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COMMENT - Brexit update

5 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

The subject of Brexit – the UK’s decision to leave the EU, following a referendum - is already proving somewhat tortuous for the UK government.

VW fires warning shot across supplier bows?

26 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's major row with two of its suppliers for the past week or so concerned a relatively small dispute with component manufacturers, but was still deemed sufficiently serious to attract the attention of the Economics Ministry in Berlin.

Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.

New Avant pushes Audi A4 to segment leadership

22 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Remember when the BMW 3 Series seemed unassailable in the UK and the rest of the European region? The latest Audi A4, which is especially popular as a wagon, is now outselling the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the 3er.

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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.

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

26 October 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.

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Hyundai union stages first full strike in 12 years

26 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor's South Korean labour union staged its first full nationwide strike in 12 years on Monday (26 September) over stalled wage talks, putting the automaker's earnings and sales targets at risk, media reports said.

GM Canada union ratifies new agreement

26 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Unifor members working at General Motors facilities in Oshawa, St Catharines and Woodstock have ratified an agreement that secures investment in all three factoriesies, converts 700 "precarious" jobs and offers wage improvements, the Canadian auto workers' union said in a statement.

FCA Australia settles spat with former executive

26 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A legal battle between Jeep's Australian unit  and former executives reportedly ended after a last-minute settlement.

Europe sales up 9.3% in August

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

New car registrations, in the 29 European markets analysed by JATO Dynamics, increased by 9.3% in August compared to the same month last year, with 855,300 units registered compared to 782,531 in 2015. For the year to date, registrations surpassed the 10m unit mark, an increase of 7.7%.

Toyota West Virginia plant gets $400m spend

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has marked 20 years of West Virginia plant production with the announcement of a US$400m spend at the powertrain factory.

Tesla sues Michigan over ban on direct sales

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla Motors reportedly has sued Michigan governor Rick Snyder and other state officials in federal court over the state's refusal to allow the Palo Alto, California automaker to sell vehicles directly to consumers.

Infiniti to launch InTouch services with new Q60

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Infiniti will launch its new InTouch services with the new Q60 sports coupe, due on sale in European markets soon.

just-auto Plus only Chery to launch Arrizo 5 internationally

23 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Since its launch in March, Chery Arrizo 5 has achieved cumulative sales of 60,000 units and average monthly sales of over 10,000 units in China alone. In August, Arrizo 5 achieved monthly sales of...

UK car manufacturing achieves 14-year August high

22 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

UK car manufacturing output increased 9.1% to 109,004 units in August compared with the same month in 2015 – the highest volume recorded for August in 14 years, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 1,132,727 vehicles have rolled off British production lines so far in 2016, for year on year growth of 12%.

UK engine manufacturing rallies in August

22 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

UK engine manufacturing output rose 19.8% in August to 135,063 units. Home demand grew 49.1% in the month and 33.9% YTD to 737,673 units, as exports dipped 1.1%. Overall year-to-date performance remained steady, growing 6.7% to reach 1.7m units.

Smart delivers 100 cars Forcops

22 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Smart USA has delivered the first 100 Fortwo vehicles to the New York police and a further 150 cars have been ordered.

Thai market growth resumes in August

22 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The Thai new vehicle market expanded by 2.6% to 63,609 units in August, from 61,991 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

just-auto Plus only Mahle H1 2016 sales up 12%

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Mahle Group has grown significantly faster than the global vehicle market during the first half of the year. With sales of around EUR 6.2bn (+12% in comparison with the previous year), the...

US DoT announces automated vehicle policy

21 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The US Department of Transportation has announced federal policy for automated vehicles which, it said, lays "a path for the safe testing and deployment of new auto technologies that have enormous potential for improving safety and mobility for Americans on the road".

Holden sources new Astra from Poland

20 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The first new-generation, RHD, Holden-badged Opel Astra five-door hatchback destined for Australia and New Zealand was built in Poland at General Motors' Gliwice plant rather than Ellesmere Port in England.

JLR North America plans Mahwah HQ move

20 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover, North America, the Mahwah-based arm of Tata Motors' UK-based JLR, has received Mahwah Township Planning Board approval to begin customising and expanding an office complex on Route 17 North in the town to be the site of its new North American headquarters. Construction on an existing facility will begin this year with design by Gensler Architecture/Design. The move to the new office from the current headquarters in Mahwah is slated for early 2018.

Malaysia sales drop 2% in August, 15% YTD

20 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell by 2.1% to 52,312 units in August, from 53,452 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

UK insurers put drivers first in driverless cars

20 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

UK insurers are offering to handle the complications of insuring the first automated cars behind the scenes, meaning consumers should notice hardly any difference to the current system of motor insurance.

just-auto Plus only JAC unveils three new models at Chengdu show

20 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Annual Chengdu Auto Show is the biggest and highest-level auto show in western area of China. On 11 September 2016, around the close of the 2016 Chengdu Auto Show, a hot sale season of the...

just-auto Plus only JAC August 2016 sales climb 10.76%

20 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Recently, JAC officially published its August 2016 production and marketing express. According to the express, JAC has sold 415,445 units until August this year, up by 10.76%, and maintained a good...

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