Africa

Renault discussing car assembly in Kenya, local contractor says

June 1, 2018 13:10 CET
Renault is among four automakers in discussion with Simba, a Kenyan contract manufacturer, about assembling their vehicles in East Africa's biggest economy, the African company said.

BMW, Toyota, Ford at odds with S. Africa over production boost plan

May 22, 2018 10:13 CET
BMW, Toyota and Ford are at odds with South Africa over its plans for them to more than double output and double their workforces in return for tax breaks.

Seating supplier Adient promotes veteran exec Fleischer to lead Europe business

May 18, 2018 13:23 CET
Seating supplier Adient has promoted veteran executive Ingo Fleischer to head its business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Volkswagen sees Nigeria sales recovering on economy

May 14, 2018 12:13 CET
VW Group expects a rebound in vehicle sales in Nigeria as the economy in Africa's biggest oil producer recovers, the head of the company's South African operations Thomas Schaefer, said.

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Nexteer looks to North Africa to help it better serve Europe

April 20, 2018 06:01 CET
Nexteer, the steering specialist, is moving into the fast-growing Moroccan market. The executive leading the push, Herve Boyer, explained why the supplier is making the move to Automotive News Europe.

Nexteer expects to double Europe revenue

March 29, 2018 06:01 CET
Global steering supplier Nexteer believes that its expansion into Northern Africa will help it double revenue in Europe by 2020, allowing it to better compete against rivals Robert Bosch and ZF Friedrichshafen in the region.

Seat adds two models at Algeria plant

Feb. 1, 2018 06:01 CET
Seat is adding production of two models at its factory in Algeria. The plant will assemble the Arona subcompact crossover and Leon compact car for VW Group's Spanish subsidiary.

Opel will export cars to Tunisia, Morocco

Jan. 28, 2018 21:38 CET
Opel will export cars to Tunisia and Morocco from its European plants, CEO Michael Lohscheller told a German paper. Sales in both markets will start in April.

VW will build Polo, Passat in Rwanda in sub-Saharan expansion

Jan. 18, 2018 15:14 CET
VW will begin assembling the Polo and Passat models at a new plant in Rwanda in May for local sale and use in its new ride-sharing service.

VW plans to double output from Kenya plant

Jan. 13, 2018 16:39 CET
VW plans to double output at its Kenyan assembly plant and could build a second model there, Kenya's presidential office said.

PSA, Renault sign deals to increase local sourcing in Morocco

Dec. 12, 2017 10:05 CET
Morocco has signed deals for 26 auto industry projects, including several with Renault and PSA, as it seeks to build its position as an international hub for the sector.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2017
China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses. With operations in Hungary and the UK as well as factories planned for France and Morocco, BYD has the footprint needed to become a player in Europe's nascent electric vehicle sector.

China's BYD plans EV plant in Morocco

Dec. 9, 2017 16:00 CET
BYD, the Chinese electric vehicle maker backed by U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has signed an agreement to build electric cars, buses and trucks in Morocco's "Silicon Valley" for the local market and export.

PSA expands in North Africa with plant in Algeria

Nov. 12, 2017 15:23 CET
PSA has signed a joint venture with three partners to build cars in Algeria, joining Renault and VW in producing vehicles locally.

Fiat Chrysler's Marelli will add factory in Morocco

Sept. 27, 2017 12:28 CET
Fiat Chrysler subsidiary Magneti Marelli will add a shock absorber factory in Morocco, a move that helps the North African country further build up a supplier base ahead of a bid to boost local output to 1 million vehicles a year by 2025.

Volvo names 'retail man' Gustafsson to succeed Kerssemakers in U.S.

10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2017
Lex Kerssemakers, who steered Volvo's rebirth in the U.S. over the past 32 months, is moving on to lead the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He will be replaced by that region's current head, Anders Gustafsson.

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Morocco aims to add 2 more car plants

Aug. 14, 2017 11:24 CET
Morocco officials hope to announce the name of a third global automaker to build an assembly plant there before the end of next year and the country is working to recruit a fourth major automaker plant.

Faurecia opens 2nd Moroccan factory, plans 3rd

July 13, 2017 16:51 CET
Faurecia plans to open a third Moroccan plant to build car interiors and emissions control parts for customers including its parent, PSA. The supplier announced the plant while inaugurating its second Moroccan production site, which will build seats.

 
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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

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