• Read this in
  • zh-hans


  • Trade relationships

    News » German automotive body warns on US trade tensions

    January 16th 2019 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 are to work together to develop new […]
    Tagged with: , ,
  • Industrial unrest

    News » Autoeuropa clears backlog after strike at Setúbal

    January 8th 2019 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 shift some 23,000 stranded finished […]
    Tagged with: , , ,
  • International trade

    News » Ukraine sanctions risk Russian vehicle exports

    December 12th 2018 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 months of 2018, vehicle exports […]
    Tagged with: , , ,
  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Sovac starts assembling SKD kits for Audi in Algeria

    December 12th 2018 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 groups for sea transport to […]
    Tagged with: , , , , , ,
  • Tariffs and trade

    News » German OEMs meet Trump amid tariff confusion

    December 5th 2018 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 US-made cars. VW’s CEO Herbert […]
    Tagged with: , , ,
  • Industrial unrest

    News » VW Autoeuropa plant forced to ship via Leixões

    December 4th 2018 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), the first shipment left the […]
    Tagged with: , , ,
  • Regulatory impacts

    News » WLTP hits tier suppliers’ bottom lines

    November 14th 2018 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 of the new standard. Superior […]
    Tagged with: , , ,
  • Localisation policies

    News » Russian tax hike to fund higher outbound subsidies

    November 7th 2018 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. The tax is used to […]
    Tagged with: , , , ,
  • Financial performance

    News » WLTP hits sales and profits in Germany

    November 6th 2018 Carmaker VW Group and parts supplier Schaeffler have both put weaker third-quarter financial performance down to the effects of the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). As manufacturers have phased out older passenger car models in advance of the more stringent emissions testing procedure coming into effect on September 1, dealers have moved […]
    Tagged with: , , , , ,
  • Manufacturing moves

    News » VW starts making Seat Tarraco at Wolfsburg

    October 24th 2018 Spanish carmaker Seat, part of the VW Group, has begun producing its Tarraco SUV on assembly lines at VW’s Wolfsburg factory – the first time in 20 years a non-VW vehicle has been built at the plant in northern Germany. Designed and developed in Barcelona, the Tarraco is built on the MQB platform and will […]
    Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,