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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.

How Buick could push Toyota out of China's top 3

21 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Buick cars and light trucks are the focus of the second feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors.

ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Having just announced a facelift for the two-door 2 Series cars and a 6 Series GT as well as an 8 Series concept, there has also been news for the 4 Series, in the form of a mid-cycle restyle. That includes the fastest open-top variant, the M4 Convertible Competition.

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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.

Citroën will adapt for success in UK market - MD

19 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Bek Hassan, Managing Director - Citroën & DS Automobiles UK, talks to just-auto about the opportunity ahead for the two brands in the UK car market, despite current 'challenging times'.

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BMW invests in contract manufacturing firm

28 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW's i Ventures subsidiary has announced a strategic investment in Xometry, a US-based on-demand manufacturing platform that access across multiple sectors to a nationwide network of manufacturing facilities.

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.

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.

just-auto Plus only NGK begins new automotive sensor plant in Thailand

27 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NGK Spark Plug Company Limited(chairman, president, and CEO: Shinichi Odo, headquarters: Nagoya, hereafter NGK Spark Plug) is pleased to announce that it will establish a new production plant in...

just-auto Plus only Axalta opens new coatings facility in Argentina

27 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Axalta Coating Systems a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, celebrated its first production and logistics centre in Argentina in the municipality of Escobar (province of Buenos...

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.

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.

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.

just-auto Plus only Toyoda Gosei to expand production facilities

26 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyoda Gosei will enhance production capacity for plastic fuel filler pipes in Japan and the US to meet growing demand for lightweight parts that contribute to better environmental performance of...

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.

WannaCry virus stops Honda plant for a day

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor said it halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network.

just-auto Plus only BASF begins operations at Schwarzheide site

22 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 21 June 2017, BASF put the expanded compounding plant at BASF’s Schwarzheide site in Germany into operation. With the expansion of the plant up to 70,000 tons more Ultramid (PA: polyamide)...

Honda UK plant to expand export business

21 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda in the UK is planning to further expand the export business of its UK manufacturing plant at Swindon (HUM - Honda UK Manufacturing).

just-auto Plus only Magneti/FUDI open new JV lighting plant in China

21 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Automotive Lighting, the Magneti Marelli division dedicated to car lighting, and Changchun Fudi Equipment Technology Development (FUDI), a Chinese investment company with activities in the...

UK local content rising in UK car build

20 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Automotive Council, a joint UK auto industry and government organisation setting strategic direction for the UK automotive sector, says that the level of UK parts content is continuing to rise.

Ford US to import Focus from China instead

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said its next-generation Focus for the US would be sourced primarily from a joint venture in China, instead of Mexico, saving an additional US$500m on top of the $500 million savings announced earlier this year by cancelling plans for a new factory in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and moving production to the Hermosillo, Mexico, plant.

Slovak PM storms into VW strike backing wage hike

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Slovakia's Prime Minister has waded into the start of today's (20 June) strike by Volkswagen workers at its Bratislava plant by publicly backing the mass walkout.

UK Automotive calls for "business as usual"

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The UK automotive industry has called on the government to seek an interim arrangement with the EU that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU is negotiated and implemented. 

Daimler starts construction of Russian plant

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has started construction of a EUR250m fully flexible passenger car assembly plant in Russia where it has so far concentrated on commercial vehicle production (partnerships with GAZ and YaMZ).

IAC opens India engineering centre

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

IAC has opened an engineering centre in Pune, India as well as holding the groundbreaking ceremony for a manufacturing site within General Motors' new supplier park in Arlington, Texas.

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