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PSA-Opel/Vauxhall deal raises Brexit concerns

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

We could see a framework deal for Peugeot's acquisition of GM's Opel/Vauxhall operations by the end of this week. The two are clearly at an advanced stage in the discussions and are reportedly at the point of putting a value on the deal.


ANALYSIS - Citroën future models part 2

21 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the third of five features in a series which examines the current and future models for Groupe PSA's passenger car brands. Following on from a look at DS, and then at the A-to-E segment sedans, hatchbacks and estates of the Citroën brand; the division's next electric models, SUVs and monospaces are explored below. Peugeot, the subject of the final two chapters, will follow in the coming days.


Does Grandland X mean the end for Vauxhall Zafira?

20 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

General Motors Europe will be having a busy 2017, rolling out not only the new Insignia in no less than four body styles, but two new SUVs, the Crossland X and larger Grandland X. So does the latter take over from the similarly sized Zafira Tourer? Not at all, insist both Opel and Vauxhall.


PSA eyes Opel - the week

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

It would be fair to say la merde a frappé le ventilateur when news broke - on Valentines Day, no less, that Opel was on the block. Again. With the French automaker PSA in the frame this time. We have been here before.


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Tivoli is driving SsangYong forward - UK MD

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

SsangYong UK managing director Paul Williams tells just-auto that the Tivoli compact SUV is changing perceptions of the brand.


VW Car-Net – an ecosystem of connected services

16 February 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Volkswagen’s Car-Net platform provides a variety of in-vehicle internet-based services, including remote vehicle access, roadside assistance, diagnostics and maintenance, and the ability to set speed and boundary alerts. To find out more, we caught up with Dr Marcus Heitmann, general manager for Volkswagen Car-Net.

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BMW and Mobileye working on crowd sourcing sensor

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW Group and Mobileye have announced they have signed an agreement to crowd source data for high definition maps that will be needed for autonomous driving.


Unite urges UK PM to support Vauxhall jobs

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

British labour body, Unite, is urging the UK government to match any political or financial commitment made by Berlin or Paris to Opel plants as PSA Groupe pushes the possibility of creating "a European champion with French-German roots."


Toyota introduces new exhaust purifying catalyst

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has announced the commercial availability of a new, smaller catalyst that it says uses 20% less precious metal in approximately 20% less volume, while maintaining the same exhaust gas purification performance.


BMW in UK faces pension row dispute

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

A dispute over changes to worker pensions at BMW in the UK - potentially affecting workers at its MINI and Rolls-Royce assembly plants - has yet to be resolved following talks between the company and the Unite union earlier this week.


Geneva show debuts list - Range Rover Velar

22 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Land Rover has announced the Range Rover Velar, Aston Martin will reveal the Vanquish S and Dacia will premiere a Stepway version of the Logan MCV at the Geneva motor show.


Nissan wants monthly 'Happy Friday' early finish

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan will introduce a workplace improvement initiative called "Happy Friday" in Japan, in which all employees working outside the company’s manufacturing plants will be encouraged to leave the office at 15:00 on the last Friday of every month.


Mercedes confirms Russia car plant

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz is to create a new plant to make cars in the Moscow Region of Russia from 2019.


PSA chief meets with Opel Works Council

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA executives, led by CEO Carlos Tavares, have met with labour union representatives and the Opel/Vauxhall European Works Council for discussions on the potential acquisition of GM's Opel/Vauxhall operations by PSA Group.


PSA and Geely bid for Proton - reports

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA Group and China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have reportedly submitted bids to buy a stake in loss-making Proton.


FAW and Dongfeng in advanced R&D alliance

21 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s FAW Group Corporation and Dongfeng Motor have signed an agreement to set up a jointly-owned R&D centre focused on the development of advanced technologies such as fuel cells, smart connectivity and lightweight materials.


Toyota/Shell to add fuel cell stations in Calif.

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has posted a Notice of Proposed Award (NOPA) outlining subsidies to support hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in California.


PSA's Tavares to meet UK PM on Vauxhall concerns

20 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA chief Carlos Tavares will meet with UK prime minister Theresa May to discuss the planned acquisition of General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall operations as fears rise over the implications of a deal for the company's two British Vauxhall plants.


VW Group worldwide sales down 4% in January 2017

20 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

VW Group has said that its global sales turned down in January, as lower sales in China followed a tax change there and the timing of the Chinese new year.


Honda targets strong growth in Malaysia

20 February 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Honda Malaysia plans to introduce four new models this year to help lift domestic sales to over 100,000 units, according to CEO Katsuto Hayashi.


Mitsubishi Philippines begins Mirage G4 production

20 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced that production of the Mirage G4 (Philippine market name; Attrage in some other markets) has started at the vehicle assembly plant of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC).


FCA US recalls AWD cars to replace propshaft bolts

20 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

FCA US LLC is recalling an estimated 69,298 full-size, all-wheel-drive cars in the US to replace their front propshaft bolts.


GM CEO wants Opel independent after sale to PSA

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Opel should remain an independent company with current management in place after a possible sale to PSA Peugeot Citroën, GM CEO Mary Barra has insisted in negotiations with the French company.


UK union requests ugent PSA CEO talks

17 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

British union leaders are requesting urgent talks with the CEO of PSA Groupe as speculation grows any new Franco-German alliance could be at the expense of future UK commitments.


Ford nixes human intervention on driverless cars

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford, having noted engineers monitoring self-driving cars are dozing off, has decided to remove the steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedals from its driverless cars arriving in 2021, a media report said.


Toronto motor show - world debuts list

17 February 2017 | Glenn Brooks

There were just two world premieres at the 2017 Canadian International Auto show.



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