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Skoda's new press shop draws eyes this week

News that Škoda is building a new, energy-efficient press shop at its main factory in Mladá Boleslav drew a lot of eyes to thi...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ups and downs

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one suppliers, this week Matthew Beecham talked with Detlef Jürss, group vice presiden...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S8 & future models

Glenn Brooks | 7 Oct 2015

Suddenly, the full-sized luxury sedan segment is roaring back to life. Forget the economic stalling in some parts of the world and instead see what's happening in the US, in Europe, in India, in Japan - luxury limousines are big business again, and Audi is ready to take on the S-Class and the new BMW 7er with a revised A8 and S8 range, including the new S8 plus.

September management briefing: Frankfurt review

Glenn Brooks | 23 Sep 2015

In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA motor show.

Jakarta Auto Show Report

Tony Pugliese | 21 Aug 2015

The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show got underway yesterday at the shiny new Indonesian Convention and Exhibition centre in BSD, a new commercial centre some 30km west of central Jakarta. Tony Pugliese was there.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Premium electric SUVs...

Dave Leggett | 21 Aug 2015

Electric powertrain technology comes with a number of drawbacks - mainly surrounding battery performance issues - but it is interesting to see different OEM strategies emerging.

Latest Interviews

IAC on personalizing tomorrow’s car interiors

Matthew Beecham | 18 Nov 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Fritz Schweindl, Director Advanced Engineering International Automotive Components (IAC) Europe. IAC is a global supplier of automotive components and systems, including interior and exterior trim.

Q&A: ZeroLight's game-changing 3D technology

Matthew Beecham | 30 Oct 2015

ZeroLight is the new visualisation partner to Audi AG. Matthew Beecham caught up with the real-time 3D visualisation specialist's marketing director, Jason Collins, to discuss the game-changing technology, its potential impact on the evolving marketplace and why the automotive industry is already sitting up and taking notice.

Latest News

Samsung to supply Audi infotainment memory chips

Graeme Roberts | 27 Nov 2015

Samsung Electronics has won a contract to supply memory chips to Volkswagen's Audi, after earlier signing a strategic partnership agreement with the automaker.

Volkswagen diesel recall in Europe will take year

Graeme Roberts | 25 Nov 2015

Volkswagen Group announced on Wednesday fixes for 1.6- and two-litre EA 189 diesel engines that give false emissions readings, saying it would need all of 2016 to carry out the recalls. The measures are for Europe only and do not apply to US models.

Volkswagen making progress on diesel emissions fix

Graeme Roberts | 24 Nov 2015

Volkswagen has said it has German approval to repair about 70% of its 'rigged' diesel engines and made a deal with US regulators to resubmit questionable software in other vehicles for review.

Edmunds predicts record November US sales

Graeme Roberts | 24 Nov 2015 has forecast 1,331,415 new cars and trucks will be sold in the US in November for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 18.3m, both records for the month. The projected sales will be an 8.3% decrease from October 2015, but a 2.5% increase from November 2014.

Korean imports in October hit by VW scandal

Tony Pugliese | 6 Nov 2015

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by 6% year-on-year to 17,423 units in October, much slower than the doubled-digit growth seen in previous months, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

UK sales dip for first time in years

Graeme Roberts | 5 Nov 2015

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed UK new car registrations dropped for the first time in more than three and a half years as market growth levelled off in October 2015. 177,664 new cars were registered in the month, a dip of 1.1% on last year’s figure and following a record 43 consecutive months of growth. Year to date data showed the new car market is up 6.4% to 2,274,550 cars -  the best YTS result on record.

Audi to spend US$118m on Gyor plant

Graeme Roberts | 20 Oct 2015

Audi plans to invest HUF32bn (US$117.6m) in its Gyor plant in Hungary, the country's foreign minister Peter Szijjarto has said.

Audi starts production in Brazil

Graeme Roberts | 13 Oct 2015

Audi has started production in Curitiba in the Brazilian federal state of Parana. This latest of 13 assembly factories worldwide is the first in South America.

Winterkorn to step down from remaining VW posts?

Graeme Roberts | 13 Oct 2015

Former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, who quit last month, will step down from his remaining posts related to the company, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and TV stations NDR and WDR reported, without citing sources. The resignations are expected in the coming days, as soon as a few remaining formalities have been dealt with, they said, according to Reuters.

Audi to launch A4 Avant g-tron in 2016

Dave Leggett | 12 Oct 2015

Audi is to launch an A4 Avant g-tron in 2016 as part of its expansion of the line that uses CNG or Audi's synthetically produced 'e-gas'. 

South Korea import sales rise 20% in September

Tony Pugliese | 12 Oct 2015

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by almost 20% to 20,381 units in September, from 17,027 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

VW withdraws most 2016 US diesels

Graeme Roberts | 8 Oct 2015

Volkswagen, embroiled in an expanding scandal over its intentional cheating of Environmental Protection Agency emission standards with a so-called defeat device, has at least temporarily abandoned plans to include diesel models in its 2016 lineup, a media report said. The decision came to light late after Volkswagen's US chief executive, Michael Horn, released written copies of testimony he is expected to give before Congress on Thursday (8 October).

VW Australia emissions tally rises to 90,000+

Graeme Roberts | 7 Oct 2015

The number of Volkswagen Group vehicles sold in Australia fitted with devices designed to mask the level of emissions has risen to more than 90,000 from 77,000, to include the Audi brand, a media report said.

Prosecutors launch Winterkorn investigation

Graeme Roberts | 28 Sep 2015

German prosecutors have launched an investigation into former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn as a result of the diesel emissions-rigging scandal, according to multiple media reports on Monday (28 September).

US: EPA now examining VW/Audi/Porsche V6 diesels

Glenn Brooks | 23 Sep 2015

An official with the United States' Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly told the Detroit News that vehicles powered by the Volkswagen Group's 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine are being tested for potential exhaust emissions irregularities.

VW allocates EUR6.5bn for EPA scandal costs

Graeme Roberts | 22 Sep 2015

Volkswagen, clearly in damage control mode, has said it "is working at full speed to clarify irregularities concerning a particular software used in diesel engines" and "to cover the necessary service measures and other efforts to win back the trust of our customers", plans to book a charge "of some EUR6.5bn" in the third quarter of this financial year.

VW US orders 'stop sale' of some diesels

Graeme Roberts | 21 Sep 2015

Volkswagen has told US dealers to halt sales of some 2015 diesel cars after US government regulators found software it designed for the affected vehicles gave false emissions data and ordered a recall of close to a half million cars, the company said on Sunday, announcing it had launched an investigation. In a statement on Sunday, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said: "I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public."

Mood anything but sombre at Frankfurt

Roger Stansfield | 18 Sep 2015

You might have expected a sombre mood at the Frankfurt show with Chinese market growth down to a trickle, the Russian and Brazilian markets still basket cases, uncertainty in Europe over the economic effects of the migrant crisis and dire warnings about a possible recession in the US, but there was not a hint of it. Auto industry executives, and especially those from the German premium brands, were in buoyant mood, insisting that it would be business as usual.

Audi considers assembling engines in India

Graeme Roberts | 18 Sep 2015

Audi is thinking about assembling engines in India as it plans to increase its footprint in the country. CEO Ruper Stadler said: "The Indian market is developing very well. Now, we also have political stability.

Dongfeng Nissan fined for price-fixing

Tony Pugliese | 14 Sep 2015

Dongfeng Nissan Auto Sales Company, a joint venture between Nissan Motor and Chian’s Dongfeng Motor, has been fined a total of CNY123m (US$19.3) by Chinese regulators for braking the country’s anti-monopoly laws.

Audi global August sales up 2.7%

Dave Leggett | 11 Sep 2015

Audi says its global sales edged up to 128,650 cars (+2.7% on last year) in the month of August. However, the premium brand also reported adverse developments in a number of key markets.

Audi reports 'good showroom traffic' in China

Dave Leggett | 9 Sep 2015

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has told reporters that the brand saw 'good showroom traffic' in China in August, echoing remarks made by other company bosses that China's automotive sector may have weathered the worst of the country's recent economic volatility.

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.

Company research

Audi AG (NSU) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Audi AG (NSU) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Audi AG (Audi) is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG. The company designs, develops, manufactures, and commercializes premium cars, and motorcycles throughout the world....

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Hot issue: Vehicle connectivity at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Hot issue: Vehicle connectivity at the 2014 Consumer Electro

The rapid convergence of the worlds of consumer electronics and automotive technology means that January's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is now well and truly on the auto industr...

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Advanced Suspension System Trends

Advanced Suspension System Trends

Advanced suspension systems are relatively new electronically-controlled systems that enhance vehicle stability, road handling and ride quality. These systems use a lightweight material; as well as fa...

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