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Welcome to the Duxes Auto Chronicle, your premier source for news, views, and forecasts for the automotive industry. As detailed below (and available for download in .pdf form), this quarterly newsletter includes industry expert interviews, the latest breaking news and explanations of governments’ latest policies and regulations.
Lukoil’s Global Brand and Ambitions in China

Duxes spoke with Alexey Fedorov, the General Manager of Lukoil Lubricants China, about Lukoil’s collaboration with leading OEMs and plans for China, consumer purchasing behavior in different markets, and technological innovation. Lukoil has been at the forefront of the international market for auto lubricants and industrial oils for 25 years, and officially entered the Chinese market earlier this year.

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Alexey Fedorov
General Manager
Lukoil Lubricants China
Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free for Everyone - With a Catch
December 22, 2017
Proposed transportation models for driverless cars suggest that the cost of rides could become free, or reduced substantially, due to sponsorship from businesses along the driving route.
How China plans to create giant state-owned carmaker
December 17, 2017
Three major Chinese automakers, FAW, Dongfeng, and Changan, signed a partnership agreement, indicating the government’s intentions to consolidate the domestic auto industry.
Search is on for solutions to NAFTA impasse on auto parts
December 15, 2017
NAFTA negotiations have stalled, as representatives from Mexico and Canada work to satisfy a U.S. proposal for higher requirements of domestically-manufactured auto parts.
Thai Auto Industry Healthy as Motor Expo Closes
December 15, 2017
Thailand’s auto industry, the largest in Southeast Asia, has seen higher than expected sales growth in excess of 4% in 2017, and continued investment from foreign automakers.
The Chinese are much more positive about autonomous vehicles than Americans
December 7, 2017
Consumers in China, as well as in other developing countries such as Brazil and India, are more receptive to autonomous vehicles than consumers in developed countries, according to a recent survey conducted by Ford.
Tesla is quietly gearing up to open a research and development center in Beijing
November 30, 2017
Following its agreement to build a plant in Shanghai, electric carmaker Tesla has established an R&D firm in China.
Volkswagen, JAC Motors teaming up
November 28, 2017
Volkswagen, the best-selling automaker in China, has agreed to a joint venture with Chinese automaker JAC Motors to produce commercial vehicles.
Automakers fear ‘rules of origin’ Brexit hit
November 27, 2017
The UK’s impending exit from the E.U. in 2019 has the European auto industry worried that its UK operations will be effected by stricter “rules of origin” requirements.
Mahindra opens Detroit’s 1st car making plant in 25 years
November 21, 2017
Indian automaker Mahindra has opened a plant in Detroit, the first new car manufacturing facility in Detroit in a quarter century.
European Automakers Hail Type-Approval Rules Deal
December 18, 2017
The E.U. has agreed to a regulatory regime for the auto industry, planned to take effect in 2020. The new system calls for increased checks on new vehicles, including emissions tests, and improved access to software protocols for regulators.
China Is Said to Extend Tax Rebate to Reach Clean-Fuel Auto Goal
December 4, 2017
The Chinese government will extend a 10% tax rebate for new energy vehicles, set to expire at the end of 2017, through 2020. The government is also considering a new auto policy, which would allow foreign wholly-owned electric carmakers to set up in free trade zones, starting in 2018, on the heels of Ford and Tesla’s intentions to invest in electric vehicle production in China.
China to Pump Brakes on Electric Vehicle Subsidies: Source
November 22, 2017
China plans to phase out subsidies for electric vehicle manufacturers by 2020, due to concerns of overcapacity and the financial burden on the government.

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