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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.


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.


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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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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".


PSA inks giant EUR8bn GEFCO global supply contract

7 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA and GEFCO groups have inked an EUR8bn (US$8.8bn) exclusivity agreement under which the logistics provider will manage the automaker’s entire global manufacturing supply chain.


BMW opens Regional Distribution Centre in Shenyang

3 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

BMW has opened a new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Shenyang, the fifth in China together with the existing RDCs in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Foshan.


GM Brazil's head calls for less incentives

31 October 2016 | Fernando Calmon

São Paulo-based GM South America, headed by Barry Engle, has reaffirmed temporary fiscal incentives proved fruitless in improving the Brazilian motor industry's competitiveness in recent years.


FTA warns France/UK haulage impact if border moved

25 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) says moving border controls currently in operation at Calais to Dover would severely impact both UK and French haulage operations.


RHA cautiously welcomes Calais camp dismantling

25 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says the situation at the Port of Calais in northern France is "so far so good," although cautions it is monitoring events across the English Channel on an hourly basis.


FTA slams Juppé Calais plan as 'recipe for chaos'

25 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

UK Freight Transport Association (FTA) has strongly criticised proposals by French Presidential candidate, Alain Juppé to move border controls in Calais to Dover in Kent as a recipe for "cross-channel chaos."


RHA still concerned about Calais as camp bulldozed

24 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is warning today's (24 October) bulldozing of the infamous 'jungle' migrant camp in Calais, is "by far the end of the problem" as worries surface the problem will simply reoccur.


California pumps US$363m into low-emission sector

24 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

California's Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted a revised funding plan for proceeds from the cap-and-trade programme, which includes putting more clean vehicles in disadvantaged communities and will see US$363m pumped into the initiative.


Ratings agency says US dealer happy time over

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The best of times may have passed for US auto dealers with vehicle sales likely past their peak and dealer profit margins slipping, Fitch Ratings said.


FCA works with CA for IT budget optimisation tool

19 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Italy has implemented CA "Project & Portfolio Management SaaS (CA PPM SaaS)" to plan and control its IT spending, and "increase the company’s agility and responsiveness to the changing IT needs of the company" according to CA.


Gebrüder notes rapid rise in supply logistics

18 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Rapidly rising content complexity in vehicles is triggering a surge in logistics demands from suppliers says one transport company, as more components means innovative ways have to be found to move them to assembly lines.



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