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What self-driving vehicle technology means for FDI

Once a far-fetched concept, self-driving vehicles are now under serious development by tech firms and automotive giants alike. The consequences for site selection and quality of life metrics will be enormous, finds Erika Morphy.

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Mahindra head looks to play to Detroit's strengths

India’s Mahindra Group is investing in an automaking plant in Detroit to build utility vehicles from scratch, attracted by a combination of engineering talent, non-union labour and state incentives, as CEO Rick Haas tells Philippa Maister.

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The cobalt curse: supply risk and inequality in the DRC

Investors lured by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s supplies of cobalt – an essential component of rechargeable batteries – must contend with political instability and a dangerously unregulated business environment, as Natasha Turak discovers.

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Leipzig auto industry goes from strength to strength

Leipzig’s location near major road and air connections has helped it build a substantial automotive hub over the past 15 years, attracting such high-profile names as Porsche and BMW, as well as parts suppliers and logistics companies. Wendy Atkins reports.

Site selection for US Toyota-Mazda plant goes into overdrive

Toyota and Mazda have announced a $1.6bn auto assembly plant in the US, but the existing site in Mississippi faces stiff competition from a host of other states for the deal worth 4000 jobs. Erika Morphy reports.

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Midlands Engine revs up for trade opportunities

The Midlands Engine is a partnership between government entities and local enterprises in the Midlands region of the UK, created in 2015 to drive economic growth across the region. Courtney Fingar visited the group’s pavilion at the Mipim property fair in March and spoke to chairman Sir John Peace. 

Germany and UK leaders fret over potential Opel job cuts

The potential takeover of Opel by France's Groupe PSA could have major ramifications for car manufacturing plants in Germany and the UK.

Japanese automakers face uncertainty over Trump FTA threats

Japanese auto manufacturers are considering their options in the light of US threatened trade deal changes, which include investing in US plants or gaining access to existing operations through a merger. Timothy Conley reports.

Automotive FDI in Hungary on the increase

The Hungarian automotive components and automotive OEM sectors show promising growth, reports Julia Klötzer.

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Orbán's Hungary defies the critics to draw in FDI

Hungary’s politics – perceived by some as insular – might have drawn flak, but they have certainly not deterred investors. Officials say the country’s stability is successfully attracting FDI as well as substantial reinvestment, while exports recently hit a high, as Courtney Fingar reports.  

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