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Renault future model plans - Part 2 of 2

24 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a four-part series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand made up the second feature and the third was a look at current and future Renault brand models in the A, B, C and D segments. The final instalment below is a focus on crossovers/SUVs, monospaces/MPVs, pick-ups and EVs.


THE WEEK: Change ahead on both sides of the pond

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As the United States, or those that voted for him, prepared to say Hail to the New Chief at the inauguration today, an equally divisive issue got another airing this side of the Atlantic this week - Brexit. British prime minister Theresa May confirmed the UK would not remain a member of the EU trade bloc's single market but would seek access to it through a free trade agreement which she said could see the automotive sector trading using single market "arrangements." In a speech outlining 12 aspects of the intensely complex mechanism by which Britain would exit the European Union (EU), May also warned those opposed to the UK quitting the union: "This is not a game." London did want some form of customs agreement, however.


Renault future model plans - part 1 of 2

20 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a four-part series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand made up the second feature, and now Renault's current and next generation passenger vehicles are examined. The number of models means this has been split into two parts. Below are A, B, C and D segment vehicles. The final instalment will be on crossovers/SUVs, monospaces/MPVs, pick-ups and EVs.


Mini goes after Qashqai with new F60 Countryman

18 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A second Mini model in the C segment goes on sale in Britain and other European nations from February. The new, bigger Countryman leaves the B-C size class, there is no successor for the Paceman and all build this time is by VDL in the Netherlands instead of by Magna Steyr in Austria.


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SMMT chief bangs EU single market drum - Interview

12 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Speaking exclusively to just-auto, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says the UK auto industry’s interests would be best served by continued membership of the European Union’s single market following the UK’s planned exit from the trade bloc in 2019.


Car firms 'must embrace mobility changes'

11 November 2015 | Dave Leggett

Ford's former Chief Technical Officer Paul Mascarenas has told just-auto that he believes the challenges faced by the auto industry currently put it at a pivotal stage and those firms who fail to embrace the emerging mega-trends will lose out.

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Will CR-V top Honda's Civic in the US this year?

23 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The new generation CR-V appears likely to to become Honda's top seller in the United States but a top executive isn't ruling out the also recently redesigned Civic.


SUVs take one in four 2016 Europe sales

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The European car industry boomed in 2016 - with new car registrations for the year totalling 15.14m units, a 6.5% increase compared to 2015 and SUVs achieving a solid performance.


Toyota builds 2m in North America again

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota announced on the eve of the US presidential inauguration it had booked another record year of North American vehicle production with 2,124,608 vehicles leaving its North American vehicle assembly plants. Volume was up 4.4% year on year.


Malaysia sales drop 13% in 2016

20 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s new vehicle market continued to fall in December, by 6.5% to 64,831 units from 69,368 units a year earlier, based on data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


just-auto Plus only VW Truck and Bus sales up 3% in 2016

20 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold around 184,000 trucks and buses under the MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus brands in fiscal year 2016. This marks a 3% increase...


just-auto Plus only VW global CV sales surge 11.4% in 2016

20 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has handed over 480,064 vehicles to customers worldwide in the 2016 financial year. This represents an increase of 11.4% compared to the previous year (430,900...


just-auto Plus only Toyota North America production up 4.4% in 2016

20 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In 2016, Toyota achieved another record year of North American vehicle production with 2,124,608 vehicles built at its North American vehicle assembly plants. Production volume was up 4.4% over the...


just-auto Plus only Audi Mexican plant rolls off 8-millionth Audi

20 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Audi is celebrating a special milestone that also is a fitting occasion for this time of year: rolling off the production line at the new plant in San José Chiapa is the 8 millionth Audi...


Toyota reacts calmly to May’s Brexit plan

19 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has said it will continue to make cars in the UK despite the UK prime minister Theresa May's plan for Britain to leave the European Union’s single market, a move which could potentially increase trade costs between the UK and EU.


China market expected to slow in 2017

19 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

After a 28m unit market and 14% growth in 2016, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) has said it expects the vehicle market to slow to 5% growth in 2017.


Jaguar Land Rover adding VR to global showrooms

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is adding virtual reality to dealerships so "customers won’t need to wait for newly launched vehicles to arrive in their local showroom".


Flexible car sharing works for Daimler

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler said it car2go mobility unit kept growing in financial year 2016, boosting its customer base 43% to 2.2m with a car rented every 1.4 seconds somewhere in the world.


just-auto Plus only Ford Europe sales rise 5% in 2016

19 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford Motor Company sales in Europe increased 5% in 2016 to nearly 1.4m vehicles in its 20 traditional European markets. Ford sales in its 50 European markets rose 4% in 2016 to...


Honda Canada expands Takata airbag recall

18 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Excluding any vehicles subject to the earlier Takata airbag inflator recalls, approximately 298,613 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in Canada will become subject to recall as a result of this action.


First Chinese SUV launched in South Korea

18 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

The first Chinese passenger vehicle was launched in South Korea this week, the Kenbo 600 SUV imported and distributed by China-Korea Motor Company.


Shanghai show debuts list - Mini JCW Countryman

18 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Another world premiere for April's Auto Shanghai 2017 has been announced, this time from Mini.


just-auto Plus only FCA Europe sales rise 14.1% in 2016

18 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

FCA closed 2016 with sales in Europe (EU28+EFTA) totalling nearly 993,000 vehicles (+14.1% year-over-year compared with +6.5% for the industry) and market share 50 basis points higher at 6.6%. All...


GM bringing forward $1bn US spend announcement

17 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US media overnight reported General Motors will today announce around US$1bn in factory investment and job retention plans but the plans have long been in the works, would have been announced regardless of political pressure and come after several thousand jobs were axed recently.


Germany v Italy over FCA diesel emissions, again

17 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A row has again broken out between Germany and Italy over vehicle emissions.


Honda to re-launch Civic in Japan

17 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Honda Motor plans to re-launch the Civic passenger car in Japan later this year after an absence of seven years, according to local reports.



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