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Eastern Europe labour worries surface this week

21 Oct 16 | Graeme Roberts

I doubt things are at the Panic Button stage but, as automakers and suppliers continue to pile into 'low cost' eastern Europe - this announcement of expanded output from Toyota just today is just one example - a question of labour availability and/or retention is beginning to surface.

Humongous video wall is a very impressive tool for show-and-tell at Hyundai Motor Group

Back to school with Kia

21 Oct 16 | Graeme Roberts

It is a long time since I darkened the door of any university, and then only for the odd social visit, so it was interesting to get a glimpse, courtesy of Kia, to Hyundai Motor Group's facility to see what overseas PR chief Michael Choo called the "more human side" of the automaker.

Michael Mauser

How Harman is harmonising the millennial market – Q&A

21 Oct 16 | Matthew Beecham

Forget 22-inch wheels, a recent study found that around one-third of new car buyers say that the audio brand in their next vehicle would have a significant impact on their purchase consideration. We caught up with Michael Mauser, EVP and president of Harman’s lifestyle audio division, to learn how the sound specialist developed an audio system for the new Toyota C-HR, why its audio solutions are increasingly found in small car platforms, and how Voyager Drive offers a high-end audio experience for millennials.

As seat designs go, this one caught our eye at the Paris motor show: Lexus kinetic seat concept.

Tomorrow’s car seats – lighter, smarter, kinetic

21 Oct 16 | Matthew Beecham

The three megatrends impacting the global automotive industry, namely fuel efficiency, individualisation and autonomous driving, strongly influence the shape and form of tomorrow’s car seat. Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE – this one takes a closer look at some approaches to car seat design.

Renault sold its 50,000th Zoe in April 2016; mid-life facelift expected in 2017

Zoe leads Renault's EV sales surge - Analysis

19 Oct 16 | Glenn Brooks

Overall sales numbers are modest but there's no doubting that the Zoe is finally becoming a success for Renault. A recently announced new battery pack which gives a far larger range might even make 2017 this B segment electric hatchback's best year yet.

Peter Schreyer

Hyundai-Kia design chief outlines car design philosophy - Interview

18 Oct 16 | Roger Stansfield

There is a corner of the Korean auto industry which, if not forever German, is taking on an increasingly strong Teutonic influence. just-auto catches up with Hyundai-Kia design chief Peter Schreyer and his colleagues.

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Toyota to make hybrid transaxles in Poland

21 Oct 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe said it would start production of a hybrid transaxle in 2018 at its Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) plant in Walbrzych, and add two petrol engines, a 1.5-litre in 2017 and a two-litre in 2019, at Toyota Motor Industries, Poland (TMIP) in Jelcz-Laskowice.

Daimler boosts Q3 sales and profits

21 Oct 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has posted record third quarter 2016 unit sales and EBIT adjusted for special items after boosting unit sales 5% to 754,100 cars and commercial vehicles worldwide.

Nissan to decide on next Qashqai plant over ‘next month’

21 Oct 2016 | Dave Leggett

Nissan appears to be close to a decision on whether or not to select its UK (Sunderland) plant to manufacture the next generation Qashqai model or look to make it at an alternative facility in Europe.

Valeo records Q3 sales up 16% to EUR3.9bn

21 Oct 2016 | Simon Warburton

Valeo has unveiled third-quarter sales up 16% to EUR3.9bn (US$4.3bn), while nine-month consolidated sales came in at EUR12.1bn , up 13%.

Malaysia sales drop 6% in September, 14% YTD

21 Oct 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Malaysia’s new vehicle market continued to shrink in September, with sales falling by 5.7% to 48,191 units from 51,106 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Thai market recovery continues in September

21 Oct 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to recover in September, with sales rising by 2.7% to 63,516 units from 61,863 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.

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