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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.


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.


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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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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.


DriveNow launches Helsinki carsharing service

12 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

DriveNow, the carsharing joint venture of the BMW Group and Sixt SE, is bringing its range of services to Helsinki.


TLV warns "free ticket" if France moves UK border

11 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Flemish road haulage association, Transport Logistics Vlaanderen (TLV) is warning any reintroduction of the British border at Calais back to Dover will trigger a "free ticket" to yet more waves of migrants desperate to reach the UK..


FTA cautions "huge delays" if Le Touquet deal axed

10 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) is warning against the potential "huge impact" for the UK supply chain should France tear up the Le Touquet Treaty in place since 2003 as Brexit talks gather steam.


Mercedes announces logistic operators' support

9 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

In cooperation with sales partner Fahrzeug-Werke LUEG AG, Mercedes-Benz Van Sales Germany is starting an innovative and completely new operator programme at the parking area connected to the recently inaugurated Amazon Logistics Distribution Centre in Bochum.


MG shows its XS compact SUV in London

4 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

SAIC brand MG's UK distribution unit has showed its compact SUV – the MG XS – at the London Motor Show earlier today.


Mahindra axes UK EV sales, will buy back cars

3 May 2017 | Chris Wright

India's Mahindra and Mahindra has stopped selling electric cars in the UK due to weak sales and is winding up operations here, according to Reuters.


GM and Toyota to boost Brazil exports

28 April 2017 | Fernando Calmon

The 70% year on year growth in exports from Brazilian auto plants in the first quarter of 2017 delighted the automakers and has prompted something of a rush to get more cars out to foreign markets amidst only a slight domestic recovery so far. Toyota and GM have just confirmed they're doing just that.


Ford Mustang exports boost global sales lead

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford claims its Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the US over the last 50 years, and now, thanks to exports, is the most popular sports car in the world.


Korean regulator targets importer practices

24 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

South Korea's antitrust regulator wants local units of foreign cars and dealerships to revise their 'unfair policies' on refund and maintenance services to their customers.


China to deregulate car retailing

19 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

In a move designed to shake-up the retail sector, China's Ministry of Commerce has unveiled new automobile sales administrative measures allowing auto trading companies to sell vehicles without gaining authorisation from carmakers in advance, according to the China Daily.


Deutsche Post DHL to sell electric van

12 April 2017 | Chris Wright

Deutsche Post DHL plans to take on carmakers by stepping up production of its Streetscooter electric van and selling it to external customers.


RZD helps GEFCO to lever export opportunities

10 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics specialist, GEFCO says its ownership by Russian Railways giant, RZD has allowed it to access opportunities such as export potential, which Moscow is actively looking to promote.



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