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CANADA: Magna announces Nissan liftgate first

April 15, 2014 - 18:18
As usual under the quaint agreements that still apply, the car was out long before the supplier news. Nonetheless, it's worth noting Magna Exteriors' announcement of production of the North American automotive industry's first all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle built in Smyrna, Tennesee and, eventually, Korea as well.

SWEDEN: Nevs aims for EV series production start by winter latest

April 15, 2014 - 16:24
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) says it is aiming for series production start of its Saab 9-3 battery-powered model by autumn or winter this year.

GERMANY: Ford Q1 sales outpace market rise

April 15, 2014 - 14:55
Ford Europe said its sales volume increases in March and the first quarter of 2014 outpaced the overall market.

MEXICO: Nissan to triple local purchases to US$7bn

April 15, 2014 - 14:19
Nissan's Mexican unit has said it looks to triple purchases from domestic manufacturers to US$7bn by 2016.

CHINA: Chevrolet looks for a Cruze boost

April 15, 2014 - 14:19
General Motors will launch the updated Chevrolet Cruze sedan this month at the Beijing show, choosing China for the model's global debut as the carmaker seeks to boost sales of the brand in its biggest market.

JAPAN: Toyota boosts aftermarket network in southeast Asia

April 15, 2014 - 13:58
Toyota is working with affiliates to grow its vehicle maintenance network in southeast Asia.

CHINA: Tesla eyes partner for charging network - report

April 15, 2014 - 13:46
Tesla Motor chief Elon Musk is set to meet with China's largest refiner Sinopec Group to discuss possible cooperation on building charging units during his visit to the country next week.

SWEDEN: SKF Q1 sales up 10.4% to US$2,546m

April 15, 2014 - 13:27
SKF reported an increase of 10.4% in net sales to SEK16,734m (US$2,546m) in the first quarter 2014 as compared to SEK15,152m in the previous year.

VIETNAM: Sales rise 22% in March, 29% YTD

April 15, 2014 - 12:21
New vehicle sales in Vietnam increased by close to 22% to 9,313 units in March, from 7,650 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.

SWEDEN: Nevs inks Orio parts deal as rumours indicate EV start

April 15, 2014 - 11:13
National Electric Sweden (NEVS), has inked a spare components deal with Orio, formerly Saab Automobile Parts, as rumours swirl it has started pilot manufacture of its 9-3 electric vehicle.

UK: Former Bentley chief returns for another round

April 15, 2014 - 11:06
Volkswagen Group motorsport chief Wolfgang Dürheimer is to become chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors from 1 June, 2014, replacing Wolfgang Schreiber, who will take up a new position within the group.

IRAN: Renault monitors diplomacy as sanctions ease

April 15, 2014 - 10:26
Renault says it is "closely monitoring" the diplomatic situation concerning Iran as automakers and suppliers start to take advantage of the slight relaxation in sanctions against Tehran.

INDIA: No Toyota small cars planned

April 14, 2014 - 18:35
Toyota Kirloskar Motor does not plan to enter India's small car market and intends to focus on bigger cars, Vikram Kirloskar, the company's vice-chairman, has said.

INDIA: 'Marginal' car sales rise seen

April 14, 2014 - 18:03
Car sales in India are likely to rise marginally this fiscal year after two straight years of decline, boosted by quicker economic expansion and tax cuts under a new government, a news report said.

US: GM HR and comms chiefs quit

April 14, 2014 - 17:33
Two top GM executives heading human resources and communications have departed.

GERMANY: Opel CEO sees break-even early

April 14, 2014 - 17:24
General Motors' European unit, Opel, may break even before its 2016 deadline, media reports on Monday said.

MEXICO: Automakers out-export Japan to US in first quarter

April 14, 2014 - 14:54
Mexico's auto industry claims to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months.

FRANCE: Tribunal to examine 13 offers for Ascometal

April 14, 2014 - 14:29
A French tribunal is to examine 13 offers for steel producer, Ascometal's assets at the end of April, including nine looking at the component maker's manufacturing sites.

US: Poor Delphi-GM relations may have led to poor parts - paper

April 14, 2014 - 13:36
Poor relations in 2002 between General Motors and its 1999 spun-off, soon to be bankrupt, former parts unit Delphi may have contributed to substandard parts being supplied that are now the subject of a massive recall.

FRANCE: Renault mulls moving to one shift at Flins: source

April 14, 2014 - 12:58
Tougher European Union (EU) controls on diesel engines could see Renault move to one shift instead of two at its Flins plant near Paris, although no redundancies are believed to be involved.