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COMMENT - Industry consolidation just ratcheted up

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Industry consolidation is much talked about in automotive circles. Just the other day, I heard the prediction - one that I first heard in the 1990s - that the global auto industry will eventually collapse to around six big players. Don't hold your breath though. It is probably true to say though that the process of consolidation or restructuring at the industry level is a pretty slow one and takes a number of forms. It is coming, but it will take time. Maybe though, we're seeing signs of acceleration.

Korean OEMs struggle against headwinds

5 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers declined by 13.2% to 111,159 units in September, from 128,067 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country’s vehicle manufacturers.

Honda future model plans - a global analysis

3 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

With the CR-V the top selling SUV in the US and the brand having now become the number one Japanese make in China, Honda is powering ahead in its two largest markets. Staying ahead requires big investments in future cars and SUVs and ever more efficient powertrains. This focus on Honda Motor looks at what's coming next for the brand. An analysis of future Acura models will follow.

Renault goes after Golf GTI with new Mégane GT

3 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The new Mégane range is the biggest factor in Renault's continued sales rises across European markets. According to ACEA data, the brand is now ahead of Ford, making it the region's number two make behind Volkswagen, and proving the wisdom of investments in new products rather than letting top sellers grow old.

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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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NHTSA offers motor vehicle cybersecurity guidance

25 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it is taking a proactive safety approach to protect vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorised access by releasing proposed guidance for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity.

just-auto Plus only Skoda produces 900,000 Skoda Superb in 15 years

24 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Skoda Superb is celebrating its 15th anniversary: Since the first Skoda Superb in 2001, the traditional Czech manufacturer has produced around 900,000 vehicles of all three Superb generations....

Malaysia sales drop 6% in September, 14% YTD

21 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Malaysia’s new vehicle market continued to shrink in September, with sales falling by 5.7% to 48,191 units from 51,106 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Thai market recovery continues in September

21 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to recover in September, with sales rising by 2.7% to 63,516 units from 61,863 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.

Tivoli lifts SsangYong results

21 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

SsangYong Motor Company, part of the Mahindra Group, has announced that for three cumulative quarters of this year from January to September 2016, the company has recorded sales of 111,683 units, revenue of KRW 2,627.9bn (US$2.339m), operating profit of KRW 20bn and a net profit of KRW 23bn.

just-auto Plus only Honda Europe YTD 2016 sales up 27.5%

20 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda Europe saw a strong surge in car sales through the summer of 2016, according to figures provided by European industry body ACEA. This trend is a continuation of the Japanese brand’s...

just-auto Plus only HCPI sells 2,520 vehicles in September 2016

19 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda Cars Philippines, (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines, is pleased to announce that its overall sales in September 2016 is the second highest ever recorded in...

just-auto Plus only Buick surpasses 1m vehicle sales worldwide in 2016

19 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Through September, global Buick deliveries worldwide totalled 1,046,746 vehicles for 2016. At no other point in the brand’s 113 years of business has this milestone been reached so quickly....

PSA refutes 2,000 job cuts in France

18 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe is denying reports it is on the verge of axing 2,000 jobs in France next year through a series of voluntary redundancies, although some ambiguity still remains.

FCA deal ratified, Unifor starting Ford talks

18 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Auto worker members of Canadian union Unifor have ratified the new wage deal with FCA Canada, following an earlier deal with GM, and contract talks with Ford begin today (18 October) with Ford.

Glass's calls hybrids 'passing phase'

17 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Hybrids [around at least since 2000 in UK - ed] are likely to be a passing phase in car technology that will be surpassed by electric vehicles in a matter of a few years, vehicle valuation company Glass’s claimed on Monday (17 October).

VDA chief warns UK auto sector over Brexit terms

17 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

In an interview with the Financial Times newspaper, the German auto industry trade association (VDA) chief has warned that the British auto sector faces decline with output moving to central and eastern Europe if the country loses free and unfettered access to the EU’s single market.

Toyota boosts hydrogen test fleet and refuelling

17 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

New government subisidies will boost the number of Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell cars in public and private sector fleets in the UK to 20 and see the number of specialist service support centres increased.

Netherlands moves towards EV energy storage

17 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Using electric vehicles to store peak production of renewable energy is fast making the Netherlands the international frontrunner for smart charging EVs, claim supporters of the so called Living Lab for Smart Charging.

just-auto Plus only VW passenger car sales up 6.7% in September 2016

17 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 547,700 vehicles worldwide in September, 6.7% more than the previous year. A total of 4,374,900 vehicles were handed over to customers from January to...

just-auto Plus only Volkswagen Group September 2016 sales rise 7.1%

17 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volkswagen Group delivered 947,600 vehicles to customers in September, an increase of 7.1% compared with the previous year. 7.6m vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide from January to...

just-auto Plus only Volkswagen Group China YTD 2016 sales up 10.7%

17 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Group China has recorded double-digit sales growth for the first nine months of 2016: together with its two Chinese joint ventures, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the group...

just-auto Plus only Continental opens expanded Czech CV tyre facility

17 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 11 October, 2016, the worldwide premium tyre manufacturer and technology company Continental inaugurated a newly reconstructed truck tyre production hall in its manufacturing facility in...

Indonesia sales slightly higher in September

14 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Indonesia were slightly higher in September with deliveries to dealers rising to 93,150 units from 93,050 units a year earlier, according to industry sources quoting data compiled by Industry association Gaikindo.

just-auto Plus only Porsche Q3 2016 global sales up 3%

14 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Stable growth after three quarters: The first nine months of the year have seen Porsche AG increase the number of deliveries made by 3% compared with the previous year, with the company delivering...

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