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THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW and GM back in the news

26 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW and GM back in the news Two of the world's largest automakers - Volkswagen and General Motors - have been in the news again this week, neither for entirely good reasons. Let's s... read more


VW Group logistics optimises material transport

26 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

VW Group logistics optimises material transport Volkswagen has opened its new Group Consolidation Centre (KCC) at Malacky near Bratislava, Slovakia, home to a large assembly plant that makes multiple... read more


Volkswagen agrees to settle US dealers' diesel emissions claims, details to come

26 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen agrees to settle US dealers' diesel emissions claims, details to come Volkswagen's US unit has agreed to settle - "in principle" - claims from dealers related to the diesel emissions testin... read more


Texas jury rules GM ignition switch not to blame for 2011 crash

26 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Texas jury rules GM ignition switch not to blame for 2011 crash A Texas jury has ruled an ignition switch in a General Motors car was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, a media report said. Fau... read more


Lexus IS sales top 1m

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Lexus IS sales top 1m Worldwide sales of Lexus's compact IS sports saloon model line have broken through the one million mark since the launch of the first generation in 1999, the Toyota luxury vehicl... read more


GM recycles 2m water bottles into fleece

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

GM recycles 2m water bottles into fleece General Motors is adding 2m water bottles from Flint, Michigan residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative. The company partnered wi... read more


Jatco produces 10m CVT7s

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Jatco produces 10m CVT7s Automatic transmissons maker Jatco said it had made 10m units of its CVT7 model in the 85 months since production started in July 2009. The transmission was the world'... read more


Valmet says Uusikaupunki ready for Mercedes GLC contract build

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Valmet says Uusikaupunki ready for Mercedes GLC contract build Contract vehicle assembler Valmet Automotive said paint process and the assembly shop changes needed to build the Mercedes Benz GLC SUV a... read more


Romanian car output drops in 2016

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Romanian car output drops in 2016 Car output in Romania dropped by 8.2% in the first seven months of the year due to a lack of new models, a local report said. Exports fell 8.4% during the same p... read more


Opel Ampera-e to make global debut at the Paris show

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Opel Ampera-e to make global debut at the Paris show Opel said this week it would "revolutionise electromobility at the up-coming Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris as its latest Ampera-e electric car m... read more


AGC Automotive Europe launches ultra-dark grey glass

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

AGC Automotive Europe launches ultra-dark grey glass AGC Automotive Europe has introduced its darkest grey glass to date, intended primarily for car roofs and rear windows. The supplier said the ... read more


Thai market down slightly in July

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Thai market down slightly in July New vehicle sales in Thailand fell by 0.4% to 60,635 units in July from 60,863 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (... read more


Opel Russelsheim plant begins updated Zafira production

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Opel Russelsheim plant begins updated Zafira production The first updated Opel Zafira has been built in Opel's Rüsselsheim plant. Production started with a red unit with OPC line package, equippe... read more


Lear to build leather processing plant in China

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Lear to build leather processing plant in China Seating, leather and electrical systems supplier Lear has signed an investment agreement with the Administrative Commission of Yangzhou Economic and Tec... read more


Holden's Colorado no longer to be called a 'beaut ute' down under

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Holden's Colorado no longer to be called a 'beaut ute' down under General Motors' Australian unit Holden has dropped the decades-old Antipodean term for pick up truck - 'ute' (for 'utility') - and has... read more


Kia readies Rio 4G for Paris show

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Kia readies Rio 4G for Paris show Kia's fourth-generation Rio - a model assembled and sold widely across the world - will make its world debut on 29 September at the Paris show. The Rio's "progr... read more


Skoda logistics adopts SmartGlove

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Skoda logistics adopts SmartGlove Skoda is adopting the 'smart' ProGlove industrial glove (also trialled by BMW, as we reported earlier this year ) to "facilitate and improve the work of Skoda logist... read more


Borgward to put designer on management board

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Borgward to put designer on management board Borgward Group, which has revived the once well known German brand that ceased car making early in the 1960s , said it would the first German automaker to... read more


US car buyers' satisfaction rebounds - survey

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

US car buyers' satisfaction rebounds - survey US car buyers' satisfaction has rebounded as domestic and mass-market brands improve, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). ... read more


Michelin breaks ground for 69th global plant in Mexico

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Michelin breaks ground for 69th global plant in Mexico Michelin Group began construction of its 69th global plant this week with an official ground-breaking and traditional first stone ceremony at the... read more


GM asks Texas court to reject lawsuit amidst evidence fabrication allegation

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

GM asks Texas court to reject lawsuit amidst evidence fabrication allegation General Motors this week reportedly asked a Texas judge to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty i... read more


Tesla opens website and order books in South Korea

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla opens website and order books in South Korea Tesla Motors has opened an official website and started accepting pre-orders in South Korea for its three models, a local report said. Prospecti... read more


Audi expands Chinese local content with automatic transmission plant

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Audi expands Chinese local content with automatic transmission plant Audi, with Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Tianjin (VWATJ), has opened a new automatic transmission plant in China. The plan... read more


Daimler JV extends Denza EV's range to 400km

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler JV extends Denza EV's range to 400km Daimler said it had broadened its new energy vehicles (NEV) line with the new Denza, extended-range 400, a 'made in China, for China' electric vehi... read more


Bosch rejects US emissions conspiracy allegations in court filing

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Bosch rejects US emissions conspiracy allegations in court filing Volkswagen supplier Robert Bosch reportedly has rejected vehicles owners' claims in the US that 38 of its employees conspired with th... read more


Citing Brexit, GM's Opel reduces working hours at two UK-focused assembly plants

22 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Citing Brexit, GM's Opel reduces working hours at two UK-focused assembly plants General Motors' European unit Opel/Vauxhall is scaling back working hours at two German plants due to lower demand for ... read more


Is Vauxhall car making in the UK doomed?

22 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Is Vauxhall car making in the UK doomed? Is Opel/Vauxhall's announcement of production cuts in Germany affecting UK-bound cars the General Motors Europe's unit's way of warning us the sole remaining... read more


Lotus further 'lightweights' Evora 400

22 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Lotus further 'lightweights' Evora 400 Various lightweighting measures have enabled Lotus to shave 42kg off the weight of its Evora 400 model, the automaker said. New options include a 'carbon pack', ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Wireless charging iPhone in Audi

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Wireless charging iPhone in Audi I was rather intrigued to see our story about Audi introducing a new wireless charging case for the popular iPhone 6/6S (iPhone 7 will be announc... read more


SAIC's MG Motor enhances test facility at Longbridge

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

SAIC's MG Motor enhances test facility at Longbridge SAIC-owned MG Motor UK has spent GBP1.2m to install a fifth engine test facility and to further enhance the vehicle rolling road on-site at its hea... read more


Ford adds pedestrian detection technology to Transit van

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Ford adds pedestrian detection technology to Transit van Ford is introducing car-like technology that enables vans to detect people in the road and automatically apply the brakes if the driver does no... read more


2017 Honda Fit on sale in US

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

2017 Honda Fit on sale in US American Honda's 2017 went on sale across the US on Friday (19 August) with few changes. The five-door subcompact hatchback, badged as the Jazz in many markets, was first ... read more


Firestone Industrial Products appoints new marketing director

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Firestone Industrial Products appoints new marketing director Firestone Industrial Products Company (FSIP) has tapped company veteran Mark Hilburger to lead strategic marketing efforts as executive di... read more


Geely Automobile first half profits rise, forecast up

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Geely Automobile first half profits rise, forecast up Geely Automobile Holdings has boosted first half profit after sales in China rose. Announcing interim results for the first half of 2016, the... read more


Ford extends GT production run

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Ford extends GT production run Ford Performance announced at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance it would add two more years of production for the new carbon fibre GT supercar. The announcement ... read more


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