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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Q3s and a longer range Leaf

A highlight for me in the last week was a go in what Nissan UK bills its third generation Leaf - the 2016 update with an optional longer ran...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Range Rover Evoque Brazil build

We'll permit ourselves a small 'told you so' this week after Jaguar Land Rover finally confirmed it would build the Range Rover Evoque in Br...

September management briefing: Frankfurt review

Glenn Brooks | 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.

What’s GM’s problem with Marchionne’s grand plan?

Bill Cawthon | 10 Sep 2015

Sergio Marchionne has made no secret of his desire to see a merger of FCA with General Motors. Overtures to GM have, however, been rebuffed. Bill Cawthon considers Marchionne’s strategy and the merits – or not - of a proposed consolidation from GM’s vantage point.

ANALYSIS: Japan under attack from foreign brands

Glenn Brooks | 16 Jul 2015

Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. Mazda was up 47% in June, while multiple European brands are also enjoying high percentage gains.

ANALYSIS: BMW sales collapse in largest EU market

Glenn Brooks | 9 Jul 2015

The 12 percent YoY rise in the June German passenger cars market has seen some notable changes to the usual pecking order. Opel muscled past both Ford and BMW to take fourth position behind Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and third-placed Audi.

Latest Interviews

Nexteer president and COO Laurent Bresson

Calum MacRae | 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.

INTERVIEW: Fiat brand head, Olivier Francois

Chris Wright | 17 Nov 2014

Fiat's 500 family could be the template for future C or D segment models, Fiat global brand chief Olivier Francois has hinted in an interview with just-auto.

Latest News

Ford vote completes UAW bargaining round

Graeme Roberts | 23 Nov 2015

A narrow 'approve' vote at Ford over the weekend means the latest round of UAW labour talks is complete and new four-year agreements are in place at all three Detroit-based automakers.

FCA swings to Q3 loss on recall costs

Dave Leggett | 28 Oct 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reported a third quarter loss of EUR299m compared to a net profit of EUR188m last year. The swing to loss mainly reflected one-off charges associated with US recalls.

FCA UAW members ratify new pay deal

Graeme Roberts | 22 Oct 2015

The United Auto Workers union said on Thursday (22 October) 77% of voting members have ratified a four-year labour deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

European Commission rules FCA to refund tax breaks

Graeme Roberts | 21 Oct 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automotive's subsidiary in Luxembourg, Fiat Chrysler Finance Europe, (FCF) is facing refunding tems of millions of euros after the European Commission ruled that selective tax advantages for the automaker in Luxembourg (and coffee house chain Starbucks in the Netherlands) were "illegal under EU state aid rules".

Fiat Brazil releases official Toro pick-up photo

Fernando Calmon | 19 Oct 2015

In a move clearly made to counter Renault’s (Dacia) Duster Oroch four-door compact pick-up truck introduction two weeks ago, FCA Latin America released the first official photo of Fiat's first ever, medium-size, four-door, crew cab pick-up named Toro. Launch has been delayed and it is now due late in the first quarter of 2016.

Ferrari to boost output post-IPO

Dave Leggett | 15 Oct 2015

About to IPO Ferrari plans to ramp up annual production by 30% to 9,000 vehicles by 2019.

FCA revives Fiat Tipo nameplate for C-sedan

Graeme Roberts | 12 Oct 2015

FCA's Fiat has revived the Tipo nameplate for the three-box sedan revealed in May at the Istanbul Motor Show as the first chapter of its 'Fiat Ægea' Project. Sales of the car will start in Italy in December and be gradually extended to the other EMEA region countries, though not the UK, as we reported last week. The Tipo badge will be used in all markets except Turkey.

Magna produces 5m oil pumps for Fiat

Graeme Roberts | 12 Oct 2015

Magna International has announced that its powertrain manufacturing facility in Benevento, Italy, has reached a significant milestone: 5m oil pumps produced for the Fiat 1.4-litre engine since starting production in 2005.

FCA and UAW agree new tentative deal

Graeme Roberts | 8 Oct 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) have reached a new tentative four-year labour agreement that avoided a threatened strike at the automaker's US operations. The agreement must be ratified by a vote of FCA's 40,000 union workers in the US.

Fiat Chrysler to temporarily stop Maserati output

Graeme Roberts | 8 Oct 2015

Fiat Chrysler reportedly plans to temporarily stop manufacturing the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli at its Grugliasco plant in Turin, in order to adjust output to market demand.

UAW sets FCA strike deadline

Graeme Roberts | 7 Oct 2015

United Auto Workers members are planning to strike at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US plants as soon as this evening (7 October) in what Reuters said would be  the first work stoppage since 2007.

FCA announces top executive changes

Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has named Mike Manley head of the Ram trucks brand on top of his current roles as APAC (Asia-Pacific) chief operating officer and head of Jeep. It's one of a number of changes "in the composition of and assignment of responsibilities within [FCA's] group executive council, designed to ensure proper representation of all of the group's major brands", the automaker said in a statement.

FCA's UAW members shoot down tentative labour deal

Graeme Roberts | 1 Oct 2015

United Auto Workers union members at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in the US have widely rejected a tentative contract offered by the automaker, dealing a blow to the union's president after he championed the deal as a fair bargain that addressed the inequities workers complained about.

FCA and UAW reach tentative agreement

Graeme Roberts | 16 Sep 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it had "reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement with the UAW, covering approximately 40,000 represented members". The agreement is subject to UAW member ratification, the automaker said in a statement and the company could not discuss the specifics of the agreement pending a ratification vote - an internal UAW process.

UAW targets FCA in bargaining round

Graeme Roberts | 14 Sep 2015

The United Auto Workers has targeted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as lead negotiator on a new wages and benefits contract for over 140,000 unionised factory workers at the Detroit Three automakers, the automaker and union announced at the weekend. The UAW did not elaborate on its decision to choose FCA to set the pattern for new master contracts it will negotiate later with General Motors and Ford.

FCA's Marchionne sees GM merger as "high priority"

Graeme Roberts | 7 Sep 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne reportedly said at the weekend seeking a merger with General Motors was a "high priority" and such a deal would also be the best strategic option for the Detroit rival. GM's board rejected a merger proposal from FCA earlier this year but that has not stopped Marchionne from wooing his bigger competitor.

Brazil Four losing sales faster than industry rate

Fernando Calmon | 1 Sep 2015

For the so-called 'Big 4' here in Brazil – Fiat, Ford, GM and VW – the current tough market conditions are even more difficult. They are losing sales at a faster pace than the overall domestic market downturn.

EXCLUSIVE: SsangYong’s secret Jeep Renegade rival

Glenn Brooks | 25 Aug 2015

SsangYong's unfolding strategy as a crossover and SUV specialist brand in the style of Jeep, Land Rover and Haval has been confirmed to by a company insider. The source has also revealed that a small SUV will be added to the range in 2017.

Nexen Tire is Manchester City official partner

Simon Warburton | 7 Aug 2015

Nexen Tire says it has become an official partner of Manchester City Football Club as a part of the company's sports marketing plan.

Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

Bill Cawthon | 4 Aug 2015

Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.

Former FCA CEO denies charges in federal court

Graeme Roberts | 3 Aug 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has traded charges in Australian federal court with its former Australian CEO.

FCA to recall 1,060,531 Ram trucks

Graeme Roberts | 27 Jul 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, hit at the weekend with a record recall-related fine, is recalling Ram trucks because an airbag could inflate unexpectedly.

Latest blogs

The car and freedom

Dave Leggett | 15 Oct 2015

I was at an industry conference a few days ago and the usual 'megatrends' were present in a number of presentations (typical buzz words and terms: 'urbanisation', 'megacities', 'digitisation', 'connectivity', 'autonomous', 'sharing economy', 'disruptors', 'new mobility' - you get the picture).

Fiat 500 - car or fashion accessory?

Roger Stansfield | 16 Jul 2015

The Fiat 500 –­ car or fashion accessory? At the launch of the updated model this week there was plenty of evidence to suggest it's more the latter than the former.

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