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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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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.


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.



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