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ANALYSIS - Jaguar takes on Porsche with F-PACE

For too many years, those running Jaguar listened to ‘experts’ who said an SUV would dilute its image. What nonsense. Now, as the leaping ca...

Trucks continue to dominate a slowing US market

High margin trucks are continuing to dominate the US light vehicle market, driven by low oil prices, available finance, new product action a...

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 - 2016 Kia Carnival Platinum

At 5,115m long and 1,985mm wide, the Carnival is just too big for many of Kia’s global markets. That’s a shame as its comfort and handling m...

Latest Interviews

Car firms 'must embrace mobility changes' 11 Nov 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.


Q&A: SsangYong's Steve Gray on doubling sales 26 Oct 2015

Glenn Brooks

SsangYong has operated in Europe for a long time, but suddenly, sales have been surging - beyond 100% YoY in most countries. And that's not just due to the addition of the hot-selling Tivoli B-crossover. Steve Gray, the company's UK head of Marketing, tells just-auto what's ahead for the rest of the decade.

Latest News

US vehicle market cooling in May 26 May 16

Dave Leggett

Edmunds says that its forecast for US sales numbers for May suggests that while the market has cooled, it is still on track to hit a new record in 2016.


SUVs, Astra, A4 buoy Europe sales in April 25 May 16

Graeme Roberts

New car registrations in the 29 European markets covered by JATO Dynamics showed the current positive sales trend continued during April, with 1.32m units sold, which is 108,000 units more than the total recorded in April 2015. This was higher than the growth seen in March 2016 (+5.6%) and in April 2015 (+6.9%). YTD volume totalled 5.25m cars, which is 8.3% higher than total registrations between January and April 2015. The March SAAR came in at 15.38m units.


Ford recalls 271,000 F-150s for brake job 25 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford is recalling 271,00 2013-2014 F-150 vehicles in North America to replace brake master cylinders.


UK CV export output declines in April 25 May 16

Graeme Roberts

British commercial vehicle (CV) production is holding steady in 2016, despite a marginal decline in output of -0.9% in April to 8,548 units, with overall growth of 0.4% to 32,187 in the first four months of the year, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data.


US and UK motorists divided on driverless cars 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Despite government announcements last week that Britain is pushing to be at the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology, half of motorists oppose driverless cars, according to a new survey.


GM to compensate SUV owners for overstated economy 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

General Motors will give debit cards or extended warranties to 146,000 North American owners of new sport utility vehicles to compensate them because the automaker overstated the vehicles' fuel efficiency, a media report said.


GM expands personal mobility brand 20 May 16

Chris Wright

In less than four months, General Motors’ personal mobility brand Maven has expanded into five US markets with Boston, Chicago and Washington DC added this week to New York City and Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Indonesian market turns positive in April 18 May 16

Tony Pugliese

The new vehicle market in Indonesia expanded for the first time in two years in April, by 3.8% to 84,700 units from 81,600 units a year earlier, according to data released by the industry automotive Gaikindo.


SAIC to go ahead with second Thai MG plant 17 May 16

Tony Pugliese

SAIC Motor-CP Company, the Thai joint venture between China’s SAIC Motor and the local Charoen Pokphand Group, plans to go ahead with a second plant in Thailand, according to local reports quoting company sources.


Malaysia sales fall 7% in April 17 May 16

Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s new vehicle market continued to shrink in April 2016, by 6.7% to 42,177 units compared with already weak 45,187 sales in the same month of last year, according to the monthly automotive industry report released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Nissan denies Korean emissions-cheat accusation 16 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan has denied falsifying emission tests for diesel Qashqai models built in its UK plant and exported to South Korea.


VW April 2016 global CV sales rise 5.8% 16 May 16

Graeme Roberts

In the first four months of the year Volkswagen commercial vehicles delivered 154,600 vehicles to customers worldwide - growth of 4.7%. With 41,500 vehicles, the brand's deliveries in April also exceeded the previous year's level (+5.8%).


Kia America adds Apple CarPlay to more models 16 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors America said the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3, will be offered with Apple CarPlay compatibility during this second quarter of 2016.


SUVs continue Europe 'big five' market dominance 13 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Led by strong growth in Spain and Italy, new car registrations in Europe’s 'big five' markets grew by 8.6% to 958,400 units in April 2016, according to JATO Dynamics. After the UK’s traditional volume peak in March, which saw registrations rise to 1.36m, April produced further gains across the top five European markets with SUVs driving higher volume and counting for 24.4% and 24.9% of April’s and YTD’s totals respectively. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) came in at 11.35m, up from March registrations of 11.04m and significantly higher than the 10.48m in April 2015.


Russian market to pick up in 2017 - EY 12 May 16

Simon Warburton

Russian analysts say domestic sales will continue to fall this year, but expect the situation to improve in 2017, when demand is forecast to pick up.


Philippine sales jump 30% in April 12 May 16

Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in the Philippines jumped by over 30% to 27,697 units in April, from 21,259 units in the same month of last year, according to a report released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).


Nissan UK plant makes 50,000th Leaf and batteries 11 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan's UK plant in Sunderland has built its 50,000th Leaf EV.


Japanese vehicle sales positive in April 11 May 16

Tony Pugliese

The vehicle market in Japan stabilised in April after sharp declines in previous months.


Australian car sales set April record 11 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Sales of passenger cars, SUV and commercial vehicles across Australia hit a new April record of 87,571, 2.9% above the previous best for that month set three years ago in what a local lobby group said was "another demonstration of the motor industry’s price-competitiveness".


Saipa talks JV with PSA as Iran potential emerges 10 May 16

Simon Warburton

Saipa says discussions are "under way" to start production in a joint venture with PSA Groupe as yet further fruits of the recent sanctions lift against Iran become evident.

Latest blogs

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.


Ford Everest catches fire Down Under 4 Dec 15

Graeme Roberts

Ford's new Everest SUV, a spin off of the popular Thai-built Ranger pickup truck, and, in its latest form, now on sale in more countries, has got off to a bad start in Australia.

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