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Toyota-ing on a sunny Spanish isle - the week15 Feb 19

Highlight of my week was undoubtedly another trip - after several years - to one of my favourite business and leisure spots, the Spanish island of Majorca (aka Mallorca) to which I've been many times ...read more


Now the Toyota Corolla again, Europe's Auris replacement impresses15 Feb 19

I came away from the European media launch of Toyota's latest generation Corolla on the Balearic (Spanish) island of Majorca with the distinct impression that the late decision to revert the nameplate...read more


DRiV to spin from Tenneco in 201915 Feb 19

Following Tenneco's separation into two independent companies, DRiV will be the name of the future publicly traded Aftermarket and Ride Performance company, which will launch in the second half of thi...read more


BorgWarner 2018 net sales up 7.5% to US$10.5bn15 Feb 19

BorgWarner has posted full-year 2018 net sales up 7.5% to US$10.5bn....read more


PKN Orlen inks ABB Poland charging station deal15 Feb 19

PKN Orlen has signed a general agreement for the supply of ABB’s next generation DC fast charging stations for electric cars, the Terra 54....read more


EO Charging teams with Suffolk Council for EVs15 Feb 19

EO Charging has partnered with Suffolk County Council in the UK to launch ‘Plug In Suffolk’ - a public electric vehicle fast charging network in partnership with renewable energy provider, Bulb....read more


Hands-On Tech - Mazda CX-515 Feb 19

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series*, we put Mazda’s MZD-Connect to the test. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, this HOT repo...read more


Plastic Omnium records 2018 net profit up 25% to EUR533m15 Feb 19

Plastic Omnium has posted 2018 overall net profit of EUR533m (US$602m), with revenue improving 7.6% to EUR8.2bn....read more


Mitsubishi Electric ups Dynamic Map Platform investment15 Feb 19

Mitsubishi Electric has unveiled its decision to make a follow-on investment of JPY2bn (US$18m) to fuel new growth in Dynamic Map Platform (DMP), a company which provides high definition 3D map data. ...read more


Goodyear/Local Motors to test AV shuttle tyres15 Feb 19

Goodyear is expanding its work with autonomous vehicles, which includes being named exclusive tyre supplier for an autonomous passenger shuttle....read more


China sales likely weakened in January15 Feb 19

China's vehicle market looked to have weakened further in January with some key producers reporting declining sales ahead of the release of official data from the China automotive Manufacturers Associ...read more


CATARC acquires advanced ADAS driving simulator14 Feb 19

The Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Centre (CATARC) says it has significantly expanded its vehicle development capabilities by acquiring a new, third-generation driving simulator from AB Dy...read more


Bentley to reveal world's fastest SUV at Geneva show14 Feb 19

Global debuts for the Geneva motor show are discussed below. The latest additions to just-auto's lengthening list of world premieres are the Q4 e-tron, a BEV concept from Audi, Volkswagen's T-Roc R an...read more


Stelvio Quadrifoglio silences Alfa sceptics14 Feb 19

Will Alfa ever reach the infamous 400,000 cars a year goal that FCA set for it? In 2018, it was less than a third of the way there. The end of the MiTo and the age of the Giulietta meant European reta...read more


SEAT to test 5G connected car in Barcelona14 Feb 19

VW Group owned brand SEAT says it is getting ready to participate at the Mobile World Congress, the global benchmark event of mobile technology and connectivity, for the fifth year in a row. ...read more


Opel Corsa to have next-gen lighting technology14 Feb 19

Opel/Vauxhall says that the six generation model - due this year - will feature an innovative LED lighting system....read more


Christian Peugeot elected new OICA president14 Feb 19

Christian Peugeot has been elected as new president of world automotive industry association OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles), succeeding Matthias Wissmann, former pr...read more


Can new XUV300 keep Mahindra ahead of Tata?14 Feb 19

The Indian market's number three make, Mahindra, is a long way behind Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki. There is a battle going on for third place though, and now with the arrival of a SsangYong-based small ...read more


VW and Ford 'far apart' on investing in Ford's AV unit - report14 Feb 19

Strategic partners Ford and Volkswagen Group are reportedly in disagreement over how much VW should invest in Ford's self-driving vehicle unit, according to Reuters....read more


Nissan America invests in new training centre14 Feb 19

Nissan is breaking ground on a technology training centre in Decherd, Tennessee. ...read more


Ovo unveils 20% stake from Mitsubishi14 Feb 19

Ovo has unveiled an investment from Mitsubishi for a 20% stake in the business....read more


BMW Group global sales up 0.5% in January14 Feb 19

BMW Group has posted global deliveries of the company’s three premium automotive brands up 0.5% in January, with a total of 170,463 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars sent to customers....read more


Arconic to increase aluminium capacity at Tennessee plant14 Feb 19

Arconic is to invest US$100m to expand its hot mill capability and add downstream equipment capabilities to manufacture industrial and automotive aluminium products at its Tennessee Operations facilit...read more


Mercedes opens Thai parts distribution centre14 Feb 19

Mercedes-Benz has opened a new parts distribution centre on the outskirts of Bangkok to help improve deliveries of aftermarket parts across Thailand....read more


Thailand brings forward Euro 5 for diesel14 Feb 19

The Thai government has said it will bring forward its planned introduction of Euro 5 standards for diesel fuel to 2023 from its previous deadline of 2025 in response to recent concerns over air pollu...read more


Imports to Korea fall on revitalised Hyundai14 Feb 19

Sales of imported light vehicles in South Korea fell by 13.7% to 18,198 units in January compared with 21,075 units in the same month of the previous year, according to data compiled by Korea Automobi...read more


Saint-Gobain bearing tech at Düsseldorf seating conference14 Feb 19

Saint-Gobain is to to present its bearing technology at the Innovative Seating Conference in Düsseldorf on 18 February....read more


Renault profit tumbles in 201814 Feb 19

Renault has published full-year results that show a substantial fall to operating margin and net income in 2018. The results come as uncertainty swirls over the company's alliance with Nissan as forme...read more


FCA Italy and PSA extend LCV joint venture14 Feb 19

FCA Italy and PSA have signed an agreement to extend until 2023 their LCV cooperation, started 40 years ago....read more


Nissan to build new car plant in Algeria13 Feb 19

Nissan and Algerian partner Groupe Hasnaoui will invest a total of US$160m in a new Nissan vehicle plant in Algeria to meet growing customer demand in the country and across Africa....read more


Jaguar Land Rover adds straight 6 to Ingenium engine family13 Feb 19

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is adding a new six-cylinder 3-litre Ingenium petrol engine to debut on the Range Rover Sport. The new engine is designed and engineered in-house, and manufactured a...read more


United Nations AEB regulation agreed by 40 countries13 Feb 19

Forty countries have agreed on a draft United Nations Regulation for Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) for cars....read more


Tachi-S readies new seat covers facility in Mexico13 Feb 19

Japanese components supplier Tachi-S has announced it will start up a new seat covers production facility in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes for which it will invest US$4m and create 600 new jobs....read more


US consumers 'getting behind' on car loan payments13 Feb 19

Reports in the US say that a record seven million Americans are three months behind on their car finance payments, a development viewed as a red flag for the US economy and despite current strong fund...read more


Nissan commences production of updated Qashqai in Russia13 Feb 19

Nissan says it has celebrated the start of production of the Nissan Qashqai at its plant in St Petersburg, Russia, as it brings the latest version of its crossover to the Russian market. ...read more


Mitsubishi Electric develops low visibility sensing technology for AVs13 Feb 19

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation says it has developed new sensing technology for highly accurate detection of vehicle perimeters even in dense fog or heavy rain....read more


Dynamic Map Platform to acquire Ushr13 Feb 19

Dynamic Map Platform (DMP) is to acquire Ushr, which, on closing, will establish a single, enhanced platform for accelerated development and delivery of high-definition (HD) mapping solutions for auto...read more


BMW M expanding sports activity vehicle model line up13 Feb 19

BMW M GmbH is expanding its high-performance model line-up to include models in the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) segments for the first time....read more


JF Kia Optima still strong as future JL3 model nears13 Feb 19

Some say non-premium makes tend not to be successful in Europe's D segment. Tell that to Volkswagen and Skoda: even with the WLTP crash, Passat sales were down by just 3.3% in Germany last year, while...read more


Honda shows glimpse of full-width dash on Urban EV13 Feb 19

Honda has given a first look at the interior of its compact electric vehicle prototype to be shown in Geneva next month. It reveals a full-width dashboard which it says 'combines clean and simple desi...read more


Oxis Energy inks Brazil lithium sulphur cell contract13 Feb 19

Oxis Energy has signed a contract with Codemge Participacoes in Belo Horizonte, Brazil to establish a digital manufacturing plant for mass production of lithium sulphur cells....read more


Rane TRW opens new India safety products plant13 Feb 19

Rane TRW Steering Systems a joint venture of Rane Group with ZF, has opened a new facility for occupant safety products at Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu in India....read more


Ghosn's lawyer quits in new twist - reports13 Feb 19

Reports in Japan say that ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's chief defence lawyer has resigned in a move that throws further uncertainty over the future of the ex-chairman of Nissan who is in detention...read more


Ford issues new Brexit warning on UK manufacturing13 Feb 19

A report in The Times newspaper says that Ford has told UK prime minister Theresa May that it is stepping up preparations to move manufacturing activity out of Britain as the UK heads towards a 'no-de...read more


WiTriCity acquires Qualcomm Halo13 Feb 19

WiTricity has acquired the Halo division from Qualcomm, which will bring to more than1,500 the number of patents and patent applications related to wireless charging WiTricity will own or control....read more


Ricardo and McLaren renew engine supply agreement12 Feb 19

A new contract – the third and latest covering the engine supply partnership between the two companies and the largest ever signed by Ricardo – confirms the company as supplier of engines to McLaren i...read more


Nissan posts quarterly operating profit up 25%12 Feb 19

There was good news and bad in the latest financial results reported by Nissan. ...read more


Flex appoints new CEO12 Feb 19

Flex has unveiled Revathi Advaithi as chief executive officer and appointed her to the board....read more


Eaton names Margherita Adragna as Vehicle Group president12 Feb 19

Eaton has unveiled Margherita Adragna as president, Vehicle Group, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). ...read more


Renault's Senard to meet Nissan CEO Saikawa in Japan12 Feb 19

Renault's chairman will meet Nissan Motor's CEO this week in Japan as they look at ways to cement their partnership after the ouster of former alliance leader Carlos Ghosn, the Japanese automaker said...read more


RHA slams no-deal planning as Seaborne contract axed12 Feb 19

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) has slammed the UK Department for Transport's (DfT) decision to cancel a contract with Seaborne Freight to provide extra capacity in the event of a no-deal Bre...read more


Vendors scaling down robo-taxi operations to focus on ADAS12 Feb 19

While the race toward the commercialisation of fully-autonomous systems in robo-taxi operations continues to quicken, OEMs and suppliers have also begun to simultaneously double down on efforts to sig...read more


Sensor maker breaks ground for new Bulgarian plant12 Feb 19

Sensor systems manufacturer Sensata Technologies Bulgaria, a unit of Belgium-based Sensor-Nite, broke ground for a US$27m (EUR23.9m) new production and storage facility in the city of Botevgrad, the B...read more


Ghosn retains some Renault positions12 Feb 19

Although he has been replaced as Renault's chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn retains some management positions at Renault, the company has confirmed....read more


Novares acquires Miniature Precision Components12 Feb 19

Novares has announced the acquisition of US company Miniature Precision Components (MPC), an automotive sector thermoplastic company producing highly engineered components and integrated modules for v...read more


Dacia plans utilitarian pickup truck12 Feb 19

Renault Romania will launch a Duster pick-up truck and special editions of existing models in 2019, Hakim Boutehra, general manager of Renault Commercial Roumanie, the sales division, was quoted local...read more


FCA reverses Lancia strategy - brand survives12 Feb 19

Remember how Fiat Chrysler told the media and analysts that Lancia would fade away during 2018? Well, it didn't disappear. And, an eight-year model is still outselling the Alfa Romeo range in Italy. W...read more


Michelin 2018 operating income up 11% to EUR2.8bn12 Feb 19

Michelin has posted 2018 segment operating income up 11% or EUR304m to EUR2.8bn ($US3.1bn)....read more


Valmet produces record 110,000 cars at Finland plant12 Feb 19

Valmet Automotive has set a new production record by manufacturing 110,000 cars at its Uusikaupunki, Finland plant in 2018....read more


PSA Retail to recruit 1,600 new staff in 201912 Feb 19

PSA Retail plans to recruit 1,600 new employees in 2019, including 800 in France....read more


Jaguar seeking US$1bn funding elsewhere11 Feb 19

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has said conditions aren't right for it to borrow from the bond market and that it was seeking alternative funding....read more


Mercedes-Benz global sales fall in January11 Feb 19

Mercedes-Benz sales fell 6.7% year on year to 180,539 vehicles with the company blaming model changeovers for the fall....read more


Toyota updates crash dummy software for autonomous vehicles11 Feb 19

Toyota has released the sixth version of its THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety) virtual crash test dummy software, developing the technology to provide more sophisticated simulations suitable for fu...read more


Volkswagen Financial Services acquires controlling stake in FleetLogistics11 Feb 19

Volkswagen Financial Services (VFS) has taken a 60% stake in FleetCompany, based in Oberhaching, Bavaria, which operates worldwide under the brand name FleetLogistics in over 70 countries....read more


Owners won't control data vehicle generates - survey11 Feb 19

UK automotive executives believe the owner/driver of a connected car in future won't own the data their vehicle generates, according to KPMG's Global Automotive Executive Survey 2019....read more


Teklas Bulgaria to spend EUR15.3m on new factory11 Feb 19

Automotive rubber products manufacturer Teklas Bulgaria, a wholly owned unit of Turkey's Teklas Kauçuk Sanayi ve Ticaret, intends to spend over US$17.4m/EUR15.3m) on a new manufacturing plant in Vrats...read more


DriveNow adds 130 i3s to London fleet11 Feb 19

DriveNow says an extra 130 electric BMW i3 models will be joining its current fleet of 50 i3 cars in London....read more


Volvo Group collaborates with Swedish AI centre11 Feb 19

AI Innovation of Sweden has inaguarated a new national centre to accelerate innovation and research in practical applied Artificial Intelligence, AI, with Volvo one of the partners....read more


Japan sales rise in January11 Feb 19

Japan's new vehicle market expanded by 2.1% to 407,975 units in January from 399,540 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association....read more


Global EV battery market expands by almost half in 201811 Feb 19

The global market for electric vehicle (EV) batteries expanded by almost 47% to 7.38 gigawatt-hours (GWh) last year from 5.03 in 2017, according to a study carried out by South Korean consulting firm ...read more


5GAA joins EC ARCADE project11 Feb 19

5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has become an Associate Partner of the  Aligning Research & Innovation for Connected and Automated Driving in Europe (ARCADE) funded by the European Commission (EC)....read more


New JLR shock - Range Rover Sport becomes best seller11 Feb 19

Dwindling stocks of the outgoing Evoque, intense competition in the segment where the Discovery Sport competes and an uptick in US deliveries all helped to make the Range Rover Sport Jaguar Land Rover...read more


Fiat, weather, results and jobs - the week8 Feb 19

A gimlet eye on Fiat attracted interest this week. "Such has been its shrinkage at home, Italy is no longer the number one market for the Fiat brand. A 20% slide to 323,342 vehicles sold to Italian bu...read more


Electrified car sales in Romania up 65% in 20188 Feb 19

The number of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars sold last year in Romania was 4,572, up 65.7% compared to 2017, according to statistics from the Association of Automobile Producers and Importer...read more


Fiat Chrysler gets it right as Abarth just keeps growing8 Feb 19

Fiat Chrysler has done a great job of creating Abarth as a brand, the name having originally coming from the surname of a man with a love for motor racing and fettling Fiats to make them faster. The t...read more


Daimler starts production of new gearbox in Romania8 Feb 19

Daimler has started production of a new automatic gearbox type at its factory in Sebes, central Romania....read more


Paris open to reducing Renault stake in Nissan - Nikkei8 Feb 19

The French government has informed Tokyo that it is willing to consider reducing Renault's stake in Nissan Motor as part of a broader review of the capital relationship between the two automakers, Jap...read more


Daimler eyes closer ties with Geely8 Feb 19

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has said the carmaker was in talks about deepening cooperation with Volvo Cars and London Taxis parent Geely, though German politicians were drawing up measures to protect G...read more


CATL to supply batteries for new Honda EV8 Feb 19

Honda Motor has signed a new partnership agreement with Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) to secure the supply of EV batteries for future vehicl...read more


Tenneco appoints Denise Gray to board8 Feb 19

Tenneco has appointed Denise Gray to its board of directors effective 1 March. ...read more


Skoda invests in developing EV infrastructure8 Feb 19

Skoda is carrying out tests using more than 300 charging points to optimise charging infrastructure and charging times ahead of its EV launch this year....read more


Navya and Insavalor open academy to develop AV related skills8 Feb 19

Navya and Insavalor, a subsidiary of Insa Lyon Research and Development have opened the Navya Academy by Insavalor to offer a range of training courses for those who work in new professions emerging f...read more


Russia growth stalls to 0.6% as VAT rise kicks in8 Feb 19

Russia's remarkable run of surging sales came to something of a halt in January with a slender rise of just 0.6%....read more


INTERVIEW - PSA's Maxime Picat8 Feb 19

Groupe PSA reported a new record for sales in 2018 at 3.9m units with worldwide sales up 6.8%. In Europe, PSA said it was helped by a 'perfectly managed' new WLTP standard implementation phase. Dave L...read more


2019 Chicago auto show - the world debuts8 Feb 19

At this year's Chicago auto show, there were world premieres from Ford, Nissan, Ram, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen. It's worth noting that not one of them was an electric or even electrified vehicle....read more


Autoliv pays tribute to founder Lennart Lindblad8 Feb 19

Autoliv has paid tribute to founder, Lennarat Lindblad, who has died aged 89....read more


PSA to acquire TravelCar8 Feb 19

PSA says it is acquiring TravelCar, offering parking and car rental solutions two years after its equity investment in the start-up....read more


EC green lights Stena and Glovis joint venture8 Feb 19

European Commission (EC) officials have approved, through the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of a joint venture by Stena Rederi of Sweden, part of the Stena Sphere and Glovis Europe of Germany, co...read more


Adient books Q1 net loss7 Feb 19

Seating and interiors Tier 1 Adient booked a fiscal Q1 net loss and EPS of US$17m and $(0.18), respectively. Adjusted-EBIT and Adjusted-EBITDA were $105m (down 35%) and $176m (off 34%), respectively....read more


Ford spending $1bn on Chicago plants, adding 500 jobs7 Feb 19

Ford is spending US$1bn and adding more jobs to plants in the Chicago area to expand production of the redesigned Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator sport utility vehicles, CNBC reported....read more


2019 New York auto show world debuts - a preview7 Feb 19

Even though this year's biggest and most important motor show opens just a few days ahead of it, there will still be quite a few important vehicle premieres at the New York International Auto Show. As...read more


Tata's JLR books Q3 loss due to China7 Feb 19

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover Automotive has booked a GBP273m loss for the third quarter of its fiscal year. The automaker said the results mainly reflected lower sales in China and higher depreciati...read more


Now Ghosn's wedding deal under scrutiny - reports7 Feb 19

Renault reportedly is investigating a sponsorship deal with the Chateau de Versailles that included a EUR50,000 (US$57,000) personal benefit to its scandal-hit former chairman Carlos Ghosn....read more


Cruise chief's incentive plan points to IPO - report7 Feb 19

General Motors has outlined an incentive plan for the head of its self-driving car unit that, Reuters suggested, points the way toward a possible initial public offering for the business....read more


West European car market down 5% in January7 Feb 19

The West European car market fell by 5% year-on-year (YoY) in January, according to data released by LMC Automotive....read more


Trade war hurts Geely's Volvo Cars7 Feb 19

Geely-owned Volvo Cars reported a fall in 2018 profit margins as a prolonged trade war between Washington and Beijing pushed up costs and resulted in pricing pressure in its main market of China....read more


GM workers getting $10,750 bonus7 Feb 19

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz workers aren't the only ones looking forward to a nice bonus following the posting of a decent set of 2018 results....read more


Mahle licences wireless charging technology from WiTricity7 Feb 19

WiTricity says Mahle has entered into a technology licence for access to WiTricity’s patented technology....read more


Kobe Steel Japan to increase steel powder production7 Feb 19

Kobe Steel is to invest around JPY1.8bn (US$16.37m) to increase production capacity of its steel powder plant in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan....read more


Denso’s NSITEXE buys stake in Quadric.io7 Feb 19

Denso division, NSITEXE, a company which designs and develops semiconductor IP cores, has acted as lead investor and taken a stake in start-up, Quadric.io....read more


'Rollover' Brexit trade concerns mount7 Feb 19

Besides the ongoing complex politics surrounding a proposed UK-EU exit agreement to include UK-EU trade arrangements when the UK leaves the European Union (still officially scheduled for March 29), co...read more


3M names next board chairman7 Feb 19

3M will nominate CEO, Mike Roman to serve as chairman following the company’s annual meeting of shareholders on 14 May this year....read more


Woes hit Subaru nine-month results7 Feb 19

Subaru sales and profits fell in the first nine months of fiscal 2019 and the automaker has revised its forecasts after being hit with recalls related to quality inspections for the Japanese market an...read more


EVs to be on cost parity with ICEs by 2022 - report7 Feb 19

A report by consultants Deloitte suggests that technology cost reductions mean that Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are coming down in cost so that by 2022 BEVs will be costing roughly the same for c...read more


UK government to set out safety rules on AV trials7 Feb 19

The UK government says it has launched a process to support OEMs and technology companies undertaking advanced trials of automated vehicles....read more


Constellium supplies BMW X aluminium7 Feb 19

Constellium says it is supplying aluminium structural components for new BMW X Model Sports Activity Vehicles....read more


Lease company launches powertrain comparison tool7 Feb 19

A tool to help choose the right powertrain for company car drivers has been developed by UK leasing company Arval....read more


Fractals claims 'brighter' radar reflections for driverless cars, satellites7 Feb 19

Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc. says it has solutions to make road tags brighter to vehicular radar, for improved driverless vehicle tracking, and 'enabling the antiquation of LIDAR systems'....read more


UK government toughens autonomous vehicle testing6 Feb 19

The UK government said "a process is being developed to support the advanced trials of automated vehicles" though advanced trials will not be supported unless they have passed rigorous safety assessme...read more


RHA urges Brexit clarity despite simplifed customs6 Feb 19

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) believes the Government’s announcement concerning simplified customs checks is not enough to prepare businesses for a no-deal Brexit....read more


Fitch issues Tata Motors warning over JLR Brexit risks6 Feb 19

Ratings agency Fitch has placed Tata Motors Limited's (TML) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of 'BB' on Rating Watch Negative (RWN) to reflect the "increasing risks of a disorderly Brexit for its...read more


GM operates back in black in 20186 Feb 19

General Motors said strong 2018 full year earnings were driven by strong pricing, surging crossover sales, growth of GM Financial earnings, "disciplined" cost control and the successful launch of the ...read more


Toyota sales hold up, but Q3 net income plunged6 Feb 19

Although Toyota revenues and operating profit edged up and its unit sales were stable in the fiscal third quarter (ended 31 Dec), net income for the company was sharply down....read more


Fastned opens fast charging station6 Feb 19

Fastned has started operating a fast charging station at Van der Valk Hotel Gladbeck close to the A2 in Germany....read more


Mazda nine-month operating profit down 44%6 Feb 19

Mazda boosted first nine month sales 2.9% to JPY2,622,558m but operating profit plunged 44.4% to JPY59,560m....read more


Freudenberg acquires majority stake in Xalt Energy6 Feb 19

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies Business Group has acquired the majority stake-holding in Xalt Energy....read more


Nissan appoints Renault chairman Senard to its board6 Feb 19

Nissan Motor appointed Renault's new chairman Jean-Dominique Senard as a company director during a board meeting held on Tuesday, according to local reports in Japan....read more


Fiat is in retreat worldwide - what happens next?6 Feb 19

Such has been its shrinkage at home, Italy is no longer the number one market for the Fiat brand. A 20% slide to 323,342 vehicles sold to Italian buyers in 2018 compares to a 13.2% gain in Brazil to 3...read more


Daimler Q4 results dented by tariffs6 Feb 19

Daimler has reported fourth quarter profit down by 22% as it was hit by new tariffs on trade, higher raw material prices, 'diesel measures' costs as well as rising costs associated with developing adv...read more


Continental acquires Kathrein Automotive6 Feb 19

Continental has acquired Kathrein Automotive for an undisclosed price after antitrust authorities cleared the transaction....read more


Daimler workers get bonus of almost EUR5,0006 Feb 19

Daimler employees will receive a 2018 financial year profit share of up to EUR4,965. The bonus applies roughly to 130,000 entitled tariff-scale employees in Germany, who will receive it with their Apr...read more


EC backs EUR26m EIB loan to Cikautxo6 Feb 19

Authorities at the EC have backed a EUR26m (US$30m) European Investment Bank (EIB) loan to Spanish company Cikautxo, specialised in rubber and plastic components for the automotive sector....read more


More autonomous VW Passat due at Geneva6 Feb 19

Volkswagen's Travel Assist makes its world debut in the Passat at the Geneva show. This will be the first Volkswagen capable of partially automated driving at any speed (0 to 210km/h) with this new sy...read more


Waymo talking with Renault-Nissan-MMC alliance - reports5 Feb 19

Waymo is in advanced talks to develop autonomous cars with Renault, Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, according to Bloomberg's sources, in a move that would join a leading self driving force with th...read more


Ford jobs 'axe' takes out a Flat Rock shift, as promised5 Feb 19

Ford has officially notified the state of Michigan it planned to do a "mass layoff" of 1,000 hourly factory workers by 1 April, though the carmaker emphasised most workers are moving to other factorie...read more


Australia 2019 sales also start soft5 Feb 19

As in neighbouring New Zealand, January 2019 signalled a cautious start to the year for new vehicle sales in Australia, according to results released by the motor industry's statistical service, VFACT...read more


UK at 'forefront of transport tech and innovation' - UK gov report5 Feb 19

The UK is at the forefront of transport technologies and innovation and is in an ideal position to capitalise on the opportunities they offer for the benefit of the economy, society and the citizen, t...read more


NZ sales start 2019 "soft"5 Feb 19

New vehicle sales in New Zealand started 2019 soft compared to a year ago, the Motor Industry Association said....read more


UK car sales down 1.6% in January5 Feb 19

The UK’s new car market dipped by 1.6% in January, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Some 161,013 new cars were registered for use on U...read more


UK light commercial sales rise in January5 Feb 19

The new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew 8.6% in January, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


GM wields white collar jobs axe5 Feb 19

General Motors confirmed to local media on Monday it began cutting some 4,000 salaried jobs, mostly in North America....read more


ASEAN vehicle market growth slowed in Q45 Feb 19

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets combined increased by 5.3% to 988,948 units in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 938,692 units in the same period of the previous year, accordin...read more


Taiwan sales fall 8% in January5 Feb 19

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 7.9% to 44,143 units in January from peak year earlier sales of 47,936 units, according to local reports citing registration data compiled by Taiwan's Directorate o...read more


Genesis names Erwin Raphael as new COO5 Feb 19

Genesis Motor America has appointed Erwin Raphael as COO, effective immediately....read more


Eaton names new Industrial Sector CTO5 Feb 19

Eaton has named Christine Barman as new chief technology officer for the Industrial Sector....read more


Bendix opens new Technical Centre in Mexico5 Feb 19

Bendix has opened its new Technical Centre in Monterrey, Mexico, located within an existing building at the Research and Technological Innovation Park (PIIT)....read more


EasyMile deploys Denver autonomous shuttle5 Feb 19

EasyMile's electric, autonomous shuttle has been deployed in Denver and will operate for the next six months....read more


Audi to launch e-tron charging service in Europe5 Feb 19

Audi says its e-tron charging service will be rolled out in ten markets with a further six in the first quarter and expanded in Eastern Europe during the course of the year....read more


Volkswagen to use Tesla batteries (in charge stations)4 Feb 19

Tesla battery systems will be installed at more than 100 electric vehicle US charging stations this year, Bloomberg reported....read more


New Mahle process allows steel pistons in passenger car diesels4 Feb 19

A new production process from Mahle with maximum design freedom for the piston gallery permits the way for the use of steel pistons in powerful passenger car diesel engines. The special laser welding ...read more


Wabco inks US$230m car air suspension deal4 Feb 19

Wabco Holdings has signed a long-term agreement to develop and supply air suspension for "one of the world's largest manufacturers of premium passenger cars based in Europe"....read more


Jaguar Land Rover has a record January in the US4 Feb 19

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has reported record January 2019 US sales....read more


Calais/Boulogne spend EUR6m on post-Brexit infrastructure4 Feb 19

French ports, Calais and Boulogne are spending EUR6m (US$7m) on infrastructure preparations ahead of the UK's imminent departure from the European Union (EU) next month....read more


Thyssenkrupp supervisory board appoints new chairwoman4 Feb 19

Thyssenkrupp's board has unanimously elected Martina Merz as new chairwoman of the supervisory board....read more


DRB-Hicom agrees JV with Jiangsu Xinquan Automotive Trim4 Feb 19

DRB-Hicom has agreed to establish a component production joint venture in Malaysia with China's Jiangsu Xinquan Automotive Trim Co Ltd, according to local reports. ...read more


South Korean sales rise 4.5% in January4 Feb 19

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined rose by 4.5% to 117,464 units in January from 112,452 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released indi...read more


Interior design and technology – Mazda CX-5 4 Feb 19

Launched in June 2017, the current and second-generation Mazda CX-5 was updated last summer with additional standard safety equipment, the introduction of a petrol automatic model and a power increase...read more


GFG inaugurates Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque smelter4 Feb 19

GFG Alliance has inaugurated Europe's largest smelter,  Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque, voicing its intention to expand into France’s industrial supply chain....read more


Polar vortex freezes US sales4 Feb 19

Up until the last week in January, it looked like US light vehicle sales would come in slightly ahead of January 2018....read more


Will Great Wall sell a million Haval SUVs in 2019?4 Feb 19

As buyers in China moved away from SUVs during 2018, Great Wall Motor’s Haval division, which sells 12 such models, began to suffer more than most. Yet not only is GWM unruffled by the ongoing sales s...read more


Nissan cancels UK production of X-Trail SUV4 Feb 19

Nissan Motor has cancelled plans to produce the next generation X-Trail in the UK, citing continued Brexit uncertainty as one of the factors that contributed its change of heart, according to Sky News...read more


Talking electricals with Volvo - the week1 Feb 19

Our interview with Volvo Cars on its electrification strategy was a very popular read this week. We spoke to Lex Kerssemakers, senior vice president, Volvo Cars, EMEA, about the Geely-owned automaker'...read more


BMW launches new 7-Series PHEVs1 Feb 19

BMW has launched PHEV versions of its 7-Series with two- or four wheel drive....read more


VTL Precision starts new operation in South Carolina1 Feb 19

VTL Precision is putting new operations in Berkeley County, South Carolina with an US$8.2m investment projected to create ten new jobs....read more


Hyundai agrees cheap labour plant in Gwangju1 Feb 19

Hyundai Motor has agreed a deal with the South Korean city of Gwangju to build a low cost assembly plant where workers will be paid less than half what peers make at the automaker's other facilities i...read more


Mitsubishi sees difficult business environment continuing1 Feb 19

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced financials for the nine-month period to 31 December, 2018....read more


Honda Q3 profits fall on flat sales revenue1 Feb 19

Honda Motor said fiscal third quarter (to 31 December, 2018) sales revenue of JPY3,973.6bn was essentially flat due mainly to an increase in motorcycle unit sales in countries such as Vietnam and an i...read more


Toyo Tyre North America produces 50 millionth tyre1 Feb 19

Toyo Tyre says its US tyre production subsidiary, Toyo Tyre North America Manufacturing has manufactured its 50 millionth tyre....read more


Denso posts 9M operating profit down 24% to US$1.7bn1 Feb 19

Denso has unveiled nine months consolidated operating profit for fiscal year ending 31 March, 2019 attributable to the owners of the parent company, down 23.6% at US$1.7bn....read more


Renault-Nissan remain committed to global alliance1 Feb 19

Renault and Nissan Motor both reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining the alliance at a formal shareholders’ meeting held in Amsterdam this week, the first such meeting to be held since the arrest ...read more


Alcoa names John Slaven as EVP1 Feb 19

Alcoa says John Slaven will join as executive vice president and chief strategy officer, effective 4 February....read more


Ibeo appoints Christophe Minster as programme director1 Feb 19

Hamburg-based autonomous driving specialist, Ibeo Automotive Systems, has appointed Christophe Minster as new programme director for Ibeo's NEXT-Sensor....read more


Ford first to use Gravity Sketch’s 3D virtual reality car designing tool1 Feb 19

Ford says it is the first automaker to work with Gravity Sketch – a 3D virtual reality tool which enables designers to create more human-centric vehicle design. ...read more


Aptiv boosts revenue and profits31 Jan 19

Aptiv (nee Delphi) reported fourth quarter 2018 revenue of $3.6bn, an increase of 6% year on year. Adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements and divestitures, revenue increased by 8% in the ...read more


Greenlots acquired by Shell New Energies US31 Jan 19

Greenlots has signed an agreement to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shell New Energies US....read more


Continued role predicted for aftermarket telematics31 Jan 19

Aftermarket telematics providers will still have a role to play even as such technology becomes standard-fit with vehicles, as manufacturers will not want to cover operational requirements....read more


Tesla in profit again31 Jan 19

Tesla reported its second consecutive quarterly profit last night (30 January) and better than expected sales but its fourth quarter earnings fell short of analysts' expectations and sent its shares d...read more


CarVi announces 'pothole detection'31 Jan 19

CarVi has announced 'pothole detection', a new feature to their flagship device which it says helps drivers stay safe, notifying of lane departure and impending impact with another car....read more


Singtel and Argus team on cyber security31 Jan 19

Singtel and Argus Cyber Security have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cyber security capabilities for Singapore’s transportation sector, facilitating the introduction of connec...read more


Romania new vehicle sales best in a decade31 Jan 19

Sales of new passenger cars and commercial vehicles in Romania rose 20% year on year to 187,276 units in 2018, the highest in 10 years, according to the Association of Car Manufacturers and Importers ...read more


Gas shortage prompts Michigan automaker closures31 Jan 19

General Motors said last night (30 January) it would temporarily suspend operations at 11 Michigan plants and its Warren Tech Center after a utility made an emergency appeal to users to conserve natur...read more


UK car production and investment sink on Brexit fears31 Jan 19

UK car production fell by 9.1% to 1.52m units in 2018, a five year low for the sector. The output decline was also accompanied by the news that fresh investment in the UK automotive sector was almost ...read more


VW revives dune buggy, electric this time31 Jan 19

Volkswagen is reviving the dune buggy, a model once based on the floorpan of the legendary rear engine Beetle....read more


BYD supplies 200 double decker pure electric buses to Xi'an31 Jan 19

BYD has provided the city of Xi’an in North West China with 200 K8S pure electric double decker buses....read more


BorgWarner opens expanded India facility31 Jan 19

BorgWarner has opened its expanded facility in Kakkalur, India. for engine and variable cam timing (VCT) systems....read more


ANALYSIS – Great Wall, Wey and Ora future models31 Jan 19

We break down the future model strategies for Great Wall and two of its newest subsidiaries, Wey and Ora. Great Wall will be focusing on pickup trucks while Wey and Ora will focus on passenger vehicle...read more


Global automotive market report - Q4 201830 Jan 19

The global vehicle market was virtually flat in 2018, but the fourth quarter showed a near 5% year-on-year drop on the back of a similarly sized decline posted in Q3. Dave Leggett takes a look at the ...read more


Mercedes researches AV trust with cooperative car30 Jan 19

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz said it was researching people's informed trust of autonomous vehicles with the help of a cooperative car....read more


Novares acquires 100% of China JV, relocates factory30 Jan 19

Novares Group has acquired all of its joint venture (JV) company in Wuhan, China, buying the final 30% stake from JV partner Yazhong via its Chinese subsidiary Noveastern....read more


"Considerable work" still needed ahead of Brexit - FTA30 Jan 19

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has questioned whether the government’s projected spend of GBP29m (US$38m) to implement Operation Brock has been made available in time ahead of the UK's ...read more


Why is mighty Subaru less so outside the USA?30 Jan 19

Subaru has been lovingly slaying giants in America for more than a decade. Hyundai is the latest to have been dispatched, the Korean brand finding itself pushed down to seventh place last year. The cl...read more


Evergrande acquires EV battery maker Cenat30 Jan 19

China's Evergrande Group continued to expand into the automotive industry with the acquisition of Shanghai-based electric vehicle battery manufacturer Cenat New Energy Company, a Sino-Japanese lithium...read more


RHA urges UK MPs to strike Brexit deal with EU30 Jan 19

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called on members of the UK Parliament to avoid what it terms as the "disaster of a cliff edge Brexit."...read more


Hyundai planning 1,500 job cuts in China30 Jan 19

Hyundai Motor plans to cut 1,500 jobs at its Beijing Hyundai vehicle manufacturing joint venture in response to weak local demand, according to local media reports citing Reuters....read more


Ford Blanquefort future in limbo 30 Jan 19

Ford says it "acknowledges" the French competition authority's refusal to approve its plans for its transmission plant at Blanquefort near Bordeaux....read more


Mitsubishi boosts 2018 sales 18%30 Jan 19

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said calendar year 2018 sales volume rose 18% to 1,218,897 units....read more


Toray opens Automotive Centre Europe in Munich30 Jan 19

Toray Industries has opened its Automotive Centre Europe (AMCEU), in Munich. ...read more


Nissan Motor CEO to talk with new Renault chairman30 Jan 19

Nissan Motor chief executive Hiroto Saikawa is aiming to hold his first face to face discussion with new Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard on the sidelines of an alliance meeting in the Netherlan...read more


Ghosn claims Nissan executives used 'plot and treason' to halt Renault integration - reports30 Jan 19

Carlos Ghosn has said Nissan executives opposed to his plans for closer ties with Renault resorted to "plot and treason" to disrupt them and were behind the financial misconduct allegations against hi...read more


PSA to start China autonomous tests on open roads30 Jan 19

PSA has obtained a licence to start autonomous driving tests on open roads in Chongqing, maintaining it is the first French automaker to do so in China....read more


Suppliers showcase tomorrow’s mobility tech at CES30 Jan 19

While the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is pure tech, it has become a must-see auto show that is knee-deep in automotive technologies and ambitious concepts designed to make cars safer and drivers m...read more


Is the new ProCeed Porsche taste on a Kia budget?29 Jan 19

There was a general consensus at the UK launch of the redesigned Kia ProCeed - now a 'shooting brake' rather than a three-door hatchback - (a) it looks great, especially from the rear three-quarter vi...read more


VW, Kia, Slovakia to cut staff29 Jan 19

Volkswagen's Slovakia unit, the country’s biggest car plant and largest private sector employer, plans to reduce staff this year for the first time since the 2009 global downturn as part of an efficie...read more


Autoliv Q4 operating profit plunges29 Jan 19

For the three-month period ended December 31, 2018, sales by Autoliv grew 1.6% to $2,193m....read more


NEVS and Koenigsegg form partnership, JVs29 Jan 19

Swedish car makers NEVS and Koenigsegg are forming a strategic partnership, enabling the development of parallel vehicle models in slightly higher volumes with emphasis on electrification, as well as ...read more


Strike continues at Audi Hungary plant29 Jan 19

A week-long strike over pay is continuing at Audi's Hungarian plant (Gyor), with signs that there could now be some knock-on effects for manufacturing at Ingolstadt....read more


China to offer subsidies on cars - report29 Jan 19

China's government is planning a range of measures - including subsidies for car purchase - as it seeks to stimulate the country's slowing economy....read more


INTERVIEW - Volvo Cars on its electrification strategy29 Jan 19

We talk to Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Volvo Cars, EMEA, about Geely-owned Volvo Cars' electrification strategy....read more


Visteon opening new Romania development centre29 Jan 19

Visteon has leased 5,000 sq m in the Isho office building in Timisoara, western Romania, where it will open a new development centre, according to local media....read more


Hydro-Québec to deploy 100 new charging stations29 Jan 19

Hydro-Québec’s public charging network, Electric Circuit, is to deploy around 100 new fast-charge stations, with more than1,600 machines to be available in the next ten years....read more


Zipcar and Honda expand strategic mobility partnership29 Jan 19

Car-share firm Zipcar and Honda have announced an expansion of their strategic mobility partnership....read more


Lotus/Williams to develop advanced propulsion tech29 Jan 19

Lotus and Williams Advanced Engineering have announced a strategic technical partnership in which the companies will share research and development into advanced propulsion technologies....read more


Ficosa, SEAT and partners collaborate on Connected Car pilot project29 Jan 19

Mobile World Capital Barcelona, SEAT, Telefonica, Ficosa, ETRA and i2CAT have signed a collaboration agreement to undertake a pilot project for connected cars. ...read more


Cox sees US SAAR down in January29 Jan 19

According to a forecast released by Cox Automotive, auto sales volume in January is expected to increase slightly – less than 1% – from January 2018....read more


Faurecia launches tender offer for Clarion29 Jan 19

Faurecia says it will launch its tender offer for the acquisition of all shares of Clarion following clearance from relevant antitrust authorities....read more


Volkswagen eyes Ethiopian assembly28 Jan 19

Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ethiopia which should lead to local vehicle assembly using some locally made components....read more


IG Metall warns 150,000 jobs risk as climate targets toughen28 Jan 19

IG Metall says up to 150,000 automotive jobs could be lost in Germany should ever-tougher environmental restrictions lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles....read more


Concentric's Alfdex JV wins China order, to expand local manufacture28 Jan 19

Alfdex, a 50/50 joint venture between Alfa Laval and Concentric, said it would expand its manufacturing unit in China during the first half of 2019 to capture the demand driven by the Chinese initiati...read more


Veoneer JV approved for hands-off tests in Sweden28 Jan 19

Veoneer's joint venture for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving software, Zenuity, has won approval for self-driving tests on public roads in Sweden....read more


Now SEC eyes Nissan executive pay disclosure28 Jan 19

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reportedly is investigating whether Nissan Motor accurately disclosed its executive pay in the US, according to several Bloomberg sources, compounding t...read more


CFDT union hails Renault board changes28 Jan 19

Renault's CFDT union has welcomed the appointments of Jean-Dominique Senard and Thierry Bollore as chairman and CEO respectively....read more


Subaru restarts Japanese production28 Jan 19

Subaru Corporation said it had restarted production at its Gunma manufacturing plant in Japan that had been suspended since the evening of 16 January, 2019....read more


BP Ventures invests in Powershare for China EV28 Jan 19

BP Ventures, has invested in EV hardware and software solutions provider, PowerShare, for electric vehicle (EV) charging in China....read more


Hyundai agrees new sales joint venture in Vietnam28 Jan 19

Hyundai Motor last week agreed to set up a new sales joint venture in Vietnam to help lift sales in the developing Southeast Asian country....read more


Subaru admits not paying US$7.1m in overtime over two years28 Jan 19

Subaru Corporation admitted it did not pay overtime to more than 3,400 employees over a period of two years between 2015 and 2017, according to local reports in Japan....read more


Bosch takes full control of EM-motive28 Jan 19

Bosch is assuming full control of EM-motive after the supplier and Daimler set up the operation as a 50:50 joint venture in 2011, manufacturing 450,000 electric motors....read more


Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti - the future vehicles28 Jan 19

As Volkswagen doesn't publicise numbers for Bugatti, the division's performance isn't easily quantifiable. Not so for Bentley, something which the brand might wish was the case after its losses were r...read more


Ghosn, Ghosn, gone - the week25 Jan 19

The ongoing Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance/Ghosn saga was in the news this week and our story about Nissan's CEO making clear the automaker did not want to move closer to the French partner was th...read more


Lear Q4 sales and income dip25 Jan 19

Lear Corporation booked Q4 2018 sales of $4.9bn, compared to $5.4bn in Q4 2017. Net income of $212m and adjusted net income of $261m compared to $401m and $300m, respectively, a year ago....read more


Volkswagen Group Components to start production of flexible fast charging station25 Jan 19

Volkswagen Group Components will start production of a flexible fast charging station in 2020....read more


VW ploughs US$10m into Forge Nano battery research25 Jan 19

Volkswagen is investing US$10m in start-up, Forge Nano with a view to reinforcing its specialist knowledge in the field of battery research. ...read more


Yanfeng recognises 26 suppliers at Awards25 Jan 19

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors honoured 26 of its suppliers last month during the Americas Supplier Performance Awards Ceremony at its technical centre in Holland, Michigan....read more


Constellium supplies aluminium to Mercedes A-Class25 Jan 19

Constellium is providing front Crash Management Systems and other aluminium structural components to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class from its plants in Gottmadingen, Germany and San Luis Potosí, Mexico....read more


Jaguar Land Rover adds a week of Brexit non-production25 Jan 19

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has announced an additional week of production stand down from 8 to 12 April due to potential Brexit disruption....read more


Russia posts 2018 sales up 13% to 1.8m vehicles25 Jan 19

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased 5.6% in December, while 2018 sales rose to 1.8m vehicles, up 12.8%....read more


Apple lays off 200 from autonomous car unit - CNBC24 Jan 19

Apple has this week dismissed just over 200 employees from Project Titan, its stealthy autonomous vehicle group, people familiar with the matter told CNBC....read more


Nissan plans extraordinary shareholders meeting to oust Ghosn and Kelly from board24 Jan 19

Nissan Motor said it was preparing to hold an extraordinary shareholders meeting in mid April to vote on removing former chairman Carlos Ghosn and director Greg Kelly from the board....read more


Ford claims Brexit would cost it $800m this year alone - report24 Jan 19

A hard Brexit would cost Ford as much as US$800m (GBP614m) this year alone as a result of World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs and the weakening pound – one of the biggest individual company hits fo...read more


Mitsubishi updates Eclipse Cross for 201924 Jan 19

Mitsubishi said its Eclipse Cross SUV had sold over 80,000 units worldwide since launch a year ago....read more


Renault confirms Ghosn exit, appoints new chairman and CEO24 Jan 19

Renault has confirmed the resignation of Carlos Ghosn from his top functions and appointed current Michelin chief, Jean-Dominique Senard as chairman and and Thierry Bolloré as CEO....read more


Porsche and other automakers invest in startup Urgent.ly24 Jan 19

Porsche and other automakers have invested in startup Urgent.ly, an American company which sees itself as the leading global platform for mobility and roadside assistance....read more


Hyundai Motor 2018 operating income slumps24 Jan 19

Hyundai Motor Company announced results for 2018, recording a 1.8% increase in vehicle sales, led by its enhanced SUV range, though operating and net profits slumped....read more


JLR develops AVs that signal intention to other road users24 Jan 19

Jaguar Land Rover has developed a system that projects the direction of travel onto the road ahead of a self-driving vehicle, so other other road users know what it is going to do next....read more


Allison equips HD trucks with 10-speed automatic transmission24 Jan 19

Allison Transmission has announced, along with GMC, the availability of a ten-speed, fully automatic transmission in the new Sierra heavy-duty truck....read more


Baidu Apollo autonomous driving system tested in China24 Jan 19

A fleet of 22 vehicles, equipped with a Baidu Apollo autonomous driving system, has completed a series of tests Tuesday in northern China's Shanxi Province....read more


Renault board meets to mull post-Ghosn future24 Jan 19

Renault's board is currently (24 January) meeting in Paris with wide expectation the main topic of discussion will be the immediate future of its present CEO, Carlos Ghosn....read more


Toyota's Lexus launches 4G hybrid system with UX crossover24 Jan 19

The new UX250h luxury compact crossover has a new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid powertrain based on a two-litre I4 petrol engine....read more


Ford 2018 results take a hit on China, Europe and SA24 Jan 19

Ford has posted full-year 2018 financial results that show net income was USD3.7bn, some USD4.1bn lower than 2017's result. While Ford grew its revenue in North America by USD1.7bn last year it fell i...read more


COMMENT - It takes two to tango (and to disagree)23 Jan 19

Many in the automotive sector agree that collaborations among car companies are one way for them to shape up for the big challenges ahead and potential disruption to a basic business model (OEM manufa...read more


Thai sales rise 9% in December, +20% in 201823 Jan 19

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded by 8.9% to 113,581 units in December 2018 from 104,302 units in the same month of the previous year, according to data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industr...read more


ANALYSIS - Porsche future models23 Jan 19

As Porsche terms it, 2018 saw "a new peak in deliveries". The quarter million mark was exceeded, the year on year gain being four per cent. WLTP was, and continues to be, a major problem for the compa...read more


Subaru output hit by part defect23 Jan 19

Subaru has said its factory in Japan could be out of action for almost two weeks after it discovered a suspected defect in a power-steering component....read more


TI Automotive supplies plastic fuel tanks to Karma23 Jan 19

TI Automotive is to provide blow moulded plastic fuel tanks for Karma's luxury electric vehicle programme....read more


Renault board to meet to resolve Ghosn succession23 Jan 19

Renault has called a board meeting for tomorrow morning (24 January) which will reportedly seal Carlos Ghosn's replacements as Renault chairman and CEO....read more


Enel installs 130 charge points in Italy and Austria23 Jan 19

Enel has installed 130 Fast Recharge charging stations, which are now operating on long-distance roads of Italy and Austria as part of the EVA+ project (Electric Vehicles Arteries)....read more


Michelin acquires Indonesian tyre manufacturer Multistrada 23 Jan 19

Michelin has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire 80% of PT Multistrada Arah Sarana ("Multistrada"), a tyre manufacturer based in Indonesia....read more


Grammer and Allygrow open joint tech centre in India23 Jan 19

Grammer and Allygrow Technologies have set up up a joint venture in India to develop solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle industry. ...read more


ExxonMobil, REG and Clariant team on cellulosic biofuel research23 Jan 19

ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) have signed a joint research agreement with Clariant to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste and residues...read more


Michelin to acquire 80% of Multistrada for US$439m23 Jan 19

Michelin has signed a US$439m agreement to acquire 80% of Indonesian tyre manufacturer, Multistrada Arah Sarana....read more


Mitsubishi Electric develops cyber defence technology for connected cars23 Jan 19

Mitsubishi Electric has developed a multi-layered defence technology which protects connected vehicles from cyber attacks by strengthening their head unit’s defence capabilities. ...read more


BMW and Mercedes talks prove auto is very CASE sensitive22 Jan 19

Recent Reports emanating from the German newspaper Handelsblatt suggest that the two fierce rivals, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, are exploring developing the next generations of their compact cars on a shar...read more


Hyundai Mobis export orders surge 40% at US$1.7bn in 201822 Jan 19

Hyundai Mobis has announced that it won contracts for core automotive parts worth US$1.7bn (about KRW1,900bn) from overseas automakers in 2018....read more


Ford to make new compact SUV in Romania - report22 Jan 19

Ford is to build a new small SUV - called Puma - at its Craiova, Romania, plant according to Romanian media....read more


Suzuki to build new plant in India22 Jan 19

Suzuki Motor has announced plans to invest JPY60bn (US$548m) in a new vehicle assembly plant in the Indian state of Gujurat, according to reports in Japan....read more


Mercedes-Benz to build battery factory in Poland22 Jan 19

Mercedes-Benz is to build a battery factory at Jawor in Poland in a move that will extend its global battery production network to nine factories. The decision to build a battery plant follows investm...read more


ZF teams with Transdev for shared mobility22 Jan 19

ZF is partnering with Transdev to develop a new shared mobility solution by integrating the e.GO Mover shuttle with the operating system by the global integrator....read more


Hyundai plans new plant for EVs in India22 Jan 19

Hyundai Motor plans to invest INR70bn (US$981m) in new vehicle production capacity in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, according to reports citing local government officials....read more


Carlos Ghosn denied bail again22 Jan 19

Ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s latest request for bail has been rejected by a Tokyo court. Japanese media reports say that the decision by The Tokyo district court came in spite of Ghosn's offer to...read more


BYD China produces 50,000th electric bus22 Jan 19

BYD says it has now manufactured 50,000 pure electric buses, nine years since production began. ...read more


Avtovaz inks SPIC for development of Alliance brands in Russia22 Jan 19

Avtovaz has signed a Special Investment Contract (SPIC) with Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade, for the development of Alliance brands Lada, Nissan, Datsun, Renault and Mitsubishi, as well as to...read more


Bridgestone Europe to buy TomTom telematics business22 Jan 19

Bridgestone Europe has agreed to acquire TomTom's telematics business for EUR910m (US$1.03bn)....read more


Audi future EVs - should Elon fear e-tron?22 Jan 19

The first in two features which cover what Audi is up to worldwide looked at the division's current and next generation cars. The second of the two now turns not only to what's ahead to fill out the Q...read more


Tech firm announces two UK fleet industry acquisitions21 Jan 19

Fleet management software provider Trace Systems and logistics firm Labyrinth Logistics Consulting have been acquired by technology company Big Change....read more


HFM and Elaphe Propulsion Technologies announce cooperation21 Jan 19

Hanseatische Fahrzeug Manufaktur (HFM), a global company specialising in the development of highly complex mechatronics systems for electric and autonomous vehicles, is joining forces with Elaphe, an ...read more


Prodrive’s solution to composite recycling 21 Jan 19

Prodrive Composites has developed a process for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without compromising the performance of the original part...read more


Daimler to build eight-speed automatic in Romania21 Jan 19

Daimler Group will begin production of a new, eight-speed gearbox for Mercedes-Benz cars at its local gearbox subsidiary Star Assembly in Sebes, local media reported....read more


Hyundai claims world first multi collision airbags21 Jan 19

Hyundai Motor Group has announced the development and future availability in its Hyundai and Kia cars of the (claimed) world's first multi-collision airbag system that significantly improves performan...read more


Plastic Omnium and Hella team on car body lighting21 Jan 19

Plastic Omnium and Hella are partnering on an integrated car body lighting initiative....read more


Daimler to restart Egyptian car assembly21 Jan 19

Daimler is planning to build a Mercedes-Benz passenger car plant in Egypt in cooperation with a local business partner, resuming local assembly after several years....read more


PSA inaugurates France Powertrain Expertise Centre 21 Jan 19

PSA has inaugurated its multi-energy Powertrain Expertise Centre in Carrières-sous-Poissy, to support energy transition....read more


Skoda and Volkswagen open new Technology Centre in Pune, India21 Jan 19

Skoda Auto and Volkswagen have opened a new Technology Centre in Pune, India....read more


Nissan not ready to get closer to Renault - Nissan CEO21 Jan 19

Reports are circulating in Japan that Paris is seeking a new capital tie-up between Renault and Nissan that would more closely integrate the two alliance partners. However, it is also reported that Ni...read more


Toyota, Panasonic planning large-scale EV battery JV in China 21 Jan 19

Toyota Motor and Panasonic plan to have in place a new joint venture in China by next year to produce batteries for electric vehicles, according to a report in the Nikkei business daily citing sources...read more


Future Audi cars - the fightback begins21 Jan 19

Even with the downturn in China, Audi still sold over 575,000 vehicles in 2018, way more than either Mercedes or BMW. Things are also good in the US, where the brand delivered in excess of 220,000 SUV...read more


PSA starts Tychy Pure-Tech engine assembly line21 Jan 19

PSA has started its new assembly line for the Turbo PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engine in Tychy, Poland....read more


Ghosn, Brexit and a giant BMW grille - the week18 Jan 19

As one of my colleagues remarked, the grille on the just facelifted BMW 7 Series is somewhat reminiscent of the front-end of a basking shark in full plankton filter-feed mode. I'm sure the Chinese wil...read more


Tesla axing 3,000 workers as cars too expensive18 Jan 19

Tesla CEO Musk has told employees the company will cut about 7% of its workers as its cars are too expensive....read more


Nissan to cut output, jobs at its Mississippi plant18 Jan 19

Nissan Motor said it plans to eliminate 700 contract worker jobs at its Canton assembly plant in the US state of Mississippi in response to slowing local demand and rising competition....read more


25 years on comes the fifth generation Toyota RAV418 Jan 19

It seems hard to believe Toyota's RAV4 is 25 years old and entering its fifth generation. Seems only a few years ago I had my first go in the little three-door launch model with its cheeky look a larg...read more


CES – Harman’s Ignite cloud platform expands ecosystem18 Jan 19

We heard at CES last week how Harman is expanding its Over-the-Air (OTA) offering to allow OEMs to effectively tackle the ever-growing security complexity of their software supply chain’s components. ...read more


CES – Harman on tomorrow’s 5G connectivity opportunities18 Jan 19

As vehicles and infrastructure become more connected, new revenue-generating possibilities for players across the mobility ecosystem are emerging. Following its acquisition by Samsung in late 2017, Ha...read more


CES - Shifting gears from RPM to EPM with Harman18 Jan 19

Harman used the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week to showcase its expertise and latest innovations in connected car, audio and connected services technolo...read more


Sounds right – Q&A with Harman Car Audio VP 18 Jan 19

A number of automotive trends were evident at last week’s CES, notably how Artificial Intelligence, smart audio and voice control systems are shaping the in-car user experience. To learn more, we caug...read more


Nissan and MMC 'confirm' Ghosn financial misconduct18 Jan 19

Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) have said that results from their ongoing joint investigation into misconduct carried out by Carlos Ghosn, former chairman of the two companies, confirm ...read more


Suzuki begins operations at Gujarat plant number-2 in India18 Jan 19

Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (SMG), a 100% subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation for the production of automobiles in India, has completed construction of the Gujarat Plant Number-2, and has ...read more


Nissan unveils NV300 concept-van at Brussels Show18 Jan 19

Nissan has unveiled the NV300 Concept-van to highlight the versatility of Nissan commercial vehicles for bespoke conversions of all types....read more


Ford Mondeo Hybrid Wagon revealed at Brussels show18 Jan 19

At the Brussels Motor Show, Ford of Europe has revealed an enhanced Ford Mondeo range – including a new Mondeo Hybrid wagon (estate)....read more


Mahindra Electric launches Nemo Life, next-gen mobility app in India18 Jan 19

Mahindra Electric, part of the Mahindra Group, says it has launched the all new 'Next-Generation Mobility app' – Nemo Life. This announcement coincides with the completion of over 100m electric kilome...read more


Hyundai Mobis and KT join over 5G-based connected vehicle technology18 Jan 19

Hyundai Mobis and KT Corporation are to form a connected vehicle alliance that will focus on 5G communication opportunities for connected vehicles. ...read more


Eaton develops power-dense inverter for EVs18 Jan 19

Eaton says its eMobility business has developed compact power-dense automotive inverters capable of increasing the range of electric vehicles....read more


Osram sells Slyvania Lighting to Wesco International18 Jan 19

Osram has sold its North American service business, Sylvania Lighting Solutions to Wesco International....read more


Renault 2018 sales up 3% to 3.9m vehicles18 Jan 19

Groupe Renault has posted 2018 sales up 3.2% to 3.9m vehicles, while integrating the Jinbei and Huasong brands, although at 2017 scope, volumes declined by 1.2% in a world market down 0.3%....read more


Lotus cars to be produced in China - report17 Jan 19

Geely - owner of Lotus - is reportedly planning to start producing Lotus cars in a new facility in Wuhan, China....read more


UK haulage bodies urge deal to avoid hard Brexit17 Jan 19

Influential British logistics bodies are calling on the UK government to act quickly and secure a withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU) before the country's formal exit date of 29 March th...read more


Bridgestone and Iris team on new mobility services17 Jan 19

Bridgestone Europe and Iris Capital have unveiled a corporate venture partnership to investigate and invest in new mobility services, Industry 4.0 and digital transformation technologies across Europe...read more


Ghosn loses backing of French government17 Jan 19

Reports circulating in France suggest that Carlos Ghosn will soon be replaced as CEO and chairman of Renault. The ex-chairman of Nissan has recently been refused bail for a second time and faces month...read more


Brose and Vayyar team on interior/door technology17 Jan 19

Brose is working with sensor specialist Vayyar, integrating sensor systems in power adjustment systems and drives in interior and exterior applications....read more


Revised BMW 7 Series makes world premiere in China17 Jan 19

BMW has shown its mid-cycle facelifted BMW 7 Series in Shanghai, China....read more


Malaysia vehicle market down 12% in December17 Jan 19

The Malaysian new vehicle market declined by 12% to 48,188 units in December from 54,728 units in the same month of the previous year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....read more


Indonesian vehicle market up 7% in 201817 Jan 19

New vehicle sales in Indonesia increased by 3.5% to 87,846 units in December 2018 compared with 84,880 units in the same month of the previous year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry as...read more


ANALYSIS - Future models for SEAT and Cupra17 Jan 19

Buoyed by a young model range and the addition of multiple crossover/SUVs, SEAT made 2018 its best year yet for vehicle sales, finally breaking a record set in 2000. Crucially, the company is making d...read more


Eberspaecher opens new test centre in China17 Jan 19

Eberspaecher, a Tier 1 automotive supplier specialising in the development and manufacturing of exhaust technology, has opened its 'Asia Test Centre' in Shanghai. The new centre bundles the Group’s ex...read more


Ford and Carbon expand JV for 3D printing of polymer parts17 Jan 19

Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company, has showed the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for Ford Motor Company....read more


Alliance Ventures invests in retail start-up Tekion17 Jan 19

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's venture capital arm, Alliance Ventures, has announced an investment in US company, Tekion....read more


AFC Energy develops hydrogen fuel-cell EV charger17 Jan 19

Industrial fuel cell power company, AFC Energy has deployed CH2ARGE, an electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology....read more


Ford shocks with electric F-150 statement17 Jan 19

Jim Farley, Ford Motor's head of world markets, has told attendees at an industry conference in Detroit that the company will bring a fully electric version of the world's best selling vehicle to mark...read more


Ford cautious on 2019 outlook16 Jan 19

In a presentation at the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference in Detroit, Ford has cautioned on the 2019 outlook citing risks associated with the global trading environment as well as higher ...read more


ANALYSIS - Audi A6 Avant 40 TDI16 Jan 19

Volvo's success with the V90 proves there is strong demand for premium-priced estates in certain mainly northern European countries. Which is why Audi sees a worthwhile opportunity for its latest A6 A...read more


Indonesia to introduce EV/hybrid incentives16 Jan 19

The Indonesian government has announced it will provide fiscal incentives to support the development of a local electric vehicle market, according to local reports....read more


South Korea lifts target for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles16 Jan 19

The South Korean government aims to have around 80,000 hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles on the country’s roads by 2022, as it looks to expand the country’s "hydrogen economy"....read more


Westport Fuel Systems appoints David Johnson as CEO16 Jan 19

Westport Fuel Systems has appointed David Johnson as CEO, effective immediately. ...read more


Opel names new personnel managing director16 Jan 19

Opel's Supervisory Board has appointed Ralph Wangemann as new managing director, Personnel and Labour director....read more


Evergrande Group acquires 51% of NEVS16 Jan 19

Evergrande Group has acquired 51% of the shares in NEVS for an undisclosed price....read more


UK lawmakers' vote adds to Brexit uncertainties16 Jan 19

A vote last night by representatives in the UK's lawmaking chamber, the House of Commons, on a proposed UK-EU Brexit deal has fueled uncertainty over trade and other arrangements between the UK and EU...read more


Dana acquires SME Group16 Jan 19

Dana has completed the acquisition of SME Group, headquartered in Arzignano, Italy. ...read more


Subaru shoots for 700,000 US sales in 201916 Jan 19

Not content with having overtaken Hyundai and Genesis in 2018, Subaru of America has a new goal: selling 700,000 vehicles this year. ...read more


Lectra strengthens Executive Committee16 Jan 19

Lectra is strengthening its Executive Committee to accelerate the implementation of its 4.0 strategy, started in early 2017....read more


DETROIT REPORT - Trucks and performance cars dominate NAIAS16 Jan 19

As news of Ford and VW's tie-up dominated headlines from NAIAS 2019 in Detroit, the show halls amply illustrated the current product focus for North America's auto industry. Unsurprisingly, large braw...read more


2019 Detroit auto show - the world debuts15 Jan 19

All the production vehicle and concept world debuts at the 2019 North American International Auto Show are listed below....read more


Volvo Group Venture Capital invests in wireless charging15 Jan 19

Volvo Group Venture Capital, a subsidiary of the truck and construction equipment making Volvo Group, has invested in Momentum Dynamics – a leading company in high power wireless charging of electric ...read more


Mitsubishi Europe sales rise in 201815 Jan 19

Mitsubishi Motors Europe (MME), currently reorganising and expanding its Netherlands based operations, boosted calendar year 2018 sales 19% year on year to 165,259 vehicles....read more


PSA's 2018 sales dented by China downturn15 Jan 19

Groupe PSA's 2018 vehicle sales tally was dented by lower sales in China but boosted by the full-year impact from its acquisition of Opel-Vauxhall in 2017....read more


ZF supplies electric drive axle for British fuel cell bus15 Jan 19

British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis is expanding its product line, adding a double-decker model powered by a fuel cell drive. This new model is also equipped with ZF's AxTrax AVE electric drive ...read more


Ford and Volkswagen announce commercial vehicle alliance15 Jan 19

As widely expected, Volkswagen and Ford have announced the first formal agreements of broad alliance that will see Ford develop medium pickup trucks for worldwide sale by both automakers, collaboratio...read more


Ghosn again denied bail15 Jan 19

Former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn has again been denied bail in Japan....read more


Chattanooga to build VW EVs for North America15 Jan 19

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Philippine sales plunge in December15 Jan 19

The Philippine new vehicle market plunged by almost 30% to 31,945 units in December 2018 from 45,494 a year ago, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of...read more


China vehicle sales fall for first year since 199015 Jan 19

New vehicle sales in China fell by 2.8% to 28.08m units in 2018 from a record 28.88m units in the previous year, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


CES - ZF predicts 1.5m new mobility vehicles by 202415 Jan 19

ZF says it forecasts there will be 1.5m new vehicles in the next five years encompassing technologies enabling ride hailing for example and other CASE trends....read more


Ghosn got EUR7m through Dutch JV - reports14 Jan 19

A Dutch joint venture between Nissan and Mitsubishi paid since-ousted Renault-Nissan alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn EUR7m (US$8million), media reports said....read more


Detroit - Germans emphasise US importance14 Jan 19

As the last 'winter' Detroit show opens, German trade association VDA's managing director has stressed the importance of the US market to his country's automakers....read more


Daimler awards commercial vehicle AMT control contract to Wabco14 Jan 19

Wabco Holdings has announced a global long-term agreement to supply automated manual transmission (AMT) control technology to Daimler's commercial vehicle unit....read more


Union vows to fight job losses at Ford Bridgend engine plant14 Jan 19

The Unite union said it would fight any compulsory redundancies following briefings last week 1,000 job losses were on the cards over the next two years at Ford's Bridgend engine plant in South Wales....read more


Toyota officially starts Corolla production in UK14 Jan 19

Toyota has marked the official start of production of the redesigned Corolla hatchback and wagon with a ceremony at UK car plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire....read more


Cummins 1,000 lb-ft diesel for Ram HD pick-up14 Jan 19

Fiat Chrysler US today announces not only replacements for its long-lived Heavy Duty Ram pick-ups, but also a Cummins in-line six-cylinder engine with a class-best 1,000 lb-ft (1,356Nm) of torque. ...read more


Faurecia estimates China electrification to reach 25%14 Jan 19

Faurecia says it believes electrification will approach 25% of the car parc in China as a rising global population coupled with increased longevity will drive alternative mobility solutions....read more


Vietnam sales jump 36% in December14 Jan 19

Vietnam's new vehicle market finished the year strongly in 2018, with sales jumping by close to 36% to 32,511 units in December from year earlier sales of 23,963 units, according to member data releas...read more


VW Group China delivers over 4.21m units in 201814 Jan 19

Volkswagen Group China has announced deliveries for 2018 and says that with its Chinese joint venture partners, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the group delivered 4.21m (2017: 4.18m, +0.5%) vehic...read more


FCA announces Takata inflator recall14 Jan 19

In the latest phase of its NHTSA-supervised programme, FCA US is recalling about 1.4m vehicles in the US to replace Takata passenger side airbag inflators that may, on deployment, send shrapnel into t...read more


CES - ZF looks to roll out AI across the company14 Jan 19

ZF says AI will start to become prevalent across all aspects of its business as the computing power required advances yet further....read more


ANALYSIS - Kamiq and other future Skoda models [updated]14 Jan 19

Handsomely profitable and with a record 1.253 million vehicles delivered in 2018, the news only keeps getting better for Škoda. The Czech make has built solid foundations on a small number of category...read more


Ford and JLR wield the jobs axe - the week11 Jan 19

Restructuring announcements by two major automakers imperiled the job prospects of thousands and rather took the edge off all the clever techie developments revealed out west at the CES show in Las Ve...read more


2019 CES world debuts list11 Jan 19

OEMs, tech companies and suppliers announced multiple vehicle and technology world premieres at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas....read more


Ford China sales tank in "challenging" 201811 Jan 19

Ford sales in China fell 36.9% year on year to 752,243 in 2018, reflecting the overall market plunge....read more


Honda UK plant plans 6-day Brexit shutdown11 Jan 19

Honda's Swindon plant in the UK will shut down for six days in April as part of the company's Brexit planning measures....read more


Ghosn faces two new charges11 Jan 19

Ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is seeking bail after being indicted in Tokyo on two new charges....read more


After a good year, Brazil automakers expect a healthy 201911 Jan 19

Sales of cars and light commercials in Brazil in 2018 topped 2.56m units, up 14.6% from the 2.24m units sold in 2017....read more


Renault slams 'destabilisation campaign' on Ghosn affair leaks11 Jan 19

Renault has slammed what it describes as a 'purposefully orchestrated destabilisation campaign' after the Reuters news agency published a story claiming that it has seen documents showing that executi...read more


Japan sales fall in December, full year inches up11 Jan 19

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 1.7% to 387,525 units in December from 394,253 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association....read more


Skoda global sales up 4.4% in 201811 Jan 19

VW Group-owned Skoda has achieved a record number of deliveries for the fifth consecutive year. ...read more


PPG to present new coating technologies for future mobility vehicles at NAIAS11 Jan 19

PPG has announced that it will highlight its latest developments in coatings technology for autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles during the 2019 North American International Auto Show (...read more


Hyundai Mobis develops new Communication Lighting concept for AVs11 Jan 19

Hyundai Mobis has showcased its latest Communication Lighting concept at CES in January 2019....read more


BMW sells over 140K electrified vehicles in 201811 Jan 19

The BMW Group sold more than 140,000 electrified (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) vehicles in 2018. In total, 142,617 (+38.4%) electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered to customers around...read more


Ford ride-sharing operation to close11 Jan 19

More bad news for Ford, which yesterday detailed its plan to restructure its European operations and shed potentially thousands of jobs - its ride-share service Chariot is ending operations in the US ...read more


VW-Audi return boosts South Korean import sales in 201811 Jan 19

Sales of imported light vehicles in South Korea were flat at 20,450 units in December 2018 compared with 20,428 a year ago, according to the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAID...read more


ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen pick-ups and SUVs11 Jan 19

Last year saw Volkswagen adding or replacing a large number of SUVs, especially in China and Europe. This second part of a series which looks at the Volkswagen Group's current and future models now co...read more


CES – Harman ignites next era of car connectivity 10 Jan 19

Just over a year ago, Harman International became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. Focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, the pair have sin...read more


CES - Luxoft showcases concept for autonomous and shared mobility10 Jan 19

At this year’s CES, Luxoft, a global IT service provider, together with LG Electronics, Amazon, HERE and The Qt Company unveiled an autonomous mobility concept. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of i...read more


CES – Visteon’s vision of how the cockpit will evolve in the autonomous era10 Jan 19

Visteon’s cockpit domain controller, known as SmartCore™ aims to improve every aspect of the cockpit experience, including graphic display resolution and security, and provide a compelling value propo...read more


CES – Continental on tomorrow’s mobility solutions10 Jan 19

Continental is using this year’s CES to demonstrate its solutions and key technologies for future cities around the theme "Mobility at your service. Freedom to Live." To learn more, we spoke to Ralph ...read more


Australia 2018 sales down in 'challenging environment'10 Jan 19

New vehicle sales in Australia declined over a challenging 2018, according to results released by the motor industry's statistical service, VFACTS....read more


NZ sales set fifth consecutive record10 Jan 19

Despite "a softening market with ups and down during the year", 2018 was the fifth consecutive year of record new vehicle registrations in New Zealand, the Motor Industry Association (MIA) said....read more


Porsche sets a full year sales record - again10 Jan 19

Porsche sales worldwide rose 4% year on year to 256,255 vehicles in 2018....read more


Jaguar Land Rover confirms 4,500 job cuts 10 Jan 19

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced it is cutting 4,500 jobs from its global workforce, with most of the reduction set for the UK workforce that stands at 40,000....read more


JLR sales dip in December and fiscal year to date10 Jan 19

Jaguar Land Rover retail sales dropped 6.4% year on year to 52,160 units in December, parent Tata Motors said....read more


Ford starts talks over European restructure and job cuts10 Jan 19

Ford said today (10 January) it was starting consultations with unions and other parties to begin a restructure of the brand and make its European business "sustainably profitable"....read more


SEAT global sales up 10.5% in 201810 Jan 19

SEAT new car sales in 2018 reached a total of 517,600 vehicles, up 10.5% on 2017 (468,400 cars). This result is the largest sales volume in SEAT’s 68 year history and exceeds the record set in 2000 (5...read more


ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen cars including EVs10 Jan 19

This year will arguably be the most important yet for Volkswagen Passenger Cars. Details of specific collaboration plans with Ford will be announced, possibly as soon as next week's Detroit auto show....read more


Toyota recalls 1.7m cars in North America to replace Takata inflators10 Jan 19

Toyota announced the recall of 1.7m vehicles in North America to replace faulty Takata front passenger airbag inflators, including 1.3m in the US alone....read more


China passenger vehicle sales plunge 19% in December, 6% in 201810 Jan 19

Sales of new passenger vehicles in China plunged 19.3% year on year to 2.22m units in December 2018, the seventh consecutive month of decline, according to retail data released by the China Passenger ...read more


CES - AV sensor supplier expands globally, teams with BMW9 Jan 19

Innoviz develops and manufactures solid-state LiDAR (which stands for Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and perception software that enable the mass-production of autonomous vehicles. Continuing ju...read more


CES – Visteon CTO on the digital, electrified and autonomous cockpit9 Jan 19

Visteon has transitioned from a multi-product, Ford spin-off to a focused electronics supplier with a diverse customer base. Since its divestment of non-core businesses and integration of Johnson Cont...read more


CES - Remote assistance for autonomous vehicles9 Jan 19

The growing field of teleoperations enables humans in remote locations to take over the controls of an Autonomous Vehicle (AV) when necessary, such as when lane markings are missing or an unexpected d...read more


CES - New Nissan Leaf version goes 40% further on a tank of volts9 Jan 19

Nissan might consider borrowing the Ford tagline Go Further for its new Leaf e+ with driving range extended by a claimed 40%....read more


CES - Kia readies for the post-autonomous era9 Jan 19

What to do once autonomous cars are everywhere and no human driving is required?...read more


Visteon taps Qualcomm for cockpit technology9 Jan 19

Visteon is showing new cockpit electronics platforms using Qualcomm Technologies products at CES 2019 in Las Vegas....read more


CES - Visteon uses Microsoft Azure to develop Level 3+ autonomous9 Jan 19

Visteon said it was enhancing its DriveCore Studio autonomous driving development using Microsoft software which maximises the power and scalability of the cloud....read more


Visteon, Tencent, developing AI cockpits for Guangzhou9 Jan 19

Visteon and China internet technology specialist Tencent will jointly develop autonomous driving and intelligent cockpits, initially for the Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) R&D Center in China, the s...read more


CES - Honda claims firsts for Dream Drive prototype cockpit9 Jan 19

Honda has showed off Dream Drive, a prototype of what is says is the auto industry's "first integrated driver and passenger infotainment, commerce, services and rewards dashboards within the vehicle e...read more


FCA names new purchasing and supply chain chief9 Jan 19

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has placed Carl Smiley in the new role of chief purchasing & supply chain officer and he started immediately....read more


ZF expands partnership with Microsoft for digital services9 Jan 19

ZF says it has expanded its partnership with Microsoft to 'establish one of the most comprehensive digital cloud platforms in the automotive market'....read more


Hella and AEye to develop customised perception solutions for ADAS9 Jan 19

Hella, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers for lighting and electronics, and AEye, a world leader in artificial perception systems and the developer of iDAR, seek to extend their strategic...read more


CES - Q&A with Nissan on Invisible-to-Visible9 Jan 19

Tetsuro Ueda is a technology expert at the Nissan Research Center where the automaker "explores cutting-edge technologies and develops the next step in automotive excitement". Working with a small, de...read more


CES - ZF on ProAI, truck platooning and ‘last mile’ deliveries 8 Jan 19

At CES this week, ZF is showcasing its sensor portfolio which can more accurately detect vehicle surroundings – both inside and outside of the vehicle – and thereby help to enhance the safety of conve...read more


CES – Velodyne CTO on Lidar solutions for autonomy and driver assistance8 Jan 19

Velodyne develops real-time 3D Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) computing and software platforms. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews this week at CES, we spoke to Anand Gopalan, Chief...read more


GM China plans 20 'new' models in 2019, Cadillac sales up8 Jan 19

General Motors said it would launch a "record" 20 new or "refreshed" models in China in 2019 with an eye on "emerging opportunities in new energy vehicles (NEVs)"....read more


CES - Hyundai shows 'walking car'8 Jan 19

Hyundai Motor Group has shown its 'Elevate' concept at CES in Las Vegas. It says the 'Ultimate Mobility Vehicle' (UMV), prepares communities in the event of a natural disaster'....read more


Autoliv CFO resigns, off to Veoneer spin-off mid-year8 Jan 19

Both safety systems specialist Autoliv and spin-off Veoneer will have new CFOs mid-year as one jumps from the other....read more


Dassault Systems and Cognata partner to speed autonomous vehicles8 Jan 19

Cognata's autonomous vehicle simulation suite will be combined with Dassault Systems' 3Dexperience platform, the two companies said....read more


Daimler's new investment for automated HCVs 8 Jan 19

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Daimler Trucks announced that it will invest EUR500m (around US$570m) over the next years and create more than 200 new jobs in its global push to b...read more


BMW China integrates Alibaba voice assistant in selected models8 Jan 19

BMW says it will become the first premium carmaker to launch Tmall Genie onto the market in China in selected BMW models....read more


Canada union head to talk Oshawa closure with GM8 Jan 19

General Motors' decision to close its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant is going to be hard-fought as far as the country's auto union is concerned....read more


CES - Harman tech makes in-car conversations 'clearer'8 Jan 19

Harman says its new 'Premium Communications' technology aims to bring an end to raised voices in the car and annoying background noise from in-car calls....read more


Veoneer hits record full-year order intake8 Jan 19

Veoneer - the company spun off from Autoliv - says it achieved record order intake for the full-year 2018. The total lifetime value of the 2018 orders is estimated at US$5.9bn, corresponding to an ave...read more


CES - Panasonic develops new 48V ePowertrain platform for small EVs8 Jan 19

Panasonic Corporation has said it has developed the next generation of a new 48V ePowertrain platform for small electric vehicles (EVs)....read more


CES - Autonomous cars most complex project yet - NVIDIA8 Jan 19

NVIDIA has said there is nothing it is working on that is "more complex" than the self driving car....read more


CES - ZF wants major role in tough emissions reduction8 Jan 19

ZF has conceded the highly ambitious targets set by the European Commission concerning emissions standards will be "very tough" to meet following agreement struck between the EU and its Parliament....read more


CES - ZF reveals its most powerful AI supercomputer yet8 Jan 19

ZF has unveiled the latest iteration of its automotive supercomputer at the CES show here in Las Vegas, maintaining it is the most powerful AI-capable processing system in the automotive field....read more


Ghosn refutes accusations in first court appearance since arrest8 Jan 19

Nissan Motor’s ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn appeared in court in Tokyo on Tuesday for the first time since his arrest 50 days ago following allegations of financial misconduct....read more


CES - Infineon Technologies is on the CASE 7 Jan 19

Connected, autonomous, shared and electric (CASE) mobility solutions need sensors. Lots of them. Infineon Technologies is a global leader in the field, producing sensors for automotive applications an...read more


Mitsubishi expanding Europe operations based in the Netherlands7 Jan 19

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is establishing a full sales and marketing organisation in Europe, expanding its current aftersales, parts and logistic business in the region....read more


Consumers cautious on autonomous - study7 Jan 19

Consumers' appetite for self driving vehicles lags the automotive industry's pace of investment in advanced vehicle technology, according to the 2019 Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study....read more


ANALYSIS - The reinvention of SsangYong7 Jan 19

SsangYong likes to be thought of as Korea's equivalent to Jeep. A long history of building rugged four-wheel drive vehicles can play well to buyers in many countries. Now, following a period of consol...read more


West European car sales down 8.5% in December7 Jan 19

West European car registrations fell by 8.5% year-on-year (YoY) in December according to data released by LMC Automotive....read more


Dauch now heads Delphi Technologies7 Jan 19

Delphi Technologies has named Richard (Rick) Dauch, 57, as chief executive officer, effective today (7 January, 2019)....read more


Byton reveals details of M-Byte SUV production model at CES7 Jan 19

Byton has revealed new details about its first production model, the M-Byte SUV, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas....read more


Denso reorganises aftermarket companies in Japan7 Jan 19

Three of Denso group's Japanese domestic market sales and service companies are to be combined into a single entity branded Denso Solution....read more


IAC management shake-up includes new CFO, CTO and supply chain chief7 Jan 19

International Automotive Components (IAC) Group has reshuffled its executive management including the appointment of a new chief financial officer, general counsel and the creation of chief technology...read more


Another top Nissan executive out of public eye7 Jan 19

Nissan Motor senior executive, Jose Munoz, reportedly has taken leave of absence in what media described as a sudden management shake-up following the arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn....read more


Hands-On Tech - Mitsubishi Outlander7 Jan 19

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series*, we put the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s system to the test. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers ...read more


Ford announces 953,000 vehicle Takata inflator recall7 Jan 19

Takata airbag inflators are back in the news with Ford announcing a fourth round of recalls of vehicles fitted with the troubled and now dismembered supplier's products....read more


Foton sells majority stake in Borgward group7 Jan 19

Chinese automaker Foton Motor has sold a majority stake in German luxury carmaker Borgward Group, according to local reports citing a company filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange at the end of Decemb...read more


UK car market down 7% in 20187 Jan 19

Preliminary figures from the SMMT show that the UK car market in 2018 was down by 7% at 2.37m units....read more


Mobile power banks for e-cars - the week4 Jan 19

Another annual US light vehicle market over 17m units has been posted, the fourth in a row. 2018's tally was pretty impressive in the end, but there are obviously a few question marks surrounding how ...read more


Volvo Group makes big provision for truck emissions fix4 Jan 19

Volvo Group has made a provision of SEK 7bn (over GBP600m) relating to estimated costs to address a degrading emission control component issue. The company said last year that its truck and bus engine...read more


BorgWarner to sell thermostat business4 Jan 19

BorgWarner has agreed to sell its non-core thermostat business to Arlington Industries Group Ltd.  ...read more


Delphi Technologies collaborates with TomTom4 Jan 19

Delphi Technologies has announced a collaboration with TomTom, a leader in navigation, traffic and map products. The two companies will collaborate on electronic and software applications designed to ...read more


VW offers glimpse of mobile charging station4 Jan 19

Volkswagen says it is offering a glimpse of the company’s future mobile quick charging station. It can be set up flexibly and independent of the power supply wherever it is needed: for example, in pub...read more


New JV to lead EV charging station roll-out in China4 Jan 19

China’s State Grid Corporation and China Southern Power Grid have partnered with two local private firms to establish the country’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging operator based in Xiongan New...read more


Mov'InBlue and Drivy create shared mobility solution4 Jan 19

Mov'InBlue, created by Valeo and Capgemini, which specialises in digital mobility services for corporate fleets and car rental companies, and car-sharing platform, Drivy, have launched a connected and...read more


UK warns against Russia "chess games" with BorgWarner detention4 Jan 19

British Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has warned Russia not to use its detention of BorgWarner employee, Paul Whelan as "diplomatic chess games."...read more


A lovely holiday gift to US light vehicle sales4 Jan 19

American consumers weren’t deterred by December’s rising interest rates, market turmoil and political shenanigans. Instead they propelled the auto industry to its fourth 17m year....read more


Huemen creates human-centred, meaningful design for the connected car4 Jan 19

As the quality, quantity and variety of in-cabin features continue to rise, these attributes no longer provide the differentiation they once did. Instead, it is predicted that design and user experien...read more


Taiwan vehicle sales edged down in December4 Jan 19

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 0.5% to 41,993 units in December from 42,217 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing registration data compiled by Taiwan’s Directorate of Highways....read more


Volvo Cars global sales up 12.4% in 20184 Jan 19

Geely-owned Volvo Cars set a new global sales record in 2018, breaking the 600,000 sales milestone for the first time ever since the company was founded in 1927....read more


Reuss replaces Ammann as GM president4 Jan 19

General Motors has announced the appointment of Mark Reuss as company president, effective immediately. He replaces Dan Ammann in the post - he moves to become chief executive officer of GM Cruise, th...read more


Denso joins Dellfer to market automotive cybersecurity products4 Jan 19

Denso and Dellfer have entered into a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to bring ZeroDayGuard 1.0, a cyber security product to market for the automotive industry. ...read more


Antoine Redier - GEFCO EVP 4PL Solutions4 Jan 19

As EVP 4PL Solutions, Antoine Redier is a member of the GEFCO Group Executive Committee. He joined GEFCO in March, 2007 as a vehicle distribution and preparation manager in Germany, before becoming VP...read more


Berge and Gefco ink 50:50 Spain logistics operation4 Jan 19

Automotive logistics providers, Berge and Gefco have inked a deal to work on a 50:50 joint venture in Spain....read more


GM delivered over 1m crossovers in the US in 20183 Jan 19

General Motors says its US crossover deliveries totalled 1,034,808 in 2018, up 7 percent versus 2017. GM's data confirms the continuing shift in US passenger vehicle demand towards SUVs and crossovers...read more


US demands Russia give BorgWarner detention update3 Jan 19

America has demanded Russia provide details as to why BorgWarner employee, Paul Whelan has been detained in the country by KGB successor body, FSB....read more


Cummins and JAC establish China engine JV 3 Jan 19

China's Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co Ltd (JAC Motors) announced last week it has established a new joint venture company with US diesel engine manufacturer Cummins....read more


Hyundai Motor eyes robo taxi pilot in 20213 Jan 19

Hyundai Motor is planning to start pilot operation of robo cabs in South Korea in 2021, according to a report in the Korea Herald....read more


Daimler Trucks begins Freightliner eM2 operation trials in the US3 Jan 19

With the handover of the first fully electric Freightliner eM2, Daimler Trucks says it has begun operational testing of heavy-duty and medium-duty e-trucks in the US....read more


Denso and partners to establish J-QuAD Dynamics3 Jan 19

Aisin Seiki, Advics, JTEKT and Denso have announced they have formally agreed to form a new company to develop integrated control software that will be used for automated driving, vehicle motion contr...read more


Aisin and Denso to develop driving modules for electric vehicles3 Jan 19

Aisin Seiki (Aisin) and Denso Corporation (Denso) announced they have formally agreed to form a new company to develop and sell driving modules used for electric vehicles. The new company is named Blu...read more


Defiant Volkswagen gives Touareg a new diesel3 Jan 19

Unlike the previous Touareg, the new model won't ever be truly global, as Volkswagen will not offer it in North America. That means the major markets should be China, Russia and Europe. So is it the r...read more


Hyundai US delivers Nexo fuel cell SUV3 Jan 19

Hyundai in the US has delivered its first Nexo fuel cell SUV - a replacement for the Tucson - to a former scientist eager to add the benefits of this zero-emissions vehicle to his environmentally-frie...read more


CAAS and Hyoseong Electric join to produce electric motors for EPS3 Jan 19

China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has announced it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Hyoseong Electric to design, manufacture and sell electric motors for automotive electric power steerin...read more


Hankook Tyre appoints Brett Emerson as UK MD3 Jan 19

Hankook Tyre UK has announced the appointment of Brett Emerson as its British managing director....read more


BAE Systems to supply US electric-hybrid bus systems3 Jan 19

BAE Systems says Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has ordered 194 electric-hybrid buses using its Series-ER extended range propulsion system. ...read more


Hitachi restructures its automotive lithium-ion battery business2 Jan 19

Hitachi has announced that it had concluded an agreement with INCJ and Maxell Holdings to restructure the capital affiliation of Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Hitachi's wholly owned subsidiaries in the auto...read more


Woodbridge announces joint venture with Yanfeng in China2 Jan 19

Woodbridge and Yanfeng have announced a new joint venture taking effect on 24 December 2018....read more


Geely and CATL in EV battery joint venture2 Jan 19

China’s Geely Automobile Holdings and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) have agreed to invest in a new lithium-ion battery joint venture company in China....read more




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