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MEXICO: Daimler and Renault-Nissan break ground in Aguascalientes

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have broken ground for their joint venture manufacturing complex COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing P...

UK: Car sales rise ahead of 'plate change' month

New car registrations in the UK in August, traditionally a slow month to the pending 'year identifier' registration plate change on 1 Septem...

JAPAN/RUSSIA: Mazda and Sollers sign MoU for Vladivostok engine joint venture

Mazda Motor Corporation and OJSC Sollers on Friday (4 September) announced that they had agreed with the government of the Russian Federatio...

UK: Nissan allocates redesigned Juke to Sunderland

Nissan Europe has again picked its Sunderland, north-east England, factory to build its segment-pioneering Juke model. The automaker did not...

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MEXICO: Daimler and Renault-Nissan break ground in Aguascalientes 4 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have broken ground for their joint venture manufacturing complex COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), in Aguascalientes in central Mexico. The factory will build premium compact vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.


UK: Car sales rise ahead of 'plate change' month 4 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

New car registrations in the UK in August, traditionally a slow month to the pending 'year identifier' registration plate change on 1 September, nonetheless rose 9.6% year on year to 79,060 units, as the market saw its 42nd consecutive month of growth.


JAPAN/RUSSIA: Mazda and Sollers sign MoU for Vladivostok engine joint venture 4 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation and OJSC Sollers on Friday (4 September) announced that they had agreed with the government of the Russian Federation to begin assessing the establishment of an engine production plant at their joint venture Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus (MSMR), located in Vladivostok in the Primorsky region of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District, and had signed an memorandum of understanding to that effect.


2015 Chengdu show: World premieres 4 Sep 2015

Glenn Brooks

The media preview of CDMS 2015, the 18th Chengdu motor show, took place on 3 September. The following vehicles and concepts were world premieres.


FRANKFURT DEBUTS LIST: Audi SQ5 TDI plus added 4 Sep 2015

Glenn Brooks

Audi has announced details of yet another new model world premiere for the 2015 Frankfurt IAA.


US: Tesla Model 3 'about two years away' – Musk 4 Sep 2015

Dave Leggett

Tesla's higher volume sedan dubbed Model 3 is around two years away and will be priced at around US$35,000, according to postings on Twitter from Tesla boss Elon Musk.


US: FCA builds millionth nine-speed auto 4 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Just two months after producing the one millionth TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, FCA US facilities in Indiana celebrated another milestone - production of the one millionth 948TE nine-speed 'box.


JAPAN: Toyoda Gosei develops capless fuel filler 4 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei claims to be the first Japanese auto parts manufacturer to develop and mass produce a 'capless fuel filler', with which a vehicle can be refuelled by simply inserting the refuelling nozzle directly into a fuel tank without the need to remove or replace a cap. The newly developed product is also claimed to the smallest and lightest in the world.


US: Nissan recalls 300,000 Versas for brake pedal issue 4 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Nissan is recalling 298,747 2012-2015 Versa sedan and 2014-2015 Versa Note models made (in Mexico) from 23 April, 2013, to 11 March, 2015. The affected vehicles have a centre console trim panel that may catch the driver's shoe and delay the transition from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal.


UK: SEAT claims connectivity first 4 Sep 2015

Dave Leggett

SEAT says it is undertaking an ambitious plan to prioritise in-car connectivity across all of its models, including a three-in-one solution that enables Apple and Android compatibility.


US: Wabco teams with CV Safety Alliance 4 Sep 2015

Simon Warburton

Wabco says it has joined the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the international not-for-profit organisation promoting safety and security for law enforcement, industry, and policy makers.


GERMANY: Schaeffler puts roll control in volume production 4 Sep 2015

Simon Warburton

Schaeffler says its electro-mechanical active roll control has entered volume production, replacing the previous standard hydraulic stabilisers, which minimise rolling motion of the vehicle body when going around curves or during evasive manoeuvres.


MEXICO: Magna expands Monterrey mirror plant to meet demand 4 Sep 2015

Simon Warburton

Magna International says it will plough more than US$16m into its Mirror Systems Monterrey plant in Mexico, as a result of new business.


UK: Inrix shows Road Weather predictor 4 Sep 2015

Simon Warburton

Inrix has unveiled its Road Weather system providing information on type of precipitation, surface conditions and visibility, among others, using real-time data from connected vehicles to report conditions and alert other drivers of potentially dangerous situations.


UK: Nissan allocates redesigned Juke to Sunderland 3 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Nissan Europe has again picked its Sunderland, north-east England, factory to build its segment-pioneering Juke model. The automaker did not announce a production start date for the redesigned, second generation model line but just-auto expects this early in 2017. The decision, the automaker said, "points to a secure future for both production lines in Sunderland and the jobs of 34,000 people currently employed by Nissan and its British suppliers beyond 2020".


BRAZIL: Mercedes rehiring vindicates industrial action: union 3 Sep 2015

Simon Warburton

Global labour body, IndustriALL says it was action organised by Mercedes-Benz staff in Brazil, which has led to dismissed workers being reinstated.


FRANCE: Renault previews light truck line, global LCV support network 3 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Renault has unveiled a one-tonne pickup truck concept previewing its previously announced version of a model line, based on Alliance partner Nissan's NP300 Navara/Frontier range, which will also be shared with Daimler's Mercedes-Benz. The automaker also announced a new global light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales and support network branded 'Renault Pro +', similar to FCA's Fiat Professional organisation.


RUSSIA: Ford Sollers starts new US$275m engine plant 3 Sep 2015

Simon Warburton

Ford Sollers has launched its new US$275m engine plant in Elabuga, Tatarstan as part of its existing commitment to increase local content and expand operations in Russia


GERMANY: Porsche CFO nominated as VW supervisory board chairman 3 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Shareholder representatives on Porsche Automobil Holding SE's supervisory board want the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG to elect Hans Dieter Pötsch, currently a member of the executive board of Porsche SE and of Volkswagen AG, to the VW AG supervisory board at an extraordinary shareholder meeting in November 2015. A respective decision should also be taken at the supervisory board of Porsche SE, they said in a statement.


UK: Jaguar Land Rover scraps Saudi plant plan – FT 3 Sep 2015

Dave Leggett

The Financial Times reports that Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover has, according to sources, scrapped plans for a manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia.


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