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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Trouble in Tianjin28 Aug 15

Our updates of the auto situation in Tianjin, following the massive explosions in the Chinese port city, have attracted a lot of reader interest this week. I was last week in the middle of a British '...read more


just-auto takes a late summer break28 Aug 15

Summer is fading fast here in England and the last Bank Holiday of the weekend is upon us. That means no updates or newsletters on Monday, 31 August 2015....read more


INDIA: Bosch opens diesel factory at Bidadi, Karnataka28 Aug 15

Bosch has opened a new manufacturing plant at Bidadi, Karnataka, India....read more


GERMANY: BMW launches smartphone wireless charging28 Aug 15

A snap-in wireless charging adapter is now available as a BMW accessory. It also functions as a stable storage system for the mobile phone....read more


FRANKFURT DEBUT: Toyota updates Yaris again28 Aug 15

Toyota will launch a minor update of its European Yaris line at the Frankfurt show next month. Sales have risen from about 144,000 units in 2011 to an expected 200,000-plus in 2015 while its share of ...read more


SOUTH AFRICA/UAE: Ford appoints Rob Crouse as director, sales for Middle East and Africa28 Aug 15

Ford has announced the appointment of Rob Crouse as director, sales for Middle East and Africa, responsible for the Middle East, North Africa, South Africa and Sub-Saharan African markets. Crouse will...read more


JAPAN: Honda sets China production record in July28 Aug 15

Honda Motor automobile production in Japan in July 2015 fell year-on-year for the 12th consecutive month but output in regions outside Japan rose for the fifth consecutive month, setting a record for ...read more


CANADA: Volkswagen names Magna a FAST partner27 Aug 15

Magna International has announced that its Magna Powertrain operating group was nominated by the Volkswagen Group as a 'Future Automotive Supply Tracks' (FAST) strategic partner for outstanding perfor...read more


SOUTH KOREA: Wraps come off fourth generation Kia Sportage27 Aug 15

Hyundai Motors affiliate Kia Motors has released the first 'official' exterior images of the redesigned, fourth generation Sportage. The medium size SUV will make its global debut at the Frankfurt sho...read more


US: Kelley Blue Book calls August sales off 4%26 Aug 15

New vehicle sales are expected to decline 4% year on year to 1.52m units in August 2015, resulting in an estimated 17.2m seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book....read more


US: Denso expanding in Tennessee26 Aug 15

Denso has announced it is adding 500 jobs and spending US$400 million to expand its electronics manufacturing capabilities and build a new warehouse at the Denso Manufacturing Tennessee (DMTN) manufac...read more


US: Ford may revive Bronco and Ranger - reports26 Aug 15

Ford is considering reintroducing two once-popular SUV and compact pickup truck nameplates to the US, according to media reports....read more


UK: SMMT hails plug-in grant extension26 Aug 15

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has welcomed Wednesday's (26 August) government announcement of an extension to the taxpayer funded Plug-in Car Grant....read more


INDIA: Ford to launch three new models by 201725 Aug 15

Ford plans to launch three new models - Mustang, Endeavour and Figo - by 2017....read more


JAPAN: Lexus adding LX570 to domestic model line25 Aug 15

Toyota will start sales of its Lexus LX570 premium SUV in Japan from 14 September....read more


US: Jeep hacker resigns from Twitter - report25 Aug 15

The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter after three years on the job, a media report said....read more


JAPAN [updated]: Toyota testing other suppliers' airbag inflators - report25 Aug 15

Toyota Motor on Tuesday confirmed it was testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata, a media report said....read more


JAPAN: Suzuki plans first full hybrid25 Aug 15

Suzuki Motor has announced it would launch its first full hybrid vehicle as early as next December....read more


SOUTH KOREA: LG supplying LCD displays to Honda and Porsche - report25 Aug 15

South Korea's LG Electronics will supply Honda Motor and Porsche with in-car displays as the supplier tries to grow its auto business to counter weak sales at its mainstay television and smartphone un...read more


CHINA: Toyota closed in Tianjin until 27 August24 Aug 15

Toyota Motor has said its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain shut at least to the end of Wedneday (26 August) due to safety concerns as fires continue to break out at the site of ...read more


INDIA: Toyota has no plans to acquire Kirloskar Group24 Aug 15

Toyota does not plan to acquire local partner Kirloskar Group, Indian media reports said....read more


GERMANY: Porsche adds INRIX real time traffic information24 Aug 15

Porsche is adding real time traffic information to its models sold in Europe from September....read more


SWEDEN: SKF signs three-year deal with MAN24 Aug 15

Following an earlier deal with Scania, SKF has now signed a three year agreement with MAN for the supply of truck-matched wheel-end units....read more


NORWAY: Kongsberg wins US$6.83m truck brake contract24 Aug 15

Kongsberg Automotive's fluid transfer business has won a contract worth an estimated EUR6m (US$6.83m) to supply air brake connectors to "one of Europe's major truck manufacturers"....read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Flint down but not out by any means7 Aug 15

Whenever I hear the word Flint I always think of a certain Michael Moore, native of that Michigan city, and his movie Roger & Me about the closure of a vast swathe of factories that once made up Gener...read more


INDIA: Maruti Suzuki sets monthly sales target for S-Cross7 Aug 15

Maruti Suzuki aims to sell 4,000-5,000 units of its S-Cross per month in India but there are no export plans....read more


HUNGARY: BorgWarner opens AWD facility in Oroszlany7 Aug 15

BorgWarner has opened a new plant in Oroszlany, Hungary, with production capacity for all-wheel drive components including transfer cases, feeder pumps, valves and AWD couplings to supply global autom...read more


GERMANY: Porsche July sales rise in double digits7 Aug 15

Porsche sales rose 22% year on year to 20,733 cars worldwide in July....read more


AUSTRALIA: SUVs continue on a roll down under6 Aug 15

Australians continued their love affair with the versatile SUV last month with 13.4% more sold than in July 2014....read more


US: Tesla’s Q2 net loss increases6 Aug 15

Luxury electric vehicle maker Tesla's revenue for the second quarter ended 30 June 2015 was up 24.13% to US$954.98m but the company continued to book operating and net losses in both the quarter and t...read more


GERMANY: Mercedes sales records tumble in July6 Aug 15

Mercedes-Benz set new sales records in July....read more


CHINA: GM year to date sales set record6 Aug 15

General Motors and its joint ventures booked record retail sales of 1,948,377 vehicles during the first seven months of the year in China....read more


JAPAN: Toyota to 'enhance' Tianjin, China operations6 Aug 15

Toyota will reorganise its operations in Tianjin, China by improving and automating some processes on existing production lines, while also establishing a new line....read more


US: Feds eye FCA and Harman over radio security flaw6 Aug 15

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and supplier Harman are under regulatory scrutiny in the US after the automaker reportedly delayed 18 months before telling NHTSA about a security flaw in radios fitted...read more


UK: Vans slip, truck sales surge in July6 Aug 15

Commercial vehicle CV registrations in the UK rose rise 3.7% year on year to 28,980 in July, with strong truck demand (up 39.7% to 4,434) outweighing a 0.9% fall to 24,456 vans....read more


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