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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.

VW stands back to let Seat and Skoda shine

27 September 2016 | Ray Hutton

Not so long ago, in the London Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson chose his 10 ‘stinkers’ - the worst cars sold in the UK. With his tongue even more firmly in his cheek than usual, he described the Seat Leon as ‘a nondescript waste of metal’ and the Skoda Superb as having ‘the same amount of soul as a fridge freezer’.

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.

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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

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.

GEFCO pushes envelope as OEM needs evolve

13 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics provider, GEFCO, says one of its key challenges in the frenetically advancing world of new vehicle technologies is how to maintain its position at the head of the queue when it comes to OEMs or suppliers choosing its delivery systems.

FCA announces management changes

12 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced management changes with immediate effect.

China’s GAC to begin exports to US in 2017

10 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) said its plans to start selling cars in the US under its own brand later this year.

Hyundai Motor America names interim president/CEO

22 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor America has announced a continuation of a reorganisation that began late this year by appointing W. Gerald (Jerry) Flannery as interim president and CEO, effective immediately. He succeeds Dave Zuchowski who will be leaving the company.

VW agrees to resolve 3.0L TDI V6 claims in the US

21 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen says it has  reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of California, by and through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General, to resolve civil claims regarding approximately 83,000 affected 3.0L TDI V6 diesel engine vehicles in the US.

NHTSA investigates Chrysler 'rollaway' problem

21 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

The NHTSA has launched an investigation into about a million Fiat Chrysler Ram pickup trucks and SUVs prompted by complaints that vehicles have rolled away and crashed after being parked.

Vitro to acquire PGW's glass business from LKQ

20 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Vitro has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Pittsburgh Glass Works' automotive business from LKQ Corporation for around US$310m.

Chevrolet opens Bolt EV order book in Canada

12 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Sales of the new Chevrolet Bolt 'long range' EV have begun in Canada.

Nissan targets growth with 'hyper-personalisation'

1 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor is preparing to launch a big aftermarket offensive in Japan by offering its customers a wide range of personalisation options to help drive up revenues.

DB Schenker/MAN team on Germany platooning tests

29 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

DB Schenker and MAN are to test networked truck convoys on the A9 Motorway between Munich and Nuremberg next year.

Audi starts scanner-glove use for Ingolstadt CKD

29 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Audi has introduced scanner-gloves at its plant in Ingolstadt, with components dispatched using the ProGlove Mark with its embedded barcode scanner.

RHA urges continued vigilance despite jungle end

28 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is cautiously welcoming the return of some operators to the Port of Calais in northern France following the demolition of the nearby migrant camp, but is warning drivers to continue their vigilance.

Chinese tyre JV in Thailand targets US exports

23 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Thai tyre manufacturers ND Rubber and Siam Rubber have signed a joint venture agreement with China’s Shandong YinbaoTyre Group to build a manufacturing plant for truck and passenger car tyres in Chonburi province.

BMW Europe makes top personnel changes

23 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

BMW has announced senior management changes in its European sales structure.

Genesis launches in Canada

22 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor's premium brand, Genesis, has launched in Canada.

Mahindra opens Jaipur spare parts warehouse

22 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Mahindra & Mahindra has inaugurated its US$22m spare parts warehouse in Mahindra World City (MWC), Jaipur, catering for customers in north and north western India for automotive and tractor spare parts.

FCA combines with Amazon for online car sales

21 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will partner with Amazon to sell cars online at an additional discount, according to reports.

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