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The redesigned Clubman has taken BMW's English brand into new territory where Mini previously dared not tread - would you believe C segment?...
Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one suppliers, this week Matthew Beecham talked with Detlef Jürss, group vice presiden...
| 2 Nov 2015
It’s a conundrum for Toyota Motor Europe - how to justify staying in the declining D segment? Volkswagen, Opel-Vauxhall and Ford leverage their rival models across global markets and/or multiple brands but the Avensis is more or less a Europe-only car.
| 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.
| 18 Sep 2015
Frankfurt. Lots of new cars to read about. Lots of industry news to be told. So what did you ghouls read most? Natch, the report about the poor old BMW chief keeling over at their press conference, of course.
| 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.
| 1 Sep 2015
As automakers search for weight reduction in all parts of the vehicle, Matthew Beecham spoke to Mark Findlay, managing director at UK engineering consultancy, Drive System Design (DSD) about how weight savings might be made in the transmission and driveline.
| 19 Jan 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.
| 27 Nov 2015
There's always a silver lining somewhere. In a year so far marked by a deep fall in domestic sales, predicted to reach 27%, the Brazilian real's devaluation of some 40% has boosted sales abroad.
| 17 Nov 2015
BMW plans to make an investment of ZAR6bn (US$418m) in its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria to manufacture X3.
| 10 Nov 2015
Effective 1 December, Olaf Kastner will take over as head of the BMW Group's China sales region from Karsten Engel, who will be returning to Germany. Kastner was previously head of the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture, which produces and markets vehicles in China for the BMW Group and its Chinese partner, Brilliance China Auto. Anton Heiss will assume the president and CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive. Heiss currently manages the joint venture's production sites in Shenyang and will continue this role for the time being in addition to his new position.
| 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.
| 4 Nov 2015
BMW plans to unveil 2-Series Active Tourer at the Guangzhou Auto Show, which is scheduled to be held in November.
| 3 Nov 2015
BMW Group has posted third quarter net profit of EUR1,579m, up 20.5% on last year, driven by stronger demand in Europe and favourable currencies.
| 23 Oct 2015
BMW's Mini luxury small car brand has introduced a redesigned convertible with improved, faster retracting and customisable fabric hood, boot (trunk) volume increased 25%, and increased rear seat passenger space. Right hand drive sales start with the UK from March 2016.
| 21 Oct 2015
BMW and Uber have partnered to offer Uber users the opportunity to experience the new BMW 7 Series through exclusive on-demand test drives or chauffeured ride experiences ahead of the vehicle's US retail launch on 24 October.
| 21 Oct 2015
BMW says it has expanded its DriveNow car sharing scheme to include Stockholm, taking the total number of cities in Europe to nine.
| 20 Oct 2015
Magna International plans to set up an exteriors manufacturing factory in Greenville County, South Carolina to supply the local BMW plant.
| 16 Oct 2015
Volvo says it is currently evaluating how union representation will work in practice at its new plant in South Carolina.
| 14 Oct 2015
BMW board member Ian Robertson has reaffirmed BMW's position that it strongly believes in the business case for the UK remaining inside the European Union ahead of a national referendum on the matter planned before the end of 2017.
| 14 Oct 2015
Technology company Intelligent Energy announced it would lead a pan-European industry working group to develop its proprietary 90kW EC fuel cell automotive technology in the funded project called VolumetriQ, a three year programme that will deliver a blueprint for stack suitability for mass manufacture and potential future industrialisation.
| 13 Oct 2015
The BMW Group achieved its best ever September result last month as deliveries of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles rose 7.8% year on year to 215,413 for the month. Year to date sales rose 7.5% to a record 1,644,810.
| 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.
| 8 Oct 2015
A large investment programme to develop the Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham is complete, BMW announced on Thursday (8 October). Production of new three and four-cylinder engines is already being ramped up on new production lines and over 1m components will be machined at the plant for the first time this year as supply extends to other plants in the group.
| 29 Sep 2015
In a statement BMW has said that the progress achieved so far in CO2 reduction in Europe is largely due to the use of diesel technology and that diesels are essential to further progress.
| 28 Sep 2015
ZF Hero Chassis Systems has opened a factory in Oragadam, Chennai to assemble front and rear axle modules for the nearby BMW car assembly plant.
| 21 Sep 2015
BMW-owned Rolls-Royce wants to sell over 100 vehicles a year in India and is planning to offer its premium models to hotels and resorts in the country.
| 10 Sep 2015
The 10 millionth BMW 3 Series sedan has been built in Munich. So far the BMW Group has produced over 14m cars in the model series, more than half sedans. The landmark vehicle is a blue 320d.
| 8 Sep 2015
ZF has started production of a transmission that integrates a high-performance and compact electric motor into its latest eight-speed automatic gearbox - a hybridised drive system that has been specifically designed to meet plug-in requirements. Vehicles can now be driven purely electrically over comparably long distances and significantly faster at up to 120km/h (80mph).
| 2 Sep 2015
Automakers were reminded of the impact the calendar can have on light vehicle sales here in the US. Labor Day - a key end-of-summer selling day - falls this year on the first Monday (the 7th) in September. In August 2014, it fell on 1 September but was included in the August sales tally.
| 11 Jun 2015
Parking Assist? As of last night, so last decade. Now BMW has introduced remote controlled parking.
| 10 Jun 2015
After so much hype, it was inevitable: official images of the next BMW 7er have appeared a few hours ahead of tonight's official media preview.
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