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Peugeot seeks high margins with £40,000+ Traveller

3 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA might be in the process of taking over Adam Opel and Vauxhall Motors but it also has several JVs with one of GM’s main rivals, Toyota. An LCVs venture in France produces not just vans but MPVs too. The Peugeot Traveller is one of three such models.

VW tries V6 TDI in Amarok to tackle dominant Hilux

25 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Is there a market for a £40,000 pick-up? There is. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ UK outpost is in fact so confident of the revised Amarok’s success that it has dropped the previous four-cylinder variants and installed a 3.0-litre V6 diesel in their place.

Skoda Auto future models - a global analysis

15 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Following the recent reviews of Volkswagen and Audi future vehicles, this, the third of a six-part series, concerns Skoda. It will be followed by a look at what's ahead for SEAT. After this comes Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, to be followed by Porsche in chapter six, the last of these being the final part of the overall analysis of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car plans.

VW revs up its global CV ambitions - ANALYSIS

6 September 2016 | Colin Whitbread

Volkswagen’s intent to acquire a 16.6% (post dilution) stake in Lisle, Illinois-based Navistar, coupled with a strategic technology and supply cooperation and the establishment of a purchasing joint venture represents a significant step forward for the German company’s global ambitions, ambitions that have so far been tempered by a lack of presence in the North American heavy truck sector. 

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Engine downsizing has peaked say Federal Mogul

4 July 2016 | Calum MacRae

In a wide-ranging interview, as part of Federal Mogul Powertrain’s recent Technology Briefing days held in Augsburg, Germany just-auto’s Calum MacRae interviewed the division’s Chief Technology Office, Gian Maria Olivetti. Mr Olivetti has been with Federal Mogul since 2007. Before Federal Mogul he enjoyed stints at Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Iveco. 

Interview with Ford of Britain's MD

18 September 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.

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Volvo group Q2 2017 sales rise

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Truck, bus and construction equipment maker Volvo Group said it had increased both sales and profitability during the second quarter of 2017.

Mercedes-Benz launches Nissan-based X-Class

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has launched its long-heralded X-Class medium size pickup truck, effectively a rebadge of the Nissan-Renault Alliance's Barcelona built Navara model line.

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors develops India's first Bio-Methane Bus

18 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors, India’s largest Commercial Vehicles manufacturer and the Number-1 bus brand yet again showcased a class-leading technology innovation- country’s first Bio-CNG (bio-methane)...

Tata Motors' truck business facing 'crisis' - MD

17 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tata Motors Managing Director Guenter Butschek has appealed for help from its workers as India's leading commercial vehicle maker faces a "crisis situation" amid rising competition at home.

just-auto Plus only Scania invests in Sennder

14 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Scania Growth Capital, Scania’s corporate venture capital fund, announces its second investment, in Sennder, a Berlin-based digital freight-forwarding company. Sennder is a growth company...

Tata Motors launches XL range of LCVs in India

12 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tata Motors says it has extended its Ace brand family of vehicles by the introduction of the new XL range of small commercial cargo vehicles. The XL range of small commercial cargo vehicles will be available in all dealerships across India.

just-auto Plus only Daimler Buses joins Berlin-based CleverShuttle

12 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Daimler Buses is joining the Berlin-based CleverShuttle mobility service as a strategic investor. As part of a minority stake, EvoBus GmbH and CleverShuttle plan a strategic cooperation for...

Mercedes Düsseldorf plant to build e-Sprinter

11 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

As it prepares to make the next generation Sprinter van, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed agreement with the works council to make the electric-drive Sprinter at the model's lead plant of Düsseldorf.

AB Volvo sells Deutz stake

11 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Volvo Group (AB Volvo) has sold its complete holding in the German listed engine manufacturer Deutz AG.

just-auto Plus only VECV sales drop 20.5% in June 2017

11 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

VE Commercial Vehicles (A Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture) has sold 3,921 units in June 2017 as compared to 4,935 units in June 2016 recording an overall decline of 20.5%. The June 2017...

UK van sales pick up after months of decline

5 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New van registrations in the UK in June rose 1.8% year on year to 37,349 units in June 2017.

Renault and Brilliance team on China LCV JV

5 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings (CBA) have inked a deal to create a joint venture in China for the manufacture and sale of light commercial vehicles (LCV).

just-auto Plus only Plastic Omnium sells its truck composites business

4 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 30 June 2017, Plastic Omnium definitively sold its Truck composites business to the German group Mutares AG. This body parts and structure design and manufacturing business for the...

just-auto Plus only Daimler Kenya launches two new Mercedes-Benz buses

4 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Daimler is bringing two new bus models to the important African market of Kenya. This is Daimler Buses' response to the ever-growing demand in East and Central Africa for comfortable and safe...

Daimler Buses adds pedestrian recognition to brake

30 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler Buses is introducing Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA 4) with pedestrian recognition claimed to be the world's first emergency braking assistance system in a bus to automatically brake for pedestrians.

British CV production falls

29 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

British commercial vehicle (CV) production output fell in May as an increase in production for export failed to counteract a drop in domestic demand, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

just-auto Plus only Daimler Trucks extend supply agreement with Wabco

27 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Wabco Holdings a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, on 26 June 2017 announced that Daimler Trucks has...

Peugeot returns to African pickup truck market

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Peugeot is returning to the African pickup truck market with a double cab model apparently sourced from China.

just-auto Plus only Volvo Trucks introduces new FE 350

21 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volvo FE is now being launched with 350 hp/1400 Nm and a new front axle for axle loads of up to nine tonnes. This makes one of Volvo Trucks’ most versatile models into a strong contender...

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors begins electric bus trials

19 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors has commenced trials of its 9 metres electric bus in Chandigarh. With a capacity to seat 31 passengers, the Tata Ultra Electric 9m bus will run for over 15-day, with the trial jointly...

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