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Ford's future models and platforms

In contrast to the Volkswagen Group, TMC, GM, HMG, Renault-Nissan-AvtoVAZ-MMC, Honda Motor, FCA and other major OEMs, Ford Motor Company wil...

What does 'Brexit' mean for the auto sector?

In the end it was a narrow result, but the UK’s voters have voted to leave the European Union. What are the implications for the automotive...

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Our Man's in Russia this time

Barely had our business/components/supply chain editor Simon Warburton, liberally fuelled by glutinous rice balls he helped make, touched ba...

Why raising UK local content won't be easy

Back in the 1980s when Nissan started to assemble the Bluebird (Ford Sierra fighter) model in the UK, there was much head scratching over th...

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

UK minister puts tariff-free EU trade as priority 30 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

The UK’s Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, has told an auto industry conference in London that retaining tariff-free access to "markets that are so important to the British automotive industry" is "top of my list".


UK car industry ‘robust and ready for challenges’ 30 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

The SMMT’s chief executive Mike Hawes has said that the UK automotive sector is in a good place to withstand the challenges ahead following the referendum decision for the UK to leave the EU.


UK car manufacturing up 26% in May 30 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

UK car output was up 26.4% to 150,802 vehicles in May according to data issued by the SMMT.


Porsche Panamera debuts MSB platform & V8 diesel 29 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

The second generation Porsche Panamera has been shown to the media. As well as being the first model for MSB, a Volkswagen Group RWD/AWD architecture, the new hatchback sees the arrival of a fresh V8 diesel engine, now compliant with the latest EC emissions legislation.


Sales down but Nissan sets May output record 29 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor said global production in May increased 0.4% year-on-year to 435,938 units, the fourth consecutive month of increase and a record for the month.


Airbumps for PSA project B618 - next Citroën C3 29 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

The next Citroën C3 has been shown to the media at a special event ahead of its public debut at the Paris motor show show in the autumn. Developed on PSA's elderly PF1 platform using the B618 project code, the new model sports an evolution of the C4 Cactus' Airbumps.


Inteva opens new Mexico interiors plant 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Inteva Products is expanding its global manufacturing capabilities with a new 300,000-square-foot facility in Guanajuato, Silao, Mexico.


Shocked CLEPA to discuss Brexit in Madrid 27 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

European supplier body, CLEPA, says it is "shocked" by the UK's decision to split with Brussels after last week's (23 June) referendum, which saw Britain vote to leave the 28-State strong organisation.


"No trade barriers" says FKG amid Brexit fallout 27 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Scandinavian supplier association, FKG says the UK's shock vote last week (23 June) to exit the European Union (EU)  should not trigger tariff impositions as the impact from the decision continues to reverberate around the Continent. 


VDA warns against post-Brexit customs barriers 27 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Germany's automotive manufacturing and supplier body, VDA, is cautioning against any European Union (EU) imposition of customs barriers following the UK's decision to exit the Brussels association.


Daimler's Bremen plant starts Mercedes GLC product 27 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Production of the new GLC Coupe has started at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.


Toyota opens first GD diesel engine plant in India 27 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota Industries Engine India (TIEI), a joint venture between the local Kirloskar Systems (KSL) and Japan's Toyota Industries Corporation has opened a new diesel engine plant at Jigani Industrial Area, Bengaluru.


Export demand boosts Brazil automakers recruitment 24 Jun 16

Fernando Calmon

Following BMW, which will begin X1 SUV exports from its Brazilian assembly plant to the US next month, three other automakers have decided to hire temporary workers to help fill new orders from overseas due to increased competitiveness following devaluation of the Brazilian real versus the US dollar.


Financial bodies comply with norms - Iran Bank 24 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Iran's Central Bank says it, as well as the country's financial institutions, are compliant with international norms.


More private investment needed-Iranian Ambassador 23 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Iran's Ambassador to Russia is calling for more private businesses to become involved in his country as the post-sanctions landscape starts to open up real possibilities for overseas companies.


Volvo starts V90 production 23 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has started production of its V90 premium estate at Torslanda, Sweden.


Volkswagen kills Jetta Hybrid citing low demand 23 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

A spokesman for Volkswagen of America has told just-auto that the Jetta Hybrid is being discontinued. The car was built at Puebla in Mexico, mainly for the US market.


AvtoVAZ announces new board members 23 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ has unveiled the composition of its new board members today (23 June) at its annual general shareholder meeting.


Iran lauds new business climate as PSA deal inked 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Iran's Industry Minister has delivered a tub-thumping series of reasons why Western operations should consider reviving old ties or starting new ones in the post-sanctions era.


Hyundai and Kia units consolidated in China 22 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Group has recently (re)merged separately run Hyundai and Kia units into one in China, according to a Korean report.

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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