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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


Frankfurt IAA world debuts list - Kia Stonic official details20 Jun 17

Kia Motors has announced official details of the Stonic, the new B-SUV which will be aimed at buyers in multiple regions....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


Harman introduces new Smart Telematics Gateway solution9 Jun 17

Harman International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has announced a Smart Telematics Gateway solution, designed to ensure vehicles have not only an advanced connectivity solution b...read more


Audi global sales down 2.8% in May9 Jun 17

In May, Audi AG delivered around 159,600 cars to customers, 2.8% less than in the same month in 2016. ...read more


Opel sale to PSA could close early9 Jun 17

General Motors could close the deal selling Opel to PSA by the end of July rather than the end of the year, media reports said....read more


Avtovaz begins production of Lada Vesta CNG dual-fuel version9 Jun 17

Avtovaz Group has started production of a dual-fuel version of Lada Vesta CNG. For the first time in the history of the brand, the dealers will get a car with the serial compressed-gas equipment desig...read more


Automakers slow on standardising AEB9 Jun 17

Automakers are moving slowly on widespread fitment of crash prevention technology that regulators say could prevent thousands of deaths and injuries every year, a media report said....read more


Zipcar expands to Taiwan9 Jun 17

Car sharer Zipcar has launched service in Taipei, Taiwan, the first major city launch in Asia for the brand....read more


Aston Martin calls for UK post-election assurance9 Jun 17

British luxury car maker Aston Martin has called on politicians to quickly provide rapid reassurances to business so they can continue to invest after a snap election gave no political party an overal...read more


ANALYSIS - current and future BMW SUVs9 Jun 17

BMW Group, which built 2.37m vehicles in 2016, has an internal target of expanding this to three million by 2020 and in so doing outpace Mercedes-Benz. Mini has a supporting role in the plan but the h...read more


GM India dealers eye US class action suit over compensation9 Jun 17

General Motors dealers in India reportedly are exploring options of filing a class action suit in the US over what they say is inadequate compensation for their point of sale (PoS) investments by the ...read more


What does the UK election result mean?9 Jun 17

The result of the UK general election raises a number of questions for UK economic prospects and the position of the UK's automotive sector. Dave Leggett offers some thoughts....read more


VW brand sales flat year on year9 Jun 17

Volkswagen brand sales rose 3.5% year on year in May to 513,500 vehicles worldwide....read more


Mazda CX-5 - take two8 Jun 17

At first glance, the casual observer might dismiss the 'all new' claims of its maker Mazda for the second generation CX-5 crossover. Sure, it looks very familiar but closer scrutiny soon notes the chu...read more


Nissan US to standardise AEB on 1m 2018 vehicles8 Jun 17

Nissan's US unit announced it is making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) standard on a projected 1m vehicles sold in the United States for model year 2018, including seven of the company's most popul...read more


Self-steering Volvo Truck set to increase Brazil's sugar harvest8 Jun 17

Volvo Trucks says it has developed a new self-steering truck that can deliver a significant productivity boost for Brazilian sugar-cane growers....read more


Pirelli suspends production in Venezuela8 Jun 17

Pirelli says it is indefinitely suspending the production of tyres in crisis-hit Venezuela due to problems securing supplies of raw materials....read more


Schaeffler expands production at Fort Mill plant8 Jun 17

Schaeffler Group has expanded its Fort Mill plant in South Carolina and opened a new office building. The supplier said it had created 100 new jobs....read more


Nissan and Mitsubishi synergies begin in SE Asia - Analysis8 Jun 17

Nissan Motor expects its global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors will yield some early synergies in South-east Asia, a region in which it has struggled to keep pace with Japanese rivals Toyota and Hond...read more


BASF to build its first regional 'Automotive Application Centre' in China8 Jun 17

BASF has announced its investment to build its first regional Automotive Application Centre in Asia Pacific, to be located at the BASF Innovation Campus Asia Pacific (Shanghai), China. Start of operat...read more


Honda eyes modular product development8 Jun 17

Honda Motor president & CEO Takahiro Hachigo has announced a new modular product development strategy and a new unit to control product costs during a wide-ranging press briefing in Japan today to dis...read more


South Korean imports flat in May8 Jun 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea fell by 0.5% to 19,380 units in May, from 19,470 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Associati...read more


Honda targeting introduction of level 4 automated driving capability by 20258 Jun 17

Honda today (8 June) announced it is targeting 2025 for the introduction of vehicles with highly automated driving capability in most driving situations (SAE Level 4)....read more


Skoda starts car-sharing programme in Poland8 Jun 17

Skoda is to start a car sharing scheme in Poland under the brand name Omni....read more


Ford sees tight capacity at Louisville on NA SUVs8 Jun 17

Ford says its Escape and Lincoln MKC sales are off to their best start in company history during the first five months of the year, prompting the company to shorten the traditional two-week summer shu...read more


PSA and Changan sign agreement to boost DS in China8 Jun 17

Changan Automobile and Groupe PSA have signed an 'in-depth strategic cooperation agreement to further deepen their cooperation started 6 years ago to establish DS premium brand in China'....read more


ANALYSIS - Kodiaq and future Škoda SUVs7 Jun 17

Škoda is making big money and ever more vehicles, while extra models - including more SUVs - are on the way. There is no doubting the steady rise in sales and ROI, but the question needs to be asked: ...read more


Transdev and Delphi announce autonomous transport partnership7 Jun 17

Transdev, a provider of mobility services, and Delphi have announced a commercial partnership to develop a 'global, fully automated, mobility-on-demand (AMoD) transport system'....read more


Dana breaks ground for new driveline products facility in China7 Jun 17

Dana says it has broke ground on a new 7,500 sqm (80,000 sq ft) manufacturing and assembly facility in Chongqing, China, that will produce advanced driveline products for the Chinese market. ...read more


South Korean domestic sales fall 7% in May7 Jun 17

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers continued to fall in May, by 7.1% to 135,443 units from 145,815 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released ind...read more


Vietnam market decline continues in May7 Jun 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam continued to drift lower in May, by 3.2% to 21,829 units from 22,553 units a year earlier, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Associ...read more


VW sees progress on voluntary workforce reduction7 Jun 17

Volkswagen has said that it has almost achieved its target of 9,300 jobs being removed from the company by early retirement....read more


ZF develops new advanced centre airbag system concept7 Jun 17

ZF says it has designed and developed a new advanced centre airbag system concept aimed at significantly 'helping to reduce occupant excursion across a spectrum of crash scenarios'. ...read more


SEAT aims to slash environmental footprint7 Jun 17

VW Group brand SEAT is aiming to reduce by half its environmental footprint by 2025, compared with its 2010 consumption and emissions figures. ...read more


AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on recent up-tick7 Jun 17

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubt...read more


SPIEF 17 - Russia mulls new stimulus measures - AvtoVAZ CEO7 Jun 17

AvtoVAZ says the Russian government is looking to additional measures to ensure the fledging recovery recently witnessed in the domestic market can be maintained....read more


GM shareholders reject Greenlight proposal6 Jun 17

General Motors has announced that, based on the preliminary vote count at its  2017 Annual Meeting, shareholders rejected Greenlight's proposal to create a dual-class common stock structure. Sharehold...read more


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Steering tomorrow’s car6 Jun 17

From a niche product for small cars to a technology of choice for all, electric power steering (EPS) remains ever popular as OEMs develop yet more fuel-efficient cars and push to reduce CO2 emissions....read more


MOIA takes over Finnish software company Split Finland6 Jun 17

MOIA, the new mobility company in the Volkswagen Group, is taking over the Finnish software company Split Finland Oy....read more


ANALYSIS - BMW's Mini, Rolls-Royce and Zinoro future models6 Jun 17

This is the second BMW Group feature on the topic of current and future models. The first looked at BMW brand passenger cars. Now, it is the turn of Mini, Rolls-Royce and a joint venture Chinese brand...read more


Hyundai-Kia sales in China plunge 65% in May6 Jun 17

Hyundai and Kia’s vehicle sales in China are reported to have dropped by a staggering 65% year-on- year in May, as a political row surrounding the deployment of the THAAD US missile shield system cont...read more


Thai Alloy builds new wheel plant6 Jun 17

Privately-owned wheel manufacturer Thai Alloy Manufacturing Company is investing THB1bn (US$29.4m) in new production capacity to meet growing domestic and export demand....read more


PPG withdraws its proposal to acquire AkzoNobel6 Jun 17

PPG has announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to combine with AkzoNobel and will not pursue a public offer for all the issued and outstanding shares of AkzoNobel....read more


Volvo Cars sales grew 12.2% in May6 Jun 17

Volvo Cars has reported double-digit global retail sales growth of 12.2% for May, compared with the same month last year, on the back of solid performance in all its three main sales regions....read more


NSK develops new one-way clutch for automobile powertrains6 Jun 17

NSK has announced that its equity affiliate, NSK-Warner K.K., has developed a pawl-type one-way clutch for automobile powertrains....read more


Porsche to start Israeli innovation office6 Jun 17

Porsche is establishing an innovation office in Israel and has invested an unspecified eight-figure sum in the Magma and Grove venture capital funds with further finance for start-ups and funds planne...read more


Tata Elxsi Autonomai platform selected by top five OEMs6 Jun 17

Tata Elxsi says it is to licence its autonomous vehicle middleware platform, 'Autonomai' to an unnamed top five automotive OEM for its driverless car R&D....read more


Proton presents improved Iriz6 Jun 17

Proton Holdings has rolled out its Proton Iriz model, which was earlier displayed at the DRB-HICOM Autofest last month....read more


Magna produces 275,000th folding roof for Fiat 500C since 20096 Jun 17

Magna says it has sold 275,000 soft-top convertible roofs produced for the Fiat 500C at its roof system facility in Tychy, Poland....read more


Inrix real-time traffic services to be used by US agencies6 Jun 17

Inrix says its traffic data will be used by the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), State and regional agencies to assess travel reliability, congestion and emissions....read more


Toyota sells all Tesla stake6 Jun 17

Toyota has sold all of its shares in Tesla as it shapes up to rival Elon Musk's electric car start-up....read more


Car sales in Western Europe up 7% in May6 Jun 17

Car sales in Western Europe grew by 7% in May according to data released by LMC Automotive. The annualised selling rate bounced back to 14.5m units a year....read more


GM's China sales slip5 Jun 17

General Motors sales in China fell in May for a second consecutive month, as the U.S. automaker phased out its older generation Buick Excelle in the high volume small sedan segment, a media report sai...read more


SPIEF 17 - Serbia enjoys auto supplier boom with competitive wages5 Jun 17

Serbian investment agencies say the country's intensely competitive wage offering and availability of labour is the main reason why so many suppliers have flooded into the region....read more


ANALYSIS - Kia Niro Hybrid and future derivatives5 Jun 17

For its first attempt at a bespoke hybrid car, Kia came up with a crossover. Even if sales are nowhere near the level of the Prius, the Niro does seem to have found itself an ever expanding pool of ke...read more


Taiwan sales down 7% in May5 Jun 17

New vehicle sales in Taiwan continued to drift lower in May, with a 6.7% year-on-year decline to 35,348 units from 37,878 units a year earlier, according to data released by local industry sources....read more


Mazda targets 50% growth in ASEAN5 Jun 17

Mazda Motor has said it aims to lift its annual sales in the ASEAN region to 150,000 units by end of the 2018-19 fiscal year from 100,000 units in the year ending last March, according to a company st...read more


Australia sees record new vehicle sales in May5 Jun 17

The Australian motor industry has posted record sales for May 2017....read more


NZ May new vehicle sales a record5 Jun 17

Passenger car and SUV registrations in New Zealand rose 11.8% year on year to 8,387 units in May 2017....read more


Audi recalls A7 and A8 in Europe to fix NOx emissions5 Jun 17

Audi is recalling around 24,000 A7 and A8 models because NOx emissions are too high....read more


Nissan, Mitsubishi sharing parts and accessories warehousing in Australia5 Jun 17

Nissan Motor Australia and Mitsubishi Motors Australia have announced the establishment of a joint parts and accessories warehousing and logistics operation....read more


UK van sales decline in May5 Jun 17

The light commercial vehicle market (LCV) declined in May following a period of exceptionally strong demand, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Van sales fel...read more


Trump Paris withdrawal a 'disappointment' - VDA5 Jun 17

In a statement, the German auto industry trade association's (VDA) president has described US President Donald Trump's decision to take the US out of the international Paris Accord on climate change a...read more


SMMT blames election for May UK sales fall5 Jun 17

UK new car sales fell 8.5% year on year in May ahead of the general election, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which said 186,265 vehicles were registered in the mon...read more


Detroit stresses environmental commitment in Paris reaction5 Jun 17

US President Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the international Paris Accord on climate change has been met with reaffirmed commitments to environment friendly policies from US automakers...read more


SPEIF 17 - AvtoVAZ "robust" sales echo promising AEB data - CEO5 Jun 17

AvtoVAZ is describing its recent sales performance as "robust," as its own data bears out figures from the Association of European Businesses (AEB) showing a modest recovery in the Russian vehicle sec...read more


SPIEF 17 - Renault Russia looks to build on parts export2 Jun 17

Renault Russia says it is aiming to increase its level of component exports building on substantial gains already in the last couple of years....read more


SPIEF 17 - GEFCO looks to ride Russian uptick2 Jun 17

Global logistics provider, GEFCO, says it believes it will be able to secure a slice of improved automotive fortunes in Russia as it commits to the country for the long term....read more


The Week - Volvo's inter-continental solution2 Jun 17

It has been a week in which the notion of our global interdependence and the benefits - or not - of approaches that reach across borders, have been challenged, again....read more


Audi plans three new EVs in 2020 roadmap2 Jun 17

Audi is planning two new Q SUVs and three e-tron battery electric vehicles while also replacing five ‘core’ models by 2020....read more


Daimler/BAIC join over NEV development in China2 Jun 17

In the presence of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Daimler AG and its Chinese partner BAIC Group have signed a framework agreement on further strengthening their st...read more


US light vehicle sales continue to soften2 Jun 17

Optimists predicting a little growth in May US light vehicle sales were disappointed. Even an extra selling day and sweetened incentives couldn’t avoid a fifth consecutive month of shrinking volumes....read more


Demand for eDrive prompts GKN expansion2 Jun 17

GKN driveline says that rising demand for electric and hybrid technology means that it will boost the size of its eDrive production hub by more than 60%....read more


New emissions cheating scandal engulfs Audi 2 Jun 17

The German federal government's Transport ministry, working with the KBA motor vehicle authority, has accused Audi AG of fitting defeat devices to certain diesel engines powering the Audi A8 and A7 Sp...read more


Supplier which stopped BMW plants to be bought by Bosch2 Jun 17

Albertini Cesare, the producer of steering gear components which recently caused a worldwide stoppage at BMW plants, is to be taken over by Robert Bosch....read more


GAC hits 1m milestone2 Jun 17

Guangzhou Autos (GAC) has celebrated the production of its one millionth vehicle, a white 4WD GS8 that rolled off the assembly line at its factory in Guangzhou, China....read more


MMC and LexisNexis develop usage-based insurance solutions2 Jun 17

LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) are working together so that MMC vehicles can connect directly to the LexisNexis Telematics Exchange to help lower insurance premiums based on dri...read more


Investor groups seek Renault-Nissan governance probe2 Jun 17

Shareholder activist groups are asking a French regulator to investigate conflicts of interest and possible breaches of governance at the Renault-Nissan Alliance, according to reports....read more


'Automotive Grade Linux' platform to debut on MY2018 Toyota Camry2 Jun 17

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, has announced that Toyota has adopted the AGL platform for Toyota’s next-generati...read more


Volkswagen Passats recalled in China over gearbox 1 Jun 17

SAIC Volkswagen has filed a recall for a small number of its New Passat sedans in China due to a gearbox problem. While the numbers are low, the history of VW in China and gearbox issues ensures the r...read more


Carbon fibre in car production – weighing up the benefits1 Jun 17

Until recently, the use of carbon fibre in vehicle manufacture has been confined to high-end, low-volume vehicles - a fashionable choice for the automotive elite. Yet times are changing. Continuing ju...read more


Renault deepens commitment to 'circular economy'1 Jun 17

Groupe Renault and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation -  an organisation that promotes the 'circular economy' - have renewed their commitment to the circular economy....read more


Peugeot adds ADAS and infotainment on refreshed 3081 Jun 17

Peugeot has given the 308 a mid-cycle refresh that adds to equipment levels, particularly in infotainment and the provision of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)....read more


VW's Arteon offers cornering light innovation1 Jun 17

Volkswagen says its new flagship Arteon is the first Volkswagen to offer a dynamic cornering light with new predictive control functionality....read more


Toyota launches 'CSRC Next', autonomous/connected research1 Jun 17

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Centre (CSRC) says it has formally launched 'the next phase of its research mission, celebrating the successful conclusion of its first five years of auto safety...read more


NEVS launches city mobility pilot program in Tianjin1 Jun 17

Swedish-based mobility company NEVS is launching a city mobility pilot program with support from Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area (THT)....read more


ELP Ohio plant adds Acura MDX1 Jun 17

Production of the Acura MDX luxury SUV has been added to the East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP) in Ohio - it becomes the second US plant to build the car. ELP joins Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincol...read more


Continental collaborates with NIO over EV technology1 Jun 17

Continental has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with NIO, a global electric vehicle startup....read more


Audi wins approval for autonomous vehicle testing in New York1 Jun 17

New York has approved Audi of America's application to be the first company authorised to perform autonomous vehicle testing in the state....read more


ANALYSIS - current and future BMW cars1 Jun 17

Due to Audi's now resolved dispute with its Chinese dealer network, BMW Group recently became the biggest premium manufacturer in the world's largest market. Cash-rich yet needing to be cautious due t...read more


Low-cost reduction in real world diesel NOx emissions a possibility with CPT’s 48V BISG technology31 May 17

The UK’s Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), working with Austria’s Technische Univeritat Wien (TU Wien), has demonstrated how its SpeedStart belt-integrated starter generator (BISG) 48V mild hybrid ...read more


Continental to cooperate with Baidu on intelligent mobility31 May 17

Continental has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu, one of the biggest internet companies in China, with the goal of establishing a "comprehensive strategic cooperation in the areas o...read more


VW claims AEB first for its commercial vehicles31 May 17

Volkswagen in the UK says it is to become the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans with autonomous emergency braking systems (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking), meaning all custo...read more


Webasto sales up 8% to EUR3bn in 201631 May 17

Automotive roofs specialist Webasto has announced strong financial results for 2016. Webasto generated sales of over EUR3bn in 2016 for the first time in the company’s history....read more


Henkel works with FCA for weight saving31 May 17

Henkel and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have cooperated in the development of new treatment processes that boost strategies for reducing weight and were applied to the latest version of the Alfa Ro...read more


BMW Tiexi plant line shut for the week31 May 17

BMW's car production at its main production line at a plant in China has come to a halt after Bosch became unable to supply steering parts....read more


Mercedes stresses supplier industry contribution in US31 May 17

As US president Donald Trump continues to draw attention to the US trade deficit with Germany, Daimler has stressed its contribution to the US economy via its US manufacturing operations and the purch...read more


IHI to lift global turbo output as demand rises31 May 17

Japanese industrial machinery manufacturer IHI Corporation plans to invest JPY6bn (US$54m) to increase turbocharger production capacity worldwide....read more


Magna expanding its seat trim facility in Serbia31 May 17

Magna has started construction to expand its seat trim facility in Odžaci, Serbia, from 4,300 square metres to 10,000 square metres. ...read more


Cadillac demonstrates Vehicle-to-Infrastructure capability in Michigan31 May 17

Cadillac’s CTS sedan, one of the first production vehicles in the world to contain Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication, has now successfully demonstrated Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) capability ...read more


BMW launches 'CarData' premium services31 May 17

BMW has announced 'CarData', a new service that it says puts customers in control of their driving data. ...read more


Chinese Volvo S90s exported to Europe by rail30 May 17

Volvo Cars says it has become the first car maker in the world to export China-made cars to Europe by train via China’s new ‘One Belt, One Road’ trade initiative....read more


Magnesium in car production - a weighting game30 May 17

While magnesium may not be as popular for lightweighting as steel alternatives like composites, its application is gradually spreading from luxury marques to mass-produced models.  Continuing just-aut...read more


Tenneco supplies MTV suspension technology for Peugeot 3008 SUV30 May 17

Tenneco has announced that its Multi-Tuned Valve (MTV) suspension technology is featured on the new Peugeot 3008 SUV, which was named 2017 European Car of the Year during the Geneva Motor Show in Swit...read more


ANALYSIS - future Mercedes-Benz hybrid & electric vehicles [updated]30 May 17

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


Samsung SDI builds EV battery plant in Hungary30 May 17

Samsung SDI has hosted a construction completion ceremony for an electric vehicle (EV) battery plant scheduled to open in second quarter of 2018 in Hungary....read more


Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant to produce compact class EQ models30 May 17

Mercedes-Benz says its Rastatt plant will produce compact class EQ electric models....read more


BMW output hit by Bosch parts shortage30 May 17

BMW manufacturing operations in China and South Africa are being impacted by Bosch parts shortages caused by supply disruption to a key sub-component in Europe....read more


GM accused of diesel trucks emissions tests rigging30 May 17

GM has been accused in a lawsuit of rigging hundreds of thousands of diesel trucks with devices similar to those used by Volkswagen to ensure they pass emissions tests....read more


The week - it's tough at the top, Mr Fields?26 May 17

There had been enough rumours in automotive and financial circles over the last few weeks (and months) to suggest Change was coming at Ford - to wit the Monday ousting of CEO Mark Fields (billed in th...read more


just-auto takes a Bank Holiday break26 May 17

It's the second May Bank Holiday here in the UK so we're having a long weekend off....read more


UK CV output falls in April as exports drive YTD demand26 May 17

British commercial vehicle (CV) output fell 28.3% year on year to 6,132 units (vans, trucks, buses and coaches) in April 2017 as the four-day, late Easter 'bank holiday' affected production....read more


UK engine output grows YTD despite April decline26 May 17

Engine output here in the UK reduced - by 14.5% year on year to 198,090 units - in April as the working month was shortened by a late Easter holiday break....read more


ANALYSIS - Audi Q5 2.0 TDI and the future SQ5s26 May 17

Audi had an instant hit on its hands when it decided to take on the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3 with the first Q5 in 2008. Which is why even with fresh engines and a thoroughly revamped platform, the new mo...read more


Nissan and Northern Powergrid team on EV MoU26 May 17

UK energy provider, Northern Powergrid and Nissan have inked an (MOU) to look at how electric vehicles (EV), batteries and other technologies can support energy networks during the next six years....read more


Serbia PM marks Kragujevac Fiat 500L production start26 May 17

Serbia's Prime Minister has attended the ceremony marking production start of the new Fiat 500L in Kragujevac....read more


Brazilian auto parts manufacturers search creatively for finance26 May 17

After three years of successive slumps in its sales, the Brazilian auto parts industry underwent a fast capital reduction process which is now causing some manufacturers liquidity problems....read more


Gestamp opens Auburn Hills R&D centre26 May 17

Gestamp is opening a new R&D centre in Auburn Hills, Michigan today (26 May), housing robotic prototype assembly cells, a laser cell, a durability performance test lab and complementary metallurgical ...read more


Christian Kullmann assumes helm of Evonik26 May 17

Christian Kullmann has replaced Klaus Engel as CEO after a shareholders meeting in Essen, Germany, which approved a dividend payment of EUR1.15 (US$1.30)....read more


XE SV Project 8 to be the fastest Jaguar yet26 May 17

Jaguar has announced the XE SV Project 8. Powered by a 441kW (600PS) version of JLR's supercharged 5.0-litre V8, this will be the fastest road legal Jaguar yet. ...read more


Steven Armstrong to lead Ford Europe in raft of senior moves25 May 17

Ford has unveiled Steven Armstrong as head of its Europe operations following the appointment of Jim Hackett as president and CEO....read more


ANALYSIS - Jaguar F-TYPE SVR25 May 17

Jaguar’s new 300PS four-cylinder F-TYPE might have a great CO2 number but can its many attributes compare to the magnificence of the 575PS supercharged V8 which powers the SVR?...read more


NDRC approves JAC/VW China joint venture25 May 17

The authorities in Beijing have approved an electric vehicle JV between Volkswagen and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC Motors)....read more


Faurecia to develop carbon fibre hydrogen tanks for fuel cell EVs25 May 17

Faurecia has said it has acquired an 'exclusive access to the intellectual property and process know-how of composite hydrogen tanks from Stelia Aerospace Composites'....read more


Faurecia opens new South Korea headquarters and technical centre25 May 17

Faurecia has inaugurated its new South Korea headquarters and technical centre in Seoul, Gyeonggi-do Province, in the presence of Gyeong-pil Nam, Governor of Gyeonggi-do Province and Patrick Koller, c...read more


Lamborghini to build paint plant for the Urus SUV at Sant’Agata Bolognese site25 May 17

VW subsidiary Lamborghini has announced the planned construction of a new paint plant. ...read more


VW targets further reduction in environmental impact of production25 May 17

The Volkswagen brand has set itself new, ambitious targets for reducing the environmental impact of production. By 2025, vehicles and components are to be produced in a way which is 45% more environme...read more


Mahle completes Nagares acquisition25 May 17

Mahle has completed its takeover of electronics specialist, Nagares announced in March and, following approval by the antitrust authorities, the Spanish company will now be integrated into the group....read more


Mahindra Electric unveils its next generation EV technology solutions25 May 17

Mahindra Electric has unveiled a technology and product roadmap, leading to the next generation of Electric Vehicles, which the company internally refers to as EV 2.0....read more


Honda Canada sells 2m Civics since 197325 May 17

Honda Canada says it has now sold two million Civics in the country since the nameplate’s introduction in 1973....read more


Visedo and Sisu team on hybrid truck power system25 May 17

Finnish companies Visedo and Sisu Auto have teamed to develop a hybrid electric parallel power system for the heavy truck market capable of delivering 850kW (1140hp) and more than 5000Nm torque....read more


MMC rebuilding R&D facilities at Okazaki25 May 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has started a major renovation work of the R&D Centre in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, which includes the rebuilding of its three main facilities: the main office buil...read more


Start-ups selected for VW start-up incubator25 May 17

The first six teams for the new start-up incubator at Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden have been chosen: the start-ups Smart City System from Nuremberg, LoyalGo from Dortmund, Tretbox from ...read more


OmniVision unveils new camera image sensors25 May 17

OmniVision Technologies has introduced two new image sensors, the OX1A10 and OX2A10, designed for side- and rear-view camera monitoring systems (CMS), respectively....read more


Aston Martin sees DB11 boost to Q1 results25 May 17

Luxury sports car maker has reported a surge to sales and profit as its new DB11 lifts unit volumes....read more


Mahindra invests in EV growth in India25 May 17

India’s Mahindra & Mahindra has announced plans to double electric vehicle production capacity this year, as it prepares for growing demand in its home market....read more


BMW Group top auto company for German IT workers25 May 17

BMW says that it has ranked highly in a German survey of IT professionals....read more


GM to cut back its Singapore regional HQ25 May 17

General Motors has said it plans to reduce the workforce at its Singapore regional headquarters by over 70% this year as part of a broader programme of cutbacks at its international operations....read more


UK car output down 18.2% in April25 May 17

UK car manufacturing fell in April, according to figures released by the SMMT. Some 122,116 cars were produced in the month, an -18.2% decrease on April 2016. The SMMT said that the timing of Easter a...read more


Ford launches new all-makes aftermarket brand in Europe24 May 17

Ford dealers in Europe can now service or supply parts for all makes of other vehicles following the automaker's launch of a new Omnicraft brand of replacement parts....read more


Renault names new Africa-Middle-East-India (AMI) region chief24 May 17

Groupe Renault has name seasoned company executive Fabrice Cambolive senior vice president and chairman of the Africa-Middle-East-India (AMI) region....read more


The art of painting carbon fibre – Q&A with Project 12 24 May 17

As the application of carbon fibre in car manufacture increases, demand for custom and novel finishes has also soared. UK-based Project 12 develops and supplies finishes and coatings for carbon fibre ...read more


EU to investigate state aid to JLR Slovakia plant24 May 17

European Union state aid regulators have opened an investigation into Slovakia's plan to grant EUR125m to Tata subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to support a new plant in the country....read more


Daimler acquires slice of large Mercedes dealer group24 May 17

Daimler has acquired a 15% stake in dealer group LSH Auto International, a subsidiary of Lei Shing Hong, one of the biggest Mercedes-Benz dealers worldwide....read more


Renault buying Intel France embedded software unit24 May 17

Groupe Renault has announced it signed a final agreement on the acquisition of Intel's French embedded software R&D activity based in Toulouse and Sophia-Antipolis, France....read more


AGC starts mass production of 3D curved cover glass for car displays24 May 17

AGC Asahi Glass (AGC) has started mass production of 3D curved cover glass for car mounted displays at its Keihin Plant (Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture), a company first....read more


FCA "disappointed" at US DOJ civil lawsuit over diesel emissions24 May 17

FCA US has said it was "disappointed" the US Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division had filed a civil lawsuit accusing it of illegally using software to bypass emission con...read more


Jaguar Land Rover sets fiscal year unit sales record24 May 17

Tata Motors' premium vehicle unit, Jaguar Land Rover Automotive, the UK's largest vehicle manufacturer, has reported record vehicle sales for the fiscal year ended 31 March, 2017, as revenue and pre-t...read more


French court staves off GM&S market wolves24 May 17

Troubled French supplier, GM&S has been granted a bankruptcy protection lifeline until 23 June as judges have allowed it to continue the search for a new buyer....read more


April Europe sales slip as diesel loses dominance24 May 17

European car sales dropped 7.1% year on year to 1.22m units in April 2017, the largest monthly decline since March 2013....read more


Geely strikes agreement to acquire Proton and Lotus24 May 17

Zhejiang Geely says it has reached a binding heads of agreement with Proton owner DRB-Hicom to acquire the Malaysia-based automotive group....read more


Honda refurbishes California proving centre23 May 17

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


Emissions fraud investigators to search Daimler premises23 May 17

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


Toyota explores 'blockchain' for driverless cars data23 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


Tata Steel expands Serica surface finish choice23 May 17

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


Ford opts for presentational change23 May 17

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


GMSA union sees 600 jobs gone by July23 May 17

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


FOMM to build EV plant in Thailand23 May 17

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


Thai sales rise 15% in April23 May 17

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


BorgWarner announces ZF dual clutch supply deal22 May 17

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


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

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


French automakers to support troubled stamping supplier22 May 17

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


Making good connections in the self-driving car22 May 17

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


Lexus starts on hand crafted Europe export LC22 May 17

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


FCA US files for new diesel emissions approval22 May 17

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


Ford shakes up senior management structure22 May 17

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


Four automakers announce Takata settlements in US22 May 17

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


GKN on prospects for torque vectoring22 May 17

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


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

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


Toyoda Gosei and Daicel agree cooperation22 May 17

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


Toyoda Gosei building new airbag plant in India22 May 17

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


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

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


Audi resolves Chinese dealer concern over planned SAIC deal22 May 17

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


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

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


Ford replaces CEO Fields with Jim Hackett22 May 17

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


The week - retrenchment at Global Motors19 May 17

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


Nissan shows first glimpse of redesigned Leaf EV19 May 17

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


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

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


Hyundai plans two more plants in China19 May 17

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


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

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


Toyota hails Japan hydrogen stations agreement19 May 17

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


Kobe Steel opens new aluminium plant in China19 May 17

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


Tenneco announces Land Rover Discovery exhaust supply19 May 17

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


Indonesia sales rise 6% in April19 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Ford Cologne plant starts RHD Fiesta production18 May 17

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


VW China JV recalls 600,000 cars18 May 17

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


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

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


ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-Benz cars18 May 17

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


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

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


Constellium boosts Bosch ABS supply deal18 May 17

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


PSA reportedly talking Aisin gearbox build in France18 May 17

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


Detroit has investors on its mind - COMMENT18 May 17

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


GM cuts operations in India and South Africa18 May 17

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


Ford Europe starts production of new Fiesta17 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


BYD becomes 'local auto manufacturer' in Argentina17 May 17

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


Mahle expands in China with new automotive compressor plant17 May 17

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


Mitsubishi Motors launches new Android Auto app in Japan17 May 17

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


Lectra delivers airbag cutting machines to ZF17 May 17

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


Steel makes a comeback for next Audi A817 May 17

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


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

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


Schaeffler Bavaria explosion not auto-related 17 May 17

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


Honeywell starts HFO-1234yf production in Louisiana17 May 17

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


Tan Chong defends sole distribution rights in Cambodia17 May 17

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


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

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


UK gov consulting auto companies on Brexit17 May 17

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


BMW teams with Delphi as autonomous partner17 May 17

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


ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-AMG models17 May 17

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


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

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


Car makers start to think about future business models16 May 17

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


Renault Dacia Romania plant back up and running16 May 17

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


Poor supplier relations hit Detroit bottom lines - survey16 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


New PSA JV to build LCVs in Uzbekistan16 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


Hyundai Mobis to open proving ground in South Korea16 May 17

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


Tata Motors signs new assembly deal in Thailand16 May 17

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


GM collaborates with suppliers to improve global rubber supply16 May 17

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


Volvo Cars partners with Google for Android connected cars15 May 17

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


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

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


Schaeffler Bavaria site 90% working after explosion 15 May 17

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


Renault India to boost product launches15 May 17

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


Update - Explosion and injuries at Schaeffler Bavaria plant15 May 17

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


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

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


Isuzu India plant develops local vendors for global supply15 May 17

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


Porsche SE boosts Q1 profit15 May 17

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


NHTSA expands VW/Porsche recalls15 May 17

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


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

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


Vehicle makers on alert over cyber attack15 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


Grammer Group Q1 revenue up 7.5% to EUR458m15 May 17

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


South Korean imports rise 12% in April15 May 17

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


Japanese sales rise 9% in April15 May 17

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


AEB cautiously welcomes 7% rise in April sales15 May 17

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


The week - the time saving autonomous car12 May 17

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


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

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


Hino expands Toyota parts output in Arkansas12 May 17

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


DriveNow launches Helsinki carsharing service12 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


Leoni Supervisory Board appoints new chairman12 May 17

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


Wia buys out IHI from its turbocharger JV12 May 17

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


Fastned inks charging deal with Transport for London12 May 17

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


Kongsberg unveils Q1 revenue up 11% to EUR270m12 May 17

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


Hella places EUR300m corporate bond on capital market12 May 17

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


Future model blitz from BMW for Frankfurt IAA12 May 17

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


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

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


Haldex appoints Andreas Ekberg as temporary CFO12 May 17

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


BMW CEO announces 8 Series revival11 May 17

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


NVIDIA collaborating with Toyota on artificial intelligence11 May 17

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


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

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


Magna boosts Q1 2017 operating income 19%11 May 17

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


Constellium opens new auto aluminium plant11 May 17

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


Steering specialist sees Q1 improvement11 May 17

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


Suppliers collaborate on OEM RSE deal11 May 17

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


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

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


VW AG shareholders see big dividend rise11 May 17

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


Subaru operating income falls 27%11 May 17

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


Nissan forecasts 8% profit fall this year11 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


PSA's Tavares expects Opel loss in 201710 May 17

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


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

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


Philippine sales rise 5% in April10 May 17

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


Suzuki to expand capacity in India as sales rise10 May 17

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


BYD delivers 60ft articulated electric bus to California10 May 17

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


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

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


Kobe Steel to increase production equipment at Moka plant10 May 17

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


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

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


Toyota takes currency hit to operating income10 May 17

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


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

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


Deferred Russia demand could spark sharp rebound - Autostat9 May 17

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


MMC swings to loss in FY20169 May 17

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


Valeo targets China for earnings growth9 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


JLR April 2017 global sales down 2.3%9 May 17

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


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

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


Volkswagen names German plant that will build EVs9 May 17

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


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

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


Vietnam new vehicle sales decline continues in April9 May 17

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


China car market slips 1.7% in April9 May 17

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


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

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


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

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


April NZ sales set record despite supply issues9 May 17

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




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