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JLR's big hire - the week

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Just what an embattled prime minister kicking off Brexit negotiations needed this week - one of the home team announcing it's going to need 5,000 more people here in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover company plans to hire 1,000 electronics and software engineers as well as 4,000 additional personnel, including in manufacturing, and it already employs 37,000.

Velar redefines Range Rover luxury - COMMENT

23 June 2017 | Guest

Tata-owned premium car maker Jaguar Land Rover is adding, this year, another model to the Range Rover sub-brand's range - the Velar. Hilton Holloway, editor of '5054'  magazine, reflects on the thinking behind the latest Range Rover luxury car and the values of the brand.

How Buick could push Toyota out of China's top 3

21 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Buick cars and light trucks are the focus of the second feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors.

ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Having just announced a facelift for the two-door 2 Series cars and a 6 Series GT as well as an 8 Series concept, there has also been news for the 4 Series, in the form of a mid-cycle restyle. That includes the fastest open-top variant, the M4 Convertible Competition.

Latest interviews


14 June 2017 | Chris Wright

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.

AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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Five Volkswagen I.D. electric cars coming - report

23 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A Dutch website has published what appears to be a Volkswagen presentation which details plans for the I.D. range of electric cars. According to a slide, there will be five EVs for various regions between 2019 and 2022.

New Nissan Leaf EV will have ProPilot Assist

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan has released an image of its upcoming, redesigned all-electric Leaf's instrument cluster showing ProPilot Assist technology, its new driver-assistance technology claimed to reduce "the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving".

Tesla eyeing Shanghai for new assembly plant

23 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tesla is reportedly considering a location in the Shanghai area for a plant to serve the Chinese market, according to reports.

Geely acquires Proton stake and all of Lotus

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

DRB-Hicom Berhad has signed an agreement for China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) to take a 49.9% equity in Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton). DRB also sold its entire stake in Lotus Advance Technology to ZGH and Etika Automotive. The signing came 30 days after both parties signed a heads of agreement on the deal in Putrajaya.

Kia does RHD Stinger testing in UK ahead of launch

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia said right hand drive versions of its upcoming Stinger 'grand turismo'  have also undergone a further level of dynamic testing in the UK to optimise steering and suspension components for export markets such as the UK and Australia before the car's release.

Nissan-Renault plan driverless ride-hailing servic

22 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan and Renault plan to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services over the next decade, according to a Reuters report.

WannaCry virus stops Honda plant for a day

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor said it halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network.

New Ford tech to warn of emergency vehicles

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has developed technology that sends a signal from an ambulance, fire engine or police car directly to nearby drivers, so that they will know exactly where the siren is coming from, and how far away it is.

just-auto Plus only BASF begins operations at Schwarzheide site

22 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 21 June 2017, BASF put the expanded compounding plant at BASF’s Schwarzheide site in Germany into operation. With the expansion of the plant up to 70,000 tons more Ultramid (PA: polyamide)...

Honda pleads for UK to stay in EU customs union

21 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda has strongly backed the case for the UK remaining inside the EU's customs union after it leaves the EU in 2019.

Honda UK plant to expand export business

21 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda in the UK is planning to further expand the export business of its UK manufacturing plant at Swindon (HUM - Honda UK Manufacturing).

Toyota really redesigns 2018 Camry

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has completely redesigned the Camry, the best-selling car in America for the past 15 years, on sale in the US late summer. The eighth generation model is built on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture platform and changes include new engines and transmissions. Unlike previous generations, little is carried over to the new model.

Audi plans second EV for Brussels factory

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Audi will build a second electric model - the e-tron Sportback - at its Brussels, Belgium plant  in 2019. The plant will start making the e-tron electric SUV in 2018.

Volvo Cars electrifies Polestar

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely owned Volvo Cars announced Polestar, its performance car arm, is to become a new, separately branded, electrified global high-performance car company.

Kia Europe eyes B-SUV conquests with Stonic

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Europe said its new Stonic, on sale from the third quarter, is set to become an important conquest model for the brand in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments.

Jaguar teases E-Pace SUV

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar has issued 'teaser' photos of the compact performance Jaguar E-Pace SUV it will reveal on 13 July.

Tesla autopilot software chief quits

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla's head of autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company after less than six months with the electric carmaker.

Chinese software snafu leads to Aston recall

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Aston Martin Lagonda is ordering a global recall of 1,658 Vantage cars after problems with a routine transmission software update led to incidents in China in which some cars stalled and lost power, its CEO told Reuters.

just-auto Plus only Magneti/FUDI open new JV lighting plant in China

21 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Automotive Lighting, the Magneti Marelli division dedicated to car lighting, and Changchun Fudi Equipment Technology Development (FUDI), a Chinese investment company with activities in the...

UK local content rising in UK car build

20 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Automotive Council, a joint UK auto industry and government organisation setting strategic direction for the UK automotive sector, says that the level of UK parts content is continuing to rise.

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