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Ford Goes Further - the week that was

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A busy week for the just-auto team, with editor Dave Leggett and business editor Simon Warburton both out at events while yours truly minded the shop. We heard, in fact, there were no fewer than eight new model launches for UK media this week, including an Audi event in New Mexico.

Maserati future models - a global analysis

1 December 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The third instalment in just-auto's analysis of FCA's passenger car brands' model lines is a focus on Maserati. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, followed by an examination of Ferrari's plans. Features on Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep will be published soon.

C-HR second to get new Toyota TNGA platform

1 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The new C-HR compact crossover, now being rolled out in markets world-wide, is the second model to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform after the fourth generation Prius, now being rolled out in PHEV form following its earlier debut as a conventional hybrid.

Ferrari future models - global analysis

30 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The second part of just-auto's series concerning FCA's passenger vehicle brands centres on Ferrari. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, with features on Maserati; Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep to follow.

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Hyundai-Kia design chief's design philosophy

18 October 2016 | Roger Stansfield

There is a corner of the Korean auto industry which, if not forever German, is taking on an increasingly strong Teutonic influence. just-auto catches up with Hyundai-Kia design chief Peter Schreyer and his colleagues.

SMMT chief bangs EU single market drum - Interview

12 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Speaking exclusively to just-auto, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says the UK auto industry’s interests would be best served by continued membership of the European Union’s single market following the UK’s planned exit from the trade bloc in 2019.

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South Korean domestic sales rise 2% in November

2 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers rose by 2.2% to 144,814 units in November, from 141,711 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country’s vehicle manufacturers.

Ford ramps up ADAS on new Fiesta

2 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Although the next Ford Fiesta is essentially based on the same engineering architecture as the current model, Ford is loading the new car - due to go on sale in the second half of 2017 - with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies to maintain its appeal as Europe's best selling B-segment car.

Chrysler builds last 200

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

FCA US built the final Chrysler 200 on Friday, having announced the model's demise back in July, along with plans to 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".

Chrysler starts building Pacifica Hybrid

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

FCA has started production of the US industry's first electrified minivan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.

Former McDonalds exec named Volvo Cars IT chief

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has named former McDonalds Corporation chief digital officer Atif Rafiq as senior vice president IT and chief digital officer.

Ballard Power supplies Riga fuel cell buses

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Ballard Power Systems has inked a Long-Term Sales Agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach headquartered in Poland, for the sale and supply of fuel cell modules to support deployment of Solaris fuel cell buses in Europe.

UK auto sector challenged if WTO trade comes in

1 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes has told just-auto that the possibility of WTO rules applying to UK trade with the EU following the UK's planned exit from the bloc would present a considerable competitive challenge for many UK manufacturers.

Post-Brexit tariffs could cost GBP2.7bn - SMMT

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

UK trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says any imposition of tariffs resulting from Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) could add GBP2.7bn (US$3.4bn) to the cost of vehicles.

Detroit show world premieres list - Toyota Camry

1 December 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Toyota Motor Sales USA has confirmed that the next generation Camry will have its world premiere at the NAIAS.

Nissan reveals impact of autonomous vehicles

1 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The real financial and social impact of autonomous driving vehicles on European roads has been revealed for the first time, Nissan Motor claimed, as it unveiled what it claims is "one of the most comprehensive studies ever compiled on the subject".

Toyota launches free smartphone navigation app

1 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the launch, in Japan, of its TC Smartphone Navigation app which will include aerial photographs of disaster areas in the route history map display in the case of large-scale disasters such as the earthquakes and tsunamis which regularly strike the country.

Ford to step up AV testing in Europe in 2017

1 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford has announced that the European testing of its autonomous cars will start on public roads in 2017.

BMW begins 7-series assembly in Indonesia

1 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

BMW has begun local assembly of its flagship 7-series model in Indonesia in anticipation of the government’s plans to scrap import duties on car components.

Nissan targets growth with 'hyper-personalisation'

1 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor is preparing to launch a big aftermarket offensive in Japan by offering its customers a wide range of personalisation options to help drive up revenues.

UK's SMMT says Brexit "must be respected"

30 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

British trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), says the UK's decision to pull out of the European Union (EU) "must be respected" as the tortuous jockeying for political positions enters its crucial stage.

New Ford Fiesta delayed until July 2017

30 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Ford has revealed the eighth generation Fiesta to 2,500 onlookers at a special event inside its Niehl plant. The Cologne factory will be the lead global manufacturing location but the company has admitted to just-auto that production will not commence until July.

SMMT president reiterates single market plea

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has urged government to develop its industrial strategy with successful sectors, and to put an immediate focus on automotive priorities post-Brexit.

Ford's Fields puts faith in US 'right policies'

30 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

As speculation swirls over the incoming US president-elect's administration's policies on international trade, Ford CEO Mark Fields has told just-auto that he expects the 'right policies' to be pursued in areas such as tariffs.

JLR to build redesigned Discovery in two plants

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will build the redesigned Land Rover Discovery at two European plants - at 'the home of Land Rover' in Solihull, near Birmingham in the UK and the planned new plant in Nitra, Slovakia.

Chery-Jaguar Land Rover JV plans factory expansion

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plans to expand production capacity, according to a local media report.

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