Ford spends another US$900 million in Thailand to upgrade two factories

At different periods, manufacturers have different strategies which require investments in different parts of the world. In the 1990s, Ford decided that it must ‘control its own destiny’ in the ASEAN region and was attracted by the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA). This would be a single trading region and those who made their products […]

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2022 Volkswagen Amarok 3rd generation

Volkswagen shows more of its new Amarok pick-up truck for 2022

With Ford having revealed their next generation of the Ranger pick-up truck, Volkswagen is also releasing more details and images of its new Amarok. Why, you may wonder, is Volkswagen associated with Ford’s model reveal? It’s because the two carmakers have been working together on their new pick-up trucks. Ford had previously been collaborating with […]

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General Motors Factory ZERO

GM’s Factory ZERO starts production of only electric vehicles

Roger Smith, the former General Motors Chairman and CEO from 1981 to 1990, introduced huge amounts of technology into the company in the 1980s to gain what he believed would be an advantage in vehicle production. He fantasized about a ‘factory of the future’ which would work 24 hours non-stop without needing lights as there […]

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Porsche confirms assembly plans in Malaysia, to start next year

As reported earlier, Porsche will be setting up assembly operations in Malaysia, the first time the sportscar maker has produced its cars outside Germany. The company has confirmed that small-scale local assembly operation in Malaysia will join the company’s two other production sites – the original one at Zuffenhausen and the 19-year old one in […]

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Car showrooms, accessory stores and carwash centres can resume operations from August 16

From tomorrow, Monday August 16, 2021, a greater degree of normalcy returns to Malaysia as the government will allow a number of activities to resume. Announcing this long-awaited development, the Prime Minister said that the vaccination programme has covered a significant portion of the population already and there was also a decline evident in the […]

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Volvo Cars to have full ownership and control of its operations in China

Volvo Cars has signed an agreement with its parent company, Geely Holding, to acquire Geely Holding’s stake in the companies’ joint ventures in China. This development means that the Swedish carmaker, acquired by Geely from Ford in 2010, will take full ownership of its car manufacturing plants and sales operations in the biggest car market […]

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Malaysian Automotive Association appeals to government to allow auto industry facilities to resume operations

The Malaysian auto industry, like many other industries in the country, has been badly impacted by the measures taken to fight the COVID-19 pandemic since last year. Representing the new motor vehicle distributors, assemblers and manufacturers, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) commends the government for its efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in […]

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Nissan to invest £1 billion in establishing Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub as a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem

The auto industry is accelerating towards electrification of products, ultimately leaving behind the combustion engine that has been blamed for causing pollution of the environment and bringing on climate change. However, unlike previous transitions, this one is a radical one that calls for a change in the ecosystem of the industry. The existing ecosystem has […]

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Geely Holding and Volvo Cars to form joint-venture company producing powertrains

Geely Holding (or more correctly, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in full) has been building up its portfolio of brands over the past two decades. While allowing the brands – which include Lotus, Volvo, Polestar and Proton – to operate autonomously, there has also been a strong effort to fully utilise the available synergies that such […]

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Proton constructing additional stamping facility at Tanjung Malim factory

Proton today held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the commencement of construction work on a new stamping facility at its Tanjung Malim factory. The factory, built in the late 1990s, already has stamping facilities and this new one will complement them. It is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2022. The new […]

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