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ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Having just announced a facelift for the two-door 2 Series cars and a 6 Series GT as well as an 8 Series concept, there has also been news for the 4 Series, in the form of a mid-cycle restyle. That includes the fastest open-top variant, the M4 Convertible Competition.


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.


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INTERVIEW - Mazda's UK MD

14 June 2017 | Chris Wright

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.


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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PSA/Renault up GM&S stakes beforeTribunal verdict

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Renault have dramatically upped their financial commitments to threatened stamping supplier, GM&S, offering to guarantee EUR50m (US$58m) of orders each for the next five years in order to avoid the component producer facing liquidation.


Charging provider opens EV experience centre

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Claimed as the UK's first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, operated by charge point operator Chargemaster, opens in the Centre:MK shopping centre in Milton Keynes on 22 July.


Chrysler uses Sesame Street to plug Pacifica

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Chrysler this week took up the perfect product placement opportunity to pitch its US market minivans at kids who might persuade parents to buy one.


Honda ends Mobilio sales in India

12 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Honda Motor has stopped selling its Mobilio compact MPV in India due to low demand, three years after its initial market launch.


Toyota opens new North America HQ in Texas

6 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor North America held the official opening of its new headquarters in Plano, Texas, on Thursday (6 July).


New rules help Chinese car dealers

4 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China's ministry of commerce government introduced new regulations this month affecting the domestic car retail industry to its benefit.


VW France mis-reported sales for years

3 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen France massaged sales figures reported to German HQ for four years, media reports said.


SAIC to launch MG in India by 2019

30 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Chinese automaker SAIC Motor has confirmed plans to enter the Indian market by 2019, according to local reports.


Amazon 'to sell cars in UK' - reports

13 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The UK's online car retail sector could be about to see disruption with the arrival to the market of online retailer Amazon, according to reports.


GM India dealers eye US class action compo suit

9 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors dealers in India reportedly are exploring options of filing a class action suit in the US over what they say is inadequate compensation for their point of sale (PoS) investments by the carmaker planning to exit the local market by the end of this year.


Nissan, Mitsubishi share warehousing in Australia

5 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor Australia and Mitsubishi Motors Australia have announced the establishment of a joint parts and accessories warehousing and logistics operation.


SPIEF 17 - GEFCO looks to ride Russian uptick

2 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Global logistics provider, GEFCO, says it believes it will be able to secure a slice of improved automotive fortunes in Russia as it commits to the country for the long term.


Renault names new Africa-Middle-East-India chief

24 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Groupe Renault has name seasoned company executive Fabrice Cambolive senior vice president and chairman of the Africa-Middle-East-India (AMI) region.


Daimler acquires slice of large Mercedes dealer

24 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has acquired a 15% stake in dealer group LSH Auto International, a subsidiary of Lei Shing Hong, one of the biggest Mercedes-Benz dealers worldwide.


GMSA union sees 600 jobs gone by July

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has said up to 600 workers at General Motors SA are set to lose their jobs by July, out of a total of 1,500.


Audi resolves Chinese dealer concern

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group unit Audi said at the weekend it had agreed a deal with its dealers in China, effectively resolving a dispute over local joint ventures that could have disrupted its business in the world's biggest car market.


GM cuts operations in India and South Africa

18 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

General Motors has announced cuts to its international operations which it says will save it around USD100m a year.


Sime Darby sells Peugeot-Citroen operations

17 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Sime Darby Motors is in the process of selling its Peugeot and Citroen distribution businesses in Australia and New Zealand, according to reports in Malaysia.


Tan Chong defends Cambodia distribution rights

17 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s Tan Chong Motor Holdings (TCMH) has filed a US$33m counter-lawsuit against Narita Motorcare (Cambodia) in defence of its sole right to import and distribute Nissan vehicles in Cambodia.


Renault India to boost product launches

15 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault is planning to shorten launch times and introduce more new products in India.



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