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Non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And how about the supposed fact that to pull in big worldwide sales and profits, a car company must also be in the US market? Škoda breaks these and many other rules.


ANALYSIS - Volvo V90 Cross Country

10 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Will people in the US take to the V90 CC? That's the key question for a model which replaces the XC70, a car that Audi went after with the A6 allroad, and now Mercedes-Benz wants in on the action too.


Why the Jeep Wrangler is a cash machine for FCA

6 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

There are certain cars that just keep on selling, no matter what their age. The Wrangler is about to enter its tenth year of production and yet sales keep rising. As was the case in 2016, production looks like being in excess of 250,000 units in 2017 too.


ANALYSIS - Holden's future under GM and Groupe PSA

5 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Over the last five years, GM has slipped from second place in Australia to its current fourth position. General Motors Holden fears that with the closure of only car plant near Adelaide in October, the brand could slide further.


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AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.


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'.

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Oxford likely to win BMW Mini EV assembly deal

24 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The 'traditional' BMW Mini assembly plant in Cowley, near Oxford, is looking increasingly likely to win the contract to build the all-electric E version, a UK media report said.


Why Kia won't be building the Stonic SUV in Europe

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Due to the ongoing surge in sales of the Sportage, Kia Motors Europe will not manufacture the Stonic, another, albeit smaller SUV, at its Žilina plant in Slovakia.


Kia, GM Korea workers vote for strike action

21 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Workers at Kia Motors in South Korea this week voted in favour of strike action after wage negotiations with the company broke down.


IAA world debuts - Kia Sorento facelift

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors has just revealed a mid-life facelift for the Sorento SUV in the South Korean market. Its motor show debut will take place at the Frankfurt IAA.


Renault order pledge throws lifeline to GM&S

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault says it has made major commitments to the mooted buyer of parts producer, GM&S as the embattled supplier looks to stave off potential liquidation.


PSA/Renault up GM&S stakes beforeTribunal verdict

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Renault have dramatically upped their financial commitments to threatened stamping supplier, GM&S, offering to guarantee EUR50m (US$58m) of orders each for the next five years in order to avoid the component producer facing liquidation.


Hyundai starts production at new Chinese factory

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor has commenced production at its fifth passenger car assembly plant in China.


just-auto Plus only Grammer Schmölln plant produces 10m headrests

20 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Headrest production at Grammer AG – a global supplier of interior fittings for passenger vehicles and seating systems for commercial vehicles – has reached an important milestone at the...


Hicom doubles capacity with new paint shop

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Malaysia's DRB-Hicom Bhd this week began operating a new paint shop at its vehicle assembly plant in Pekan, in Pahang state.


JLR chief lauds Tata Technologies relationship

18 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover says its relationship with Tata Technologies is "close" as it leverages the engineering services company's competences in myriad disciplines.


Nissan UK plant trains South African colleagues

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shop floor supervisors from Nissan Motor's South African assembly plant in Rosslyn now undergo training at the automaker's flagship Sunderland plant in the UK, and over 40 local employees have completed the course, a top executive revealed.


Jaguar to build E-Pace in China

17 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Having announced more details of the upcoming E-Pace compact SUV, and that it will be assembled for most markets under contract by Magna Steyr, Jaguar said the car would will also be manufactured at the Chery Jaguar Land Rover plant in Changshu "exclusively for Chinese customers" with sales starting in China in 2018.


just-auto Plus only Honda presents 2018 Accord

17 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda on 14 July 2017 showcased a new direction for America's retail best-selling midsize sedan with the world debut of a more stylish, sporty and premium 2018 Honda Accord that launches this...


Magna Steyr announces Jaguar E-Pace Job One timing

14 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Now details of Jaguar's new E-Pace SUV, and its manufacturing location are officially out of the bag, contract assembler Magna Steyr has confirmed production start timing.


Wuling launches Confero MPV in Indonesia

14 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China's Wuling Motors launched commercial production at its newly built vehicle assembly plant in Indonesia this week, two years after construction began.


just-auto Plus only Faurecia opens new seating plant in Morocco

14 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Faurecia opened a new seating plant in Morocco on 13 July 2017. The official inauguration ceremony in Salé was attended by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister for Industry, Trade, Investment and...


just-auto Plus only Constellium delivers its 10 millionth part to Ford

14 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Constellium is proud to announce that it has delivered its 10 millionth part to Ford Motor Company. A provider of aluminium structural components for the Ford F-150 and Super Duty trucks,...


just-auto Plus only Benteler opens new plant in Brazil

14 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Benteler Automotive improves proximity to a key customer by opening its new plant in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil. On 12 July 2017 James Sheehan, COO Benteler Automotive and Emerson Galina,...


Magna Steyr to contract assemble Jaguar E-Pace SUV

13 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' premium automobile brand Jaguar got right to the point when unveiling the new E-Pace compact SUV at a media technical briefing today (13 July) in London: they're not going to make it.


GAZ aims for major export push to double markets

11 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group says it is looking to double export markets to 90 countries within five years as it looks overseas to shore up sales in what has been somewhat of a fragile domestic economy.



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