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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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Audi China dispute with dealers escalates

28 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

The dispute between Audi and its Chinese dealers continued to escalate in recent weeks with dozens of dealers now refusing to accept new stocks of imported models, according to local reports.


Tesla axes 60kWh Model S in UK

27 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is axing its entry level Model S in the UK after just a year on sale.


Toyota launches Lexus in India

24 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor's luxury Lexus brand was launched in India today, bringing, the automaker said, "a new luxury experience, exceptional design and high quality to the world’s fastest-growing major economy".


GEFCO diversifies offer to combat Russia downturn

22 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics operator, GEFCO says its Russian operations have been able to largely cope with the downturn in the domestic automotive market by diversifying and leveraging expertise from parent company, RZD.


Renault reaches EV battery lease milestone

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault said it had has signed its 100,000th electric vehicle battery leasing contract via RCI Bank and Services, the financial services arm of Groupe Renault.


GAZ looks to ramp up export potential

16 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group says it has set itself a target of increasing export markets to 51 countries as, in common with many Russian manufacturers operating in difficult domestic conditions, it looks overseas to soak up the shortfall.


Nissan names more of its own to top MMC roles

14 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor's increasing influence over the running of Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) is evident in a management reshuffle which will place six Nissan executives - three of them 'foreigners' - in a variety of roles at the new alliance partner.


Renault-Nissan Alliance forms new LCV unit

14 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has formed a light commercial vehicle business unit to expand sales in the growing segment worldwide.


Toyota appoints first local CEO in Asia

14 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor Corporation announced this week it would appoint vice president-director Warih Andang Tjahjono to the position of president-director (CEO) of its local Indonesian subsidiary Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) in April.


Volvo Cars to export from new Chinese plant

13 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Volvo Cars expects to begin exports from its newly-built Daqing car assembly plant in China's Heilongjiang province in May.


PSA Group launches Free2Move Lease

10 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Group has launched Free2Move Lease, a business unit dedicated to multi-make, full service leasing.


VW establishes new Sub-Saharan Africa region

3 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen said it was with its brand's regionalisation strategy having established the Sub-Saharan Africa region to develop and strengthen the market.


Renault New Zealand company to sell Infiniti

1 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's Hong Kong-based premium brand Infiniti has appointed local Renault importer Global Motors NZ as its official New Zealand distributor and will start operations with dealerships in one key city in each island.


Margot Robbie 'new face of Nissan electric cars' 

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Actor Margot Robbie has been revealed as the 'new face of Nissan electric cars' and has staged a promotional 'race' video in an electric BladeGlider through the streets of Monaco.


Volvo Car UK to recruit 300 new technicians

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car UK is launching a nationwide recruitment drive for 300 new technicians to join its 119-outlet dealer network by 2020, in line with the brand's increasing sales and its growing product range.


Toyota chops UK Prius PHV price

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ahead of the 1 March on sale date, Toyota has chopped the UK prices of its Prius PHV from GBP34,895 for the 'entry level' Business Edition Plus to GBP31,695 with a clever optional (and extra GBP1,500) solar panel sunroof available only for that version.


UK Customs echoes "frictionless" post-Brexit wish

14 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Customs authorities have reiterated UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's wish to ensure post-Brexit trading between the European Union (EU) and London is as "frictionless" as possible.


RHA fears food impact unless Brexit customs right

9 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is warning the UK's food supply could be "seriously damaged" unless robust customs controls are negotiated with the European Union (EU) as London prepares to invoke Article 50 triggering the Brexit process.


Latest Mazda MX-5 cheaper in real terms

9 February 2017 | Chris Wright

More than 25 years after its launch in the UK the latest top spec Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) costs considerably less to buy than the original which had wind-up windows, no ABS or traction control and the most basic of sound systems.


Donfeng-Nissan spin off Venucia brand

9 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s Dongfeng Motor and Nissan Motor have spun off their jointly developed Venucia brand into a stand-alone company.



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