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Frankfurt IAA world debuts list - Jaguar XJR57524 Jul 17

Jaguar has announced both the MY2018 XJ range and a new variant, the XJR575, which is the most powerful XJ yet. Its motor show debut will take place at the Frankfurt IAA. ...read more


BMW rejects emissions collusion reports24 Jul 17

BMW has rejected reports in the German media that it and other German OEMs worked together to fix the design and lower the cost of diesel emissions treatment systems....read more


Gentex boosts Q2 net profit24 Jul 17

Mirror and electronics supplier Gentex said it grew second quarters sales 5% year on year despite a 1% decline in relevant light vehicle production....read more


Audi to modify 850,000 diesel vehicles24 Jul 17

Following last week's announcement Daimler would spend EUR220m updating 3m Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe in what it terms "voluntary service actions", VW Group's Audi said it was offering cu...read more


Oxford likely to win BMW Mini EV assembly deal - report24 Jul 17

The 'traditional' BMW Mini assembly plant in Cowley, near Oxford, is looking increasingly likely to win the contract to build the all-electric E version, a UK media report said....read more


Toyota to produce EVs in China from 201924 Jul 17

Toyota Motor plans to produce electric vehicles in China from 2019, according to reports in Japan citing unnamed sources....read more


Indonesia sales rise 8% in June; tax cuts for cars24 Jul 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia increased by 7.9% to 66,755 units in June, compared with 61,891 units in the same month of last year, according to local reports citing data from industry association Ga...read more


Continental trials autonomous robo taxi24 Jul 17

Continental is using its corporate expertise in automation, new mobility concepts, and electrification to develop solutions for future urban transport....read more


SUVs rule the roost - the week21 Jul 17

There's no sign yet of any let-up in the popularity of SUVs. Large, small, medium, compact, crossover, they just keep on a-coming. Case in point: in just the last week or so we've had the chance to lo...read more


Why non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb21 Jul 17

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And how about the supposed fact that to pull in big worldwide sa...read more


Nissan US launches new driver assist system21 Jul 17

Nissan North America has demonstrated its ProPilot Assist technology to media. The demo cars were Rogue SUVs (sold as X-Trail elsewhere). The system will be available in the US later this year and, af...read more


Volvo’s safety trademark spelt out on the S6021 Jul 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and safety technology trends, we take a closer look at Volvo’s premium mid-size S60.  While the S60 is a solid, safe and sensible choice, it comes...read more


Brazil's ethanol producers and automakers sign cooperation accord21 Jul 17

Brazil is in a privileged position for electricity generation and land vehicle fuel production thanks to its ethanol infrastructure. While countries in the so-called 'developed world' need expensive a...read more


Why Kia won't be building the Stonic SUV in Europe21 Jul 17

Due to the ongoing surge in sales of the Sportage, Kia Motors Europe will not manufacture the Stonic, another, albeit smaller SUV, at its Žilina plant in Slovakia....read more


France top political brass dispatched to GM&S21 Jul 17

Senior French politicians have plunged directly into one of France's most intractable industrial disputes of recent times, as Renault and PSA stamper, GM&S, fights to secure its survival....read more


Plastic Omnium H1 auto revenue up 30% to EUR3.9bn21 Jul 17

Plastic Omnium has posted first-half automotive revenue of EUR3.9bn, up 30%, including EUR492m from exterior body parts, a business acquired in July last year....read more


Kia, GM Korea workers vote for strike action21 Jul 17

Workers at Kia Motors in South Korea this week voted in favour of strike action after wage negotiations with the company broke down....read more


JLR opens Chery JV China engine plant21 Jul 17

Jaguar Land Rover has opened a Chinese engine plant as part of its RMB10.9bn (US$1.6bn) joint venture with Chery Automobile to manufacture the Ingenium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine for futur...read more


Thai sales rise 6% in June21 Jul 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded by 5.7% year-on-year to 69,797 units in June, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries....read more


Valeo posts H1 profit up 20% to EUR506m21 Jul 17

Valeo has recorded sparkling half-year profit up 20% to EUR506m (US$589m), while sales rose 16% to EUR9.5bn....read more


Charging provider opens EV experience centre in England20 Jul 17

Claimed as the UK's first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, operated by charge point operator Chargemaster, opens in the Centre:MK shopping centre in Milto...read more


1m EVs expected on UK roads by 202220 Jul 17

Recharge network operator Chargemaster projects 1m electric cars will be on UK roads by 2022....read more


DSD on the transmission engineering landscape - Q&A20 Jul 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with suppliers, we spoke to Alex Tylee-Birdsall, co-founder and director of Drive System Design, about how the transmissions market is undergoing a per...read more


GVS buys Kuss Filtration20 Jul 17

Microfiltration specialist GVS has agreed to acquire Kuss Filtration from private equity firm Industrial Opportunity Partners....read more


Hyundai starts production at new Chinese factory20 Jul 17

Hyundai Motor has commenced production at its fifth passenger car assembly plant in China....read more


Geely's Volvo Cars first half profit up a fifth20 Jul 17

Geely Holdings' premium Volvo Cars unit booked a healthy rise in operating profit in the first half of 2017 despite ongoing heavy expenditure on new models such as the XC60 SUV....read more


Volvo group Q2 2017 sales rise20 Jul 17

Truck, bus and construction equipment maker Volvo Group said it had increased both sales and profitability during the second quarter of 2017....read more


PSA/Renault up GM&S stakes as Tribunal decision looms20 Jul 17

PSA and Renault have dramatically upped their financial commitments to threatened stamping supplier, GM&S, offering to guarantee EUR50m (US$58m) of orders each for the next five years in order to avoi...read more


Next Nissan Leaf will offer one pedal driving20 Jul 17

Nissan will offer one-pedal driving on its upcoming redesigned Leaf electric car....read more


Volvo Cars and Chinese parent Geely plan new joint venture20 Jul 17

Volvo Cars announced it would set up new joint venture technology company with its Chinese car group parent Geely Holding....read more


SolarCity founder exits Tesla19 Jul 17

SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive is leaving Tesla, according to a media report....read more


Manufacturers energise the solar car roof market19 Jul 17

Despite the fascination for clean tech, commercialising solar roofs have been weighed down by the extra cost and complexity. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, we take a look at...read more


Automakers invest in autonomous vehicle data gatherer19 Jul 17

Autonomous vehicle technology company Nauto said it had raised US$159m of financing led by Softbank and venture capital firm Greylock Partners. BMW iVentures, General Motors Ventures, Toyota AI Ventur...read more


Porsche CEO hints at dumping diesel19 Jul 17

Soon after news the Stuttgart prosecutor's office was eyeing workers at Porsche and a US subsidiary for suspected fraud and false advertising related to diesel emissions, the automaker's CEO said it m...read more


Magna has Plan B if Slovenia plans thwarted19 Jul 17

Magna says it is "sure" it will secure approval for its new vehicle assembly plant in Slovenia, although the supplier maintains it has an alternative plan should talks collapse....read more


Daimler to 'recall' 3m diesel cars in Europe for emissions fix19 Jul 17

Daimler is to spend EUR220m updating 3m Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe in what it terms "voluntary service actions". It also plans to speed up the launch of a new line of diesel engines for i...read more


China electrified vehicle sales set for high growth - Fitch19 Jul 17

Fitch Ratings believes China's new energy (electrified) vehicle (NEV) market will expand steadily to meet 2m annual sales a year by 2020, from around 507,000 units in 2016....read more


Mercedes-Benz launches Nissan-based X-Class light truck19 Jul 17

Daimler has launched its long-heralded X-Class medium size pickup truck, effectively a rebadge of the Nissan-Renault Alliance's Barcelona built Navara model line....read more


Sumitomo to expand tyre capacity in China19 Jul 17

Sumitomo Rubber Industries plans to increase tyre production capacity in China by over 60% to 100,000 units per day by 2020, according to local reports in Japan....read more


Hicom Automotive doubles capacity with new paint shop19 Jul 17

Malaysia's DRB-Hicom Bhd this week began operating a new paint shop at its vehicle assembly plant in Pekan, in Pahang state....read more


Navya to open its first US production plant in Saline, Michigan19 Jul 17

Navya, in collaboration with Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Ann Arbor Spark have announced its Michigan plant will be located in the city of Saline....read more


Calsonic Kansei/Quarkslab establish White Motion company in Japan19 Jul 17

Calsonic Kansei and French cyber security company, Quarkslab, have established White Motion to address cyber security in the automobile sector....read more


Microsoft and Baidu partner on autonomous cloud18 Jul 17

Microsoft and Baidu announced a partnership to take the technical development and adoption of autonomous driving worldwide....read more


Will GM regret the shrinking of Chevrolet?18 Jul 17

GM has consolidated operations and withdrawn its Chevrolet brand from a number of markets as part of a strategy to focus activity where it turns a profit. There's a clear short-term benefit to the bot...read more


JLR chief lauds Tata Technologies relationship18 Jul 17

Jaguar Land Rover says its relationship with Tata Technologies is "close" as it leverages the engineering services company's competences in myriad disciplines....read more


Nissan UK plant trains South African colleagues18 Jul 17

Shop floor supervisors from Nissan Motor's South African assembly plant in Rosslyn now undergo training at the automaker's flagship Sunderland plant in the UK, and over 40 local employees have complet...read more


Chrysler uses Sesame Street to plug Pacifica minivans18 Jul 17

Chrysler this week took up the perfect product placement opportunity to pitch its US market minivans at kids who might persuade parents to buy one....read more


Slovenia Magna decision imminent as 3,000 apply already18 Jul 17

Slovenia's Ministry of Economy says 3,000 people have already applied for jobs at Magna's potential new plant in the country as the supplier waits on government approval for its site....read more


New energy vehicle output and sales soar in China18 Jul 17

June production and sales of new energy vehicles in China reached 65,000 units and 59,000 units respectively, increasing 43.4% and 33.0% respectively year on year....read more


Tesla hits a bit of resistance - COMMENT18 Jul 17

The world's most famous make of electric cars is being assailed from many quarters. And this just as the Model 3, a car with the potential to stop the EV specialist losing vast amounts of money, is fi...read more


China passenger car sales rise, slowly18 Jul 17

Production and sales of passenger cars in China in June 2017 reached 1,845,000 and 1,832,000 units respectively, up 5.6% and 4.6% month on month month, and up 3.7% and 2.3% year on year, 1.7 percentag...read more


Mitsubishi to launch new crossover MPV at Indonesia show18 Jul 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said its new small crossover MPV would make its global debut at the Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) next month....read more


Haldex Q2 marrred by uncertainty swirling around Knorr-Bremse bid18 Jul 17

Haldex has posted second quarter operating income excluding one-off items down 11% to SEK78m (US$9.4m) from SEK87m, with the Swedish supplier warning of severe difficulties to run the company successf...read more


Tantech takes majority slice of Chinese EV maker18 Jul 17

Tantech Holdings has completed the acquisition of 70% equity interest in Suzhou E Motors, a specialty electric vehicles and power batteries manufacturer based in Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province....read more


Volvo's hand-me-down little sister - the redesigned XC6017 Jul 17

In many ways, the fully redesigned Volvo XC60 SUV/crossover is a bit like a little sister inheriting a hand-me-down dress from big sister - the older sibling gets all the praise at the time of the fir...read more


BorgWarner agrees to acquire Sevcon17 Jul 17

BorgWarner has agreed to acquire Sevcon, Inc., a specialist in electrification technologies....read more


BMW to go EV racing17 Jul 17

BMW announced it would contest the FIA Formula E Championship as an official manufacturer in Season 5 (2018/19)....read more


New Tata Tech centre "vote of confidence" in UK - CEO17 Jul 17

Tata Technologies' decision to open its new GBP20m (US$26m) Warwick European Innovation and Development Centre (EIDC) in Britain's Midlands region, is a firm sign of the company's confidence in UK bus...read more


Tata Motors' truck business facing 'crisis' - Tata chief17 Jul 17

Tata Motors Managing Director Guenter Butschek has appealed for help from its workers as India's leading commercial vehicle maker faces a "crisis situation" amid rising competition at home....read more


Automation convergence driving change - Tata Technologies CEO17 Jul 17

Tata Technologies says rapid advances in automation and the alignment of new data collection methods are allowing it to provide services it was not able to only a few years ago....read more


Tyrepac moves into Thai online retailing17 Jul 17

Singapore-based online tyre retailer, Tyrepac, is entering Thailand’s tyre aftermarket sector by joining forces with local spare parts distributor Manoyont Group and Toyota Tsusho Thailand....read more


AAM announces top management changes17 Jul 17

AAM has named Olaf Bongwald as its Driveline Europe operations president, succeeding Michael Bly, who has been appointed the supplier's global sales lead for the Driveline Business Unit....read more


Jaguar to build E-Pace in China17 Jul 17

Having announced more details of the upcoming E-Pace compact SUV, and that it will be assembled for most markets under contract by Magna Steyr, Jaguar said the car would will also be manufactured at t...read more


Renault Group unveils record H1 sales up 10% to 1.88m vehicles17 Jul 17

Renault Group has posted record half-year sales up 10.4% to 1.88m vehicles, with all Group brands seeing rises in volumes and market share....read more


Sprinter reigns supreme - the week14 Jul 17

News of Daimler's globally popular Sprinter van range topped the news popularity poll this week as you all lapped up news the all-electric version would be produced at the light commercial's lead plan...read more


Denso - digitalisation is transforming the European aftermarket14 Jul 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Ruslan Leontiev, product manager starters & alternators and wiper blades, and Alexey Bartashevich, s...read more


Daimler and Chery agree EV brand name use14 Jul 17

Daimler and Chery have formally agreed on the usage of the EQ/eQ brand name for their respective new energy vehicle (NEV) products and brands....read more


Magna Steyr announces Jaguar E-Pace Job One timing14 Jul 17

Now details of Jaguar's new E-Pace SUV, and its manufacturing location are officially out of the bag, contract assembler Magna Steyr has confirmed production start timing....read more


China sales up 4.5% in June14 Jul 17

New vehicle sales in China increased by 4.5% to 2,172,000m units in June, compared with 2,077,000 sales in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobil...read more


Recession ages Brazilian car fleet14 Jul 17

After the continuous lowering of the average age of the Brazilian vehicle parc, which lasted for nine consecutive years, the renewal has now reversed....read more


Wuling launches production of Confero MPV in Indonesia14 Jul 17

China's Wuling Motors launched commercial production at its newly built vehicle assembly plant in Indonesia this week, two years after construction began....read more


Philippine sales rise 14% in June14 Jul 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines increased by just over 14% to 37,631 units in June, from 32,993 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automoti...read more


Magna Steyr to contract assemble Jaguar E-Pace SUV13 Jul 17

Tata Motors' premium automobile brand Jaguar got right to the point when unveiling the new E-Pace compact SUV at a media technical briefing today (13 July) in London: they're not going to make it....read more


Magna VP on Industry 4.0, VR and RocketSpace13 Jul 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Ian Simmons, Vice President, Business Development, Corporate R&D, Magna International about Industry 4.0...read more


Tata Technologies stresses human element of future automation13 Jul 17

Tata Technologies says it does not envisage future manufacturing processes representing a threat to employment as working practices radically change with the advent of digitalisation....read more


Mercedes Untertürkheim plant to produce EV batteries13 Jul 17

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it Untertürkheim powertrain facility will add electrified powertrain components, including batteries....read more


ANALYSIS - what the future holds for Chevrolet cars13 Jul 17

Following a major expansion in the 2000s, Chevrolet is now shrinking. Fast. GM has pulled its largest brand from all European markets (though the Corvette and Camaro remain available), and a withdrawa...read more


Daimler emissions allegations affect 'over 1m' vehicles - report13 Jul 17

A report in a German newspaper says that Daimler is being accused by prosecutors in Germany of selling over a million diesel cars in the US and Europe with excessive emissions....read more


PSA Iran "huge success" as global H1 sales rise 2.3%13 Jul 17

PSA has recorded first half worldwide sales up 2.3% and although Europe and China remain challenging, the automaker has declared its nascent Iran operations a "huge success."...read more


Volvo Trucks North America reveals new VNL series13 Jul 17

Volvo Trucks North America has unveiled the new Volvo VNL series available in several configurations....read more


Toyoda Gosei develops new automotive headlamp LED13 Jul 17

Toyoda Gosei has developed its first automotive headlamp LED as a new LED product. According to in-house tests, these LEDs achieve 'world-class luminance and low energy consumption'....read more


NSG to invest in Indonesian lead-acid battery separator JV13 Jul 17

NSG has reached an agreement with Entek International and Indonesia-based Separindo, to invest in PT Entek Separindo Asia, a joint venture established by the two companies for the manufacturing and sa...read more


Mercedes-Benz enhances voice control system 'to new level'13 Jul 17

Mercedes-Benz says it is further enhancing the performance of the 'Linguatronic' voice control system on the E-Class. ...read more


Euro NCAP elects Pierre Castaing as president13 Jul 17

Euro NCAP has elected Pierre Castaing as president and chairman of the Board of Directors for the next two years....read more


European car market 'fully electric by 2035'13 Jul 17

A research report from Dutch investment bank ING says that the European car market will be fully electric by 2035....read more


New testing in US prompts more Takata airbag recalls12 Jul 17

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said that new testing is prompting Takata to declare 2.7m more airbag inflators defective....read more


Changing times for wipers – Q&A with Trico12 Jul 17

In theory, the wiper blade is a service replacement item. But in reality, motorists often wait until the product is disintegrating before replacing it. Research indicates that 60 percent of drivers wh...read more


PSA hails autonomous car tollgate demo12 Jul 17

PSA says that an autonomous car has crossed a tollgate in a full autonomous mode, for the first time....read more


Japanese vehicle market up 13% in June12 Jul 17

Japan’s new vehicle market continued to strengthen in June, with sales rising by 13.4% to 477,470 units from 420,911 sales a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobi...read more


Honda ends Mobilio sales in India12 Jul 17

Honda Motor has stopped selling its Mobilio compact MPV in India due to low demand, three years after its initial market launch....read more


South Korea imports rise 1.2% in H112 Jul 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by 1.4% to 23,755 units in June, from 23,435 units a year earlier, according to data Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA)....read more


Valeo to divest passive hydraulic actuator business12 Jul 17

Valeo is considering the divestment of its passive hydraulic actuator business to meet European Commission market competition concerns over its planned acquisition of FTE Automotive....read more


Tata Motors launches XL range of LCVs in India12 Jul 17

Tata Motors says it has extended its Ace brand family of vehicles by the introduction of the new XL range of small commercial cargo vehicles. The XL range of small commercial cargo vehicles will be av...read more


SEAT global sales grew 13.7% in H112 Jul 17

VW Group-owned SEAT says it has finished the first half of 2017 with its best sales since 2001....read more


PSA Group unions sign agreement12 Jul 17

Five labour unions, representing 80% of PSA Group employees, have signed the "New Momentum for Growth" performance agreement to support the deployment of the "Push to Pass" strategic plan and Groupe P...read more


BMW Group hits H1 sales record12 Jul 17

BMW Group sales achieved their best ever June, with sales in the month totalling 232,620 units, a 2.1% increase year-on-year. It was also a record first half-year with sales of the BMW Group’s three p...read more


Johnson Electric records Q1 Group sales up 10% to US$753m12 Jul 17

Johnson Electric has posted Group sales for the quarter ended 30 June of US$753m compared to US$686m in the same quarter in 2016 – an increase of nearly 10%....read more


Horiba MIRA launches UK Emissions Test Centre12 Jul 17

Horiba MIRA has launched its Advanced Emissions Test Centre (AETC) in the UK to ensure global compliance....read more


Magna waits for new Slovenia plant green light11 Jul 17

Slovenia's Ministry of Economy says it is waiting for approval from its Environment counterparts to finally agree the first phase of a Magna plant in the country, which could see nearly 5,000 jobs cre...read more


New Audi A8 stresses autonomous drive11 Jul 17

Audi's new flagship A8 has been shown to a select audience at an 'Audi Summit' in Barcelona. The emphasis is on autonomous drive features and enhanced efficiency for the luxury saloon, which gets its ...read more


AB Volvo sells Deutz stake11 Jul 17

The Volvo Group (AB Volvo) has sold its complete holding in the German listed engine manufacturer Deutz AG....read more


O Luxe to buy Japanese EV maker GLM11 Jul 17

Hong Kong-based watch-maker O Luxe Holdings Ltd plans to buy a controlling stake in Japan’s electric sportscar company GLM Co Ltd, according to local reports....read more


GAZ aims for major export push to double markets11 Jul 17

GAZ Group says it is looking to double export markets to 90 countries within five years as it looks overseas to shore up sales in what has been somewhat of a fragile domestic economy....read more


Toyota invests in 'social robotics' start-up11 Jul 17

Intuition Robotics, an Israel-based developer of 'social companion technologies for positive social impact', has announced a $14m investment round led by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI)....read more


Intel US$15bn Mobileye purchase clears regulatory hurdle11 Jul 17

Mobileye has secured approval from German and Austrian Federal Cartel Offices for its US$15bn intended takeover by Intel....read more


BMW workers at UK plants accept pensions offer11 Jul 17

A dispute at BMW's UK manufacturing operations over pensions has been resolved after the company submitted a revised offer....read more


Nissan to increase production in Russia11 Jul 17

Nissan has announced the launch of a second shift at its manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg, Russia, reflecting the positive growth outlook for the country’s car market....read more


Mercedes-Benz electric-drive Sprinter to be produced at Düsseldorf plant11 Jul 17

As it prepares to make the next generation Sprinter van, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed agreement with the works council to make the electric-drive Sprinter at the model's lead plant of Düsseldorf....read more


BYD/Enel Chile ink electric mobility trade agreement11 Jul 17

YD and Enel Chile have signed a trade agreement in Santiago, focusing on developing a commercial strategy to strengthen electric mobility in Chile....read more


Sanden starts Daimler CO2 compressor supply11 Jul 17

Sanden Automotive Components has started the supply of compressors for air conditioning applying CO2 refrigerant to Daimler....read more


Stuttgart prosecutors eye Porsche for diesel emissions fraud and false advertising10 Jul 17

Workers at Porsche and a US subsidiary company are being investigated for suspected fraud and false advertising related to diesel emissions, the Stuttgart prosecutor's office was reported to have said...read more


Renault Tangier plant builds a million cars10 Jul 17

The millionth vehicle at the Renault-Nissan plant in Tangier has been completed just three years after #200,000 rolled off the line....read more


Lexus enhances safety technology for Europe-bound LS10 Jul 17

Toyota Motor's redesigned Lexus LS continues the flagship model line's role as a technology leader, now combining various safety systems with the aim of eventually eliminating traffic-related deaths. ...read more


ANALYSIS - Volvo V90 Cross Country10 Jul 17

Will people in the US take to the V90 CC? That's the key question for a model which replaces the XC70, a car that Audi went after with the A6 allroad, and now Mercedes-Benz wants in on the action too....read more


Hankook Tire America names Hosung Suh as president10 Jul 17

Hankook Tire America has named Hosung Suh as president after previously serving as the supplier's SVP Global Corporate Strategy Planning Division....read more


JLR global sales up 11% in June 201710 Jul 17

Retail sales worldwide for Tata Motors' premium Jaguar Land Rover brands rose 11% year on year to 51,591 vehicles in June 2017....read more


Renault and Sanef team on autonomous research10 Jul 17

Groupe Renault and Abertis-owned motorway operator, Sanef, will cooperate to develop communications between autonomous vehicles, road infrastructure and testing on toll barrier crossings as well as wo...read more


Continental invests in EasyMile AD tech firm10 Jul 17

Continental says it has acquired a minority shareholding in the French company EasyMile, a specialist in driverless technology and smart mobility solutions....read more


Valmet begins three shifts as Mercedes work grows10 Jul 17

Valmet Automotive has started three shifts today (10 July) for the first time following strong demand for Mercedes-Benz models which it manufactures....read more


South Korea imports rise 1.2% in H1 201710 Jul 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by 1.4% to 23,755 units in June, from 23,435 units a year earlier, according to data from the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KA...read more


AEB hails "robust" Russia June sales up 15%10 Jul 17

Russia new passenger car and LCV sales rose 15% in June – the fourth straight month of increases after years of sharp falls....read more


Volvo's PR coup - the week7 Jul 17

Geely owned Volvo's apparently deliberately vague attempt to update the world on its 'electrification' plans attracted a lot of just-auto reader eyeballs this week as well as numerous newspaper and we...read more


Toyota GB H1 hybrid sales rise 30%7 Jul 17

Toyota's UK sales unit said it had seen an "unprecedented" 30% surge in sales of petrol-electric hybrid models in the UK in the first half of 2017....read more


Faurecia/Liuzhou Wuling establish automotive seating JV7 Jul 17

Faurecia has announced its new joint-venture with Liuzhou Wuling Industry, named Faurecia Liuzhou Automotive Seating....read more


Renault-Nissan alliance synergies growing7 Jul 17

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has reported a 16% increase in synergies for 2016 compared to 2015....read more


Injured parties get say in Takata US bankruptcy7 Jul 17

Vehicle occupants injured by faulty Takata air bags have been given an official role in the bankruptcy of the supplier's US unit, according to media reports....read more


VW develops virtual reality applications for production and logistics7 Jul 17

Volkswagen Group says it has developed virtual reality applications for production and logistics that enable several participants to meet in a VR room. ...read more


VW and Kuka ink robotics deal7 Jul 17

Volkswagen group research and robot and automation specialist Kuka have agreed joint development of robot-based technology following the signing of a new cooperation contract....read more


Innogy subsidiary enters US e-mobility market7 Jul 17

Innogy has established a United States subsidiary to enter the American e-mobility market known as innogy e-mobility US, based in Los Angeles....read more


EU-Japan trade deal agreed 'in principle'7 Jul 17

A free trade deal between the EU and Japan has been agreed 'in principle' between the two parties this week. It could come into force in 2019, but is subject to more negotiation on the details followe...read more


Tesla knocked off most-valuable perch after week of blows7 Jul 17

Tesla's reign as most valuable carmaker appears to have been short lived....read more


FCC autoparts ploughs US$827,000 into NC operations7 Jul 17

Japanese autoparts producer, FCC, is to expand operations in Scotland County, North Carolina and create 28 jobs in three years, ploughing US$827,000 into the project....read more


Autoneum to unveil Tune-It at acoustics conference7 Jul 17

Autoneum is launching its Tune-It carpet systems innovation at the Automotive Acoustics Conference on 11/12 July 2017 in Zurich/Ruschlikon, Switzerland....read more


Audi employee arrested in Germany over diesel emissions7 Jul 17

Munich prosecutors arrested an Audi employee this week on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the diesel emissions scandal....read more


West European car market edges up 1.4% in June7 Jul 17

The West European car market moved up by just 1.4% in June, according to data released by LMC Automotive....read more


Vietnam sales rise 4% in June7 Jul 17

The new vehicle market in Vietnam rebounded in June, with sales rising by 4.2% to 22,750 units from 21,829 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automo...read more


France plans fossil fuel phase-out6 Jul 17

France will phase out sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later, ecology minister Nicolas Hulot reportedly said....read more


Ford China sees record June sales6 Jul 17

Ford said sales in China passed 100,000 vehicles in June, up 15% year on year, and a record for the month....read more


VW recalling cars worldwide for brake check6 Jul 17

According to local media reports, 766,000 Volkswagen group vehicles will be recalled worldwide for a brake control system software update....read more


Toyota opens new North America HQ in Texas6 Jul 17

Toyota Motor North America held the official opening of its new headquarters in Plano, Texas, on Thursday (6 July)....read more


Why the Jeep Wrangler is such a money spinner for FCA6 Jul 17

There are certain cars that just keep on selling, no matter what their age. The Wrangler is about to enter its tenth year of production and yet sales keep rising. As was the case in 2016, production l...read more


Adil Shirinov appointed CEO of Ford Sollers6 Jul 17

Adil Shirinov has been appointed CEO and President of Ford's Russian JV, Ford Sollers, effective immediately. He replaces Mark Ovenden, who takes a marketing role with Ford in Asia Pacific....read more


Australia enjoys June vehicle sales bounce6 Jul 17

In the final year of local production, with GM and Toyota set to close their factories in October, vehicle sales in Australia set a record monthly result in June, according to VFACTS statisticians....read more


VW pioneers HTC-powered virtual reality for production and logistics6 Jul 17

Following a test phase, the Volkswagen Group is claiming to be the first automaker to roll out virtual reality (VR) technology with the HTC Vive-VR system, enabling production and logistics staff to '...read more


Volvo Cars boosts half year sales6 Jul 17

Geely's Volvo Cars, which has just announced an updated electrification plan, expects "another record year in retail sales" after posting an 8.2% increase for the first six months of the year. Total s...read more


TomTom/Cisco to develop new lane level traffic technology6 Jul 17

TomTom is developing lane level traffic technology supporting autonomous driving and smarter mobility....read more


Schaeffler presents EV technologies at VDI Congress6 Jul 17

Schaeffler is presenting its technology portfolio and selected products for electrified drive trains suitable for volume production at the 17th International VDI Congress, 'Drivetrain for Vehicles.'...read more


Panasonic acquires additional shares in Ficosa6 Jul 17

Panasonic has completed its previously-announced acquisition of additional shares in Ficosa after satisfying all conditions to close the transaction on 4 July....read more


LeEco struggles to fund EV programme6 Jul 17

Growing financial problems at Chinese internet group Leshi Holding, also known as LeEco, has cast doubt on the company's ambitious plans to break into the electric vehicle market....read more


Toyota takes a step back to move forward on mobility6 Jul 17

Toyota has acknowledged that the 'mixed experience' of its Grenoble i-Road last mile mobility testing has caused it to 'take a step back' and learn from more conventional carsharing solutions....read more


Mercedes claims June and H1 sales records6 Jul 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars claimed new records after June 2017 sales rose 11.1% to 209,309 cars and the half year tally 13.7% to 1,144,274....read more


Last night a PR saved Volvo's life6 Jul 17

Ever since Euro NCAP came into being, thus forcing all of its competitors to have five-star rated cars in an impact as a price of entry to the vehicle market, Volvo has been scratching around for a ne...read more


EU antitrust authorities approve PSA Opel buy5 Jul 17

EU antitrust authorities have approved PSA group's proposed acquisition of General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall automotive business....read more


Renault takes stake in simulator specialist5 Jul 17

The Renault group will acquire a 35% stake in a new joint venture, Autonomous Vehicle Simulation (AVS), formed with Oktal, a subsidiary of Sogeclair, a French aerospace and simulation company based in...read more


Volvo Cars updates electrification plans5 Jul 17

Geely's Volvo Cars said every new model it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor though many of these are likely to be no more than 48V 'mild hybrids' with a 48V starter/alternator and brakin...read more


Visteon supplies JLR Velar electronics5 Jul 17

Visteon announced it was supplying cockpit electronics and rear entertainment system parts for JLR's Range Rover Velar....read more


Cars "not the devil" says CLEPA stressing mobility debate5 Jul 17

European suppliers association, CLEPA insists cars are not "the devil," but concedes a debate needs to be had about mobility in general as new powertrain possibilities increasingly offer cleaner solut...read more


Daimler advances EV JV with Chinese partner5 Jul 17

Daimler and BAIC have announced a framework agreement to further deepen cooperation at their Sino-German production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive....read more


Geely's Volvo updates electrification plans5 Jul 17

Geely's Volvo Cars has said every model it launches from 2019 "will have an electric motor" though many of these are likely to be just mild hybrids with braking energy regeneration and a 48 volt start...read more


UK van sales pick up after months of decline5 Jul 17

New van registrations in the UK in June rose 1.8% year on year to 37,349 units in June 2017....read more


UK new car market down 4.8% in June5 Jul 17

The UK new car market has declined for a third consecutive month with 243,454 new units registered in June, according to figures released by the SMMT....read more


FKG raises post-Brexit R&D funding concerns5 Jul 17

Scandinavian suppliers association, FKG says it has worries surrounding future R&D financing following the UK's exit from the European Union (EU) in 2019....read more


Mustang better, Europeans way better, in latest NCAP tests5 Jul 17

Euro NCAP's latest safety ratings of six new cars and the Ford Mustang facelift are the usual mix of better and best....read more


TomTom/Baidu team for high definition autonomous driving maps5 Jul 17

TomTom and Baidu have teamed to develop high definition maps for autonomous driving....read more


Faurecia expands its clean mobility partnership with Dongfeng5 Jul 17

Faurecia has signed a joint venture agreement for its Clean Mobility (emissions control) business with Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group in Wuhan....read more


AK Steel acquires Precision Partners for US$300m5 Jul 17

AK Steel has signed an agreement to acquire Precision Partners Holding, a North American automotive company providing engineering, tooling, die design and hot and cold stamped steel parts, for US$360m...read more


Renault and Brilliance team on China LCV JV5 Jul 17

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings (CBA) have inked a deal to create a joint venture in China for the manufacture and sale of light commercial vehicles (LCV)....read more


Facebook wants deeper auto industry collaboration5 Jul 17

Although auto companies are somewhat wary of the increasing corporate power residing in new technology companies and Silicon Valley, along with their transportation space ambitions, social media giant...read more


5G is a game changer for autonomous drive - Nissan5 Jul 17

Fifth generation mobile (cell) networks - 5G - will be a game changer for autonomous driving (AD) technologies when they arrive in 2020, according to Nissan Europe's VP for Advanced Product Strategy....read more


People are walking away from diesel and EVs can benefit - Nissan5 Jul 17

Ponz Pandikuthira, Nissan Europe's VP for Product Portfolio and Advanced Product Strategy, has said that the poor reputation of diesel is among the factors at work that will help to boost electric veh...read more


ANALYSIS - Holden's future under GM and Groupe PSA5 Jul 17

Over the last five years, GM has slipped from second place in Australia to its current fourth position. General Motors Holden fears that with the closure of only car plant near Adelaide in October, th...read more


CLEPA pushes no tariffs or border issues post-Brexit4 Jul 17

European automotive supplier association, CLEPA is urging no tariffs be imposed following the UK's exit from the European Union (EU), coupled with free movement of goods across British borders....read more


Linamar eyes three acquisitions for growth4 Jul 17

Linamar Corporation said a subsidiary had filed conditional offers in court to acquire assets of Societe Aveyronnaise de Metallurgie (SAM) and FVM Technologies (FVM) from their respective bankruptcy e...read more


Taiwan sales fall 6% in June4 Jul 17

New vehicle sales in Taiwan declined by 6.2% to 40,103 units in June from peak volumes of 42,751 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by industry sources....read more


Volkswagen re-enters Iranian car market4 Jul 17

VW has announced that Iranian importer Mammut Khodro will import and distribute Volkswagen brand vehicles into Iran, starting with the Tiguan and Passat models....read more


Tesla reports Q2 deliveries down4 Jul 17

Tesla says it delivered just over 22,000 vehicles in Q2, of which just over 12,000 were Model S and just over 10,000 were Model X. This represents a 53% increase over Q2 2016, but was down on the firs...read more


New rules help Chinese car dealers4 Jul 17

China's ministry of commerce government introduced new regulations this month affecting the domestic car retail industry to its benefit....read more


Bosch reports surge in ADAS business4 Jul 17

Bosch says it has seen a surge in demand from OEMs for radar systems and video sensors as fitment of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) continues to rise....read more


GM Korea CEO quits, will be an adviser4 Jul 17

GM Korea CEO James Kim will depart 31 August to become the full-time president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Seoul, according to a local media report....read more


UK business fleet leasing rises, CO2 falls4 Jul 17

The total business fleet leasing market for cars and vans in the UK grew 6.5% year on year to 1.345m, according to the BVRLA’s latest quarterly leasing survey....read more


US vehicle market down 3.2% in June4 Jul 17

As expected, the US light vehicle market posted a decline in June, adding to fears that the market is entering a downturn phase that will dent industry profitability in North America....read more


South Korean domestic sales fall 13% in June4 Jul 17

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers declined by 13% to 139,842 units in June from 161,062 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by ...read more


European auto industry cautious on EU-Japan trade deal4 Jul 17

The European carmakers' association, ACEA, has sounded a warning note ahead of a possible bilateral EU-Japan summit later this week to conclude negotiations on a free trade agreement....read more


VW France mis-reported sales for years3 Jul 17

Volkswagen France massaged sales figures reported to German HQ for four years, media reports said....read more


BMW mulls Brexit and other issues ahead of Mini EV factory decision3 Jul 17

BMW will decide by the end of September where to assemble its upcoming electric Mini, a top executive has said....read more


ANALYSIS - Infiniti Q60 3.0 Sport Tech3 Jul 17

The latest Q60 will never be a big seller for Infiniti and with the contraction of the global market for convertibles, there probably won't be a replacement for the old-shape open car. Even so, this c...read more


FIEV lauds Macron plans on labour law shake-up3 Jul 17

France's automotive supplier association, FIEV, says it backs President Emmanuel Macron's stance on labour reform, although the proposals are likely to stir up union resentment....read more


Daimler trials autonomous factory vehicle movements3 Jul 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen has successfully trialled autonomous driving between final assembly line and loading area, a distance of 1.5km....read more


Hitachi Automotive/Honda Motor establish EV motors JV3 Jul 17

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Honda Motor have announced the establishment of a joint venture company for the development, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles at Hitachi Automotive ...read more


Sales records set again in New Zealand3 Jul 17

Boosted by an annual agricultural show, registration of 15,985 vehicles in New Zealand in June set records both for that month and for any month of the year....read more


China leads global EV sector3 Jul 17

China is the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, with a total of 409,000 units sold in the country last year – up by 65% on the previous year, according to data released by China Association...read more


Suzuki to expand aftersales network in India3 Jul 17

Maruti Suzuki plans to expand its service network by over 56% in the next few years as it looks to defend its dominant position in India's expanding passenger vehicle market....read more


CLEPA stresses European Commission lobbying role3 Jul 17

European automotive supplier association, CLEPA says it encourages the Commission in Brussels through its various Directorates to adopt a "holistic" approach when it comes to evaluating the sector....read more


Elon Musk says Model 3 production starts this week3 Jul 17

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has said that the first Model 3s bound for customers will come off the production line on Friday of this week, some two weeks ahead of schedule....read more


Kia June sales off over 13%3 Jul 17

Kia Motors June 2017 domestic and export sales for passenger cars, recreational vehicles and commercial vehicles fell 13.3% year on year in June to a total of 232,370 units....read more


World premieres at the 2017 Goodwood FoS3 Jul 17

The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed took place between 29 June and 2 July inclusive. The list of vehicle world premieres is published below....read more


Will someone think of the 'roos - the week30 Jun 17

Something a bit out of the ordinary always draws the eyeballs so this yarn from Australia (and our own in-house Australian) proved popular this week. Apparently a little local difficulty with autonomo...read more


Utility chief sees EVs taking off sooner that some think30 Jun 17

The speed of adoption for electric cars over the next few years "could be surprising" and change global energy and auto industries faster than people expect, the head of Europe’s largest utility has s...read more


Daimler Buses adds brake assist with pedestrian recognition30 Jun 17

Daimler Buses is introducing Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA 4) with pedestrian recognition claimed to be the world's first emergency braking assistance system in a bus to automatically brake for pedestria...read more


VW honours 19 suppliers30 Jun 17

Volkswagen Group presented the "Volkswagen Group Award 2017" to its best suppliers this week at Motorwerk Berlin....read more


VW eyes 'digital' production30 Jun 17

Digitisation, autonomous driving and e-mobility will fundamentally transform vehicle production as well as the vehicles, themselves, the Volkswagen Group believes....read more


ANALYSIS - current and future GMC trucks and SUVs30 Jun 17

GMC is General Motors' second largest division by sales volume in North America. While traditionally a truck brand, it continues to evolve, with smaller and more fuel efficient SUVs and crossovers add...read more


Audi chooses Valeo mild hybrid technology30 Jun 17

Audi will introduce Valeo's micro-hybrid 'stop-and-start" systems in its RS5 sports coupe, a media report said....read more


Autoliv puts $15m into Autotech Ventures30 Jun 17

Autoliv, the automotive safety systems specialist, announced that it will make a US$15m investment in Autotech Ventures, the digital ground transport venture capital fund....read more


SupplyCore inks Department of State contract30 Jun 17

SupplyCore, a Rockford, Illinois-based supply chain management services and technology solutions integrator, announced it was awarded the US Department of State Automotive Parts Contract. This is the ...read more


SAIC to launch MG in India by 201930 Jun 17

Chinese automaker SAIC Motor has confirmed plans to enter the Indian market by 2019, according to local reports....read more


Exports lead UK engine production growth in May29 Jun 17

UK engine manufacturing bounced back after the Easter dip, with output up 5.5% year on year to 230,606 units, according to the SMMT....read more


British CV production falls29 Jun 17

British commercial vehicle (CV) production output fell in May as an increase in production for export failed to counteract a drop in domestic demand, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers an...read more


ANALYSIS - multiple new future Cadillac SUVs29 Jun 17

Cadillac cars and light trucks are the focus of the third feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors. This follows features on Baojun, Wuling, and Buick....read more


Ford fields highest tech Fiesta ever29 Jun 17

Nothing like kicking off with a bold claim - Ford reckons the redesigned Fiesta is "the most technologically advanced small car on sale in Europe"....read more


BMW will cull variants as R&D spend rises29 Jun 17

BMW will offer fewer variants of its models in a bid to streamline manufacturing and offset high research and development (R&D) spending to the end of 2019, a top executive has said....read more


Hyundai-Kia target small SUV segment with Kona, Stonic29 Jun 17

Hyundai Motor launched its first sub-compact SUV in South Korea this week, as the company looks to bounce back from a disappointing first half of 2017....read more


Global light vehicle sales up 3.4% in May29 Jun 17

Global Light Vehicle sales grew by 3.4% year-on-year (YoY) in May, according to data released by LMC Automotive who said it was an 'encouraging result' following the market contraction in April....read more


UK new car production down 9.7% in May29 Jun 17

New car production in the UK fell by 9.7% in May according to data released by the SMMT. However, the SMMT noted that carmakers were adjusting schedules in the month ahead of new model introductions....read more


'Post peak' period forecast for US light vehicle sales29 Jun 17

New vehicle sales in the US in the first half of 2017 are expected to be 8.4m, down nearly 2.3% compared to the first six months of 2016.  With growing economic headwinds, full year sales in 2017 are ...read more


Mitsubishi delivers EVs to Philippine government29 Jun 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has delivered five Outlander PHEVs and five i-MiEV electric vehicles to the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), along with four elect...read more


VW driver aid wins German award29 Jun 17

Volkswagen's Emergency Assist driver assistance system has won the German Mobility Award 2017....read more


BMW invests in contract manufacturing firm28 Jun 17

BMW's i Ventures subsidiary has announced a strategic investment in Xometry, a US-based on-demand manufacturing platform that access across multiple sectors to a nationwide network of manufacturing fa...read more


Qoros finds new investor after Yibin plant is cancelled28 Jun 17

Investment firm Quantum and Wuhu Chery Automobile Investment Co Ltd have agreed to sell a controlling stake in their Shanghai-based car-making joint venture Qoros Automotive Co Ltd to an undisclosed C...read more


3-door hatchbacks see market reversal in Europe28 Jun 17

Data from JATO Dynamics shows that sales of small three-door hatchbacks in Europe are firmly in decline, despite overall car market growth in the region this year....read more


GM India starts Latin America exports for Beat sedan28 Jun 17

GM in India has commenced shipments of the sedan version of its Chevrolet Beat to Latin America markets....read more


OEMs to leverage fintech for higher margins28 Jun 17

Automotive OEMs will leverage fintech for new revenue opportunities in insurance and in-car services for higher margins, according to researchers at Frost & Sullivan...read more


HERE/Pioneer join over mapping solutions for autonomous driving28 Jun 17

HERE Technologies (HERE), the Netherlands-based global provider of mapping and location services, and Increment P Corporation (IPC), a mapping subsidiary of Pioneer Corporation (Pioneer), the global c...read more


GM lowers US market forecast28 Jun 17

As concerns rise over the impact on company bottom lines in North America caused by a cyclical downturn to demand there, GM has lowered its forecast for the US light vehicle market in 2017....read more


COMMENT - Lotus and a new beginning. Again?28 Jun 17

The deal is done. DRB-Hicom Berhad has signed an agreement for China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) to take a 49.9% equity stake in Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton). DRB also s...read more


PSA outlines autonomous drive strategy28 Jun 17

Groupe PSA has outlined the major elements and timeline for its rollout of vehicles with autonomous drive capability....read more


Volkswagen wants younger and leaner management27 Jun 17

The Volkswagen brand says it is continuing to boost productivity and on the path to a younger and leaner management tier as part of a move to a more performance orientated corporate culture....read more


ZF to push Vision Zero and identity in Frankfurt27 Jun 17

ZF says it will use the upcoming IAA in Frankfurt to push its integration with TRW as well as the Vision Zero concept of no accidents and emissions elimination....read more


Takata bags a buyer - ANALYSIS27 Jun 17

Since April 2013, when carmakers began recalling deadly faulty airbags supplied by Takata, the family-controlled parts maker’s fortunes have been in free fall. The massive recall resulted in an apolog...read more


Germany plans new emissions testing body27 Jun 17

The German government is planning to set up a new organisation to test vehicle emissions and bolster consumer confidence following a loss of trust following the VW 'dieselgate' scandal, according to r...read more


'World first' claimed on ethical guidelines for automated driving27 Jun 17

What and how will tomorrow’s self-driving cars be allowed to decide for themselves? Tasked by the German government, an ethics commission has drawn up guidelines to regulate these questions. Prof. Chr...read more


SEAT reveals MQB A0-based Arona SUV27 Jun 17

SEAT's Arona SUV has been officially revealed to the media ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt IAA in September. ...read more


Volvo Cars and Autoliv team up with NVIDIA on AD tech27 Jun 17

Volvo Cars and Autoliv have announced that they will work with NVIDIA, the AI and visual computing company, to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars....read more


Yokohama appoints new director for supply chain and logistics27 Jun 17

Yokohama says announced Rick Alonzo has joined the company as senior director of supply chain and logistics reporting to COO, Jeff Barna....read more


Saint-Gobain to build new flat glass plant in Mexico27 Jun 17

Saint-Gobain is to start a new flat glass (float) production line in Saltillo, Mexico, scheduled to come on stream at the beginning of 2020, manufacturing glass for the automotive and construction sec...read more


VW Slovakia strike ends as union accepts improved offer27 Jun 17

Volkswagen Slovakia's six-day walkout by thousands of staff has ended with workers returning to work after an improved offer by the automaker....read more


Aston Martin delays electric RapidE until 201927 Jun 17

Aston Martin is to build 155 units of the RapidE, a plug-in version of the now seven-year old Rapide hatchback. The firm will work with Williams Advanced Engineering to bring the car to production in ...read more


US light vehicle market cooling in June26 Jun 17

The US light vehicle market is continuing to slow this month, according to analysts at JD Power and LMC Automotive....read more


Interior design and technology - Suzuki Swift26 Jun 17

Since the Suzuki Swift first appeared on the planet way back in 2005, it has attracted some 5.4 million buyers worldwide, 127, 000 in the UK alone. The automaker’s latest and third generation Swift sw...read more


New G01 BMW X3 outgrows the Audi Q526 Jun 17

BMW has revealed the new X3 to the media at an event in South Carolina. The G01 series version of this Spartanburg-made SUV is not only 61mm longer than the F25 X3 which it replaces but is also larger...read more


Are three cylinders enough for the Hyundai i30?26 Jun 17

It’s been six months since series production of the new i30 started in Europe. Hyundai’s regional sales performance reflects the arrival of this fresh C segment hatchback, ACEA data showing an 8.2 per...read more


ZF teams with start-ups to ensure 'fleet of foot' reaction26 Jun 17

ZF says its collaboration with many start-up companies will allow it to bring products more quickly to market as well as identify hitherto untapped areas of technology....read more


Jaguar delivers on 300PS petrol Ingenium promise26 Jun 17

As promised, Jaguar is introducing an yet powerful 300PS Ingenium petrol engine to its XE and XF saloons and F-Pace SUV models....read more


Mercedes Bremen plant now building E-Class cabriolet26 Jun 17

Series production of the latest E-Class cabriolet has started at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. Market launch is in late summer 2017....read more


You’ll never drive alone - automakers adopt virtual driver assistants 26 Jun 17

While giving instructions in our cars is nothing new, putting questions to the likes of Alexa and Cortana while on the road is. Carmakers are fast adopting virtual assistants, confirming that speech i...read more


Daihatsu targets Brazil in partnership with Toyota26 Jun 17

Daihatsu Motors plans to launch small and compact cars in Brazil market as part of a broader strategy of expanding its collaboration with its parent company Toyota Motor in emerging markets worldwide....read more


Ford Brazil first to launch 1.5 litre I326 Jun 17

Ford Brazil is launching a new, 1.5 litre, three cylinder, flex fuel engine in the updated EcoSport. Internally known as Dragon, the engine initially will come from Ford India, where it is in producti...read more


Mitsubishi Motors targets 40% growth by 2019-2026 Jun 17

Mitsubishi Motors aims to increase global production by at least 40% to 1.5m vehicles by the 2019-20 financial year compared with less than 1.1m units in the last fiscal year....read more


Tata denies plans to list JLR26 Jun 17

Indian conglomerate Tata Group is said to be considering an initial public offering (IPO) for its Jaguar Land Rover subsidiary, according to reports in India citing unnamed sources....read more


Saving Skippy - why Volvo's AD prototypes are confused by roos26 Jun 17

Volvo Cars is finding that kangaroos in mid-jump befuddle the XC90 autonomous drive prototypes it is testing in Australia. ...read more


KSS to buy Takata in principle for US$1.59bn26 Jun 17

Key Safety Systems and Takata have reached an agreement in principle to sponsor a restructuring plan for the purchase of substantially all of Takata’s global assets and operations by the American supp...read more


JLR's big hire - the week23 Jun 17

Just what an embattled prime minister kicking off Brexit negotiations needed this week - one of the home team announcing it's going to need 5,000 more people here in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover company ...read more


Daimler powertrain workers want EV assurances23 Jun 17

Electrification plans for upcoming new vehicle models are causing some industrial niggle at a Daimler powertrain plant....read more


Japanese OEMs line up to support Takata23 Jun 17

As embattled Takata faces bankruptcy, Toyota, Nissan and Honda are among OEMs who will continue to support the company following a bankruptcy that could come as early as Monday (26 June)....read more


VW to buy back European diesels in specific cases23 Jun 17

Volkswagen has agreed to buy back diesel cars equipped with illicit emissions control software after deciding not to appeal a German court ruling backing plaintiffs' calls for compensation, a media re...read more


Ford recalls Indian made cars in South Africa23 Jun 17

Ford is recalling nearly 16,000 Indian made Ikon and Figo models in South Africa due to a potential fire risk, a media report said on Friday....read more


Tesla eyeing Shanghai for new assembly plant - report23 Jun 17

Tesla is considering a location in the Shanghai area for a plant to serve the Chinese market, according to reports....read more


Volkswagen planning five I.D. electric cars - report23 Jun 17

A Dutch website has published what appears to be a Volkswagen presentation which details plans for the I.D. range of electric cars. According to a slide, there will be five EVs for various regions bet...read more


ZF and Hella to partner on sensors23 Jun 17

ZF and Hella announced they would partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar systems....read more


Geely acquires Proton stake and all of Lotus23 Jun 17

DRB-Hicom Berhad has signed an agreement for China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) to take a 49.9% equity in Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton). DRB also sold its entire stake in ...read more


New Nissan Leaf EV will have ProPilot Assist23 Jun 17

Nissan has released an image of its upcoming, redesigned all-electric Leaf's instrument cluster showing ProPilot Assist technology, its new driver-assistance technology claimed to reduce "the hassle o...read more


Kia does RHD Stinger testing in UK ahead of launch23 Jun 17

Kia said right hand drive versions of its upcoming Stinger 'grand turismo'  have also undergone a further level of dynamic testing in the UK to optimise steering and suspension components for export m...read more


Velar redefines Range Rover luxury - COMMENT23 Jun 17

Tata-owned premium car maker Jaguar Land Rover is adding, this year, another model to the Range Rover sub-brand's range - the Velar. Hilton Holloway, editor of '5054'  magazine, reflects on the thinki...read more


Air quality debate needs to move on from diesel cars - JLR22 Jun 17

The debate on air quality in cities has become unhelpfully fixated on diesel cars that are a small part of the overall problem, according to Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK....read more


Magna announces Lincoln Continental supply deals22 Jun 17

Magna said it had received a special Lincoln Luxury World Excellence Award from Ford for its supply deals for the new Continental....read more


Peugeot returns to African pickup truck market22 Jun 17

Peugeot is returning to the African pickup truck market with a double cab model apparently sourced from China....read more


Honda India to export diesel engines22 Jun 17

Honda Cars India will for the first time export the fully assembled 1.6-litre diesel engine from its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. Exports start from July....read more


Adient develops removable seat covers for car sharers22 Jun 17

Seating supplier Adient has developed removable seat covers to, it said, "maintain comfort and individualisation for drivers and passengers in the car-sharing market"....read more


Nissan-Renault plan driverless ride-hailing service22 Jun 17

Nissan and Renault plan to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services over the next decade, according to a Reuters report....read more


WannaCry virus stops Honda plant for a day22 Jun 17

Honda Motor said it halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network....read more


Takata to file for bankruptcy Monday - report22 Jun 17

Takata will seek bankruptcy protection from creditors on Monday, two news agency sources said, as the airbag supplier faces billions of dollars in liabilities stemming from the biggest recall in autom...read more


New vehicle initial quality is best ever - JD Power22 Jun 17

New vehicle quality is at its highest level ever, improving a significant 8% from last year, according to the JD Power 2017 US Initial Quality Study....read more


New Ford tech to warn of emergency vehicles22 Jun 17

Ford has developed technology that sends a signal from an ambulance, fire engine or police car directly to nearby drivers, so that they will know exactly where the siren is coming from, and how far aw...read more


EU fines for Automotive Lighting and Hella over cartel - Valeo let off22 Jun 17

The EU's European Commission has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of EUR26.7m for participating in an automotive lighting cartel, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Valeo was alsio in the car...read more


Thai sales flat in May21 Jun 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market was little changed in May, with sales rising by 0.6% to 66,422 units from 66,019 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries....read more


Toyota really redesigns 2018 Camry21 Jun 17

Toyota has completely redesigned the Camry, the best-selling car in America for the past 15 years, on sale in the US late summer. The eighth generation model is built on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Ar...read more


Audi plans second EV for Brussels factory21 Jun 17

Audi will build a second electric model - the e-tron Sportback - at its Brussels, Belgium plant  in 2019. The plant will start making the e-tron electric SUV in 2018....read more


Tesla autopilot software chief quits after less than six months21 Jun 17

Tesla's head of autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company after less than six months with the electric carmaker....read more


Chinese software snafu leads to global Aston Martin recall21 Jun 17

Aston Martin Lagonda is ordering a global recall of 1,658 Vantage cars after problems with a routine transmission software update led to incidents in China in which some cars stalled and lost power, i...read more


Volvo Cars electrifies Polestar21 Jun 17

Geely owned Volvo Cars announced Polestar, its performance car arm, is to become a new, separately branded, electrified global high-performance car company....read more


Honda pleads for UK to stay in EU customs union post-Brexit21 Jun 17

Honda has strongly backed the case for the UK remaining inside the EU's customs union after it leaves the EU in 2019. ...read more


Honda UK plant to further expand export business21 Jun 17

Honda in the UK is planning to further expand the export business of its UK manufacturing plant at Swindon (HUM - Honda UK Manufacturing)....read more


Kia Europe eyes B-SUV conquests with Stonic21 Jun 17

Kia Europe said its new Stonic, on sale from the third quarter, is set to become an important conquest model for the brand in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments....read more


Jaguar teases E-Pace SUV21 Jun 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar has issued 'teaser' photos of the compact performance Jaguar E-Pace SUV it will reveal on 13 July....read more


ZF/Hella team on sensor technology for imaging and radar systems21 Jun 17

ZF and Hella are to partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar....read more


Live Earth/Inrix join to enhance situational awareness21 Jun 17

Live Earth says it will work with Inrix to bring real-time visualisation to the transportation industry....read more


ANALYSIS - SUVs mean Buick could pass Toyota in China21 Jun 17

Buick cars and light trucks are the focus of the second feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors....read more


Ford US to import Focus from China instead of Mexico20 Jun 17

Ford said its next-generation Focus for the US would be sourced primarily from a joint venture in China, instead of Mexico, saving an additional US$500m on top of the $500 million savings announced ea...read more


Slovak PM storms into VW strike by backing higher wages20 Jun 17

Slovakia's Prime Minister has waded into the start of today's (20 June) strike by Volkswagen workers at its Bratislava plant by publicly backing the mass walkout....read more


Continental joins autonomous driving platform with BMW, Intel and Mobileye20 Jun 17

Continental said it had become a development partner and system integrator in the collaboration between BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye for automated driving....read more


Tesla death crash driver ignored warnings20 Jun 17

A man killed in a crash last year while using semi-autonomous driving in his Tesla Model S sedan kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite repeated automated warnings not to do...read more


Daimler starts construction of Russian car assembly plant20 Jun 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has started construction of a EUR250m fully flexible passenger car assembly plant in Russia where it has so far concentrated on commercial vehicle production (partnerships with...read more


UK Automotive calls for "business as usual" interim Brexit arrangements to avoid "cliff edge"20 Jun 17

The UK automotive industry has called on the government to seek an interim arrangement with the EU that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a ne...read more


Tata Steel launches new lubrication treatment for outer panels20 Jun 17

Following close cooperation with a leading chemicals supplier, Tata Steel has launched Prime Lubrication Treatment (PLT), a so-called booster lubricant, consisting of a thin coating that is applied in...read more


IAC opens India engineering centre, breaks supplier park ground20 Jun 17

IAC has opened an engineering centre in Pune, India as well as holding the groundbreaking ceremony for a manufacturing site within General Motors' new supplier park in Arlington, Texas....read more


UK automotive achieves record turnover of GBP77.5bn in seventh consecutive year of growth20 Jun 17

The UK automotive industry continued to advance its sustainability in 2016, making gains in productivity, economic contribution and environmental impact, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturer...read more


Navya to establish its first US assembly plant in Michigan20 Jun 17

Navya will establish its first assembly plant outside Europe in South East Michigan and plans to hire a team of 15 people at the facility by the end of 2017. ...read more


Bridgestone ploughs finance into ClearMotion20 Jun 17

Bridgestone Americas has ploughed an unspecified amount of finance into ClearMotion, a venture-backed technology company developing road sensing software and hardware....read more


UK local content rising in UK car build20 Jun 17

The Automotive Council, a joint UK auto industry and government organisation setting strategic direction for the UK automotive sector, says that the level of UK parts content is continuing to rise....read more


Lightweight monotube dampers – Q&A with BWI Group19 Jun 17

As OEMs pursue lighter vehicles to help comply with CO2 emissions legislation, ever more pressure is being placed on Tier 1 suppliers to provide lighter components. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series ...read more


Daimler starts building Polish engine factory19 Jun 17

Mercedes-Benz has started construction of its first plant in Poland which will make I4 engines. The automaker reportedly considered a site in Romania, where it makes transmissions, but logistics consi...read more


VW Slovakia union talks collapse as strike looms19 Jun 17

Volkswagen Slovakia is facing massive industrial action tomorrow (20 June) as thousands of workers walk out at 06:00 in support of a 16% wage claim, a hike derided as 'absurd' by management....read more


HBPO adding plants and product lines in North America19 Jun 17

HBPO, a supplier of modular front end systems, is expanding its North American footprint – adding two new plants, developing additional product offerings and increasing unit sales....read more


FCA denies Chrysler axe plan for Japan19 Jun 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has denied reports it had decided to can the Chrysler brand in Japan, after local media reported it was planning to stop selling the US cars as early as next year following y...read more


ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs19 Jun 17

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Having just announced a facelift for the two-door 2 Series ...read more


Accuride reaches agreement to acquire Mefro Wheels19 Jun 17

Accuride Corporation has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Mefro Wheels GmbH....read more


Automakers mix virtual reality with the real world19 Jun 17

Forget glossy brochures and the pantomime of buying a new car. Game software and wearable technology is changing the way we shop. Consumers in shopping centres or sitting at home can now visualise the...read more


Magna to contract build BMW PHEV19 Jun 17

Magna International will assemble BMW's new 5-series plug-in hybrid at its Austrian Magna Steyr factory as part of a strategy to produce electric cars on a contract basis for global automakers, the co...read more


US eyed FCA diesels since 2015 - report19 Jun 17

US regulators told Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in November 2015 they suspected some of the automaker's vehicles were equipped with secret software allowing them to violate emission control standards, ac...read more


Toyota finance arm and insurer invest in mobility19 Jun 17

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and its insurance partner announced they had "made a significant investment" in the Finnish company MaaS Global....read more


PPG opens new paint and coatings facility in Lipetsk, Russia19 Jun 17

PPG has opened a EUR45m (US$49m) paint and coatings manufacturing facility in the Lipetsk region of Russia, creating around 200 positions and producing 25m litres (6.6m gallons) of coatings at full ca...read more


GM opens new supplier park at Arlington facility19 Jun 17

General Motors has unveiled plans to open a new supplier park to support future vehicle production at its Arlington Assembly, with a start-date at some point next year....read more


Break app code, get Jaguar Land Rover job19 Jun 17

Jaguar Land Rover and Gorillaz are working together to recruit a next generation of electronics and software engineering talent with a code-breaking challenge found in the virtual band's app....read more


No "legal proceedings" decision yet - Takata19 Jun 17

Takata says no decision concerning "legal proceedings" has currently been made as the embattled Japanese supplier struggles to find ways to stave off potential bankruptcy....read more


Smart brand's electric cars launch in UK19 Jun 17

Daimler's 'smart' city car brand is launching its electric drive cars in the UK car market....read more


Indonesia sales rise over 6% in May19 Jun 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia rose by 6.2% to 94,090 units in May, from 88,560 units a year earlier, according to data released by industry association Gaikindo....read more


Malaysia sales pick up in May19 Jun 17

Malaysia's new vehicle market expanded by 12% to 50,600 units in May compared with year earlier sales of 45,108 units, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....read more


Jaguar Land Rover plans big recruitment drive19 Jun 17

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning to hire 5,000 additional staff in the UK as it looks to strengthen its expertise in advanced technological areas such as electrification and autonomous d...read more


VW Polo ready to bat off Fiat Brazil's Argo - the week16 Jun 17

News from the fascinating market that is Brazil drew the most eyeballs to just-auto this week as Our Man in Sao Paulo, Fernando Calmon, introduced us to Fiat's new Argo, ready for battle in the hot co...read more


Volkswagen Group YTD sales flat16 Jun 17

Volkswagen Group has delivered 4.2m vehicles to customers since the beginning of the year, "on a par with the level for the previous year"....read more


IAC opens engineering centre in India16 Jun 17

Automotive interior components supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) has opened a new regional and global engineering centre in Pune, India....read more


Valeo/Cisco team up on smart mobility services16 Jun 17

Valeo and Cisco have announced that they have signed a cooperation agreement to develop strategic innovations in smart mobility services....read more


AvtoVAZ "not isolated" from worldwide megatrends - CEO16 Jun 17

AvtoVAZ insists its Lada brand will not remain isolated from global megatrends including on-board entertainment, but the giant automaker nonetheless concedes Russia presents distinct challenges when i...read more


Volkswagen unveils new Polo in Berlin16 Jun 17

Volkswagen has shown its new sixth generation Polo in Berlin....read more


Nissan updates the European X-Trail16 Jun 17

Nissan GB will launch an updated X-Trail crossover in August with most changes similar to those just made to its hot selling Qashqai....read more


GM China's future vehicles - Baojun and Wuling16 Jun 17

Baojun and Wuling are two of the best selling brands in China, and each is controlled by the SAIC General Motors Wuling joint venture. This is the first part of a look into each of GM's passenger veh...read more


Valeo launches AI research centre in Paris16 Jun 17

Valeo has launched what it maintains is the first global research centre in artificial intelligence and deep learning dedicated to automotive applications....read more


Lectra unveils new Versalis LeatherSuite V6 cutting machine16 Jun 17

Lectra has unveiled its new Versalis LeatherSuite V6 machine for automated leather cutting, which it maintains can enable automotive suppliers to increase productivity from 8% to 15%....read more


Takata near to bankruptcy16 Jun 17

Crisis-hit airbag supplier Takata is near to bankruptcy according to reports in Japan....read more


Nissan Brazil ends initial tests of ethanol fuel cell16 Jun 17

Nissan was the auto industry's first company to develop a vehicle prototype powered by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that works with bio-ethanol’. By combining this and two other technologies (electr...read more


BorgWarner supplies EGR for Ford diesel15 Jun 17

BorgWarner said it was supplying exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) including a cooler, valve and pneumatic bypass valve for the Ford Power Stroke 6.7-litre V8 diesel engine....read more


GAZ and VW Rus ink manufacturing extension to 202515 Jun 17

Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ have signed an extension of their manufacturing agreement for Volkswagen and Škoda cars in Russia to 2025....read more


ANALYSIS - Renegade 2.0-litre diesel and future small Jeeps15 Jun 17

It might be three years old now but still the smallest Jeep just keeps on gathering strength. The boxy-chunky-cute styling give the Renegade global appeal, as the growing list of production locations ...read more


VW's Slovak plant workers call strike15 Jun 17

VW's Slovak plant workers have voted to take strike action over pay, according to reports....read more


Nissan lightly revamps popular Qashqai crossover15 Jun 17

When you’ve created and almost entirely owned a new market segment for a decade, you don’t want to mess with the formula too much. Hence Nissan’s approach with the once redesigned, now twice updated Q...read more


OEMs join with Shell and Bosch to launch 'FindAdBlue'15 Jun 17

Several car manufacturers are working with Bosch and Shell, together with Integer Research Ltd, to launch a website - www.FindAdBlue.com - designed to help diesel engine drivers to find gas stations w...read more


Mahle addresses downsized engine durability issues15 Jun 17

Engine component specialist Mahle says that its engineers are working to overcome challenges presented by high levels of low-speed torque in small engines. In particular, it says that 'low speed pre-i...read more


Daimler JV opens two new hydrogen stations in Germany15 Jun 17

The joint venture H2 Mobility Deutschland and partners Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde and Shell have officially opened two new hydrogen refuelling stations in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden....read more


Mercedes-Benz Kassel plant begins fuel-efficient truck axle production15 Jun 17

Production of a new, fuel efficient truck axle has started at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Kassel....read more


Czechs push labour quality rather than pure price 15 Jun 17

Czech Republic officials insist they will make it clear labour in the country will be difficult to source if overseas investors believe they can hire staff purely on economic grounds....read more


Extended warranty but no compo for Europe VW diesel owners15 Jun 17

Volkswagen has agreed to offer an extra two year guarantee to European owners of its diesel cars but no compensation in talks with Europe's consumer affairs chief over its cheating on emissions tests,...read more


BMW's 5 Series Touring works for Europe15 Jun 17

BMW's latest - and fifth generation - 5 Series Touring is about to launch on the UK market and comes with a number of technological and design enhancements, including fuel efficiency gains of up to 11...read more


BYD to sell 36 more electric buses to London15 Jun 17

The BYD ADL electric bus partnership has been selected as preferred bidder by RATP Dev London for the latter's order of 36 10.8m pure electric buses....read more


Schaeffler Russia appoints new CEO15 Jun 17

Schaeffler has appointed Maxim Shakhov as Russia CEO based in Moscow and who will report to Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, CEO, Rainer Lindner....read more


Continental-Carnegie team for connected vehicle technology15 Jun 17

Continental is teaming with wireless connectivity provider, Carnegie Technologies to ensure vehicle manufacturers and drivers can use reliable network connections....read more


Toyota would consider M&A for new tech14 Jun 17

Toyota President Akio Toyoda has told Reuters that the company may consider mergers or acquisitions in order to procure advanced new automotive technologies such as those associated with autonomous dr...read more


Honda boosts SUV output in China14 Jun 17

Honda is to ramp up output of SUVs in China....read more


Czech Invest lauds industrial nous as Yanfeng builds momentum14 Jun 17

Czech Republic government officials maintain the country's advanced industrial capability is the reason why so many suppliers are locating to its region in Central Europe....read more


China vehicle sales continue to drift lower in May14 Jun 17

New vehicle sales in China fell by 2.6% year-on-year to 1.75 million units in May, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


Benteler reinforces JLR tie-up with new Coventry office14 Jun 17

German supplier Benteler Automotive has hosted an opening reception for its new sales and engineering office location in Coventry, England. ...read more


Deutsche Post and Ford to manufacture E-Van14 Jun 17

Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter GmbH and Ford-Werke GmbH are entering a partnership for the manufacturing of Transit-based battery-electric delivery vehicles....read more


Jaguar reveals new XF Sportbrake14 Jun 17

The Tata-owned Jaguar premium brand has revealed its new XF Sportbrake (estate or wagon) today, some ten years after the introduction of the XF saloon (and five years after the first XF Sportbrake)....read more


Volkswagen shows teaser image of new Polo14 Jun 17

Volkswagen is revealing the new Polo in Berlin this Friday (June 16, 2017) and has issued a teaser image....read more


Nissan installs new DC fast charging stations in Michigan14 Jun 17

Nissan has completed the installation of two new DC fast-charge stations in South East Michigan, adding to the growing infrastructure of electric vehicle fast-chargers in the State. ...read more


GM Orion plant builds 130 self-driving Bolt EV test vehicles14 Jun 17

General Motors has completed production of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its next generation self-driving technology at its Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan....read more


BYD expands electric bus fleet for Brisbane airport shuttle14 Jun 17

BYD has expanded its supply of pure electric buses to Brisbane Airport, eight months after making a commercial debut at the country’s busiest hub in Sydney....read more


Evonik opens new Friction and Motion Competence Centre in Germany14 Jun 17

Evonik’s Resource Efficiency Segment has unveiled its new Friction and Motion Competence Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. ...read more


Next Audi A8 gets 48V mild hybrid system as standard14 Jun 17

The next Audi A8 range which makes its debut next month will be the first in the brand’s history to feature an electrified drivetrain as standard....read more


INTERVIEW - Mazda's UK MD14 Jun 17

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay....read more


Apple 'focusing on autonomous' for car project13 Jun 17

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, that the company is concentrating on self-driving technology as it eyes entry to the personal mobility space....read more


Yanfeng follows customers to Central and Eastern Europe13 Jun 17

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) says it is key to have a presence in Central and Eastern Europe as the boom in automotive suppliers in the region continues its frantic pace....read more


Amazon 'to sell cars in UK' - reports13 Jun 17

The UK's online car retail sector could be about to see disruption with the arrival to the market of online retailer Amazon, according to reports....read more


EC opens probe into Qualcomm buy of NXP13 Jun 17

European Commission (EC) officials have started an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm under the EU Merger Regulation....read more


BMW i Ventures invests in Proterra13 Jun 17

BMW i Ventures - the company's venture capital unit - has announced a strategic investment in Proterra, a technology company and manufacturer focused on heavy-duty electric mass transportation vehicle...read more


Continental starts building new China R&D centre13 Jun 17

Continental has begun the construction of a new R&D centre in the Chinese city of Chongqing to meet rising demand from automakers in the south-west of the country....read more


Hyundai launches Kona its new B-segment SUV13 Jun 17

Hyundai Motor has unveiled the latest vehicle in its expanding line-up of SUVs, the Kona B-seg compact SUV. It says the Kona is designed to appeal to 'modern customers with active lifestyles'....read more


Ford to open Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London13 Jun 17

Ford has announced it will open a dedicated Ford Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London focusing on future mobility solutions for Europe....read more


Lamborghini appoints new chief financial officer13 Jun 17

Lamborghini has appointed Paolo Poma as CFO and managing director, joining the team led by chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali, effective immediately....read more


DOE provides US$16m for 30 hydrogen projects13 Jun 17

America's Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled around US$15.8m for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production, as well as storage and...read more


Wind River to test autonomous technologies13 Jun 17

Intel subsidiary and Internet of Things software provider, Wind River has teamed with the Transportation Research Centre (TRC), Ohio State University (OSU), and the City of Dublin (US) to advance conn...read more


ANALYSIS - the electrified future of BMW13 Jun 17

By 2025, BMW believes that as many as one in four of the vehicles it produces will be electric in one form or another. That means hybrid, EV, PHEV or hydrogen fuel cell. This, the final feature in a s...read more


Hydrogenics inks fuel cell China bus deal13 Jun 17

Hydrogenics has signed a Purchase and License Agreement for technology and fuel cells with Blue-G New Energy Science and Technology for buses in China....read more


Interior design and technology - Vauxhall Mokka X12 Jun 17

It is only when you get to drive a certain car model for a few days that you begin to notice them everywhere. The Vauxhall Mokka is no exception, with more than 120,000 buyers here in the UK alone, it...read more


Renault updates connected car app12 Jun 17

Renault is launching a new version of the MY Renault application, which now connects directly to the vehicle. Owners can manage their cars and their services from their smartphones....read more


VW, MAN, Truck and Bus reshuffle executives12 Jun 17

Volkswagen Truck & Bus and MAN Truck & Bus will see a reshuffle of key executive board positions as of 1 July, 2017....read more


Industry 4.0 to trigger more jobs - Yanfeng CEO12 Jun 17

Adoption of Industry 4.0 manufacturing techniques could culminate in more jobs being generated says Chinese supplier, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), although it nonetheless concedes staff will n...read more


German watchdog to eye Porsche emissions12 Jun 17

The German transport ministry has ordered the KBA watchdog agency to examine emissions of VW unit and sports car maker Porsche, a ministry spokesman told a news agency on Monday (12 June) following a ...read more


Takata recommends board reappointment ahead of AGM12 Jun 17

Airbag supplier Takata has recommended reappointing its current board, suggesting slow progress in its efforts to to find a financial backer to overhaul the business....read more


Hyundai Mobis opens proving ground12 Jun 17

Hyundai Mobis says it has opened its first domestic proving ground that will allow it to better test parts and related technologies and avoid it having to use overseas facilities. ...read more


Opel chief's exit confirmed, Lohscheller takes over12 Jun 17

Opel CEO Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann has stepped down as the Speaker of the Management Board and CEO of Opel/Vauxhall....read more


Land Rover adds Ingenium petrol engines to Evoque and Discovery Sport12 Jun 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has announced new 2018 model year Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque models with the new, UK-made, two litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines and a n...read more


Megatrends future business catalyst - Yanfeng CEO12 Jun 17

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) says the emergence of megatrends such as autonomous driving will present it with significant business opportunities as it looks to capitalise on its joint venture w...read more


Argo redeems Fiat Brazil12 Jun 17

Compact hatchbacks are still the preference of the majority of Brazilian car buyers despite the rising number of SUVs and crossovers on sale. Meanwhile 2017 is becoming known for redesigns and technol...read more


Driving passion - the psychology of driving a car12 Jun 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Thomas Ebenfeld, psychologist and managing partner of Concept M, about what makes car consumers tick. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany wi...read more


Daimler to produce heavy trucks in Thailand12 Jun 17

Daimler is planning a new assembly facility in Thailand as it looks to rebuild its presence in south east Asia's largest heavy truck market....read more


Philippine sales rise 17% in May12 Jun 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines increased by 17% to 35,469 units in May, from 30,317 units in the same month of last year, according to a data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufa...read more


The week - May's roll of the dice fails9 Jun 17

Britain woke up this morning to news of yet another unexpected voting result - Prime Minister Theresa May's bid to increase her majority in parliament has failed and, to use the local vernacular, it's...read more




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