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Mazda's planned engine plant investment in Russia suggests automaker's confidence in the market. These robots are operated by former Mazda partner Ford's joint venture with Sollers, also Mazda's partner in Russia

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Confidence, demonstrated

Some of the news is just in today so, you may not have seen all of the stories yet but, after a slight rattling of investors' cages by the r...

Hardy Russians take long-term perspective as oil falls

COMMENT: Russia toughs it out at US$40 a barrel

As sharply falling oil prices which went below US$40 last week, continue to feed through to Russian exchange rates, with a plunging currency...

High priced Limited is new for 2016MY F-150 range

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...

Steel-look wheels are aluminium but yes, those really are hubcabs

ANALYSIS: MY2016 Beetle & future VW cabrios

The global market for convertibles might be in decline but there's still good business to be had in the UK. The out of production Eos hasn't...

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...

COMMENT: China's economic turbulence worries auto industry 1 Sep 15

China's economy is obviously causing concern right now. It has been such an engine of growth for the world economy that investors get spooked by signs that the slowdown is turning into a 'hard landing' or that Beijing is losing its (to be fair, considerably deft) touch with managing China's sprawling macroeconomy.

Key trends in the automotive air-con market 1 Sep 15

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some trends in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market.

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Daimler and Renault-Nissan break ground in Mexico

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 15 New Daimler-Nissan Alliance plant in Mexico will kick off with Infiniti Q30 production in 2017

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have broken ground for their joint venture manufacturing complex COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), in Aguascalientes in central Mexico. The factory will build premium compact vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.

Car sales rise ahead of 'plate change' month

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 15 UK sales are traditionally slow in August ahead of the 1 September 'plate change'. The latest 'year identifier' is 65

New car registrations in the UK in August, traditionally a slow month to the pending 'year identifier' registration plate change on 1 September, nonetheless rose 9.6% year on year to 79,060 units, as the market saw its 42nd consecutive month of growth.

Mazda and Sollers sign MoU for engine JV

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 15 Sollers has car assembly joint ventures with both Mazda and Ford, just opened a JV engine plant with Ford and has assembled for Toyota as well

Mazda Motor Corporation and OJSC Sollers on Friday (4 September) announced that they had agreed with the government of the Russian Federation to begin assessing the establishment of an engine production plant at their joint venture Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus (MSMR), located in Vladivostok in the Primorsky region of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District, and had signed an memorandum of understanding to that effect.

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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.

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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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Global light vehicle safety systems market- forecasts to 2030

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