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GERMANY: ZF appoints Franz Kleiner and Peter Lake to board

33 min 21 sec ago
ZF Friedrichshafen has appointed Franz Kleiner and Peter Lake, members of ZF's Board of Management.

BRAZIL: Fleet may top 106m vehicles in 20 years

1 hour 3 min ago
A study by auto industry lobby group Anfavea on the evolution of the Brazilian market for the next 20 years, presented at a recent Harvard Business School (HBS) seminar in São Paulo, attracted considerable interest from companies eyeing the local market.

INDIA: Daimler truck plant reaches 20,000 milestone

1 hour 27 min ago
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles has now built over 20,000 BharatBenz and Fuso trucks at its plant in Chennai, south west India.

US: Federal-Mogul develops battery shield

1 hour 33 min ago
Federal-Mogul Powertrain says it has developed a new product, Protexx-Shield 3007, which protects batteries from high engine compartment temperatures that would otherwise shorten battery life.

SWEDEN: SKF starts hub bearing unit delivery to Mazda

2 hours 1 min ago
SKF says it has made the first deliveries of its low-friction hub bearing units to Mazda, which will equip the recently launched Mazda2, manufactured at the automaker's new plant in Mexico, as well as other models to be launched during 2015.

BRAZIL: BASF to supply Chery coatings

2 hours 22 min ago
BASF's Coatings division says it is the sole supplier of automotive coatings for the new plant of the Chinese automaker, Chery in Jacarei, Brazil, which started operations in August, 2014.

SWEDEN: Volvo to show connected car-cyclist technology at CES

2 hours 37 min ago
In what the partners say is "a ground-breaking collaboration", Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will present an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists for the first time ever at the International CES in Las Vegas (6-9 January 2015).

CHINA: Geely earnings hit by Russia crisis

3 hours 3 min ago
China's Geely Automobile Holdings saw its Hong Kong listed shares drop by over 20% this week after it told regulators that net earnings for the year are expected to decline by 50% due to the economic crisis in Russia.

JAPAN: JAMA discusses airbag inflator chemical replacement

December 18, 2014 - 17:38
Japan's automakers are discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate air bags as Takata inflator recalls continue.

RUSSIA: Wild currency ride sees GM temporarily suspend wholesaling

December 18, 2014 - 17:11
Russia's chaotic currency situation has led General Motors to temporarily suspend wholesaling of vehicles to dealers.

US: Takata chief goes on PR offensive with open letter

December 18, 2014 - 16:47
Takata has published an open letter from its chief executive officer in US and German newspapers.

UK: Pay deal lifts strike threat at Jaguar Land Rover

December 18, 2014 - 16:31
British workers at Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover have voted by more than 77% in favour of a two-year pay deal that lifted the threat of industrial action and saw each receive a GBP825 Christmas bonus.

NETHERLANDS: Spyker companies declared bankrupt

December 18, 2014 - 16:23
The District Court of Midden-Nederland, at the request of the administrator, has converted the moratorium of payment, granted to Spyker NV and its wholly owned subsidiaries Spyker Automobielen and Spyker Events & Branding on 2 December.

RUSSIA: Sales suspended as ruble crisis bites

December 18, 2014 - 16:08
Car makers are pulling down the shutters at dealerships across Russia because of the currency crisis which has seen a 40% drop in the value of the ruble.

UK: PSA announces new senior management structure

December 18, 2014 - 14:01
PSA Peugeot Citroën has announced a new senior management structure for its UK operations.

US: Toyota announces more expansion in Michigan

December 18, 2014 - 13:25
Toyota announced on Thursday (18 December) it is planning another expansion of its southeast Michigan R&D campuses.

JAPAN: CEO says Takata funded to deal with airbag recalls

December 18, 2014 - 12:41
Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21m vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, a top company executive told the Nikkei business newspaper.

US: Honda takes its latest FCV to Detroit

December 18, 2014 - 12:23
Honda's latest hydrogen-fuelled FCV concept will make its North American debut at the Detroit show next month ahead of its Japanese and US launches in the first quarter of 2016.

MEXICO: Nissan, others, recall cars over Takata airbags

December 18, 2014 - 12:17
Nissan Motor has recalled over 80,000 vehicles sold in Mexico to check for potential defects stemming from air bags made by Takata.

CHINA: Baidu to invest in Uber

December 18, 2014 - 12:07
Baidu has said that it plans to invest in online minicab firm Uber.