Exports and Imports

UK car output drops 3.8% in April on falling exports to China, Russia

May 28, 2015 11:03 CET

UK car production fell 3.8 percent in April as stronger demand at home failed to outweigh a fall in exports to China and Russia....
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Volvo begins shipping Chinese-built S60 sedans to U.S.

May 26, 2015 11:16 CET

Volvo started exporting S60 sedans to the United States from its plant in Chengdu, China. Volvo says the exports will help to boost annual worldwide sales to 800,000 vehicles....
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SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW: PRICED TO SELL

China's cheap car strategy for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Wu Song, boss of China's Guangzhou Automobile, says his cars need to be 30 percent cheaper than rivals to make it in America. If everything goes his way, GAC will test his pricing strategy with the U.S. launch of its GS4 crossover in 2017....
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BMW is building vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the South

10:44 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

BMW AG said it is building a vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the Southern US. The facility at the Port of Galveston will serve the 45 BMW and Mini dealers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas....
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U.S. bill would streamline passage of 2 key trade deals

10:00 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

US lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill to move trade deals quickly through Congress, opening the door to sealing a major Pacific trade pact with major implications for the auto industry....
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BMW, Mercedes probe unauthorized exports from U.S. to China

April 7, 2015 11:29 CET

Mercedes and BMW are probing unauthorized exports of vehicles from the U.S. to China, which have recently surged and threaten profit in the world's largest auto market. So-called gray imports to China have jumped since the country allowed dealers in Shanghai's free trade zone to import cars without the consent of foreign carmakers....
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Honda will make UK plant global production hub for the Civic, move CR-V output to Canada

March 31, 2015 10:30 CET

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada....
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SsangYong suspends exports to Russia on weak ruble

March 19, 2015 11:55 CET

SsangYong has suspended exports to Russia as the plunging ruble hits demand in the automaker's biggest export market. In the first two months, the automaker's sales fell 61 percent in Russia....
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Fiat will export new compacts to EU from Turkey

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET

Fiat Chrysler will begin sales of a Turkey-built hatchback and station wagon in Europe's key compact segment next year, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. The new models will plug a big hole in Fiat's European product lineup. The compact car segment, led by the VW Golf, is Europe's second biggest by sales after subcompacts....
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Euro weakness, exports lift southern Europe car output

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET

While southern Europe is experiencing at best a patchy economic recovery, the outlook for the region's carmakers is a little less bumpy thanks to the weak euro, cheaper oil and labor reforms. Fiat, Ford and GM have boosted output in Spain and Italy....
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Mexico auto output, exports rise in January

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

Mexico auto production and exports rose to record levels for the month of January, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today, boosted by strong demand in the United States and Canada....
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U.S. auto exports hit record in 2014

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015

U.S. exports of automotive parts and vehicles soared 4.5 percent to $159.5 billion in 2014, breaking a record for the fourth straight year....
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Free-trade lobbying efforts rev up

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

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama asked Congress to grant his administration wide power to negotiate free-trade deals without too much meddling from lawmakers. For the auto industry's stakeholders, it was like a boxing bell signaling the next round in a high-stakes global fight....
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Volvo may expand export markets for China-built cars beyond U.S.

Jan. 16, 2015 11:36 CET

Volvo, which will start shipping the S60L sedan to the U.S. later this year, says it could add additional export markets in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere. The automaker may also consider future exports of a large china-built sedan, dubbed internally as the S90....
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Volvo mulls U.S. plant; Chinese-made 'strategic flagship' may be exported to U.S., report says

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Volvo is considering building an assembly plant in the United States and also may export a "strategic flagship" sedan made in China to the US, people familiar with the Chinese-owned automaker's plans told Reuters....
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Mexico's light-vehicle output, exports hit record in 2014

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015

Mexico's light-vehicle output in 2014 rose 10 percent from 2013 to a record 3.22 million units, while exports increased 9 percent to an all-time high of 2.64 million vehicles, a trade group said....
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China launches pilot 'parallel imports' for foreign cars

Jan. 8, 2015 10:53 CET

China will allow selected dealers to import without the consent of foreign carmakers in a move that analysts warn could lead to a weakening of foreign automakers' control over pricing....
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FROM HANDICAP TO HANDY SOLUTION

Ghosn: Nissan will fill gaps with Japanese imports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

As Nissan Motor Corp. pushes to boost U.S. market share and cut reliance on Japanese imports, it's clear which goal takes priority: selling more vehicles. Even if it takes more imports to do it. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the devalued yen has made his Japanese plants an acceptable solution to augment North American production as the company stretches for a 10 percent U.S. market share....
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South Korea embraces European imports. Yes, South Korea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Here is a fairly stunning statistic: South Koreans, long viewed as among the most nationalistic of car buyers, are on track to spend more on vehicle imports from Europe this year than their country takes in from its own vehicle exports....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014

A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler....
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Mexico auto output, exports rise in September

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Mexican auto production and exports rose in September compared with the same month last year, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said on Monday....
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EU asks WTO to rule on dispute with Russia over van exports

Sept. 15, 2014 16:15 CET

The EU wants the World Trade Organization to rule on its dispute with Russia after Moscow imposed tariffs on vans imported from Germany and Italy. The EU said Russia is illegally protecting its own producers....
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Japan exports fall despite favorable yen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Japan's auto exports finally may be decoupling from the yen after decades of yo-yoing up and down with exchange rates....
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EDITORIAL

Cancel Chinese invasion; cue the Volvo sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

Next year, the Volvo S60L long-wheelbase sedan will become the first mainstream vehicle built in China to be sold in the U.S. That's hardly the wave of inexpensive vehicles from China's domestic automakers that many feared just a half decade ago....
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New and premium models boost UK car exports to July record

Aug. 21, 2014 10:44 CET

The UK has reported record car exports for July as production rose by nearly 3 percent year-on-year last month because of new models and strong sales of top-end vehicles....
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