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The post-Brexit vote update; we'd like your views

14 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Brexit and its possible effects - good or bad - continues to be very much in the news here in Britain. This week, we heard from the SMMT's chief executive Mike Hawes on the trade association's view of some of the latest developments and the UK auto industry's concerns. We are also conducting a quick survey on the subject of Brexit, looking to get feedback on how business confidence is being impacted and any other views that people may wish to share. If you would like to participate, please do, by following this link - and we thank you for your time.

Driving the 168mph Lexus GS F

14 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Do we think of Lexus as a performance brand? Not usually. The LF-A was a few years ago now and the RC F is rarely seen on British roads. The newest F is the GS and while it will sell in only the tiniest of volumes, BMW and Mercedes-AMG buyers shouldn't dismiss it.

Acura future model plans - a global analysis

13 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The cars part of Honda’s premium brand business continues to be a drag on the success of Acura. Without SUVs in North America and China, the upscale division would be in serious trouble. Clearly, more such models are needed.

BMW 3 Series PHEV & future electric models

7 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Those who doubt the appeal of plug-in hybrids should try the BMW 330e. Instant and abundant torque, a silent surge of electric or petrol turbo power plus low emissions and excellent fuel economy make this the best all-rounder in the 3 Series range.

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SMMT chief bangs EU single market drum - Interview

12 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Speaking exclusively to just-auto, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says the UK auto industry’s interests would be best served by continued membership of the European Union’s single market following the UK’s planned exit from the trade bloc in 2019.

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).

Latest news

Western demand helps Czech car output grow

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Czech Republic car factory output almost reached 1m, a local lobby group said.

Honda to build seventh assembly plant in China

19 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Japan’s Honda Motor confirmed it is finalising plans to build a new passenger vehicle assembly plant in China in partnership with its existing local partner Dongfeng Motor Group, according to reports in Japan citing company executives.

FCA works with CA for IT budget optimisation tool

19 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Italy has implemented CA "Project & Portfolio Management SaaS (CA PPM SaaS)" to plan and control its IT spending, and "increase the company’s agility and responsiveness to the changing IT needs of the company" according to CA.

just-auto Plus only Schaeffler Nanjing opens new production facility

19 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Schaeffler (Nanjing), held an inauguration ceremony on 14 October, 2016, to celebrate the official opening of Hall 3, its new production facility. For Schaeffler (Nanjing), the opening of the new...

Ford slows output at four assembly plants

18 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Barely had furloughed workers at its Flat Rock, Michigan Mustang plant returned to work after a shutdown due to falling demand, Ford announced several more temporary closures in the US and Mexico, saying it had warned previously of such 'production adjustments'.

PSA refutes 2,000 job cuts in France

18 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe is denying reports it is on the verge of axing 2,000 jobs in France next year through a series of voluntary redundancies, although some ambiguity still remains.

São Paulo show - Honda WR-V world premiere

18 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The Honda WR-V has been confirmed as a world premiere for November's Sao Paulo International Motor Show 2016. It will join the Jeep Compass, which will make its public debut at the event, the media preview having already taken place.

just-auto Plus only Solvay to increase sulfone production capacity

18 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Solvay, the leading global supplier of speciality polymers, announced on 17 October 2016 that it expects to increase global production capacity for its high-performance sulfone polymers by more...

just-auto Plus only NSG expanding Maizuru plant

18 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nippon Sheet Glass will install a new high-performance press bending line at the Maizuru plant (Kyoto, Japan) for automotive windscreens, applying its proprietary technologies. The construction...

just-auto Plus only Bridgestone to introduce Examation system

18 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) announced, on 17 October, 2016, that it will introduce its Examation tyre assembling system at its Tatabánya Plant, a passenger car tyre plant in...

VDA chief warns UK auto sector over Brexit terms

17 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

In an interview with the Financial Times newspaper, the German auto industry trade association (VDA) chief has warned that the British auto sector faces decline with output moving to central and eastern Europe if the country loses free and unfettered access to the EU’s single market.

just-auto Plus only Continental opens expanded Czech CV tyre facility

17 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 11 October, 2016, the worldwide premium tyre manufacturer and technology company Continental inaugurated a newly reconstructed truck tyre production hall in its manufacturing facility in...

just-auto Plus only Metaldyne to expand Indiana facility

14 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Metaldyne Performance Group, a leading provider of highly engineered components for use in powertrain and suspension applications for the global light, commercial and industrial vehicle markets,...

just-auto Plus only Isuzu US reveals features of 2018 Isuzu FTR truck

14 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, distributor of America’s bestselling low-cab-forward trucks, on 12 October, 2016, announced key specifications of its all-new entry in the Class 6...

just-auto Plus only Cummins Westport begins ISL G NZ engine production

14 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) today announced that orders are being processed and production of the ISL G Near Zero (NZ) NOx natural gas engine has commenced. The ISL G NZ is the first...

Honda hopes three-plant output will boost CR-V

13 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Honda North America said its redesigned 2017 CR-V, just announced in the US, would be produced for that market at three plants in North America – East Liberty, Ohio; Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and, for the first time, in Greensburg, Indiana using local and overseas sourced parts.

SsangYong to build first overseas assembly plant

13 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

SsangYong Motor Company has signed a letter of intent to establish its first overseas production plant, in China.

Daimler buys site for Polish engine plant

13 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has signing a property purchase agreement for the site of a new engine plant in Jawor, Poland.

Mitsubishi restructures Indonesian distributor

13 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors is restructuring its sales operations in Indonesia.

GM adds third shift and 650 jobs at Spring Hill

12 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors will add a third shift, opening up 650 jobs, at its Spring Hill, Tennessee factory to increase production of the recently launched Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia SUVs.

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