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Kia covers the B-segment bases with redesigned Rio

6 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia UK is covering all engine, fuel, transmission and trim bases with the launch of its fully redesigned Rio, the fourth generation of the B-segment 'supermini' to be sold here.


What PSA Group must do to turn DS around [updated]

3 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The future model strategy for DS is explored here in this, the first in a series concerning the passenger car brands of PSA Group. The other chapters will be a focus on Citroën, followed by Peugeot.


Refreshed Clio helps Renault UK to five-year high

5 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The changes are subtle but a facelift and a new 110hp diesel engine have played a role in giving the revised Clio a major sales boost in Britain.


ANALYSIS - Maserati Levante biturbo diesel

23 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a long time coming but Maserati's first SUV is now being rolled out across global markets. Right-hand drive production started recently with vehicles for the UK headed to showrooms in the coming days. Here, with 96% of the car's segment being diesel, there will be only one engine, a VM Motori 3.0-litre V6.


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Federal-Mogul Motorparts on brake system trends

21 March 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Silvano Veglia, Product Marketing Director Braking for Federal-Mogul Motorparts EMEA.


Citroën will adapt for success in UK market - MD

19 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Bek Hassan, Managing Director - Citroën & DS Automobiles UK, talks to just-auto about the opportunity ahead for the two brands in the UK car market, despite current 'challenging times'.

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GEFCO diversifies offer to combat Russia downturn

22 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics operator, GEFCO says its Russian operations have been able to largely cope with the downturn in the domestic automotive market by diversifying and leveraging expertise from parent company, RZD.


Renault reaches EV battery lease milestone

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault said it had has signed its 100,000th electric vehicle battery leasing contract via RCI Bank and Services, the financial services arm of Groupe Renault.


GAZ looks to ramp up export potential

16 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group says it has set itself a target of increasing export markets to 51 countries as, in common with many Russian manufacturers operating in difficult domestic conditions, it looks overseas to soak up the shortfall.


Doublestar poised to take over Kumho Tire

16 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s Qingdao Doublestar Group has confirmed earlier media reports it is looking to buy a 42.1% stake in South Korean tyre-maker Kumho Tire Company.


Nissan names more of its own to top MMC roles

14 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor's increasing influence over the running of Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) is evident in a management reshuffle which will place six Nissan executives - three of them 'foreigners' - in a variety of roles at the new alliance partner.


Renault-Nissan Alliance forms new LCV unit

14 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has formed a light commercial vehicle business unit to expand sales in the growing segment worldwide.


Toyota appoints first local CEO in Asia

14 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor Corporation announced this week it would appoint vice president-director Warih Andang Tjahjono to the position of president-director (CEO) of its local Indonesian subsidiary Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) in April.


Faurecia to add second Indiana plant

14 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia Clean Mobility (FCM) - manufacturer of exhaust systems and components - has announced plans to open a new production facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Volvo Cars to export from new Chinese plant

13 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Volvo Cars expects to begin exports from its newly-built Daqing car assembly plant in China's Heilongjiang province in May.


Chinese tyre maker to buy Kumho

13 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Creditors of South Korean tyre manufacturer Kumho Tire Company plan to sell their combined stake in the company to China’s Qingdao Doublestar Company, according to local reports.


Toyo Tire to focus on core automotive operations

10 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Toyo Tire & Rubber plans to sell of its diversified non-automotive businesses to focus exclusively on its mainstay tyre business, according to reports in Japan.


PSA Group launches Free2Move Lease

10 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Group has launched Free2Move Lease, a business unit dedicated to multi-make, full service leasing.


VW establishes new Sub-Saharan Africa region

3 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen said it was with its brand's regionalisation strategy having established the Sub-Saharan Africa region to develop and strengthen the market.


Vitro acquires PGW’s automotive OEM glass business

2 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mexico-based Vitro has acquired Pittsburgh Glass Works' (PGW) automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) glass business from LKQ Corporation.


Renault New Zealand company to sell Infiniti

1 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's Hong Kong-based premium brand Infiniti has appointed local Renault importer Global Motors NZ as its official New Zealand distributor and will start operations with dealerships in one key city in each island.


Michelin adds RFID to truck tyres

28 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Michelin Americas Truck Tires said Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being added to commercial truck tyres and retreads, enabling fleets to better manage their tyres throughout the full life cycle.


Margot Robbie 'new face of Nissan electric cars' 

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Actor Margot Robbie has been revealed as the 'new face of Nissan electric cars' and has staged a promotional 'race' video in an electric BladeGlider through the streets of Monaco.


Volvo Car UK to recruit 300 new technicians

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car UK is launching a nationwide recruitment drive for 300 new technicians to join its 119-outlet dealer network by 2020, in line with the brand's increasing sales and its growing product range.


Nissan Europe's aftersales chief faces challenges

16 February 2017 | Chris Wright

Cars are become safer, more reliable and people are actually driving less – all of which are giving carmakers a headache because they are experiencing a squeeze on one of their most lucrative profit centres - aftersales.


Toyota chops UK Prius PHV price

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ahead of the 1 March on sale date, Toyota has chopped the UK prices of its Prius PHV from GBP34,895 for the 'entry level' Business Edition Plus to GBP31,695 with a clever optional (and extra GBP1,500) solar panel sunroof available only for that version.



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