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Can the new Ateca SUV make SEAT self-funding?

29 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Profitable at last, could SEAT one day become self-funding? That’s what it has to do but to get there, higher-margin models are needed. The new Ateca is the first of these.

Alfa Romeo future models - a global analysis

28 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

FCA is the latest OEM to have its current and future models put under the microscope for examination. The first brand in this series is Alfa Romeo. Features on Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Ferrari & Maserati; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep, will follow over the coming weeks.

ANALYSIS - Porsche Macan GTS

25 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The F-PACE is now Jaguar’s best seller, a new Audi Q5 will soon be in showrooms and Alfa Romeo has just revealed the Stelvio with claims that it has better handling than Porsche’s smallest SUV. Can the Macan maintain its segment leadership?

Uncertainty in Asia on the rise as currencies drop

25 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Donald Trump’s unexpected success in the US presidential election has brought on a period of heightened currency volatility and economic uncertainty across Asia, as global money markets speculate on the new economic policies that a new US administration may introduce after it takes office in January 2017.

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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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South Korean domestic sales rise 2% in November

2 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers rose by 2.2% to 144,814 units in November, from 141,711 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country’s vehicle manufacturers.

Chrysler starts building Pacifica Hybrid

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

FCA has started production of the US industry's first electrified minivan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.

JLR US sales rise 217% in November 2016

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover November 2016 US sales included a 217% year on year rise in Jaguar volume to 3,381 units. Land Rover sales reached 5,659 units, the second highest November on record but down 13% from the record 6,539 units in November 2015. Sales for both brands rose 19% to 9,040 units, a JLR US market record for the month.

Post-Brexit tariffs could cost GBP2.7bn - SMMT

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

UK trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says any imposition of tariffs resulting from Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) could add GBP2.7bn (US$3.4bn) to the cost of vehicles.

BMW begins 7-series assembly in Indonesia

1 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

BMW has begun local assembly of its flagship 7-series model in Indonesia in anticipation of the government’s plans to scrap import duties on car components.

UK's SMMT says Brexit "must be respected"

30 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

British trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), says the UK's decision to pull out of the European Union (EU) "must be respected" as the tortuous jockeying for political positions enters its crucial stage.

SMMT president reiterates single market plea

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has urged government to develop its industrial strategy with successful sectors, and to put an immediate focus on automotive priorities post-Brexit.

New SMMT report highlights 'GBP74bn opportunity'

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The UK automotive industry is calling on the government to support the sector's future competitiveness by putting digital manufacturing at the heart of its industrial strategy.

South Korea threatens BMW, Porsche and Nissan

30 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The South Korean government has said it may ban six car models sold by three foreign automakers in the country after it found issues with the certification documents used to obtain sales permits, according to local reports.

Malaysia to mandate electronic stability control

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Malaysian government plans to mandate electronic stability control (ESC) on all new vehicles by June 2018.

SsangYong supplies XLV to car sharing service

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

SsangYong Motor said it was supplying Korean car sharing company Green Car with 100 'long-body' Tivoli XLVs.

Automakers plan Europe highway fast charge network

29 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group have announced plans for a joint venture to establish an ultra-fast, high-power charging network along major highways in Europe similar to Tesla's pioneering Supercharger network.

just-auto Plus only TMC Japan sales down 1.1% in October 2016

29 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyota Motor Corporation announces its production, domestic sales, and export results for October 2016, including those for subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor and Hino Motors. October...

Toyota Australia makes Mirai more mobile

28 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia has unveiled a mobile hydrogen refueller that will enable its three trial Mirai fuel-cell cars to go anywhere in Australia that a conventional car can be driven.

just-auto Plus only VW Group/Sovac join to produce models in Algeria

28 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 27 November 2017, the Volkswagen Group signed a contract for vehicle assembly in Algeria. In the presence of the Algerian Minister of Industry Abdessellam Bouchouareb, Dr. Josef Baumert, member...

just-auto Plus only Hyundai Korea exports 23m vehicles in four decades

28 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hyundai Motor is celebrating 40 years of exports to international markets, following a period of significant overseas growth that has seen it become one of the fastest growing brands in the world....

just-auto Plus only FHI Japan sales up 15.4% in October 2016

28 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) on 25 November 2016 announced production, Japan sales and export results for October 2016. Domestic production: October 2016 - 62,983 units; YoY change...

just-auto Plus only Cadillac China surpasses 100,000 sales in 2016

28 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Cadillac announced on 25 November, 2016, that its annual sales in China surpassed 100,000 vehicles for the first time ever, helping it become among the fastest-growing luxury car brands in...

Trump trade stance a 'big issue', FCA chief warns

25 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

US president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign remarks on international trade, especially NAFTA, have prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne to express concern over the potentially adverse impact for his company's North American operations.

Kelley predicts November rise for US vehicle sales

25 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

In contrast with the view of JD Power/LMC, the analysts at Kelly Blue Book  (KBB) are forecasting that the US light vehicle market will show growth in November.

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