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Legacy is built in Layette (Indiana) and Gunma (Japan)

ANALYSIS - 2016 Subaru Legacy/Liberty 3.6

Think Subaru and you don’t immediately think ‘six-cylinder family sedan’. If the Legacy 3.6 is like no other car in the D/mid-size segment,...

Ford's new European-developed two-litre, Euro VI-compliant diesel replaces a time-served 2.2

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Diesel developments

News from Ford of Europe of a brand-new, Euro VI-compliant diesel engine line drew most eyeballs of all just-auto stories this week....

YP series Carnival introduced HMG's UM platform

ANALYSIS - 2016 Kia Carnival Platinum

At 5,115m long and 1,985mm wide, the Carnival is just too big for many of Kia’s global markets. That’s a shame as its comfort and handling m...

The ASEAN vehicle market stayed sluggish in Q1, dragged down by declines in Thailand and Indonesia

ASEAN vehicle sales fall 3.6% in Q1

New vehicle sales in south-east Asia’s six largest markets fell by 3.6% to 737,474 units in the first quarter of 2016, from 765,399 units in...

Diesel exhaust system on a PSA Group van - vehicles complied under artificial laboratory conditions will not deliver the same results in real-world driving

Comment - emissions 'failures' hardly a surprise

Surely it can have come as no surprise that more diesel engines are failing to meet emissions test targets? When the Volkswagen scandal over...

Local manufacture of the Kadjar by Renault Dongfeng. Western OEMs and suppliers with JVs in China will be closely monitoring market developments this year.

Beijing backdrop – China challenges ahead

Automotive eyes turn to the Beijing Auto Show this week....

THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW agrees a deal with the US 22 Apr 16

The biggest news this week - announced only around beer o'clock last night, UK time, was Volkswagen AG and the US Justice Department reaching a deal "in principle" to sort out the little problem of excess emissions in nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles sold Over There. On the face of it, with much more detail yet to come, it seems like a sensible agreement - Judge Charles Breyer said the settlement was expected to include a buyback offer for nearly 500,000 two-litre vehicles and a possible fix if 'regulators' - we're talking Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) here - agree on it. The settlement would include an environmental remediation fund and additional compensation to owners to sell back or have vehicles fixed. The government and Volkswagen have until late June to complete a final "consent decree" and, this is interesting, that will face public comment before taking effect.

ANALYSIS - supercharged Jaguar XF S 22 Apr 16

The XE began what is turning out to to be a major sales revival for Jaguar. Now, the addition of the XF is adding momentum - UK market brand registrations were up 45% in March - just as a long wheelbase body is announced.

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Volvo Cars swings to profit in Q1

Dave Leggett | 4 May 16 A tidy set of financial results for Håkan Samuelsson that will also go down well with parent Zhejiang Geely

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has posted Q1 earnings gains boosted by strong sales of its recently launched and high margin XC90.

SUVs drive moderate March growth across Europe

Graeme Roberts | 4 May 16 VW's US diesel emissions scandal appears to have had some effect on European sales but VW remains top brand and Golf still leads the model pack but with diminishing share

March 2016 was another positive month for European new car registrations, ending a strong first quarter which saw sales of 3.93m units, up by 8.1% year on year, according to analysis by JATO Dynamics. Although volumes grew at a slower rate (+5.6%) than recorded in February 2016 (+13.8%), positive results in 23 of the 29 markets analysed meant growth continued. YTD figures showed gains in 26 markets, with 16 of them posting double-digit growth. The March SAAR was 14.98m units.

Google self-driving car project and FCA plan co-op

Graeme Roberts | 4 May 16 Google and FCA will cooperate using hybrid versions of Chrysler's recently launched 2017 minivan line which revived the Pacifica nameplate previously used for an SUV

The Google Self-Driving Car Project and FCA have announced a claimed first-of-its-kind collaboration to integrate Google's self-driving technology into redesigned 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand Google's existing self-driving test programme. This is the first time Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle.

Recent News - (Updated: 6:52pm 4 May 2016)

Delphi Q1 results beat expectations

British car output continues growth in March

NextEV and Nanjing ink US$462m China plant deal

Daimler to start EUR500m engine plant in Poland

China's BAIC to build car assembly plant in SA

Nissan to recall 3.53m vehicles

Brembo starts first Michigan cast iron pour

Porsche names new R&D head as Hatz departs

Latest Auto Interviews

Federal-Mogul Motorparts on trends in the spark and glow plug market - Q&A 3 May 16

Matthew BeechamBert De Haes

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Bert De Haes, Group Product Manager Ignition EMEA at Federal-Mogul Motorparts about trends in the automotive spark and glow plug market.

Cruden on the changing use of simulators in the automotive industry - Q&A 19 Apr 16

Matthew BeechamMaarten van Donselaar

The Dutch simulator expert, Cruden, has reacted to the automotive industry’s call for more open architecture and affordable simulator software options that do not restrict automotive companies from working with one simulator manufacturer’s hardware. It recently launched the Panthera Software Suite, making it available to users of any desktop, static or motion simulator and using almost any vehicle model. A surprise development has been the release of a free version of the software, Panthera Free. Matthew Beecham spoke to Maarten van Donselaar, CEO to find out why.

GKN VP discusses the Twinster AWD system on the Ford Focus RS - Q&A 18 Apr 16

Matthew BeechamDr Ray Kuczera

For the new Ford Focus RS, driveline expert GKN developed a new version of its Twinster torque vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD) system. GKN Driveline’s Vice President of Global Product Technology, Dr Ray Kuczera, explains what drivers need to know about the system.

Automotive Blog

Opel CEO shares 'metrics for success'

Dave Leggett, just-auto editorial team Dave Leggett | 4 May 16

Earlier this year, Opel said that CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann would expand his social communication activities to LinkedIn as a member of the "influencer" programme limited to 500 participants worldwide

Q1 financials generally good, but will the going get tougher?

Dave Leggett, just-auto editorial team Dave Leggett | 4 May 16

We’re well into Q1 results season and there are one or two interesting straws in the wind.

just-auto takes a break

Dave Leggett, just-auto editorial team Dave Leggett | 29 Apr 16

It is raining and unseasonably cool here in the UK, a sure sign that a national holiday is imminent.

Hot Automotive Issues

Volkswagen's emissions crisis

Volkswagen's emissions crisis

Volkswagen Group is at the centre of a scandal originating in the US that has revealed the rigging of emissions tests for VW diesel models. The crisis has direct implications for Volkswagen in the US and could spread to other parts of the world.

Explore PSA Peugeot Citroën's new business plan - 'Push to Pass'

Explore PSA Peugeot Citroën's new business plan - 'Push to Pass'

PSA Peugeot Citroën has presented a new five-year business plan that includes ambitious financial targets and plans for new models. just-auto was in Paris to hear more about the new strategic priorities for PSA Groupe.

Russian Automotive Forum - domestic suppliers take centre stage

Russian Automotive Forum - domestic suppliers take centre stage

As Russia continues to endure severe economic challenges, framed by extremely low oil prices and international sanctions, it is local suppliers who suddenly find themselves at a competitive advantage. The Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow provided a vital platform for their views and just-auto was in the Russian capital to report.

Geneva Motor Show 2016

Geneva Motor Show 2016

Early March brings the promise of spring and the annual Geneva Motor Show. As well as providing a showcase for new models and concepts aimed at Europe, the industry's top executives also gather for networking, gossip and the inevitable media scrums. just-auto walked the walk and talked the talk at the 86th Geneva Show - held at Palexpo, conveniently adjacent to the airport

Auto Market Research

Global light vehicle roof systems market- forecasts to 2030

Global light vehicle roof systems market- forecasts to 2030

This QUBE report from just-auto provides a comprehensive overview of the global automotive roof systems sector, major suppliers, top 14 markets, technology trends and market size forecasts. Use this report to gain a quick overview of the sector globally and to understand the size and scope of the world's key markets.. Read more

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Global light vehicle seating market- forecasts to 2030

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Global light vehicle ignition systems and plugs market- forecasts to 2030

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Global light vehicle steering market- forecasts to 2030

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Global light vehicle front end modules market- forecasts to 2030

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