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COMMENT - Lotus and a new beginning. Again?

28 June 2017 | Ian Adcock

The deal is done. DRB-Hicom Berhad has signed an agreement for China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) to take a 49.9% equity stake in Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton). DRB also sold its stake in Lotus to ZGH (with a minority held by Etika Automotive). Ian Adcock considers the future for Lotus.

New G01 BMW X3 outgrows the Audi Q5

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has revealed the new X3 to the media at an event in South Carolina. The G01 series version of this Spartanburg-made SUV is not only 61mm longer than the F25 X3 which it replaces but is also larger than the rival Audi Q5.

Are three cylinders enough for the Hyundai i30?

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It’s been six months since series production of the new i30 started in Europe. Hyundai’s regional sales performance reflects the arrival of this fresh C segment hatchback, ACEA data showing an 8.2 per cent rise in May when the market rose by 7.6 per cent.

JLR's big hire - the week

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Just what an embattled prime minister kicking off Brexit negotiations needed this week - one of the home team announcing it's going to need 5,000 more people here in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover company plans to hire 1,000 electronics and software engineers as well as 4,000 additional personnel, including in manufacturing, and it already employs 37,000.

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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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Qoros finds new investor

28 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Investment firm Quantum and Wuhu Chery Automobile Investment Co Ltd have agreed to sell a controlling stake in their Shanghai-based car-making joint venture Qoros Automotive Co Ltd to an undisclosed Chinese investor, according to local reports.

Goodwood FoS world premieres - Aston DB11 V8

28 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place in south east England from 29 June-2 July. A round up of world debuts will be published on Monday 3 July. Here below is what has been announced so far. Added today are the Aston Martin DB11 V8, a link to a video of the Jaguar Project 8, and facelifts for two Maseratis.

VW Slovakia strike ends as union accepts offer

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Slovakia's six-day walkout by thousands of staff has ended with workers returning to work after an improved offer by the automaker.

Volvo Cars and Autoliv team up with NVIDIA on AD

27 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars and Autoliv have announced that they will work with NVIDIA, the AI and visual computing company, to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars.

Volkswagen wants younger and leaner management

27 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Volkswagen brand says it is continuing to boost productivity and on the path to a younger and leaner management tier as part of a move to a more performance orientated corporate culture.

Germany plans new emissions testing body

27 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The German government is planning to set up a new organisation to test vehicle emissions and bolster consumer confidence following a loss of trust following the VW 'dieselgate' scandal, according to reports.

SEAT reveals MQB A0-based Arona SUV

27 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SEAT's Arona SUV has been officially revealed to the media ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt IAA in September.

Aston Martin delays electric RapidE until 2019

27 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Aston Martin is to build 155 units of the RapidE, a plug-in version of the now seven-year old Rapide hatchback. The firm will work with Williams Advanced Engineering to bring the car to production in 2019.

Daihatsu targets Brazil in partnership with Toyota

26 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Daihatsu Motors plans to launch small and compact cars in Brazil market as part of a broader strategy of expanding its collaboration with its parent company Toyota Motor in emerging markets worldwide.

Ford Brazil first to launch 1.5 litre I3

26 June 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Ford Brazil is launching a new, 1.5 litre, three cylinder, flex fuel engine in the updated EcoSport. Internally known as Dragon, the engine initially will come from Ford India, where it is in production but not used in any locally produced model but the Brazilian powertrain plant in Taubaté, 146km/91 miles east of São Paulo City will eventually produce it as a replacement for the current four-cylinder, 1.6-litre Sigma motor.

Mitsubishi Motors targets 40% growth by 2019-20

26 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Mitsubishi Motors aims to increase global production by at least 40% to 1.5m vehicles by the 2019-20 financial year compared with less than 1.1m units in the last fiscal year.

Tata denies plans to list JLR

26 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Indian conglomerate Tata Group is said to be considering an initial public offering (IPO) for its Jaguar Land Rover subsidiary, according to reports in India citing unnamed sources.

Autonomous Volvo prototypes befuddled by kangaroos

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo Cars is finding that kangaroos in mid-jump befuddle the XC90 autonomous drive prototypes it is testing in Australia.

IAA world debuts - BMW X3 official details

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has announced official details of the new X3, having shown the new SUV to the media at an event at its US plant on 26 June. The public debut will take place at the IAA.

Jaguar delivers on 300PS petrol Ingenium promise

26 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As promised, Jaguar is introducing an yet powerful 300PS Ingenium petrol engine to its XE and XF saloons and F-Pace SUV models.

Mercedes Bremen plant now building E-Class cabrio

26 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Series production of the latest E-Class cabriolet has started at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. Market launch is in late summer 2017.

Five Volkswagen I.D. electric cars coming - report

23 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A Dutch website has published what appears to be a Volkswagen presentation which details plans for the I.D. range of electric cars. According to a slide, there will be five EVs for various regions between 2019 and 2022.

New Nissan Leaf EV will have ProPilot Assist

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan has released an image of its upcoming, redesigned all-electric Leaf's instrument cluster showing ProPilot Assist technology, its new driver-assistance technology claimed to reduce "the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving".

Daimler powertrain workers want EV assurances

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Electrification plans for upcoming new vehicle models are causing some industrial niggle at a Daimler powertrain plant.

Tesla eyeing Shanghai for new assembly plant

23 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tesla is considering a location in the Shanghai area for a plant to serve the Chinese market, according to reports.

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