With the lifting of sanctions against Iran in exchange for curtailing its nuclear program, Chinese automakers will face more competition as other foreign companies step up production in the country, increase imports, or both....More
While China’s vehicle sales have slowed from the unsustainably torrid rate of a few years ago, they nevertheless are growing, and should grow at a healthy rate for another decade, government and private analysts say....More
Despite its prolonged sales slump, industry analyst Jessada Thongpak says Thailand will remain ASEAN’s largest automotive hub because its technology and capability to meet global standards is years ahead of second-ranked Indonesia’s....More
Domestic suppliers in China have had to correct bad habits such as altering specs to save a few cents. Now, a growing number are producing world-class parts in response to demand by, and with help from, global automakers and suppliers....More
Connectivity isn’t limited to luxury models; Chinese at all income levels want better interfaces, more services and more data. “Everyone has a digital lifestyle,” market researcher Thilo Koslowski says....More
Each vehicle nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors is scored based on aesthetics and design harmony as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Editors also test the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface.
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
A massive increase in Defender thefts has followed JLR’s January termination of the all-wheel-drive workhorse’s 67-year production run. Rural insurer NFU Mutual says more than 500 Defenders were stolen across the U.K. last year....More