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ANALYSIS: Making sense of China's sales volatility

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...

ANALYSIS: Japan under attack from foreign brands

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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.


Briefing: Active safety systems

Matthew Beecham | 25 Jun 2015

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. Although the accent is on giving assistance to the driver rather than take control away, motorists are still wary about cars that supposedly drive themselves. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), rearview cameras, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This second instalment considers AEB and HUDs.


Briefing: Active safety systems

Matthew Beecham | 18 Jun 2015

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS): rearview cameras; autonomous emergency braking systems; and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This first instalment considers rearview cameras.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Air bag recall still confusing

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Big News this week was the incredible confirmation - from NHTSA - of a 5.1m recall of Honda/Acura cars with airbags with Takata inflators. It had been flagged up earlier by the automaker but then came the report that neither supplier or US regulator are quite sure of the safety of up to 3m replacement parts.

Latest Interviews

Q&A: Ulrika Pettersson, Tech Leader - Volvo XC90

Glenn Brooks | 10 Jul 2015

As head of software development for VCC's V526 project, Ulrika Pettersson manages the input of suppliers to the new XC90's advanced infotainment system. With more variants of this big SUV still to come, her role is evolving.


Q&A: Volvo XC90 chief engineer Håkan Ivarsson

Glenn Brooks | 2 Jul 2015

Volvo Cars' technical director for the 90 Cluster models opens up about the development of the XC90. Plus, what's coming for two VCC architectures: SPA for medium and large vehicles, and the smaller Geely-Volvo CMA.

Latest News

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.


ARRB to test driverless cars this November

Simon Warburton | 4 Aug 2015

Driverless cars will be tested on Australian roads for the first time in November this year says the country's national independent road research agency, ARRB Group.


Magna to buy Getrag for US$1.9bn

Simon Warburton | 16 Jul 2015

Magna says it has inked an agreement to acquire automotive transmissions supplier, Getrag Group in a deal worth EUR1.75bn (US$1.9bn).


New Volvo hybrid gets UK government grant

Graeme Roberts | 16 Jul 2015

Volvo’s first petrol plug-in hybrid, the XC90 T8 Twin Engine, has qualified for the UK Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) scheme from the Office of Low Emissions (OLEV).


Volvo sells component plant to Amtek Group

Simon Warburton | 7 Jul 2015

Volvo Cars today says it has sold its component plant in Floby, Sweden, to Amtek Group, a global manufacturer of automotive parts.


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.


Volvo Group opens US$70m distribution centre

Graeme Roberts | 1 Jul 2015

Volvo Group has opened a new 1m sq ft central distribution centre (CDC) in Byhalia, Mississippi.


Volvo group truck sales flat in May

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

Deliveries by the Volvo Group’s truck operations in May 2015 totalled 17,475 vehicles, almost the same as in May 2014.


2016 GENEVA SHOW DEBUTS: Geely-Volvo CMA

Glenn Brooks | 16 Jun 2015

Li Shufu, the owner of Geely and VCC, has told the media in China that CMA, the firms' first co-developed architecture, will be revealed at the 2016 Geneva motor show.


Volvo sells remaining Eicher holding

Graeme Roberts | 4 Jun 2015

Volvo Group said it had sold its remaining holding in listed Indian commercial vehicle maker Eicher Motors.


Volvo China plant starts US exports

Chris Wright | 26 May 2015

Volvo's Chinese plant in the south western city of Chengdu has completed its first luxury sedan made for the US market.


Volvo chooses South Carolina for US$500m plant

Simon Warburton | 11 May 2015

Volvo Cars has selected South Carolina as the location for its new US$500m factory, which will have an initial annual production of around 100,000 cars.


Volvo likely to decide on India assembly in 2015

Graeme Roberts | 6 May 2015

Volvo is reportedly expected to decide in 2015 whether to start assembly of vehicles in India - or not.


Volvo starts third shift adding 1,500 new jobs

Simon Warburton | 5 May 2015

Volvo says a third shift at its Torslanda plant near Gothenburg has started, creating nearly 1,500 new jobs in the company's Western Sweden home region.


FKG lauds Iran as potential 2.5m market

Simon Warburton | 28 Apr 2015

Scandinavian supplier association, FKG, says Iran could be a 2.5m or 3m market if current draconian sanctions against the country are lifted this summer.


Volvo engines now all in-house

Graeme Roberts | 28 Apr 2015

Like Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover with its new Ingenium engines, Geely's Volvo Car, once also owned by Ford, has been weaning itself off other automakers' engines and substituting its own.


Volvo to target Asia-Pacific from China

Tony Pugliese | 24 Apr 2015

Volvo Cars China (VCC) will take on a leading role in the Asia-Pacific region in an effort to grow the brand’s sales.


Volvo finds Chinese balancer shaft source

Graeme Roberts | 23 Apr 2015

Volvo Car Corporation and Mitec-Jebsen Automotive Systems (Dalian) have partnered to make the balance shaft for the automaker's new GEA3 engine. Production starts in 2016.


Volvo Group margins improve in Q1/2015

Graeme Roberts | 22 Apr 2015

In the first quarter of 2015 Volvo Group's efficiency-improvement programme generated good results.


Volvo Group names new president and CEO

Graeme Roberts | 22 Apr 2015

AB Volvo's board has named Martin Lundstedt, 47, as the president and chief executive officer of the Volvo Group. Lundstedt will take up his new role in October 2015.


Volvo Cars’ China sales will outpace premiums

Graeme Roberts | 21 Apr 2015

Volvo Cars president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson said his company's sales in China in 2015 would grow faster than the overall market for premium cars.


Plastic Omnium expects to double China revenue

Graeme Roberts | 21 Apr 2015

Plastic Omnium announced its latest developments in China at the Shanghai motor show including four new plants.

Latest blogs

Let the touch screen size war begin

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

With the UK media launch of Volvo's XC90 on this week, a lot of readers are going to be hearing about the car's very intuitive, iPad-like screen I've already complimented.


Watch Volvo's next XC90 get rolled, and rolled

Glenn Brooks | 28 Nov 2014

We all remember that video of the outgoing XC90 being rolled SEVEN times and no crushing of the roof. To me, it's been the gold standard of safe cars ever since.

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