UK: Car sharing won't replace car ownership - BMW

BMW Group's head of sustainability communications, Glenn Schmidt, has told just-auto that emerging business models in areas such as car sharing will work alongside the continuing desire of consumers to own cars.

GERMANY: Next Mercedes target: one-tonne trucks

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plans to follow rival Volkswagen into the one tonne pickup truck segment by the end of the decade but not in North America or Asia, at least initially.

JAPAN: Honda to expand capacity in India

Honda Cars India (HCIL), Honda Motor’s automobile production and sales subsidiary in India will expand its second car production plant, the parent company in Japan announced on Friday.

BELGIUM: Russia still there long term: CLEPA

Russia presents "more questions than answers" at the moment says European supplier association, CLEPA, but despite undoubted challenges, the market is one for the long term.

NEW YORK DEBUTS LIST: Range Rover Sport HST & Toyota RAV4 Hybrid added

Ford Motor Company has revealed images and details of the federalised version of the 2017 Focus RS, while Land Rover has announced the Range Rover Sport HST.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chinese scoop up Pirelli

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After a government stimulated market binge in 2012, the Thai vehicle market has been left saturated and has declined sharply since. As outpu...

ANALYSIS: VW Group - success and succession

Ray Hutton was at the annual Volkswagen media and investor conference in Berlin earlier this month. Attendees heard much on the subject of h...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: GM, FCA, axe plant, Chrysler UK

Two major automakers respectively wielded the axe this week. General Motors all but shut down its Russian production and dumped Opel there w...

ANALYSIS: UK supplier industry perks up

There are signs of a revival in the UK automotive supplier industry, but a sense of perspective is needed, says Dave Leggett....

COMMENT: Russia defiant in face of yet more crisis

You might be forgiven for thinking the Russian Federation was at the edge of an economic precipice at the moment, facing a potential avalanc...


ANALYSIS: Europe can be a Cadillac 'test bed' region 17 Mar 15

While Cadillac’s goal of evolving into a global luxury brand is dependent on the US and China, Europe remains part of the long-term equation for the brand, GM insists. The brand has only a nominal presence in Europe, but that low presence is allied to strong brand recognition. That means the region can serve as a relatively low risk test bed for the brand’s customer experience approaches, according to an automotive industry analyst.


COMMENT: Oiling the Russian economy 16 Mar 15

Despite some small recovery in the oil price of late, adding a few pence, cents or centimes back onto a litre of fuel at the pumps, the crash in the price of the black stuff has been nothing short of spectacular during the last few months.

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Top Auto News

Honda to expand capacity in India

Graeme Roberts | 27 Mar 15

Honda Cars India (HCIL), Honda Motor’s automobile production and sales subsidiary in India will expand its second car production plant, the parent company in Japan announced on Friday.


Russia still there long term: CLEPA

Simon Warburton | 27 Mar 15

Russia presents "more questions than answers" at the moment says European supplier association, CLEPA, but despite undoubted challenges, the market is one for the long term.


Next Mercedes target: one-tonne trucks

Graeme Roberts | 27 Mar 15

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plans to follow rival Volkswagen into the one tonne pickup truck segment by the end of the decade but not in North America or Asia, at least initially.

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Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A with Victrex, a global high-performance polymer solutions provider 23 Mar 15

Matthew Beecham

Victrex plc is a UK-headquartered, global high-performance polymer solutions provider. Matthew Beecham spoke to Stephen Dougherty, Strategic Marketing Director, Victrex Polymer Solutions about its automotive business, applications and some misconceptions about the use of certain materials in vehicle manufacture.


INTERVIEW: GKN's eAxle all-wheel-drive technology with Rob Rickell 13 Mar 15

Calum MacRae

Interview with Rob Rickell, Senior Vice President Global Engineering, Principal Engineer, GKN plc. GKN has just publicised its involvement with the Porsche 918 programme, Calum MacRae caught up with him to discuss this and other developments.


Q&A with Eugenio Toccalino, Director of Strategic Marketing, Dow Automotive 23 Feb 15

Matthew Beecham

Dow Automotive Systems is a provider of polyurethanes, elastomers, films, fluids, adhesives, emissions solutions and acoustic-management materials to the global transportation industry. Matthew Beecham spoke to Eugenio Toccalino, Director of Strategic Marketing, Dow Automotive about structural foams and adhesives and the ways in which the supplier is helping OEMs make cars lighter.

Automotive Blog

"Difficult and beautiful" in Russia

Simon Warburton | 19 Mar 15

Despite fears numbers would be down, this year's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) kicked off in Moscow with a healthy attendance that belied the undoubted economic challenges the country faces.


Winter thaw sees Moscow shine

Simon Warburton | 16 Mar 15

It really is Spring sat here in Moscow and while not exactly scorchio, the sun is beating down on this most vibrant of cities, which seems to have rid itself of its once oily, heavy air.


Top Gear's storm in a teacup

Dave Leggett | 12 Mar 15

Overseas readers may be picking up media reports of a 'fracas' and a presenter's suspension at popular BBC TV programme Top Gear and wondering what's going on.

Hot Automotive Issues

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.

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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.

Valuable cars perch periously above the drink

Barely had the car carrier Hoegh Osaka left the port of Southampton and entered the Solent, something went horribly wrong and the ship listed hard over before the pilot and crew beached her on a sandbank. At risk are 1,200 JLR vehicles, 65 Minis, one Rolls-Royce and a bunch of JCB machines. We're following the salvage saga.

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