JAPAN [updated 10:45BST]: Renault-Nissan's Andy Palmer named Aston Martin CEO

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Aston Martin on Tuesday (2 September) announced, respectively, the resignation of Andy Palmer who has "accepted a position with another company" and his appointment as chief executive officer.

RUSSIA: Moscow revives scrappage in US$267m incentive scheme

Russia has introduced a US$267m automotive scrappage scheme from today (1 September) in a bid to halt the alarming slide in vehicle sales this year as continued political unrest triggers consumer unease.

BRAZIL: VW expects boost from 2015 Fox and Saveiro double cab

Two new model launches by the same automaker the same day is unusual here in Brazil but, in a sluggish and competitive market, it can happen, as it did with Volkswagen's 2015 high-roof Fox hatchback and the double cab Saveiro compact pickup.

RUSSIA: Little appetite for union at Renault Avtoframos

Renault's Russian director, Bruno Ancelin, says he was "heavily surprised" there was no appetite for a trade union at the company's Moscow plant when he arrived to take up his post.

PARIS DEBUTS: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

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COMMENT: 'Showing instruments' in West stand off?

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Top Auto News

[10:45BST update]: Nissan's Palmer named Aston CEO

Glenn Brooks | 2 Sep 14

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Aston Martin on Tuesday (2 September) announced, respectively, the resignation of Andy Palmer who has "accepted a position with another company" and his appointment as chief executive officer.


US analysts call August about 1.5m, SAAR 16.6m

Graeme Roberts | 1 Sep 14

With automakers in the US due to start announcing their August 2014 sales this week, three forecasters have predicted sales from just under to just over 1.5m units and SAAR of 16.5m to 16.6m.


AvtoVAZ mulls more component production

Simon Warburton | 1 Sep 14

AvtoVAZ says it could generate a "couple of billion Roubles" in parts sales if it further leveraged its expertise in component manufacture.

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The automotive industry is now using logistics in a more proactive way to provide the flexibility which is required due to diversifying model ranges. There is also the question of quality, of course. Components that have been acceptable in previous years are being failed by more stringent testing. Matthew Beecham spoke to Brad Brennan, managing director of emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical.


Q&A with Drive System Design: Reducing warranty costs 26 Aug 14

Matthew Beecham

Though today’s new vehicle development programmes are more comprehensive than ever, using exhaustive virtual and ‘real world’ testing, issues can still escape into the market place. just-auto spoke to Mark Findlay of UK engineering consultancy Drive System Design about a new approach to reducing warranty costs.


Q&A with rFpro: Modelling the Nürburgring race track 12 Aug 14

Matthew Beecham

As automakers increasingly use simulation to supplement their vehicle test programmes, just-auto spoke to Chris Hoyle, technical director of rFpro, a UK company that has modelled the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring, Germany, with unprecedented accuracy.

Automotive Blog

2015 Ford Mustang: 8m 'likes' on Facebook

Dave Leggett | 29 Aug 14

The original 1960s fastback Mustang is one of my all-time favourite car designs.


An old friend turns 40

Graeme Roberts | 28 Aug 14

A small but not insignificant milestone slipped by earlier this week, perhaps unnoticed by most industry watchers.


Rule Britannia

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It really does get tiresome when some (deep breath, choose words carefully) 'uninformed' person tells me the UK doesn't have a car industry any more. We do, albeit mostly foreign owned.

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One of the world’s biggest car shows, the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS) opened to media - including just-auto - on 27 August in the city’s Crocus Expo exhibition centre. This year's show occupies over 120,000 sq m and over 50 automakers are attending. The show features a record number of new vehicles, including nine world premieres, nine European and 43 Russian premieres, and 16 concept cars.

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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

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