Middle East

Ford readies product push in fast-growing Africa, Middle East

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
Ford plans to introduce 25 new models by 2016 in Africa and the Middle East, where it projects the driving age population will grow 31 percent by 2023 to 1.7 billion people....
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Renault seeks financial partner to resume Iran activities

June 19, 2014 13:36 CET
Renault is looking for a financial partner to help it resume activities in Iran. The automaker is in talks with the U.S. and French governments on the issue, Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll said....
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Rolls-Royce recruits former Chery executive

May 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce named Brett Soso, a former executive at China carmaker Chery, as regional director for the Middle East, Africa and South America....
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Fiat Chrysler targets Europe, Africa, Mideast for double-digit sales growth

4:18 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to introduce 34 new or redesigned models to its portfolio in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and is targeting an overall 27 percent increase in sales in those regions by 2018....
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China's Changan to assemble vehicles in Russia and Iran

Feb. 28, 2014 10:23 CET
China's Changan Automobile, a major state-owned automaker, plans to build complete knockdown plants in Russia and Iran to increase its exports, according to local media and the company....
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HANS GREIMEL

French automakers beat U.S. rivals back to Iran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Sanctions have barely been eased on Iran and the Detroit 3 are being beaten back to the market by French rivals. This is not surprising as the U.S. still keeps businesses and individuals shackled by stricter trade restrictions....
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HANS GREIMEL

French automakers beat U.S. rivals back to Iran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Sanctions have barely been eased on Iran and the Detroit 3 are being beaten back to the market by French rivals. This is not surprising as the United States still keeps businesses and individuals shackled by stricter trade restrictions....
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Renault resumes Iran shipments for car production

Jan. 29, 2014 16:05 CET
Renault has resumed shipments to Iran and expects its car production in the country to pick up progressively throughout the first half of 2014....
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China's Guangzhou plans to assemble cars in Russia

Jan. 29, 2014 13:17 CET
China's Guangzhou Auto will start assembling vehicles in Russia and Iran using complete knockdown kits shipped from China. The move is part of a wider plan to push into emerging markets this year that includes the start of vehicle exports....
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Renault eyes return to Iran when sanctions are lifted

Jan. 23, 2014 13:38 CET
Renault could re-enter Iran once trade sanctions against the country are eliminated as the auto market is poised to grow by at least 50 percent, CEO Carlos Ghosn said....
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Local dealers whet Iran's appetite for U.S. muscle cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2013
Hundreds of the most sought-after American and European car models are appearing in Northwest Iran from a nearby free trade zone close to Armenia and Azerbaijan, showing how sanctions rarely stop the flow of luxury goods. While the Islamic Republic bars imports of autos from the United States -- which severed ties in 1980 after its diplomats were taken hostage -- the Aras free trade zone benefits from exemptions allowing imports of vehicles from three countries with little or no tax....
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Renault prepares to resume Iran exports

Dec. 1, 2013 09:19 CET
Renault is preparing to resume the export of car parts to Iran pending "clarifications" on the easing of trade sanctions against the country....
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Iran accord sparks race to Tehran as automakers target deals

Nov. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Organizers say an Iranian auto industry conference scheduled for next weekend is attracting a lot of attention after last weekend's Geneva agreement to ease trade restrictions on Iran....
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Iran accord sparks race to Tehran as automakers target deals

11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2013
Sasan Ghorbani says the Iranian auto industry conference he's organizing in Tehran next weekend is suddenly a hotter ticket than he'd expected. Visas will be made available upon arrival to meet a surge in demand after the last weekend's Geneva agreement to ease trade restrictions on Iran, said Ghorbani, head of the Islamic Republic's auto-parts manufacturers association....
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GM will open Singapore headquarters to back emerging-market thrust

Nov. 13, 2013 08:04 CET
General Motors will open a new headquarters in Singapore headed by former Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby to oversee markets including Southeast Asia and India....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

One event can change everything

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
The look back at the first Arab oil embargo that started on Oct. 17, 1973, was a reminder that one event can change an industry....
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1973 OIL EMBARGO -- 40 YEARS LATER

'It was the end of innocence'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
When Keith Crain landed in Detroit in 1971 to take the reins of Automotive News, he discovered a U.S. auto industry that was in full glory. It was a golden age, but it was about to end. The Arab oil embargo that started on Oct. 17, 1973 -- 40 years ago this week -- changed the industry forever, and the young publisher had a front-row seat to automotive history....
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Garberding, Pino named to new jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Chrysler Group has appointed Mauro Pino, 53, head of manufacturing in North America....
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KEITH CRAIN

There is a dark cloud on the horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
Most of us are watching the events in the Middle East unfold without any real idea of just how important this region is to the economic well-being of the United States and the world....
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Chevy to sell record 5 million cars, trucks globally in '13, GM says

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2013
GM expects 2013 sales of Chevrolet cars and light trucks to reach 5 million for the first time in its 100-year history, spurred in part by growth in the Middle East, said the global head of Chevrolet, Alan Batey....
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Auto sales slow in turbulent Middle East, GM says

4:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2013
GM expects the automobile industry in the Middle East to show growth that is sustainable, but at a slower rate than in the last few years, hurt by uncertainty and political crisis in markets such as Egypt and Syria....
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Opel says export strategy is on track despite Australia setback

3:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2013
Opel said it will continue to seek new markets outside Europe despite pulling out of Australia a year after launching sales in the country....
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Opel says export strategy is on track despite Australia setback

Aug. 9, 2013 09:45 CET
Opel said it will continue to seek new markets outside Europe despite pulling out of Australia a year after launching sales in the country....
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Renault will seek to return to key Iran market

Aug. 6, 2013 10:05 CET
Renault wants to return to the Iranian market as soon as the political situation eases. Iran was Renault's eighth-biggest global market by sales in 2012, above Italy and Spain....
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GM names Jacoby to global post

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
General Motors has named former Volkswagen and Volvo executive Stefan Jacoby head of international operations, responsible for more than 100 markets in Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East....
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