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A collection of the most recent automotive industry news, analysis and car industry comment from motor industry experts just-auto.

ANALYSIS - Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace18 Jan 18

The latest Tiguan has been available since 2016. Now comes the extended wheelbase seven-seater, which has more differences compared to the standard model than had been expected. ...read more


DETROIT - Clean diesel gets a boost18 Jan 18

A few years back a change in the world order was comically illustrated by the fact that the best selling rapper was white and the number one golfer was black. Much has happened to Eminem and Tiger Woo...read more


VW Group expanding IT capability for digital projects18 Jan 18

The Volkswagen Group is expanding its IT capability for the development of digital customer offerings....read more


Detroit - Plastic Omnium shows radar bumpers/reactive tailgates at NAIAS18 Jan 18

Plastic Omnium is presenting a range of innovations at NAIAS including more intelligent bumpers, lighter and more reactive tailgates....read more


Flint plant to build new diesel engine for 2019 Silverado18 Jan 18

General Motors says its Flint Engine Operations will serve as the manufacturing site for the new Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel for the 2019 Silverado....read more


Dana sales surge 24% to US$7.2bn in 201718 Jan 18

Dana has unveiled preliminary 2017 sales up 24% to US$7.2bn, with adjusted EBITDA of US$835m, an increase of US$175m....read more


Philippine sales rise by 18% in 201718 Jan 18

New vehicle sales in the Philippines jumped by over 33% to 45,494 units in December from 34,104 units in the same month of the previous year, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber o...read more


Detroit - Magna shows aerodynamic systems18 Jan 18

Magna is highlighting its range of active aerodynamic systems at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with an active air dam launching on the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck....read more


GENEVA MOTOR SHOW - Facelifted Skoda Fabia18 Jan 18

Vehicles making their global debuts at the Geneva motor show are named below on just-auto's latest list....read more


Indonesia sales rise 1.6% in 201718 Jan 18

New vehicle sales in Indonesia fell by 2.3% to 84,880 units in December from 86,870 units a year earlier, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo....read more


CES - Zenuity on making autonomous driving a reality18 Jan 18

Zenuity was formed a year ago as a joint venture of Volvo and Autoliv. Its mission is to help transform the auto industry into the autonomous age by creating and delivering leading advanced driver ass...read more


Ford launches updated Romanian EcoSport in UK17 Jan 18

You don’t have to rewind too many years to a time when the only SUVs on the roads were either in the US or limited to the off-road specialist makers. Now everyone has one, from the cheapest volume mak...read more


DETROIT - GAC 'serious' about US market entry in 2019 - analyst17 Jan 18

Guangzhou Auto (GAC) is serious about entering the US market by the end of 2019, according to China automotive specialist Mike Dunne....read more


ANALYSIS - future Chrysler, Dodge and Ram models17 Jan 18

The success of the new Ram 1500 is key to FCA. Should this high-margin pick-up become an even better seller than the old-shape model, it will see the final flames of what had once been a massive cash ...read more


Swedish engine plant Volvo Cars' first climate neutral factory17 Jan 18

Geely's Volvo Cars said its engine factory in Skovde, Sweden, is the company’s first climate neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating on 1 January 2018....read more


Magna forecasts growth above industry output rise17 Jan 18

Magna International has announced its financial outlook for 2018 and 2020, saying it expects to grow sales at a faster rate than that of global vehicle production....read more


FCA boosts Europe volume in 201717 Jan 18

FCA boosted sales across Europe (EU28+EFTA) by 5.2% year on year in 2017 to 1,045,000 vehicles with Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep outperforming the 3.3% industry average for the year....read more


Toyota North American output dips in 201717 Jan 18

Toyota last year built 1,983,723 vehicles at its North American vehicle assembly plants though volume was down slightly year on year (2,124,608 in 2016)....read more


Ford updates "operational fitness" plans17 Jan 18

Ford has detailed plans to "improve operational fitness, refocus capital allocation" and speed the introduction of smart vehicles and services....read more


DETROIT - Nexteer expands steering technology suite17 Jan 18

Nexteer Automotive has unveiled details of the expansion of its steering technology suite at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). ...read more


Faurecia opens new Tech Centre in Silicon Valley17 Jan 18

Faurecia has opened its Silicon Valley Tech Centre to support global R&D activities and expand upon its existing innovation network by strengthening relationships with automakers, start-ups and leadin...read more


Delphi invests in PolyCharge America17 Jan 18

Delphi Technologies is to invest in PolyCharge America, a start-up established to commercialise a new capacitor technology, designed to make high-power inverters smaller, lighter and more tolerant to ...read more


EU registrations pass 15m for first time since 200717 Jan 18

Statistics from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show new passenger car registrations grew 3.4% last year to reach more than 15m vehicles....read more


ZF debt repayment sees Moody's award investment grade17 Jan 18

ZF says last year saw it make good progress in paying off debt and meeting sales and earnings targets, with the result credit ratings agency, Moody's classifying the supplier as "investment grade."...read more


Lectra appoints Akihiko Tanaka as Japan MD17 Jan 18

Lectra has announced the appointment of Akihiko Tanaka as Japan managing director....read more


CES - Harman EVP on the next level of car connectivity17 Jan 18

Just under 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 al...read more


GM chiefs see 2018 profits flat but a better 201916 Jan 18

General Motors forecast 2018 profits would will be largely flat compared with 2017 but higher in 2019 after the redesigned, high margin pickup trucks announced in Detroit this week go on sale in the U...read more


2018 DETROIT SHOW - world debuts list16 Jan 18

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 NAIAS are named below on just-auto's list. ...read more


German strike niggle continues over pay hike and work hours16 Jan 18

Workers at German firms including car makers and suppliers have been striking today to support a key union's demands for a pay hike and cuts to working hours....read more


DETROIT - Adient looks to future with AI18 autonomous concept16 Jan 18

Adient has presented its AI18 interior seating concept for urban, electrically powered and autonomous vehicles at the NAIAS in Detroit and told just-auto that its future looking concept could be highl...read more


DETROIT - BMW stresses contribution to US economy16 Jan 18

BMW chose to use the NAIAS - where it unveiled its X2 and i8 coupe models for the first time - to highlight its contribution to the US economy as a vehicle manufacturer....read more


DETROIT - Ram lightens redesigned 1500 pickup truck16 Jan 18

When Ford last fully redesigned its top selling F-150 pickup truck, for 2015, it shaved 700 pounds of weight by - controversially - using as much aluminium as possible in the body and frame, bringing ...read more


CES – Luxoft on digital cockpit, autonomous driving and connected mobility services16 Jan 18

Luxoft, a global IT service provider, used the most recent CES to demonstrate its latest digital cockpit, autonomous driving and connected mobility services. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of inte...read more


DETROIT - VW claims US comeback well in hand16 Jan 18

Volkswagen has made "significant" progress towards the comeback of the VW brand in the US after the diesel emissions scandal, a top executive said at the Detroit show....read more


Nissan upgrades e-NV200 van16 Jan 18

Nissan's upgraded e-NV200 van with longer range will go on sale in Europe in spring 2018....read more


Linamar secures Ontario and Canada grants creating 1,500 jobs16 Jan 18

Ontario and Canada are partnering with Linamar to advance auto technology, boost R&D and help create up to 1,500 new jobs, as well as retain around 8,000 others in the province....read more


BMW acquires Parkmobile16 Jan 18

BMW continued to diversify its automotive business with the acquisition of Parkmobile, LLC, the largest provider of mobile parking services in North America....read more


PSA records global 2017 sales up 15% to 3.6m vehicles16 Jan 18

PSA has posted 2017 global sales up 15.4% to 3,632,300 vehicles, representing the fourth consecutive year of increases....read more


AutoChina - Great Wall to reveal Tesla rival at Beijing show16 Jan 18

Following on from the news that Volkswagen will give the next Touareg its public premiere at AutoChina in April, Great Wall Motor will also have a world debut: a new brand which will sell only electri...read more


Cooper Roller Bearings becomes SKF Cooper16 Jan 18

SKF's acquisition of Cooper Roller Bearings in 2013 will now see the company marketed as SKF Cooper....read more


China vehicle sales rise 3% in 201716 Jan 18

China’s new vehicle market expanded by 3% to 28.88m units last year, from 28.03m units in 2016, according to data compiled by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


DETROIT - VW targets North America and China with new Jetta15 Jan 18

Volkswagen's redesigned Jetta, unveiled in Detroit, won't be sold in Europe, unlike its predecessors, according to the parent company....read more


Chassis International to start Mexico production15 Jan 18

Chassis Brakes International will start production of brake calipers and rotors at a new plant in Queretaro, Mexico this year....read more


ABB teams with Volvo for bus Heavy Vehicle Chargers15 Jan 18

ABB is teaming with Volvo to provide Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC) to deliver two autonomous electric buses to Singapore by the beginning of next year....read more


VW Group China expanding export business15 Jan 18

Volkswagen Group China and its joint ventures, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, have unveiled a plan to expand into exports, targeting emerging markets. ...read more


VW brand worldwide sales up 4.2% in 201715 Jan 18

The Volkswagen brand sold a record 6.23m vehicles worldwide in 2017. In China, the largest single market, sales rose 5.9% to around 3m vehicles....read more


New 2018 Hyundai Sonata earns IIHS top safety rating15 Jan 18

Hyundai's Sonata has earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), when equipped with optional Automatic Emergency Braking and LED headlights with Dynamic Ben...read more


DETROIT - Ford revives Ranger nameplate for US with bigger truck15 Jan 18

Ford is reviving the Ranger truck nameplate with variants of a model line on sale in the rest of the world since 2011. The Asian Ranger is, in fact, a direct descendent of the late 1970s Courier sold ...read more


Renault sales up 8.5% to 3.8m vehicles in record 201715 Jan 18

Renault says it sold 3.76m vehicles last year, a rise of 8.5% in a market which grew 2.3%....read more


Japan sales down slightly in December, up 5% in 201715 Jan 18

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 0.8% to 394,254 units in December from 397,534 a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association....read more


Japan import sales rise 2% in 201715 Jan 18

Sales of imported vehicles in Japan increased by 2.1% to 351,020 units in 2017 from 343,800 units in the previous year, according to data released by the Japan Automobile Importers Association....read more


Russia powers on with 14% December sales rise15 Jan 18

Russia is continuing its impressive recovery after years of slumps with sales of new passenger cars and LCVs increasing 14% in December....read more


ANALYSIS - Future Fiat and Abarth models15 Jan 18

The first chapter in a series of articles exploring the current and next models from FCA Italy's stable of makes centres on the Fiat brand, as well as Abarth. This will be followed over the coming wee...read more


New Delhi Auto Expo - multiple car and truck makers absent15 Jan 18

The high cost of participation is said to be one of the main reasons why the likes of Volkswagen Group, Daimler and Nissan will not be attending the bienniel Auto Expo in New Delhi. Maruti Suzuki is ...read more


LiDAR Q&A with Velodyne14 Jan 18

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas just-auto's Calum MacRae chatted with John Eggert, director, automotive sales and marketing, at Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. of San Jose, CA. Velodyne is one of the leading develo...read more


LiDAR Q&A with LeddarTech13 Jan 18

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Michael Poulin, General Manager, Automotive Solutions, LeddarTech. LeddarTech is a leading player in the development of solid-state LiDAR...read more


From Vegas to Tatarstan - The Week12 Jan 18

There's really only one place to start this week and it has to be in the Nevada desert where the annual tech-fest of the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 kicked off the year in a technological blitz whi...read more


DETROIT - Mercedes launching G-class with resin cube '7912 Jan 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz is launching its redesigned G-Class at the Detroit show with the claimed "world's biggest installation of synthetic resin"....read more


Nissan unveils new mobility services in Japan12 Jan 18

Nissan has unveiled Easy Ride, a new robo-vehicle mobility service, as well as E-share mobi car-sharing in Japan....read more


Hanon Systems relocates Americas Innovation Centre to Michigan12 Jan 18

Hanon System is relocating its Americas Innovation Centre to Novi, Michigan, to consolidate its existing sites in the State into a single location to drive efficiency....read more


Car2go members increase by 30% in 201712 Jan 18

Car2go grew its membership by 30% last year with 2.97m customers served...read more


CES - Fingerprint and Gentex team on iris-scanning technology12 Jan 18

Biometrics company, Fingerprint and Gentex are to partner to bring iris-scanning technology to the automotive industry....read more


ZF builds new Poland camera plant creating 300 jobs12 Jan 18

ZF is expanding its footprint in Poland by building a new plant in Czestochowa to manufacture cameras for driver assist systems....read more


GAC Group starts construction of new plant in Hubei12 Jan 18

Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group) this week began construction of a new vehicle assembly plant in Yichang in China’s central province of Hubei....read more


GKN 'rejects takeover offer'12 Jan 18

Reports say that GKN has rejected a takeover offer and is instead proceeding with plans to restructure its operations....read more


FCA ramps up US investment12 Jan 18

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced a number of investments in the US that it says are supported by US tax reform measures passed late last year....read more


South Korea imports fall 8% in December12 Jan 18

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea fell 8.3% to 20, 428 units last month  compared with 16,778 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributor...read more


Vietnam sales drop 15% in December11 Jan 18

Vietnam’s new vehicle market continued its decline in December, by almost 15% to 23,963 units from 28,164 units in the same month of the previous year, according to member data released by the Vietnam...read more


New Vauxhall MD named11 Jan 18

Stephen Norman has been named new MD of PSA-owned Vauxhall brand in the UK (which also includes responsibility for Opel sales in Ireland)....read more


Honda US expands Takata airbag safety recall11 Jan 18

Honda is adding around 465,000 vehicles to its Takata-related airbag recall in the US....read more


Gefco buys Europe-Morocco logistics specialist GLT11 Jan 18

Gefco Group has acquired GLT, a European-Moroccan transport specialist, subject to approval by relevant regulatory authorities....read more


Ford 'sued by truck owners in US' over diesel emissions11 Jan 18

Ford is alleged to have rigged its heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, according to a a lawsuit from a legal firm representing US drivers....read more


CES - Nuance Communications on the future for voice-controlled in-car assistants11 Jan 18

Nuance is a developer of conversational and cognitive technologies. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at the CES this week, we spoke to Arnd Weil, VP & General Manager Automotive & Cons...read more


Can SEAT top 500,000 sales in 2018 with new Ibiza?11 Jan 18

Volkswagen recently said that it had produced 14 million Polos since the first model was introduced in 1975. SEAT, an infinitely smaller company, introduced its similarly sized Ibiza in 1984. As it ra...read more


Car leasing boosted by streaming culture11 Jan 18

Drivers are increasingly moving from car buying to leasing – and it’s due to online ‘rental’ firms such as Netflix and Spotify, according to a lease car company in the UK....read more


Nissan surpasses 75,000 ProPilot equipped vehicle sales11 Jan 18

Nissan has announced that it reached the milestone of selling 75,000 vehicles equipped with its ProPilot Assist autonomous driving technology (known as ProPilot in markets outside North America)....read more


Hyundai/Grab to enhance future mobility services in Southeast Asia11 Jan 18

Hyundai Motor and Grab, an on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform in Southeast Asia, have announced a strategic partnership that will expand Hyundai’s future mobility services in Southe...read more


Hella launches new platform for camera-based driver assistance systems11 Jan 18

The Berlin-based Hella subsidiary Hella Aglaia is rolling out an open platform for camera-based driver assistance systems. ...read more


Apollo Tyres builds new manufacturing facility in India11 Jan 18

Apollo Tyres has laid the foundation stone for its new India manufacturing plant in Chinnapanduru village, Chittoor district, in Andhra Pradesh State....read more


PSA names Albéric Chopelin as SVP chief sales and marketing officer11 Jan 18

PSA has appointed Albéric Chopelin SVP chief sales and marketing officer, effective 1 February, reporting to managing board chairman, Carlos Tavares....read more


Bosch completes starter motor ownership switch11 Jan 18

Bosch Group's starter motor and generator division has completed its transition to an independent company with new owner, Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group....read more


SNAPSHOT - AGVs in manufacturing at SEAT's Martorell plant11 Jan 18

Volkswagen Group brand SEAT has released details of its intelligent robots' operations at its Martorell, Spain, manufacturing plant....read more


Toyota and Mazda to open new plant in Alabama10 Jan 18

Mazda and Toyota are to build a new 300,000-capacity joint venture manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama....read more


CES - Hyundai's latest FCV full of innovations10 Jan 18

Hyundai claims its latest fuel cell vehicle (FCV), the Nexo FUV (future utility vehicle), launched this week at the CES show in Las Vegas, has world-best FCV efficiency and a 370 mile range – 40% or 1...read more


CES – Techniplas on the way forward for 3D printing in the auto industry10 Jan 18

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES, we caught up with Techniplas’ CEO, Avi Reichental. The company is using CES this week to showcase a Mini-C...read more


CES - Automotive exhibitor world premieres10 Jan 18

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show hosted multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Fisker, Future Mobility Corporation, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Rinspeed, th...read more


Britain's new Volkswagen Polo - out of Africa10 Jan 18

Volkswagen Group South Africa still builds the fourth and fifth generation Polos at its Uitenhage factory near P.E. in the Eastern Cape. Following a major investment in the MQB A0 architecture, the pl...read more


CES - Mercedes shows MBUX telematics platform10 Jan 18

Mercedes-Benz has premiered its MBUX telematics platform at the CES in Las Vegas. It says the 'intuitive and intelligent multimedia system' will enter series production this year in the new A-Class....read more


China passenger vehicle sales up 1.5% in 201710 Jan 18

Sales of light passenger vehicles in China rose by just 1.5% to 24.2 million units last year, according to data released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA)....read more


UK gov does automotive 'sector deal'10 Jan 18

The UK government has announced the first automotive 'sector deal' as part of its recently announced industrial strategy across four key industrial sectors, including automotive....read more


Ford Sollers adds 600 new jobs at Tatarstan assembly plant10 Jan 18

Ford Sollers says its Elabuga Assembly operations in Tatarstan has created around 600 new jobs including both staff as well as agency posts and is moving from its current five-day working week to a si...read more


Qualcomm/Ford join over C-V2X technology testing10 Jan 18

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Ford Motor Company, are accelerating the development of connected cars with the extension of their long-standing relationship into the...read more


Visteon/GAC Engineering to develop autonomous driving solutions10 Jan 18

Visteon has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Guangzhou Automobile Group Automotive Engineering Institute (GAC Engineering), a leading China-based vehicle manufacturer, to develop and depl...read more


VW brand creates new e-mobility board division10 Jan 18

The Volkswagen brand is creating a separate Board of Management division for e-mobility. ...read more


Toyota/Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa10 Jan 18

Toyota has announced it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon's intelligent cloud based voice service, within some of its vehicles sold in the US....read more


Navya introduces Autonom Cab in North America10 Jan 18

Navya has introduced the Autonom Cab for the first time in North America with live demonstrations in the downtown Las Vegas Innovation District....read more


Mobileye/NavInfo to build and distribute REM in China10 Jan 18

Mobileye and NavInfo are to build and distribute the former's Road Experience Management (REM) product in China....read more


Hitachi/Clarion team on autonomous parking technology10 Jan 18

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Clarion have unveiled Park-by-Memory autonomous parking technology which remembers the environment surrounding users’ home spaces....read more


Renault UK appoints Adam Wood as new marketing director10 Jan 18

Renault UK and Ireland has appointed Adam Wood as new marketing director....read more


Gentex HomeLink Connect to feature in JLR vehicles10 Jan 18

Gentex says Jaguar Land Rover will be the first automaker to offer the company’s new car-to-home automation feature and next-generation digital rear vision system...read more


Lectra unveils new branding to highlight Industry 4.010 Jan 18

Lectra has unveiled a new branding identity emphasising the digital orientation of the supplier as it embraces Industry 4.0 concepts....read more


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi unveils Alliance Ventures10 Jan 18

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has unveiled Alliance Ventures, a new corporate venture capital fund which plans to invest up to US$1bn to support open innovation during the next five years....read more


CES - Visteon CEO on the prospects for all-digital clusters, AR-HUDs and display audio9 Jan 18

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES, we caught up with Sachin Lawande, President and CEO of Visteon for an update on company’s operations and r...read more


Canadian auto industry to 'gear down' in 20189 Jan 18

Canada's motor vehicle manufacturing industry is facing declining demand from US consumers and uncertainty surrounding trade relations is raising questions about the industry's future prospects, accor...read more


Cisco and Hyundai working on 'hyperconnected car'9 Jan 18

Cisco and Hyundai Motor announced at CES that they’ve taken a big step towards that future with the development of the next generation 'hyperconnected car'. This new, in-vehicle network will be featur...read more


Nexteer hits 50m electric power steering systems milestone9 Jan 18

Nexteer Automotive has reached a production milestone of 50m electric power steering (EPS) systems, with the supplier maintaining its products increase fuel efficiency by up to 6% and CO2 emissions by...read more


Mercedes-Benz Cars global sales up 8.8% in 20179 Jan 18

Mercedes-Benz achieved its most successful year of all time in 2017, increasing its unit sales by 9.9% to 2,289,344 vehicles....read more


Maxion Wheels to build new aluminium wheel plant in India9 Jan 18

Maxion Wheels has formed a new legal entity, Maxion Wheels Aluminium India Private Limited, as a step in its plan to develop and produce up to 4m light vehicle aluminium wheels annually in the country...read more


CES - Continental presenting two new battery charging systems at CES9 Jan 18

Continental is demonstrating two new battery charging systems at this week's CES in Las Vegas. ...read more


ZF and Baidu team for autonomous parking9 Jan 18

ZF and Baidu's cooperation to advance autonomous driving technology for the Chinese market has come to fruition with the first application developed using the ProAI supercomputer....read more


Korean auto industry slumps at end of 2017 - ANALYSIS9 Jan 18

As sluggish sales in China and the US hit export volumes, Korean automakers are also suffering the adverse domestic market impacts of industrial action impacting Hyundai and resultant intensified comp...read more


CES- Valeo shows 48V motorisation system9 Jan 18

Valeo is showcasing its new low-voltage (48V) all-electric vehicle prototype motorisation system at CES 2018, an innovation the French supplier maintains is 20% more economical than existing high-volt...read more


GAC Honda to take control of Honda Automobile China9 Jan 18

GAC Honda Automobile plans to acquire the 25% stake in Honda Automobile (China) Co Ltd held by its parent company GAC Group, according to local reports, as part of a larger move to take over the entir...read more


Michelin reorganises into ten global regions9 Jan 18

Michelin is restructuring into ten newly-created regions worldwide as it looks to expand digital services and processes, as well as give staff more autonomy....read more


Great Wall Motor - soon to be selling more SUVs than Jeep?9 Jan 18

GWM has been surfing the SUV wave in China longer than most. Its Haval H6 for many years challenged the Wuling Hongguang for the title of best selling model and in 2017, the H6 was finally replaced. I...read more


CES - Kia to expand WiBLE car sharing to Europe9 Jan 18

Kia plans to extend its WiBLE car sharing service to new regions, the automaker announced at the CES show here in Las Vegas on Monday....read more


CES - Kia reveals new mobility vision and technology9 Jan 18

Kia said its new 'Boundless for all' future mobility vision, presented at the 2018 CES here in Las Vegas, will bring "a future in which opportunities for mobility and transportation are endless"....read more


CES - Imagine an e-pallette system cluster at Burning Man - Akio Toyoda8 Jan 18

Toyota Motor Corporation on Monday announced its E-palette business system which chairman Akio Toyoda described as a "mobile showroom as a platform for an e-commerce-on-demand retail experience, a mul...read more


CES - Bosch unveils Telematics eCall Plug8 Jan 18

Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions is to unveil its Telematics eCall Plug (TEP), a retrofit plug-in sensor device at CES 2018...read more


Adient to present seating concept at NAIAS 20188 Jan 18

Seating supplier Adient will showcase its future mobility solutions at next week’s North American International Auto Show....read more


VW and NVIDIA combine on AI8 Jan 18

Volkswagen and NVIDIA have shared their vision for how AI and deep learning will shape the development of a new generation of intelligent Volkswagen vehicles using the 'NVIDIA DRIVE IX' platform to cr...read more


ANALYSIS - New Renault Kadjar TCe 1658 Jan 18

The Kadjar, a big seller across Europe, has always had one major weakness in its powertrain choices. The 1.2-litre petrol engine has a great CO2 number but lacks the torque that people switching from ...read more


European market edges up in 2017; 2018 will slow8 Jan 18

West European car sales fell by 5.2% year-on-year in December, according to data released by LMC Automotive.  However, the decline was impacted by the holidays calendar which meant most markets faced ...read more


BMW and Bosch top company rankings in annual just-auto survey8 Jan 18

Respondents to just-auto's annual confidence survey are overwhelmingly optimistic on prospects for their companies over the next twelve months. A majority of respondents - professionals working direct...read more


Toyota and Dassault join over digital retail8 Jan 18

Dassault Systemes and Toyota Motor Europe have signed a three-year contract to collaborate on an optimised digital production process to create next generation digital marketing solutions for all new ...read more


NXP reveals Automated Drive Kit8 Jan 18

NXP Semiconductors has unveiled its Automated Drive Kit, a software-enabled platform for the development and testing of automated vehicle applications. ...read more


Gentex CEO retires8 Jan 18

Gentex has announced the retirement of Fred Bauer as CEO and chairman and his resignation from the board....read more


Denso invests in mobility developer ActiveScaler8 Jan 18

Denso is to invest in start-up company, ActiveScaler, a developer of Managed MaaS (Mobility-as-a-Service) systems powered by artificial intelligence. ...read more


CES – Argus/Renesas team on cyber security8 Jan 18

Argus Cyber Security is to integrate two of its solution suites with Renesas Electronics to protect vehicle infotainment and telematics units against cyber-attacks....read more


PSA to create fourth Selvenord production team8 Jan 18

PSA is to introduce a fourth production team and hire nearly 600 people at its Hordain plant in Selvenord, France, by May this year....read more


CES - Continental on connectivity, Alexa and a speakerless sound system8 Jan 18

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES, we spoke to Dr Karsten Michels, head of Interior Systems & Technology, division Interior, Continental to l...read more


CES - Innoviz Technologies’ mission to enable the mass commercialisation of AVs5 Jan 18

Initiating just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES this month, we spoke to Omer Keilaf, CEO and Co-founder of Innoviz Technologies just ahead of the official ...read more


Denso and start-up to develop power semiconductor for EVs5 Jan 18

Denso Corporation and FLOSFIA Inc., a tech start-up spun from Kyoto University, are partnering to develop a next-generation power semiconductor device expected to reduce the energy loss, cost, size an...read more


UK average new car CO2 up in 20175 Jan 18

New figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that carbon tailpipe emissions from new cars have risen for the first time since 1997, with new cars averaging ...read more


Toyota Research Institute to present new research vehicle at CES5 Jan 18

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will show its next-generation automated driving research vehicle, Platform 3.0, at CES in Las Vegas. ...read more


NXP expands radar portfolio for automotive applications5 Jan 18

NXP Semiconductors has announced the latest addition to its 77GHz radar portfolio - the NXP MR3003 Radar Transceiver developed for front or corner radar applications in automated driving....read more


JLR India sales surge 49% in 20175 Jan 18

Jaguar Land Rover India says it grew 49% in volume for calendar year 2017, with a total of 3,954 units sold....read more


Hyundai/Aurora to develop Level-4 autonomous vehicles5 Jan 18

Hyundai and Aurora have unveiled a partnership to bring self-driving Hyundai vehicles to market by 2021....read more


BMW to offer Here Safety Services in future vehicles5 Jan 18

BMW will be the first automaker to offer Here Safety Services in production vehicles starting in mid-2018, with services available to drivers and passengers across North America and Western Europe....read more


Aston Martin sales grew 58% in 20175 Jan 18

Aston Martin Holdings, the producer of luxury handcrafted sports cars, announced that it sold 5,117 sports cars last year amid sell-out demand for its DB11 model and special vehicles including the Van...read more


Nexeon secures GBP7m Li-Ion battery project funding5 Jan 18

Nexeon and its partners have been awarded GBP7m (US$9.5m) in Innovate UK funding for a project to develop improved materials for Li-ion batteries....read more


UK new car market declined in 20175 Jan 18

The UK's new car market declined by 5.7% in 2017, although the market - at over 2.5m units - was still the UK's third highest in ten years....read more


Faurecia and Accenture team on mobility services5 Jan 18

Faurecia and Accenture have signed a memorandum of understanding for a five-year collaboration to accelerate innovation for mobility services....read more


Tesla sales surge 27% in Q4 20174 Jan 18

Tesla has reported a sharp increase in sales and a ramp-up in production of its Model 3 towards the end of the last quarter of 2017. It also said it has made 'major progress' in addressing production ...read more


December brings a soft landing for US light vehicle sales4 Jan 18

The wait is over; the other shoe has dropped. After seven consecutive years of growth, including a couple of consecutive all-time sales records, US light vehicle sales ran out of steam in 2017....read more


BlackBerry/Baidu partner on driverless software4 Jan 18

BlackBerry and Chinese language Internet search provider Baidu have announced that the two companies will collaborate to accelerate the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology for au...read more


Taiwan sales hit 12-year high in 20174 Jan 18

New vehicle sales in Taiwan rose slightly in December, by 0.6% to 42,217 units compared with 41,950 sales in the same month of 2016, according to local reports citing company data....read more


Geely to become AB Volvo’s largest shareholder4 Jan 18

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is set to become the largest shareholder in AB Volvo after it agreed to buy the 8.2% stake held in the Swedish truck and bus maker by Cevian Capital, according to ...read more


Conti and Bosch to acquire 5% each of Here Technologies4 Jan 18

Continental and Bosch are to acquire a 5% stake in mapping and location services provider, Here Technologies....read more


Hyundai Mobis to unveil life-saving DDREM technology at CES 20184 Jan 18

Hyundai Mobis will unveil its DDREM - Departed Driver Rescue and Exit Manoeuvre - technology at CES 2018....read more


Dacia extends UK scrappage programme for Duster/Sandero4 Jan 18

Dacia UK has extended its scrappage scheme until the end of March this year, allowing customers to trade-in and scrap older vehicles for a new Duster or Sandero....read more


Forsee Power nets EUR55m package for battery industrialisation4 Jan 18

Forsee Power says it has secured a EUR55m financing package to support battery industrialisation from Mitsui & Co, the European Investment Bank (EIB) via the European Fund for Strategic Investments (E...read more


Electric cars - Can Porsche make them profitable as well as sexy?4 Jan 18

Porsche hasn't been a sports car company for a long time: SUVs and the Panamera are the reason why this once small firm produces such enormous profits and large numbers of vehicles. Spending is now we...read more


BMW to extend new i3 traction control system to all models3 Jan 18

BMW says a new traction control system being debuted in the electric i3s will eventually be rolled out across all BMW and Mini models because of the benefits to driving stability resulting from shorte...read more


Hyundai and Kia set 2018 targets low3 Jan 18

Hyundai and Kia have set their combined sales target for this year at just 7.55m units, marking the lowest annual sales goal since 2013 and only slightly up on 2017's estimated result....read more


Nissan unveils 'brain to vehicle' research3 Jan 18

Nissan has unveiled research that it claims will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, redefining how people interact with their cars....read more


Magna to use virtual reality to show technology at CES 20183 Jan 18

Magna is to showcase its electrification and autonomous technology at CES 2018 using virtual reality....read more


Tata Motors/Westport Fuel ink development and supply deal3 Jan 18

Westport Fuel Systems has inked a development and supply agreement with Tata Motors for its 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder natural gas spark-ignited commercial vehicle engine family to meet the Indian Gove...read more


NIO/GAC join team on new energy vehicle project3 Jan 18

NIO has signed an agreement and new energy vehicle project deal with Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC). ...read more


On Semiconductor image sensors for Baidu Apollo platform3 Jan 18

On Semiconductor has joined Baidu’s Apollo Autonomous Driving Platform allowing ecosystem partners to obtain plug-and-play compatible imaging solutions jointly developed by both companies....read more


IC Bus wins propane bus orders from Franklin County Schools3 Jan 18

IC Bus is to provide 44 CE Series school buses by Franklin County Schools in Alabama, using the Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-litre LP propane engine....read more


Aptiv/Lyft to present self-driving rides at CES 20183 Jan 18

Aptiv, recently formed from Delphi, and ride-hailing company Lyft, have announced a partnership to demonstrate a 'first-of-its-kind' fully automated point-to-point ride-hailing experience during the C...read more


ANALYSIS - Future SUVs and electric Audi models3 Jan 18

This is the second chapter of two concerning current and future Audi vehicles. The first looked at sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes and convertibles. Now comes an in-depth round up of what the compa...read more


GAC launches GM8 MPV in China2 Jan 18

GAC (Guangzhou Automobile Group) Motor has officially released its first high-end multi-purpose vehicle, the GM8, onto the Chinese market at a product release event held at the Mangrove Tree Internati...read more


BMW starts pre-production X7 assembly2 Jan 18

Production of the first pre-production models of the new BMW X7 Sports Activity Vehicle has commenced at the BMW Group Spartanburg plant in the US. BMW said the countdown has started for the final twe...read more


Hanon/Fawer establish automotive components JV in China2 Jan 18

Hanon Systems a global automotive supplier of thermal and energy management solutions, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to establish a second joint venture with Fawer Automotive Par...read more


First shipments of Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross reach UK2 Jan 18

The first shipments of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV/crossover have landed in the UK ahead of market launch this month....read more


ANALYSIS - Audi future models Part 1 of 22 Jan 18

The latest brand to be looked at as part of just-auto's overview of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car divisions is Audi. This follows features on VW, Škoda, SEAT, Bugatti, Bentley and Lamborghini. ...read more


LG/HERE to offer next-gen telematics solution for autonomous vehicles2 Jan 18

LG Electronics (LG) is partnering with HERE Technologies (HERE), a global provider of digital mapping and location services, to offer a 'next-generation telematics solution for autonomous vehicles'....read more


VW brand produced 6m vehicles in 20172 Jan 18

The Volkswagen brand produced more than six million vehicles in 2017, setting a new record....read more


Bosch sells its subsidiary SEG Automotive to ZMJ2 Jan 18

At the end of 2017, Bosch completed the scheduled sale of its subsidiary SEG Automotive Germany GmbH, the former Robert Bosch Starter Motors Generators Holding GmbH, together with all subsidiaries, to...read more


Velodyne LiDAR slashes sensor price2 Jan 18

Velodyne LiDAR has announced an 'up to 50% cost reduction' for its VLP-16 Puck sensor due to expanded volume and lower unit costs.   ...read more


Panasonic develops new electrolytic capacitor for automotive ECUs2 Jan 18

Panasonic Corporation has announced that it has commercialised an anti-vibration, surface-mounted conductive-polymer hybrid aluminium electrolytic capacitor suitable for use in power circuits for auto...read more


Review of the automotive year, 2017 (part two)22 Dec 17

Editor Dave Leggett offers a personal take and review of the year with a look at selected highlights. This instalment takes in the second half of 2017....read more


Thai vehicle sales jump 20% in November22 Dec 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded by over 20% to 78,082 units in November compared with 64,771 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI)....read more


JAC to build plant in Brazil22 Dec 17

Chinese automaker JAC Motors plans to invest BRL200m (US$61m) in a new vehicle assembly plant in Brazil....read more


Indonesia vehicle sales fall 5% in November22 Dec 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia declined by 4.7% to 96,200 units in November from 100,880 units a year earlier, according industry sources citing data released by industry association Gaikindo....read more


Global automakers in major new-energy overhaul - ANALYSIS22 Dec 17

Automakers around the world have stepped up their efforts to expand into the new-energy vehicle (NEV) segment, in what is being described as the most far-reaching overhaul of the global automotive ind...read more


Gestamp names Francisco López Peña as new CEO22 Dec 17

Gestamp has appointed Francisco López Peña as CEO, replacing Francisco Riberas who will keep his functions as executive chairman....read more


NXP/Baidu announce cooperation in autonomous driving22 Dec 17

NXP Semiconductors, the world’s largest automotive semiconductor supplier and Baidu, the leading Chinese language search provider, have announced a cooperation in autonomous driving....read more


Mercedes-Benz/BVG/Via team for ridesharing in Berlin22 Dec 17

German transport operator Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and ViaVan, a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz Vans and Via, have joined forces to form a rideshare research and development collaboration....read more


Martinrea opens new technical centre in Michigan22 Dec 17

Martinrea International has announced the opening of its new technical centre in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The new facility combines research and development, engineering and testing capabilities under ...read more


Daimler Mobility Services acquires majority stake in Chauffeur Prive22 Dec 17

Daimler Mobility Services has acquired a majority stake in French private hire company, Chauffeur Prive for an unspecified sum....read more


Osram showcases lighting technology at CES 201822 Dec 17

Osram will feature its laser work with LiDar and infrared LED technology for autonomous driving at CES in Las Vegas....read more


just-auto takes a festive break22 Dec 17

Well, here we are again. It's that time of the year when many of us check out of our offices for the festive break that takes in the Christmas and New Year celebrations....read more


Honda, Nissan developing solid-state batteries for EVs21 Dec 17

Honda and Nissan are developing solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, according to a Japanese media report....read more


PSA unveils raft of management changes21 Dec 17

PSA says Brigitte Courtehoux will join its executive committee and becomes Executive Vice President of Mobility and Connectivity Services to replace Grégoire Olivier....read more


Nissan launches online reservation system for Leaf21 Dec 17

Nissan in the UK is launching an online reservation system for its new Leaf as pre-orders pass 10,000 across Europe....read more


Valmet Automotive re-organises its engineering services21 Dec 17

Valmet has reorganised its strategy for 2018-2020 focusing on engineering services with new locations in Germany and expanding activity connected to electric mobility...read more


VW Brand China surpasses 3m car sales in 201721 Dec 17

VW says that 'Volkswagen Brand China' has become the first ever automaker to deliver three million cars to customers in a single market in just one year. ...read more


Can newly updated Lexus CT 200h still compete?21 Dec 17

Sometimes, Toyota Motor Corporation does curious things. The new Lexus LC and LS are clearly money no object designs. Why then has it chosen to extend the life of the seven-year old CT 200h with anoth...read more


Quanergy opens new 3D Lidar sensor production facility in Sunnyvale21 Dec 17

Quanergy has opened a new production factory located in Sunnyvale, California producing S3 solid state Lidar sensors....read more


Pioneer joins NVIDIA over autonomous driving solutions21 Dec 17

Pioneer Corporation has announced a collaboration with NVIDIA, a leader in AI computing, to combine its 3D-Lidar sensors with the NVIDIA Drive PX AI computing platform for autonomous driving solutions...read more


Hyundai/SoundHound to develop voice-enabled virtual assistant system21 Dec 17

Hyundai Motor Company says it has taken a major step towards equipping future connected vehicles with 'the voice recognition technology necessary to keep pace with growing, real-time data needs of dri...read more


Henniges opens new sealing plant in China21 Dec 17

Henniges has opened a new, scalable 79,500 sq ft (7,391 sq m) facility in Suzhou, China creating around 70 jobs....read more


BMW Group China appoints new president and CEO21 Dec 17

BMW Group has announced that Jochen Goller (51) will take over the position of president and CEO of BMW Group Region China with effect from 1 March 2018. ...read more


Faltering home market drags UK car output down21 Dec 17

UK car output fell by 4.6% in November as domestic demand faltered. However, data from the SMMT also showed that output for export markets was slightly up in the month....read more


'Incentives war' warning for US in 201821 Dec 17

Edmunds forecasts that the US light vehicle market will hit 17.2m units this year after a strong end to the year as manufacturers look to shift inventory before the year finishes....read more


Denso invests in Ridecell as part of Series B funding21 Dec 17

Denso is to invest in carsharing platform, Ridecell as a significant contributor to the company's recent Series B funding round....read more


Unite union signs new "landmark" agreement with Nissan in Sunderland20 Dec 17

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, the UK’s largest union, signed a new landmark agreement on behalf of the union’s members at Nissan's car plant in Sunderland this week. ...read more


Continental and Huawei work with partner on connectivity20 Dec 17

Continental and Huawei have been working with a wireless communication technology called the Cellular Vehicle to Everything, or C-V2X, for autonomous drive applications....read more


VW extends scrappage program for old diesels in Germany20 Dec 17

Volkswagen has extended its scrappage incentive program in Germany up to the end of March 2018. ...read more


Q&A on automated driving with Toyota20 Dec 17

At Toyota's recent Advanced Technology Seminar in its R&D Centre in Zaventem, Belgium, the company explained its global vision towards ZERO accidents. In a unique double interview, Seigo Kuzumaki, TMC...read more


Michelin North America appoints new leaders20 Dec 17

Michelin Group has named Scott Clark as the next chairman and president of its North America operations, effective 1 January, while Joanie Martin has been announced as chief administrative officer, a ...read more


Magna realigns management structure along product lines20 Dec 17

Magna is realigning its management structure along product lines to enhance synergies across groups....read more


BMW/Solid Power to develop solid-state batteries for EV applications20 Dec 17

Solid Power, a leading developer of solid-state rechargeable batteries, has announced a partnership with the BMW Group....read more


BMW Spartanburg plant rolls off first X7 pre-production model20 Dec 17

Production of the first pre-production models of the new BMW X7 Sports Activity Vehicle has commenced at the BMW Group Spartanburg plant, US. ...read more


ANALYSIS - Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini future vehicles20 Dec 17

After reviewing Volkswagen, Škoda and SEAT, and with Audi and Porsche still to come, just-auto's series on the future models of the Volkswagen Group now turns to the three smallest volume luxury brand...read more


Nexteer breaks ground on new plant for Liuzhou19 Dec 17

Nexteer Automotive has broken ground on an Electric Power Steering (EPS) manufacturing plant in Liuzhou, China....read more


European production of new Nissan Leaf starts19 Dec 17

Production of the new Nissan Leaf for European markets has started at the company's Sunderland, UK, plant....read more


Renault adds Daimler co-developed engine19 Dec 17

Renault has introduced a new petrol engine co-developed as part of the partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler....read more


VW appoints new head of 'Battery Cell Centre of Excellence'19 Dec 17

Frank Blome is to head the Battery Cell Centre of Excellence of the Volkswagen brand. Blome, previously chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH, is to assume the newly created fun...read more


Magna supplies aluminium body for NIO ES8 electric SUV19 Dec 17

Chinese startup NIO has launched its NIO ES8 electric SUV, a vehicle which comes to market with systems supplied by Magna. ...read more


Huf International to acquire MHG Thailand19 Dec 17

Huf Group and MH Group have agreed Huf International will acquire all shares in MHG Thailand....read more


Hella to open new technical centre in Michigan19 Dec 17

Hella will open a new administrative and technical centre in Northville, Michigan, at the begin of 2019. The new site will replace the already existing location in Plymouth five kilometres away...read more


BMW Group sells 100,000 electrified vehicles in 201719 Dec 17

The BMW Group has met its target and delivered more than 100,000 electrified vehicles to customers worldwide in 2017....read more


Autoliv to reveal LIV 2.0 advanced research vehicle at CES 201819 Dec 17

Autoliv will highlight its Learning Intelligent Vehicle (LIV) 2.0, a real human/machine interaction that will help shape consumer acceptance of autonomous vehicles, at CES 2018....read more


Malaysia sales flat in November19 Dec 17

New vehicle sales in Malaysia were just slightly higher in November, by 0.2% at 49,184 units from 49,095 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Assoc...read more


Tesla tells Uber and taxi drivers no to superchargers19 Dec 17

Professional drivers using Tesla cars as taxis or on-demand services in the US, such as Uber and Lyft, are being told that they can no longer use the company's fast-charge 'superchargers'....read more


Electrify America to set up 2,800 EV charging stations by 201919 Dec 17

Volkswagen subsidiary, Electrify America is to install more than 2,800 workplace and residential charging stations by June, 2019 in 17 of the largest metropolitan areas in the US....read more


Why FCA was right to tap Mitsubishi for Fiat Fullback pick-up19 Dec 17

FCA turned to Mazda when it wanted RWD roadsters for its Fiat and Abarth brands. Then, when it sought expertise in one-tonne pick-ups, the company signed a deal to have Mitsubishi Motors supply Fiat a...read more


Russia revival powers on with November sales rise18 Dec 17

Russia is continuing its stellar recovery from the calamitous falls in car and light commercial vehicle sales during the past four years to record November numbers up 15%....read more


Toyota ramps up EV plans18 Dec 17

Toyota has said it is aiming for more than 5.5m electrified vehicles sales a year - including 1m BEVs - by 2030. It also says it will have 'more than 10' BEV models in its line-up by the early 2020s....read more


Interior design and technology – Honda HR-V18 Dec 17

The second-generation Honda HR-V is designed to appeal to young singles and pre-family couples. Its rivals include the popular yet quirky Nissan Juke and Kia Soul. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review o...read more


Review of the automotive year, 201718 Dec 17

Editor Dave Leggett offers a personal take and review of the year with a look at selected highlights. This instalment takes in the first half of 2017....read more


Mercedes-Benz plans design centre in France18 Dec 17

In 2018, Mercedes-Benz will open a new design centre in France's "Silicon Valley" on the Côte d'Azur....read more


Ridecell powers Madrid Zity carsharing service platform18 Dec 17

Carsharing platform developer,  Ridecell says it is providing the technology foundation for Zity, a new service in Madrid....read more


Magna to present EtelligentDrive systems at CES 201818 Dec 17

Magna is presenting its EtelligentDrive systems at CES 2018, with the company's e1 demonstration concept vehicle used to demonstrate different electric-drive (e-drive) concepts and systems, as well as...read more


Daimler Trucks delivers EVs to logistics firms18 Dec 17

Daimler Trucks has delivered the first units of its all-electric Fuso eCanter to logistics companies, DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser....read more


Québec opens first EV charging superstation18 Dec 17

Québec has opened its first 'universal superstation' to charge electric vehicles in Beloeil as well as ten further locations in the next two years....read more


ANALYSIS - Skoda future models18 Dec 17

Škoda has come a long way in a relatively short period. Sales keep rising, especially in China and Europe, and profits with them. This, more than any other, is the division which can seemingly do no w...read more


EVs in US not such a Smart move - the week15 Dec 17

Going all-electric in the US does not appear to have worked too well for Smart, as we noted in this article. "Might the initial results of a strategy which has been Smart US dropping its petrol-powere...read more


Borg Warner names new COO15 Dec 17

BorgWarner announced the appointment of Frederic Lissalde to executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective 1 January, 2018....read more


Opel worker hours trimmed15 Dec 17

As part of a drive to reduce costs and make PSA's Opel-Vauxhall unit more competitive, workers at Opel will have their hours pegged at 35 hours per week. Opel/Vauxhall has agreed a number of measures ...read more


PSA/OV purchasing integration to account for 30% synergies15 Dec 17

PSA has unveiled a new unit bring together Peugeot/Citroën/DS (PCD) and Opel/Vauxhall (OV) Purchasing and Supplier Quality Organisations....read more


Volkswagen goes after Qashqai with Bamtastic T-Roc15 Dec 17

Volkswagen has at long last entered Europe's C-crossover segment, with a rival for the Qashqai. The T-Roc is strong on driving dynamics and, from certain angles, looks. One major surprise however, is ...read more


Hanon Systems to build automotive compressor plant in China15 Dec 17

Global automotive supplier Hanon Systems announced that it had signed an investment agreement with the Dalian municipal government in China to expand its automotive compressor operations to support lo...read more


Aston Martin production returns to Newport Pagnell site15 Dec 17

Another landmark in Aston Martin’s Second Century Plan was achieved with production officially returning to the company's historic Newport Pagnell site....read more


VW group YTD volume up 3.9% so far15 Dec 17

Volkswagen Group sold 995,900 vehicles in November, up 11.1% year on year. YTD volume was up 3.9% to 9,743,400....read more


Paccar appoints new president and chief financial officer15 Dec 17

Paccar has appointed Harrie Schippers as president and chief financial officer, effective 1 January next year. ...read more


Renault opens new Alpine A110 production line in Dieppe15 Dec 17

Renault chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, as well as France’s Minister for Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, have inaugurated the new Alpine A110 production line at the automaker's facility in Dieppe...read more


BASF/Toda strengthening US and Japan production15 Dec 17

BASF and Toda Kogyo are strengthening  production capabilities in the US and Japan to work on e-mobility....read more


AGC develops new CFRTP technology15 Dec 17

AGC Asahi Glass has unveiled a new technology enhancing the performance of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP)....read more


Time to end the era of homogeneous design?15 Dec 17

Has the world gone mad? We've all been there - looking at the supernumerated types on the late train back home. We'll take a surreptitious glance at them working away on their laptop or iPad. We see t...read more


Renault forms JV with Brilliance for China LCV production15 Dec 17

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings [BMW's car JV partner] have inked a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) using Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands aimi...read more


The Ingenium petrol Evoque - any good?14 Dec 17

Last time I spent more than 10 minutes with a Range Rover product: it had an inline six cylinder engine. Diesel. Made by BMW. That long ago....read more


Nissan recalls 320,000 vehicles in Japan after eight fires reported14 Dec 17

Nissan is recalling nearly 320,000 vehicles in Japan to fix defective coating in an electronic power unit that could cause a short circuit and fire in the worst case scenario....read more


Denso acquires InfiniteKey to advance keyless automotive experience14 Dec 17

Denso has acquired Holland, Michigan based InfiniteKey along with several key patents and R&D resources....read more


Ford moving Fusion/Mondeo to China - reports14 Dec 17

Ford has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources told Reuters....read more


BASF opens new automotive coatings plant in Thailand14 Dec 17

BASF's coatings division has opened a new automotive plant at its Bangpoo manufacturing site, Samutprakarn province, Thailand....read more


Hungary powers on with 220 new Valeo jobs14 Dec 17

Valeo Auto-Electric Magyarország is expanding its manufacturing and R&D complex in Veszprém, Hungary, with a EUR60m (US$71m) greenfield project creating 220 new jobs....read more


Scania spends SEK1.5bn on energy efficient foundry14 Dec 17

Scania plans to spend about SEK1.5bn on a new foundry in Sodertalje, Sweden, in order to triple production capacity and achieve a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to the technology and met...read more


Bendix Wingman technology standard for Mack Trucks Anthem14 Dec 17

Bendix’s advanced driver assistance system, Wingman Fusion, will come as standard on all models of the new Anthem from Mack Trucks....read more


Varroc to start Morocco production facility14 Dec 17

Varroc Lighting Systems is establishing a manufacturing and product development base in Morocco....read more


Europeans still want to drive in autonomous world - survey14 Dec 17

Two out of three European drivers want to be able to drive even if self-driving cars become commonplace, according to research from Mazda....read more


Philippine sales up 24% in November ahead of tax hikes14 Dec 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines jumped by almost 24% to 40,799 units in November from 32,966 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive ...read more


Renault takes stake in publisher to ready driverless content14 Dec 17

Groupe Renault is to take a stake in a French publisher of magazines in a move that it says will help it to develop 'editorial services' for the passengers of autonomous cars in the future....read more


Mini car wash tests paint durability in US13 Dec 17

A miniature car wash, about the size and shape of a popcorn machine, plays an important role at the Nissan Technical Center North America in Michigan....read more


VW bank eyes higher annual profit13 Dec 17

Volkswagen Financial Services has said its 2017 profit would exceed the record EUR2.1bn euros ($2.47bn) it made in 2016....read more


BAIC eyes 2025 phase-out for gasoline cars - report13 Dec 17

Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) is reportedly planning the phase-out of conventional fuel-powered cars sold under its own brand by 2025 as part of an ambitious new energy cars campaign....read more


Keihin gears up for electric power control systems13 Dec 17

Japanese supplier Keihin - a Honda affiliated company that specialises in fuel supply systems and engine parts - is planning a big product shift towards electric power control systems....read more


RHD Chevrolets returning to Australia13 Dec 17

Right hand drive Chevrolet models are returning to Australia (and likely New Zealand) with local conversions by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV)....read more


Euro NCAP names a zero stars Fiat13 Dec 17

Euro NCAP has rounded off its busiest year with new safety ratings for 15 more car models, including zero for a Fiat model many probably thought was obsolete by now....read more


Toyota and Panasonic mull batteries collaboration13 Dec 17

Toyota and Panasonic have announced an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive battery business....read more


Schaeffler acquires Compact Dynamics13 Dec 17

Schaeffler has acquired the remaining 49% stake in Compact Dynamics company from Semikron, one year after securing a majority stake....read more


Moovel/SSB to pilot new mobility service in Stuttgart13 Dec 17

Moovel Group and the Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen (SSB) are to pilot a new mobility service in the German city, which customers can book on demand. ...read more


Hella to research on communication for automated driving13 Dec 17

Hella and project partners are to research how communication between automated and non-automated road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicle drivers could look like in a three-year proj...read more


Aptiv opens new technology centre in Boston13 Dec 17

Aptiv has opened a new technology centre in Boston’s Seaport district, expanding the company’s US engineering footprint....read more


Hyundai agrees truck JV in Indonesia13 Dec 17

Hyundai Motor signed a preliminary agreement with Indonesian conglomerate Artha Graha (AG) Group to establish a joint venture to assemble and supply commercial vehicles to markets across south east As...read more


Autoneum and Ayegh team for Iran component production13 Dec 17

Autoneum has concluded an exclusive licence agreement with automotive supplier, Ayegh Khodro Toos (AKT) for the production and distribution of its multifunctional components for acoustic and thermal m...read more


Plastic Omnium confirms EUR8bn revenue for 201713 Dec 17

Plastic Omnium is confirming EUR8bn (US$9.4bn) revenue for this year at its Investor Day at the S-Sigmatech global R&D centre for exterior components and modules in Lyon....read more


ANALYSIS - Future EVs and SUVs will transform SEAT13 Dec 17

This year, SEAT has finally pleased its paymasters in Wolfsburg. The company might not yet be exactly awash with cash, but the black ink is at last flowing. The Volkswagen Group's belief that its Span...read more


PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis - report12 Dec 17

PepsiCo has reserved 100 of Tesla's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive told Reuters....read more


Autoliv to spin-off Electronics segment in Q3 next year12 Dec 17

Autoliv says it will prepare for a spin-off of its Electronics business segment, creating a new, independent publicly traded company during the third quarter of next year....read more


Denso claims world's largest HUD fitted to Lexus LS12 Dec 17

Denso says it has developed a thin-film transistor (TFT), liquid-crystal head-up display (HUD) that is the world’s largest automotive head-up display with a near 24-inch projection. The product is ava...read more


KBA orders VW Touareg diesel recall over emissions cheating12 Dec 17

Germany's KBA automotive watchdog reportedly has announced a recall of top SUVs with three litre diesel engines after detecting two illicit emissions control devices in the models....read more


Volkswagen strengthens its rules to ensure sustainable, socially compatible raw material procurement12 Dec 17

The Volkswagen Group said it was currently talking with suppliers to determine how the sustainability of the supply chain, especially for raw materials used in electric vehicles, can be improved....read more


SEAT building new automated logistics centre at Martorell site12 Dec 17

VW Group-owned SEAT is building a new and automated logistics centre, providing storage for parts and components and equipped with smart technology to make its operation completely automated. ...read more


Major Morocco OEM/supplier deal to create 11,500 new jobs12 Dec 17

Morocco has inked a huge raft of automotive deals with international OEMS and suppliers worth around US$1.5bn and creating more than 11,500 jobs....read more


ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen EVs and SUVs12 Dec 17

In this final part of three articles which discuss the current and future models plans for the Volkswagen passenger car brands, just-auto takes a look at electrified models, crossovers and SUVs. This ...read more


Audi drops Ducati sale plan12 Dec 17

Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler reportedly has said the automaker dropped plans to sell Italian motorcycle brand Ducati....read more


Volkswagen deliveries reach all time record in November12 Dec 17

The Volkswagen brand said it delivered more vehicles worldwide in November than ever before in a single month: 594,300 units....read more


GM hedges mobility bets, but 'owner-driver' model stays12 Dec 17

Although GM is taking steps to reap the benefits of greater electrification and use of driverless vehicle technologies in the future, company CEO Mary Barra also stresses that the traditional 'owner-d...read more


Swedish families help Volvo Cars develop autonomous drive cars12 Dec 17

Geely's Volvo Cars will from today start developing its autonomous drive cars with help from Swedish families who will test its cars on the public roads of Gothenburg and feed back their impressions t...read more


China sales up slightly in November12 Dec 17

New vehicle sales in China increased by less than 1% to 2.96m units in November from strong year earlier sales of 2.94m units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


New company to accelerate Japan’s hydrogen initiative12 Dec 17

Eleven companies have inked a deal to form a new venture next year to develop Japanese hydrogen recharging stations (HRS) for fuel cell vehicles...read more


BASF expands Poland Sroda Slaska site12 Dec 17

BASF is expanding its mobile emissions catalysts production site in Sroda Slaska, Poland. ...read more


Nautilus - does this engine change everything?12 Dec 17

just-auto’s Calum MacRae met with Nautilus’s CEO and founder Matthew Riley and Mark Glasson the company’s president of Global Automotive to find out more. ...read more


Skeleton Technologies inks Sumitomo distribution agreement12 Dec 17

Ultracapacitor manufacturer, Skeleton Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with Sumitomo Corporation Europe to provide energy storage solutions for the hybrid electric and electric vehicle...read more


Toyota reshuffles European management for 201811 Dec 17

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has announced a new organisation and several executive level appointments at its European headquarters and affiliates....read more


Hungary eyes Ukraine to address labour shortage11 Dec 17

Hungary is attempting to alleviate part of the "huge competition" for labour in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) by trying to attract workers from Ukraine....read more


COMMENT - US sales plummet as Smart goes electric11 Dec 17

Might the initial results of a strategy which has been smart USA dropping its petrol-powered fortwo range hold a warning for others? In November, the brand was not only outsold by Lamborghini, but Rol...read more


Ford China sales dip in November11 Dec 17

Ford sales in China in total fell 8% year on year in November to nearly 118,000 vehicles....read more


Lear to acquire GPS developer EXO Technologies11 Dec 17

Lear Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Israel-based EXO Technologies, a developer of GPS technology for autonomous and connected vehicle applications. It has operations in...read more


BYD invests in Morocco11 Dec 17

BYD is investing in Morocco and has announced an MoU for the supply of a 'range of renewable energy solutions to the country leading by the company’s innovative straddle monorail system, the SkyRail; ...read more


Ford modifies scrappage scheme to save classics11 Dec 17

Ford has modified its 'scrappage scheme' as it extends it into the first quarter of 2018. After an outcry over the fate of a Standard car traded in earlier (it was saved after classic car fans' pleas ...read more


Hyundai labour union plans more strikes11 Dec 17

Hyundai Motor’s labour union is planning to stage more strikes over five consecutive days this week starting today (Monday, December 11), according to the Korea Herald....read more


Vietnam sales drop 18% in November11 Dec 17

Vietnam's new vehicle market continued to fall sharply in November, by 17.7% to 21,622 units from 26,284 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automoti...read more


SAIC Motor opens second assembly plant in Thailand11 Dec 17

SAIC Motor has opened its second vehicle assembly plant in Thailand with a ceremony attended by the country's deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak....read more


Bosch opens new auto parts plant in Thailand11 Dec 17

Robert Bosch has opened a new THB3.2bn (US$98.5m) automotive components manufacturing facility in Thailand's Rayong province....read more


Valeo unveils investment in Cathay CarTech Fund11 Dec 17

Valeo has confirmed its investment of CNY375m (US$59m) in Cathay CarTech Fund - Cathay Capital’s first RMB fund - to take a stake in China’s automotive and mobility ecosystem....read more


Meritor invests in TransPower EV commercial vehicles solutions11 Dec 17

Meritor has unveiled an undisclosed investment in TransPower, an electrification technology company for large commercial vehicles....read more


Faurecia invests in US start-up Alsentis11 Dec 17

Faurecia is investing in US start-up, Alsentis, reinforcing its technology in Smart Surfaces.  ...read more


Land Rover Defender mini-me planned - the week8 Dec 17

A story about an upcoming new model for a much loved brand drew a lot of readership this week. Such interest in the Home Team (just up the road from us) was no surprise, of course....read more


Australia car sales head for another annual record8 Dec 17

Record November sales have kept the Australian motor industry on target for another best selling year, according to the latest results released by the industry's statistical service VFACTS....read more


VW stops van shipments, recalls Russia Polo8 Dec 17

Volkswagen has stopped delivery of a popular van line due to concerns over emissions....read more


ANALYSIS - Audi ditches the V8 in new RS 58 Dec 17

The old RS 5 Coupé sounded so much better than its BMW M4 rival, so why has Audi dropped the sonorous 4.2-litre V8 and replaced it with a muted turbo V6 in the new model? ...read more


GM adds commerce platform for in-car purchases8 Dec 17

General Motors customers will be able to order and pay for their morning coffee by tapping their in-vehicle touchscreen via a new commerce platform that will allow a range of on-demand reservations an...read more


Hyundai expands car-sharing with Korean start-up8 Dec 17

Hyundai Motor is planning to expand its car-sharing activity through a deepening of its collaboration with Korean ride-share start-up Luxi....read more


Nissan to introduce car-sharing service in Japan8 Dec 17

As part of its Intelligent Mobility, Nissan will introduce a car sharing service in Japan enabling users to experience the company's advanced technologies in vehicle electrification and intelligence....read more


JLR global sales up 10% in November 20178 Dec 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover sold 52,332 vehicles in November, up 10% year on year, driven by strong sales of Land Rover models....read more


Renault/Ferrovial to start Zity car-sharing service in Madrid8 Dec 17

Renault and Ferrovial will start providing 500 all-electric Zoe vehicles in Madrid this month through the Zity car sharing scheme using smartphone applications....read more


Lada Russia sales surge 14.3% in November8 Dec 17

Lada has posted November sales up 14% to 29,163 units, with 11-month figures showing 279,008 registrations, up 17%....read more


ZF CEO quits suddenly "by consensus"8 Dec 17

ZF CEO, Stefan Sommer has stepped down with immediate effect with no reason for the sudden rupture given by the German supplier....read more


Hyundai unions to step up strike action8 Dec 17

Hyundai Motor's labour unions are stepping up strike action follow their failure to reach an agreement with management over renumeration, according to local reports....read more


Groupe PSA planning secret SC21 car for India8 Dec 17

A business daily says Groupe PSA is planning to build a B segment car at its Indian JV in 2020. ...read more


Honda R&D/SenseTime join over research and development of automated driving technologies7 Dec 17

As part of its efforts to establish automated driving technologies to realise a collision-free society, Honda R&D, the R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor, has announced that it has signed a 5-year joint re...read more


Renault unveils new Alliance/Daimler petrol engine7 Dec 17

Renault has unveiled a new direct injection turbocharged 1.3L petrol engine co-developed by the Alliance and Daimler....read more


Honda invests in 'revolutionary' driving simulator7 Dec 17

Honda says it will become the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt new driving simulator technology, based on a 'revolutionary' architecture called DiM250 (Driver-in-Motion)....read more


ANALYSIS - Volkswagen architectures and future models Part 27 Dec 17

Future models plans for all of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car brands are being covered in this latest series of articles. First off, it was a look at Volkswagen itself with a round up of what's ...read more


Korea suppliers add value to remain competitive - Plakor director7 Dec 17

Rising cost of conducting business in South Korea is seeing some of the country's ultra-competitiveness erode, with the result suppliers are having to provide more value-added products to maintain att...read more


Another VW Dieselgate official jailed in US7 Dec 17

The US has jailed its second VW official since the Dieselgate scandal broke two years ago....read more


EXCLUSIVE - JLR shoots for millennials with L860 SUV7 Dec 17

Sources suggest Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning a small, rugged SUV to sit below the upcoming Defender replacement. The planned latest addition to the Land Rover SUV range will be aimed...read more


Ford and Alibaba look to work together in China7 Dec 17

As expected, Ford Motor Company and Alibaba Group on Thursday agreed to explore a strategic collaboration to jointly identify new opportunities to redefine consumer retail experiences and explore solu...read more


Japan sales fall 3% in November, Nissan plunges7 Dec 17

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 2.6% to 406,860 units in November from 417,600 a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association....read more


Groupe Renault announces senior management changes7 Dec 17

Current AvtoVAZ president and CEO, Nicolas Maure, has been appointed SVP, chairman of Eurasia Region to replace Denis Le Vot, who will take on new responsibilities within Renault- Nissan-Mitsubishi....read more


BASF enters partnership with start-up company Ahrma7 Dec 17

BASF has partnered with Dutch start-up company Ahrma Holding to work on logistic solutions, investing EUR5m (US$5.89m) in Ahrma shares....read more


West European car sales up 5.4% in November7 Dec 17

West European car registrations grew by 5.4% year-on-year (YoY) in November, according to data released by LMC Automotive. The selling rate for the region increased from 14m units a year in October to...read more


Autonomous to benefit elderly and blind - Bosch Hungary6 Dec 17

Bosch Hungary is highlighting the advantages for older and disabled people with the advent of autonomous vehicles as work to advance the concept gathers pace....read more


ANALYSIS - Volkswagen architectures and future models Part 16 Dec 17

Future models plans for all of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car brands are being covered in a new series of articles. First off, it's a look at Volkswagen itself with a round up of what's availabl...read more


Mercedes sets November record, Smart not so much6 Dec 17

Mercedes-Benz delivered 195,698 vehicles in November, a rise of 7.2% year on year and the 57th successive record month in succession....read more


Re-imagining the gas station and battery charge times - COMMENT6 Dec 17

Fully electric vehicles come with a number of challenges, of course....read more


End of the road for the Philippines’ iconic Jeepney6 Dec 17

The  Philippines' government is demanding that old fleets of public utility vehicles, mostly comprising colourful iconic Jeepney vehicles, be replaced with safer, more comfortable and more environment...read more


Ford reportedly plans Alibaba-assisted online sales6 Dec 17

Ford reportedly is set to announce a deal with Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba to trial car sales online....read more


Industry 4.0 to drive emerging economies - Grammer Serbia6 Dec 17

Fast-moving economies will be able to take advantage of Industry 4.0 techniques as their need to operate at faster rates capitalises on new technologies to drive efficiencies....read more


Thai Toyota trucks head to Japan6 Dec 17

Toyota's Hilux truck has returned to Japan after 13 years. This time, it's made in Thailand, a hub for Japanese and Ford brand pickups (though European Hilux supplies come from South Africa)....read more


Taiwan sales rise 5.6% in November6 Dec 17

New vehicle sales in Taiwan increased by 5.6% to 40,436 units in November compared with 38,284 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing company data....read more


New York State provides US$3.5m grant for EV research6 Dec 17

New York State governor, Andrew Cuomo is to make US$3.5m available for EV research and reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations....read more


Aptiv CEO eyes big fall in driverless car costs6 Dec 17

Aptiv (formerly Delphi) CEO Kevin Clark has said that big falls in driverless car costs lay ahead, potentially taking the cost of a driverless stack as low as USD5,000 by 2025....read more


Is Prius' longer extension cord worth it?5 Dec 17

The trouble with being first, or one of the first, is that you're sometimes not the best. Case in point - Mark One Prius Plug In Hybrid. All that Prius goodness - the quirky looks, the futuristic inte...read more


Ford boosts China growth plans5 Dec 17

Ford has outlined the next phase of its China expansion strategy, focused on SUVs, electric and connected vehicles, a streamlined business structure and closer connections to Chinese customers....read more


Nissan begins US latest Leaf production5 Dec 17

Production of the redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf is now under way at the automaker's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant ahead of retail sales starting next month....read more


Electric and autonomous driving boosting simulator demand5 Dec 17

Ever wondered how regenerative braking in hybrid and electric cars is calibrated by engineers? Or how the changeover from machine to human driver will be formulated in the future? These and many other...read more


PPG upgrades Saint-Just-en-Chaussee facility5 Dec 17

PPG has completed a US$1.4m upgrade of its automotive adhesives and sealants (A&S) manufacturing and research and development (R&D) centre in Saint-Just-en-Chaussee, France....read more


Skoda building new paint shop in Mlada Boleslav5 Dec 17

Skoda Auto has laid the foundation for a new paint shop in Mlada Boleslav which will cost EUR214.5m (US$254m) and create up to 650 jobs. The shop is expected to be running by June 2019....read more


NEVS starts electric 9-3 production5 Dec 17

NEVS's 9-3 electric car has started production in Tianjin, China, marking the stage from development to industrialisation....read more


MOIA introduces comprehensive ride pooling concept5 Dec 17

MOIA, the mobility startup from the Volkswagen Group, has shown an electric powered six-seater 'ride pooling concept'. ...read more


UK car market down 11.2% in November5 Dec 17

The UK new car market declined for an eighth consecutive month in November, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Delphi Technologies starts life on New York Stock Exchange5 Dec 17

Delphi Technologies has formally become a US$4.5bn stand-alone company trading on the New York Stock Exchange....read more


Nissan turns red to black in November US sales5 Dec 17

Nissan North America encountered technical problems and wasn't able to report November sales last Friday. We now know the nature of the problem: they were still counting deliveries....read more


Ford withdraws from Thai Eco-Car II programme5 Dec 17

Citing weak demand, Ford announced it was withdrawing from Phase II of the Thai government’s Eco-Car programme, according to local reports....read more




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