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

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


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

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


Thai sales jump 17% in March26 Apr 17

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


Honda steps up EV/hybrid programme in China26 Apr 17

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


Automotive leather sourcing still plentiful - Yanfeng25 Apr 17

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


Dutch oppose PPG's AkzoNobel takeover bid25 Apr 17

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


Mobileye inks new map data deal with Nissan25 Apr 17

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


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

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


UK supplier put in administration25 Apr 17

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


Ford claims exports boost Mustang global sales lead25 Apr 17

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


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

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


Chinese premium demand fuels leather rise - Yanfeng25 Apr 17

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


Mercedes-Benz expands car sharing services to Berlin25 Apr 17

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


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

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


Analysts upbeat on Malaysia auto sector prospects25 Apr 17

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


Ghosn rules out Nissan-MMC merger25 Apr 17

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


Toyota to announce Thai investment25 Apr 17

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


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

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


Valmet on recruitment drive25 Apr 17

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


Mitsubishi inaugurates new plant in Indonesia25 Apr 17

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


GM loses ignition switch bankruptcy appeal24 Apr 17

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


Gestamp to open seventh plant in Brazil24 Apr 17

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


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

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


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

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


Continental turns eHorizon into weather service24 Apr 17

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


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

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


Apple document gives clue to autonomous aspirations - report24 Apr 17

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


Bosch looks to EUR1bn savings using Industry 4.024 Apr 17

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


Korean regulator wants 'unfair' importer practices revised24 Apr 17

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


MMC plans engine plant in China24 Apr 17

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


Canadian courts approve VW diesel settlement24 Apr 17

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


VW gets probation and independent oversight for diesel scam24 Apr 17

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


Authenticity drives leather imperfection acceptance - Audi24 Apr 17

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


2017 Shanghai motor show world premieres24 Apr 17

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


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

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


GM steps up China electric/hybrid launch plan24 Apr 17

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


Autonomous tech creeping in - the week21 Apr 17

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


Visteon wins Dongfeng cockpit domain controller deal21 Apr 17

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


Autoliv supplies Mercedes S-Class active safety21 Apr 17

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


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

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


Benteler launches its Electric Drive System at Shanghai show21 Apr 17

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


Continental invests in expansion of Morganton plant21 Apr 17

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


Continental develops camera cleaning system21 Apr 17

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


Yokohama Geolandar tyres for Mazda CX-521 Apr 17

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


Lectra showcases internet of things power21 Apr 17

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


Lectra preps for Industry 4.0 future21 Apr 17

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


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

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


ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h21 Apr 17

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


Now BMW announces 'above expectations' Q1 result20 Apr 17

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


Harman and Baidu combine for AI in China20 Apr 17

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


Hyundai Mobis opens lighting plant in Czech Republic 20 Apr 17

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


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

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


Nexteer enhances its steering systems with cyber security 20 Apr 17

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


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

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


Porsche eyes electrification for power, emissions20 Apr 17

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


Ford testing bamboo as material for interiors20 Apr 17

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


Pricey cars making China comeback20 Apr 17

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


Lincoln adds models for China market growth20 Apr 17

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


SAIC slows US plans till Trump policies clear20 Apr 17

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


Venezuela seizes GM factory20 Apr 17

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


Malaysia sales continue to rebound in March20 Apr 17

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


ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 120 Apr 17

This is the first of two features which looks at the future models of the Nissan brand. Here, the focus is on cars, from Kei-class to Luxury, along with the 370Z/Fairlady Z and GT-R sports cars. The f...read more


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

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


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

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


Frankfurt IAA world debuts list - Opel Grandland X19 Apr 17

Opel has revealed details of the Grandland X well in advance of its world premiere at the Frankfurt IAA in September....read more


GKN makes China JV global hub for eDrive19 Apr 17

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


Recaro seating launched in China19 Apr 17

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


Skoda shows first electric car in Shanghai19 Apr 17

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


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

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


JLR engine plant produces first Ingenium petrol engine19 Apr 17

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


ZF expanding engineering centre in Shanghai19 Apr 17

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


Toyota to conduct Mirai FCV demonstration tests in China19 Apr 17

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


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

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


Adient updates luxury seating concept for autonomous vehicles19 Apr 17

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


Volvo will build first all electric car in China19 Apr 17

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


Kia to build 300k plant in India19 Apr 17

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


VW sets out EV stall in Shanghai18 Apr 17

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


Maruti Suzuki eyes 1.7m capacity this fiscal year18 Apr 17

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


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

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


BorgWarner stresses electric at Shanghai18 Apr 17

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


ANALYSIS - 2017 Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI18 Apr 17

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


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

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


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

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


One in four new cars has AEB - Bosch18 Apr 17

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


GKN supplies Opel Insignia AWD system18 Apr 17

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


Indonesia sales rise over 8% in March18 Apr 17

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


Nissan Brazil Kicks off local production18 Apr 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Daimler suggests a good Q1 result - the week13 Apr 17

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


2017 New York motor show - global debuts list13 Apr 17

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


Interior design and technology - Volvo V6013 Apr 17

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


just-auto takes an Easter break13 Apr 17

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


GM adding 1,163 jobs in San Francisco13 Apr 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Honda widens Clarity EV range13 Apr 17

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


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

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


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

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


Russia bangs import substitution drum - DLA Piper13 Apr 17

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


New Lumax plant to supply Maruti Suzuki Gujarat13 Apr 17

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


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

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


Car sharing booms for Daimler13 Apr 17

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


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

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


Porsche enjoys best first quarter ever12 Apr 17

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


Borgward announces German assembly plant plans12 Apr 17

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


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

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


VW to show crossover CUV concept at Shanghai12 Apr 17

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


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

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


Volkswagen brand deliveries rise in March12 Apr 17

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


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

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


Deutsche Post DHL to sell electric van12 Apr 17

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


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

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


Qoros to build new car plant in Shenzen12 Apr 17

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


Audi A5 cabriolet UK deliveries start11 Apr 17

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


Brazilian domestic market begins recovering11 Apr 17

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


Australia sees record March sales11 Apr 17

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


Rethinking the interior of autonomous vehicles - COMMENT11 Apr 17

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


Continental develops intuitive touch gestures for cockpit11 Apr 17

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


Venezuela hits Goodyear results11 Apr 17

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


Russia targets auto suppliers for financial incentives11 Apr 17

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


Ford sees more SUV growth11 Apr 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Tesla denies China plant reports11 Apr 17

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


Automakers benefit from UK low carbon innovation funding11 Apr 17

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


South Korean import sales drop 8% in March11 Apr 17

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


Japanese sales rise 9% in March11 Apr 17

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


Philippine sales rise 33% in March11 Apr 17

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


Russia posts first quarterly sales rise in four years11 Apr 17

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


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

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


Tesla becomes more valuable than GM10 Apr 17

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


Nexteer and Dongfeng Components sign JV agreement10 Apr 17

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


ANALYSIS - 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar10 Apr 17

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


EVs need incentives, Edmunds study shows10 Apr 17

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


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

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


Ford plans fully electric small SUV for China10 Apr 17

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


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

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


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

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


RZD helps GEFCO to lever export opportunities10 Apr 17

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


Tenneco VP on emissions control technology trends10 Apr 17

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


Quarter of traffic driverless by 2030 - study10 Apr 17

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


Ford launches US police responder hybrid sedan10 Apr 17

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


Hyundai-Kia recalls 1.47m cars10 Apr 17

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


Schaeffler Industrial Europe appoints new president10 Apr 17

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


Mitsui Chemicals opens electrolyte solution production facility in Nagoya10 Apr 17

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


UK automakers defend diesel10 Apr 17

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


Travel reports-r-us - the week7 Apr 17

A busy week for us. Editor Dave Leggett returned from a few days in Korea with Ssangyong and filed this report after interviewing Anand Mahindra, the chairman and managing director of Mahindra Group w...read more


Ford to launch Ranger in China7 Apr 17

Ford plans to introduce its best-selling 'Built Ford Tough' truck brand in China to pursue growth opportunities in the country’s emerging pickup market....read more


Vietnam market slightly weaker in March7 Apr 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam fell by 1.7% to 22,792 units in March 2017, from 23,195 units a year earlier, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA)....read more


Apollo Tyres opens green field Hungary plant7 Apr 17

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has opened Apollo Tyres' sixth tyre manufacturing unit, the second in Europe....read more


ZF "on home straight" with TRW integration - Sommer7 Apr 17

ZF says it is "on the home straight" in terms of its integration of American supplier, TRW into its ranks following the acquisition nearly two years ago....read more


MAN Wrzesnia plant builds first VW Crafter based TGE7 Apr 17

The first production MAN TGE - a variation of VW group sibling Volkswagen Vans' Crafter - has come off the line at a newly constructed plant in Wrzesnia, Poland....read more


New servo press line at Skoda Mladá Boleslav plant begins operations7 Apr 17

Skoda's new servo press line PXL II at the Mladá Boleslav plant has commenced full operation....read more


Volkswagen China and Mobvoi join forces on AI7 Apr 17

Volkswagen Group China and Mobvoi, a Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) tech company, have entered a 'strategic partnership to develop and implement AI technologies in cars'....read more


BMW holds union talks to stave off UK walkout7 Apr 17

BMW is to hold talks with British labour body, Unite on Monday (10 April) in a bid to halt a series of eight damaging strikes called to protest against the automaker's decision to halt a final pension...read more


Great Wall mulls vehicle plant in Mexico7 Apr 17

China’s Great Wall Motor is mulling setting up a new vehicle assembly plant in Mexico to supply the North American market, according to local reports in China citing company sources....read more


JLR global sales up 16% in fiscal 2016/177 Apr 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover reported record retail sales of 604,009 vehicles (including sales from the China joint venture) in the financial year to 31 March 2017, up 16% year on year and exceeding...read more


Infiniti Q1 global sales up 18%7 Apr 17

Nissan premium brand Infiniti has achieved its best sales month and first quarter sales in its history. ...read more


Delphi partners Valens over in-vehicle connectivity7 Apr 17

Delphi has announced it has made a strategic investment in Valens, an Israel-based leader in signal processing capability – a key enabler for the expanding connectivity and computing needs in vehicles...read more


US Q1 sales fall as traditional segments decline7 Apr 17

US light vehicle sales for the first quarter of 2017 fell 1.9% over the same period in 2016, according to JATO Dynamics. Analysts had predicted a small increase for March sales but saw a decline despi...read more


Delphi on tomorrow’s infotainment and driver interface technologies6 Apr 17

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Martin Bornemann, Director Product Line and Business Development, Infotainment & Driver Interface, Delphi....read more


BMW UK workers to strike over pensions6 Apr 17

British workers at BMW will hold eight 24-hour strikes over the next few weeks to oppose plans by the carmaker to close their final salary pensions....read more


PSA Group starts US market entry with carsharing services6 Apr 17

The PSA Group has started its long-term strategic aim to enter the US market with the introduction of carsharing services and the appointment of a a North American operations head....read more


Mercedes plans more driving assist functions6 Apr 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz S-Class will this autumn move further towards autonomous driving....read more


Mercedes-Benz Vans spends $150m to build Sprinter in Argentina6 Apr 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans said it was spending US$150m to build the next generation Sprinter large van in Argentina....read more


Ford Romania adds hires ahead of EcoSport SOP6 Apr 17

Ford Romania has confirmed that it has started the process of recruiting 976 people to support production of the new EcoSport small sports utility vehicle which is due to start later this year (Octobe...read more


UK LCV sales dip in March6 Apr 17

Unlike cars, light commercial vehicle registrations in the UK dipped in March, as the market stabilised following a sustained period of strong growth and record demand, according to the Society of Mot...read more


Russian parts safety key to trigger supply process - Bosal6 Apr 17

Bosal says the key ingredient when it comes to assessing Russian suppliers is the safety aspect of components, from which flow all other considerations when appointing a component manufacturer in the ...read more


Western Europe's car market stays buoyant in March6 Apr 17

Car sales in Western Europe grew by an encouraging 10.3% in March, helped by at least one additional selling day in most markets across the region....read more


Mercedes has record March and Q16 Apr 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz had a record March with sales up 14.8% year on year to 228,296 vehicles. First quarter volume was also a record - up 16% to 560,625....read more


Honda to standardise more parts across model lines6 Apr 17

Honda Motor said it is working with suppliers to increase the standardisation of components across multiple model lines, according to local reports....read more


Vauxhall union absent at Berlin PSA/IG Metall meeting5 Apr 17

Germany's Economic Affairs Minister says a meeting today (5 April) in Berlin between unions, PSA and numerous high-ranking politicians to discuss the French automaker's proposed acquisition of Opel/Va...read more


Volvo Cars sales continue to rise5 Apr 17

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has reported another strong sales month in March with a 9.3% year-on-year increase on the back of double digit growth in the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions. Total sales for the m...read more


Mahindra targets India's CV market for electric5 Apr 17

Mahindra is hoping to start selling electric buses in India next year as it responds to government policies to encourage EV take-up and reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels as well as impro...read more


Hyundai and Kia cut China production5 Apr 17

Hyundai and affiliate Kia are cutting production at joint ventures in China as diplomatic tensions between China and Korea hit economic ties between the two countries....read more


Nissan India sales up 45% in FY 20165 Apr 17

Nissan Motor India (NMIPL) announced total domestic sales of 57,315 units in FY2016, registering growth of 45% over the previous financial year....read more


Mercedes-Benz launches Apple CarPlay/MirrorLink in trucks5 Apr 17

Mercedes-Benz says it is the first truck manufacturer to bring the Apple CarPlay infotainment system into its vehicles....read more


ARNPO stresses overseas potential for Russian supplier growth5 Apr 17

AvtoVAZ Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organisation (ARNPO) says it has to be able to compete internationally as well as be efficient on the Russian domestic front as it looks to consolidate and increase i...read more


Grupo Antolin 2016 sales up 50% at EUR5.2bn5 Apr 17

Grupo Antolin has unveiled consolidated sales of EUR5.2bn (US$5.6bn) for 2016, a 50% rise compared to the previous year and taking into account the first full year after consolidating Magna Interiors,...read more


UK car market hits new record in March5 Apr 17

The UK’s new car market grew by 8.4% in March, making it the biggest month for UK car sales since records began....read more


BYD opens electric bus factory in Hungary5 Apr 17

BYD has opened its first bus plant in Europe in the northern Hungarian town of Komarom. ...read more


Audi builds a stunning new body shop for latest alloy A85 Apr 17

For anyone that still thinks vehicle body design is simply a matter of rolling out some steel sheet, bashing it a few times and spot welding the resultant frame and panel parts into a car, let he or s...read more


Delphi on how cars are becoming 'smart mobility devices'4 Apr 17

With automated driving and mobility on demand likely to be one of the fastest developing trends ever seen in the automotive industry, QUBE/just-auto spoke to Delphi’s technical director automated driv...read more


New Zealand YTD sales up 15%4 Apr 17

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association said registration data for March 2017 showed growth in the new vehicle sector continued "to surpass expectations"....read more


South Korean domestic sales fall 2% in March4 Apr 17

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers fell by 2% to 145,903 units in March 2017, from 148,848 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individuall...read more


Magna Rus reorganises as weak suppliers exit market4 Apr 17

Magna Automotive Rus says the recent global recession had seen the weakest manufacturers disappear from the market, with the Canadian giant component producer reorganising its supplier structure to co...read more


BorgWarner steps into propulsion technologies and mobility4 Apr 17

BorgWarner is to invest US$10m in Autotech Ventures. Through this new investment, BorgWarner’s chief strategy officer, Brady Ericson, sees investment opportunities that apply to propulsion technologie...read more


Volkswagen aiming for C segment leadership with updated Golf4 Apr 17

The updated Golf is now available in UK dealerships. As well as the facelift plus revisions to the interior which extend to class-first gesture controls, there are new engines too. The best selling in...read more


JAMA forecasts Japan vehicle market up 2% in fiscal 20164 Apr 17

Total demand for passenger cars and commercial vehicles in Japan in fiscal year 2016 (ending March 31, 2017) is forecast by JAMA to finish at 5.04m units, an increase of 2.0% from the previous fiscal ...read more


Japanese automakers strengthen grip on SE Asia - ANALYSIS4 Apr 17

The Japanese auto industry maintained its strong grip on the vehicle markets of southeast Asia last year, according to exclusive data provided to just-auto....read more


Bosch and Daimler combine on driverless tech4 Apr 17

Bosch and Daimler have agreed to set up a development alliance that aims to make a system for fully automated (SAE-Level 4) and driverless (SAE-Level 5) vehicles a reality on city streets - they say -...read more


US light vehicle sales remain slow in March4 Apr 17

The prophets missed their targets in March. Most everyone was looking for an improved month, even predicting the best March since 2000. Whoops....read more


A123 to build new US$40m Michigan headquarters4 Apr 17

A123 is to build a new US$40m headquarters complex in Novi, Michigan, housing all corporate functions, an engineering centre, new laboratory space and a manufacturing plant....read more


Tesla's market value exceeds Ford's4 Apr 17

Tesla's market capitalisation has risen to a level higher than that of Ford. Tesla's share price rose on Monday after it posted record quarterly deliveries....read more


Bosch to recruit 20,000 in 2017 as connected booms4 Apr 17

Bosch is to recruit 20,000 specialists and executives in the technical and commercial fields this year, with half of all jobs currently advertised relating to software in some way....read more


Schaeffler signs strategic partnership with CPS3 Apr 17

A strategic partnership has been signed by Oliver Jung, chief operating officer of Schaeffler AG, and Qian Gang, CEO of the steel manufacturer CPS. The two companies want to strengthen their business ...read more


Pirelli reports EUR6,058.4m revenue in 20163 Apr 17

Pirelli says it grew its revenues by 7% in 2016, aided by better sales mix across its product range....read more


Ford Sollers localises in Russia "with eyes open"3 Apr 17

Ford Sollers says it has a deep understanding of the impact of localising component manufacture in Russia on ruble cost and foreign currency fluctuation....read more


Tesla Q1 sales surge 69%3 Apr 17

Tesla sales have surged to a new quarterly record in Q1 as the company rebounded from weaker sales and production problems at the end of last year....read more


Automotive market is 'polarising' - Anand Mahindra3 Apr 17

The world's automotive market is drifting towards two separate poles according to Anand Mahindra, the chairman and managing director of Mahindra Group....read more


Chief designer for Kia Motors Europe on the Optima Sportswagon interior3 Apr 17

The arrival of Kia’s fourth-generation Optima as an estate in the UK last year – along with a plug-in hybrid version - gave the Korean automaker two new opportunities to expand its business in Europe....read more


ElringKlinger records 2016 sales revenue up 3% to EUR1.6bn3 Apr 17

ElringKlinger has posted 2016 sales revenue up 3.3% to EUR1.6bn (US$1.7bn), fuelled by the Group's performance in the fourth quarter, which saw sales revenue grow by 4.4%....read more


Government pulls trigger on Brexit - the week31 Mar 17

Brexit, long a word used on just-auto, finally began this week with the UK's official triggering of the infamous Article 50; the first time a country has had the temerity to ask to leave the European ...read more


Land Rover Brazil hurries new Discovery imports31 Mar 17

With eyes clearly focused on its good performance here in Brazil, Land Rover has announced deliveries of the redesigned Discovery will start by late June, just three months after the start of sales in...read more


Audi to acquire Silvercar31 Mar 17

Audi plans to acquire Silvercar by expanding its minority share to 100%....read more


Lifan assembly plant in Uruguay to resume output31 Mar 17

Lifan's CKD plant in Uruguay will resume engine manufacturing and vehicle assembly in the next few weeks....read more


Subaru maker changes name31 Mar 17

Fuji Heavy Industries is changing its company name to Subaru Corporation to reflect the brand of cars it makes from 1 April, 2017....read more


Ford nabs 400 engineers from Blackberry - report31 Mar 17

Ford reportedly has transferred 400 workers from Ontario-based BlackBerry to help develop wireless technology....read more


ZF confident post-Brexit as it outlines 2016 sales rise31 Mar 17

ZF says it does not envisage any fallout from the impact of Brexit, but is cautioning against any short term decisions regarding Mexican imports into the US....read more


Sumitomo buys stake in Indian auto steel maker31 Mar 17

Sumitomo Corporation has agreed to acquire a 49% stake in Indian automotive specialty steel maker Mukand Alloy Steels and thus increase its exposure to the country's growing automotive industry....read more


Mitsubishi building new engine plant in China31 Mar 17

GAC Mitsubishi Motors this week started building a new engine plant in Changsha in the central Chinese province of Hunan, according to local reports....read more


ANALYSIS - Infiniti future models31 Mar 17

Following on from the chapter on Datsun, the second installment in a Nissan Motor future models series takes a look at what's ahead for Infiniti. After this will come two features which examine the ne...read more


Ford expanding Canadian R&D30 Mar 17

Ford, with financial help from provincial and federal governments, is expanding Canadian research and development presence with an additional C$500m spend....read more


Beijing Benz targets China's top premium slot30 Mar 17

BAIC Motor Group, with subsidiaries Beijing Brand, Beijing Benz, Beijing Hyundai and Fujian Benz boosted combined 2016 sales 16.4% to 1.929m units....read more


Fujitsu and VMware expand collaboration30 Mar 17

Fujitsu and VMware have announced expanded collaboration to combine the former's OTA reprogramming with the latter's IoT products for more efficient updates....read more


Toyota and others recall more Takata airbag cars30 Mar 17

Toyota and other automakers are recalling around 2.9m vehicles in Japan, China, Oceania and other regions as part of the wider Takata inflator-related recall ordered last year....read more


PSA extends its partnership with Total30 Mar 17

PSA Group and Total have renewed their long-standing lubricant supply deal....read more


Connected/autonomous vehicles will improve life quality - SMMT survey30 Mar 17

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people in the UK, according to research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Government eyes autonomous vehicle excellence cluster30 Mar 17

The UK government wants to see a 'cluster of excellence' along the London to Birmingham M40 motorway corridor - companies developing technology to support connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV)....read more


ZF takes stake in radar specialist30 Mar 17

ZF Friedrichshafen announced it had acquired around 45% of the shares in Astyx Communication & Sensors....read more


ZF boosts profits, reduces TRW-related debt30 Mar 17

ZF Friedrichshafen announced on Thursday it had "closed the 2016 fiscal year with a clear rise in profits and a strong improvement in cash flow"....read more


SsangYong plots 250K pa growth path30 Mar 17

Mahindra-owned SUV specialist SsangYong is shooting for annual capacity of 250,000 units a year by 2022, some 60% higher than its 2016 level of global sales....read more


Ford to announce new Canada engine production - report30 Mar 17

Ford was expected to announce on Thursday (30 March) it would produce a new engine in Ontario, Canada, according to a media report....read more


2017 Seoul motor show - world debuts list30 Mar 17

Hyundai Motor Company and SsangYong Motor were the only two companies which had vehicle world premieres at this year's South Korean motor show....read more


Rinspeed’s Oasis concept car interior – Q&A with Stahl29 Mar 17

Chemical company Stahl created the funky living room or ‘third living space of the future’ for the Rinspeed Oasis self-driving concept car, showcased earlier this month in Geneva. The Oasis is an evo...read more


Daimler hastens EV launches29 Mar 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz is speeding up its launch of battery electric vehicles....read more


Kautex Textron opens new fuel tank factory in China29 Mar 17

Kautex Textron has held an opening ceremony for its newest factory in China, in the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone (WEDZ) in Hubei Province....read more


SMMT reiterates its Brexit demands29 Mar 17

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has renewed its call for the automotive industry to be at the heart of negotiations, as the UK government triggered Article 50, formally starting ...read more


GM rejects new share proposal and board nominees29 Mar 17

General Motors has rejected a non-binding proposal that Greenlight Capital intends to submit for a vote at the automaker's 2017 annual meeting of shareholders....read more


Resins mix produces lightweight auto parts29 Mar 17

Supplier SABIC has shown off light weight PP and plastic-metal hybrid products produced using its resins at this year’s VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering Congress in Mannheim, Germany....read more


Magneti Marelli Motherson opens new plant in India29 Mar 17

Magneti Marelli Motherson (MMM) has opened its new plant at Bawal in Haryana....read more


Ford spending $1.2bn at Michigan factories29 Mar 17

Ford said it was spending US$1.2bn on Michigan factories to build new trucks and SUVs and expand as a mobility company....read more


Hyundai Czech workers getting large pay rise29 Mar 17

'Cheap' Czech Republic labour is to get a big pay rise at Hyundai Motor's car factory....read more


Denso to expand Iwate plant to produce instrument clusters29 Mar 17

Denso Corporation announced it will build an additional plant, at an existing facility in Iwate Prefecture, to expand production to include instrument clusters and, it said, "enhance the competitivene...read more


Borgward launches second model in China29 Mar 17

The revived Borgward brand has launched a second model, its Foton-based BX5 SUV, in China....read more


UK triggers Brexit countdown - COMMENT29 Mar 17

The UK prime minister, Theresa May, has invoked the EU constitution's 'Article 50' which formally begins the two-year process by which the UK exits the EU. Although trade arrangements are not formally...read more


A century on, Harrods returns to the electric van28 Mar 17

Iconic London department store Harrods in Knightsbridge has returned to its past, adding an electric van to its fleet, after having first adopted the technology in 1919....read more


PSA lets 'non experts' loose on autonomous prototypes28 Mar 17

Groupe PSA is this week allowing 'non-expert' motorists to test its autonomous car, as a driver or a passenger, on the roads of the Paris region....read more


PCMA Rus uses domestic expertise for components28 Mar 17

PCMA Rus says it is looking to existing suppliers in Russia to ensure competitiveness as manufacturers seek to take advantage of the ruble depreciation....read more


BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer eyes digitalisation with enthusiasm28 Mar 17

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer likes to joke that his business card "takes five minutes to read" and that his full title - member of the board of management of BMW AG Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, cust...read more


Daimler merges car sharing units in China28 Mar 17

Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance is merging both car sharing operations in China, car2go and Car2Share....read more


Kia Picanto focuses on what matters to buyers28 Mar 17

When you try to say everything, in the end you say nothing - targeting the best in class everywhere does not sell cars....read more


Tata Steel picks up Volvo quality award28 Mar 17

Tata Steel has secured Volvo Cars' Quality Excellence (VQE) award at the a ceremony to mark the 60- year anniversary of cooperation between the companies....read more


Thailand offers incentives for local EV production28 Mar 17

Thailand has announced a package of tax incentives to promote local production of electric and electric hybrid vehicles in the country....read more


Wabco builds new Engineering Innovation Centre in Hanover28 Mar 17

Wabco has laid the foundation stone for its new Engineering Innovation Centre in Hanover, Germany....read more


Audi China dispute with dealers escalates28 Mar 17

The dispute between Audi and its Chinese dealers continued to escalate in recent weeks with dozens of dealers now refusing to accept new stocks of imported models, according to local reports....read more


Motherson Sumi Systems acquires PKC Group28 Mar 17

Motherson Sumi Systems (MSSL) has acquired Finland-based global automotive supplier, PKC Group for around EUR571m (US$619.6m), in a move which will help the Vivek Chaand Sehgal-led group to expand its...read more


Eaton launches automotive grade high current power inductors28 Mar 17

Eaton has launched its automotive grade HCM1A product line of high current power inductors designed to meet electronic system power and thermal handling requirements of transportation manufacturers. ...read more


Supplier fire slows some Audi output27 Mar 17

A fire at a supplier is affecting some Audi output this week....read more


Uber resumes some driverless car testing27 Mar 17

Uber has resumed driverless vehicle testing in San Francisco following weekend crash in Arizona caused by the driver of another car....read more


Tesla axes 60kWh Model S in UK27 Mar 17

Tesla is axing its entry level Model S in the UK after just a year on sale....read more


PPG to increase coatings prices in Europe27 Mar 17

Following an earlier announcement for the same reason in the Asian region, PPG said it would increase prices and surcharges in Europe "to offset a significant rise in raw material costs". The price ch...read more


Volkswagen names new chief compliance officer27 Mar 17

Volkswagen has named a new chief compliance officer. This is a brand appointment, not the group role which changed hands last January....read more


Hyundai China sales hit by diplomatic row27 Mar 17

Hyundai Motor has suspended production at one of its Chinese factories for a week as fears grow that a diplomatic row between China and South Korea is denting sales....read more


VW R&D lab works on future materials27 Mar 17

Volkswagen Group's Open Hybrid LabFactory in Wolfsburg is working on lightweight construction materials and production processes....read more


GM India signs three year wage deal for Talegaon plant27 Mar 17

General Motors India (GMI) said a new three-year wage agreement, good till 31 March, 2020, just signed with the General Motors Employees union would support further advances in vehicle manufacturing q...read more


Uber suspends autonomous testing in Arizona after crash27 Mar 17

Uber reportedly has suspended autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona after a Volvo XC90 was involved in a collision in Tempe though the vehicle was not at fault....read more


Nissan launches new Innovation Lab in Paris27 Mar 17

Nissan has announced the launch of its new Innovation Lab in Paris. Designed to develop new innovation projects in all areas of the business, Nissan says the initiative marks an important milestone in...read more


Magna Steyr President on a Fuel-Cell Range-Extended Electric Vehicle and investment plans in Slovenia 26 Mar 17

Magna Steyr is a global, brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner to automakers, offering solutions for a range of services with development and assembly strategies. The company used th...read more


The week - new and future products galore24 Mar 17

Our look at future Volvos was the most popular read on just-auto this week, a pleasing result, because I know how much work it takes to put one of those together. Hat tip, then, to our resident 'new a...read more


Microsoft's connected car patent deal with Toyota24 Mar 17

Microsoft this week agreed a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota that includes broad coverage for connected car technologies....read more


Gestamp IPO cleared by Spanish regulators24 Mar 17

Spain's Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) has approved the prospectus for supplier Gestamp's initial public offering of shares....read more


Begbies Traynor finds buyer for Zenos Cars24 Mar 17

Administrators from Begbies Traynor have agreed the sale of the assets of British car manufacturer Zenos Cars Limited to a consortium of investors, including the backers of AC Cars Limited, the Britis...read more


Toyota launches Lexus in India24 Mar 17

Toyota Motor's luxury Lexus brand was launched in India today, bringing, the automaker said, "a new luxury experience, exceptional design and high quality to the world’s fastest-growing major economy"...read more


ANALYSIS - Volvo XC90 D5 PowerPulse24 Mar 17

Volvo continues to tweak and expand the XC90 model line-up. The Drive-E diesel can now be upgraded with a PowerPulse package that boosts power to 235hp and raises torque to 480Nm....read more


Brazil's 'Japan week' for new model launches24 Mar 17

It was unplanned, they say, but 'Japanese Week in Brazil' happened here anyway as three automakers launched new models: Honda's WR-V, the 2018 Toyota Corolla and Nissan's Frontier pickup truck....read more


Huawei signs MoU with MetaSystem on connected cars24 Mar 17

Mobile device and information and communications technology supplier Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MetaSystem, a UBI (usage-based insurance) specialist. The signing took p...read more


Concentric secures OEM oil pump deal24 Mar 17

Concentric said it recently received an order from a global OEM of heavy trucks and buses to produce electric oil pumps for hybrid applications....read more


Thai sales jump 20% in February24 Mar 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to recover in February with sales rising by 19.9% to 68,435 units from depressed year earlier sales of 57,090 units, according to data released by the Federati...read more


Indonesia sales rise 7.5% in February24 Mar 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia rose by 7.5% to 94,800 units in February, from year-earlier sales of 88,200 units, according to data from industry sources....read more


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Review of automotive glazing trends23 Mar 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one takes a closer look at some trends in the application of water-repellent coatings, polycarbonate and solar control glazing....read more


Bosch on trends in the fuel injection market 23 Mar 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Rasmus Frei, Senior Technical Manager Petrol Electrification, Robert Bosch UK, about fuel inj...read more


Nissan confirms autonomous drive for next Qashqai23 Mar 17

Nissan has confirmed that phase one of its ProPILOT autonomous drive technology will be made available in the new Nissan Qashqai launching in FY17 and the second-generation model of the Nissan LEAF....read more


Geely UK unit opens new electric taxi factory23 Mar 17

Geely's London Taxi Company (LTC) has opened what is claims is the UK's first car plant dedicated solely to the production of range-extended electric vehicles....read more


Skoda sales revenue up 9.8% to EUR13.7bn in 201623 Mar 17

Skoda said it broke volume and financial result records in 2016 as vehicle deliveries rose 6.7% year on year to 1,126,500, boosting sales revenue 9.8% to EUR13.7bn (US$14.7bn), both new records....read more


VW begins Tiguan assembly in India23 Mar 17

Volkswagen India has begun Tiguan assembly at its Aurangabad facility in Maharashtra. The model was first shown locally at the Delhi Auto Expo in 2016 and will go on sale later this year, taking the b...read more


Wabco making truck air disc brakes in South Carolina23 Mar 17

Wabco has expanded its North American production with output of air disc brakes (ADB) for commercial vehicles following the opening of its new factory in North Charleston, South Carolina....read more


ANALYSIS - current and future Datsun vehicles23 Mar 17

Future models for the three brands of Nissan Motor are the latest to be explored in just-auto's ongoing series. Datsun comes first, to be followed by Infiniti, and then a look at Nissan....read more


White still Europe's most popular car colour23 Mar 17

White is still the most popular car colour in Europe, with a share of 29%, followed by black with 19% and grey with 18%, according to a report from BASF's coatings division....read more


Geely to withdraw Proton bid23 Mar 17

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has decided to withdraw its bid to acquire Malaysia's first national carmaker Proton, according to reports in China....read more


Car exports drive UK production up in February23 Mar 17

The SMMT has released data that shows UK car manufacturing output was at its highest February level for 17 years last month as car production rose 8.0% to 153,041 units....read more


Daimler to continue Mercedes compact car contracts with Valmet22 Mar 17

Following the successful start of GLC production at Valmet Automotive last month, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars said it would continue its long-running "successful" cooperation with Finland's Valmet Au...read more


ANALYSIS - 2017 Levorg and future Subarus22 Mar 17

Subaru's UK importer believes there is a niche for the brand as "the affordable Land Rover", pricing its models between GBP18,000 and 32,000. A facelift for the Levorg crossover-estate is the latest n...read more


Citroën introduces electric Berlingo Multispace MPV22 Mar 17

Citroën has launched an electric version of its Berlingo Multispace MPV [European size minivan] with a certified range of 170km (just over 100 miles)....read more


Renault reaches EV battery lease milestone22 Mar 17

Renault said it had has signed its 100,000th electric vehicle battery leasing contract via RCI Bank and Services, the financial services arm of Groupe Renault....read more


UK autonomous vehicle specialist expanding in Australia - on old Mitsubishi plant site22 Mar 17

UK autonomous vehicle designer and manufacturer RDM Group said it would use an A$1m (GBP621,500; USD771,800) South Australian government grant for local trials of its mobility technology....read more


Geely doubles profit in 201622 Mar 17

Geely has more than doubled its 2016 net profit to more than RMB5.17bn (US$740m), boosted by strong results in the Chinese domestic market. The company's SUVs continue to sell well in China....read more


GEFCO diversifies offer to combat Russia downturn22 Mar 17

Logistics operator, GEFCO says its Russian operations have been able to largely cope with the downturn in the domestic automotive market by diversifying and leveraging expertise from parent company, R...read more


GM to phase out Cruze production in Thailand22 Mar 17

General Motors has said it plans to phase out sales and production of passenger cars in Thailand, choosing instead to focus on its more popular pickup trucks and SUVs in this market....read more


Panasonic to take control of Ficosa22 Mar 17

Panasonic Corporation said it plans to buy a further 20% stake in Ficosa International, a Spanish manufacturer of automotive rear-view mirrors and electronic systems....read more


Sogefi to build a new factory in Morocco22 Mar 17

Sogefi, the automotive components company of the CIR Group, has announced a plan to build a new factory in Morocco, the company’s first industrial site in Africa...read more


Federal-Mogul Motorparts on trends in the foundation brake system market21 Mar 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Silvano Veglia, Product Marketing Director Braking for Federal-Mogul Motorparts EMEA....read more


Russian manufacturing quality "high" but a way to go - AEB21 Mar 17

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AMC) is cites the "extremely high" quality of assembled vehicles for export, but concedes there is a way to go bef...read more


Car share start-ups struggling in China21 Mar 17

A report in the China Daily newspaper says that high cost, low fees and a limited user base are among the factors providing headwinds for mobility start-ups in China....read more


Elektrobit adds software modules for automated driving systems21 Mar 17

Elektrobit has announced four new modules for its EB robinos product line designed to support automated driving....read more


ANALYSIS - future Volvo cars and SUVs21 Mar 17

Following on from two recent features concerning future models for the Lynk & Co, Geely and Geely Emgrand brands, now comes the final part in a series: current and future Volvo vehicles....read more


Wyoming teams with Lear for road-side technology21 Mar 17

Lear has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) as its partner to supply vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure Road Side and On-Board Units.   The supplier has i...read more


BMW chief's Trump meeting goes well, Brexit a wait-and-see21 Mar 17

The meeting between BMW's management board chairman and US president Donald Trump "went well", Harald Kruger told the annual accounts press conference here in Munich today. Meanwhile, the pending trig...read more


NVIDIA working with PACCAR on autonomous trucks21 Mar 17

Electronics specialist NVIDIA is working with freight truck maker PACCAR on developing solutions for autonomous commercial vehicles....read more


BMW expects another record year in 201721 Mar 17

After booking record revenues and earnings for the seventh consecutive year in the automaker's centenary year 2016 (nonetheless disappointing some analysts), BMW Group management board chairman Harald...read more


Valeo acquires German based Gestigon start-up21 Mar 17

Valeo has acquired all of the outstanding shares of German start-up, Gestigon, specialising in developing 3D image processing software for vehicle cabins....read more


SRG Global opens new Innovation Centre in Michigan21 Mar 17

SRG Global has completed its Innovation Centre located in Taylor, Michigan, featuring areas for prototyping, testing and scale-up experimentation....read more


Ricardo develops real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service21 Mar 17

Ricardo Energy & Environment, working with technology partner OPUS Inspection, has launched a real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service....read more


Denso develops plant-derived plastic materials for automotive products21 Mar 17

Denso Corporation announced that it is using bio-polycarbonate (PC) made from starch and urethane resin extracted from castor oil in some of its products. Denso says it has been conducting research an...read more


GM Brazil to refurbish plant after union deal21 Mar 17

Following negotiations with a key union, GM will refurbish its oldest plant in Brazil (inaugurated 1930)....read more


Hyundai Motor share price surges on restructuring rumours21 Mar 17

Hyundai Motor's share price has rallied amid talk of restructuring by the parent group....read more


China can be 'turbo' of auto industry change - Daimler21 Mar 17

Speaking at a conference in China, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has said that China can be the 'turbo' of auto industry change and transformation. He also highlighted prospects for electric mobility in ...read more


BREXIT - UK-EU trade uncertainties cloud outlook21 Mar 17

The outlook for the UK's automotive sector after Brexit - the now omnipresent term for the UK's exit from the EU - remains somewhat uncertain....read more


Russian Automotive Forum - domestic exporters to receive boost20 Mar 17

Russia's Export Centre (REC) says there will be an increase in the amount of financial support available to automakers using the Decree 905 mechanism for companies looking to conduct business abroad....read more


Mahle to acquire Nagares Spanish electronics specialist20 Mar 17

Mahle plans to acquire Spanish electronics specialist Nagares SA....read more


Arconic supplies aluminium for Toyota Lexus RX20 Mar 17

Advanced materials specialist Arconic has announced a multi-year supply deal with Toyota North America....read more


France Opel diesel probe closed20 Mar 17

France's anti-fraud office has closed its investigations concerning Opel's diesel vehicles....read more


Malaysia sales rebound in February20 Mar 17

Malaysia’s new vehicle market rebounded strongly in February, with total industry volumes rising by 12.1% to 42,455 units compared with depressed year-earlier sales of 37,874 units, based on data rele...read more


Magna to build a car plant in Slovenia20 Mar 17

Magna has reportedly submitted a plan to build a new car plant in Slovenia capable of building up to 200,000 cars a year....read more


Russian Automotive Forum - Sourcing Russian suppliers key - Ford Sollers20 Mar 17

Ford Sollers says domestic suppliers are key to dealing with the challenges faced by all automakers in the Russian market as the country continues to grapple with ruble and oil price pressures, as wel...read more


Russian Automotive Forum - GAZ Group looks close to home for competitive edge20 Mar 17

GAZ Group's component division says it is actively seeking to source more Russian suppliers as the company continues its drive to launch new products and cut costs....read more


VW Group global sales down 2.6% this year20 Mar 17

In the first two months of the year, the Volkswagen Group delivered 1.5m vehicles to its customers throughout the world, 0.9% down on the same period of last year. Despite the 'dieselgate' crisis, sal...read more


Porsche operating profit up 14% to EUR3.9bn in 201620 Mar 17

Porsche says that 2016 was the most successful year in the history of the company. In the 2016 financial year, Porsche AG achieved record highs in terms of deliveries, revenue, operating result and nu...read more


THE WEEK - More Chinese Volvos are a-coming17 Mar 17

The Chinese are coming - certainly some of the Volvo models they make over there....read more


Piech mulls Porsche SE stake sale - reports17 Mar 17

Former Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech is negotiating the sale of his share of Porsche SE....read more


ANALYSIS - New C3 leads Citroën sales fightback17 Mar 17

Groupe PSA's sales fightback continues, with Citroën starting to gain the new vehicles it has needed for some time to arrest falling sales across Europe. A new C3 is the latest fresh model to join the...read more


VW cooperates with D-Wave on traffic flow optimisation project17 Mar 17

Volkswagen Group claims it is the world's first automaker to use quantum computers, further expanding its digital competence for the future. ...read more


VW global sales down 2.6% in February 201717 Mar 17

February 2017 Volkswagen brand sales worldwide fell 2.6% year on year to 384,100 units....read more


Avtovaz/Yandex to jointly develop multimedia systems17 Mar 17

Avtovaz and Yandex LLC have concluded a Memorandum of Intent and will jointly develop multimedia systems of a new generation, including information and entertainment and navigation services. ...read more


GKN supplies FCA Jeep Compass all-wheel drive disconnect system17 Mar 17

GKN announced it is supplying its complete all-wheel drive (AWD) Disconnect system developed for small to medium-sized vehicles for the redesigned Jeep Compass, launched at this month's Geneva motor s...read more


Magneti Marelli announces supply deals for Geneva show debut models17 Mar 17

Magneti Marelli has announced supply deals under which its Automotive Lighting and Powertrain Technology divisions supply key components to new vehicle models, many of which were launched at this mont...read more


Hyundai Alabama plant produces 5m engines since 200517 Mar 17

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) has celebrated the five millionth engine to be manufactured at the Alabama assembly plant. Engine shop Team Members and HMMA leadership gathered for a lunche...read more


European sales inch up in February16 Mar 17

European car sales in 27 key markets continued to grow in February 2017 with new car registrations up 1.2% year on year to 1.1m units....read more


PSA to build Peugeot Expert/Citroën Jumpy in Uruguay16 Mar 17

PSA Group and its partners, EASA and Nordex, have signed an assembly contract for LCVs in Uruguay....read more


EPA to revisit US fuel economy rules16 Mar 17

The US Department of Transportation secretary (DOT) Elaine Chao and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt announced last night, as expected, they would revisit the Obama ...read more


Hyundai US recalling almost 1m cars for seat belt work16 Mar 17

Hyundai Motor America is to recall close to 1m cars to check potentially incorrectly installed seat belts supplied by what is now the combined ZF-TRW. This appears to be a vehicle assembly issue rathe...read more


Russian Automotive Forum - AvtoVAZ  backs 'absolutely critical' export Decree 90516 Mar 17

AvtoVAZ says it is looking to significant push for exports as it looks to leverage the Russian government's drive through Decree 905 to encourage domestic companies to search for new business overseas...read more


Russian Automotive Forum - AEB cautiously hopes for 'soft return' in Russia market16 Mar 17

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AMC) is cautiously predicting a "soft return" to rosier times for the domestic market following four years of disa...read more


Russian Automotive Forum - GAZ looks to ramp up export potential16 Mar 17

GAZ Group says it has set itself a target of increasing export markets to 51 countries as, in common with many Russian manufacturers operating in difficult domestic conditions, it looks overseas to so...read more


Ford of Europe on connectivity developments16 Mar 17

Ford is doing much in the Connected Vehicle Technologies space. Its award-winning SYNC 3 system incorporates much of the functionality desired by consumers today. At the Geneva Motor Show, we caught u...read more


Automakers sue Takata in US court16 Mar 17

Global carmakers including Nissan Motor, BMW and Ford, this week launched a lawsuit in a US court against Japan's Takata for losses incurred due to its faulty airbags, according to reports in the US....read more


Toyota announces new investment in UK16 Mar 17

Toyota Motor Europe has announced that it will invest a further GBP240m in its Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) car plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire (UK). The move will further shore up confidence in the ...read more


Magna VP on smart materials, connectivity and autonomous car interiors16 Mar 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Ian Simmons, Vice President, Business Development, Corporate R&D, Magna International about smart materials, ...read more


Doublestar poised to take over Kumho Tire16 Mar 17

China’s Qingdao Doublestar Group has confirmed earlier media reports it is looking to buy a 42.1% stake in South Korean tyre-maker Kumho Tire Company....read more


Wipro opens automotive engineering centre in Detroit16 Mar 17

Wipro, an Indian-based technology and consulting group, has announced the opening of an Automotive Engineering Centre (AEC) in Detroit. The centre aims to drive innovation in connected vehicle concept...read more


GM firms up 900 jobs in Michigan16 Mar 17

General Motors has announced it will add or retain approximately 900 jobs across three Michigan facilities during the next 12 months....read more


Ford reportedly invests in Silicon Valley driverless car software start-up15 Mar 17

Ford has invested in Silicon Valley start-up Autonomic, a company founded last summer, according to a US report....read more


Bosch to go it alone on ADAS15 Mar 17

A top Bosch executive has said the world's largest maker of automotive components would continue to develop its own visual technology regardless of Intel's US$15bn agreement to buy Mobileye....read more


Castings supplier Chassix expanding in eastern Europe15 Mar 17

Chassix, which supplies cast and machined components to the auto industry, plans to establish a greenfield plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic....read more


Bosch and NVIDIA partner for AI self-driving system15 Mar 17

Bosch and NVIDIA are partnering to develop artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass-market cars....read more


"Diesel issue" and Takata recalls cost Audi EUR1.8bn in 201615 Mar 17

Audi Group booked a EUR1.8bn charge in 2016 to cover costs "for the resolution of the V6 3.0 TDI diesel issue" and in connection with Takata airbag recalls. Even after these special items, operating p...read more


Prosecutors raid Audi facilities in Germany15 Mar 17

German prosecutors have searched Audi facilities in Germany in connection with the emissions cheating crisis - 'dieselgate' - that has hit VW Group....read more


Audi plots electric and self-driving future15 Mar 17

VW Group premium brand Audi says it will launch several electric cars before 2020 and will also accelerate the development of self-driving vehicles....read more


Assystem acquires German lighting company15 Mar 17

Engineering group Assystem has acquired Automotive Solutions Germany GmbH (ASG), a German company specialising in the design of automotive lighting systems which is expected to generate EUR5m in reven...read more


Ford appoints new strategy chief for Asia Pacific15 Mar 17

Ford has named Stephen Dyer vice president of business strategy for the Asia Pacific region....read more


Heat management specialist secures supercar exhaust coat deal15 Mar 17

UK heat management specialist Zircotec has secured its biggest ever single contract to supply an ultra-durable ceramic coating for the exhaust tail pipes of "a premium European supercar"....read more


Skoda global sales up 3.1% in February15 Mar 17

Skoda says it delivered 81,200 vehicles to customers worldwide in February, 3.1% more than in the same period last year (February 2016: 78,800)....read more


Jaguar unleashes I-Pace its first electric vehicle in London15 Mar 17

Jaguar has displayed its first electric vehicle – the I-Pace – on the road for the first time but only in the hands of development engineers....read more


ANALYSIS - Why Geely should sell 1m+ cars in 201715 Mar 17

The first of three features looking at the future models of Zhejiang Geely/Geely Auto was published recently. Now comes an examination of what's ahead for Geely Emgrand, one of the fastest expanding c...read more


Japanese sales rise 7% in February15 Mar 17

Japan's new vehicle market expanded by 7.4% to 484,724 units in February, from weak year-earlier sales of 451,328 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers A...read more


Magna develops composite subframe prototype for Ford14 Mar 17

Magna International, working with Ford, has developed a prototype carbon fiber composite subframe claimed to reduce mass by 34% compared to a stamped steel equivalent....read more


Suppliers partner for Volvo composite springs14 Mar 17

After using composite transverse leaf springs first in the XC90, Geely's Volvo Cars is using them on the S90 and V90 models. They're produced by Benteler-SGL using high-speed resin transfer moulding (...read more


Sales and profits rise at expanding steering supplier Nexteer14 Mar 17

Growing sales and manufacturing expansion saw Nexteer announce record sales and profits for 2016....read more


Nissan names more of its own to top Mitsubishi roles14 Mar 17

Nissan Motor's increasing influence over the running of Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) is evident in a management reshuffle which will place six Nissan executives - three of them 'foreigners' - in a variety ...read more


Faurecia to add second Indiana plant14 Mar 17

Faurecia Clean Mobility (FCM) - manufacturer of exhaust systems and components - has announced plans to open a new production facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana....read more


China 'rethinks' ambitious EV targets14 Mar 17

Beijing may be about to 'rethink' and lower its ambitious targets for electric vehicle targets amid signs that volumes are likely to undershoot....read more


Renault-Nissan Alliance forms new LCV unit14 Mar 17

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has formed a light commercial vehicle business unit to expand sales in the growing segment worldwide....read more


Rheinmetall wins first order for new coolant valves from US carmaker14 Mar 17

Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group's automotive unit has received its first OEM order for a new generation of coolant valves....read more


BlackBerry claims its security leaves cars safe from CIA14 Mar 17

After recent WikiLeaks revelations over the possibility of the CIA hacking automotive software, BlackBerry has said that its multi-level cyber security is able to withstand such threats.  ...read more


Crisis? Bullish VW chiefs talk bright financial future14 Mar 17

Dieselgate? Crisis? What crisis? The bullish attitude of top executives at Volkswagen AG's annual accounts press conference in Wolfsburg today belied the reputational damage, massive costs associated ...read more


Toyota appoints first local CEO in Asia14 Mar 17

Toyota Motor Corporation announced this week it would appoint vice president-director Warih Andang Tjahjono to the position of president-director (CEO) of its local Indonesian subsidiary Toyota Motor ...read more


Gestamp announces IPO intention for Q214 Mar 17

Automotive supplier Gestamp has said that it intends to proceed with an initial public offering (IPO) listing of shares on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges....read more


Ford expands supplier environment programme13 Mar 17

Ford said it would become 'greener' by sharing more sustainability practices with suppliers worldwide....read more


Trump to eye Obama's last-minute CAFE rules decision13 Mar 17

US president Donald Trump is expected to roll back another Obama administration policy with an announcement of a review of fuel economy rules on Wednesday (15 March)....read more


Manufacturing (and driving) the world's fastest diesel car13 Mar 17

Porsche says its new Panamera 4S is the world’s fastest diesel car. How fast? Top speed is 177mph and with launch control activated, zero to 62mph takes just 4.3 seconds. ...read more


BMW Group global sales up in February13 Mar 17

BMW Group sales worldwide rose 3.1% year on year in February to a record 169,073 vehicles....read more


Ford to build China-specific Lincoln locally in 201913 Mar 17

Ford will produce luxury Lincoln SUVs in China by the end of 2019, according to a media report....read more


Intel to buy autonomous driving technology specialist Mobileye13 Mar 17

Intel Corporation is to buy Mobileye, which specialises in developing computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localisation and mapping for driver assistance systems and autonomous driving...read more


Hofu to supplement Mazda CX-5 Hiroshima output13 Mar 17

Mazda Motor will, from November, produce the redesigned CX-5 crossover at its Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi as well as Hiroshima where it is currently built....read more


Porsche Mission E to have range of variants - report13 Mar 17

The upcoming fully electric Porsche Mission E will be sold in a number of different model variants with differing power outputs, according to a report in Autocar....read more


Cost rises prompt PPG to increase paint prices in Asia13 Mar 17

PPG said it raise customer-specific prices and surcharges in Asia "to offset a significant rise in raw material costs"....read more


Samsung Electronics completes Harman take over13 Mar 17

Samsung Electronics has completed the previously announced acquisition of Harman International Industries....read more


China car market faces second half decline - analyst13 Mar 17

Although the Chinese car market appears to have begun the year brightly, it faces decline later in the year as the annual year-on-year comparison will be against bumper sales achieved in the latter pa...read more


Volvo Cars to export from new Chinese plant13 Mar 17

Volvo Cars expects to begin exports from its newly-built Daqing car assembly plant in China's Heilongjiang province in May....read more


SsangYong global sales up 2.3% in February 201713 Mar 17

SsangYong Motor Company has announced that the company sold a total of 10,816 units in February 2017 – 8,106 units in domestic sales and 2,710 in exports....read more


Chinese tyre maker to buy Kumho13 Mar 17

Creditors of South Korean tyre manufacturer Kumho Tire Company plan to sell their combined stake in the company to China’s Qingdao Doublestar Company, according to local reports....read more


Robert Bosch Automotive Steering on electrification and automated driving13 Mar 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Alexander Gaedke, head of system and advanced development of passenger cars steering systems at Robert Bosch ...read more




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