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COMMENT - Industry consolidation just ratcheted up

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Industry consolidation is much talked about in automotive circles. Just the other day, I heard the prediction - one that I first heard in the 1990s - that the global auto industry will eventually collapse to around six big players. Don't hold your breath though. It is probably true to say though that the process of consolidation or restructuring at the industry level is a pretty slow one and takes a number of forms. It is coming, but it will take time. Maybe though, we're seeing signs of acceleration.

Zoe leads Renault's EV sales surge - Analysis

19 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Overall sales numbers are modest but there's no doubting that the Zoe is finally becoming a success for Renault. A recently announced new battery pack which gives a far larger range might even make 2017 this B segment electric hatchback's best year yet.

Driving the 168mph Lexus GS F

14 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Do we think of Lexus as a performance brand? Not usually. The LF-A was a few years ago now and the RC F is rarely seen on British roads. The newest F is the GS and while it will sell in only the tiniest of volumes, BMW and Mercedes-AMG buyers shouldn't dismiss it.

Acura future model plans - a global analysis

13 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The cars part of Honda’s premium brand business continues to be a drag on the success of Acura. Without SUVs in North America and China, the upscale division would be in serious trouble. Clearly, more such models are needed.

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Hyundai-Kia design chief's design philosophy

18 October 2016 | Roger Stansfield

There is a corner of the Korean auto industry which, if not forever German, is taking on an increasingly strong Teutonic influence. just-auto catches up with Hyundai-Kia design chief Peter Schreyer and his colleagues.

Geely/Volvo architecture cooperation bears fruit

18 May 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Peter Mertens, senior vice president, research and development, Volvo Car Group, describes the cooperative development of the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) with parent Geely as "good relations" though the start was a little rocky as culture and time zones took some adjusting to, on both sides.

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Geely launches Lynk premium brand

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

With a compact SUV named '01', China's Geely has launched a new premium brand called 'Lynk & Co' which boasts European credentials - designed and engineered in Sweden and sharing platform with Volvo Cars.

Volvo India takes medium truck design reins

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo AB's Indian R&D team is taking the lead developing medium duty trucks for global markets scheduled to go into production in 2017.

Honda India eyes new models but none unique

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Honda plans new products for India, including SUVs and larger sedans, but has ruled out developing models unique for the market.

FCA works with CA for IT budget optimisation tool

19 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Italy has implemented CA "Project & Portfolio Management SaaS (CA PPM SaaS)" to plan and control its IT spending, and "increase the company’s agility and responsiveness to the changing IT needs of the company" according to CA.

Geely to launch new mid-tier car brand this month

18 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

China’s Geely Automobile Holdings, which owns Volvo Cars, plans to launch a new global car brand later this week for a new range of products currently being developed jointly between Geely and Volvo, according to reports in China quoting group CEO Gui Shengyue.

São Paulo show - Honda WR-V world premiere

18 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The Honda WR-V has been confirmed as a world premiere for November's Sao Paulo International Motor Show 2016. It will join the Jeep Compass, which will make its public debut at the event, the media preview having already taken place.

Jeep Brazil sets Compass to target rivals

14 October 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Jeep, the latest brand to set up volume vehicle manufacturing in Brazil, has a clear mission for the new mid-size Compass compact SUV: sell 2,000 to 2,400 units monthly once post-launch production levels off.

Honda hopes three-plant output will boost CR-V

13 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Honda North America said its redesigned 2017 CR-V, just announced in the US, would be produced for that market at three plants in North America – East Liberty, Ohio; Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and, for the first time, in Greensburg, Indiana using local and overseas sourced parts.

Ssangyong sign MOU with Tech Mahindra/LG U+

12 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

SsangYong Motor Company has announced that the company has signed a MOU with India’s Tech Mahindra and LG U+, third largest Korean telecommunications provider, to develop technologies that will enable connected cars.

Ford SYNC hooks up with home ‘smart speakers'

4 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford is close to market introduction of a SYNC innovation that will link its in-car system to home automation devices (or ‘smart speakers’) such as Amazon Echo. It would allow drivers to control lights, thermostats and other home systems from their car and interact with their vehicle, including starting and unlocking it, from their home.

Toyota and Daihatsu to form emerging markets unit

4 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Toyota and its subsidiary Daihatsu are planning to form a new internal company that will be responsible for compact vehicles sold in emerging markets. The new entity is the result of both companies having agreed on each company's role in strengthening their compact vehicle operations in emerging markets.

New-generation Fiat engines arrive in Brazil Uno

30 September 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil's Fiat Uno has been restyled for 2017 with a new front section resembling the Italian Panda with new headlamps, front grille and bumper – and important mechanical updates.

Daimler and Renault-Nissan coop ‘deepening'

30 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

The strategic partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler is maturing as it enters its seventh year in 2016, the companies’ leaders said today in their annual media update at the Paris Motor Show.

2016 Paris motor show - premieres list

30 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The Audi Q5, Citroën C3, Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Micra, Peugeots 3008 & 5008, Porsche Panamera, Renault Alaskan and Škoda Kodiaq were the most important production models at the 2016 Paris motor show. As for design studies and prototypes, the BMW Concept X2, Generation EQ SUV from Daimler, Lexus UX, Renault Trezor and Volkswagen I.D. were the main show stoppers. Surprisingly, the BMW 5 Series, Infiniti QX50 and a mid-life facelift for the VW Golf did not appear.

Renault calls long distance with new Zoe battery

29 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Renault has confirmed a new 250-mile battery pack for the Zoe on sale later this year.

Tata's JLR details redesigned Discovery - Paris

29 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors revealed more details of its redesigned Land Rover Discovery on the eve of the Paris show.

Aston Martin commences DB11 production

28 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Aston Martin has commenced production of the DB11 for UK customers, the first core car launched under the luxury carmaker’s six-year ‘Second Century Plan’. 

Jeep launches new 'global' Compass in Brazil

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Jeep has started production of the redesigned Compass at FCA’s Brazil assembly plant in Goiana, Pernambuco and introduced the new model there.

Renault-Nissan partners Microsoft on connectivity

26 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on "next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide".

GM adds Opel diesel to Chevy Equinox line

26 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors is widening its range of diesel-powered light vehicles in the US with news that the redesigned Chevrolet 2018 Equinox compact SUV will have a 1.6-litre Opel turbodiesel option as well as 1.5- and two-litre petrol motors. The company also offers diesels in its Cruze compact car and Colorado small truck lines.

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