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Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Q1 profits rolling in

6 May 2016

News that Geely-owned Volvo Cars had made first quarter earnings gains thanks to strong sales of its recently launched, and high margin, XC90 luxury SUV drew a lot of just-auto reader eyeballs this week. Thus proving my long-held theory that new product, and lots of it, usually leads to profits. Volvo has continued the new model roll with the S90/V90 and there's more to come - I'm off to Sweden next week to learn more about the products we can expect on the new CMA architecture co-developed with Geely.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - BMW's clever production tricks

24 March 2016

Last week, I enjoyed an entertaining trip to BMW's annual AGM and plant 'show 'n' tell' (links here in last week's TWTW column) and, as threatened, this week I've published a yarn about some of the worker-assist innovations they've come up for the Munich and other factories. My favourites: the Exoskeleton 'chairless chair' pilot project at Plant Munich, the ProGlove laser-embedded smart glove and, not least because I got to Have A Go, the gesture-controlled lightweight robot. The ingenuity of plant engineers - and the line and logistics workers who often suggest ideas and help the engineers with development - never cease to amaze me.


BMW's factory modifications for ageing workforce

22 March 2016

One of the many things I enjoy about covering BMW's annual financial results press conference (reports here, here, here and here) is the 'show and tell' side trips – such as the Leipzig i3 'factory within a factory' in 2014. This year, rather than travel to the former east Germany, we needed only to cross the road from BMW Welt in the northern outskirts of Munich to the company's oldest factory – built 'out in the country' in 1922 (to make aero engines, with an airport across the road on what became the 1976 Olympics site), and now landlocked by the much-expanded city, requiring ingenious solutions for further expansion, such as the new paint shop (of which more later).

Latest interviews


HERE Automotive on strategies to support autonomou

1 February 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.


Harman on why partnering is essential - Q&A

16 December 2015

Harman recently partnered with Renesas to improve its in-vehicle network and infotainment solutions. Matthew Beecham caught-up with Harman’s Phil Eyler, Executive Vice President and President of Infotainment to find out how this alliance and others are supporting the brand in a highly competitive sector. In Part 2, we interview Harman’s EVP and President Lifestyle Audio Division Michael Mauser about the audio innovations it is bringing to the market to sustain growth.


Nexteer president and COO Laurent Bresson

19 January 2015

Nexteer, the former GM Saginaw steering division, has flourished under the ownership of China-based Pacific Century Motors its owner since 2011. Calum MacRae caught up with Nexteer’s president and COO Laurent Bresson at the recent NAIAS.


Q&A: Udo Schwerdel, Head of Continental Turbo

8 January 2015

Ian Henry spoke recently with Udo Schwerdel about Continental’s recent entrance into the turbocharger market.

Latest news


just-auto Plus only Bosch commissions second Life project facility

26 September 2016

What should be done with still-usable batteries at the end of their life cycle in electric vehicles The Battery 2nd Life project organised by Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch merges them into a large storage facility in Hamburg, Germany, to keep the electricity grid...


Paris show world debuts list - Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

22 September 2016

Ferrari will reveal an additional version of the four-wheel drive, four-seat GTC4Lusso at the Paris motor show. The GTC4Lusso T retains the four-wheel steering system of the existing V12-engined car but is powered by a 449kW/610CV 3,855cc turbocharged V8 and has rear-wheel drive.


just-auto Plus only BMW Dingolfing plant ready to produce new 5 Series

16 September 2016

The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series will also be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Lower Bavaria. Production of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan will ramp up before the end of the year, ready for market launch in early 2017. In preparation for the new...


BMW contracts some new 5 series assembly to Magna

15 September 2016

Magna International said it would manufacture the new 5 Series sedan for the BMW Group at its contract vehicle assembly facility in Graz, Austria.


BMW integrates with Alexa in the UK and Germany

15 September 2016

The BMW Connected personal digital mobility assistant will be available via an Alexa skill on all Alexa-enabled devices when the service is available in the UK and Germany.


just-auto Plus only ChargePoint/BMW/VW join over fast charging station

15 September 2016

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now travel the most heavily-trafficked corridors on the East and West Coasts of the US with the installation of 95 new DC fast charging stations as part of the express charging corridors initiative, a collaboration of two of...


More sales records tumble at BMW

13 September 2016

BMW Group sales in August 2016 rose 5.7% year on year to 165,431 vehicles - a record for the month - with year-to-date volume up 5.5% to 1,508,659, the first time the automaker has sold over 1.5m vehicles in the first eight months of a year.


Federal Mogul pistons/rings for BMW diesel engine

9 September 2016

Federal-Mogul Powertrain said it was supplying pistons, pins and ring packs for the quad-turbo diesel engine that will power the 2017 BMW 750d and 750Ld xDrive models.


X4 becomes BMW Brazil's sixth local assembly job

8 September 2016

Almost two years after the first locally assembled car -  a 328i - left the line at its Araquari plant in the southern state of Santa Catarina, BMW Brazil chose the X4 to be its sixth locally built product.


2016 CHENGDU SHOW - world premieres

7 September 2016

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at CDMS 2016, the 19th Chengdu motor show.


just-auto Plus only BMW unveils X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance at Chengdu

7 September 2016

The new BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance has been unveiled to the world at the Chengdu Motor Show 2016 as the latest addition to BMW’s family of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and the first plug-in hybrid in the compact luxury SUV segment. Manufactured by BMW...


just-auto Plus only IIHS LATCH hardware evaluation shows improvement

2 September 2016

Buckling precious cargo into a late-model vehicle has gotten a bit easier in the past year, the institute's LATCH ease-of-use ratings show. IIHS launched its ratings of child seat installation hardware in vehicles in June 2015. Out of 102 vehicles rated...


Bosch supplies water injection bits for BMW engine

1 September 2016

Bosch said it was supplying water injection parts for BMW's M4 GTS, the first production vehicle to feature what the Tier One supplier described as "an innovative and groundbreaking water injection system".


Thai oil company and automakers to promote EVs

16 August 2016

Thailand’s state-owned oil and gas company PTT Plc has signed a collaboration agreement with six automakers to help develop the country’s nascent electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle market.


BMW Group July global sales rise 4%

10 August 2016

BMW Group achieved a new July sales record with a total of 180,080 vehicles delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 4% on the same month last year. Coming off the back of a record first half-year, this start to the third quarter sees year-to-date sales climb 5.5% with 1,343,217 vehicles delivered worldwide.


just-auto Plus only BMW communications announces management changes

4 August 2016

Effective 1 September 2016, Alexander Bilgeri will take over as vice president product, technology and sports communications for the BMW Group. He succeeds Dirk Arnold, who was named vice president product management BMW i and e-Mobility in June 2016. Bilgeri...


BMW records best ever second quarter results

2 August 2016

BMW Group has posted what it says are its best ever quarterly net profit and sales volume for the period between April and June.


Mobileye Q2 net income soars 75% to US$27m

27 July 2016

Mobileye has recorded second quarter net income up 75% to US£27m, from US$15.3m in the same period last year.


BMW to invest in Thai hybrid battery plant

25 July 2016

BMW reportedly is considering spending THB2bn on a new battery plant for plug-in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, according to local reports, citing industry minister Atchaka Sibunruang.


BMW now building 1 series sedan in China

18 July 2016

The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture had added the 1 series sedan to its locally-built range, saying the premium compact car segment is the fastest growing segment both in China and worldwide.


BMW books record first half sales

12 July 2016

Sales at the BMW Group set a new June record with 227,849 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 9.1% year on year. This led to record first half sales up 5.8% to 1,163,139.


Yanfeng Interiors expands in US

8 July 2016

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is establishing operations in Laurens County, South Carolina. The new development is expected to bring $71 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of 35 new jobs.


BMW, Intel and Mobileye ink autonomous car deal

1 July 2016

As reported yesterday, BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye have confirmed they are joining forces to make self-driving vehicles.


BMW teams up with Mobileye and Intel

30 June 2016

BMW is about to announce an alliance to develop self-driving cars in alliance with Mobileye and Intel, according to a Reuters report.


Opening ceremony for Benteler Shenyang plant

20 June 2016

Benteler Automotive has hosted an opening ceremony for its new production plant, located in Shenyang, China.


BMW breaks ground for Mexico plant

17 June 2016

BMW has broken ground for a new plant in Mexico that will make the BMW 3 Series from 2019, displacing 3 Series production at the company's plant in South Africa. 


ACEA revises up 2016 growth forecast to 5%

2 June 2016

Europe's Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), has revised its forecast for 2016 car registrations up from its initial January forecast of 2% growth. 


BMW updates 3 Series GT with new engines

1 June 2016

BMW says it is preparing to launch the latest BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in time for the start of sales in the summer and has added new engines.


Brose manufactures five millionth seat structure

26 May 2016

Brose says it has manufactured the five millionth front seat structure since the start of production in 2012 for a joint project between Daimler and BMW.


GKN wins plug-in AWD axle deal

24 May 2016

A series of new C-segment vehicles will offer the option of adding plug-in electric all-wheel drive using GKN Driveline’s latest electric axle drive (eAxle) technology. The eAxle is an evolution of systems developed for hybrid supercars that use electric all-wheel drive to boost performance and efficiency.

BMW news

just-auto Plus only Bosch commissions second Life project facility

26 September 2016

What should be done with still-usable batteries at the end of their life cycle in electric vehicl...


Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l'Automob...


Paris show world debuts list - Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

22 September 2016

Ferrari will reveal an additional version of the four-wheel drive, four-seat GTC4Lusso at the Par...


just-auto Plus only BMW Dingolfing plant ready to produce new 5 Series

16 September 2016

The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series will also be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Lo...


BMW contracts some new 5 series assembly to Magna

15 September 2016

Magna International said it would manufacture the new 5 Series sedan for the BMW Group at its con...


BMW integrates with Alexa in the UK and Germany

15 September 2016

The BMW Connected personal digital mobility assistant will be available via an Alexa skill on all...



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