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PSA chief eyes cost savings after Opel buy23 Feb 17

PSA chief Carlos Tavares is looking for large and 'speedy' cost savings following the planned acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall, reports say....read more


ZF to cooperate with Plug & Play23 Feb 17

ZF and the digital start-up accelerator Plug & Play have agreed on a strategic cooperation. As ‘Founding Anchor Partner’, ZF can further expand its network of partners to start-up companies which are ...read more


Plastic Omnium posts 2016 auto revenue up 17% to EUR6.6.bn23 Feb 17

Plastic Omnium's Automotive Division has recorded 2016 revenue up 17.3% to EUR6.6bn (US$7bn)....read more


UK car output up 7.5% in January23 Feb 17

UK car production was up 7.5% in January to 147,922 units, the best January performance since 2008. The gain was driven by higher exports....read more


Visteon posts 2016 net income of US$75m23 Feb 17

Visteon has unveiled full-year and fourth quarter net income of US$75m and US$2m respectively, while sales for last year totalled US$3,161m, a decrease of US$84m, primarily attributable to the sale of...read more


just-auto taken offline by Doris23 Feb 17

Earlier today just-auto was taken offline by a power outage at its offices. All systems are now back up and running (13:50 GMT)....read more


ANALYSIS - Peugeot future models part 123 Feb 17

This is the fourth feature in a five-part series which examines the current and future models for Groupe PSA's passenger car brands. Following on from a look at DS and then Citroën, Peugeot is the sub...read more


PSA and THACO team for Vietnam assembly23 Feb 17

PSA Group and its partner THACO (Truong Haï Auto Corporation) have signed a contract to accelerate development in Vietnam by committing to local assembly and bringing to market two new SUVs, to be pro...read more


BorgWarner supplies HY-VO chains for Chevrolet Volt/Malibu hybrid23 Feb 17

BorgWarner says it is supplying HY-VO chains for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in and Malibu hybrid models....read more


PSA profit spike ahead of Opel purchase talks23 Feb 17

PSA Groupe has delivered significantly improved operating income up 18% to EUR3.24bn (US$3.4bn) handing the manufacturer a healthy warchest ahead of its proposed purchase of Opel from General Motors....read more


UK auto industry guru Garel Rhys dies23 Feb 17

One of the auto industry's most highly respected academics, Professor Garel Rhys, has died at the age of 76....read more


Ghosn to step down as CEO of Nissan23 Feb 17

Nissan Motor announced on Thursday that Carlos Ghosn is to step down as chief executive officer of the company in April, to be replaced by the current chief operating officer Hiroto Saikawa....read more


UK MP hails Tata Steel investment ahead of Brexit22 Feb 17

Tata Steel's decision to plough GBP4m (US$5m) into a new tailor welded blanks line at its Wednesfield plant in the UK's West Midlands region, has been hailed by its local Member of Parliament as "reas...read more


Nissan wants monthly 'Happy Friday' early finish22 Feb 17

Nissan will introduce a workplace improvement initiative called "Happy Friday" in Japan, in which all employees working outside the company’s manufacturing plants will be encouraged to leave the offic...read more


Ficosa joins 5G Automotive Association22 Feb 17

Spanish Tier 1 automotive supplier Ficosa says it has become the first Spanish company to join the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA)....read more


Toyota introduces new smaller exhaust purifying catalyst22 Feb 17

Toyota has announced the commercial availability of a new, smaller catalyst that it says uses 20% less precious metal in approximately 20% less volume, while maintaining the same exhaust gas purificat...read more


ZF/Porsche develop modular hybrid transmission kit22 Feb 17

With an all-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission (8DT) as a basis, ZF and Porsche say they have collaborated to develop a modular hybrid transmission kit for sports vehicles, catering for current and ...read more


BMW and Mobileye working on crowd sourcing sensor data22 Feb 17

BMW Group and Mobileye have announced they have signed an agreement to crowd source data for high definition maps that will be needed for autonomous driving....read more


BMW in UK faces pension row dispute22 Feb 17

A dispute over changes to worker pensions at BMW in the UK - potentially affecting workers at its MINI and Rolls-Royce assembly plants - has yet to be resolved following talks between the company and ...read more


Nexteer Automotive on steer-by-wire and the EPS market22 Feb 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to executives of Nexteer about megatrends in the car steering market, steer-by-wire systems and growth of electr...read more


Unite urges UK Prime Minister to support Vauxhall jobs22 Feb 17

British labour body, Unite, is urging the UK government to match any political or financial commitment made by Berlin or Paris to Opel plants as PSA Groupe pushes the possibility of creating "a Europe...read more


Tivoli is acting as a catalyst for SsangYong change - UK MD22 Feb 17

SsangYong UK managing director Paul Williams tells just-auto that the Tivoli compact SUV is changing perceptions of the brand....read more


Flex to acquire AGM Automotive22 Feb 17

Flex has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AGM Automotive (AGM)....read more


Delphi names Electronics and Safety senior vice president and president22 Feb 17

Delphi Automotive has announced David Paja has been named senior vice president and president of Electronics and Safety (E&S)....read more


Geneva show debuts list - Range Rover Velar22 Feb 17

Land Rover has announced the Range Rover Velar, Aston Martin will reveal the Vanquish S and Dacia will premiere a Stepway version of the Logan MCV at the Geneva motor show....read more


Thyssenkrup sells CSA to Ternium for EUR1.5bn 22 Feb 17

Thyssenkrupp has reached agreement with Ternium on the sale of the CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico (CSA) steel plant in Brazil to Ternium for a purchase price (enterprise value) of EUR1.5bn (US$1.6bn)....read more


Mercedes confirms Russia car plant21 Feb 17

Mercedes-Benz is to create a new plant to make cars in the Moscow Region of Russia from 2019....read more


PSA and Geely bid for Proton - reports21 Feb 17

PSA Group and China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have reportedly submitted bids to buy a stake in loss-making Proton....read more


Audi teams up with Zoomcar in India21 Feb 17

India carshare firm Zoomcar has announced a partnership with Audi....read more


Margot Robbie 'new face of Nissan electric cars'  [watch video]21 Feb 17

Actor Margot Robbie has been revealed as the 'new face of Nissan electric cars' and has staged a promotional 'race' video in an electric BladeGlider through the streets of Monaco....read more


PSA-Opel/Vauxhall deal raises Brexit concerns - COMMENT21 Feb 17

We could see a framework deal for Peugeot's acquisition of GM's Opel/Vauxhall operations by the end of this week. The two are clearly at an advanced stage in the discussions and are reportedly at the ...read more


Continental Automotive on ADAS, sensor fusion and tomorrow’s electronic braking systems21 Feb 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Alfred Eckert, Head of the Advanced Engineering Department at Continental Automotive....read more


PSA chief meets with Opel Works Council21 Feb 17

PSA executives, led by CEO Carlos Tavares, have met with labour union representatives and the Opel/Vauxhall European Works Council for discussions on the potential acquisition of GM's Opel/Vauxhall op...read more


Skoda starts production of new 1.0 TSI engine21 Feb 17

Skoda has started production of a new 1.0 TSI powertrain at its Mladá Boleslav engine plant....read more


FAW and Dongfeng in advanced R&D alliance21 Feb 17

China’s FAW Group Corporation and Dongfeng Motor have signed an agreement to set up a jointly-owned R&D centre focused on the development of advanced technologies such as fuel cells, smart connectivit...read more


Toyota/Shell to install hydrogen refuelling stations in California21 Feb 17

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has posted a Notice of Proposed Award (NOPA) outlining subsidies to support hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in California. ...read more


Kiekert to open new JV door-closure systems facility in South Korea21 Feb 17

Kiekert AG, a specialist in automotive locking systems, is opening a new joint-venture facility to produce door-closure systems in South Korea with KwangJin Sanggong Company. ...read more


Hyundai Mobis joins Auto-ISAC for automotive cyber security21 Feb 17

Hyundai Mobis joins the global alliance for a coordinated response to cyber threats, such as hacking, in the age of connected cars and smart cars....read more


ANALYSIS - Citroën future models part 221 Feb 17

This is the third of five features in a series which examines the current and future models for Groupe PSA's passenger car brands. Following on from a look at DS, and then at the A-to-E segment sedans...read more


Does Grandland X mean the end for Vauxhall Zafira?20 Feb 17

General Motors Europe will be having a busy 2017, rolling out not only the new Insignia in no less than four body styles, but two new SUVs, the Crossland X and larger Grandland X. So does the latter t...read more


Tata Motors/Microsoft join to develop connected cars for India20 Feb 17

Tata Motors and Microsoft India have announced a strategic agreement to 'redefine connected and personalised driving experiences for Indian customers'. ...read more


IAC Group on autonomous car interiors, customisation and the touch-free user experience20 Feb 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Dr Rose Ryntz, Vice President, Advanced Development & Material Engineering, International Automotive Componen...read more


VW Group worldwide sales down 4% in January20 Feb 17

VW Group has said that its global sales turned down in January, as lower sales in China followed a tax change there and the timing of the Chinese new year....read more


Mitsubishi Philippines plant begins Mirage G4 production20 Feb 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced that production of the Mirage G4 (Philippine market name; Attrage in some other markets) has started at the vehicle assembly plant of Mitsubishi Motor...read more


FCA US recalls AWD cars to replace propshaft bolts20 Feb 17

FCA US LLC is recalling an estimated 69,298 full-size, all-wheel-drive cars in the US to replace their front propshaft bolts....read more


Honda targets strong growth in Malaysia20 Feb 17

Honda Malaysia plans to introduce four new models this year to help lift domestic sales to over 100,000 units, according to CEO Katsuto Hayashi....read more


Cooper Tyre posts full-year 2016 net income of US$248m20 Feb 17

Cooper Tyre & Rubber Company has recorded full-year 2016 net income of US$248m, compared with US$213m 12 months ago....read more


Tata Steel commits to UK as unions ink pension deal20 Feb 17

Tata Steel says it will continue to financially support its UK operations as its major unions voted to accept radical pension proposals to safeguard jobs in the critical supply sector....read more


PSA's Tavares to meet UK PM on Vauxhall concerns20 Feb 17

PSA chief Carlos Tavares will meet with UK prime minister Theresa May to discuss the planned acquisition of General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall operations as fears rise over the implications of a deal for t...read more


Tata Steel stress material's role in UK supply chain20 Feb 17

Tata Steel is stressing the crucial nature of the material to the UK supply chain as it emerges from a rocky period with its unions following resolution of its controversial pensions issue....read more


PSA eyes Opel - the week17 Feb 17

It would be fair to say la merde a frappé le ventilateur when news broke - on Valentines Day, no less, that Opel was on the block. Again. With the French automaker PSA in the frame this time. We have ...read more


Volvo Car UK to recruit 300 new technicians as a result of continued brand growth17 Feb 17

Volvo Car UK is launching a nationwide recruitment drive for 300 new technicians to join its 119-outlet dealer network by 2020, in line with the brand's increasing sales and its growing product range....read more


Government of Canada announces $18.2m for automotive innovation17 Feb 17

Two Canadian companies – one in Lakeshore near Windsor, the other in Ottawa – have developed innovations that have the potential to make cars lighter, more fuel efficient and, in the case of electric ...read more


Ford nixes human intervention on driverless cars17 Feb 17

Ford, having noted engineers monitoring self-driving cars are dozing off, has decided to remove the steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedals from its driverless cars arriving in 2021, a media repo...read more


Toronto motor show - world debuts list17 Feb 17

There were just two world premieres at the 2017 Canadian International Auto show. ...read more


Chinese Audi dealers demand US$4bn to cover sales losses17 Feb 17

Audi dealers in China are demanding CNY28bn yuan ($4bn) to cover losses over the past three years that they blame on the automaker adding too many distributors, potentially worsening a sales decline t...read more


Ford plans pothole plotter17 Feb 17

Ford claims costly car repairs could be prevented with the help of an ingenious, crowd-sourced virtual pothole map, which it is researching, with testing due to start later this year....read more


UK union requests ugent PSA CEO talks17 Feb 17

British union leaders are requesting urgent talks with the CEO of PSA Groupe as speculation grows any new Franco-German alliance could be at the expense of future UK commitments....read more


Valmet Uusikaupunki plant begins Mercedes-Benz GLC production17 Feb 17

Valmet Automotive has started series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV at its Uusikaupunki plant in Finland....read more


GM CEO wants Opel left independent after sale to PSA17 Feb 17

Opel should remain an independent company with current management in place after a possible sale to PSA Peugeot Citroën, GM CEO Mary Barra has insisted in negotiations with the French company....read more


Valeo sales rise 14% to EUR16.5bn in 201617 Feb 17

Valeo has unveiled 2016 net income up 27% to EUR925m (EUR985m) with sales up 14% to EUR16.5bn....read more


Cooper Standard reports US$139m income in 201617 Feb 17

Cooper-Standard has posted 2016 net income of US$139m and fourth quarter net income of US$31.1m....read more


Yet another facelift for nine-year old Citroën C517 Feb 17

Another world premiere for April's Auto Shanghai 2017 has been been added to just-auto.com's debuts list. Astonishingly, the poor selling Citroën C5 is to be given yet another facelift....read more


GM downplays factory closures if PSA deal seals16 Feb 17

General Motors has downplayed the possibility of large-scale factory closures in Germany and Britain following any deal to sell its European brands to Peugeot maker PSA Group, officials in both countr...read more


Nissan Europe's aftersales chief faces up to challenges16 Feb 17

Cars are become safer, more reliable and people are actually driving less – all of which are giving carmakers a headache because they are experiencing a squeeze on one of their most lucrative profit c...read more


VW's three-litre compo plan gets preliminary US approval16 Feb 17

A federal judge this week has granted preliminary approval to Volkswagen's plan to pay at least US$1.22bn to fix or buy back nearly 80,000 polluting three-litre diesel vehicles in the United States....read more


Kia Europe shows off redesigned Picanto ahead of Geneva bow16 Feb 17

Kia's redesigned Picanto city car has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Geneva show in March. The new, entry level tiddler will go on sale across Europe from 1 April. It made its domestic...read more


GKN and SDS commence AWD Disconnect production in China16 Feb 17

GKN Driveline’s Chinese joint venture partner SDS has commenced production of its complete all-wheel drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles in China....read more


Great Wall to launch premium brand SUVs16 Feb 17

China’s leading SUV manufacturer, Great Wall Motor, plans to launch a new high-end SUV brand later this year to help drive sales of premium models....read more


Cap hpi predicts registrations growth across  Europe in 201716 Feb 17

Car sales across the European Union will grow by at least 2.8% in 2017 according to Cap hpi....read more


EU sales rise 10.2% in January16 Feb 17

The EU passenger car market started 2017 well, partially due to extra selling days during the month. Registrations grew markedly (+10.2%) compared to January 2016, totalling 1,170,220 units, according...read more


Barra says GM-PSA merger would benefit both as January sales rise slows16 Feb 17

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra has told employees combining GM's European Opel and Vauxhall business with Peugeot would be beneficial for both companies....read more


ANALYSIS - Citroën future models part 116 Feb 17

This is the second feature in a five-part series which examines the current and future models for PSA Group's passenger car brands. Following on from a look at DS, the focus now turns to Citroën. Peug...read more


With PSA in frame, FCA-GM merger still makes no sense16 Feb 17

Since before the bailouts of 2009, industry and financial mavens have been calling for the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors or, failing that, the acquisition of FCA by GM....read more


Hanon water-air condenser for Hyundai wins Korean award16 Feb 17

Hanon Systems, a global supplier of automotive thermal and energy management products, has been named co-winner of the IR52 Jang Young-Shil Award with Hyundai Motor Company for its water-air cooled co...read more


Toyota chops UK Prius PHV price16 Feb 17

Ahead of the 1 March on sale date, Toyota has chopped the UK prices of its Prius PHV from GBP34,895 for the 'entry level' Business Edition Plus to GBP31,695 with a clever optional (and extra GBP1,500)...read more


VW Car-Net – a personalised ecosystem of connected services 16 Feb 17

Volkswagen’s Car-Net platform provides a variety of in-vehicle internet-based services, including remote vehicle access, roadside assistance, diagnostics and maintenance, and the ability to set speed ...read more


Ford to build new wind tunnel testing complex in Michigan15 Feb 17

Ford is spending on a new aerodynamic testing complex that will house a next-generation rolling road wind tunnel and climatic chamber. The new facility will come complete with testing advancements tha...read more


Toyota chairman sees PHVs catching on faster15 Feb 17

Toyota Motor chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, who led the development of the Prius, expects the latest plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) will catch on with consumers far more rapidly than the original Prius ...read more


What now for Neumann's electro-Opel plan?15 Feb 17

Opel's board was completely surprised by news of negotiations with PSA Groupe, according to Germany's Manager Magazin, learning only from a phone call on Tuesday morning, though CEO Karl-Thomas Neuman...read more


English union digs in heels over Vauxhall and PSA15 Feb 17

Following his meeting with Greg Clark, the secretary of state for business and industrial strategy, the leader of the UK union, Unite said General Motors had a moral duty to stand by the UK workforce ...read more


Mitsubishi names new SUV ahead of Geneva debut15 Feb 17

Continuing a pre-Geneva show news drip feed, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it would be returning to its sporting heritage by deciding to name its new compact SUV Eclipse Cross....read more


Mercedes Benz upgrading Untertürkheim plant for electric mobiltiy15 Feb 17

Mercedes-Benz is taking the next step in the modernisation of Untertürkheim, its lead plant for powertrain production worldwide....read more


Merecedes plans low volume electric truck trial15 Feb 17

This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world's first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market in a trial small series. Following the presentation of the Urban eTruck with 25 tonne GVW and a ra...read more


JLR Q3 revenue up, pre tax profit down15 Feb 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover luxury vehicle unit in the UK booked a 13% increase in revenue to GBP6.5bn (US$8.1bn) following strong customer demand for its vehicles in the three months to 31 Decembe...read more


Toyota recalls all Mirai FCVs sold to date15 Feb 17

Toyota Motor has said it was recalling all of the approximately 2,800 zero-emission Mirai cars on the road due to problems with the output voltage generated by their fuel cell system....read more


Tata Steel unveils new UK tailor welded blanks line15 Feb 17

Tata Steel has unveiled its latest line for tailor welded blanks at the company’s Automotive Service Centre in Wednesfield, West Midlands, marking 21 years of the site processing and distributing stee...read more


China vehicle sales now 'flat' in January as reports contradict15 Feb 17

Total vehicle sales in China rose by 0.2% to 2.52m units in January, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) this week....read more


US car ownership falling15 Feb 17

Car ownership in the US is falling, a study by the University of Michigan Sustainable Worldwide Transportation department has confirmed....read more


UK Police arrest four after all stolen JLR engines recovered14 Feb 17

British Police say all engines stolen from Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) Solihull plant in the UK Midlands region have been recovered, with four men bailed to appear pending further enquiries....read more


Has GM finally lost patience with Europe?14 Feb 17

PSA Peugeot Citroen has confirmed that it is in talks over the possible acquisition of General Motors' European business unit that operates under the Opel and Vauxhall brand names. Why might GM want t...read more


PSA talking to GM for potential Opel purchase14 Feb 17

PSA Groupe is confirming it is in talks with General Motors for the potential purchase of Opel....read more


PSA urges caution as it mulls Opel purchase14 Feb 17

PSA Groupe is warning there is "no certainty" at this stage its potential acquisition of General Motors subsidiary, Opel, will go ahead....read more


Hyundai hires ex-GM researcher to lead AD centre14 Feb 17

Hyundai Motor Group has hired a leading former General Motors researcher to oversee an R&D centre dedicated to the development of fully autonomous vehicles....read more


VW/Mobileye join to create navigation data for autonomous driving14 Feb 17

Volkswagen and Mobileye are planning to implement a new navigation standard for autonomous driving starting in 2018....read more


PSA "very keen" for Iran regional export post-sanctions14 Feb 17

PSA Groupe says it is "very, very keen" to use its burgeoning relationships with Iranian automakers as a springboard for exports to the Middle East....read more


Vietnam vehicle market falls 10% in January14 Feb 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam declined by 10.5% to 19,613 units in January, from 21,905 units a year earlier, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA...read more


Japanese vehicle sales rise 4.9% in January14 Feb 17

The Japanese vehicle market is continuing to perk up, helped by a growing economy....read more


UK Customs echoes "frictionless" post-Brexit wish14 Feb 17

Britain's Customs authorities have reiterated UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's wish to ensure post-Brexit trading between the European Union (EU) and London is as "frictionless" as possible....read more


Toyota sells 10m hybrid vehicles globally since launch14 Feb 17

Toyota has announced that it has achieved more than 10m cumulative units of hybrid vehicle (HV) sales, including plug-in hybrids, as of 31 January The latest milestone was achieved just nine months af...read more


PSA eyes 60% Iran localisation as JVs ramp up14 Feb 17

PSA Groupe says it is aiming for a localisation rate of up to 60% in Iran with its SAIPA joint-venture as the pace of automotive development ramps higher following the ending of most international eco...read more


VW CEO writes to frazzled staff - report13 Feb 17

Volkswagen chief executive officer Matthias Mueller reportedly has sought to calm nerves at the automaker as disputes with labour leaders and allegations from former chairman Ferdinand Piech threatene...read more


Tesla starts Dubai sales13 Feb 17

Tesla has started selling its luxury electric cars in Dubai, its first venture into the Middle East, a media report said....read more


Dana buying US Manufacturing Corporation's Michigan operations13 Feb 17

Dana Incorporated said it had agreed to purchase axle housing and driveline shaft manufacturing operations from US Manufacturing Corporation (USM)....read more


EC OKs German EV charging network13 Feb 17

The European Commission has ruled Germany's scheme to roll out a network of user-friendly infrastructure for charging electric vehicles across the country is in line with EU state aid rules and addres...read more


VW turnaround talks broken off13 Feb 17

Talks between Volkswagen and unions over a turn-around plan have been broken off, media reports on Monday said....read more


Toyota boosts US truck and SUV capacity13 Feb 17

Spending on boosting US pickup truck and SUV production capacity should help narrow the gap with the US auto industry average for bigger vehicles increasingly popular with American consumers, a top To...read more


Will Geely take control of Proton?13 Feb 17

Shares in Proton Holding’s main shareholder, DRB-Hicom Bhd, rose to a three-month high last week as speculation mounted that China’s Geely Automobile Holdings is the front-runner to take control of Ma...read more


Hindustan Motors sells Ambassador to Peugeot for $12m13 Feb 17

Hindustan Motors' Ambassador brand, synonomous with a 1950s Morris Oxford recycled into top government official transport and taxis in India, has been sold to Peugeot for INR80 crore (US$12m)....read more


Mahindra plans Nasik/Igatpuri plant spends13 Feb 17

Mahindra & Mahindra plans to spend INR15bn (US$224m) at its Nasik vehicle and Igatpuri engine plants in Maharashtra....read more


AAM 2016 net profit rises after Q4 dip13 Feb 17

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings,(AAM) said net income in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $46.9m, or $0.59 per share versus $62.9m, or $0.81 per share, in Q4 2015....read more


Adient on lightweight, customised seating solutions for autonomous driving13 Feb 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to executives from Adient, the world's largest global automotive seating supplier. In this interview, they e...read more


Philippine sales rise 28% in January13 Feb 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines continued to grow strongly in January, by 27.8% to 30,425 units compared with 23,808 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by th...read more


China passenger vehicle sales drop 10% in January13 Feb 17

Sales of passenger vehicles in China fell by 9.8% year on year to 2.12m units in January, according to the China Passenger Car Association....read more


AvtoVAZ records 2016 net loss of RUB45bn but revenue up 4.8%13 Feb 17

AvtoVAZ Group has posted a 2016 net loss of RUB44.8bn (US$772m), including impairment and restructuring costs, but the automaker increased revenue by 4.8% to RUB184.9bn....read more


Russia January passenger and LCV sales dip 5%13 Feb 17

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) says January sales of new passenger cars and LCVs decreased by 5% last month, representing a slightly disappointing performance from December's fall o...read more


Ford invests in artificial intelligence firm13 Feb 17

Ford is investing $1 billion during the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company, to develop a virtual driver system for the automaker’s autonomous vehicle coming in 2021 – and f...read more


The week - some engines go walkies, good results and a Toyota tech fest10 Feb 17

The most-read story on just-auto this week is an embarrassing one for the automaker concerned - the theft of an unspecified number of engines from Tata Motors' Land Rover plant in Solihull, an event t...read more


Daimler's trucks and buses chief steps down10 Feb 17

Daimler has confirmed earlier media reports management board member and Trucks & Buses chief Wolfgang Bernhard is to step down having asked management and the supervisory board not to extend his curre...read more


2017 Chicago motor show - world debuts10 Feb 17

FCA US, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, Nissan North America and Subaru of America all had vehicle world premieres at the 2017 Chicago auto show....read more


Ghosn rules out closer Alliance ties with Nissan unless France sells stake10 Feb 17

Renault and alliance partner Nissan could achieve closer links but only if France sells it stake, chief executive Carlos Ghosn was quoted as saying on Friday....read more


China, India and Europe boost global car sales 5.6%10 Feb 17

JATO Dynamics' analysis of 52 markets found that 84.24m units were sold in 2016, which was driven by increased demand in China, India and Europe. China saw double-digit growth in sales, while demand i...read more


Survey shows Brazil auto executives ahead on technology curve10 Feb 17

International consultancy KPMG’s traditional Global Automotive Executive Survey (GAES), in its 2017 edition published late last month, revealed peculiarities related to the Brazilian market....read more


Forex gain, recall pain, expected for Takata Q310 Feb 17

Troubled airbag supplier Takata Corporation said it expects to book non-operating income (foreign exchange gain) and special losses (recall costs) in the third quarter of the current fiscal year endin...read more


Asbestos claim charge clobbers BorgWarner Q4 results10 Feb 17

BorgWarner fourth quarter results were hit by a $703.6m, or $440.6m after tax ($2.07 a share), charge related to indemnity and defence costs for pending and future asbestos-related claims but full-yea...read more


Faurecia posts strong 2016 results10 Feb 17

Faurecia has posted a strong set of 2016 financial results, including net income up 72% to EUR638m....read more


PSA's 'surprise' at regulator's referral to public prosecutor10 Feb 17

PSA Groupe has said it is surprised at the decision made by the French Competition, Consumer Affairs and Prevention of fraud department (DGCCRF) to send the conclusions of its investigation (into some...read more


McLaren brings carbon fibre production in-house in Sheffield10 Feb 17

McLaren Automotive has announced the first details of its new Composites Technology Centre close to the campus of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield, and ...read more


Renault posts 2016 profit boost on record sales10 Feb 17

After a year of record sales, Renault has posted 2016 net income of EUR3,543m (+19.7%). A strong set of annual financial results came in spite of currency headwinds and a lower contribution to the bot...read more


BMW core brand designer moves from VW group9 Feb 17

Slovak vehicle designer Jozef Kaban, whose credits include chief of exterior design at Audi and Skoda, and the VW Lupo, SEAT Arosa, Bugatti Veyron and Škoda Octavia, has moved to BMW to be responsible...read more


Dana confirms Q4 and FY financials, 2017 guidance9 Feb 17

Dana has confirmed full year 2016 sales of US$5.8bn, net income of $640m and EPS of $4.36. Adjusted EBITDA was $660m for a margin of 11.3% with all four business units improving year-over-year margin ...read more


Donfeng-Nissan spin off Venucia brand9 Feb 17

China’s Dongfeng Motor and Nissan Motor have spun off their jointly developed Venucia brand into a stand-alone company....read more


Nissan Q3 operating profit hit by high yen9 Feb 17

Nissan has reported a fall in operating profit in the third quarter of its fiscal year as it spent more on incentives in the US and was hit by a high yen....read more


RHA fears food impact unless Brexit customs resourced9 Feb 17

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is warning the UK's food supply could be "seriously damaged" unless robust customs controls are negotiated with the European Union (EU) as London prepares to i...read more


Toyota doubles Prius PHV range and goes tech-mad9 Feb 17

And so, round two of Prius plug-in, a much improved, longer range, more distinctive, fully redesigned model dripping with new technology and yet I'm left with a tinge of disappointment - still would n...read more


Latest Mazda MX-5 cheaper in real terms9 Feb 17

More than 25 years after its launch in the UK the latest top spec Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) costs considerably less to buy than the original which had wind-up windows, no ABS or traction co...read more


FCA latest to fall under French anti-fraud spotlight9 Feb 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) has become the latest manufacturer to fall under the forensic spotlight of France's anti-fraud office (DGCCRF) concerning emissions testing, but strongly insists its die...read more


Nissan loses South Korean Qashqai diesel emissions case9 Feb 17

A South Korean court has sided with the government and ruled Nissan Motor had used a 'defeat device' in a diesel version of the Qashqai crossover, which the automaker denies....read more


UAW hails US$12,000 bonus as GM posts record revenue8 Feb 17

America's UAW union says its members "deserve every penny" of the US$12,000 maximum bonus to be paid by General Motors as its staff share in record 2016 revenue of US$166bn unveiled this week....read more


Multiple Opel-Vauxhall SUVs to follow new Mokka X8 Feb 17

Volkswagen and General Motors Europe took different paths to the same place. Opel and Vauxhall were in the B-SUV segment years before almost all others with the Mokka. Meanwhile, VW still has no small...read more


Renault-Nissan unveils 2016 global sales of nearly 10m8 Feb 17

Renault-Nissan has posted increased 2016 sales of 9.96m vehicles with the Alliance now representing one in nine global cars sold and 425,000 EVs....read more


Westport/Volvo Car to expand Bi-Fuel version of V90 in Belgium and Luxembourg8 Feb 17

Westport says Volvo Car will expand the Bi-Fuel version of its new V90 station wagon in Belgium and Luxembourg now available for order at participating dealers, with deliveries slated for May this yea...read more


US DOE funding PPG to develop new silica for non-tread components8 Feb 17

PPG says the US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide funding to support a US$1.14m project to develop new silica-based performance fillers for non-tread components to improve fuel efficiency and pe...read more


IAC breaks ground for instrument panels facility in Poland8 Feb 17

International Automotive Components (IAC) has broken ground for a US$20m greenfield plant in Opole, Poland to manufacture instrument panels for premium passenger cars, operational mid-2017....read more


Evonik establishes new subsidiary Evonik Digital8 Feb 17

Evonik has established 20-staff strong Evonik Digital, to develop new business models and build up digital expertise....read more


CIE Automotive to acquire Newcor8 Feb 17

EXX has entered into a definitive agreement for Newcor to be acquired by CIE Automotive, a global manufacturer and supplier of components and sub-assemblies....read more


Adient becomes affiliate member of University of Michigan's MTC8 Feb 17

Adient, the world's largest global automotive seating supplier, on 7 February 2017 announced it has become an affiliate member of the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Centre (MTC). ...read more


FAW reports record sales in January8 Feb 17

In a sign the Chinese market is staying buoyant early in 2017, FAW Group reported healthy wholesale vehicle deliveries of 323,000 units in January, up 13.9% year-on-year. It also hit a record sales hi...read more


South Korea import sales rise 3% in January8 Feb 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea increased by 2.7% to 16,674 units in January, from 16,234 units a year earlier, according to data compiled by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors ...read more


Volvo Cars reports big jump in 2016 operating profit 8 Feb 17

Volvo Car Group - owned by Geely - has reported operating earnings for 2016 up 66.6% on the previous year to SEK11bn ($1.25bn) on the back of a record level of car sales. It also forecast that 2017 wi...read more


GM reports 2016 net income over $9bn7 Feb 17

Although the result was slightly down on the previous year, General Motors has reported another bumper bottom line with 2016 net income at $9.43bn (2.7% down on 2015)....read more


Jaguar sales surge 76% due to F-PACE and XF7 Feb 17

January was yet another excellent month in the UK for Jaguar, its sales rise of 20 per cent outpacing the market's 11 per per cent gain. Much of the additional volume is coming from the F-PACE, yet th...read more


Maserati hit by US fire risk recalls7 Feb 17

Maserati is recalling a number of models in the US that are subject to fire risk due to incorrect seat wiring harness layout and a fuel line problem....read more


Takata shares fall on KSS rumours7 Feb 17

Crisis-hit Takata's share price has come under renewed pressure following rumours that Key Safety Systems (KSS) had been selected to lead its turnaround, something that could make a more drastic restr...read more


Western Europe's car sales up 9.5% in January7 Feb 17

Car sales in Western Europe grew by a healthy 9.5% in January, boosted by an extra selling day in most markets....read more


BMW among investors in 3D printing startup7 Feb 17

Desktop Metal, an emerging startup with a 'mission to bring metal 3D printing to all design and manufacturing teams', has announced a total of $97 million in equity funding since its founding in Octob...read more


German draft law to allow autonomous testing7 Feb 17

Germany’s Federal Government has approved a draft law allowing autonomous vehicle testing on German roads....read more


COMMENT - Successful auto industry collaborations rely on clear IP ownership7 Feb 17

As new business models and new entrants to the personal mobility space gather momentum, automakers are increasingly collaborating with firms outside of the auto industry's established participants. Le...read more


Wagner expands its brake/rotor/hydraulic line up7 Feb 17

Federal-Mogul Motorparts braking division, Wagner, says it has "aggressively grown" its application coverage by 926 brake, rotor and hydraulic part numbers....read more


Valeo/Pyong Hwa establish transmission JV in South Korea7 Feb 17

Valeo has inked a 50:50 transmission joint venture with long-standing South Korean partner, Pyeong Hwa Group, to be known as Valeo-Kapec....read more


Scania to build commercial vehicle assembly facility in Thailand7 Feb 17

Scania says it has identified Thailand as one of the key markets in Asia and is expanding its industrial and commercial presence in the country....read more


Groupe Renault acquires Power Vehicle Innovation7 Feb 17

Groupe Renault has acquired Power Vehicle Innovation (PVI), with a view to accelerating the growth of its Light Commercial Vehicle business. ...read more


Evonik opens new coatings additives laboratory in Turkey7 Feb 17

Evonik has opened a new coating additives laboratory at its Tuzla, Istanbul site to support customers in Turkey and the Middle East....read more


Honda and Hitachi sign MoU for EV motors7 Feb 17

Honda and Hitachi Automotive Systems have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint venture company for the development, manufacture and sales of motors for ele...read more


Police probe major JLR engine theft at Solihull plant6 Feb 17

British police are investigating the "large scale theft" of engines from the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plant in Solihull and has offered a reward for their recovery....read more


Kia covers the B-segment bases with redesigned Rio6 Feb 17

Kia UK is covering all engine, fuel, transmission and trim bases with the launch of its fully redesigned Rio, the fourth generation of the B-segment 'supermini' to be sold here....read more


UK van sales inch up in January6 Feb 17

Sales of new vans - often a pointer to the state of a country's economy - got off to a positive start in January 2017, albeit with a small 1.2% year on year growth in registrations, according to data ...read more


German fleet operator to sue VW over emissions6 Feb 17

A German company running a fleet of Volkswagen vehicles is planning to sue the company for misrepresenting its vehicles as environment friendly....read more


Thyssenkrupp to build new EUR35m Hungary parts site6 Feb 17

Thyssenkrupp is to build a EUR35m (US$38m) automotive and components plant in the Hungarian city of Debrecen, producing more than 6m coil springs and stabilisers per year and creating around 250 new j...read more


Lear to buy Grupo Antolin seating for EUR286m6 Feb 17

Lear has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Grupo Antolin's automotive seating business for EUR286m (US$307m)....read more


UK car market hits another high in January6 Feb 17

The UK new car market achieved a 12-year high in January, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The latest gain comes in spite of analyst predi...read more


RideCell expands into Europe and Asia-Pacific6 Feb 17

Software platform provider, RideCell, is expanding into Europe and Asia-Pacific with the establishment of RideCell EMEA, while corporate headcount is anticipated to reach 100 staff....read more


Taiwan vehicle market dips 4% in January6 Feb 17

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 4.3% to 45,430 units in January, which the industry attributes to fewer working days in the month due to the Lunar New Year holidays....read more


Toyota raises profit outlook on weaker yen6 Feb 17

Toyota has raised its full-year profit outlook on the back of a weaker yen and projected higher sales....read more


Peugeot to restart Kenya vehicle assembly operations6 Feb 17

The PSA Group and local distributor URYSIA have signed a contract to assemble Peugeot brand vehicles in Kenya. It is planned that assembly will start from June of this year with the Peugeot 508, follo...read more


Toyota and Suzuki progress partnership6 Feb 17

Toyota and Suzuki say they have concluded a memorandum on beginning 'concrete examinations for business partnership'....read more


THE WEEK - PSA's DS brand under the microscope3 Feb 17

What must PSA Groupe do to turn the DS brand around? We asked. And answered this week with an in-depth exploration of future model strategy in the first in a series concerning the French automaker's p...read more


ANALYSIS - VW Golf Clubsport & the next GTI3 Feb 17

The special edition Clubsport was created to commemorate four decades of the Gran Turismo (Fuel) Injection. With an engine which can produce up to 290PS, this is the most powerful front-wheel drive Go...read more


German car market up strongly in January3 Feb 17

Germany's new car market was up 10.5% in January according to data from the German KBA transport authority....read more


JCI to increase US battery production capacity3 Feb 17

Johnson Controls is announcing investments to grow aftermarket battery manufacturing capability in the US. The company will accelerate US$450m in investment at its existing facilities across the count...read more


What PSA Group must do to turn DS around [updated]3 Feb 17

The future model strategy for DS is explored here in this, the first in a series concerning the passenger car brands of PSA Group. The other chapters will be a focus on Citroën, followed by Peugeot....read more


Australia sales inch up in January3 Feb 17

Motor vehicle sales across Australia got off to a solid start in January, with the month s sales nudging ahead of the same period last year and showing a rise in activity among private purchasers, the...read more


Honda raises forecasts after buoyant Q3 results3 Feb 17

Honda has raised its forecast for operating profit this fiscal year on the back of a weakening yen and strong Q3 financial results....read more


Daimler sets 47th consecutive monthly sales record3 Feb 17

Daimler, which has just announced financial results records for full year 2016,  said its Mercedes-Benz brand started 2017 with double-digit growth and a 47th consecutive record month for unit sales....read more


Renault mulls supply impact after Czech factory blaze3 Feb 17

Renault has restarted production at its Douai plant in northern France after a three-day hiatus caused by a massive fire at interior supplier, Recticel, which has thrown several OEMs' just-in-time pla...read more


South Korean domestic sales flat in January3 Feb 17

Domestic sales among South Korea's five main automakers were flat at 106,210 units in January, compared with 106,281 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released indivi...read more


UQM/Meritor to jointly develop Electric Axle systems3 Feb 17

UQM Technologies has inked an agreement with Meritor, with the latter company developing integrated axle components for E-axle technology. ...read more


Tenneco appoints new chief executive officer3 Feb 17

Tenneco has appointed Brian Kesseler as the company’s new CEO from May this year, succeeding Gregg Sherrill, who has been chairman and CEO since January, 2007, but who will continue with the supplier ...read more


Lectra appoints Jérôme Viala as executive vice president3 Feb 17

French supplier, Lectra, has appointed Jérôme Viala, CFO, as executive vice president for the Group....read more


China’s JAC plans SUV joint venture in GM Mexico factory3 Feb 17

Chinese automaker Jianghuai Automobile Co Ltd (JAC) and Mexico’s Giant Motors Latino America plan to jointly assemble SUVs at a plant near Mexico City, according to local sources....read more


Bosch agrees US$328m diesel settlement but no liability3 Feb 17

Bosch has followed hard on the heels of Volkswagen in reaching civil settlements of US$328m in the US in connection with VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles, although the German supplier is at pains to stre...read more


Freudenberg adds US cabin filter production line2 Feb 17

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT) has added a new cabin air filter production line at its US factory in Hopkinsville, Kentucky....read more


Delphi posts Q3 revenue up 10% to US$4.3bn2 Feb 17

Delphi has recorded third quarter revenue up 10% to US$4.3bn and net income of US$281m, while corresponding figures for the full year were US$16.7bn and US$1.2bn respectively....read more


Mazda revises fiscal year targets down2 Feb 17

Mazda has issued downbeat part-year financial results along with downward revisions full-year results as it reported slower sales at home and in key export markets. A stronger local currency also dent...read more


Daimler CEO sees NAFTA continuing2 Feb 17

Daimler expects NAFTA to continue, media reports said on Thursday (2 February)....read more


GKN Driveline unveils new US winter test facility2 Feb 17

GKN Driveline has opened a new cold-weather facility at the Smithers Winter Test Centre (SWTC) in Brimley, Michigan, giving the UK supplier, proving grounds for extreme conditions on three continents;...read more


Toyota Kirloskar Motor global sales surge 22% in January 20172 Feb 17

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) achieved 21% growth year on year in domestic sales and 22% overall in January 2017. Toyota's Indian operation sold 10,336 units locally and exported 916 Etios series model...read more


VW agrees settlement with private plaintiffs and US FTC2 Feb 17

Parent company Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Group of America said they had reached proposed agreements to resolve outstanding civil claims regarding around 78,000 affected vehicles with three-litre TD...read more


Wabco extends its supply contract with Kamaz2 Feb 17

Wabco has extended its long-term agreement with Kamaz to supply a range of technologies, including Wabco’s modular braking system platform (mBSP) for anti-lock braking (ABS) and electronic braking sys...read more


Denso nine month global revenue down 1.8%2 Feb 17

Denso has unveiled nine-month consolidated operating profit of US$2.1bn, up 1.8%, although consolidated revenue fell 1.8% to US28.4bn....read more


Daimler posts record 2016 sales and profit2 Feb 17

Daimler has posted its best-ever figures for annual unit sales, revenue and net profit for 2016. The company also expects to increase sales and earnings again this year, helped by some growth in deman...read more


Valmet purchases Semcon for US$90m2 Feb 17

Valmet Automotive has inked a deal with Semcon to acquire its automotive engineering operations in Germany with 800 employees and annual turnover of EUR90m (US$97m)....read more


January US sales better than expected2 Feb 17

January was a bit of payback for an incentive-fuelled December. Total light vehicle sales dropped 1.9% to 1.14m. The deficit was actually smaller than predicted and translated into a seasonally adjust...read more


JLR recalls vehicles in China for seat belt check1 Feb 17

Jaguar Land Rover will recall 6,438 vehicles in China for defective seat belts, media reports said....read more


Supplier spends GBP5m for new OEM engine pipes contract1 Feb 17

Birmingham based Lander Automotive said it had spent GBP5m on a new facility to service a major contract to supply formed and fabricated fuel and cooling pipes for a "major car manufacturer's" new die...read more


Honda India expands Takata airbag recall1 Feb 17

Honda Cars India said it would voluntarily replace Takata passenger front airbag inflators in 41,580 vehicles - previous generation Jazz, City, Civic and Accord - as part of parent Honda Motor's preca...read more


Daimler to build EQ EVs in existing plants1 Feb 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars will integrate future EQ (electric) models into series production at existing assembly plants on four continents, starting with Bremen followed by Sindelfingen in Germany....read more


ASEAN REPORT - Vehicle sales up 4.2% in 20161 Feb 17

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets are estimated to have risen by 4.7% to 947,241 units in the fourth quarter of 2016, from 904,504 units in the same period of the previous year...read more


Continental on AR-HUDs, gesture control, display and connectivity technologies1 Feb 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global component suppliers, we spoke to Alexander Klotz, head of advanced development, systems and technology interior division, Continental. He explai...read more


Volvo Group sales up 4% in Q4 20161 Feb 17

Truck maker Volvo Group has reported operating income of SEK5,660m (US$648m) on sales of SEK82.6 bn in Q4 2016....read more


Daimler and Uber to cooperate on self-driving vehicles1 Feb 17

Daimler and Uber said they would cooperate on the supply and operation of self-driving vehicles....read more


Apollo posts Q3 up 6% but falling rubber output problematic1 Feb 17

Apollo Tyres has recorded third quarter net profit up 6% at USD45m, although the supplier is cautioning rising rubber and raw material costs are posing a challenge...read more


Magneti Marelli expands lighting capacity in US1 Feb 17

Magneti Marelli will invest some USD35m to expand its automotive lighting production capacity in the US, by converting an existing company plant in Independence Township (Oakland County, Michigan) int...read more


McLaren working with OEMs on 'new combustion technology'1 Feb 17

McLaren Automotive has announced a strategic project to design and develop technology for the 'next generation of powertrains'....read more


Kia UK has alternatives to under-siege diesel31 Jan 17

It’s not been a good 12 months for diesel. There was the VW emissions scandal in the US, followed by accusations against other carmakers in Europe, and now cities are planning to penalise diesel drive...read more


Germany to supply PSA after Czech Rai Most blaze31 Jan 17

PSA Groupe says it is looking to Germany to make up the shortfall in parts following what appears to be a major blaze at its supplier, Recticel, in Czech Republic last week (23 January), which halted ...read more


ANALYSIS - New safety tech for 2017 Volvo S9031 Jan 17

The S90 has only been in production for 10 months but already there is an updated version, with additional safety equipment and new powertrains....read more


Mitsubishi Motors reports Q3 profits plunge31 Jan 17

Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) has reported large year-on-year falls to Q3 operating profit and net income as it faced market headwinds and lower sales related to its fuel economy scandal....read more


Recticel scrambles to douse fire impact on supply chain31 Jan 17

Belgian interior supplier, Recticel says it is working with major OEM customers to develop alternative manufacturing plans following a severe fire at its Most plant in Czech Republic, which caused no ...read more


FEV establishes 'smart vehicle' global centre31 Jan 17

In a move that it says centralises the global development of connected and automated vehicles, engineering service provider FEV is establishing a global 'centre of excellence' focusing on the interdis...read more


Nissan global sales increased 2.5% in 201631 Jan 17

Nissan has announced its production, sales and export figures for 2016 and global sales were up 2.5% to 5,559,902 units, the seventh consecutive year of increase and a calendar-year record. Nissan's g...read more


GM and Honda establish fuel cell manufacturing JV31 Jan 17

General Motors and Honda have announced the establishment of the auto industry's first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future pro...read more


Ford management criticises Trump's travel ban31 Jan 17

Ford chairman Bill Ford and CEO Mark Fields have criticised US President Donald Trump's travel ban applying to a group of Middle Eastern countries. Donald Trump's executive order issued on Friday bans...read more


RHA requests beefed up Customs resource post-Brexit31 Jan 17

Britain's government will need to dramatically ramp up Customs funding to ensure trade through UK ports is as seamless as possible post-Brexit, says the country's Road Haulage Association (RHA)....read more


Toyota Australia announces Altona closure date31 Jan 17

Toyota Australia has announced that Tuesday 3 October 2017 will be its final day of vehicle production at its Altona manufacturing plant....read more


Magna opens new seating headquarters in Novi, Michigan31 Jan 17

Magna has moved its seating business to new headquarters in Novi, Michigan, with space for around 450 employees....read more


CDTi appoints new chief operating officer31 Jan 17

Clean Diesel Technologies has appointed Peter Chase as chief operating officer, reporting to CEO, Matthew Beale....read more


Recticel silent on Czech blaze sparking "force majeure"30 Jan 17

Mystery continues to surround a major fire which broke out on 22 January at Recticel's automotive interiors plant in Most, Czech Republic, with the supplier declaring a "force majeure" to its customer...read more


FTA takes Brexit customs plea to UK Parliament30 Jan 17

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has drawn up five priorities for customs and border arrangements, as the UK prepares to formally notify the European Union (EU) it will withdraw from the ...read more


Incentives in US near record levels - JD Power30 Jan 17

An analyst at JD Power has cautioned that the US auto industry needs to keep an eye on incentives that are now running close to record levels....read more


VW beats Toyota as global volume leader in 201630 Jan 17

Volkswagen Group has edged Toyota to claim top spot in global vehicle sales in 2016...read more


NADA calls for relaxation of US fuel efficiency targets30 Jan 17

American car dealers have called for an easing of US federal regulations on fuel efficiency at their annual  national convention being held in New Orleans....read more


Nokian Tyres expands Nordman portfolio with new studded tyres30 Jan 17

Nokian Tyres is renewing its Nordman product family with Nordman 7 and Nokian Nordman 7 SUV studded tyres....read more


CATL takes 22% Valmet stake30 Jan 17

Valmet Automotive and Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL), have unveiled a partnership, which will see the battery solutions company take a 22% stake in the Finnish supplier....read more


Harman EVP on the meaning of lifestyle audio30 Jan 17

One key topic of focus at this year’s consumer electronics show (CES) was the future of the automotive user experience. With the approach of autonomous vehicles, consumers are demanding more advanced ...read more


Paris starts commercial EV sharing service30 Jan 17

Paris has started its electric commercial vehicle car sharing service for professionals, 'VULe Partagés,' with PSA Groupe equipping 80% of the fleet put into service....read more


The week - the Trump effect27 Jan 17

This time last week, from a time zone five hours ahead of Washington, DC, I was writing last week's column, one eye on the tv,  while awaiting the inauguration of US President Donald J Trump. As, no d...read more


Maruti Suzuki raises car prices27 Jan 17

Maruti Suzuki India has announced a price increase ranging from INR1,500 (US$22) to INR 8,014 ($118) for various models from the Alto 800 hatchback to the (premium in India) S-Cross....read more


Speculation swirls around US 20% Mexico tariff and tax reform27 Jan 17

Media reports have suggested that the US could impose a 20% tariff on imports from Mexico to pay for the new President's commitment to build a wall to enhance security on the US-Mexico border. However...read more


Ford Brazil honours debt and indemnifies state government27 Jan 17

A lengthy attempt by Ford Brazil to build a new plant has been resolved, in part at least....read more


ANALYSIS: How global will FCA go with Fiat Tipo?27 Jan 17

One year on from the start of production in Turkey, Fiat’s low-cost replacement for the Bravo is selling well, especially in Italy and even in Mexico where it has Dodge Neon badges. Will this become a...read more


Trump and Putin to trigger Russia deep freeze thaw?27 Jan 17

A whirling dervish of supposed Kremlin spies, honeytraps, MI6 agents and double bluffs defined a week eerily reminiscent of Cold War days, before President Donald Trump's inauguration last Friday (20 ...read more


Product mix and cost reduction driving Ford Europe results - CEO Fields27 Jan 17

Aggressive actions to reduce cost alongside a more profitable sales mix of products is driving a much-improved performance in Ford's European business according to CEO Mark Fields....read more


Suzuki’s new India plant ready to build cars27 Jan 17

Construction and fitting out of Suzuki Motor's new vehicle manufacturing plant in India has been completed and production should start on 1 February, the automaker said. The plant is owned and operate...read more


Record engine production for UK market27 Jan 17

UK engine output rose 7.5% year on year in 2016 to 2,545,608 units, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced....read more


KSS appoints new Global Manufacturing vice president27 Jan 17

Key Safety Systems (KSS) has appointed Steve McKenzie to the position of vice president, Global Manufacturing....read more


VW's head of compliance exits after 'differences'27 Jan 17

Volkswagen Group's head of compliance, Dr Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, is leaving her post after disagreements with senior managers at the crisis-hit company....read more


EC issues guidance to avoid emissions "cheating"27 Jan 17

Guidance from the European Commission has been published to aid Member States evaluate if car manufacturers use defeat devices or other strategies which lead to higher vehicle emissions outside the te...read more


FCA books bumper EUR1.8bn net profit in 201626 Jan 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has posted net profit of EUR1.8 billion for 2016 (USD1.9bn) compared with just EUR93m in the previous year when it was impacted by restructuring and recall costs....read more


Gestamp launches its first hot stamping plant in India26 Jan 17

Gestamp, the Spanish multinational company designing, developing and making metal components for the automotive industry, has launched a new plant specialised in hot stamping in Pune (India)....read more


US analysts see January sales down 0.7% - 3.0%26 Jan 17

Edmunds.com has forecast 1,153,459 new cars and trucks will be sold in the US in January, for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17.7m. This would be down 0.7% year on year and 31....read more


British commercial vehicle production flat in 2016 but exports up26 Jan 17

British commercial vehicle manufacturing remained broadly steady in 2016, with a 0.6% decline, according to data compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which announced 93,92...read more


Audi strike bellwether for Hungary labour pressure26 Jan 17

Hungary's Association of Automotive Component Manufacturers (MAJOSZ) says today's (26 January) walkout by Audi workers in the country is symptomatic of severe wage pressure being exerted from dire lab...read more


Lear enjoys a good year26 Jan 17

Seat and electrical systems supplier Lear Corporation said fourth quarter (Q4) sales were down 2% year on year to $4.6bn, down 2% from a year ago. Net income of $230m and adjusted net income of $270m ...read more


Ford 2016 net profit falls $2.8bn26 Jan 17

Ford has booked a substantial US$2.8bn plunge in full year 2016 net profit down to $4.6bn on sales down to $151.8bn from $2.2bn. Automotive segment operating margin was off 0.1% to 6.7%....read more


Nissan Sunderland plant produces 507,430 vehicles in 201626 Jan 17

Beaten, for the second consecutive year, by Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover's UK output of 544,401 vehicles, Nissan, marking its 30th anniversary of UK manufacturing in 2016, with 507,430, is claiming ...read more


UK car manufacturing hits 17-year high26 Jan 17

UK car production rose to a 17-year high in 2016, according to the latest figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover again the UK's top vehicle producer26 Jan 17

The data is in and Tata Motors' luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover is again the largest automotive manufacturer in Britain, accounting for over 30% of all domestic car production last year....read more


Tata Motors launches Starbus electric and hybrid in India26 Jan 17

Tata Motors has unveiled its Starbus Electric 9m, Electric 12m and  Starbus Hybrid 12m buses, as well as showcasing India's first fuel cell bus (12m), LNG-powered (12m) and 18m articulated vehicles....read more


Lanxess on new opportunities for lightweighting using composites26 Jan 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global players in the automotive industry, we spoke to Lukas Schröer, project manager of lightweight technologies at Lanxess High Performance Materials...read more


IAC appoints new Cockpit and Overhead Systems business COO26 Jan 17

International Automotive Components (IAC) has appointed Terrence Gohl as chief operating officer of the organisation's Cockpit and Overhead Systems business....read more


Mercedes launches locally assembled E-class in Indonesia25 Jan 17

Mercedes-Benz launched the locally-assembled new generation E-class model in Indonesia this week, following the debut of CBU versions of the model last August....read more


Mercedes starts making E-Class Coupe in Bremen25 Jan 17

Around the same time as CKD kit assembly of the latest Mercedes E-Class saloon kicked off in Indonesia, series production of the Coupé variant has started at the main plant for the model in Bremen....read more


Can VW trump Toyota Hilux with new Amarok V6?25 Jan 17

Is there a market for a £40,000 pick-up? There is. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ UK outpost is in fact so confident of the revised Amarok’s success that it has dropped the previous four-cylinder var...read more


BMW shows off car development process in new locations25 Jan 17

In an elaborately-staged display "using aesthetic lighting installations and innovative storytelling", BMW claims to have "brought to life the development process and engineering expertise behind the ...read more


Will autonomous vehicles cause more congestion?25 Jan 17

Autonomous vehicles could actually make traffic congestion worse, seeing an increase of private vehicles unless they are put to use in shared fleets and integrated with traditional public transport....read more


NEVS receives electric vehicle production licence in China25 Jan 17

The Chinese government has approved NEVS’ application to start production of electric vehicles in its manufacturing plant in Tianjin....read more


Le Pen bangs protectionist Trump drum25 Jan 17

French Presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen is throwing her weight behind Donald Trump's drive to tax vehicle manufacturers into relocating production back to the US from low-cost economies as she ad...read more


Hyundai Motor posts 2016 sales and profit declines25 Jan 17

Hyundai Motor has posted results for 2016 that show a 2.1% annual decline in vehicle sales and net profit off 12.1% on the previous year....read more


Supplier in dispute with EV maker over 'major order'25 Jan 17

Supplier SHW Automotive said an order it received last September "from a manufacturer of fully electric vehicles" for electric axle drive pumps, with a lifetime sales volume worth about EUR100m had be...read more


VDL Nedcar to share production of BMW X125 Jan 17

Contract assember VDL Nedcar in Born, the Netherlands, will begin production of the BMW X1 small SUV, supplementing Regensburg output, from next August....read more


Ford backs Trump on TPP withdrawal25 Jan 17

Ford CEO Mark Fields has strongly supported US President Donald Trump's swift action this week to sign an executive order to take the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal....read more


EDI sets up California EV and PHEV centre25 Jan 17

Efficient Drivetrains is to establish a hybrid and electric vehicle centre focused on the development of EV and PHEV commercial vehicles for its customers in North America....read more


ZF, Nvidia use AI to develop a self-driving solution25 Jan 17

ZF used the most recent CES to reveal a product called ProAI, designed to bring self-driving capabilities to cars and trucks. The safety supplier says its solution, based on Nvidia’s processing techno...read more


PSA and CK Birla ink EUR100m India joint venture25 Jan 17

PSA Groupe and CK Birla have agreed a joint-venture to produce and sell vehicles and components in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu by 2020....read more


Toyota adds 400 jobs to boost Princeton SUV capacity24 Jan 17

Toyota said on Tuesday it would add 400 jobs at its Princeton, Indiana, vehicle assembly plant as part of a US$600m spend to meet "strong and growing demand" for the Highlander midsize SUV and moderni...read more


Trump tells Big 3 CEOs he wants more US plants, production and jobs24 Jan 17

As expected, president Donald Trump encouraged chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler at a Tuesday (24 January) breakfast meeting to increase production in the US and boost employm...read more


Apple marketing/communication director joins Ford24 Jan 17

Former Apple retail global marketing and communication director Musa Tariq is joining Ford as chief brand officer....read more


Ford launches non-Ford replacement parts brand24 Jan 17

After offering Motorcraft 'genuine Ford' replacement parts worldwide for decades, the automaker's customer service division is now launching Omnicraft, a a new brand of replacement parts for all makes...read more


Will new Mitsubishi SUV be called the Eclipse/Outlander Sport+?24 Jan 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will launch its new compact SUV at the Geneva show in March....read more


Toyota 'thankful' for US VP Pence24 Jan 17

Toyota Motor's president Akio Toyoda is 'thankful and encouraged" that the new US president Donald Trump has Mike Pence as his vice president, according to the Nikkei Asian Review....read more


Thai market drops 14% in December, 4% in 201624 Jan 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to decline in December, by 14.4% to 86,858 units from 101,464 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI)....read more


Kia dealers in China seek compensation for losses24 Jan 17

Kia Motors’ Chinese dealers are demanding compensation for what they claim to be unfair business practices by the South Korean automaker’s local distributor....read more


Icahn completes acquisition of Federal-Mogul24 Jan 17

Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation and Icahn Enterprises have announced that Icahn Enterprises has closed its acquisition of Federal-Mogul in an all-cash transaction for $10.00 per share....read more


Toyota confirms Brazil engine production expansion24 Jan 17

Starting in the second half of 2019, Toyota Brazil will add Corolla engine production at its Porto Feliz plant, in São Paulo state....read more


Faurecia Emissions Control renamed Faurecia Clean Mobility24 Jan 17

Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies has reorganised the division to become Faurecia Clean Mobility, focusing on three areas:...read more


Evonik develops new PulPress method for moulded parts24 Jan 17

Evonik has developed a PulPress method, allowing manufacturers to mass-produce complex moulded parts at what it says is "a reasonable price," taking technology from the high-end market to large-scale ...read more


Trump takes US out of TPP, reiterates 'border tax' threat24 Jan 17

As widely anticipated, US president Donald Trump has moved swiftly since taking office to sign an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) international trade deal, ...read more


Renault future model plans - Part 2 of 224 Jan 17

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a four-part series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand made up the second feature and the third was a look at current and ...read more


BMW buyer plans more parts purchasing with Daimler - report23 Jan 17

BMW will buy more autoparts with Daimler, new purchasing head Markus Duesmann told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung....read more


GM India halts new product spend for review23 Jan 17

General Motors has halted spending on new models for India while it reviews its future product line, a media report said....read more


BMW pushes tariff-free access post-Brexit23 Jan 17

BMW says it is in talks with German and British government bodies, as well as the VDA, with the Munich-based automaker urging London to maintain tariff-free access to the European Union (EU) post Brex...read more


Thyssenkrupp ups investment in China23 Jan 17

Thyssenkrupp is further expanding its automotive components business in China. The industrial group plans to build a new plant for springs and stabilisers in the Chinese city of Pinghu...read more


Nissan to review UK investment once Brexit terms clear23 Jan 17

Nissan's CEO has said the automaker would review its position on UK investment once the UK government makes clear its Brexit terms....read more


Bosch and Mahle will sell turbocharger joint venture23 Jan 17

The Bosch Group and Mahle groups  said on Monday they would sell their joint venture, Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems (BMTS) founded in 2008....read more


Briefing – AI, machine learning and cars23 Jan 17

Not so long ago, the consumer electronics show (CES) was the place to exhibit the latest in computers, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets. It still is although the accent is changing. Every y...read more


Will CR-V top Honda's Civic in the US this year?23 Jan 17

The new generation CR-V appears likely to to become Honda's top seller in the United States but a top executive isn't ruling out the also recently redesigned Civic....read more


VDA warns against "protectionism" as President Trump starts work23 Jan 17

German automotive body, VDA, says the US would be "shooting itself in the foot," if newly-installed US President, Donald Trump makes good on his comments he could impose a 35% border tax on imported v...read more


US-China trade war 'unlikely' - Credit Suisse research note23 Jan 17

Although risks of trade friction have increased with Donald Trump's election as President in the US, a research note from investment bank Credit Suisse sees an all-out trade war between the US and Chi...read more


Thyssenkrupp breaks ground for new Liechtenstein test centre23 Jan 17

Thyssenkrupp has broken ground for construction of a EUR15m (US$16m) new steering technology test and development centre in Liechtenstein at its steering business headquarters in Eschen, with completi...read more


New CTO for Delphi as Jeff Owens retires after 40 years23 Jan 17

Delphi has named Glen De Vos as chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president, effective 1 March, succeeding current incumbent, Jeff Owens, who will retire after more than 40 years with Del...read more


THE WEEK: Change ahead on both sides of the pond20 Jan 17

As the United States, or those that voted for him, prepared to say Hail to the New Chief at the inauguration today, an equally divisive issue got another airing this side of the Atlantic this week - B...read more


Trade worries emerge in just-auto annual confidence survey20 Jan 17

Although the global auto industry is taking a positive view of prospects for 2017, trade worries have emerged as a significant new concern in this year's annual just-auto annual confidence survey....read more


NHTSA clears Tesla autopilot after fatal crash20 Jan 17

US investigators have cleared a 2015 Tesla Model S which collided with a tractor trailer crossing an uncontrolled intersection in Florida, resulting in the death of the driver. The decision resulted o...read more


Toyota builds 2m in North America again20 Jan 17

Toyota announced on the eve of the US presidential inauguration it had booked another record year of North American vehicle production with 2,124,608 vehicles leaving its North American vehicle assemb...read more


Renault future model plans - Part 1 of 220 Jan 17

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a four-part series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand made up the second feature, and now Renault's current and next gene...read more


Malaysia sales drop 13% in 201620 Jan 17

Malaysia’s new vehicle market continued to fall in December, by 6.5% to 64,831 units from 69,368 units a year earlier, based on data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....read more


AEB hails Russia progress as market finally bottoms out20 Jan 17

Figures from the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AMC) in Moscow, show 2016 new car and LCV sales dropped 11 % or 176,319 units to 1.42m vehicles compared with the same period the previous year...read more


FTA backs British PM's tariff-free Brexit wish20 Jan 17

Britain's Freight Tariff Association (FTA) says it supports UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's Brexit vision of "tariff-free and frictionless trade."...read more


2018 Dodge Demon leaked after Vin Diesel Fast 8 event20 Jan 17

FCA US' marketing campaign for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has suddenly become old news after the car was filmed and photographed at an event to promote The Fate of the Furious. While only ...read more


Takata shares suspended ahead of rescue plans20 Jan 17

Takata shares were suspended on the Tokyo stock exchange this week at Wednesday’s closing price of JPY867 following reports that two companies are set propose separate rescue plans through the Japanes...read more


VDA urges UK trading status quo as Article 50 looms20 Jan 17

Germany's powerful automotive industry association, VDA, is urging trading conditions with the UK and the European Union (EU) remain as they are as Britain starts to flesh out its wish list for leavin...read more


SUVs take one in four 2016 Europe sales20 Jan 17

The European car industry boomed in 2016 - with new car registrations for the year totalling 15.14m units, a 6.5% increase compared to 2015 and SUVs achieving a solid performance....read more


New Zealand pumps NZ$3.5m into EVs20 Jan 17

New Zealand has earmarked NZ$3.5m (US$2.5m) to fund 15 projects for its Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, says the country's Energy and Resources Ministry, highlighting the country's major renew...read more


Panasonic to go beyond batteries with Tesla19 Jan 17

Panasonic reportedly wants to extend its partnership with Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese supplier focuses more on the automotive business....read more


Jaguar Land Rover adding VR to global showrooms19 Jan 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is adding virtual reality to dealerships so "customers won’t need to wait for newly launched vehicles to arrive in their local showroom"....read more


Former VW CEO cagey on emissions cheat timing19 Jan 17

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has declined to tell German lawmakers when he first learned of diesel emissions test cheating but said it was no earlier than VW has officially admitted....read more


Flexible car sharing works for Daimler19 Jan 17

Daimler said it car2go mobility unit kept growing in financial year 2016, boosting its customer base 43% to 2.2m with a car rented every 1.4 seconds somewhere in the world....read more


Toyota reacts calmly to May’s Brexit plan19 Jan 17

Toyota has said it will continue to make cars in the UK despite the UK prime minister Theresa May's plan for Britain to leave the European Union’s single market, a move which could potentially increas...read more


GM resolves US SEC ignition switch investigation19 Jan 17

General Motors said it had resolved a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation arising from the company’s 2014 ignition switch recalls by consenting to an administrative SEC Cease and...read more


China market expected to slow in 201719 Jan 17

After a 28m unit market and 14% growth in 2016, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) has said it expects the vehicle market to slow to 5% growth in 2017....read more


Fake job ads cause chaos at Indian Suzuki plant19 Jan 17

Chaos erupted at Suzuki's new Indian manufacturing plant on Wednesday (18 January) after fake job ads were posted on social media....read more


German supplier body warns Brexit "poison" could trigger domino effect19 Jan 17

Germany's  Association of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), is warning of a 'poisonous' effect of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), with the risk of contagion potentially...read more


Suzuki launches new generation Swift19 Jan 17

Suzuki Motor launched a fully-remodeled Swift sub-compact car in Japan earlier this month, featuring a new platform which allows for weight savings of up to 120kg on the previous model....read more


Kia launches new generation Morning/Picanto sub-compact19 Jan 17

Kia Motors launched a fully-revised Morning sub-compact car this week with enhanced safety features including a stronger body structure and additional safety systems....read more


Evonik invests and holds minority share in Nanotech Industrial Solutions19 Jan 17

Evonik has invested in its venture capital arm in Nanotech Industrial Solutions (NIS) headquartered in Avenel (New Jersey) and now holds a minority share in the company. ...read more


First glimpse of GM Europe's new small SUV18 Jan 17

General Motors Europe's Opel and Vauxhall brands took a while, some rebadged Korean interlopers excepted, to get into SUVs so this year, comparatively speaking, they're going nuts. On top of the fresh...read more


Mini goes after Qashqai with new F60 Countryman18 Jan 17

A second Mini model in the C segment goes on sale in Britain and other European nations from February. The new, bigger Countryman leaves the B-C size class, there is no successor for the Paceman and a...read more


Former Tata chairman opposed to successor18 Jan 17

Unsurprisingly, former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry opposes the appointment of Natarajan Chandrasekaran as his successor and may even be preparing to open another legal front challenging the decisi...read more


Honda Canada expands Takata airbag recall18 Jan 17

Excluding any vehicles subject to the earlier Takata airbag inflator recalls, approximately 298,613 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in Canada will become subject to recall as a result of this acti...read more


GM China to launch 18 new and refreshed models in 201718 Jan 17

General Motors will launch 18 new and refreshed models this year in China to achieve continued growth in the company’s largest retail market....read more


Renault Samsung aims for 270,000 units in 201718 Jan 17

Park Dong-hoon, the CEO of Renault Samsung Motors, has said the company's goal for 2017 is to sell 270,000 units (around 5% up on 2016) on its continued sales momentum of the SM6 sedan, QM6 SUV and tw...read more


Nissan starts vehicle assembly in Myanmar18 Jan 17

Nissan and its local partner Tan Chong Motor (Myanmar) Co., Ltd. (TCMM) have begun assembling cars in Myanmar (also widely known by its former name, Burma), starting with the 'New Sunny' model....read more


Former GM CFO heads for White House18 Jan 17

A former GM CFO has been appointed assistant to the president and director of strategic initiatives in the incoming Trump administration. Chris Liddell earlier joined GM early in 2010 and quit 15 mont...read more


Carmakers join 'hydrogen council' at Davos18 Jan 17

Carmakers Daimler, Hyundai, BMW, Honda and Toyota are among corporate giants - comprising energy, engineering and automotive firms - backing a new global initiative to promote hydrogen technologies....read more


Audi delays JV talks with SAIC Motor until 201818 Jan 17

Volkswagen announced this week it will further delay collaboration talks between Audi and China’s SAIC Motor in a move designed to appease existing dealers and its current Chinese partner FAW Group....read more


First Chinese SUV launched in South Korea18 Jan 17

The first Chinese passenger vehicle was launched in South Korea this week, the Kenbo 600 SUV imported and distributed by China-Korea Motor Company....read more


TomTom acquires Berlin-based Autonomos18 Jan 17

TomTom (TOM2) has acquired Autonomos, a Berlin-based autonomous driving start-up....read more


Velodyne Lidar opens San Jose Megafactory and Alameda R&D facility18 Jan 17

Velodyne Lidar has opened what it terms a "Megafactory," which will significantly ramp up production of 3D Lidar sensors to meet high global demand....read more


New Tata Motors chairman named17 Jan 17

Tata Motors has appointed Tata group chief designate N Chandrasekaran as its chairman with immediate effect, an Indian media report said....read more


GM announces $1bn spend on US manufacturing17 Jan 17

General Motors has announced an additional US$1bn spend on its US manufacturing operations, as heralded by earlier media reports....read more


UK to quit Single Market but leaves auto door ajar17 Jan 17

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has confirmed the UK will not remain a member of the EU trade bloc's Single Market but will seek access to it through a Free Trade Agreement, which she says could s...read more


Audi-FAW JV to include EVs17 Jan 17

Audi plans to "significantly" the range of models produced locally at FAW VW and enter new segments, including electrified vehicles....read more


China Cadillac chief sees 2017 growth but slower17 Jan 17

Cadillac expects slower growth in China this year after a 2016 spike spurred by the opening of a dedicated factory....read more


Germany v Italy over FCA diesel emissions, round two17 Jan 17

A row has again broken out between Germany and Italy over vehicle emissions....read more


Weaker sterling pushes near-sourcing - GEFCO17 Jan 17

Logistics provider, GEFCO, says one of the impacts from the UK's decision to quit the European Union (EU) has been an increase in manufacturers evaluating near-sourcing as a way to mitigate the weaken...read more


Hyundai-Kia to boost US investment17 Jan 17

Amid criticism from president-elect Donald Trump of some vehicle manufacturers' North American manufacturing investment strategies, Hyundai-Kia is stressing that it plans high levels of investment in ...read more


Honda to re-launch Civic in Japan17 Jan 17

Honda Motor plans to re-launch the Civic passenger car in Japan later this year after an absence of seven years, according to local reports....read more


China to build world’s largest autonomous vehicle lab17 Jan 17

China plans to build the world’s largest autonomous driving test zone from this year in the south-eastern city of Zhangzhou in Fujian province....read more


Toyota joins research program to establish hydrogen-based society in UAE17 Jan 17

Toyota has agreed to collaborate with Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Air Liquide, and Toyota distributor Al-Futtaim Motors in a joint research program to explore the potential of hydr...read more


Hyundai tops Chile car market for first time17 Jan 17

Hyundai Motor has announced that it has topped last year’s sales chart in Chile for the first time ever. ...read more


GM reportedly bringing forward $1bn US spend announcement17 Jan 17

US media overnight reported General Motors will today announce around US$1bn in factory investment and job retention plans but the plans have long been in the works, would have been announced regardle...read more


Iran stars as Renault powers to record 2016 sales17 Jan 17

Groupe Renault has unveiled record sales for 2016, up 13.3% to 3.18m vehicles with Iran the stand-out market booming 110% to double its market share in a single year....read more


Daimler buys electronic payments company16 Jan 17

Daimler Financial Services is acquiring the electronic payment services provider PayCash Europe. By gaining a foothold in the ePayment business, the automaker will be launching its own electronic paym...read more


Shell announces Rolls-Royce oil supply deal16 Jan 17

Shell has announced an aftermarket/service oil supply deal with BMW's Rolls-Royce. Supply of 'genuine engine oil' actually began in October 2016 to dealers worldwide....read more


Mitsubishi Motors Europe sales dip 7% in 201616 Jan 17

Mitsubishi Motors sales in the 34 countries it calls Europe fell 7% year on year to 162,495 in 2016, a reasonable decrease "as planned", according to the automaker....read more


Study shows gas CVs have UK potential16 Jan 17

A study for the UK's department of transport (DfT) by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership shows that dedicated gas commercial vehicles could deliver significant greenhouse gas (GHG) savings when a non-...read more


Increased exports and innovation activity will drive UK car industry - report16 Jan 17

Increased exports and innovation activity will drive the UK car industry to new heights, according to a new report....read more


Renault inks labour deal but provokes CGT fury16 Jan 17

Renault France and three of its major unions have inked the Cap 2020 agreement outlining the future direction for the automaker, although the more militant CGT labour body has condemned the deal as "b...read more


Takata agrees settlement with US Department of Justice, three execs charged16 Jan 17

Troubled airbag supplier Takata Corporation said it had reached a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding previously disclosed issues related to the integrity of inflato...read more


Trump threatens German OEMs with 35% US import tariffs16 Jan 17

US president-elect Donald Trump has warned German OEMs that he will impose a 35% border tax on vehicles imported to the US....read more


Eden Games gears up for mobile devices16 Jan 17

The global gaming market is accelerating at a rapid rate. The sheer scale and reach has meant the traditionally conservative automotive industry is now embracing the opportunities for both revenues an...read more


Prosecutor likely to continue emissions probe - Renault16 Jan 17

Renault is reiterating its vehicles comply with domestic and European emissions regulations, following its opinion the French Prosecutor was likely to continue with its investigation into the issue....read more


Magna plans paint shop in Slovenia to support Graz assembly plant13 Jan 17

Magna International will build a new paint facility in Slovenia to help support new programmes going into its Graz, Austria contract vehicle assembly facility....read more


New Zealand vehicle sales break records again13 Jan 17

New Zealand new vehicle sales set a record for the third consecutive year....read more


Brussels motor show - Jaguar F-TYPE & Skoda Octavia debuts13 Jan 17

The 2017 Brussels motor show has taken place, with the facelifted Jaguar F-TYPE the main debutante....read more


ANALYSIS - The four-cylinder Porsche Cayman S13 Jan 17

Emissions. Reading that word surely makes executives at Volkswagen Group divisions shudder. But sometimes its use is benign: the new 2.5-litre flat-four turbo in the Porsche 718 Cayman S is low on CO2...read more


Renault adds Master to electric LCV line13 Jan 17

Renault is expanding its all-electric light commercial vehicle range with global debuts for a longer range Kangoo Van ZE (zero emissions) and a new Master ZE shown at the Brussels motor show....read more


Nissan driverless car tests set for London roads13 Jan 17

Nissan has announced it will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to London next month....read more


Shows, snow - the week13 Jan 17

The start of the year usually has a pleasant familiarity to it - CES and Detroit shows and, in my case just this morning, often the first taste of winter snow. Also, in my case, hopefully the last spr...read more


Brazil's 2016 worse than expected, hopes for some growth in 201713 Jan 17

The difficult 2016 was the Brazil vehicle market's fourth downturn year in a row. With hindsight, it is easy to conclude there was excess optimism, exaggerated interventionism and poor assessment of t...read more


Chandrasekaran appointed Chairman of Tata Sons13 Jan 17

Tata Sons has appointed Mr. N. Chandrasekaran as chairman. He takes charge from February 21, 2017 and succeeds Cyrus Mistry who was removed from his position in October....read more


Adient's Recaro group to supply CV seats to MAN Truck & Bus13 Jan 17

Adient's Recaro Automotive Seating product group has secured a contract with MAN Truck & Bus AG to increase annual production at the company's facility in Skarbimierz, Poland. ...read more


Cars emit more NOx than trucks and buses - report13 Jan 17

In the wake of recent diesel emissions controversies, a new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows that the average amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) present in exhaust...read more


Hyundai recalls Tucson in China, South Korea13 Jan 17

Hyundai Motor is to recall 184,000 Tucson SUVs in South Korea and China from next month due to problems with the suspension system....read more


GEFCO pushes logistics envelope as OEM demand evolves13 Jan 17

Logistics provider, GEFCO, says one of its key challenges in the frenetically advancing world of new vehicle technologies is how to maintain its position at the head of the queue when it comes to OEMs...read more


China vehicle market exceeded 28m units in 201613 Jan 17

New vehicle sales in China expanded by 13.7% to 28.03m units last year, up from 24.6m in 2015, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


EXCLUSIVE - Kia B-SUV to be called Stonic13 Jan 17

According to a trademark filing, 'Stonic' will be the name of a new Kia model. It is believed that this will be applied to the YB-SUV due out later in 2017....read more


EPA hits FCA with violation notice over diesel NOx emissions12 Jan 17

Increased government scrutiny following the Volkswagen 'dieselgate' has led to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issuing a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and FCA US for al...read more


Gestamp will open a new specialist aluminum plant in Slovakia12 Jan 17

Gestamp, the Spanish multinational that designs, develops and manufactures metal parts and assemblies for the automotive industry, will open a new plant specialising in aluminium in Nitra (Slovakia)....read more


FCA announces management changes12 Jan 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced management changes with immediate effect....read more


GM ignition switch crisis changed culture exec says12 Jan 17

The crisis that erupted over faulty ignition switches in 2014 changed General Motors' culture more than its bankruptcy five years earlier did, GM product development chief Mark Reuss said....read more


Toyota plans 210-horse Yaris for Europe12 Jan 17

Rather than the redesign we were expecting (it's been around since 2011), Toyota will reveal a new high-performance Yaris model as part of a facelift for the full European range at the Geneva motor sh...read more


Investors want VW reforms and more transparency after indictments and settlement12 Jan 17

Volkswagen investors have demanded greater transparency and reforms at the carmaker after it admitted to criminal offences in rigging U.S. emissions tests and U.S. prosecutors indicted six current and...read more


VW agrees settlement with US government as cheat process outlined in indictments12 Jan 17

Volkswagen has agreed a US$4.3bn settlement with the US government over the diesel emissions-cheat scandal but is not off the hook yet as six executives have been indicted amidst US revelations of mea...read more


Interior design and technology - Vauxhall Astra12 Jan 17

Inspired by the Monza concept, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra made its global debut at the 2015 IAA. As one of the UK’s best-sellers, Astra is a household name for British car buyers with almos...read more


Toyo Tyre North America expands R&D capabilities12 Jan 17

Toyo its expanding research and development capabilities at its North America manufacturing facility, with expansion slated for completion this year....read more


Hella unveils first half-auto sales increase of 1.2% to EUR2.4bn12 Jan 17

Hella has posted half-year external auto sales up 0.6% to EUR2.41bn (US$2.6bn), compared to the previous year of EUR2.39bn....read more


AI and the future automotive experience12 Jan 17

The recent CES included a number of innovations and concepts pitched at the emerging world of autonomous drive. However, we also heard of new concepts that utilise artificial intelligence (AI) as part...read more


Industry 4.0 will drive more efficiency gains than low-cost country sourcing according to Yanfeng11 Jan 17

Johannes Roters is the CEO of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the vehicle interior giant created by the 2015 70:30 joint-venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim and Johnson Controls interior business (n...read more


BorgWarner announces new business and guidance11 Jan 17

BorgWarner has announced its three-year net new business, guidance for full year 2017 and guidance for first quarter 2017....read more


GEFCO addresses myriad EV transportation challenges11 Jan 17

Logistics provider, GEFCO says rapid advances in powertrain technology are driving it to radically alter the way in which it addresses supply chain delivery....read more


ANALYSIS - Alpine & Dacia future models [new information added]11 Jan 17

Alpine and Dacia are the first marques for a new series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand will make up the second feature, with a third and fourth concentrating on ...read more


European carmakers hope to catch Tesla with faster e-car chargers11 Jan 17

Aiming to break Tesla's stranglehold on the EV market, BMW, Volkswagen, Ford and Daimler plan to build about 400 next-generation charging stations in Europe that can recharge an electric car in minute...read more


South Africa car market ends 2016 on 'weak note'11 Jan 17

For the third year in succession, new vehicle sales during 2016 in South Africa recorded a decline....read more


Nexteer and Continental announce joint venture in motion control systems11 Jan 17

Nexteer Automotive and Continental announced during a press conference at the Detroit show their agreement to form a joint venture focused on the advancement of motion control systems and actuator com...read more


Japanese sales continue to grow in December11 Jan 17

New vehicle sales in Japan continued to grow in December, by 7.6% to 397,536 units from weak year earlier sales of 369,459 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufa...read more


Vietnam market expands by 30% in 201611 Jan 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam increased by 18.5% to 28,164 units in December, from 23,775 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA)....read more


India car sales fall on cash crisis11 Jan 17

Car sales in India fell for the first time in 11 months in December, as a cash shortage triggered by the 'demonetisation' withdrawal of high denomination banknotes reduced retail spending....read more


Why RSM Samsung matters to Groupe Renault globally11 Jan 17

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a new series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand make up this, the second feature, while a third and a fourth concentratin...read more


BMW India sales rise 14% in 201611 Jan 17

BMW Group India delivered 7,861 cars to customers in calendar year 2016. This split as 7,500 BMW cars and 361 Minis. Moving ahead on a positive course, Sales were up 14% over 2015....read more


BMW names new president for India11 Jan 17

Vikram Pawah (45) has been appointed president of BMW Group India effective 1st March 2017....read more


Philippine sales rise 28% in December, 25% YTD11 Jan 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines increased by close to 28% to 34,104 units in December, from 26,679 units a year earlier, according to a report released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufa...read more


Tenneco to supply clean air solutions for new Daimler NRM engines11 Jan 17

Tenneco is supplying the complete hot-end aftertreatment system for diesel applications, which includes the Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), mixer and the SCR-Coated Diesel Particulate Filter (SDPF) w...read more


PSA Group global sales grow 5.8% in 2016 to 3.1m units11 Jan 17

PSA Group sales grew 5.8%, to 3,146,000 units last year as the company continues its 'Push to Pass' plan, which provides for 121 regional launches by 2021....read more


Nexteer/Continental jointly to develop advanced motion control systems11 Jan 17

Nexteer Automotive and Continental have announced their agreement to form a joint venture focused on the advancement of motion control systems and actuator components for automated driving....read more


NEVS appoints new vice president of Product Strategy & Planning11 Jan 17

NEVS current senior director Electrical Engineering & Vehicle Motion, Hans-Martin Duringhof, has been appointed vice president of Product Strategy & Planning and member of the automaker's management t...read more


Dana 2016 sales down 4% at US$5.8bn11 Jan 17

Dana has posted preliminary 2016 sales down 4% to US$5.8bn and adjusted EBITDA of US$660m, with the former primarily due to foreign-currency translation reducing sales by around US$170m. ...read more


Bridgestone ploughs US$180m more into Wilson plant11 Jan 17

Bridgestone Americas is to plough US$180m into its Wilson, North Carolina passenger tyre manufacturing facility....read more


China passenger vehicle sales rise 16% in 201611 Jan 17

Sales of passenger vehicles in China, including passenger cars, SUVs and MPVs, rose by 15.9% to 23.9 million units in 2016 - according to the China Passenger Car Association....read more


Falken swoops on the European OE tyre market11 Jan 17

Falken Tyre recently formed an OE partnership with Czech car manufacturer Škoda, marking the latest in a series of manufacturer relationships. To find out more and how the OE side of its business is s...read more


2017 Detroit auto show - world debuts list11 Jan 17

All the world premieres from the 2017 North American International Auto Show are listed below. The most important models this year were of course the ninth generation Toyota Camry, which will also be ...read more


VW group books record sales in 2016 despite dieselgate10 Jan 17

Despite the Dieselgate emissions scandal, Volkswagen achieved record group sales in 2016 of 10.3m vehicles, including a 12% jump in December....read more


VW executive arrested and charged in US over emissions cheat10 Jan 17

A Volkswagen executive has been arrested in Florida and charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States over the company's diesel emissions cheating....read more


Navistar does Dana driveline deal10 Jan 17

Dana announced it had entered into a multi-year commercial sales agreement with Navistar International for driveline components for on-highway, city-delivery, bus, and vocational vehicles....read more


Lobby group welcomes new Ford and GM diesels10 Jan 17

A lobby group has welcomed two major announcements from leading global manufacturers for new diesel options in light-duty vehicles at the Detroit show. Ford introduced a new three-litre diesel engine ...read more


Briefing - HCCI engine technology10 Jan 17

News that Mazda is hoping for a 30% fuel efficiency gain on an HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) engine to be introduced on the next generation Mazda3 in late 2018 brings this technology ...read more


Magna demonstrates lightweighting expertise with ultralight door module10 Jan 17

Magna International, in cooperation with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and partners FCA US and Grupo Antolin, announced it had developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves the proje...read more


Adient shows seating concept for level-3 and level-4 automated driving10 Jan 17

Adient has unveiled its innovative AI17 seating system to show how automated driving will impact the driver and passenger experience in a contemporary premium vehicle....read more


Nexteer Automotive launches steering technologies for automated world10 Jan 17

Nexteer Automotive unveiled two new steering technologies at the North American International Auto Show:  Steering on Demand System and Quiet Wheel Steering....read more


Volvo names family helping develop autonomous cars10 Jan 17

The Hain family, from Gothenburg in Sweden, are the first people chosen by Volvo Cars to take part in a real-life autonomous drive research programme using real cars, in real traffic....read more


Honda Canada announces $492m plant update spend10 Jan 17

Honda of Canada Manufactiring (HCM) has announced a C$492m spend over the next three years to allow the company to modernise its Ontario factories and "significantly improve its manufacturing carbon f...read more


Schaeffler appoints new CEO Automotive10 Jan 17

Schaeffler has appointed Matthias Zink as co-CEO Automotive, responsible for Transmission Systems, Automotive Aftermarket and Research and Development, succeeding Norbert Indlekofer, who left the comp...read more


China’s GAC to begin exports to US in 201710 Jan 17

China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) said its plans to start selling cars in the US under its own brand later this year....read more


Škoda starts aluminium press line in Czech Republic10 Jan 17

Škoda has opened its new PXL II servo press line at the company’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, with full operation for aluminium body parts starting in March....read more


Toyota to spend U$10bn in US in next five years10 Jan 17

Toyota Motor has outlined its investment plans for the US as it moved to stave off criticism from president-elect Donald Trump....read more




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