Local Content http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53331/more en U.S.-EU Trade Talks Focus on Vehicle Harmonization http://wardsauto.com/industry/us-eu-trade-talks-focus-vehicle-harmonization <div class="node-body article-body">In the latest talks, regulators discussed mutual recognition of EU and U.S. automotive standards, notably on braking systems, and harmonization of rules, such as for seatbelt anchorages. Tariff-reduction proposals are being exchanged as well.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/us-eu-trade-talks-focus-vehicle-harmonization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/us-eu-trade-talks-focus-vehicle-harmonization#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Europe North America Europe - Regional Industry U.S. Miscellaneous Unspecified Companies European Commission Local Content Tariffs Trade Vehicles & Technology Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:09:00 +0000 1407331 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>President Obama <em>(left)</em>, EC President Barroso kick off trade talks in June 2013.</strong></p> Trans-Pacific Pact Clears Way for Auto-Sector Growth http://wardsauto.com/industry/trans-pacific-pact-clears-way-auto-sector-growth <div class="node-body article-body">The agreement includes tariff-elimination schedules and rules of origin for the automotive sector. It also details what proportion of an automobile or a part must be made in a partnership member country for duty reductions to apply.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/trans-pacific-pact-clears-way-auto-sector-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/trans-pacific-pact-clears-way-auto-sector-growth#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Suppliers Asia Pacific North America South America Industry Australia Canada Mexico Chile U.S. Japan Malaysia Peru New Zealand Singapore Vietnam Miscellaneous Suppliers Unspecified Companies Globalization Local Content Tariffs Trade Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:59:00 +0000 1401021 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (<em>center</em>) participates in 2013 TPP meeting.</strong></p> No Free Site for Daimler Plant, St. Petersburg Says http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/no-free-site-daimler-plant-st-petersburg-says <div class="node-body article-body">“We have great respect for Daimler and we hope that it will build its plant in the territory of St. Petersburg,” city official Maxim Meyskin says. “However, the project should not be implemented at any price, which is our fundamental position.”</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/no-free-site-daimler-plant-st-petersburg-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/no-free-site-daimler-plant-st-petersburg-says#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Europe Analysis Industry Russia Data & Insights Miscellaneous Mercedes Globalization Local Content Sales Results Vehicle Assembly Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:19:00 +0000 1358921 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>C-Class Mercedes&rsquo;</strong><strong> top seller in Russia.</strong></p> VW Looks to Exports to Shore Up Russian Operation http://wardsauto.com/industry/vw-looks-exports-shore-russian-operation <div class="node-body article-body">Volkswagen has commissioned Nemak, one of its global parts suppliers, to manufacture cylinder blocks and cylinder-head components at its Ulyanovsk plant for export mainly to European Union markets.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/vw-looks-exports-shore-russian-operation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/vw-looks-exports-shore-russian-operation#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Suppliers Europe Analysis Europe - Regional Industry Russia Data & Insights Miscellaneous Skoda Volkswagen Volvo Car Body Capacity Utilization Engine Globalization Local Content Sales Results Vehicle Assembly Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:30:00 +0000 1347561 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Russian Prime Minister&nbsp;Dmitry Medvedev (<em>center</em>) visits new VW engine plant.</strong></p> Automakers Bristle at Zimbabwe’s Buy-Local Order http://wardsauto.com/industry/automakers-bristle-zimbabwe-s-buy-local-order <div class="field-byline"> Ceaser Mhukahuru </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The president of the Motor Trade Assn. of Zimbabwe says the capabilities of the country’s assemblers are so limited the directive to government agencies and public institutions to buy at least 80% locally made vehicles may be ignored.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/automakers-bristle-zimbabwe-s-buy-local-order" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/automakers-bristle-zimbabwe-s-buy-local-order#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Africa / Middle East Africa - Regional Industry Data & Insights Miscellaneous Chery Land Rover Mazda Mitsubishi Capacity Utilization Globalization Local Content Purchashing Trade Vehicle Assembly Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:11:00 +0000 1338441 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Local assembler Quest building Mitsubishi Triton.</strong></p> Global Automakers Win More Concessions From Russia http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/global-automakers-win-more-concessions-russia <div class="node-body article-body">The Russian government will revise its formula for determining the level of localization of auto production. Foreign automakers will be given up to three years to comply with the amended requirements.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/global-automakers-win-more-concessions-russia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/global-automakers-win-more-concessions-russia#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Plants & Production Politics Europe Industry Russia Miscellaneous Ford Nissan Renault Volkswagen Engine Globalization Local Content Tariffs Trade Vehicle Assembly Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:15:00 +0000 1339881 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Almera sedan helps Nissan meet Russian localization rules.</strong></p> Ford Fights Russia Slump on Product, Price Fronts http://wardsauto.com/industry/ford-fights-russia-slump-product-price-fronts <div class="node-body article-body">The automaker is cutting prices and expanding its product range in an effort to pull out of a tailspin that saw July sales drop 21.3% from like-2014 and 52% for the year’s first seven months, according to WardsAuto data.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/ford-fights-russia-slump-product-price-fronts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/ford-fights-russia-slump-product-price-fronts#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Europe Analysis Industry Russia Data & Insights Miscellaneous Ford Engine Labor & Human Resources Local Content Restructuring Sales Results Vehicle Assembly Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:55:00 +0000 1336211 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Fiesta priced below Ford&rsquo;s Russian best-seller Focus.</strong></p> Suppliers Battered By Russian Auto-Industry Slump http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/suppliers-battered-russian-auto-industry-slump <div class="node-body article-body">The decision by Faurecia, which manufactures components such as seats, interiors and exhaust systems, to partially suspend operations may disrupt Russian production by major automakers including PSA Peugeot Citroen and Ford.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/suppliers-battered-russian-auto-industry-slump" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/suppliers-battered-russian-auto-industry-slump#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Europe Analysis Industry Russia Data & Insights Miscellaneous Faurecia Ford PSA Component Global Sources Globalization Local Content OE-Supplier Relations Production Purchashing Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:22:00 +0000 1315751 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>French supplier Faurecia mothballs just-completed Russia plant.</strong></p> Russia Liberalizes Localized Auto Production Rules http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/russia-liberalizes-localized-auto-production-rules <div class="node-body article-body">The proposal is a response to concerns expressed by many foreign automakers that the ongoing decline of the Russian automotive market may leave them unable to meet their obligations to reach 75% levels of localization by 2018.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/russia-liberalizes-localized-auto-production-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/russia-liberalizes-localized-auto-production-rules#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Europe Analysis Industry Russia Data & Insights Miscellaneous Toyota Globalization Local Content Production Tariffs Trade Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:09:00 +0000 1307541 at http://wardsauto.com <p>Land Cruiser Prado localization level among Russia&#39;s lowest.</p> France’s PSA Raising African Profile in Morocco http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/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> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/france-s-psa-raising-african-profile-morocco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/france-s-psa-raising-african-profile-morocco#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Africa / Middle East Europe Industry Algeria Morocco Nigeria France Miscellaneous 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>