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THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW comes clean, JLR goes east

The really interesting stuff all happened as this week drew to a close - yesterday Volkswagen 'fessed up over the 'dieselgate' scandal and,...

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Skoda's new press shop

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...

Graeme Roberts | 6 Nov 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one suppliers, this week Matthew Beecham talked with Detlef Jürss, group vice president and general manager Seating Components, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. Well worth a look if you haven't enjoyed yet. He's also talked to Schaeffler about smarter repairs.

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.

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.

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.

Latest Interviews

Cat Dow | 1 Feb 2016

At the 2016 CES, Cat Dow talked with Floris Van Der Klashorst, vice-president of HERE Automotive. HERE's a creator of connected navigation solutions and since December 2015 has been owned by an alliance of the German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler.

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.

Latest News

Graeme Roberts | 1 Feb 2016

In 2015 the European car market totalled 14.2m new registrations, an increase of 9.3% over 2014 full year results; the highest since 2009. The market benefited from the last two months of double-digit growth with December setting the highest positive monthly change of the last three years at 1.16m units. Therefore, the last quarter volume increase was the highest of the year, standing at 10.2% more than in Q4 2014, representing 3.42m cars sold in total. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, SAAR, came in at 16.52m units.

Fernando Calmon | 15 Jan 2016

Despite operating at just a third of the capacity of the Araquari, Santa Catarina state, assembly plant, BMW has decided to start building the X4 crossover locally in the second half of this year.

Graeme Roberts | 13 Jan 2016

New Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller faces a crucial meeting on Wednesday (13 January) with US regulators to discuss ways out of the emissions-cheating crisis, a day after the California Air Resources Board (CARB) rejected the automaker's initial proposed engine fix.

Tony Pugliese | 13 Jan 2016

New vehicle sales in China jumped by 15.4% to 2.8m units in December, from 2.4m units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Graeme Roberts | 11 Jan 2016

Volkswagen was expected to announce on Monday it is expanding its US goodwill diesel emissions compensation programme to tens of thousands of owners of larger diesel vehicles, the company's top US official told Reuters.

Glenn Brooks | 6 Jan 2016

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show saw the world premieres of various cars, concepts and automotive technologies as listed below. The press preview days were 5 and 6 January.

Graeme Roberts | 10 Dec 2015

Volkswagen said it had "largely concluded the clarification of the matter" concerning an investigation into whether the published CO2 emissions of its vehicles reflected real-world conditions.

Graeme Roberts | 7 Dec 2015

Audi, BMW and Daimler have received regulatory approval to buy the Here digital mapping business from Nokia Maps and said they would run the business "to openly and independently develop the future of digitised driving".

Graeme Roberts | 7 Dec 2015

Porsche's supervisory board has named Albrecht Reimold member of the executive board for production and logistics from 1 February, 2016. He replaces Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board since October.

Graeme Roberts | 2 Dec 2015

Volkswagen India's recall of 323,000 diesel cars fitted with emission cheating software will be the country's biggest.

Dave Leggett | 2 Dec 2015

Audi is planning a wave of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles for the Chinese market to meet rising demand for 'New Energy Vehicles' (NEVs).

Graeme Roberts | 27 Nov 2015

Audi has suspended two engineers after its larger diesel engines were found evading emissions limits in the United States, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told a newspaper.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'. 

Latest blogs

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.

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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