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Volvo's engine and platform independence progress

Engines are expensive items for an automaker to develop and, after sharing some powertrains with former owner Ford, Volvo, under new Chinese...

Skoda's new press shop draws eyes this week

News that Škoda is building a new, energy-efficient press shop at its main factory in Mladá Boleslav drew a lot of eyes to thi...

TWTW: VW admits size isn’t everything

Dave Leggett | 30 Oct 2015

Volkswagen Group stayed very much in the news this week. The company posted a set of results that were dragged down by provision made for costs associated with ‘dieselgate’. I suspect it won’t be the last set of disappointing results to come out of Wolfsburg.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Range Rover Evoque Brazil build

Graeme Roberts | 9 Oct 2015

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 Brazil from early 2016, as well as the previously confirmed Land Rover Discovery Sport - which Our Man in Brazil first reported last May. JLR had said earlier it would only do 'new' models at the plant, but our sources said otherwise, and it makes sense to do the country's top selling JLR model locally as it (a) gets the price down, increases supply and frees up capacity at the Halewood, England, mother ship. And the high local content encouraged in Brazil allows local variation to suit market needs. JLR also now makes the Evoque at a joint venture in China (again, this gets the price down in a tax-protected market) and also assembles some models in India (ditto). All of which frees up UK capacity.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: BMW presser to remember

Graeme Roberts | 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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Confidence, demonstrated

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 2015

Some of the news is just in today so, you may not have seen all of the stories yet but, after a slight rattling of investors' cages by the recent stock market shenanig..., er, 'correction' in China, this week we have seen automotive investment confidence in three key markets. From Mazda, in Russia, Daimler, in alliance with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in Mexico and, Nissan again, right here in the UK, for Europe.

Latest Interviews

IAC on personalizing tomorrow’s car interiors

Matthew Beecham | 18 Nov 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Fritz Schweindl, Director Advanced Engineering International Automotive Components (IAC) Europe. IAC is a global supplier of automotive components and systems, including interior and exterior trim.

Car firms 'must embrace mobility changes'

Dave Leggett | 11 Nov 2015

Ford's former Chief Technical Officer Paul Mascarenas has told just-auto that he believes the challenges faced by the auto industry currently put it at a pivotal stage and those firms who fail to embrace the emerging mega-trends will lose out.

Latest News

Ford expanding Thai plant output with Ranger

Graeme Roberts | 1 Dec 2015

Ford is adding truck production equipment and facilities at its own plant in Thailand to meet demand for the Ranger pickup truck in Asia Pacific markets.

Ford spending $1.3bn in Kentucky for Super Duty

Graeme Roberts | 1 Dec 2015

Ford said it would create 2,000 new jobs and spend US$1.3bn at its Kentucky Truck Plant for the launch of the redesigned 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck.

Magna ready to supply Ford India from Sanand

Graeme Roberts | 30 Nov 2015

Magna International is set to commence production at its two units in the Sanand auto cluster from the second week of December.

Honda postpones new Brazil plant opening

Fernando Calmon | 30 Nov 2015

In a typically cautious Japanese move, Honda has decided to defer the start of production at its new manufacturing plant in Itirapina, 190km/118miles northwest of São Paulo City. Plant construction has ended and it was supposed to be opened in coming days but plans have been postponed due to market lows likely to extend to 2016.

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.

Ford not using Takata inflators in new vehicles

Graeme Roberts | 23 Nov 2015

Ford has said it is not using Takata airbag inflators in vehicles under development but is not issuing a recall or expanding previously announced recalls.

Tax cut lifts China passenger vehicle sales 13%

Tony Pugliese | 12 Nov 2015

Sales of new passenger vehicles in China jumped by over 13% year on year to 1.94m units in October, lifted by a sales tax cut at the end of September, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The data covers sales of passenger cars, SUVs and MPVs but not commercial vehicles.

Ford EcoBoost sales rise in US

Graeme Roberts | 12 Nov 2015

Year to date, sales of EcoBoost-powered Ford vehicles are up 46% in the US and the automaker expects to see 1m sold this year for the first time.

Ford uses active noise control in Mondeo Vignale

Graeme Roberts | 12 Nov 2015

Ford's European unit is using active noise control in its Mondeo Vignale [US readers, a poshed-up Fusion] with three microphones strategically placed in the cabin, to detect undesirable noises from the engine and transmission. The system counteracts those noises with opposing sound waves from the audio system – without affecting volume levels of music and conversation. Driver and vehicle behaviour is recorded and anticipated, for example when a driver is accelerating in a lower gear.

Ford Brazil market share increases 15.2%

Graeme Roberts | 12 Nov 2015

Ford's market share in Brazil increased from January to October, including both cars and trucks segments. The brand grew 15.2% year on year for market share of 10.6%. Among traditional OEMs in the country, Ford posted the major growth last month.

Ford to build second plant in Thailand

Tony Pugliese | 11 Nov 2015

Ford has announced plans to expand its assembly plant in Rayong, Thailand, as it looks to double output in the country to 300,000 units per year.

Australian vehicle sales still rising

Graeme Roberts | 10 Nov 2015

New car sales in Australia were strong again last month, with volume up 3.4% year on year to 94,321 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles.

New Zealand new vehicle sales set October records

Graeme Roberts | 10 Nov 2015

A year on year increase of 5% last month took New Zealand sales to a record October tally of 12,684 units. Year to date sales rose 5.5% to 112,217 new vehicles.

Vietnam sales rise 44% in October, 58% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 10 Nov 2015

Vietnam’s new vehicle market continued to expand rapidly in October, with deliveries to dealers rising by 44% to 19,181 units from 13,324 units a year earlier according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.

UAW reaches tentative agreement with Ford

Graeme Roberts | 9 Nov 2015

The UAW said at the weekend it had "secured big gains and job security protections in a proposed tentative agreement with Ford".

UK sales dip for first time in years

Graeme Roberts | 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.

Ford has capability to go 80% gasoline in Europe

Dave Leggett | 30 Oct 2015

Ford believes it has the capability to massively ramp up gasoline engine fitment in Europe if there is a big backlash against diesel in the wake of the VW dieselgate affair and potentially rising anti-diesel sentiment among consumers and regulators.

Ford posts Q3 net income surge to $1.9bn

Dave Leggett | 27 Oct 2015

Ford has posted third-quarter financial results that show overall net income more than doubled over last year to $1.9bn. Ford’s results were boosted by record quarterly profit in North America.

Ford launches updated Explorer in China

Graeme Roberts | 22 Oct 2015

Ford has launch ed its latest, updated Explorer in China. As the brand's flagship SUV there, the latest model is available in five derivatives with prices ranging between CNY449,800 (US$70,708) and CNY639,800.

Ford China to recall 220,000 Kugas for fuel leak

Graeme Roberts | 20 Oct 2015

Rough local roads have prompted Ford China to recall around 220,000 Kugas to check for for fuel leaks, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said.

UK car market has more potential for growth - Ford

Dave Leggett | 14 Oct 2015

The UK car market may is heading for a record 2.6m units this year, but it has more potential for growth according to Ford's UK chief, speaking to just-auto.

Ford announces $1.8bn China R&D spend

Graeme Roberts | 12 Oct 2015

Ford announced on Monday it would spend CNY11.4bn (US$1.8bn) on research and development in China by 2020. It said it would "significantly build up its research and development capabilities in the country" - especially at its Nanjing Research and Engineering Center (REC) - and develop more vehicles in China, for China.

Latest blogs

Mixed developments in global vehicle markets

Dave Leggett | 4 Aug 2015

'Make hay while the sun shines' is an old saying that underlines the importance of making the most of clement conditions while you can, for tomorrow, weather conditions may not be so favourable.

Europe: thoughts on currency movements

Dave Leggett | 16 Jan 2015

Interesting news today that Ford is significantly raising output of the Fiesta in Germany in Q1 (other models, too, but mainly Fiesta). The move prompts a number of thoughts.

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