UK: Car output dips in November

UK car output fell by 277 units in November with 137,347 cars produced. Year to date output was stable at 1,419,427 units, a drop of 0.3%.

JAPAN: Honda conducted its own tests on Takata airbags

Honda Motor bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests of Takata airbags after becoming concerned by mounting recalls and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people.

BELGIUM: "Loudest shift" as Genk mayor brands Ford exit disaster

Genk is to organise a "loudest shift" for tomorrow (18 December) with the city's mayor branding Ford's decision to end production after five decades "a disaster" for the region.

SWEDEN: Volvo rethinks its way to market

Volvo is cutting back on major motor show attendance around the world and winding down many of its sponsorship activities as part of a new global marketing strategy.

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Top Auto News

Genk mayor organises "loudest shift" as Ford exits

Simon Warburton | 17 Dec 14

Genk is to organise a "loudest shift" for tomorrow (18 December) with the city's mayor branding Ford's decision to end production after five decades "a disaster" for the region.


Hyundai redesigns Sonata hybrid

Graeme Roberts | 17 Dec 14

Hyundai has launched its redesigned Sonata Hybrid with "unique hybrid design" styling changes, new safety and convenience features and an upgraded powertrain that delivers claimed class-leading fuel economy of 18.2km/litre.


Global light vehicle market slipped back in Nov

Dave Leggett | 17 Dec 14

Data from LMC Automotive suggests that the global light vehicle market slipped back in November on weak sales in Eastern Europe, Japan and South America.

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The head of the UK distribution arm of SsangYong tells Dave Leggett that he expects the Korean brand to double its UK sales in 2015, boosted by the impact of the upcoming small SUV, Tivoli.

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This is one of the more interesting long-term tests I've read in a while as a former sell-side analyst turned technology and auto reviewer in the US reports on four years of life with General Motors' Chevrolet Volt - aka the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera.


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