Trade http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53326/more en Mercedes-Benz Thrives as Russian LV Market Shrinks http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks <div class="node-body article-body">Mercedes parent Daimler reportedly continues searching for a local production partner. That would allow the automaker to sidestep the Russian government’s recent ban on state purchases of imported cars.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Europe Russia Audi BMW Jaguar Land Rover Lexus Mercedes Globalization Local Content Sales Results Trade Vehicle Assembly Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:33:00 +0000 1136971 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>E-Class among candidates for local production in Russia.</strong></p> Zest Compact Not Enough to Halt Tata’s Long Decline http://wardsauto.com/politics/zest-compact-not-enough-halt-tata-s-long-decline <div class="node-body article-body">Tata’s weaknesses include product planning that fails to recognize changing markets, dealers’ lack of understanding of what buyers want and low profit margins. Management has given no clear indication that it is addressing these issues.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/zest-compact-not-enough-halt-tata-s-long-decline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/zest-compact-not-enough-halt-tata-s-long-decline#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Hyundai Mahindra & Mahindra Maruti Tata Finance Product Development Sales Results Trade Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000 1135541 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Automaker looks for Bolt, due in &rsquo;15, to join Zest in revitalizing sales.</strong></p> South Africa Probing Alleged Price-Fixing by Auto-Parts Suppliers http://wardsauto.com/south-africa-probing-alleged-price-fixing-auto-parts-suppliers <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The country's Competition Commission cites information linking 82 parts makers colluding over prices for 121 different components since 2000. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/south-africa-probing-alleged-price-fixing-auto-parts-suppliers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Politics Suppliers Africa / Middle East South Africa Laws/Law Enforcement OE-Supplier Relations Purchashing Trade Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:04:00 +0000 1134251 at http://wardsauto.com Automakers: U.S. X Factor in Canada-EU Trade Deal http://wardsauto.com/politics/automakers-us-x-factor-canada-eu-trade-deal <div class="field-byline"> Carmen Paun </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A Canadian policy analyst says Canada will be the only region in the world with access to both the U.S. and EU markets through free-trade agreements once the Canadian and European parliaments ratify the pact, which may not occur until 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/automakers-us-x-factor-canada-eu-trade-deal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/automakers-us-x-factor-canada-eu-trade-deal#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Europe North America Europe - Regional Canada U.S. Chrysler Ford General Motors European Commission Local Content Tariffs Trade Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:35:00 +0000 1131891 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Chrysler Town &amp; Country exports could get hung up on technical standards.</strong></p> Mitsubishi Charts Course for Recovery in Thailand http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mitsubishi-charts-course-recovery-thailand <div class="node-body article-body">The automaker’s target of a 9% share of the Thai market in the current fiscal year would equate to 81,000 to 82,800 sales, down more than 20% from prior-year. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mitsubishi-charts-course-recovery-thailand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mitsubishi-charts-course-recovery-thailand#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Dealers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Thailand Mitsubishi Retail Sales Results Trade Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:59:00 +0000 1126711 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Automaker&rsquo;s marketing push includes free insurance, low-interest loans.</strong></p> Bullish Indonesian Automakers Raise Production Bar http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bullish-indonesian-automakers-raise-production-bar <div class="node-body article-body">Budi Darmadi, the Industry Ministry’s director general for high-technology industries, says production capacity is surging as a result of investment over the past two years.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bullish-indonesian-automakers-raise-production-bar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bullish-indonesian-automakers-raise-production-bar#comments Premium Auto Makers Plants & Production Politics Suppliers Asia Pacific Indonesia Thailand Mitsubishi Suppliers Volkswagen Logistics Production Trade Vehicle Assembly Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:45:00 +0000 1123291 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Planned Toyota engine plant will more than double Indonesia output.</strong></p> Refreshed Portfolio Helps Mahindra Fight Stale Sales http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/refreshed-portfolio-helps-mahindra-fight-stale-sales <div class="node-body article-body">Mahindra has come to realize its products are out of sync with the compact or entry-level sedans and utility vehicles the market now demands. It plans new platforms and will launch three new compact SUVs over the next two years.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/refreshed-portfolio-helps-mahindra-fight-stale-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/refreshed-portfolio-helps-mahindra-fight-stale-sales#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center India Mahindra & Mahindra Ssangyong Capacity Utilization Diesel Gasoline Product Development Sales Results Trade Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:02:00 +0000 1119091 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Automaker plans two new iterations of popular Bolero MPV.</strong></p> Hitachi Escapes Fine in Chinese Antitrust Probe http://wardsauto.com/hitachi-escapes-fine-chinese-antitrust-probe <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Chinese antitrust regulators say they will not fine Hitachi Automotive because the Japanese auto-parts supplier halted monopolistic activity and proactively provided relevant evidence. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/hitachi-escapes-fine-chinese-antitrust-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Politics Suppliers Asia Pacific China Finance Laws/Law Enforcement Trade Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:15:00 +0000 1120131 at http://wardsauto.com Hyundai Reportedly Plans Additional Plant in China http://wardsauto.com/hyundai-reportedly-plans-additional-plant-china <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The Korean automaker's Chinese joint venture plans to build a factory in Hebei province ahead of the previously announced Chongqing facility, sources familiar with the issue say.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/hyundai-reportedly-plans-additional-plant-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Asia Pacific China Globalization Production Trade Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:43:00 +0000 1118551 at http://wardsauto.com JLR’s Smarts, New Models Help Tata Reinvent Itself http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/jlr-s-smarts-new-models-help-tata-reinvent-itself <div class="node-body article-body">The mainstream automaker and its luxury division would benefit from significant exchanges of ideas regarding Tata’s market strategies and JLR technologies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/jlr-s-smarts-new-models-help-tata-reinvent-itself" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/jlr-s-smarts-new-models-help-tata-reinvent-itself#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Africa / Middle East Asia Pacific Europe Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center South America Europe - Regional India Indonesia Nigeria Venezuela Jaguar Land Rover Tata Sales & Marketing Diesel Gasoline Globalization Product Development Trade Cyrus Mistry Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:29:00 +0000 1117171 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Zest in vanguard of new-product cadence.</strong></p>