US: Gas prices slow compact sales, Ford axes a shift

Lower petrol prices in the United States has reduced demand so Ford is reducing output of compact and compact hybrid model by cutting a shift and laying off 700 workers.

CHINA: Volkswagen and Great Wall may collaborate on low-cost SUVs

Volkswagen is considering collaborating with China's Great Wall Motors on new entry-level models for China, according to reports in Germany.

CHINA: Volvo to target Asia-Pacific from China

Volvo Cars China (VCC) will take on a leading role in the Asia-Pacific region in an effort to grow the brand’s sales.

IRAN: FKG lays groundwork as visit 'excedes expecations'

Scandinavian supplier association, FKG, says its visit to Iran this week has "exceeded" expectations as Tehran anxiously waits to see if current draconian international economic sanctions are lifted or not in June.

April 2015 management briefing (2): General Motors' OnStar Europe 'gamechanger'

The wave of advanced vehicle connectivity technologies coming to vehicles embrace a number of interlinked elements, from seamless personal connectivity, to driver assistance systems (and autonomous vehicle control), intelligent transport systems.

Latest Automotive Insights

THE WEEK THAT WAS: What's a Waku Waku tailgate?

We put Tata Motors' Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque under the microscope this past week, asking how long the model, just mid-life facelifted...

ANALYSIS: VW & Toyota losing the SUV race in China

The Chinese vehicle market might not be surging but sales of crossovers and SUVs certainly are, registrations rising by 54% (YoY) in March....

PRODUCT EYE: Subaru Impreza

Thanks to a greatly improved yen-sterling exchange rate, Subaru's UK importer is now bringing in the Impreza once more. It might be a little...

Toyota's plant and product engineering revamp

Toyota has had its fair share of problems to contend with in recent years. However, there are now signs that the company is raising its glob...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo BlueGT & GTI

A facelift, more power for the GTI and a new engine which, in the BlueGT, runs on four or two cylinders are some of the highlights of the la...

Briefing: GM's OnStar system planned for Europe

The wave of advanced vehicle connectivity technologies coming to vehicles embrace a number of interlinked elements, from seamless personal c...


JUST A LOOK AROUND: Honda's Swindon plant ready to be Civic Central 20 Apr 15

There was a palplable air of excitement throughout just-auto's brief tour of Honda Motor Europe's Swindon. Newly named a global hub for the next generation five-door Civic (the Canadian plant in Alliston, Ontario will take over next generation CR-V production for Europe and the imminent redesigned Jazz will come from Japan), the sprawling factory has been through rough times in recent years, culminating in the mothballing of its second assembly line (in its own building) following the 2007-2008 credit crunch sales slump which hit the Honda and Toyota plants here in England particularly hard.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The year is flying by... 17 Apr 15

Dunno 'bout you but 2015 seems to be flying by waaaay too fast - where did yet another week go?

Thought Leaders


Top Auto News

BREAKING NEWS: Piëch quits Volkswagen board

Glenn Brooks | 25 Apr 15

Ferdinand Piëch has resigned suddenly from his position as chairman of the 20-person Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG.


FKG Iran visit 'excedes expecations'

Simon Warburton | 24 Apr 15

Scandinavian supplier association, FKG, says its visit to Iran this week has "exceeded" expectations as Tehran anxiously waits to see if current draconian international economic sanctions are lifted or not in June.


Gas prices slow compact sales, Ford axes a shift

Graeme Roberts | 24 Apr 15

Lower petrol prices in the United States has reduced demand so Ford is reducing output of compact and compact hybrid model by cutting a shift and laying off 700 workers.

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Latest Auto Interviews

April 2015 management briefing: Vehicle connectivity technologies (1) 10 Apr 15

Cat Dow

The wave of advanced vehicle connectivity technologies coming to vehicles embrace a number of interlinked elements, from seamless personal connectivity, to driver assistance systems (and autonomous vehicle control), intelligent transport systems, on-board telematics and the changing human machine interface itself inside the vehicle. In this month's management briefing we talk to OEMs and examine key aspects of the connectivity revolution coming down the line. In this first instalment, Cat Dow speaks with Volvo Car's Petter Hörling about its priorities in the connected car area.


Q&A with TMD Friction 8 Apr 15

Matthew Beecham

TMD Friction is a major manufacturer of brake products for the automotive industry, producing one million brake friction products per day. Matthew Beecham talked with TMD Friction’s Director Strategic Planning & Marketing OE, Dirk Brieke about trends in the brake friction market, its copper-free high performance brake pads and CV-Light Plate for commercial vehicles.


Q&A with Convergent Science: CFD in vehicle development 7 Apr 15

Matthew Beecham

The rise of computer processing power together with the introduction of so called ‘supercomputers’ have enabled computational fluid dynamics (CFD) - the prediction of fluid flows using mathematical modelling - to become increasingly relevant and effective in road vehicle development. Matthew Beecham spoke to Rob Kaczmarek, director of marketing at Convergent Science about the role of CFD in vehicle development.

Automotive Blog

Now that's how to do 'autonomous car'

Graeme Roberts | 22 Apr 15

Here's a really heart-warming story about how some of the technology currently being used to develop autonomous cars was used to really make a former racing driver's day.


Citroen CX & C6 become flying cars

Glenn Brooks | 22 Apr 15

An artist has created a series of photographs depicting hovering vehicles, each based on a former production model.


Range Rover Evoque's Chinese clone

Dave Leggett | 21 Apr 15

Jiangling brand Landwind is causing waves at Shanghai with its X7 SUV that bears a very strong resemblance to Land Rover's hugely successful Range Rover Evoque.

Hot Automotive Issues

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.

Russian Automotive Forum sees domestic opportunity as Rouble falls

Soaring inflation, sky-high interest rates, a depreciating Rouble and a 50% drop in oil prices have seen unprecedented economic headwinds batter Russia. But despite that backdrop, domestic OEMs and suppliers saw genuine opportunity at the Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow. We've grouped all the coverage here.

Geneva 2015

If it's March, it's the Geneva show

Russia's automotive sector facing crisis

Russia's automotive market and manufacturing industry is facing major difficulties this year as Russia's economy reels under the impact of collapsed oil prices and sanctions related to the Ukraine crisis. The falling car market is facing accelerated decline as car prices rise on a weak currency amid ebbing consumer and business confidence. And there is little immediate sign of improvement to the underlying causes of Russia's current malaise.

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LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates - Latest Monthly Update

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Global vehicle lightweighting - technology, trends and the future

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Automotive Actuators Market by Product Type ,Vehicle Type, Geography - Forecast & Analysis to 2020

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Robert Bosch GmbH - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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