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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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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'.

Hella Gutmann Solutions on camera calibration -Q&A

15 June 2016 | Matthew Beecham

While self-driving cars are not yet available to the public, there are a number of models offering some form of advanced assistance to the driver. These include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems that require a camera to be fitted, typically behind the windscreen. Upon replacing the windscreen, the camera typically needs to be recalibrated. To learn more, we spoke to Hella Gutmann Solutions GmbH’s managing director Björn Rietschel about the company’s camera calibration tool and the prospects for self-calibrating systems.

Latest news

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.

UK Customs echoes "frictionless" post-Brexit wish

14 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Customs authorities have reiterated UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's wish to ensure post-Brexit trading between the European Union (EU) and London is as "frictionless" as possible.

RHA fears food impact unless Brexit customs right

9 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is warning the UK's food supply could be "seriously damaged" unless robust customs controls are negotiated with the European Union (EU) as London prepares to invoke Article 50 triggering the Brexit process.

Latest Mazda MX-5 cheaper in real terms

9 February 2017 | Chris Wright

More than 25 years after its launch in the UK the latest top spec Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) costs considerably less to buy than the original which had wind-up windows, no ABS or traction control and the most basic of sound systems.

Donfeng-Nissan spin off Venucia brand

9 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s Dongfeng Motor and Nissan Motor have spun off their jointly developed Venucia brand into a stand-alone company.

JCI to increase US battery production capacity

3 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Johnson Controls is announcing investments to grow aftermarket battery manufacturing capability in the US. The company will accelerate US$450m in investment at its existing facilities across the country to increase capacity to grow its aftermarket service and supply capabilities.

Freudenberg adds US cabin filter production line

2 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT) has added a new cabin air filter production line at its US factory in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

FTA takes Brexit customs plea to UK Parliament

30 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has drawn up five priorities for customs and border arrangements, as the UK prepares to formally notify the European Union (EU) it will withdraw from the Brussels association on 31 March.

Maruti Suzuki raises car prices

27 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Maruti Suzuki India has announced a price increase ranging from INR1,500 (US$22) to INR 8,014 ($118) for various models from the Alto 800 hatchback to the (premium in India) S-Cross.

BMW shows off car development process

25 January 2017 | Chris Wright

In an elaborately-staged display "using aesthetic lighting installations and innovative storytelling", BMW claims to have "brought to life the development process and engineering expertise behind the 7 Series".

Kia dealers in China seek compensation for losses

24 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Kia Motors’ Chinese dealers are demanding compensation for what they claim to be unfair business practices by the South Korean automaker’s local distributor.

Ford launches non-Ford replacement parts brand

24 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

After offering Motorcraft 'genuine Ford' replacement parts worldwide for decades, the automaker's customer service division is now launching Omnicraft, a a new brand of replacement parts for all makes of non-franchise vehicles.

VDA urges UK trade status quo as Article 50 looms

20 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Germany's powerful automotive industry association, VDA, is urging trading conditions with the UK and the European Union (EU) remain as they are as Britain starts to flesh out its wish list for leaving the Brussels body.

FTA backs British PM's tariff-free Brexit wish

20 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Tariff Association (FTA) says it supports UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's Brexit vision of "tariff-free and frictionless trade."

Jaguar Land Rover adding VR to global showrooms

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is adding virtual reality to dealerships so "customers won’t need to wait for newly launched vehicles to arrive in their local showroom".

UK quits Single Market but leaves auto door ajar

17 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has confirmed the UK will not remain a member of the EU trade bloc's Single Market but will seek access to it through a Free Trade Agreement, which she says could see the automotive sector trading using Single Market "arrangements."

Weaker sterling pushes near-sourcing - GEFCO

17 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics provider, GEFCO, says one of the impacts from the UK's decision to quit the European Union (EU) has been an increase in manufacturers evaluating near-sourcing as a way to mitigate the weakening of sterling against the Euro.

Shell announces Rolls-Royce oil supply deal

16 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shell has announced an aftermarket/service oil supply deal with BMW's Rolls-Royce. Supply of 'genuine engine oil' actually began in October 2016 to dealers worldwide.

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