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VW fires warning shot across supplier bows?

26 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's major row with two of its suppliers for the past week or so concerned a relatively small dispute with component manufacturers, but was still deemed sufficiently serious to attract the attention of the Economics Ministry in Berlin.

Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.

Is Vauxhall car making in the UK doomed?

22 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Is Opel/Vauxhall's announcement of production cuts in Germany affecting UK-bound cars the General Motors Europe's unit's way of warning us the sole remaining GM car plant in England is at risk? Or is this simply, as a Vauxhall spokesman told just-auto, a prudent automaker looking ahead, foreseeing an inevitable sales decline and making a measured plant output adjustment in full cooperation with all affected parties? I'll go with the latter. For now.

Baleno - Suzuki's first mild hybrid for Europe

16 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

CO2 emissions of 94g/km and official EC consumption numbers of up to 70.6mpg are impressive numbers for a four-metre long five-door diesel hatchback. But Suzuki Europe's newest model, the Baleno, is powered exclusively by petrol engines and those are its numbers.

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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).

Q&A: Kia MD sees 100,000 sales in UK

23 July 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.

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VW - "fundamental interest" in supplier relations

26 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen insists it has a "fundamental interest in maintaining long-term and stable relations with suppliers," following resumption this week of components to the automaker after a dispute which threatened to disrupt work at six German plants.

just-auto Plus only Honda announces expansion of South Carolina plant

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda of South Carolina Mfg on 25 August 2016, announced new investment of US$45m in a 115,000 square foot expansion and innovation project designed to meet growing demand for Honda side-by-side...

just-auto Plus only OHAP rolls off new Ford Super Duty chassis cabs

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The new F-Series Super Duty chassis cabs rolled off the assembly line a week ago at Ohio Assembly plant, and brought together the entire OHAP family. “The reason I’m here is...

just-auto Plus only Bosch expands its technical centre in Plymouth

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Michigan governor, Rick Snyder joined Plymouth Township supervisor Shannon Price, Robert Bosch, president Mike Mansuetti and other Bosch executives on 24 August, 2016 for a ribbon-cutting at the...

UK car output continues to grow

25 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

The latest data of UK car manufacturing shows that output is continuing to grow in 2016. According to SMMT data, July marks the 12th consecutive month of growth for UK car makers, with output up 7.6% to 126,566 units.

Berlin hails supplier deal reached with Volkswagen

25 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Germany's Federal government has welcomed the agreement reached between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers, which threatened production at six of the automaker's domestic sites.

Valmet says Uusikaupunki ready for Mercedes GLC

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Contract vehicle assembler Valmet Automotive said paint process and the assembly shop changes needed to build the Mercedes Benz GLC SUV at its Uusikaupunki plant had been completed.

Romanian car output drops in 2016

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Car output in Romania dropped by 8.2% in the first seven months of the year due to a lack of new models, a local report said.

German supplier body draws lessons from VW dispute

24 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Germany's  Association of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) says the bitter dispute between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers this week has the potential for "substantial, subsequent effects."

Saxony PM 'discomforted' by VW supplier situation

24 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Lower Saxony Prime Minister, Stephan Weil says he continues to feel a "little discomfort" surrounding the way this week's dispute between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers has been handled.

Opel Russelsheim starts updated Zafira production

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The first updated Opel Zafira has been built in Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant. Production started with a red unit with OPC line package, equipped with AFL LED technology (adaptive forward lighting) and radar-based adaptive cruise control.

just-auto Plus only Honda updates on Kumamoto factory production

24 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda Motor has been making a company-wide and all-out effort to resume production at its Kumamoto Factory affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. As per the original target to restore the plant...

VW supplier dispute ends after major disruption

23 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Niedersachsen's regional government has confirmed to just-auto the damaging dispute between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers has finally ended, after days of significant disruption to the automaker and its staff..

Hannover "very concerned" at VW supplier row

23 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

A German regional government responsible for the area where Volkswagen is headquartered, said it was "very concerned" as the current bitter dispute between the automaker and two of its suppliers entered its second week. It was finally settled after all-night talks in Germany.

Citing Brexit, GM's Opel reduces working hours

22 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors' European unit Opel/Vauxhall is scaling back working hours at two German plants due to lower demand for the Corsa and Insignia models, citing Britain's recent 'Brexit' vote to leave the European Union.

just-auto Plus only Schaeffler expanding production capacity in China

22 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Schaeffler Group signed a cooperation agreement with a visiting delegation from the Hunan provincial government on 17 August 2016 at Anting, the headquarters of Schaeffler greater China. Under...

just-auto Plus only Brose breaks ground for Queretaro, Mexico plant

22 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Brose North America, a technological leader in mechatronics - the integration of mechanics, electrics and electronics - recently held a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for its new 56,000...

Ford extends GT production run

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Performance announced at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance it would add two more years of production for the new carbon fibre GT supercar. The announcement followed letters sent to potential customers notifying them of their application status to purchase one of their own, with more than 500 of those coming from the UK alone.

Supplier shortages slow VW German output

18 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen said production at its largest factory had been curtailed in some areas because of a supplies shortage caused by a parts maker refusing to keep to delivery commitments.

just-auto Plus only Hella’s plant rolls off ten millionth radar sensor

18 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The light and electronics expert Hella has been producing radar sensors in the 24GHz narrow-band range for more than a decade. A few days ago, the ten-millionth sensor left the electronics plant in...

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