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The UK has voted in a national referendum to leave the EU. It’s a move that brings a range of uncertainties in areas such as trade. The automotive industry is at the heart of the possible effects.
'New normal', 'still room to grow', 'lead or be knocked out'. Just three takeaways from this year's GAF in the key Chinese auto- and parts-making city. We were there.
PSA Peugeot Citroën has presented a new five-year business plan that includes ambitious financial targets and plans for new models. just-auto was in Paris to hear more about the new strategic priorities for PSA Groupe.
As Russia endures severe economic challenges, with extremely low oil prices and international sanctions, local suppliers find themselves at a competitive advantage. The Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow provided a platform for their views and just-auto was there to report.
March brings the annual Geneva Motor Show. A showcase for new models and concepts aimed at Europe, the industry's top executives are here to network, gossip and meet the media. just-auto was there at the 86th Geneva Show in Palexpo.
The Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas is fast becoming as important an attraction for motor industry watchers as key motor shows as autos and consumer electronics converge. Our coverage from this year's juicy techfest is grouped here
FKG, the Scandinavian Automotive Supplier Association, with almost 400 members, looks after the interests of the Scandinavian automotive supplier community. FKG's annual Supplier Forum provides a platform for discussing current concerns. This year's event was in FKG's hometown of Gothenburg.
Volkswagen Group is at the centre of a scandal originating in the US that has revealed the rigging of emissions tests for VW diesel models. The crisis has direct implications for Volkswagen in the US and could spread to other parts of the world.
It's show time in Germany's financial centre again - where did two years go? All our previews and coverage are here
Second quarter, half year, first fiscal quarter, etc, etc. We have covered the ones we think you should know about. All here in one handy pack.
OEM and Tier 1 supplier interest in M&A is growing. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says more consolidation is needed among automakers to raise scale and efficiency. Within suppliers, besides ZF's takeover of TRW, Delphi says will move quickly on acquisitions.
Mexico is attracting investment from OEMs due to its position as a low-cost NAFTA supplier to the US and favourable trading arrangements with Latin American markets to the south. OEMs Ford and Toyota have also announced significant new Mexico investments.
Soaring inflation, high interest rates, a depreciating Rouble and a 50% drop in oil prices have seen economic headwinds batter Russia. Nevertheless, local OEMs and suppliers saw genuine opportunity at Moscow's Russian Automotive Forum. All our coverage is here.
If it's March, it's the Geneva show
Russia's automotive market and manufacturing industry are facing major difficulties. Russia's economy is reeling from collapsed oil prices and sanctions. With a declining car market, rising car prices reflect a weak currency and falling confidence, with little sign of improvement.
Soon after car carrier Hoegh Osaka left the port of Southampton, the ship listed, forcing the pilot to beach her on a sandbank. At risk are 1,200 JLR vehicles, 65 Minis, one Rolls-Royce and JCBs. We follow the salvage saga.
All our coverage is here
Our coverage from this year's LA auto show is gathered together here.
It's results season and we're up to most companies' third compilation of the year, which we group together here.
Airbag supplier Takata is under fire as potentially faulty inflators - which can fragment into shrapnel as the 'bag inflates and have been blamed for several deaths - prompt NHTSA to intensify the urgency of recalling 7.8m cars in the US and its territories alone. Our coverage is here.
The media preview days of the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile are on 2 & 3 October. Our previews and show reports are here.
One of the world’s biggest car shows, the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS) was held in the Crocus Expo exhibition centre. With 50+ automakers attending, it featured nine world premieres, nine European and 43 Russian premieres, and 16 concept cars.
We won't claim to have 'em all but we've got the ones that matter.
Despite the population size, car sales in Africa are low. However, automotive sector prospects in Africa are looking better, with Nigeria's economy (Africa's largest) attracting automotive OEMs. However, poor South African industrial relations reflect how economic development will remain challenging.
Despite pressure from some Western capitals not to attend, this year's SPIEF attracted more than 6,000 delegates, mostly CEOs, but also laced with a sprinkling of Prime Ministers and Presidents. We group the round-up here.
General Motors is facing a crisis in North America as it struggles to deal with large recalls that have raised serious concerns over its safety processes and supplier relations in the 2000s.
It's quarterly results time again, mostly Q1 2014 and Q4/full year 2013/2014. We've assembled all our coverage into one handy package right here. Enjoy.
China's big auto show this year is in Beijing (it alternates annually with Shanghai). Western and domestic makers have turned out in force. Our coverage of the news that matters is gathered here.
Last week's 17th Russian Automotive Forum by Adam Smith Conferences saw the localisation issue centre stage. Russian Forex stresses from the stand-off between Moscow and the West make domestic component content crucial. All the conference stories and comment is here.
New technology, such as Apple's CarPlay launched with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo at Geneva, is changing vehicle launch venues, from the conventional motor shows, to consumer electronics and mobile phone technology shows. Our recent 'tech' articles are here.
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- Mixed reaction to Tesla's latest plans
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