US: Despite recalls, GM posts $100m first quarter net profit

Despite suggestions it might even book a loss due to recall costs, General Motors on Thursday said first quarter net income was US$0.1bn ($100m), or $0.06 a share, beating analysts' estimates by a couple of cents.

US: GM starts shipping ignition switch recall parts

General Motors last night said it had shipped thousands of kits consisting of ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets for older model small cars subject to a major recall.

BRAZIL: Ford opens northeast’s first engine plant

After spending BRL400m/US$180m, Ford has just opened the first engine plant in Brazil's northeast region with capacity for 210,000 engines a year and 300 new jobs.

US: Volkswagen leaves representation door open at Chattanooga

Volkswagen is leaving open the door to "representation" for its Tennessee employees following the UAW's decision to withdraw its appeal with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

INTERVIEW: Mats Fägerhag, CEO of CEVT, on future Geely-Volvo tech

Mats Fägerhag, the former head of R&D for Saab, is now the CEO of China Euro Vehicle Technology AB (CEVT). Behind the doors of these buildings in suburban Göteborg, Volvo and Geely engineers are quietly creating future platforms.

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Top Auto News

Despite recalls, GM posts $100m Q1 net

Graeme Roberts | 24 Apr 14

Despite suggestions it might even book a loss due to recall costs, General Motors on Thursday said first quarter net income was US$0.1bn ($100m), or $0.06 a share, beating analysts' estimates by a couple of cents.


GM starts shipping ignition switch recall parts

Graeme Roberts | 24 Apr 14

General Motors last night said it had shipped thousands of kits consisting of ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets for older model small cars subject to a major recall.


Mitsubishi upbeat as annual sales and income grow

Tony Lewis | 24 Apr 14

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has forecast continued growth in sales and income for the coming financial year after booking a 15% increase in net sales to JPY2.09 trillion (US$20.4bn) for fiscal 2013/2014.

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UK car and engine output rises in March

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General Motors' $10bn profit aspiration fades

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Latest Auto Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mats Fägerhag, CEO of CEVT, on future Geely-Volvo tech 24 Apr 14

Glenn Brooks

Mats Fägerhag, the former head of R&D for Saab, is now the CEO of China Euro Vehicle Technology AB (CEVT). This small firm's engineers are quietly creating the new CMA scalable architecture for C and B segment Geely and Volvo models.


Q&A with Bizol 22 Apr 14

Matthew Beecham

Bizol is a lubricant and technical fluids brand wholly-owned by Boris Tatievski. Matthew Beecham spoke to him about oils for alternative powertrains and how business is shaping-up in BRIC markets.


Q&A with Tenneco: Energy recovery technologies 14 Apr 14

Matthew Beecham

Tenneco’s advances in exhaust heat recovery technologies include thermoelectric generators (TEGs) and Rankine systems for powering electrical accessories, recharging batteries and supporting vehicle propulsion without reducing engine performance. Tenneco reckons that the same trends that are causing the vehicle powertrain to become electrified are indeed causing its after-treatment systems to become electrified. Matthew Beecham spoke to Marcel Womann, Supervisor, Advanced Cold End Products, Advanced Engineering, Tenneco Clean Air Division about TEGs.

Automotive Blog

BEIJING MOTOR SHOW: every new model

Glenn Brooks | 21 Apr 14

What might well be the most comprehensive guide to AutoChina 2014 has been updated on just-auto.com, so do take a look.


Spring issue of Lotus Engineering's proActive

Dave Leggett | 14 Apr 14

The latest issue of Lotus Engineering's proActive is out.


About those US octane ratings...

Graeme Roberts | 14 Apr 14

Interesting comment about my earlier blog on US octane ratings from our Brazilian correspondent Fernando Calmon.

Hot Automotive Issues

Auto China, Beijing 2014

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.

Russian localisation takes RAF centre stage as Forex comes under pressure

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.

Apple CarPlay arrives, Android rival expected soon

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.

It's Geneva show time again

We're busy keeping track of expected new model launches and our show coverage is lovingly packaged here

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