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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'.

Q&A: SsangYong's Steve Gray on doubling sales

26 October 2015 | Glenn Brooks

SsangYong has operated in Europe for a long time, but suddenly, sales have been surging - beyond 100% YoY in most countries. And that's not just due to the addition of the hot-selling Tivoli B-crossover. Steve Gray, the company's UK head of Marketing, tells just-auto what's ahead for the rest of the decade.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Ford Canada head named

17 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Canada has named Mark Buzzell as its next president and CEO, replacing Dianne Craig, who served in this role for the past five years. The appointment is effective from 1 January, 2017.

Dealers fret as Audi eyes a second China JV

14 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Audi has confirmed it was in talks with China's SAIC Motor for a long-term collaboration which dealers for its existing joint venture say would cause them "potentially fatal damage".

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