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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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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.


Tesla sues Michigan over ban on direct sales

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla Motors reportedly has sued Michigan governor Rick Snyder and other state officials in federal court over the state's refusal to allow the Palo Alto, California automaker to sell vehicles directly to consumers.


JLR North America plans Mahwah HQ move

20 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover, North America, the Mahwah-based arm of Tata Motors' UK-based JLR, has received Mahwah Township Planning Board approval to begin customising and expanding an office complex on Route 17 North in the town to be the site of its new North American headquarters. Construction on an existing facility will begin this year with design by Gensler Architecture/Design. The move to the new office from the current headquarters in Mahwah is slated for early 2018.


Chevrolet prices Bolt for US and Canada

20 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Chevrolet has set a US price for the new Bolt EV of US$37,495 including destination charge. Customers might receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500, reducing the cost to $29,995.


RHA "disappointed" at GBP2m Calais wall

9 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is "disappointed" at news the UK is to fund the building of a 1km wall at the migrant pinch-point in the Port of Calais.


FTA laments Calais "collapse of public order"

7 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed confirmation by the UK Home Office it will fund a 1km wall at the Port of Calais' most intense flashpoint, but cites a "collapse of public order" as migrants fashion weapons to hurl at lorries. as reports emerge of desperate migrants sharpening tree branches to throw as spears at lorries.


Calais braces for action as homeless migrants mass

2 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says lorry drivers being forced to use alternative destinations to Calais, are seeing huge extra costs as the French Interior Ministry reveals there are currently 5,000 migrants without shelter at the port.


French drivers slam UK Calais fines as "a racket"

1 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

French road hauliers are denouncing as "a racket" the ability of British immigration officers to impose severe fines on lorry drivers found with stowaway migrants, as the refugee situation in the northern French port of Calais continues to worsen.


Calais stack effect costs UK freight EUR1m daily

31 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Extended major disruption at the Port of Calais would damage the British road freight industry to the tune of at least GBP1m (US$1.1m) per day, should the UK have to implement its 'Operation Stack' traffic holding procedures once more.


Calais crisis sees lorries "shredded with knives"

31 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Some lorries using Port of Calais to cross the English Channel are being "completely shredded" with knives as the migrant crisis engulfing Northern France escalates daily.


FCA RHD Ram trucks now on sale in Australia/NZ

31 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A project to import and convert to RHD Fiat Chrysler's Ram large pickup trucks for sale in Australia and New Zealand is now up and running, the company confirmed to just-auto. The deal was announced last year.


Toyota GB names ConsumerOne unit chief

31 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota GB has established a new function, ConsumerOne, dedicated to improving customer experience, and named Paula Cooper to head up the operation as director, joining the company’s executive team.


FTA warns of Calais drivers as "sitting ducks"

30 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) says its members are becoming "sitting ducks" at the Port of Calais as calls grow across the English Channel for immigration controls to be moved back to the UK.


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.



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