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Are three cylinders enough for the Hyundai i30?

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It’s been six months since series production of the new i30 started in Europe. Hyundai’s regional sales performance reflects the arrival of this fresh C segment hatchback, ACEA data showing an 8.2 per cent rise in May when the market rose by 7.6 per cent.

How Buick could push Toyota out of China's top 3

21 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Buick cars and light trucks are the focus of the second feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors.

ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Having just announced a facelift for the two-door 2 Series cars and a 6 Series GT as well as an 8 Series concept, there has also been news for the 4 Series, in the form of a mid-cycle restyle. That includes the fastest open-top variant, the M4 Convertible Competition.

Polo ready to bat off Brazil's Argo - the week

16 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

News from the fascinating market that is Brazil drew the most eyeballs to just-auto this week as Our Man in Sao Paulo, Fernando Calmon, introduced us to Fiat's new Argo, ready for battle in the hot compact hatchback segment. Looks like a cracking wee car but, as Chris Wright, live from Berlin, reports today, Volkswagen is readying return fire in the form of the latest Polo, dripping with standard or available technology. It'll be interesting to see what VW Brazil does with that - Fernando will tell us in due course - but the days of last decade's designs being foisted on South America look, thankfully, to be over.

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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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3-door hatchbacks see market reversal in Europe

28 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Data from JATO Dynamics shows that sales of small three-door hatchbacks in Europe are firmly in decline, despite overall car market growth in the region this year.

GM lowers US market forecast

28 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

As concerns rise over the impact on company bottom lines in North America caused by a cyclical downturn to demand there, GM has lowered its forecast for the US light vehicle market in 2017.

US light vehicle market cooling in June

26 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The US light vehicle market is continuing to slow this month, according to analysts at JD Power and LMC Automotive.

Five Volkswagen I.D. electric cars coming - report

23 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A Dutch website has published what appears to be a Volkswagen presentation which details plans for the I.D. range of electric cars. According to a slide, there will be five EVs for various regions between 2019 and 2022.

VW to buy back European diesels in specific cases

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has agreed to buy back diesel cars equipped with illicit emissions control software after deciding not to appeal a German court ruling backing plaintiffs' calls for compensation, a media report said.

Nissan-Renault plan driverless ride-hailing servic

22 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan and Renault plan to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services over the next decade, according to a Reuters report.

Honda pleads for UK to stay in EU customs union

21 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda has strongly backed the case for the UK remaining inside the EU's customs union after it leaves the EU in 2019.

Thai sales flat in May

21 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Thailand’s new vehicle market was little changed in May, with sales rising by 0.6% to 66,422 units from 66,019 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.

Ford US to import Focus from China instead

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said its next-generation Focus for the US would be sourced primarily from a joint venture in China, instead of Mexico, saving an additional US$500m on top of the $500 million savings announced earlier this year by cancelling plans for a new factory in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and moving production to the Hermosillo, Mexico, plant.

UK Automotive calls for "business as usual"

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The UK automotive industry has called on the government to seek an interim arrangement with the EU that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU is negotiated and implemented. 

UK automotive achieves record turnover GBP77.5bn

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The UK automotive industry continued to advance its sustainability in 2016, making gains in productivity, economic contribution and environmental impact, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

VW Slovakia union talks collapse as strike looms

19 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Slovakia is facing massive industrial action tomorrow (20 June) as thousands of workers walk out at 06:00 in support of a 16% wage claim, a hike derided as 'absurd' by management.

US eyed FCA diesels since 2015 - report

19 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US regulators told Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in November 2015 they suspected some of the automaker's vehicles were equipped with secret software allowing them to violate emission control standards, according to a news agency report citing recently released emails.

FCA denies Chrysler axe plan for Japan

19 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has denied reports it had decided to can the Chrysler brand in Japan, after local media reported it was planning to stop selling the US cars as early as next year following years of poor sales.

Indonesia sales rise over 6% in May

19 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Indonesia rose by 6.2% to 94,090 units in May, from 88,560 units a year earlier, according to data released by industry association Gaikindo.

Malaysia sales pick up in May

19 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia's new vehicle market expanded by 12% to 50,600 units in May compared with year earlier sales of 45,108 units, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

just-auto Plus only FCA Europe sales up 11.9% in May 2017

19 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In May, FCA sales in Europe were up 11.9% year-over-year, compared with a 7.7% industry average. Market share was 30 basis points higher at 7.7%, making FCA fourth overall in the European rankings....

AvtoVAZ "not isolated" from megatrends - CEO

16 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ insists its Lada brand will not remain isolated from global megatrends including on-board entertainment, but the giant automaker nonetheless concedes Russia presents distinct challenges when it comes to implementing some technologies emerging in smaller regions.

Volkswagen Group YTD sales flat

16 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group has delivered 4.2m vehicles to customers since the beginning of the year, "on a par with the level for the previous year".

just-auto Plus only BMW global sales up 5.1% in May 2017

15 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The BMW Group continued the positive sales trend of the past months, with sales in May totalling 208,447 vehicles, a 5.1% increase year-on-year. With its three premium brands, BMW, MINI and...

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