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    Report: Global automakers to shutter Russian plants?
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    For an automaker to manufacture locally, two elements need to be in effect: for one, the market needs to be large enough to justify it, and for another, importing has to be too expensive to make it worthwhile. Many automakers have found both those elements in place in Russia, but may not for very ...

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    Report: China slaps duties on vehicles imported from the U.S.
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    Local manufacturing has become the watchword (or words) when it comes to foreign automakers entering the Chinese market, and for a number of reasons. For one, the market is plenty large enough to make sense out of manufacturing locally instead of importing from overseas. For another, joint ...

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    Protection for Proton by Malaysian government ends
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    The Malaysian government has decided to end its protection of Malaysia's Proton Motors. In addition to the import duties and taxes levied against foreign carmakers, Proton was also the recipient of tax breaks and "other government incentives."The decision could be seen as a blow to Proton, but ...

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    New UAW president to step into DaimlerChrysler position as well
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    Ron Gettelfinger, who was reelected to no one's surprise as president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) last month, will also be joining the DaimlerChrysler supervisory board as well. Gettelfinger is replacing UAW Vice President Nate Gooden who is stepping down from the board.In Germany, such boards ...

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