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Driving the new Q30, and Infiniti future models

It's been a long time coming but finally European car buyers are becoming aware of Infiniti. The Q30 is the reason why brand sales were up b...

Brexit could lift UK auto production – Asian view

The automotive industry in Asia is busy weighing up the implications of last month’s decision by the UK to leave the EU - whether the outcom...

Rise of the manufacturing ‘bots - Comment

Thoughts this week are with the clever technology that is gradually changing the world of manufacturing....

Ford and Lincoln future models into the 2020s

In the final part of just-auto's in-depth look at Ford Motor Company's future models and architectures, the spotlight is on the firm's high...

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

Nissan Kicks making world debut in Olympics Brazil 26 Jul 16

Fernando Calmon

Nissan has really needed something different to boost its sales in Brazil where it both imports or manufactures locally the vehicles it sells.

FCA US to spend $1.5bn at Sterling Heights 26 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

FCA US said it would 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".

Nissan US adds XD and Single Cab to Titan line 26 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan's US unit has added new XD and Single Cab versions to its Titan full-size pickup line.

General Motors re-thinks India strategy - report 25 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

General Motors officials have said the automaker is re-evaluating its planned US$1bn spend to date in India and has put on hold moves to bring a new car platform to the country.

Volkswagen emissions scandal hits Porsche SE 22 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

'Special items' totalling EUR2.2bn on Volkswagen AG's first half 2016 books, due to costs associated with the diesel emissions scandal, would have a "negative effect" on fully year group results for Porsche SE, the Stuttgart-based sports car and luxury SUV maker said, adding its full year, group profit after tax forecast nonetheless remained unchanged.

Global OEM powertrain JVs 'essential' for China 22 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

China is the largest passenger vehicle market in the world in terms of both production and sales volumes and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking to harness the potential of this vast market by rolling out new and improved powertrains, according to a new report.

BMW now building 1 series sedan in China 18 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture had added the 1 series sedan to its locally-built range, saying the premium compact car segment is the fastest growing segment both in China and worldwide.

China's Future Mobility targets expanding EV sales 18 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

Future Mobility, a Chinese electric-vehicle (EV) start-up established at the beginning of the year, plans to launch a premium car model by 2020 that will compete with existing global vehicle manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Toyota and Honda UK factories ‘at risk’ - study 15 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Several UK car factories face an uncertain future following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, according to PA Consulting Group research.

Turbocharging I3s a growing trend in Brazil 15 Jul 16

Fernando Calmon

Turbo charging a one-litre, three-cylinder engine is a growing trend here in Brazil.

FCA to retool Illinois and Ohio plants 15 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

FCA said it would spend more than $1bn on its assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio to retool them for Jeep models. Up to 1,000 new jobs could be created.

Ford Cologne trials co-bots to fit Fiesta shocks 14 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

New collaborative robots – or co-bots – are being used to help Ford workers in Germany fit shock absorbers to Fiesta cars, a task that requires pinpoint accuracy, strength and dexterity. Employees work hand-in-hand with the robots to ensure a perfect fit.

Supplier bankruptcy could disrupt GM output 13 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Reports in the US suggest that a supplier to General Motors that filed for bankruptcy protection last week could lead to widespread disruption of production at GM plants in North America.

No summer hols for Skoda factory overhaulers 13 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Škoda is using three weeks of production downtime in July to carry out extensive maintenance and modernization of three Czech production sites.

China rise to come from Tier 2 cities 11 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Significant growth in China's cities is likely to come through second and third tier centres as the country swiftly looks to become a 30m vehicle market in the next few years.

Honda begins Acura production in China 11 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

Honda Motor began production of its premium-branded Acura vehicles in China for the first time last week.

Porsche eyes healthy profit margin 11 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Porsche aims to keep its profit margin running at a double-digit percentage of sales in the coming years, benefiting from more efficient production while boosting spending on its first all-electric car, chief executive Oliver Blume has said.

GM/NASA robot glove finds automaking applications 8 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Robotic glove technology developed out of a partnership between General Motors and NASA for use on the International Space Station is finding new life on earth in health care, manufacturing and other industrial applications though a licensing agreement between GM and Bioservo Technologies AB, a Swedish medical technology company.

Porsche opens new V8 plant 8 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Porsche has opened a new engine plant at its main site in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen where 400 workers produce around 200 V8s a day after a EUR80m spend.

Jaguar Land Rover most exposed by Brexit – Fitch 7 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

The Fitch ratings agency says that Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is the automotive group most at risk of revenue and earnings pressure due to the so-called Brexit referendum result for the UK to leave the EU.

Latest blogs

White nights and networking in St Petersburg 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

So another St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has flashed by in its usual white blur of back-to-back press conferences and some of the highest level networking I've ever seen.

Colossal China powers on 8 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

I'm starting to get a small idea of the scale of things here in China, but really, I'm only scratching the surface of this vast country.

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