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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Brexit fallout and recovery

As I very much expected, cooler heads started to bubble to the top after last week's shock 'Brexit' vote by over half of the citizenry of th...

Ford's future models and platforms

In contrast to the Volkswagen Group, TMC, GM, HMG, Renault-Nissan-AvtoVAZ-MMC, Honda Motor, FCA and other major OEMs, Ford Motor Company wil...

What does 'Brexit' mean for the auto sector?

In the end it was a narrow result, but the UK’s voters have voted to leave the European Union. What are the implications for the automotive...

The self-driving Volvo is getting closer

It didn't take too long on the Volvo S90/V90 international media launch in sunny southern Spain for Naughty Boy here to get a lecture on Vol...

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

BMW, Intel and Mobileye ink autonomous car deal 1 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

As reported yesterday, BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye have confirmed they are joining forces to make self-driving vehicles.

NHTSA to investigate Tesla autopilot fatality 1 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

The US federal highways safety authority - NHTSA - is to investigate a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S being driven in Autopilot mode.

OEMs to lead on future mobility – Renault-Nissan 1 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

High volume automotive car companies are well-placed to meet the challenges ahead in urban mobility and add mobility services according to Renault-Nissan’s connected vehicle and mobility services manager.

NHTSA tells Takata Honda owners to get fix now 1 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

The US government reportedly has advised owners of 313,000 recalled Honda and Acura vehicles to replace their Takata-made airbags immediately after testing showed there’s as high as a 50% chance of rupture in a crash.

Kia marks a year in Mexico 1 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors Mexico has celebrated its first anniversary with the announcement it will launch the Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) at the end of the year. This will be its first hybrid vehicle in the country.

VW rules out emissions compensation in South Korea 1 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

Volkswagen has no plans to compensate South Korean for cheating emissions tests, according to local reports citing the company’s local unit Audi Volkswagen Korea.

VW confident of fixing three litre cars in the US 1 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

A VW lawyer, in a court hearing, has said the company believed it could fix 85,000 three-litre VW, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles in the US, instead of opting for costly buybacks.

FCA US recalls vehicles for transmission pump 1 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

FCA US is recalling an estimated 26,211 vehicles in the US - most of which are in dealer hands - to replace transmission pumps.

BMW teams up with Mobileye and Intel 30 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

BMW is about to announce an alliance to develop self-driving cars in alliance with Mobileye and Intel, according to a Reuters report.

Toyota "no change" to UK set-up in medium-term 30 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, has told reporters that his company respects the decision of the British people in its recent EU referendum and that the company will "study how we are going to ensure we have a sustainable business in the UK".

SMMT urges continued single market access for UK 29 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

As the UK government considers its position in the wake of the EU national referendum result to leave the EU, the UK’s auto industry trade association has appealed for continued unrestricted access to the European single market for UK automotive manufacturers.

Porsche Panamera debuts MSB platform & V8 diesel 29 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

The second generation Porsche Panamera has been shown to the media. As well as being the first model for MSB, a Volkswagen Group RWD/AWD architecture, the new hatchback sees the arrival of a fresh V8 diesel engine, now compliant with the latest EC emissions legislation.

Volkswagen scandal - Porsche plunges into the red 29 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

An exposure to the Volkswagen Group is the reason for Porsche SE having declared a loss of EUR273m (US303m) for fiscal 2015. The company's forecast for the present financial year is, however, unchanged.

Strong May for Renault boosts European car sales 29 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

New car registrations in the 29 markets analysed by JATO Dynamics show that the positive trend in automotive sales is continuing – with new car registrations during May 15.1% higher than the same month in 2015.

Airbag and carbon canister recall for 2.9m Toyotas 29 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota is recalling 2,867,816 vehicles worldwide for a potential problem with the fuel system charcoal canister evaporative emissions control unit and a further 1,433,988 vehicles to check a side curtain airbag inflator. The inflator is not a Takata product, the supplier has not been named. Some models will be recalled for both fixes.

VW emissions offer goes down well in US 29 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen's settlement agreements with various parties in the US have been generally well received by several key consumer advice buying publications in the country but appear unlikely to sit so well with European regulators because no similar deal is on the table this side of the Atlantic.

Hyundai developing EVs for Genesis brand - report 29 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

Hyundai plans to release plug-in versions of its future Genesis models, the Korean company has told the media in its home market.

Ford US sells over 1m F-150 EcoBoost pickups 29 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford said it had now sold over 1m F-150 pickups with segment-exclusive EcoBoost engines in the US.

Sales down but Nissan sets May output record 29 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor said global production in May increased 0.4% year-on-year to 435,938 units, the fourth consecutive month of increase and a record for the month.

Airbumps for PSA project B618 - next Citroën C3 29 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

The next Citroën C3 has been shown to the media at a special event ahead of its public debut at the Paris motor show show in the autumn. Developed on PSA's elderly PF1 platform using the B618 project code, the new model sports an evolution of the C4 Cactus' Airbumps.

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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