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New Astra Sports Tourer & future Opel/Vauxhalls

Vauxhall can’t seem to catch the Focus and Golf but the addition of the new estate is giving the griffin logo brand a strong sales boost, th...

Driving the new Q30, and Infiniti future models

It's been a long time coming but finally European car buyers are becoming aware of Infiniti. The Q30 is the reason why brand sales were up b...

Recalls redux - the week that was

The auto industry's current roster of infamous, recall-related scandals remained in the just-auto news this week as further revelations unfo...

Audi S8 plus - if 585PS just isn’t enough power

Are there really people who think the 585PS 4.0-litre biturbo V8 S8 is too slow? It seems so, as Audi now sells a 605PS plus variant which a...

Latest Interviews

Volvo Cars' Eugensson on strategy – Interview 16 Jun 2016

Chris Wright

When Volvo announced its 20/20 vision in 2008 - that no one would be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars by the year 2020 - autonomous cars and connectivity were virtually nowhere on the automotive agenda.

Geely/Volvo architecture cooperation bears fruit 18 May 2016

Graeme Roberts

Peter Mertens, senior vice president, research and development, Volvo Car Group, describes the cooperative development of the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) with parent Geely as "good relations" though the start was a little rocky as culture and time zones took some adjusting to, on both sides.

Latest News

Iran 80% localisation aim unsurprising - source 27 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Reliable sources close to Iranian producer, Saipa, say it is not surprising Tehran is mulling a localisation rate of 80% following several overseas evaluations of the quality of domestic components

Nissan quarterly profit down 11% on stronger yen 27 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Nissan has posted a 10.7% decline to net income for the last quarter as it was hit by a stronger yen and slower sales at home.

PSA records H1 net income doubling to EUR1.2bn 27 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe has posted half year net income doubling to EUR1.2bn (US$1.32bn), although Group revenue fell marginally from EUR28m to EUR27.8m.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boosts Q2 profits 27 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday (27 July 2016) reported second quarter adjusted EBIT up 16% year on year to EUR1.6bn.

Mitsubishi Motors Q1 operating profit plunges 27 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) first fiscal 2016/2017 operating profit plunged 75% year on year to JPY4.6bn after the halt in production and sales following revelations of improper conduct in fuel economy testing in Japan. Sales fell 14% to JPY428.7bn.

Tesla drops Mobileye in wake of Autopilot issue 27 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Tesla is reportedly dropping Mobileye, a supplier to its Autopilot partial self-driving system, in the wake of an accident that killed a Tesla driver in May.

More details of GM-Isuzu light truck split surface 27 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

More details have emerged of the ending of the long-standing joint venture between General Motors (GM) and Isuzu Motor to co-develop largely Asian-made pick-up trucks, according to reports in Japan citing Isuzu company sources.

Samsung minority stake in BYD confirmed 27 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

China’s BYD has confirmed Samsung Electronics had completed the acquisition of a 1.92% stake in the electric vehicle manufacturer for CNY3bn (US$450m).

Toyota Australia launches Euro 5 diesel Hiace vans 27 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia has revised its diesel-powered HiAce range to improve fuel economy in the city while meeting stricter Euro 5 emissions standards.

Nissan Kicks making world debut in Olympics Brazil 26 Jul 16

Fernando Calmon

Nissan has really needed something different to boost its sales in Brazil where it both imports or manufactures locally the vehicles it sells.

FCA US to spend $1.5bn at Sterling Heights 26 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

FCA US said it would spend US$1.48bn at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan to retool for the redesigned Ram 1500 pickup truck "and support the future growth of the Ram brand".

Hyundai Motor sees H1 profit and sales volume drop 26 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has announced that first half sales volume and operating profit declined from the same period last year due to lower exports as well as weak currencies and economic recession in emerging markets.

Nissan US adds XD and Single Cab to Titan line 26 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan's US unit has added new XD and Single Cab versions to its Titan full-size pickup line.

Hyundai Motor establishes new project IONIQ lab 26 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has set out the structure, focus and first ideas of its newly-established Project Ioniq Lab in Korea.

General Motors re-thinks India strategy - report 25 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

General Motors officials have said the automaker is re-evaluating its planned US$1bn spend to date in India and has put on hold moves to bring a new car platform to the country.

Mahindra launches mild-hybrid Scorpio 25 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Mahindra & Mahindra has launched mild hybrid technology called ‘Intelli-Hybrid’ in its redesigned Scorpio.

Audi aims to have 3 EV models by 2020 25 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Audi is aiming to have three electric car models by 2020 and for electric vehicles to account for 25-20% of its sales by 2025, according to a report in a German newspaper.

Indonesia dealers claim compensation as Ford exits 25 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

Ford dealers in Indonesia are demanding compensation following the carmaker's announcement earlier this year to exit the market by the end of 2016, according to local reports.

BMW to invest in Thai hybrid battery plant 25 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

BMW reportedly is considering spending THB2bn on a new battery plant for plug-in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, according to local reports, citing industry minister Atchaka Sibunruang.

Smart to beta test parcel delivery to vehicles 25 Jul 16

Chris Wright

Daimler's Smart brand's think tank to accelerate the development and implementation of creative urban mobility projects has come up with 'smart ready to drop', a service that makes online shopping easier.

Latest blogs

White nights and networking in St Petersburg 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

So another St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has flashed by in its usual white blur of back-to-back press conferences and some of the highest level networking I've ever seen.

New Normal becomes New Reality in BRIC parlance 15 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Russia or more specifically, St Petersburg, is hosting its 16th International Economic Forum here in its mighty second city and it's a continued show of defiance against a West, which is equally stubborn in its insistence of maintaining a frosty disapproval of The Kremlin's Crimea and possibly Eastern Ukraine involvement

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