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New EV battery supplier emerges in Germany23 Apr 18

A Chinese maker of batteries for electric cars reportedly is setting up a sales office in Germany and talking to automakers more

Groupe PSA and Huawei unveil connected vehicle platform23 Apr 18

Groupe PSA says the DS 7 Crossback is the first Groupe PSA vehicle using the IoT platform named "Connected Vehicle Modular Platform" (CVMP) and equipped with Huawei technology for new connected more

Front module maker HBPO to open three new factories in 201823 Apr 18

HBPO, which claims to be world market leader for development and production of front-end modules, will this year open three factories in Germany and more

Bridgestone on extended mobility, consumer research and tomorrow’s tyre23 Apr 18

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, we spoke to Laurent Dartoux, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at Bridgestone EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) more

Brazil auto industry enjoys a strong first quarter23 Apr 18

The Brazilian auto industry continued on the rise this year as demonstrated by an excellent first quarter for registrations, production and more

Overnight talks avert GM Korea bankruptcy23 Apr 18

Bankruptcy of General Motors' South Korean operation appears to have been averted at the last minute after the automaker agreed a deal with its labour more

Nissan Sunderland plant to cut output23 Apr 18

Nissan's UK vehicle manufacturing plant at Sunderland is planning a downward adjustment to output this year as it transitions to a new range of powertrains and reacts to lower diesel sales in the UK more

Interior design and technology – Ford Mondeo23 Apr 18

The fourth and latest generation Ford Mondeo (Fusion) can guide drivers hands-free out of parking spaces at the start of their journey and deflate the seat-base bolsters to allow them easy exit at more


A preview of the electric X3 which is due for release in 2020 is to be displayed for the first time at AutoChina, BMW has announced. And Volvo will be exhibiting the Ambience concept, a new take on more

Mobile deliveries, wash and fuel, 'resonate well' with Volvo owners23 Apr 18

Geely's Volvo Car claims its range of connected car products "are resonating well with customers amidst strong growth" more

Interview - Turkish Automotive Suppliers Association - Taysad23 Apr 18

Turkey today stands at something of a crossroads both literally and metaphorically as this enormous country of 80m people – whose average age is just 30 – looks to leverage its attraction as a more

US EV start-up appoints ex-Opel chief to board23 Apr 18

Evelozcity, a Los Angeles based electric vehicle (EV) and future mobility start-up, has announced that ex-Opel chief Karl-Thomas (KT) Neumann will join the company’s executive team and board of more

They're changing the guard at Avtovaz - the week20 Apr 18

News Avtovaz had named Yves Caracatzanis CEO, replacing Nicolas Maure from 1 June this year, rated highly with just-auto readers this more

BMW opens first UK Urban Store20 Apr 18

BMW has opened its first UK Urban Store at the Bluewater shopping centre in more

Magna opens new body and chassis plant in Mexico20 Apr 18

Global supplier Magna has opened a new body and chassis manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, more

Groupe PSA cutting Opel jobs voluntarily20 Apr 18

PSA is reportedly aiming for 3,700 staff cuts by 2020 in Germany as it looks to make Opel plants more efficient and turn Opel/Vauxhall's loss-making operations more

Nissan to launch three EVs and five ePower models in Japan by 202220 Apr 18

Nissan plans to launch three new electric vehicles and five e-Power models in Japan by the end of fiscal 2022, the company announced more

Infiniti to electrify and build five models in China20 Apr 18

Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti said it would build five new vehicles in China in the next five years, beginning with the QX50 SUV. The announcement comes ahead of the Beijing International Motor more

Hyundai Mobis to test semi-autonomous car in US20 Apr 18

Hyundai Mobis says it will test a self-driving vehicle in the US this year, with the aim to mass-produce a semi-autonomous car in more

Turkey tax cut may boost sales 50% - ODD20 Apr 18

Cutting tax levied on cars in Turkey could see penetration rates leap 50% claims the national distributor association, which is lobbying Ankara to introduce the move and stimulate the more

Indonesia sales slightly lower in March20 Apr 18

New vehicle sales in Indonesia drifted lower in March, with deliveries to dealers declining by just under 1% to 101,674 units from 102,335 units in the same month of last year, according to data more

Faurecia posts underlying Q1 sales growth of 9.3%20 Apr 18

Faurecia has posted sales growth of 9.3% - versus last year, at constant currencies - in the first quarter and said that all regions significantly outperformed overall automotive production more

Malaysia sales fall 7% in March20 Apr 18

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell by 6.9% to 49,985 units in March from 53,718 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA). more

GKN board steps down19 Apr 18

GKN's board has stepped down following the controversial takeover by investor group Melrose Industries, which has reportedly been waved through by the UK government, concluding that it raised no more

Will Daimler supply engines to stakeholder Geely's Volvo?19 Apr 18

Daimler is open to supplying Volvo with engines and could even take a small stake in the carmaker, Manager Magazin said, according to Reuters, suggesting increased cooperation between Mercedes-Benz more

Toyota to roll out first plug-in hybrids car in China 19 Apr 18

Toyota Motor will unveil its first plug-in hybrid Corolla sedan and Levin compact car in China at the Beijing motor show, which opens on 25 April in more

ACEA raises tax concerns on WLTP19 Apr 18

The European carmakers' association, ACEA, has warned that the new emissions testing standard for vehicles, WLTP, could create issues for taxation as vehicles' fuel efficiency or CO2 emissions more

"We are not going anywhere" - Turkey bangs FDI and export drum19 Apr 18

Turkey's Investment Support and Promotion Agency says it is looking to showcase the country's flagship auto sector, stressing its 600-year history with Europe and its long relationship with Western more

First customer win for Federal-Mogul Powertrain’s CPT19 Apr 18

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has announced the first commercial customer contract for its new product group Controlled Power Technologies (CPT). The long-term contract, worth around US$100m, covers the more

Opel CEO tells workers plants too expensive to run19 Apr 18

Some Opel plants in Germany cost twice as much to run as PSA Group's other factories, Opel's chief executive reportedly told more

GM replaces Cadillac chief19 Apr 18

General Motors has named former GM Canada chief Steve Carlisle as senior vice president and president, Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the company more

GM Korea seeks union backing with relocation offer19 Apr 18

GM Korea this week offered to relocate some of the remaining workers at its Gunsan vehicle assembly plant to other facilities in the country to gain support of labour unions for its restructuring more

Tesla aims for high output after shutdown18 Apr 18

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has told employees - who must take leave or do other work in and around the plants, if available - the reason for the Model 3 production shutdown in Fremont and Gigafactory 1 is more

VW EV unit to install chargers at Walmart18 Apr 18

Electrify America, an entity created by Volkswagen to spend US$800m on zero emissions infrastructure in California and $2bn country-wide as part of an agreement following 'dieselgate, has announced more

Uber focuses on India for new investment and growth18 Apr 18

Ridehail company Uber is focusing its Asia region investments in India where it sees future growth for its services, reports more

GM Korea in bankruptcy - the fall-out for future models18 Apr 18

GM Korea is teetering, its March sales crashing by 58% and the Chevrolet brand even falling below Mercedes-Benz in the domestic market. Exports of fully built models are faring better, although more

Ford expanding Transit ride sharing18 Apr 18

Ford is expanding a medical transport service as it attempts to build new ride services based around the Transit commercial more

German prosecutors eye Porsche staff over emissions manipulations18 Apr 18

German prosecutors are investigating current and former employees of Porsche, including a management board member, as part of their inquiries into emissions manipulations, Reuters more

Valeo Turkey looks to localisation, stresses competitive need18 Apr 18

Valeo Turkey says it is seeking to up its ratio of domestic suppliers to drive localisation, but cautions against wages rising too fast and eroding the country's attraction for overseas more

Hella supplies new VW Touareg LED headlamps18 Apr 18

Hella has announced a supply deal with Volkswagen to supply LED Matrix headlights for the Touareg unveiled in more

Global light vehicle market up 2.4% in Q118 Apr 18

Analysis by LMC Automotive shows that the global light vehicle market grew 1.2% year-on-year in March. It was also up 2.4% in the first more

VW Group global sales up 5.3% in March 201818 Apr 18

The Volkswagen Group says it recorded its best ever delivery result for a single month in March. more

VW Group China delivers over 1m units in Q118 Apr 18

Volkswagen Group China announced deliveries for the first quarter of 2018: together with its two Chinese Joint Ventures, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered over 1.01m (2017: 891, more

VW Group establishing software development centre in Lisbon18 Apr 18

The Volkswagen Group says it is further strengthening its international IT competence vt developing a software development centre for Volkswagen Group IT and MAN Truck and Bus AG - in more

ABB to deploy high power EV chargers across the US18 Apr 18

ABB has been selected to supply its Terra HP charging stations as part of the biggest electric vehicle infrastructure project to date in the more

Turkey looks to "new story" to entice foreign investment18 Apr 18

Turkey's automotive suppliers association says the country must devise a "new story" to convince overseas investors to set up more

Mercedes launches redone A-Class18 Apr 18

Daimler has launched its new Mercedes-Benz A-Class - revealed earlier this year at the Geneva show - with its usual grandiose claims - "the benchmark in the compact class", "youthful and dynamic as more

ANALYSIS - Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase17 Apr 18

If luxury is increasingly defined by levels of tranquillity, lounging space and a feeling of being in control, then Bentley surely has a bright future. The Mulsanne, its oldest model, is also at the more

Tesla suspends Model 3 build again17 Apr 18

Tesla reportedly is temporarily suspending production of the Model 3 sedan for at least the second time in roughly two months, soon after founder and CEO Elon Musk admitted to mistakes that hindered more

MMC pushes EVs in Vietnam17 Apr 18

Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) has done a deal to sell more electrified vehicles to the Da Nang City municipal authority in more

More NAFTA talks possible this week17 Apr 18

Ministers leading the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could meet again on Thursday in Washington as they push for quick progress, Mexican economy minister Ildefonso more

China to end foreign equity cap on JVs by 202217 Apr 18

China will phase out the equity cap on automotive joint ventures by 2022, with the cap on manufacturers of new energy vehicles and special-use vehicles to be removed later this year, according to more

Korean Development Bank puts a date on possible GM aid17 Apr 18

Korea Development Bank (KDB)'s chairman has told Reuters the bank may sign a preliminary agreement by 27 April to prop up ailing General Motors Korea provided interim due diligence on the unit is more

Vauxhall plans major reduction to UK sales network17 Apr 18

PSA-owned Vauxhall plans to reduce its UK dealership numbers by around a third reflecting reduced sales through traditional dealers for the more

Toyota pushes for anti-collision system in US17 Apr 18

Toyota Motor said that from 2021 it plans to sell vehicles in the USA that communicate with each other to help improve road safety, if proposals put to the US Transportation Department are more

UK market SUV share triples in a decade17 Apr 18

SUVs have been consistently the fastest growing segment in the UK market for several years, according to the valuation company more

Automatics now account for 25% of UK cars17 Apr 18

New SMMT Motorparc data shows the proportion of cars on UK roads with automatic transmission has now risen to 25%, there are over 1,500 different model ranges - up 25% since 2007 - and female car more

US softens NAFTA stance on local content - reports16 Apr 18

US trade negotiators have significantly softened their demands on regional local content as part of the latest round of NAFTA negotiations, reports more

Ghosn says options 'open' on Renault-Nissan structure16 Apr 18

Renault-Nissan Alliance chief Carlos Ghosn has said that he is reviewing the cross-shareholding arrangement between the two companies. The comments come amid renewed speculation that the two more

VW Group 'could list' Volkswagen Truck & Bus16 Apr 18

Volkswagen Truck & Bus - in the news last week for its strategic alliance with Toyota's Hino and consequent announcement of 'capital market readiness' and future plans - said it "expects an overall more

Tesla promises profit this year, no need to raise funding16 Apr 18

Tesla's chief has promised profitability this year and said investors won't need to prop the EV maker up. more

Continental breaks ground on new powertrain component plant in Wuhu, China16 Apr 18

Continental has celebrated the groundbreaking of its greenfield facility in Wuhu, China, dedicated to powertrain components. more

Benteler opens new component factory in Czech Republic16 Apr 18

Benteler Automotive has opened a new component plant in Klasterec nad Ohri, Czech more

Government help for GM Korea only if long term sound16 Apr 18

South Korea's finance minister has said public funds could only be used to support General Motors Korea if it was clear that the business could survive on its own long more

New VW CEO to head Audi, as tradition?16 Apr 18

Herbert Diess is expected to be named head of Audi's supervisory board next month, a traditional post for the VW Group CEO, a media report more

Avtovaz names Yves Caracatzanis as new CEO16 Apr 18

Avtovaz has named Yves Caracatzanis as new CEO, replacing Nicolas Maure from 1 June this more

Japan sales drop 3.5% in March16 Apr 18

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 3.5% to 667,275 units in March from strong year earlier sales of 691,374 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers more

VW's Mueller gets the axe - the week13 Apr 18

An extraordinary week that culminated last night with the expected news that Volkswagen was restructuring the group and tossing out the long-serving chairman and CEO Matthias Mueller, a company ' more

VW tests autonomous parking at Hamburg airport13 Apr 18

Volkswagen Group is testing autonomous parking at a multi-storey car park near Terminal 2 of Hamburg Airport as part of the mobility partnership with the city that aims to develop it as a model for more

JLR to cut 1,000 jobs - reports13 Apr 18

Media reports in the UK say that Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover is about to announce major output and job cuts reflecting lower orders on Brexit and diesel uncertainties. A formal announcement is more

MMC dealerships 'going solar' for local grid supply13 Apr 18

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) says it is creating a network of dealerships which can offer cleaner electric vehicle charging, help stabilise the local electricity supply grid and even provide more

VW labour chief backs new CEO Diess - report13 Apr 18

Volkswagen’s top labour representative has backed this week's management changes, suggesting that new CEO Herbert Diess may meet less resistance from workers to structural changes than some have more

Harman opens new design centre in Mexico13 Apr 18

Harman Mexico has opened a new R&D facility in Queretaro, adding to Mexican locations in Juarez and more

Continental develops aquaplaning detection system13 Apr 18

Continental is working on an automatic system to warn of the risk of aquaplaning. more

ViaVan begins on-demand ridesharing service in Amsterdam13 Apr 18

ViaVan, the joint venture of Mercedes-Benz Vans and Via, launched its service in Amsterdam in early March 2018. The Dutch capital is thus the first city in Europe where this ecologically and more

Volvo unveils its first all-electric commercial-use truck 13 Apr 18

Volvo Trucks says it is introducing - in 2019 - its first all-electric truck for commercial use - the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales more

Valeo and NTT Docomo to partner on new mobility services13 Apr 18

NTT Docomo, Japan’s leading mobile operator, and Valeo have agreed on a partnership to jointly develop and offer next-generation connected-cars and mobility more

VW has big plans for Truck and Bus unit13 Apr 18

Volkswagen Group appears to be setting its truck and bus unit for a flotation, billing a restructuring as paving "the way for capital market readiness" more

Philippine sales plunge 23% in March13 Apr 18

New vehicle sales in the Philippines plunged by almost 23% to 28,216 units in March from peak year-earlier sales of 36,561 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of more

China sales rise 3% in March13 Apr 18

New vehicle sales in China returned to growth in March, with deliveries to dealers rising by 4.7% to 2.66m units from 2.54m units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association more

Herbert Diess replaces Mueller as VW Group chief12 Apr 18

As expected, Herbert Diess has been confirmed as new chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group as part of a plan to speed up change in the vast company and make it more efficient. He replaces Matthias Mü more

Report claims Europe needs more EV chargers12 Apr 18

A report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) claims there is still serious underinvestment in electric vehicle recharging infrastructure across Europe, with only one in three EU member more

Only one SUV in top 10 as German market hits 18 year high12 Apr 18

The German market for new passenger vehicles ended the first quarter at a level not seen since 2000. There are some surprising performances from older models, such as rocketing Ford Focus more

Tesla under fire after latest crash statement12 Apr 18

Tesla is in hot water again over Autopilot-related more

China's FDG to build NEV/lithium plant in Sichuan12 Apr 18

China's FDG Electric Vehicles began construction this week of a new manufacturing hub for new energy vehicles (NEVs) in the country's southwestern province of more

Changan sets up JV with Tencent12 Apr 18

Changan Automobile Company says it will partner with internet services firm Tencent to form a subsidiary to develop the 'internet of vehicles' (IoV) more

China's CHJ to set up R&D centre in US12 Apr 18

Chinese electric vehicle startup CHJ Automotive announced plans to establish an R&D centre in the US by the end of 2018 focused mainly on self-driving more

ZF to build new e-mobility products plant in Serbia12 Apr 18

ZF’s E-Mobility division is expanding its production capacity for electromobility products by building a new facility in the Serbian city of Pancevo. The company is investing more than EUR100m (US$ more

Saint-Gobain invests in Chinese flat glass production line12 Apr 18

Saint-Gobain has announced that it has taken a 50% stake in a flat glass production line of the Chinese group JJG, located in Zibo in the Shandong province, North-East China, with a total annual more

BMW opens new autonomous driving centre in Germany12 Apr 18

The BMW Group has opened an autonomous driving campus in Unterschleissheim. more

Hyundai Mobis opens 3D parts design centre12 Apr 18

Hyundai Mobis has opened an auto parts design research centre called the 'Design Model Workshop' to bolster its 'design competitiveness' more

VW to give workers a board seat - report12 Apr 18

Volkswagen Group could be prepared to give workers a management board seat in an effort to secure agreement for reforms of the company under a new CEO, according to some more

Volkswagen and Hino agree strategic partnership on CVs12 Apr 18

Toyota controlled truckmaker Hino Motors and and Volkswagen Truck & Bus have signed an agreement aiming to build a mutually beneficial strategic long-term partnership in their commercial vehicles more

Key Safety Systems closes Takata buy, becomes Joyson Safety Systems12 Apr 18

A consortium led by its parent Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation (Joyson Electronics) and PAG, an Asia based private equity firm and Future Industry Investment Fund (SDIC) provided the funding to more

KDB progressing due diligence on GM Korea12 Apr 18

South Korea's government is aiming to complete a due diligence process on GM's Korean operations by early May as it weighs up financial support for GM Korea's ailing more

Australia sees Q1 sales growth11 Apr 18

A record March result of 106,988 sales delivered a strong 4.4% first quarter growth for the Australian new vehicle market according to the motor industry’s official statistical service more

Interior design and technology – Nissan X-Trail11 Apr 18

Launched years ago, or in 2014 to be precise, Nissan’s third-generation X-Trail (badged Rogue overseas) is one of the world’s most popular SUVs. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design more

COMMENT - VW CEO can't hold back desire for faster change11 Apr 18

On the face of it, Volkswagen Group CEO and chairman Matthias Mueller ought to be in a strong position. more

Turkey ripe for growth - if tax rates tackled - ODD11 Apr 18

Turkey's low penetration of passenger vehicles per 1,000 people can signal significant growth potential says the country's Distributor Association (ODD) – provided current punitive tax rates can be more

Sharing gives EVs a boost claims car2go11 Apr 18

Electric carsharing gives new impetus for the breakthrough of electric vehicles, claims car2go, which has published a White Paper showcasing the five main reasons why e-carsharing plays a central more

Toyota to produce hybrid batteries in Thailand11 Apr 18

Toyota Motor announced plans to build a production base in Thailand for battery packs for hybrid vehicles, according to reports in Japan citing company sources. more

Vietnam sales fall 8% in March11 Apr 18

New vehicle sales in Vietnam continued to fall in March, by 8.1% to 20,956 units from 22,792 units in the same month of last year according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive more

GM Korea facing liquidity crisis11 Apr 18

GM Korea is facing an increasingly urgent liquidity crisis after it failed to convince labour unions to support its restructuring plan by the end of last more

Ankara seeks more OEMs as Customs Union renewal looms11 Apr 18

Turkish government agencies say they are working to attract further OEMs to the country as Ankara looks to renew its Customs Union deal with more

Kia completes wireless EV charging trial11 Apr 18

The Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center in Superior, Michigan, (HATCI) and Mojo Mobility (Mojo) have completed a three year project to develop a fast charging wireless power transfer system on a more

FCA running 'pitch pit' at SAE show11 Apr 18

In conjunction with SAE International’s WCX 18 event, FCA US has set up a 'Pitch Pit' operating on 10 and 11 where, in private meetings with the automaker's purchasing and engineering representatives, more

Tenneco to buy Federal-Mogul10 Apr 18

Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn's Icahn Enterprises is to sell Federal-Mogul to Tenneco for US$5.4bn. more

JLT warns of battery material supply concerns10 Apr 18

Research from JLT Specialty (JLT) claims global automakers around the globe could face "significant" disruption as a result in "the slowdown" of the supply of batteries for electric vehicles. more

VW to toss out CEO?10 Apr 18

A mystery press release from Volkswagen which said: "Volkswagen AG considers a further development of the management structure of the group, which would also be associated with personnel changes in more

Ford unveils new Focus10 Apr 18

Ford has shown its new Ford Focus (fourth generation) which it says introduces a new human-centric design philosophy that 'fuses emotional exterior styling with class-leading aerodynamics; and more

VW appears to confirm Prevent contract end10 Apr 18

Volkswagen has issued an ambiguous statement appearing to substantiate earlier reports it has cancelled its contract with German supplier, Prevent, but without full more

Suzuki India begins export of models built at Gujarat plant10 Apr 18

Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) has started export of Swift models produced at Suzuki Motor Gujarat, its 100% owned manufacturing subsidiary separate from the Maruti joint more

Nexteer to create 'software centre' in India10 Apr 18

Nexteer Automotive says it is expanding its strategic software investment and global software team by announcing the intention to open a 'Software Centre' in India.  The Software Centre will be the more

Eberspaecher opens new BEV/PHEV electric heater plant in China10 Apr 18

Eberspaecher has opened a new production plant for electrical heaters in more

Valeo lauds incentives to ease Turkey investment concern10 Apr 18

Valeo Turkey says the "huge" range of incentives on offer from Ankara to potential new suppliers operating in the country should overcome any reservations some may have in setting up more

NTSB and Tesla chiefs discuss latest crash - report10 Apr 18

The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk reportedly had a "constructive conversation" on the agency's investigation into a fatal crash more

Beijing says will lower tariffs on car imports this year10 Apr 18

In a move that may help to de-escalate recent trade tensions between the US and China, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China plans to lower tariffs on car imports this more

ANALYSIS - XC60 D5 and future Volvos10 Apr 18

Volvo Cars has an XL sized hit on its hands with the new XC60. In the first three months of 2018, deliveries reached 38,241 units, making this the company's best seller ahead of the XC90 and helping more

Aston Martin getting closer to flotation - report9 Apr 18

Aston Martin is reportedly preparing to appoint three banks to manage a listing on the London stock more

Kyocera files lawsuit for haptic feedback patent infringement9 Apr 18

Kyocera Corporation has filed a complaint in the Regional Court of Dusseldorf against Preh GmbH, a Germany-based automotive more

GM Korea may replace Spark small car with crossover9 Apr 18

General Motors South Korean unit has said it might discontinue the Spark mini car and replace it with a crossover, due to falling demand in the key US more

ViaVan launches ridesharing services in London9 Apr 18

Mercedes is entering the on-demand minibus rideshare market in London through its ViaVan joinyt venture. The move echoes a recent innovation from more

Volkswagen creates new holistic user experience (HUX) division9 Apr 18

Volkswagen said it wants to become the "most user centred mobility brand" and has established a new Holistic User Experience (HUX) division headed by Matthias Erb. In his new role he reports directly more

Digital transformation key for future development - Farplas9 Apr 18

Turkish supplier, Farplas says it views digitalisation as a positive development to increase traceability and cut down on human error in more

South Korean imports rise 20% in March9 Apr 18

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by close to 20% to 26,402 units in March from 22,080 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors more

Hands-On Tech - Vauxhall Astra9 Apr 18

Seventh in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we take a look at Vauxhall’s Intellilink system. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, we look more

CAOA (nee Chery) may become a new Brazilian brand9 Apr 18

The Brazilian press launch of the new Chery Tiggo 2 was accompanied by a little more

PSA makes a UK van decision - the week6 Apr 18

Great news this week for the Vauxhall vans operation at Luton here in England this week. Despite Brexit, new Opel/Vauxhall owner PSA is to raise manufacturing capacity and add the production of more

Bosch expands its US research facility6 Apr 18

Bosch says it has moved to a larger location in Silicon Valley, opening a new Research and Technology Center (RTC) in Sunnyvale. The RTC was previously located in Palo Alto, roughly 15 kilometres to more

VW axes troublesome Bosnian supplier - reports6 Apr 18

Reports in Germany say that Volkswagen has cancelled contracts with a major supplier in Bosnia that stopped its production lines a few years more

Singulato to build NEV hub in Suzhou6 Apr 18

Chinese start-up company Singulato Motors plans to invest CNY15bn (US$2.38bn) over the next five years to establish a new-energy vehicle (NEV) R&D centre and manufacturing base in Suzhou city in more

Mahindra/Ideal Motors to assemble automotive vehicles in Sri Lanka6 Apr 18

Mahindra and Mahindra, a part of the US$19bn Mahindra Group based in India, entered into a joint venture with Ideal Motors, a fully owned subsidiary of the Ideal Group, to assemble automotive more

AAM/Liuzhou Wuling to manufacture driveline systems in China6 Apr 18

American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM) and Liuzhou Wuling Automobile Industry, a subsidiary of Guangxi Automobile Group, have entered into a joint venture agreement to manufacture driveline systems, more

West European car market down 6% in March6 Apr 18

Western Europe's car market slipped in March as the UK market's decline dragged the region more

Volvo Cars global sales surge 14.1% in Q1 20186 Apr 18

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has reported a global year-on-year sales increase of 14.1% for the first quarter of 2018, as sales in all main markets increased compared with the same period last more

Seat global sales surge 18.7% in Q1 20186 Apr 18

VW Group-owned Seat’s global sales grew in the first quarter of 2018 to reach the highest volume in the 68-year history of the brand. more

Toyota NZ CEO Alistair Davis on changing dealers to agencies6 Apr 18

The new vehicle distribution model is changing for Toyota and its dealer network. Toyota New Zealand will sell new vehicles to customers under an agency structure, with dealers being an agent for the more

Toyota New Zealand completely revamps vehicle retailing6 Apr 18

Toyota New Zealand (TNZ) is in the early days of a new Drive Happy project that has completely changed how it retails cars and how its dealers more

Turkish suppliers must automate to compete - TAYSAD6 Apr 18

Turkey's automotive suppliers association says the country will have to adapt to new technology and processes as it looks to maintain competitiveness and more than double exports by more

PSA warns against Chinese 'Trojan Horse'5 Apr 18

A top European carmaker could be brought "to its knees" by carbon dioxide emissions fines, allowing a Chinese buyer to step in with its own electric vehicle technology, PSA Group's chief executive more

German owned plants may be hit by US-China tariff spat5 Apr 18

The escalating tariff tensions between the US and China may hit production of German SUVs made in the US South and shipped to China with exports by Tesla and Ford also vulnerable, a media report more

ANALYSIS - Skoda goes after Qashqai with new Karoq5 Apr 18

Demand for crossovers and SUVs shows no sign of abating. Ever more brands are piling in to a class which in Europe is led by the assailed but still strong Nissan Qashqai. Now Škoda believes it can more

German car market down 3.4% in March5 Apr 18

KBA data shows that the German car market declined by 3.4% in March to stand at 347,433 units. Two fewer sales days in the month accounted for the decline and the market for the first three months more

PSA creates EV business unit5 Apr 18

PSA Group has created a business unit (BU) dedicated to electric vehicles to, it said, "respond to the challenges of the energy transition and to build an efficient and coherent offering of electric more

FCA announces plan for Magneti Marelli spin-off5 Apr 18

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced it is to develop and implement a plan to separate the Magneti Marelli business from FCA and to distribute shares of a new holding company for Magneti more

Denso to integrate its metal press-worked parts subsidiaries5 Apr 18

Denso Corporation said from 1 July 2018 it would integrate the management of two group companies: Denso Preas Corporation and Denso Kiko, both of which manufacture metal press-worked more

HBPO breaks ground for new front-end module plant in Germany5 Apr 18

HBPO, which develops, designs, assembles and delivers complex front-end modules, has broken ground for its new plant in Vaihingen/Enz ahead of a production start in autumn more

Axalta opens new coatings plant in India5 Apr 18

Axalta a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, opened its new coating manufacturing plant at Savli, Vadodara in Gujarat, more

Ricardo to collaborate with Enable in Japan5 Apr 18

Ricardo is to collaborate with Enable on testing and calibration in more

Millbrook acquires Revolutionary Engineering5 Apr 18

Millbrook on 3 April acquired Revolutionary Engineering, a test service and equipment provider headquartered in the US, with presence in China and more

UK new car market takes a diesel hit5 Apr 18

The UK new car market was down 15.7% in March with diesel car sales down by a hefty 37.2%, continuing the trend of rapidly declining diesel share, according to SMMT data. Diesel share in March was more

Claimed world first platform enables the test and training of autonomous vehicles in simulation5 Apr 18

UK based driving simulation company, rFpro, has launched the world’s first commercially available platform to train and develop autonomous vehicles in simulation. Using a digital environment to more

BMW and Daimler see common new mobility cause - COMMENT4 Apr 18

We live in interesting times in the automotive business, for sure. Everyone is talking about driverless cars, connected cars, electric cars and the emergence of the 'sharing economy'. But we don't more

VW to add SUV to Brazil roster as Honda consolidates factories4 Apr 18

Volkswagen plans to produce an SUV in Brazil, a media report more

GM, Ford, axing car models - reports4 Apr 18

General Motors will stop production of its subcompact Chevrolet Sonic by as early as this year, Reuters cited the Wall Street Journal as more

Grey imports cause Takata recall headaches in New Zealand4 Apr 18

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association (MIA), representing new vehicle importers, has welcomed the government’s mandatory recall for at risk (alpha type) Takata airbag inflators but its response more

Ford UK establishes new trade parts operation targeting independents4 Apr 18

Ford's UK unit is set to launch Parts Plus, a direct sales channel for trade more

China retaliates with tariffs on US goods - including cars4 Apr 18

China has retaliated against the latest round of US import tariffs on its goods with a list of similar new tariffs on US imports, which also extends to imported more

Osram and Continental agree lighting joint venture4 Apr 18

Osram and Continental have agreed a joint venture, in which each has a 50% stake, to combine respective expertise in lighting, light control and more

Taiwan sales rise 3% in March4 Apr 18

New vehicle sales in Taiwan increased by 2.8% to an estimated 39,100 units in March from 38,042 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing company more

EVs look like escaping Trump China battery tariffs4 Apr 18

Chinese batteries targeted by proposed US tariffs are primarily used in consumer goods like power tools, and would have little impact on the type used by electric vehicles or power projects, UBS more

South Korean sales fall over 4% in March4 Apr 18

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers combined continued to fall in March, by 4.4% to 139,432 units from 145,903 units a year earlier, according to preliminary data released more

PSA to make more vans at UK plant4 Apr 18

Groupe PSA is to raise manufacturing capacity and add the production of Peugeot- and Citroen-badged panel vans at Vauxhall's Luton, UK, plant in a move that will shore up confidence in post-Brexit more

March surge turns Q1 US sales positive4 Apr 18

Despite winter's persistence in parts of the US, March light vehicle sales blossomed, posting their best performance of the more

Interior design and technology – Kia Stonic4 Apr 18

Arriving late to the party, the Kia Stonic is the South Korean carmaker’s first entry into the crowded small (B-segment) SUV market. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and more

VW eCrafter testing extended to UK3 Apr 18

Volkswagen’s electric van - the eCrafter - is to make its UK debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 24-26 April, ahead of real-world testing beginning with UK customers at more

Could Ford Cologne switch to EVs after 2023?3 Apr 18

Ford could make electric cars in Germany after 2023, when the life cycle of the recently redesigned Fiesta model is due to end, and would welcome state subsidies to support the shift, a top executive more

Tesla nixes capital need as Model 3 output rises3 Apr 18

Tesla has quashed any speculation it might need to raise more capital this year on Tuesday, as its shares rose after it announced it built 2,020 of its cheaper Model 3 sedans in the last seven days more

Hyundai Mobis credit ratings unaffected by re-org3 Apr 18

Moody's ratings says that Hyundai Motor Group's reorganisation plan will unlikely have an immediate impact on Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.'s and Hyundai Glovis Co., Ltd.'s ratings and more

Valmet Automotive produces record 90,000 cars in 20173 Apr 18

Finnish contract assembler Valmet Automotive built a record 90,000 vehicles at Uusikaupunki during more

Magna/GACC to jointly produce liftgates in China3 Apr 18

Magna announced it has entered into a joint venture (JV) with GAC subsidiary, GAC Component (GACC), to begin production of composite liftgates for a global automaker's crossover vehicle starting in more

Pioneer/NVIDIA collaborate to expedite autonomous driving R&D3 Apr 18

Pioneer Corporation announced it has collaborated with NVIDIA to make Pioneer’s 3D-Lidar sensors work with with NVIDIA DriveWorks, a software development kit (SDK) for autonomous more

Ford South Africa to expand Struandale engine plant3 Apr 18

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its operations at the Struandale engine plant in Port Elizabeth as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two local plants announced late more

Commercials drive New Zealand March sales3 Apr 18

March new vehicle registrations of 14,028 vehicles in New Zealand were up 1% year on year, reflecting, the local Motor Industry Association (MIA) said, "a stable market" more

Ford/Datang complete Cellular-V2X testing in China3 Apr 18

Ford and Datang have successfully conducted Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology (C-V2X) trials in China. more

FCA builds Latin America's first vehicle dynamics simulation centre3 Apr 18

In a partnership with the state of Minas Gerais' Pontifical Catholic University (PUC), FCA has built the first Vehicular Dynamics Simulation Centre (SIMCentre) in Latin more

Kumho Tire unions support Chinese takeover3 Apr 18

Kumho Tire's trade union workers have agreed to support creditor plans to sell South Korea's second largest tyre manufacturer to China's Qingdao Doublestar more

FAW-VW opens Audi Q plant, new FAW HQ3 Apr 18

FAW-Volkswagen began operations this week at a newly built plant in the city of Changchun in China's north-eastern Jilin more

US EPA to relax fuel efficiency standards  3 Apr 18

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to relax federal fuel efficiency standards set up by the Obama administration, although no details are available more

Spring ain't sprung yet - the week29 Mar 18

The end of March and Easter are both nigh (we have Friday and Monday off, by the way) but no one seems to have told our local weathergods - the UK Met Office has just issued a snow warning for my more

Nissan, Renault, said to be talking full merger29 Mar 18

Renault and Nissan Motor are talking about merging, souces have told Bloomberg more

UPDATED - Melrose wins control of GKN29 Mar 18

UPDATED - Melrose wins control of more

US tariff threat gives automakers the jitters29 Mar 18

Major automaker executives raised concerns at the New York show this week about the possibility of a trade war after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports earlier more

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW - Global debuts list29 Mar 18

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 New York International Auto Show are named more

just-auto takes an Easter break29 Mar 18

Easter is coming this weekend, which means Friday (30 March) and Monday (2 April) are public holidays for us, here in the more

Toyota/Suzuki to mutually supply hybrid vehicles in India29 Mar 18

Toyota and Suzuki have concluded a 'basic agreement toward the mutual supply of hybrid and other vehicles between the two companies for the Indian market' more

NSK opens new plant in Mexico29 Mar 18

NSK has announced that NSK-Warner KK an equity method affiliate, has inaugurated its new plant in more

Nissan eyes tripled Datsun sales29 Mar 18

Nissan Motor wants to triple sales of its low-cost Datsun vehicles by 2022 as it continues to revive the 87 year old brand it dumped in the mid 1980s but resurrected about five years more

UK car output down 4.4% in February29 Mar 18

Falling demand in the UK car market dragged UK car production down in February according to the latest data from the more

Red Sun Group invests over GBP100m in UK firm29 Mar 18

Chinese enterprise Red Sun Group says it has deepened its commitment to the UK with the announcement of a more than GBP100m investment into a new plant in the English Midlands (Coventry) for CAD CAM more

Germany again subsidising Tesla buys29 Mar 18

German Tesla buyers reportedly can again apply for subsidies after a government agency has ended its dispute over whether its Model S was too expensive to qualify for the incentives more

Honda to build hybrid cars in Thailand29 Mar 18

Honda Motor plans to build hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) in Thailand as part of a THB5bn (US$160bn) combined investment with its key parts more

GM Korea needs wage agreement by end of March29 Mar 18

GM Korea’s CEO Kaher Kazim is calling on labour unions to reach a wage agreement by the end of March to help the company secure funding and put in place a recovery plan, according to local more

Webasto opens new sunroof plant in China29 Mar 18

German auto parts manufacturer Webasto opened its 10th factory in China this month, a new wholly owned vehicle sunroof plant in the southern province of more

BYD posts 20% drop in net profit in 201728 Mar 18

BYD has posted a 19.5% decline in net profits for 2017 amid reduced subsidies for new energy vehicles (NEVs, comprising EVs and PHEVs) and a sales slump for its gasoline-engine more

Mercedes brings Industry 4.0 to Brazil truck building28 Mar 18

Daimler Trucks claims to have launched a new era of truck production in Brazil, involving systematic implementation of Industry 4.0 more

Honda slows US Accord output28 Mar 18

This is not good for a completely redesigned model introduced for more

BMW Group and Daimler combine on mobility services28 Mar 18

The BMW Group and Daimler have signed an agreement to merge their mobility services business units. A joint venture company is to be set up to facilitate this unprecedented collaboration between the more

First UK 'under the canopy' hydrogen pump opens28 Mar 18

The UK’s first 'under the canopy' hydrogen refuelling station has opened in Beaconsfield, a few miles west of the capital on the busy M40 more

Uber update reduced safety sensors - report28 Mar 18

Uber's 2016 switch from self-driving Ford Fusion cars in favour of Volvo SUVs also resulted in a reduction in the number of safety sensors used to detect objects in the road, a media report more

Another fatal crash prompts Tesla shares sell off28 Mar 18

Announcement of a federal investigation into a fatal crash and vehicle fire prompted a big sell off of Tesla stock and a plunge in the share price, a media report more

Hyundai Mobis to spin off two divisions28 Mar 18

Hyundai Mobis has said it will spin off its module and after-service parts businesses and merge them with affiliate Hyundai more

JLR launches Range Rover Evoque convertible in India28 Mar 18

Jaguar Land Rover India announced the launch of the Range Rover Evoque convertible at INR6.95m (US$106,946) ex-showroom, more

JLR opens its new North American headquarters in New Jersey28 Mar 18

Jaguar Land Rover North America announced the official opening of its new North American headquarters in Mahwah, New more

US made vehicles a niche market in South Korea28 Mar 18

Under revised trade rules agreed earlier this week, US automakers will be able to bring into South Korea 50,000 vehicles per automaker per year that meet US safety standards, not necessarily Korean more

'Critical investment decisions' loom for UK auto sector28 Mar 18

With one year to go until the UK leaves the European Union (EU), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has set out its priorities to 'assure the UK automotive industry’s future more

eCall to be fitted in Europe from 31 March28 Mar 18

From next Saturday (31 March), automobile manufacturers will equip all new car types with eCall, a system that automatically dials emergency services in the event of a serious road traffic more

Adient joins ACM to support connected/automated vehicle technology28 Mar 18

Adient has announced it has become a partner with the American Centre for Mobility (ACM). The proving ground is a non-profit testing, education and product development facility for future more

BMW to expand EV recharging network in China28 Mar 18

BMW is expanding its recharging network in China to support the brand's growing electric and hybrid vehicle line-up in the more

ANALYSIS - Kia future models Part 228 Mar 18

The final feature in the Hyundai Motor Group series is on the topic of Kia Motors' current and future SUVs, MPVs, electric vehicles and even a pick-up. This follows a look at Kia's forthcoming cars more

BMW starts X3 production in India27 Mar 18

BMW's manufacturing plant in Chennai, India, has started series production of the new BMW X3 that will be launched in the Indian market in more

Kia builds 3m cars (and counting) in Slovakia27 Mar 18

Kia has now built 3m cars in more

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover partner on AD27 Mar 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and ride-hail firm Waymo have announced a long-term strategic partnership that will deliver up to 20,000 Jaguar vehicles for Waymo's driverless (autonomous drive - more

GM sets bankruptcy deadline for Korean unit27 Mar 18

General Motors has reportedly said its loss-making South Korean operations will file for bankruptcy if its labour union does not agree to cost cuts by April more

Rolls-Royce claims trim firsts for batch of 55 Wraiths27 Mar 18

BMW's Rolls-Royce is claiming some interior trim firsts for a batch of 55 special edition Wraith more

Tire Bank interested in bid for Kumho Tire27 Mar 18

Tire Bank, a South Korean maker of tyres, has announced that it is planning to bid for the assets of bankrupt Kumho Tire - though doubts are emerging over whether it has the resources to do more

Ricardo successfully develops three-truck platooning system27 Mar 18

With major truck platooning R&D and demonstration projects ongoing in Europe, Asia and North America, engineering and consulting firm Ricardo says it is leading the way in bringing the prospect of more

BMW caps South African capacity27 Mar 18

BMW investment in its South African subsidiary has peaked and manufacturing capacity is unlikely to be increased beyond current levels, global production head Oliver Zipse has more

SAIC Motor considers vehicle assembly in Egypt27 Mar 18

SAIC Motor is considering setting up a vehicle assembly operation in Egypt, according to local reports citing an Egyptian government more

Will diminishing range anxiety lift EV sales?27 Mar 18

With a range of more than 400 miles, the new VW ID VIZZION concept just shown in Geneva has set tongues wagging. Could consumers be ready to leave ‘range anxiety’ behind and switch to all-electric more

BMW sells 10,000 i3 EVs in UK27 Mar 18

BMW UK is celebrating the sale of its 10,000th i3 EV which is sold as a pure electric BEV and with a range extender petrol engine more

Magna opens first BMW seat supply factory27 Mar 18

Magna will supply seats to the BMW Group for the first time in the supplier's more

Updated C4 Lounge kicks off Citroen Brazil turnaround27 Mar 18

Parent company difficulties often have repercussions for overseas subsidiaries, and the PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Opel/Vauxhall) is no exception. The Brazilian market crisis of 2014-2016 more

Alibaba and Ford combine for 'vending machine' enabled test-drives26 Mar 18

Alibaba-owned Tmall has unveiled what it says is China’s first 'auto vending machine', partnering with Ford for what is described as the first phase of a larger push to upgrade the test-drive more

Great Wall looking overseas for growth26 Mar 18

Great Wall Motor, the major player in sport utility vehicles in China, is now turning to potential customers abroad for its next phase of growth, a media report more

Opel workers want PSA plan for German plants26 Mar 18

Workers at Opel plants in Germany are demanding a strategic plan from parent company PSA following the publication of investment plans for PSA factories in more

Hyundai union leader dislikes electric cars26 Mar 18

Hyundai Motor's union chief has called electric cars 'evil' and said they would would destroy jobs. more

Automakers benefit from revised US-South Korea trade deal26 Mar 18

The United States and South Korea have agreed to revise a trade pact sharply criticised by US president Donald Trump, the government in Seoul reportedly said on Monday. Media reports said more

Nissan/Sumitomo/4R setting up plant to recycle li-ion batteries for EVs26 Mar 18

Japan’s first plant specialising in the reuse and recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles is set to open amid growing demand for electric more

Daimler JV launches updated Denza BEV26 Mar 18

Daimler and BYD Automotive Industry have launched the updated Denza 500 battery electric vehicle from their joint venture, Shenzhen Denza New Energy more

Lynk & Co to make cars in Europe26 Mar 18

Geely-owned near-premium brand Lynk & Co is to make cars at a Volvo Cars plant in more

Ford updates European Mustang26 Mar 18

It's what helps athletes with disabilities stay stable as they snowboard and ski -  and it is being used on the new Ford Mustang for improved handling, particularly on tight European more

Didi Chuxing in EV joint venture with CHJ Automotive26 Mar 18

Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing plans to set up a joint venture with CHJ Automotive for the production of smart electric vehicles by more

ANALYSIS - Kia future models Part 126 Mar 18

After a trying 2017 when sales fell in China and the USA, a constant roll out of new Kia models should see deliveries heading back in the right direction. In this first of two features, the brand's more

An electrifying experience - the week23 Mar 18

As an electric car nut, I'd been itching for a go at Nissan's redesigned 2018 Leaf. The UK unit couldn't fit us in to the pre-launch European media event in January so I had to wait for this week's more

Nissan's Leaf EV grows up23 Mar 18

"e-Pedal takes a little getting used to," cautioned the Nissan UK redesigned Leaf EV press launch logistics man as he double-checked the nav settings before despatching us from Glasgow airport's car more

New Toyota powertrain tech appears in redesigned Corolla23 Mar 18

New engine and transmission technology announced by Toyota in February will make its debut in the Corolla sold worldwide which, outside Europe, where it will be sold as the Auris, will feature a more

Volkswagen steps up model and innovation offensive in China23 Mar 18

The Volkswagen brand said it would strengthen its leading position in China with a stepped up major model and innovation more

New ZF CEO hails Mahle for swift transition23 Mar 18

New ZF CEO, Wolf-Henning Scheider has praised his former company for smoothing the process of transition to become head of the Friedrichshafen more

ZF urges no trade limitations post-Brexit - CEO23 Mar 18

ZF says it will back tariff-free trade with the UK as Britain prepares its initial exit from the European Union (EU) next year and definitively in 2021 after a so-called 'transition period.' more

Used Nissan Leaf batteries to power a Japanese town's streetlights23 Mar 18

Nissan and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation have teamed up with the town of Namie, Japan, to install new streetlights that will be powered by a combination of solar panels and used batteries from more

Russia to grow 12% in 2019 to 1.9m - analyst23 Mar 18

A Russian analyst is estimating the market will grow between 12% and 14% this year to 1.9m car sales as the country's pace of recovery continues to eat away at the deficit of the recent more

Trump's new tariffs come under scrutiny23 Mar 18

President Trump has moved to impose a wide range of tariffs on Chinese products but pending tariffs on steel and aluminium would now aim them primarily at more

Sila Nano joins BMW to develop next-gen lithium-ion batteries23 Mar 18

Sila Nanotechnologies ('Sila Nano'), a specialist in materials technologies for batteries, has announced a partnership with the BMW more

Skoda sets new records in 201723 Mar 18

Last year was the most successful year in VW Group-owned Skoda's history with new records set in both global vehicle deliveries and financial results. more

Indonesia sales fall 1% in February23 Mar 18

New vehicle sales in Indonesia declined by just under 1% to 94,260 units in February from 95,160 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association more

Prodrive on composites for special edition vehicles23 Mar 18

While pressures to reduce vehicle emissions through weight saving have stimulated auto industry interest in lightweight composite components, there is also an appetite for bespoke cosmetic parts. We more

Ford and Mahindra sign agreements to co-develop models22 Mar 18

Ford and Mahindra will jointly develop new SUVs and a small electric vehicle as part of several initiatives announced between the two more

Seat to launch EV in 202022 Mar 18

VW-owned Seat says it will sell its first fully electric model in 2020. It will come with a range of 500 more

Mercedes reinvents luxury pick-up segment with X-Class22 Mar 18

If we overlook the Lincoln Mark LT and Cadillac Escalade EXT, discontinued ten and five years ago respectively, Mercedes-Benz is the first luxury brand with a global reach to launch a pick-up. Will more

Ford partners with Next fashion shops to sell cars22 Mar 18

Ford's UK operation has announced a new retail partnership with the Next chain of women's fashion stores "to increase representation of the auto brand" more

ZF readies for EV take-up of 30% by 2030 - CEO22 Mar 18

Newly-installed ZF CEO, Wolf-Henning Scheider says the supplier is positioning itself to address electromobility penetration of up to 40% by 2030 as the shift from conventional fuels gathers more

Ford tests 'collaborative parking'22 Mar 18

Ford is testing 'collaborative parking' technology in the car parks of Milton Keynes here in more

Construction starts on Volkswagen Group Logistics LNG powered ships22 Mar 18

Work has started in China on the construction of liquid natural gas (LNG) Volkswagen Group ships which will be operated by Siem Car Carriers and reduce pollution caused by seaborne vehicle more

Former FCA Dodge Viper plant to become car museum and employee meetings centre22 Mar 18

FCA US is to convert the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, last used to build the Dodge Viper, into an internal meeting and display space that will house the automaker's concept and historic vehicle more

Moovel/KVV successfully pilots on-demand ridesharing service in Karlsruhe22 Mar 18

The Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV) and moovel Group GmbH report that the pilot of the on-demand ridesharing service in Karlsruhe was a success: around 1,000 passengers used the service to move more

Lear expands production space at Portugal plant22 Mar 18

Lear Corporation has announced the expansion of its automotive seating structures manufacturing facility in Valenca, more

JLR develops self-driving valet for autonomous cars22 Mar 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has developed a 'self-driving valet' which it says means cars can find spaces by themselves and park without any driver more

Adient/Arvind form JV to manufacture automotive fabrics in India22 Mar 18

Adient (seating specialist) and Arvind, one of the world’s largest textile-to-retail conglomerates, announced the formation of Adient Arvind Automotive Fabrics, a joint venture that will develop, more

FCA's Jeep Wrangler workers 'retool Toledo'22 Mar 18

Employees at FCA's Toledo North Jeep Wrangler plant are now hard at work building the redesigned 2018 model and, while their factory was being retooled, they also helped 'build their community' more

Thai sales rise 10% in February22 Mar 18

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to expand in February, with sales rising by 10.3% to 75,466 units from 68,435 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai more

PSA tweaks European components manufacturing mix22 Mar 18

Groupe PSA has made several announcements concerning its European manufacturing operations in the area of powertrains and transmissions. It says the measures announced will improve its competitive more

PSA invests in France for auto-boxes made under Aisin licence21 Mar 18

Groupe PSA has announced a strategic partnership with Aisin AW to produce 6-speed EAT6 automatic gearboxes in France, from 2020 more

INTERVIEW - Oliver Zipse, BMW board member responsible for production21 Mar 18

In an interview with just-auto, Oliver Zipse, BMW board member responsible for production, said that he does not expect changes to trade arrangements between the UK and EU to directly impact UK more

BMW to open campus for AD, firms up plans for new EVs21 Mar 18

BMW Group will open up a campus for autonomous driving this year and will present a number of pure-electric concept vehicles that will go into series more

MMC hails EVs shipment to Costa Rica21 Mar 18

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced a fleet of MMC's EV and PHEV vehicles has been delivered from Japanese Government to the Costa Rican Government. MMC says the delivery forms part of more

Gefco partners with 'Techstars'21 Mar 18

Logistics and supply chain specialist Gefco has announced a partnership with Techstars, a 'worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, with experience in over 1,000 international start-ups' more

EU Steel prices up in March21 Mar 18

EU steel prices rose in March according to MEPS research more

BMW sees strong Asia markets growth21 Mar 18

The BMW Group has again recorded high growth in Asia where a total of 848,826 vehicles across its three brands were sold in 2017, up 13.6% over more

BMW to boost e-mobility investment21 Mar 18

BMW Group will boost its research and development spend on electric mobility in FY2018 by "several hundred million euros" more

Toyota suspends Lexus robo-limo testing 21 Mar 18

Toyota has moved to suspend testing of its 'Chauffeur' automated taxi prototypes following the collision between a Volvo XC90 operated by Uber which killed a woman in more

Philippine sales fall 3% in February on tax changes21 Mar 18

New vehicle sales in the Philippines fell by 3.2% to 26,176 units in February from 27,040 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive more

Ficosa opens new production centre in Morocco21 Mar 18

Ficosa has established itself in Africa for the first time, opening a new production centre in Rabat (in the Technopolis free zone), Morocco. more

Bosch develops app to help avoid wrong-way collisions21 Mar 18

Bosch and the Antenne Bayern radio station aim to eliminate road fatalities caused by wrong-way drivers. more

BMW defends its diesels21 Mar 18

As the Munich prosecuters descended on BMW’s four-cylinder headquarter building BMW chairman Harald Kruger launched a spirited defence of the company’ diesel more

New rules to boost used and new sales in China21 Mar 18

The Chinese central government plans to introduce new regulations this year which allow the free trade of used cars between provinces, according to local more

Geely more than doubles annual profit21 Mar 18

Geely Automobile Holdings has announced a 108 per cent surge in net profit for the year to the end of December 2017 with revenue surging by 73 per cent. more

ANALYSIS - GM Korea’s future in the balance21 Mar 18

GM Korea (GMK) faces two crucial months of talks with the South Korean government, creditors including state-owned Korea Development Bank and major shareholders, as management look to rebuild the more

BMW HQ raided by prosecutors in emissions probe20 Mar 18

BMW’s Munich headquarters were raided today (Tuesday, March 20) by German prosecutors investigating the possible use of illegal emissions control more

Porsche develops 'Mission E Augmented Reality' app20 Mar 18

As part of a collaboration with Google, Porsche has developed an augmented reality app which shows the new Porsche Mission more

Isuzu updates D-Max as GM divorce dust settles20 Mar 18

Suddenly, crew cab pick-ups seem to be everywhere. Mercedes-Benz and Renault are the latest brands to launch four-door ladder frame models, while Peugeot is co-developing its own model with Changan. more

GAC kicks off US sales network plan at NADA20 Mar 18

Chinese automaker GAC Motor (Guangzhou Auto) will kick off its efforts to build a sales network in the US when it attends the NADA show in Las Vegas from March more

VW confirms SUV variant for US plant20 Mar 18

Volkswagen has announced that it will be building a new five-passenger SUV at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, more

Uber suspends driverless testing after fatal accident20 Mar 18

Uber has suspended its driverless vehicle testing on public roads in the US after a pedestrian was struck and killed by one of its test more

Westport appoints Michele Buchignani to board20 Mar 18

Westport Fuel Systems has appointed Michele Buchignani to the company’s more

Daimler delivers first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to UK customers20 Mar 18

Daimler Trucks has handed over the first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to customers in the more

PSA to launch Emov service in Lisbon20 Mar 18

PSA is to offer its Emov Citroen C-Zero electric vehicle in Lisbon, with the vehicles able to start and end journeys close to the airport and cars accessible using more

Ekoenergetyka and Malmö sign bus charger deal20 Mar 18

Ekoenergetyka and the Southern Swedish city of Malmö have inked a deal for delivery of three 300KW Quickpoint more

Dana predicts 4% sales growth for 201820 Mar 18

Dana says strengthening end-market demand, most notably in off-highway and commercial vehicles, combined with benefits from currency translation will drive an additional 4% in expected sales growth more

Nissan Mississippi plant builds 'Job 4m'19 Mar 18

Nissan North America on Monday celebrated production of 4m vehicles at its Canton assembly plant in Mississippi and announced a second shift that will create or retain 250 hourly jobs to support more

GKN stakes upped as Melrose offers GBP1bn pension cash19 Mar 18

GKN and Melrose have yet again locked horns as the bitter hostile takeover battle bid for the British supplier continues apace with a pension proposal from the investor more

Porsche achieves record 2017 results19 Mar 18

Porsche said it set new records for deliveries, revenue and operating results in full year 2017 financial year, after delivering 246,375 vehicles (up 4% year on year) more

ANALYSIS - Genesis future models19 Mar 18

Hyundai's Genesis division, while clearly a success, has been having a challenging time of things thus far in 2018. In its number one market, year-to-date sales stand at 2,976 cars, while this time more

Russia wiser after last downturn but caution urged - Knorr-Bremse19 Mar 18

Knorr-Bremse says lessons have been learned from the former downturn in the Russian automotive sector, but cautions not every recession is the more

VW claims 'diesel efficiency' from new 1.5 petrol engine19 Mar 18

Volkswagen claims its recently launched 1.5TSI ACT micro-hybrid 130PS petrol engine is as efficient as a more

Schaeffler opens Silicon Valley facility19 Mar 18

Schaeffler has announced the opening of a new Silicon Valley, California, office designed to forge relationships with potential high-tech partners and start-ups in the more

Faurecia invests in energy recovery firm19 Mar 18

Faurecia has said it is investing in the French start-up Enogia in order to 'enhance its expertise in energy recovery technology' more

Philippine sales fall in February after tax changes19 Mar 18

New vehicle sales in the Philippines fell by 3.2% to 26,176 units in February from 27,040 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive more

EU automakers call for urgent action on Brexit issues19 Mar 18

The European carmakers association, ACEA, has called for urgent action to achieve more progress in areas such as type approval in UK-EU Brexit negotiations in order to avert 'potentially disastrous more

VW signs long-term EV battery contracts with Asian suppliers19 Mar 18

Volkswagen group has announced a series of agreements with Asian manufacturers for the supply of batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles through to more

AEB to wait until after Q1 for Russia forecast19 Mar 18

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) says it will wait until after the first quarter before issuing its guideline forecast for this year's sales figures, but remains reasonably more

Interior design and technology – Volvo V9019 Mar 18

Launched at the 2016 Geneva motor show, the Volvo V90 is the latest in a long line of family estates from Sweden. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take more

Out 'n' about - the week16 Mar 18

It's been a busy week for the entire just-auto team with a Russian conference to attend, new product to catch up with, a key new automaker appointee to interview, plus our usual more

Denso to increase stake in Renesas Electronics16 Mar 18

Denso Corporation is to increase its shareholding in Renesas Electronics from 0.5% to 5% to, it said, "accelerate the development of various in-vehicle systems including automated driving systems more

Ford launches Co-Pilot360 driver assist technology16 Mar 18

Ford claims Co-Pilot360, the new name under which it will bundle such technology in the US from this autumn, is "most advanced suite of standard driver assist technologies among full-line brands" and more

UK buyers waver over diesel - survey16 Mar 18

Research for the Automobile Association (AA) here in the UK has shown a growing number of car buyers have yet to make up their mind what fuel their next car will use, highlighting the 'confusion' now more

Toyota initiates new CASE pillar16 Mar 18

Toyota in North America is creating a new CASE (Connectivity, Autonomous, Sharing and Electrification) 'pillar' to coordinate activities in fast-moving advanced technology areas and new industry more

Get ready for 3D-printed electric cars?16 Mar 18

The China Daily reports that Italian company X Electrical Vehicle, or XEV, expects to launch a 'mass-producible 3D-printed electric car' in China in more

Toyoda Gosei opens new hydrogen tanks plant in Japan16 Mar 18

Toyoda Gosei has established a new plant in the city of Inabe, Mie Prefecture, Japan to produce high pressure hydrogen tanks, a crucial component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Preparations for the more

Ford lays out new US product plan and organisation changes16 Mar 18

Ford has announced a major strategy plan out to 2020 for the US market, claiming it will have the freshest lineup among all full line automakers with average showroom age dropping from 5.7 to 3.3 more

ANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 216 Mar 18

The second of two features which looks at the current and future models of Hyundai Motor Company is a focus on the brand's SUVs, minivans/MPVs, electrified passenger vehicles and a sole future more

AEB hails Russia figures but urges long-term caution16 Mar 18

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market has "outperformed" expectations says the Association of European Businesses Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC), which nonetheless injected a more

Audi plans e-tron GT for 202015 Mar 18

Audi has confirmed a four-door performance electric car to go into production in 2020 at the Böllinger Höfe site near Neckarsulm (to be built alongside the R8). The e-tron GT is four-door luxury Gran more

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans more growth following record 201715 Mar 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced full year 2017 records for unit sales, revenue and EBIT after delivering 401,000 vehicles (up 12% year on year on 2016's 359,100) more

Mazda/Eliiy Power/Ube to jointly develop lithium-ion batteries15 Mar 18

Mazda Motor Corporation, Eliiy Power and Ube Industries have agreed to jointly develop lithium-ion batteries for autos use. more

UPS to add plug-ins to fleet in US15 Mar 18

In late 2018, delivery firm UPS will introduce a fleet of 50 plug-in delivery trucks in the US with the expectation of an even larger fleet in 2019. It says the cost of EVs relative to diesel is more

AB Volvo surpasses 4,000 electrified bus sales15 Mar 18

Volvo Buses has now sold more than 4,000 electrified Volvo buses to customers the world over. The latest order is for 90 hybrid buses from more

Magna/Lyft to collaborate on self-driving systems 15 Mar 18

Magna and rideshare firm Lyft have announced a multi-year collaboration in which the companies will jointly fund, develop, and manufacture self-driving systems. In addition, Magna will invest US$200m more

Volkswagen opens safety 'centre of competence'15 Mar 18

With its new safety centre, Volkswagen has brought together its vehicle safety expertise at a single more

ANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 115 Mar 18

In 2018, HMC aims to sell 4.68 million vehicles worldwide, compared to the 4.51 million units it delivered in 2017. After suffering a substantial setback in the Chinese market last year and to a more

Mercedes-Benz Cars details Thai battery production15 Mar 18

Following its initial announcement of plans to produce lithium ion battery packs for electric and plug in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, as the company anticipates strong demand growth for these more

VW Rus urges Moscow to be market focused for supply chain15 Mar 18

Volkswagen Rus is calling for a more integrated approach to the supply chain as well as a market-centric push from those in government in Moscow as The Kremlin considers its future strategy for the more

INTERVIEW - Sarah-Jayne Williams, Ford's Director, Smart Mobility (Europe)15 Mar 18

In September of last year, Sarah-Jayne Williams joined Ford as its first director for 'Smart Mobility' in Europe. Her job is to focus on future mobility solutions for Europe and to define and more

GKN lauds technology portfolio as bid battle rages15 Mar 18

GKN says its technology is contributing to providing answers to increasingly complex environmental pressures as regulatory pressure combined with consumer demand show no sign of more

Renault Russia convinces Algeria of component quality15 Mar 18

Renault Russia says it has won the battle to win the confidence of a major North African market as the export arena becomes increasingly more

Russia recovery opportunity for domestic suppliers - AEB15 Mar 18

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market may open up potential for new domestic component manufacturers to supply OEMs and also export says the Association of European Businesses (AEB) more

Quirky C4 Cactus now shoulders Citroen's C-segment burden14 Mar 18

On the face of it, the UK launch of the updated Citroen C4 Cactus is just a mere, mid-life refresh - a new grille here, new tail lamps there, new interior colours and trims, the usual. Next! But, more

BMW sales set February records - again14 Mar 18

The BMW group has announced new monthly and year to date sales records for February more

GM names new senior VP, global human resources14 Mar 18

General Motors has moved Kimberly Brycz from head of global purchasing to senior vice president, global human more

Moody's stabilises global auto manufacturing outlooks as economic recovery fuels demand14 Mar 18

Increased consumer car demand due to improving global economic prospects and a lowering of the rating agency's sales growth requirements for the sector have changed the outlook on the global auto more

Dana CEO meets with top GKN investors - reports14 Mar 18

The CEO of Dana is in the UK this week meeting with large shareholders in GKN to put the case for its deal over that of the hostile bid from investor group Melrose more

Nexteer Automotive 2017 revenue up 1% to US$3.878bn14 Mar 18

Nexteer Automotive has reported financial results for its fiscal year ended 31 December 2017, with revenue reaching US$3.878bn, an increase of 1% when compared with more

BorgWarner Eco-Launch solution selected for Ford FWD vehicles14 Mar 18

BorgWarner has said it is providing Ford with its Eco-Launch stop/start solenoid valve and hydraulic accumulator. It is available on the Ford 8-speed, front-wheel drive (FWD), mid-torque transmission more

Russian car market up 25% in February14 Mar 18

Russia's car market continued to recover in February, with the overall light vehicle market up by 24.7% and 133,177 units more

Volkswagen quietly admits to China export plans14 Mar 18

Buried deep in a lengthy media release, the Volkswagen Group has quietly let slip that it has plans to use its giant manufacturing operations in China to commence exports. more

VW plans 16 EV production sites by 202213 Mar 18

Volkswagen is ramping up its e-mobility strategy to plan 16 production sites around the world for electric vehicles by the end of 2022. It also says that future partnerships with battery more

New XV behind 29 per cent UK Subaru sales surge13 Mar 18

Having fallen by more than a quarter during 2017, Subaru's UK sales are finally going back in the right direction, with a 29 per cent surge in February. Most of that is due to the arrival of the new more

Toyota partners with Avis in North America13 Mar 18

Toyota Connected North America, a global technology strategy business unit for Toyota, has announced a multi-year partnership with Avis Budget Group that will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to Avis Car more

Japan sales drop 2% in February13 Mar 18

Japan’s new vehicle market declined by 2.2% to 473,878 units in February from strong year-earlier sales of 484,725 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers more

GM planning peer-to-peer car rental - report13 Mar 18

General Motors is reportedly planning to add a peer-to-peer Airbnb-style car rental service through its Maven carsharing more

Panasonic begins automotive lithium-ion battery production in China13 Mar 18

Panasonic Corporation has begun mass production of prismatic-type automotive lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Dalian, China, and held a ceremony to mark the first more

Brembo unveils latest version of brake-by-wire system13 Mar 18

Brembo says it has 'reaffirmed its position at the cutting edge of innovation in BbW (brake-by-wire) braking systems' more

BASF enhances its Ultrasim simulation tool13 Mar 18

BASF says it now offers a new module for simulating applications of injection-molded components and that this offers benefits - in particular - in developing components for future electric more

China vehicle sales fall 11% in February13 Mar 18

New vehicle sales in China fell 11.1% to 1.72m units in February from strong year-earlier sales of 1.94m units, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) more

GENEVA INTERVIEW - Nissan Europe SVP of sales and marketing Ken Ramirez12 Mar 18

Ken Ramirez is Nissan Europe's recently appointed senior vice president sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the 2018 Geneva show to talk about the cars on display and the brand's plans for more

Groupe PSA/NDC to assemble SKD Opel/Peugeot vehicles in Namibia12 Mar 18

Groupe PSA and the Namibian government have signed an investment agreement facilitating the joint-venture agreement between Groupe PSA and Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) to assemble SKD Opel more

UK test facility readies for 5G R&D12 Mar 18

UK independent auto industry test company Millbrook said it would bcome the UK's first independent 5G test bed for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) more

Millbrook adding EV testing facilities12 Mar 18

Independent auto industry test facility Millbrook said it was "making a significant investment in the people, equipment and facilities needed to test anything from cells to large batteries and more

Melrose 'final offer' for GKN12 Mar 18

Investor company Melrose has issued a 'final offer' as part of its hostile bid to take control of GKN. The latest bid has been increased by around more

First two months' production and sales point to a strong 2018 in Brazil12 Mar 18

Brazil's auto industry recovery appears on track after the first two months of 2018: production and registrations of new motor vehicles achieved double digit growth in the more

Nexteer works with OEMs on steer-by-wire technology 12 Mar 18

Nexteer says it is evaluating its steer-by-wire (SbW) system with unnamed OEMs as it moves to a production date for the technology by 2022/ more

Wages not only pull for Nexteer as Visegrad 4 boom12 Mar 18

Nexteer says simply bowing to surging wage inflation across Central Europe is not the only way to address severe labour challenges currently besetting the more

Vietnam sales plunge 29% in February12 Mar 18

New vehicle sales in Vietnam fell sharply in February, by almost 29% to 12,221 units from 17,160 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive more

Pitch perfect - Harman hits the right note on EVs12 Mar 18

Electric vehicles are quiet. Too quiet, say legislators, thereby posing a risk to pedestrians and cyclists. So new legislation is swinging into force next year mandating all hybrid and EVs to more

Posco, Samsung SDI to build EV battery cathode plant in Chile12 Mar 18

South Korea's Posco and Samsung SDI are to invest jointly in a new factory for cathodes for lithium-ion batteries in Chile, a move that will help them secure future supplies of raw materials for such more

Posco in lithium partnership with Australia’s Pilbara12 Mar 18

South Korea's Posco has acquired a 4.75% stake and convertible bonds in Australian lithium producer Pilbara Minerals, according to reports in South more

Management briefing - 2018 Geneva motor show review12 Mar 18

Geneva 2018 had the usual collection of hypercars, although many of them are powered by the energy stored in batteries rather than in petrol tanks. Robotic taxis were there too with Volkswagen more

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