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Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.

The Week That Was - August replenishes batteries

5 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

August's dog days are well and truly on us up here in the Northern hemisphere and in the soporific heat of a British summer – well OK – it's warmish – industry tends to take a well-earned break and recharge the batteries ready for an autumn which will rapidly see the Paris Motor Show loom large.

ASEAN vehicle sales jump 11% in Q2

29 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in South-east Asia’s six largest markets rose by 10.6% to 781,162 units in the second quarter of 2016, from 706,532 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto by AsiaMotorBusiness.com.

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Our Man's in Russia this time

17 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Barely had our business/components/supply chain editor Simon Warburton, liberally fuelled by glutinous rice balls he helped make, touched back down in Blighty, after a week covering the 2016 Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing, China, and it was time for us to sling him back onto a plane, this one bound for the 'Detroit of Russia', St Petersburg.

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Magna EVP on Chinese auto market, Getrag - Q&A

8 March 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Magna International has been steadily growing in Asia since the mid-1990s and today has almost 17,700 employees at 48 manufacturing locations and 26 product development, engineering and sales offices. To find out more about the supplier’s presence and market strengths in Asia, Matthew Beecham met with Frank O’Brien, Executive VP for Magna’s business in Asia while on a visit to Magna’s North American headquarters in Detroit.

INTERVIEW: Faurecia deputy GM China Jingcheng Li

24 November 2014 | Simon Warburton

China's astonishing growth rates of recent years is starting to ebb, but still represents a powerful performance that is the envy of most of the developed world. Simon Warburton talked to global component producer, Faurecia deputy general manager China Division, Jingcheng Li, about opportunities which challenges such as emissions control and lightweighting, present.

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Hyundai eyes Genesis brand entry to China

26 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor is planning to launch its standalone premium Genesis brand in China within two to three years, according to remarks reportedly made by the brand’s head.

Nexteer opens third Indian plant, in Pune

26 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Nexteer Automotive has opened a new manufacturing plant in Pune, India.

Europe sales up 9.3% in August

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

New car registrations, in the 29 European markets analysed by JATO Dynamics, increased by 9.3% in August compared to the same month last year, with 855,300 units registered compared to 782,531 in 2015. For the year to date, registrations surpassed the 10m unit mark, an increase of 7.7%.

Toyota opens first R&D centre in Latin America

19 September 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota’s Brazilian subsidiary (the first of the kind outside Japan, dating back to the 1950s) has opened its first Advanced Research Centre (acronym is CPA in Portuguese) in Latin America, conceived to integrate new products’ and suppliers’ research and development-related activities.

"Safety still an option" in India - Global NCAP

19 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Limited progress from the Renault Kwid and an encouraging showing from the Honda Mobilio are the latest results for Global NCAP for vehicles sold in India but the organisation said: "However overall disappointment as safety is still considered an option and not a standard."

VW Group global sales up 6.3% in August

19 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group delivered 759,400 vehicles in August, an increase of 6.3%.

FCA and BAIC talking China JV - report

16 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Beijing-based BAIC Group are exploring a joint venture, which would be the Italian carmaker’s second partnership in China after its tie-up with Guangzhou Automobile Group, according to Bloomberg sources.

Toyota Argentina eyes new markets as Brazil tanks

15 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Argentina has been targeting new markets in south and central America to keep production up as demand for cars from recession-ridden Brazil plummets, a company executive told Reuters.

China's GAC expands capacity, targets 1m units

15 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

China’s GAC Motor said it plans to expand annual vehicle production capacity to 1m units by 2020, from the current 400,000 units, as it targets a stronger role in its domestic and regional vehicle markets.

India industry output rises 11.22%

14 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

India's auto industry produced 10,900,264 vehicles including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three wheelers, two wheelers and quadricycles in fiscal April-August 2016, up 11.22% on the 9,800,197 made in the same period last year.

Freudenberg opens new car headliner line in China

14 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Freudenberg has brought a new production line for car headliners into operation at its Suzhou site in eastern China.

Romania vehicle output down YTD, sales up

14 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

About 240,000 motor vehicles were produced in Romania in the first eight months of 2016, down 6.5% year on year.

More sales records tumble at BMW

13 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

BMW Group sales in August 2016 rose 5.7% year on year to 165,431 vehicles - a record for the month - with year-to-date volume up 5.5% to 1,508,659, the first time the automaker has sold over 1.5m vehicles in the first eight months of a year.

AvtoVAZ updates Vesta model

13 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

AvtoVAZ says it has started shipping updated versions of its Lada Vesta sedan with a new Luxe trim level that includes additional airbags and climate control.

China vehicle sales jump 24% in August

12 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in China in August rose by over 24% to 2.07m units from weak year earlier sales of 1.66m units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Vietnam market expands by 28% in August

12 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Vietnam increased by 28.4% to 20,567 units in August, from 16,019 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).

Russia August sales continue long-term decline

9 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) is scrambling to generate a positive spin on last month's passenger cars and LCV sales, which saw numbers fall yet again, this time by 18%.

X4 becomes BMW Brazil's sixth local assembly job

8 September 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Almost two years after the first locally assembled car -  a 328i - left the line at its Araquari plant in the southern state of Santa Catarina, BMW Brazil chose the X4 to be its sixth locally built product.

VW and JAC studying EV joint venture in China

8 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Volkswagen AG and China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Company (JAC) are considering establishing a new joint venture company dedicated to the production of 'new energy' vehicles and components.

Volkswagen to produce Polo Vivo in Kenya

8 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen plans to start CKD production of the Polo Vivo in Kenya at the end of 2016.

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