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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Trouble in Tianjin

Graeme Roberts | 28 Aug 2015

Our updates of the auto situation in Tianjin, following the massive explosions in the Chinese port city, have attracted a lot of reader interest this week. I was last week in the middle of a British 'staycation' (it rained, thank you for asking) when news of the disaster broke and watched, appalled, at the war zone-like TV news views of thousands of incinerated cars (many new VW Beetles as it happened; Tainjin being a key auto port of entry for imported models, VW was said to have lost some 2,750 cars) as TV news anchors regularly reported on the increasing, but surprisingly low number of people killed. Tragic.

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.

ANALYSIS: Making sense of China's sales volatility

Glenn Brooks | 28 Jul 2015

Just as in Europe, India or the USA, looking at China as one market doesn't give you the full picture. Differences across geographical areas are one reason why some models are suddenly hugely popular, while others are fading rapidly.

Briefing: Active safety systems

Matthew Beecham | 25 Jun 2015

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. Although the accent is on giving assistance to the driver rather than take control away, motorists are still wary about cars that supposedly drive themselves. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), rearview cameras, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This second instalment considers AEB and HUDs.

Latest Interviews

Q&A: Tenneco on emission technologies and sensors

Matthew Beecham | 7 Oct 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one suppliers at the 2015 IAA show, Matthew Beecham talked to Tim Jackson, Executive Vice President Technology, Strategy and Business Development, Tenneco Inc and Ben Patel, Vice President, Clean Air, Global Research and Development and Systems Integration, Tenneco Inc.

INTERVIEW: GM President Dan Ammann

Dave Leggett | 27 Jun 2014

General Motors President Dan Ammann says that GM is performing to plan and that its European operations are on target to achieve profitability by "mid-decade".

Latest News

New Argentine Hilux threatens Chevy's S10

Fernando Calmon | 23 Nov 2015

Toyota's South American specification redesigned Hilux medium-size pick-up truck poses a serious threat to Chevrolet's evergreen S10 after the Japanese model's first full rework since 2005.

GM Canada experts have connected car mandate

Graeme Roberts | 18 Nov 2015

General Motors' Canadian Engineering Centre is, as GM Canada government relations manager Mathew Bertin puts it, “expert in Canada” but now has a new “connected car mandate”.

Philippine sales surge 28% in October, 22% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 10 Nov 2015

New vehicle sales in the Philippines rose by 28% to a new monthly high of 28,667 units in October, from 22,278 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA). The associations’ data does not include sales of some key importers, including Hyundai, Chevrolet and Subaru, which together typically account for around 15% of the total market.

GM China sales increase in October

Graeme Roberts | 9 Nov 2015

General Motors and its joint ventures' retail deliveries rose 15% year on year to a record 327,037 vehicles in China in October, with Buick posting record monthly sales.

GM builds 250,000th South African Chevrolet ute

Graeme Roberts | 9 Nov 2015

General Motors South Africa has built its 250,000th Chevrolet Utility at the Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth. The unit, a 1.8 Sport, marked 17 years of production of one of the country's most popular light commercial vehicles, now in its third generation.

GM re-recalls over 1m vehicles due to fire risk

Graeme Roberts | 2 Nov 2015

General Motors has recalled 1,003,556 model year 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1997-2004 Buick Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix, 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala, and 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles.

GUANGZHOU SHOW: SAIC, GM & Wuling's Baojun 330

Glenn Brooks | 2 Nov 2015

The SAIC GM Wuling joint venture will reveal a new small sedan, the Baojun 330, at the Guangzhou motor show later this month.

GM Oshawa to run Saturday overtime for Equinox

Graeme Roberts | 23 Oct 2015

GM Canada has confirmed that the Oshawa Assembly Plant will be running Saturday overtime on the consolidated line to the end of December 2015 to meet increased demand for the Chevrolet Equinox.

GM-AvtoVAZ builds 600,000th Chevrolet Niva

Dave Leggett | 15 Oct 2015

On 13 October, GM-AvtoVAZ built the six hundred thousandth silver-coloured Chevrolet Niva LC. The first Niva off-roader rolled off the line on 23 October 2002.

GM China sales falter in September

Graeme Roberts | 14 Oct 2015

September sales by GM and its joint ventures in China declined 3.9% year over year to 295,236 vehicles. But sales were up 18.7% last month versus August, the second month on month increase in a row.

GM ships first batch of LHD Beat to Mexico

Graeme Roberts | 13 Oct 2015

General Motors India has shipped the first 3,000 left hand drive Chevrolet Beats to Mexico. The vehicles have left Mumbai and are expected to arrive in Mexico within eight weeks with sales commencing in December 2015.

New Chevrolet Volt to be sold only in 11 states

Graeme Roberts | 9 Sep 2015

Chevrolet said its 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle will be available only in a few US states from autumn. The vehicle will be available in Michigan and other states as a 2017 model from next spring. Earlier, the company had announced wider availability.

Ford Mustang top-seller as RHD production starts

Graeme Roberts | 8 Sep 2015

The Ford Mustang was the best-selling sports car worldwide during the first half of the year, independent registration data showed, as right hand drive production began in the US.

GM China sets year to date retail sales record

Graeme Roberts | 8 Sep 2015

General Motors and its joint ventures booked record retail sales of 2,197,192 vehicles in China during the first eight months of the year, which was up 2.3% year on year. The increase, the automaker said, was driven by successful new product launches and an improved mix of SUVs and MPVs.

Labor Day shift hits US light vehicle sales

Bill Cawthon | 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.

Korea domestic sales rise 15% in August

Tony Pugliese | 2 Sep 2015

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers increased by 14.6% to 120,400 units in August, from weak year-earlier sales of 105,085 units, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers and compiled by just-auto.

GM India starts Beat exports to Mexico

Dave Leggett | 2 Sep 2015

General Motors India has built its first Chevrolet Beat for export to Mexico. Vehicle shipments to this second major export market will start this quarter from GM India's Talegaon, Maharashtra factory. Sales of the minicar in Mexico are scheduled to begin in December.

GM Canada ploughs US$9m in Equinox production

Simon Warburton | 21 Aug 2015

GM Canada says it is to invest C$12m (US$9m) to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the consolidated production line at Oshawa Assembly and for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly.

GM China YTD sales set record

Graeme Roberts | 6 Aug 2015

General Motors and its joint ventures booked record retail sales of 1,948,377 vehicles during the first seven months of the year in China.

Johnson Controls expands Toledo battery capacity

Simon Warburton | 6 Aug 2015

Johnson Controls is to increase existing Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery capacity in its Toledo, Ohio plant, bringing the overall invested amount to US$130m since the start of production for the technology in the US in 2012.

General Motors has plans for Flint plants

Graeme Roberts | 5 Aug 2015

General Motors has announced the final plant spend of its US$5.4bn round revealed back in April.

Chevy Volt Gets 53 mile battery only range rating

Dave Leggett | 5 Aug 2015

General Motors has said that US regulators have approved a 53 mile range for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt using on battery-only operation.

Latest blogs

Chevrolet asks journalist to leave Camaro launch. Guess why?

Glenn Brooks | 19 May 2015

A writer from Jalopnik had an early exit from last weekend's Chevrolet Camaro media driving event after he crashed a prototype.

2015 Detroit Show's sunny backdrop

Dave Leggett | 13 Jan 2015

It's very cold this week in Detroit, but the weather for North America's auto industry is set pretty fair - for now.

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The rapid convergence of the worlds of consumer electronics and automotive technology means that January's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is now well and truly on the auto industr...

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