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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Diesel developments

News from Ford of Europe of a brand-new, Euro VI-compliant diesel engine line drew most eyeballs of all just-auto stories this week....

ANALYSIS - supercharged Jaguar XF

The XE began what is turning out to to be a major sales revival for Jaguar. Now, the addition of the XF is adding momentum - UK market brand...

ANALYSIS - Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Already produced in two Thai plants and from next year, in Indonesia as well, the Pajero Sport is becoming an increasingly important model f...

THE WEEK THAT WAS - trying Tiguan in Tiergarten

Our in-depth look at the redesigned Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV attracted a lot of reader interest this week. Only seemed it had been out...

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

Ford to idle top-selling truck's plant for a week 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor, which announced record quarterly profits on Thursday (29 April), said last night it was idling its F-150 pickup factory near Kansas City for a week in May to rectify a problem preventing the plant from reaching production targets.

MMNA says US vehicles unaffected by test rigging 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) last night (29 April) said vehicles sold in the United States were not impacted by the fuel consumption testing data irregularities the automaker has admitted to over the past two weeks.

GM injects US$789m into US engine programme 29 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

General Motors is to plough US$788.7m into a new engine programme, as well as projects to modernise vehicle operations at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 jobs and retaining 16 posts.

JLR achieves aluminium recycling milestone 28 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Just days after its former owner, Ford, announced it recycles as much as 20m pounds of stamping scrap each month using a closed-loop system at its Dearborn Truck Plant, now-Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover said it had reclaimed over 50,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap, the equivalent weight of 200,000 XE body shells, back into the production process during 2015/16.

Honda schedules post-earthquake factory restarts 28 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor said on Thursday (28 April) it would partially resume operations on 6 May at its earthquake-damaged Kumamoto factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture), which had previously been halted until 28 April, while limited mini-car production had resumed at a subsidiary.

FCA to retool Trenton engine plant for new I4 27 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

FCA US has announced a planned spend of US$74.7m at its Trenton Engine Complex in Michigan to retool the north plant to produce a new generation four-cylinder engine (replacing the current 3.6-litre Pentasrat V6), retaining 245 jobs. The engine will be assembled on the flexible production line installed in 2012.

Resurgent UK opportunity for suppliers - SMMT 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes says the continuing powerful performance of the UK car industry is presenting real opportunities for domestic suppliers.

FCA North America factory rearrangement on target 27 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne has a rearrangement of North American factories to favour truck and Jeep production over car output will be completed by early 2018.

Ford spending $1.6bn on US plants 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford announced on Tuesday it would spend US$1.6bn to upgrade two of its factories in Michigan and Ohio, creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the US.

Mazda builds 1m MX-5s in 27 years 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation has built over 1m units of the MX-5 (aka Mazda Roadster in Japan; Miata in Japan/US) in 27 years. Mass production started at the automaker's Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989.

GAC Fiat-Chrysler launches Jeep plant in China 25 Apr 16

Tony Pugliese

Fiat-Chrysler has started operations at its new joint venture plant in Guangzhou, southern China.

Japan earthquake halts four GM plants 25 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

General Motors has halted production at four of its North American assembly plants while it assesses the effect on its supply chain from the recent Japanese earthquake.

Daimler "conservative" on DoJ emissions request 22 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Daimler says it is pursuing a "conservative" path of communication surrounding the US Department of Justice (DoJ) request for information regarding exhaust emissions in America.

Ford truck plant recycles aluminium scrap 22 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford, which makes part of its latest F-series pickup trucks out of aluminium said it recycles as much as 20m pounds of stamping scrap each month using the closed-loop system at its Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the top-selling F-150 variants.

Toyota to use ‘biosynthetic rubber’ in hoses 22 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Toyota says that starting next month it will become the world's first automaker to use biohydrin, a newly-developed biosynthetic rubber product, in engine and drive system hoses.

Honda introduces 'flowing cell' production system 21 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor has developed what it claims is the auto industry's first mass production vehicle assembly line with a main line that incorporates a flowing cell production system.

Thai sales drop 2.3% in March 21 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Thailand fell by 2.3% to 72,404 units in March, from 74,117 units a year earlier, according to a monthly report from the Federation of Thai Industries.

Renault aims to double Morocco suppliers by 2023 18 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Renault says it is looking to increase its local supplier content in Morocco from its current 40% to 65% by 2023 as well as add up to a further 30 new component manufacturers to its partners in the kingdom.

Japan quakes could slice JPY30bn off Toyota profit 18 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota's operating profit could be reduced by about JPY30bn (US$277m) for the current quarter after a series of earthquakes struck southern Japan and disrupted parts supplies, a media report said.

AvtoVAZ outlines expected board changes 18 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Renault-Nissan and Rostec State Corporation say they expect to appoint Serguey Skvortsov as AvtoVAZ chairman, with Denis Le Vot elected as vice chairman following the Russian automaker's annual shareholder meeting on 23 June in Togliatti.

Latest blogs

How Fisher Body did it back in the day 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

OK, I know I should get out more, but, as well as being a big fan of current auto manufacturing (BMW is always good for an annual show 'n' tell),

Russian resilience will see it through crisis 18 Mar 16

Simon Warburton

I was talking to someone who works for the British Embassy in Moscow at the Russian Automotive Forum's (RAF) Cocktail Reception and we got on to why there were no British suppliers at the event.

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