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Toyota Brazil's 2017 Etios becomes more competitive

Toyota Brazil has struggled to turn the smaller Etios in to as easy a sell as the Corolla. Yet thanks to some incentives for dealers and con...

Volkswagen nominates 55 FAST suppliers

Volkswagen has nominated a total of 55 partners for 61 fields of competence through its 'Volkswagen Future Automotive Supply Tracks' (FAST)...

Maserati to double Levante SUV output

Maserati will double production of its latest model, the Levante, from Monday 30 May 2016 with the new production line built specially for t...

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just-auto takes a break 27 May 2016

Dave Leggett

We are off on Monday, May 30, as it’s a public holiday here in Britain. Therefore, there will be no daily newsletter on Monday, normal service resumed on Tuesday, May 31.


Toyota Brazil's 2017 Etios becomes more competitive 27 May 2016

Fernando Calmon

Toyota Brazil has struggled to turn the smaller Etios in to as easy a sell as the Corolla. Yet thanks to some incentives for dealers and continuous improvement in equipment and finish, early market goals are near plans but almost certainly with low profitability. Some potential buyers say they do not like the styling yet recognise the car’s integrity and trustworthy mechanicals.


Volkswagen nominates 55 FAST suppliers 27 May 2016

Simon Warburton

Volkswagen has nominated a total of 55 partners for 61 fields of competence through its 'Volkswagen Future Automotive Supply Tracks' (FAST) initiative.


Maserati to double Levante SUV output 27 May 2016

Graeme Roberts

Maserati will double production of its latest model, the Levante, from Monday 30 May 2016 with the new production line built specially for the new SUV switching to two production shifts a day.


Ford says new Fusion hybrid has 610 miles of range 27 May 2016

Dave Leggett

A major plank of Ford’s electrification strategy in the US is its hybrid range and it claims the latest Fusion hybrid model has a range of 610 miles on a full tank of petrol plus a full battery charge.


New AvtoVAZ CEO eyes Kazakhstan expansion 27 May 2016

Dave Leggett

Recently appointed AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure has outlined plans to expand the company’s manufacturing operations in Kazakhstan.


Continental expanding Romania factory 27 May 2016

Graeme Roberts

Continental will spend EUR12m to expand its electronic car parts factory in Timisoara by over 7,000 sq m, a local media report said. The work will be completed by the end of this year.


GM announces $14.5bn revolving credit facility 27 May 2016

Dave Leggett

General Motors has announced the execution of an unsecured US$14.5bn revolving credit facility consisting of a US$10.5bn five-year facility and a US$4bn three-year facility.  The facility amends and extends GM’s existing US$12.5bn revolving credit facility.


Johnson Controls/UW–Madison aim enhancing battery fuel efficiency 27 May 2016

Graeme Roberts

Johnson Controls has announced two multi-year research projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) aimed at enhancing the fuel efficiency of start-stop and next-generation battery-electric vehicles.


Maruti India to recall vehicles over airbag controller and faulty fuel filter 27 May 2016

Graeme Roberts

Maruti Suzuki will recall 75,419 Baleno cars (petrol and diesel), manufactured between 3 August 2015 and 17 May 2016 to upgrade the airbag controller software. Of these, 15,995 Baleno diesels, manufactured between 3 August 2015 and 22 March 2016, will also have a faulty fuel filter.


Grupo Antolin opens India interiors plant 27 May 2016

Simon Warburton

Grupo Antolin has opened a new manufacturing plant in Sanand (India) to reinforce its industrial presence.


KSPG seals five-year ZF Friedrichshafen deal 27 May 2016

Simon Warburton

KSPG, a member of the Rheinmetall Technology Group, has deepened its cooperation with ZF Friedrichshafen, inking a five-year deal with a lifetime value of around EUR66m (US$74m).


Magna to build aluminium casting facility in UK 26 May 2016

Dave Leggett

Magna International has announced it will build a new world-class aluminium casting facility in Telford, UK, to support Jaguar Land Rover.


Toyota reorganises Malaysian manufacturing footprint 26 May 2016

Dave Leggett

Toyota has provided more detail on plans to reorganise its Malaysian manufacturing footprint and add a new passenger vehicle manufacturing plant.


US vehicle market cooling in May 26 May 2016

Dave Leggett

Edmunds says that its forecast for US sales numbers for May suggests that while the market has cooled, it is still on track to hit a new record in 2016.


Scania links up with Ericsson to test 5G mobile technology 26 May 2016

Dave Leggett

VW-owned Scania says it has become the first company to test the communication giant's new 5G technology components, as part of a collaboration between Scania and Ericsson Research exploring the use of 5G networks in transport communications.


Faurecia nominated FAST partner for VW Group 26 May 2016

Simon Warburton

Faurecia says it has been nominated again as strategic partner within the 'Future Automotive Supply Tracks' initiative (FAST) of the Volkswagen Group.


Infineon and Imec team on sensor chip development 26 May 2016

Simon Warburton

Infineon Technologies and Imec are to cooperate on CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor chip development.


Brose manufactures five millionth seat structure 26 May 2016

Simon Warburton

Brose says it has manufactured the five millionth front seat structure since the start of production in 2012 for a joint project between Daimler and BMW.


ST and Weifu colloborate in Testing Institute 26 May 2016

Simon Warburton

STMicroelectronics and Weifu High-Technology, a Chinese provider of automotive electronic control systems, have unveiled ST’s participation in Weifu’s Researching and Testing Institute of Engineering and Technology.


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