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What's with this Brexit thing, Watson?

28 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Brexit has been in the news again this week, its implications stretching far and wide, sometimes confounding expectations. On the plus side, the UK economy is performing relatively well according to the latest data. In the auto sector, there was also the welcome announcement from Nissan that it will invest in future new models at Sunderland.

Model year 2017 V40 and future Volvos

28 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Four years on from its release, the V40 has come in for some styling changes and other revisions. Such has been the car's success in the C-premium segment, it's hard to believe this model was derived from the low volume C30, itself a vehicle that used a lot of Ford technology from the 2000s.

Driving the McLaren 650S Spider

27 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The 650S Spider isn’t the fastest car that McLaren Automotive has made during its five years of existence; that title belongs to the limited build P1. Yet it is quicker than the ballistically rapid BMW V12-powered F1.

Volkswagen - future model plans & platforms

25 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The future model strategy for the VW brand is explored here in this, the first of a series concerning the Volkswagen Group's passenger car brands. The other chapters will be a focus on Audi; then SEAT and Škoda; with Porsche, Lamborghini and Bugatti the subjects of the fourth and final installment.

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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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Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant to produce electric car

28 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz says the first production model of the new EQ product brand is to be produced in Bremen by the end of this decade.

FCA building new Mopar PDC in Michigan

28 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

FCA US has announced a US$10.4m investment in a new Mopar Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) located in Romulus, Michigan. The new facility will encompass 500,000 square feet and more than 100 workers. Preliminary construction work has already begun on the new Metro Detroit PDC.

New Volkswagen Atlas & Teramont SUVs

28 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen of America has released details and images of the Atlas, a 5m-long SUV to be manufactured at Chattanooga. Its Chinese market counterpart, the Teramont, has been simultaneously revealed by SAIC Volkswagen.

Ford Smart Mobility appoints new VP AV Solutions

28 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford Motor Company announced on 27 October 2016 the appointment of Laura Merling as vice president, Autonomous Vehicles Solutions, of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Ford’s subsidiary working to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services. Merling will report to Jim Hackett, Ford Smart Mobility LLC chairman, and be based in Palo Alto, California.

Nissan confirms future models for UK plant

27 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has announced that it will produce the next Qashqai and will also add production of the next X-Trail model at its Sunderland, UK, plant.

Loss-making Tata Nano should be shut down - Mistry

27 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Cyrus Mistry has hit back at his sudden removal as chairman of the board at Tata Sons this week. In an open letter to the board, he expresses his shock at the 'invalidity and illegality' of the move and says that the board 'has not covered itself in glory'.

Volvo Car Group Q3 profit up 62%

27 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Car Group, the premium car maker, has reported third quarter operating profit of SEK2,067m (US$231m) compared to SEK1,276m in the same period last year and a year-on-year increase in revenue to SEK41.1bn from SEK36.1bn previously. The operating margin for the Geely subsidiary rose from 3.5% in the third quarter of 2015 to 5% in 2016.

Guangzhou show - Citroën C-Elysée facelift

27 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

DPCA, the joint venture between Groupe PSA and Dongfeng Motor, will reveal facelifted versions of the Citroën C-Elysée and Peugeot 301 sedans at AutoGuangzhou 2016.

Toyota recalls 340,000 Prius models worldwide

27 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor announced this week it is recalling 340,000 electric-hybrid Prius passenger cars worldwide because of defects with the hand-brake/parking brake.

GM/IBM partner over OnStar Go mobility platform

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

General Motors and IBM on have announced a partnership to bring OnStar and IBM Watson together to create OnStar Go, the "auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform".

GM to take $400m Brexit hit in H2

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

It is emerging that General Motors' European operations are being hard hit on the bottom line by the adverse economic consequences of the UK's decision to leave the EU. The sizeable headwinds will make it difficult for GM to reach breakeven in Europe this year, something it said it was on track to do at the end of the first half.

Strikes drag Hyundai Motor profits down

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has posted third quarter financial results that show a decline in profit to its lowest level in nearly four years, the company's results weighed down by strikes that hit production.

Geneva motor show - first world premiere announced

26 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Opel/Vauxhall is the first OEM to announce a vehicle world premiere for the 2017 Geneva motor show.

Detroit show - BMW G30 5 Series world premiere

26 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

BMW is the first OEM to confirm that it will have a world premiere at the 2017 Detroit auto show.

CES 2017 - Faraday Future to reveal electric SUV

26 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will host multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Faraday Future is the first company to have announced a debut for the event.

VW gets final approval of the 2.0L TDI settlement

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen has got the final approval of the 2.0L TDI 'dieselgate' settlement in the US. Under the settlement, affected owners receive the pre-scandal trade-in value of their vehicle and an additional $5,000-$10,000 compensation.

PSA records Q3 revenue down 5% to EUR11.4bn

26 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA has recorded Group Q3 revenue down 5% to EUR11.4bn, while the first nine months saw revenue fall to EUR39.2bn, compared with EUR40.1bn last year.

Renault Q3 revenue up 13% to EUR10.5bn

26 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Groupe Renault has unveiled third quarter revenue up 13% to EUR10.5bn (US$11.5bn) due mainly to Europe's continuing strong performance.

GM doubles net income in Q3

25 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

General Motors has reported a doubling of net income in the third quarter to US$2.8bn (up 104% and a new record) as it continued to benefit from strong truck demand in the US as well as buoyant vehicle sales in China.

Why did Tata Sons board sack Cyrus Mistry?

25 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The sudden dismissal of Cyrus Mistry as chairman of the board of Tata Sons has led to much speculation about why he was ousted. Reports in the Indian media mostly centre on the belief that the group's board had become unhappy with Mistry's initiative of downsizing the conglomerate by aggressively disposing of unprofitable businesses.

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