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New Astra Sports Tourer & future Opel/Vauxhalls

Vauxhall can’t seem to catch the Focus and Golf but the addition of the new estate is giving the griffin logo brand a strong sales boost, th...

Auto business confidence hit but holding up

A global survey of professionals across four industries – including automotive – shows that global auto industry confidence is holding up, d...

Driving the new Q30, and Infiniti future models

It's been a long time coming but finally European car buyers are becoming aware of Infiniti. The Q30 is the reason why brand sales were up b...

New 300PS diesel for Jaguar XJ - ANALYSIS

Never a big seller, nonetheless JLR does have plans to replace the now six years old Jaguar XJ. That won’t be for another three years but in...

Latest Interviews

Car firms 'must embrace mobility changes' 11 Nov 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 Oct 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.

Latest News

UK car production hits 16-year high 28 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

The UK car manufacturing sector has posted its best half-year performance since 2000, with 897,157 cars produced – up 13.0% on 2015. However, the UK’s automotive trade association, the SMMT, voiced concern over the outlook following the recent Brexit vote.


Mercedes-Benz breaks ground for US Sprinter plant 28 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has broekn ground its new Sprinter plant to supply North America.


US analysts expect a 1.5m-sales July 28 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in the United States in July are expected to decrease 1% year on year to 1.5m units in July 2016, resulting in an estimated 17.5m seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book.


Volkswagen Group June 2016 global sales rise 5.1% 28 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group deliveries last June rose 5.1% year on year 883,400 vehicles. First half deliveries were up 1.5% to 5.12m.


Toyota Australia launches Euro 5 diesel Hiace vans 27 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia has revised its diesel-powered HiAce range to improve fuel economy in the city while meeting stricter Euro 5 emissions standards.


Europe first half new car sales highest since 2008 26 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Stronger economic conditions, new products and continuing shifts in consumer taste have all helped maintain positive momentum in the European car market during the first half (H1) of 2016, according to JATO Dynamics analysts. Total registrations grew 9.1% year on year to 8.09m units, the highest tally since H1 2008. June saw a slow-down in month on month growth, however: 6.5% versus 15% in May. The UK saw negative growth following uncertainty caused by the EU referendum result while the SAAR was 15.5m vehicles.


Nissan US adds XD and Single Cab to Titan line 26 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan's US unit has added new XD and Single Cab versions to its Titan full-size pickup line.


BMW to invest in Thai hybrid battery plant 25 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

BMW reportedly is considering spending THB2bn on a new battery plant for plug-in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, according to local reports, citing industry minister Atchaka Sibunruang.


Smart to beta test parcel delivery to vehicles 25 Jul 16

Chris Wright

Daimler's Smart brand's think tank to accelerate the development and implementation of creative urban mobility projects has come up with 'smart ready to drop', a service that makes online shopping easier.


Hyundai's Genesis G90 outsells German luxury cars 20 Jul 16

Glenn Brooks

To the astonishment of some, Hyundai Motor Group's high priced Genesis G90 is outselling many similarly sized luxury cars worldwide. This includes the Porsche Panamera, Audi A8/S8, Jaguar XJ and Maserati Quattroporte.


Korea Electric to roll out low-cost EV recharging 20 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

South Korean utility company Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) plans to roll-out a low-cost network of electric vehicle rechargers across the country.


US agencies talk future emissions and fuel economy 19 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

The US Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and California Air Resource Board (CARB) have taken the first step in a mid-term evaluation of the national programme for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for light duty cars and trucks with the release of a draft technical assessment report (TAR) for public comment.


Honda extends Thai Takata airbag inflator recall 19 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda Automobile (Thailand) said it would extend the range of vehicles which require replacement of Takata driver airbag inflators.


EU car sales up 9.4% in first half 18 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Data released by ACEA shows that new car sales in the EU rose by 9.4% in the first half of the year as demand continued to recover, helped by a growing regional economy.


Jeep EMEA region sales up 11.5% in June 18 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said June was a record-setting month for its Jeep brand in the EMEA region after 12,300 units were sold (up 11.5%), marking the 32nd consecutive month of year over year growth.


Honda Q2 European sales up 33.5% 18 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Following a strong start to 2016, Honda says its European sales have taken a further step up in the second quarter. A "full refresh" of its car range in 2015 has, Honda says, made it the fastest growing mainstream car brand in Europe. Much of the volume growth is being driven by the reintroduction of the HR-V crossover.


Philippine sales hit record high in June 14 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in the Philippines jumped by over 36% to a new monthly record high of 32,993 units in June, from 24,185 units in the same month of last year, according to a report released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).


LMC cuts US sales forecast out to 2023 13 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

LMC Automotive has cut its forecast for auto sales in the US for 2016-2023, based on the recent plateauing of year-on-year sales growth, combined with growing economic and political risk in the US and globally, potentially impacting trade, the US economy and consumer confidence.


No big market impact due to Brexit – Kia 13 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Kia Europe COO Michael Cole has told just-auto that he does not see a big market impact from Brexit and that initial indications from the company’s UK dealers show no adverse impact since the referendum result.


Europe's top five H1 sales best since 2008 13 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

First half registrations in 2016 for Europe’s Big Five markets showed that overall the market is performing strongly, JATO Dynamics said.

Latest blogs

White nights and networking in St Petersburg 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

So another St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has flashed by in its usual white blur of back-to-back press conferences and some of the highest level networking I've ever seen.


New Normal becomes New Reality in BRIC parlance 15 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Russia or more specifically, St Petersburg, is hosting its 16th International Economic Forum here in its mighty second city and it's a continued show of defiance against a West, which is equally stubborn in its insistence of maintaining a frosty disapproval of The Kremlin's Crimea and possibly Eastern Ukraine involvement

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