automotive industry


Saudi vehicle sales could rise with new women drivers

Saudi Arabia could see 60,000 new vehicle sales per year with the removal of the ban on women drivers.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Middle East

9th November, 2017        

US vehicle market hits dip in the road

New auto sales in the US are continuing to decline, which could have a longer-term impact onthe lubes sector.

Tags: ACC, Australasia, automotive industry, Lubes marketing, US

7th September, 2017        

View From The Bridge - July 2017

Lubes specs, marketing and consumer education - along with the rise and rise of EVs - are the topics of discussion in the edition of the OATS Bulletin

Tags: API, automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

12th July, 2017        

More British parts for British car production

New research has found that manufacturers are boosting investment in the UK automotive supply chain.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

11th July, 2017        

US Automatic Transmission Fluid Survey reveals quality and integrity issues

Misleading labelling and confusion over ATF specifications have been revealed in the Petroleum Quality Institute of America's Automatic Transmission Fluid Survey.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, PQIA, US

8th July, 2017        

View From The Bridge - May 2017

The global legislative drive to reduce the burn of fossil fuels and enhance air quality is setting challenges for the lubricants industry as OEMs are forced to seek alternative power sources for vehicles and other modes of transport. How the industry responds will be critical over the next few years.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment, Europe, Lubricants, Russia, Toyota, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

8th May, 2017        

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        

BP, Castrol and McLaren sign deal

Lubes and fuel technology ties up with British supercar producer.

Tags: automotive industry, BP, Europe, motorsport, OEM Equipment

6th 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        

US boosts fuel economy research as India questions its own new regs

As the US DOE invests in new research aimed at understanding powertrain efficiency through automated and connected vehicles, Indian scientists question the rigour of new passenger car fuel consumption standards.

Tags: automotive industry, drivetrains, India, Lubes tech, N America

6th March, 2017        

UK car production set for record high

New vehicle output from the UK is likely to be the highest since the start of the Millennium.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Nissan, OEM Equipment

31st December, 2016        

Road tourism set to boost lubes aftermarket

Increased travel for sightseeing in China and India could be significant factors in boosting global lubes sales according to new research.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, India, Lubes marketing, N America

31st December, 2016        

Haynes acquires OATS

Technical publisher Haynes has bought lubricants database specialist OATS.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, OATS

30th December, 2016        

Chinese Internet Companies target EV market

A number of Chinese internet service providers are setting up EV production plants.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Internet Marketing, electric vehicles, Internet marketing

22nd August, 2016        

Indian light vehicle market to hit 4m this year

Production of new light vehicles continues to rise, with 6.5m units likely by 2022.

Tags: automotive industry, India, OEM Equipment

22nd August, 2016        

PC-11 made simple?

Infineum helps to de-mystify the PC-11 categories with a useful online campaign.

Tags: automotive industry, Infineum, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

22nd August, 2016        

Shell India has ambitious plans

Shell's plans include the launch of a new diesel engine oil, a continuing partnership with OEMs and collaboration on the 'Shell Concept car' .

Tags: automotive industry, India, Lubes marketing, Shell

31st May, 2016        

Africa Automotive lubricants significant market growth projection.

Growth in the automotive sector and purchasing power of consumers is increasing the lubricants market.

Tags: Africa, automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

31st May, 2016        

New Russian HDMO standard

Regulators have introduced a new standard for heavy-duty motor oils effective next year in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Tags: ACC, automotive industry, Lubes tech, Russia

31st May, 2016        

New FA-4 engine oil symbol revealed

The American Petroleum Institute (API) will introduce a special service symbol “donut” for API FA-4 diesel engine oil.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

31st May, 2016        

Petro-Canada introduces Lube 360 Product Selector

Petro-Canada Lubricants has launched an online tool to help fleets select the right lubricants for their vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, N America, OEM Equipment

11th April, 2016        

The future remains bright for the internal combustion engine

Experts at the Detroit Fuel Economy conference believe there is a bright future for the internal combustion engine with greater efficiencies to come.

Tags: automotive industry, Ford, Lubes tech

4th April, 2016        

China car sales to grow 8% in 2016

New car sales will hit 23m units this year as total vehicle fleet swells

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

29th February, 2016        

PC-11 split becomes reality

The PC-11 heavy-duty engine oil split categorisation has been agreed by the API.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

24th February, 2016        

Beijing relaxes rules for dealers

Government will ease restrictions to allow dealers to clear inventory

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

2nd February, 2016        

Global Base Oil market 2015-2020

The Global Base Oil market will be worth US$30.9 bn by 2020, donw $3,6bn from 2014, according to Transparency Market Research.

Tags: APAC, automotive industry, base oil, Lubes marketing

4th January, 2016        

Aston's 90 second oil change

The Nexcel removable container packages oil and filter into one unit and takes only 90 seconds for an oil change.

Tags: automotive industry, Castrol, motorsport, OEM Equipment

27th November, 2015        

Real-time fuel economy emissions figures become available

Masternaut are launching an OEM fuel economy database while Peugeot-Citroen will publish real-world fuel economy figures.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

31st October, 2015        

VW could lose trust in China in race against Toyota

Reputational damage may slow VW in its global sales race against Toyota

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, CO2 emissions, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

31st October, 2015        

Light vehicles sales pick up in China

Sales rose 3.3% in September on strong SUV growth

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

24th October, 2015        

Shell introduces engine oils for NEVs

The Anglo-Dutch major has pioneered two new lubricants for trucks and buses in China

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

27th September, 2015        

Fiat Chrysler agrees record penalties over recalls

Fiat Chrysler is likely to face a $105m civil penalty over US safety recalls.

Tags: automotive industry, Chrysler, Fiat, N America, OEM and automotive

6th August, 2015        

Car 'hacking' prompts calls for new auto security laws

Computer hackers demonstrate how they can control a Jeep remotely, prompting calls for legislation in the US.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Mobile technology, N America

6th August, 2015        

CAAM cuts auto growth forecast in half

China’s auto industry body predicts sales will grow by just 3% this year, down from 7% in January

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

28th July, 2015        

Spot the difference: Porsche vs Zotye

A Chinese carmaker has caused a stir with a copycat Macan, but cheap SUVs might actually be helping foreign carmakers

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

28th July, 2015        

Lamborghini’s factory and headquarters become CO2 Neutral

Automobili Lamborghini Sant’Agata Bolognese factory is the first company to get Co2 neutral certification.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, OEM Equipment

13th July, 2015        

Hyundai's unique view of the Genesis Coupe

Hyundai's new art installation at the Hyundai Motorstudio Seoul, highlights engineering precision and a unique perspective on the modern automobile.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, OEM Equipment

5th July, 2015        

Brand new TVR sports car being developed

TVR is developing a brand new sports car in colllaboration with Gordon Murray Design and Cosworth.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

5th July, 2015        

Samsung see-through truck

Samsung has developed an experimental truck which allows drivers to see what's ahead to allow them to overtake safely.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Russia, S America

30th June, 2015        

Putting together a really big CAT

The Cat® 797 Mining Truck delivers 4,000 horsepower and weighs more than a million pounds. There's even a video to show how this monster is assembled.

Tags: automotive industry, mining, OEM Equipment

9th June, 2015        

The perfect Porsche lap app

Porsche Track Precision is a new smartphone app which records data for Porsche owners taking their supercars on race circuits.

Tags: automotive industry, motorsport, OEM Equipment, Porsche

9th June, 2015        

US sales of performance vehicles is accelerating

US sales of performance vehicles is faster than global growth despite emissions laws and fuel economy requirements.

Tags: automotive industry, Ford, Lubes marketing, N America

9th June, 2015        

What a difference a differential makes!

Here's a delightful vintage explanation of how a differential works.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Bikes, N America

5th June, 2015        

Takata airbag recall

34 million vehicles have been recalled in the US due to deaths and injuries associated with Takata airbags.

Tags: automotive industry, Japan, N America, OEM Equipment

3rd June, 2015        

UK driving test is 80

The UK driving test had its 80th birthday on 1st June, but how does it compare to other countries?

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, S America

2nd June, 2015        

Alibaba pushes into automotive sector

Chinese e-commerce giant teams up with carmakers on big data, financing and sales

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Internet Marketing, e-commerce, Internet marketing

25th May, 2015        

Auto sales slow in China

Amid an economic slowdown new vehicles sales continue to decline

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

25th May, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 171

The UNITI Conference provided thought-provoking insights into the future of the European and global automotive and lubricants industries - from multiple propulsion solutions to ultra-thin engine oils.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, ExxonMobil, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

12th May, 2015        

US average fuel economy shows slow improvement

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. increased 0.2 mpg between February and March, according to a report.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

11th May, 2015        

Live auto braking and driver assistance demonstration

Thatcham made an impact without making an impact as nearly 50 fleet and transport managers from all industry sectors joined their live Auto Braking and Driver Assistance demonstrations.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volvo

7th May, 2015        

VW hunt for new chairman could be stormy

The chairman of the carmaker Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piech, has resigned after a power struggle with chief executive Martin Winterkorn leaving a chellenge to find his replacement.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

5th May, 2015        

Ultra-low emissions cars hit UK record

Ultra-low emission registrations are up 386% on the first quarter of 2014.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, electric vehicles, Europe, Lubes marketing

5th May, 2015        

Strong UK domestic car manufacturing market

More than 250,000 UK cars have been built in the first two months of 2015.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

31st March, 2015        

View from the Bridge - China, April 15

China's latest clampdown on pollution and vehicle emissions, along with volatile domestic and export sales of cars and trucks, is creating challenges for both lubes producers and vehicle makers.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

26th March, 2015        

ChemChina buys Pirelli

State-owned chemical giant buys one of the world's largest tyre brands.

Tags: automotive industry, China OEM Equipment, Europe, OEM Equipment

25th March, 2015        

Consumer group says EU must change fuel consumption tests

Class actions have been launched against Fiat and Volkswagen fuel consumption tests by European consumer group, BEUC.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Fiat, Lubes tech, Volkswagen

25th March, 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        

KPMG's Global Automotive Executive Survey 2015

Report by KPMG assesses the current state and future prospects of the worldwide automotive industry.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing

24th March, 2015        

Domestic automakers struggle at home and abroad

Exports fell in 2014 as home markets shrunk, causing concern for Chinese carmakers

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

22nd March, 2015        

The all-new Mazda MX-5

Production of the all-new Mazda MX-5 has started at Mazda’s Ujina No.1 plant in Hiroshima.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Japan, Mazda, OEM Equipment

10th March, 2015        

European new car CO2 emissions fall

Average CO2 emissions for new cars in Europe fell by at leats 2g/km with Renault recording the lowest average emissions, according to a JATO Dynamics report.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech, Renault, Scandinavia

10th March, 2015        

Russian automotive lubricants consumption on the rise

Russia’s automotive lubricants consumption is set to grow by around 3% annually, according to a report.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Russia

6th March, 2015        

Rolls-Royce plans all-terrain vehicle

Rolls-Royce is planning a new SUV or, in RR-speak, a "high-bodied vehicle".

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes marketing, OEM Equipment

6th March, 2015        

View from the Bridge 168

Europe, Russia and the Ukraine all hark back to the 30s, but there are positive signs in the auto industry and connectivity drives technology.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubricants, Russia, View from the Bridge

12th February, 2015        

Shell Lubricants and Hyundai maintain their collaboration

Shell to remain preferred aftermarket motor oil supplier for Hyundai worldwide for the next five years.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, motorsport, OEM Equipment, Shell

9th February, 2015        

Toyota evaluates SiC tech to improve electric powertrains.

Toyota will evaluate the performance of new power semi-conductors that use a silicon carbide (SiC) material, fitted to a Camry hybrid saloon prototype and a hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Japan, Lubes tech, Toyota

9th February, 2015        

Ford and a German University to collaborate on personal mobility

Ford and RWTH Aachen University have collaborated to launch the Personal Mobility Experience Innovation project.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Ford, Mobile technology, OEM Equipment

9th February, 2015        

Cautious optimism in the auto industry for 2015

2014 saw the EU's first positive annual sales result in the auto industry.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, OEM Equipment

9th February, 2015        

$1.9m rusty French sports car

A 1949 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB par Saoutchik has just sold for $1.9m, with 35 years-worth of rust included.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

8th February, 2015        

Surprising recovery for China's domestic auto brands

Despite falling sales for many of China's automakers some fared better than others

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

20th January, 2015        

Toyota's future in China mixed

Despite ambitious expansion plans, Toyota dealers are looking worried as vehicles remain unsold.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Toyota

20th January, 2015        

Internet and on-demand mobility could cut US car ownership

Light vehicle sales in the US continue to rise, but buying habits are definitely changing according to a new report.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, N America

12th January, 2015        

Honda's $70m fine

Honda has been fined $35m for not reporting death and injury complaints, and another $35m for not reporting warranty and customer satisfaction claims.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, N America, OEM Equipment

11th January, 2015        

Vehicle autonomy in action - driverless car sets new record

Audi's driverless concept car clocks up 550 miles while Mercedes has built the driverless F015 which has a zero-emission hydrogen-electric hybrid engine and Bosch has developed an automated system for cars in traffic jams.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, N America

9th January, 2015        

Automakers and oil producers consolidate in Russian markets

A shaky ruble has affected the Russian car market significantly, as the nation's oil producers seek co-operative strength.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, OEM Equipment, Rosneft, Russia

6th January, 2015        

China - an automotive accident waiting to happen?

Thatcham Research Future Vehicle Engineer, Andrew Hooker, examines the tensions for automakers in the Chinese market. In particular challenge of low-grade metals and lube recycling on the country's accident repair industry.

Tags: automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Environment, Lubricants, waste, white papers

24th December, 2014        

The world’s quietest limo ride

Maybach launches long-wheelabase Mercedes to China market with chauffeur-friendly features

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, China and finally, Daimler

24th November, 2014        

The two sides of Honda

Honda's clever use of video to show two sides of the same model takes video marketing to a new level.

Tags: automotive industry, Internet marketing, Mobile technology

8th November, 2014        

Strong growth predicted for independent lubricants manufacturers' market

New research predicts independent lubricants manufacturers' market will reach US$8.5bn by 2019.

Tags: automotive industry, base oil, Lubes marketing

7th November, 2014        

Tenneco opens commercial vehicle R&D facility in China

US truck giant to capitalize on increasingly stringent emission controls

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, N America

26th October, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 165

OATS launches a dynamic new data platform - earlFUSION; the Eurozone could slide back into recession; Russian sanctions bite on automotive industry and the spread of Ebola virus could take a massive toll.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Russia, View from the Bridge

9th October, 2014        

Smart headlights could stop glare danger

US scientists have come up with an ingenious headlight system that can avoid glare but pinpoint objects in the road at night.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, N America

9th October, 2014        

Foreign carmakers continue building spree

Ford, Hyundai and VW have all slated new plants for construction in China

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, Ford, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

18th September, 2014        

Great Wall releases new taxi lube

Chinese oil major pioneers a lubricant for tough taxi conditions

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, CNPC, Great Wall, OEM Equipment

18th September, 2014        

Car crashes - gender makes all the difference says US research

Car accidents happen at different times and in different ways depending on gender, according to a study from Kansa State University.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, N America

5th September, 2014        

OEMs need to focus on driveline to retain FWD market

OEMs need to work on new driveline technology to meet consumer demands in the four-wheel-drive market.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, N America, OEM Equipment

4th September, 2014        

Nissan rejects Maruti Suzuki in favour of Mitsubishi

Nissan has decided against sourcing any further cars from Maruti Suzuki. It will jointly build them with minicar partner Mitsubishi.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Japan, Nissan, OEM and automotive

3rd September, 2014        

Ferrari aims at 20% cut in CO2 by 2021

Ferrari will use turbochargers on V-8 engines and hybrid systems on V-12s to reduce CO2.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Ferrari, Lubes tech

3rd September, 2014        

Euro fuel tests to tighten as US LV consumption figures fall

EU regulators are trying to close loopholes in fuel saving and emissions credentials, while MIT reveals fall in US fuel consumption for light vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech, N America

3rd September, 2014        

Automakers under pressure in anti-trust probe

Foreign carmakers are coming under fire for their Chinese pricing strategies

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

20th August, 2014        

US has ageing car challenge

US vehicle age has reached an all time average high and is set to increase according to a new report

Tags: automotive industry, N America, OEM Equipment

12th August, 2014        

Wake up call

A new seatbelt system has been developed to detect if drivers are falling asleep at the wheel.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

11th August, 2014        

New Porsche Classic Lubricant

Porsche Classic has developed a dedicated oil targeted at older 356 and 911 models.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, N America, OEM Equipment, Porsche

8th July, 2014        

Multi-purpose trucking means lubricant rethink for fleet operators

Heavy duty trucks which operate night and day may be putting a strain on their engine oil, according to Chevron.

Tags: automotive industry, Chevron, Lubes tech, Lubricants

8th July, 2014        

Delay in development of PC-11 and GF-6 engine oils

Testing schedules are likely to lead to delays in development and the new specification launch

Tags: API, automotive industry, GF-6, Lubes tech, Lubricants

4th July, 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 to scrap clunkers in anti-pollution drive

In a bid to tackle pollution Chinese authorities aim to take 5.3m polluting vehicles off the road by the end of the year

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

15th June, 2014        

Independent global lubes market to reach $8.5bn

New research shows growth, but challenges, for lubes before the end of the decade

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, bio lubes, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, US

9th June, 2014        

Weight loss for cars

Ford has unveiled its latest Lightweight Concept vehicle in its drive to increase vehicle efficiency

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Ford, N America, OEM and automotive

5th June, 2014        

Lubes retailers face new challenges with thin oils.

Newly developed ultra-thin oils will have ompatibility and labelling issues for retailers.

Tags: API, automotive industry, GF-6, Japan, Lubes tech, Lubricants

4th June, 2014        

Japanese consortium to extract greater engine economy

Japanese car manufacturers and universities have teamed up to further improve engine efficiency

Tags: automotive industry, Japan, Lubes tech, Lubricants

4th June, 2014        

European Commission strategy for truck and bus CO2 emissions

New European Commission regulation on emissions for trucks and buses has met with criticism from trade bodies

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

2nd June, 2014        

Google's self-driving cars

Google has revealed the prototypes of its new self-driving cars.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Google, Lubes marketing, North America

28th May, 2014        

Tencent expands into auto sector

Chinese internet giants buys navigation data and teams up with Shell for roadside assistance

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, Mobile technology, OEM Equipment, shale, Shell

23rd May, 2014        

Big data gives insight into car buyer behaviour

A Baidu report reveals the search habits of Chinese vehicle enthusiasts

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Internet Marketing, Internet marketing

23rd May, 2014        

Hydrogen cell powers Toyota cars and buildings

Toyota is using its soon-to-be launched hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its US HQ.

Tags: automotive industry, bio fuels, N America, OEM Equipment, Toyota

13th May, 2014        

Indian company to assemble BMW engines

Force Motors will assemble BMW engines in its new factory in Tamil Nadu.

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, Europe, India, OEM and automotive

13th May, 2014        

Recalls hit Toyota for six (million)

Toyota has issued global recall notices for millions of vehicles because of a number of safety issues.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, OEM Equipment, Toyota

13th May, 2014        

Domestic commercial vehicles hit sales slump in India

Sales of domestic commercial vehicles in India declined 20.2 per cent in 2013-14

Tags: automotive industry, India, Lubes marketing

12th May, 2014        

New Advanced Engine Fluids consortium

Southwest Research Institute® launches the Advanced Engine Fluids (AEF) to study fuel and lubricant chemistry and its effects on engine combustion.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

12th May, 2014        

10% rise in European car sales

March has seen a rise in European car sales for the seventh consecutive month.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes marketing, Volkswagen

6th May, 2014        

Gujarat auto component makers increase exports

Slow domestic OEM demand forces Gujarat auto-component makers to look to export as the solution.

Tags: automotive industry, India, OEM Equipment

6th May, 2014        

Beijing auto show a hit

118 new models were exhibited at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, China OEM Equipment, Chrysler, General Motors, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

28th April, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, May 2014

China's economic growth has significant bonuses for the lubes and automotive industries but could be constrained by the challenges of pollution and emissions control. Domestic manufacturers could fail in the EV sector against overseas rivals.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, electric vehicles, View from the Bridge

27th April, 2014        

Chinese automakers look to Africa for growth

Under increasing pressure in their domestic market, carmakers are looking further afield for sales

Tags: Africa, automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, electric vehicles, OEM Equipment

8th 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        

US truck manufacturers' optimism

US truck manufacturers and component suppliers are expecting 2014 to be a big year.

Tags: automotive industry, N America, OEM Equipment

7th April, 2014        

Indian Lubricants Market ranked third in the world.

The latest Kline report ranks India third after the US and China in the global lubricants market.

Tags: automotive industry, India, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

7th April, 2014        

Driving is an emotional activity

Emotions affect how people drive - an on-board emotion detector shows promising results.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry

21st March, 2014        

The ultimate in car seat comfort

Faurecia has developed a seat for rear passengers in chauffeured vehicles.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

10th March, 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        

View from the Bridge - China, March 2014

China and overseas OEM relationships could change the domestic manufacturer landscape and have implications for domestic lubes producers.

Tags: automotive industry, Great Wall, View from the Bridge

26th February, 2014        

Autonomous detection for autonomous vehicles

The way a tiger beetle avoids obstacles could apply to autonomous vehicles.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry

25th February, 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        

Ford Fiesta joins the social media mix

Ford relaunches Fiesta in US using social media campaign in 2014.

Tags: automotive industry, Ford, Internet marketing, N America, Twitter

11th February, 2014        

Mandatory vehicle recalls likely in India

The Indian government is set to have a policy of mandatory vehicle recalls.

Tags: automotive industry, Chevrolet, India, OEM Equipment

11th February, 2014        

Renault concept car gets off to a flying start

Renault's new concept car the Kwid includes a flying quadcopter drone.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Renault

10th February, 2014        

En route to more efficient catalytic converters

A new scientific process could lead to a cheaper, smaller and more fuel-efficient catalytic converter.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

8th February, 2014        

New development absorbs engine hydrocarbons

BASF has launched an automotive air intake system hydrocarbon trap.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Lubes tech, N America

8th February, 2014        

Shell Pakistan and Daewoo Express landmark deal

Shell Pakistan will supply lubricants to Pakistan's Daewoo bus fleet.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Shell

5th February, 2014        

Volvo and Shanxi sign strategic partnership

Technology agreement with construction partner to expand Swedish carmaker's share in China’s CE sector

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment, Scandinavia, Volvo

13th January, 2014        

Are cars to blame for Beijing’s pollution?

Scientists disagree on the cause of smog in the capital as regulations continue.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Lubes Tech, CO2 emissions, Lubes tech

13th January, 2014        

UK Truck and commercial vehicle sales increase

The UK truck market has reached its highest level for five years according to the SMMT

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

13th January, 2014        

Online car buying and digital dealerships

Car retailing is changing from traditional dealerships to online.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

9th January, 2014        

Fake classic cars on the rise

Huge price tags on genuine vintage and classic cars is leading to more fakes on the market.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry

8th January, 2014        

API launches Motor Oil Matters Pilot Program

MOM is set to protect API's lubes standards as the Institute also launches its new EOLCS website

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubricants, N America, OEM Equipment

8th January, 2014        

Ice truck is ultimate battery test

Canadian Tire uses a truck made of ice to temperature test its batteries.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, North America

7th January, 2014        

Car 'brains' insight could help roadbuilders

New technology could help road infrastructure design by tapping into car 'brains'.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Nissan, Volvo

9th December, 2013        

Daimler buys 12% stake in BAIC

In an unprecedented transaction, the German auto giant buys in to a Chinese manufacturer and takes a controlling share.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, Daimler, Europe, OEM Equipment

9th December, 2013        

Everclear faces standards issues

A stop-sale order has been issued for Everclear certain lubes in the US.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

9th December, 2013        

Japanese Manufacturers are turning to turbo

Toyota is one of several automotive manufacturers who are turning to next generation turbo/petrol engines

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, OEM Equipment, Toyota

6th December, 2013        

Caterham launches motorcyle division

UK-based sports car group, Caterham, is set to launch a motorcycle range.

Tags: automotive industry, Bikes, Europe, OEM Equipment

6th December, 2013        

Peugeot seeks new OEM partner to launch Hybrid Air

PSA is set to launch its new battery-free petrol car technology but is looking for a new partner to help meet the 2016 production schedule.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

5th December, 2013        

Ford doesn't 'escape' recalls

Ford forced to recall more of its Escape crossover after fire reports.

Tags: automotive industry, Ford, N America, OEM Equipment

28th November, 2013        

Brazil is the sixth largest lubricants market

Brazilian light vehicle sales have more than doubled since 2000 and the lubes market has grown exponentially according to a new report.

Tags: automotive industry, Brazil, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

27th November, 2013        

Augmented reality applications on the rise

The number of people who use augmented reality applications is increasing rapidly. with car and bike makers quick to catch on.

Tags: automotive industry, Bikes, Europe, Internet marketing

25th November, 2013        

Beijing cuts auto-sales by 40% in anti-pollution drive

Policy makers are keen to curb smog in China's increasingly polluted capital with further radical measures on vehicle ownership.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

16th November, 2013        

The Ultimate Destruction Experience

A BMW owner is so disgruntled with a lack of response to his car's mechanical problems he decides to take his frustrations out on the car itself.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, BMW, Europe

12th November, 2013        

Unexplained traffic jams - MIT has the answer.

Research suggests that variable, adaptive cruise-control systems could prevent unexplained traffic jams.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry

11th November, 2013        

Oman Oil launches own-brand lubes

Omanoil has established its own local product range designed specifically for the challenging climate of the Sultanate..

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, marine, Middle East

11th November, 2013        

Ford's self-parking car

Ford has unveiled its first self-parking (and un-parking) car

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Ford

30th October, 2013        

Minis to have engine and safety revamp

Minis are set for a new engine range, suspension and driver safety technology.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Mini, OEM Equipment

25th October, 2013        

Honda & Castrol tie supplier and tech deal

Honda Motor Europe has inked a deal with Castrol to co-brand a new range of low-viscosity lubricants.

Tags: automotive industry, Castrol, Europe, hybrids, Lubes marketing

25th October, 2013        

World's largest dump truck

Belarusian truck-maker BELAZ has launched a giant 450t-capacity mining dump truck.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, mining, Russia

21st October, 2013        

Global Lubricant Demand Growth Outlook: 2013-2023

RPS Energy's Stuart Speding examines regional economic prospects; how vehicle ownership will driver lubricants growth and the role of distributors and marketing in the next decade.

Tags: automotive industry, base oil, white papers

14th October, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 153

PMIs are generally on the up, despite the threat to the world's economy from the US Budget battle. Automotive PMI is volatile and lubes marketers will need all the digital support then can get.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

14th October, 2013        

New Code of Practice launched by ATIEL

Code of Practice Issue 19 has been released by the technical association of the European lubricants industry.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants

11th October, 2013        

Manufacturers are making more alternative-fuel vehicles

The Frankfurt Auto Show has revealed automakers are bringing out more electric versions of existing vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, hybrids, OEM Equipment

11th October, 2013        

Gesture recognition is within sight

Car manufacturers are already devising gesture recognition for managing complex vehicle functions.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Toyota, Volvo

10th October, 2013        

OATS powers African online tool for lube choice

Engen Ghana has launched an online tool to help customers choose the best oil for their vehicles with help from OATS

Tags: Africa, automotive industry, Europe, Internet marketing, Mobile technology, OATS

10th October, 2013        

Control engineering keeps engine performance with lower CO2

An internal combustion engine has been developed that emits less than half the CO2 of a regular engine.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

9th October, 2013        

UK companies aim at increased presence in China markets

Afton Chemical delivers an important paper which hints at aiming at Chinese markets, while Infineum forms a WOFE

Tags: Afton Chemical, automotive industry, China, China Lubes Marketing, Europe, Infineum, Lubes marketing

5th October, 2013        

Back in the fold

Korea's folding car could solve the world's parking problems

Tags: And finally, Asia, automotive industry, Europe

30th September, 2013        

Optimistic China 2018 engine oil forecast released

Lubes predictions show continued growth for next five years.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

25th September, 2013        

Volvo and Geely disagree on branding

Automakers in dispute over direction of China-based brand

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Scandinavia, Volvo

25th September, 2013        

Truck market sees moderate recovery

China truck sector vehicle sales slightly increase year-on-year.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, OEM Equipment

23rd September, 2013        

New lubricant business for Hyundai Oilbank

South Korea's Hyundai Oilbank is taking on the domestic and overseas engine oil market with a new range

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Shell

18th September, 2013        

Range Rover 's first Hybrid put to the test

Land Rover is putting its first hybrid vehicle through a gruelling final engineering test - a trip half way around the world.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Europe, hybrids, OEM Equipment, Russia

9th September, 2013        

Vehicle research awarded $45M grant

US Energy Department has awarded $45M in grants for vehicle research.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Ford, Lubes tech, N America

9th September, 2013        

Shell wants closer links between OEMs and lubricant suppliers

Truck cost of ownership can be reduced by links between OEMs and lubricant suppliers according to oil major

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubricants, OEM Equipment, Shell

6th September, 2013        

Chinese Association to probe foreign automakers’ pricing

CADA to investigate luxury car brand pricing to mainland China

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment, regulatory and standards, Lubes marketing

23rd August, 2013        

Urea could solve fuel transition to China's National IV standard.

New science could help reduce NOx emissions for heavy trucks and commercial vehicles

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment, regulatory and standards, Lubes tech

23rd August, 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 production China’s most profitable industry

Car makers top the nation's manufacturing sector despite increasing stockpiles.

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

21st August, 2013        

Car imports fall as China second hand auto market surges

New vehicle stockpiles remain high as population seeks alternative car markets.

Tags: automotive industry, Bikes, China, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

21st August, 2013        

Great Wall and Total sign strategic lubes technology agreement

French oil major links up with Chinese automaker for R&D

Tags: automotive industry, China, China lubes news, Europe, Great Wall, Lubes tech, Total

21st August, 2013        

Chinese producers increase premium lubes market share

Domestic lubes makers challenge overseas producers for quality to re-capture share of home market.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China lubes news, Great Wall, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Sinopec

21st August, 2013        

Jarn lubes to extend distribution network

Auto lubes producer takes educational approach to marketing.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Forecasts, Lubes marketing

21st August, 2013        

LNG vehicles in China to increase tenfold by 2020

LNG market to expand dramatically over next seven years.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Forecasts, OEM Equipment

21st August, 2013        

Henry Ford - mobility to the masses

The world celebrates the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford's birth

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Ford, North America

9th August, 2013        

Saudi Hyundai franchise strengthens Shell ties

A new contract for Saudi's Hyundai franchise increases the bond with Shell lubricants.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, Middle East, OEM Equipment, Shell

7th 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        

Chinese vehicle exports fall on weak emerging market demand

Emerging markets have put the brakes on China's overseas vehicle sales ambitions

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

28th July, 2013        

Car parking made easy.

The driverless, self-parking car is now a reality. Now all that's needed is someone to do the shopping for you.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

5th July, 2013        

The stop-start of new transport lubricants

Stop-start commercial lubes are the focus for Pilipinas Shell and Amsoil.

Tags: ACC, Asia, automotive industry, Lubes tech, North America, Shell

27th June, 2013        

Car plus fashion = failure for Italian automaker

Fiat's tie-up with Gucci has failed to impress Chinese consumers.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, Fiat, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

20th June, 2013        

Continental tyres gunning for top three spot in China

German tyre maker aims at Chinese consumers with safety message

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

20th June, 2013        

Great Wall plans to outsell Jeep

China automaker aims at iconic SUV brand

Tags: automotive industry, China, Great Wall, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

20th June, 2013        

Car sales weak but luxury sector remains optimistic

China's slowing economy reflected in national auto sales

Tags: automotive industry, China, Forecasts, OEM Equipment

20th June, 2013        

Volvo may face difficulties as latecomer to China,

Swedish automaker may struggle to win consumers after official approval.

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

19th June, 2013        

SUVs to drive oil demand growth

Chinese demand for large vehicles will drive oil demand.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Forecasts, OEM Equipment

24th May, 2013        

State-funded research recommends fairness in auto industry

Chinese Academy proposes scrapping of monopolies to promote fair trade.

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

24th May, 2013        

Chevron HDAX brand to include Geotex

Chevron unveils new branding for its gas engine oil range

Tags: automotive industry, Chevron, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

24th May, 2013        

New driver gets eye-watering car insurance shock

Young driver insurance is becoming hard to find and very costly - such as £33k to insure a £400 car.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

24th May, 2013        

BAIC launches first model off Saab platform

Chinese carmaker releases first car using Saab technology.

Tags: automotive industry, China, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Scandinavia

24th May, 2013        

Ford CAVES in to virtual design

Ford engineers are using 3-D glasses and a sophisticated simulator to design cars and save costs.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Ford

23rd May, 2013        

Pertamina Lubricant eyes the Philippines and Australia

Indonesia's lubes producer is aiming at markets in neighbouring nations.

Tags: Asia, Australia, automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

22nd May, 2013        

Geely forms EV JV with Detroit Electric

Chinese automaker looks to claim electric niche in US.

Tags: automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, innovation, North America, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Volvo

22nd May, 2013        

Bosch and Volvo aim high for low emissions

Car and component companies reveal new electric technologies that make low emissions and high performance a reality.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, electric vehicles, Europe, hybrids, OEM Equipment, Volvo

21st May, 2013        

Implementation of Bharat Stage IV still unresolved

Indian automakers and oil companies remain divided over new fuel emission norms.

Tags: automotive industry, India, Lubes tech

21st May, 2013        

OX - a flat-pack truck to aid relief

The Global Vehicle Trust has launched a new flat-pack truck designed for aid and emergency relief agencies around the world

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

20th May, 2013        

UK independent launches new diesel engine oil

UK independent, Exol, has launched a new heavy-duty diesel to meet Euro and US regs.

Tags: automotive industry, base oil, Europe, Lubes tech, North America

20th May, 2013        

GOIL launches new segmented lubes range

Ghana's lube producer is using the latest oil tech with its newly launched, segmented engine lubes.

Tags: Africa, automotive industry, Lubes tech

20th May, 2013        

Industrial additives could overtake auto in the US

New Freedonia Group report shows industrial additives and off highway are important sectors for the future as auto demand drops.

Tags: additives, automotive industry, Lubes marketing, marine, North America

20th May, 2013        

Shell and Kia continue collaboration

Shell and Kia will be extending their European partnership to 2016

Tags: automotive industry, OATS, OEM Equipment, Shell

20th May, 2013        

Chery cuts multi-brand strategy

Chinese car maker drops subsidiary brand strategy

Tags: automotive industry, Chevrolet, China, Corporate News, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

23rd April, 2013        

FAW and GAC report heavy losses despite government contracts

China's major automakers fail to beat off competition in 2012 to post heavy losses.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Gazprom, OEM and automotive

23rd April, 2013        

China Auto and Hertz form partnership

Two of the world's largest vehicle rental companies are seeking an alliance

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Helix, OEM and automotive

22nd April, 2013        

Chinese firm plans $200m EcoMotors engine development

A new plant will produce the latest low-pollution eco-engine.

Tags: automotive industry, China, innovation, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

22nd April, 2013        

Ghosn delays China expansion plans

Nissan boss moves the targets for growth after tensions.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Japan, Nissan, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

22nd April, 2013        

Motorsport welcomes first hydrogen-powered car

A prototype Aston Martin will be the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international motorsport event.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, innovation, Lubes tech, motorsport

17th April, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 147, April 2013

What would happen if US consumers follow Europe's diesel consumption and petrol reduction lead? How will the trend for Always On technology impact lubes marketing in developing nations.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, North America, View from the Bridge, white papers

8th April, 2013        

Better fuel systems may be on the way

A new mathematical model could revolutionise fuel system design for combustion engines

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, North America, OEM Equipment

29th March, 2013        

VW recalls 384,000 cars in China

Record numbers recalled after gearbox fault is identified.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

22nd March, 2013        

You break it, you buy it, says Beijing court

Latest judgement could have expensive impact on test driving a new car in China

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, China and finally, Europe, motorsport

22nd March, 2013        

FAW to spend big on R&D

Chinese automaker to boost products output to keep up with market expansion

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts

22nd March, 2013        

China considers new policies to encourage EV purchasing

Failure to stimulate sales leads to governmental rethink on electric and hybrid policies

Tags: automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, OEM Equipment

22nd March, 2013        

Shell to build lubes R&D centre in China

New centre aimed at maximising investment in booming auto market

Tags: automotive industry, China, China lubes news, innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

22nd March, 2013        

China set to become biggest luxury market by 2016

Luxury vehicle sales will exceed US market within the next three years.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Forecasts, innovation, Lubes marketing, Nissan

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        

Lubricants and changes in the global auto industry

A paper from Roland Berger's Bill Downey published after the London ICIS Conference 2013 which examines how changes in the global auto industry will affect the lubricants sector.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Lubes news, white papers

13th March, 2013        

Report reveals Russian motor lubes demand

New research could provide key indicators for auto lubes demand in Russia to 2017.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubes news, Lubricants, Russia

8th March, 2013        

Headlight tech dimmed by US legislators

The latest LED and laser car headlight technology is shining a light on US legislation shortcomings

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, North America

26th February, 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        

Ferrari flies.

2012 is best-ever year for the luxury supercar marque.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, Europe, Ferrari, North America

21st February, 2013        

Michelin invests heavily in China

French tyre-maker opens new plant in Liaoning Province.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Europe, OEM and automotive

20th February, 2013        

Pang Da forecasts massive 2012 losses

Chinese automaker likely to be hit by more than 600m Yuan losses after being hit be Japanese boycott.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

20th February, 2013        

Slip sliding away.... or not

Ice detector can warn drivers in advance of slippery roads. Universal technology that could save lives

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, Scandinavia

6th February, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China Bulletin, February 2013

Beijing's smog problem is reaching dangerous levels, but should the government be looking to the automotive and oil industries to solve the problem?

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, View from the Bridge

28th January, 2013        

A drive through-history

Chinese mllionaire opens car collection as museum.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, China and finally

23rd January, 2013        

Porsche to build $2.2m supercar for China

Luxury car-maker to build supercar exclusively for Chinese super-rich.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, innovation, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Porsche

23rd January, 2013        

Chinese car exports top 1m

Exports booming as China's car majors look abroad for business.

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

23rd January, 2013        

Japanese carmakers return to normal output in China

Major car manufacturers see production levels improve after being hit by protests.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Japan, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Toyota

23rd January, 2013        

Mercedes to sell cars on Weibo

Limited edition baby-Mercs to be sold using China's social media platform

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China and finally, Europe

23rd January, 2013        

From pregnancy to fuel efficiency.

Ultrasound technology could offer a non-invasive method of measuring piston/lube interaction to improve fuel efficiency.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants

9th January, 2013        

Audi's R18 Ultra chair is a winner

Designers have developed a unique lightweight chair based on Audi's Le Mans winning sports prototype racer

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

8th January, 2013        

View From the Bridge - Bulletin 144, January 2013

A generally positive outlook for 2013 for the global economy and the oil and lubricants sectors, but the legislators are likely to be the key influencers.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, Lubricants, North America, S America, View from the Bridge

7th January, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China January 2013

A five year look back at China's growth and some five year predictions from OATS' Chairman, Sebastian Crawshaw as 2013 begins.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

4th January, 2013        

Wanxiang to acquire A123 systems

Chinese group beats US Johnson to bankrupt battery-maker's assets at auction.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, electric vehicles, North America, OEM and automotive

24th December, 2012        

Ford-Mazda split spins new partnerships

One joint venture ends but another begins for Sino-US carmakers

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Ford, Japan, Mazda, OEM Equipment

24th December, 2012        

BMW hits 1m sales as others boom in China

German automakers' sales reach new milestone with forecasts for similar figures over the next three years.

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, Corporate News, Europe, OEM and automotive

24th December, 2012        

Robot workers take over as labour costs rise

Robots forecast to become the core manufacturing resource in China's automotive industry.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Forecasts, innovation

24th December, 2012        

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        

Japanese car sales may be over the worst after sales languish

Japanese car sales are forecast to rally in China as cross-border tensions ease.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts, Toyota

24th December, 2012        

ePatrol 2025

LA Autoshow design competition

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, BMW, Holly, North America

7th December, 2012        

Not so Mini

A new world record for the number of people to fit into a mini. How did they do it?

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

7th December, 2012        

Engineered Custom Lubricants (ECL) forms Euro subsidiary

ECL has announced the formation of a new subsidiary in Germany.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Germany, Lubricants

30th November, 2012        

Jaguar Land Rover Chery JV receives NDRC approval

Major Sino-European automotive venture is given government approval

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, test

21st November, 2012        

Chinese companies push EVs, but is the market ready?

China's desire to encourage the use of Electric Vehicles may be too early for an unwilling market.

Tags: automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

21st November, 2012        

China's light vehicle sales pick up in Ocotber

Increased sales leave overseas competitors in the wake of domestic producers.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Toyota

21st November, 2012        

Tough times ahead for Chinese automakers

Nation's car manufacturers face internal and overseas challenges.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Toyota, Volkswagen

21st November, 2012        

Chery and Guangzhou Auto form partnership

Automakers form strategic alliance in Chinese industry first

Tags: automotive industry, Chevrolet, China, Corporate News, OEM and automotive

21st November, 2012        

Suzuki pulls out of US auto market.

Japanese car maker to quit the US after nearly thirty years of sales.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Japan, North America

15th November, 2012        

Bufori gives Rolls a run for its money

Malaysian luxury car maker is taking on the leading auto brands at the highest level

Tags: And finally, Asia, automotive industry

8th November, 2012        

VW may build another plant in China,

VW is planning a possible 14th car plant in China

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts

25th October, 2012        

Sino-Israeli start-up aims at China market

New car brand looks aims at already crowded auto market.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Middle East, OEM and automotive

25th October, 2012        

Saab to build electric cars in 2014

Saab brand re-vitalised with new electric vehicle production.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, innovation, OEM and automotive, S America

25th October, 2012        

Chinese carmakers cutting corners to success

Chinese manufacturer's cut the frills to deliver 'good-enough' products

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment, regulatory and standards, innovation

25th October, 2012        

China strengthens recall system

New regulations to curb sale of defective vehicles

Tags: automotive industry, Chevrolet, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th October, 2012        

China report shows boost for lubes industry

A new lubes report for China to 2015 shows positive news for the nation's lubes industry.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CNOOC, CNPC, Forecasts, Helix, Lubes news, Lubricants, Shell, Sinopec

25th October, 2012        

Billionaire gives back to the community

Philanthropist replaces cars for owners after anti-Japan protests

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, China and finally

25th October, 2012        

Competitor sales rise as Japanese auto sales plummet in China

Demonstrations and national tension has caused problems for Japanese car makers in China as their competitors take advantage.

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, Japan, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Toyota

19th October, 2012        

Electric dream

Mercedes announces the world's most powerful electric supercar.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, electric vehicles

10th October, 2012        

Lubetech seals deal with car maker

Malaysian lubes supplier to provide non-motor oil products to Perodua

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Corporate News, Lubricants

9th October, 2012        

BMW recalls on oil defect;Toyota on window issue

BMW stops deliveries of 2013 modes in M5 and M6 performance range after an oil pump issue. Toyota to recall millions of cars globally for window switch problem

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, North America, Toyota

9th October, 2012        

Audi turns water into fuel

Audi may have found the fuel equivalent of alchemy, converting water into petroleum and diesel.

Tags: automotive industry, bio fuels, Europe, innovation, N America

9th October, 2012        

China's auto stockpiles fall

Summer production slow-down reduces dealer glut.

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

25th September, 2012        

NDRC approves Ford-Mazda split

Joint venture between US and Japanese car makers is positive for Ford.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Ford, Mazda, OEM and automotive

25th September, 2012        

Ford to launch Lincoln in China

Ford is set to sell its luxury brand in China within two years.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Ford, Forecasts, innovation

25th September, 2012        

Geely eyes export markets, introduces new models

Carmaker Geely is looking to capitalise on First Half export sales growth.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Forecasts, innovation

24th September, 2012        

US files trade complaint against Chinese auto parts exports

President Obama takes a hardline stance on alleged Chinese car part subsidies.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, N America, Obama

24th September, 2012        

Japanese automakers suffer in China

Anti-Japanese protests damage production at major car plants across China.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Japan, Mazda, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Toyota

24th September, 2012        

Chery recalls asbestos cars in six countries

Car maker is forced to recal thousands of vehicles in South America, Asia and Australia.

Tags: Asia, Australia, automotive industry, China, OEM and automotive, S America

24th September, 2012        

Jiffy Lube hit with texting fine

A key Jiffy Lube franchise has settled a massive fine for sending unsolicited marketing texts.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

12th September, 2012        

Easy loans to spur vehicle sales

China's car sales may receive a boost as many younger buyers turn to loans and credit financing

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

27th August, 2012        

BMW to unveil new car brand

A Chinese-specific brand is set for launch by German automaker, BMW

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, Europe, innovation, OEM and automotive

24th August, 2012        

China forecasts auto growth, but stockpiles continue to rise

The Second Half of 2012 is set for growth in China's auto market, but dealer inventories continue to expand.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts

22nd August, 2012        

Shell extends Hyundai deal

Shell continues global OEM partnership with Korean car maker

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Lubes news, Shell

16th August, 2012        

Toyota reaches bi-centennial milestone

Toyota has built its 200 millionth vehicle according to TMC.

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, Japan, Toyota

15th August, 2012        

ACEA report highlights Euro aftermarket satisfaction

A new report from ACEA shows general satisfaction of car and commercial vehicle owners with aftermarket dealerships and repairers

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

15th August, 2012        

Electric R8 sets new Nurburgring record

An electric Audi has set a new lap record at Germany's Nurburgring race circuit

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, motorsport

14th August, 2012        

Ducati stays the same, says Audi boss

Ducati's new owners have pledged to keep the brand unchanged at a workforce meeting

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

14th August, 2012        

Automotive lube quality in China

OATS' Diana Shen's presentation to the 6th Annual ICIS Asian Base Oils & Lubricants conference asks if China's vehicle owners are using the right lubes.

Tags: automotive industry, China, white papers

24th July, 2012        

Iconic car marques see sales boom in H1

Luxury car sales boost JLR's first half figures to add to good news over production.

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

24th July, 2012        

CNOOC seeks foreign firms for offshore projects

China oil giant is on the hunt for JVs to operate South China Sea oilfield blocks.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CNOOC, Lubes news

22nd July, 2012        

Chinese carmakers step up efforts overseas

Geely and Chery boost overseas output in developing countries.

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

22nd July, 2012        

China's automakers face serious consolidation

More than half of China's car brands may disappear within five years according to analysts

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

21st July, 2012        

Fiat JV relaunches auto output in China

Third time lucky hope for Fiat production in the world's largest auto market.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Fiat, OEM and automotive

21st July, 2012        

Guangzhou now 4th Chinese city to cap car sales

Further pollution regulations as South China city clamps down on vehicles

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

21st July, 2012        

Toyota and BMW tie green knots tighter

The two car manufacturers extend their collaborative to include fuel cell development and sports car design.

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, CO2 emissions, innovation, Toyota

10th July, 2012        

US files against China auto tariffs as ACEA concerned about S Korea

The US has filed a complaint against China's level import tariffs, while the EC thinks the S Korea agreement may be one-way traffic.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, Europe

10th July, 2012        

VW merges with Porsche as global deliveries increase

VW has taken a controlling stake in Porsche as the German Group continues to grow its worldwide market

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Porsche, Volkswagen

9th July, 2012        

New project aims to lower costs and rare metals for EVs

A UK-based joint project is set to develop the viability of low-cost electric motors for vehicles that reduce the need for expensive elements.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, innovation

9th July, 2012        

Great Wall commits an extra 5 billion yuan to R&D

Chinese automaker pushes for greater product innovation

Tags: automotive industry, China, Great Wall, innovation, OEM and automotive

27th June, 2012        

Beauty and the Beemer

Chinese become hopelessly romantic over luxury cars.

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, China and finally, Europe

25th June, 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        

Nissan to build CNY 5bn plant in Dalian

Nissan to dramatically expand production for its upscale vehicles in China

Tags: automotive industry, Nissan, OEM and automotive

25th June, 2012        

Shanghai license plate auction hits record high

Private car demand and emissions regs clash in auction for new licence plates.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th June, 2012        

Infiniti looks to China

Nissan moves its luxury brand HQ in Hong Kong

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts, Nissan

25th June, 2012        

China dithers on new scrappage incentives

China may - or may not - re-introduces scrappage scheme to help overcome sales slump.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th June, 2012        

ACEA welcomes CARS 21 Report

The final CARS 21 report has been released by the European Commission and is welcomed by ACEA

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

11th June, 2012        

Volvo reveals natural gas engines for North America

Volvo details its new heavy truck natural gas engine for the American market.

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, N America, Volvo

9th June, 2012        

EU Electric motor market gains vehicle boost

European electric motor sales are likely to soar over the next five years according to a new report.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

8th June, 2012        

Shell urges industry to throw out rules on lubes specs

Shell technologists are calling on the lubes industry to think differently when it comes to commercial vehicle specs

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, Lubricants, Shell

8th June, 2012        

Scorsese to tell Ghost story

Martin Scorsese is to make a feature length biopic about the characters surrounding the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

7th June, 2012        

Merc releases new oil specs

Mercedes has announced new, tougher service-fill lubes specifications

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubricants

7th June, 2012        

Chery requests approval for Jaguar Land Rover JV

Chinese automaker seeks permission to seal JV agreement and make initial investment in a new production plant.

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

29th May, 2012        

Foreign carmakers must invest in R&D, say execs

Overseas automakers must continue to innovate if they are going to stay ahead in the Chinese market

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

16th May, 2012        

Strict emissions standards increase palladium consumption

Stricter emissions regs in China's auto industry is driving up the cost of Palladium.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

15th May, 2012        

Chinese carmakers plan major increases

Chinese automakers are aiming for increased profitability in 2012 despite a poor 2011.

Tags: Africa, automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts, Great Wall

15th May, 2012        

Ferrari spins out on Great Wall, Netizens furious

A Chinese publicity stunt by the Italian car maker hits a wall of internet censure.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, China and finally, Ferrari

15th May, 2012        

Audi looking for 1.5m unit target as BMW plays catchup

Audi is looking to the China market to boost sales beyond 1.5m as BMW opens new dealerships to play catch-up.

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

15th May, 2012        

People’s Car Project bears fruit

VW project gains massive online input from China's amateur innovators.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China and finally, Volkswagen

14th May, 2012        

Porsche opens dealership in Inner Mongolia as A-M expands

More luxury car dealerships are springing up across China as Porsche and Aston Martin announce new locations

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, OEM and automotive, Porsche

14th May, 2012        

Honda predicts traffic jams

Honda develops traffic prevention technology for vehicles; saves time and fuel.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, innovation

9th May, 2012        

Audi buys Ducati

German car maker lands iconic Italian motorcycle brand

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe

1st May, 2012        

Catalyst market boost as global car sales head for 86m

The emissions catalyst market is set to benefit significantly as global passenger car sales continue to grow over the next five years say new reports.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch

1st May, 2012        

Electric car sales surge as US tops green table

Sales of US and hybrid cars in the US hit record levels as the nation tops the clean energy spending table

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

1st May, 2012        

Joint ventures make progress in China

Geely and Guangzhou look to JVs to boost business.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, OEM and automotive, Volvo

23rd April, 2012        

SAIC profits jump 67% and forecasts strong 2012

Chinese automaker SAIC sees 67% profit leap helped by VW joint venture and forecasts a good year to come.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts, Volkswagen

23rd April, 2012        

Ford continues to build in China

New CNY 4.8bn plant planned for Hangzhou along with Chongquing expansion

Tags: automotive industry, China, Ford, Mazda, OEM and automotive

21st April, 2012        

China opens up to foreign car insurers

Foreign auto insurers are rushing to capitalise on China's relaxation of regulations.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe, North America

19th April, 2012        

BYD and Pang Da profits plunge

Chinese car makers see profits nosedive after sales drop and Saab fallout takes its toll.

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

19th April, 2012        

Geely to focus on exports

Chinese automaker aiming to be the nation's largest vehicle exporter

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Europe, OEM and automotive

19th April, 2012        

Merc is latest to up lubes specs

Mercedes has revealed its latest engine oil specs for cars and trucks as auto makers set higher targets.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants

6th April, 2012        

Road car takes to the air

Flying car could change the face of A-to-B motoring

Tags: automotive industry, Aviation, innovation, North America

6th April, 2012        

Repsol helps UMW as Perodua signs Petronas

Malaysian distributor eyes significant sales revenue as Petronas links with country's automaker.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Corporate News, Petronas, Repsol

2nd April, 2012        

VW set record sales as Euro market slumps

Germany's VW continues its global rise, but ACEA's latest figures show a slump in total vehicle sales across Europe.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

2nd April, 2012        

Jaguar Land Rover invests heavily in Chery JV

Iconic British brands to invest on hopes of government approval of joint deal.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, India, OEM and automotive

28th March, 2012        

Global automakers hopeful for Chinese JVs

Fiat-Chrysler and Volvo seek Chinese partners despite policy limitations

Tags: automotive industry, China, Chrysler, Corporate News, Fiat, OEM and automotive, Volvo

28th March, 2012        

Chinese automakers perform poorly in 2011

Profit slumps blamed on weak domestic demand and market saturation

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

26th March, 2012        

VW China may recall faulty gearboxes

VW may be forced to recall vehicles fitted with its DSG gearbox following public pressure

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

26th March, 2012        

Chinese car sales may fall short in 2012

Growth predictions may prove optimistic for foreign and domestic car makers this year.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts

20th March, 2012        

Ford reveals new EcoBoost lubes spec

Ford increased awareness of its new 'bespoke' lubes standard for its EcoBoost engine.

Tags: automotive industry, BP, Castrol, Europe, Ford, innovation

8th March, 2012        

Chevron Oronite launches new additive

Oronite announces its new additive package for heavy-duty truck lubes.

Tags: additives, automotive industry, Chevron, innovation, Lubricants

7th March, 2012        

More than 1 million 80+ drivers in the UK

There are more than one million drivers over the age of 80 in the UK, but they are still safer than the 'youngsters'

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

6th March, 2012        

Volvo and Geely to establish joint venture

Volvo to increase vehicle production through new joint enterprise

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, OEM and automotive, Volvo

27th February, 2012        

Audi and Great Wall set sights high for 2012 sales

Two major suppliers to the Chinese vehicle market have set ambitious targets for the year.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Europe, Forecasts, Great Wall

27th February, 2012        

Ford builds third China plant

US car giant set to increase Chinese production by a third.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Ford, OEM and automotive

27th February, 2012        

Great Wall and Total sign co-op agreement

French lube producer signs a co-operation deal with China's largest SUV manufacturer.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China lubes news, Corporate News, Europe, Great Wall, motorsport, Total

27th February, 2012        

China to promote EV sales

Electric vehicles set to overtake hybrids by 2:1 ratio

Tags: automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

23rd February, 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        

Ten manufacturers to make 90% of China's vehicles

Only ten automakers are forecast to produce almost the entire output of China's vehicle production by 2015

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts

23rd February, 2012        

China vehicle recall rules to become more stringent

New regulations make make recalls and suspension more common for vehicles in China

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

23rd February, 2012        

New CNG and bio-lubes come to market

Two new lubes ranges have been launched including a re-refined product for CNG fleets

Tags: automotive industry, bio lubes, innovation, North America

23rd February, 2012        

January vehicle sales drop in China

A slowing economy and New Year celebrations have slowed the auto market in China.

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

23rd February, 2012        

Renault and Total stay partners

French lubes and auto producers seal an extended OEM partnership

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news, Renault, Total

23rd February, 2012        

Ice, rally, 4x4 - can't be a Ferrari?

A World Rally Champion takes the new Ferrari FF snow rallying

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Ferrari, motorsport

9th February, 2012        

Ford sets tough green targets for manufacturing

Ford production plants will be subject to ambitious plans to reduce water and landfill.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Ford

8th February, 2012        

Road train takes another step forward

Europe's safe road train project has moved closer to fruition with a multi-vehicle platoon.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, innovation, Volvo

6th February, 2012        

New friction tech could make massive fuel savings

A new joint Finnish/US report predicts fuels consumption could be dramatically reduced within 10 years through new technologies.

Tags: additives, automotive industry, innovation

6th February, 2012        

China Auto Rental seeks US IPO

China's largest car rental company turns to North America to raise capital.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, North America, OEM and automotive

27th January, 2012        

Continental and SK aim at EV market

German and Korean joint venture set to provide power to global electric vehicles.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, innovation

23rd January, 2012        

Crisis? What crisis for Rolls?

Royce Royce hits record sales despite weakened economy.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

23rd January, 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        

Automakers to increase 2012 sales

Domestic and overseas car makers aim to defy slowing China market in 2012

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

23rd January, 2012        

Aston Martin opens showroom in Shanghai

Luxury British automaker is latest to try tapping China's new wealth.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, China and finally

20th January, 2012        

Training is order of the day in Nigeria and Abu Dhabi

Airline maintenance staff and auto technicians are the latest beneficiaries of training programmes by lubes producers.

Tags: Africa, automotive industry, Aviation, BP, Lubrizol, Middle East

9th January, 2012        

VW sets tough environmental targets

Volkswagen is to set tough new environmental targets for its production plants

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Volkswagen

6th January, 2012        

Daimler seeks Chinese suitor

Car maker Daimler is looking for a Chinese investor to boost market share in domestic sales.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Daimler, Europe, OEM and automotive

27th December, 2011        

China imposes US car duty

China is to impose anti-dumping tax on US-made vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, China, N America, Obama, OEM and automotive

27th December, 2011        

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        

VW to build two more plants in China

VW takes total Chinese assembly plants to 13 by 2013.

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

19th December, 2011        

A Beatle and an Aston combine to make a fortune

An Aston Martin owned by a former Beatle has made thousands of pounds at auction.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

9th December, 2011        

Nissan Leaf takes COTY hat-trick

Japan is latest Car of the Year award for Nissan's all-electric road car.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, innovation, Japan, Nissan

7th December, 2011        

BYD faces even more job cuts

Car and battery maker suffers as debts mount

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

23rd November, 2011        

Chinese vehicle exports to Russia increase

Russian sales help boost flagging Chinese automakers

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

21st November, 2011        

Jianghua to Double Brazil Sales by 2015

Automaker to push for Brazilian market as domestic sales drop.

Tags: automotive industry, Brazil, China, Corporate News, Forecasts

14th November, 2011        

Overseas car makers' sales blossom in China

Audi and Toyota have both announced strong sales so far in 011.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, Europe, OEM and automotive, Toyota

14th November, 2011        

Kia to build its third plant in China as Foton heads for India

South Korean carmaker to establish new factory in Jiangsu as truck manufacturer heads for India

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, India, OEM and automotive

14th November, 2011        

Chinese cars decline in quality

JD Power reports increasing ownership problems despite improvements over previous years.

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

14th November, 2011        

FTC gets both barrels after Magnuson-Moss request

US oil industry leaves legislator in no doubt over oil warranty issue.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Dexos, Environment and Regulatory watch, General Motors, ILMA, N America

4th November, 2011        

GM puts Saab on the brink

Chinese government's deal approval seemed like salvation for Swedish car maker, but GM proves otherwise.

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

4th November, 2011        

New Chevvy takes a dip

Chevrolet has decided its new Sonic/Aveo needs to take part in extreme sports including bungee-jumping into a pool.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Chevrolet, North America

3rd November, 2011        

VW already ahead of 2010 by Q3

VW has overtaken last year's earnings with a quarter of 2011 still to go.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

3rd November, 2011        

Increased Euro costs of efficient cars unfounded

A new report shows new European cars are more economical and cheaper to buy.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Fiat, Toyota, Volvo

27th October, 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        

Government gets tough on auto subsidies

The Chinese government toughens auto subsidies to further reduce emissions.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th October, 2011        

China pressures foreign brands for EV technology

China is pushing major auto manufacturers to help provide technology for electric vehicles.

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

24th October, 2011        

Mixed profits for China automakers

A mixed third quarter for two of China's largest car makers.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Great Wall, OEM and automotive

24th October, 2011        

China Vehicle Sales Up in September

Pace accelerates on Chinese vehicle sales despite government restrictions.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Ford, General Motors, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

20th October, 2011        

Daimler Foton deal gains NDRC approval

Joint venture signed for heavy truck production.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Daimler, OEM and automotive

20th October, 2011        

American Associations change name

Two US trade bodies have announced name changes as their roles widen.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

20th October, 2011        

Axeon develops new car battery technology

Battery specialists claim a significant improvement in range for EVs.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, innovation

6th October, 2011        

New EV charging standards likely

European auto makers are seeking to unify EV charging standards.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Nissan

6th October, 2011        

The Jensen Interceptor is back.

Iconic car of the late 60's set to make return in modern style.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

3rd October, 2011        

Report reinforces lubes and wear link

A new report reinforces the link between high-grade lubes and vehicle engine wear

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment, regulatory and standards

23rd September, 2011        

Lifan to Set Up $5.4m Export Centre

Lifan Automobile to build a new components export centre.

Tags: automotive industry, China, OEM and automotive

23rd September, 2011        

The Great License Plate Lottery

Beijing car owners face a lottery to register new vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China and finally

23rd September, 2011        

Nissan aims at China luxury market

Nissan is aiming to take on European manufacturers in China's luxury car market.

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

22nd September, 2011        

Regulators blame Toyota for defective parts

China's regulators have blamed TMC for defective Corolla parts

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

22nd September, 2011        

Western car giants step up China investment

VW and Daimler are set to invest billions of dollars in China operations.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Daimler, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

22nd September, 2011        

Chinese car rentals hit top gear

The car rental market is flourishing and set to rise further by 2015 according to latest forecasts

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts

22nd September, 2011        

China auto exports threaten global automakers

World's major car makers fear China expansion could cause cheap dumping.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Forecasts

21st September, 2011        

China now has 100 million cars

China now second largest car market as vehicle ownership soars

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment, regulatory and standards

21st September, 2011        

BYD Profit Falls 89%

Automaker BYD has suffered a serious drop in year-on-year profits with job loses resulting.

Tags: automotive industry, China, OEM and automotive

20th September, 2011        

Fridge-breathing dragon

A monster truck comes with special fridge-throwing weaponry.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

14th September, 2011        

Saab clings on

Saab continues to fight closure thanks to a further cash injection while UK arm stays 'unaffected'.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Scandinavia

14th September, 2011        

VW develops cylinder shut-off for TSI engines

VW has launched industry-leading TSI cylinder shut-off technology.

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, Volkswagen

14th September, 2011        

Skoda sets record but Bluebird fails

A Skoda has set a new land speed record for two litre cars, but the Bluebird Electric attempt fails.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, N America

8th September, 2011        

Weird and wonderful up for sale

A series of auto auctions are set to put some of the car world's most weird and wonderful models under the hammer.

Tags: automotive industry, North America

8th September, 2011        

Piston ring coating helps fuel reductions

An innovative piston ring coating could help fuel and emissions reductions for auto industry.

Tags: Afton Chemical, automotive industry, innovation, North America

8th September, 2011        

US DOE offers millions in vehicle innovation grants

The US Department of Energy has announced a multi-million dollar grants package for advanced vehicle research.

Tags: automotive industry, bio fuels, bio lubes, innovation, North America, Obama

22nd August, 2011        

US tightens CAFE standards

The US has tightened fuel economy standards for cars and light-trucks and set new targets for heavy vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Obama

22nd August, 2011        

New grease stops car squeaks

A new grease has been launched, specially designed for vehicle interiors.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, grease, innovation

22nd August, 2011        

Chinese automotive growth cycle may restart in 2013

State researchers predict an upswing in China's car sales.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Forecasts

21st August, 2011        

Nissan China announces RMB50 billion expansion plan

Nissan's Chinese division plans to almost double annual sales within the next five years.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Nissan, OEM and automotive

21st August, 2011        

Global industrial lubes on the up says Kline

Industrial and metalworking fluids are continuing their post-recession recovery, according to the latest Kline reports.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes news, Lubricants, N America, North America

4th August, 2011        

Korean students win Ferrari Design prize

A group of Korean students has won the Ferrari World Design Contest with a stunning new sports car design.

Tags: And finally, Asia, automotive industry, Europe, Ferrari

4th August, 2011        

China Auto Sales Show Gradual Increase

China is showing an overall increase in sales, although some sectors are slow.

Tags: automotive industry, China, General Motors, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

27th July, 2011        

That's a Wrap for China!

Wrapping fashion catches on with Chinese car owners.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China and finally

27th July, 2011        

Suzuki opens workshop at top of the world

India's Maruti Suzuki has opened the world's highest altitude workshop.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China and finally, India

25th July, 2011        

Guiyang to restrict car sales

Guiyang is set to follow Beijing in restricting car sales in the city.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th July, 2011        

ACEA announces REACH AIG V3

ACEA has revealed Version 3 of the REACH Automotive Industry Guidelines

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Europe, REACH

25th July, 2011        

Market potential boosts foreign car makers

Automakers from Asia and Europe are spurred on by China's booming car market.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Daimler, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

15th July, 2011        

Lifan to set up auto plant in Brazil

Chongqing Lifan is to set up an auto production plant in Brazil.

Tags: automotive industry, Brazil, China, Corporate News, OEM and automotive

15th July, 2011        

Transport Ministry clamps down on overloading problem

Overloading of trucks is causing havoc on China's roads, but tougher penalties are looming.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

15th July, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 126 (July 2011)

Environmental issues dominate this month's View from the Bridge - from Europe to the US and China, automotive to aviation.

Tags: automotive industry, Aviation, China, Europe, North America, View from the Bridge

13th July, 2011        

E-pipe

The Jaguar E-Type's Anniversary was celebrated in spectacular style at Goodwood.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

11th July, 2011        

Mission accomplished for 'Mean Green'

Volvo's hybrid truck achieves record-breaking goals in Sweden.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, motorsport, Volvo

8th July, 2011        

Total renews Mazda link

Total will continue to supply OEM lubes to Mazda Europe.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Mazda, Total

8th July, 2011        

China springs Stage 4 emissions date

July 1 has been announced as the mandatory date for all gasoline vehicles to meet China IV emissions standards

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment, regulatory and standards

1st July, 2011        

Beijing offers scrappage incentives as car sales set to rise

Beijing is set to introduce a vehicle scrappage scheme in an effort to reduce pollution as JD Power predicts boom in China car sales

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment, regulatory and standards

17th June, 2011        

South Korea pushes for China lubes market

South Korea's lubes makers are targeting new routes into the Chinese lubes market through the automotive industry.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, Lubes news, OEM and automotive

16th June, 2011        

Saab back in business thanks to Pang Da and Youngman

Saab returns to production as normal after two Chinese companies take a stake

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

16th June, 2011        

ACEA calls for Japan Trade assessment

ACEA is calling for the EU to carefully analyse the outcome of the Japanese trade scoping.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Japan

9th June, 2011        

Volvo brings F1 KERS to the streets

Volvo is adapting flywheel technology for road cars with help from the Swedish Government

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, innovation, Volvo

9th June, 2011        

Chrysler repays its debts

Chrysler repays its loans to Canada and the US ahead of schedule.

Tags: automotive industry, Chrysler, Corporate News, N America

8th June, 2011        

Ferrari reaches India and space!

Ferrari have a presence in India and the International Space Station.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, China and finally, Europe, Ferrari, India

8th June, 2011        

Prista gets sociable with OATS app

Bulgaria's Prista Oil uses OATS' new social media application to reach its target market

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubricants, OATS

6th June, 2011        

Bentley sets China record as Geely and FAW push sales

Bentley has seen record sales in China as local manufacturers push to increase sales

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

2nd June, 2011        

Mini returns to rallying

Mini has returned to World Championship rallying after an absence of 40 years.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Mini, motorsport

23rd May, 2011        

Saab finds another Chinese suitor

A third Chinese company has now stepped forward as a likely saviour of the Saab brand.

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

18th May, 2011        

VW launch brings the house down.

Tower demolition used to demonstrate Amarok strength

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Volkswagen

13th May, 2011        

A pile of guano!

New research dispels myth of car paint damage from bird droppings.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China and finally, Europe

13th May, 2011        

Lubes have increasing influence on OEMs says Shell

Auto manufacturers are increasingly turning to lubes R&D to help drive fuel efficiency according to Shell.

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, OEM and automotive, Shell

13th May, 2011        

China lubes guide to change practice

A new commercial lubricants guide is set to raise standards of lubes use across the sector.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment, regulatory and standards, innovation

11th May, 2011        

China plans fight against air pollution

China, Beijing and the automotive manufacturers lay out their plans for combating and controlling emissions.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

11th May, 2011        

Automakers suffer Japanese losses but Nissan Q1 profits up

The auto industry continues a slow recovery after massive production losses following the earthquake but Nissan still posts a profit.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Japan, OEM and automotive

11th May, 2011        

Saab gets further Chinese boost

The Saab brand has received more finance from China, this time through Hawtai Motor Group.

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

11th May, 2011        

BAIC eyes significant expansion

China's BAIC is looking to break into the top ranks of the auto manufacturers in the next five years.

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

11th May, 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        

Closest ever World Rally result

Citroen were involved in the closest World Rally event ever recorded.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China and finally, Middle East, motorsport

29th April, 2011        

An expensive night out

A son has written off his father's supercar in an accident that will cost him a lot of pocket money.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

29th April, 2011        

Chrysler teams up with Shell for dealer lubes

Chrysler is to use Shell lubes and Magneti Marelli parts in its Mopar dealerships including for competitors.

Tags: automotive industry, Chrysler, Lubes news, North America, Shell

21st April, 2011        

Indian lubes growth "not huge" predicts Castrol

Growth in the Indian lubes market will be driven by the automotive sector but won't be "huge" according to Castrol India's COO.

Tags: automotive industry, Castrol, China, Forecasts, India, Lubes news, Lubricants

15th April, 2011        

Local solution to Vietnam 'bike oil recycling

A Vietnamese scientist has found a local mineral solution for recycling motorcycle lubes

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, Environment, regulatory and standards, innovation, Lubricants

14th April, 2011        

Maserati - Mumbia and Montante

Maserati is to open dealerships in India and launches a hand-built 'bike.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, India

14th April, 2011        

Eu Commission lays out 2050 transport 'road map'

The European Commission has published its White Paper on Tranport, setting goals for the EU to 2050.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe, marine

4th April, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 123 (April 11)

The Japanese environmental disaster, combined with a slowing global economy and short-term auto production slowdown, could still benefit the lubes industry.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, GDP, Japan, Lubricants, North America, oil prices, View from the Bridge, white papers

4th April, 2011        

Valvoline launches re-cycled brand

Valvoline has launched a new brand of motor oil containing re-cycled lubes

Tags: automotive industry, Inovation and environment, Lubricants, Valvoline

25th March, 2011        

Chevroclay is latest model

A survey on the most popular children's toys led Chevrolet to create a new model.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

18th March, 2011        

Creepy crawly Mazda attack

Mazda recalls Mazda6 models after spider attack.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Japan, Mazda, N America, S America

9th March, 2011        

Electric Rolls includes battery and gear innovations

An Electric Rolls Royce concept includes innovative battery and transmission technology.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, Inovation and environment

9th March, 2011        

McLaren unveils supercar

British sportscar manufacturer launches new MP4-12C, 330kph supercar

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

21st February, 2011        

Alternative fuels could dominate by 2050

New European report says transport could be sustainable by 2050 from fossil fuel alternatives

Tags: automotive industry, bio fuels, E and R Watch, Europe

21st February, 2011        

Mobil Super premium lubes reach the US

ExxonMobil has launched its range of Mobil super lubes in the US.

Tags: automotive industry, ExxonMobil, Lubes news, Lubricants, North America

11th February, 2011        

Mazda icon breaks record

Mazda's MX-5 sportscar continues to break sales records as it passes the 900,000 mark.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Japan

11th February, 2011        

Happy Birthday E-type!

Iconic Jaguar celebrates 50th Anniversary

Tags: And finally, automotive industry

31st January, 2011        

Shell tests new engine and diesel formulae

Shell is testing new engine oil and nitrogen-enriched diesel products

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, Shell

24th January, 2011        

SARTRE demonstrates highway platooning

Road train technology to control vehicle 'platoons' has been successfully demonstrated in Europe.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Inovation and environment, Volvo

24th January, 2011        

4WD Ferrari unveiled

Ferrari has announced its latest model - a four-seater, four-wheel drive.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Ferrari

24th January, 2011        

Ferrari and VW sales hit record heights

Sales of Ferrari sports cars are hitting record levels in China and the US - VW delivers 7 million vehicles

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, Ferrari, North America

17th January, 2011        

China & India to drive Asian base oil markets

A new report keeps China and India in the driving seat for base oils, but the supply landscape may change.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, base oil, China, India, Lubes news

5th January, 2011        

Euro vehicle production rises

European vehicle production increased over the first nine months of 2010 according to ACEA

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news

5th January, 2011        

ITW to buy iconic Shell car care brands

Shell is set to sell iconic brands including Slick 50 to Illinois Tool Works.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, North America, Shell

22nd December, 2010        

Nissan Leaf Euro Car of the Year

Nissan's all-electric Leaf has taken a controversial win as 2011 Car of the Year.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe

20th December, 2010        

Afton additive gains new standard

An Afton Chemical additive range has been given Top Tier approval.

Tags: additives, Afton Chemicals, automotive industry, Inovation and environment

24th November, 2010        

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        

Japan could be source of hydrogen truck engine

Japanese scientists believe they are close to creating a hydrogen internal combustion engine for heavy trucks

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Inovation and environment, Japan

17th November, 2010        

Audi electric car sounds right

Audi is to give its new e-tron electric car an 'engine note'.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

17th November, 2010        

Mean Green hybrid machine

Volvo trucks are aiming to break the world speed record for a hybrid truck with "Mean Green"

Tags: automotive industry, hybrids, Inovation and environment, Volvo

9th November, 2010        

VW profits soar in Q3

Auto manufacturer, VW saw profits more than treble as it heads into the final quarter.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

25th October, 2010        

Aston announces luxury city car

Aston Martin is to produce a small luxury city car in 2011

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

18th October, 2010        

Plato takes a bath but wins the day

British Touring Car's Chevrolet racing drivers really took a bath, but still came up gleaming in the end.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, motorsport

12th October, 2010        

Petronas Dagangan to supply Proton

Petronas in Malaysia announces an exclusive lubes supply deal with car maker Proton.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Corporate News, Petronas

27th September, 2010        

Hybrids dominate auto news

New plans from Toyota and a global technology drive push hybrids to the top of the auto news agenda.

Tags: automotive industry, hybrids, Inovation and environment

20th September, 2010        

Additive costs should play greater role in European fuel pricing

Report from Russia and Ukraine suggests more attention should be paid to MTBE and ETBE factor co-efficients in gasoline pricing.

Tags: additives, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Russia

20th September, 2010        

Exxon stays a GM supplier but Chevron & CITGO nix dexos1

ExxonMobil will continue as GM's US lubes supplier for the next five years as Mobil1 gains global DEXOS licence, but Chevron and CITGO will not go for dexos licences.

Tags: automotive industry, ExxonMobil, General Motors, Lubes news, Mobil1, North America

20th September, 2010        

Rally coup for Chinese tyre maker

Chinese tyre maker, DMACK, have signed an exclusive deal for the 2011 World Rally Championship.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, motorsport

20th September, 2010        

Lost Aston found as Bentley goes on US Tour

A very rare, 'lost' Aston Martin has sold at auction for more than £200,000, while Bentley runs a parts roadshow for old models in the US.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, North America

20th September, 2010        

Afton to launch GF-5 busting motor oil

Afton Chemicals is set to launch a new PCMO to exceed the imminent GF-5 and Dexos standards

Tags: Afton Chemicals, automotive industry, GF-5, Lubes news

31st August, 2010        

North American lubes market in slow recovery says Kline

The North American finished lubes and automotive consumer markets are recovering, but it will be a slow process according to Kline.

Tags: automotive industry, Kline, Lubes news, North America

25th August, 2010        

Hard lubes piston coating brings fuel savings

Federal-Mogul has launched a new coated piston which, it claims, can save up to 0.8% in fuel consumption and reduce friction.

Tags: automotive industry, Inovation and environment, North America

12th August, 2010        

Euro car market remains volatile

The European car market remains volatile with German and Italian sales down, but France and the UK see signs of improvement.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Renault

12th August, 2010        

New auto lube factory planned for Jordan

An Iraqi investment consortium is set to build a $50m car lube plant in Jordan

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes news, Middle East

17th July, 2010        

Chevrolet finds perfect handshake formula

Chevrolet has discovered the formula for a perfect handshake - something it is hoping to teach their sales teams around the world.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry

17th July, 2010        

Lubes market continues to grow in Bangladesh

Mobil report shows continued lubes growth in automotive and other lubes across Bangladesh

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, ExxonMobil, Lubes news

17th July, 2010        

EU MMT ban sticks, but door is left open

The European Union's Court of Justice upheld an earlier ruling to restrict the use of fuel MMT.

Tags: additives, Afton Chemicals, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

17th July, 2010        

Bugatti Veyron sets landspeed record

New Bugatti sets world speed record for a production car.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

7th July, 2010        

Merc-AMG launch electric supercar

The superfast SLS AMG is now available with electric power.

Tags: automotive industry, Inovation and environment

7th July, 2010        

Good and bad news for Toyota

First European-made hybrid rolls off Toyota line, but there are more recalls.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Toyota

1st July, 2010        

Art car sells for $500,000

Superstar singer and and artist combine to create auto art to benefit charity

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

1st July, 2010        

Conoco and Amsoil launch new products

ConocoPhilips has launched a new natural gas lube and Amsoil announces a new small-engine additive.

Tags: automotive industry, ConocoPhillips, Inovation and environment

1st July, 2010        

ACEA agrees electric charging standards

Europe's auto manufacturing body has agreed a joint specification for electric vehicle connection points.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

25th June, 2010        

Valvoline shuns Dexos licence

Valvoline says it has no plans to buy licences for its Dexos-standard products.

Tags: automotive industry, Dexos, Lubes news, Valvoline

22nd June, 2010        

Independents benefit from new EU rules

Independent lubes suppliers are set to benefit from the new European Union Block Exemption Regulations

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news

16th June, 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        

Mahindra takes electric car stake

Indian car maker has taken a stake in electric vehicle firm REVA

Tags: automotive industry, India, Inovation and environment

27th May, 2010        

Emirates subsidiary signs major fleet deal

EPPCO has signed an exclusive lubes supply deal with the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Lubricants, Middle East

21st May, 2010        

Castrol and VW stay united

Castrol has extended its lubes OEM and service contract with VW.

Tags: automotive industry, Castrol, Lubes news, Volkswagen

18th May, 2010        

Lubrizol reports on European oil/fuel economy role

Lubrizol has released a report on the role of engine oils in improving fuel economy in Europe.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news, Lubrizol

14th May, 2010        

Toyota and Kia have profitable years

Automakers Toyota and Kia both announced positive numbers despite Toyota's recall woes and global recession.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Corporate News, Toyota

12th May, 2010        

It's Aston Martin 004

Aston Martin's first four-door rolls off the production line.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe

10th May, 2010        

Ferrari Unveils fastest ever 599-GTO

Ferrari launces its fastest ever road going sports car at the Bejing Motorshow

Tags: automotive industry, China, Ferrari

28th April, 2010        

Romanian lubes consumption drops

Romanian Lubes consumption dropped by 40 million litres in 2009, with 70% consumption comprising automotive

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news

15th April, 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        

Corporate news - Bulletin 112 (Apr 10)

Aramco expands its Yanbu refinery; Shell and BP consolidate in Africa; Chevron contracts but expands in Sri Lanka; better news for Fuchs; Ford sells Volvo to China; Renault-Nissan join forces with Daimler; and Afton buys Polartech.

Tags: Africa, Afton Chemicals, Aramco, Asia, automotive industry, BP, Chevron, Europe, Ford, Fuchs, Helix, Nissan, Renault, S America, Shell, Volvo

1st April, 2010        

And finally... Bulletin 112 (Apr 10)

Formula One back on the grid; Shell stays with Ferrari; a UN-backed decade of road safety, it's official; automotive April Fools; and the world's largest meatball.

Tags: Asia, Australasia, automotive industry, F1, Infiniti, N America, Shell

1st April, 2010        

Innovation & Environment News - Bulletin 106 (Oct 09)

Big promises at the Climate Change conference, but what impact on fuel and lubes? Algae based fuel for the US Navy; new fluid power research shows promise; and there are innovations in lubricants and transmissions.

Tags: automotive industry, bio fuels, CO2 emissions

3rd October, 2009        

Sector Reports

A fascinating review of the European auto industry, BP's World Energy Review, Pike on biofuels and US nano policies are just a sample of the reports available this month.

Tags: automotive industry, BP

13th July, 2009        

Innovation News - Bulletin 103 (Jun 09)

Drivetrains and transmissions lead this month's innovation including an gasoline engine with diesel efficiency and a GKN LSD for the Mazda 'hot hatch'. Dow launches its biodegradable range and Petronas' Urania goes global.

Tags: automotive industry, GKN, Mazda, Petronas

7th June, 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        

Sector Reports

The ACC shows slight encouragement for the chemical industry's production index, but ACEA can't lift the gloom for the European auto makers and calls for urgent help for the commercial vehicle sector. There's also an interesing report on the Nanocatalyst market.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, nanocatalysts

7th June, 2009        

And Finally... Bulletin 103 (Jun 09)

The world's most expensive car is sold at auction; fatty acid oligomers could herald everlasting elastic bands and piston-engine pilots may be running on fumes.

Tags: automotive industry, Aviation, fatty acids

7th June, 2009        

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