GERMANY: Daimler announces Singelfingen spend

Daimler is to spend EUR1.5bn (US$2bn) to modernise the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant by 2020 and has also reached a multi-year agreement with the works council on cost reductions worth several million euros.

GERMANY: ZF said to be in TRW acquisition talks

ZF Friedrichshafen is said to be in advanced talks to acquire TRW Automotive Holdings in a deal estimated at nearly US$12bn.

FRANCE: Renault H1 operating profit up 25% but warns on emerging market slowdown

Renault has posted a 25% increase in half-year Group operating profit to EUR729m (US$980m), but warns of a "sharp slowdown" in emerging markets.

July 2014 management briefing: Global light vehicle market

The first half of the year has seen global light vehicle sales accelerate as expanding vehicle markets have more tan compensated for those that have contracted. Dave Leggett eyes the latest data and the outlook.

INTERVIEW: Audi's 'Mr RHD' retires

David Ingrams, who retired from Audi UK's press office today (31 July) played a key role in helping the German automaker's engineers achieve "uncompromised" right hand drive configurations and also oversaw a collection of about 50 classic cars.

Latest Automotive Insights

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We are now in the midst of what I like to call slash-your-wrists or lose-the-will-to-live season and it can apply equally to whether you are...

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Prior to moving to the UK, I had almost zero exposure to the Kia brand which, 20 years ago, was mostly recycled Mazdas. And something called...

Top Auto News

VW Group posts 14.1% growth in net profit for Q2

Dave Leggett | 31 Jul 14

Volkswagen Group has reported an impressive 14.1% increase in net profit in the second quarter, despite acknowledging competitive pressures and difficulties in some emerging markets.


INTERVIEW: Audi's 'Mr RHD' retires

Graeme Roberts | 31 Jul 14

David Ingrams, who retired from Audi UK's press office today (31 July) played a key role in helping the German automaker's engineers achieve "uncompromised" right hand drive configurations and also oversaw a collection of about 50 classic cars, many of which he helped to launch when new. The man who praised Audi for taking the long-term view has himself served 36 years with the automaker and the connection may not yet be completely severed.


Daimler announces Singelfingen spend

Chris Wright | 31 Jul 14

Daimler is to spend EUR1.5bn (US$2bn) to modernise the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant by 2020 and has also reached a multi-year agreement with the works council on cost reductions worth several million euros.

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Latest Auto Interviews

INTERVIEW: Tesla UK country manager Georg Ell 31 Jul 14

Glenn Brooks

With a background in IT and start-ups, Georg Ell isn't your typical car company boss. But he seems a perfect fit in his role as UK and Ireland country manager for Tesla Motors.


Q&A with Aha: Analytical data from the Cloud 28 Jul 14

Matthew Beecham

The IT industry has made much of the benefits of a Cloud infrastructure, offering better security and less complex networks in the workplace. Infotainment specialist Harman with subsidiary Aha claims its use in the car could be equally effective. It is now offering OEMs and service providers a chance to use the Cloud beyond downloading apps, navigation updates or music. Understanding what features are being used by the end customer, finding software bugs, removing unused features, reducing recalls or targeting specific customers with updates and advertising are just some of the ideas that Harman claims it can offer with its new Aha Cloud Platform Analytics and Updates Service. just-auto spoke to Siegfried Schuler, Director Centre of Competence Aha, about the service and find out what OEMs are most interested in.


INTERVIEW: Anne Ruthmann, Citroën C4 Cactus project manager 8 Jul 14

Glenn Brooks

Citroën C4 Cactus Chef de Projet Anne Ruthmann answers questions on key suppliers, lightweight technology, sales prospects and other topics.

Automotive Blog

Tesla Model S reliability

Glenn Brooks | 31 Jul 14

With RHD Tesla cars only going on sale in the UK in recent weeks, it's way too early to be talking about the ownership experience. But in the US, it's a different story.


Exploring the 'sweet spot' between motorcycle and conventional car

Dave Leggett | 30 Jul 14

The product space just below the 'conventional car' is an intriguing one.


Badge snobbery in China

Dave Leggett | 30 Jul 14

Ah, the old chestnut of the promise of the automotive brand, the core brand values and what the brand says about the driver.

Hot Automotive Issues

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.

St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014

Despite pressure from some Western capitals not to attend, this year's SPIEF attracted more than 6,000 delegates, mostly CEOs, but also laced with a sprinkling of Prime Ministers and Presidents. We group the round-up here.

General Motors grapples with recalls

General Motors is facing a crisis in North America as it struggles to deal with large recalls that have raised serious concerns over its safety processes and supplier relations in the 2000s.

Quarterly results - get the abacus out...

It's quarterly results time again, mostly Q1 2014 and Q4/full year 2013/2014. We've assembled all our coverage into one handy package right here. Enjoy.

Auto Market Research

Philippines Autos Report Q3 2014

Philippines Autos Report Q3 2014

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Libya Autos Report Q3 2014

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