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ANALYSIS - Diesel & hybrid to come for Honda Civic

24 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2SV series Civic currently being rolled out across European markets is a crucial car for Honda Motor Europe. The division saw its regional market share slump to just one per cent in Q1. The good news is that the tenth generation model is a big improvement on the outgoing 2HC.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is.

ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 1

20 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the first of two features which looks at the future models of the Nissan brand. Here, the focus is on cars, from Kei-class to Luxury, along with the 370Z/Fairlady Z and GT-R sports cars. The final part in the Nissan Motor Company series will examine Nissan brand crossovers, SUVs, MPVs, pick-ups, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI

18 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SUVs and crossovers might be stealing sales from many two-door cars but that doesn't mean premium-priced models are disappearing. Far from it. Audi continues to respond to the challenge of strong competition from the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé by rolling out multiple derivatives of the new A5 range.

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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'.

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.

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Mitsubishi inaugurates new plant in Indonesia

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in Indonesia that will employ 3,000 workers and produce 160,000 units a year at full capacity.

Toyota to announce Thai investment

25 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota is expected to announce a major investment in its Thai passenger car business next month, according to local reports citing the country’s deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

Valmet on recruitment drive

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Valmet Automotive has begun its recruitment drive to meet additional workload requirements prompted by a new manufacturing agreement with Mercedes signed last month.

Go Auto and Great Wall to build plant in Malaysia

24 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s Go Auto Group plans to spend MYR2bn (US$455m) on a plant in Gurun in Malaysia’s Kedah state by 2021 with its Chinese partner Great Wall Motors.

2017 Auto Shanghai motor show world premieres

24 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai 2017 did not disappoint, with a vast number of concept, prototype and production model world debuts. The most important vehicle premiere will probably prove to be the Wuling Hong Guang S3, this being the first SUV for the number one brand in the world's largest market.

Korean regulator targets importer practices

24 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

South Korea's antitrust regulator wants local units of foreign cars and dealerships to revise their 'unfair policies' on refund and maintenance services to their customers.

just-auto Plus only SEAT to further invest in Ibiza/Arona development

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

SEAT has allocated EUR900m to investments and R&D expenses on the new Ibiza and Arona. Company president Luca de Meo made this announcement during the visit to the carmaker’s Martorell...

just-auto Plus only Hella to build lighting production plant in Wuqing

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hella-BHAP Lighting, a Joint Venture between lighting and electronics specialist Hella and Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts (BHAP), a subsidiary of the BAIC Group, is further expanding its...

just-auto Plus only BASF implements modern production tech at Nienburg

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, announced the mechanical completion of a significant investment at its adsorbents production site in Nienburg, Germany. Two new state-of-the-art...

Venezuela seizes GM factory

20 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors reportedly said Venezuelan authorities had illegally seized its factory in the industrial hub of Valencia and vowed to "take all legal actions" to defend its rights.

China premium car market growth ahead - Audi

20 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

China's premium car market will grow by around half over the next decade, according to remarks made in Shanghai by Audi CEO Rupert Stadler.

Lincoln adds models for China market growth

20 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ford's premium Lincoln brand is targeting more volume growth in China on the back of new model introductions for the market.

Kia to build 300k plant in India

19 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Kia Motors is close to announcing a major investment in a new vehicle assembly plant in the southern Indian state of Andra Pradesh, according to reports in India and South Korea quoting government and company sources.

Volvo will build first all electric car in China

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars will build its first fully electric car in China, the company announced on Wednesday at Auto Shanghai in China.

IAA world debuts - Opel Grandland X

19 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Opel has revealed details of the Grandland X well in advance of its world premiere at the Frankfurt IAA in September.

just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi Motors transfers RVR production

19 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced on 18 April 2017 that it has decided to transfer production of the RVR (or ASX / Outlander Sport in some markets) compact SUV from its Okazaki Plant to...

Nissan Brazil Kicks off local production

18 April 2017 | Fernando Calmon

In the day by day activity at the Nissan Brazil manufacturing plant, 162km/100 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro City, AGVs, or automatically guided vehicles, tiny, self-guided robots pull different parts carts and trolleys, driving through corridors while playing a selection of up to eight songs.

Maruti Suzuki eyes 1.7m capacity this fiscal year

18 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Indian market leader Maruti Suzuki will have a combined production capacity of around 1.7m units this financial year (to 31 March, 2018) as it heads towards the 2020 target of 2m.

Honda UK aims for 18% output gain this year

13 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda's UK manufacturing plant at Swindon - the sole global source for the new 5-door Civic - is aiming for production of 165,000 units in 2017, some 18% ahead of last year.

Russia bangs import substitution drum - DLA Piper

13 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Global law firm, DLA Piper says Russia is focused on addressing the needs of the country's automotive industry in a plan designed to boost the sector until 2025 using a combination of incentives and import substitution initiatives.

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