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Ex-Audi CEO stays banged up14 Aug 18

Suspended Audi CEO and board chairman Rupert Stadler has lost an appeal to be released from jail amid continuing 'dieselgate' investigations....read more


South Korea urges BMW ban ahead of safety checks14 Aug 18

The South Korean government has urged local authorities across the country to ban from their roads BMWs that have recently been recalled but have yet to be inspected....read more


Japanese EV start-up creates parts platform to help suppliers14 Aug 18

A Japanese electric car start-up called GLM is to rent out core components to assist suppliers in developing more parts for EVs....read more


Ford unit partners with Alibaba cloud14 Aug 18

Autonomic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, has signed a MoU with Alibaba Cloud to 'bring to China the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC)'. The TMC is described as an open, cloud...read more


Optare supplies 31 electric buses for London14 Aug 18

Optare is to supply 31 all-electric double deck buses to Transport for London (TfL) to start operation next summer....read more


China vehicle sales fall 4% in July14 Aug 18

New vehicle sales in China fell by over 4% to 1.89 million units in July from 1.97 million units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


Mercedes-Benz US tackles critical technician shortage14 Aug 18

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) has launched a partnership with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) in Louisville, Kentucky to tackle the critical shortage of qualified automotive technicians i...read more


Dongfeng accelerates 'Green 2022 Plan'14 Aug 18

Dongfeng Motor (DFL) has announced that it will accelerate the "Green 2022 Plan" rollout with a focus on green products, production and materials reuse....read more


BMW Group sales inch up to new record in July14 Aug 18

Worldwide sales of BMW Group vehicles reached a total of 181,051 units in July (+0.2%; BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles) bringing year-to-date sales up to 1,423,565 vehicles (+1.6%). Sales of its X ...read more


Enel X secures EUR115m EIB charging station loan14 Aug 18

Enel X Mobility has negotiated a ten-year, EUR115m (US$131m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to install around 14,000 charging stations in Italy....read more


Project G20 and other key cars in BMW's future14 Aug 18

BMW AG is the next OEM in just-auto's future models series. First up it's BMW cars. This includes e plug-in hybrids but no i models: these will feature in a separate piece. ...read more


Four suppliers start composites consortium14 Aug 18

Solvay, Premium Aerotec and Faurecia Clean Mobility, have launched IRG CosiMo (Industry Research Group: Composites for Sustainable Mobility)....read more


Hyundai mulls fuel cell truck - report13 Aug 18

Hyundai Motor is reviewing production of hydrogen fuel cell trucks and hoping to achieve economies of scale in hydrogen powered mobility, according to a senior executive's remarks in an interview with...read more


Hands-On Tech - SsangYong Rexton13 Aug 18

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT ) reporting series, we put Korean manufacturer SsangYong’s system to the test. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in de...read more


Hands-On Tech - Hyundai KONA Premium GT13 Aug 18

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we put the Hyundai KONA’s Blue Link system to the test. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail...read more


Saudi sovereign fund involved in Tesla buyout deal - report13 Aug 18

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund (called the 'Public Investment Fund' - PIF) is reportedly working to be part of any investor pool that emerges to take Tesla private....read more


Williams revs up the EV market13 Aug 18

Williams Advanced Engineering is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. It specialises in advanced lightweight materials, hybrid power systems and electronics, aerodyn...read more


Hyundai reveals next-gen Separated Sound Zone technology13 Aug 18

Hyundai Motor Company has revealed for the first time, its next-generation Separated Sound Zone (SSZ) technology that allows each passenger of a vehicle to experience an audio stream tailored to their...read more


Navya secures EUR30m EIB loan13 Aug 18

Navya has signed a EUR30m (US$4.6m) financing agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB)....read more


Ford sales in China down 32% in July13 Aug 18

Ford brand sales in China from its joint ventures and imports to the world's biggest car market were 32% down on last year's pace during the month of July. Much of the decline was in car sales from it...read more


Virginia awards charging contract to EVgo Services13 Aug 18

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a Notice of Intent to award a contract to EVgo Services to develop a State-wide public electric vehicle charging network....read more


Vietnam vehicle sales rise 4% in July13 Aug 18

New vehicle sales in Vietnam rose by 3.6% to 20,044 units in July from already weak year earlier sales of 19,345 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Associ...read more


UQM wins US$3m in fuel cell orders13 Aug 18

UQM has secured new and follow on orders from several unnamed Chinese fuel cell companies including a Chinese OEM customer, for delivery this year and into 2019....read more


Sumitomo Rubber starts South Africa production13 Aug 18

Sumitomo Rubber has started production of truck and bus tyres at its Ladysmith, South Africa facililty to supply the Afircan continent....read more


Building another Lexus in the US - the week10 Aug 18

News Toyota's longest-standing 'transplant' facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, had started production of a new Lexus was the top story on just-auto this week....read more


Production of revised Skoda Fabia starts10 Aug 18

Skoda says it has given its Fabia model a 'comprehensive facelift' and the first of the revised series has rolled off the production line in Mladá Boleslav....read more


Horiba Automotive Test Systems to acquire FuelCon AG10 Aug 18

Horiba Europe GmbH has announced that it has agreed terms for the acquisition of FuelCon AG. ...read more


Hyundai unveils 'N' brand principles at Nürburgring10 Aug 18

Hyundai Motor Company’s Thomas Schemera and Albert Biermann have unveiled the ‘N’ brand philosophy and vision at the Nürburgring in Germany, highlighting the company’s goal to create 'high performance...read more


Ford to launch 'new performance vehicle' at Gamescom10 Aug 18

A sign of the times - as real and virtual worlds collide at Gamescom, Ford will reveal a new performance vehicle for both drivers and gamers....read more


Porsche SE H1 profit EUR1.9bn10 Aug 18

Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) booked a first half profit of EUR1.9bn, up from EUR1.87bn the previous year and an increase of 2%....read more


Adient's CTO on megatrends and cutting development time10 Aug 18

At the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan recently just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Dr Detlef Juerss, Vice President Engineering & Chief Technology Office, Adient to dis...read more


Tesla board to meet on Musk's 'go private' plan10 Aug 18

Tesla's board of directors is taking Elon Musk's offer to take the company private seriously and plans to meet with financial advisors next week to explore his proposal, reports say....read more


Russian/French authorities back BlaBlaCar vehicle pooling10 Aug 18

Vehicle sharing operator, BlaBlaCar says it has secured backing from Russian and French authorities as its reach continues to expand...read more


Hella to restructure aftermarket arm, outlines future business plans10 Aug 18

The lighting and electronics specialist Hella is restructuring its aftermarket business....read more


Jaguar Land Rover says July sales reflect 'market uncertainty'10 Aug 18

Jaguar Land Rover said retail sales in July fell 21.6% year on year to 36,144 vehicles "primarily reflecting transitional issues in certain markets"....read more


Ningbo Jifeng ups Grammer share to 74%10 Aug 18

Chinese supplier, Ningbo Jifeng has increased its share in Grammer to 74% in a mandatory disclosure in accordance with Section 23 of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act (WpÜG)....read more


Centrica ploughs finance into Israeli EV charging company10 Aug 18

Centrica is making what it describes as a "multi-million pound" investment in Israeli EV end-to-end charging software solutions company....read more


Project BP23 Speedtail and future McLaren cars9 Aug 18

Only last month, McLaren Automotive announced a shake-up of its former Track22 business strategy, extending the programme to the end of 2025. So it's the perfect time to take a fresh look at the compa...read more


Monterey Week world debuts list - Infiniti concept9 Aug 18

Monterey Automotive Week, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, will take place on California's Monterey Peninsula later this month. There will be various concept and new model world premier...read more


Honda recalls more cars in China for 'cold-climate engine issue'9 Aug 18

Honda will recall 69,090 UR-V sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in China, market regulators were quoted as saying on Thursday, a result of a cold-climate engine problem that has already forced the recall ...read more


Skoda invests at Kvasiny ahead of Superb PHEV9 Aug 18

VW-Group owned Skoda is modernising its Kvasiny production site and adding a new 'competence centre'. The car manufacturer now combines a testing and quality centre, a logistics training centre, an ev...read more


'Half Russians would favour cabs against own cars' - Yandex Taxi9 Aug 18

Russian mobility provider, Yandex Taxi, claims around half of car drivers in the country would give up their vehicles in favour of using taxis....read more


Yanfeng on adapting to new industry challenges9 Aug 18

At the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan recently just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Yanfeng Automotive Interiors’ Executive Director Research, Technology & New Mobility ...read more


Volkswagen sets July sales record9 Aug 18

The Volkswagen brand boosted sales 8.4% year on year to 505,900 vehicles in July....read more


Tata Motors ramps up Sanand plant output9 Aug 18

Tata Motors has announced a ramp-up of output at its Sanand car manufacturing plant, taking it to full capacity utilisation at around 150,000 units per annum....read more


More automakers caught cheating on Japanese tests9 Aug 18

Mazda has been implicated for the first time in a series of emissions testing scandals at Japanese automakers, while Suzuki was one of the first companies found to have falsified data, a Japanese news...read more


Germans set up in Thailand to support EVs and hybrids9 Aug 18

German engineering consultancy FEV Group has set up a subsidiary in Thailand, according to local reports, as it looks to support the country's nascent electric/hybrid vehicle industry....read more


China vehicle imports plunge9 Aug 18

Imports of new vehicles into China by vehicle manufacturers plunged by over 87% to 15,000 units in June, according to customs data released by the China Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) as it hig...read more


Mercedes tech for updated SsangYong Turismo9 Aug 18

Even though its shareholding in SsangYong was sold long ago, Daimler retains links to the Mahindra-owned maker of mainly SUVs. Not only does the just-updated Turismo gain a new Mercedes-Benz transmiss...read more


Show report - Jakarta Motor Show 20189 Aug 18

A rather low-key 26th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) kicked off last week, despite the attendance of the country’s President Joko Widodo, with little in the way of important new mo...read more


VW Design changes approach with digitalisation8 Aug 18

Volkswagen Design has completely changed its working methods over the past two years as it goes digital....read more


Delphi Technologies Q2 net income up 79% to US$86m8 Aug 18

Delphi Technologies has unveiled second-quarter net income of US$86m, up from US$48m in the same period last year....read more


BMW extends diesel recall to Europe8 Aug 18

BMW now is recalling about 324,000 diesel vehicles in Europe to fix a technical fault that has caused engine fires in South Korea, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) was reported to...read more


Ford introduces upper body exoskeletal technology for assembly workers8 Aug 18

Ford employees in 15 plants worldwide who perform repetitive overhead tasks now have assistance from a new upper body exoskeletal technology called EksoVest....read more


Global automotive market report - Q2 20188 Aug 18

The global automotive market is continuing to grow, according to analysis carried out by just-auto. However, demand in key markets is easing as concerns rise over the outlook. Dave Leggett provides a ...read more


Magna Q2 net income up 14% to US$626m8 Aug 18

Magna has posted second-quarter net income attributable to Magna International, up 14% to US$626m....read more


ZF VP on tomorrow’s electronic braking systems8 Aug 18

The apparently simple issue of braking continues to be a major issue for chassis system designers. Drivers are, of course, concerned that in an emergency their semi- and ultimately fully-automated ve...read more


Elon Musk mulls taking Tesla private8 Aug 18

Elon Musk appears to be seriously considering turning publicly listed Tesla into a private company....read more


Gentherm appoints Barbara Runyon as SVP8 Aug 18

Gentherm has appointed Barbara Runyon as senior vice president and chief human resources officer, reporting to president and CEO, Phil Eyler....read more


Buick adds pay-for-gas to infotainment system8 Aug 18

Owners of some Buick models can now pay for fuel at ExxonMobil service stations using their vehicles' infotainment systems....read more


Pirelli and Hixih create China joint venture8 Aug 18

Pirelli is to create a joint venture with Hixih Group, which will own, through the company Jining Shenzhou Tyre, a new consumer production plant in China....read more


Mazda starts JV with oil company to reduce CO28 Aug 18

Mazda Motor said it would begin a joint research project with Saudi Aramco and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) aimed at making internal combustion engin...read more


Japan sales rise 3% in July8 Aug 18

Japan's new vehicle market rose by 3.3% to 441,534 units in July from already strong year earlier sales of 427,547 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers ...read more


Ford and Jiangling develop new SUV for China8 Aug 18

Ford is working with Chinese partner Jiangling (JMC) to bring a new Ford-branded midsize SUV to the Chinese market in 2019....read more


Schaeffler and Paravan sign JV for drive-by-wire8 Aug 18

Schaeffler Group has inked a joint venture with Paravan to develop drive-by-wire technology subject to regulatory approval by Germany's Federal Cartel Office....read more


Chengdu motor show world debuts list - Ford Territory8 Aug 18

The public premiere of the Ford Territory, a special SUV for China, will take place at the Chengdu motor show. Below is a list of vehicle world premieres, with many more to be added during the coming ...read more


UK awards GBP35m for low carbon technology research8 Aug 18

Britain's Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has secured GBP35m (US$45m) of government funding to develop low carbon technology....read more


BMW Korea apologises over diesel engine fires7 Aug 18

BMW's South Korean unit reportedly has apologised over a spate of engine fires, estimated by the country's transport ministry at 27 from January to July, that has prompted a government probe and a maj...read more


Daimler halts Iran expansion7 Aug 18

Daimler has said it had dropped plans to expand its Iran business in reaction to renewed US sanctions, which came into effect on Tuesday (7 August)....read more


Tesla starts recruitment for Chinese EV factory7 Aug 18

Tesla reportedly has started recruiting workers for its new Shanghai factory, according to job postings on its website, just a month after it signed agreements with local authorities for the US$2bn pr...read more


Luxift acquires Objective Software7 Aug 18

Luxoft, the system integration and development partner for over 30 automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers behind Daimler's new infotainment system in the Mercedes A-Class, has acquired a German-based so...read more


West European car market up 9.1% in July - boosted by WLTP7 Aug 18

Data from LMC Automotive shows that West European car registrations increased by 9.1% in year-on-year (YoY) terms in July. The regional annualised selling rate also nudged up, from 14.6m units a year ...read more


Deloitte on the risks facing suppliers in the CASE world7 Aug 18

At the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan recently just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Neal Ganguli Deloitte's US automotive practice leader to discuss how suppliers can ma...read more


Tata Motors' Sanand plant now at 100% utilisation7 Aug 18

Tata Motors is making new plans for its Sanand plant, now operating at 100% capacity utilisation....read more


Taiwan sales rise 4% in July7 Aug 18

New vehicle sales in Taiwan rose by 4.0% to 43,056 in July from 41,392 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing company data, while month-on-month the market was up by almost 14%....read more


Russia July car and LCV sales rise 10%7 Aug 18

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased by 10.6% in July, fuelling the country's robust recovery in the auto sector....read more


Daimler to produce battery powered Smart cars in China7 Aug 18

Daimler is in talks with a joint venture partner to produce battery powered versions of its two seat, Smart ForTwo car in China, according to local reports quoting industry insiders....read more


Cooper Tire Q2 net income falls US$30m to US$15m7 Aug 18

Cooper Tire has reported second-quarter net income of US$15m, down from US$45m last year....read more


Future vehicles - Mercedes-Benz EQ electrified models7 Aug 18

A series which examines the existing and next models for Daimler's passenger vehicle divisions now concludes with a look at what's coming for the EQ sub-brand. This follows recent features on Denza, s...read more


Ferrari adopts low-bake paint technology from PPG7 Aug 18

Thanks to on-going collaboration with PPG, Ferrari has introduced a low temperature paint system, making it the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt the new 'Low Cure' clear coats technology....read more


New Tata does well in NCAP crash test7 Aug 18

In the first set of #SaferCarsForIndia results for 2018, Global NCAP has released the result of the crash tests conducted on the recently launched Tata Nexon....read more


Thor teams with UPS for LA electric truck test7 Aug 18

UPS is partnering with Thor Trucks to develop and test a fully-electric class 6 delivery truck in Los Angeles for deployment this year....read more


Mitsubishi Indonesia boosting Xpander output7 Aug 18

Mitsubishi Motors said it would increase production of its Xpander small MPV following strong demand from customers in the ASEAN region....read more


Xtalic supplies EV charger connector alloys7 Aug 18

Xtalic has unveiled its Xtronic and Luna nano-structured alloys to lengthen the service lives of electric vehicle charger connectors....read more


Interior design and technology – Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross7 Aug 18

Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV appeared in UK car showrooms earlier this year. The carmaker has high hopes for this model but how will it fare against the lik...read more


UK LCV sales off 5.9% in July6 Aug 18

UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales declined by 5.9% in July, with 23,309 vans and pick-ups registered, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data....read more


Mercedes sets seven month sales record6 Aug 18

Mercedes-Benz sales in the first seven months of 2018 rose 2.3% year on year to a record 1,356,350 vehicles....read more


Toyota and Ricardo develop second fuel cell electric zero emissions truck6 Aug 18

Toyota has unveiled the second iteration of its Project Portal hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck....read more


Samvardhana Motherson acquires Reydel Automotive6 Aug 18

Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems (SMRP) says it has successfully completed the acquisition of Reydel Automotive Group....read more


Grammer to establish new India joint R&D facility6 Aug 18

Grammer is to establish a new India R&D joint venture facility with AllyGrow Technologies based in Pune, Western India. ...read more


Toyota Kentucky plant now building 2019 Lexus ES3506 Aug 18

Production of the redesigned 2019 Lexus ES350 on a new platform has begun at Toyota Motor's longest established US assembly site in Georgetown, Kentucky....read more


Faraday Future appoints new chief administrative officer6 Aug 18

Faraday Future (FF) has appointed Henry Liu as global chief administrative officer (CAO), global executive vice president and global general counsel, based at the company’s Gardena, Los Angeles, Calif...read more


BYD secures Italian ebuses order6 Aug 18

BYD has won a tender for the delivery of six 12-metre ebuses to operator, Busitalia Veneto in Padua, Italy....read more


UK new car market up 1.2% in July6 Aug 18

The UK new car market remained stable in July, with year-on-year demand growing by 1.2%, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Car2go starts Chicago operations6 Aug 18

Car2go has started operations in Chicago, making the American city the company's tenth US location....read more


Valeo VP on future mobility solutions6 Aug 18

Partial driver autonomy already exists in the form of automated parking systems and advanced driver assistance features. For its part, Valeo is pushing back the technical boundaries of automation to a...read more


China Yuchai sets up exhaust emissions subsidiary6 Aug 18

China Yuchai International says it has established a new subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Exhaust Technology (YETC) to design, produce and sell exhaust emission control systems for Chinese commercial vehicl...read more


Continental H1 profit up 4% to EUR1.6bn6 Aug 18

Continental has posted first-half net income up 4% to EUR1.6bn (US$1.8bn), with sales growth rising 5.4% to EUR22.4bn....read more


Traverse, the great divide - a tough CASE to crack 6 Aug 18

There’s a great deal of consternation in the auto industry presently, but that concern is divided in to two camps. On the one hand, there are those in the here and now anxious about whether total indu...read more


Potential disruption in the EV market - the week3 Aug 18

'Could this 'breakthrough' in energy storage disrupt the EV market?' was the most-read story on just-auto this week and little wonder....read more


Ford Valencia workers use body tracking technology3 Aug 18

Technology typically used by top sport stars to raise their game, or ensure their signature skills are accurately replicated in leading video games, is now being used on an auto assembly line....read more


Mitsubishi Motors opens new training centre in Vietnam3 Aug 18

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it had taken a further step to improve customer service and satisfaction with the opening of a new training centre in Vietnam....read more


Tesla to fund Chinese plant through local loans3 Aug 18

Tesla plans to fund a new wholly-owned production plant in Shanghai by borrowing from local banks in China, the company said in its quarterly statement....read more


Envision to take control of Nissan battery business3 Aug 18

China-based energy company Envision has announced that it will acquire a controlling stake in Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), the electric battery operations and production facilities of ...read more


Volvo Cars global sales up 15% in July 20183 Aug 18

Volvo Cars global sales were up 15% in July, compared with the same month last year....read more


Audi and Ericsson to use 5G for automotive production3 Aug 18

Audi and Ericsson are announcing plans to pioneer the use of 5G technology for automotive production....read more


SEAT adds digital cockpit to Arona and Ibiza models3 Aug 18

VW-Group owned brand SEAT is bringing its customisable 'Digital Cockpit to the Arona and Ibiza models....read more


Adopting smart digital technologies "vital" for manufacturing3 Aug 18

At a time when increased visibility across factory floor and supply chain operations is gaining importance more than ever to boost productivity and gain competitive advantage, adopting smart digital t...read more


Toyota posts 7.2% jump in quarterly net profit3 Aug 18

Toyota has posted a 7.2% jump in quarterly net profit (first quarter fiscal year, ended June 30) with net income at 657.3 billion yen....read more


JATO warns disparity between WLTP correlated NEDC values and existing NEDC data3 Aug 18

JATO Dynamics said re-homologation to the WLTP test cycle is having a more significant impact than previously thought on NEDC correlated values obtained under WLTP, which are calculated using co2mpas....read more


Daimler future models - Mercedes-AMG cars and SUVs3 Aug 18

Following a recently published walk through the ranges of current and future Denza, smart, Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-Benz cars and Mercedes-Benz SUVs, it is now the turn for Mercedes-AMG. An explorat...read more


UK automotive supply chain reaps GBP54m competitiveness boost3 Aug 18

England's automotive supply chain has benefited from a GBP54m boost to its competitiveness over a four-year period, thanks to a government funded scheme which closed last week....read more


South Korean sales rise 2.4% in July3 Aug 18

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined rose by 2.4% to 133,792 vehicles in July from 130,611 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released indi...read more


Is Lexus' new flagship now just too complex?2 Aug 18

It would be fair to say I initially did not get on too well with the latest Lexus LS. I've always liked the big sedan which started out in 1989 ('91 for me) with a V8 and a mission to clobber the like...read more


Composites poised for wider automotive use, supplier claims2 Aug 18

German supplier ZSK has launched a series of innovations to an increasingly important carbon composite manufacturing technique, which, it claims, will finally overcome the cost and productivity challe...read more


How Industry 4.0 is helping IAC build car interiors of the future…2 Aug 18

Founded in 2005 by billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (now US Secretary of State for Commerce), International Automotive Components (IAC) is a Tier I supplier of interior systems and components speciali...read more


GM names senior vice president, global public policy2 Aug 18

General Motors today named Everett Eissenstat as senior vice president, global public policy, effective immediately. He will report to GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra....read more


BMW says it 'remains on course' despite Q2 profit dip2 Aug 18

BMW Group has reported a dip in profits for the second quarter but maintains that it remains firmly on course as it prepares to 'meet the demands of tomorrow'....read more


Daimler aims for sustainable supply chain2 Aug 18

To ensure a sustainable raw material supply chain, Daimler has joined associations, organisations and competitors in a number of initiatives....read more


Axalta expands Texas production facility2 Aug 18

Axalta is expanding its Jacksonville, Texas production facility by 30,000 square feet....read more


Apollo Tyres posts US$37.5m Q1 profit2 Aug 18

Apollo Tyre has reported first-quarter profit of INR2.52bn (US$37.57m) on net sales of INR42.49bn....read more


Magneti Marelli to acquire 'SmartMeUp' software company2 Aug 18

Magneti Marelli has announced the signing of an agreement for the acquisition of 100% of SmartMeUp, a French start-up operating in the field of "perception software" aimed at autonomous driving, smart...read more


Porsche increases revenue and operating result in first half2 Aug 18

Porsche AG said it increased its operating result, revenue, deliveries and number of employees in the first half of 2018....read more


Suppliers must adapt to survive - Freudenberg CEO2 Aug 18

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies CEO Claus Moehlenkamp has told delegates at the Centre for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS) conference in Traverse City that suppliers must a...read more


Keihin and Horiba Mira team on E-powertrains2 Aug 18

Keihin is developing a range of new system technologies for future E-powertrain vehicles, supported by Horiba Mira....read more


NZ sales "held steady" in July2 Aug 18

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association (MIA) said July new vehicle sales were the second best result for the month on record....read more


July comes up a selling weekend short in US 2 Aug 18

After a surprisingly strong June, July's US light vehicle sales results were more in line with 2018 projections....read more


Aptiv teams with Hertz for Las Vegas autonomous vehicles2 Aug 18

Hertz and its fleet management subsidiary, Donlen, are to partner with Aptiv to operate and manage the supplier's Las Vegas autonomous vehicles....read more


Back-in-black Opel eyes new export opportunities1 Aug 18

The recent news that Opel/Vauxhall is now profitable after years of losses under previous owner General Motors has been accompanied by an upbeat assessment of opportunities ahead for the under-pressur...read more


ANALYSIS - VW483 Volkswagen Arteon 1.5 TSI Evo1 Aug 18

After launching the CC-replacing Arteon a year ago in Europe with a range of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, Volkswagen has now added its 1.5-litre TSI, extending the all-turbo line-up of this bi...read more


VW eyes in-house solid state battery cell production1 Aug 18

Volkswagen is considering producing its own solid state battery cells with possible serial production from 2024 or 2025, its chief executive said on Wednesday....read more


Ferrari Q2 profit rises, confirms outlook1 Aug 18

Ferrari reported a 7% rise in second-quarter adjusted core earnings and confirmed its outlook for the year, Reuters reported....read more


Jaguar Land Rover books first quarter pre-tax loss1 Aug 18

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover Automotive has reported a a pre-tax loss of GBP264m for the three-month period ending 30 June 2018....read more


VW Group posts Q2 operating profit up 22.7%1 Aug 18

Volkswagen Group has posted a positive set of quarterly financial results that exceeded analyst expectations, despite incurring additional costs connected with 'dieselgate' follow-up actions....read more


Ford promises unique towing tech for US Ranger1 Aug 18

Ford says its 2019 Ford Ranger - its return to the mid-size US truck segment - will offer innovative towing technology not available elsewhere when sales start later this year....read more


Mahindra’s new MPV named Marazzo1 Aug 18

Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) has named its new global 7-seater MPV model, codenamed U321, as Marazzo. Derived from the Basque language, the word ‘Marazzo’ means shark and is linked to the vehicle’s sha...read more


Mahle opens new UK test and certification centre1 Aug 18

Mahle has opened its new Worldwide Harmonised Light Duty test procedure (WLTP) and Real Driving Emissions (RDE)-capable test centre (RDEC) in Northampton in the UK....read more


Eaton Q2 net profit up 18% to US$610m1 Aug 18

Eaton has recorded net profit up 18% to US$610m for the second quarter of this year, while sales rose 7% to US$5.5bn....read more


Continental Structural to add SMC line at Pouance facility1 Aug 18

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a Teijin Group Company, is to install a sheet moulding compound (SMC) line at its facility in Pouance, France, to support the need for its composite formulations...read more


Voss to create 1,000 new jobs in Bulgaria1 Aug 18

Bulgaria's Lovech Municipality says German supplier, Voss Automotive is to create 1,000 new jobs by utilising an existing factory in Bahovitsa....read more


Daimler's Bremen plant starts on C-Class facelift1 Aug 18

Daimler said its Mercedes-Benz plant Bremen built the first facelifted C-Class saloon during full capacity and within one day....read more


Cooper Standard Q2 profit rises 3.5% to US$42m1 Aug 18

Cooper Standard has posted second-quarter net income up 3.5% to US$41.9m, with sales increasing 2% to US$928m....read more


Zilina plant central to Kia Europe success31 Jul 18

Kia's relatively new Zilina, Slovakia car factory (production started with the first c'eed in 2006) is, like most greenfield facilities these days, more than a one-site shop. It's what the US calls a ...read more


BMW recalls 106,000 cars in South Korea31 Jul 18

BMW Korea is recalling over 106,000 cars after a group of customers filed a lawsuit against it and one of its local dealers over faulty parts that allegedly led to engine fires....read more


Honda raises full-year profit forecast, helped by weaker yen31 Jul 18

Honda has raised its profit outlook as stronger sales in the US have helped it post a gain of 11% in quarterly operating profit (fiscal first quarter ended 30 June) to 299.3 billion yen, beating analy...read more


Aptiv posts Q2 net income down 2% to US$291m31 Jul 18

Aptiv has reported second-quarter net income of US$291m, down 2% from the comparable period last year, while revenue rose 12% to US$3.7bn....read more


Panasonic sees Tesla battery profit by October31 Jul 18

Panasonic on Tuesday said it expects its battery business with Tesla to contribute to profit from the second half of its business year, as volume production of Model 3 cars increases....read more


Denso sees JPY70-80bn yen hit from US import restrictions - reports31 Jul 18

Denso said on Tuesday it expects to take a hit of up to JPY80bn (US$719m) this year if the US raises auto tariffs, Reuters reported, citing Japanese media....read more


Interview - ex-Renault CEO Louis Schweitzer31 Jul 18

Among a long list of French industrialists treading a familiar path through Paris' elite business universities, is Louis Schweitzer, whose storied and glittering career takes in a breathtaking canter ...read more


BMW to build new plant in Hungary31 Jul 18

BMW is to build a new manufacturing facility in Hungary, close to the town of Debrecen....read more


Daimler selects Solace for Mercedes Me app technology31 Jul 18

Daimler has selected Solace to provide the technology powering its Mercedes Me app and associated services by streaming information between vehicles and back-end applications....read more


New Mexican turbo factory to meet North American demand31 Jul 18

Chinese turbocharger specialist BMTS Technology is to open a new factory in Saltillo, in the Mexican state of Coahuila, to meet increased demand from automakers in North America....read more


Malaysia considering restrictions on auto imports31 Jul 18

Malaysia's newly-elected prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, said his government was considering introducing new restrictions on car imports to help nurture the country's "infant" domestic automotive in...read more


Volkswagen names new brand COO31 Jul 18

Ralf Brandstatter, 49, the Volkswagen brand's board level head of procurement, has been named chief operating officer (COO) of the brand from 1 August, 2018....read more


Production for UK market plunges 47% in June31 Jul 18

Although UK car production for export markets held up in June, production for the UK domestic market was some 47.2% down on last year's pace....read more


Britain boosts commercial vehicle output in June as YTD slows31 Jul 18

British commercial vehicle manufacturing grew 6.1% in June with 7,769 vehicles leaving production lines, according to the data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Paris motor show world debuts list - Skoda Karoq Scout31 Jul 18

Skoda has announced that the world premiere of the Karoq Scout will take place at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile....read more


Future models - Mercedes-Benz SUVs31 Jul 18

Following a recently published look at current and future Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, now comes a round-up of what's ahead for SUVs and the X-Class pick-up. This series, which has also looked at Den...read more


SAIC-Volkswagen to establish Audi division30 Jul 18

SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Company, a joint venture between Shanghai-based SAIC Motor and Volkswagen, plans to set up a separate division for the production and sale of Audi models in China, according...read more


Potential US tariff on auto parts imports credit negative for suppliers: Moody's30 Jul 18

The US imposing tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts would be broadly credit negative for parts manufacturers that are part of a global supply chain, Moody's Investors Service said in a new rep...read more


SUVs drive up European car market30 Jul 18

A market review of the European car market by JATO shows that first-half sales were driven by the continued boom in SUV sales and strong demand across the region....read more


Does Ford want new AV operation to function like a tech startup?30 Jul 18

Ford's decision to makes its autonomous-driving business a semi-autonomous operation in downtown Detroit, separate from corporate HQ in Dearborn, is because the automaker hopes Ford Autonomous Vehicle...read more


Renault-Nissan Alliance global sales up 5.1% in H1 201830 Jul 18

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the automotive alliance, has announced that combined unit sales at its member companies rose 5.1% to a new record of 5,538,530 vehicles in the six months to 30 June 2018....read more


Could this ‘breakthrough’ in energy storage disrupt the EV market?30 Jul 18

A French startup, spun off from the nuclear industry, is using nanotechnology to make the next generation of battery. NAWA Technologies’ Ultra Fast Carbon Battery is a carbon-based ultracapacitor that...read more


ZF records H1 adjusted operating profit down to EUR1.1bn30 Jul 18

ZF has posted first-half adjusted operating profit down from EUR1.2bn (US$1.4bn) to EUR1.1bn, while sales rose to EUR18.7bn....read more


Teijin Frontier to acquire auto interior materials specialist JH Ziegler30 Jul 18

Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group's fibre and products converting company, announced it had agreed to acquire JH Ziegler, a leading supplier of automotive interior materials in Germany, at a cost of a...read more


BMW to raise prices in China due to tariffs30 Jul 18

BMW is to raise prices in China on the back of higher import tariffs levied on vehicles shipped there from the US....read more


Webasto appoints Franz-Josef Kortüm as chairman 30 Jul 18

Webasto has elected Franz-Josef Kortüm as chairman succeeding Werner Baier....read more


JLR updates Range Rover with new diesel and driver assistance30 Jul 18

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has updated its premium Range Rover line with a new engine and more driver assistance items....read more


BorgWarner Q2 net earnings up 28% to US$272m30 Jul 18

BorgWarner has posted second-quarter net earnings up 28% to US$272m, while net sales rose 13% to US$2.7bn....read more


A sad changing of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles guard - the week27 Jul 18

A sad changing of the guard - vale Sergio Marchionne - was the most popular story here on just-auto this week. In what could be seen as a prescient move, we had only recently published Ray Hutton's in...read more


Hyundai Motor and union strike deal27 Jul 18

Hyundai Motor and its 51,000-strong trade union have reached an agreement on pay, according to Korean media reports....read more


Hyundai Motor profit down 37% in H1 201827 Jul 18

Hyundai Motor has posted a first half decline of 37.1% to operating profit as it was hit by a strong Korean currency and higher costs....read more


Visteon Q2 net income falls 29% to US$35m27 Jul 18

Visteon has recorded second-quarter net income down 29% to US$35m, while sales also dipped from US$774m to US$758m....read more


Chassis Brakes opens Germany engineering centre27 Jul 18

Chassis Brakes International is opening a new 5,000-square-meter sales and application engineering centre in Heilbronn, Germany....read more


Toyota getting serious about lower hydrogen power costs27 Jul 18

Toyota is designing hydrogen powered, lower-cost, mass market passenger cars and SUVs and shifting the technology into buses and trucks to build economies of scale, a media report said....read more


Nissan quarterly profit slumps 29%27 Jul 18

Nissan Motor has posted quarterly operating profit (Q1 fiscal year, period ended June 30) of 109.1bn yen, some 29% down on last year. Revenues for the quarter were down 1.6% at 2.72 trillion yen and N...read more


VDL wins 55-strong Holland electric bus order27 Jul 18

Rotterdam public transport company, RET has ordered 55 Citeas Electric vehicles from VDL Bus & Coach....read more


Veoneer optimistic after poor second quarter27 Jul 18

Veoneer, spun off from Autolive, has reported second quarter sales up 1% to $572m. ...read more


Daimler plans to split into three consolidated business areas27 Jul 18

Daimler has unveiled plans for a new corporate structure designed to give its major business areas greater agility ahead of major challenges and transformation in the mobility and automotive sector. I...read more


Chevrolet Brazil gives Spin a stylish facelift27 Jul 18

The Brazilian minivan market has lost much of its sparkle yet the Chevrolet Spin still has a strong presence in the segment, including taxi service, but has always been criticised for its controversia...read more


Renault unveils H1 operating margin up 5% to EUR1.9bn27 Jul 18

Renault has recorded half-year operating margin up 5% to EUR1.9bn (US$2.2bn) compared with EUR1.8bn last year, representing 6.4% of revenue....read more


Future models - Mercedes-Benz cars27 Jul 18

The latest car maker to have its current and future models scutinised is Daimler AG. Following a recently published look at Mercedes-Maybach, Denza and smart; now comes a round-up of what's ahead for ...read more


Gestamp records Q2 profit up 17% to EUR136m27 Jul 18

Gestamp has unveiled second-quarter net profit up 16.5% to EUR136m (US$158m), while revenue rose 9% to EUR2.2bn....read more


Lear posts record Q2 proft up 6% to US331m27 Jul 18

Lear has reported record second-quarter net income up 6% to US$331m and sales of US$5.6bn....read more


Kia sows a new Ceed in Europe26 Jul 18

Kia Motors (UK) insiders like to stress the importance of the Ceed C-segment model line (originally named c'eed for reasons which escaped me). It was the automaker's first European built model - follo...read more


Adient CEO promises improvement after poor Q3 results26 Jul 18

Global automotive seating specialist Adient announced disappointing third quarter results....read more


Leadership succession and the Renault-Nissan Alliance - COMMENT26 Jul 18

The Renault-Nissan Alliance (Mitsubishi Motors was added in 2016) has been quite a success story. In an industry driven by the manufacturing economics of scale, companies coming together have shown mi...read more


North America volume, European emissions, hit Visteon's Q226 Jul 18

Visteon Corporation second quarter (Q2) 2018 net profit was US$35m ($1.17 per share) compared with $45m ($1.41) a year ago on sales of $758m versus $774m....read more


Thailand gives Nissan and Honda incentives to make hybrids26 Jul 18

The Thai government this week formally agreed to incentivise two major investments in the country's automotive sector, worth a combined THB16.78bn (US$505m), after delays of almost a year....read more


BAIC starts X25 production in South Africa26 Jul 18

China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) began production at its newly built car assembly plant in South Africa this week....read more


South Korea hydrogen vehicle sales start in 201926 Jul 18

Mass sales of hydrogen powered vehicles were expected to start in South Korea next year after the government announced it would soon ease regulations on the production and transportation of the fuel....read more


Future models - Mercedes-Maybach, Denza and smart26 Jul 18

The focus of just-auto's series which examines OEMs' current and future models now turns to Daimler. Mercedes-Maybach, Denza and smart comprise the first chapter; to be followed by Mercedes-Benz passe...read more


Mercedes A-Class sedan to be launched end-201826 Jul 18

Mercedes-Benz is to launch its A-Class Sedan at the end of 2018. The car also receives a world premiere at the Paris Show in October....read more


France to toe EC diesel line - Louis Schweitzer26 Jul 18

Former Renault chairman and French Prime Minister, Louis Schweitzer, says he cannot envisage Paris taking a contrary stance to that of the European Commission (EC) surrounding the future of diesel....read more


Daimler car2go expands to Chicago26 Jul 18

Daimler-owned free-float carshare company car2go has officially launched in Chicago, marking the company's 25th global city. car2go says that Chicago is a city ideally suited for flexible one-way cars...read more


Daimler and Baidu enhance automated driving cooperation26 Jul 18

Daimler and Baidu have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance and deepen their partnership through joint automated driving and connectivity projects, including further strengthening the...read more


Daimler Q2 results hit by tariffs26 Jul 18

Daimler has said that China import tariffs on vehicles shipped from its US plant have dented its second quarter financial results....read more


Valeo H1 profit down 10% - cautions on emissions test impact26 Jul 18

Valeo says its operating margin for this year "might be slightly below" that of 2017 (7.8% of sales) as emissions tests become stricter and as the French supplier posted first-half profit down 10% to ...read more


Supplier fire and China woes dent Ford Q2 results26 Jul 18

Ford has reported second quarter profit down on last year as it felt the effects of disruption at a key supplier to its F-150 pickup range in North America. It also said that it faced 'ongoing challen...read more


Sergio Marchionne dies at 6625 Jul 18

Automotive industrialist and former FCA chief Sergio Marchionne has died, aged 66. His death has been confirmed by the Agnelli family investment company and FCA stakeholder Exor....read more


FCA Q2 operating profit down 11%25 Jul 18

On the day that its former CEO Sergio Marchionne passed away, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) posted quarterly results suggesting that new CEO Mike Manley and his management team face challenging conditions ahead...read more


GM reports upbeat Q2 results despite headwinds25 Jul 18

General Motors has announced second quarter 2018 results that beat analyst expectations reflecting profitability in all core operating segments. It also said it was the second consecutive quarter of r...read more


Jaguar XF Sportbrake diesel - greener than any Tesla?25 Jul 18

Is a large, heavy Jaguar estate powered by a diesel engine which produces 700Nm of torque and 300PS far less planet-harming than any Tesla? ...read more


Maven introduces peer-to-peer car-sharing service in the US25 Jul 18

General Motors' Maven brand is expanding its car-sharing platform to include a peer-to-peer offering that enables owners and eligible lessees to earn money by renting their personal Chevrolet, Buick, ...read more


Ford creates new organisation to accelerate AV business25 Jul 18

Ford has announced a reorganisation that has created a consolidated unit: Ford Autonomous Vehicles. ...read more


Dana Spicer axles standard on Navistar medium-duty trucks25 Jul 18

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Continental and Argus team on cyber security for connected cars25 Jul 18

Continental is to offer end-to-end cyber security and over-the-air software update solutions from Argus and Elektrobit (EB) pre-integrated into its connected vehicle electronics products, including te...read more


Audi Hungary begins series production of electric motors for EVs25 Jul 18

Audi in Hungary has begun series production of electric motors at its manufacturing site in Gyor. The company says approximately 100 people are employed in the electric motors manufacturing area at pr...read more


Hauts-de-France region looks to post-Brexit landscape25 Jul 18

Hauts de France President Xavier Bertrand has extended a business olive branch to the UK – sitting just across the English Channel from his region – as London continues its tortuous exit from the Euro...read more


ASEAN vehicle sales rise 4.5% in H125 Jul 18

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets picked up momentum in the second quarter of 2018, with sales rising by 7.5% to 846,865 units from 787,773 units in the same period of 2017, ac...read more


ST and rideOS team on Singapore autonomous project25 Jul 18

ST Engineering and rideOS, a San Francisco-based transportation technology platform, are to team on a pilot project to accelerate the deployment of integrated autonomous transport systems in Singapore...read more


Carmakers keeping the diesel faith - Kia25 Jul 18

Diesels may have been demonised over the past couple of years but carmakers are keeping the faith even though sales have dipped in many markets....read more


Renault teams with ADA for Paris electric rental25 Jul 18

Renault is to cooperate with ADA, a subsidiary of the Rousselet Group and vehicle rental operator with more than 100 agencies in the Paris region....read more


"Talk less do more" - Hauts de France President24 Jul 18

Hauts de France President, Xavier Bertrand says he would like to be a politician who "talks less but does more," in terms of the automotive industry in his region....read more


Louis Camilleri named CEO at Ferrari24 Jul 18

The tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) has said its board chairman Louis Camilleri will assume the role of CEO of Ferrari S.p.A. It says the 'long-term relationship between our two comp...read more


Stagecoach plans trial for UK’s first full-sized driverless bus24 Jul 18

Work is underway to trial the UK’s first full-sized driverless bus later this year. To start, the bus will be trialled for autonomous operation in a bus depot environment....read more


VW Group lines up Audi CEO replacement24 Jul 18

The VW Group is apparently lining up a replacement CEO at its Audi brand, because of uncertainty surrounding the current CEO - Rupert Stadler - who is in pre-trial detention in Germany over allegation...read more


Tenneco appoints new chief executive officers24 Jul 18

Tenneco has announced that its board of directors has selected Brian Kesseler and Roger Wood as the chief executive officers of the aftermarket and ride performance company and powertrain technology c...read more


Nissan expanding its car-sharing service in Japan24 Jul 18

Nissan’s e-share mobi car-sharing service will expand to 100 new locations in Japan through a partnership with retailer Kohnan Shoji....read more


Michelin H1 profit up 6% to EUR917m24 Jul 18

Michelin has recorded half-year net income up 6% to EUR917m (US$1bn), while volume was stable during the same period and rose 2.6% in the second quarter....read more


Mahle develops high efficiency motors for EVs24 Jul 18

Mahle is developing high-voltage traction motors for fully electrified vehicles (EVs) as well as 48-volt drive motors for new-generation hybrids....read more


PSA announces changes to supervisory board24 Jul 18

Groupe PSA has appointed Li Shaozhu as Dongfeng Motor International (DFG) as permanent representative to replace Liu Weidong, who has resigned. ...read more


Opel delivers H1 profit as PSA posts net income up24 Jul 18

PSA Group's Opel/Vauxhall (OV) division has posted a first-half profit of EUR502m (US$587m), while its parent recorded net income up EUR226m to EUR1.5bn....read more


More changes at FCA - EMEA head Altavilla leaves23 Jul 18

Following Sergio Marchionne's sudden departure as FCA CEO at the weekend, a number of other changes have followed today. FCA has confirmed that FCA's Europe chief, Alfredo Altavilla, is leaving the gr...read more


All current diesel vehicles can be electric - BYD23 Jul 18

BYD says all vehicles currently using diesel can be replaced by electric versions as the move towards alternative propulsion gathers pace...read more


Detroit Show moves from January to June in 202023 Jul 18

The organisers of the annual Detroit Motor Show (or North American International Auto Show - NAIAS) have announced that starting in 2020 the show will move from January to June. ...read more


Brazilian market growth below expectations23 Jul 18

Vehicle production and sales in Brazil in the first half of 2018 were encouraging when compared to the same period a year ago but earlier forecasts for a stronger second half have been pegged back....read more


Jaguar Land Rover does Europe recharger deal with Plugsurfing23 Jul 18

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover announced it had done a deal with Plugsurfing to supply a "premium charging service for its electric vehicles in selected markets in Europe"....read more


DHL Freight re-wins and extends BMW logistics contract23 Jul 18

DHL Freight has been awarded an extension of its contract with the BMW Group and will continue to manage the vehicle manufacturer's overland transport in 17 countries covered by the companies' previou...read more


Continental breaks ground on Lithuania plant23 Jul 18

Continental has broken ground at its first EUR95m (US$111m) plant in Kaunas, Lithuania, creating around 1,000 new jobs....read more


Huf and Baolong team on TPMS JV23 Jul 18

Huf Group and Chinese automotive supplier, Baolong have signed a letter of intent to establish a tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) joint venture from 1 January next year....read more


Marchionne steps down as FCA chief on ill health23 Jul 18

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne stood down from his post at the weekend following 'unexpected complications' that arose as he recovered from surgery to his shoulder....read more


Life after Sergio - the week20 Jul 18

Ray Hutton's insightful look at the likely future of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after CEO Sergio Marchionne 'leaves' (it's complicated, as you shall see) was one of the most-read articles on just-auto....read more


US import tariffs 'terrify me' - VDA chief20 Jul 18

Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), has warned the US government that US import tariffs would harm US competiveness 'with severe negative effects on ...read more


VW Group China sales up 9.2% in H120 Jul 18

Volkswagen Group China has announced the first half-year deliveries for 2018: with its two Chinese joint venture partners, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered over 1.99m (1.83m, +9...read more


Toyota C-HR SUV misses IIHS top safety pick rating20 Jul 18

A poor headlight rating came between Toyota's US specification C-HR small SUV and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, the IIHS said....read more


Kia Niro EV with 280 miles range on sale in Korea20 Jul 18

Kia says its new fully electric Niro - with a claimed range of 280 miles on single charge - has now gone on sale in its home market. The car gets its European debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, w...read more


New Aston Martin plant on track for 2019 SOP20 Jul 18

Aston Martin says construction work at its new UK plant - which is earmarked to produce a premium SUV/crossover ('DBX') in late 2019 - is on track....read more


ACEA slams EC steel import tariffs as trade war looms20 Jul 18

Tariffs of up to 25% imposed by the European Commission (EC) on the import of a number of steel products following Washington's decision to levy its own surcharge, have been heavily criticised by the ...read more


VW Wolfsburg wins lean production award20 Jul 18

Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg is heading for greater productivity and efficiency "with an exemplary pace of change" according to an assessment by a team of independent experts in its European c...read more


Indonesia sales fall 11% in June20 Jul 18

New vehicle sales in Indonesia fell by 11.4% to 58,837 units in June from 66,389 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo....read more


Faurecia records H1 net profit up 10% to EUR342m20 Jul 18

Faurecia has posted first-half net income up 10% to EUR342m (US$399m), while sales also grew by double digits in the second quarter and first six months....read more


Toyota to close Japan plant on tech shift20 Jul 18

Toyota is reportedly planning to shut down a car assembly plant in Japan as it looks to consolidate its production network ahead of the auto industry's technological shift towards electric and driverl...read more


Toyota Motor Corporation founder inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame20 Jul 18

Cited for extraordinary vision and entrepreneurial spirit, Toyota Motor Corporation founder and former president Kiichiro Toyoda was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last night (19 July) in D...read more


Mazda My Way London trial snares 375 buyers, national roll-out to come19 Jul 18

A two year trial in London taking Mazda cars to customers instead of waiting for them to come into the showroom has resulted in 375 sales. Now the project will be rolled out across the UK....read more


No-deal Brexit won't faze Mazda UK19 Jul 18

Vehicle makers have been issuing stark warnings over the future of their investments in the UK unless a sensible customs agreement is made with the EU after Brexit but one company chief will be happy ...read more


Volvo shifts production of XC60 to avoid US tariffs19 Jul 18

Geely-owned Volvo Cars is planning to shift US-bound production of its XC60 to avoid US import tariffs on care made in China....read more


Proton under Geely - the future models19 Jul 18

The final Geely group brand to have its current future passenger vehicles assessed is Proton. Due to unremarkable cars, a home nation where the annual market remains well below three quarters of a mil...read more


Clearlake sells Sage Automotive Interiors to Asahi Kasei19 Jul 18

Clearlake Capital Group has announced a definitive agreement to sell Sage Automotive Interiors to an affiliate of Asahi Kasei. ...read more


Henkel addresses supplier/OEM 'pain-points'19 Jul 18

Henkel says solutions addressing the 'pain points of OEMs and tier suppliers include liquid gasketing, magnet bonding, thermal management and potting products as well as an impregnation service....read more


Infiniti announces fourth 'LAB' for Hong Kong19 Jul 18

Nissan's premium Infiniti brand is to add a start-up 'LAB' in Hong Kong....read more


Pure EVs "final destination" for industry - Renault19 Jul 18

Renault says pure EV vehicles will represent the "final destination" of the automotive industry as the sector continues to power ahead at around 50% per year growth of the market, although the manufac...read more


Volvo Cars reports record operating profit in Q219 Jul 18

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has reported its highest ever quarterly operating profit of SEK 4.2 billion (USD470m) for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 28.6 per cent compared with the same period ...read more


Mazda to resume two-shift operation in Hiroshima19 Jul 18

Mazda Motor said it now had a "degree of certainty regarding parts supply and employees' commuting methods" and would restart two shift production at two plants in Hiroshima, Japan....read more


Honda launching Clarity PHEV in Japan19 Jul 18

Honda Motor will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid variant, on 20 July at dealerships in Japan....read more


Malaysia sales jump 28% in June19 Jul 18

New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded by 28.3% to 64,502 units in June from 50,273 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Associati...read more


Continental to restructure into three business sectors19 Jul 18

The board of Continental is to undertake one of the 'largest organisational realignments in the company’s history' with three new business sectors created. One of the sectors - powertrain - is being r...read more


GAC building new R&D centre in Michigan ahead of US launch19 Jul 18

China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) is spending US$4.45m on an R&D facility in Michigan ahead of its planned sales launch in the US in 2019....read more


Philippine sales fall 22% in June19 Jul 18

The Philippine vehicle market continued to deteriorate in June, with new sales plunging by 21.7% to 29,350 units from peak year-earlier sales of 37,479 units, according to member data released jointly...read more


Linamar CEO tears into tariffs19 Jul 18

The CEO of Canadian automotive components supplier Linamar has warned that the North American auto industry is potentially facing a crisis that will 'make 2009 look like a walk in the park' if the US ...read more


Webasto on development of sunroofs and convertible roof systems19 Jul 18

Webasto’s core competencies include development, production and sales of sunroofs, panoramic roofs, convertible roofs and parking heaters. With electric heating systems, charging solutions and battery...read more


COMMENT - Reflections on Marchionne's achievements18 Jul 18

In less than six months’ time, Sergio Marchionne’s 14-year reign over the Fiat car business will come to an end. [Please note this article was written prior to Sergio Marchionne's death and also prior...read more


ANALYSIS - Mercedes-Benz Vans' electric future18 Jul 18

OEMs are increasingly tasking their light commercial divisions with responsibility for certain passenger models too. Mercedes-Benz Vans is no exception, with the V-Class and X-Class being two of the b...read more


Thai sales rise 26% in June18 Jul 18

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to grow strongly in June with sales rising by 25.9% to 87,854 units from 69,797 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Federati...read more


Porsche global sales up 3% in H1 201818 Jul 18

Porsche says it has hit a record with 130,598 vehicles delivered worldwide in just the first six months of 2018, up 3% on the same period last year. ...read more


Honeywell appoints new board chairman of Transportation Systems business18 Jul 18

Honeywell announced that Carlos Cardoso has been appointed as chairman of the Board for its Transportation Systems business as it prepares to spin into a standalone, publicly traded company, Garrett M...read more


VW Group global sales rise in H1 2018 but June sputters18 Jul 18

The Volkswagen Group said it had booked record first half sales for 2018, delivering 5.5m vehicles globally, up 7.1%....read more


Another good Volvo arrives at platform SPA18 Jul 18

There was a noticeable air of excitement amongst Volvo Car UK people at the redesigned V60's press launch in Yorkshire this week. This was not at all surprising: as the company's head of PR, Mike Gale...read more


Skoda global sales surge 11.6% in H1 201818 Jul 18

In the first six months of this year, Skoda delivered 652,700 vehicles, a record result. ...read more


Denso US joins Plug and Play mobility platform18 Jul 18

Denso has announced its Silicon Valley office’s partnership with Plug and Play, the "world’s largest innovation platform"....read more


Autoliv joins European research project OSCCAR18 Jul 18

Autoliv has joined the new European H2020 research project OSCCAR to improve the protection and safety for occupants of the future vehicle....read more


Audi says solution for NA diesels agreed18 Jul 18

Almost three years on from the start of the VW Group dieselgate crisis, Audi says it can offer a specific solution for all its diesel engines in the US and Canada. ...read more


Vietnamese car company to unveil models at Paris Show18 Jul 18

A new Vietnamese car company, VinFast, says it is developing its own range of 'world-class vehicles' to be produced at a new facility in northern Vietnam....read more


Magna Exteriors makes an impact with front-end modules18 Jul 18

What is a front-end module? It depends on who makes it and for whom. Front-end modules (FEMs) typically encompass the bumper, headlights, radiator and various others parts. The benefits to the autom...read more


EU and Japan sign historic FTA18 Jul 18

The European Union (EU) signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan on Tuesday that will eliminate tariffs on almost all products traded between the two trading blocks. ...read more


Quarter of journeys could be in AVs by 202517 Jul 18

UK government-backed 'MERGE Greenwich' - an autonomous vehicle consortium in the UK - says that one in four journeys could be made via autonomous vehicle ride-sharing by 2025, delivering 'substantial ...read more


Ford pays out $299m to settle US Takata lawsuit17 Jul 18

Ford has agreed to pay USD299.1m to settle US consumers’ economic loss claims related to Takata airbag recalls over faulty inflators....read more


SEAT starts assembling Arona and Leon in Algeria17 Jul 18

VW Group-owned Seat has begun the final assembly of the Arona and the Leon models at a plant in Algeria....read more


Luxoft partners with Daimler on R&D centre in Berlin17 Jul 18

Luxoft, a global IT service provider, announced it has partnered with MBition, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, to open a research and development centre in Berlin to spur innovation and deliv...read more


Inrix develops comms platform for AVs17 Jul 18

Inrix, a provider of connected car services and transportation analytics, has announced a new platform that it says provides the foundation for cities and road authorities to communicate with operator...read more


Hella sales up 7.2% to EUR7.1bn in FY 2017-201817 Jul 18

Lighting and electronics specialist Hella says it has continued its profitable growth path in the fiscal year 2017/2018 (1 June 2017 to 31 May 2018)....read more


Daimler's Lab1886 Innovation Hub opens in Atlanta17 Jul 18

Daimler AG is expanding its global innovation network. Lab1886's new location in Atlanta (Georgia, US) has officially opened. Guests at the event included Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia, as well as ...read more


Proton resumes exports, revamps domestic network17 Jul 18

Malaysia’s Proton Holdings has resumed exports to markets in the Middle East, with a shipment of 450 cars destined for the Jordanian city of Aqaba having left Port Klang this week....read more


Lotus under Geely - what's the plan?17 Jul 18

Lotus is something of a curiosity. Like Chrysler, many companies have owned it, only to eventually sell to another firm, usually having sustained substantial losses during the period of control. Will ...read more


Lamborghini global sales surge 11% in H1 201816 Jul 18

VW-owned Automobili Lamborghini has reported another increase in worldwide deliveries. ...read more


Geely develops new modular architecture for compact cars16 Jul 18

Geely has said it has now developed a modular engineering architecture for B-segment cars. ...read more


Renault H1 sales up 9.8% driven by emerging markets16 Jul 18

Groupe Renault sales volumes were up 9.8% in the first-half helped by the inclusion of the two brands Jinbei and Huasong (over 85,000 units combined). On a like-for-like basis Groupe Renault sales inc...read more


ANALYSIS - F39 BMW X2 targets Range Rover Evoque16 Jul 18

BMW keeps on filling out its Sport Activity Vehicle line-up, making 2018 a busy year for the brand's SAVs. The X7 will soon act as a new bookend to a range which starts with the X1. A new X5 is immine...read more


BMW to up stake in Brilliance joint venture - reports16 Jul 18

Reports in China say that BMW is about to become the first foreign carmaker to hold a majority stake in a joint venture in the country....read more


Baraja claims LiDAR breakthrough16 Jul 18

Technology company Baraja claims it has developed a new class of LiDAR that solves scalability and performance issues plaguing existing systems that help driverless cars see....read more


Interior design and technology – Fiat 500L16 Jul 18

The Fiat 500L MPV was launched in the UK in 2013, receiving a facelift in 2017 when 40 per cent of the components were replaced. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology tr...read more


Valeo on tomorrow’s climate control systems16 Jul 18

Cabin comfort is a given for motorists nowadays. The trend for multizone air-conditioning systems enables automakers to offer more comfort features. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews wi...read more


Honda NA production disrupted by Mexico floods16 Jul 18

Due to the overflow of a river near Honda's auto plant in Celaya, Mexico, all auto and component production was suspended on 28 June.  ...read more


Daimler Trucks breaks ground on new Stuttgart office16 Jul 18

From 2021 Daimler Trucks is bringing together the corporate units based in the Stuttgart region to work at a single location. ...read more


New Ricardo motor to boost power and cut hybrid costs16 Jul 18

As part of its contribution to a recently completed major European research initiative to achieve more efficient and cost-effective hybrid powertrains for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, ...read more


Moody's downgrades JLR parent Tata Motors16 Jul 18

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded to Ba2 from Ba1 the corporate family rating (CFR) for Jaguar Land Rover parent company Tata Motors (TML). It also downgraded the company's senior unsecured ins...read more


2018 Goodwood FoS world debuts list16 Jul 18

This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed marked a quarter century of the event. The list of vehicle world premieres is published below....read more


South Korean EV sales jump 170% in H116 Jul 18

Electric vehicle (EV) sales in South Korea jumped by close to 170% to 11,866 units in the first half of 2018 from 4,412 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importe...read more


Future model analysis always goes down a treat - the week13 Jul 18

Geely's Volvo Cars has attracted a lot of coverage and attention recently - future electrification plan, acclaimed new models, new assembly plant in the US, etc - so it's no surprise our analysis of i...read more


Wabco announces India truck steering deal13 Jul 18

Wabco Holdings has announced its first major steering system deal in India following its September 2017 acquisition of US-based RH Sheppard, a supplier of steering technologies for commercial vehicles...read more


Faurecia announces new Toledo facility13 Jul 18

Faurecia has announced plans to open a new production facility in Toledo, Ohio. The new facility will create more than 100 new jobs and officially begin production activity in April 2019, ramping up t...read more


McLaren Automotive plans new models and hybridisation13 Jul 18

McLaren Automotive says that between now and 2025, it will launch 18 new models and derivatives and become 100% electric-hybrid powertrain....read more


Toyoda Gosei establishes new engineering and sales office in Gurgaon, India13 Jul 18

Toyoda Gosei has established the Gurgaon Office (engineering, sales) of Toyoda Gosei Minda India (TGMIN), a subsidiary in India, to increase sales in the rapidly growing market. ...read more


Cooper expands Starfire tyre lineup13 Jul 18

Cooper Tyre has added to its Starfire line-up with the Starfire Solarus AS all-season brand pitched at a value price point....read more


VW names new group strategy chief13 Jul 18

Juergen Rittersberger (46), formerly general secretary and vice president corporate development at Porsche AG, has been named general secretary and senior vice president group strategy at Volkswagen A...read more


Brazil's Route 2030 promises a better future for its auto industry13 Jul 18

At last, after several postponements, Brazilian president Michel Temer announced the Route 2030 Programme for the auto industry which consists of a 15-year plan (uncommon in Brazil) divided into three...read more


Hyundai Motor hit by strikes in South Korea13 Jul 18

Hyundai Motor has experienced production disruption at its Korean manufacturing facilities due to strikes called by the labour union in its dispute over wages....read more


Taiwan sales fall 5% in June12 Jul 18

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 5.5% to 37,889 in June from 40,103 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing company data. Imports accounted for 43.4% of the total last month....read more


Tesla makes 200,000 US sales, incentives to fall12 Jul 18

Tesla has delivered 200,000 electric cars in the US, triggering lower tax credits for future buyers....read more


Trump threatens EU car exports on European trip12 Jul 18

US president Donald Trump has threatened the European Union with taxes on its car exports to the US if the bloc fails to play fair on trade....read more


Dunlop Tech and Sumitomo Rubber open European development centre12 Jul 18

Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech have opened a European Development Centre in Germany....read more


Federal-Mogul develops new impact resistant textile sleeve12 Jul 18

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has launched new textile sleeving for crash protection and impact resistance which it said was "in testing with several global OEMs"....read more


ANALYSIS - VW targets growth in China with FAW12 Jul 18

Volkswagen Group’s Chinese joint venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Company, is bringing on stream a vast amount of new production capacity in China this year, as the German automaker looks to strengt...read more


Sumitomo and Dunlop open Germany development centre12 Jul 18

Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech have opened their European Development Centre campus in Germany....read more


VW confirms T-Cross SUV for Navarra plant12 Jul 18

Volkswagen's upcoming T-Cross small SUV will be manufactured for European markets at its Navarra, Spain, plant....read more


Nissan Canton manufacturing chief returning to the UK12 Jul 18

Nissan has announced that Steve Marsh, head of manufacturing at its Canton, Mississippi factory, will return to Nissan Manufacturing United Kingdom (NMUK) as vice president....read more


5GAA and OEMs exhibit 'interoperable' C-V2X12 Jul 18

The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), along with BMW Group, Ford and Groupe PSA - in association with Qualcomm Technologies and Savari - have announced Europe’s first live demonstration of C-V2X direc...read more


VW systematically expanding its partnerships in China12 Jul 18

Volkswagen Group says it is expanding its successful business relationships in China. ...read more


Leoni appoints new CEO12 Jul 18

Leoni has announced Aldo Kamper will take up his position as CEO on 1 September this year....read more


TomTom buys out minority shares in TomTom Africa12 Jul 18

TomTom is strengthening its position in Africa by buying out the minority shareholders of TomTom Africa....read more


Autoneum expands Czech tooling site12 Jul 18

Autoneum is expanding its development and production site for tooling in the Czech city of Hnátnice owing to high demand and capacity utilisation....read more


China vehicle sales rise 4.8% in June12 Jul 18

New vehicle sales in China rose by 4.8% to around 2.27 million units in June from 2.17 million units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CA...read more


PSA sets H1 record with global sales up 38% to 2.2m vehicles12 Jul 18

PSA has established a record for the first-half of 2018, selling 2,181,800 vehicles, up 38% compared to this time last year. The total was boosted by the inclusion of Opel/Vauxhall sales numbers in th...read more


Mazda adjusts production schedules after floods11 Jul 18

Mazda says it will restart operations at Hiroshima Plant and Hofu Plant, which have been suspended since the day-time shift on July 7 following exceptionally heavy rains and floods....read more


PLANT FOCUS - Alpine's Dieppe sportscar factory11 Jul 18

The question comes to mind - why is Societe des Automobiles Alpine SAS in Dieppe, northern France, a straight shot across La Manche (the English Channel) and a popular ferry ride from Newhaven for tho...read more


BMW's project G02 - why new X4 was brought forward11 Jul 18

A new BMW X4 is about to replace a four-year old predecessor. Are short life cycles the secret to quiet, steady success? That could be why Subaru of America has climbed ten places in as many years and...read more


South Korean vehicle sales down 5.7% in June11 Jul 18

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers combined fell by 5.7% to 131,827 vehicles in June from 139,842 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released indi...read more


Toyota and Servco launch car sharing services in Honolulu11 Jul 18

Toyota is participating in the Honolulu (Hawaii, US) launch of a 'creative new mobility solution' called Hui – a round-trip, station-based car share service. ...read more


Foresight wins QuadSight prototype order from Chinese EV manufacturer11 Jul 18

Foresight Autonomous Holdings has announced the sale of further prototype of its QuadSight quad-camera vision system targeted for the semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle market....read more


Daimler and Bosch select Nvidia AI platform11 Jul 18

In their alliance to put highly automated and driverless vehicles on urban streets, Bosch and Daimler have specified the computing power needed for their prospective system....read more


Continental acquires Czech tyre assembly machines supplier VUK11 Jul 18

Continental has taken over the Czech machine tool manufacturer VUK....read more


Bosch and Daimler select California for driverless shuttles test11 Jul 18

Bosch and Daimler are speeding up the development of fully-automated and driverless driving (SAE Level 4/5) and the partners have chosen California as the pilot location for the first test fleet....read more


BMW Group joins Apollo, Baidu's autonomous driving platform11 Jul 18

Baidu and the BMW Group have announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the BMW Group will join Apollo, the open autonomous driving platform by Baidu, as a board member...read more


CATL to build US$240m battery plant in Germany11 Jul 18

China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) has announced plans to invest EUR240m (US$282m) in a lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Germany, as it looks to strengthen its presen...read more


Audi and Huawei to develop intelligent connected vehicles11 Jul 18

Audi has signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic cooperation with the Chinese information and telecommunications corporation Huawei in Berlin....read more


Analog Devices and Baidu team on autonomous driving 11 Jul 18

Analog Device has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Baidu to jointly advance autonomous driving....read more


Ecotap and Allego win Dutch public charging contract11 Jul 18

Dutch provinces, Gelderland and Overijssel have awarded EV charging operators, Ecotap and Allego the concession for installing and operating 4,500 public charging sockets in 43 participating cities....read more


Tesla to build 500k plant in Shanghai11 Jul 18

US electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla Inc plans to build a 500,000 unit/year car plant in Shanghai, according to a memorandum of cooperation signed with Shanghai's  government....read more


Continental, DiDi join forces on connectivity11 Jul 18

China’s internet platform DiDi Chuxing has signed an agreement with German automotive components manufacturer Continental AG to collaborate in exploring and developing opportunities in the area of int...read more


The science of sound - How Harman is striking a chord in the small car segment11 Jul 18

Designing and developing a car audio system for a certain model is a complex process. Hitting the right note in the small car segment is particularly challenging for acoustic engineers with lots of th...read more


Top lawmaker urges talks as Trump ramps up China trade war11 Jul 18

The US has said it plans another round of new import tariffs on Chinese goods, in retaliation for Beijing's response to new US tariffs that came into effect earlier this month....read more


Grupo Antolin wins EUR100m EIB interiors loan11 Jul 18

Grupo Antolin has secured a EUR100m (US$117m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance its RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) strategy for automotive interiors....read more


Hands-On Tech - Ford Kuga10 Jul 18

Next in our Hands-On-Tech reporting series, we take a look at Ford’s SYNC 3 system. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, this HOT report series loo...read more


Vietnam sales slip 4% in June10 Jul 18

New vehicle sales in Vietnam declined by 3.7% to 21,913 units in June from already weak year-earlier sales of 22,750 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers As...read more


Volvo Cars - the future models10 Jul 18

Geely Automotive Holdings continues to be one of the world's most rapidly expanding car makers. After just-auto's recent features looking at the future models of Geely, Geely Emgrand, Terrafugia, Zhi ...read more


BMW and Great Wall Motor ink e-Mini deal10 Jul 18

The BMW Group and Chinese OEM Great Wall Motor have signed an agreement to produce Mini electric vehicles through a new 50:50 joint venture based in China....read more


Siemens boss issues stark warning on e-mobility10 Jul 18

Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser has issued a stark warning of the importance for German companies of successfully managing the industry's transition to electrified and automated vehicles. In remarks reported b...read more


Valmet starts A-Class production in Finland10 Jul 18

Valmet Automotive has started production of the new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class at its Uusikaupunki plant in Finland....read more


Lada lifts export sales in first half10 Jul 18

Lada says it sold 16,592 cars in overseas markets in the first half of 2018, a 64% increase compared to the results for the same period last year....read more


Hyundai Cradle and Ionic Materials to advance battery technology development10 Jul 18

Hyundai Cradle, Hyundai Motor Company’s corporate venturing and open innovation business, is investing in Ionic Materials, a privately held battery developer based in Massachusetts, to advance the dev...read more


Honeywell names new chief supply chain officer10 Jul 18

Honeywell has named TorstenPilz as senior vice president and chief supply chain officer reporting to chairman and CEO, Darius Adamczyk and will also serve as company officer....read more


PSA and Inria establish AI OpenLab10 Jul 18

PSA and Inria are creating OpenLab dedicated to artificial intelligence with areas studied including autonomous and intelligent vehicles, mobility services, manufacturing, design development tools, de...read more


BMW and Brilliance Automotive expand their joint venture in China10 Jul 18

The BMW Group is expanding its footprint in China and adding capacity. ...read more


Suning logistics signs AV deal with Baidu10 Jul 18

Suning Logistics, a subsidiary of Suning Holdings group, has signed a strategic partnership with Baidu Apollo to accelerate the commercial application of self-driving technology which - it is claimed ...read more


Hyundai and Baidu boost connected car cooperation10 Jul 18

Hyundai Motor Group and Chinese internet services giant Baidu have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Internet of Vehicles (IoV), signaling their commitment to strengthen...read more


Uber invests in e-scooter company Lime10 Jul 18

Uber is investing in electric scooter hire start-up company Lime....read more


VW names ex-ZF CEO as procurement boss10 Jul 18

Former ZF CEO Stefan Sommer (55) has been appointed as VW Group member with responsibility for Procurement effective latest January 1, 2019....read more


Volkswagen expanding E-mobility in China with JAC and SEAT9 Jul 18

Volkswagen Group China has signed a memorandum of understanding with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC) and SEAT. ...read more


Tesla in mobile service van dispute with Norway9 Jul 18

Tesla is in dispute with the normally electric car-friendly Norwegian government over setting up a mobile service van operation....read more


Tesla hikes China prices9 Jul 18

Tesla raised prices on its Model X and S cars by over US$20,000 in China, according to media reports....read more


Faurecia finalises proposal to acquire Parrot Automotive9 Jul 18

Faurecia and Parrot have finalised a proposal concerning the take-over of 100% of Parrot Automotive by Faurecia, ahead of schedule....read more


Nissan admits to more data tampering9 Jul 18

Nissan Motor has admitted it had improperly measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for 19 vehicle models sold in Japan, the second case in less than a year where misconduct had been discovered in...read more


Magna lifts the lid off the car roof systems market9 Jul 18

Magna covers the entire spectrum of vehicle roof systems. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we caught up with Uwe Behrendt, Director Sales, Magna Clos...read more


UK government outlines 'road to zero' strategy9 Jul 18

As part of the UK government’s air quality plan, the UK will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 - the 'road to zero'....read more


West European car market up 4.6% in June [updated with data]9 Jul 18

Data released by LMC Automotive shows that West European car registrations increased by 4.6% in year-on-year (YoY) terms in June, although the regional annualised selling rate fell back slightly to 14...read more


BMW US plant gears up for new X59 Jul 18

BMW's Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina is in the final phases of gearing up for production of the redesigned X5, which begins later this summer....read more


Interior design and technology – Suzuki SX4 S-Cross9 Jul 18

The Suzuki SX4, a compact crossover developed jointly by Suzuki and Fiat, was launched in 2006. At the 2012 Paris motor show, Suzuki unveiled its S-Cross concept and broadcast that it would be a new m...read more


Ford begins Ranger Raptor production in Thailand9 Jul 18

Ford Motor began production of the Ranger Raptor in Thailand at the beginning of July, with local deliveries set to start in August....read more


Japan sales fall 5% in June9 Jul 18

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 5% to 453,765 units in June compared with a strong 477,469 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers As...read more


BMW Dingolfing plant commences production of new 8 Series coupe9 Jul 18

BMW Group Plant Dingolfing has begun series production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe....read more


Floods halt car production in Japan9 Jul 18

Devastating flash floods and landslides in Japan so far have left more than 90 fatalities and 50 people missing, and have prompted the evacuation of over 2m people from their homes. The natural disast...read more


Brexit’s come home - how the costs mount up9 Jul 18

This article was originally written on 6th July 2018, with the title ‘Brexit’s coming home’ and primed for publication today, the 9th July. The title was based on two presumptions: (i) England would b...read more


Autobiz frets over Trump's tariffs - the week6 Jul 18

If there is one thing the autobiz - from suppliers to OEMs - likes, it's a bit of certainty. Helps with the planning. As this (very hot in the UK and US) week draws to a close, there's very little cer...read more


Rumours swirl over fate of Ohio Chevy Cruze plant6 Jul 18

After General Motors' Lordstown plant recently moved to one shift, doubts have been growing over what the company is planning to do with the factory. Now, a local senator says he has asked Mary Barra ...read more


Will new Musso give SsangYong the sales pick-up it needs? [UPDATE: SYMUK replies to suspension criticism]6 Jul 18

It's been a tough few years for SsangYong, especially in Europe as Russia, formerly one of its best markets, fell apart. Now, things are looking up. The Musso is off to a good start at home, productio...read more


Aim is to secure Opel jobs in Germany - Ministry6 Jul 18

As speculation intensifies on the future of PSA-owned Opel's R&D facility at Ruesselsheim, in Germany, a statement from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in Berlin says the department is cl...read more


Daimler gets approval for driverless testing in Beijing6 Jul 18

Daimler says it has received the authorities' approval for highly automated driving (level 4) test area road use in Beijing following extensive closed-course testing....read more


Joyson Safety Systems appoints new president and CEO6 Jul 18

Joyson Safety Systems (formerly Key Safety Systems - KSS), a leading global supplier of mobility safety systems, has announced the appointment of Guido Durrer as its global president and chief executi...read more


GAZ in partner with Africa Motors commence sale of LCVs in Morocco6 Jul 18

GAZ, a manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Russia, together with Africa Motors (Auto Hall Group), a new distribution partner of GAZ, have started selling a range of commercial vehicles GAZelle Next...read more


US-China trade tensions ramped up6 Jul 18

Today's implementation by the US of new tariffs on a range of Chinese goods imported to the US has been followed by retaliatory tariffs on US goods imported to China - including cars....read more


London cab maker joins Brexit chorus6 Jul 18

Traditional London black cab maker, the Geely owned London EV Company, has also warned about the impact that a hard Brexit could have on business, with its chairman saying it could dismantle Britain's...read more


Commercialising innovation - as easy as APC6 Jul 18

To continue to encourage and ‘derisk’ invention and innovation in the UK’s automotive industry the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was established in 2013 as a result by intervention by the UK govern...read more


ZF spins off electronic payment platform start-up6 Jul 18

ZF has founded Car eWallet, a Berlin-based start-up, in which the company will outsource the current activities of the transaction service Car eWallet. ...read more


2019 Chevrolet Volt charges twice as fast6 Jul 18

Chevrolet says a new 7.2kW charging system on the 2019 Chevrolet Volt cuts recharging times nearly in half by adding about twice the all-electric driving range per hour of charge....read more


Volvo Cars' Polestar - the future models 6 Jul 18

The next make in a series which is looking at the current and future models of Geely Automobile Holdings is Polestar. This follows previous features on Geely and Geely Emgrand as well as Lynk & Co. Vo...read more


German court rules on seized VW law firm files6 Jul 18

Prosecutors may use files seized last year during a raid on Jones Day, the US law firm Volkswagen used to investigate its emissions scandal, a German federal court ruled on Friday (6 July)....read more


Merkel backs reduced EU tariffs to avert trade war5 Jul 18

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has raised the possibility of reduced EU tariffs applying to US car imports to the bloc as part of a deal that could avert the threat of new import tariffs on EU car im...read more


IG Metall "totally surprised" by Opel R&D sale speculation5 Jul 18

Opel unions says they are "totally surprised" by reports Opel is to hive off parts of its Ruesselsheim research and development centre....read more


BYD and Changan Automobile launch battery JV5 Jul 18

BYD has announced a strategic cooperation agreement with Changan Automobile to jointly manufacture batteries for electric vehicles. ...read more


Baidu starts volume production of driverless bus5 Jul 18

Chinese internet services giant Baidu says that it has begun volume production of Apolong, China’s first L4 fully autonomous 14-seater bus....read more


Opel union boss blasts R&D centre sale plan5 Jul 18

Reports that PSA is planning to sell parts of Opel's Ruesselsheim research and development unit have been met with a strong reaction from union representatives at Opel....read more


Wabco signs largest ever contract in South Korea with Hyundai Motor5 Jul 18

Wabco Holdings has announced its largest ever contract in South Korea - with Hyundai Motor's trucks unit....read more


VW to introduce zero-emission car sharing service in 20195 Jul 18

The Volkswagen brand will also be offering its customers car sharing services in future. It says the WE customer platform is to begin rolling out various vehicle-on-demand services, in particular car ...read more


UK car market down 3.5% in June5 Jul 18

Data released by the SMMT shows that the UK car market in June was 3.5% down on last year at 234,945 units....read more


FEAL - Faurecia and Valeo outline future thinking5 Jul 18

Faurecia says it is developing its ‘Life on Board’ strategy as it looks to capitalise on the move to autonomous driving....read more


Welcome growth marks first half US light vehicle sales5 Jul 18

Hefty incentives and an extra selling weekend in June pushed US light vehicles sales into the black for the first half of 2018....read more


OptimunNano halts EV battery production5 Jul 18

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer OptimumNano Energy Company Ltd at the end of June announced it was suspending all production due to a sharp drop in orders, according to the Nikkei A...read more


Jaguar Land Rover chief issues Brexit warning5 Jul 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralph Speth has called for more Brexit certainty for business and warned that additional tariffs and trade costs under a 'bad deal' could cost the company more than GB...read more


Audi A7 50 TDI - who says diesel is dead?4 Jul 18

With the exception of Italy, sales of diesel cars are still falling in the big European markets. Hardly an ideal time for any OEM to add fresh compression-ignition engines to a luxury model. Audi disa...read more


Renault outlines Level 2 to Level 4 autonomous thinking4 Jul 18

Renault says the leap between autonomous driving levels is vast as the automaker wrestles with how to marry human activities with machine understanding....read more


BMW Hams Hall i8 engine supply deal continues4 Jul 18

BMW Group's Hams Hall engine plant, near Birmingham, is supplying engines for the latest version of the electrified i8, the roadster, now on sale....read more


VW Group invests EUR1bn in Skoda-led India project4 Jul 18

VW Group is investing EUR1bn in a project led by Skoda to develop new models for the Indian car market and potentially for export. ...read more


COMMENT - Be ready for no-deal Brexit scenarios4 Jul 18

In the global scheme of things, Brexit may look like something of a local issue for Europe....read more


Renault and Paris team for electric mobility4 Jul 18

Renault and the City of Paris are to gradually roll out a commercial offer of electric mobility for Parisians, Ile-de-France residents and visitors, starting in September this year....read more


Australian sales off 3% in June4 Jul 18

Australian new vehicle sales fell 2.9% year on year in June, according to motor industry official statistical service VFACTS....read more


Cooper Standard buys Lauren Manufacturing and Lauren Plastics4 Jul 18

Cooper Standard is to acquire Lauren Manufacturing and Lauren Plastics, subject to regulatory approvals and related parties' consent....read more


New Zealand sales surge sputters4 Jul 18

Months of year on year sales rises in New Zealand appear to have ended after the Motor Industry Association reported June sales down 8.2% to 15,172 vehicles though the result was nonetheless the secon...read more


PSA moves to finalise Free2Move in Paris4 Jul 18

Groupe PSA is finalising the launch of its Paris carsharing service, Free2Move due to start by the last quarter of this year....read more


Mitsubishi dealers to get a new look4 Jul 18

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is to introduce a new design for the interior and exterior of its 5,000 dealers worldwide....read more


Volvo Cars to launch mobility brand 'M'4 Jul 18

Geely-owned Volvo Cars is launching a new mobility brand - 'M' - which it says will expand the company’s global mobility operations by providing dependable, on-demand access to cars and services throu...read more


Hyundai targets further growth in India4 Jul 18

Hyundai Motor said it expected its vehicle sales in India to exceed 500,000 units for a third consecutive year in 2018 thanks to a strong and diversified model line....read more


PSA recognises 16 suppliers with awards4 Jul 18

PSA has recognised 16 suppliers for their contribution to its Push to Pass and Pace initiatives, while also awarding 16 component factories, 'Best Plant of the Year.'...read more


South Korean sales down 5.7% in June3 Jul 18

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined fell by 5.7% to 131,827 vehicles in June from 139,842 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released indi...read more


Hyundai Motor union votes to strike over pay3 Jul 18

Hyundai Motor’s unionised workers in South Korea have voted to strike over stalled annual wage talks. The news comes as the company's share price slides amid worsening prospects in the US and China ma...read more


PFA bangs French manufacturing drum3 Jul 18

A former French Minister is urging the automotive sector to "not be defensive" as it looks to the myriad challenges presented by new technologies which are starting to impact the diesel sector in part...read more


VW to separate components business3 Jul 18

Similar to Volkswagen's Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles brands, Components is to become an independent corporate entity under the umbrella of VW AG from January 2019....read more


VW to launch its new small SUV in Europe this autumn3 Jul 18

Volkswagen said its T-Cross small SUV - shown as a 'study' at the 2016 Geneva show - will be launched in Europe next autumn....read more


Cummins to acquire electric and hybrid powertrains producer EDI3 Jul 18

Cummins has announced that it is acquiring Silicon Valley-based Efficient Drivetrains (EDI), which designs and produces hybrid and fully-electric power solutions for commercial markets....read more


Johnson Matthey to build eLNO demo plant in UK3 Jul 18

Johnson Matthey is building a demonstration scale plant in Clitheroe, UK to manufacture next generation battery materials to power electric vehicles....read more


Rostec launches Avtovaz shares offer3 Jul 18

Avtovaz's majority shareholder, Alliance Rostec Auto has filed a package of tender offer documents with the Central Bank of Russia to launch a mandatory tender offer in respect of the Russian automake...read more


BMW's Rolls-Royce names new Middle East and Africa chief3 Jul 18

BMW's Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has named Cesar Habib regional director, Middle East & Africa from 1 August 2018....read more


Nissan creates first global digital hub in India3 Jul 18

Nissan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an Indian regional government (Kerala) to establish a new global centre for digital operations....read more


New chief takes charge at Ford South Africa3 Jul 18

Neale Hill, 50, took over as Ford's managing director of South Africa and sub Saharan Africa this week....read more


Volvo wins largest electric bus order for Gothenburg3 Jul 18

Volvo Buses has secured its largest all-electric order with 30 versions to be delivered to GS Buss, a subsidiary of Göteborgs Spårvägar and Public Transport Authority Västtrafik....read more


Varroc Lighting buys Turkish manufacturer2 Jul 18

Exterior vehicle lighting specialist Varroc Lighting Systems has acquired Sa-ba Automotive, a privately-owned company headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey....read more


Geely-Volvo to expand Lynk & Co with secret SUVs2 Jul 18

In this second chapter of an examination of the future models of Geely divisions, the focus turns to Lynk & Co. The start-up brand is doing well in China, its sole market. Although Geely is yet to rev...read more


FCA lays out South American plans2 Jul 18

Following announcements by the Brazilian units of Volkswagen and GM, FCA's local arm has disclosed its strategy for the next five years....read more


Bendix appoints new supply chain excellence VP2 Jul 18

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has appointed Mike Pogorelc as vice president, supply chain excellence....read more


Interior design and technology – Ford Edge2 Jul 18

The first generation Ford Edge, launched in 2006, was offered in four trim levels.  Its top-drawer Sport included an AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player and SYNC in-car connectivity syste...read more


Car companies issue tariffs warnings2 Jul 18

A number of companies have responded to US Department of Commerce to warn that proposed US import tariffs of 20% would harm the US auto industry. General Motors, BMW and Toyota are among the companies...read more


BP to purchase Chargemaster2 Jul 18

BP has unveiled an agreement to purchase Chargemaster, the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company....read more


Lynk & Co launches 02; to produce 01 in Europe2 Jul 18

Geely Auto Group’s luxury brand off-shoot Lynk & Co will begin sales of its second SUV model in China this week, the 02....read more


Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp to combine in 50:50 JV2 Jul 18

Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp have inked definitive agreements to combine their European steel businesses in a 50/50 joint venture....read more


Nissan cancels sale of EV battery subsidiary to GSR2 Jul 18

Nissan Motor has cancelled the sale of its electric vehicle battery business to a Chinese investment firm, according to a Reuters report....read more


Autoliv completes Veoneer spin-off2 Jul 18

Autoliv has completed the spin-off of its electronics segment, Veoneer....read more




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