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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.

COMMENT: Outdated driver protocols need review

Roger Stansfield | 20 Jul 2015

The protocols which govern the use of motor vehicles are enshrined in the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic. One of its key stipulations is that "every driver shall at all times be able to control his vehicle". Those 12 words are currently the greatest barrier to the introduction of self-driving vehicles.

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

INTERVIEW: BorgWarner's director of marketing Gunt

Ian Henry | 8 Jan 2015

We spoke to Gunter Kraemer about BorgWarner’s recent expansion in the rapidly growing turbocharger market.

Q&A with Mentor Graphics

Matthew Beecham | 18 Sep 2014

Mentor Graphics is a major supplier of software tools that help engineers design electronic systems and components. Headquartered in Oregon, US, Mentor generates annual revenues of some US$1bn. Its tools are involved in the design of almost every electronic gadget you can think of. To find out about its automotive business, Matthew Beecham spoke to Martin O’Brien, General Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division Mentor Graphics.

Latest News

Brazil sales recovery will take time

Fernando Calmon | 28 Aug 2015

Predictions on when new vehicle sales in Brazil might vary. A GDP decline of a shade over 2% is now estimated for this year to be followed by 0.5% to 1% in 2016.

Volkswagen names Magna a FAST partner

Graeme Roberts | 27 Aug 2015

Magna International has announced that its Magna Powertrain operating group was nominated by the Volkswagen Group as a 'Future Automotive Supply Tracks' (FAST) strategic partner for outstanding performance in manufacturing driveline systems for VW vehicles.

SKF inks three-year MAN wheel-end deal

Simon Warburton | 26 Aug 2015

SKF has signed a three-year agreement with MAN for the supply of truck-matched wheel-end units.

SKF signs three-year deal with MAN

Graeme Roberts | 24 Aug 2015

Following an earlier deal with Scania, SKF has now signed a three year agreement with MAN for the supply of truck-matched wheel-end units.

Volkswagen denies looming overcapacity in China

Dave Leggett | 21 Aug 2015

Volkswagen has denied a report in Wirtschaftswoche that capacity utilisation at the company's 20 Chinese car and components plants is falling.

Toyota to seek price cuts from suppliers

Dave Leggett | 20 Aug 2015

Reports in Japan say that, following a one-year pause, Toyota is to ask suppliers to cut prices as it seeks to improve its competitive position.

Skoda to launch in South Korea - report

Dave Leggett | 20 Aug 2015

Volkswagen plans to launch the brand Skoda in South Korea by the end of 2015, according to sources.

JAPIA consults members after Tianjin explosion

Simon Warburton | 19 Aug 2015

Japan's Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA), says it is liaising with its 446 members as the fallout from last week's Tianjin Port explosions continues.

VW gearbox site running but Tianjin inaccessible

Simon Warburton | 19 Aug 2015

Volkswagen Group says it is unable to reach the devastated Port of Tianjin to determine the number of vehicles destroyed in last week's hazardous material inferno, but adds its nearby component factory is functioning normally.

NHTSA probes VW Tiguan on airbag issue

Dave Leggett | 19 Aug 2015

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into Volkswagen 2015 Tiguan featuring a Takata airbag, as the airbag may rupture.

Hyundai confirms all cars damaged in Tianjin blaze

Simon Warburton | 18 Aug 2015

Hyundai has confirmed to just-auto to the 'best of its knowledge' all of its vehicles stored at Tianjin were damaged in the recent huge explosion, which so far has killed at least 114 people.

Skoda resumes production after factory holiday

Simon Warburton | 18 Aug 2015

Production is again running at full capacity at Škoda's three sites in the Czech Republic after the factory holiday.

Hyundai, VW lose cars in China explosion

Tony Pugliese | 17 Aug 2015

Hyundai Motor estimates it has lost stock worth KRW160bn (US$136m) in the huge warehouse explosion in the Chinese port of Tianjin last week.

Around 10,000 cars may be lost in Tianjin inferno

Simon Warburton | 14 Aug 2015

Speculation is mounting up to 10,000 cars may have been destroyed in Wednesday night's (12 August) massive Tianjin Port explosions, which are believed to have been the equivalent of 21t of TNT detonating.

Škoda Superb features Canton sound system

Dave Leggett | 11 Aug 2015

Škoda says the new Škoda Superb has been "transformed into a concert hall on wheels" with the exclusively developed Canton sound system.

VW nominates 44 suppliers for collaboration

Simon Warburton | 10 Aug 2015

Volkswagen Group has nominated the first 44 suppliers who will be collaborating on a new common strategic level under the joint FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks) initiative.

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.

South Korea import sales rise 14% in July

Tony Pugliese | 6 Aug 2015

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea increased by 14.3% to 20,707 units in July, compared with 18,112 units in the same month of last year, according to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

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.

VW Up TSI makes debut in Brazil before Europe

Fernando Calmon | 31 Jul 2015

The launch of Volkswagen's Up TSi powertrain option is the first time Brazil has produced a car more advanced, in engine technology, than its sibling marketed in Europe.

Audi brand sets first half sales record

Graeme Roberts | 30 Jul 2015

Volkswagen's premium Audi Group division boosted operating profit 9.1% to EUR2.9bn in the first half of 2015.

Volkswagen Group operating profit rises

Graeme Roberts | 30 Jul 2015

Volkswagen Group boosted second quarter 2015 operating profit 4.9% to EUR3.49bn on sales up 9.9% to EUR56.04bn.

Latest blogs

Luc Donckerwolke quits Bentley

Dave Leggett | 5 Jun 2015

The departure of head designer Luc Donckerwolke from Bentley (replacement found) is an interesting one, not least for the question of where he will pop up next.

Kia's China-only crossover

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jan 2015

We're well used to China-only models from the long-established foreign automaker players there like Volkswagen and General Motors but now even the (relative) newcomers are getting in on the act.

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