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Non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And how about the supposed fact that to pull in big worldwide sales and profits, a car company must also be in the US market? Škoda breaks these and many other rules.

Volvo's hand-me-down little sister - the XC60

17 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

In many ways, the fully redesigned Volvo XC60 SUV/crossover is a bit like a little sister inheriting a hand-me-down dress from big sister - the older sibling gets all the praise at the time of the first-time reveal; but the younger, in the elder's shadow, still looks just as nice. In this case, big sister is the XC90, launched to considerable acclaim - was it really two and a half years ago already? And now comes little sis XC60 in much the same dress but cut to a smaller size with a few stylish tweaks just for the newer generation.

Sprinter reigns supreme - the week

14 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

News of Daimler's globally popular Sprinter van range topped the news popularity poll this week as you all lapped up news the all-electric version would be produced at the light commercial's lead plant Dusseldorf and a follow-up story batteries for the EV would be made at Unterturkheim. Sprinters are very popular here in England as increasing internet shopping leads to more and more home deliveries and it's worth noting the smaller Vito is popular for taxi and VIP transport as well as load-carrying.

ANALYSIS - Volvo V90 Cross Country

10 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Will people in the US take to the V90 CC? That's the key question for a model which replaces the XC70, a car that Audi went after with the A6 allroad, and now Mercedes-Benz wants in on the action too.

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AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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.

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Audi to modify 850,000 diesel vehicles

24 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following last week's announcement Daimler would spend EUR220m updating 3m Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe in what it terms "voluntary service actions", VW Group's Audi said it was offering customers in Europe and other markets a retrofit programme for 850,000 cars with EU5 and EU6 diesel engines.

Indonesia sales rise 8% in June; tax cuts for cars

24 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Indonesia increased by 7.9% to 66,755 units in June, compared with 61,891 units in the same month of last year, according to local reports citing data from industry association Gaikindo.

Nissan US launches new driver assist system

21 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan North America has demonstrated its ProPilot Assist technology to media. The demo cars were Rogue SUVs (sold as X-Trail elsewhere). The system will be available in the US later this year and, after region-specific fine tuning, is due in the UK and Europe in the English-made Qashqai from next autumn. It will also be offered in the recently updated European X-Trail, and the redesigned Leaf due out soon.

Why Kia won't be building the Stonic SUV in Europe

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Due to the ongoing surge in sales of the Sportage, Kia Motors Europe will not manufacture the Stonic, another, albeit smaller SUV, at its Žilina plant in Slovakia.

Kia, GM Korea workers vote for strike action

21 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Workers at Kia Motors in South Korea this week voted in favour of strike action after wage negotiations with the company broke down.

Thai sales rise 6% in June

21 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded by 5.7% year-on-year to 69,797 units in June, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.

just-auto Plus only VW Truck and Bus global sales up 8% in H1 2017

21 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Truck and Bus takes a positive view of the sales figures for the first half of 2017. MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus sold some 96,000 vehicles – for the...

Renault order pledge throws lifeline to GM&S

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault says it has made major commitments to the mooted buyer of parts producer, GM&S as the embattled supplier looks to stave off potential liquidation.

PSA/Renault up GM&S stakes beforeTribunal verdict

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Renault have dramatically upped their financial commitments to threatened stamping supplier, GM&S, offering to guarantee EUR50m (US$58m) of orders each for the next five years in order to avoid the component producer facing liquidation.

Volvo Cars and Chinese parent Geely plan new JV

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars announced it would set up new joint venture technology company with its Chinese car group parent Geely Holding.

1m EVs expected on UK roads by 2022

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Recharge network operator Chargemaster projects 1m electric cars will be on UK roads by 2022.

just-auto Plus only VW Group global sales up 0.8% in H1 2017

20 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Up to the end of June, the Volkswagen Group handed almost 5.2m vehicles over to its customers. This corresponds to a rise of 0.8% compared with the previous year. In the month of June, new vehicle...

just-auto Plus only VW China H1 2017 sales up 5.2%

20 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Group China announced deliveries results for the first half of 2017, which includes a record in June. Together with its two Chinese Joint Ventures, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen,...

Mercedes-Benz launches Nissan-based X-Class

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has launched its long-heralded X-Class medium size pickup truck, effectively a rebadge of the Nissan-Renault Alliance's Barcelona built Navara model line.

Hicom doubles capacity with new paint shop

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Malaysia's DRB-Hicom Bhd this week began operating a new paint shop at its vehicle assembly plant in Pekan, in Pahang state.

just-auto Plus only Skoda worldwide sales up 2.8% in H1 2017

19 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Skoda has continued to grow in the first half of the year. The long-established Czech brand recorded 585,000 deliveries to customers worldwide in the first six months – thus surpassing last...

just-auto Plus only JAC passenger car H1 2017 sales up 83% in Peru

19 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In June 2017, the sales volume of JAC passenger reached 233 units, up by 116% year-on-year; From January to June, the cumulative sales volume of JAC passenger car have reached 1,170 units, up by...

Mitsubishi to launch new crossover MPV

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said its new small crossover MPV would make its global debut at the Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) next month.

Chrysler uses Sesame Street to plug Pacifica

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Chrysler this week took up the perfect product placement opportunity to pitch its US market minivans at kids who might persuade parents to buy one.

just-auto Plus only VW Commercial Vehicles worldwide sales up 5% in H1

17 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

From January to June, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 249,800 LCVs to customers worldwide. This represents an increase of 5% compared with the same period last year. In Western Europe,...

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