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Car makers think about future business models

16 May 2017 | Chris Wright

The writing has been on the wall for a few years now. The sudden realisation that learning to drive or owning a car was no longer the rite of passage it once was in the US made carmakers start to think about future business models.

ANALYSIS - How EMP2 is key to Peugeot 3008 SUV

15 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Production of vehicles which share Groupe PSA's EMP2 architecture is on the rise, with one of the more successful being the Peugeot 3008. Even if its sales can't match those of the Nissan Qashqai and VW Tiguan in Europe, this C segment SUV is greatly aiding Peugeot's mission to lift both image and margins.

ANALYSIS - updated Leon and future SEAT models

8 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

April was a great month for SEAT, with double digit percentage rises in the brand's top three markets of Spain, Germany and Britain. The Ibiza and Ateca were part of the reason for a surge to 41,400 SEAT registrations. So too was an updated Leon, deliveries of which are now gathering pace in all European countries.

ASEAN vehicle sales rise 10% in Q1

3 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in South-east Asia’s six largest markets increased by 10.5% to 823,565 units in the first quarter of 2017, from 745,242 units in the same period of the previous year, according to data collected by exclusively for just-auto.

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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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GM&S workers hold breath as French State steps in

23 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

France's Economy Minister has confirmed he asked Renault and PSA Group to increase their orders to ailing supplier, GM&S in a move which could see the stamping operator evade liquidation.

Thai sales rise 15% in April

23 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to rebound strongly in April with sales rising by 15.1% to 63,267 units from 54,986 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.

Honda refurbishes California proving centre

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda's US proving ground in Cantil, California, is back in full operation after refurbishment, the automaker said.

just-auto Plus only MMC's Shenyang JV produces five million engines

22 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced on 19 May 2017 that cumulative engine production reached five million units at Shenyang Aerospace Mitsubishi Motors Engine Manufacturing (SAME),...

Union prepared to detonate bombs in supplier talks

19 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

A union is threatening to blow up the GM&S stamping plant in central France as the clock ticks towards its liquidation next week (23 May) in the face of dwindling orders.

Indonesia sales rise 6% in April

19 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Indonesia rose by 5.7% to 89,588 in April, from 84,770 units a year earlier, according to data released by industry association Gaikindo.

just-auto Plus only Renault/Qualcomm/Vedecom jointly develop DEVC sys

19 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Renault on 18 May 2017 demonstrated dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving. Renault has participated with Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom...

Ford Cologne plant starts RHD Fiesta production

18 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following on from the start of production of the redesigned Fiesta, Ford of Europe has now begun right-hand drive output in Cologne, Germany.

CEO says Volvo Cars to stop developing new diesels

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars will not develop any new diesel engines as the cost of reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide is becoming too expensive, according to chief executive Hakan Samuelsson.

Sime Darby sells Peugeot-Citroen operations

17 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Sime Darby Motors is in the process of selling its Peugeot and Citroen distribution businesses in Australia and New Zealand, according to reports in Malaysia.

BYD becomes 'local auto manufacturer' in Argentina

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

CTS Auto/BYD Auto, a firm controlled by renewable energy technology company BYD, has been authorised to become a local auto manufacturer in Argentina.

Mitsubishi Motors launches new Android Auto app

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors launches new Android Auto App in Japan

just-auto Plus only FCA Europe sales down 6.8% in April 2017

17 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

FCA performed better than the European industry average once again in April. Industry sales were down 6.8% year-over-year, reflecting the number of public holidays falling during the month, while...

Renault pledges GM&S work as stand-off continues

16 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault says it will guarantee work for beleaguered stamping supplier, GM&S, but cautions it has alternatives should the company enter liquidation in a dispute which is casting a shadow over newly-elected French President, Emmanuel Macron's first week.

South Korean automakers wary of new diesel policy

16 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

South Korean automakers are reassessing their product strategies following the election of the new president Moon Jae-in last week.

Tata Motors signs new assembly deal in Thailand

16 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Tata Motors has signed a vehicle assembly agreement with Thailand’s Bangchan General Assembly Company, as it looks to maintain its presence in South-East Asia's largest pickup truck market.

just-auto Plus only Faurecia joins MAI Carbon cluster

16 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Faurecia announced that it is joining the leading cluster MAI Carbon of the Incorporated Society of Carbon Composites based at the Augsburg (Germany) Innovation Park in order to develop...

Japanese sales rise 9% in April

15 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Japan’s new vehicle market continued to expand strongly in April, by 9.2% year on year to 354,750 units from 324,747 sales a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

AEB cautiously welcomes 7% rise in April sales

15 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) is cautiously welcoming figures showing new passenger cars and LCV sales rose 6.9% last month, but which were still slightly less than the increase in March.

NHTSA expands VW/Porsche recalls

15 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

adding almost 300,000 Porsche and Audi vehicles to a previous recall for a fuel pump defect that could result in fire, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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