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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.

Gloves off as UK poised to decide EU future

6 May 2016 | Simon Warburton

"Independence Day" is how Boris Johnson – recent Mayor of London – and star turn of the UK's so-called Brexit wing looking for an amicable divorce from Brussels - is describing the day after next month's British referendum on European Union membership.

ANALYSIS - Ford cuts its losses in Asia

8 March 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Ford’s decision in January to pull out of Japan and Indonesia, two major automotive markets in Asia, by the end of the year took the rest of the automotive industry by surprise.

2016 QX80 - Infiniti's monster sized money spinner

25 January 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Infiniti had a record year in 2015, selling 215,250 vehicles worldwide. January is looking good too, with the addition of the UK-built Q30 just starting to add some decent volume, especially across European markets. But surely no Infiniti makes as much of a visual impact - and as much profit - as the range topper, the XXL-sized QX80.

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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.

Interview with Ford of Britain's MD

18 September 2015 | Calum MacRae

At the 2015 IAA, we caught up with Ford of Britain’s newly-appointed chairman and managing director Andy Barratt. Prior to taking up his new role he had served as Ford of Britain’s director of sales since 2011.

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Ssangyong returns to the Philippines

24 August 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Ssangyong Motor said it was ready to re-launch the brand in the Philippines after exiting this market in 2009, according to local reports.

Skoda logistics adopts SmartGlove

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Skoda is adopting the 'smart' ProGlove industrial glove (also trialled by BMW, as we reported earlier this year) to "facilitate and improve the work of Skoda logistics", according to the VW Group automaker. 

Tesla opens website and order books in South Korea

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla Motors has opened an official website and started accepting pre-orders in South Korea for its three models, a local report said.

Asko to test electric lorries with Scania

19 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Norway’s largest convenience goods wholesaler, Asko is to test electric powertrain lorries with Scania.

Toyota US changes fix for models of 2013 recall

12 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Toyota in the US has announced that it is changing the fix for approximately 337,000 model year 2006, 2011 Toyota RAV4 and model year 2010 Lexus HS 250h vehicles involved in a 2013 recall.

Calais chainsaw threat stings FTA to urge action

3 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) says a chainsaw threat on one of its members at the Port of Calais this week (1 August), is not unusual as the number of desperate migrants at the burgeoning 'jungle' camp continues to grow.

More UK EV points than stations by 2020 - Nissan

3 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Nissan estimates there will be more public locations to charge electric cars in the UK than there are petrol stations by the summer of 2020.

Maruti Suzuki future models news

1 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Official statistics for the overall market are not yet available but India's leader in the passenger car segment, Maruti Suzuki (MSIL), says its sales hit a record level in July. The Indian-Japanese OEM has also announced its long awaited entry to India's light commercial sector, and just-auto has future models news.

Indonesia dealers claim compensation as Ford exits

25 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Ford dealers in Indonesia are demanding compensation following the carmaker's announcement earlier this year to exit the market by the end of 2016, according to local reports.

Seeger replacing Källenius to market Mercedes

25 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's supervisory board has named Britta Seeger a member of the board of management for Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales effective on 1 January 2017. Seeger replaces Ola Källenius who will head group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development.

Chinese Hyundai dealers want stock compensation

18 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Hyundai Motor dealers in China are seeking compensation from the South Korean automaker, claiming their businesses have been affected by the company’s failure to offer sufficient product.

Mercedes-Benz announces digital marketing plan

14 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz is investing massively in the development of its digital competence as part of its 'best customer experience' sales and marketing initiative. The aim is to quickly set up a 'digital unit' headed by Sabine Scheunert, as part of a cross-departmental joint initiative between marketing and IT.

Amorn adds Subaru to Thai dealer network

12 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Thai vehicle dealer Amorn Group plans to add Subaru to its brand portfolio this year as it continues to expand its domestic operations.

Kia marks a year in Mexico

1 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors Mexico has celebrated its first anniversary with the announcement it will launch the Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) at the end of the year. This will be its first hybrid vehicle in the country.

Hyundai and Kia units consolidated in China

22 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Group has recently (re)merged separately run Hyundai and Kia units into one in China, according to a Korean report.

Ford moves top managers around

15 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced announcing major changes in its China, India, global strategy and finance management team as part of plans to "elevate" Chinese operations and its new strategy to be both an auto and mobility company.

just-auto Plus only VW Budd-e EV concept fascinates China

9 June 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Budd-e, the 2016 CES show car, is touring China as an ambassador for e-mobility. With the concept car Volkswagen is presenting the next generation of electrically powered vehicles to Chinese...

Mercedes and Toyota top UK dealer service survey

8 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

After sales service determines dealership customer satisfaction and loyalty, according to the JD Power 2016 UK Customer Service Index (CSI) Study.

Cadillac eyes virtual reality sales

7 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

No cars in stock, just virtual reality headsets and service bays, a few demonstrator/service loan vehicles. That is the possible Cadillac dealership of the future, at least at a certain level, and is an idea division president Johan de Nysschen has been floating for months.

just-auto Plus only Daimler premiers new E-Class Estate globally at Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart

7 June 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Advantage Mercedes, during the MercedesCup at the Weissenhof tennis club the inventor of the car, on 6 June, 2016, served a further ace. The new E-Class Estate celebrated its world premiere with...

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