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ANALYSIS - Jaguar takes on Porsche with F-PACE

For too many years, those running Jaguar listened to ‘experts’ who said an SUV would dilute its image. What nonsense. Now, as the leaping ca...

General Motors' platform strategy decoded

In the past, General Motors never seemed able to have all its divisions acting in sync. Costs skyrocketed as platforms were re-engineered fo...

ANALYSIS - 2016 Fiat 500X

FCA’s strategy of creating two distinct products in the B-SUV/crossover segment is paying major dividends. The strength of Renegade sales in...

FCA Windsor plant retooled after 10m minivans

Fiat Chrysler Autos' Windsor Assembly plant (WAP) in Ontario, Canada, has built over 10m of the 4.3m Chrysler minivans sold to date. The pla...

Latest Interviews

Interview with Vauxhall MD Tim Tozer 17 Sep 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 Jul 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.

Latest News

Exports behind April UK car output surge 25 May 16

Graeme Roberts

UK car manufacturing continued to make significant gains in April, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) as 149,334 units were built in the month, a 16.4% increase on April 2015, marking the ninth consecutive month of growth.


Romanian PM asks Ford for more 25 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Romania’s prime minister Dacian Ciolos has asked Ford to develop and expand its production in Romania.


UK CV export output declines in April 25 May 16

Graeme Roberts

British commercial vehicle (CV) production is holding steady in 2016, despite a marginal decline in output of -0.9% in April to 8,548 units, with overall growth of 0.4% to 32,187 in the first four months of the year, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data.


Subaru plans wider development links with Toyota 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Fuji Heavy Industries, which will officially change its name to Subaru Corporation on 1 April, 2017, as part of a plan to increase the recognition of the Subaru brand, will deepen the product development partnership forged with fellow Japanese automaker Toyota Motor, Fuji president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said in a recent interview with The Nikkei.


Romanian car sales rise as local output slows 20 May 16

Graeme Roberts

New passenger car sales in Romania rose 9.4% year on year in the first four months of 2016 to 28,000 units. But local car production went down 6.4% on lower domestic sales and exports, according to the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA).


Elio and Linamar team up on engine plan 18 May 16

Dave Leggett

Elio Motors, the start-up vehicle manufacturer planning to launch a USD7,000 three-wheeled vehicle that will get up to a claimed 84 mpg, has signed a Letter of Intent with Linamar Corp, a powertrain development and production company.


SAIC to go ahead with second Thai MG plant 17 May 16

Tony Pugliese

SAIC Motor-CP Company, the Thai joint venture between China’s SAIC Motor and the local Charoen Pokphand Group, plans to go ahead with a second plant in Thailand, according to local reports quoting company sources.


Renault's Curitiba plant to assemble Brazil Kwid 16 May 16

Graeme Roberts

The Kwid will be assembled in Brazil by Renault's Ayrton Senna industrial complex in Sao José dos Pinhais (state of Parana), the automaker announced.


BMW's Indian plant assembles 50,000th car 16 May 16

Graeme Roberts

BMW's Chennai plant has assembled its 50,000th car - a 7 Series.


BMW Brazil to export X1 SUVs to US 13 May 16

Fernando Calmon

BMW's Araquari assembly plant in the state of Santa Catarina will begin exports of 10,000 units of the X1 small SUV to the US in July.


NEVS acquires 50% of New Long Ma facility 13 May 16

Simon Warburton

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formally signed the contract to acquire a stake in the New Long Ma manufacturing company in Fujian.


Russian market to pick up in 2017 - EY 12 May 16

Simon Warburton

Russian analysts say domestic sales will continue to fall this year, but expect the situation to improve in 2017, when demand is forecast to pick up.


Honda formally opens innovative Prachinburi plant 12 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda Automobile (Thailand) (HATC) on Thursday (12 May)  held the opening ceremony for its new plant located at Rojana Industrial Park in Prachinburi province. The new plant, with flowing cell production system, will supply Thailand and Asia-Pacific markets primarily.


Russia Lada sales rise for first time in two years 12 May 16

Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ says Lada sales have increased in Russia for the first time in two years, with April seeing a 7.8% rise compared to 12 months ago and 10.7% more than in March.


Nissan UK plant makes 50,000th Leaf and batteries 11 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan's UK plant in Sunderland has built its 50,000th Leaf EV.


Toyota opens US$170m Brazil engine facility 11 May 16

Simon Warburton

Toyota do Brasil LTDA (TDB) has opened its new US$170m engine manufacturing facility in the city of Porto Feliz, creating 320 direct jobs.


Saipa talks JV with PSA as Iran potential emerges 10 May 16

Simon Warburton

Saipa says discussions are "under way" to start production in a joint venture with PSA Groupe as yet further fruits of the recent sanctions lift against Iran become evident.


Mexico to supply Brazil Nissan Kicks to start 9 May 16

Fernando Calmon

Nissan has chosen Rio de Janeiro City for the global première of its compact, daringly-styled Kicks compact crossover which, it said, embodies a strong personality and is focused on details, especially aerodynamic features.


Honda Alabama starts on redesigned Ridgeline 6 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) has marked the start of production of the redesigned 2017 Ridgeline pickup truck, on-sale soon at North American dealerships.


A Ford first - 10-speed automatic for 2017 F-150 5 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford said its 2017 F-150 pickup truck line, produced in multiple assembly plants primarily for North America, will have more torque and better from a second generation, 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine and 10-speed transmission.

Latest blogs

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),


Russian resilience will see it through crisis 18 Mar 16

Simon Warburton

I was talking to someone who works for the British Embassy in Moscow at the Russian Automotive Forum's (RAF) Cocktail Reception and we got on to why there were no British suppliers at the event.

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