Local Content http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53331/more en France’s PSA Raising African Profile in Morocco http://wardsauto.com/africa-middle-east/france-s-psa-raising-african-profile-morocco <div class="field-byline"> Iana Dreyer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The automaker aims to cater to the growing North African and sub-Saharan African market from its Morocco unit. It bets on car-market volume of 8 million units in the region by 2025 and hopes to account for 1 million of those sales.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/africa-middle-east/france-s-psa-raising-african-profile-morocco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/africa-middle-east/france-s-psa-raising-african-profile-morocco#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Africa / Middle East Europe Algeria Morocco Nigeria France Citroen Ford Peugeot PSA Renault Sales & Marketing Globalization Local Content Vehicle Assembly Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0000 1306071 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>PSA rival Renault&rsquo;s Dacia brand came to Morocco in 2012.</strong></p> Volkswagen India Putting Down Deeper Local Roots http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/volkswagen-india-putting-down-deeper-local-roots <div class="node-body article-body">With Indian sales having risen 12.9% year-over-year through May, according to WardsAuto data, VW is investing in production capacity and local sourcing with an eye toward expanding the domestic market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/volkswagen-india-putting-down-deeper-local-roots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/volkswagen-india-putting-down-deeper-local-roots#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Volkswagen Capacity Utilization Local Content Product Development Sales Results Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:12:00 +0000 1300221 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Homegrown Passat not in cards yet.</strong></p> General Motors Shifts Russian Production to Belarus http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/general-motors-shifts-russian-production-belarus <div class="node-body article-body">A government spokesman says besides Opel, GM will add assemblies of premium brands including Cadillac at its Belarusian JV by September. The new models will be sold in Belarus, Russia and possibly other Eastern European states. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/general-motors-shifts-russian-production-belarus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/general-motors-shifts-russian-production-belarus#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Europe Belarus Russia Cadillac Chevrolet Opel/Vauxhall Local Content Production Restructuring Sales Results Tariffs Trade Vehicle Assembly Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:24:00 +0000 1297041 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mokka CUV Opel&nbsp;brand&rsquo;s top seller in Russia.</strong></p> Kwid’s Modular Architecture Tailored to India Market http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/kwid-s-modular-architecture-tailored-india-market <div class="node-body article-body">The alliance introduced its CFA architecture in 2013 with the all-new ’14 Nissan Rogue CUV. It and other CFA models are sold in developed markets, but CMF-A designates affordable vehicles destined for emerging markets such as India. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/kwid-s-modular-architecture-tailored-india-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/kwid-s-modular-architecture-tailored-india-market#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Suppliers Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology India Nissan Renault Sales & Marketing Component Globalization Local Content Manufacturing Technology Product Development Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:49:00 +0000 1294231 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>High level of local parts sourcing helps keep Kwid price down.</strong></p> 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>