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SUVs take one in four 2016 Europe sales

THE WEEK: Change ahead on both sides of the pond

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Takata shares suspended ahead of rescue plans

Takata shares were suspended on the Tokyo stock exchange this week at Wednesday’s closing price of JPY867 following reports that two companies are set...

SUVs take one in four 2016 Europe sales

The European car industry boomed in 2016 - with new car registrations for the year totalling 15.14m units, a 6.5% increase compared to 2015 and SUVs...

NHTSA clears Tesla autopilot after fatal crash

US investigators have cleared a 2015 Tesla Model S which collided with a tractor trailer crossing an uncontrolled intersection in Florida, resulting...

New Zealand pumps NZ$3.5m into EVs

New Zealand has earmarked NZ$3.5m (US$2.5m) to fund 15 projects for its Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, says the country's Energy and...

Toyota builds 2m in North America again

Toyota announced on the eve of the US presidential inauguration it had booked another record year of North American vehicle production with 2,124,608...

Malaysia sales drop 13% in 2016

Malaysia’s new vehicle market continued to fall in December, by 6.5% to 64,831 units from 69,368 units a year earlier, based on data released by the...

AEB hails Russia progress as market bottoms out

Figures from the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AMC) in Moscow, show 2016 new car and LCV sales dropped 11 % or 176,319 units to 1.42m...

VDA urges UK trading status quo as Article 50 looms

Germany's powerful automotive industry association, VDA, is urging trading conditions with the UK and the European Union (EU) remain as they are as Britain starts to flesh out its wish list for leaving the Brussels body.

Toyota reacts calmly to May’s Brexit plan

Toyota has said it will continue to make cars in the UK despite the UK prime minister Theresa May's plan for Britain to...

German supplier body warns Brexit "poison" could trigger domino effect

Germany's  Association of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), is warning of a 'poisonous' effect...

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THE WEEK: Change ahead on both sides of the pond

As the United States, or those that voted for him, prepared to say Hail to the New Chief at the inauguration today, an equally divisive issue got another airing this side of the Atlantic this week - Brexit. British prime minister Theresa May confirmed the UK would not remain a member of the EU trade bloc's single market but would seek access to it through a free trade agreement which she said could see the automotive sector trading using single market "arrangements." In a speech outlining 12 aspects of the intensely complex mechanism by which Britain would exit the European Union (EU), May also warned those opposed to the UK quitting the union: "This is not a game." London did want some form of customs agreement, however.

Trade worries emerge in just-auto annual confidence survey

Although the global auto industry is taking a positive view of prospects for 2017, trade worries have emerged as a...

Renault future model plans - Part 1 of 2

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a four-part series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's...

Mini goes after Qashqai with new F60 Countryman

A second Mini model in the C segment goes on sale in Britain and other European nations from February. The new, bigger...

Shows, snow - the week

The start of the year usually has a pleasant familiarity to it - CES and Detroit shows and, in my case just this morning, often the first taste of winter snow. Also, in my case, hopefully the last sprinkle (it melted by lunch o'clock) as neither I nor the UK does snow. I always watch with amazement as friends in the US north east and midwest dig themselves out from up to eight feet of the stuff and carry on. We'd come to a grinding halt till about March and I'd move to southern California.

ANALYSIS - The four-cylinder Porsche Cayman S

Emissions. Reading that word surely makes executives at Volkswagen Group divisions shudder. But sometimes its use is...

AI and the future automotive experience

The recent CES included a number of innovations and concepts pitched at the emerging world of autonomous drive. However,...

Interior design and technology - Vauxhall Astra

Inspired by the Monza concept, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra made its global debut at the 2015 IAA. As one of...

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CES and NAIAS

January gets the new year started with the Consumer Electronics Show - increasingly important in automotive - and...

VW Group - future model plans & platforms

In this six-part series, we examine the new product strategies of the VW Group's car brands - Volkwagen, Audi, SEAT;...

Paris 2016

There were some notable no-shows but still plenty of excitement around the biennial Paris show. We were there and our...

UK to leave the EU - what might it mean?

The UK has voted in a national referendum to leave the EU. It’s a move that brings a range of uncertainties in areas...

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Eden Games gears up for mobile devices

The global gaming market is accelerating at a rapid rate. The sheer scale and reach has meant the traditionally...

Industry 4.0 will drive more efficiency gains than low-cost country sourcing according to Yanfeng

Johannes Roters is the CEO of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the vehicle interior giant created by the 2015 70:30...

Falken swoops on the European OE tyre market

Falken Tyre recently formed an OE partnership with Czech car manufacturer Škoda, marking the latest...

Visteon on transforming the car cockpit experience

Continuing just-auto’s interviews with Visteon, we spoke to the vehicle cockpit electronics...

NextEV US CEO on Car 3.0 and delivering a premium user experience

With a team in motorsport’s first all-electric race series, the FIA Formula E Championship, and a...

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3M: Automotive Bonding

The latest addition to the Automotive Attachment Tape family - is a high performance tape that has the potential to simplify the attachment process while reducing overall costs and...

Boost Innovation With New Technology

Cutting solutions introduced to the market 10 to 15 years ago may still be reliable and productive, but they are not capable of responding to new market requirements, most notably...

Uncover hidden value to reach Operational Excellence factsheet

Lectra’s expertise in automotive cutting room processes has matured throughout more than 20 years of successful partnerships with the world’s largest groups. Download our Uncover...

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China New Energy Vehicle Report

China New Energy Vehicle Report

Published: Dec 2016

The “war on pollution” which was proclaimed by the Chinese government sets the base for a higher dynamic of the implementation of regulations to push electro-mobility. This situation creates potential for suppliers. This report begins by explaining the current situation for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid passenger cars. The reader will know which OEMs dominate the market and why most EVs did not end up in end consumer hands so far. It analyzes how each OEM could set up its model mix to reach the regulation in the future.


Global vehicle lightweighting - technology, trends and the future

Global vehicle lightweighting - technology, trends and the future

Published: Jan 2017

Updated in the last quarter, this report has been extracted from QUBE and provides a comprehensive overview of the vehicle lightweighting megatrend, the technologies, materials and suppliers involved, and material content forecasts out to 2030.


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