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PSA eyes Opel - the week

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

It would be fair to say la merde a frappé le ventilateur when news broke - on Valentines Day, no less, that Opel was on the block. Again. With the French automaker PSA in the frame this time. We have been here before.

ANALYSIS - Citroën future models

16 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the second feature in a five-part series which examines the current and future models for PSA Group's passenger car brands. Following on from a look at DS, the focus now turns to Citroën. Peugeot, the subject of the final two chapters, will follow a second Citroën feature which looks at the brand's future SUVs, monospaces and electric vehicles.

With PSA in frame, FCA-GM merger still no sense

16 February 2017 | Bill Cawthon

Since before the bailouts of 2009, industry and financial mavens have been calling for the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors or, failing that, the acquisition of FCA by GM.

Has GM finally lost patience with Europe?

14 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA Peugeot Citroen has confirmed that it is in talks over the possible acquisition of General Motors' European business unit that operates under the Opel and Vauxhall brand names. Why might GM want to offload and why might PSA be interested?

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VW Car-Net – an ecosystem of connected services

16 February 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Volkswagen’s Car-Net platform provides a variety of in-vehicle internet-based services, including remote vehicle access, roadside assistance, diagnostics and maintenance, and the ability to set speed and boundary alerts. To find out more, we caught up with Dr Marcus Heitmann, general manager for Volkswagen Car-Net.

Citroën will adapt for success in UK market - MD

19 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Bek Hassan, Managing Director - Citroën & DS Automobiles UK, talks to just-auto about the opportunity ahead for the two brands in the UK car market, despite current 'challenging times'.

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GM CEO wants Opel independent after sale to PSA

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Opel should remain an independent company with current management in place after a possible sale to PSA Peugeot Citroën, GM CEO Mary Barra has insisted in negotiations with the French company.

UK union requests ugent PSA CEO talks

17 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

British union leaders are requesting urgent talks with the CEO of PSA Groupe as speculation grows any new Franco-German alliance could be at the expense of future UK commitments.

Geneva show debuts list - Hyundai i30 Wagon

17 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The i30 estate will make its world debut at the Geneva motor show, Hyundai has announced.

Ford nixes human intervention on driverless cars

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford, having noted engineers monitoring self-driving cars are dozing off, has decided to remove the steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedals from its driverless cars arriving in 2021, a media report said.

Toronto motor show - world debuts list

17 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

There were just two world premieres at the 2017 Canadian International Auto show.

Ford plans pothole plotter

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford claims costly car repairs could be prevented with the help of an ingenious, crowd-sourced virtual pothole map, which it is researching, with testing due to start later this year.

Yet another facelift for nine-year old Citroën C5

17 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Another world premiere for April's Auto Shanghai 2017 has been been added to's debuts list. Astonishingly, the poor selling Citroën C5 is to be given yet another facelift.

Volvo Car UK to recruit 300 new technicians

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car UK is launching a nationwide recruitment drive for 300 new technicians to join its 119-outlet dealer network by 2020, in line with the brand's increasing sales and its growing product range.

GM downplays factory closures if PSA deal seals

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors has downplayed the possibility of large-scale factory closures in Germany and Britain following any deal to sell its European brands to Peugeot maker PSA Group, officials in both countries have said.

Nissan Europe's aftersales chief faces challenges

16 February 2017 | Chris Wright

Cars are become safer, more reliable and people are actually driving less – all of which are giving carmakers a headache because they are experiencing a squeeze on one of their most lucrative profit centres - aftersales.

Kia Europe shows off redesigned Picanto

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia's redesigned Picanto city car has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Geneva show in March. The new, entry level tiddler will go on sale across Europe from 1 April. It made its domestic debut, as the Morning, in January.

GKN and SDS commence AWD Disconnect production

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GKN Driveline’s Chinese joint venture partner SDS has commenced production of its complete all-wheel drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles in China.

Barra says GM-PSA merger would benefit both

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra has told employees combining GM's European Opel and Vauxhall business with Peugeot would be beneficial for both companies.

EU sales rise 10.2% in January

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The EU passenger car market started 2017 well, partially due to extra selling days during the month. Registrations grew markedly (+10.2%) compared to January 2016, totalling 1,170,220 units, according to ACEA data.

Great Wall to launch premium brand SUVs

16 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s leading SUV manufacturer, Great Wall Motor, plans to launch a new high-end SUV brand later this year to help drive sales of premium models.

Hanon water-air condenser for Hyundai wins award

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hanon Systems, a global supplier of automotive thermal and energy management products, has been named co-winner of the IR52 Jang Young-Shil Award with Hyundai Motor Company for its water-air cooled condenser for passenger vehicles.

Toyota chops UK Prius PHV price

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ahead of the 1 March on sale date, Toyota has chopped the UK prices of its Prius PHV from GBP34,895 for the 'entry level' Business Edition Plus to GBP31,695 with a clever optional (and extra GBP1,500) solar panel sunroof available only for that version.

just-auto Plus only Honda Indiana plant begins first SUV production

16 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Associates at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, on 15 February 2017 celebrated the start of production of the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V – the first SUV built at the plant since it began...

What now for Neumann's electro-Opel plan?

15 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Opel's board was completely surprised by news of negotiations with PSA Groupe, according to Germany's Manager Magazin, learning only from a phone call on Tuesday morning, though CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann had been informed a little earlier.

JLR Q3 revenue up, pre tax profit down

15 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover luxury vehicle unit in the UK booked a 13% increase in revenue to GBP6.5bn (US$8.1bn) following strong customer demand for its vehicles in the three months to 31 December 2016 but pretax profit slipped as the company ramped up for the redesigned Discovery.

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