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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


New York show - yet another Toyota to have an extended lifecycle22 Mar 17

As expected, Toyota Motor Sales US, will give the facelifted Yaris its North American debut at the New York auto show. In a surprise development though, the Sienna is also facelifted for the 2018 mode...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


Frankfurt motor show world debuts list - Audi A820 Mar 17

The show itself might be almost six months away but a second Volkswagen Group division has announced a model debut for the IAA. ...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


Shanghai show debuts list - Geely Emgrand X1 B-SUV15 Mar 17

Another world premiere for April's Auto Shanghai 2017 has been been added to just-auto.com's debuts list: an additional SUV for the Geely Emgrand brand....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


THE WEEK - PSA, GM Europe, Geneva10 Mar 17

Yes, of course, Geneva this week, with lots of shiny new metal to get the consumer media all a-Twitter (other social media platforms are available), but the big story, looking all but inevitable a wee...read more


JLR starts on new R&D centre10 Mar 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover Automotive has started construction of a GBP200m redevelopment of its design and engineering centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire, England....read more


Toyota and Suzuki discuss joint India plans10 Mar 17

As Tata Motors and Volkswagen confirmed they would discuss development cooperation in India, it emerged Toyota and Suzuki have discussed joint plans with a top Indian politician....read more


Philippines sales rise in February10 Mar 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines rose by 7.5% to 27,040 units in February, from 25,150 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufac...read more


VW and Tata confirm 'strategic alliance' MoU10 Mar 17

Volkswagen and Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors have confirmed they signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to eye cooperation opportunities....read more


Gestamp records 2016 net profit up 37% to EUR221m10 Mar 17

Gestamp has posted 2016 net profit before tax up 37% to EUR221m (US$234m), with revenue of EUR7.5bn, a 7.3% increase, although without the foreign exchange impact the increase would have been 12.3%....read more


New JLR Brazil chief awaits revised local content rules10 Mar 17

Eight months after opening its Brazilian assembly plant in Itatiaia, 174km/110 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro City, Tata Motors' luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover's South American outpost has a...read more


PSA teams with BNP Paribas for Opel/Vauxhall financing10 Mar 17

PSA Group and BNP Paribas have announced a long-term partnership in automotive finance as the French automaker looks to take over the joint acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall’s financing activities....read more


Mitsui, SK to build new car seat plant in India10 Mar 17

Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals announced plans to build a new plant in India to produce polyurethane seat covers for the country’s automotive industry in partnership with South Korea’s SK Chemicals....read more


PPG lays out case for Akzo Nobel combination10 Mar 17

PPG says there is a "strong strategic rationale" for the proposed transaction between PPG and AkzoNobel....read more


PSA Group launches Free2Move Lease10 Mar 17

PSA Group has launched Free2Move Lease, a business unit dedicated to multi-make, full service leasing....read more


Inrix selects ten US cities for HAV deployment10 Mar 17

Inrix says it has identified two key findings derived from the hundreds of millions of data points collected concerning population movement, congestion and parking in urban areas across the US....read more


Toyo Tire to focus on core automotive operations10 Mar 17

Toyo Tire & Rubber plans to sell of its diversified non-automotive businesses to focus exclusively on its mainstay tyre business, according to reports in Japan....read more


South Korea import sales rise 3.5% in February (no VWs)10 Mar 17

Sales of imported cars in South Korea increased by 3.5% to 16,212 units in February, from 15,671 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Ass...read more


Jaguar Land Rover renews renewable sources electricity deal9 Mar 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover said it had agreed a new deal with EDF Energy to buy all its electricity from renewable sources up to March 2020....read more


EC hits six auto suppliers with EUR155m cartel fine9 Mar 17

Six automotive suppliers have been fined a total of EUR155m (US$164m) by the European Commission (EC) for taking part in one or more of four cartels concerning supplies of air conditioning and engine ...read more


BMW sets records as analysts quibble over profit9 Mar 17

BMW Group reported record sales volume, revenues and earnings for 2016 but analysts noted a drop in automotive operating profit and some unexpected write-downs....read more


Ford refutes hybrid patent infringement claims 9 Mar 17

Paice, which develops hybrid vehicle technology, said the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted a formal investigation into patent infringement claims against Ford  which the automake...read more


Evolution Time Critical on what a ‘hard Brexit’ could mean for the UK automotive logistics sector9 Mar 17

UK-based emergency logistics specialist, Evolution Time Critical (ETC) was recently acquired by the Metro Supply Chain Group. To find how its business has shaped up since and how it views the implicat...read more


JLR owner Tata Motors reportedly signs technical MoU with Volkswagen Group9 Mar 17

Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors has signed a memorandum of understanding with Volkswagen Group, according to an Indian media report....read more


ANALYSIS - The future models of Geely & Volvo's Lynk & Co9 Mar 17

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company, owner of Volvo Car Corporation, is also the parent firm of Geely Auto. The future vehicles to be rolled out by both these divisions will be examined in a new edit...read more


A123 opens new Czech Republic facility9 Mar 17

A123 Systems has opened its new manufacturing facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic, with the site due to produce more than 600,000 units of its low voltage automotive systems annually for European cust...read more


Trelleborg Wheel Systems appoints new Business Area president9 Mar 17

Paolo Pompei has been appointed as the new Business Area president of Trelleborg Wheel Systems, succeeding Maurizio Vischi, who is retiring. ...read more


Schaeffler net income up 45% to EUR859m9 Mar 17

Schaeffler has posted 2016 net income up 45 % to EUR859m (US$909m) with revenue rising 3.4% at constant currency to EUR13.3bn....read more


Zoltek signifcantly expands Mexico carbon fibre production9 Mar 17

Zoltek Companies is to start a large scale capacity expansion of carbon fibre production in its Mexico facility from this year....read more


Michelin posts 2016 profit up 42% to EUR1.7bn9 Mar 17

Michelin has announced 2016 net income up 42% to EUR1.7bn (US$1.8bn) while volumes rose 2.1%....read more


Vietnam market rebounds strongly in February9 Mar 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam jumped by almost 54% to 17,156 units in February, from 11,169 units a year earlier, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (...read more


UK Budget - SMMT not too happy over supply chain8 Mar 17

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and traders (SMMT) is less than happy with some aspects of the 2017 Spring Budget announced by the UK chancellor (finance minister) on Wednesday (8 March)....read more


Hella on next generation automotive sensors and lighting8 Mar 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Carsten Roch, head of Hella’s Driver Assistance Systems division about a novel radar sensor based ...read more


2017 Geneva motor show - world debuts list8 Mar 17

All the world premieres from the 2017 Geneva motor show are listed below. The most important models this year were the Range Rover Velar, Kia Picanto, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Opel Crossland X & Insi...read more


Magna cites renewables drive for EV technology uptake8 Mar 17

Magna says the increasing availability of alternative energy sources coupled with a gradually fall in battery prices, could help to drive a rapid increase in the uptake of electric vehicles....read more


VW investor claims make progress in German court8 Mar 17

Some investor claims against Volkswagen have made progress in a German court....read more


GENEVA - FCA still wrangling with government over diesel emissions8 Mar 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) still faces a ban on selling some 2017 diesel models in the US while awaiting a government decision on legal action....read more


Car sales in Western Europe edge up in February8 Mar 17

Despite fewer sales days in the month versus last year, car sales in Western Europe were up 0.7% in February according to data issued by LMC Automotive....read more


Hyundai Motor unveils refreshed Sonata8 Mar 17

Hyundai Motor has unveiled a redesigned Sonata sedan in the hope that the new model can lift prospects in a declining segment of the Korean and US car markets...read more


GENEVA - VW CEO not open to FCA merger talks8 Mar 17

Volkswagen has strongly rejected any suggestion it is open to merger talks with Fiat Chrysler....read more


Getrag buy drives joint effort improvements - Magna8 Mar 17

Magna says its recent US$1.9bn acquisition of Getrag allows it to generate powerful synergies as the Canadian supplier looks to capitalise on the increasing popularity of all-wheel and four-wheel driv...read more


GENEVA - Zetsche upbeat on Mercedes prospects8 Mar 17

Daimler and Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche is upbeat on global prospects for the premium car segment and Mercedes-Benz cars....read more


GM/Honda fuel cell joint venture names executive team8 Mar 17

General Motors and Honda have announced the executive structure for their recently established joint venture company, Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC....read more


GENEVA - Ford chief still sees European opportunity8 Mar 17

Ford's European chief still expects growth in the region....read more


Scale drives PSA's Opel ambitions - COMMENT7 Mar 17

The deal is all but done, scheduled to complete this year. Opel/Vauxhall is to become part of the PSA Group. When the news broke last month that the two were in talks for a sale, my thoughts could be ...read more


SUVs overtake cars in Australia7 Mar 17

February 2017 saw a landmark shift in Australian automotive history when national sales of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) overtook those of passenger cars for the first time - on a monthly basis - acc...read more


Ford China sales rise in February, down 21% year to date7 Mar 17

Ford and its joint ventures in China sold 64,641 vehicles in February, up 2% compared to February 2016....read more


GENEVA - Three plants to make new Jeep for Europe7 Mar 17

Jeep's new Compass model will be supplied to Europe from up to three different plants, starting from the middle of this year....read more


SMMT "hopeful" of PSA-Opel/Vauxhall supply chain opportunities7 Mar 17

Britain's automotive trade association, SMMT (Society of Motor Traders and Manufacturers) says it is "hopeful" yesterday's (6 March) confirmation by PSA Group it was to purchase General Motors' Opel/V...read more


75% of production cars launched at Geneva carry GKN systems7 Mar 17

UK-based Tier 1 supplier GKN Driveline has pointed out that some three-quarters of all production-ready cars cars launched at Geneva feature its component systems....read more


Honda starts making new 10-speed automatic in US7 Mar 17

Honda has launched production of a new, 10-speed automatic transmission for global sale at its Honda Precision Parts of Georgia plant in Tallapoosa....read more


Taiwan sales rise 12% in February7 Mar 17

New vehicle sales in Taiwan rose by over 12% year on year to 24,215 units in February, after weak sales in the previous month due to the lunar new year holidays....read more


China looks to strengthen EV battery industry7 Mar 17

The Chinese government has put in place a policy to help drive production and innovation in the country’s electric vehicle battery industry, according to local reports....read more


GENEVA - Marchionne approves GM-PSA deal7 Mar 17

The PSA deal to buy Opel from General Motors is a step in the right direction - a direction towards industry consolidation and the need to drive down costs and capacity, according to Fiat Chrysler chi...read more


GENEVA - Kia chief remains bullish on Europe as sales surge7 Mar 17

It doesn't seem to matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of Kia, the brand seemingly goes from strength to strength in Europe....read more


GENEVA - Ford surges in Europe as GM throws in the towel7 Mar 17

While big rival General Motors' struggles in Europe have been highlighted by the sale of Opel to PSA, Ford is enjoying something of a resurgence in the region....read more


GENEVA - Ford stresses importance of zero tariffs for UK7 Mar 17

Ford of Europe chief Jim Farley has stressed the importance of continued tariff-free trade for the UK's auto industry sector when the UK leaves the EU in 2019....read more


Plastic Omnium starts building two new US plants7 Mar 17

Plastic Omnium has started construction of two new plants in the US....read more


Harman introduces dynamic map layers solution platform for automakers7 Mar 17

Harman says its new dynamic map layers solution identifies differences between on-board map data and real-world information being captured through a vehicle's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)...read more


Ford small-scale trials 3D printing for larger parts6 Mar 17

Small-scale 3D printing of small components was on show at Ford's UK technical centre at Dunton, Essex when just-auto visited a few years ago so it's no surprise to learn the automaker now is explorin...read more


UK LCV sales slow as expected in February6 Mar 17

The UK's new light commercial vehicle market declined in February, falling 4.3% to 13,291 registrations, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


US analysts (mostly) happy with PSA/Opel mix6 Mar 17

US analysts are mostly in favour of the sale of General Motors' European operation Opel (and Vauxhall) to PSA, announced earlier today....read more


UK new car market 'steady' in February6 Mar 17

UK new car sales remained steady in February, dipping 0.3%, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


UK auto workers union to "fight" for GM plants' "future", UK welcomes assurances6 Mar 17

The key union representing British workers, Unite, has said "the fight begins now" to secure a future for the General Motors plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton which will be sold to PSA as part of the...read more


South Korean domestic sales rise in February6 Mar 17

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers increased by 8.1% to 106,210 units in February, from 110,616 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released indivi...read more


Hard Brexit could boost UK supply chain - Carlos Tavares6 Mar 17

PSA Group says there could be significant opportunities for the UK supply chain following its proposed purchase of General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall division, if the British government opts for a so-calle...read more


PSA's Tavares plays down job cuts after Opel buy6 Mar 17

PSA Group chief executive Carlos Tavares has stressed the opportunities ahead for Opel/Vauxhall plants in the new larger group and played down talk of plant closures and job cuts....read more


Cooper Tyre Mexico relocates its offices to Guadalajara6 Mar 17

Cooper Tyre de Mexico has relocated its offices from El Salto to a new location in Guadalajara within the Los Arrayanes industrial park. ...read more


Opel/Vauxhall to join PSA Group6 Mar 17

GM is to sell its loss-making European operations to PSA Group in an EUR2.2bn deal expected to close by the end of this year...read more


Nervous European auto workers await fate - the week3 Mar 17

This was not a good week to be a worker in certain auto or engine making plants owned by GM, PSA or Ford in the UK and Spain. Especially for those of nervous disposition....read more


Polish new car sales on the up3 Mar 17

New car registrations in Poland set a 16-year record in February, according to a media report in the country....read more


Geely reconsiders Proton bid3 Mar 17

Shares of Malaysia’s DRB-Hicom fell sharply in late trading on Friday as investors reacted to news that Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is re-evaluating its recent bid for Proton Holding...read more


Spanish minister confident as GM/PSA unions fret3 Mar 17

With a deal between GM and PSA for the sale of Opel possibly to be announced on Monday, a Spanish minister has said his country's assembly plants were "well-placed"....read more


Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant begins updated GLA production3 Mar 17

Production of an updated GLA range has started at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant at Rastatt in Germany....read more


Nemak opens new high-pressure die casting plant in Mexico3 Mar 17

Nemak, which specialises in innovative lightweighting solutions for the automotive industry worldwide, has officially opened a new high-pressure die casting (HPDC) plant located in Monterrey, Mexico....read more


VW establishes new Sub-Saharan Africa region3 Mar 17

Volkswagen said it was with its brand's regionalisation strategy having established the Sub-Saharan Africa region to develop and strengthen the market....read more


ZF opens new technology centre in India3 Mar 17

ZF has opened its technology centre in India to focus on developing electronics and software for automotive and industrial applications....read more


PSA Opel deal looking more likely3 Mar 17

The sale of General Motors' European Opel unit to PSA Group is looking more likely and could be announced as early as Monday, according to a flurry of news reports....read more


Canada sales set February record2 Mar 17

Automakers sold 123,032 new light vehicles in Canada in February 2017, up 3.2% year on year and a record for the month, according to a media report citing DesRosiers Automotive Consultants and automak...read more


Continental calls for clarity on data regulations for active safety2 Mar 17

Continental has called for clarity on data regulations for active safety....read more


PPG opens new topcoat production line at Wuhu facility2 Mar 17

Paint supplier PPG has celebrated the completion of a new US$19m waterborne and high-solids coatings production line at its Wuhu factory in Anhui province, China....read more


Valmet acquires Semcon engineering operations in Germany2 Mar 17

Valmet Automotive has concluded the previously announced deal to acquire ex-Semcon engineering operations in Germany. Approximately 800 engineers at six locations are now part of the contract assembly...read more


Vitro acquires PGW’s automotive OEM glass business2 Mar 17

Mexico-based Vitro has acquired Pittsburgh Glass Works' (PGW) automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) glass business from LKQ Corporation....read more


Will diesel concerns slow UK CO2 emissions reduction?2 Mar 17

The UK automotive industry has once again beaten CO2 targets, with average new car emissions down for the 19th consecutive year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), but...read more


ChargePoint raises $82m to expand network in Europe2 Mar 17

ChargePoint, which claims to be the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, said it had secured an initial US$82m in funding, part of a larger multi-million dollar fund raise, led by D...read more


GKN creates new propshaft joint for Audi Q52 Mar 17

GKN Driveline says it has created a new lightweight, high-speed propshaft joint for the all-new Audi Q5. It will be manufactured in Mexico to support Audi's factory there....read more


VW partners with Infineon over future semiconductor solutions2 Mar 17

Volkswagen says it has partnered with semiconductor supplier Infineon in order to define future semiconductor solutions involving advanced and emerging auto technologies and to 'pursue new joint devel...read more


US light vehicle sales drift lower in February2 Mar 17

US light vehicle deliveries edged down again in February but, while the market is softening, the industry seems to be looking at a rather gentle landing....read more


Ford's Bridgend engine plant – the anatomy of its decline1 Mar 17

A confluence of factors, many of them rooted in history, are behind the expected decline in output at Ford’s Bridgend plant which will lead to the loss of 1,100 jobs over the next five years....read more


Renault New Zealand company to sell Infiniti1 Mar 17

Nissan's Hong Kong-based premium brand Infiniti has appointed local Renault importer Global Motors NZ as its official New Zealand distributor and will start operations with dealerships in one key city...read more


Ford to lose more jobs at UK engine plant - report1 Mar 17

Ford may have to cut the workforce at its Bridgend engine plant in Wales, UK, with as many as 1,160 jobs lost by 2020 according to documents seen by the BBC....read more


Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus close on strategic alliance1 Mar 17

Navistar International Corporation said it had closed on its, previously announced, wide-ranging strategic alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus which includes an equity investment in Navistar by the G...read more


New Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 - a 400km range electric car?1 Mar 17

Fresh from having sold almost 19,542 examples of the Zoe in 2016, Renault sees another good year ahead for the B segment electric hatchback. A new battery pack which promises up to 400km or a real wor...read more


Grupo Antolin wins state grant to expand in Michigan1 Mar 17

A unit of a key auto supplier was included in awards totalling US$7.3m by the Michigan Strategic Fund, a semi-public state board which funds investments to boost economic growth, according to a newspa...read more


Gestamp acquires Romania factory1 Mar 17

Spanish supplier Gestamp has started business in Romania by acquiring a majority stake in a local company which owns a plant supplying Renault-Nissan's subsidiary Dacia....read more


JLR confirms exclusive UK production for Velar1 Mar 17

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed that its new Range Rover Velar model will be built exclusively at its Solihull plant in the UK....read more


Indonesia sales rise 1.5% in January1 Mar 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia rose by 1.5% to 86,300 units in January, from weak year-earlier sales of 85,000 units, according to data from industry sources....read more


Toyota announces another, trimmer, management structure1 Mar 17

Toyota has announced a restructure that includes a reduced number of top executives....read more


Is Euro NCAP losing its way? - Comment1 Mar 17

Euro NCAP changed consumer attitudes to car safety but is in danger of getting lost in its own complexity, writes Ray Hutton....read more


Hella opens new development centre in Sindelfingen1 Mar 17

The lighting and electronics specialist Hella has opened its new development centre for automotive lighting technology in Sindelfingen, Germany....read more


Isuzu acquires GM's East Africa subsidiary1 Mar 17

Isuzu Motors is to acquire GM's stake in 'General Motors East Africa' (GMEA) as part of a strategy to expand in the region....read more


GM CEO cautious on Opel sale1 Mar 17

In remarks made at the Economic Club of Washington, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has said that GM is 'exploring opportunities' for Opel, ramping down expectations of an imminent announcement on the s...read more


BMW on the future of personalised, connected mobility28 Feb 17

Concluding just-auto’s series of interviews with OEMs that enjoyed the limelight at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we spoke to executives of BMW to learn more about the carmaker’s Co...read more


Nissan warns on post-Brexit UK-EU trade rules28 Feb 17

Although Nissan has received assurances from the UK government on the post-Brexit competitive position for its UK plant, a senior executive has warned that "if anything material changes, we'd review c...read more


Honda spending more on Indonesian parts production28 Feb 17

Honda’s Indonesian subsidiary, PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM), said it plans to spend IDR4.8 trillion (US$360m) over the next five years to support its passenger car production operations in the countr...read more


Redesigned Volvo XC60 has new driver assistance technology28 Feb 17

Geely's Volvo Cars said its redesigned XC60 SUV, to be launched at the Geneva Motor show next month, will have three new advanced driver-assistance features designed to provide the driver with automat...read more


Takata settlement deal approved by US court28 Feb 17

Troubled airbag supplier Takata has agreed a complex US federal court $1bn settlement with a judge noting he approved the figure because bankrupting the supplier would not be in other parties' best in...read more


VW Wolfsburg plant produces 44m vehicles28 Feb 17

Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany has now built 44m vehicles since production started 72 years ago....read more


Michelin adds RFID to truck tyres28 Feb 17

Michelin Americas Truck Tires said Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being added to commercial truck tyres and retreads, enabling fleets to better manage their tyres throughout the f...read more


Volvo Trucks concept 'cuts fuel consumption by over 30%'28 Feb 17

Volvo Trucks says it has produced a new concept truck that can reduce fuel consumption by more than 30% and boost productivity in long-haul operations....read more


Mitsubishi reveals more of Eclipse Cross SUV28 Feb 17

Mitsubishi Motor's drip-feed of information about its new Eclipse Cross compact SUV has now extended to a decent image and some detail specifications ahead of the model's world debut at the Geneva sho...read more


COMMENT - Europe’s race to the bottom and the squeezed middle28 Feb 17

There’s been a lot of talk recently about globalisation and the race to the bottom it engenders. Once costs have been ratcheted down so much through process improvement or a shift to the newest low-co...read more


Mitsubishi Motors signs EV tech MOU with Philippines28 Feb 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for a joint study into environme...read more


Johnson Controls Power Solutions’ President on trends in the automotive battery market28 Feb 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we caught up with Joe Walicki, President of Johnson Controls Power Solutions to consider 48-volt networks and the start-s...read more


Renault Brazil places second SUV bet on table28 Feb 17

A word which roughly translates as 'SUVisation' is now used here in Brazil to describe the growing consumer acceptance of SUV-like or crossover models which continue to shake up the market. It's no us...read more


Alliance and Transdev to jointly develop driverless vehicle fleet27 Feb 17

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev have agreed to jointly explore development of mobility services with fleets of electric driverless vehicles for public and on-demand transportation....read more


Canada funding gives EV charge stations a boost27 Feb 17

The government of Canada will spend up to CDN$7m to develop advanced electric-vehicle charging stations across the country....read more


Japanese automakers again hike domestic output27 Feb 17

Combined domestic production of eight major Japanese automakers in January increased 4.2% from a year earlier to 725,044 vehicles, up for the third consecutive month, due in part to solid sales of new...read more


Ssangyong trucks to be assembled in Saudi Arabia27 Feb 17

Indian-owned South Korean SUV maker Ssangyong Motor signed a licensing agreement with a Saudi Arabian company at the weekend to locally assemble its vehicles in the country from 2020, according to re...read more


Panasonic Automotive President on smart mobility, in-vehicle infotainment, AR-HUDs and the Chrysler Portal Concept27 Feb 17

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global automotive multimedia players, we caught up with Tom Gebhardt, President, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America....read more


Mitsubishi eyes Philippines output of 40,000 cars this year27 Feb 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it held a production launch ceremony today (27 February) for the Mirage G4 compact sedan (Attrage in some markets) at the Malacañang Palace, the official resid...read more


NXP to supply NFC devices to five OEMs27 Feb 17

At Mobile World Congress 2017, NXP Semiconductors N.V., announced that five leading car OEMs will equip their future cars with Near Field Communication (NFC) devices. This technology will enable secur...read more


BMW considers making electric Mini in Germany - report27 Feb 17

A report in a German newspaper says that BMW is considering manufacturing the electric version of its Mini in Regensburg and Leipzig instead of Oxford amid concerns about future trading arrangements w...read more


Renesas Electronics completes Intersil take over27 Feb 17

Renesas Electronics, a semiconductor supplier, and Intersil, a power management supplier, have announced the completion of Renesas' take over....read more


How long will global automakers prop up loss-making Brazil subsidiaries?27 Feb 17

There was once euphoria in the Brazilian automotive market. Following the 2008/2009 financial crisis, the Lehman Brothers bank bankruptcy and the chain reaction that spread worldwide, auto companies s...read more


ANALYSIS - Peugeot future models part 227 Feb 17

This is the final feature in a five-part series which examines the current and future models for Groupe PSA's passenger car brands. The last instalment offers an overview of Peugeot's future SUVs, mon...read more


Volvo Cars VP interior design on V40 CC, more digital content and technical features27 Feb 17

Volvo sold 46,696 cars in the UK last year, of which the V40/V40 Cross Country was the highest-selling model accounting for 16,491, followed by the ever-popular XC60 (16,038) and new XC90 (5,801). We ...read more


VW Group record sales lift underlying 2016 profits27 Feb 17

Volkswagen Group says it is making 'good progress with overcoming the diesel crisis', despite the adverse impact on its 2016 earnings caused by 'special items'. ...read more


Honda builds a million cars in Indonesia27 Feb 17

Honda Motor's Indonesian unit - PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) - has celebrated a one million unit automobile production milestone with a ceremony at the Karawang factory....read more


Windy weather and waves - The Week24 Feb 17

It has been a week of high winds and resultant waves. Extreme weather system Doris hit us here on the edge of the Atlantic and caused a little local disruption. ...read more


Opel cannot continue 'burning cash' - Carlos Tavares24 Feb 17

PSA Groupe says Opel cannot go on 'burning cash for ever,' insisting its proposed purchase of the General Motors subsidiary could create a European champion, but doubt continues to remain as to any fu...read more


Unite rates Tavares Vauxhall meeting as "relatively positive"24 Feb 17

British labour body, Unite, has issued a cautious appraisal of its meeting today (24 February) with PSA Group CEO, Carlos Tavares, rating it "relatively positive" as the French automaker seeks to take...read more


Magna posts 2016 net income of US$2bn24 Feb 17

Magna has unveiled 2016 income from continuing operations before income taxes of US$2.78bn and net income from continuing operations attributable to Magna International of US$2.03bn, increases of US$1...read more


Faurecia teams with TactoTek24 Feb 17

Faurecia has unveiled a partnership agreement with Finnish supplier, TactoTek....read more


Continental Tyre appoints Mat Wilkinson UK sales director24 Feb 17

Continental Tyre Group has appointed Mat Wilkinson as Commercial Sales and Marketing Director for Continental Tyre Group, with responsibility for the UK and Republic of Ireland. ...read more


UK Business Secretary meets Tavares as Vauxhall speculation swirls24 Feb 17

British Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark, is currently (24 February) meeting PSA Groupe CEO, Carlos Tavares in London as intense speculation continues to swirl concerning the fate of Genera...read more


Thai sales rise 11% in January but exports plunge24 Feb 17

New vehicle sales in Thailand rebounded by 10.7% to 57,254 units in January, from 51,715 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries....read more


GM launches new Trailblazer in Indonesia24 Feb 17

General Motors has continued the regional roll-out of its new Chevrolet Trailblazer with the launch of the model in Indonesia this week....read more


Nissan uses FB live for Micra build options poll24 Feb 17

Nissan says that some 500,000 Nissan fans joined a live social media broadcast to help choose Micra’s exterior, interior and personalisation options broadcast live from the French factory where it is ...read more


US market strong in January - Edmunds24 Feb 17

Edmunds forecasts that 1,331,787 new cars and trucks will be sold in the US in February for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 17.6 million. This reflects a 17 percent increase in ...read more


Audi plans China expansion24 Feb 17

Audi plans to launch five clean-energy vehicles and expand annual production in China to 1m units over the next five years, sources in China say....read more


Maruti Suzuki to invest more in R&D unit24 Feb 17

Maruti Suzuki aims to complete the second phase of its research and development centre in northern Haryana state by March 2019 at an estimated investment of 19 billion rupees ($280m)....read more


Gestamp Hot Stamping Japan to start 201824 Feb 17

Gestamp is to construct its first plant in Japan to start production in the first of next year, employing 80 staff initially with up to 180 envisaged if growth expectations are met...read more


PSA chief eyes cost savings after Opel buy23 Feb 17

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


ZF to cooperate with Plug & Play23 Feb 17

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


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

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


UK car output up 7.5% in January23 Feb 17

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


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

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


just-auto taken offline by Doris23 Feb 17

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


ANALYSIS - Peugeot future models part 123 Feb 17

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


PSA and THACO team for Vietnam assembly23 Feb 17

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


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

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


PSA profit spike ahead of Opel purchase talks23 Feb 17

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


UK auto industry guru Garel Rhys dies23 Feb 17

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


Ghosn to step down as CEO of Nissan23 Feb 17

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


UK MP hails Tata Steel investment ahead of Brexit22 Feb 17

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


Nissan wants monthly 'Happy Friday' early finish22 Feb 17

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


Ficosa joins 5G Automotive Association22 Feb 17

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


Toyota introduces new smaller exhaust purifying catalyst22 Feb 17

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


ZF/Porsche develop modular hybrid transmission kit22 Feb 17

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


BMW and Mobileye working on crowd sourcing sensor data22 Feb 17

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


BMW in UK faces pension row dispute22 Feb 17

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


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

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


Unite urges UK Prime Minister to support Vauxhall jobs22 Feb 17

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


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

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


Flex to acquire AGM Automotive22 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


Mercedes confirms Russia car plant21 Feb 17

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


PSA and Geely bid for Proton - reports21 Feb 17

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


Audi teams up with Zoomcar in India21 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


PSA chief meets with Opel Works Council21 Feb 17

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


Skoda starts production of new 1.0 TSI engine21 Feb 17

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


FAW and Dongfeng in advanced R&D alliance21 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


ANALYSIS - Citroën future models part 221 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


VW Group worldwide sales down 4% in January20 Feb 17

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


Mitsubishi Philippines plant begins Mirage G4 production20 Feb 17

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


FCA US recalls AWD cars to replace propshaft bolts20 Feb 17

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


Honda targets strong growth in Malaysia20 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


PSA eyes Opel - the week17 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


Ford nixes human intervention on driverless cars17 Feb 17

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


Toronto motor show - world debuts list17 Feb 17

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


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

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


Ford plans pothole plotter17 Feb 17

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


UK union requests ugent PSA CEO talks17 Feb 17

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


Valmet Uusikaupunki plant begins Mercedes-Benz GLC production17 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


GM downplays factory closures if PSA deal seals16 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


GKN and SDS commence AWD Disconnect production in China16 Feb 17

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


Great Wall to launch premium brand SUVs16 Feb 17

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


Cap hpi predicts registrations growth across  Europe in 201716 Feb 17

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


EU sales rise 10.2% in January16 Feb 17

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


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

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


ANALYSIS - Citroën future models part 116 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


Toyota chops UK Prius PHV price16 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


Toyota chairman sees PHVs catching on faster15 Feb 17

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


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

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


English union digs in heels over Vauxhall and PSA15 Feb 17

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


Mitsubishi names new SUV ahead of Geneva debut15 Feb 17

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


Mercedes Benz upgrading Untertürkheim plant for electric mobiltiy15 Feb 17

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


Merecedes plans low volume electric truck trial15 Feb 17

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


JLR Q3 revenue up, pre tax profit down15 Feb 17

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


Toyota recalls all Mirai FCVs sold to date15 Feb 17

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


Tata Steel unveils new UK tailor welded blanks line15 Feb 17

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


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

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


US car ownership falling15 Feb 17

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


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

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


Has GM finally lost patience with Europe?14 Feb 17

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


PSA talking to GM for potential Opel purchase14 Feb 17

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


PSA urges caution as it mulls Opel purchase14 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Vietnam vehicle market falls 10% in January14 Feb 17

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


Japanese vehicle sales rise 4.9% in January14 Feb 17

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


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

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


Toyota sells 10m hybrid vehicles globally since launch14 Feb 17

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


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

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


VW CEO writes to frazzled staff - report13 Feb 17

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


Tesla starts Dubai sales13 Feb 17

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


Dana buying US Manufacturing Corporation's Michigan operations13 Feb 17

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


EC OKs German EV charging network13 Feb 17

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


VW turnaround talks broken off13 Feb 17

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


Toyota boosts US truck and SUV capacity13 Feb 17

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


Will Geely take control of Proton?13 Feb 17

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


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

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


Mahindra plans Nasik/Igatpuri plant spends13 Feb 17

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


AAM 2016 net profit rises after Q4 dip13 Feb 17

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


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

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


Philippine sales rise 28% in January13 Feb 17

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


China passenger vehicle sales drop 10% in January13 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


Ford invests in artificial intelligence firm13 Feb 17

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


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

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


Daimler's trucks and buses chief steps down10 Feb 17

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


2017 Chicago motor show - world debuts10 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


Survey shows Brazil auto executives ahead on technology curve10 Feb 17

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


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

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


Asbestos claim charge clobbers BorgWarner Q4 results10 Feb 17

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


Faurecia posts strong 2016 results10 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


Renault posts 2016 profit boost on record sales10 Feb 17

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


BMW core brand designer moves from VW group9 Feb 17

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


Dana confirms Q4 and FY financials, 2017 guidance9 Feb 17

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


Donfeng-Nissan spin off Venucia brand9 Feb 17

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


Nissan Q3 operating profit hit by high yen9 Feb 17

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


RHA fears food impact unless Brexit customs resourced9 Feb 17

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


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

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


Latest Mazda MX-5 cheaper in real terms9 Feb 17

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


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

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


Nissan loses South Korean Qashqai diesel emissions case9 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


IAC breaks ground for instrument panels facility in Poland8 Feb 17

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


Evonik establishes new subsidiary Evonik Digital8 Feb 17

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


CIE Automotive to acquire Newcor8 Feb 17

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


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

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


FAW reports record sales in January8 Feb 17

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


South Korea import sales rise 3% in January8 Feb 17

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


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

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


GM reports 2016 net income over $9bn7 Feb 17

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


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

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


Maserati hit by US fire risk recalls7 Feb 17

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


Takata shares fall on KSS rumours7 Feb 17

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


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

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


BMW among investors in 3D printing startup7 Feb 17

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


German draft law to allow autonomous testing7 Feb 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Scania to build commercial vehicle assembly facility in Thailand7 Feb 17

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


Groupe Renault acquires Power Vehicle Innovation7 Feb 17

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


Evonik opens new coatings additives laboratory in Turkey7 Feb 17

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


Honda and Hitachi sign MoU for EV motors7 Feb 17

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


Police probe major JLR engine theft at Solihull plant6 Feb 17

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


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

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


UK van sales inch up in January6 Feb 17

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


German fleet operator to sue VW over emissions6 Feb 17

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


Thyssenkrupp to build new EUR35m Hungary parts site6 Feb 17

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




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