Opinion & comment

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    Supplier financials a cause for concern

    2019-08-16T15:41:00Z

    Recent quarterly results from some of the major tier ones make for grim reading, with company after company has reported declining profits  – common themes are being cited for these disappointing times

  • JLR’s announcement of £1bn investment in Castle Bromwich
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    Have EVs reached a tipping point in the UK?

    2019-07-25T10:04:00Z

    With the continued political uncertainty from the lack of Brexit progress, JLR announcement of a £1bn investment in its Castle Bromwich facility to make the new electric XJ will be met with some relief by the UK government, writes Ian Henry

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    The Fiat-Renault merger – inevitability postponed?

    2019-06-18T15:44:00Z

    Ian Henry provides insight on the situation between FCA and its partners and potential partners

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    Out now: AMS May-June issue...

    2019-05-23T13:20:00Z

    AMS May June 2019 The May-June issue of AMS is out now, and includes… Ford – A new alliance with Volkswagen, a pick-up offensive in the US and plans for electrification – AMS provides an overview of the Ford’s ...

  • Geely Geometry
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    The politicisation of electric vehicles accelerates

    2019-04-24T14:37:00Z

    I have commented before on how barely a week goes by without one or other vehicle company announcing a new electric vehicle; Geely went one step further recently by announcing a whole new brand for future electric vehicles, to be called Geometry. This follows in the footsteps of Volkswagen (ID), ...

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    Tariffs: controversy reigns with Trump and Brexit adding to confusion

    2019-03-20T13:21:00Z

    In President Trump somewhat simplistic analysis, trade wars fought through the medium of tariffs are easy to win. Angered, apparently, by seeing too many Mercedes and BMWs on Fifth Avenue, Trump has threatened to invoke section 232 of the 1962 US Trade Expansion Act, raising tariffs from ...

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    Is Korea set to become a low-cost country?

    2019-02-11T15:14:00Z

    In what may be a portentous move for the industry, Hyundai has chosen to try to revive its domestic fortunes by opening the first new car factory to be built in Korea for over 20 years; what is intriguing about this move is that the workers in this plant will ...

  • Hackett and Diess
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    Ford and VW confirm their alliance; and raise questions …

    2019-01-18T12:13:00Z

    Ford CEO Jim Hackett, VW COE Herbert Diess After months of rumours and speculation, Ford and Volkswagen have announced an alliance which would begin with the co-development and production of vans and pick-ups; it offers the prospect of wider forms of co-operation, in other segments, electric ...

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    New year, new arrangements

    2018-12-10T16:41:00Z

    As 2018 draws to a close, the pace of change in vehicle manufacturing is accelerating. The move to EVs is gaining speed while the companies themselves continue to realign and optimise their manufacturing footprints. The future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has been thrown into doubt with the arrest of ...

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    The break-up of Fiat Chrysler gathers pace

    2018-11-15T10:28:00Z

    A couple of years ago, Ferrari became an independent quoted company, separate from Fiat Chrysler . This was followed by the separation of CNH Industrials, the holding company for Iveco Trucks. Now Fiat Chrysler has spun off its components activity, Magneti Marelli, to CK Holdings in a deal worth over ...