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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).


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Toro talks truck

26 February 2016

I have to admit to being a little surprised at how much interest a new pickup truck attracted on just-auto this week. OK, a new segment for the automaker, Fiat,  a little ingenuity in the barn-door, flexible configuration tailgate but, initially, only for South America. Perhaps the fact the name Chrysler is also appended to the word Fiat these days? And, given that South America is from where VW lobs the Amarok to the world, and the Renault-Nissan-Mercedes-anyone else want a rebadged LCV-alliance is working on several variations of the Japanese partner's Navara/Frontier truck for the globe, with some production in Argentina, I'd not be suprised to see this new Toro on sale, also in RHD, pretty much worldwide at some point. Fiat Brazil has exported light commercials widely before, including neatly packaged van and pick-up versions of the Uno it kept in production for decades.

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


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's Indian plant assembles 50,000th car

16 May 2016

BMW's Chennai plant has assembled its 50,000th car - a 7 Series.


BMW Brazil to export X1 SUVs to US

13 May 2016

BMW's Araquari assembly plant in the state of Santa Catarina will begin exports of 10,000 units of the X1 small SUV to the US in July.


BMW April sales set more records

13 May 2016

BMW, Mini and BMW Motorrad (motorcycles) all achieved new sales records in April as 179,285 group automobiles were delivered to customers around the world, up 1.9% year on year.


BMW Q1 operating profit down 2.5%

3 May 2016

BMW has posted first quarter operating profit (EBIT) down slightly on last year due to currency headwinds and higher costs.


BMW launches 'big battery' i3 EV

3 May 2016

BMW has revamped its i3 with the introduction of a more powerful, 94Ah battery for both the i3 and the i3 Range Extender versions.


BMW sets monthly sales record in March

12 April 2016

March 2016 saw the BMW Group sell more vehicles than in any other single month in the company's 100 year history, the automaker announced on Tuesday (12 April).


BMW Group extends car-sharing to US

12 April 2016

Under the new brand name "ReachNow", BMW Group is launching an enhanced car sharing service in the US city of Seattle. It says the programme is based on the successful business model currently operating in Europe under the name "DriveNow".


BMW expands DriveNow car share into the US

11 April 2016

BMW is expanding its DriveNow car share service into the US, starting in Seattle under the brand name ReachNow.


BMW unveils new connectivity and automated driving

16 March 2016

BMW has unveiled its new NUMBER ONE>NEXT strategy aimed at setting new standards for connectivity and automated driving.


BMW forecasts new records

16 March 2016

BMW Group has forecast new records for sales volume, revenues and earnings for 2016, the company said at its annual accounts press conference here in Munich today (16 March).


BMW plans 7-series and Rolls-Royce SUVs, M7

16 March 2016

BMW is to add a high performance version and an SUV to its flagship 7-series range as well as an all-terrain luxury Rolls-Royce, board chairman Harald Krueger said here in Munich today.


Diesel to stay centre pillar of BMW CO2 strategy

16 March 2016

Diesel will remain a central pillar of BMW’s CO2 strategy despite growing concerns in some quarters over emissions and the scandal surrounding VW’s so-called defeat device.


BMW books record February sales

11 March 2016

BMW Group achieved record unit sales in February up 7.9% year on year to 163,965 cars.

BMW news

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...


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 customer...


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, technolog...


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...


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

27 July 2016

Mobileye has recorded second quarter net income of US£27m, up from US$15.3m in the same per...


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...



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