Local Content http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53331/more en Russia to Stabilize Ruble, Protect Global Automakers http://wardsauto.com/europe/russia-stabilize-ruble-protect-global-automakers <div class="node-body article-body">The government says it will take fluctuations in the value of the ruble and other currencies into account when determining the percentage of locally sourced components required in foreign automakers’ car-assembly operations. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/russia-stabilize-ruble-protect-global-automakers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/russia-stabilize-ruble-protect-global-automakers#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Europe Russia General Motors Opel/Vauxhall Finance Local Content Restructuring Sales Results Tariffs Trade Tue, 12 May 2015 17:04:00 +0000 1278061 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM pullout prompted Russian government to act.</strong></p> Ford Boosting Russian Investment Despite Sales Skid http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ford-boosting-russian-investment-despite-sales-skid <div class="node-body article-body">Ford’s current level of localization in Russia is estimated at 40%, and the automaker says it intends to raise that share to 83%-85% by 2019. That is significantly higher than the 60% target stipulated in an agreement with the government. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ford-boosting-russian-investment-despite-sales-skid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ford-boosting-russian-investment-despite-sales-skid#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Suppliers Europe Russia AvtoVAZ Ford Component Local Content Production Sales Results Trade Vehicle Assembly Fri, 01 May 2015 09:39:00 +0000 1270291 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Greater localization meant to protect against falling ruble.</strong></p> China Strong-Arms Hyundai Into Building Fifth Plant http://wardsauto.com/politics/china-strong-arms-hyundai-building-fifth-plant <div class="node-body article-body">Hyundai Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun said at the Cangzhou plant’s groundbreaking only that it would help increase the Beijing Hyundai Motor joint venture’s sales. He could not publicly say it was a plant Hyundai did not want to build.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/china-strong-arms-hyundai-building-fifth-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/china-strong-arms-hyundai-building-fifth-plant#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Dealers Suppliers Asia Pacific China South Korea Hyundai Capacity Utilization Globalization Local Content OE-Supplier Relations Production Tariffs Trade Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:17:00 +0000 1257541 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Political gamesmanship drives Hyundai expansion in China.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Toyota India Product Push Aims to Rebuild Share http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/toyota-india-product-push-aims-rebuild-share <div class="node-body article-body">The automaker’s small-car offerings were not competitively priced owing to a low level of parts localization and the need to import relatively costly components, exacerbated by the depreciation of the Indian rupee against the U.S. dollar.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/toyota-india-product-push-aims-rebuild-share" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/toyota-india-product-push-aims-rebuild-share#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology India Toyota Hybrid Vehicles Local Content Product Development Sales Results Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:33:00 +0000 1224281 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Fortuner now available in all-wheel drive.</strong></p> Auto-Parts Makers Eager for Passage of Trade Pact http://wardsauto.com/politics/auto-parts-makers-eager-passage-trade-pact <div class="field-byline"> Carmen Paun </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Tariffs are only the tip of the iceberg, as the main costs incurred by European and U.S. parts makers result from “divergent regulations and standards relating to emissions and safety,” says Paul Schockmel, a lobbyist for the European producers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/auto-parts-makers-eager-passage-trade-pact" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/auto-parts-makers-eager-passage-trade-pact#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional U.S. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) Emissions European Commission Global Sources Globalization Local Content Tariffs Trade Vehicles & Technology Mon, 09 Feb 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1220281 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mustang exports to Asia launched in January; Europe due midyear.</strong></p> Mercedes Sprinter Van-tastic Off-Road http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/mercedes-sprinter-van-tastic-road <div class="field-deck"> <font color="#800517">Test Drive </font> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Potential customers for 4x4 Sprinters include ski resorts needing to shuttle people through heavy snow; emergency crews needing to battle inclement weather; railroad workers coping with steep grades; and oil crews working in muddy conditions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/mercedes-sprinter-van-tastic-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/mercedes-sprinter-van-tastic-road#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Diesel Resource Center Test Drives North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany Daimler Freightliner Mercedes Diesel Future Products Local Content Product Development Tariffs Vehicle Assembly Vehicle Interiors Test Drives 4-wheel-drive cargo van Chevrolet City Express Crosswind Assist electronic stability control Ford transit market share Mercedes Sprinter Nissan NV Ram ProMaster Sprinter Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:10:00 +0000 1149881 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Sprinter 4x4 demonstrates prowess off-road.</strong></p> 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> 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> EU Complaint Over Brazil Import Taxes Headed to WTO http://wardsauto.com/politics/eu-complaint-over-brazil-import-taxes-headed-wto <div class="field-byline"> Carmen Paun </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Analyst Stephan Keese is surprised the EU is taking its case against Brazil to the WTO, noting the additional tax is targeted more toward Asian imports than generally high-end European models.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/eu-complaint-over-brazil-import-taxes-headed-wto" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/eu-complaint-over-brazil-import-taxes-headed-wto#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Suppliers Europe South America Europe - Regional Brazil Audi BMW Fiat Ford General Motors Jaguar Land Rover Mercedes PSA Renault Volkswagen Global Sources Globalization Local Content Sales Results Tariffs Trade World Trade Organization (WTO) European Association of Automotive Suppliers Inovar Auto Stephan Keese taxes Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:12:00 +0000 945191 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mercedes imports get tax break as automaker grows Brazil footprint.</strong></p> Algeria Welcoming European, Chinese Automakers http://wardsauto.com/plants-amp-production/algeria-welcoming-european-chinese-automakers <div class="node-body article-body">Between its Renault and Dacia brands, Renault Group was the largest player in Algeria in 2013 with 111,378 deliveries and 26.2% market share. The French automaker also is the first company to manufacture cars in the country.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-amp-production/algeria-welcoming-european-chinese-automakers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-amp-production/algeria-welcoming-european-chinese-automakers#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Africa / Middle East Algeria Egypt Morocco Dacia FAW Mercedes Peugeot Renault Sales & Marketing Capacity Utilization Globalization Local Content Trade Vehicle Assembly Arcofina Exports Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik SNVI Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:31:00 +0000 938231 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Production launch of Symbol sedan slated for November.</strong></p>