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ANALYSIS - current & future Datsun vehicles

23 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Future models for the three brands of Nissan Motor are the latest to be explored in just-auto's ongoing series. Datsun comes first, to be followed by Infiniti, and then a look at Nissan.

Future Volvo cars and SUVs - a global analysis

21 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from two recent features concerning future models for the Lynk & Co, Geely and Geely Emgrand brands, now comes the final part in a series: current and future Volvo vehicles.

BREXIT - UK-EU trade uncertainties cloud outlook

21 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

The outlook for the UK's automotive sector after Brexit - the now omnipresent term for the UK's exit from the EU - remains somewhat uncertain.

THE WEEK - More Chinese Volvos are a-coming

17 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Chinese are coming - certainly some of the Volvo models they make over there.

Latest interviews

Ford of Europe on connectivity developments

16 March 2017 | Cat Dow

Ford is doing much in the Connected Vehicle Technologies space. Its award-winning SYNC 3 system incorporates much of the functionality desired by consumers today. At the Geneva Motor Show, we caught up with Jan Schroll, Ford of Europe’s Supervisor for Connectivity Application, on challenges of integrating connectivity and the road ahead.

BMW on personalised, connected mobility

28 February 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Concluding just-auto’s series of interviews with OEMs that enjoyed the limelight at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we spoke to executives of BMW to learn more about the carmaker’s Connected Window, i Inside Future sculpture and the future of personalised, connected mobility.

Latest news

Geely to withdraw Proton bid

23 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has decided to withdraw its bid to acquire Malaysia's first national carmaker Proton, according to reports in China.

Seoul auto show - SsangYong & Hyundai world debuts

23 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor Company and SsangYong Motor will each have at least one production vehicle world premiere apiece at the Seoul motor show.

Skoda sales revenue up 9.8% to EUR13.7bn in 2016

23 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Skoda said it broke volume and financial result records in 2016 as vehicle deliveries rose 6.7% year on year to 1,126,500, boosting sales revenue 9.8% to EUR13.7bn (US$14.7bn), both new records.

Car exports drive UK production up in February

23 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

The SMMT has released data that shows UK car manufacturing output was at its highest February level for 17 years last month as car production rose 8.0% to 153,041 units.

Nissan confirms autonomous drive for next Qashqai

23 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has confirmed that phase one of its ProPILOT autonomous drive technology will be made available in the new Nissan Qashqai launching in FY17 and the second-generation model of the Nissan LEAF.

Geely UK unit opens new electric taxi factory

23 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's London Taxi Company (LTC) has opened what is claims is the UK's first car plant dedicated solely to the production of range-extended electric vehicles.

just-auto Plus only Peterbilt completes expansion of Denton facility

23 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Peterbilt’s expansion of its Denton, Texas manufacturing facility has been completed and all new areas are fully operational, the company has announced. The final expansion phase...

ANALYSIS - 2017 Levorg & future Subarus

22 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Subaru's UK importer believes there is a niche for the brand as "the affordable Land Rover", pricing its models between GBP18,000 and 32,000. A facelift for the Levorg crossover-estate is the latest news but the brand itself has quite a few more developments in the pipeline.

GEFCO diversifies offer to combat Russia downturn

22 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics operator, GEFCO says its Russian operations have been able to largely cope with the downturn in the domestic automotive market by diversifying and leveraging expertise from parent company, RZD.

GM to phase out Cruze production in Thailand

22 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

General Motors has said it plans to phase out sales and production of passenger cars in Thailand, choosing instead to focus on its more popular pickup trucks and SUVs in this market.

Daimler to continue Valmet compact car contracts

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following the successful start of GLC production at Valmet Automotive last month, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars said it would continue its long-running "successful" cooperation with Finland's Valmet Automotive which will produce the next generation of compact cars at its plant in Uusikaupunki.

Citroën introduces electric Berlingo Multispace

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Citroën has launched an electric version of its Berlingo Multispace MPV [European size minivan] with a certified range of 170km (just over 100 miles).

Renault reaches EV battery lease milestone

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault said it had has signed its 100,000th electric vehicle battery leasing contract via RCI Bank and Services, the financial services arm of Groupe Renault.

Geely doubles profit in 2016

22 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Geely has more than doubled its 2016 net profit to more than RMB5.17bn (US$740m), boosted by strong results in the Chinese domestic market. The company's SUVs continue to sell well in China.

New York show - Toyota extends Sienna lifecycle

22 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

As expected, Toyota Motor Sales US, will give the facelifted Yaris its North American debut at the New York auto show. In a surprise development though, the Sienna is also facelifted for the 2018 model year. The big minivan, in production since January 2010, had been expected to instead be replaced.

UK autonomous specialist expanding in Australia

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

UK autonomous vehicle designer and manufacturer RDM Group said it would use an A$1m (GBP621,500; USD771,800) South Australian government grant for local trials of its mobility technology.

Russia domestic quality high but a way to go - AEB

21 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AMC) is cites the "extremely high" quality of assembled vehicles for export, but concedes there is a way to go before Western international acceptance becomes widespread.

GM Brazil to refurbish plant after union deal

21 March 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Following negotiations with a key union, GM will refurbish its oldest plant in Brazil (inaugurated 1930).

China is turbo of auto industry change - Daimler

21 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Speaking at a conference in China, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has said that China can be the 'turbo' of auto industry change and transformation. He also highlighted prospects for electric mobility in the world's biggest vehicle market.

BMW chief's Trump meeting goes well, Brexit a wait

21 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The meeting between BMW's management board chairman and US president Donald Trump "went well", Harald Kruger told the annual accounts press conference here in Munich today. Meanwhile, the pending triggering of Brexit by the UK is a wait-and-see for now.

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