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Dave Leggett | 14 Aug 2015

The big news this week was that Jaguar Land Rover announced a plan to build a 300,000-unit capacity plant in Slovakia. We knew that a plant in Central/Eastern Europe was under consideration as part of the Tata-owned premium firm's fairly ambitious growth plans.

THE WEEK: Flint down but not out by any means

Graeme Roberts | 7 Aug 2015

Whenever I hear the word Flint I always think of a certain Michael Moore, native of that Michigan city, and his movie Roger & Me about the closure of a vast swathe of factories that once made up General Motors' Buick City.

ANALYSIS: Diesel-only risk for new Audi Q7

Glenn Brooks | 6 Aug 2015

A plug-in hybrid e-tron is coming in 2016 but Audi UK is about to launch the new Q7 with just one engine: a 272PS 3.0-litre TDI. Will that be enough to tackle the multi-engine new Volvo XC90, a car Audi admits is likely to become the segment leader?

ANALYSIS: Japan under attack from foreign brands

Glenn Brooks | 16 Jul 2015

Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. Mazda was up 47% in June, while multiple European brands are also enjoying high percentage gains.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Craig Diem, BWI Group

Matthew Beecham | 13 Jan 2015

BWI Group’s MagneRide suspension systems are being increasingly featured in top end cars. In the EU they work on high end integration of chassis components with advanced control and sensory systems to produce vehicles that take safety, ride dynamics and sophistication to a new level. Conversely, BWI also work within the advancing Chinese market that sits in a very different end of the spectrum, where basic safety and control devices like ABS and ESC are just starting to take hold, and where AEB and autonomous driving are concepts reserved for the very top layer of the social elite who can afford to import EU and NA models. Matthew Beecham spoke to Craig Diem, BWI Group, Director – Strategic Planning about how the Group deals with the different challenges that these markets bring.

Q&A with JATCO Ltd

Calum MacRae | 14 Oct 2014

Calum MacRae talked to JATCO's Yuko Fujita. JATCO holds 49% of the world CVT market. JATCO, 75% held by Nissan Motor Company, was exhibiting at the Paris Motor Show for the first time.

Latest News

Audi to show pure electric SUV concept at IAA

Dave Leggett | 19 Aug 2015

Audi will show its first purely electric Audi SUV, the e-tron quattro concept, at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The new SUV will be followed by a production ready vehicle scheduled for 2018 ('Q6').

Audi plans 500km range EV battery for future SUV

Dave Leggett | 14 Aug 2015

Audi says it will work with LG Chem and Samsung SDI to develop a new battery for a purely electrically powered sport utility vehicle that will have a fully charged range of 'more than 500km'.

Audi reworks 3L TDI engine for fuel efficient Q7

Dave Leggett | 11 Aug 2015

Audi has reworked its three-litre V6 TDI engine for lower power output to produce a more fuel efficient variant of the new Q7.

Daimler, BMW, Audi, to acquire HERE mapping

Simon Warburton | 11 Aug 2015

Audi, BMW Group and Daimler say they have reached agreement with Nokia Corporation to acquire its mapping and location services business, HERE.

Audi joins Ko-HAF cooperative project

Dave Leggett | 10 Aug 2015

Audi is participating in the 'Cooperative Highly-Automated Driving' initiative (Ko-HAF). The aim of Ko-HAF is to develop standards and technologies that enable cooperative driving between highly-automated vehicles in everyday road traffic - for example merging with traffic on highways.

South Korea import sales rise 14% in July

Tony Pugliese | 6 Aug 2015

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea increased by 14.3% to 20,707 units in July, compared with 18,112 units in the same month of last year, according to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

Bill Cawthon | 4 Aug 2015

Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.

Audi, BMW, Daimler buying Nokia's Here maps

Graeme Roberts | 3 Aug 2015

Audi, BMW Group and Daimler have agreed to buy Nokia Corporation's mapping and location services business Here.

Audi to debut OLED lighting at IAA

Dave Leggett | 31 Jul 2015

Audi says it is presenting its next step OLED automotive lighting technology for the first time at the IAA in Frankfurt.

Audi brand sets first half sales record

Graeme Roberts | 30 Jul 2015

Volkswagen's premium Audi Group division boosted operating profit 9.1% to EUR2.9bn in the first half of 2015.

VW India three top sales executives step down

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jul 2015

Three top level executives at Volkswagen Group Sales India reportedly have stepped down in the recent past.

Volkswagen spending $6.8m in California

Graeme Roberts | 20 Jul 2015

Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) will spend US$6.8m expanding its logistics operations with a new Pacific Northwest Parts Distribution Centre in Sacramento, California.

Audi building new paint shop at Ingolstadt

Graeme Roberts | 20 Jul 2015

Audi is constructing a new paint shop at its plant in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Audi abandons China target - report

Graeme Roberts | 16 Jul 2015

Volkswagen group premium brand Audi reportedly has abandoned its target of selling 600,000 cars this year in China, its biggest market, as the country’s stock market fall hit demand for luxury vehicles, news agency sources said.

VW Group signs for new dealer management system

Graeme Roberts | 13 Jul 2015

Volkswagen Group UK (VWG) and integrated IT and digital marketing supplier CDK Global have signed what they claim is the largest ever DMS (dealer management system) agreement ever seen in the UK. Volkswagen Group UK (VWG) and integrated IT and digital marketing supplier CDK Global have signed what they claim is the largest ever DMS (dealer management system) dealer-supplier agreement ever seen in the UK.

B&O sound for revamped Audi A4

Graeme Roberts | 6 Jul 2015

Audi's redesigned A4 line includes an optional Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System the supplier claims "offers an unparalleled level of acoustic transparency and sets the benchmark of excellence in the automotive audio systems market".

SUVs continue driving US sales growth

Bill Cawthon | 2 Jul 2015

June was another good month for the auto industry as US light vehicle sales continued to grow.

JUST THE FACTS: 2016 Audi A4 first look

Graeme Roberts | 29 Jun 2015

New generation Audi A4 based on Volkswagen Group's MLB architecture, as also used by the larger A6. Build expected at all existing global locations. S4 and RS4 derivatives to follow, plug-in hybrid sedan expected. Announced 29 June 2015 with public debut at the Frankfurt show next September.

Formula E to double battery output

Chris Wright | 24 Jun 2015

Engineers working in Formula E, the electric car racing series, expect to double the energy output of vehicle batteries within the next four years.

Audi is first customer for new car configurator

Dave Leggett | 23 Jun 2015

ZeroLight, a UK-based technology company, has told just-auto that it has developed a game changing car configurator technology that will revolutionise the car buying experience at the point where new car buyers are considering and specifying cars that they will potentially purchase. Audi is the first customer for the new technology that it is now being rolled out across its dealers globally.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: New TTS & Audi's future models

Glenn Brooks | 16 Jun 2015

Has Audi ever bettered the styling of the original AU314 TT? Certainly to many eyes, the second generation model was a disappointment, but the progressive tech and aggressive looks of the new model are a big step ahead, especially in TTS form.

GKN develops flywheel hybrid system for Audi Sport

Dave Leggett | 16 Jun 2015

GKN has said that its "Hybrid Power's Gyrodrive flywheel hybrid energy storage system" helped power the hybrid Audi R18 e-tron quattro to third place at the weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours, the fourth consecutive podium result for the technology with Audi Sport.

Latest blogs

Is Audi overdoing it with niche models and SUVs?

Dave Leggett | 11 May 2015

When you think of Audi what springs to mind? For me, it's still the elegance, performance and advanced technologies typified by the first generation A8 that came to market in the mid-90s.

I, Robot and Audi

Dave Leggett | 12 Feb 2015

Interesting development in the news at Audi. There's a robot on the assembly line that works with the humans.

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