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ANALYSIS - future Mercedes-Benz SUVs

22 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the fifth of six features examining the current and future models of Daimler brands. Its focus is on Mercedes-Benz crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. The final feature will be on electric vehicles.


The week - retrenchment at Global Motors

19 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Signs are that GM, sometimes referred to as 'Global Motors', is having a strategic rethink and tactically withdrawing from markets where the chances of making a decent buck, and consequent return to investors, are slim. Only recently, The General finally threw in the European towel: after years of good effort but continuing losses, it announced in March - eve of the Geneva show, no less, it would sell the loss-making European Opel operations to PSA Group in an EUR2.2bn deal expected to close by the end of this year. This week, GM announced cuts to its international operations which it said would save it around US$100m a year.


ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-Benz cars

18 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Mercedes-Benz Cars remains locked in battle with BMW and Audi for the title of the world's number one premium passenger vehicle brand. The Daimler division has launched multiple additional vehicles in recent times and more are planned. Existing plants are being expanded and new ones are on the way in Mexico and Russia.


Detroit has investors on its mind - COMMENT

18 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

The automotive business, like others, is subject to economic cycles. It is now ten years since the global economic slowdown - the 'credit crunch' of 2007 - that eventually brought us a much more serious banking crisis in late 2008 and the a pretty severe global recession in 2009.


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Chief designer for Kia Motors Europe on the Optima

3 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The arrival of Kia’s fourth-generation Optima as an estate in the UK last year – along with a plug-in hybrid version - gave the Korean automaker two new opportunities to expand its business in Europe. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed an Optima Sportswagon to take a closer look and got the inside story from Gregory Guillaume, Kia Motors’ chief designer for Europe.


BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer eyes digitalisation

28 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer likes to joke that his business card "takes five minutes to read" and that his full title - member of the board of management of BMW AG Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, customer engagement and digital business innovation, BMW group - encompasses "all the fun stuff". A very big buck stops here.

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GM&S workers hold breath as French State steps in

23 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

France's Economy Minister has confirmed he asked Renault and PSA Group to increase their orders to ailing supplier, GM&S in a move which could see the stamping operator evade liquidation.


Emissions investigators to search Daimler premises

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Stuttgard public prosecutor's office staff are "about" to search premises of Daimler AG at several locations in Germany, the automaker said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon (23 May).


Toyota explores 'blockchain' for driverless cars

23 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology for use in the development of a new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology.


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.


Daimler lays foundations for second li-ion battery

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has laid the foundation for its second battery factory, saying it was "taking the next strategic step in its electric offensive".


FOMM to build EV plant in Thailand

23 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Japanese electric vehicle developer FOMM Corporation plans to assemble electric vehicles in Thailand from next year.


Honda refurbishes California proving centre

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda's US proving ground in Cantil, California, is back in full operation after refurbishment, the automaker said.


New Ford CEO will be Jim Hackett [biog]

22 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Jim Hackett is to be named Ford CEO today, replacing Mark Fields.


Ford replaces CEO Fields with Jim Hackett

22 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ford has named Jim Hackett as its new president and CEO, replacing Mark Fields.


Ford shakes up senior management structure

22 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

As well as announcing that Jim Hackett takes over from Mark Fields as the company's new CEO, Ford has also announced a number of other senior management changes today.


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.


IAA world debuts - Renault Mégane R.S.

22 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Yet another car has been added to just-auto's Frankfurt motor show world premieres list: the Renault Mégane R.S.


BMW CFO sees R&D spend ratio rising in 2018

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW expects its research and development budget, when measured as a percentage of sales, to rise in 2018, its CFO has told a German newspaper.


French automakers to support troubled stamper

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault and Peugeot reportedly have committed to increasing their orders from ailing components-maker GM&S Industry after their chief executives spoke with economy minister Bruno Le Maire, his ministry said on Sunday.


Lexus starts on hand crafted Europe export LC

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The first of Toyota's new Lexus LC luxury coupes for UK and Europe export went into production today (22 May) on an exclusive new assembly line in Japan.


FCA US files for new diesel emissions approval

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

FCA US said it had formally filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2017 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. These vehicles have updated emissions software calibrations.


Four automakers announce Takata settlements in US

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota have announced agreements to resolve economic loss claims in the Takata multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the United States.


Union prepared to detonate bombs in supplier talks

19 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

A union is threatening to blow up the GM&S stamping plant in central France as the clock ticks towards its liquidation next week (23 May) in the face of dwindling orders.


Toyota hails Japan hydrogen stations agreement

19 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has announced that eleven companies in Japan have agreed to collaborate on the 'large-scale' construction of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) across the country.


Brazil's Innovar-Auto replacement up for debate

19 May 2017 | Fernando Calmon

With the confusing Inovar-Auto (Innovate-Auto) programme due to end on 31 December 2017, the government has decided to impose a new, longer term directive for the Brazilian automotive industry.



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