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ANALYSIS - Diesel & hybrid to come for Honda Civic

24 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2SV series Civic currently being rolled out across European markets is a crucial car for Honda Motor Europe. The division saw its regional market share slump to just one per cent in Q1. The good news is that the tenth generation model is a big improvement on the outgoing 2HC.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is.

ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 1

20 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models takes an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second will examine crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. In the final instalment, the focus will be on MPVs/minivans, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI

18 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SUVs and crossovers might be stealing sales from many two-door cars but that doesn't mean premium-priced models are disappearing. Far from it. Audi continues to respond to the challenge of strong competition from the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé by rolling out multiple derivatives of the new A5 range.

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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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KBB sees US April off 3%, 2017 a down year

26 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in the US are expected to decrease 3% year on year to 1.45m units in April 2017, resulting in an estimated 17.1m seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB).

Mitsubishi Electric to pay CDN$13.4m over bids

26 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Car parts manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has pleaded guilty in Canada to three counts of bid-rigging for participating in an international conspiracy and was fined CDN$13.4m by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Honda Alabama plant begins 2018 Odyssey production

26 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Around 1,500 workers at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) have celebrated the start of mass production of the redesigned 2018 Odyssey minivan, on sale later this spring.

Thai sales jump 17% in March

26 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to rebound strongly in March, with sales rising by 16.7% to 84,801 units from weak year earlier sales of 72,646 units, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.

just-auto Plus only VW Truck and Bus global sales up 10% in Q1 2017

26 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In the first three months of 2017 Volkswagen Truck and Bus sold around 46,000 trucks and buses of the MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus brands. All three brands improved...

China’s Liebao Automobile mulls plant in SE Asia

25 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s Hunan Liebao Automobile Company plans to invest in a new vehicle assembly facility in south-east Asia as part of a broader plan to expand its operations overseas.

Ford Mustang exports boost global sales lead

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford claims its Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the US over the last 50 years, and now, thanks to exports, is the most popular sports car in the world.

Ford plans autumn PHEV van trial in London

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The first fleets participating in the Ford Transit plug-in hybrid van (PHEV) London trial, starting this autumn, have been confirmed.

Analysts upbeat on Malaysia auto sector prospects

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Analysts in Malaysia are taking an upbeat view on prospects for Malayia's automotive market and sector following a recent upturn to sales.

VW gets probation and independent oversight

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years' probation and independent oversight following the diesel emissions scandal as part of a US$4.3bn settlement announced in January.

Go Auto and Great Wall to build plant in Malaysia

24 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s Go Auto Group plans to spend MYR2bn (US$455m) on a plant in Gurun in Malaysia’s Kedah state by 2021 with its Chinese partner Great Wall Motors.

Google Home and Amazon Alexa now talk to US Mercs

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US owners of 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models can now use both Google Assistant on Google Home and Amazon Alexa to 'talk' to their cars.

Canadian courts approve VW diesel settlement

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

At the same time as legal developments south of the border, Volkswagen Group Canada and Canadian class counsel announced both the Québec and Ontario courts have granted approval of the nationwide settlement agreement to resolve consumer claims in Canada related to the two litre diesel emissions "matter" for approximately 105,000 affected vehicles.

just-auto Plus only SEAT to further invest in Ibiza/Arona development

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

SEAT has allocated EUR900m to investments and R&D expenses on the new Ibiza and Arona. Company president Luca de Meo made this announcement during the visit to the carmaker’s Martorell...

China premium car market growth ahead - Audi

20 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

China's premium car market will grow by around half over the next decade, according to remarks made in Shanghai by Audi CEO Rupert Stadler.

Ex-Enron prosecutor to oversee US VW diesel deal

20 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen, due to be sentenced this week in the US for rigging emissions tests, will get a court-approved monitor who is a former chief of the government's prosecution of Enron, a media report said.

Malaysia sales continue to rebound in March

20 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia's new vehicle market continued to rebound in March, with total industry volumes rising by over 10% to 53,717 units compared with depressed year earlier sales of 48,800 units, based on data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

China to deregulate car retailing

19 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

In a move designed to shake-up the retail sector, China's Ministry of Commerce has unveiled new automobile sales administrative measures allowing auto trading companies to sell vehicles without gaining authorisation from carmakers in advance, according to the China Daily.

just-auto Plus only ZF’s success in Asia-Pacific

19 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Asia-Pacific, with China being the main market, is one of the most important market regions for ZF Friedrichshafen AG. With approximately EUR7.6bn (US$8.15bn), more than one fifth of the...

just-auto Plus only FCA Europe sales up 18.2% in March 2017

19 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In March, FCA sales in Europe were up 18.2% year-over-year, significantly above the 10.9% average increase for the industry. Market share was 50 basis points higher at 6.8%. All group brands posted...

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