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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Ford sets out its stall

16 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A big event this week was Ford's Investor Day on Wednesday. I know when I'm beat so we called on our resident economist and just-auto chief Dave Leggett to do the preview followed by an interesting reports on profit forecast and exciting news of autonomous vehicle goals by 2021 which is only five years away. There's more to come, too.

Volkswagen Caravelle - taking the fifty grand bus

14 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has dipped into its heritage with a new edition of the Caravelle. Two-tone paint and chrome-effect wheels are links to the split-screen Type 1 model of the 1960s. Yet at a recommended retail price of GBP53,610 (US$70,727), this is not quite the affordable converted van of yesteryear.

Lexus - future model plans and platforms

5 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Will Lexus ever catch the German Big Three brands in worldwide sales? Toyota's luxury brand won't be doing that in the next few years. Instead, it needs to expand into many new segments.

VW fires warning shot across supplier bows?

26 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's major row with two of its suppliers for the past week or so concerned a relatively small dispute with component manufacturers, but was still deemed sufficiently serious to attract the attention of the Economics Ministry in Berlin.

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Interview with Vauxhall MD Tim Tozer

17 September 2015 | Dave Leggett

General Motors' UK operations' chief is Vauxhall MD Tim Tozer. He tells just-auto about the brand's high hopes for the new Astra and the resurgence of the UK manufacturing plant that makes it (one of two in Europe).

Q&A: Kia MD sees 100,000 sales in UK

23 July 2015 | Glenn Brooks

There years ago this month Paul Philpott became the managing director of Kia Motors for the UK and Ireland. This followed a stint at Kia Motors Europe (KME) in Frankfurt and prior to that, senior roles at Ford of Britain and Toyota GB.

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Jeep launches new 'global' Compass in Brazil

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Jeep has started production of the redesigned Compass at FCA’s Brazil assembly plant in Goiana, Pernambuco and introduced the new model there.

NSK plans new transmission plant in Mexico

27 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

NSK has announced that NSK-Warner K.K. (NWC), an equity method affiliate, has decided to establish a new plant in Mexico.

PSA looks to 1,000-fold increase in 3D technology

26 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says personalisation of future models will be enhanced by the use of techniques such as 3D printing, whose influence will increase a thousand-fold by 2020 at the automaker.

just-auto Plus only Bosch commissions second Life project facility

26 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

What should be done with still-usable batteries at the end of their life cycle in electric vehicles The Battery 2nd Life project organised by Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch merges them into a large...

just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces new Indonesian facility

26 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone), on 23 September, 2016, announced that subsidiary PT. Bridgestone Astra Indonesia (BSAI) held a grand opening ceremony for its new manufacturing plant in...

Constellium supplies body sheets to Peugeot 3008

26 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Constellium is to supply aluminium crash management systems and automotive body sheets for the new Peugeot 3008, which will be unveiled at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show.

Stamping plant problems shut down VW Golf build

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has halted production of the Golf hatchback at its core Wolfsburg factory for three days because of technical problems at a stamping plant.

MG axes Longbridge 'assembly' after five years

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

MG is to stop making cars at its Longbridge plant near Birmingham, central England and will move production to China, media reports said.

Toyota West Virginia plant gets $400m spend

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has marked 20 years of West Virginia plant production with the announcement of a US$400m spend at the powertrain factory.

just-auto Plus only Tenneco supplies exhaust systems for Ford trucks

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tenneco, a global supplier of clean air and ride performance products and systems, is supplying the 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 medium duty trucks. These commercial-grade trucks are currently in...

just-auto Plus only SRG Global opens world headquarters in Michigan

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

To officially mark the opening of its new world headquarters in Troy, Michigan, SRG Global, a Guardian company, on 19 September, 2016 held an opening ceremony for the employees, representatives...

SAP and Bosch work together on industrial data

21 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

German-based business software giant SAP and Bosch are planning to work closely together on connected vehicles and industrial machines over the internet. It’s part of an initiative in Germany to improve connectivity and standards involving equipment in use and manufacturing infrastructure, with implications in automotive components manufacturing.

Audi opens topcoat paint shop at Ingolstadt plant

21 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Audi has put a new topcoat paint shop into operation at its plant in Ingolstadt.

China's LeEco raises $1bn for electric sportscar

21 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Chinese internet media company LeEco has raised just over US$1bn in an initial fundraising round for its electric sportscar project that aims to rival Tesla Motors, according to local reports.

just-auto Plus only Hanon Systems completes 25 years in Hungary

21 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hanon Systems Hungary Kft., an affiliate of Hanon Systems, is celebrating 25 years producing thermal and energy management solutions for the automotive sector. Located in the city of...

just-auto Plus only Fuso premiers all electric eCanter at IAA show

21 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Fuso is presenting the third generation of the world's first all-electric light-duty truck, in the guise of the eCanter, at the Daimler stand in hall 14/15 at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles...

just-auto Plus only Bosch expands its footprint in Southeast Asia

21 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

With a population of more than 600m, Southeast Asia offers the Bosch Group excellent business opportunities. The leading global provider of technology and services is present in all ten ASEAN...

just-auto Plus only American Honda launches 2017 HR-V crossover

21 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The stylish and versatile Honda HR-V crossover vehicle, the 2016 Green SUV of the Year, adds a new colour for 2017 was launched on 20 September, 2016, with a manufacturer's suggested retail...

GM Canada strike averted after union agrees deal

20 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Canadian auto workers union Unifor said a strike at General Motors plants had been averted, after around the clock negotiations, as Unifor "reached a framework with General Motors that sets a pattern in Detroit Three negotiations".

Toyota to offer night-only shifts in Japan

20 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is planning to introduce night-time only shifts in Japan as part of a review of shift-patterns that allow for ‘family friendly’ daytime-only shifts for workers with children.

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