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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 - 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...

ASEAN vehicle sales fall 3.6% in Q1

New vehicle sales in south-east Asia’s six largest markets fell by 3.6% to 737,474 units in the first quarter of 2016, from 765,399 units in...

Beijing backdrop – China challenges ahead

Automotive eyes turn to the Beijing Auto Show this week....

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

RHD UK Ford Edge prospects go large on Sports 5 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford of Britain said over 60,000 prospective buyers have configured a Canadian-made Edge since January 2016 while right-hand-drive production has just begun.


SUVs drive moderate March growth across Europe 4 May 16

Graeme Roberts

March 2016 was another positive month for European new car registrations, ending a strong first quarter which saw sales of 3.93m units, up by 8.1% year on year, according to analysis by JATO Dynamics. Although volumes grew at a slower rate (+5.6%) than recorded in February 2016 (+13.8%), positive results in 23 of the 29 markets analysed meant growth continued. YTD figures showed gains in 26 markets, with 16 of them posting double-digit growth. The March SAAR was 14.98m units.


Nissan to recall 3.53m vehicles 4 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor has said it will recall 3.53m vehicles, most in the United States, due to passenger side air bags that may not work properly because vehicle sensors may fail.


South Korean domestic sales continue rise in April 3 May 16

Tony Pugliese

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers continued to rise in April, up 4.2% year on year to 139,617 units from 133,935, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


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.


Edmunds calls April US light vehicle sales at 1.5m 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Edmunds.com has forecast 1,514,855 new cars and trucks will be sold in the US in April for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 17.5m.The projected sales would be a 4.8% decrease from March 2016 but a 4.3% increase from April 2015.


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.


German government incentivises electric car sales 28 Apr 16

Chris Wright

The German government has reached a deal with carmakers to jointly spend EUR1.2bn (US$1.4bn) on incentives to boost electric car sales.


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.


Coalition formed to speed self-drivers 27 Apr 16

Chris Wright

Google, Ford, Volvo and the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are forming a coalition to push for federal action to help speed self-driving cars to market.


MMC improperly tested fuel economy for 25 years 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors reportedly has admitted improperly tested the fuel economy of its cars for the past 25 years, deepening a crisis that has already wiped out half its market value.


VW agrees US emissions deal "in principle" 21 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Buyback offers and a possible repair are on the table after Volkswagen AG and the US Justice Department reached a deal "in principle" to deal with excess emissions in nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles, a federal judge said on Thursday (21 April).


Honda to expand Clarity line to BEV, PHEV 21 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda has announced it will expand its next Clarity model line to three variants from a single fuel cell model. The Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid will both launch in the US in 2017.


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.


Mitsubishi admits to falsifying fuel economy tests 20 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Shares in Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) fell 15% today after the automaker admitted to falsifying fuel economy tests affecting about 625,000 mini-cars it built for its own brand and, on an OEM basis, for Nissan Motor (NM).


Indonesia vehicle sales fall by over 5% in March 20 Apr 16

Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Indonesia fell by 5.5% to 93,990 units in March, from 99,400 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing Astra International – the country’s largest vehicle distributor.


Malaysia sales plunge 28% in March 20 Apr 16

Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell sharply March, by 27.6% to 48,800 units from 67,387 units in the same month of last year, according to the monthly automotive industry report released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Mustang dominates global sports coupe sales 20 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

In its first year of global availability since the nameplate was launched in North America in 1964, Ford's Mustang has become the world’s best-selling sports coupe, the automaker claimed.


New Canada charging network to support Twizy 18 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Over the next 18 months, AZRA will spend C$40m to install 2,000 new electric charging stations and deploy the Twizy, Renault’s first 100% electric vehicle in Canada.


SUVs gaining market share in Europe 18 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Analysis by JATO of new car sales figures for the five largest national markets in Europe - Germany, UK, Italy, France and Spain – shows that Q1 sales totalled 2.89m units, some 8% ahead of last year. JATO said that strong sales of SUVs continued, with SUVs seeing sales growth of 22% during March, and an overall 25% increase in Q1 of 2016.

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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