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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Range Rover Evoque build in Brazil9 Oct 15

We'll permit ourselves a small 'told you so' this week after Jaguar Land Rover finally confirmed it would build the Range Rover Evoque in Brazil from early 2016, as well as the previously confirmed La...read more

FRANCE: Toyota builds 200,000th hybrid9 Oct 15

The 200,000th French made Toyota Yaris hybrid was produced this week. The milestone car, a Pure White High grade, was for a French customer....read more

SAUDI ARABIA: Mitsubishi Fuso appoints additional distributor9 Oct 15

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has appointed Al Habtoor Motors as an additional distribution partner in Saudi Arabia. This multi-distributor approach is a well-established practice in highly competitiv...read more

GERMANY: Porsche boosts Europe sales 51% in September9 Oct 15

Porsche boosted European sales 51% year on year in September to 7,005 cars with sales in Germany up 26% to 2,269. Year to date European volume rose 34% to 58,150 vehicles....read more

JAPAN: Toyota starts testing automated driving9 Oct 15

Toyota has started road tests of its Highway Teammate concept, a vehicle equipped with automated driving functions that it hopes to put on sale in around five years’ time. As well as demonstrating the...read more

UK: BMW completes engine plant revamp8 Oct 15

A large investment programme to develop the Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham is complete, BMW announced on Thursday (8 October). Production of new three and four-cylinder engines is already bein...read more

UK: Goodyear to shut Wolverhampton plant8 Oct 15

Goodyear plans to shut down its manufacturing plant in Wolverhampton, central England....read more

JAPAN: Pioneer receives orders for 45m car speakers8 Oct 15

Pioneer has announced that itself and wholly owned subsidiary Tohoku Pioneer have received new orders for 45m car speakers from major automakers in Japan and overseas. The speakers will be shipped glo...read more

GERMANY: Mercedes-Benz sales set record in September8 Oct 15

Mercedes-Benz September sales rose 15.8% year on year to a monthly record of 188,444 vehicles. Year to date sales were up 15.2% to 1,376,424....read more

ITALY: Fiat Chrysler to temporarily stop Maserati production at Grugliasco8 Oct 15

Fiat Chrysler reportedly plans to temporarily stop manufacturing the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli at its Grugliasco plant in Turin, in order to adjust output to market demand....read more

US: Kia expands Soul EV availability to four more states8 Oct 15

Following the successful launch of the Soul EV late in 2014 in California, along with sales beginning in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii earlier in 2015, Kia Motors America (KMA) has ann...read more

US: VW withdraws emissions certification application for 2016 diesels8 Oct 15

Volkswagen, embroiled in an expanding scandal over its intentional cheating of Environmental Protection Agency emission standards with a so-called defeat device, has at least temporarily abandoned pla...read more

US: FCA and UAW agree new tentative deal8 Oct 15

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) have reached a new tentative four-year labour agreement that avoided a threatened strike at the automaker's US operations. The agreeme...read more

AUSTRALIA: Emissions crisis-affected VW Group tally rises to 90,000 vehicles7 Oct 15

The number of Volkswagen Group vehicles sold in Australia fitted with devices designed to mask the level of emissions has risen to more than 90,000 from 77,000, to include the Audi brand, a media repo...read more

GERMANY: VW stopping Swedish Caddy sales7 Oct 15

Volkswagen is stopping sales of its Caddy van in Sweden in the wake of the company's scandal over rigged emissions tests, a Volkswagen Group spokesman told newspaper Aftonbladet....read more

GERMANY: VW to start emissions recall in January7 Oct 15

Volkswagen will launch a recall for cars affected by its diesel emissions crisis in January and complete the fix by the end of next year, new chief executive Matthias Mueller told a German newspaper....read more

US: UAW sets FCA strike deadline7 Oct 15

United Auto Workers members are planning to strike at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US plants as soon as this evening (7 October) in what Reuters said would be  the first work stoppage since 2007....read more

INDIA: VW issues stop-sale order for Polo7 Oct 15

Volkswagen India on Wednesday issued a stop-sale order for the locally produced Polo, its popular hatchback model. In a letter addressed to dealers, VW directed them not to "physically deliver" any Po...read more

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Redesigned Vauxhall (Opel) Astra6 Oct 15

Executives' pride in Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant having secured the contract to be the lead factory for the new generation Astra was palpable at the UK media launch. It was clear that union flexib...read more

SWEDEN: Volvo Cars reveals user interface for self-driving cars6 Oct 15

Volvo Cars has revealed what it claimes is one of the industry's most advanced and easy-to-use interfaces to oversee how drivers will transfer control to a car's autonomous driving (AD) mode in forthc...read more

GERMANY: SMP opens new bumper factory in Schierling6 Oct 15

SMP has opened a new bumper factory in Schierling, Germany....read more

SLOVENIA: Renault’s Revoz plant to lay off 150 in November6 Oct 15

Renault's Revoz plant in Slovenia plans to lay off 150 employees in November due to a lower than expected rise in demand....read more

US: Navistar, Continental sign five-year tyre deal6 Oct 15

Navistar and Continental Tyre have signed a letter of intent for a five year supply agreement for tyres for International brand medium-duty, severe service and heavy-duty trucks and all IC Bus brand s...read more

BRAZIL: Woodbridge opens moulded seating foam plant6 Oct 15

The Woodbridge Group has announced the opening of its latest automotive moulded seating foam plant located in Capivari, Brazil. This 7,000sq m, factory is capable of producing about 0.5m car sets per ...read more

MALAYSIA: Falling ringgit forces Toyota to raise prices6 Oct 15

As the Malyasian ringgit continued to depreciate, UMW Toyota announced it would increase the price of Toyota and Lexus vehicles effective January 2016. The increase varies between 4% to 16% across all...read more

AUSTRALIA: SUV demand continues to drive sales in September6 Oct 15

Sales of new motor vehicles in Australia in September continued the 2015 trend with growth up 6.8% year on year to 101,392 units. Year to date volume rose 3.6% to 862,832. ...read more

UK: 65 plate takes new car registrations to September record6 Oct 15

New car registrations in the UK set a record for September last month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 462,517 cars were registered in as buyers took advantage of a...read more

US: ZF TRW promotes sales chief6 Oct 15

The head of sales of ZF TRW, Peter Lake, has become a new member of the board of management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and is now also responsible for corporate market in the ZF Group. Lake, 59, has bee...read more

UK: Commercials see healthy sales rise in September6 Oct 15

Continuing the trend running throughout 2015, UK commercial vehicle (CV) registrations once again posted a healthy rise in September, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)...read more

UK: FCA announces top executive changes6 Oct 15

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has named Mike Manley head of the Ram trucks brand on top of his current roles as APAC (Asia-Pacific) chief operating officer and head of Jeep. It's one of a number of change...read more

INDIA: Maruti board approves Suzuki Gujarat contract manufacturing5 Oct 15

The board of directors of Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) has approved a contract manufacturing agreement between MSIL and parent firm Suzuki Motor's (SMC) subsidiary Suzuki Motor Gujarat (SMG), for a new ...read more

US: Goodyear ends global alliance with Sumitomo5 Oct 15

Goodyear Tyre & Rubber has announced that it has dissolved its global alliance with Sumitomo Rubber Industries....read more

SLOVAKIA: Brose breaks ground for second factory in Prievidza5 Oct 15

The foundation stone has been laid for Brose's second factory in Prievidza, Central Slovakia....read more

NEW ZEALAND: New vehicle sales set September record5 Oct 15

New passenger and commercial vehicle registrations in New Zealand in September rose 5% year on year to 12,474 units, a record for the month. Toyota remained the overall market leader with 19% market s...read more

BRAZIL: Jaguar Land Rover confirms Evoque assembly5 Oct 15

Jaguar Land Rover has (finally) confirmed that the Range Rover Evoque would join the Land Rover Discovery Sport in assembly at its new factory in Itatiaia, Brazil - as first reported by just-auto last...read more