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ANALYSIS: Japan under attack from foreign brands

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...

ANALYSIS: BMW sales collapse in largest EU market

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...

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

Graeme Roberts | 3 Jul 2015

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews from a number of events here in Olde Engerland and Europe, all the while enduring 35C 'heatwaves', rail delays due to the 'wrong kind of heat', missed plane connections and the usual summer chaos.

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of front-end modules

Matthew Beecham | 1 Jul 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some lightweight solutions fitted to front-end modules by Faurecia, BASF, Plastic Omnium and SABIC Innovative Plastics.

COMMENT: BMW & Mercedes battle over self parking

Glenn Brooks | 30 Jun 2015

With Daimler's head of R&D confirming that next year's W213 E-Class will be able to park itself, Mercedes-Benz seems keen to undermine BMW's much-hyped new 7 Series.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with TI Automotive

Matthew Beecham | 17 Nov 2014

Emissions legislation, weight, packaging, safety and cost are the main factors driving fuel tank innovation. Matthew Beecham talked to Albert Boecker, Product & Advanced Engineering Director, Global Fuel Tank Systems, TI Automotive about the supplier’s fuel system technology and what can be done about ‘fuel slosh’.

INTERVIEW: Audi's 'Mr RHD' retires

Graeme Roberts | 31 Jul 2014

David Ingrams, who retired from Audi UK's press office today (31 July) played a key role in helping the German automaker's engineers achieve "uncompromised" right hand drive configurations and also oversaw a collection of about 50 classic cars, many of which he helped to launch when new. The man who praised Audi for taking the long-term view has himself served 36 years with the automaker and the connection may not yet be completely severed.

Latest News

Daimler sets more records in second quarter

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jul 2015

Daimler has booked record unit sales, revenue and earnings for the second quarter of 2015.

European car market up 8.4% in H1 [includes data]

Dave Leggett | 20 Jul 2015

Car sales data released by JATO shows the European car market ending the first half of the year hit a high with sales up 14.6% in June and 8.4% during the first half versus the same period last year.

Mercedes-Benz car sales hit half-year record

Dave Leggett | 7 Jul 2015

Mercedes-Benz recorded the highest half-year sales figures in the company's history with 898,425 vehicles delivered to customers in the first six months of 2015 (+14.7%).

BASF and ContiTech develop plastic crossbeam

Simon Warburton | 7 Jul 2015

BASF and ContiTech say they have developed the first plastic transmission crossbeam in the rear axle subframe for the S-Class from Mercedes-Benz.

SUVs continue driving US sales growth

Bill Cawthon | 2 Jul 2015

June was another good month for the auto industry as US light vehicle sales continued to grow.

Mercedes-Benz details Rastatt compact car plans

Graeme Roberts | 1 Jul 2015

Daimler has announced more details of plans for its Mercedes-Benz Rastatt car plant which will produce the next generation compact cars.

New head for Daimler/Foton truck joint venture

Graeme Roberts | 30 Jun 2015

With effect from 1 July 2015, Zhou Liang (48) will succeed Wu Yuejun (52) and become the new president and CEO of Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive (BFDA), the 50/50 joint venture between Daimler and truck manufacturer Foton.

GAZ looks to Tier 3 and beyond in supplier focus

Simon Warburton | 25 Jun 2015

Russian producer, GAZ Group says it has "supplier visibility" down to Tier 3 level and even further as it looks to leverage the possibly short-lived advantage of a rouble under pressure.

GAZ 'wastes not one rouble' in efficiency drive

Simon Warburton | 25 Jun 2015

GAZ Group parent, Russian Machines says "not one rouble" is wasted in the company as it continues its efficiency moves to drive down costs in the business.

Mercedes/GAZ cautious on Russia production numbers

Simon Warburton | 25 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz says it will not produce more Sprinter vans in Russia than the market demands as partner GAZ also acts cautiously in the current volatile economic environment.

Mercedes-Benz launching Argentine assembled Vito

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz Argentina is launching the new Vito at the Buenos Aires motor show ahead of the production start at the end of June at its local plant.

GAZ 'war room' focuses on supplier efficiency

Simon Warburton | 19 Jun 2015

GAZ Group says it is constantly evaluating its supplier base as a depreciating rouble provides genuine opportunity to capitalise on what otherwise is a bleak Russian economic position.

Europe's car market was positive - just - in May

Dave Leggett | 18 Jun 2015

Data released by JATO Dynamics shows that Europe's car market slowed to growth of just 0.8% in May. However, the underlying picture remains one of national markets in recovery.

Mercedes supply unit committed to stay in Russia

Simon Warburton | 18 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz Vans Russia's supply quality control unit says it does not make sense to "go in and out" of the troubled market, which is currently beset by myriad challenges stemming partly from international disapproval of what many see as Moscow's actions in Eastern Ukraine and de facto annexation of Crimea.

GAZ owner sees market easing, incentives still key

Simon Warburton | 18 Jun 2015

GAZ Group's parent estimates the bottom may have been reached of plummeting passenger and light commercial vehicle sales in Russia but concedes the government will likely have to keep stepping in with incentive programmes.

Chinese may buy east Germany Mercedes dealerships

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

Daimler might sell its Mercedes dealerships in eastern Germany to China-based Lei Shing Hong, Stuttgarter Zeitung reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Daimler expands with new bus plant

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

After recently opening a new bus plant in India, Daimler said it was further expanding its bus business in Latin America: wholly owned subsidiary Daimler Colombia is opening a new bus plant in Funza near Bogotá with an installed capacity of 4,000 units per year.

Bosch and Daimler start automated parking pilot

Simon Warburton | 12 Jun 2015

Bosch and Daimler have started a joint pilot project, car2go, to allow vehicles to drive themselves to a free parking space and return afterwards.

Thai uxury segment unaffected by downturn

Tony Pugliese | 12 Jun 2015

Thailand’s luxury car market is expected to expand by 10-12% to around 20,000 units in 2015, according to Mercedes-Benz (Thailand)’s president Michael Grewe.

GLA SOP expands Mercedes' global build footprint

Chris Wright | 11 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz has expanded its global assembly network further with the start of production of the GLA compact SUV at the Pune plant in India.

Mercedes-Benz sales remain on the up

Graeme Roberts | 8 Jun 2015

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars brand sold 151,135 vehicles in May worldwide, up 12.8% year on year.

Mercedes UK revamps used van operations

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz has revamped its used van operation here in the UK.

Latest blogs

Fried cabbage's off

Simon Warburton | 15 Jul 2015

Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere.

The dinosaurs are back

Dave Leggett | 19 May 2015

The dinosaurs are back? No, that's not a reference to the Top Gear Three who are reportedly readying for a Netflix rebirth.

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Daimler AG (DAI) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates - Latest Monthly Update

LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates

This service provides customers with the very latest monthly estimates of passenger car production across all of Europe. Updated monthly and provided model-by-model, and available only via just-auto,...

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LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates (annual subscription)

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LMC Automotive's service provides customers with the very latest monthly estimates of passenger car production across all of Europe. Updated monthly and provided model-by-model, and available only via...

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