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ANALYSIS - future Mercedes-Benz hybrid & electric vehicles24 May 17

The final feature in just-auto's focus on Daimler's current and future passenger vehicles concerns Denza, plus Mercedes-Benz and EQ hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. ...read more


Honda refurbishes California proving centre23 May 17

Honda's US proving ground in Cantil, California, is back in full operation after refurbishment, the automaker said....read more


Emissions fraud investigators to search Daimler premises23 May 17

Stuttgard public prosecutor's office staff are "about" to search premises of Daimler AG at several locations in Germany, the automaker said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon (23 May)....read more


Toyota explores 'blockchain' for driverless cars data23 May 17

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology for use in the development of a new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate develop...read more


Daimler lays foundations for second li-ion battery factory23 May 17

Daimler has laid the foundation for its second battery factory, saying it was "taking the next strategic step in its electric offensive"....read more


GM&S workers hold breath as French State steps in23 May 17

France's Economy Minister has confirmed he asked Renault and PSA Group to increase their orders to ailing supplier, GM&S in a move which could see the stamping operator evade liquidation....read more


Tata Steel expands Serica surface finish choice23 May 17

Tata Steel said it had worked with "a leading European vehicle manufacturer" to expanded its Serica premium surface finish range for automotive exposed panels....read more


Ford opts for presentational change23 May 17

The more I look at it, the harder I am finding it to understand the rationale for change at the top of Ford Motor Company. I am concluding, at this point, that it is perhaps more rooted in presentatio...read more


GMSA union sees 600 jobs gone by July23 May 17

South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has said up to 600 workers at General Motors SA are set to lose their jobs by July, out of a total of 1,500....read more


FOMM to build EV plant in Thailand23 May 17

Japanese electric vehicle developer FOMM Corporation plans to assemble electric vehicles in Thailand from next year....read more


Thai sales rise 15% in April23 May 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to rebound strongly in April with sales rising by 15.1% to 63,267 units from 54,986 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai I...read more


BorgWarner announces ZF dual clutch supply deal22 May 17

BorgWarner said it had started production of a new dual clutch module family to be used in the latest transmission from ZF....read more


BMW CFO sees R&D spend ratio rising in 201822 May 17

BMW expects its research and development budget, when measured as a percentage of sales, to rise in 2018, its CFO has told a German newspaper....read more


Frankfurt IAA world debuts list - Renault Mégane R.S.22 May 17

Yet another car has been added to just-auto's Frankfurt motor show world premieres list: the Renault Mégane R.S....read more


French automakers to support troubled stamping supplier22 May 17

Renault and Peugeot reportedly have committed to increasing their orders from ailing components-maker GM&S Industry after their chief executives spoke with economy minister Bruno Le Maire, his ministr...read more


Making good connections in the self-driving car22 May 17

We live in an increasingly connected society and the way things are heading, we will not be escaping ‘always-on’ personal connectivity when we get into our cars. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of ...read more


Lexus starts on hand crafted Europe export LC22 May 17

The first of Toyota's new Lexus LC luxury coupes for UK and Europe export went into production today (22 May) on an exclusive new assembly line in Japan....read more


FCA US files for new diesel emissions approval22 May 17

FCA US said it had formally filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2017...read more


Ford shakes up senior management structure22 May 17

As well as announcing that Jim Hackett takes over from Mark Fields as the company's new CEO, Ford has also announced a number of other senior management changes today. ...read more


Four automakers announce Takata settlements in US22 May 17

BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota have announced agreements to resolve economic loss claims in the Takata multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the United States....read more


GKN on prospects for torque vectoring22 May 17

Torque vectoring is an often heard term, rarely seen computer-controlled system used on cars to deliver just the right amount of power to each wheel in order to improve road grip, stability, handling ...read more


Denso to expand with new powertrain parts plant at Fukushima22 May 17

Denso Corporation said it would build an additional plant at its Fukushima prefecture location in Tamura city to diversity its manufacturing lineup to include powertrain components, which, it said, "w...read more


Toyoda Gosei and Daicel agree cooperation22 May 17

Toyoda Gosei and Daicel Corporation (Osaka, Japan) have agreed to cooperate further over future business and enter into a capital tie-up....read more


Toyoda Gosei building new airbag plant in India22 May 17

Toyoda Gosei is building a new plant in India to meet growing automobile production in India and the expected increase in demand for airbags as stricter safety regulations are adopted....read more


ANALYSIS - future Mercedes-Benz SUVs and pick-ups22 May 17

This is the fifth of six features examining the current and future models of Daimler brands. Its focus is on Mercedes-Benz crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. The final feature will be on electric vehicles...read more


Audi resolves Chinese dealer concern over planned SAIC deal22 May 17

Volkswagen Group unit Audi said at the weekend it had agreed a deal with its dealers in China, effectively resolving a dispute over local joint ventures that could have disrupted its business in the w...read more


New Ford CEO will be Jim Hackett [biog]22 May 17

Jim Hackett is to be named Ford CEO today, replacing Mark Fields....read more


Ford replaces CEO Fields with Jim Hackett22 May 17

Ford has named Jim Hackett as its new president and CEO, replacing Mark Fields....read more


The week - retrenchment at Global Motors19 May 17

Signs are that GM, sometimes referred to as 'Global Motors', is having a strategic rethink and tactically withdrawing from markets where the chances of making a decent buck, and consequent return to i...read more


Nissan shows first glimpse of redesigned Leaf EV19 May 17

Nissan Motor has released a first glimpse of the redesigned Leaf, what it calls "the next chapter in Nissan's Intelligent Zero-Emissions Mobility"....read more


Ford to spend $350m at Livonia transmission plant19 May 17

Ford has announced a US$350m spend at its Livonia Transmission Plant, adding a new transmission as part of a plan to fortify its core automotive business....read more


Hyundai plans two more plants in China19 May 17

Hyundai is reportedly planning to add two vehicle manufacturing plants in China to lift its annual capacity there to around 1.8m vehicles....read more


Union prepared to blow up booby-trapped factory as talks stumble19 May 17

A union is threatening to blow up the GM&S stamping plant in central France as the clock ticks towards its liquidation next week (23 May) in the face of dwindling orders....read more


Toyota hails Japan hydrogen stations agreement19 May 17

Toyota has announced that eleven companies in Japan have agreed to collaborate on the 'large-scale' construction of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) across the country....read more


Kobe Steel opens new aluminium plant in China19 May 17

Kobe Steel's JV, Kobelco Automotive Aluminium Rolled Products (China), has opened a new factory in Tianjin, China. The company, established in 2014, produces and sells automotive aluminium panel mater...read more


Tenneco announces Land Rover Discovery exhaust supply19 May 17

Tenneco has announced it is supplying selective catalytic reduction, diesel particulate filter and muffler systems for Jaguar Land Rover's recently launched, redesigned, seven-seat Discovery SUV....read more


Indonesia sales rise 6% in April19 May 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia rose by 5.7% to 89,588 in April, from 84,770 units a year earlier, according to data released by industry association Gaikindo....read more


Brazil's Innovar-Auto replacement up for discussion19 May 17

With the confusing Inovar-Auto (Innovate-Auto) programme due to end on 31 December 2017, the government has decided to impose a new, longer term directive for the Brazilian automotive industry....read more


Dana to build new manufacturing facility in Chongqing, China19 May 17

Dana has announced that the company will build a new 7,500 square-metre (80,000 square-foot) manufacturing facility in Chongqing, China....read more


New engines and other changes for 2018MY Jaguar line18 May 17

When the Jaguar PRs said some of their cars at a regional driving day for UK media were factory-fresh, they were not kidding - several, with the new, in-house made Ingenium petrol engines, had come of...read more


PSA not abandoning GM&S as liquidation deadline looms18 May 17

PSA says it has other suppliers lined up should stamping supplier, GM&S enter liquidation next week after a fraught stand-off which has seen footage of disgruntled staff destroying plant machinery and...read more


Ford Cologne plant starts RHD Fiesta production18 May 17

Following on from the start of production of the redesigned Fiesta, Ford of Europe has now begun right-hand drive output in Cologne, Germany....read more


VW China JV recalls 600,000 cars18 May 17

A Volkswagen AG joint venture in China, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile, will recall 577,590 Golf and Sagitar cars in the country because of a headlight fuse defect that may lead to potential safety risks, ...read more


Sogefi to build coil spring plant for passenger cars in China18 May 17

Sogefi, the automotive components company of the CIR Group, has announced a project to start coil spring production for passenger cars in China at the end of 2018....read more


ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-Benz cars18 May 17

Mercedes-Benz Cars remains locked in battle with BMW and Audi for the title of the world's number one premium passenger vehicle brand. The Daimler division has launched multiple additional vehicles in...read more


Volvo Cars to begin vehicle assembly in India with Volvo Group help18 May 17

Geely's Volvo Cars is to start vehicle assembly operations in India in 2017, in conjunction with Volvo Group, the truck, bus and construction equipment manufacturer which already builds vehicles in th...read more


Constellium boosts Bosch ABS supply deal18 May 17

Constellium has signed a new, multi-year contract with Robert Bosch to supply anti-lock braking system (ABS) profiles....read more


PSA reportedly talking Aisin gearbox build in France18 May 17

PSA Group reportedly is in talks to build Toyota-owned supplier Aisin's automatic gearboxes at one of its own plants....read more


Detroit has investors on its mind - COMMENT18 May 17

The automotive business, like others, is subject to economic cycles. It is now ten years since the global economic slowdown - the 'credit crunch' of 2007 - that eventually brought us a much more serio...read more


GM cuts operations in India and South Africa18 May 17

General Motors has announced cuts to its international operations which it says will save it around USD100m a year....read more


Ford Europe starts production of new Fiesta17 May 17

Ford says it has begun production of the new generation (8th) Fiesta model at its plant in Cologne, Germany....read more


CEO says Volvo Cars to stop developing new diesels - report17 May 17

Geely's Volvo Cars will not develop any new diesel engines as the cost of reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide is becoming too expensive, according to chief executive Hakan Samuelsson....read more


Ford 'to cut salaried staff in NA and Asia-Pacific regions'17 May 17

Ford will reportedly offer voluntary retirement packages to cut around 10% of salaried workers in the North American and Asia Pacific regions....read more


BYD becomes 'local auto manufacturer' in Argentina17 May 17

CTS Auto/BYD Auto, a firm controlled by renewable energy technology company BYD, has been authorised to become a local auto manufacturer in Argentina....read more


Mahle expands in China with new automotive compressor plant17 May 17

The Mahle Group is expanding its presence in China, Mahle’s fastest growing market....read more


Mitsubishi Motors launches new Android Auto app in Japan17 May 17

Mitsubishi Motors launches new Android Auto App in Japan...read more


Lectra delivers airbag cutting machines to ZF17 May 17

Lectra has delivered two FocusQuantum FT6K machines for multi-ply airbag fabric for ZF TRW Occupant Safety Systems....read more


Steel makes a comeback for next Audi A817 May 17

The body structure for the next Audi A8 amounts to a 'switch back to steel' from aluminium according to steel producer ArcelorMittal....read more


BMW's Mini adding connectivity and driver aids 17 May 17

BMW's Mini brand is enhancing connectivity and driver aids as part of a cockpit and instrument update effective from July 2017 production....read more


Schaeffler Bavaria explosion not auto-related 17 May 17

Schaeffler says the explosion at its Bavaria rolling components plant which saw four people seriously injured on Monday (15 May), was not automotive-related....read more


Honeywell starts HFO-1234yf production in Louisiana17 May 17

Honeywell has started commercial operations at its new manufacturing plant in Geismar, Louisiana, to meet the growing global demand for new generation mobile air conditioning refrigerant. With this st...read more


Tan Chong defends sole distribution rights in Cambodia17 May 17

Malaysia’s Tan Chong Motor Holdings (TCMH) has filed a US$33m counter-lawsuit against Narita Motorcare (Cambodia) in defence of its sole right to import and distribute Nissan vehicles in Cambodia....read more


Sime Darby sells Peugeot-Citroen operations in Australia, NZ17 May 17

Sime Darby Motors is in the process of selling its Peugeot and Citroen distribution businesses in Australia and New Zealand, according to reports in Malaysia....read more


UK gov consulting auto companies on Brexit17 May 17

The British government department responsible for the UK's departure from the EU has been conducting a round of fact-finding interviews and dialogues with UK automotive manufacturers ahead of negotiat...read more


BMW teams with Delphi as autonomous partner17 May 17

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are to work with Delphi as a development partner and system integrator for their autonomous driving platform....read more


ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-AMG models17 May 17

Daimler sold 98,235 AMG-badged vehicles in 2016 and it will easily pass the hundred thousand mark this year. This report gives an overview of the current Mercedes-AMG global model range, while also lo...read more


Renault pledges GM&S work as stand-off overshadows Macron first week16 May 17

Renault says it will guarantee work for beleaguered stamping supplier, GM&S, but cautions it has alternatives should the company enter liquidation in a dispute which is casting a shadow over newly-ele...read more


Car makers start to think about future business models16 May 17

The writing has been on the wall for a few years now. The sudden realisation that learning to drive or owning a car was no longer the rite of passage it once was in the US made carmakers start to thin...read more


Renault Dacia Romania plant back up and running16 May 17

The Dacia plant in Mioveni restarted production after dealing with the effects of last weekend's WannaCry cyber attack, the automaker said....read more


Poor supplier relations hit Detroit bottom lines - survey16 May 17

An annual survey of suppliers that charts their view of relationships with OEMs suggests that Ford, General Motors, FCA US and Nissan collectively would have earned USD2bn more in operating profit las...read more


Toyota dips toes with funding for 'flying car' project16 May 17

Toyota has decided to assist with the finance of a flying car project in Japan, according to a Nikkei report....read more


Pininfarina inks platform design deal with Iran's IKCO16 May 17

Pininfarina recently announced a commercial agreement with Iran Khodro (IKCO) for the development of a modular automotive platform, able to underpin at least four different vehicles including a medium...read more


New PSA JV to build LCVs in Uzbekistan16 May 17

Groupe PSA and SC Uzavtosanoat have announced an equally owned joint venture (JV) - Uzbekistan PCA - to build a production plant in the Free Industrial Zone of Jizzakh, 200km (120 miles) from Tashkent...read more


South Korean automakers wary of new anti-diesel policies16 May 17

South Korean automakers are reassessing their product strategies following the election of the new president Moon Jae-in last week....read more


Ford to cut global workforce by 10% - report16 May 17

Ford is reportedly planning a new cost cutting drive that would reduce its global workforce by around 10%....read more


Hyundai Mobis to open proving ground in South Korea16 May 17

South Korean auto parts manufacturer Hyundai Mobis is set to unveil its first domestic proving ground this week, with operations set to start in June....read more


Tata Motors signs new assembly deal in Thailand16 May 17

Tata Motors has signed a vehicle assembly agreement with Thailand’s Bangchan General Assembly Company, as it looks to maintain its presence in South-East Asia's largest pickup truck market....read more


GM collaborates with suppliers to improve global rubber supply16 May 17

General Motors says it is commited to sourcing sustainable natural rubber in its tyres to drive the industry towards net-zero deforestation and uphold human and labour rights....read more


Volvo Cars partners with Google for Android connected cars15 May 17

Geely's Volvo Cars has announced a "close partnership" with Google to develop the next generation of Android based infotainment and connectivity which will launch on new models within two years....read more


ANALYSIS - How EMP2 is key to Peugeot 3008 SUV15 May 17

Production of vehicles which share Groupe PSA's EMP2 architecture is on the rise, with one of the more successful being the Peugeot 3008. Even if its sales can't match those of the Nissan Qashqai and ...read more


Schaeffler Bavaria site 90% working after explosion 15 May 17

Schaeffler says 90% of its production lines are operating again following this morning's (15 May) explosion at its bearings factory in Eltmann, Bavaria, which saw four staff seriously injured accordin...read more


Renault India to boost product launches15 May 17

Renault is planning to shorten launch times and introduce more new products in India....read more


Update - Explosion and injuries at Schaeffler Bavaria plant15 May 17

Bavarian Police confirm there were 13 people taken to hospital following this morning's (15 May) explosion at Schaeffler's Eltmann plant in Germany, with four casualties seriously hurt....read more


Self-driving cars - are we nearly there yet?15 May 17

Predictions as to when we can buy a driverless car vary depending on who we talk to. Even if the more optimistic predictions come true, initial volumes will be small. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s serie...read more


Isuzu India plant develops local vendors for global supply15 May 17

Isuzu is gradually increasing component sourcing from India for its global operations as it develops local vendors in the country....read more


Porsche SE boosts Q1 profit15 May 17

Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) has reported first quarter group profit of EUR986m, a 49% rise versus EUR661m a year ago....read more


NHTSA expands VW/Porsche recalls15 May 17

adding almost 300,000 Porsche and Audi vehicles to a previous recall for a fuel pump defect that could result in fire, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)....read more


Thermal challenges for commercial vehicle exhaust systems – Q&A with Zircotec15 May 17

Commercial vehicle exhaust systems are facing multiple challenges. Ever tighter engine emission requirements demand ever more efficient DPF and catalyst performance and this, in turn, requires ever mo...read more


Vehicle makers on alert over cyber attack15 May 17

Vehicle makers are on alert following a 'ransomware' cyber attack that has hit many organisations' computer networks across the world and has also impacted car companies....read more


Romania 'cash for bangers' and EV/hybrid subsidies start this week15 May 17

Romania’ Cash for Bangers program, known locally as Rabla Clasic, as well as the Rabla Plus version for electric and hybrid cars, will start on 18 May for both individuals and companies, the environme...read more


ZYNP to produce commercial vehicle steel pistons for Kolbenschmidt in China15 May 17

Rheinmetall Automotive's KS Kolbenschmidt division has signed a licence agreement with supplier, ZYNP to produce and market commercial vehicle steel pistons for the Chinese market....read more


Grammer Group Q1 revenue up 7.5% to EUR458m15 May 17

Grammer Group has posted first quarter net profit after tax up 89.2% to EUR14m (US$15.4m), with revenue rising 7.5% to EUR458.0m (US$500m) and an increase of 52% in EBIT to EUR22.5m (2016: EUR14.8m)....read more


South Korean imports rise 12% in April15 May 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by 12.4% to 20,051 units in April, from 17,845 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Associ...read more


Japanese sales rise 9% in April15 May 17

Japan’s new vehicle market continued to expand strongly in April, by 9.2% year on year to 354,750 units from 324,747 sales a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobi...read more


AEB cautiously welcomes 7% rise in April sales15 May 17

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) is cautiously welcoming figures showing new passenger cars and LCV sales rose 6.9% last month, but which were still slightly less than the increase in...read more


The week - the time saving autonomous car12 May 17

If a self-driving car could give you back an hour each day, how would you use it?...read more


Hyundai Motor, Kia, ordered to recall 240,000 vehicles in South Korea12 May 17

The South Korean government ordered Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors to recall 240,000 vehicles over safety defects reported by a whistle blower, according to a local media report....read more


Hino expands Toyota parts output in Arkansas12 May 17

Hino Motors Manufacturing USA has officially started production of Toyota Tacoma rear axles and front knuckle assemblies in Arkansas....read more


DriveNow launches Helsinki carsharing service12 May 17

DriveNow, the carsharing joint venture of the BMW Group and Sixt SE, is bringing its range of services to Helsinki. ...read more


Yokohama Q1 profit up 56% to US$50m12 May 17

Yokohama has recorded first quarter profit attributable to its parent up 56% to US$50.1m on a 32% increase in operating income to JPY9.1bn and a 14.2% rise net sales, to JPY47.7bn. ...read more


RAC/Navya to deploy autonomous vehicle technology in Australia/overseas12 May 17

RAC has expanded its partnership with the French-based designer and manufacturer of its Intellibus, Navya, to help facilitate further deployments of autonomous vehicle technology in Australia and over...read more


Leoni Supervisory Board appoints new chairman12 May 17

Leoni has appointed president and CEO, Klaus Probst as chairman after a vote by shareholders at the company's Annual General Meeting....read more


Wia buys out IHI from its turbocharger JV12 May 17

South Korean auto parts manufacturer Hyundai Wia Corporation has taken full control its turbocharger joint venture with Japan’s IHI Corporation....read more


Fastned inks charging deal with Transport for London12 May 17

Charging network company, Fastned has signed a framework agreement with Transport for London to realise rapid charging stations in the Greater London Area....read more


Kongsberg unveils Q1 revenue up 11% to EUR270m12 May 17

Kongsberg has posted first quarter revenue of EUR270m (US$294m), an increase of EUR27m or 11% compared to the same period last year....read more


Hella places EUR300m corporate bond on capital market12 May 17

Hella has successfully placed a corporate bond of more than EUR300m (US$326m) on the capital market....read more


Future model blitz from BMW for Frankfurt IAA12 May 17

A BMW insider has confirmed to just-auto that the company will use the showcase of the Frankfurt IAA in September to commence its fightback against Mercedes-Benz and Audi. There will be "multiple" wor...read more


Brazil to triple auto exports to Colombia, VW wins Mexico engine deal12 May 17

Brazil's second vehicle trade agreement, outside the Mercosur region, is set to take effect within 30 days. The first was with Mexico a decade ago and now Colombia is opening up without the previous b...read more


Haldex appoints Andreas Ekberg as temporary CFO12 May 17

Haldex has temporarily appointed Andreas Ekberg as CFO, joining the supplier on by 1 June at the latest....read more


BMW CEO announces 8 Series revival11 May 17

BMW's CEO told the automaker's annual general meeting it would revive the 8 Series line in 2018....read more


NVIDIA collaborating with Toyota on artificial intelligence11 May 17

NVIDIA has announced it is collaborating with Toyota to deliver artificial intelligence hardware and software technologies that will enhance the capabilities of autonomous driving systems planned for ...read more


BASF polyamide used for new Alfa Romeo turbo engine parts11 May 17

BASF announced its Ultramid Endure polyamide with high heat aging resistance up to 220° C is being used in two new powertrain applications for FCA's 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia - the air intake manifold wi...read more


Magna boosts Q1 2017 operating income 19%11 May 17

Magna International first quarter 2017 operating income rose 19% year on year to US$806m with net income of $586m also up 19%. Earnings per share increased 25% to $1.53 including the favourable impact...read more


Constellium opens new auto aluminium plant11 May 17

Constellium has announced the opening of a new plant in White, Georgia, dedicated to production of aluminium automotive structural components and crash management systems....read more


Steering specialist sees Q1 improvement11 May 17

Power steering systems supplier China Automotive Systems booked sales and margin improvements in the first quarter ended 31 March, 2017....read more


Suppliers collaborate on OEM RSE deal11 May 17

Cinemo, which specialises in automotive multimedia playback, streaming, media management and connectivity middleware, and Parrot Faurecia Automotive, a supplier of infotainment and connectivity system...read more


TLV warns "free ticket" if France moves UK border controls to Dover11 May 17

Flemish road haulage association, Transport Logistics Vlaanderen (TLV) is warning any reintroduction of the British border at Calais back to Dover will trigger a "free ticket" to yet more waves of mig...read more


VW AG shareholders see big dividend rise11 May 17

Shareholders have formally approved the actions of the management and supervisory boards and adopted a resolution on the dividend for fiscal year 2016, Volkswagen AG said in a statement issued after t...read more


Subaru operating income falls 27%11 May 17

Thought it posted unit sales growth and cost reduction progress, operating income at Subaru Corporation fell 27.4% year on year to JPY410.8bn due to increases in SG&A and R&D expenses as well as forei...read more


Nissan forecasts 8% profit fall this year11 May 17

Nissan is projecting a near 8% decline to operating profit in the current fiscal year as its bottom line is weighed down by negative currency developments and weaker demand in key markets....read more


BorgWarner announces clutch supply deal for FCA's Pacifica Hybrid10 May 17

BorgWarner announced it is supplying its sprag one way clutch for the recently announced 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, FCA US' first mass-produced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and the industry's c...read more


FTA cautions "huge delays" if Le Touquet deal axed10 May 17

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) is warning against the potential "huge impact" for the UK supply chain should France tear up the Le Touquet Treaty in place since 2003 as Brexit talks gat...read more


VW announces 'multi-billion investments in eco-friendly drives'10 May 17

"Conventional engines will remain indispensable for the foreseeable future," Volkswagen AG CEO Matthias Muller told the annual general meeting in Hanover today while also emphasising the group is "pre...read more


PSA's Tavares expects Opel loss in 201710 May 17

PSA Group chief Carlos Tavares expects planned acquisition Opel/Vauxhall to continue to lose money in 2017, according to remarks at PSA's annual shareholders' meeting....read more


Leoni Q 2017 sales up 10% at EUR1,205.50m10 May 17

Leoni, the cables and cable systems supplier, said it increased its consolidated sales by around 11% year on year to EUR1.21bn (US$1.31bn) in the first three months of 2017....read more


Philippine sales rise 5% in April10 May 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines increased by 4.8% to 29,038 units in April, from 27,697 units in the same month of last year, according to a data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Man...read more


Suzuki to expand capacity in India as sales rise10 May 17

Suzuki Motor plans to spend an additional JPY100bn (US$877m) in India to help it meet rising demand for passenger vehicles in the country, according to reports in Japan....read more


BYD delivers 60ft articulated electric bus to California10 May 17

BYD has delivered what it says is America's first 60-foot articulated battery-electric transit bus to the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) in Los Angeles County, California....read more


Novelis/Kobe Steel establish Ulsan Aluminium JV in South Korea 10 May 17

Novelis has started a joint venture agreement with Kobe Steel, a producer of aluminium rolled products in Japan....read more


Kobe Steel to increase production equipment at Moka plant10 May 17

Kobe Steel is to increase the heat treatment equipment and surface treatment equipment at its Moka Plant in Moka, Tochigi Prefecture, to meet growing demand for automotive aluminium panel material in ...read more


JLR Halewood site builds 600,000 Evoques in six years10 May 17

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)’s Halewood production plant in the UK has built 600,000 units of the Evoque in the six years since the model's introduction....read more


Toyota takes currency hit to operating income10 May 17

After posting a 30% decline to operating income in the fiscal year ended March 31, Toyota is forecasting a further 20% decline in the current fiscal year....read more


If a self-driving car could give you back an hour each day, how would you use it? 9 May 17

While time spent sitting in traffic can feel tedious, it could fly by in a robo-car as you focus on other things, productive or otherwise. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, thi...read more


Deferred Russia demand could spark sharp rebound - Autostat9 May 17

Russia's fledgling market recovery may turn into a rapid turnaround says one analyst – but only on condition several economic stars align....read more


MMC swings to loss in FY20169 May 17

Troubled Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has reported that its fiscal year 2016 (year ended March 31, 2017) result was a net loss of 198.5 billion yen, compared to prior year's profit of 72.6 bill...read more


Valeo targets China for earnings growth9 May 17

Valeo, which recently posted strong first quarter financial results, is targeting the Chinese auto sector for future growth....read more


Castrol Nexcel reinvents the oil change – Q&A9 May 17

As pressures to improve air quality intensify, it is becoming harder for automakers to find new, affordable ways to improve fuel economy through established measures such as engine downsizing. Not yet...read more


Mercedes Vans announces logistic operators' support facility in Bochum9 May 17

In cooperation with sales partner Fahrzeug-Werke LUEG AG, Mercedes-Benz Van Sales Germany is starting an innovative and completely new operator programme at the parking area connected to the recently ...read more


JLR April 2017 global sales down 2.3%9 May 17

Tata Motors' UK luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover, has reported April retail sales down 2.3% year on year to 40,385 although the year to date (YTD) tally rose 9.9% to 219,894 cars in the first fou...read more


Gestamp posts Q1 net profit up 33% to EUR55m9 May 17

Gestamp has has recorded first quarter net profit up 33% to EUR55m (US$60m) with revenues rising 16.1% to EUR2.1bn (US$2.3bn)....read more


Volkswagen names German plant that will build EVs9 May 17

Zwickau-Mosel has been named by Volkswagen as the production location for not only its I.D. electric car but three other EVs. All will use the MEB architecture. ...read more


GAC starts on new industrial park to boost EV business9 May 17

Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group), the parent company of GAC Motor, has begun construction of a large industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles as part of its efforts to boost its ele...read more


Vietnam new vehicle sales decline continues in April9 May 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam declined further in April, by 7.1% to 21,343 units from 22,977 units a year earlier, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association ...read more


China car market slips 1.7% in April9 May 17

The Chinese car market fell back by 1.4% in the month of April according to data released by the China Passenger Car Association....read more


No issue "at all" with Made in Russia - Pirelli9 May 17

Pirelli's Russian operation says it is exporting more than importing as the 'Made in Russia' drive gathers momentum and as companies look to take advantage of incentives generated by The Kremlin to st...read more


Geely Holding to buy 30% stake in Saxo Bank9 May 17

The parent company of Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely, which owns Sweden's Volvo Cars, plans to acquire a stake of up to 30% in privately-owned Danish investment banking group Saxo Bank....read more


April NZ sales set record despite supply issues9 May 17

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association (MIA) said April's record sales of 10,635 vehicles was again above market expectations....read more


ANALYSIS - updated Leon and future SEAT models8 May 17

April was a great month for SEAT, with double digit percentage rises in the brand's top three markets of Spain, Germany and Britain. The Ibiza and Ateca were part of the reason for a surge to 41,400 S...read more


ANALYSIS - current and future smart vehicles8 May 17

Following on from the exploration of Mercedes-Maybach's current and future models line-up, the second feature in just-auto's focus on the brands of Daimler AG is smart. ...read more


Daimler part of new online data registration proposal8 May 17

Several German and European companies - including a major automaker - have announced their intention to cooperate more closely to establish a joint, pan-industry platform for online registration, e-id...read more


Mercedes-Benz sets Sprinter van sales record8 May 17

Mercedes-Benz Vans said sales of its large Sprinter model line set a new first quarter record, up 10% year on year to around 45,000 worldwide....read more


UAZ looking for 30% export8 May 17

Russian vehicle producer, UAZ says it is aiming to export around 30% of its production as companies look to take advantage of a relatively weak exchange rate....read more


Tata Technologies acquires Escenda Engineering AB8 May 17

Tata Technologies has announced the acquisition of Escenda Engineering AB, en engineering services company that works with the auto industry in Sweden....read more


VW makes progress on many fronts - brand CEO8 May 17

The Volkswagen brand is making rapid progress with the implementation of its strategy Transform 2025+ presented last November, according to brand CEO Herbert Diess....read more


Webasto opens new roof systems plant in China8 May 17

Webasto continues to expand in China and has opened a new roof systems facility. ...read more


Technology gap between Korea and China narrows - report8 May 17

A Korean research body has concluded that technology disparities between Korea and China in major industries including automotive are only five years apart....read more


Taiwan sales down 3% in April8 May 17

New vehicle sales in Taiwan slipped by 2.7% year on year to 34,024 units in April, from 34,953 units a year earlier, according to data released by local industry sources....read more


Russia may peak at 2.4m market before falling - Volkswagen Rus8 May 17

Volkswagen's Russian operation says the country may peak at around 2.4m units before the next downturn affects the extremely volatile market....read more


GM and Ford report China sales for April8 May 17

General Motors and Ford Motor reported sharply contrasting sales performances in China last month, according to data released individually by the US automakers....read more


Australian sales slip in April as SUVs and 4x4s remain strong8 May 17

Strong growth was experienced in light commercial vehicles, and in particular 4X4 utilities, despite weaker April sales, according to the Australian motor industry’s statistical service VFACTS....read more


Bosch Group 2016 sales up 3.6% to EUR73.1bn8 May 17

Bosch has posted 2016 Group sales up 3.6% to EUR73.1bn (US$80.1bn), with EBIT totalling EUR4.3bn....read more


The week - 48V on the rise?5 May 17

Quarterly results, first or fiscal, continued to trickle in this week with Autoliv (which recently announced an interesting joint venture called Zenuity with Volvo Cars) beating its forecasts. This su...read more


The car sharing economy5 May 17

Barely six months have passed since our last review of car sharing yet there have been a plethora of developments since then. This week alone saw GM expand its Maven car sharing platform to accelerate...read more


Ford (temporarily) axes truck making jobs moved from Mexico5 May 17

Ford reportedly has temporarily laid off 130 workers at its plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, jobs which, US media said, it had hoped to preserve by moving production there from Mexico in 2015....read more


UK government targets diesels for restrictions5 May 17

The UK government today published a draft consultation plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide (NOx) levels in the UK's urban areas. ...read more


Western Europe's car market down 8% in April5 May 17

Car sales in Western Europe were down sharply in April, but analysts suggested the outlook remains positive as the economic data for the region continues to improve....read more


POSCO opens new plant to boost auto steel sales5 May 17

South Korean steel maker POSCO reportedly will boost business ties with Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors after the recent opening of a new automotive steel plant in the country, company official...read more


Mercedes-Benz April 50th month of record sales5 May 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has kicked off the second quarter of 2017 with record April sales - for the 50th consecutive month....read more


Saxony hails WKW EV plan as antidote to "upheaval"5 May 17

Chinese automotive supplier, Beijing WKW Automotive is to construct a EUR1.13bn (US$1.24bn) plant for premium electric cars in Rothenburg/Oberlausitz in Saxony, alleviating what the German State descr...read more


Nissan develops mobile phone shield for safe driving4 May 17

Nissan GB has unveiled its Signal Shield prototype compartment within the arm rest of a Nissan Juke, lined with a Faraday cage to cut down driver distractions with mobile phones....read more


ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-Maybach models4 May 17

Daimler is the latest manufacturer to be featured in just-auto's ongoing series of product strategy summaries. In this first part, the current and future models of Mercedes-Maybach are examined. ...read more


MG shows its XS compact SUV in London4 May 17

SAIC brand MG's UK distribution unit has showed its compact SUV – the MG XS – at the London Motor Show earlier today....read more


BMW Group Q1 sales rise 5.3%4 May 17

The BMW Group says it has begun the financial year 2017 with a solid first quarter and made 'excellent progress in terms of implementing Strategy Number One > Next'. First-quarter deliveries of BMW, M...read more


Goodyear posts US$3.7bn sales in Q14 May 17

Goodyear has reported results for the first quarter of 2017 and presented a flat picture....read more


LS Group in talks with KKR over auto unit4 May 17

South Korea-based conglomerate LS Group is reportedly in negotiations with US investment firm KKR over the sale of LS Automotive, the group’s automotive electric parts-making unit, according to a repo...read more


Porsche profit margin reaches 17.6 per cent in Q14 May 17

Porsche AG has reported its financials for the first quarter of CY2017. Amongst the highlights is a 17.6 per cent profit margin, up from 16.7 per cent....read more


China lauds Slovakia manufacturing as Yanfeng centre opens4 May 17

China is hailing the emergence of Slovakia as one of Eastern Europe's manufacturing powerhouses following the formal opening of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors' (YFAI) testing laboratory in Trencín....read more


Toyo Tyre relocates its headquarters to Osaka4 May 17

Toyo Tyre and Rubber is to relocate its headquarters to Itami, Hyogo from Nishi-ku, Osaka later this month....read more


Axalta opens next-gen coatings development centre at Michigan site4 May 17

Axalta Coating Systems has opened its Americas Technology Centre (ATC) at its Mount Clemens, Michigan manufacturing and research complex....read more


UK car market down by a fifth in April4 May 17

The UK new car market registered a decline of 19.8% year-on-year in the month of April as the market slumped following a record March that was boosted by a pull-forward effect to demand as new VED (an...read more


ZF and Faurecia team on interior safety technologies4 May 17

ZF and Faurecia are to partner for the development of interior and safety technologies for autonomous driving....read more


Mahindra axes UK EV sales, will buy back cars3 May 17

India's Mahindra and Mahindra has stopped selling electric cars in the UK due to weak sales and is winding up operations here, according to Reuters....read more


Delphi spins off Powertrain to be public company3 May 17

Delphi Automotive is to spin-off its Powertrain Systems segment into a new, independent publicly traded company, with the transaction expected to be completed by March next year....read more


Adient ups full year outlook after strong second quarter3 May 17

Adient, the automotive seating and interiors business separated from Johnson Controls last year, has announced what it termed "strong" second quarter earnings after adjusted net income and earnings pe...read more


nuTonomy and Groupe PSA announce autonomous cars partnership for Singapore3 May 17

nuTonomy and Groupe PSA have announced a strategic partnership to develop self-driving cars....read more


Hyundai Motor chooses Chinese battery for Sonata PHEV3 May 17

Hyundai Motor has chosen a Chinese battery supplier for the first time, according to Chinese media reports....read more


Ricardo joins Toyota on fuel cell demonstration project3 May 17

Ricardo says it is working with Toyota on a high profile fuel cell demonstration project in the US....read more


Delphi posts Q1 revenue up 9% to US$4.3bn3 May 17

Delphi has unveiled first quarter revenue up 9% to US$4.3bn, adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures, while US GAAP net income was US$335m....read more


ASEAN vehicle sales rise 10% in Q13 May 17

New vehicle sales in South-east Asia’s six largest markets increased by 10.5% to 823,565 units in the first quarter of 2017, from 745,242 units in the same period of the previous year, according to da...read more


Dana boosts Q1 sales 17%3 May 17

Dana boosted first quarter 2017 sales to US$1.70bn, compared with $1.45bn in Q1 2016, a 17% increase. The increase was due to new business gains, higher demand in global light truck markets, and impro...read more


ANALYSIS - Peugeot seeks high margins with Traveller MPV3 May 17

Groupe PSA might be in the process of taking over Adam Opel and Vauxhall Motors but it also has several JVs with one of GM’s main rivals, Toyota. An LCVs venture in France produces not just vans but M...read more


Tower International Q1 net profit more than doubles3 May 17

Tower International, the manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies, announced Q1 2017 net income of $17.3m compared with $8.4m a year previously....read more


South Korean domestic sales fall 5% in April3 May 17

Domestic sales by South Korea's five main automakers fell by 5% to 132,675 units in April 2017, from 139,617 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually b...read more


Hyundai to source hybrid batteries from China’s CATL3 May 17

Hyundai Motor plans to source electric hybrid vehicle batteries from Chinese manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL), according to local reports citing company sources....read more


Slovakia lauds Yanfeng centre as regional catalyst3 May 17

Slovakia's Ministry of Economy says it hopes the opening of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors' (YFAI) new testing laboratory in Trencín will act as a catalyst for other manufacturing companies to set up sh...read more


VW Group operating profit surges 40% in Q13 May 17

Volkswagen Group has posted operating profit up 40% to EUR4.37bn in the first quarter, helped by a strong turnaround for the Volkswagen brand, despite the 'dieselgate' crisis....read more


No spring bloom for US light vehicle sales3 May 17

Forecasts for US light vehicle sales in April proved to be a bit optimistic as total volumes continued to decline....read more


UK diesel drivers to be offered scrappage compensation - report3 May 17

Drivers of older polluting diesel cars in Britain are to receive compensation for scrapping them, according to a newspaper report....read more


Maruti builds over half of Suzuki Motor's fiscal year output2 May 17

Indian subsidiary Maruti Suzuki contributed over half of Suzuki Motor's overall global production and about 54% of its global sales during the fiscal year ended 31 March 2017....read more


Workers' outlook bleak after GM India closes Halol plant2 May 17

The closure of General Motors India's Halol factory last Friday (28 April) has left workers devastated amidst a bleak outlook for re-employment elsewhere, local media reports said....read more


Yanfeng mulls bacteria free interior as car sharing grows2 May 17

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) says its EUR5m (US$5.5m) investment into a new test lab at Trencín in Slovakia and associated facilities forms part of its plans for sustainable growth as it looks ...read more


Toyota Boshoku/Tachi-S set up business partnership2 May 17

Toyota Boshoku Corporation and Tachi-S have struck a business partnership contract to reinforce their respective competitiveness in the global automobile seat market....read more


Trico wins Scania OEM wiper contract2 May 17

Trico announced it had won the Scania OEM business for the new Global R-Series truck model line for both LHD and RHD front wiper systems....read more


Denso and Toshiba ramp up collaboration2 May 17

Denso Corporation and Toshiba Corporation have announced that the two companies have begun talks to enhance collaborations in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT)-based manufacturing, advanced drive...read more


Autoliv Q1 2017 sales up 4%2 May 17

Autoliv reported record consolidated sales of US$2,608m, a growth of 4.4%, for the quarter ended 31 March 2017....read more


Continental shows 48-volt hybrid diesel concept in Vienna 2 May 17

Continental, at the International Vienna Motor Symposium has shown a "super clean" 48 volt hybrid diesel vehicle, which meets stringent RDE (real driving emissions) limits on CO2 and NOx. The first ve...read more


UK-EU Brexit discord to be expected - COMMENT2 May 17

The UK's exit from the European Union (so-called 'Brexit') is going to be a drawn out and complex business....read more


BorgWarner supplies 48-volt eBooster for new Daimler petrol engine2 May 17

BorgWarner is supplying its 48-volt eBooster electrically driven compressor for Daimler’s new three-litre petrol engine....read more


Yanfeng secures EUR800,000 Slovak incentive to open Technical Centre2 May 17

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) has unveiled its new test lab at the company's Trencín Technical Centre in Slovakia after benefiting from EUR802,000 (US$875,000) in government grants....read more


Japanese overseas vehicle output up 6% in fiscal 2016/72 May 17

Japanese light vehicle manufacturers produced a combined 19,115,573 vehicles overseas in the last fiscal year ending 31 March 2017 - a 5.8% increase year on year, according to reports in Japan citing ...read more


The week - Results season is upon us, again28 Apr 17

That came around again quickly - results season again is upon as, depending on whether automakers and parts suppliers work on calendar year or, commonly in Japan, India and, coincidentally, in our ver...read more


Magna inks Chinese seating joint venture deal28 Apr 17

To expand its seating expertise in China and throughout Asia, Magna has entered into a joint venture cooperation agreement with China's Hubei Aviation Precision Machinery in a deal expected to close i...read more


Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products raises forged suspension parts output28 Apr 17

Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, a US joint venture, announced plans to further expand its production facilities to meet rising demand in North America for aluminium forged suspension products....read more


Volkswagen Group expands digital supply chain28 Apr 17

Volkswagen Group Procurement's global supplier network currently includes about 40,000 partners and the group business platform ONE, which was developed to make cooperation with all these partners eve...read more


Lear completes Grupo Antolin auto seating buy28 Apr 17

Lear Corporation announced the completion of its acquisition of Grupo Antolin's automotive seating business....read more


just-auto takes a break28 Apr 17

It has been raining (with some sleet) and is unseasonably cool here in the UK, bad weather a sure sign that a national holiday is imminent. And, indeed, Monday 1st May is the annual May Day holiday he...read more


GM reports Q1 net income up by a third28 Apr 17

Boosted by higher profitability in North America, General Motors has reported first quarter net income up by 33.5% to USD2.6bn....read more


GAC begins construction of new China plant28 Apr 17

Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) said this week it had started construction of a new vehicle factory in an industrial park in Panyu district, in the southern city of Guangzhou....read more


Mazda Japan to launch new CX-8 crossover28 Apr 17

Mazda Motor plans to launch the CX-8 crossover SUV in Japan....read more


Volvo Cars reports Q1 operating profit up 11%28 Apr 17

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has reported an operating profit of SEK3.5 billion (USD318m) for the first three months of the year, up 11% year-on-year. It said the increase was mainly driven by strong demand...read more


Renault revenues surge 25% in Q128 Apr 17

Renault has reported that its group revenues surged by 25.2% to EUR13,129m in the first quarter, boosted by the contribution of AvtoVAZ and higher global vehicle sales across its brands and through JV...read more


VW develops Coasting - Engine off function28 Apr 17

Volkswagen has shown a new coasting function for internal combustion engines, which shuts off the engine completely, at the Vienna Motor Symposium....read more


BorgWarner Q1 sales up 6.1%28 Apr 17

BorgWarner has reported net sales of USD2,407m in the first quarter, up 6.1% on last year....read more


Hyundai Mobis develops 48V mild hybrid tech28 Apr 17

Hyundai Mobis  says it has succeeded in developing the core technologies for 48V mild hybrids....read more


Denso/Ibiden join to develop next-gen exhaust system28 Apr 17

Denso Corporation and electronics and ceramics company Ibiden have formed a capital and business alliance to jointly develop 'the next-generation vehicle exhaust system'. ...read more


GM and Toyota to boost Brazil exports28 Apr 17

The 70% year on year growth in exports from Brazilian auto plants in the first quarter of 2017 delighted the automakers and has prompted something of a rush to get more cars out to foreign markets ami...read more


ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 328 Apr 17

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models took an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second examined crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. Now, in the final instalment, t...read more


NEVS/Iconiq jointly to develop future vehicles27 Apr 17

In a joint innovation effort, NEVS and Iconiq Motors will develop future vehicles under each brand, the pair announced....read more


FCA Q1 2017 EBIT up 11%27 Apr 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) booked record first quarter adjusted EBIT of EUR1.5bn (US$1.63bn), up 11% year on year and confirmed its full year guidance....read more


SsangYong launches XLV diesel engine model 27 Apr 17

SsangYong Motor Company has launched the XLV diesel engine model at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show to meet fast growing demand for subcompact SUVs in the Chinese market....read more


Visteon announces record Q1 results27 Apr 17

Visteon has announced a strong set of results for the first quarter buoyed by rising demand for its infotainment products in China....read more


Panasonic opens new lithium ion battery factory in China27 Apr 17

Panasonic Corporation has held an opening ceremony for its new automotive lithium-ion battery factory in Dalian, China....read more


Valeo Q1 2017 sales up 22%27 Apr 17

Valeo announced first quarter of 2017 sales up 22% year on year to EUR4.8bn (US$5.2bn)....read more


ACEA and CLEPA warn of European Brexit damage27 Apr 17

Ahead of the EU-Brexit summit this weekend, European automobile manufacturers and suppliers have sounded the alarm over the potential damage that Brexit could do to the competitiveness of their indust...read more


Costs and currency hit Ford's Q1 profits27 Apr 17

Ford has announced Q1 2017 pretax profit down US$1.6bn year on year to $2.2bn on revenue up $1.4bn to $39.1bn....read more


Opel chief interior designer on the Insignia, and spacious, functional car interiors27 Apr 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport to take a closer look and got the inside story from Stefan Arndt, Adam Op...read more


Takata share trading stops after bankruptcy plan news27 Apr 17

Trading in Takata Corporation shares was suspended on Thursday (27 April) after a report the airbag maker at the heart of the car industry's largest recall was considering a bankruptcy plan to create ...read more


Kia to build 300,000 unit India factory27 Apr 17

Hyundia Motor affiliate Kia Motors confirmed media reports last week with today's announcement it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the state government of Andhra Pradesh, India to b...read more


UK car output up 7.3% in March27 Apr 17

UK car manufacturing output was up by 7.3% in March to 170,691 vehicles, the biggest monthly output total in 17 years. The latest gain was driven by strong export demand....read more


Ford Fiesta knocks VW Golf off Europe top seller perch27 Apr 17

European new car sales boomed in March 2017 with new registrations for the month totalling 1.93m units, a 10.8% rise year on year and a record for the month....read more


ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 227 Apr 17

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models, took an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second now examines crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. The final instalment, to b...read more


Lear announces record Q1 results26 Apr 17

Lear, the automotive seating and electrical systems supplier, has announced record sales and profits for the first quarter of 2017....read more


Mitsubishi Motors Thailand's largest vehicle exporter in fiscal 2016/726 Apr 17

Mitsubishi Motors claimed to have outpaced other large international car makers to become the top automotive exporter in Thailand - for the first time - with export volume of 309,915 units for the fis...read more


Hyundai Motor posts 21% fall to profit in Q126 Apr 17

Hyundai Motor has posted a 21% year-on-year decline to net profit in the first quarter of the year as it was hit by slower sales in China....read more


Mitsubishi Electric to pay CDN$13.4m for rigging bids for car parts26 Apr 17

Car parts manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has pleaded guilty in Canada to three counts of bid-rigging for participating in an international conspiracy and was fined CDN$13.4m by the Ontar...read more


PSA Group Q1 revenue rises 4.9%26 Apr 17

Citroen and Peugeot maker PSA Group booked first quarter 2017 revenue of EUR13,629m, of which EUR9,018m was raised by the automotive division and EUR5,092m by supplier Faurecia....read more


Honda Alabama plant begins 2018 Odyssey production26 Apr 17

Around 1,500 workers at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) have celebrated the start of mass production of the redesigned 2018 Odyssey minivan, on sale later this spring....read more


China aims to become global EV hub26 Apr 17

China is aiming to become a world auto-making powerhouse in a decade, with Beijing aiming to boost development and output of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and also relax restrictions on foreign ownership...read more


BorgWarner supplies timing chain for GAC's Trumpchi GS4 SUV26 Apr 17

BorgWarner said it was supplying engine timing chain drive systems for Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor (GAC Motor)'s Trumpchi brand's GS4 SUV turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine....read more


Mobileye/Nissan join over crowdsourced mapping26 Apr 17

Mobileye announced that it has entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate anonymised, crowd-sourced data to create next-generation precision maps utilising Mobileye's Road Experience Mana...read more


Brose opens new headquarters in Shanghai26 Apr 17

The Brose Group has opened a new headquarters with an adjacent plant in Shanghai/China. Around 600 employees control the 12 Chinese locations and provide support to six production sites and sales offi...read more


NDRC China approves IAC/Shenda joint venture26 Apr 17

A planned IAC joint venture in China has cleared a regulatory hurdle in China....read more


Daimler net profit doubles to EUR2,801m in Q126 Apr 17

Daimler has posted upbeat results for the first quarter of the year that show net profit doubled on the back of record sales and revenues. The company also raised its guidance for full-year financial ...read more


KBB sees April off 3%, 2017 first down year in US since 200926 Apr 17

New vehicle sales in the US are expected to decrease 3% year on year to 1.45m units in April 2017, resulting in an estimated 17.1m seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book...read more


Thai sales jump 17% in March26 Apr 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to rebound strongly in March, with sales rising by 16.7% to 84,801 units from weak year earlier sales of 72,646 units, according to data released by the Federat...read more


Honda steps up EV/hybrid programme in China26 Apr 17

Honda Motor plans to launch a new, purpose built, battery powered passenger vehicle in China next year in response to growing pressure from the government to promote sales of environmentally-friendly ...read more


Automotive leather sourcing still plentiful - Yanfeng25 Apr 17

Yanfeng says it does not anticipate any shortage of leather sourcing for the automotive industry as increasing demand prompts a debate as to future sector needs....read more


Dutch oppose PPG's AkzoNobel takeover bid25 Apr 17

Dutch economic affairs minister Henk Kamp has repeated his opposition to a takeover of paint maker Akzo Nobel, saying he did not care that US rival, the automotive coatings maker PPG Industries, had r...read more


Mobileye inks new map data deal with Nissan25 Apr 17

Mobileye announced it had entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate 'anonymised', crowd-sourced data to create next generation precision maps using the Israel based company's Road Experi...read more


Tomorrow's winners prepare for change today - COMMENT25 Apr 17

How much disruption will the auto industry experience over the next ten years or so? It's a question that many are asking as attempts to sketch out the future of mobility - or, more accurately, urban ...read more


UK supplier put in administration25 Apr 17

A UK automotive pressings supplier, employing around 350 people in Coventry, reportedly has been put into administration....read more


Ford claims exports boost Mustang global sales lead25 Apr 17

Ford claims its Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the US over the last 50 years, and now, thanks to exports, is the most popular sports car in the world....read more


Ford plans autumn Transit plug-in hybrid van trial in London25 Apr 17

The first fleets participating in the Ford Transit plug-in hybrid van (PHEV) London trial, starting this autumn, have been confirmed....read more


Chinese premium demand fuels leather rise - Yanfeng25 Apr 17

Interiors specialist Yanfeng, says rising demand for premium cars in China will fuel demand both for its products and the automotive leather segment. ...read more


Mercedes-Benz expands car sharing services to Berlin25 Apr 17

Four months after the launch of a successful pilot phase in Munich, Mercedes-Benz's private car sharing platform is now gradually being rolled out in other major German cities....read more


Driverless car road/motorway tests planned for UK in 201925 Apr 17

A consortium of British companies reportedly has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019....read more


Analysts upbeat on Malaysia auto sector prospects25 Apr 17

Analysts in Malaysia are taking an upbeat view on prospects for Malayia's automotive market and sector following a recent upturn to sales....read more


Ghosn rules out Nissan-MMC merger25 Apr 17

Carlos Ghosn has said that he wants Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) to reform and dampened speculation over a an eventual full merger between MMC and Alliance partner Nissan, which has a controlli...read more


Toyota to announce Thai investment25 Apr 17

Toyota is expected to announce a major investment in its Thai passenger car business next month, according to local reports citing the country’s deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak....read more


China’s Liebao Automobile mulls plant in SE Asia25 Apr 17

China’s Hunan Liebao Automobile Company plans to invest in a new vehicle assembly facility in south-east Asia as part of a broader plan to expand its operations overseas....read more


Valmet on recruitment drive25 Apr 17

Valmet Automotive has begun its recruitment drive to meet additional workload requirements prompted by a new manufacturing agreement with Mercedes signed last month....read more


Mitsubishi inaugurates new plant in Indonesia25 Apr 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in Indonesia that will employ 3,000 workers and produce 160,000 units a year at full capacity....read more


GM loses ignition switch bankruptcy appeal24 Apr 17

The US Supreme Court has turned down GM's request to review the second circuit's ruling striking down the bankruptcy shield for the car company as it relates to hundreds of victims of the ignition swi...read more


Gestamp to open seventh plant in Brazil24 Apr 17

Another sign of recovery in Brazil? Gestamp, the Spanish multinational specialising in the design, development and manufacture of metal components for the automotive industry, has set up a new hot sta...read more


Hyundai Motor exec visits crisis-hit China JV operations24 Apr 17

Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun is reportedly heading to China for a market inspection following the carmaker's large sales reversals after a diplomatic dispute has hit Chinese demand for Ko...read more


ANALYSIS - Diesel and hybrid to come for new Honda Civic24 Apr 17

The 2SV series Civic currently being rolled out across European markets is a crucial car for Honda Motor Europe. The division saw its regional market share slump to just one per cent in Q1. The good n...read more


Continental turns eHorizon into weather service24 Apr 17

Continental's latest innovation: Vehicles equipped with eHorizon.Weather supply exact weather information to optimise short-term forecasts and integrate real time, location specific weather data to al...read more


Google Home and Amazon Alexa can now 'talk' to US Mercedes models24 Apr 17

US owners of 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models can now use both Google Assistant on Google Home and Amazon Alexa to 'talk' to their cars....read more


Apple document gives clue to autonomous aspirations - report24 Apr 17

Apple reportedly has outlined a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month....read more


Bosch looks to EUR1bn savings using Industry 4.024 Apr 17

Bosch is aiming for EUR1bn (US$1.1bn) in productivity savings using Industry 4.0 manufacturing methods as the concept continues to gain ground in industrialised countries....read more


Korean regulator wants 'unfair' importer practices revised24 Apr 17

South Korea's antitrust regulator wants local units of foreign cars and dealerships to revise their 'unfair policies' on refund and maintenance services to their customers....read more


MMC plans engine plant in China24 Apr 17

Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) is planning a new plant in China to supply engines for locally built Outlander sport utility vehicles....read more


Canadian courts approve VW diesel settlement24 Apr 17

At the same time as legal developments south of the border, Volkswagen Group Canada and Canadian class counsel announced both the Québec and Ontario courts have granted approval of the nationwide sett...read more


VW gets probation and independent oversight for diesel scam24 Apr 17

A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years' probation and independent oversight following the diesel emissions scandal as part of a US$4.3bn settlement announced in January....read more


Authenticity drives leather imperfection acceptance - Audi24 Apr 17

Audi says consumers are now more willing to accept defects in leather for car interiors as the drive for authenticity gains momentum at least in Western countries....read more


2017 Shanghai motor show world premieres24 Apr 17

Auto Shanghai 2017 did not disappoint, with a vast number of concept, prototype and production model world debuts. The most important vehicle premiere will probably prove to be the Wuling Hong Guang S...read more


Go Auto and Great Wall to build plant in Malaysia24 Apr 17

Malaysia’s Go Auto Group plans to spend MYR2bn (US$455m) on a plant in Gurun in Malaysia’s Kedah state by 2021 with its Chinese partner Great Wall Motors....read more


GM steps up China electric/hybrid launch plan24 Apr 17

General Motors plans to launch at least 10 electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle models in China by 2020, company officials told reporters at the Shanghai motor show....read more


Autonomous tech creeping in - the week21 Apr 17

Autonomous driving will, of course, arrive in stages; there are already defined levels of autonomy and quite a bit of the tech needed is already in cars as standard or optional equipment. I was remind...read more


Visteon wins Dongfeng cockpit domain controller deal21 Apr 17

China's second largest vehicle manufacturer, Dongfeng Motor, has chosen Visteon's SmartCore cockpit domain controller technology for a future domestic light vehicle programme. This will be the first S...read more


Autoliv supplies Mercedes S-Class active safety21 Apr 17

Autoliv has announced supply of several active safety products for Daimler's updated Mercedes S-Class, launched at the Shanghai show this week....read more


Honda to establish new advanced wind tunnel facility in Ohio21 Apr 17

Honda has announced a new investment of US$124m to establish a multifunctional aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility to advance vehicle innovation and enhance the testing facilities at the Transportation ...read more


Benteler launches its Electric Drive System at Shanghai show21 Apr 17

Benteler Automotive is celebrating the world premiere of its Electric Drive System at the Shanghai Show....read more


Continental invests in expansion of Morganton plant21 Apr 17

Continental has announced a US$40m investment to expand its Morganton Plant, which manufactures automotive brake systems....read more


Continental develops camera cleaning system21 Apr 17

Continental has developed a cleaning system for fish-eye automobile cameras that uses a water jet to remove dirt on the lens....read more


Yokohama Geolandar tyres for Mazda CX-521 Apr 17

Yokohama Rubber said its Geolandar G98 tyre has been adopted as original equipment on Mazda's redesigned CX-5 crossover SUV. The model uses the 225/65R17 102V size....read more


Lectra showcases internet of things power21 Apr 17

Cutting machine manufacturer, Lectra said it had been operating with the so-called internet of things for 10 years already as the concept starts to gain momentum and acceptance in Industry 4.0 manufac...read more


Lectra preps for Industry 4.0 future21 Apr 17

Leather cutting machine specialist Lectra said it had completed its next three year road map in order to drive Industry 4.0 concepts which are increasingly becoming the norm for manufacturing....read more


VW to produce Polo, Virtus, SUV and pickup in Brazil21 Apr 17

A daring offensive of four new model launches by 2019 in the price bracket BRL45,000/US$14,500 through BRL90,000/$29,000....read more


ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h21 Apr 17

The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is....read more


Now BMW announces 'above expectations' Q1 result20 Apr 17

The BMW Group is the third German automaker to announce 'above expectations' first quarter results after VW and Daimler....read more


Harman and Baidu combine for AI in China20 Apr 17

Harman International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung focused on connected technologies for the automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, says it is 'pleased to announce it has expanded its re...read more


Hyundai Mobis opens lighting plant in Czech Republic 20 Apr 17

Supplying main auto components to global production bases of Hyundai-Kia Motor Company, Hyundai Mobis has opened a new lamp plant in the Czech Republic and commenced production....read more


Ex-Enron prosecutor to oversee US VW diesel deal20 Apr 17

Volkswagen, due to be sentenced this week in the US for rigging emissions tests, will get a court-approved monitor who is a former chief of the government's prosecution of Enron, a media report said....read more


Nexteer enhances its steering systems with cyber security 20 Apr 17

Nexteer Automotive says it is strengthening its steering system offerings with cyber security technologies to protect against malicious intrusions and unverified steering commands....read more


China premium car market to grow by 50% next decade - Audi20 Apr 17

China's premium car market will grow by around half over the next decade, according to remarks made in Shanghai by Audi CEO Rupert Stadler....read more


Porsche eyes electrification for power, emissions20 Apr 17

Porsche reportedly is looking to expand its range of electric powered vehicles to add power and adapt to Chinese emissions restrictions that are expected to become the world's toughest....read more


Ford testing bamboo as material for interiors20 Apr 17

Ford says it is testing bamboo - a strong natural material - for use in a composite material with applications in vehicle interiors....read more


Pricey cars making China comeback20 Apr 17

Four years after China’s president Xi Jinping started cracking down on corruption and conspicuous consumption, the most extravagant fast cars are making a comeback, according to a media report....read more


Lincoln adds models for China market growth20 Apr 17

Ford's premium Lincoln brand is targeting more volume growth in China on the back of new model introductions for the market....read more


SAIC slows US plans till Trump policies clear20 Apr 17

SAIC Motor, China’s biggest carmaker by sales, reportedly has halted a plan to export its own branded vehicles to the US until it gets more clarity on Sino-US trade policy under President Donald Trump...read more


Venezuela seizes GM factory20 Apr 17

General Motors reportedly said Venezuelan authorities had illegally seized its factory in the industrial hub of Valencia and vowed to "take all legal actions" to defend its rights....read more


Malaysia sales continue to rebound in March20 Apr 17

Malaysia's new vehicle market continued to rebound in March, with total industry volumes rising by over 10% to 53,717 units compared with depressed year earlier sales of 48,800 units, based on data re...read more


ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 120 Apr 17

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models takes an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second will examine crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. In the final instalment, t...read more


Volkswagen head of compact cars on Tiguan Allspace, autonomous cars and individualisation 19 Apr 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed a Volkswagen Tiguan to take a closer look and got the inside story from Dr Jochen Böhle, head of product develo...read more


Adient's seating mechanisms China JV plans Changshu plant19 Apr 17

Adient, the global seating supplier, plans to open a new 90,000 sq m seating mechanisms plant in Changshu on land of 250,000 sq m through one of its China joint ventures — Adient Yanfeng Seating Mecha...read more


GKN makes China JV global hub for eDrive19 Apr 17

China will become a global production hub for GKN’s electrified drivelines in 2018, when production of its latest eDrive technologies commences at its joint venture facility in Shanghai....read more


Recaro seating launched in China19 Apr 17

For launch in China, Adient's Recaro Automotive Seating is positioning itself as a premium brand manufacturer of performance seats for sporty luxury vehicles. At Auto Shanghai 2017, the company is pre...read more


Skoda shows first electric car in Shanghai19 Apr 17

Skoda has unveiled its first electric concept car in Shanghai. The VW Group owned brand said it will be introducing five purely electrically-powered cars by 2025, in addition to plug-in hybrid models....read more


Namikoshi Electronics test runs 4-in-1 engine19 Apr 17

Namikoshi Electronics Corporation of Japan has successfully conducted a test run of its 4-in-1 engine, which has been developed with the help of experts at Osaka University and Kobe City College of Te...read more


JLR engine plant produces first Ingenium petrol engine19 Apr 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover engine factory has produced its first Ingenium petrol motor which will make its debut in vehicles later in the summer....read more


ZF expanding engineering centre in Shanghai19 Apr 17

ZF is expanding its engineering centre in Shanghai....read more


Toyota to conduct Mirai FCV demonstration tests in China19 Apr 17

Toyota Motor Corporation will send two Mirai fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) to China in October 2017 to conduct demonstration tests in the country....read more


China to allow car selling 'without brand authorisation'19 Apr 17

In a move designed to shake-up the retail sector, China's Ministry of Commerce has unveiled new automobile sales administrative measures allowing auto trading companies to sell vehicles without gainin...read more


Adient updates luxury seating concept for autonomous vehicles19 Apr 17

Adient has unveiled its updated AI17 concept demonstrator at Auto Shanghai 2017....read more


Volvo will build first all electric car in China19 Apr 17

Geely's Volvo Cars will build its first fully electric car in China, the company announced on Wednesday at Auto Shanghai in China....read more


Kia to build 300k plant in India19 Apr 17

Kia Motors is close to announcing a major investment in a new vehicle assembly plant in the southern Indian state of Andra Pradesh, according to reports in India and South Korea quoting government and...read more


VW sets out EV stall in Shanghai18 Apr 17

Volkswagen is gearing up to take on Tesla with four affordable, VW brand electric vehicles in the coming years plus Audi showing off an upscale battery-powered crossover it aims to introduce in 2019....read more


Maruti Suzuki eyes 1.7m capacity this fiscal year18 Apr 17

Indian market leader Maruti Suzuki will have a combined production capacity of around 1.7m units this financial year (to 31 March, 2018) as it heads towards the 2020 target of 2m....read more


Now Volkswagen Group reports "significantly higher than expected" operating profit for Q1 201718 Apr 17

The operating result for the Volkswagen Group is "significantly higher than market expectations for the first quarter of 2017", the automaker announced....read more


BorgWarner stresses electric at Shanghai18 Apr 17

BorgWarner says it is showcasing an extensive product portfolio for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles at the Shanghai Auto Show, but there is an emphasis on electrification tech. ...read more


ANALYSIS - 2017 Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI18 Apr 17

SUVs and crossovers might be stealing sales from many two-door cars but that doesn't mean premium-priced models are disappearing. Far from it. Audi continues to respond to the challenge of strong comp...read more


Fast chargers planned for I-95 Boston to DC18 Apr 17

Nissan and EVgo have revealed a plan to connect Boston and Washington DC via nine electric-vehicle DC fast-charge sites....read more


Volvo Cars and Autoliv autonomous driving joint venture Zenuity starts operations18 Apr 17

Zenuity, the joint venture between Geely's Volvo Cars and safety systems supplier Autoliv, has started operations....read more


One in four new cars has AEB - Bosch18 Apr 17

New research by Bosch indicate that one in four newly registered cars has an automatic emergency braking system on board to prevent accidents and, if necessary, bring the vehicle to a stop in the even...read more


GKN supplies Opel Insignia AWD system18 Apr 17

GKN Driveline said its Twinster torque vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD) system has entered series production with another major car manufacturer....read more


Indonesia sales rise over 8% in March18 Apr 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia rose by 8.4% to 102,000 units in March, from 94,100 units a year earlier, according to data from industry sources....read more


Nissan Brazil Kicks off local production18 Apr 17

In the day by day activity at the Nissan Brazil manufacturing plant, 162km/100 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro City, AGVs, or automatically guided vehicles, tiny, self-guided robots pull different p...read more


Toneluck Electro-Mechanics to build parts plant in Mexico18 Apr 17

Chinese automotive parts manufacturer Huizhou Toneluck Electro-Mechanics has announced plans to set up a plant in Mexico to help expand its sales in North America....read more


Suzuki JV to produce lithium-ion batteries in India18 Apr 17

Suzuki Motor has agreed to establish a joint venture with Toshiba and Denso to produce lithium-ion batteries in India....read more


North American auto industry 'needs NAFTA' - bank18 Apr 17

A Canadian investment bank has said in a note that the North American auto industry needs the NAFTA regional free trade agreement, which has enabled the sector to outperform the global industry....read more


FCA's Marchionne cool on VW tie-up18 Apr 17

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne, in his latest reported remarks, has appeared to row back from recent comments suggesting he is seeking to rapidly strike a merger deal with another big OEM...read more


Daimler suggests a good Q1 result - the week13 Apr 17

'Early doors' - to borrow a phrase from our editor - for me ahead of the Easter break hence an earlier than usual look back at an already shortened week....read more


2017 New York motor show - global debuts list13 Apr 17

There was no stand-out star at this year's New York International Auto Show, though for sheer novelty value, FCA's 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon could be rightly thought of as the biggest ...read more


Interior design and technology - Volvo V6013 Apr 17

Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside Volvo’s premium mid-size V60. Its uncomplicated cockpit swathed with soft-touch trim and supp...read more


just-auto takes an Easter break13 Apr 17

Easter is coming this weekend, which means Friday (14 April) and Monday (17 April) are public holidays for us, here in the UK. ...read more


GM adding 1,163 jobs in San Francisco13 Apr 17

Information posted by the California Governor's Office of Business and Development indicates that General Motors is adding 1,163 jobs in the San Francisco region through its Cruise Automation property...read more


Supply chains in Korea and India boost Mahindra - MD13 Apr 17

Supply chains  in India for Mahindra and South Korea with SsangYong are benefiting the combined operations of both Mahindra Group brands according to Mahindra MD and head of automotive operations Dr P...read more


GM taking out 10 weeks' US production - report13 Apr 17

General Motors will close some US plants for a combined total of 10 weeks of production time in the second half of the year, a move that will help balance swelling stock levels, the automaker's North ...read more


India car market heading for 8m a year by 2025 - Mahindra MD13 Apr 17

India's car market is on target to become the world's third largest by the middle of the next decade with annual sales around 8m a year, according to Mahindra MD and head of automotive operations Dr P...read more


Honda widens Clarity EV range13 Apr 17

Honda launched Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Electric models to supplement the Fuel Cell version at the New York motor show, saying it would target US sales of 75,000 Clarity vehicles in the first four m...read more


BorgWarner CTO on torque vectoring, engine rightsizing and tomorrow’s turbochargers13 Apr 17

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Christopher P. Thomas, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, BorgWarner Inc....read more


Jeep India MD sees RHD Compass as a turning point13 Apr 17

Fiat Chrysler is betting on the locally made Jeep Compass to shake off its insignificant presence in the Indian car market, with its chief executive telling ETAuto the new SUV will be the "tipping poi...read more


Russia bangs import substitution drum - DLA Piper13 Apr 17

Global law firm, DLA Piper says Russia is focused on addressing the needs of the country's automotive industry in a plan designed to boost the sector until 2025 using a combination of incentives and i...read more


New Lumax plant to supply Maruti Suzuki Gujarat13 Apr 17

Lumax Industries’ new factory in Gujarat will supply headlamps and rear lamps for the new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift that commences production later this year at the carmaker's Gujarat facility....read more


Honda UK aims for 18% output gain this year13 Apr 17

Honda's UK manufacturing plant at Swindon - the sole global source for the new 5-door Civic - is aiming for production of 165,000 units in 2017, some 18% ahead of last year....read more


Car sharing booms for Daimler13 Apr 17

Free-floating carsharing is booming. In the first quarter of 2017, Daimler’s car2go rentals increased by 23% to 6.2m....read more


EC clears Lear acquisition of Antolin seats and metal business13 Apr 17

Officials at the European Commission (EC) have approved the acquisition by Lear of the seats and metal business of Grupo Antolín-Irausa through the EU Merger Regulation....read more


Porsche enjoys best first quarter ever12 Apr 17

Porsche said it had made a strong start to 2017 with around 60,000 vehicles delivered to customers worldwide in the first quarter, up around 7% year on year for the best first quarter in its history....read more


Borgward announces German assembly plant plans12 Apr 17

Borgward Group AG is to acquire a 140,000 square metre site in theCargo Distribution Center (Gu¨terverkehrsztentrum/GVZ) in the western part of Bremen, Germany....read more


Euro NCAP gives BMW 5 Series top five-star rating12 Apr 17

Euro NCAP testing gave the BMW 5 Series a top five-star safety rating while Fiat's updated Doblo got three stars....read more


VW to show crossover CUV concept at Shanghai12 Apr 17

Volkswagen is showing a crossover concept vehicle at Auto Shanghai 2017. The concept is the brand's first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) – a four-door coupé and sport utility veh...read more


AEB AMC urges UK open mind to Russia post-Brexit12 Apr 17

Russia's Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC) says it is sure the UK will open dialogue with Moscow concerning any post-Brexit trade agreements, despite sugg...read more


Volkswagen brand deliveries rise in March12 Apr 17

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 557,400 vehicles worldwide in March, an increase of 2.5% compared with March of the previous year....read more


Daimler says group Q1 2017 EBIT "significantly above market expectations"12 Apr 17

Daimler said it had achieved a group EBIT for the first quarter 2017 that was "significantly above market expectations"....read more


Deutsche Post DHL to sell electric van12 Apr 17

Deutsche Post DHL plans to take on carmakers by stepping up production of its Streetscooter electric van and selling it to external customers....read more


Kaluga auto now 30% of region's industrial manufacturing - Minister12 Apr 17

Kaluga's Economic Development department says the automotive sector now accounts for 30% of the region's industrial manufacturing and 10% of its tax revenues....read more


Qoros to build new car plant in Shenzen12 Apr 17

Shanghai-based automaker Qoros Auto plans to build a new vehicle assembly plant in China’s southern province of Shenzen, according to local reports....read more


Audi A5 cabriolet UK deliveries start11 Apr 17

Just as spring, or what passes for it, takes effect (we had a weekend of summer temperatures in some parts of the UK), Audi dealers are preparing to deliver the first of the new A5 cabriolets which jo...read more


Brazilian domestic market begins recovering11 Apr 17

The wait has been long — nothing short of 26 consecutive months — but finally there is a year on year auto sales gain in Brazil!...read more


Australia sees record March sales11 Apr 17

Australia’s motor industry recorded its best-ever March sales  with volume up 0.9% on the same month last year....read more


Rethinking the interior of autonomous vehicles - COMMENT11 Apr 17

Dr Detlef Jürss, Chief Technical Officer of Adient, describes how life on board will change in the vehicle of the future – turning today’s functional interior into a place for work, relaxation, commun...read more


Continental develops intuitive touch gestures for cockpit11 Apr 17

To improve non-verbal communication between drivers and their vehicles, Continental says it has devised a range of user-friendly touch gestures for the cockpit - a combination of gesture interaction a...read more


Venezuela hits Goodyear results11 Apr 17

Trends in the global tyre industry play to the strengths of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and its strategy to drive profitable growth....read more


Russia targets auto suppliers for financial incentives11 Apr 17

Russia's Industrial Development Fund (IDF) says providing access to certain incentives for overseas companies looking to set up in the country, "is not rocket science," as Moscow continues its drive t...read more


Ford sees more SUV growth11 Apr 17

Ford said it sees the SUV segment growing further – accounting for more than 45% of the non-premium US retail auto industry in the next five to seven years....read more


India car market exceeds 3m units in FY2016/1711 Apr 17

Data released by SIAM shows that passenger vehicle sales in India crossed the 3m units milestone for the first time in 2016-17 (fiscal year ended March 31), with the market registering growth of 9.2%....read more


Goodyear positioned to 'gain from industry trends'11 Apr 17

Goodyear says that trends in the global tyre industry play to its strengths and strategy to drive profitable growth....read more


China's best first quarter sales since 2014 are encouraging11 Apr 17

Vehicle sales in China rose 7% in the first quarter, China's automakers' association said on Tuesday....read more


Tesla denies China plant reports11 Apr 17

Tesla has denied media reports in China that it is planning a vehicle manufacturing plant in south China's Guangdong province....read more


Automakers benefit from UK low carbon innovation funding11 Apr 17

BMW Motorsport, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Westfield Sportscars are automakers awarded a total of GBP62m by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop innovative low carbon technology in the UK....read more


South Korean import sales drop 8% in March11 Apr 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea fell by 8.4% to 22,080 units in March from 24,094 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Associat...read more


Japanese sales rise 9% in March11 Apr 17

Japan's new vehicle market continued to expand strongly in March, by 8.7% to 691,375 units from weak year earlier sales of 635,901 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobil...read more


Philippine sales rise 33% in March11 Apr 17

The Philippines’ new vehicle market regained momentum in March, with sales rising by close to 33% to 36,561 units from 27,521 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly b...read more


Russia posts first quarterly sales rise in four years11 Apr 17

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased 9.4% last month with quarterly figures showing the first positive movement in more than four years according to data from the Association of Eu...read more


AEB looks to Russia "robust momentum" for eventual 5m market10 Apr 17

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) says the country could one day potentially grow to become a 5m market, although myriad economic obstacles will have to be overcome first....read more


Tesla becomes more valuable than GM10 Apr 17

Elon Musk's Tesla has passed General Motors to become America’s most valuable carmaker, according to reports....read more


Nexteer and Dongfeng Components sign JV agreement10 Apr 17

Nexteer Automotive has signed an agreement to form a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group. The joint venture, equally owned by both parties, will design and manufacture electri...read more


ANALYSIS - 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar10 Apr 17

Volvo's phase-out of all engines with a capacity greater than 1,969 cubic centimetres and with more than four cylinders continues. Sadly, the intoxicatingly tuneful in-line twin scroll turbo six which...read more


EVs need incentives, Edmunds study shows10 Apr 17

As companies such as Tesla and General Motors launch new electric vehicles (EVs) designed to attract the masses, a new report from Edmunds shows that without generous tax incentives, it will be challe...read more


Toyota announces record $1.33bn spend at Kentucky plant10 Apr 17

A $1.33bn spend - the highest of any automaker in Kentucky and the second largest in state history- will make Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky the first plant in North America to begin producing v...read more


Ford plans fully electric small SUV for China10 Apr 17

Ford has put some detail on its plans to add electrified vehicles for China....read more


Ford's Fields optimistic about US-China relations10 Apr 17

Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields is feeling optimistic about the outlook for US-China relations, he told CNBC at the weekend, after the conclusion of a summit between US president Donald Trump and Chinese p...read more


Porsche-Piech clan members banned from VW exec slots10 Apr 17

Members of the Porsche-Piech clan that controls Volkswagen will no longer be eligible to serve as executives of the carmaker, Porsche Automobil Holding SE chairman Wolfgang Porsche reportedly told a G...read more


RZD helps GEFCO to lever export opportunities10 Apr 17

Logistics specialist, GEFCO says its ownership by Russian Railways giant, RZD has allowed it to access opportunities such as export potential, which Moscow is actively looking to promote....read more


Tenneco VP on emissions control technology trends10 Apr 17

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Ben Patel, VP of Global Research and Development Clean Air, Tenneco....read more


Ford launches US police responder hybrid sedan10 Apr 17

Ford has launched a claimed industry first pursuit rated hybrid police car as part of a US$4.5bn spend to make electric vehicles....read more


Quarter of traffic driverless by 2030 - study10 Apr 17

A study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) forecasts that by 2030 some 25% of miles driven in the US could be in shared self-driving electric cars....read more


Hyundai-Kia recalls 1.47m cars10 Apr 17

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have issued a recall notice affecting around 1.47m vehicles sold in South Korea, the US and Canada due to engine problems....read more


Schaeffler Industrial Europe appoints new president10 Apr 17

Marcus Eisenhuth has started as Schaeffler president Industrial Europe, responsible for direct customer and sales in the region, which also includes India as well as the Middle East and Africa....read more


Mitsui Chemicals opens electrolyte solution production facility in Nagoya10 Apr 17

Mitsui Chemicals has opened its electrolyte solution production facility at Nagoya Works to accommodate growing domestic demand for lithium-ion battery-use electrolyte solution, with a production capa...read more


UK automakers defend diesel10 Apr 17

Britain's automotive industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders defended diesel cars on Monday, as the government prepares to announce proposals for improving air quality which could...read more




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