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Ford opts for presentational change

23 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

The more I look at it, the harder I am finding it to understand the rationale for change at the top of Ford Motor Company. I am concluding, at this point, that it is perhaps more rooted in presentation than substance.


ANALYSIS - future Mercedes-Benz SUVs

22 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the fifth of six features examining the current and future models of Daimler brands. Its focus is on Mercedes-Benz crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. The final feature will be on electric vehicles.


The week - retrenchment at Global Motors

19 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Signs are that GM, sometimes referred to as 'Global Motors', is having a strategic rethink and tactically withdrawing from markets where the chances of making a decent buck, and consequent return to investors, are slim. Only recently, The General finally threw in the European towel: after years of good effort but continuing losses, it announced in March - eve of the Geneva show, no less, it would sell the loss-making European Opel operations to PSA Group in an EUR2.2bn deal expected to close by the end of this year. This week, GM announced cuts to its international operations which it said would save it around US$100m a year.


ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-Benz cars

18 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Mercedes-Benz Cars remains locked in battle with BMW and Audi for the title of the world's number one premium passenger vehicle brand. The Daimler division has launched multiple additional vehicles in recent times and more are planned. Existing plants are being expanded and new ones are on the way in Mexico and Russia.


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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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GM&S workers hold breath as French State steps in

23 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

France's Economy Minister has confirmed he asked Renault and PSA Group to increase their orders to ailing supplier, GM&S in a move which could see the stamping operator evade liquidation.


GMSA union sees 600 jobs gone by July

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has said up to 600 workers at General Motors SA are set to lose their jobs by July, out of a total of 1,500.


FOMM to build EV plant in Thailand

23 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Japanese electric vehicle developer FOMM Corporation plans to assemble electric vehicles in Thailand from next year.


IAA world debuts - Renault Mégane R.S.

22 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Yet another car has been added to just-auto's Frankfurt motor show world premieres list: the Renault Mégane R.S.


Lexus starts on hand crafted Europe export LC

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The first of Toyota's new Lexus LC luxury coupes for UK and Europe export went into production today (22 May) on an exclusive new assembly line in Japan.


just-auto Plus only MMC's Shenyang JV produces five million engines

22 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced on 19 May 2017 that cumulative engine production reached five million units at Shenyang Aerospace Mitsubishi Motors Engine Manufacturing (SAME),...


just-auto Plus only Freudenberg building new facility in India

22 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Freudenberg, the global technology group continues to expand its activities in Asia. The Group will start with the construction of a new production facility in autumn 2017 in Chennai, India,...


just-auto Plus only Lanxess expands its flame retardant production

22 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Speciality chemicals group Lanxess has announced the successful completion of a project which increases the capacity of its Emerald Innovation 3000 flame retardant production unit. The...


Union prepared to detonate bombs in supplier talks

19 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

A union is threatening to blow up the GM&S stamping plant in central France as the clock ticks towards its liquidation next week (23 May) in the face of dwindling orders.


Brazil's Innovar-Auto replacement up for debate

19 May 2017 | Fernando Calmon

With the confusing Inovar-Auto (Innovate-Auto) programme due to end on 31 December 2017, the government has decided to impose a new, longer term directive for the Brazilian automotive industry.


Ford to spend $350m at Livonia transmission plant

19 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced a US$350m spend at its Livonia Transmission Plant, adding a new transmission as part of a plan to fortify its core automotive business.


Hyundai plans two more plants in China

19 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai is reportedly planning to add two vehicle manufacturing plants in China to lift its annual capacity there to around 1.8m vehicles.


just-auto Plus only BBA starts new production plant in China

19 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) on 18 May 2017 opened the newly-built north section of its automotive plant in Dadong/Shenyang, China. The first long-wheelbase version of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan...


PSA not abandoning GM&S as liquidation looms

18 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA says it has other suppliers lined up should stamping supplier, GM&S enter liquidation next week after a fraught stand-off which has seen footage of disgruntled staff destroying plant machinery and attaching gas cylinders to a factory tower.


GM cuts operations in India and South Africa

18 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

General Motors has announced cuts to its international operations which it says will save it around USD100m a year.


Volvo Cars to begin vehicle assembly in India

18 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars is to start vehicle assembly operations in India in 2017, in conjunction with Volvo Group, the truck, bus and construction equipment manufacturer which already builds vehicles in the country.


Ford Cologne plant starts RHD Fiesta production

18 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following on from the start of production of the redesigned Fiesta, Ford of Europe has now begun right-hand drive output in Cologne, Germany.


Steel makes a comeback for next Audi A8

17 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

The body structure for the next Audi A8 amounts to a 'switch back to steel' from aluminium according to steel producer ArcelorMittal.


BMW teams with Delphi as autonomous partner

17 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are to work with Delphi as a development partner and system integrator for their autonomous driving platform.


Renault pledges GM&S work as stand-off continues

16 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault says it will guarantee work for beleaguered stamping supplier, GM&S, but cautions it has alternatives should the company enter liquidation in a dispute which is casting a shadow over newly-elected French President, Emmanuel Macron's first week.



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