Who is leading the auto R&D race?

As environmental demands become more and more prominent, and drivers' expectations of improving technological developments get higher and higher, the battle to be the leading automaker in R&D spending is a fierce one. Lillie Guyer looks at the contenders for this crown.

Investment accelerates into Chinese automotive OEM

There was a marked increase in investment into China's automotive OEM sector between 2012 and 2014.

Chinese FDI into Europe hits record high: Baker & McKenzie

According to a recent report by law firm Baker & McKenzie, Chinese FDI into Europe hit a record high in 2014. 

Lublin looks to make new history

Lublin looks to make new history

Steeped in history, the Polish city of Lublin had fallen upon hard times in the 20th century. However, its 2013 to 2020 strategy plan is already reaping dividends in positioning the city as a centre of business, investment and entrepreneurship within easy reach of both Warsaw and neighbouring Ukraine.

Counting the cost of China's ascent

Labour costs are on the rise in China and this is having an impact on investment in sectors that are sensitive to worker wages, such as automotives. But which competitor countries stand to benefit at China's expense?

Mercedes-Benz USA moves to Atlanta

The carmaker is relocating its headquarters to take advantage of Georgia’s low-cost environment, workforce quality and location. 

View from Europe: keeping up with the car tech

Technology-enabled cars provide a huge market opportunity – if the automotive industry can keep up.

US carmakers look ahead with optimism

Reignited: US carmakers look ahead with optimism

Despite new US government efficiency targets and worries over interest rates, car industry bodies are shrugging off doubts and revising their sales estimates upwards

Mexico moves into the fast lane

Entering the fast lane: why automakers are flocking to Mexico

Its close proximity to the US, cheap labour and uncomplicated, duty-free export opportunities have seen automotive companies from all over the world coming to Mexico. Lillie Guyer reports.

SEZ Alabuga building on firm foundations

SEZ Alabuga: building on firm foundations

In less than 10 years, Special Economic Zone Alabuga has developed from being just 'a field and a masterplan', into a zone attracting dozens of businesses from around the world. Now, it is looking to its next phase of growth, with ambitions to have 120 companies and $12bn invested by 2020.

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