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  • Standard bearers

    February 12th 2018

    A programme run by the International Automotive Task Force is looking to revise the technical specification IATF16949, the published standard informing quality management across the automotive industry worldwide

  • The case for carbon fibre

    January 4th 2018

    The launch of the i3 has changed the conversation about the future application of carbon fibre in vehicle structures

  • Q&A: Adil Shirinov, Ford Sollers

    January 2nd 2018

    As CEO of Ford’s Russian joint venture with local manufacturing specialist Sollers, Adil Shirinov tells AMS how Ford Sollers survived the crisis and how he plans to get the brand into the top five again by focusing on vans and SUVs

  • Russian resolution

    January 2nd 2018

    Russia’s automotive industry is cautiously expressing confidence again after the car market there emerges from a three-year slump

  • Southern powerhouse

    November 13th 2017

    The automotive industry has played a central role in the economic and industrial strategies of successive South African governments in the post-apartheid era, and since 1995 various development plans have provided a structured environment for carmakers to invest. The industry’s relatively recent emergence on the world stage has been driven by the expansion of BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen (VW), whose South African factories make vehicles for Europe and other major markets, while Ford and Toyota have also allocated global roles to their plants in the country. Moreover, China’s BAIC is now moving in, constructing a 100,000-unit factory which represents the biggest single automotive investment in the country…

  • Composites take shape

    October 12th 2017

    Pressing and forming technology for composite materials are a key part of modern automotive production. AMS looks at the latest developments

  • Ford Craiova starts making EcoSport

    October 12th 2017

    Romania – The company said that it switched to European production in place of exports from Chennai, India, in order to meet rising demand. The change required an investment of €200m ($235.8m)…

  • Ford’s focus on the future

    October 10th 2017

    Periodically, Ford decides that it needs a non-automotive leader to effect major change as market shifts demand new ways of running the giant corporation. Back in 2006, it recruited Alan Mullaly from Boeing, whose solution to the OEM’s problems at the time was the One Ford strategy. His successor, in 2014, was a long-time Ford man, Mark Fields, but with Ford’s financial performance failing to impress shareholders, Fields was ousted after less than three years and Jim Hackett, a renowned turnaround specialist, arrived in May 2017…

  • Ford and Mahindra consider strategic alliance

    September 18th 2017

    India – The two companies announced that their teams will work together for up to three years to explore potential areas of cooperation, before any further collaboration is confirmed. A statement from the OEMs said their alliance would “leverage the benefits of Ford’s global reach and expertise and Mahindra’s scale in India and successful operating model”…

  • Colonised by China

    September 5th 2017

    South-East Asia has long been a catch that Western and even Korean vehicle-makers have failed to land, with its population of 650m people significantly under-represented in vehicle ownership. But the Chinese are now mounting their most serious attack yet on the domination of Japanese brands in the region, after Geely was announced in May as the new foreign partner of Malaysia’s struggling Proton Cars, beating France’s PSA Group. Geely, which also owns Volvo, joins a list of Chinese vehicle-makers targeting South-East Asia. For example, SAIC is expanding its Thai operations and the SAIC-General Motors brand Wuling, which this year is launching a car designed for Indonesia, has built a new factory there…