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SUVs rule the roost - the week

21 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

There's no sign yet of any let-up in the popularity of SUVs. Large, small, medium, compact, crossover, they just keep on a-coming. Case in point: in just the last week or so we've had the chance to look over one brand-new model and one substantial redesign.

Non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And how about the supposed fact that to pull in big worldwide sales and profits, a car company must also be in the US market? Škoda breaks these and many other rules.

Will GM regret the shrinking of Chevrolet?

18 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

GM has consolidated operations and withdrawn its Chevrolet brand from a number of markets as part of a strategy to focus activity where it turns a profit. There's a clear short-term benefit to the bottom line, but will it be regretted in the long-term as rivals are left to exploit new opportunities in emerging markets?

Volvo's hand-me-down little sister - the XC60

17 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

In many ways, the fully redesigned Volvo XC60 SUV/crossover is a bit like a little sister inheriting a hand-me-down dress from big sister - the older sibling gets all the praise at the time of the first-time reveal; but the younger, in the elder's shadow, still looks just as nice. In this case, big sister is the XC90, launched to considerable acclaim - was it really two and a half years ago already? And now comes little sis XC60 in much the same dress but cut to a smaller size with a few stylish tweaks just for the newer generation.

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14 June 2017 | Chris Wright

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.

AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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Nissan US launches new driver assist system

21 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan North America has demonstrated its ProPilot Assist technology to media. The demo cars were Rogue SUVs (sold as X-Trail elsewhere). The system will be available in the US later this year and, after region-specific fine tuning, is due in the UK and Europe in the English-made Qashqai from next autumn. It will also be offered in the recently updated European X-Trail, and the redesigned Leaf due out soon.

Why Kia won't be building the Stonic SUV in Europe

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Due to the ongoing surge in sales of the Sportage, Kia Motors Europe will not manufacture the Stonic, another, albeit smaller SUV, at its Žilina plant in Slovakia.

JLR opens Chery JV China engine plant

21 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover has opened a Chinese engine plant as part of its RMB10.9bn (US$1.6bn) joint venture with Chery Automobile to manufacture the Ingenium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine for future Chery JLR vehicles.

Kia, GM Korea workers vote for strike action

21 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Workers at Kia Motors in South Korea this week voted in favour of strike action after wage negotiations with the company broke down.

IAA world debuts - Kia Sorento facelift

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors has just revealed a mid-life facelift for the Sorento SUV in the South Korean market. Its motor show debut will take place at the Frankfurt IAA.

Renault order pledge throws lifeline to GM&S

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault says it has made major commitments to the mooted buyer of parts producer, GM&S as the embattled supplier looks to stave off potential liquidation.

PSA/Renault up GM&S stakes beforeTribunal verdict

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Renault have dramatically upped their financial commitments to threatened stamping supplier, GM&S, offering to guarantee EUR50m (US$58m) of orders each for the next five years in order to avoid the component producer facing liquidation.

Volvo Cars and Chinese parent Geely plan new JV

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars announced it would set up new joint venture technology company with its Chinese car group parent Geely Holding.

Hyundai starts production at new Chinese factory

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor has commenced production at its fifth passenger car assembly plant in China.

Geely's Volvo Cars first half profit up a fifth

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely Holdings' premium Volvo Cars unit booked a healthy rise in operating profit in the first half of 2017 despite ongoing heavy expenditure on new models such as the XC60 SUV.

Volvo group Q2 2017 sales rise

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Truck, bus and construction equipment maker Volvo Group said it had increased both sales and profitability during the second quarter of 2017.

Daimler to 'recall' 3m diesel cars in Europe

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler is to spend EUR220m updating 3m Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe in what it terms "voluntary service actions". It also plans to speed up the launch of a new line of diesel engines for its passenger models.

Hicom doubles capacity with new paint shop

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Malaysia's DRB-Hicom Bhd this week began operating a new paint shop at its vehicle assembly plant in Pekan, in Pahang state.

Porsche CEO hints at dumping diesel

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Soon after news the Stuttgart prosecutor's office was eyeing workers at Porsche and a US subsidiary for suspected fraud and false advertising related to diesel emissions, the automaker's CEO said it might eventually axe diesel engines.

SolarCity founder exits Tesla

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive is leaving Tesla, according to a media report.

JLR chief lauds Tata Technologies relationship

18 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover says its relationship with Tata Technologies is "close" as it leverages the engineering services company's competences in myriad disciplines.

Mitsubishi to launch new crossover MPV

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said its new small crossover MPV would make its global debut at the Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) next month.

Nissan UK plant trains South African colleagues

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shop floor supervisors from Nissan Motor's South African assembly plant in Rosslyn now undergo training at the automaker's flagship Sunderland plant in the UK, and over 40 local employees have completed the course, a top executive revealed.

Chrysler uses Sesame Street to plug Pacifica

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Chrysler this week took up the perfect product placement opportunity to pitch its US market minivans at kids who might persuade parents to buy one.

Tantech takes majority slice of Chinese EV maker

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tantech Holdings has completed the acquisition of 70% equity interest in Suzhou E Motors, a specialty electric vehicles and power batteries manufacturer based in Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province.

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