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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) opened to media - including just-auto - on 27 August in the city’s Crocus Expo exhibition centre. This year's show occupies over 120,000 sq m and over 50 automakers are attending. The show features a record number of new vehicles, including 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.
Car sales in Africa are, relative to the continent's population size, very low. The focus on emerging markets has been elsewhere. However, there have been signs lately of more interest in prospects for the automotive sector in Africa, with Nigeria's emerging economy (now Africa's largest) attracting automotive OEMs. However, industrial relations strife in South Africa also illustrates the challenges that come with economic development.
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 saw the 17th Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow, where the localisation issue occupied centre stage. Russian Forex stresses compounded by Moscow and the West's stand-off are making domestic component content a crucial factor. We group all the stories and comment from the Conference here.
As more and more new technology, such as Apple's CarPlay launched with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo at Geneva, finds its way into automobiles, launch venues are changing. You're as likely now to meet a new Focus at a consumer electronics show or new auto software miracles at a mobile phone technology symposium as at a conventional motor show. We've packaged up some recent 'tech' articles here.
We're busy keeping track of expected new model launches and our show coverage is lovingly packaged here
The year has turned and we're already hearing the sounds of pages being turned as quarterly and full year results roll in, electronically and otherwise. As usual, we're grouping our reports here for your convenience.
If it's January, it's Detroit show time in usually snowy Michigan. All our coverage is here.
The rapid convergence of the worlds of consumer electronics and automotive technology means that January's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is now well and truly on the auto industry's radar. Many auto company execs will be in attendance to support their companies' exhibits and technology showcases. Our coverage is gathered together here.
General Motors has announced that it plans to discontinue Chevrolet as a mainstream volume brand in Europe as part of a strategy to bolster Opel/Vauxhall and return European operations to profitability.
It was a safe bet former Renault COO Carlos Tavares would pop up again in the auto business after his forced exit a few months ago but the announcement he would soon succeed Philippe Varin as head of PSA Peugeot-Citroen (from 1 January) still came as a bit of a surprise. Our coverage is here.
The Tokyo Motor Show has kicked off this week. Our coverage of the new models unveiled and news from the exhibition halls is gathered together here.
It's quarterly results time again - mostly Q3 or, in Japan and India's cases, fiscal Q2. As usual, we're compiling the major OEM and Tier 1 bulletins onto one package for quick 'n' easy access.
Scandinavian supplier group, FKG, is seeing 'light in the tunnel' as Europe's battered economies slowly emerge from what the US is now calling 'The Great Recession.' The components body held its Annual Supplier Forum in Gothenburg last week ahead of an imminent restart of Saab and against the background of Volvo's resurgence. Our coverage of the conference - as well as interviews with Saab and Volvo - are here.
As the global light vehicle market heads for another new record in 2013 (forecast to top 83m units), contrasting regional trends are nevertheless evident. Continued recovery in the US is sending the market towards 16m units and China is also still in positive growth territory. However, some other emerging markets have seen demand soften and Europe is bouncing around on the bottom.
Around 100,000 strikers across several automotive sectors downed tools in the four week stoppage, whose cost is currently being evaluated by MIBCO, with BMW South Africa saying the dispute cost it 13,000 vehicles in lost production. A final agreement has yet to be signed but a three-year deal has been put forward. The dispute followed a costly automotive manufacturing employee walkout. Our coverage is here.
The 65th Frankfurt Motor Show took place in September. Our coverage of Europe's biggest motor show is gathered together here.
How will the extraordinary row between Paris and Brussels on one side and Mercedes and Berlin on the other concerning the respective merits of r134a and r1234yf refrigerant pan out? The saga shows no sign of ending.
Quarterly results are rolling in again and, while we lose the will to live, buried under an avalanche of net, gross, operating, EBIT, net of excise and other bean-counting jargon, we appreciate you'd like it all in one easy to access package. Here 'tis.
The future for this industry is bound up in the emergence of mega-cities, the continuing growth of vehicle demand in rapidly motorising emerging markets, the need for environmental sustainability and the integration of personal mobility with smart connectivity. Driver assistance systems could eventually morph into fully autonomous vehicles, with V2V and V2X connectivity and intelligent transport systems.
Despite the best efforts of striking French air traffic controllers to prevent speedy travel, just-auto's team eventually made it to Paris by various other means such as jam-packed Eurostars. Not sure about getting home... Meanwhile, the traffic controller back at base is compiling everything here to avoid any delays in getting our coverage to you.
Tesla has just posted its first quarterly profit in ten years. Some more recent EV start-ups have come and gone. Even the established OEMs are finding the going hard and EV sales targets missed as mixed fortunes and uncertainties for the electric vehicle sector abound.
It's quarterly results time again. We're compiling them here for quick 'n' easy access.
Auto Shanghai was this year's major Chinese motor show (it alternates annually with Beijing). Media day was 20 April. Our coverage is grouped here.
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