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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Diesel developments

News from Ford of Europe of a brand-new, Euro VI-compliant diesel engine line drew most eyeballs of all just-auto stories this week....

ANALYSIS - 2016 Kia Carnival Platinum

At 5,115m long and 1,985mm wide, the Carnival is just too big for many of Kia’s global markets. That’s a shame as its comfort and handling m...

THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW agrees a deal with the US

The biggest news this week - announced only around beer o'clock last night, UK time, was Volkswagen AG and the US Justice Department reachin...

ANALYSIS - supercharged Jaguar XF

The XE began what is turning out to to be a major sales revival for Jaguar. Now, the addition of the XF is adding momentum - UK market brand...

Latest Interviews

GENEVA - Interview with Opel CEO Neumann 2 Mar 2016

Dave Leggett

General Motors Europe boss has told just-auto that the company is off to a strong sales start as it looks to hit breakeven in 2016. In a wide-ranging interview in Geneva, he also said that Opel is looking to address its weakness in SUVs, is concerned about the UK’s currency movements and believes that Opel should focus on efficiency gains for combustion engines - rather than go for hybrids - in meeting tighter CO2 emission rules.

Detroit interview - Ford CEO Mark Fields 14 Jan 2016

Dave Leggett

Ford’s Fields tells just auto he wants to revolutionise the automotive customer experience.

Latest News

Ford to idle top-selling truck's plant for a week 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor, which announced record quarterly profits on Thursday (29 April), said last night it was idling its F-150 pickup factory near Kansas City for a week in May to rectify a problem preventing the plant from reaching production targets.

Mitsubishi orders plunge in crisis 29 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has revealed that orders for its vehicles in Japan have plunged following its admission that it has committed fuel-economy testing fraud in Japan.

MMNA says US vehicles unaffected by test rigging 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) last night (29 April) said vehicles sold in the United States were not impacted by the fuel consumption testing data irregularities the automaker has admitted to over the past two weeks.

GM injects US$789m into US engine programme 29 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

General Motors is to plough US$788.7m into a new engine programme, as well as projects to modernise vehicle operations at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 jobs and retaining 16 posts.

Ford books record Q1 pre-tax profit 28 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor Company on Thursday (28 April) announced a record quarterly pre-tax profit of US$3.8bn for the first quarter of 2016, up $2.1bn; net income up 113% to $2.5bn, up $1.3bn and after-tax earnings per share of $0.68, excluding special items, up $0.39 year on year. Automotive operating-related cash flow of $2.7bn was also a first quarter record.

JLR achieves aluminium recycling milestone 28 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Just days after its former owner, Ford, announced it recycles as much as 20m pounds of stamping scrap each month using a closed-loop system at its Dearborn Truck Plant, now-Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover said it had reclaimed over 50,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap, the equivalent weight of 200,000 XE body shells, back into the production process during 2015/16.

Honda schedules post-earthquake factory restarts 28 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor said on Thursday (28 April) it would partially resume operations on 6 May at its earthquake-damaged Kumamoto factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture), which had previously been halted until 28 April, while limited mini-car production had resumed at a subsidiary.

FCA to retool Trenton engine plant for new I4 27 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

FCA US has announced a planned spend of US$74.7m at its Trenton Engine Complex in Michigan to retool the north plant to produce a new generation four-cylinder engine (replacing the current 3.6-litre Pentasrat V6), retaining 245 jobs. The engine will be assembled on the flexible production line installed in 2012.

SMMT reiterates backing for UK EU membership 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

UK automotive trade association, SMMT says it firmly believes there is still a "compelling case" for Britain to remain in the European Union (EU).

Resurgent UK opportunity for suppliers - SMMT 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes says the continuing powerful performance of the UK car industry is presenting real opportunities for domestic suppliers.

FCA North America factory rearrangement on target 27 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne has a rearrangement of North American factories to favour truck and Jeep production over car output will be completed by early 2018.

Guangzhou looks to FCA for US entry 27 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

FCA China partner Guangzhou Automobile Group is reportedly looking for help from FCA with its US market entry strategy.

PSA posts Q1 revenue of EUR13bn 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

PSA has recorded first quarter revenue of EUR13bn (US$14.7bn), of which EUR8.8bn was for the Automotive division, an increase of 1.5% at constant exchange rates and EUR4.7bn for Faurecia.

Ford spending $1.6bn on US plants 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford announced on Tuesday it would spend US$1.6bn to upgrade two of its factories in Michigan and Ohio, creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the US.

North America dominates FCA Q1 performance 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has beaten analysts' first-quarter profit forecasts, helped by a strong performance in North America.

Ford launches new EcoBlue 'Euro VI' diesel engine 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced its first new 'EcoBlue' advanced diesel engine which, it said, would "offer optimised fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 and NOX emissions for customers, using sophisticated technologies and innovative design". The new engine line supplements the automaker's established EcoBoost petrol engines and will be used in a wide range of future passenger cars and commercial vehicles, with power outputs ranging from 100PS to 240PS.

MMC improperly tested fuel economy for 25 years 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors reportedly has admitted improperly tested the fuel economy of its cars for the past 25 years, deepening a crisis that has already wiped out half its market value.

Daihatsu takeover brings opportunities for Denso 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation has said a full buy out by Toyota Motor of its mini-vehicle subsidiary Daihatsu Motor was a chance for Japan's largest supplier to expand its product range by making more parts for smaller vehicles.

BEIJING - PSA launches DS 4S premium hatchback 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

PSA Group launched a new model exclusively for the Chinese market at this week's Beijing show - the DS 4S. Designed in France and produced at PSA's Shenzhen joint venture factory, the car is positioned as a 'premium hatchback' in the compact car segment.

Mazda builds 1m MX-5s in 27 years 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation has built over 1m units of the MX-5 (aka Mazda Roadster in Japan; Miata in Japan/US) in 27 years. Mass production started at the automaker's Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989.

Latest blogs

just-auto takes a break 29 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

It is raining and unseasonably cool here in the UK, a sure sign that a national holiday is imminent.

How Fisher Body did it back in the day 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

OK, I know I should get out more, but, as well as being a big fan of current auto manufacturing (BMW is always good for an annual show 'n' tell),

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