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COMMENT: Ford F-Series production soars

Low gasoline prices and a relatively strong US economy are no doubt the main drivers of a huge boost in production of Ford's F-Series pick-u...

A Kia bakes in the hot US desert sun

Baking Kias at 45C

When you think about it, modern cars are cheap. It might not seem that way when assessing the amount of metal, plastic, glass and rubber you...

New XC90 helped VCC to sell 30,195 vehicles in August

COMMENT: Volvo's US sales surge as China reverses

Volvo Cars has finally seen its plans for a return to strong growth in the US realised. An 18% YoY rise in August to 5,870 registrations com...

OEMs with big investments in China - such as Daimler - will be watching current economic developments in the country closely

China's economic turbulence worries auto industry

China's economy is obviously causing concern right now. It has been such an engine of growth for the world economy that investors get spooke...

Demand for air conditioning systems in passenger cars has grown rapidly over the last decade and even basic systems can be found in the smallest and least expensive vehicles in developing countries

Key trends in the automotive air-con market

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some tren...

All American Presidents seem to want to leave their imprint behind.

COMMENT: TPP legacy as Obama's Grand Projet?

It's only natural to want to leave something behind, something tangible which indicates you've made a difference and which will endure for d...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Trouble in Tianjin 28 Aug 15

Our updates of the auto situation in Tianjin, following the massive explosions in the Chinese port city, have attracted a lot of reader interest this week. I was last week in the middle of a British 'staycation' (it rained, thank you for asking) when news of the disaster broke and watched, appalled, at the war zone-like TV news views of thousands of incinerated cars (many new VW Beetles as it happened; Tainjin being a key auto port of entry for imported models, VW was said to have lost some 2,750 cars) as TV news anchors regularly reported on the increasing, but surprisingly low number of people killed. Tragic.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mégane GT 220 Sport Tourer & future Renaults 26 Aug 15

The GT200 Sport Tourer version of Renault's B32 series Mégane is that rare thing - a small estate that brings a smile to the driver's face. The BFD five-door and KFB wagon replacement models will have a new platform, but will they be as much fun to drive?

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Nissan allocates redesigned Juke to Sunderland

Graeme Roberts | 3 Sep 15 The current Juke is assembled on line two at Sunderland

Nissan Europe has again picked its Sunderland, north-east England, factory to build its segment-pioneering Juke model. The automaker did not announce a production start date for the redesigned, second generation model line but just-auto expects this early in 2017. The decision, the automaker said, "points to a secure future for both production lines in Sunderland and the jobs of 34,000 people currently employed by Nissan and its British suppliers beyond 2020".

Renault previews light truck line, LCV support

Graeme Roberts | 3 Sep 15 Alaska concept previews how Renault version of joint venture truck project with Nissan and Daimler will look

Renault has unveiled a one-tonne pickup truck concept previewing its previously announced version of a model line, based on Alliance partner Nissan's NP300 Navara/Frontier range, which will also be shared with Daimler's Mercedes-Benz. The automaker also announced a new global light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales and support network branded 'Renault Pro +', similar to FCA's Fiat Professional organisation.

Ford Sollers starts new US$275m engine plant

Simon Warburton | 3 Sep 15

Ford Sollers has launched its new US$275m engine plant in Elabuga, Tatarstan as part of its existing commitment to increase local content and expand operations in Russia

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South Africa vehicle sales down 8.2%

Labor Day shift hits US light vehicle sales

Kia eyes 3m sales record for 2015

Korea domestic sales rise 15% in August

Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A with Drive System Design: Lightweight transmissions 1 Sep 15

Matthew Beecham

As automakers search for weight reduction in all parts of the vehicle, Matthew Beecham spoke to Mark Findlay, managing director at UK engineering consultancy, Drive System Design (DSD) about how weight savings might be made in the transmission and driveline.

Q&A with rFpro: Why digital modelling Detroit highways matters 17 Aug 15

Matthew Beecham

As automakers increasingly use simulation to supplement their vehicle test programmes, Matthew Beecham spoke to Chris Hoyle, technical director at rFpro, the simulator software company which recently won an award for its new approach to producing digital road models.

Q&A: How Camber Ridge is breaking the mould on tyre testing 11 Aug 15

Matthew Beecham

Camber Ridge is a new tyre testing facility set to open in 2016 in North Carolina, US. It aims to offer tyre manufacturers, vehicle OEMs and Tier 1’s the opportunity to measure the dynamic properties of tyres in an environment that blends testing on real road surface with the controlled conditions found in development laboratories. Matthew Beecham spoke to Camber Ridge’s CEO, Dr James F Cuttino, about the centre and its plans.

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Tesla Model X configurator images and specs leaked

Glenn Brooks, just-auto editorial team Glenn Brooks | 3 Sep 15

What are claimed to be authentic configured images of the Tesla Model X, along with US market pricing, have reportedly been leaked. This big crossover will be available for ordering from 29 September. It's been a long, long wait for the Model X, the first prototypes having been shown to the media in February 2012.

Cab-hailing apps irk licensed drivers

Chris Wright, just-auto editorial team Chris Wright | 27 Aug 15

The dramatic growth in cab-hailing apps in general and Uber in particular has got ‘official’ taxi drivers hot under the collar. According to figures out this week from the UK’s Department of Transport (DfT), the number of private hire vehicles on London's roads has surged by 26% over the past two years.

London's 'linear laboratory' for smart car technologies

Chris Wright, just-auto editorial team Chris Wright | 19 Aug 15

I have recently met a man with what you might describe as a bit of a job on his hands.

Hot Automotive Issues

Takata's airbag inflator woes

Takata's airbag inflator woes

Airbag supplier Takata is under fire as potentially faulty inflators - which can fragment into shrapnel as the 'bag inflates and have been blamed for several deaths - prompt NHTSA to intensify the urgency of recalling 7.8m cars in the US and its territories alone. Our coverage is here.

Quarterly results are here again

Quarterly results are here again

Second quarter, half year, first fiscal quarter, etc, etc. We have covered the ones we think you should know about. All here in one handy pack.

How much auto industry consolidation lies ahead?

How much auto industry consolidation lies ahead?

For automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, interest in M&A has accelerated recently. FCA chief Sergio Marchionne has said that more consolidation is needed among global automakers to raise scale and efficiency. In the supplier sector, too, future industrial consolidation is a hot topic. Besides the recent completion of ZF's takeover of TRW, Delphi has said it is ready to move quickly to make a major acquisition.

Mexico attracts wave of automotive industry FDI

Mexico attracts wave of automotive industry FDI

Mexico is attracting a wave of investment from OEMs attracted to its position as a low-cost NAFTA supplier to the US as well as its favourable trading arrangements with Latin American markets to the south. Ford and Toyota are the latest OEMs to announce significant new Mexico investments.

Auto Market Research

Global heavy trucks market

Global heavy trucks market

This QUBE report from just-auto provides a comprehensive overview of the global heavy trucks market, major manufacturers, top markets, manufacturing trends and market size forecasts. Use this report to gain a quick overview of the sector and to understand the size and scope of the world's key markets.. Read more

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Ford Motor Company (F) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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Global light vehicle safety systems market- forecasts to 2030

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General Motors Company (GM) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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Global light vehicle engine technologies market- forecasts to 2030

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