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Maserati future models - a global analysis

1 December 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The third instalment in just-auto's analysis of FCA's passenger car brands' model lines is a focus on Maserati. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, followed by an examination of Ferrari's plans. Features on Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep will be published soon.


Ferrari future models - global analysis

30 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The second part of just-auto's series concerning FCA's passenger vehicle brands centres on Ferrari. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, with features on Maserati; Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep to follow.


Can the new Ateca SUV make SEAT self-funding?

29 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Profitable at last, could SEAT one day become self-funding? That’s what it has to do but to get there, higher-margin models are needed. The new Ateca is the first of these.


Alfa Romeo future models - a global analysis

28 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

FCA is the latest OEM to have its current and future models put under the microscope for examination. The first brand in this series is Alfa Romeo. Features on Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Ferrari & Maserati; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep, will follow over the coming weeks.


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Industry 4.0 and how it will transform automotive

14 November 2016 | Calum MacRae

Industrie 4.0 is the trending "buzz terminology" in the manufacturing sector - with BMW and Daimler among many prominent proponents - and encompasses the digitalisation of industry value chains. just-auto’s Calum MacRae caught up with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl of the Fraunhofer IPA, who is one of the world’s foremost experts on Industrie 4.0, to find out what the implications are likely to be for the automotive sector.


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.

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Chrysler builds last 200

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

FCA US built the final Chrysler 200 on Friday, having announced the model's demise back in July, along with plans to spend US$1.48bn at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan to retool for the redesigned Ram 1500 pickup truck "and support the future growth of the Ram brand".


Chrysler starts building Pacifica Hybrid

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

FCA has started production of the US industry's first electrified minivan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.


Ballard Power supplies Riga fuel cell buses

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Ballard Power Systems has inked a Long-Term Sales Agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach headquartered in Poland, for the sale and supply of fuel cell modules to support deployment of Solaris fuel cell buses in Europe.


Post-Brexit tariffs could cost GBP2.7bn - SMMT

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

UK trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says any imposition of tariffs resulting from Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) could add GBP2.7bn (US$3.4bn) to the cost of vehicles.


BMW begins 7-series assembly in Indonesia

1 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

BMW has begun local assembly of its flagship 7-series model in Indonesia in anticipation of the government’s plans to scrap import duties on car components.


UK's SMMT says Brexit "must be respected"

30 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

British trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), says the UK's decision to pull out of the European Union (EU) "must be respected" as the tortuous jockeying for political positions enters its crucial stage.


New Ford Fiesta delayed until July 2017

30 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Ford has revealed the eighth generation Fiesta to 2,500 onlookers at a special event inside its Niehl plant. The Cologne factory will be the lead global manufacturing location but the company has admitted to just-auto that production will not commence until July.


JLR to build redesigned Discovery in two plants

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will build the redesigned Land Rover Discovery at two European plants - at 'the home of Land Rover' in Solihull, near Birmingham in the UK and the planned new plant in Nitra, Slovakia.


Chery-Jaguar Land Rover JV plans factory expansion

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plans to expand production capacity, according to a local media report.


Quattro renamed Audi Sport

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Quattro, established in Neckarsulm in 1983, is now operating as Audi Sport. Headed by Stephan Winkelmann, this fully owned Audi subsidiary currently has around 1,200 employees.


just-auto Plus only Solvay certifies SGPPL, Minhang plant

30 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Solvay, a leading global supplier of high-performance polymers, has added the Minhang (Shanghai) China manufacturing site of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, seals, as a qualified injection...


Mazda begins 2017 CX-5 production at Ujina

29 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor has started production of the redesigned 2017 CX-5 crossover SUV at its Ujina Plant No. 2 near the company's global headquarters in Hiroshima.


Audi starts scanner-glove use for Ingolstadt CKD

29 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Audi has introduced scanner-gloves at its plant in Ingolstadt, with components dispatched using the ProGlove Mark with its embedded barcode scanner.


just-auto Plus only TMC Japan sales down 1.1% in October 2016

29 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyota Motor Corporation announces its production, domestic sales, and export results for October 2016, including those for subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor and Hino Motors. October...


Ashok Leyland acquires three Nissan JVs

28 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Ashok Leyland has completed the acquisition of Nissan's stake in each of the three joint ventures formed between the two companies, namely, Ashok Leyland Nissan-Vehicles, Nissan-Ashok Leyland Powertrain and Nissan-Ashok Leyland Technologies.


just-auto Plus only VW Group/Sovac join to produce models in Algeria

28 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 27 November 2017, the Volkswagen Group signed a contract for vehicle assembly in Algeria. In the presence of the Algerian Minister of Industry Abdessellam Bouchouareb, Dr. Josef Baumert, member...


just-auto Plus only FHI Japan sales up 15.4% in October 2016

28 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) on 25 November 2016 announced production, Japan sales and export results for October 2016. Domestic production: October 2016 - 62,983 units; YoY change...


Trump trade stance a 'big issue', FCA chief warns

25 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

US president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign remarks on international trade, especially NAFTA, have prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne to express concern over the potentially adverse impact for his company's North American operations.


just-auto Plus only Suzuki Japan sells 48,257 units in October 2016

25 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Suzuki on 25 November 2016 reported October 2016 automobile production, Japan sales, and export figures (preliminary) Production Japan production:...


just-auto Plus only Nissan global sales up 4.5% in October 2016

25 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nissan Motor on 25 November 2016 announced its production, sales and export figures for October 2016. 1. Production - October Nissan's global production in...



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