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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Q1 profits rolling in6 May 16

News that Geely-owned Volvo Cars had made first quarter earnings gains thanks to strong sales of its recently launched, and high margin, XC90 luxury SUV drew a lot of just-auto reader eyeballs this we...read more

Large vans continue to drive UK van sales in April6 May 16

Almost 28,000 new vans were sold in the UK in April, an 11.7% year on year rise, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more

UK car sales enjoy best April since 20036 May 16

New car registrations in the UK made a modest gain of 2% year on year in April, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 189,505 cars were registe...read more

Honda Alabama starts on redesigned Ridgeline6 May 16

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) has marked the start of production of the redesigned 2017 Ridgeline pickup truck, on-sale soon at North American dealerships....read more

Inteva begins roof parts production at new factory in Romania5 May 16

Inteva Products has begun production in a new facility in Oradea, Romania. The new site produces roof system components for European customers and currently employs 150 people, with plans for addition...read more

Continental Q1 2016 operating profit up 6%5 May 16

Continental said it had boosted first quarter 2016 sales by 3% year-on-year to EUR9.85bn. Net income rose 12% to EUR734m and earnings per share to EUR3.67 from EUR3.28....read more

Takata to recall 35m-40m more airbags in US5 May 16

Takata said in a statement it had agreed to initiate future expanded recalls covering all non-desiccated frontal airbag inflators containing phase-stabilised ammonium nitrate (PSAN) in the US not cove...read more

Hankook expands OE tyre supply to Nissan5 May 16

Hankook Tyre announced it was supplying its highway all-season Dynapro HT tyres in sizes P265/70R16T and P265/60R18T, and aggressive all-terrain Dynapro AT-M in size P265/75R16T for the Nissan Frontie...read more

Kumho supplies tyres for Chrysler Pacifica5 May 16

Kumho Tyre announced it is supplying original equipment (OE) tyres for the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan that replaces the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country (Grand Voyager for expo...read more

Ford China April 2016 sales down 11%5 May 16

Ford’s year-to-date sales in China have increased 7% from 2015 with 391,294 vehicles sold. In April, the automaker sold 82,324 vehicles, down 11% year on year....read more

A claimed Ford first - 10-speed automatic for 2017 F-1505 May 16

Ford said its 2017 F-150 pickup truck line, produced in multiple assembly plants primarily for North America, will have more torque and better from a second generation, 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine an...read more

Ford develops mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel5 May 16

Ford has developed what it claims is the world’s first fully mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel, an innovative, patent-pending test system that allows for sources of unwanted wind noise in early producti...read more

Meritor Q2 2016 operating income shrinks a little5 May 16

Meritor announced second fiscal quarter (to 31 March 2016) sales of US$821m, down 5% year on year. Operating income was $33m versus $39m and adjusted EBITDA was $81m, compared to $87m. Adjusted EBITDA...read more

French government insists on slashing Renault CEO’s pay5 May 16

Following the shareholders vote against Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn's EUR7.2m (US$8.3m) remuneration, French economy minister Emmanuel Macron said that the country would insist on reducing the payout....read more

PSA France builds 1m Euro 6 BlueHDi engines5 May 16

The millionth Euro 6 BlueHDi diesel engine rolled off the assembly line at Tremery, in the Moselle region of France this week....read more

VW Chattanooga starts mid-size SUV test production5 May 16

Volkswagen's US factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has reached an early production milestone with the completion of the first assembled metal test body for the upcoming midsize SUV....read more

Ford takes a stake in the cloud5 May 16

Ford on Thursday said it had invested in Pivotal, a cloud-based software platform company headquartered in San Francisco, to further enhance its software development capabilities and deliver innovatio...read more

RHD UK Ford Edge prospects go large on pricey Sports5 May 16

Ford of Britain said over 60,000 prospective buyers have configured a Canadian-made Edge since January 2016 while right-hand-drive production has just begun....read more

Nissan to recall 3.53m vehicles as air bags may not deploy4 May 16

Nissan Motor has said it will recall 3.53m vehicles, most in the United States, due to passenger side air bags that may not work properly because vehicle sensors may fail....read more

British car output continues growth in March4 May 16

British car manufacturing continued its strong growth in March with output increasing 9.8% to 159,074 units, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more

SUVs drive moderate March growth across Europe4 May 16

March 2016 was another positive month for European new car registrations, ending a strong first quarter which saw sales of 3.93m units, up by 8.1% year on year, according to analysis by JATO Dynamics....read more

China's BAIC to build car assembly plant in South Africa4 May 16

Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Company (BAIC) has told reporters in China it plans to build a full size vehicle assembly plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, at a cost CNY5bn (US$770m)....read more

Google self-driving car project and FCA to collaborate4 May 16

The Google Self-Driving Car Project and FCA have announced a claimed first-of-its-kind collaboration to integrate Google's self-driving technology into redesigned 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan...read more

Porsche names new R&D head as Hatz departs4 May 16

Michael Steiner is the new member of the executive board for research and development at Porsche, the automaker announced....read more

Ford claims factory fit first for F-150 strobe warning lights4 May 16

Ford is claiming to be the first automaker to offer factory-installed strobe warning lights, with availability just extended from Super Duty models to include F-150 pickup truck fleet customers....read more

After VW-related 2015 loss, Porsche sees 2016 back in profit3 May 16

Porsche Automobil Holding expects to see a return to profit of between EUR1.4bn (US$1.61528bn) and EUR2.4bn for fiscal year 2016 after posting a group loss of EUR273m for 2015 as a result of the Volks...read more

FCA names new CEO, group treasurer3 May 16

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' chairman Sergio Marchionne has taken on the additional role of Ferrari CEO after Amedeo Felisa retired, after 26 years of service. FCA also has a new group treasurer....read more

Ferrari signs European financial services JV MoU with FCA Bank3 May 16

Ferrari Financial Services, an Italian indirect subsidiary of Ferrari and FCA Bank (FCAB) announced they signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for FCAB to acquire a majority stake in Ferrari Fina...read more

BMW launches 'big battery' i3 EV3 May 16

BMW has revamped its i3 with the introduction of a more powerful, 94Ah battery for both the i3 and the i3 Range Extender versions....read more

How Fisher Body did it back in the day29 Apr 16

OK, I know I should get out more, but, as well as being a big fan of current auto manufacturing (BMW is always good for an annual show 'n' tell), ...read more

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Diesel developments29 Apr 16

News from Ford of Europe of a brand-new, Euro VI-compliant diesel engine line drew most eyeballs of all just-auto stories this week....read more

Mitsubishi says US vehicles unaffected by fuel economy "irregularities"29 Apr 16

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) last night (29 April) said vehicles sold in the United States were not impacted by the fuel consumption testing data irregularities the automaker has admitted to...read more

Ford to idle top-selling truck's plant for a week to fix body/paint holdups29 Apr 16

Ford Motor, which announced record quarterly profits on Thursday (29 April), said last night it was idling its F-150 pickup factory near Kansas City for a week in May to rectify a problem preventing t...read more

Edmunds calls April US light vehicle sales at 1.5m29 Apr 16

Edmunds.com has forecast 1,514,855 new cars and trucks will be sold in the US in April for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 17.5m.The projected sales would be a 4.8% decrease fro...read more

Ford books record Q1 pre-tax profit28 Apr 16

Ford Motor Company on Thursday (28 April) announced a record quarterly pre-tax profit of US$3.8bn for the first quarter of 2016, up $2.1bn; net income up 113% to $2.5bn, up $1.3bn and after-tax earnin...read more