US: ZF to buy TRW after $13.5bn deal agreed

TRW will become a separate business division within ZF after the two struck a deal under which ZF will acquire all outstanding shares in TRW.

FRANCE: Renault-Nissan Alliance re-thinking EV battery strategy - report

The Renault-Nissan Alliance reportedly is planning to retrench on electric vehicle battery making, consolidating next generation output, currently in the US and UK, in Japan and outsourcing production to LG Chem.

SPAIN: Opel starts Mokka assembly at Zaragoza

Opel's Mokka small SUV (also sold as a Vauxhall in UK) is now assembled at General Motors' assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain.

ITALY: Ferrari books record half year sales and profits

Ferrari booked a record half year trading profit up 5.2% to EUR185m on revenues of EUR1,348.6m (+14.5%).

PARIS DEBUTS: Ford C-MAX facelift, new S-MAX & Toyota C-HR concept

The media preview days of the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile will be 2 & 3 October. The following list continues to be updated as manufacturers announce world premieres.

Latest Automotive Insights

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More musical chairs

After last week's news concerning top Nissan/Infiniti executive Andy Palmer's move to Aston Martin, came another shift - a BMW German region...

ANALYSIS: Mercedes-Benz future model plans

Today's media release from Daimler is official confirmation that the Mercedes-Benz passenger cars division will leverage multiple architectu...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche Panamera 4S

The name is the same but Porsche's latest Panamera 4S loses its normally aspirated V8 and gains a biturbo V6 that's not only more powerful b...

COMMENT: Post Soviet unions no zest for strikes

One of the aspects that genuinely surprised me about the recent visit to Russia organised by Renault and AvtoVAZ was the almost complete abs...

COMMENT: Tesla's Musk talks a good game

The site for Tesla's big battery factory has been announced....

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air

Keen on the Fiat Panda Cross but don't need rear doors? General Motors Europe hopes you might be tempted by its new Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air,...

Top Auto News

ZF to buy TRW after $13.5bn deal agreed

Dave Leggett | 15 Sep 14

TRW will become a separate business division within ZF after the two struck a deal under which ZF will acquire all outstanding shares in TRW.


Alliance re-thinking EV battery strategy - report

Graeme Roberts | 15 Sep 14

The Renault-Nissan Alliance reportedly is planning to retrench on electric vehicle battery making, consolidating next generation output, currently in the US and UK, in Japan and outsourcing production to LG Chem which could even take over one or both of the plants outside Japan.


Renault to make next Nissan Micra's chassis parts

Graeme Roberts | 15 Sep 14

Renault's Le Mans plant will start making chassis parts for the next generation Nissan Micra from late 2016.

Recent News - (Updated: 5:31pm 15 Sep 2014)

Bosch taking over EPS JV with ZF

Opel starts Mokka assembly at Zaragoza

PARIS DEBUTS: Ford C-MAX & Grand C-MAX facelifts

Ford India to launch four new models

Maruti plans LCV project on limited scale

Argentina to ease carmakers’ currency nerves

Honda India plans third car plant in Gujarat

Government extends vehicle excise tax cut

Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A with Evolution Time Critical 2 Sep 14

Matthew Beecham

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

TRW and ZF

Dave Leggett | 15 Sep 14

We're digesting the news that TRW will be (subject to the usual approvals) acquired by ZF. Looks like ZF has paid top dollar.


On this day...

Dave Leggett | 11 Sep 14

Here we are again. September 11. On that day in 2001, I was in Frankfurt at the auto show.


The 'vette that snitches on the valet

Graeme Roberts | 9 Sep 14

In a pleasing variation of authority using cameras to spy on car drivers, General Motors has come up with a car camera that can be a nosey parker on the valet parker entrusted with the keys to your pride and joy.

Hot Automotive Issues

Paris show

The media preview days of the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile on 2 & 3 October are not far away now. Time to gather up news of what we expect to see

Moscow show opens

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.

Second quarter, half year, fiscal quarter results

We won't claim to have 'em all but we've got the ones that matter.

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.

Auto Market Research

LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates

LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates (annual subscription)

LMC Automotive's service provides customers with the very latest monthly estimates of passenger car production across all of Europe. Updated monthly and provided model-by-model, and available only via just-auto, the service fills the gaps between the latest actual published data and the present. This annual subscription provides you with immediate access to the current edition, plus 11 further monthly updates... Read more

Published: September 2014 - ($900.00)


In-Car Entertainment in Hong Kong, China

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Analysis of over 140 Lithium-based Rechargeable Battery Manufacturers: Chemistry, Strategy, Success

Published: July 2014 - ($2635.16)


Global Automotive Upholstery Market 2014-2018

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Brazilian automobile industry - Right strategy for tough times

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