JAPAN: Government to offer fuel cell incentives

The Japanese government is preparing to offer generous incentives for buyers of hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles to help Japanese manufacturers such as Toyota and Honda take the lead in bringing hydrogen vehicles market.

JAPAN: New models boost Honda Q1 operating income

Honda Motor boosted operating income for the fiscal first quarter to 30 June 2014 7.1% to JPY198bn yen thanks to new model launches in Japan and Asia and cost reduction.

FRANCE: Renault H1 operating profit up 25% but warns on emerging market slowdown

Renault has posted a 25% increase in half-year Group operating profit to EUR729m (US$980m), but warns of a "sharp slowdown" in emerging markets.

SOUTH AFRICA: Extra 2% to settle strike 'unaffordable': NEASA

South Africa employers body, NEASA, says the extra 2% required to meet Tuesday's settlement figure of 10% and end the country's crippling metalworking strike, is unaffordable for many of its members.

PRODUCT PEEP: Kia K900 knocks on big brands' door

Prior to moving to the UK, I had almost zero exposure to the Kia brand which, 20 years ago, was mostly recycled Mazdas. And something called a Festiva which was a Mazda 121 built on an OEM basis for Ford Asia Pacific.

Latest Automotive Insights

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian

It might be about to enter its ninth year of production but the L200 pick-up remains competitive and has aided Mitsubishi Motors Europe's 23...

COMMENT: NUMSA rhetoric needs injection of hope

As sticking points go, South Africa's so-called 'peace clause' has proved exceptionally tricky to shift....

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Results season again

We are now in the midst of what I like to call slash-your-wrists or lose-the-will-to-live season and it can apply equally to whether you are...

Daimler - Q2 results insight

Daimler reported strong second quarter results this week and the outlook looks very good for the group, writes Sabine Blümel....

Kia K900 knocks on big brands' door

Prior to moving to the UK, I had almost zero exposure to the Kia brand which, 20 years ago, was mostly recycled Mazdas. And something called...

Global light vehicle market developments

The first half of the year has seen global light vehicle sales accelerate as expanding vehicle markets have more tan compensated for those t...

Top Auto News

GM faces lawsuit from ignition switch victims

Dave Leggett | 30 Jul 14

GM faces a lawsuit filed on behalf of 658 people who it is alleged either died or were injured due to the automaker's ignition switch defect.

Ford looks at plug-in EVs talking to energy firms

Dave Leggett | 30 Jul 14

Ford says it is collaborating with seven global automakers and 15 US utilities to develop technology that would allow plug-in electric vehicles to exchange messages with energy providers.

New models boost Honda Q1 operating income

Graeme Roberts | 29 Jul 14

Honda Motor boosted operating income for the fiscal first quarter to 30 June 2014 7.1% to JPY198bn yen thanks to new model launches in Japan and Asia and cost reduction.

Recent News - (Updated: 12:04pm 30 Jul 2014)

Rome mulls new car sales incentives

Faurecia half-year profits jump 21% to EUR311m

Fiat Q2 net profit plummets 54% to EUR197m

Paccar posts Q2 earnings up 9% to US$319m

Extra 2% to settle SA strike 'unaffordable': NEASA

TRW beats forecasts with Q2 results

NEASA refuses to ratify SA NUMSA strike deal

Japan to offer fuel-cell car incentives

Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A with Aha: Analytical data from the Cloud 28 Jul 14

Matthew Beecham

The IT industry has made much of the benefits of a Cloud infrastructure, offering better security and less complex networks in the workplace. Infotainment specialist Harman with subsidiary Aha claims its use in the car could be equally effective. It is now offering OEMs and service providers a chance to use the Cloud beyond downloading apps, navigation updates or music. Understanding what features are being used by the end customer, finding software bugs, removing unused features, reducing recalls or targeting specific customers with updates and advertising are just some of the ideas that Harman claims it can offer with its new Aha Cloud Platform Analytics and Updates Service. just-auto spoke to Siegfried Schuler, Director Centre of Competence Aha, about the service and find out what OEMs are most interested in.

INTERVIEW: Anne Ruthmann, Citroën C4 Cactus project manager 8 Jul 14

Glenn Brooks

Citroën C4 Cactus Chef de Projet Anne Ruthmann answers questions on key suppliers, lightweight technology, sales prospects and other topics.

Q&A with Han Hendriks, Vice President Advanced Product Development & Sales, Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors 8 Jul 14

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Han Hendriks about consumer expectations of car interiors, JCI’s Interior Vision 2025 and their new operating model tailored at innovation management. Han represents JCI’s Interiors business worldwide and is the innovation leader of this business.

Automotive Blog

Exploring the 'sweet spot' between motorcycle and conventional car

Dave Leggett | 30 Jul 14

The product space just below the 'conventional car' is an intriguing one.

Badge snobbery in China

Dave Leggett | 30 Jul 14

Ah, the old chestnut of the promise of the automotive brand, the core brand values and what the brand says about the driver.

Sir Nick Scheele's career highlight - in his own words

Dave Leggett | 21 Jul 14

Tributes are flowing in for Nick Scheele who has passed away, aged 70.

Hot Automotive Issues

Africa, the 'final frontier' for automotive growth

Car sales in Africa are, relative to the continent's population size, very low. The focus on emerging markets has been elsewhere. However, there have been signs lately of more interest in prospects for the automotive sector in Africa, with Nigeria's emerging economy (now Africa's largest) attracting automotive OEMs. However, industrial relations strife in South Africa also illustrates the challenges that come with economic development.

St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014

Despite pressure from some Western capitals not to attend, this year's SPIEF attracted more than 6,000 delegates, mostly CEOs, but also laced with a sprinkling of Prime Ministers and Presidents. We group the round-up here.

General Motors grapples with recalls

General Motors is facing a crisis in North America as it struggles to deal with large recalls that have raised serious concerns over its safety processes and supplier relations in the 2000s.

Quarterly results - get the abacus out...

It's quarterly results time again, mostly Q1 2014 and Q4/full year 2013/2014. We've assembled all our coverage into one handy package right here. Enjoy.

Auto Market Research

Philippines Autos Report Q3 2014

Philippines Autos Report Q3 2014

Business Monitor International's Philippines Autos Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, auto associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Philippines's automotive industry... Read more

Published: July 2014 - ($1295.00)

Libya Autos Report Q3 2014

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Egypt Autos Report Q3 2014

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United Arab Emirates Autos Report Q3 2014

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Turkey Autos Report Q3 2014

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