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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Interesting, interesting...

If I had to think of one adjective to describe this week's autobiz news, 'interesting' is as good a fit as any. Bit of this, bit of that....

COMMENT: FKG keeps ears on the track in Gothenburg

Last week saw Scandinavian automotive supplier body FKG's Annual Forum in Gothenburg, bringing together more than 400 component producers, p...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mitsubishi's top-selling PHEV

Ping goes the inbox. A welcome new email comes from our colleagues at JATO Dynamics with the latest eight-month YTD European PHEV sales data...

COMMENT: Sweden looks to warm up emerging markets

It's as if the Cold War never went away....

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Peugeot CEO Maxim Picat (Part 2) 10 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

In the second and final part of an interview with Maxim Picat, the head of Peugeot explains why the brand cannot launch a low-cost model, and details plans for new energy cars.


INTERVIEW: Peugeot CEO Maxim Picat (Part 1) 10 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Can Peugeot become a near-premium brand, in time? CEO Maxim Picat believes it can. Here, he discusses progress on future vehicles and powertrains, and challenges the suggestion that rivals for Dacia and Renault's Logan and Sandero are needed.

Latest News

Ford Q3 pre-tax profit plunges $1.4bn 24 Oct 14

Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor Company on Friday (24 October) reported 2014 third quarter pre-tax profit down $1.4bn year on year to $1.2bn though it was nonetheless the automaker's 21st consecutive profitable quarter.


Honda imports Civic Si coupe from Canada 24 Oct 14

Fernando Calmon

Making use of its new 9,600 units a year quota limit for additional IPI excise tax exemption, Honda is, for the first time, importing the Civic Si 2-door coupe version - from Canada.


Former PR executive claims Ford bugged his phone 24 Oct 14

Chris Wright

Former Ford PR chief Jason Vines, a key lieutenant of CEO Jacques Nasser at the time, says the company bugged his telephone during the company's 2001 Firestone tyre crisis.


Mazda starts 2 production in Mexico 24 Oct 14

Chris Wright

Production of the redesigned Mazda 2 (Demio in Japan) has started at the automaker’s new plant in Mexico.


Nissan recalls 260,000 cars over Takata airbags 24 Oct 14

Graeme Roberts

In the latest development in the Takata airbag saga, Nissan Motor said it is recalling 260,000 vehicles globally due to a defect in driver-side air bags made by the supplier.


LA DEBUTS: BMW X5 M & BMW X6 M 24 Oct 14

Glenn Brooks

Various world premieres for the 2014 LA international auto show have been announced, and others will follow. Ongoing updates are being made to the list ahead of the 18 & 19 November media preview days.

Latest blogs

JLR and NA plant: it makes business sense 24 Oct 14

Dave Leggett

Making cars where you sell them makes sense on a number of grounds. It can be a way to save on shipping costs, exploit lower manufacturing costs, avoid import tariffs and reduce exchange rate risks.


250,000km off-road in a Benz G-Class 14 Oct 14

Glenn Brooks

A German couple have just handed over Otto, their trusty 300 GD, to the Mercedes-Benz museum. What makes Otto so special? Read this and find out.

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