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New XC90 helped VCC to sell 30,195 vehicles in August

COMMENT: Volvo's US sales surge as China reverses

Volvo Cars has finally seen its plans for a return to strong growth in the US realised. An 18% YoY rise in August to 5,870 registrations com...

OEMs with big investments in China - such as Daimler - will be watching current economic developments in the country closely

China's economic turbulence worries auto industry

China's economy is obviously causing concern right now. It has been such an engine of growth for the world economy that investors get spooke...

Demand for air conditioning systems in passenger cars has grown rapidly over the last decade and even basic systems can be found in the smallest and least expensive vehicles in developing countries

Key trends in the automotive air-con market

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some tren...

All American Presidents seem to want to leave their imprint behind.

COMMENT: TPP legacy as Obama's Grand Projet?

It's only natural to want to leave something behind, something tangible which indicates you've made a difference and which will endure for d...

Will Ford adapt its new Thai-built Ranger for the US or go it alone again for the NAFTA markets model?

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Trouble in Tianjin

Our updates of the auto situation in Tianjin, following the massive explosions in the Chinese port city, have attracted a lot of reader inte...

GT 220 sits at the top of the Sport Tourer range

ANALYSIS: Mégane GT 220 & future Renaults

The GT200 Sport Tourer version of Renault's B32 series Mégane is that rare thing - a small estate that brings a smile to the driver's face....

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2016 Land Rover Discovery & 2017 L462 24 Aug 15

It might be more than a decade old but the Discovery is still one of the best four by fours that money can buy - constant development, including the latest Euro 6 compliant diesel engine, has ensured that.

August 2015 management briefing: Innovative emission technologies (2) 21 Aug 15

The main forces driving automotive emission technology are, of course, the ever increasing stringent emissions regulations worldwide. These in turn are triggering a raft of innovation in developing fuel efficient engines such as diesel or lean burn gasoline engines with high demands in particulate emissions reduction and NOx reduction technology. Alternatives fuels are another viable way to reduce CO2. For this second part of our management briefing, we talked with executives of Aeristech, Zircotec and Federal-Mogul about trends in after-treatment, exhaust coatings and 'upstream' factors influencing emissions as part of a move towards higher energy ignition systems.

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Suzuki-VW dispute over

Dave Leggett | 1 Sep 15 Finally: the long running legal dispute between Suzuki and Volkswagen that followed an acrimonious break-up between the two former partners appears to be over

A long running legal dispute between Suzuki and Volkswagen that followed an acrimonious break-up between the two former partners appears to be over, with VW being ordered to dispose of its 19.89% shareholding in Suzuki.

PSA Mulhouse plans weekend shift, temporary hires

Graeme Roberts | 1 Sep 15 Demand for models like DS4 has prompted PSA to add a temporary weekend shift at Mulhouse

PSA Peugeot Citroen said on Tuesday (1 September) it would add a temporary weekend shift at its Mulhouse factory from January 2016 to handle an increase in orders due to higher demand in Europe and strong sales of the Peugeot 2008, Citroën C4 and DS4 built at the factory.

BAIC Motor to acquire Daimler stake

Tony Pugliese | 1 Sep 15 The Beijing Benz joint venture factory assembles multiple Mercedes car and SUV models

China’s BAIC Motor plans to buy a significant stake in Germany’s Daimler AG by the end of the year, chairman Xu Heyi said at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the two companies’ Beijing Benz Automotive joint venture.

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Uber hires car hacking engineers

UPDATED IAA debuts list: Peugeot Fractal added

Magna closes interiors sale to Grupo Antolin

Key Safety Systems starts carbon fiber production

Henniges allies with Anhui Tousheng Auto-Parts

ZF TRW secures two safety domain ECU deals

Kongsberg wins EUR50m seat contract from NA

Euro industry teams to boost clean diesel

Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A with Drive System Design: Lightweight transmissions 1 Sep 15

Matthew Beecham

As automakers search for weight reduction in all parts of the vehicle, Matthew Beecham spoke to Mark Findlay, managing director at UK engineering consultancy, Drive System Design (DSD) about how weight savings might be made in the transmission and driveline.

Q&A with rFpro: Why digital modelling Detroit highways matters 17 Aug 15

Matthew Beecham

As automakers increasingly use simulation to supplement their vehicle test programmes, Matthew Beecham spoke to Chris Hoyle, technical director at rFpro, the simulator software company which recently won an award for its new approach to producing digital road models.

Q&A: How Camber Ridge is breaking the mould on tyre testing 11 Aug 15

Matthew Beecham

Camber Ridge is a new tyre testing facility set to open in 2016 in North Carolina, US. It aims to offer tyre manufacturers, vehicle OEMs and Tier 1’s the opportunity to measure the dynamic properties of tyres in an environment that blends testing on real road surface with the controlled conditions found in development laboratories. Matthew Beecham spoke to Camber Ridge’s CEO, Dr James F Cuttino, about the centre and its plans.

Automotive Blog

Cab-hailing apps irk licensed drivers

Chris Wright, just-auto editorial team Chris Wright | 27 Aug 15

The dramatic growth in cab-hailing apps in general and Uber in particular has got ‘official’ taxi drivers hot under the collar. According to figures out this week from the UK’s Department of Transport (DfT), the number of private hire vehicles on London's roads has surged by 26% over the past two years.

London's 'linear laboratory' for smart car technologies

Chris Wright, just-auto editorial team Chris Wright | 19 Aug 15

I have recently met a man with what you might describe as a bit of a job on his hands.

Chinese currency devaluation: is it significant?

Dave Leggett, just-auto editorial team Dave Leggett | 12 Aug 15

In the last two days, the Chinese yuan has lost around 3% of its value and that has made headlines. Is it really very significant?

Hot Automotive Issues

Takata's airbag inflator woes

Takata's airbag inflator woes

Airbag supplier Takata is under fire as potentially faulty inflators - which can fragment into shrapnel as the 'bag inflates and have been blamed for several deaths - prompt NHTSA to intensify the urgency of recalling 7.8m cars in the US and its territories alone. Our coverage is here.

Quarterly results are here again

Quarterly results are here again

Second quarter, half year, first fiscal quarter, etc, etc. We have covered the ones we think you should know about. All here in one handy pack.

How much auto industry consolidation lies ahead?

How much auto industry consolidation lies ahead?

For automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, interest in M&A has accelerated recently. FCA chief Sergio Marchionne has said that more consolidation is needed among global automakers to raise scale and efficiency. In the supplier sector, too, future industrial consolidation is a hot topic. Besides the recent completion of ZF's takeover of TRW, Delphi has said it is ready to move quickly to make a major acquisition.

Mexico attracts wave of automotive industry FDI

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.

Auto Market Research

Global heavy trucks market

Global heavy trucks market

This QUBE report from just-auto provides a comprehensive overview of the global heavy trucks market, major manufacturers, top markets, manufacturing trends and market size forecasts. Use this report to gain a quick overview of the sector and to understand the size and scope of the world's key markets.. Read more

Published: July 2015 - ($1500.00)

Ford Motor Company (F) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Published: April 2015 - ($125.00)

Global light vehicle safety systems market- forecasts to 2030

Published: July 2015 - ($2300.00)

General Motors Company (GM) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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Global light vehicle engine technologies market- forecasts to 2030

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