Global Expansion

Big year shapes up for Jeep's global expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

With the first Italian-made Jeep, the Renegade subcompact SUV, rolling into U.S. dealerships this month, brand head Mike Manley says global expansion will continue this year, with new plants in Brazil and China....
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Why a Japanese supplier is upping its game

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Aisin Seiki, the world's fifth biggest auto supplier, is doubling the size of its global design division as it expands into new products and targets new customers....
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Lower oil prices to boost global auto sales 1.5%, forecast says

9:53 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Falling oil prices will boost global auto sales 1.5 percent through 2019, with the biggest windfalls coming in North America, IHS Automotive said in a new forecast....
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Ghosn guns for global top 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. He sees the alliance rising from its current No. 4 ranking, even though last year it encountered big troubles in Russia and finished about 1.4 million vehicle sales behind No. 3 General Motors....
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Nissan’s bullish U.S. forecast calls for overtaking Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Nearly two years ago, Carlos Ghosn bemoaned Nissan Motor Corp.'s lackluster performance in North America as his biggest "disappointment." Now, the CEO's fix-it man, Jose Munoz says the U.S. is a "powerhouse" again and the comeback is gaining speed....
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Is Acura too American to compete globally?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015

"Acura is an American brand," said Honda's outgoing r&d chief. But if Acura doesn't evolve into a global brand, he says, the marque's business model is going to "get tough."...
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The numbers tell the story: Toyota's back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Some questioned whether Toyota could re-create its glory days after the one-two punch of unintended acceleration and earthquake/tsunami in the early part of this decade. Of course, it has....
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Global sales will hit 88.6 million in 2015, pushed by U.S. and China, IHS predicts

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Global automotive sales for 2015 could hit 88.6 million vehicles, a 2.4 percent increase from 2014 that would continue a five-year growth streak, IHS Automotive said today....
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Subaru puts China production effort on hold as car demand wanes

10:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Fuji Heavy Industries, the only Japanese automaker without Chinese government approval to start a joint venture, put efforts to build cars on hold in the country, where demand growth is slowing....
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VW will invest 86 billion euros chasing Toyota

Nov. 21, 2014 12:57 CET

Volkswagen will invest 85.6 billion euros ($106 billion) over the next five years on new vehicles, technology and factories as it tries to pass Toyota and become the world's largest automaker....
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GM's Q3 global vehicle sales up 2% on strong China, U.S. demand

10:43 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014

General Motors' global sales rose 2 percent in the third quarter, driven by strong demand in the two largest auto markets in the world, China and the United States....
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Honeywell revs up global turbocharger projections

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014

The global use of turbochargers to amplify engine power, already on the rise in recent years, is expected increase even more than earlier projections -- to 49 million sales annually by 2019, supplier Honeywell said in its annual forecast....
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GM and Isuzu to jointly develop midsize pickup for global markets

7:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014

GM and Isuzu Motors agreed to jointly develop a midsize pickup truck for sale in several markets around the world, but not for the United States and Canada....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014

Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets. But a new economic forecast says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

6:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014

Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets as their teeming, upwardly mobile masses migrate from motorbikes to cars. So imagine the irony behind a new economic forecast that says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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Nissan taps BMW's Krueger to head Infiniti

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014

Nissan has poached BMW veteran Roland Krueger to head its leaderless Infiniti luxury unit, lending a touch of German flair to a brand struggling to break out of the second tier. Krueger, 48, steps into a brand twice stung by recent defections, first by brand President Johan de Nysschen's departure in July, then by the exit of its chairman, Andy Palmer, last week....
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Aisin's North American growth drives more investment, new HQ

10:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014

Aisin opened a new North American headquarters in suburban Detroit in July as part of the foreign subsidiary's ongoing growth stateside....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

The global market beckons, but where?

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014

The auto industry will have to side-step social unrest and political obstacles to take advantage of a coming decade of overseas growth opportunity, says GM’s chief economist....
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Southeast Asia: Next boom market?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014

Auto industry executives are still upbeat about China, but their enthusiasm for the other BRIC countries has waned. New markets are in demand -- and are being discovered -- such as Southeast Asia....
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Ford looks to build factories in fast-growing African markets

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014

Ford plans to expand its manufacturing plants in Africa, where the automaker is introducing models such as the Mustang and forecasts industrywide sales will grow 40 percent by 2020....
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Penske adds Spain to its overseas roster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

Fresh off the heels of a joint venture in Barcelona, Spain, Penske Automotive Group Inc. will continue to expand with acquisitions in the United States and elsewhere. "We want to expand globally where we have human capital and people to build these businesses," Chairman Roger Penske told Automotive News....
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Toyoda Gosei aims to be 'real global supplier'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

Toyoda Gosei Co., the Toyota Motor Corp.-affiliated Japanese auto parts supplier, boasts all the hallmarks of a global industrial giant. But to President Tadashi Arashima, it's just a small Japanese player. He wants to change that....
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A VULNERABLE GIANT

Volkswagen's soaring growth under Piech masks troubles

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014

During his two-decade reign, Volkswagen Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech has created an automotive giant with broad geographic reach. But industry analysts say the No. 3 global automaker may be too vast and fractured to stay cohesive after Piech's departure....
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Porsche will increase work force 24% in global expansion

July 1, 2014 15:43 CET

Porsche will increase its headcount by about 5,000 to underpin its global growth ambitions. The new jobs will be created in model development, production, sales and servicing, Porsche said....
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Hitachi Automotive plans its overseas expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014

Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. aims to leverage its expertise in electronics to win more overseas customers. Its overseas push is part of a trend of Japanese suppliers' seeking growth abroad as vehicle sales stagnate at home....
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