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THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW and GM back in the news

26 Aug 16 | Graeme Roberts

Two of the world's largest automakers - Volkswagen and General Motors - have been in the news again this week, neither for entirely good reasons. Let's start with VW and its supplier row.


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Volkswagen fires warning shot across supplier bows?

26 Aug 16 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's major row with two of its suppliers for the past week or so concerned a relatively small dispute with component manufacturers, but was still deemed sufficiently serious to attract the attention of the Economics Ministry in Berlin.


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ADAS technology partnerships shift up a gear to make autonomous cars a reality

26 Aug 16 | Matthew Beecham

Mobileye and Delphi stepped forward this week to announce their plans to jointly develop a complete SAE Level 4/5 automated driving solution production ready for 2019. This latest technology partnership is just one of a string of others announced this year alone in the race to offer fully autonomous cars.


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Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 Aug 16 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.


OEMs need to tread carefully in their relationships with suppliers and look to minimise supply chain risks

COMMENT - VW must change its buyer behaviour

24 Aug 16 | Guest

As VW Group wrestles with the cost and other implications of ‘dieselgate’, attention this week was drawn to a dispute between the company and two of its suppliers. If it is looking at its supplier base for cost savings, it will need to act carefully. Richard Gane considers the strategic implications for OEM-supplier relationships.  


Astra Touring, and its hatchback sibling, are the last Opel/Vauxhall models still made here in the UK

Is Vauxhall car making in the UK doomed?

22 Aug 16 | Graeme Roberts

Is Opel/Vauxhall's announcement of production cuts in Germany affecting UK-bound cars the General Motors Europe's unit's way of warning us the sole remaining GM car plant in England is at risk? Or is this simply, as a Vauxhall spokesman told just-auto, a prudent automaker looking ahead, foreseeing an inevitable sales decline and making a measured plant output adjustment in full cooperation with all affected parties? I'll go with the latter. For now.


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