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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Connecting cars in Canada

I'm not long back from a fascinating week in Ontario, home to all of Canada's car assembly plants, major suppliers such as Magna and Linamar...

Integrated Canadian test cells impress OEMs

It takes a fair bit to impress engineers from a major OEM but the boffins from a major Canadian university reckon they achieved that recentl...


Graeme Roberts | 23 Oct 2015

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 range 30kwh battery that fits in the same space, weighs 21kg more and propels my favourite EV about 25% further - a theoretical 250 kilometres or, in old money, 155 miles.


Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 2015

Executives' pride in Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant having secured the contract to be the lead factory for the new generation Astra was palpable at the UK media launch. It was clear that union flexibility was the key to the British plant getting the nod over the Germans - securing 2,000 automaker and supplier jobs until at least 2020 - and led to Bochum, instead of Ellesmere Port, facing the axe. No more British built Astras would also have meant no more British Vauxhall cars (the former Luton car plant is now a development site) and no more Ellesmere Port.


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.


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.

Latest Interviews

Dave Leggett | 17 Sep 2015

General Motors' UK operations' chief is Vauxhall MD Tim Tozer. He tells just-auto about the brand's high hopes for the new Astra and the resurgence of the UK manufacturing plant that makes it (one of two in Europe).


Cat Dow | 19 Jan 2015

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, just-auto's Cat Dow caught up with GM's Chief Infotainment Office Philip Abram to learn more about the OEM's plans for connected vehicles.

Latest News

Graeme Roberts | 11 Feb 2016

General Motors' European unit Opel said it would launch "a revolutionary" new battery electric car next year as part of its plan to launch 29 new models between 2016 and 2020.


Graeme Roberts | 11 Feb 2016

General Motors is to restart operations in Egypt on Sunday after temporarily halting operations earlier this week due to its inability to source dollars amid the country's currency crisis.


Dave Leggett | 9 Feb 2016

General Motors could be open to partnerships with other OEMs to help push up volume and share cost on its Volt powertrain technology.


Graeme Roberts | 3 Feb 2016

Profit, profit, almost everywhere, except Europe and South America, pretty much sums up General Motors fourth quarter and 2015 financial results out today. Although it continued to reduce losses in the fourth quarter, GM failed to match arch-rival Ford which, finally, booked a pre-tax profit in the region last year and, ominously, announced more cuts just today. Like Ford, GM also booked a loss in basket-case South America but nonetheless booked a record profit across the board for 2015.


Graeme Roberts | 1 Feb 2016

In 2015 the European car market totalled 14.2m new registrations, an increase of 9.3% over 2014 full year results; the highest since 2009. The market benefited from the last two months of double-digit growth with December setting the highest positive monthly change of the last three years at 1.16m units. Therefore, the last quarter volume increase was the highest of the year, standing at 10.2% more than in Q4 2014, representing 3.42m cars sold in total. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, SAAR, came in at 16.52m units.


Dave Leggett | 25 Jan 2016

Chinese vehicle producer SAIC is reportedly considering a move to purchase a GM India plant to start manufacturing in India. Reports in India suggest that the company plans to buy GM’s Gujarat factory.


Graeme Roberts | 22 Jan 2016

Automakers recalled a record 51.26m vehicles in the US in 2015, continuing a historic surge for car companies facing an unprecedented government crackdown on safety lapses, a media report said.


Graeme Roberts | 21 Jan 2016

General Motors' global sales reached 9.8m vehicles in 2015, up 0.2% year on year, for the company's third consecutive year of record sales.


Graeme Roberts | 21 Jan 2016

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).


Dave Leggett | 21 Jan 2016

General Motors has opened a new 160,000-a-year capacity Cadillac plant at its SAIC-GM joint venture in Shanghai, with the start of production of the CT6 luxury sedan.


Graeme Roberts | 20 Jan 2016

General Motors has followed up its US$500million spend on Lyft with another move to fortify itself against the rise of Uber Technologies, a media report said.


Graeme Roberts | 20 Jan 2016

President Obama's lofty goal of getting 1m plug-in electric cars on US roads by 2015, set back in 2008, with petrol prices averaging nearly US$4 a gallon, has been missed by about 600,000 units, a media report said.


Graeme Roberts | 18 Jan 2016

Proposals floated in Detroit last week by top federal auto safety officials indicating the agency is willing to allow auto manufacturers to detour US motor vehicle laws and regulations, particularly for unproven robot cars would, if true, be a "wrong turn" for the agency, Consumer Watchdog said.


Chris Wright | 15 Jan 2016

No sooner have car companies complained about legislation tying their autonomous car research into knots, Washington has announced it will fast-track policies for driverless vehicles and maybe even waive regulations to do it.


Tony Pugliese | 13 Jan 2016

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.


Graeme Roberts | 13 Jan 2016

General Motors on Wednesday (13 January) announced an increase to its 2016 earnings per share adjusted outlook to between US$5.25 and $5.75, up from the prior outlook of $5.00 to $5.50 provided on 1 October, 2015. The company also expects improved EBIT-adjusted, EBIT-adjusted margin and automotive adjusted free cash flow.


Graeme Roberts | 5 Jan 2016

Having become the first female CEO of a 'Detroit Three' automaker, Mary Barra has pushed through another glass ceiling to be named General Motors' board chairman, effective immediately. She succeeds Theodore (Tim) Solso, who remains the board’s lead independent director.


Dave Leggett | 4 Jan 2016

General Motors and Lyft – a rideshare start-up - have announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the US.


Graeme Roberts | 21 Dec 2015

Renault said its Batilly plant, which makes the large Renault-badged Master van plus variants for GM Europe's Opel and Vauxhall brands, and Nissan Motor Europe, has broken a production record in 2015.


Graeme Roberts | 17 Dec 2015

European new car sales experienced a 27th consecutive month of growth during November 2015 with volume up 13.5% year on year, the second largest rise this year, according to analysts at JATO Dynamics. This followed a significant slowing of growth during October as a consequence of smaller increases in the 'Big Five' EU markets.


Graeme Roberts | 14 Dec 2015

Over 90% of those who received offers from General Motors' compensation fund opted to accept them, including all 124 families of those who died in crashes linked to defective ignition switches, a final report said.


Fernando Calmon | 14 Dec 2015

General Motors Brazil's Chevrolet Cobalt [it shares its name but little else with the 2005-2010 North American rental fleet special] has, after four years, had a mid-life refresh subtly inspired by the Malibu. Changes include new headlamps, bumper, grille, tail lamps and boot lid. Plus new light alloy wheels.

Latest blogs

Dave Leggett | 8 Jun 2015

I have come across some interesting food for thought on the subject of Tesla and how disruptive its innovative e-tech really is in an article in the Harvard Business Review.


Graeme Roberts | 2 Jun 2015

What to do with an old vehicle plant site once last units have been shipped and the buildings bowled?

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