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Is Vauxhall car making in the UK doomed?

22 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Is Opel/Vauxhall's announcement of production cuts in Germany affecting UK-bound cars the General Motors Europe's unit's way of warning us the sole remaining GM car plant in England is at risk? Or is this simply, as a Vauxhall spokesman told just-auto, a prudent automaker looking ahead, foreseeing an inevitable sales decline and making a measured plant output adjustment in full cooperation with all affected parties? I'll go with the latter. For now.


Baleno - Suzuki's first mild hybrid for Europe

16 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

CO2 emissions of 94g/km and official EC consumption numbers of up to 70.6mpg are impressive numbers for a four-metre long five-door diesel hatchback. But Suzuki Europe's newest model, the Baleno, is powered exclusively by petrol engines and those are its numbers.


Auto business confidence hit but holding up

26 July 2016 | Dave Leggett

A global survey of professionals across four industries – including automotive – shows that global auto industry confidence is holding up, despite some reduction in business optimism following the UK referendum vote to leave the EU last month (so-called ‘Brexit’).


ANALYSIS: VW's self-defeating defeat devices

18 November 2015 | Calum MacRae

In September 2015, the industry – and VW in particular – was dealt a seismic shock when it became clear that VW had sought to cheat US emission testing procedures with its diesel vehicles. Since then there has been much debate as to the impact this revelation – and other subsequent revelations – will have on diesel demand and on the company. In terms of diesel demand, the focus is on the European situation, as the market accounts for over 50% of worldwide light vehicle diesel volume. After considering the diesel market, the attention then switches to examining the particular impact on VW as a company.


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Q&A: Kia MD sees 100,000 sales in UK

23 July 2015 | Glenn Brooks

There years ago this month Paul Philpott became the managing director of Kia Motors for the UK and Ireland. This followed a stint at Kia Motors Europe (KME) in Frankfurt and prior to that, senior roles at Ford of Britain and Toyota GB.


INTERVIEW: Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe

24 November 2014 | Glenn Brooks

Russia, Lexus' number one market in its European region, might be down, but UK sales are up strongly. On balance then, 2014 has been a good year, according to the brand's Head of Europe. Next, he promises more hybrids but no diesels. Why?

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US analysts expect a 1.5m-sales July

28 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in the United States in July are expected to decrease 1% year on year to 1.5m units in July 2016, resulting in an estimated 17.5m seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book.


Global OEM powertrain JVs 'essential' for China

22 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

China is the largest passenger vehicle market in the world in terms of both production and sales volumes and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking to harness the potential of this vast market by rolling out new and improved powertrains, according to a new report.


LMC cuts US sales forecast out to 2023

13 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

LMC Automotive has cut its forecast for auto sales in the US for 2016-2023, based on the recent plateauing of year-on-year sales growth, combined with growing economic and political risk in the US and globally, potentially impacting trade, the US economy and consumer confidence.


Nissan 'on track' for further growth in 2016

23 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor chief competitive officer Hiroto Saikawa told the annual general meeting in the company's home city of Yokohama, Japan, the automaker had made continued progress on its mid-term business plan, enhanced operational efficiency and delivered "solid" financial results in fiscal 2015. He also highlighted growth in global sales volumes, reaching a new record of 5.43m units amid strong demand in North America and a continued recovery in western Europe.


Russia localisation on the rise - Deputy Minister

20 June 2016 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Industry Ministry says domestic automotive component manufacture is increasing despite the continuing struggles of the sector in the country, which has seen huge sales falls.


Continental to double China sales by 2020

10 June 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Continental aims to more than double component sales in China to EUR10bn by 2020, from EUR4.5bn in 2015, according to local reports quoting company executives.


China sales to reach 30m by 2020 - Ping an Bank

10 June 2016 | Simon Warburton

China's Ping an Bank estimates the domestic automotive market will reach 28m-30m vehicles by 2020 as outlined in the government's 13th five-year plan.


Chinese EV growth will challenge suppliers - Magna

9 June 2016 | Simon Warburton

Magna reckons the anticipated significant growth in China's new electric vehicle (NEV) makers will present 'huge challenges' as suppliers look to provide the necessary components.


ACEA revises up 2016 growth forecast to 5%

2 June 2016 | Simon Warburton

Europe's Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), has revised its forecast for 2016 car registrations up from its initial January forecast of 2% growth. 


Daimler Trucks lowers 2016 forecasts

20 May 2016 | 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. 


Kia extends Total lubricants partnership to Europe

4 April 2016 | 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.


LED headlights forecast to be on one in five cars

17 March 2016 | Graeme Roberts

LED technology will power 20% of light vehicle front headlights by 2030, from just 2% in 2015, according to the latest headlight fitment forecasts by just-auto's research unit, QUBE.


Toyota tallies Thailand 10% down in 2016

21 January 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Thailand's total domestic car sales are expected to fall 10% year on year in 2016 to 720,000 units, the president of Toyota's Thai unit said, citing a weaker economy and a newly introduced tax.


Detroit - FCA results for 2015 at top end

11 January 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) financial performance last year came in at the top end of the company's own forecasts, chief executive Sergio Marchionne said in Detroit on Monday.


The eight megatrends set to disrupt autos

5 January 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The global automotive industry stands on the brink of unprecedented change due to the impact of eight discrete megatrends, according to a new report from just-auto, set to be published next month.


Hyundai-Kia targets 1.5% global sales growth

4 January 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors have set a combined global sales target of 8.13m units for 2016.


Visteon back in black this third quarter

9 November 2015 | Graeme Roberts

Visteon's sales for the third quarter ended 30 September 2015 were up 1.9% year on year to US$808m. Pre-tax operating income was $31m compared to a previous-year loss of $11m. Net income rose to $5m from a $21m loss.


APMA urges Ottawa "not to relent" on TPP

26 August 2015 | Simon Warburton

Canada's powerful automotive supplier body, APMA, is urging its government stand firm in the face of intense pressure to ink the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, as criticism grows it forms part of President Barack Obama's wishlist of 'legacy' deals before he vacates office.


Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

4 August 2015 | Bill Cawthon

Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.


Tenneco posts Q2 net income down to US78m

27 July 2015 | Simon Warburton

Tenneco has reported second quarter net income down to US$78m compared with US$81m last year.



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