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The really interesting stuff all happened as this week drew to a close - yesterday Volkswagen 'fessed up over the 'dieselgate' scandal and,...
The Volkswagen group 'emissions scandal' rumbled on this week as more skeletons were rattled out of closets. There's bound to be a few more...
The redesigned Clubman has taken BMW's English brand into new territory where Mini previously dared not tread - would you believe C segment? That'll add fuel to the fire for the numerous 'Bini' haters out there (at least on my Facebook page) who, 14 years on, have still not grasped the idea that Mini is now a brand and not a model description. Now just 2mm shorter than a Volkswagen Golf, the latest Clubman - insiders call it the longest and biggest Mini - is 27cm (almost a foot) longer than the five-door hatchback version on a wheelbase 100mm larger, and 7cm lower with 81 litres more luggage space. And it now has four 'proper' doors. Overall length is 4,253mm, width 1,800mm and height 1,441mm. The wheelbase measures 2,670mm (D segment territory in the 1980s!) while the track is 1,564mm front and 1,565mm rear.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
BMW Group is recruting about 30 young people for apprenticeships at its three key UK manufacturing sites in 2016.
GKN Driveline says its new lightweight VL3 constant velocity joint (CV Joint) system, which enables rear-wheel drive platforms to save more than 4kg of weight, has been selected by BMW to launch on the latest 7 Series.
Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is now Britain's biggest vehicle producer with its 489,923 units built in 2015 (up from 449,507 in 2014) nudging ahead of Nissan's 476,589 (500,238).
BMW's Mini brand has added 'All4' four wheel drive to its recently launched Clubman and claimed a couple of firsts - the brand’s first all-wheel drive model in the C-segment and the first all-paw model to be built at Oxford - the Countryman 4x4s are done under contract by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
Last year, 2015, new car registrations in Europe's Big Five markets passed the 10m units mark, increasing by 8.8% compared to 2014. All five markets posted positive growth with Germany leading the way with 3.2m units, up by 5.6%, although this was the lowest annual increase among the five countries.
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.
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.
BMW Group annual sales set a new record for the fifth year in a row.
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.
Nissan and BMW are joining forces to offer public fast charging at 120 locations across the US in an effort to support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles.
The first pre-production Brazilian Range Rover Evoque has left the line at the new Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro state, assembly plant 174km (108 miles) west of Rio de Janeiro City. The automaker so far has kept to its planned local output timetable and plant inauguration is set for March 2016.
Chinese search engine Baidu has said it has tested its autonomous driving technology in a BMW 3 GT on Beijing roads.
BMW's English luxury car unit Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said it was recruiting a record number of candidates for its 2016 apprenticeship programme.
BMW Group has reported record sales for November with volume up 4.9% year on year to 197,480 vehicles. Year to date (YTD) sales rose 6.9% to a record 2,033,948 as the automaker, for the first time, shifted over 2m vehicles by the end of November.
New vehicle sales in China jumped by close to 20% to 2.5m units in November from 2.09m units a year earlier, helped by a sales tax cut introduced at the end of September, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
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".
India's infamous monsoon brought the Chennai automobile cluster to a standstill for the second time in two weeks as rain pounded the city and suburban areas from Tuesday morning.
BMW GB has rolled out a system where buyers can now carry out the whole process of buying a car online. Previously, some steps could only be completed at a dealership.
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.
BMW plans to make an investment of ZAR6bn (US$418m) in its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria to manufacture X3.
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.
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.
Parking Assist? As of last night, so last decade. Now BMW has introduced remote controlled parking.
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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