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PSA claims class firsts for revamped van line

PSA Peugeot Citroen is claiming a couple of firsts for its redesigned mid-size Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy/Dispatch model lines - a new...

ANALYSIS - 2016 Mitsubishi L200 Triton

In the UK, Mitsubishi is effectively an SUV specialist, best known for the Shogun SUV, and more recently, for the highly successful Outlande...

NA Class 8 truck sector under mounting pressure

Volvo Trucks North America’s decision to cut the workforce at its Virginia truck plant by around 25% in February 2016, is likely to send shi...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dieselgate fallout continues

Volkswagen's diesel issues and some wider ramifications continued to make the news this week....

Latest Interviews

Interview with Ford of Britain's MD 18 Sep 2015

Calum MacRae

At the 2015 IAA, we caught up with Ford of Britain’s newly-appointed chairman and managing director Andy Barratt. Prior to taking up his new role he had served as Ford of Britain’s director of sales since 2011.

INTERVIEW: Ford UK fleet director, Phil Hollins 3 Mar 2014

Dave Leggett

Ford's UK fleet director Phil Hollins is responsible for UK market leader Ford's fleet sales. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him at a launch event for the new Transit Connect.

Latest News

UK CV export output declines in April 25 May 16

Graeme Roberts

British commercial vehicle (CV) production is holding steady in 2016, despite a marginal decline in output of -0.9% in April to 8,548 units, with overall growth of 0.4% to 32,187 in the first four months of the year, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data.

Novelis adds third Oswego aluminium line for Ford 25 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Novelis has commissioned its third aluminium automotive finishing line in Oswego, New York to supply Ford.

Revamped rivals to face new Toyota Hilux in Brazil 24 May 16

Fernando Calmon

The market for medium size pickups here in Brazil may be small but it keeps growing largely thanks to sales in medium-size and small cities, especially those where agribusiness is strong. In 2015 the sector accounted for 4.5% of all vehicle sales, rising to 5.9% in the first quarter of 2016.

Daimler Trucks lowers 2016 forecasts 20 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Despite presenting fairly solid Q1 2016 performance data on 22 April, and forecasts for the full year for unit sales "slightly below the level of the previous year" and EBIT "at the prior-year" level, Daimler Trucks has now, just less than one month later, acknowledged that these predictions were overly-optimistic. 

Mobileye and China unveil safety research results 19 May 16

Simon Warburton

Mobileye, with the Chinese Research Institute of Highway Ministry of Transport, has unveiled findings from a 2015 test of their collision avoidance technology.

RHA cites Dieppe as new migrant haulier flashpoint 18 May 16

Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says its predictions migrants intent on reaching the UK are using smaller French ports other than the main artery at Calais, are being borne out.

Haldex and VIE ink China CV brake joint venture 9 May 16

Roger Stansfield

Haldex and Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology have unveiled a joint venture to design, develop, produce, and sell electromechanical brake systems for commercial vehicles with an initial focus on the electric bus market in China.

Honda Alabama starts on redesigned Ridgeline 6 May 16

Graeme Roberts

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.

Large vans continue to drive UK van sales in April 6 May 16

Graeme Roberts

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).

CVG restructures North American seat production 6 May 16

Simon Warburton

Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) says it is to consolidate its North American seat production into two facilities and cease seat production in its Piedmont, Alabama site.

Wabco inks Cummins air-compressor global deal 3 May 16

Simon Warburton

Wabco says it has entered into a new long-term agreement with Cummins to manufacture and supply air-compressor technology globally.

Ford to idle top-selling truck's plant for a week 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

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 the plant from reaching production targets.

Volkswagen HCV sales up 6% in Q1 19 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Volkswagen says that more than 42,000 of its heavy trucks and buses were sold in the first quarter of 2016, up 6% on last year and helped by a 24% surge to sales in Western Europe.

Mack Trucks to upgrade Lehigh Valley facility 19 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Mack Trucks today says it is to plough around US$70m its Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, truck assembly operations during a three-year period.

UK March LCV sales rise 3% 12 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

New van sales rose 3% year on year in the first three months of 2016, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Cummins secures US$4.5m DoE Class 6 grant 11 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Cummins has been awarded a US$4.5m grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which it says can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% compared to conventional models.

Ford spending US$170m in South Africa 5 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford said it would spend R2.5bn (US$170m) to expand its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria, South Africa, to produce the redesigned Everest, an SV derivative of the redesigned Ranger pickup truck launched at the end of 2015.

British CV exports rise 33% in 2015 4 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Exports of British-built commercial vehicles (CVs) jumped by more than a third last year, with almost nine in 10 destined for EU countries, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Kia extends Total lubricants partnership to Europe 4 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors and Total Lubrifiants have renewed their partnership agreement for another five years with Total remaining Kia's "preferred" aftermarket lubricants supplier exclusively across a network of 5,500 dealers in 180 countries - including west European markets from 1 January, 2017.

Meritor secures Navistar brakes and axles deal 4 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Meritor has unveiled a five-year agreement with Navistar for brakes and rear axles, as well as front axles for medium-duty and bus applications.

Latest blogs

The just-auto Readership Survey 2014 7 Oct 14

Dave Leggett

We have just launched our first readership survey in two years.

Mercedes basks in German World Cup victory 16 Jul 14

Simon Warburton

Mercedes-Benz has wasted no time in basking in Germany's reflected glory of winning the World Cup on Sunday night and becoming the first side since reunification to lift the golden trophy.

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