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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.

Baleno - Suzuki's first mild hybrid for Europe

16 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

CO2 emissions of 94g/km and official EC consumption numbers of up to 70.6mpg are impressive numbers for a four-metre long five-door diesel hatchback. But Suzuki Europe's newest model, the Baleno, is powered exclusively by petrol engines and those are its numbers.

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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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VW - "fundamental interest" in supplier relations

26 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen insists it has a "fundamental interest in maintaining long-term and stable relations with suppliers," following resumption this week of components to the automaker after a dispute which threatened to disrupt work at six German plants.

‘nuTonomy’ first public trial of ‘robo-taxis'

26 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

A firm called nuTonomy, a developer of software for self-driving cars, has launched what it says is the first-ever public trial of a ‘robo-taxi’ service. The latest testing – which brings ride-hailing and driverless autonomous vehicles (AV) together - is ahead of the planned launch of a widely-available commercial robo-taxi service in Singapore in 2018.

SUVs make more gains in European car market

25 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Data released by JATO Dynamics shows that SUVs are continuing to gain share in the European car market.

UK car output continues to grow

25 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

The latest data of UK car manufacturing shows that output is continuing to grow in 2016. According to SMMT data, July marks the 12th consecutive month of growth for UK car makers, with output up 7.6% to 126,566 units.

Lexus IS sales top 1m

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Worldwide sales of Lexus’s compact IS sports saloon model line have broken through the one million mark since the launch of the first generation in 1999, the Toyota luxury vehicle unit announced.

Thai market down slightly in July

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Thailand fell by 0.4% to 60,635 units in July from 60,863 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

German supplier body draws lessons from VW dispute

24 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Germany's  Association of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) says the bitter dispute between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers this week has the potential for "substantial, subsequent effects."

Saxony PM 'discomforted' by VW supplier situation

24 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Lower Saxony Prime Minister, Stephan Weil says he continues to feel a "little discomfort" surrounding the way this week's dispute between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers has been handled.

Holden's Colorado no longer 'beaut ute' down under

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors' Australian unit Holden has dropped the decades-old Antipodean term for pick up truck - 'ute' (for 'utility') - and has adopted instead the US term to call its redesigned, Thai-built midsize Colorado a 'truck'.

Ssangyong returns to the Philippines

24 August 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Ssangyong Motor said it was ready to re-launch the brand in the Philippines after exiting this market in 2009, according to local reports.

just-auto Plus only Third generation Renault Megane on sale in the UK

24 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The last ever produced third generation Renault Megane Renault Sport has rolled off the production line in Palencia, Spain and is now on sale in the UK at Arnold Clark Renault Dundee. The...

just-auto Plus only Porsche Canada sells 738 units in July 2016

24 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Porsche Cars Canada (PCL), importer and distributor of Porsche vehicles in Canada, on 3 August 2016, reported monthly sales of 738 units in July 2016. This represents the best July in company...

Tesla opens website and order books in South Korea

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla Motors has opened an official website and started accepting pre-orders in South Korea for its three models, a local report said.

US car buyers' satisfaction rebounds - survey

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

US car buyers' satisfaction has rebounded as domestic and mass-market brands improve, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

Malaysia sales fall 28% in July, drop 16% YTD

22 August 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell - by close to 28% to 42,471 units -  in July, compared with 58,646 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

just-auto Plus only Nissan North America announces management changes

22 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nissan Group on 19 April 2016, announced several senior management appointments in North America intended to support the company's growth and global performance. "As we achieve...

2017 Honda Fit on sale in US

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

American Honda's 2017 went on sale across the US on Friday (19 August) with few changes. The five-door subcompact hatchback, badged as the Jazz in many markets, was first introduced to the US in 2006 as a 2007 model.

just-auto Plus only Cummins India Q1 2016 sales drop 4%

19 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The board of directors of Cummins India, in their meeting held on 4 August 2016, took on record the unaudited financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2016. Net sales of the company for the...

Toyota launches Indonesian-made MPV in Malaysia

18 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT), the importer and distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, has launched the Indonesia-made Sienta compact MPV targeting "modern urban families".

just-auto Plus only Kenworth to stop T660 production

18 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Kenworth announced on 16 August, 2016, that it will sunset its successful, fuel-efficient Kenworth T660 by year-end after 10 years of production, and offer customers a “last call”...

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