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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.

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.

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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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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.

Mitsubishi restructures Indonesian distributor

13 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors is restructuring its sales operations in Indonesia.

Ford's Lincoln eyes China assembly

11 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Luxury brand Lincoln is considering local production in China where parent company Ford already has joint venture assembly plants with Chinese automakers. The country is the top market for General Motors nameplate Buick and Cadillac is also assembled there.

JLR appoints new UK sales director

7 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Jaguar Land Rover UK has announced the appointment of Rachael Thompson as sales director, moving from her previous role as national sales manager for Jaguar UK.

Tata Motors strikes South Africa hire company deal

6 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Tata Motors has struck a major deal with a South African car hire company to supply its Bolt 1.2 Turbo hatchbacks for Tempest Car Hire’s rental fleet.

PSA supply chain is "orchestra" - components chief

3 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says it is constantly evaluating its supply chain processes through competitor – and industrial – benchmarking as it looks to squeeze value from its component manufacturing - likening the process to an orchestra within the company.

VW/US dealers finalise TDI vehicles agreement

3 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group of America has announced that it has finalised an agreement to resolve the claims of VW-branded franchise dealers in the US relating to TDI vehicles and other matters asserted concerning the value of the franchise.

Skoda eyeing US market entry

30 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group’s Skoda brand is eyeing entry to the US market with local assembly, according to a report carried by Reuters.

Renault plans new joint venture in Iran - Paris

30 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Renault plans a comprehensive joint venture in Iran which will see local vehicle and supplier development and its own vehicle distribution network.

Toyota back to WRC after 17 years - Paris show

29 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota is returning to World Championship Rallying after a 17-year break.

Land speed record project attracts Geely

28 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

The Bloodhound land speed record project has announced that Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) will be its prime sponsor and ‘Official Automotive Partner’ in a 3-year agreement.

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors gains entry into Bolivian CV market

28 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors, on 26 September, 2016, announced having forayed into the Bolivian commercial vehicle market, through a distribution agreement with local partners, Bolivian Auto Motors, part of the...

Hyundai eyes Genesis brand entry to China

26 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor is planning to launch its standalone premium Genesis brand in China within two to three years, according to remarks reportedly made by the brand’s head.

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