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ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR28 May 19

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just-auto takes a long weekend24 May 19

We are off on Monday, May 27, as it's a public holiday here in Britain....read more


Mazda's superb new 3 and Ford job cuts - the week24 May 19

Blowing me own trumpet again - parp - my look at Mazda's excellent new 3 topped the analysis eyeball-attracting chart at just-auto this week. I have always held Mazda products in high regard (even own...read more


First Ionity charging station launched in UK24 May 19

Ionity - the JV between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford and VW set up to create a network of high power electric battery charging stations throughout Europe - has opened its first charging station in the ...read more


BYD delivers Argentina's first electric buses24 May 19

A fleet of 12 BYD K9 electric buses for the city of Mendoza, Argentina, arrived at the port of San Antonio in Chile....read more


Dassault boosts Renault’s LCI experiment for EV last-mile delivery24 May 19

Dassault Systèmes has announced that the in-house LCI (Cooperative Innovation Laboratory) of Groupe Renault used its '3DEXPERIENCE' platform to transform its innovation processes to the cloud and intr...read more


Hanon Systems inaugurates Chongqing site in China24 May 19

Automotive supplier Hanon Systems has announced the formal opening of Chongqing Hanon Jianshe Automotive Thermal Systems Co., Ltd....read more


Opel releases more info on Corsa-e24 May 19

Opel/Vauxhall has released more detail on the upcoming fully electric variant of its sixth generation Corsa. ...read more


Denso develops high-efficiency diode for alternators24 May 19

Denso has announced that it has developed a high-efficiency diode for alternators for gasoline and diesel engine vehicles with the semiconductor supplier, Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device. ...read more


Mercedes starts A-Class sedan output at Rastatt24 May 19

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars plant at Rastatt, Germany, has marked two milestones: production of its five millionth compact vehicle since A-Class production began back in 1997 and roll-off of the firs...read more


Moody's downgrades Nissan with negative outlook24 May 19

Moody's Japan has downgraded the issuer rating of Nissan Motor to A3 from A2. The outlook is negative....read more


Prosecutors fine Bosch EUR90m for dieselgate cheat23 May 19

Bosch has agreed to pay an EUR90m fine for lapses in supervisory duties which enabled carmakers such as Volkswagen to engage in emissions cheating....read more


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Nissan and Delta partner for Thai EV home charging23 May 19

Nissan in Thailand has announced the appointment of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL as the primary provider of electric vehicle charging systems....read more


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Thai vehicle sales up again in April23 May 19

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to expand strongly in April 2019, with sales rising by 8.7% to 86,076 units from 79,206 units in the same month last year according to wholesale data compiled b...read more


UK needs to double EV charging points over next 10 years - Deloitte23 May 19

The UK will need 28,000 public charging points in order to service an estimated 7m electric vehicles (EVs) in circulation by 2030, according to new analysis from consultants Deloitte. The research sug...read more


Leoni appoints new chief financial officer23 May 19

Leoni has appointed Ingrid Jägering as CFO, joining the board alongside CEO, Aldo Kamper, Bruno Fankhauser and Martin Stüttem. ...read more


GM debuts 'digital vehicle platform' on Cadillac CT523 May 19

General Motors has debuted its electronic platform which it says is necessary for its next-generation of vehicles, EVs, active safety, infotainment and connectivity features, and the evolution of the ...read more


Nissan Leaf Autech to be launched in Japan23 May 19

The Nissan Leaf Autech will go on sale in Japan next month, adding what Nissan says is 'exclusive styling to the world’s best-selling electric car'....read more


Nissan and Delta form Thai EV home charging JV23 May 19

Nissan in Thailand has appointed Delta Electronics (Thailand) as the primary provider of electric vehicle charging systems....read more


PSA appoints new director of Peugeot Sport23 May 19

Francois Wales is to take over from Bruno Famin as Peugeot Sport director, who is joining the FIA’s Office of the secretary general for Motor Sport as director of operations....read more


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Tritium inks Europe charging deal with Ionity23 May 19

Tritium has signed a deal with Ionity to supply its Veefil-PK 350kW DC high power electric vehicle (EV) chargers for 120 new powering sites across Europe....read more


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Varroc opens new Czech lamp production hall23 May 19

Varroc Lighting has opened a new hall for manufacturing rear and fog lamps in the Moravian-Silesian region of Czech Republic, creating 350 jobs....read more


Ford's robotic solution for driverless delivery23 May 19

Ford is teaming up with Agility Robotics to explore a robotic solution for future autonomous vehicle goods deliveries. ...read more


Five years after its revival - what next for Datsun?23 May 19

Nissan brought back Datsun in 2014 as a brand specialising in small, cheap models for lower income countries. Since then, Datsun has been rolled out to 14 markets, with India, Indonesia, South Africa,...read more


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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors and Prisma Renewable Composites collaborate22 May 19

An automotive interiors specialist is to collaborate with a materials supplier to replace the use of petrochemicals with natural polymers....read more


Kia prepares for India launch later this year22 May 19

Kia Motors is currently making final preparations for its launch later this year in India, a country with a domestic vehicle market of over 4.3m units last year....read more


New Cadillac introduces GM electronic platform22 May 19

General Motors has launched the new electronic platform it said was necessary for its next generation of vehicles, EVs, active safety, infotainment and connectivity features, and the evolution of the ...read more


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Daimler stresses need for cost control22 May 19

Daimler has reaffirmed its financial targets for this year and stressed the need for cost management at its annual shareholders' meeting in Berlin today. Outgoing CEO Dieter Zetsche stressed that 'eve...read more


Toyota Australia will use autonomous vehicles in new warehouse22 May 19

Toyota Australia together with Toyota Material Handling Australia and Toyota Fleet Management will be introducing a fleet of autonomous autopilot vehicles in its new Altona warehouse from the start of...read more


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VW Group sales drop 6.6% in April 201922 May 19

The Volkswagen Group delivered 866,400 vehicles in April, 6.6% below the figure for April 2018....read more


Study finds EVs appeal to only half of UK car buyers22 May 19

A new study has found that only half of British car buyers would choose an electrified car....read more


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Koito and Blickfeld to research Lidar integrated headlamps22 May 19

Koito and Blickfeld are to explore technologies for the development of Lidar which can be fully integrated into headlamps....read more


Gillig and Cummins unveil electric bus22 May 19

Gillig says its zero-emission battery electric bus, powered by Cummins, is now available....read more


Foresight completes QuadSight trials for French OEMs and suppliers22 May 19

Foresight Autonomous has completed a series of demonstrations of its QuadSight vision system in France for four unnamed vehicle manufacturers and Tier One suppliers....read more


Constellium supplies PSA bonnet aluminium22 May 19

Constellium is to supply aluminium auto body sheet for the bonnet of PSA’s Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo Van....read more


Roechling sells Germany plant to Kasai Kogyo22 May 19

Röchling Automotive has entered into an agreement with Japanese automotive supplier, Kasai Kogyo to sell its plant in Wolfsburg-Hattorf for an undisclosed price....read more


First look at Mazda's redesigned 321 May 19

Two things that have always impressed me about recent new Mazdas - superb build quality and paintwork, especially in (GBP790 optional extra) Soul Red Crystal Metallic, and extremely refined diesel eng...read more


AvtoVAZ to reinvigorate Lada with new models21 May 19

A flat Russian market is failing to hold back the growth of Lada which, with a 22% share, is way ahead of number two make Kia. Crucially, Renault is putting in more money to maintain the momentum and ...read more


Delphi develops 500+ bar GDi system which reduces particulates by up to 50%21 May 19

In a paper presented at the 2019 Vienna Motor Symposium, Delphi Technologies has revealed a new 500+ bar GDi system that it claims can reduce particulate emissions by up to 50% compared to state-of-th...read more


Indonesia market decline steepens in April21 May 19

The Indonesian new vehicle market deteriorated further in April 2019 as sales plunged by over 17.8% to 84,029 units from 102,258 units a year earlier, according to wholesale data compiled by industry ...read more


British Steel on brink of collapse - reports21 May 19

Britain's second-largest steel producer is on the brink of collapse, UK news reports said on Tuesday (21 May)....read more


Toyota may not benefit from hybrid patent release - Moody's21 May 19

Moody's Japan reckons the release by Toyota Motor of its hybrid vehicle technology patents could increase demand for full hybrids but the rise of competing hybrid systems and increased product diversi...read more


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Jaguar Land Rover names new CFO21 May 19

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that Ken Gregor, chief financial officer (CFO), has decided to step down on 1 June 2019 after 22 years with the business....read more


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Millbrook expands ADAS and connected/autonomous test facilities21 May 19

Millbrook, the Bedfordshire vehicle testing facility originally built in the late 1960s as the Vauxhalll Proving Ground, announced it now offers new facilities and equipment for CAV and ADAS testing a...read more


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Mahle expands thermal management portfolio21 May 19

Following the acquisition of the entire shareholding in Behr Hella Service (BHS) by Mahle Aftermarket, all existing activities of BHS will be transferred to Mahle on 1 January, 2020. ...read more


Honda mulls network of used EV batteries21 May 19

Honda is carrying out research with Ohio-based, American Electric Power (AEP) to develop a network of used EV batteries, which could be integrated into AEP's electricity system....read more


Vulog and Renault team on car sharing21 May 19

Vulog and Renault are collaborating to manufacture car-sharing vehicles, starting immediately....read more


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Ford to duck China tariffs and costs with local Lincoln build21 May 19

Ford plans to produce new Lincoln models in China to save on costs and avoid local tariffs....read more


Michelin to acquire Masternaut21 May 19

Michelin has signed an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Masternaut, one of Europe's largest telematics providers....read more


Relief as Trump holds fire on auto tariffs - COMMENT21 May 19

News earlier this month that US President Donald Trump had decided to delay imposing tariffs on vehicles and automotive components for six months came as a massive relief to automakers around the worl...read more


Malaysia sales up again in April21 May 19

Malaysia's new vehicle market continued to expand in April 2019, by 6.2% to 49,964 units from 47,047 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Auto...read more


Ford axing 7,000 white collar workers20 May 19

Ford said on Monday (20 May) it was laying off about 7,000 workers, about 10% of its global workforce, as part of a restructuring plan designed to save it US$600m a year....read more


ACEA still opposes US-proposed anti-WTO trade rules20 May 19

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) on Monday (20 May) reiterated its "opposition to any trade-restrictive measures that are incompatible with WTO rules"....read more


Tata's Jaguar Land Rover back in the black for one quarter at least20 May 19

In a reversal of fortunes that surely will please owner Tata Motors, Britain's Jaguar Land Rover has booked a pre-tax profit after three consecutive quarters of red ink....read more


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Higher costs hit Russian polymer supplier's Q1 result20 May 19

Russia's R&P Polyplastic, which supplies polymer materials mainly to local automakers, said it booked a "considerable increase" in sales volume in the first quarter of 2019 though revenue targets were...read more


Denso eyes higher stake and powertrain sale to Aisan20 May 19

Denso and powertrain supplier Aisan have reached a basic agreement, following a directors' meeting today (20 May) to begin studying increasing Denso's stake in Aisan, and also transferring part of Den...read more


Honda R&D to collaborate with CiNet on mobility and robotics20 May 19

Honda R&D, Honda Motor's research and development subsidiary announced it had begun to collaborate with the Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet) in neuroscientific research of humans in ...read more


Mitsubishi and Here team on lane hazard warning20 May 19

Mitsubishi Electric and Here Technologies have successfully piloted a system enabling vehicles to automatically warn others about upcoming road hazards with lane-level precision....read more


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Renault unveils autonomous Ez-Pod20 May 19

Renault has unveiled Ez-Pod, an exploratory electric and autonomous vehicle for on-demand travel across short distances....read more


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Audi gearing service technicians worldwide for e-tron20 May 19

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Mercedes reveals new safety concept vehicle20 May 19

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has unveiled a new concept/experimental vehicle to show off "safety ideas for a new mobility"....read more


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BorgWarner unveils Onboard Battery Charger20 May 19

BorgWarner has unveiled its Onboard Battery Charger (OBC), adding to the company’s portfolio of technologies for plug-in hybrid and pure-electric vehicles....read more


Will future models save sinking Renault Samsung?20 May 19

Last month, its deliveries numbering only 6,175 vehicles, Renault Samsung slid down the Korean sales chart even further, dropping to position seven behind Genesis. What will majority shareholder (80%)...read more


Volvo's new 'American car' - the week17 May 19

My look at Volvo's new US-born 'citizen', the S60 saloon/sedan, drew the most just-auto reader eyeballs this week, and rightly so as it's another highly competent contender in the medium/large premium...read more


Borealis opens new PP compounding plant in North Carolina17 May 19

Borealis, which supplies polyolefins and base chemicals to the auto plastics industry, has officially opened a new polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Taylorsville, North Carolina, US....read more


New US auto related tariffs on hold for six months17 May 19

President Trump has officially set a six-month deadline to negotiate national security issues with respect to imported automobiles and certain automobile parts from the European Union, Japan and any o...read more


Porsche SE boosts first quarter profit17 May 19

Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) said first quarter group profit rose to EUR1.14bn from EUR0.95bn a year ago, an increase of around 20%....read more


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EIB backs Northvolt Sweden battery factory17 May 19

Europe's Investment Bank (EIB) has given its in-principle agreement to support the financing of the Continent's first home-grown gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells, Northvolt Ett, in Sweden....read more


Hitachi supplies Audi e-tron inverter17 May 19

Hitachi Automotive Systems announced Audi is using its electric vehicle (EV) inverter in the e-tron SUV which went on sale in Europe last March....read more


Nissan names Renault's Bollore for board17 May 19

Nissan Motor announced a boardroom shake-up on Friday as it looked to move on from the ousting of former chairman Carlos Ghosn and disappointing financial results for the 2018-19 financial year....read more


SEAT aims for 60% production waste reduction by 202517 May 19

SEAT has announced that it is focusing its environmental improvement actions this year on reducing waste. Over the past eight years, SEAT has managed to generate 34% less waste in its facilities, and ...read more


BMW reiterates commitment to e-mobility17 May 19

The BMW Group, a pioneer in electromobility, says it is rapidly expanding its range of electrified vehicles....read more


Hyundai Alabama adds head machining plant17 May 19

Alabama governor Kay Ivey and other elected officials joined Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama management and staff to celebrate the 'grand opening' of HMMA’s cylinder head machining plant....read more


Accuride names Robin Kendrick as CEO17 May 19

Accuride has appointed Robin Kendrick as president and CEO, effective 1 June 2019....read more


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ITM extends Shell UK hydrogen agreement17 May 19

ITM Power has extended its UK refuelling collaboration agreement with Shell, originally announced in 2015....read more


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Tough conditions hit Brose bottom line16 May 19

The weakening automotive industry economy is affecting business development in the Brose Group where fiscal 2018 turnover of EUR6.3bn was just below the 2017 level and earnings "were well below expect...read more


Renault teams with La Poste for last mile research16 May 19

Groupe Renault is to conduct an initial experiment with La Poste of its EZ-FLEX light commercial vehicle to gain better understanding of future urban delivery practices....read more


Grupo Antolin opens lighting plant and technical centre in Germany16 May 19

Interiors specialist Grupo Antolin has officially opened its new lighting factory in Bamberg, Germany....read more


ANALYSIS - MY19 Maserati Levante GranLusso16 May 19

Three and a half years on from its market introduction, Maserati UK has thrown out the former diesel-only strategy for the Levante, bringing in a biturbo 3.0-litre petrol V6....read more


EU antitrust allegations unfounded - BMW CEO16 May 19

BMW CEO Harald Kruger has robustly defended BMW over antitrust allegations brought against the company by the European Commission....read more


Renault shows off mobility moves at Viva Tech16 May 19

Following on from its 2018 unveiling of three concept cars as its "vision of the mobility of the future", Renault Group has showcased new vehicles, partnerships and experiments for "the mobility of to...read more


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Geely Auto opens R&D centre in Germany16 May 19

Geely Auto Group, which claims to be China's "leading privately owned automotive company", has opened a research and development facility at Raunheim, Germany, "to accelerate innovation in new propuls...read more


Frankfurt IAA world debuts list - F40 BMW 1 Series16 May 19

The next generation BMW 1 Series five-door hatchback will be revealed at a preview event on 27 May and have its public premiere at the Frankfurt motor show in September. ...read more


Hankuk Carbon opens first European office at MIRA16 May 19

Hankuk Carbon, which self-describes as "a pioneer and leader in the Korean composite material manufacturing industry", has opened its first European office at UK Enterprise Zone MIRA Technology Park i...read more


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Russia monthly sales drop yet again as trend continues16 May 19

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs fell yet again in April in Russia, continuing a series of monthly drops, following a sustained rebound in 2018....read more


Nissan Skyline to feature next-gen driver assistance system16 May 19

Nissan has unveiled a navigated highway driving system with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities....read more


Mitsubishi Electric and Here pilot road warning system16 May 19

Mitsubishi Electric and Here Technologies have piloted a system enabling vehicles to automatically warn others about upcoming road hazards with lane-level precision....read more


Kia reveals first image of new small SUV16 May 19

Kia Motors has revealed the first image of its new small SUV. Due to be revealed fully in the summer, it says the new vehicle possesses the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV in a compact pac...read more


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Hyundai Motor Group develops ‘intelligent air purification system’16 May 19

Hyundai Motor Group says it has developed an intelligent ‘Smart Air Purification system’ that monitors interior air quality to automatically filter the air inside a car. The system works to enhance in...read more


SAIC-Motor to produce EVs in Thailand16 May 19

Chinese carmaker SAIC Motor this month applied for a licence to produce electric vehicles in Thailand, according to local reports....read more


UK pumps GBP28m into battery Centre of Excellence16 May 19

Britain has unveiled a GBP28m (US$36m) National Centre of Excellence in the Midlands city of Coventry to develop electric car battery technology....read more


Registrations for VW electric ID.3 hit 15,00015 May 19

VW says that less than one week after the start of pre-booking for the ID.3, more than 15,000 registrations have already been received for the first model in the new full-electric ID. family. ...read more


Revised Skoda Superb features full LED headlights15 May 19

The updated Skoda Superb is the first Skoda production car to feature full LED Matrix headlights and dynamic lighting functions, the VW Group-owned brand says....read more


Philippines vehicle sales up slightly in April15 May 19

The Philippines new vehicle market was up slightly in April 2019, by 0.8% at 25,799 units from 25,583 units in the same month of last year, according to member wholesale data released jointly by the C...read more


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Polestar confirms battery suppliers for cars15 May 19

Geely-owned Polestar has confirmed that leading battery makers CATL and LG Chem will supply batteries for the company’s electric performance cars, as part of multi-billion dollar agreements signed by ...read more


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Pirelli reaffirms Brazil presence with reorganisation15 May 19

Pirelli has confirmed its presence in Brazil through a reorganisation of its manufacturing structure to accelerate focus on high value products and improve the competitiveness of its sites in the coun...read more


SK Innovation to build second EV battery plant in China15 May 19

South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation has announced plans to invest KRW580bn (US$488m) to build a second electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in China, as it looks expand its presence in the ...read more


Toyoda Gosei invests in Imuzak15 May 19

Toyoda Gosei has invested in Imuzak, a start-up located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, with strengths in optical design and assessment, to accelerate its development of interior and exterior modules f...read more


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Renault starts Paris transport laboratory15 May 19

Renault has inaugurated its Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab to devise and test different smart, autonomous, electric and shared public and private mobility services to supplement existing transportation s...read more


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Volvo inks decade-long CATL/LG Chem battery deal15 May 19

Volvo has signed long-term agreements with battery makers, CATL and LG Chem to ensure supply of lithium ion batteries during the coming decade for next generation Volvo and Polestar models....read more


Can Dacia remain the darling of Groupe Renault?15 May 19

According to Groupe Renault, the global market for passenger cars and light commercials fell by 7.2 per cent in Q1. Happily for Dacia, its volumes rose by the same percentage, deliveries hitting 184,0...read more


Volkswagen T-Roc leads surge in C-SUV sales14 May 19

Once an also-ran when it comes to sales of SUVs, Volkswagen could be on its way to becoming the world's number one. The Tiguan is strong in China and Europe and gaining popularity in the USA but its s...read more


Nissan posts big fall to annual operating profit14 May 19

Nissan has forecast that its earnings will continue to come under severe pressure in the current fiscal year as it posted results for the year ended March 31, 2019 that disappointed analysts....read more


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Hyundai invests in Croatian high-performance EV start-up Rimac14 May 19

Hyundai Motor Group has agreed to invest EUR80m in Croatian high-performance electric car manufacturer Rimac Automobili, as the South Korean carmaker looks to establish a strategic partnership with th...read more


JAC investigated for emissions cover-up14 May 19

Chinese automaker JAC Motors is being investigated for allegedly covering up emissions data, with a court hearing set for Thursday 16th May, according to local reports in China....read more


Chinese vehicle market declines sharply in April14 May 19

China’s new vehicle market deteriorated further in April 2019, with sales falling by 14.6% to 1,980,500 units from 2,318,000 units in the same month of last year, according to newly-released wholesale...read more


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Fuel for thought - some low carbon alternatives14 May 19

A greener form of motoring, low carbon vehicles emit fewer harmful gases compared to a conventional car. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we caught up with Paul Turner, engineering di...read more


VW resumes preparations for Traton IPO14 May 19

The Board of Management of Volkswagen AG has resolved to go ahead with the planned IPO of VW subsidiary Traton SE before the summer break, depending on 'further developments on capital markets'. Trato...read more


Silicon Mobility opens new subsidiary in China14 May 19

Technology company Silicon Mobility has announced the opening of a subsidiary in Shanghai, China....read more


Foresight inks distribution agreement with Cornes in Japan14 May 19

Foresight Autonomous has signed a distribution agreement with Japanese trading house, Cornes Technologies. ...read more


Green Commuter starts LA electric vanpools14 May 19

Green Commuter has launched six all-electric vanpools through Metro’s subsidised programme in a contract with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)....read more


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Infineon now in VW Group's FAST supplier network14 May 19

Infineon Technologies says it is a new partner in Volkswagen Group’s supplier network FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks)....read more


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BYD delivers ebuses to Badajoz, Spain14 May 19

BYD has delivered 15 pure electric 12-metre eBuses to Spain's southwest city of Badajoz – one of the largest eBus orders for the manufacturer in the country....read more


Calsonic and Magneti move to single brand name14 May 19

Calsonic Kansei and Magneti Marelli are to unite using the Marelli brand....read more


Global automotive market report - Q1 201914 May 19

The global vehicle market was virtually flat in 2018 at around 94m vehicles sold, but the fourth quarter showed a near 5% year-on-year drop on the back of a similarly sized decline in Q3. The global l...read more


Daimler aims for carbon-free cars in 20 years13 May 19

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars wants to have a carbon-neutral new passenger car fleet within two decades and also aims to have plug-in hybrids or all-electric vehicles account for over half its car sale...read more


Vietnam sales drop 3% in April13 May 19

New vehicle sales in Vietnam declined by 2.8% to 20,106 units in April 2019 from 20,678 units a year earlier, according to wholesale data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (...read more


Auto parts exempt from latest China tariff list - report13 May 19

China has announced it will increase tariffs imposed on about US$60bn of US goods in retaliation for president Donald Trump's latest escalation of the trade war, media reports on Monday (13 May) said....read more


Volvo's 'American car' gets a UK visa13 May 19

This new S60 may well be the first Volvo Car made in the United States (but not in North America as there once was a CKD kit assembly operation in Canada) but you'd be hard pushed to find any evidence...read more


Honda confirms Swindon plant's 2021 closure13 May 19

Honda of the UK Manufacturing has this afternoon (13 May) informed employees it has confirmed earlier announced plans to close its English manufacturing plant in Swindon, Wiltshire, at the end of the ...read more


Citroen unveils autonomous AWD EV concept13 May 19

Following the reveal of its Ami One concept (self-described as "the embodiment of urban electric mobility") last February, Citroen has announced the 19_19 which "expresses [a] vision of ultra-comfort ...read more


Vauxhall launches its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle 13 May 19

Vauxhall is introducing a plug-in hybrid version of its Grandland X SUV. It is the brand's first ever plug-in hybrid and is badged Hybrid4....read more


VW Zwickau plant rolls off ID.3 pre-production cars13 May 19

Volkswagen says the conversion of the vehicle factory in Zwickau to the 'largest production site for electric mobility in Europe is right on schedule'....read more


Byton to raise US$500m ahead of production in 202013 May 19

Chinese electric vehicle startup Byton plans to launch a new round of fund raising in the next few months as it prepares to unveil its first production model in the third quarter of the year....read more


BAIC and Shenyang Motor ink car sharing partnership13 May 19

China's Shenyang Motor Group and BAIC Motor announced a new car sharing partnership this week as they look to take on the rapidly expanding Chinese market for car-sharing services....read more


Powering low carbon tech - Q&A with APC 13 May 19

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was set up six years ago in Coventry, the once centrepiece of the British car industry. It channels investment from government and industry to accelerate the devel...read more


ZF to acquire occupant recognition software specialist13 May 19

ZF plans to acquire 90% of the shares in Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH, a company that specialises in occupant recognition software....read more


Renault and Alpine future models13 May 19

As Renault approaches mid-year and its AGM on 12 June, the group is in good shape. The first quarter was a strong one for the company's namesake brand and the new product pipeline is brim with fresh m...read more


Is Tata Motors putting JLR on the block? - the week10 May 19

Is Tata Motors mulling putting Jaguar Land Rover up for sale and would PSA buy it to expand both its global manufacturing footprint and into the premium arena? That was the question being asked this w...read more


Uber valued at $82bn ahead of IPO10 May 19

Ride-hail firm Uber has been valued at USD82bn ahead of its NYSE listing in what is expected to be one of the biggest stock market flotations this year....read more


Consumer excitement for AVs 'soars but barriers remain' - survey10 May 19

A new study from the Capgemini Research Institute has found that consumer acceptance of self-driving cars in USA will increase over time and preference for riding in self-driving cars is set to double...read more


Jaguar Land Rover sales down in April10 May 19

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover said retail sales in April 2019 were down 13.3% year on year to 39,185 vehicles....read more


Eberspaecher to build exhaust technology plant in Mexico10 May 19

The Eberspaecher Group of Companies is investing in a component plant for exhaust technology in Mexico. The new building in Saltillo will house manufacturing facilities for existing and future contrac...read more


Lada Russia sales up 5.2% in April10 May 19

In April 2019 Lada sold 32,316 cars in Russia, a gain of 5.2% on April last year. ...read more


Audi worldwide sales drop 12.8% in April10 May 19

VW-Group-owned Audi AG delivered around 140,300 cars to customers worldwide in April, down 12.8% year-on-year....read more


GM Canada-Unifor deal saves 300 Oshawa jobs10 May 19

General Motors Canada and auto workers union Unifor announced they had reached a "Transformation Agreement" to "transition the GM Oshawa Assembly operations to parts manufacturing and advanced vehicle...read more


US imposes higher tariffs on China imports10 May 19

Trade tensions between the world's two largest economies have been dramatically ratcheted up today as the US has confirmed higher tariffs on imports from China covering a wide range of products, inclu...read more


Inteva completes Roof Systems sale to CIE10 May 19

Inteva has completed the sale of its Roof Systems product line to CIE Automotive....read more


Mitsubishi books sales and profit hikes for fiscal year9 May 19

Mitsubishi Motors said it boosted fiscal 2018/9 sales 14.7% year on year to JPY2,514.6bn while operating profit increased to JPY111.8bn from JPY98.2bn for an operating margin of 4.4%....read more


GM in Lordstown Complex sale talks9 May 19

General Motors said it was "in discussions with Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group and an affiliated, newly formed entity" to sell the Lordstown factory complex in Ohio....read more


PSA "open to opportunties" as JLR rumours swirl9 May 19

PSA is remaining tight-lipped concerning rumours it might be looking to acquire Jaguar Land Rover, although it noted it was "open to opportunities."...read more


Electric car sales not taking off in lower income EU countries - ACEA9 May 19

New data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) highlighted the correlation between the affordability of electric cars and their market uptake. The analysis compared national d...read more


Mazda 2019 profits beat forecast9 May 19

Mazda Motor Corporation said it sold 1,561,000 vehicles worldwide ended 31 March 2019....read more


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Alliance Ventures focuses on disruptive technology through new China deal9 May 19

Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital fund that invests in technology startups for Renault Group, Nissan Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors, announced a partnership with Plug and Play Chin...read more


Continental Q1 net income down 22% to EUR575m9 May 19

Continental has posted year-on-year first-quarter net income attributable to the shareholders of the parent, down 22% to EUR575m (US$643m), although it says sales were "on par" at EUR11bn....read more


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New Scout helps make Karoq number one Skoda SUV9 May 19

July will mark the second anniversary of Karoq production so to maintain the sales momentum, Škoda continues to add variants to the range. The most recent one is the Scout, which unlike competitors su...read more


Toyota, Panasonic to partner on connected homes9 May 19

Toyota Motor and EV battery supplier Panasonic plan to establish a joint company to develop connected services to be used in homes and urban development, a media report said....read more


Toyota Boshoku to open India sales and development office9 May 19

Toyota Boshoku is to open an office in Gurgaon City in the Indian State of Haryana for sales and development....read more


Keysight and GOHIGH to accelerate C-V2X technology9 May 19

Keysight Technologies is collaborating with GOHIGH Data Networks Technology (GOHIGH) to accelerate cellular-vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology for connected car applications...read more


Traton Group worldwide sales up 7.4% in Q1 9 May 19

VW's heavy-duty commercial vehicles arm, Traton SE, is off to a strong start in 2019 the company says. ...read more


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Groupe PSA to produce large vans by end of 2021 at Gliwice9 May 19

Group PSA has announced that it will produce large vans at its Gliwice vehicle manufacturing plant in Poland by the end of 2021 due to LCV capacity constraints elsewhere in its manufacturing network....read more


Schaeffler sells UK Barden factory to HQW9 May 19

Schaeffler is to sell its UK Barden division to HQW Holding, saving potentially hundreds of jobs in the South West England city of Plymouth...read more


Daimler Mobility to have own executive board division8 May 19

Daimler Financial Services is establishing a new division on the board of management with Joerg Lamparter to become a new member for digital and mobility solutions....read more


Mack Trucks unveils electric refuse truck for New York trials8 May 19

AB Volvo's Mack Trucks unveiled its LR battery electric vehicle (BEV) at WasteExpo 2019. Combining the refuse industry-leading design of the LR model with a fully electric drivetrain, the demonstratio...read more


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Honda CEO sets out automaker's EV stall and global model rationalisation8 May 19

In a speech spelling out the future direction that the company will take, including its plans for electrification, Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo has announced a new model programme which will reduce the ...read more


Honda confident on 2019 prospects despite profit slide8 May 19

Honda has posted a set of financial results that show profits dragged down by restructuring costs and unfavourable currency effects. However, the company forecasts a 770bn yen operating profit - a 6% ...read more


Electrifying trucks - challenges and opportunities 8 May 19

It is said that commercial vehicles are the most difficult to electrify and likely to be the last to migrate from IC powertrains. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we asked David Kelly...read more


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Adient books Q2 net loss but sees improvement ahead8 May 19

Adient has booked a Q2 (GAAP) net loss of US$149m and a loss of $1.59 per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2018/19....read more


Mitsubishi UK pleads for government action to boost PHEVs8 May 19

Mitsubishi in the UK has said that action is needed to boost sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in Britain as the segment falls back following the withdrawal of purchase grants....read more


Polestar establishes new UK R&D facility8 May 19

Geely-owned premium electric car brand Polestar says it has significantly expanded its research and development capacity with the establishment of a new R&D centre in the UK....read more


Cepton opens LiDAR office in UK8 May 19

LiDAR solutions provider, Cepton Technologies has expanded its European presence with a new office at the iHub innovation and technology park in Derby, UK....read more


Infiniti chief jumps ship to run FCA's Jeep8 May 19

Christian Meunier, chairman of Nissan's Infiniti premium brand has jumped ship to become global chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automotive's iconic Jeep brand....read more


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Tokyo motor show - Honda Fit hybrid world debut8 May 19

Honda is the first manufacturer to announce a global premiere for October's Tokyo motor show....read more


Toyota reports JPY30.2256tn revenue in FY20198 May 19

Toyota - like Honda - is emphasising cost reductions efforts which it says will help to lift operating profit by 3.3% to 2,550 billion yen in the year to March 2020. In the fiscal year just ended, Toy...read more


Schaeffler to acquire Xtronic8 May 19

Schaeffler has signed a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Xtronic, although no purchase price has been disclosed....read more


Lanxess expands Macrolex Leverkusen dyes plant8 May 19

Lanxess has completed the US$5.6m expansion of its Macrolex dyes production plant at Chempark, Leverkusen, increasing capacity by around 25%....read more


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ChargePoint teams with Ei to launch EV network8 May 19

ChargePoint Services, owner and operator of the GeniePoint Network, is working alongside Ei Group, the UK’s largest pub company with more than 4,400 properties nationwide, to launch electric vehicle c...read more


ANALYSIS - 2019 Abarth 595 esseesse8 May 19

How can a car which is more than a decade old still be one of the best in its segment? The 595 essesse, newly revised for Abarth's 70th anniversary one year ahead of its replacement, would have to be ...read more


West European car market slips in April7 May 19

West European car registrations fell 1% year-on-year (YoY) in April according to data released by LMC Automotive. However, the annualised selling rate rose slightly, to 14.3m units a year from 14.1m u...read more


UK LCV sales grow in April7 May 19

Unlike passenger car sales, which declined 4.1% last month, UK demand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) grew 4.7% in April, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders...read more


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Autoliv appoints Frithjof Oldorff as Europe president7 May 19

Autoliv has appointed Frithjof Oldorff as president of its Europe division and member of the executive management team....read more


Volvo Cars introduces six months' paid parental leave for EMEA region7 May 19

Geely's Volvo Cars has launched a paid gender-neutral parental leave policy for all sales company employees in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), offering six months of leave with 80% p...read more


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PSA and Orléans University rewew OpenLab contract7 May 19

PSA and the University of Orléans have renewed the OpenLab Energetics contract for four years....read more


Taiwan sales flat in April7 May 19

New vehicle sales in Taiwan were just slightly higher at 34,680 units in April compared with 34,458 units in the same month of last year, according to local reports citing registration data compiled b...read more


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Import sales in South Korea fall sharply again in April7 May 19

Sales of imported light passenger vehicles in South Korea continued to fall sharply in April, by almost 30% to 18,219 units from 25,923 units a year earlier, according to member data released by the K...read more


EC hosts third European Battery Alliance meeting7 May 19

EC Vice-President in charge of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefcovic has hosted the third meeting at Ministerial level of the European Battery Alliance....read more


PHEVs take a hit as UK April car market falls7 May 19

The UK new car market declined by 4.1% in April according to data released by the SMMT....read more


EU fine provision hits BMW Q1 results7 May 19

BMW's first quarter 2019 financials were "heavily impacted" by the provision of around EUR1.4bn made in connection with antitrust allegations by the European Commission....read more


Soueast, Dearcc and Enovate future models7 May 19

For years, Southeast Motor had a successful business building Mitsubishi-based vehicles in China. Now, amidst tough trading conditions, this small OEM is experiencing a major downturn. Will the additi...read more


US sales surprise - the week3 May 19

US sales for April surprised a lot of industry watchers this week as volume and SAAR came in below analysts' expectations. Volume dipped again in April, down 2.3% year on year to about 1.33m cars and ...read more


just-auto takes a long weekend3 May 19

We're taking a long weekend in the UK - we get Monday 6th May off as a national holiday. It's the 'May Day' holiday, which - in Britain - is taken on the Monday following the 1st (if the 1st does not ...read more


NZ sales an April record3 May 19

Though April 2019 New Zealand registration figures of 10,640 vehicles were up 2% on the same month in 2018, continuing the fluctuating monthly trend for 2019 year to date, April sales set a record, al...read more


Indian car market sees sharp April drop3 May 19

Reports in India say that India's car market dropped sharply in April as elections disrupted demand....read more


VW brand Q1 sales and profit up3 May 19

The Volkswagen brand says its first quarter sales revenue grew by 7.1% year-on-year to EUR21.5 billion. Operating profit before special items rose by 4.8% to EUR921m....read more


Daimler pilot for metallic 3D printing is a 'success'3 May 19

Daimler says a joint pilot project between Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler demonstrates huge potential for the production of replacement parts and series production components and has been a 'complet...read more


FCA reports Q1 net profit down 41%3 May 19

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has reported first quarter adjusted net profit of EUR0.6bn, some 41% below the same quarter last year. Revenues were off 5% on last year's pace at EUR24.5bn for the qua...read more


Foton signs up with new partner in Thailand3 May 19

Chinese automaker Foton Motor Group has agreed to set up a new joint venture with Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group to produce vehicles in Thailand for sales across the ASEAN region....read more


Volkswagen T-Cross - worth the wait3 May 19

Until now, Europe's B-SUV segment has been missing the biggest brand of all. Volkswagen has timed the arrival of the T-Cross well too, as not one of the most successful incumbents is even close to bei...read more


Geely's Volvo Cars boosts April sales3 May 19

Geely's Volvo Cars said global sales "continued to grow at a steady pace in April" with volume up 7.4% year on year to 56,535 cars with China, the US and Europe all seeing growth....read more


Toyota AI Ventures further invests in early-stage startups3 May 19

Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Toyota AI Ventures (TAIV) has announced Fund II, a new US$100M fund dedicated to investing in early-stage startups developing disruptive technologies and busi...read more


Mazda returns to Greece with new distributor3 May 19

Mazda Motor Europe (MME) announced it would restart sales of new vehicles in Greece later this year with local partner Syngelidis Group....read more


Novares boosts revenue and profits in 20182 May 19

French auto plastics specialist Novares said it booked full year 2018 revenue of EUR1,123.3m, an increase of 2.7% year on year while EBITDA improved to 9.1%....read more


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FCA completes US$5.8bn Magneti Marelli sale to CK Holdings2 May 19

FCA has completed the sale of its automotive components business, Magneti Marelli to CK Holdings, the holding company of Japanese supplier, Calsonic Kansei Corporation for US$5.8bn....read more


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Royal Power Solutions opens new Mexico factory2 May 19

Royal Power Solutions, which supplies electrical power and signal distribution components for global vehicle and industrial applications, has opened a new assembly plant in the Queretaro, Mexico, auto...read more


Delphi Technologies Q1 net income drops 83% to US$16m2 May 19

Delphi Technologies has reported first quarter revenue down 6% to US$1.2bn, while net income dropped from US$98m to US$16m....read more


South Korean sales up slightly in April2 May 19

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers increased by 1.6% to 136,296 units in April 2019 from 134,197 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released indiv...read more


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France hails Fonderies du Poitou Liberty takeover2 May 19

French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire has welcomed the takeover of Renault supplier, Fonderies du Poitou d'Ingrandes-sur-Vienne, by GFG Alliance division, Liberty, saving 623 jobs....read more


Bentley adds 10,000-panel solar carport at Crewe factory2 May 19

Volkswagen's Bentley Motors said it had installed the UK's largest solar car port at its factory in Crewe, England....read more


Porsche moves closer to CO2 neutral Taycan EV production2 May 19

Porsche has launched two new cogeneration plants at its Zuffenhausen site as part of its goal of CO2 neutral production of the electric Taycan....read more


VW Q1 profit dragged down by 'dieselgate'2 May 19

Volkswagen Group has reported a quarterly decline to operating profit as it set-aside EUR1bn for legal costs associated with its long-running 'dieselgate' scandal fallout....read more


ABB to provide robotics painting solutions for SAIC VW China2 May 19

ABB has signed a formal agreement with SAIC Volkswagen to provide robotics painting solutions for the first New Energy Vehicle (NEV) factory of the Volkswagen Group based on the Modular Electric Drive...read more


April US vehicle sales deliver a SAAR surprise2 May 19

US light vehicle sales dipped again in April, down 2.3% year on year to about 1.33m cars and light trucks. After four months, deliveries are 3% behind the January-April period in 2018. The seasonally ...read more


Borgward aims to strengthen revival with future SUVs2 May 19

A well funded revival of this once dormant German make initially saw Borgward going from nowhere to huge popularity in China. Alas, the early success was not to last and the brand crashed to earth in ...read more


Jaguar Land Rover adds mild hybrid to Range Rover1 May 19

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is now offering its inline six, three-litre 400PS Ingenium petrol engine in the flagship Range Rover with a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) powertrain....read more


JLR Irish unit trialling Smart Wallet services1 May 19

Drivers will be able to earn cryptocurrency and make payments on the move using new connected car services being tested by Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover....read more


Future looks bright for Rivian EV company after Ford invests $500m 1 May 19

In a savvy move, Rivian and Ford have joined forces to share resources on EV platforms and architecture. For some time Ford has been creating multiple partnerships with firms that are ahead on EV tech...read more


Tesla tops record March Europe electric car sales1 May 19

Total new car registrations in the 27 key Europe markets fell 3.6% year on year in March - the seventh consecutive monthly drop. Diesel cars counted for 31% of total registrations, the lowest monthly ...read more


ASEAN market growth slows in Q11 May 19

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets combined increased by 1.9% to 853,383 units in the first quarter of 2019 from 837,481 units in the same period of last year, according to data...read more


Biomechanics and gaming tech help SEAT reduce worker injuries1 May 19

VW Group-owned SEAT says it has reduced the number of muscle injuries suffered by its factory workers at its Martorell (Spain) plant by 70% in two years by using 'biomechanics and cutting-edge virtual...read more


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Geely sets high targets for Proton as Q1 sales jump1 May 19

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) has provided an update on its plans for one of its recent acquisitions, Proton Holdings....read more


Report shows UK supply-chain gains in batteries1 May 19

A report examining the 'UK Chemical Supply Chain for Battery Manufacture' has found that the UK chemical sector could capture a GBP4.8bn per annum market share by 2030 meeting the needs of UK-built ve...read more


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Audit of expenses piles pressure on Carlos Ghosn1 May 19

Ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn ran up a total of EUR10.9m in questionable expenses between 2009 and 2018 an audit has found, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)....read more


France takes 5.2% stake in Valeo1 May 19

France has taken a 5.2% stake in Valeo, with its investment bank also looking to appoint a member to the supplier's board in the coming weeks....read more


LG Chem sues SK Innovation over EV battery infringements1 May 19

South Korean electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer LG Chem has filed a complaint against SK Innovation with the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the US and the District Court of Delaware o...read more


FCA and GAC restructure China JVs1 May 19

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) have jointly announced changes to the organisational structure and leadership of their joint ventures in China....read more


China to support hydrogen fuel-cell technology1 May 19

The Chinese government confirmed it would fully support hydrogen fuel cell technology as a mainstream automotive fuel of the future alongside battery powered electric vehicles, according to local repo...read more


What the future holds for Zotye and Traum1 May 19

Zotye Auto, infamous as a supposed cloner of other OEMs' models, has been steadily building up a range of vehicles. Moderately successful in its native China as well as in certain export markets, the ...read more


TE Connectivity to acquire Kissling Group1 May 19

TE Connectivity (TE) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Kissling group of companies, a provider of high- power relays and ruggedised switches used in the commercial vehicle, transportati...read more


UK CV output soars in first quarter1 May 19

British commercial vehicle (CV) production increased by 24.5% in March to 9,098 vehicles, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Novelis develops aluminium sheet battery enclosure solution for EVs1 May 19

Novelis has announced it has developed the first aluminium sheet battery enclosure solution to address customers' needs in the rapidly growing electric vehicle and battery markets....read more


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ANALYSIS - Skoda Kodiaq vRS30 Apr 19

It's now easy to spend more than forty thousand pounds on a Škoda. Should anyone do that though? When the vehicle in question is the Kodiaq vRS, the answer is yes, but with qualifications....read more


Smart city car brand to exit North America - report30 Apr 19

Daimler's Smart brand city-car will be discontinued in the US and Canada at the end of the current model year....read more


GM reports better than expected Q1 profit30 Apr 19

General Motors has reported stronger than expected first-quarter profits on the back of strong sales of trucks and lower costs. GM reported Q1 income of USD2.1bn, 93% ahead of last year's first-quarte...read more


Continental re-org takes shape starting with powertrain unit30 Apr 19

Continental says its powertrain business has become the first part of the group to complete its realignment, with the management team fully in place since April 1, 2019....read more


FCA selects Harman for connected vehicle platform30 Apr 19

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that it will use Harman (Samsung) and Google technologies to deliver a new "ecosystem" that it says will enhance the connected life of FCA vehicle owners ...read more


Toyota Canada to manufacture Lexus NX SUVs at Ontario facility30 Apr 19

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) has announced that it will begin producing the top-selling Lexus NX and Lexus NX Hybrid compact luxury SUVs at its Cambridge, Ontario facility starting in earl...read more


Bosch and Powercell join over development of fuel-cell stacks30 Apr 19

Bosch says it is entering the market for mobile fuel-cells and paving the way for the breakthrough of this technology in trucks and cars. ...read more


Musk and SEC reach new deal on tweets30 Apr 19

A regulatory dispute in the US between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Tesla over CEO Elon Musk's postings on Twitter has been resolved....read more


UK car output down 14.4% in March30 Apr 19

British car manufacturing declined for the ten month in a row in the month of March, with output down for both the domestic and export markets....read more


Interior design and technology – Kia Rio30 Apr 19

The Kia Rio, now in its fourth incarnation, is the Korean automaker’s best-seller with sales close to 475,000 a year. While it is overshadowed in the UK by the European-built Sportage crossover and Ce...read more


IP strategies 'vital for growth of British car industry'30 Apr 19

A UK parliamentary (House of Commons) summit has suggested the British car industry must become "more educated on intellectual property (IP) in order to help it succeed in a tough economic climate....read more


New Land Rover Defender in final testing30 Apr 19

Tata-owned Land Rover's upcoming new Defender model is undergoing final testing in Kenya ahead of production at JLR's new Slovakian plant later this year....read more


PSA names new VP, Quality and Engineering29 Apr 19

Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice President Quality and Engineering has decided to leave Groupe PSA on May 2 for personal reasons, the company has announced....read more


Dana and Motiv to integrate e-Axle on Ford Super Duty F-550 chassis29 Apr 19

Dana Incorporated and Motiv Power Systems announced a collaboration to integrate Dana's Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle on the Ford F-550 chassis for use in commercial fleet applications....read more


Hyundai develops technology to adjust EV performance using smartphones29 Apr 19

Hyundai Motor Group announced development of ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology,’ which allows users to customise primary functions through a smartphone appli...read more


Lada starts selling cars in Mongolia29 Apr 19

Avtovaz has signed a contract with its local partner Russo Motors to sell cars in Mongolia....read more


Daimler's Smart chief moving to new retail role29 Apr 19

Katrin Adt, currently head of Daimler's Smart unit, is taking over management of the newly created Mercedes-Benz Cars Own Retail Europe (Passenger Cars and Vans) from July 2019....read more


Lear Q1 2019 sales dip 10% to US$5.2bn29 Apr 19

Lear Corporation has reported results for the first quarter 2019 showing a 10% dip to revenues ....read more


Goodyear Q1 2019 sales down 6% at US$3.6bn29 Apr 19

Goodyear’s says it first quarter 2019 sales were US$3.6bn, down 6% from $3.8bn a year ago, driven by unfavourable currency translation and lower volume in its international businesses, partially offse...read more


Continental reports EUR11bn sales in Q1 201929 Apr 19

Continental says it has managed a solid start to the new business year. Thanks to its technology portfolio, the company has been able to distance itself from the substantial downward trend on the mark...read more


Nidec invests in EV motor capacity in China29 Apr 19

Japan's Nidec Corporation said it plans to spend US$500m to expand production capacity for electric traction motors for battery powered vehicles in China, according to the Nikkei business daily....read more


BYD to spend US$1.5bn on new EV plant in Changzhou29 Apr 19

China's leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, BYD Auto, has announced plans to build a new manufacturing hub for battery-powered passenger vehicles and key components in the city of Changzhou, i...read more


Chery, Cowin, Karry, Jetour and Exeed future models29 Apr 19

Chery Auto is bucking the trend and doing very well in the Chinese market while rival state-run OEMs flounder. Its secret? The new Jetour brand, soon be joined by another, Exeed. This report examines ...read more


Not just Ford which can Go Further - the week26 Apr 19

News of a 200 mile range electric DS drew a lot of reader interest this week. When PSA Group adds a fully electric variant to its new DS 3 Crossback range later this year, the car will come with a cla...read more


Autoliv takes Q1 hit to operating income26 Apr 19

Autoliv has reported first quarter operating down 29% at USD173m as it said a labour conflict in Mexico caused temporary costs of over USD20m - although the issue is now 'resolved and production retur...read more


Valeo Q1 sales down 1%26 Apr 19

Valeo has reported consolidated first-quarter sales of EUR4,841m down 1% (or 3% on a like-for-like basis)....read more


Daimler profits down 16% in Q126 Apr 19

Daimler has posted first-quarter profit down 16% on last year and warned that its financial targets have become harder to achieve....read more


PSA names new quality and engineering chief26 Apr 19

Gilles Le Borgne, executive PSA Group's vice president of quality and engineering has decided to leave on 2 May "for personal reasons"....read more


Subaru builds #4m in the US26 Apr 19

Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) has produced its four millionth Subaru branded vehicle - the plant has previously also assembled the Camry under contract to Toyota....read more


Tesla hopes for 2,000 Chinese made cars a week by year's end26 Apr 19

Tesla production in China could reach 2,000 vehicles a week by the end of the year, CEO Elon Musk has said....read more


Mercedes-Benz CKD centre ships its 750,000th truck kit26 Apr 19

The 750,000th truck kit from the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) centre at the Mercedes-Benz Woerth plant was packed in a 40-foot sea container for its journey overseas....read more


Renault to propose a new merge arrangement with Nissan - report26 Apr 19

Renault plans to propose to Nissan Motor the companies merge under a new holding company, a media report said, citing "people familiar with the proposal"....read more


General Motors to add second shift at Bowling Green plant26 Apr 19

General Motors is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green (Kentucky) Assembly plant to support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on 18...read more


Denso FY2019 revenue up, profits down26 Apr 19

Denso revenue for the financial year to 31 March, 2019 rose 5% year on year to JPY5,362.8bn. Operating profit fell 23.4% to JPY316.2bn and net profit was off 20.6% to JPY254.5bn. ...read more


Renault Q1 sales hit by lower overseas volume26 Apr 19

Renault has said that its Q1 revenue fell 4.8% to EUR12.5bn as global deliveries declined by 5.6%, including the adverse impact of the company's withdrawal from Iran last year....read more


Ford upbeat on outlook after posting strong Q1 results26 Apr 19

Ford surprised investors with a strong set of financial results for the first-quarter and said that it expects 2019 to be better than the previous year despite a 'volatile environment'. The results wi...read more


Volvo launches UK's "most complete online sales service"25 Apr 19

Volvo UK has launched what it says is the most complete online sales service offered by any car manufacturer....read more


Haldex Q1 sales and profit rise25 Apr 19

Haldex said its Q1 2019 sales rose 7% year on year to SEK1,339m but decreased 1% adjusted for currency movements....read more


Velodyne Lidar/Nikon strike deal for lidar sensors25 Apr 19

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. has today announced an agreement with Nikon Corporation, under which Sendai Nikon Corporation, a Nikon subsidiary, will manufacture lidar sensors for Velodyne with plans to start ...read more


Maruti Suzuki to axe sub-1.5-litre diesels25 Apr 19

Maruti Suzuki will phase out all diesel models with engines less than 1.5 litres before Bharat Stage VI emission rules become effective from 1 April, 2020....read more


VW's Electrify America adds nine partner companies25 Apr 19

Volkswagen of America's Electrify America unit said it would collaborate with nine more companies to provide 30 ultra-fast EV charging stations in the US....read more


Nissan makes management changes in North America25 Apr 19

Airton Cousseau will be senior vice president, marketing and sales, at Nissan North America from 1 June....read more


TRI-AD, Maxar and NTT DATA to build high-definition maps for AVs25 Apr 19

Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD), Toyota's automated driving software development company, Maxar Technologies (Maxar), a global technology innovator powering the new space econo...read more


Toyota opens new R&D facility and proving ground in Japan25 Apr 19

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has announced that it has completed work on the central section of its new research and development facility, named Toyota Technical Centre Shimoyama, located in a mo...read more


Visteon net income plunges in first quarter25 Apr 19

Visteon's first quarter 2019 net income fell to $14m or $0.49 per share compared with $65m or $2.11 a year earlier....read more


Volvo Cars' Q1 operating profit falls25 Apr 19

Geely's Volvo Cars has reported global first quarter 2019 retail sales up 9.4% to 161,320 cars. Revenue rose 10.7% year on year to SEK62,910m....read more


ZF Japan presents energy efficient electric LCV prototype25 Apr 19

ZF Japan announced that the company has developed an electric light commercial vehicle specifically for the Japanese market. Driven by its slogan, "ZF electrifies everything," the company has been ele...read more


Tesla back in the red in first quarter of 201925 Apr 19

Tesla last night announced a Q1 2019 loss as revenue rose, but not as much as analysts expected....read more


PSA Q1 revenue down 1.1%25 Apr 19

Groupe PSA has reported a 1.1% decline in Q1 revenue, as it was hit by lower sales outside of Europe and currency movement headwinds....read more


PSA Q1 revenue falls after Iran suspension25 Apr 19

PSA said group revenue in the first quarter of 2019 fell to EUR17,976m from EUR18,182m a year ago....read more


GAC Guangzhou Auto future models25 Apr 19

Guangzhou Auto is enduring a tough 2019. While its JVs with Honda, Toyota, FCA and Mitsubishi are strong, the performance of the GAC Trumpchi brand isn't what it could be. Not that that has deterred t...read more


Operations commence at new GS Yuasa plant in Turkey24 Apr 19

GS Yuasa has launched operations at the newly opened Inci GS Yuasa lead acid storage battery plant in Manisa, Turkey....read more


NHTSA eyeing TRW airbag control units in millions of cars24 Apr 19

A US investigation into airbags using TRW (absorbed into ZF) control units now includes millions of additional cars, according to US media reports....read more


Ford and Rivian to make battery electric vehicle24 Apr 19

Ford has invested US$500m in Rivian and the two companies will develop a new, battery electric vehicle for the automaker using Rivian's skateboard platform....read more


Axed Ford workers in Russia fight for higher compensation24 Apr 19

Workers losing their jobs this summer under Ford's plans to axe car production in Russia are protesting for higher pay-offs, according to reports in Russia....read more


Didi Mobility taking taxi hailing to 13 Japanese cities24 Apr 19

Didi Mobility Japan, a joint venture (JV) between China's Didi Chuxing and SoftBank, is to expand its taxi-hailing service to 13 cities across Japan....read more


Auto industry consolidation to 'focus on selective alliances'24 Apr 19

Ratings agency Fitch says that selective alliances are likely to be a medium-term alternative to full-scale mergers and mega acquisitions to support automotive manufacturers' credit profiles....read more


Insignia defying segment trend with rising sales24 Apr 19

Few are noticing the progress being made by Vauxhall - Groupe PSA's ex-GM unit that is UK market only sister brand to Opel. In March it moved closer to Volkswagen and pulled away from fourth place Mer...read more


Entry-level Range Rover Evoque meets RDE2 standard24 Apr 19

The entry-level diesel engine option with the new Range Rover Evoque meets the Real Driving Emissions 2 (RDE2) standard, it has been confirmed....read more


Toyota and Kenworth unveil jointly developed fuel cell electric heavy-duty truck24 Apr 19

Toyota, Kenworth, the Port of Los Angeles and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) say they have taken the next great leap towards the future of zero-emission trucking, unveiling the first of Toy...read more


Porsche Romania to build 77 fast charging stations by 202124 Apr 19

Porsche Romania, the VW group distributor and Romania's largest car importer, will invest in the country's EV charging infrastructure with dealer partners....read more


Volvo Group sales up 20% to SEK107.2bn in Q1 201924 Apr 19

Volvo Group net sales increased by 20% to SEK107.2bn (US$11.46bn) (89.1) in Q1 2019. Adjusted for currency movements, net sales increased by 12%....read more


Honda Cars India introduces new Amaze VX CVT trim24 Apr 19

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Hyundai Motor names new styling chief24 Apr 19

Hyundai Motor Company said Simon Loasby, director of design in China, had been promoted to head of the Hyundai Styling Group at the design centre in South Korea....read more


Ford and Autonomic sign multi year deal with Amazon Web Services24 Apr 19

Ford and the creators of the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) Autonomic have signed a multi-year, global agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which the companies will expand the availability o...read more


Tesla reintroduces cheaper Model S and X24 Apr 19

Tesla will bring back lower-priced versions of its Model S and X and upgrade its vehicles to improve range and recharging speed....read more


Hyundai boosts Q1 sales and profit24 Apr 19

Hyundai Motor Company reported a 6.9% and 21% increase in sales revenue and operating profit respectively for the first quarter of 2019, "in spite of continued slowdown in global economic growth"....read more


Waymo to reuse American Axle factory for autonomous vehicles24 Apr 19

Google parent company Alphabet's self-driving unit Waymo will build autonomous vehicles in Detroit, CEO John Krafcik has said....read more


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Huawei launches auto 5G comms module23 Apr 19

China's controversial Huawei Technologies has claimed to have launched the world's first 5G communications hardware for the auto industry....read more


Allison makes EV-related acquisitions23 Apr 19

Allison Transmission Holdings has purchased Vantage Power and AxleTech's electric vehicle (EV) systems division....read more


Volkswagen using blockchain for transparent supply chain23 Apr 19

Optimising supply chains, eliminating error sources and guaranteeing social and ecological standards are the goals of a collaboration between the Volkswagen Group and Minespider....read more


Novares acquires minority stake in Quad Industries23 Apr 19

Novares Venture Capital Fund has invested in Quad Industries, a company specialised in printed flexible electronics....read more


DS 3 Crossback electric variant to have 200-mile range23 Apr 19

When Groupe PSA adds a fully electric variant to its new DS 3 Crossback range later this year, the car will come with a claimed range on full battery charge of 200 miles (on the WLTP drive cycle, 267 ...read more


Can new owner fix ailing Qoros with fresh models?23 Apr 19

Last year was a trying one for Qoros with only 64,200 cars delivered to buyers in China, the brand's largest market. The first quarter has been far, far worse, with wholesale deliveries amounting to a...read more


Nissan denies Japanese global production cut report23 Apr 19

Nissan Motor has denied a Japanese media report it would reduce global output this financial year....read more


Lubricating electric vehicles – Q&A with Millers Oils23 Apr 19

Lubricants are critical for cooling high-temperature components within ICE vehicles, but the challenges of cooling the higher temperatures of power electronics in electric vehicles (EVs), is an even g...read more


Bosch offers advanced solutions for new Nikola hydrogen-electric trucks23 Apr 19

Nikola Motor Company has showcased its hydrogen-electric powered semi-truck, the Nikola Two, live in action for the first time to the general public at its Nikola World event. ...read more


Nissan to reject Renault integration proposal - report23 Apr 19

Nissan is poised to reject a management integration proposal from alliance partner Renault as it looks instead for a more equal capital relationship, according to a Nikkei newspaper report....read more


Hyundai-Kia mobile app controls EV customisation23 Apr 19

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors have jointly developed a claimed world first: mobile-based tuning technology for electric vehicles (EVs)....read more


Thai sales continue to rise in March23 Apr 19

Thailand's new vehicle market expanded by 8.5% to 103,164 units in March 2019 from 95,082 units in the same month last year, according to data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI)....read more


Skoda SUV concept world debut at Shenzhen show23 Apr 19

Škoda is the first brand to announce a world premiere for China's next major motor show, which takes place in June....read more


Auto shows and dieselgate again - the week18 Apr 19

Two motor shows this week - Shanghai and New York. News, auto show-related, kicked off the week with some improvement on the Chinese sales front as the rate of decline showed signs of slowing in March...read more


just-auto takes an Easter break18 Apr 19

Easter is coming this weekend, which means Friday (19 April) and Monday (22 April) are public holidays for us, here in the UK....read more


Toyota plans first hybrid car made in Brazil18 Apr 19

Toyota Motor said it would build a hybrid version of the redesigned Corolla sedan in Brazil that will run on electricity, ethanol and petrol, claiming it would be the first vehicle of its kind in the ...read more


ZF and Foton open second transmission JV plant in China18 Apr 19

Following the ZF establishment of two joint ventures with Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer Foton in 2016, to produce commercial vehicle transmissions, the pair have now opened a second factory ...read more


EV car-share schemes 'could help OEMs avoid EU CO2 fines'18 Apr 19

New EV car-sharing schemes could offer carmakers a path to avoiding EU fines that will be levied on companies that fail to achieve tighter average CO2 emissions targets in 2021....read more


Jinkang Seres (SF Motors) launches first SUV in China18 Apr 19

Jinkang Seres, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Sokon Group also known as SF Motors, unveiled a new battery-powered SUV at a company event held this week in the south west city of Chongqing....read more


Indonesia sales continue to fall in March18 Apr 19

New vehicle sales in Indonesia continued to fall in March 2019, by over 11% to 90,189 units from 101,674 units a year earlier, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo....read more


BYD surges ahead of Mercedes and Toyota in China18 Apr 19

BYD only just scrapes into the top 20 makes list of the Chinese market but it remains the number one in New Energy passenger vehicles. The brand offers a broad line-up of EVs and PHEVs and with more t...read more


SEAT spent EUR7.137bn on purchases in 201818 Apr 19

In a record year for Volkswagen Group Spanish unit SEAT, the purchasing operation spent EUR7.137bn (US$8.061bn) in 2018, up 5.6% year on year....read more


Uber attracting investors to self-driving unit - report18 Apr 19

Ride-hail giant Uber Technologies is reported to be nearing a deal with a group of investors prepared to invest in its self-driving car unit....read more


SKF opens new tapered roller bearing factory in Changshan18 Apr 19

SKF has inaugurated its tapered roller bearing factory in Changshan, China. ...read more


Lear completes acquisition of automotive software supplier Xevo18 Apr 19

Lear Corporation has announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Seattle-based Xevo, a leading automotive software supplier that develops solutions for cloud, car, and mobile de...read more


2019 New York auto show - list of world premieres18 Apr 19

The media preview of the 2019 New York International Auto Show took place on 17 April: just-auto lists all the world debuts below....read more


Hella expands partner network for lighting and electronics in China18 Apr 19

Hella has signed further cooperation agreements at Auto Shanghai, China's most important motor show. ...read more


Dana says acquisitions expand support for OEMs in China18 Apr 19

Dana has announced that the company had added five facilities in China since the start of the year. The increase is the result of Dana's recent acquisition of the SME Group, as well as the Drive Syste...read more


Aeva to equip AID's Audi e-tron with 4D Lidar technology18 Apr 19

Aeva has announced a partnership with AID-Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Audi AG and the 'center of excellence' for Volkswagen Group’s autonomous driving system, to ...read more


Volkswagen targets 20m cumulative EV sales by 202818 Apr 19

Volkswagen plans to have produced 11.6m electric vehicles in China by 2028, the German automaker said....read more


Malaysia sales jump in March18 Apr 19

Malaysia's new vehicle market expanded by 9.6% to 54,776 units in March from 49,987 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Associatio...read more


Ford turning to trucks for US profit boost17 Apr 19

Ford has said a shift in production at a Michigan plant to trucks from less profitable cars would lead to a $1bn-plus boost to its operating profit....read more


Apple after next generation lidar sensors - report17 Apr 19

Apple has been evaluating at least four companies as possible suppliers of next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars while continuing to work on its own lidar unit, Reuters sources have said....read more


Nidec to acquire Omron’s automotive electronics business17 Apr 19

Japan's Nidec Corporation this week agreed to acquire Omron Corporation's automotive electronics business for JPY100bn (US$893m), according to a statement by the company....read more


ACEA urges investment in charging infrastructure to boost electric cars17 Apr 19

Average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Europe were 118.5 grams of CO2 per kilometre in 2017, or up 0.4% compared to 2016, according to data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The...read more


Interior design and technology – Ford Focus17 Apr 19

The fourth-generation Ford Focus emerged last year, marking the brand's 20th anniversary. As in the previous generation, the model is available with sedan, hatchback and estate body styles. A crossove...read more


Renault to trial compact electric and connected LCV17 Apr 19

Renault is to present its 'EZ-FLEX', described as an innovative experiment to better understand last-mile urban delivery....read more


Toyota launches 4G Highlander/Kluger at New York show17 Apr 19

Toyota has unveiled its redesigned Highlander [aka Kluger in some markets like Australia] at the New York motor show....read more


Aptiv opens China autonomous R&D centre17 Apr 19

Aptiv has expanded autonomous driving R&D worldwide with the new China Autonomous Mobility Centre which joins Boston, Singapore, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas as an autonomous driving engineering hub....read more


Europe - Kia poised to outsell Hyundai17 Apr 19

Europe looks set to soon become the world's first region in which Kia is more successful than Hyundai. This is one of the many trends visible in ACEA's passenger vehicle registrations data for Q1 whic...read more


Dana starts Spicer smart axle production in China17 Apr 19

Dana has started China production of its Spicer AdvanTEK Ultra axle with SmartConnect disconnecting all-wheel-drive (AWD) system....read more


Mahle's chargeBIG supplies EV charging to Stuttgart airport17 Apr 19

Stuttgart Airport has purchased an electric vehicle charging system from Mahle startup chargeBIG for employee and vehicle fleet parking areas....read more


Tachi-S China acquires major stake in Chanfeng Namba17 Apr 19

Tachi-S China, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tachi-S has acquired 51% of the subscribed share capital of Hunan Chanfeng Namba Automotive Components, which owns Hunan Changfeng Automobile SOFA ...read more


Skoda establishes new DigiLab in China17 Apr 19

Skoda has founded another spin-off of its innovation workshop in Beijing, called Skoda Auto DigiLab China, which is networking with the local start-up community to collaborate on projects....read more


Novelis supplies aluminium sheet for Toyota 2019 RAV417 Apr 19

Novelis, the aluminium rolling and recycling company, has announced it is supplying Toyota Motor Corporation with premium aluminium automotive body sheet for the 2019 Toyota RAV4....read more


Harman to offer telematics solutions for GWM17 Apr 19

Harman a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has announced a continued partnership with the Great Wall Motor Company to be awarded next-generation digital cockpit platform and deliver next...read more


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Auto Shanghai 2019 - world premieres list17 Apr 19

Auto Shanghai took place across 12 halls, each of which has two levels, with total floor space of 360,000 square metres quoted by the organiser. There were 136 scheduled press conferences on 16 and 17...read more


Nissan workers to protest Spanish job cuts on Labour Day17 Apr 19

Nissan workers are expected to demonstrate against Spanish job cuts on Labour Day (1 May) and during the 11-19 Barcelona auto show, local media reports said....read more


Carmakers may 'alter sales mix' in Europe ahead of 2021 - analyst17 Apr 19

Carmakers in Europe may be tempted to alter the model mix of their vehicle sales in Europe in order to prepare for tougher average fleet CO2 targets that will apply in the EU from 2021....read more


Sono Sion solar car will be made at Saab plant17 Apr 19

German solar car start-up Sono Motors says it has agreed a deal with NEVS which will see its Sion car manufactured in Sweden at the former Saab factory in Trollhättan....read more


Daimler acquires battery materials specialist16 Apr 19

Daimler has acquired a minority stake in US battery material specialist Sila Nanotechnologies for R&D purposes....read more


VW group global sales dip in March16 Apr 19

Volkswagen Group sales worldwide fell 4.3% year on year to 998,900 vehicles in March as rises in Europe and North America were offset by falls in Asia-Pacific and South America....read more


Gestamp announces deeper cooperation with China's BHAP and Wuling16 Apr 19

Metal stamper Gestamp has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts....read more


Shanghai debut for China-only Kia K3 and PHEV16 Apr 19

Kia Motors' Chinese venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors (DYK), revealed the new K3 and K3 Plug-in Hybrid at Auto Shanghai 2019....read more


Shanghai sees new Renault baby EV16 Apr 19

Renault has launched a new, small, SUV-style EV for China at the Shanghai show....read more


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Aston unveils production Rapide E EV at Shanghai16 Apr 19

Aston Martin Lagonda has finally revealed a production-ready Rapide E EV at the Shanghai motor show....read more


Honda shows production-ready X-NV in Shanghai16 Apr 19

Honda claims the apparently production ready X-NV, developed jointly by Honda Motor China Technology and local joint venture partner Dongfeng Honda (which has just opened a third factory), is a "conce...read more


Philippine sales continue rebound in March16 Apr 19

The Philippines new vehicle market continued to rebound in March 2019, by 14% to 32,173 units from 28,216 units in the same month of last year, according to member wholesale data released jointly by t...read more


VW whittles plant sites to Bulgaria and Turkey - reports16 Apr 19

Volkswagen reportedly has whittled down potential south east Europe factory locations to two countries, according to Bulgarian and German media reports....read more


Ford's light commercial share rises in Europe15 Apr 19

Ford sold 359,400 vehicles in the first quarter 2019 in its traditional European 20 markets, achieving 7.6% market share, but that was down 0.4 percentage points, while its commercial vehicle share ro...read more


VW sets China BEV target, plans charger JV, combines R&D15 Apr 19

After launching 14 NEV models there this year, Volkswagen Group said China would produce more than half of its target of 22m BEVs by 2028 and it plans to launch a charging infrastructure....read more


Citroen Berlingo - because not everybody wants an SUV15 Apr 19

Even the richest of manufacturers frequently have money-saving JVs for light commercials, particularly in Europe. Groupe PSA, allied with Fiat Chrysler for large vans, also now supplies Toyota with th...read more


Former VW CEO charged with four others over 'dieselgate'15 Apr 19

Has the other shoe finally dropped? Following the recent European Commission accusation against BMW, Daimler and VW of breaching EU antitrust rules from 2006 to 2014 by colluding to restrict competiti...read more


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SAIC-GM appoints Salvatore Basile as EVP15 Apr 19

Salvatore Basile has been appointed EVP of SAIC-GM....read more


Adient Q2 revenue and profit fall15 Apr 19

Seating tier 1 Adient said preliminary financial results for the quarter to 31 March, 2019 showed falls in revenue and profit....read more


Renault-Nissan Alliance establishes new China R&D lab15 Apr 19

Renault and Nissan, the automotive alliance partners, have established a new research and development joint venture in Shanghai, China, called Alliance Automotive Research and Development (Shanghai) b...read more


Millbrook adds California test facility15 Apr 19

Millbrook is establishing what it describes as an "independent and impartial test facility" in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, for electric vehicle development....read more


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VW shows ID Roomzz in Shanghai15 Apr 19

Volkswagen has shown its zero-emission SUV concept car, the ID Roomzz, ahead of the Shanghai Show. VW is also planning to launch a large electric  SUV with three rows of seats in China from 2021....read more


Valeo presents 48V EV prototype at Shanghai15 Apr 19

Valeo is presenting its low-voltage (48 V), all-electric urban vehicle prototype at the Shanghai Auto Show, as an example of its electrification solutions for mobility needs....read more


Hyundai and H2 Energy sign hydrogen JV agreement15 Apr 19

Hyundai Motor has agreed to set up a new joint venture with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy to develop its fledgling presence in the European hydrogen fuel cell vehicle market....read more


Chinese sales decline slows in March15 Apr 19

New vehicle sales in China fell by 5.2% to 2.52m units in March from 2.66m units a year earlier, according to wholesale data compiled by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


Dongfeng Honda opens its third auto plant in Wuhan15 Apr 19

Dongfeng Honda Automobile a Honda automobile production and sales joint venture in China, held an opening ceremony to commemorate the completion of construction of its third automobile plant in Wuhan,...read more


Brose recruits AGVs to drive Coventry factory15 Apr 19

Brose's UK operation said it was reaping the dividends of new driverless vehicle logistics in its Coventry factory....read more


Will Brexit ever happen? - the week12 Apr 19

Another week, another kick-the-Brexit-can-down-the-road move by the apparently paralysed UK government as a humiliated Remainer prime minister shuttled to various European capitals and Brussels before...read more


Volvo starts Chinese XC40 production in Luqiao multi-brand plant12 Apr 19

Geely's Volvo Cars has started production of its XC40 'small' SUV in Luqiao, China, citing ever-growing demand....read more


Look mom, no batteries - wireless power transfer trial planned in Sweden12 Apr 19

A smart road allowing battery-less EV power will be built in Sweden....read more


Audi to make e-tron in China12 Apr 19

As well as making the Audi e-tron at the Forest plant (Brussels) the electric crossover e-tron will also be made in China....read more


Polestar 2 manufacturing site confirmed12 Apr 19

At the Chinese debut of the Polestar 2 in Shanghai, Geely-owned Polestar confirmed that production of the new electric performance fastback will take place in Luqiao, Zhejiang Province, from early 202...read more


Geely launches new EV brand12 Apr 19

Geely Auto Group, which already has a bit of form with electrified vehicles, has launched a new, pure EV brand....read more


ZF launches Level 2+ autonomous drive package12 Apr 19

ZF has launched coPilot, an intelligent advanced driver assistance system (ADAS)....read more


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Changan to build EV plant in Georgia12 Apr 19

Changan Corporation will construct an EV production factory in Georgia (the east European country that is, not the US state). Strategic partners of Changan Corporation include Volvo, Volkswagen and Fo...read more


BMW Group worldwide sales up 2.8% in March 201912 Apr 19

March 2019 was the best ever single sales month in the BMW Group’s history with a total of 263,319 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 2.8% on the same mo...read more


Millbrook president hails year-round Test World capability12 Apr 19

Test World owner, Millbrook says the year-round operation of its Ivalo facility in Northern Finland gives it a competitive edge when it comes to real-world evaluation for suppliers and OEMs....read more


SAIC-GM-Wuling to boost Indonesia output, begin export12 Apr 19

SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile said it planned to lift output at its vehicle assembly plant in Indonesia as it looks to start exports to neighbouring markets, including Thailand....read more


Carlos Ghosn's latest stay in jail extended12 Apr 19

Former Nissan and Renault chief Carlos Ghosn is to spend longer in jail after his recent re-arrest on new charges....read more


Demand takes Australian RHD RAM conversion operation to three shifts11 Apr 19

Demand for RAM Trucks in Australia and New Zealand means the local right hand drive conversion operation in Melbourne is moving to 24 hours a day, five days a week operation from 1 June 2019....read more


Mitsubishi PHEV passes 200,000 sales11 Apr 19

Mitsubishi Motors said its Outlander PHEV, which it claims was the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV, had achieved sales of 200,000 worldwide since launch in 2013....read more


New technology puts Ford keyless entry fobs to sleep to deter hackers11 Apr 19

Ford said its Fiesta and Focus - the UK's two top-selling models overall - now have new security technology which disables keyless entry fobs when not in use to block illegal hacking....read more


Romanians buy more new cars in first quarter 201911 Apr 19

The number of both new and used passenger cars registered in Romania in the first quarter (Q1) of the year slipped 2.1% year on year to 146,144 units, according to Driving License and Vehicle Registra...read more


Fleets warned of increased servicing costs due to WLTP11 Apr 19

Manufacturers are cutting service intervals for cars with diesel engines following the introduction of WLTP, potentially increasing costs for fleets, according to SMR company Fleet Assist....read more


Exide develops carbon boost battery technology for light vehicles11 Apr 19

Exide Technologies will be launching its latest generation Carbon Boost battery technology for light vehicles when it debuts at this year’s Autopromotec exhibition in Bologna, from 22 to 26 May....read more


Jaguar Land Rover launches car rental service in London11 Apr 19

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover has launched a new car rental service in London....read more


ZF readies for global challenges - CEO11 Apr 19

ZF says it is prepared for the macro-economic fall-out from global issues, but concedes it could have an impact on sales performance....read more


Volvo Car UK adds front-wheel-drive diesel to XC6011 Apr 19

Volvo Car UK is adding a front-wheel-drive diesel version of to its mid-size XC60 SUV range....read more


Ford 'recalls the recall' with F-150 and Super Duty truck block heater cables11 Apr 19

Nightmare scenario: automaker recalls vehicles and the fix damages something else so another recall is required....read more


Test World sees autonomous as business driver11 Apr 19

Test World says it has seen a significant increase in megatrend evaluation such as autonomous driving in a bid to attract more customers to to its year-round winter proving facilities...read more


SMMT blasts ongoing uncertainty after Brexit extension11 Apr 19

The SMMT has blasted ongoing Brexit uncertainty for the UK's automotive sector as 'utterly unacceptable' following the overnight decision by the EU's council of ministers to agree an extension to the ...read more


Japan's vehicle market declines in March11 Apr 19

Japan's new vehicle market fell by 4% to 640,811 units in March 2019 from already weak year earlier sales of 667,277 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturer...read more


Ford announces new management roles10 Apr 19

Ford has announced management changes which place Jim Farley as head of all the new 'mobility' operations while Joe Hinrichs heads the more traditional automotive business worldwide....read more




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