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VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S8 & future models

Suddenly, the full-sized luxury sedan segment is roaring back to life. Forget the economic stalling in some parts of the world and instead s...

September management briefing: Frankfurt review

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...

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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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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