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THE WEEK: Change ahead on both sides of the pond

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK: Change ahead on both sides of the pond As the United States, or those that voted for him, prepared to say Hail to the New Chief at the inauguration today, an equally divisive issue got anoth... read more


NHTSA clears Tesla autopilot after fatal crash

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

NHTSA clears Tesla autopilot after fatal crash US investigators have cleared a 2015 Tesla Model S which collided with a tractor trailer crossing an uncontrolled intersection in Florida, resulting in t... read more


Toyota builds 2m in North America again

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota builds 2m in North America again Toyota announced on the eve of the US presidential inauguration it had booked another record year of North American vehicle production with 2,124,608 vehicles l... read more


Takata shares suspended ahead of rescue plans

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Takata shares suspended ahead of rescue plans Takata shares were suspended on the Tokyo stock exchange this week at Wednesday's closing price of JPY867 following reports that two companies are set... read more


SUVs take one in four 2016 Europe sales

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

SUVs take one in four 2016 Europe sales The European car industry boomed in 2016 - with new car registrations for the year totalling 15.14m units, a 6.5% increase compared to 2015 and SUVs achieving a... read more


Panasonic to go beyond batteries with Tesla

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Panasonic to go beyond batteries with Tesla Panasonic reportedly wants to extend its partnership with Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese supplier focuses m... read more


Jaguar Land Rover adding VR to global showrooms

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover adding VR to global showrooms Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is adding virtual reality to dealerships so "customers won't need to wait for newly launched vehicles to arr... read more


Former VW CEO cagey on emissions cheat timing

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Former VW CEO cagey on emissions cheat timing Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has declined to tell German lawmakers when he first learned of diesel emissions test cheating but said it was no e... read more


Flexible car sharing works for Daimler

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Flexible car sharing works for Daimler Daimler said it car2go mobility unit kept growing in financial year 2016, boosting its customer base 43% to 2.2m with a car rented every 1.4 seconds somewhere in... read more


GM resolves US SEC ignition switch investigation

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GM resolves US SEC ignition switch investigation General Motors said it had resolved a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation arising from the company's 2014 ignition switch rec... read more


Fake job ads cause chaos at Indian Suzuki plant

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Fake job ads cause chaos at Indian Suzuki plant Chaos erupted at Suzuki's new Indian manufacturing plant on Wednesday (18 January) after fake job ads were posted on social media. About 1,500 ... read more


Kia launches new generation Morning/Picanto sub-compact

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia launches new generation Morning/Picanto sub-compact Kia Motors launched a fully-revised Morning sub-compact car this week with enhanced safety features including a stronger body structure and addi... read more


First glimpse of GM Europe's new small SUV

18 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

First glimpse of GM Europe's new small SUV General Motors Europe's Opel and Vauxhall brands took a while, some rebadged Korean interlopers excepted, to get into SUVs so this year, comparatively speaki... read more


Former Tata chairman opposed to successor

18 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Former Tata chairman opposed to successor Unsurprisingly, former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry opposes the appointment of Natarajan Chandrasekaran as his successor and may even be preparing to o... read more


Honda Canada expands Takata airbag recall

18 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Canada expands Takata airbag recall In conjunction with the second phase of planned recalls in the US first announced by NHTSA in May 2016 based on recent defect reports from the airbag inflator... read more


GM China to launch 18 new and refreshed models in 2017

18 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GM China to launch 18 new and refreshed models in 2017 General Motors will launch 18 new and refreshed models this year in China to achieve continued growth in the company's largest retail market.... read more


Former GM CFO heads for White House

18 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Former GM CFO heads for White House A former GM CFO has been appointed assistant to the president and director of strategic initiatives in the incoming Trump administration. Chris Liddell earlier join... read more


New Tata Motors chairman named

17 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New Tata Motors chairman named Tata Motors has appointed Tata group chief designate N Chandrasekaran as its chairman with immediate effect, an Indian media report said. In a regulatory filing cit... read more


GM announces $1bn spend on US manufacturing

17 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GM announces $1bn spend on US manufacturing General Motors has announced an additional US$1bn spend on its US manufacturing operations, as heralded by earlier media reports . "These investments ... read more


Audi-FAW JV to include EVs

17 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Audi-FAW JV to include EVs Audi plans to "significantly" the range of models produced locally at FAW VW and enter new segments, including electrified vehicles. With a new dedicated comp... read more


China Cadillac chief sees 2017 growth but slower

17 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

China Cadillac chief sees 2017 growth but slower Cadillac expects slower growth in China this year after a 2016 spike spurred by the opening of a dedicated factory. The brand is now fifth best-se... read more


Germany v Italy over FCA diesel emissions, round two

17 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Germany v Italy over FCA diesel emissions, round two A row has again broken out between Germany and Italy over vehicle emissions. According to Reuters, citing an Italian transport ministry statem... read more


GM reportedly bringing forward $1bn US spend announcement

17 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GM reportedly bringing forward $1bn US spend announcement US media overnight reported General Motors will today announce around US$1bn in factory investment and job retention plans but the plans have ... read more


Daimler buys electronic payments company

16 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler buys electronic payments company Daimler Financial Services is acquiring the electronic payment services provider PayCash Europe. By gaining a foothold in the ePayment business, the automaker ... read more


Shell announces Rolls-Royce oil supply deal

16 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shell announces Rolls-Royce oil supply deal Shell has announced an aftermarket/service oil supply deal with BMW's Rolls-Royce. Supply of 'genuine engine oil actually began in October 2016 to dealers w... read more


Mitsubishi Motors Europe sales dip 7% in 2016

16 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Europe sales dip 7% in 2016 Mitsubishi Motors sales in the 34 countries it calls Europe fell 7% year on year to 162,495 in 2016, a reasonable decrease "as planned", according to the ... read more


Increased exports and innovation activity will drive UK car industry - report

16 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Increased exports and innovation activity will drive UK car industry - report Increased exports and innovation activity will drive the UK car industry to new heights, according to a new report. T... read more


Takata agrees settlement with US Department of Justice, three execs charged

16 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Takata agrees settlement with US Department of Justice, three execs charged Troubled airbag supplier Takata Corporation said it had reached a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice (DO... read more


Magna plans paint shop in Slovenia to support Graz assembly plant

13 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Magna plans paint shop in Slovenia to support Graz assembly plant Magna International will build a new paint facility in Slovenia to help support new programmes going into its Graz, Austria contract v... read more


New Zealand vehicle sales break records again

13 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand vehicle sales break records again New Zealand new vehicle sales set a record for the third consecutive year. Registrations of 146,753 units were up 9.5% year on year. December was als... read more


Renault adds Master to electric LCV line

13 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault adds Master to electric LCV line Renault is expanding its all-electric light commercial vehicle range with global debuts for a longer range Kangoo Van ZE (zero emissions) and a new Master ZE s... read more


Shows, snow - the week

13 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shows, snow - the week The start of the year usually has a pleasant familiarity to it - CES and Detroit shows and, in my case just this morning, often the first taste of winter snow. Also, in my case,... read more


EPA hits FCA with violation notice over diesel NOx emissions

12 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

EPA hits FCA with violation notice over diesel NOx emissions Increased government scrutiny following the Volkswagen 'dieselgate' has led to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issuing... read more


Gestamp will open a new specialist aluminum plant in Slovakia

12 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Gestamp will open a new specialist aluminum plant in Slovakia Gestamp, the Spanish multinational that designs, develops and manufactures metal parts and assemblies for the automotive industry, will op... read more


FCA announces management changes

12 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

FCA announces management changes Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced management changes with immediate effect. Daphne Zheng is named as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of China. Zheng, who ... read more


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