Africa / Middle East http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/573181/more en Hyundai Opens First South Africa Plant http://wardsauto.com/hyundai-opens-first-south-africa-plant <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Hyundai will start out building medium-sized commercial trucks at its new vehicle-assembly plant in South Africa's Gauteng economic hub. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/hyundai-opens-first-south-africa-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Plants & Production Auto Makers Africa / Middle East South Africa Vehicle Assembly Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:59:00 +0000 1083671 at http://wardsauto.com Violence, Economic Crisis Hit Ukraine Auto Industry http://wardsauto.com/politics/violence-economic-crisis-hit-ukraine-auto-industry <div class="node-body article-body">ZAZ, the country’s only full-cycle automaker, manufactured only 10,622 cars in first-half 2014, compared with 252,476 in 2008, and may halt production in September because of parts shortages.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/violence-economic-crisis-hit-ukraine-auto-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/violence-economic-crisis-hit-ukraine-auto-industry#comments Public Plants & Production Politics Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Africa / Middle East Supply Chain Europe Egypt Russia Ukraine Chery Chevrolet Daewoo Hyundai Lada Skoda Logistics Production Sales Results Stamping Tariffs Trade Vehicle Assembly Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:19:00 +0000 1070281 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Re-badged Chevrolet Aveo sold as ZAZ Vida.</strong></p> UPDATE 3-S.Africa's striking NUMSA union agrees wage deal, one employers' group balks http://wardsauto.com/update-3-safricas-striking-numsa-union-agrees-wage-deal-one-employers-group-balks <div class="node-body reuters_news-body"><p>* Confusion as employer groups divided on deal</p> <p>* Four-week strike hit car manufacturers</p> <p>* More than 200,000 workers downed tools</p> <p>* Employers to pay 10 pct wage increases (Adds background, details)</p> <p>By Zandi Shabalala and Ed Stoddard</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/update-3-safricas-striking-numsa-union-agrees-wage-deal-one-employers-group-balks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers Africa / Middle East Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:19:23 +0000 1069031 at http://wardsauto.com GM to Resume Full Production at S.Africa Plant After Strike Ends http://wardsauto.com/gm-resume-full-production-safrica-plant-after-strike-ends <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Full production will resume Tuesday following the end of a 4-week strike at components suppliers.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/gm-resume-full-production-safrica-plant-after-strike-ends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Plants & Production Auto Makers Africa / Middle East South Africa Vehicle Assembly Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:45:00 +0000 1069201 at http://wardsauto.com Ford Ups Ante in Middle East, Africa http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-ups-ante-middle-east-africa <div class="node-body article-body">This latest plan increases the product rollout from the 17 new or refreshed vehicles Ford earmarked for the region in November.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-ups-ante-middle-east-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-ups-ante-middle-east-africa#comments Public Management & Strategy Auto Makers Africa / Middle East Vehicles & Technology Africa - Regional Middle East - Regional Ford Future Products Restructuring Africa EcoBoost Figo Ford Fusion Ford Mustang Jim Benintende Middle East MyKey Sync Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:01:00 +0000 1061681 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Iconic Mustang one of 25 new products Ford will introduce to Middle East, Africa.</strong></p> UPDATE 4-Ford, Toyota halt some South African output due to strike http://wardsauto.com/update-4-ford-toyota-halt-some-south-african-output-due-strike <div class="node-body reuters_news-body"><p>* NUMSA strike affects Ford's Pretoria plant</p> <p>* Toyota says to halt some production from Tuesday</p> <p>* NUMSA, employers expected to meet on Monday</p> <p>* Smaller UASA union says likely to accept offer this week (adds Mercedes Benz, NUMSA and industry comments)</p> <p>By Wendell Roelf</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/update-4-ford-toyota-halt-some-south-african-output-due-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers Africa / Middle East Supply Chain Suppliers South Africa Labor & Human Resources Logistics Production Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:15:22 +0000 1058791 at http://wardsauto.com Ford Says Strikes Won't Weaken Ties to South Africa http://wardsauto.com/ford-says-strikes-wont-weaken-ties-south-africa <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The U.S. automaker's regional chief, Jeff Nemeth, says a strike that has shut down General Motors production in the country and could expand to Ford hasn't shaken his company's "long-term commitment to South Africa." </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/ford-says-strikes-wont-weaken-ties-south-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Auto Makers Africa / Middle East South Africa Labor & Human Resources Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:17:00 +0000 1056871 at http://wardsauto.com Ford: European Recovery Plan on Track http://wardsauto.com/europe/ford-european-recovery-plan-track <div class="node-body article-body">The automaker reports first-half sales rose 6.6% in Europe to reach 605,400 vehicles, marking the company’s best performance for the period since 2011. The result slightly outperformed the market, up 6.3%, keeping Ford’s share at a level 7.9%.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/ford-european-recovery-plan-track" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/ford-european-recovery-plan-track#comments Public Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Africa / Middle East Europe Africa - Regional Europe - Regional Middle East - Regional Ford Capacity Utilization Finance Sales Results Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:45:00 +0000 1056401 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mondeo Vignale marks Ford of Europe&rsquo;s move upmarket.</strong></p> Violence Hasn’t Sidetracked Iraq Auto Production http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/violence-hasn-t-sidetracked-iraq-auto-production <div class="node-body article-body">During the official opening of the $100 million government-run assembly plant in Al Iskandria in March, guests could see a small exhibit of cars, including a Chevrolet Malibu, with a legend that suggested plans for local assembly.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/violence-hasn-t-sidetracked-iraq-auto-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/violence-hasn-t-sidetracked-iraq-auto-production#comments Premium Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Africa / Middle East Asia Pacific Iran China Iraq Chevrolet Globalization Sales Results Trade Vehicle Assembly Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:51:00 +0000 1051201 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Iraq complex&rsquo;s products include Chinese Lifan X60 CUVs.</strong></p> Mercedes Hybrid Goes From Africa to U.K. on One Tank http://wardsauto.com/europe/mercedes-hybrid-goes-africa-uk-one-tank <div class="node-body article-body">The E300 BlueTec Hybrid averaged 73.6 mpg on its 27-hour journey.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/mercedes-hybrid-goes-africa-uk-one-tank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/mercedes-hybrid-goes-africa-uk-one-tank#comments Public Auto Makers Africa / Middle East Europe Vehicles & Technology Morocco United Kingdom Mercedes Diesel Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Goodwood Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:15:00 +0000 1051771 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Hybrid finished 1,223-mile trek with 100 miles of range to spare.</strong></p>