolling off the assembly line at Škoda’s Mladá Boleslav plant, in the Czech Republic – the first model from the company based on parent Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform. Production of the Scala, which was designed and developed in Mladá Boleslav, involves certain components being produced in parallel with the vehicle […]
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  • Electric vehicles

    News » Honda strikes deal with CATL on battery supply

    February 12th 2019 Japanese carmaker Honda has signed a cooperation agreement with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) under which the Chinese battery-maker will supply about 56 GWh of lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries by 2027. The accord, seen as way for Honda to diversify its supply sources, also provides for the companies to cooperate on the development of EV batteries […]
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  • Port operations

    News » Georgia’s ports extend their role for carmakers

    February 11th 2019 The linked ports of Brunswick and Savannah in Georgia, in the south-east US, are playing a growing role in the supply chain of North America’s leading vehicle manufacturers, delegates at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference were told recently. Speaking at the event, Kia announced it was to start dispatching its new, eight-person Telluride SUV from […]
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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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  • Corporate restructuring

    News » VW sets up new components division to drive efficiency

    January 28th 2019 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, chairman of the new division, said synergy effects would be realised more effectively through networking between factories and plant capacity […]
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  • Vehicle distribution

    News » Renault plans home delivery for online sales in Russia

    January 25th 2019 Renault has announced plans to start a home delivery service in Russia for vehicles sold via its online showroom. The French carmaker told Russian newspaper Vedomosti that the start of the home delivery service would coincide with the release of the Renault Arkana (pictured) in May this year. It will make Renault the first carmaker in Russia to offer home […]
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  • Country focus: Poland

    Intelligence » Hanging in the balance

    January 21st 2019 Towards the end of last year, passenger car production in Poland looked like it was going to finish lower for the second consecutive year, after being affected by weak sales in the EU. The big questions now are whether the current downward trend will last and if new approaches in the outbound logistics segment can […]
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  • Country focus: Mexico

    News » Mexican car industry calls for action on fuel shortage

    January 16th 2019 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, Guanajuato and Queretaro have all reported […]
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  • International trade

    News » US considers lifting sanctions against Gaz

    January 14th 2019 The US is planning to lift sanctions imposed on companies owned or controlled by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and has once again postponed the introduction of sanctions against the Russian carmaker Gaz Group, in which Deripaska has a controlling interest. The US Treasury department’s office for Foreign Assets Control (FAC) notified Congress in December of its […]
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