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View From the Bridge - March 17

As the lubes industry continues to grow, the influence of a fragile global economy and unpredictable political outcomes in Europe and elsewhere may yet derail the positive market.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, GM, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

15th March, 2017        

PSA buys GM's European operations

French car maker buys European manufacturing and brands from US auto giant.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, GM, OEM Equipment

6th March, 2017        

Light vehicle sales rise 7.3% in 2015

Chinese vehicle deliveries rose to 21.1m cars last year as a late surge lifted sales

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

2nd February, 2016        

VW hit by fraud and emissions crisis

German carmaker VW has been rocked by an apparently wide-ranging crisis involving alleged fraud through use of 'defeat devices' in the US and Europe.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, Ford, GM, N America, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

30th September, 2015        

China's auto market to grow 1.4% in 2015

Amidst major economic headwinds, the sector struggles to meet 7% growth estimates

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

27th September, 2015        

OEM mixed response to Russia's plunging auto market

Russia's poor automarket will see GM idle its plant in St. Petersburg while Nissan has suspended its production for 16 days, but Ford is deepening its ties in the country.

Tags: automotive industry, Ford, GM, Nissan, OEM Equipment, Russia

24th March, 2015        

View from the Bridge - China, January 15

China's 2014 GDP figures may be off target, but automotive and lubes producers remain bullish about the years ahead.

Tags: China, GM, Total, View from the Bridge

6th January, 2015        

GM to invest heavily in China

The US car giant is looking to best rival VW in the Chinese market

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

21st December, 2014        

China to penalize automakers that fall behind fuel targets

The government is planning to name and shame substandard manufacturers in a bid to improve fuel economy

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, CO2 emissions, GM, hybrids, Nissan, OEM Equipment, Porsche

26th October, 2014        

Vehicle recalls hit supply chains

The cause and effect of vehicle recalls is complex, wide-ranging and potentially dangerous.

Tags: automotive industry, GM, OEM Equipment

24th June, 2014        

China’s car sales rise 8% in March

Fear of purchasing restrictions in major cities has lead to panic buying, inflating vehicle sales

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, General Motors, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

24th April, 2014        

OEM parts data is needed for safety and commerce

OEM parts data is vital for professional automotive recyclers and could prevent delays in identifying faults according to the trade body.

Tags: automotive industry, Chevrolet, GM, N America, OEM Equipment

8th April, 2014        

In-store review ban - what does it mean for 'real' business?

In-store reviews are popular but are open to abuse and were deleted by Google. But are there legitimate solutions for on-site customer reviews.

Tags: GM, Google, Internet marketing

8th April, 2014        

Automotive marketing: internet is king

GM and VW both use cross-channel, cross-device marketing via the internet for their latest campaigns and consumer technologies.

Tags: automotive industry, GM, Internet marketing, Mobile technology, Volkswagen

6th March, 2014        

More recalls for Toyota and GM models

Toyota, Lexus and GM announce recalls for electrical problems

Tags: automotive industry, GM, Mazda, N America, OEM and automotive, Toyota

3rd March, 2014        

Consumer electronics and the automotive industry

There is increasing convergence of consumer electronics and the automotive industry.

Tags: automotive industry, GM, Mobile technology, OEM Equipment, Renault

12th February, 2014        

Auto sales strong in China for 2013

Car sales in China top 22m units last year, foreign brands driving growth

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, GM, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

13th January, 2014        

Next generation of Dexos ahead of schedule

GM will be launching the next generation of GM dexos global oil specification in 2015.

Tags: Dexos, GF-6, GM, Lubes tech

9th January, 2014        

Sales of light vehicles jump 16% in November

China's car market continues to grow, helped by recovery of Japanese brands

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Ford, GM, Great Wall, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

15th December, 2013        

New regulations could make China's small automakers disappear

China's government implements new vehicle regulations which could spell doom for small vehicle makers

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, GM, OEM Equipment, Shell, Toyota

13th October, 2013        

Eco Ultra Synthetic Blend Motor Oil awarded Dexos1 licence

Universal Lubricants announced that its Eco Ultra Synthetic Blend Motor Oil has been awarded a dexos1 licence as new CEO takes up the reins.

Tags: bio lubes, Dexos, GM, North America, OEM Equipment, waste

2nd September, 2013        

GM appoints China head, splits from international unit

GM is set to drive its China operations as a separate unit from the rest of its international division.

Tags: automotive industry, China, GM, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Volvo

23rd August, 2013        

Auto brands battle for China dominance

GM, Toyota, BMW and VW amongst the leaders fighting for share of Chinese market

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, Europe, GM, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

28th July, 2013        

VW and GM failed to qualify for ‘green’ energy subsidies

Auto giants fall short of requirements and unlawfully gain financial benefits

Tags: China, Environment, regulatory and standards, GM, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

28th July, 2013        

Sky-high price for skyline place

Chinese investors aim to buy iconic GM building in New York

Tags: And finally, China, China and finally, GM, North America

22nd March, 2013        

China car sales grow 20% in first 2 months

SUVs and MPVs drive China car sales at start of 2013

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, GM, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

22nd March, 2013        

China vehicle sales and output explode in January

New vehicle sales and production still buoyant despite expanding used-car market.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Ford, GM, Holly, Nissan, OEM and automotive

22nd February, 2013        

GM to invest $1bn in China plant

Western car maker looks to South West China for latest production centres

Tags: automotive industry, China, GM, OEM and automotive

24th December, 2012        

Swedish carmaker Saab may rise from the ashes

Saab may yet survive with Chinese help, but as an EV manufacturer.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, GM, OEM and automotive

25th June, 2012        

SAIC board approve sale of 1% JV stake to GM

Shanghai Automotive has approved a deal that will strengthen GM's strategic position.

Tags: automotive industry, China, GM, North America, OEM and automotive

25th June, 2012        

Foreign carmakers fuel Chinese auto stockpile

Auto manufacturing expansion continues as China sales slow

Tags: BMW, China, GM, innovation, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

25th June, 2012        

Renault and GM to step up production in central China

Two auto majors to use joint venture to expand Chinese-based manufacturing operations

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, GM, OEM and automotive, Renault

23rd February, 2012        

China to limit foreign investment in auto sector

Overseas car makers are set to have their ambitions trimmed when it comes to investing in China's auto industry.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Ford, GM, OEM and automotive, Toyota, Volkswagen

23rd January, 2012        

Saab finally goes under

Swedish car brand finally declared bankrupt despite last-ditch efforts to save it.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, GM, OEM and automotive, Scandinavia

23rd December, 2011        

View from the Bridge - China (Nov 2011)

The Chinese economy continues to grow, although tough decisions may be required in the manufacturing sector. VW is set to be come the top global automaker.

Tags: automotive industry, China, GM, Toyota, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

25th October, 2011        

Volvo sales boosted by China

Volvo's global sales have been boosted by a buoyant Chinese market, along with Ford and Mercedes, but GM dips slightly.

Tags: Chevrolet, China, Corporate News, Ford, GM, OEM and automotive, Volvo

16th June, 2011        

Conference shows China auto strength

Major auto manufacturers and OEMs look ahead to a prosperous Chinese market at a Shanghai conference

Tags: automotive industry, China, Ford, GM, innovation, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

11th May, 2011        

Flights of fantasy in LA

Auto design studios dream-up lightweight cars of the future for LA Auto Show

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, GM, N America, Volvo

24th November, 2010        

Dexos lists published as GM takes on ILSAC

GM's list of licenced products has been published along with some challenging words, but some lubes producers are playing catch-up and Citgo announces GF-5 equivalent.

Tags: Dexos, GM, Lubes news

25th October, 2010        

dexos2 own-brand lubes launched by GM

GM subsidiary, Vauxhall, has launched the first own-brand lubricants range under the new Dexos2 specification

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, GM, Lubes news

7th June, 2010        

Dexos licences will pay for $50m development programme

GM's Dexos specification testing to be funded by licence and blending fees.

Tags: automotive industry, GM, Lubes news

8th April, 2010        

Lubes News - Bulletin 112 (Apr 10)

API's SN standard faces challenges; Dexos fees to change as Infineum is first in line; Ford joins the myth-busters; UAE sets the base oil pace in Middle East; and Gulf takes marine operation to the Americas.

Tags: AOCA, API, Dexos, Ford, GF-5, GM, ILSAC, Infineum

1st April, 2010        

Corporate News - Bulletin 106 (Oct 09)

Chevron gains a new Chairman; GM and ILSAC lose a key figure; PTT buys into Total's blending operations and Rhein Chemie opens in China.

Tags: Chevron, GM, Shell, Total

3rd October, 2009        

Corporate News - Bulletin 103 (Jun 09)

The Fiat, Chrysler, GM, Magna loop is finally closed; Shell undergoes a major restructure; Chevron and ExxonMobil have a busy month and there is plenty of activity in Malaysia.

Tags: automotive industry, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Fiat, GM, magna, Shell

7th June, 2009        


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