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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Volkswagen, diesel, emissions, recalls2 Oct 15

One guess what dominated just-auto's news, analysis and comment this week. VW, emissions, diesel and recalls, natch. Early in the week we asked: "Where will 'emissionsgate' end?" Well, for a start, so...read more

US: Fisker Automotive changes name to Karma Automotive1 Oct 15

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group is now Karma Automotive....read more

GERMANY: Porsche appoints Oliver Blume as executive board chairman1 Oct 15

The supervisory board of Porsche has appointed Oliver Blume chairman of the executive board effective immediately. He replaces Matthias Müller, now chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen gr...read more

CHINA: 30 GM car lines eligible for vehicle purchase tax cut1 Oct 15

A total of 30 car lines sold by GM's joint ventures in China were eligible for the 50% vehicle purchase tax cut from October 1 through the end of 2016. The government reduced the tax levied on new pas...read more

THAILAND: BASF opens new coatings technical centre1 Oct 15

BASF has opened an expanded coatings technical competence centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Located at the supplier's site in Bangpoo, the centre spans about 2,300 sq m and serves the automotive industry i...read more

FRANCE: Faurecia develops new seat technology for Renault Talisman1 Oct 15

Faurecia has developed an innovative light sculpted panel using cover carving technology (CCT) for the front-seat backs of the new Renault Talisman mode line. This patented technology has enabled thye...read more

FINLAND: Nokian Tyres to axe 122 workers1 Oct 15

Statutory negotiations concerning workers and staff in car tyre production and administration at Nokian Tyres' Finnish factory have ended and "adjustments" to production capacity utilisation as well a...read more

JAPAN: Updated Toyota Crown features new direct-injection turbo engine1 Oct 15

Toyota's long-lived Crown enters its seventh decade with a major mid-lifecycle update adding a new direct-injection turbocharged engine, new colours, and claimed world-first 'ITS' safety package....read more

JAPAN: Aisin Seiki and Toyota agree another manual transmission collaboration1 Oct 15

Aisin Seiki, subsidiary, Aisin AI and Toyota have reached a further agreement regarding the consolidation of the development and production of manual transmissions under Aisin AI, which was agreed in ...read more

SWEDEN: Volvo Cars, Autoliv to collaborate on autonomous driving1 Oct 15

Volvo Cars and Autoliv have agreed to work together on the "ground-breaking" Drive Me project, claimed to be the world's first large-scale autonomous driving (AD) initiative....read more

US: FCA's UAW members shoot down tentative labour deal1 Oct 15

United Auto Workers union members at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in the US have widely rejected a tentative contract offered by the automaker, dealing a blow to the union's president after he cham...read more

GERMANY: New VW CEO replaces PR chief1 Oct 15

Volkswagen AG's new CEO, former Porsche chief Matthias Müller, has named Porsche head of public relations and press Hans-Gerd Bode (54) head of group communications, investor relations and external re...read more

GERMANY: Prosecutors u-turn on Winterkorn probe1 Oct 15

German prosecutors have been forced into a U-turn in their investigation of former Volkswagen AG chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn after they may have been too quick to name the official as th...read more

UK: Volkswagen recalls 1.2m group diesels30 Sep 15

Volkswagen's UK unit said on Wednesday (30 September) it would recall 1,189,906 vehicles sold in the UK fitted with the two-litre EU5 diesel engine produced from 2009 with the software behind the emis...read more

CANADA: $2.5bn class action launched against Volkswagen for diesel engine manipulation30 Sep 15

Toronto law firm Roy O'Connor has commenced a "proposed class action lawsuit action" against Volkswagen AG and a number of its subsidiaries in Canada relating to the manipulation of emissions data in ...read more

US: Lawyers move to consolidate VW lawsuits30 Sep 15

After a frenzy of class action lawsuits in the US since the Environmental Protection Agency revealed Volkswagen's emissions test cheating on 18 September, lawyers are now moving to consolidate widespr...read more

JAPAN: Government orders diesel car emissions probe after VW scandal29 Sep 15

Japan's transport ministry reportedly told four automakers that sell diesel vehicles in the domestic market - Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi - along with importers of European brands to report b...read more

CHINA: Dongfeng and Renault to produce EVs29 Sep 15

The Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) joint venture in China has announced plans to build its first electric vehicle in China based on Renault's Fluence ZE. The EV will be produced in Wuhan f...read more

GERMANY: Volkswagen launches Passat GTE and Alltrack29 Sep 15

Unfazed by the US emissions scandal, Volkswagen has launched a plug-in version of its latest Passat - the GTE - plus a 4WD Alltrack model at dealers in Germany....read more

US: Lear buys historic Detroit building for design centre29 Sep 15

Lear has purchased the 'historic' 119 State Street building in Detroit's Capitol Park to create an innovation and design centre the supplier claimed would be "unlike anything the downtown area has eve...read more

NETHERLANDS: Tesla opens new Model S assembly plant in Tilburg29 Sep 15

Tesla has opened a new factory dedicated to supplying European customers with its Model S EV. The factory, located in Tilburg, in the Netherlands, streamlines the production process for European deliv...read more

GERMANY: VW may recall up to 11m cars29 Sep 15

Volkswagen has indicated it would recall up to 11m vehicles following the revelations it had cheated US diesel emissions tests. According to a Reuters report, newly appointed chief executive Matthias ...read more

SOUTH AFRICA: Regulators eyeing Volkswagen29 Sep 15

South African regulators are investigating Volkswagen's local business to see if cars sold there also rigged carbon emissions data, an official has said. The National Regulator for Compulsory Specific...read more

US: Rolls-Royce North America names new president28 Sep 15

BMW-owned Rolls-Royce has announced North America president Eric Shepherd "has decided to move to a new entrepreneurial role in the super-luxury automotive retail sector within the Rolls-Royce family"...read more

RUSSIA: Ferrari opens new dealership in Moscow28 Sep 15

Ferrari has opened its new showroom in Moscow....read more

INDIA: ZF Hero opens BMW axle plant in Chennai28 Sep 15

ZF Hero Chassis Systems has opened a factory in Oragadam, Chennai to assemble front and rear axle modules for the nearby BMW car assembly plant....read more

GERMANY: Volkswagen must provide plan to meet local emissions laws - report28 Sep 15

Volkswagen has reportedly been given a deadline of 7 October by the federal motor vehicle office of Germany (KBA) to come up with "binding measures and a timetable" for ensuring that all its diesel ca...read more

INDIA: Maruti temporary workers demand 'permanent' wage hike28 Sep 15

Around 300 temporary workers at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant protested at the weekend, demanding wage hikes similar to those given to permanent workers. Following the protests, the plant was closed f...read more

GERMANY: Prosecutors launch investigation into former VW CEO Winterkorn28 Sep 15

German prosecutors have launched an investigation into former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn as a result of the diesel emissions-rigging scandal, according to multiple media reports on M...read more

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Not a good week to be VW's Herr Doctor Winterkorn25 Sep 15

I'm not unsympathetic to him at all but, as the Volkswagen emissions-test rigging scandal continued to erupt this week, after the EPA's shock Friday night recall order announcement a week ago, Volkswa...read more

UK: "Business as usual for UK engine makers in August as summer shutdown ends" - SMMT25 Sep 15

UK engine output roses 15.8% year on year in August, with 112,777 units produced after domestic demand rose 15.1% and export volume was up 16.3%. Year to date volumes dipped 3.4% to 1,562,503....read more

Buick's next LaCrosse breaks cover in China25 Sep 15

Claimed 'first spy shots' of the redesigned 2016 Buick LaCrosse have been obtained by a Chinese autos website. This is the Chinese variant which will be made by the Shanghai-GM joint venture and is in...read more

UK: Suppliers 'need to prepare for autonomous cars'24 Sep 15

Suppliers will need to develop new hardware and software capabilities if they want to participate in the emergent autonomous car market, according to a new report from just-auto set to be published ne...read more

FRANCE/UK: Governments start eyeing vehicle emissions24 Sep 15

The French and UK governments have announced new measures to scrutinise vehicle emissions in the wake of the VW scandal in the US, according to media reports....read more

GERMANY: Dealers, consumer groups, call for fast VW recall24 Sep 15

Volkswagen must move quickly to recall and refit car models rigged to pass US emissions tests to limit the long-term impact on its reputation, dealers and consumer protection bodies have said....read more