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US: B&O sound for revamped Audi A46 Jul 15

Audi's redesigned A4 line includes an optional Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System the supplier claims "offers an unparalleled level of acoustic transparency and sets the benchmark of excellence in the aut...read more

UK [updated 16:30GMT]: Record half year for new car sales6 Jul 15

New car registrations in the United Kingdom rose 7% year on year in the first half of 2015 to 1,376,889 – a record half year result....read more

JAPAN: No aid to Takata - new Honda chief6 Jul 15

Honda Motor's new chief executive has said the automaker has no plans to provide financial aid to Takata amidst the costly global safety recall that has affected Honda's public image and caused it to ...read more

UK: Commercial vehicle sales set half year record6 Jul 15

Commercial vehicle registrations in the UK reached a record half year total of 209,515 (up 21.8% year on year) in 2015, the SMMT announced on Monday (6 July)....read more

UK: Honda Swindon plant to export Type R to Japan6 Jul 15

Honda Motor Company CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, on Monday (6 July) said the latest British built, Civic Type R three door hatchback would be exported to Japan with the first cars reaching showrooms this au...read more

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop3 Jul 15

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews from a number of events here in Olde Engerland and Europe, ...read more

UK: OnStar wins magazine technology award3 Jul 15

General Motors' OnStar 'personal connectivity and service assistant', currently being launched by Vauxhall in the UK and Opel in Europe, has received an award from a top consumer magazine....read more

GERMANY: BMW testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles3 Jul 15

BMW will begin testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles this month....read more

CHINA: Johnson Controls forms auto interiors JV3 Jul 15

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, a joint venture between Huayu Automotive Systems (HASCO) subsidiary Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems and Johnson Controls (JCI), has been launched....read more

US: Nissan axes Pathfinder Hybrid - reports3 Jul 15

Nissan has axed the Pathfinder Hybrid in the US....read more

GERMANY: Ford’s ‘significantly enhanced’ EcoSport on sale in Europe3 Jul 15

What Ford is billing a 'significantly enhanced', updated EcoSport B-SUV is now available to order in Europe....read more

GERMANY: Getrag in stake sale talks, possibly with Magna - report2 Jul 15

The family that owns German transmission specialist Getrag is in advanced talks to sell a stake in the company to a 'North American parts maker' which could be Magna International, a news agency repor...read more

JAPAN: Toyota, Nissan and Honda agree hydrogen station venture2 Jul 15

Toyota, Nissan and Honda have agreed key details of a new joint project to develop hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Japan....read more

JAPAN: Lexus to revive SC nameplate in 2017 - report2 Jul 15

Toyota's Lexus reportedly plans to revive its SC nameplate with a new model in 2017....read more

GERMANY/FINLAND: Continental finalises Elektrobit buy2 Jul 15

Continental has finalised its purchase of Elektrobit Automotive Group, formerly wholly owned by Finnish Elektrobit, Helsinki....read more

GERMANY: Porsche works council chief named to VW supervisory board2 Jul 15

Uwe Hück was appointed a member of the Volkswagen supervisory board by Braunschweig Local Court effective 1 July. He replaced Jürgen Dorn who resigned....read more

HONG KONG: Infiniti sets half year sales record2 Jul 15

Infiniti said it sold a record 103,500 new vehicles worldwide in the first half of 2015, up 13% year on year....read more

INDIA: GM announces management changes2 Jul 15

General Motors India has announced organisational changes, creating new management positions as part of its "long-term growth commitment to the Indian market", according to president and managing dire...read more

US: Kia recalls 7,722 Sportages2 Jul 15

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling 7,722 2011 Sportage vehicles made from 7 March to 8 June 2011 for a switch check....read more

US: Toyota Mirai good for 312 miles on a tank of hydrogen2 Jul 15

Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has achieved 67 miles per (US) gallon in official federal test combined city/highway driving calculations with an estimated driving range of 312 miles on a si...read more

BRAZIL: Alcoa closes aluminium smelter1 Jul 15

Alcoa permanently closed its Poços de Caldas primary aluminium smelter in Brazil on 30 June....read more

GERMANY: PPG completes $5m expansion1 Jul 15

PPG Industries has completed a US$5m expansion of its coatings factory in Wuppertal, Germany....read more

JAPAN: Mitsubishi launching smartphone link infotainment1 Jul 15

Mitsubishi Motors will roll out a newly-developed integrated smartphone infotainment system in coming months....read more

US: Volvo Group opens US$70m central distribution centre1 Jul 15

Volvo Group has opened a new 1m sq ft central distribution centre (CDC) in Byhalia, Mississippi....read more

GERMANY: Mercedes-Benz details more Rastatt compact car plant plans1 Jul 15

Daimler has announced more details of plans for its Mercedes-Benz Rastatt car plant which will produce the next generation compact cars....read more

CHINA: BYD confirms London electric double decker trial1 Jul 15

Chinese electric bus specialist BYD has now been confirmed as the maker of what is claimed to be the world's first pure electric zero emission double decker which London mayor Boris Johnson announced ...read more

US: GM pleased judge tosses out 'ignition switch' lawsuit1 Jul 15

General Motors announced this week a judge in Delaware had dismissed a lawsuit by shareholders seeking to recoup losses stemming from the recall of millions of vehicles with an ignition switch defect ...read more

INDIA: Maruti June sales up 1.8%1 Jul 15

Maruti Suzuki India boosted June sales 1.8% year on year to 114,756 units....read more

JAPAN: Arrested Toyota executive quits1 Jul 15

Toyota announced on Wednesday (1 July) that Julie Hamp, named only last March as the automaker's first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally i...read more

CHINA/GERMANY: New head for Daimler/Foton truck joint venture30 Jun 15

With effect from 1 July 2015, Zhou Liang (48) will succeed Wu Yuejun (52) and become the new president and CEO of Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive (BFDA), the 50/50 joint venture between Daimler and t...read more

UK: Pure EV double decker bus heads for London tests30 Jun 15

What is said to be the world's first pure electric double decker bus is to be tested in London as mayor Boris Johnson steps up his battle against the capital’s air pollution....read more

INDONESIA: Honda teases new seven seat crossover for Asia30 Jun 15

PT Honda Prospect Motor has released first sketches of the BR-V Prototype which will make its world debut at the Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show 2015 in August....read more

US: Hyundai inks NFL sponsorship, replacing GM29 Jun 15

Hyundai Motor's US unit is now an official automotive sponsor of the National Football League, replacing General Motors as the 'preferred marketing partner' of the football league....read more

JUST THE FACTS: 2016 Audi A4 first look29 Jun 15

New generation Audi A4 based on Volkswagen Group's MLB architecture, as also used by the larger A6. Build expected at all existing global locations. S4 and RS4 derivatives to follow, plug-in hybrid se...read more

US: Mazda to recall 444,907 'Takata inflator' vehicles29 Jun 15

Mazda North American Operations has now detailed the Takata airbag inflator related recall it said earlier it would undertake....read more