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VW R&D chief to chair IAV10 Dec 18

Ulrich Eichhorn, currently head of research and development of the Volkswagen Group, is to become chairman of the management board of IAV in Berlin from 1 January, 2019....read more


VW denies chairman 'dieselgate' allegations10 Dec 18

Volkswagen has denied allegations that chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch knew about the carmaker's 'dieselgate' emissions test cheating almost three months before US authorities made it public in September...read more


Autoware Foundation formed to accelerate AD collaboration10 Dec 18

Linaro, the open source collaborative engineering organisation, Japan-based intelligent vehicle technology company Tier IV and US-based autonomous mobility systems software company Apex.AI announced t...read more


Car makers face huge fines for missing CO2 emissions targets10 Dec 18

PA Consulting's annual forecast of car manufacturers' performance against mandatory EU CO2 emissions targets suggests that eight out of 13 car manufacturers will miss their 2021 targets and face signi...read more


China sales downturn hits Jaguar Land Rover 10 Dec 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has reported total retail sales of 48,160 vehicles in November,  a fall of 8% year-on-year reflecting what it described as 'continuing challenging market conditions ...read more


Russia November sales rise despite oil price dip10 Dec 18

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased by 10.1% last month and among the top ten bestselling models so far, all are locally produced....read more


Wabco to repurchase more shares over two years10 Dec 18

Braking specialist Wabco Holdings said its board of directors had authorised the company to commence a new two-year share repurchase programme....read more


US sets "hard deadline" for China trade deal10 Dec 18

A US official has said 1 March is the deadline by which new tariffs will be imposed unless US-China trade conclude successfully by then....read more


Scania to supply hybrid trucks for German e-highway trials10 Dec 18

Scania is to supply vehicles for the three Germany e-highway in trials that are expected to start next year. The decision was taken on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Con...read more


Tata mulling battery options for India consumers10 Dec 18

Tata Motors says it has been evaluating ways to make battery provision cheaper for customers in India as the manufacturer looks to broaden the appeal of electric vehicles....read more


BMW names new ex-Audi autonomous driving chief10 Dec 18

Former Audi automated driving head Alejandro Vukotich will take over as head of BMW Group's driver assistance and autonomous driving development department on 1 January, replacing the retiring Elmar F...read more


Will Kia succeed with multi-model Ceed plans?10 Dec 18

Kia Motors Europe is just weeks away from an annual sales record by crossing the half-million mark. In Britain, KME's best market, the brand will get close to six figures, the year-to-date total being...read more


Ghosn and Nissan both charged officially in Japan10 Dec 18

Tokyo prosecutors have officially charged ousted Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn for under-reporting his income and extended his detention on suspicion of additional financial misconduct, according...read more


Nissan faces new vehicle inspection scandal10 Dec 18

Nissan Motor is expected to recall 150,000 vehicles in Japan after new evidence of improper final vehicle inspections emerged last week, according to local reports....read more


ZF honours seven suppliers at Global Summit10 Dec 18

ZF has made awards to seven companies across the world at its annual Global Supplier Summit which was dedicated to digitalisation....read more


Nosing around inside Jaguar's E-Pace - the week7 Dec 18

Analysis of the Jaguar E-Pace interior was a popular read this week while newshounds were drawn to the awful possibility the latest round of Ford restructuring could cost 25,000 jobs....read more


Daimler eyes larger stake in Chinese JV - report7 Dec 18

Daimler has raised the prospect of boosting its stake in a joint venture with Chinese partner BAIC Motor, according to Bloomberg sources, as the automaker seeks to gain more control over its operation...read more


Tesla after bids as China Gigafactory build starts7 Dec 18

Tesla has opened a tender process to build its Shanghai Gigafactory and at least one contractor has started buying materials, according to sources and documents reviewed by the Reuters news agency whi...read more


BYD plans listing for batteries biz - report7 Dec 18

BYD, the electric vehicle and batteries specialist based in China and backed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is reportedly planning a share listing for its battery business by the end of 2022....read more


FCA to revive Detroit plant for three-row Jeep - paper7 Dec 18

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to convert an idled engine plant in Detroit into an assembly plant as part of plans to add a new three-row Jeep SUV to its lineup, the Detroit News reported....read more


US-China spat hurting Germans, VDA says7 Dec 18

The trade dispute between the United States and China is affecting Germany’s automotive sector with the number of new vehicles in the Chinese market expected to fall this year, the VDA industry associ...read more


Bosch expects a flat 20197 Dec 18

Bosch expects global car production in 2019 to languish at this year's level, the head of its core components unit has said, citing a slowdown in China and lower demand for diesel cars in Europe....read more


Ghosn expected to be indicted on Monday - Nikkei7 Dec 18

Tokyo prosecutors are expected to indict Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, along with former Nissan representative director Greg Kelly and Nissan Motor itself on...read more


Ford reorganises Europe management7 Dec 18

Ford of Europe has announced leadership changes which it says are designed to accelerate the company's "transformation efforts" and create a more agile organisation....read more


Knorr-Brenze acquires Hitachi commercial vehicle steering business7 Dec 18

Braking systems specialist Knorr-Bremse is to acquire the commercial vehicle steering business (IPS) from Hitachi Automotive Systems in Japan and Thailand....read more


Scania joins BioLNG EuroNet consortium7 Dec 18

A consortium called BioLNG EuroNet announced a commitment to the further expansion of LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a road transport fuel across Europe with new infrastructure that should ensure the ...read more


ZF spending EUR800m at Saarbruecken plant7 Dec 18

Over the next four years, EUR800m will be spent at Saarbruecken, the lead location of ZF’s transmission technology, the Tier 1 supplier announced....read more


Ford announces senior leadership changes7 Dec 18

Ford has announced the retirements of three long-serving global executives – Kenneth Kent, vice president and treasurer; Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe; and Bill Russo,...read more


Denso invests US$100m in mobility startups7 Dec 18

Denso says it has invested nearly US$100m over a four-year period in start-up companies around the world as part of its 'long-term vision to provide software-based solutions focused on electrification...read more


BYD rolls out its first French made pure electric buses7 Dec 18

BYD France has delivered its first pure electric buses assembled in its Beauvais factory. ...read more


Audi and Sovac to produce selected models in Algeria7 Dec 18

Audi AG and the longstanding Audi importer Sovac have opened the assembly of three models in Algeria....read more


Hyundai talks Croatia plant - reports6 Dec 18

Hyundai Motor Company is in talks for the launch a motor vehicle production plant in Croatia, Zagreb-based media reported....read more


Mercedes sets November sales record6 Dec 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz said it had set a new sales record towards the end of this year despite a volatile market environment with November sales up 1.5% year on year to 198,545 vehicles....read more


Daimler/BMW mobility JV delayed6 Dec 18

Daimler said its planned joint mobility company with BMW would now be established at the beginning of next year rather than in what's left of 2018....read more


Continental opens Taraxagum Lab Anklam research laboratory for Dandelion rubber6 Dec 18

Continental has officially inaugurated its research laboratory Taraxagum Lab Anklam in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany....read more


VW brand sales down 5% in November6 Dec 18

Volkswagen says it delivered 564,500 vehicles throughout the world in November, some 5% less than in November 2017....read more


FCA names more new managers6 Dec 18

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley has named more new managers following an initial announcement early October ?after the death of Sergio Marchionne....read more


Ford's Venezuela unit offers buyouts as output dwindles - report6 Dec 18

Ford is offering buy-outs to staff at its moribund plant in Venezuela to reduce its payroll, two union leaders told a news agency, as the automaker seeks to streamline its money-losing South America o...read more


West European car market down 8.3% in November6 Dec 18

The West European new car market fell by 8.3% year-on-year (YoY) in November according to data released by LMC Automotive, which described the result as 'disappointing'....read more


Barra vows "open mind" on Ohio plant axe6 Dec 18

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra has vowed to keep an "open mind" about the future of an Ohio plant that will lose vehicle production, but warned the Detroit automaker has excess capacity and...read more


UK skills challenge as CASE demand soars - propulsion Professor6 Dec 18

Skills shortages in the UK's connected, autonomous, shared and electric (CASE) sector should not lead to a cannibalisation of staff between companies as demand for specific disciplines rises says a B...read more


Is VR a game changer for the auto industry?6 Dec 18

From automotive engineering and styling to marketing and retail, Virtual Reality (VR) continues to surprise and delight. Forget glossy brochures and the pantomime of buying a new car. Game software an...read more


Autoliv expects another EC fine6 Dec 18

Autoliv said it was expecting a further fine following the European Commission's investigation of suppliers of occupant safety systems....read more


Opel plans electric Vivaro van in 20206 Dec 18

PSA-owned Opel/Vauxhall is planning an all-electric version of its Vivaro panel van for launch in 2020....read more


Volkswagen brand to speed up operating return6 Dec 18

The Volkswagen brand is to significantly improve its earnings performance in the coming years in order to finance investments in future technology from its own resources, executives said at a year-end...read more


BMW describes US government talks as "constructive"6 Dec 18

BMW has described talks with representatives of the US administration as "a constructive working meeting", adding it took the opportunity to explain in detail the extent of its footprint in the US....read more


Ford's US$45m Advanced Manufacturing Center speeds technology to plants6 Dec 18

Inside Ford's new Advanced Manufacturing Center, an engineer stands in front of a 3D printing machine churning out brake parts for the soon to be introduced Shelby Mustang GT500. Across the room, two ...read more


Wind River and Renesas expand ADAS cooperation6 Dec 18

Wind River and Renesas Electronics are expanding their collaboration for connected, advanced driver assist systems, as well as autonomous driving programmes....read more


Ficosa using Karamba for cyber attack security5 Dec 18

Ficosa is partnering with Karamba Security to harden its Telematics Control Unit (TCU) and keep vehicles protected from cyberattacks when communicating with the internet....read more


Hands-On Tech - Skoda Kodiaq5 Dec 18

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


Toolmaker gets GBP100k investment for Evoque tooling5 Dec 18

Wednesbury, England-based manufacturer, Star Precision Tools has received a GBP100,000 investment to produce new tooling for components needed for Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) recently revealed second-ge...read more


Suppliers agree LED lighting deal5 Dec 18

UK LED specialists Selectronic and Chinese partners Hongli Zhuihui have agreed a US$75m collaboration in the automotive LED sector to strengthen their market position....read more


Aston Martin creates 'reversible' EV powertrain for classics5 Dec 18

Aston Martin Works claims to have developed a workable - and reversible - 'cassette' EV powertrain that can be fitted to its classic cars to mitigate possible future restrictions on fossil-fuel burnin...read more


Ricardo collaborates to develop new energy vehicle in Shangrao, China5 Dec 18

Engineering consulting firm Ricardo says that a high level government-industry meeting attended by Chengzu Ma, Shangrao secretary of the municipal Communist Party committee, and representatives of the...read more


Bosch and Veniam ensure connected cars can communicate in common global language5 Dec 18

Bosch has developed a system to ensure that the more than 470m connected vehicles expected to be on the roads by 2025 are capable of communicating with each other as well as with their surroundings....read more


Volvo bus EV batteries get second life5 Dec 18

It's not just Nissan dreaming up imaginative ways of re-using EV batteries. So is Volvo Buses....read more


New models give some UK LCV sectors a boost5 Dec 18

The UK's new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew 9.6% in November to 29,035 vans and pick-ups, according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Ford starts to restore historic Detroit train station5 Dec 18

Ford has begun its renovation of the 105-year-old Michigan Central Station in the historic Corktown neighborhood. In revitalizing this Detroit landmark into the centerpiece of a new campus, it "seeks ...read more


Trump soothes German automakers over tariffs5 Dec 18

President Trump has reassured German auto executives he had no immediate plans to impose tariffs on their cars, a US media report said....read more


UK car market down 3% in November5 Dec 18

Data from the SMMT shows that the UK new car market fell back a modest 3% in November against last year's pace....read more


Metal matrix composites deliver claimed 40% weight saving for electric motor rotors5 Dec 18

Engineers seeking to significantly improve the efficiency and performance of electric motors could benefit from using aluminium matrix composites (AMCs), according to research from the Innovate UK Mak...read more


VW in 'advanced negotiations' with Ford on global alliance5 Dec 18

Volkswagen Group chief executive Herbert Diess has met with President Donald Trump to update him on the status of his company's talks with Ford over an alliance between the two companies....read more


Taiwan sales drop 11% in November5 Dec 18

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 10.9 % to 36,011 units in November from 40,436 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing registration data compiled by Taiwan's Directorate of Highway...read more


VW to develop last combustion engine cars in 20265 Dec 18

Volkswagen has said it would develop its final generation of vehicles using combustion engine technology in 2026 and focus instead on electric cars....read more


Lexus LQ - the Audi Q8 rival and other future models5 Dec 18

Once little known outside North America, Lexus has steadily increased its rate of success in other regions. There is much more to do though, as sales in the USA and Japan are stuck behind Mercedes-Ben...read more


Negotiations key to tariffs - US4 Dec 18

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has said possible tariffs on automakers are aimed at pushing companies to make more cars and other vehicles in the United States and the timing of any duties would de...read more


Mercedes Brazil hiring 600 temps for commercial vehicles4 Dec 18

Mercedes Benz Brazil operation will add about 600 contractors in 2019 on year-long contracts to work on commercial vehicles, adding to a workforce of 10,000, the company said....read more


Chinese tariff cut on US cars not quite so certain4 Dec 18

That Chinese tariff cut on US made cars is not looking quite so certain....read more


Jaguar Land Rover to miss 2019 Geneva motor show 4 Dec 18

While quite a few brands have already announced world premieres for production models and concepts, JLR will be absent from the 2019 Geneva motor show. Tata Motors, which sells very few vehicles in th...read more


November NZ sales "steady as she goes"4 Dec 18

Registration of 14,359 new vehicles in November were down 1.6% year on year but reflected a "steady as she goes market" in New Zealand, according to the Motor Industry Association....read more


Volvo Cars sets new yearly sales record4 Dec 18

Geely's Volvo Cars reported a new record in global annual sales as 2018 volume rose 13.5% year on year to 582,096 cars for the January-to-November period, compared with 513,055 last year....read more


Is Ford planning 25,000 job cuts?4 Dec 18

Ford's US$11bn restructuring could cost 25,000 employees their jobs, exceeding the cutbacks General Motors announced last week, according to Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg reported....read more


Visteon launches first all-digital cluster for Peugeot-Citroen4 Dec 18

Visteon Corporation is launching its first digital instrument cluster developed for PSA Group in the automaker's new DS 3 Crossback SUV....read more


Toyota GB plans hybrid-only RAV4 5G4 Dec 18

Toyota GB's fifth generation RAV4 SUV will be sold only as a "self-charging full hybrid" model, as the distributor now likes to call its non-PHEV hybrids....read more


Daimler acquires Cycle & Carriage's stake in Malaysia distributor4 Dec 18

Daimler has exercised a call option on 66m shares of its Malaysian distributor Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBM) held by Cycle & Carriage Bintang Bhd, according to local reports....read more


Japanese prosecutors to arrest Ghosn on fresh claim - reports4 Dec 18

Tokyo prosecutors plan to arrest Carlos Ghosn on a fresh claim of understating his income, media reports said....read more


November US light vehicle sales beat expectations4 Dec 18

On the whole, last month's US light vehicle sales turned out better than expected. While most prognosticators said November deliveries would be down about 2%, the deficit was much smaller....read more


Toyota future models and platforms4 Dec 18

The Toyota brand has vast reach worldwide, particularly in Japan, where it controls half the market. Over the first ten months, production reached 8.8m vehicles, a gain of just one per cent. As ever t...read more


Volvo Cars expands in SIlicon Valley3 Dec 18

Geely's Volvo Cars has opened its expanded Silicon Valley Tech in Sunnyvale....read more


GM CEO to face politicians over restructure3 Dec 18

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra is due on Capitol Hill this week to discuss its plans to halt production at five plants in North America next year and cut up to 15,000 jobs, two congressiona...read more


Trump talks with China give automakers hope3 Dec 18

The US and China reportedly called a truce in their trade war on Saturday after President Trump agreed to hold off on new tariffs and President Xi Jinping pledged to increase Chinese purchases of Amer...read more


Japan extends Ghosn detention time3 Dec 18

A Tokyo court on Friday approved a 10-day extension of jail time for Carlos Ghosn, the head of the Renault-Nissan alliance, as prosecutors assess allegations of financial misconduct....read more


Renault-Nissan's future up to private shareholders - Japan3 Dec 18

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has told French president Emmanuel Macron the future of the Renault-Nissan alliance was up to private shareholders....read more


South Korean sales flat in November, exports drop3 Dec 18

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined rose by just 0.3% to 139,862 units in November from 140,132 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data release...read more


Interior design and technology – Jaguar E-Pace 3 Dec 18

The Jaguar E-Pace features just about every conceivable connectivity and infotainment gadget that you could wish for Christmas. At first glance, it's an undeniably handsome beast with distinctive mesh...read more


Honeywell to relocate global headquarters to Charlotte3 Dec 18

Honeywell is to relocate its global corporate headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina, close to several of its businesses in South East America. ...read more


Foresight’s QuadSight prototype evaluated by European OEM3 Dec 18

Foresight Autonomous Holdings has delivered and installed its first QuadSight prototype system for evaluation by an unnamed European manufacturer of commercial vehicles....read more


Hyundai begins roll-out of new Palisade3 Dec 18

Hyundai Motor said on Friday it had received close to 3,500 orders for its newly-launched Palisade flagship SUV on the first day of pre-orders....read more


Draxlmaier to produce EV batteries for BMW in Thailand3 Dec 18

BMW is collaborating with component supplier Draxlmaier Group for the production of high-voltage electric/hybrid vehicle batteries in Thailand....read more


Analysis-r-us - the week30 Nov 18

Analysis is a key part of the just-auto offer so it might pay to start this week with mention of a report by one of our, er, analysts on the Thai plug-in hybrid industry....read more


German politician warns automakers over US talks30 Nov 18

A top ally of German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned automaker management not to undermine the European Union's united negotiating stance on US trade tariffs when they meet senior officials in Was...read more


US, Canada and Mexico sign 'updated NAFTA' deal30 Nov 18

This morning in Argentina, President Trump joined the presidents of Mexico and Canada to sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)....read more


BMW Group Thailand to begin high-voltage battery production from 201930 Nov 18

BMW Group Thailand is to start local high voltage battery production – which comprises production of the battery modules and the battery itself – from 2019 onward at a new production facility located ...read more


VW China, JAC and SEAT to intensify e-mobility development in China30 Nov 18

Volkswagen Group China has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC) and SEAT, in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro S...read more


Constellium opens new Automotive Structures facility in Zilina, Slovakia30 Nov 18

Constellium has announced the opening of its new 'Automotive Structures; facility in Zilina, Slovakia, dedicated to the production of aluminium Crash Management Systems and Body Structure components a...read more


Academic report reveals most UK automotive has 'no mitigation plans' for Brexit30 Nov 18

A new report analysing Brexit's potential impact on the UK automotive sector revealed most companies have no mitigation plans in place and that the uncertainty is stifling investment into the industry...read more


Hyundai Motor plans shares buyback30 Nov 18

Hyundai Motor (Hyundai-Kia Group) plans to repurchase some 254.7 billion won (around US$227m) worth of its shares in an effort to boost shareholder value and stabilise the value of its shares, accordi...read more


Hyundai Motor plans shares buyback30 Nov 18

Hyundai Motor (Hyundai-Kia Group) plans to repurchase some 254.7 billion won (around US$227m) worth of its shares in an effort to boost shareholder value and stabilise the value of its shares, accordi...read more


US mulls 40% duty on Chinese vehicles30 Nov 18

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer has said he was examining all available tools to raise US tariffs on Chinese vehicles to the 40% duty that China is now charging on US-produced cars and light...read more


Borgward Group names second CEO in five months30 Nov 18

The supervisory board of Borgward Group has named Xiuzhan Zhu as CEO, replacing Philip Koehn who took the post only last 1 July....read more


Trump tariffs prompt Ford to speed plans to build Lincoln in China30 Nov 18

Ford wants to dodge Chinese tariffs on US-built vehicles imposed as a result of president Donald Trump's trade war by speeding plans to build luxury Lincolns in the world's biggest car market....read more


BMW Group, BASF and Samsung launch sustainable cobalt mining project30 Nov 18

As part of a cross-industry initiative, BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a joint cobalt pilot project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo....read more


GM names Ammann CEO of autonomous specialist Cruise30 Nov 18

General Motors has named Dan Ammann as CEO of autonomous vehicle technology specialist Cruise....read more


Volkswagen to install 2,400 EV chargers at UK supermarkets30 Nov 18

Volkswagen GB and nationwide supermarket chain Tesco claim to be setting up the UK's largest retail electric vehicle (EV) charging network, powered by Pod Point....read more


Toyota and PSA re-set their European manufacturing collaboration30 Nov 18

Confirming earlier reports, Toyota and PSA are resetting their collaborative relationship in Europe so that PSA exits the Czech joint venture making small cars and they ramp up their collaboration in ...read more


Detroit auto show world debuts list - Nissan EV concept30 Nov 18

Manufacturers have begun to drip feed the first details of concepts and production models which will be world debuts at the North American International Auto Show. The latest round-up of what has been...read more


New Kia Soul EV world debut electrifies Los Angeles show29 Nov 18

Kia Motors unveiled the new Soul EV in Los Angeles with a new liquid cooled, lithium ion polymer 64kWh battery which is expected to mean much less need for daily charging, and with Combined Charging S...read more


2018 Los Angeles auto show world debuts list29 Nov 18

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 LA Auto Show are named below....read more


Ford says big data could make cities safer29 Nov 18

Ford said it had come up with a means by which big data could potentially help cities identify locations which, if nothing is done, are most likely to be the scene of future traffic incidents....read more


Ford to start plug-in hybrid van trials in Cologne in 201929 Nov 18

Ford is to commence plug-in hybrid electric commercial vehicle trials in Cologne, Germany, next year....read more


VW scouting for US EV factory location29 Nov 18

Volkswagen is deciding where to locate a new factory in North America to build electric vehicles for the US, the German automaker’s new head for the Americas has said....read more


FCA commits to invest in EV platform in Italy29 Nov 18

At a meeting between FCA and labour unions in Turin, FCA has committed to invest more than EUR5bn in Italy over the 2019-2021 period....read more


UK engine manufacturing steady in October, as exports shore up output29 Nov 18

UK engine manufacturing "held steady" in October with a marginal -0.1% year on year decline in output to 262,981 units....read more


Ford reshuffles plant jobs as pickup and SUV demand soars29 Nov 18

Ford said it would redistribute workers at several of its plants to meet rising demand for pickup trucks and large SUVs....read more


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi commit to partnership29 Nov 18

Renault says its board of directors along with those of Alliance partners, Nissan and Mitsubishi, have "individually and collectively" reiterated their commitment to the grouping....read more


ANALYSIS - Range Rover Sport SDV829 Nov 18

Porsche has pulled the 4.0-litre engine out of the Cayenne, while Audi, BMW and Mercedes offer a maximum of six-cylinders in their new Q8, X5 and GLE SUVs respectively. Land Rover therefore suddenly f...read more


UK CV manufacturing up in October as demand grows home and abroad29 Nov 18

In contrast to car output, British commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing grew 31% year on year in October, with 9,066 vans, trucks, buses and coaches built, according to the Society of Motor Manufactu...read more


ThorDrive starts commercial services using Velodyne lidar sensors29 Nov 18

Autonomous vehicle start-up, ThorDrive is introducing commercial vehicle services using Velodyne Lidar sensors....read more


Covestro raises stake in DIC Covestro Polymer JV in Japan29 Nov 18

Covestro is accelerating the expansion of its Thermoplastic Polyurethanes business (TPU) by raising its stake in Joint Venture, DIC Covestro Polymer (DCP) from 50% to 80%....read more


Incentives help establish Thai plug-in hybrid industry - ANALYSIS29 Nov 18

The Thai government is expected to announce an overhaul of its Eco-Car programme in the coming weeks, as it looks to exploit growth opportunities in new segments of the automotive industry. It is look...read more


China’s JGST to build US$300m tyre plant in Thailand29 Nov 18

Chinese tyre maker Jiangsu General Science Technology Company (JGST) plans to build a US$300m tyre plant in Thailand's Rayong Industrial Zone. ...read more


UK car manufacturing falls again in October29 Nov 18

UK car manufacturing fell 9.8% year on year in October, with 15,255 fewer units produced compared with the same month a year ago, according to data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and ...read more


Toyota launches Corolla hybrid sedan in Los Angeles28 Nov 18

Europeans are by now, two generations on, well used to the Auris hybrid, about to launch in 3G form, renamed Corolla but the matching sedan only now is becoming available globally as a hybrid - it's a...read more


Nissan uses Leaf to power US facilities28 Nov 18

Working with Fermata Energy, a vehicle-to-grid systems company, Nissan North America is launching a new pilot programme under the Nissan Energy Share initiative, which leverages bi-directional EV char...read more


SMMT names new president28 Nov 18

The 81st president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), George Gillespie, executive vice president, Horiba Automotive Test Systems (ATS) was named at SMMT's annual dinner....read more


BMW 'considers' second US plant for engines - report28 Nov 18

BMW is reportedly considering a second US manufacturing plant that would produce engines and transmissions, according to remarks attributed to its CEO....read more


Auto Pininfarina plans luxury/sports EV range28 Nov 18

Automobili Pininfarina says it plans to invest 'in excess of EUR20m' in Pininfarina SpA design services to support plans for a range of 'beautiful and innovative luxury electric cars'....read more


Knorr-Bremse boosts nine-month results28 Nov 18

Knorr-Bremse, the commercial vehicle braking systems supplier, said the first nine months of 2018 revenues increased 9.5% year on year to EUR4.994bn....read more


Ricardo to show high efficiency electric motor and compact DCT in Berlin28 Nov 18

Ricardo will detail design of a novel e-motor offering up to a 50% increase in power density compared with current production electric machines as well as a new transverse DCT concept offering a highl...read more


Nissan announces plan for EVs to power homes28 Nov 18

Nissan says it has created a vision to make electric vehicles even more useful to customers by introducing 'new convenient ways to utilise their batteries' ability to store and share energy'....read more


Michelin Action Group continues Dundee efforts28 Nov 18

Scottish Economy Secretary, Derek Mackay, says the next meeting of the Michelin Dundee Action Group will meet this Friday (30 November) as attempts continue to secure a future for the seemingly doomed...read more


Toyota adds 4WD to updated Prius line28 Nov 18

Toyota has updated its pioneering hybrid-only global model, the Prius, adding a new AWD-i electric all-wheel drive system....read more


Could China to Europe TIR trucks work for auto?28 Nov 18

There's no specific mention of 'auto' but industry supply chain and logistics specialists will surely be interested to learn of the success of the first TIR journey by road from China to Europe which,...read more


'No deal' Brexit catastrophic blow to British auto industry, SMMT warns28 Nov 18

Three quarters of UK automotive businesses fear a 'no-deal' Brexit would threaten their future viability, according to a new member survey announced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (...read more


Trump threatens to axe GM tax credit it's losing anyway28 Nov 18

US president Donald Trump last night (27 November) threatened to strip General Motors of a tax credit that makes its electric vehicles more affordable for car buyers, escalating a dispute with the aut...read more


PPG and Lomon Billions expand titanium-dioxide supply agreement28 Nov 18

PPG and Lomon Billions announced an expanded, multi-year titanium-dioxide (TiO2) supply agreement....read more


PSA acquires UAP Auto Union shares28 Nov 18

PSA has acquired shares in Chinese automotive spare parts distributor, UAP Auto Union (UAP)....read more


JCI and Toshiba team for low-voltage lithium-ion solutions28 Nov 18

Johnson Controls Power Solutions and Toshiba Infrastructure Systems and Solutions have partnered to deliver low-voltage lithium-ion options....read more


How machine learning can forecast parts failures28 Nov 18

Formed in 2009, 'We Predict' is a company using machine learning and predictive methodology to leverage forecasts from big databases. The US-based company is targeting a number of industries for its s...read more


The future models Changan needs for a turnaround28 Nov 18

With sales of more than 1.8m vehicles so far in 2018, including its joint ventures, Changan Auto is major player in the Chinese market. Some 750,000 of that total comes from its own brand models. Unti...read more


Will Trump impose imported car tariff next week?27 Nov 18

US president Donald Trump could impose tariffs on imported cars from next week, a German magazine reported....read more


Workers return to GM Oshawa line after walk-out27 Nov 18

Workers returned to the assembly line at General Motors' Oshawa, Ontario, plant on Tuesday, a local union leader told local media, after walking out on Monday to protest news the plant had been schedu...read more


UK auto workforce competitive despite political conditions27 Nov 18

Britain's automotive talent is among the world's most adaptable, with the industry's long history of engineering excellence and strong labour relations the envy of competing nations, according to new ...read more


Subaru to install Japan's largest captive consumption solar power system27 Nov 18

Subaru Corporation plans to install what it describes as Japan's largest-scale captive-consumption solar power system at its Gunma Oizumi plant where it builds its famous horizontally-opposed engines ...read more


BYD puts Canadian truck plant on hold27 Nov 18

Electric bus and commercial vehicle specialist BYD has put plans to open its first Canadian electric truck plant on hold but could revive the project when it sees a business case, a company executive ...read more


Would FCA robotics unit sale attract Chinese?27 Nov 18

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is considering options for its robotics arm Comau, including a potential sale valued at EUR1.5-2.0bn (US$1.7-2.3bn), people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....read more


SK Innovation to build KRW1.14 trillion US EV battery plant27 Nov 18

South Korea's SK Innovation said it would spend KRW1.14 trillion (US$1.01bn) to build its first electric vehicle battery plant in the United States to better compete in the global EV battery market....read more


Volvo Cars delays building Lynk & CO 01 in Belgium27 Nov 18

Geely's Volvo Cars has delayed plans to start building a premium Lynk & CO PHEV model at its plant in Ghent, Belgium at the end of 2019 due to increased economic uncertainty, a spokesman told the Reut...read more


Mitsubishi exec says alliance will survive current management upheaval27 Nov 18

Mitsubishi Motors' (MMC) alliance with Nissan Motor and Renault can survive management upheaval, a top MMC executive said a day after the automaker fired Carlos Ghosn as chairman, citing financial mis...read more


Saint-Gobain appoints Pierre-Andre de Chalendar as COO27 Nov 18

Saint-Gobain's board, on the proposal of its president Pierre-Andre de Chalendar, has appointed Benoit Bazin as chief operating officer starting from1 January, 2019....read more


FPT develops hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for heavy-duty applications27 Nov 18

FPT is demonstrating a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain concept designed for heavy-duty applications during its Tech Dayy 2018 event....read more


ALABC members collaborate to advance lead technology27 Nov 18

America's Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has announced a new agreement with 14 members of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) to undertake pre-competitive research to...read more


AAM names Sandra Pierce to its board27 Nov 18

American Axle and Manufacturing has named Sandra Pierce to its Board of Directors. ...read more


FTA warns 'chaos' as France yellow vests movement grows27 Nov 18

British logistics body, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging its members to exercise caution as violent protests in France against soaring fuel costs escalate to the their second week....read more


Ford Canada chief rules out Canada plant closure27 Nov 18

Ford has no plans to carry out an assembly plant shutdown in Canada along the lines of the closure announced yesterday (26 November) by General Motors, the head of the automaker's Canadian operation t...read more


GM restructure axes Oshawa plant and at least four others26 Nov 18

General Motors has confirmed earlier reports it will close its Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, two further plants in the US plus two powertrain factories in the US....read more


Mitsubishi Motors dumps Ghosn as chairman, remains on board26 Nov 18

Carlos Ghosn was today (26 November) removed as chairman and a representative director of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and is now only a board member....read more


Nexen Tire announces Volkswagen Jetta OEM tyre deal26 Nov 18

Global OEM and aftermarket supplier Nexen Tire said it would supply its N'Priz AH8 tyres as original equipment (OE) tires for Volkswagen's new Mexican built Jetta....read more


Denso buys stake in Infineon26 Nov 18

Infineon Technologies said it was strengthening its long term partnership with Denso to boost its global automotive business - the latter has acquired a slice of the former....read more


JLR awards UK supply contracts worth GBP4bn for new Evoque26 Nov 18

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover said it had placed contracts worth over GBP4bn with UK suppliers for production of the redesigned Evoque unveiled in London last week....read more


GM to close Oshawa assembly plant in Canada26 Nov 18

General Motors is expected to announce today (26 November) the closure of all manufacturing operations in Oshawa, Ontario, affecting thousands of high-paying jobs, local media is reporting....read more


Unite warns "death by 1,000 cuts" at Vauxhall Ellesmere Port26 Nov 18

Britain's Unite labour body says it is demanding "urgent assurances" concerning the future of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, after the carmaker announced 241 further job losses by the end of 2019....read more


Tesla slashes prices in China as sales tumble26 Nov 18

Tesla last week announced price cuts of up to 26% on its vehicles in China to help underpin its sales in the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) market, according to Chinese media....read more


Bielefeld grants ZF Environment Award26 Nov 18

Bielefeld City has bestowed ZF with its 2018 Environment and Climate Protection Award....read more


Skoda Octavia Scout - Europe's Outback conquerer26 Nov 18

Subaru, mighty in the US, has only a small following in Europe, so the rarity of the Outback crossover means an opportunity for others. The number one beneficiary is Skoda, the Octavia Scout dominatin...read more


How the mighty fall - the week23 Nov 18

I'm sure many others - in or observing the autobiz - were as saddened as I was to hear of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance kingpin and Nissan Motor supremo Carlos Ghosn's downfall this week....read more


More jobs to go at Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant23 Nov 18

PSA-owned Vauxhall has announced a plan for 241 job losses at its UK, Ellesmere Port, car manufacturing plant....read more


Toyota and PSA to end small car JV - report23 Nov 18

A report in French Newspaper Les Echos suggests that while PSA Group and Toyota will continue to collaborate in light commercial vehicles they are planning to end their joint venture in the Czech Repu...read more


Mahle adds new R&D centre in Spain23 Nov 18

Mahle has inaugurated a new research and development centre in Valencia, Spain....read more


DIP Fund I invests GBP1.5m in connected car data specialist Wejo23 Nov 18

DIP Capital LLP, a new investment management firm dedicated to investing in disruptive businesses, said its Disruption Investment Platform (DIP) Fund I had invested GBP1.5m in Wejo, a UK technology co...read more


Volkswagen invests in digital specialist Diconium23 Nov 18

The Volkswagen Group announced it was investing in the German digital specialist Diconium by acquiring 49% of the shares in the company....read more


SEAT begins Ateca assembly in Algeria23 Nov 18

VW-Group owned SEAT has begun assembling the Ateca at the multi-brand plant in Algeria owned by the Volkswagen Group and Sovac, the VW Group’s importer in Algeria....read more


FedEx to expand its fleet with 1,000 Chanje V8100 EVs23 Nov 18

FedEx announced it is expanding its fleet to add 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles. ...read more


Visteon supplies cockpit solutions for Mahindra Marazzo23 Nov 18

Visteon has said it is supplying its latest infotainment system and hybrid instrument cluster technology on the new Mahindra Marazzo, launched in September 2018....read more


Groupe PSA UK appoints new director, Communications23 Nov 18

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Groupe PSA and AVTEC open their first powertrain plant in India23 Nov 18

Groupe PSA and AVTEC (a CK Birla Group) have hosted the inauguration ceremony of their greenfield plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. ...read more


Renault commits to suppliers as Ghosn stays silent23 Nov 18

Interim Renault CEO, Thierry Bolloré, says it will make working with its suppliers a priority while the French automaker attempts to make sense of what is happening to Carlos Ghosn in Japan...read more


Jaguar Land Rover redesigns the Evoque23 Nov 18

Will the redesigned Range Rover Evoque sell like hot cakes as its Land Rover Freelander replacement did initially, back in 2011? Bang on time, at the end of a 'traditional' European automaker's eight ...read more


Henkel to build strategic alliance with RLE International22 Nov 18

Henkel and RLE International said they have agreed to form a strategic alliance to drive automotive innovation, expand value creation opportunities and become the premier design-in engineering solutio...read more


ZF's Konstantin Sauer named CFO of the Year for TRW takeover expertise22 Nov 18

ZF chief financial officer Konstantin Sauer has been named CFO of the Year 2018 by Finance magazine with judges citing a "cleverly financed takeover" of TRW Automotive in 2015 as "a decisive factor" f...read more


US light vehicle sales forecast to slip in November22 Nov 18

The US light vehicle market is heading for a decline in November for the first time since 2009, according to Edmunds....read more


DSD launches suite of drivetrain control products22 Nov 18

England based transmission and driveline specialist Drive System Design (DSD) has developed a control system library for drivetrain control that it claims addresses many of the challenges typically fa...read more


French govt insists on Ghosn "presumption of innocence"22 Nov 18

France's Deputy Finance Minister says the government is not able to make any decision surrounding Carlos Ghosn as he is currently being detained by Japanese authorities....read more


Recaro Automotive Seating to supply Renault with performance seats22 Nov 18

Recaro Automotive Seating said it would supply performance seats for the new Renault Megane RS Trophy....read more


Nissan sacks Ghosn as chairman22 Nov 18

Nissan has dismissed Carlos Ghosn as chairman as well as representative director, Greg Kelly following its investigation into what it says is "misconduct....read more


Tenneco acquiring Ohlins Racing22 Nov 18

Tenneco has agreed to acquire Ohlins Racing, a Swedish technology company that develops premium suspension systems and components for the automotive and motorsport industries....read more


VW Group global sales plunge 10% in October22 Nov 18

VW Group global vehicle sales were down 10% in the month of October as it was hit by the impact of WLTP in Europe. ...read more


Mahindra enters India's car leasing market22 Nov 18

Mahindra is to enter India's car leasing market with an offering designed to appeal to millennials in association with Orix and ALD Automotive....read more


BASF and LG Chem recognised by BMW for innovations22 Nov 18

BASF and LG Chem are among a list of suppliers honoured by BMW Group for their innovations and development work....read more


Daimler starts Mercedes A Class L sedan production at Beijing Benz22 Nov 18

Daimler has started production of a long wheelbase variant of its new A-Class sedan at its Beijing Benz joint venture in China which also produces special China-only stretched versions of other Merced...read more


Hella and Faurecia to develop innovative interior lighting solutions22 Nov 18

The lighting and electronics specialist Hella and Faurecia say they will cooperate in a 'strategic partnership for the development of innovative interior lighting solutions'. ...read more


Thai sales rise 27% in October22 Nov 18

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to grow strongly in October, with sales rising by 26.8% to 86,931 units from 68,551 units in the same month of last year, according to data compiled by the Fede...read more


Mazda bets big on revolutionary new petrol engine22 Nov 18

Cautious not to over-spend on EVs, Mazda has turned to Toyota for help in that area as it concentrates engineering resources on a new family of compression-ignition petrol engines. At the same time, a...read more


Lectra boosts iSi Automotive's airbag manufacturing capacity21 Nov 18

Lectra, the fabric and leather cutting equipment supplier, said it was supplying equipment to help with output for iSi Automotive's steadily growing airbag business....read more


Kia drip feeds more of its new Soul21 Nov 18

More details of Kia's full redesign of the Soul model line have been announced ahead of its global debut the Los Angeles auto show which opens next week....read more


France-Japan Finance Ministers to meet for Alliance talks21 Nov 18

French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire and his Japanese counterpart, Hiroshige Seko, are to meet in Paris tomorrow (21 November) as the crisis surrounding Renault's CEO, Carlos Ghosn, shows no signs ...read more


Dealers downbeat on China market prospects21 Nov 18

Dealers in China are taking a downbeat view on market prospects in China, with the China Association of Automobile Dealers (CAAD) warning that a market fall this year could be followed by a recession ...read more


GM names new head of Korea R&D unit21 Nov 18

General Motors has nominated Roberto Rempel, executive chief engineer for small SUVs and mini vehicles, as the head of its R&D unit in Korea. GM stressed Rempel's engineering credentials as evidence o...read more


Flexible energy options needed for EV growth - reports21 Nov 18

Flexible energy options, such as energy storage, smart-charging electric vehicles, demand response and interconnectors, are needed to ensure that the energy transition proceeds on an optimal path, acc...read more


Johnson Matthey licenses CAMX Power li-ion battery tech21 Nov 18

Johnson Matthey (JM) and CAMX Power (CAMX) announced JM had obtained another licence under the intellectual property of CAMX relating to the GEMX platform of nickel based high energy high power cathod...read more


BMW Group uses virtual reality to design production workstations21 Nov 18

BMW says that virtual reality (VR) techniques are increasingly finding use in BMW Group production and, in particular, is using VR technology to design workstations. ...read more


Japanese government offers support to Nissan-Renault alliance21 Nov 18

Media reports from Japan said the government was ready to work for the stability of the Nissan-Renault global alliance following the shock arrest of common chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday but a Nissan...read more


Renault retains "temporarily incapacitated" Ghosn as CEO 21 Nov 18

Renault says it is retaining Carlos Ghosn as CEO but has asked alliance partner, Nissan for "all information in their possession" while the Japanese automaker investigates the Brazilian-born Frenchman...read more


Daimler uses organo panels in new SUV21 Nov 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz is using organo panels in the main front end member of the redesigned, US-built GLE SUV, noting it's the first time it has used this innovative material for such a large and vi...read more


ANALYSIS - Skoda drops diesel from updated Fabia21 Nov 18

A facelift and updated engines for the big-selling Fabia have arrived at just the right time for Skoda, helping the brand into ninth place in the European region, placing it ahead of Toyota for the ye...read more


COMMENT - Is there politics behind Nissan Ghosn charges?21 Nov 18

Companies are not just about the clinical science of conducting business and maximising returns for stakeholders. There are other elements in these sometimes complex social organisations....read more


Mitsubishi Motors chairman supports under-fire Ghosn 21 Nov 18

Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko has come out in support of under-fire Nissan CEO and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance kingpin Carlos Ghosn, telling local reporters the three-way alliance may be h...read more


Subaru details its first PHEV ahead of Los Angeles show debut20 Nov 18

Subaru of America has launched its first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2019 Crosstrek which it said offers "real all wheel drive capability in a hybrid package"....read more


Thierry Bolloré takes temporary Renault helm 20 Nov 18

Renault says COO, Thierry Bolloré, will be "specifically in charge of the continuity of the Executive Committee of Groupe Renault," following CEO, Carlos Ghosn's arrest in Tokyo yesterday by Japanese ...read more


Global automotive market report - Q3 201820 Nov 18

There were signs of global vehicle market weakness in the third quarter and stock market volatility suggests investors have become more nervous as 2018 has progressed. Dave Leggett assesses the state ...read more


Renault-Nissan finances to be scrutinised?20 Nov 18

Nissan's investigation into alleged misconduct by disgraced chairman Carlos Ghosn is expanding to include Renault-Nissan finances, sources have told the Reuters news agency, a further sign Nissan may ...read more


Lexus partners with Queensland for connected vehicle trials20 Nov 18

Lexus Australia said it had become the first vehicle brand to partner with the Queensland government in a trial of advanced technologies designed to improve road safety and reduce congestion, fuel con...read more


Porsche boosts nine-month profit as VW surges20 Nov 18

Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) booked group profit of EUR2.67bn euro for the first nine months of 2018, a rise of 25% year on year....read more


Ghosn "no longer" able to run Renault - finance minister20 Nov 18

France's Finance Minister says Renault CEO, Carlos Ghosn is "no longer in a position" to run the manufacturer following the automaker chief's arrest in Tokyo yesterday (19 November) concerning allegat...read more


Ghosn in no position to lead Renault - French finance minister20 Nov 18

Disgraced Carlos Ghosn should not remain in charge of Renault after his arrest in Japan, France's finance minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday, urging the carmaker to move swiftly to install an in...read more


Hyundai-Kia sales recover in China, struggle in US20 Nov 18

South Korea's Hyundai Motor and its domestic affiliate Kia Motors have enjoyed moderate sales rebounds in China this year after suffering sharp declines in 2017, after dealers were targeted by boycott...read more


VW delivers 30 millionth car in China19 Nov 18

The Volkswagen brand said it had set a record in China with its 30 millionth delivery this month – a Touareg....read more


Renault board meets as Ghosn situation swirls19 Nov 18

Renault's board of directors is holding an urgent meeting "very shortly" in Paris to discuss Nissan's investigation of its chairman, Carlos Ghosn and representative director Greg Kelly regarding what ...read more


Carlos Ghosn arrested, to be fired from Nissan board19 Nov 18

The axe has fallen on Carlos Ghosn - the Nissan Motor chairman was arrested on Monday for alleged financial misconduct and will be fired from the board this week, media reports from Japan said....read more


Global NCAP wants ban on Nissan NP300 in Africa19 Nov 18

The latest crash test results in the #SaferCarsForAfrica campaign, released by Global NCAP and AA South Africa last week, show that Nissan’s NP300 ‘Hardbody’ received a zero star safety rating. ...read more


Philippine vehicle sales down 9% in October19 Nov 18

The Philippine new vehicle market continued to decline in October, by 9.2% to 33,150 units from peak year-earlier sales of 36,511 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Aut...read more


VW Group plans EUR44bn e-mobility, digitalisation, spend19 Nov 18

Following a recent supervisory board meeting, the Volkswagen Group said it would spend almost EUR44bn (US$50bn) on e-mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalisation of its vehic...read more


Skoda to build Passat as VW Group reassigns plants19 Nov 18

Volkswagen Groups's supervisory board has approved new 'strategic' plant assignment plans which, it said, "reflects the challenges of the next five years and lays the necessary foundations"....read more


Mazda, Toyota, break ground for US JV assembly plant19 Nov 18

Mazda and Toyota have broken ground in Huntsville, Alabama, on their jointly owned and operated production plant that will have capacity for 300,000 vehicles a year from 2021....read more


Colorado approves low-emission vehicle standards19 Nov 18

Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) has approved low-emission vehicle standards for new light-duty and medium-duty motor vehicles sold in the State, starting in 2022 model year....read more


Cooper Tyre opens Mississippi distribution centre19 Nov 18

Cooper has opened a new one million-square-foot warehouse in Byhalia, Mississippi. ...read more


Nissan to remove Ghosn from post following 'misconduct' investigation19 Nov 18

As reports in Japan circulate on Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest by prosecutors looking into suspected under-reporting of income, Nissan has issued a statement saying that it has been investigat...read more


Japanese prosecutors questioning Ghosn on salary - reports19 Nov 18

Media reports in Japan say that Tokyo prosecutors are questioning Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn over suspected under-reporting of his corporate salary by several hundreds of millions of yen....read more


2018 Guangzhou motor show - world premieres list19 Nov 18

Below is a list of vehicle world premieres which appeared at the 2018 edition of AutoGuangzhou....read more


Malaysia sales flat in October19 Nov 18

The Malaysian new vehicle stabilised in October, with sales rising 0.5% to 47,273 units from 47,041 a year ago, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....read more


Indonesia sales rise 12% in October19 Nov 18

New vehicle sales in Indonesia continued to grow in October, by 12.3% year on year to 106,050 units from 94,433, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo....read more


Iberdrola to supply 50 IKEA charging stations19 Nov 18

Iberdrola and IKEA have signed an agreement though which the energy company will install more than 50 e-vehicle charging stations and supply 100% renewable energy to the stores, logistics centres and ...read more


Will Suzuki still dominate India in 2030?19 Nov 18

In October, Maruti Suzuki's share of the Indian market dipped below fifty per cent. In no other market of this size, let alone one of around five million vehicle sales per annum, does a single brand d...read more


VW CEO Diess adds responsibility for China16 Nov 18

The VW Supervisory Board has assigned responsibility for the China Board of Management Division to VW Group CEO and chairman Herbert Diess, in addition to his other duties....read more


Mercedes goes hybrid with hydrogen - the week16 Nov 18

This week, Mercedes-Benz launched an electric vehicle featuring a hydrogen fuel cell and conventional plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery technology. ...read more


BMW 'preparing for no-deal Brexit'16 Nov 18

BMW has said it is continuing to prepare for a so-called 'no-deal' Brexit, given ongoing political uncertainty surrounding the ratification of a terms-of-exit 'outline agreement' between the UK and th...read more


JLR trials GLOSA technology for connected cars16 Nov 18

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system allowing cars to ‘talk’ to traffic lights and informing the driver the optimum speed as they approach junctions or ...read more


VW Zwickau plant set to be e-mobility production centre16 Nov 18

The Volkswagen brand is creating the production capacity needed for building more than one million electric cars per year throughout the world from 2025....read more


Visteon expands Karlsruhe technology centre16 Nov 18

Visteon has inaugurated its new expanded technology centre in Karlsruhe, Germany, which will drive advanced development of vehicle cockpit electronics, including information display, driver assistance...read more


Opel signs with Segula for Russelsheim restructure16 Nov 18

Opel and Segula Technologies have now signed an agreement on a strategic partnership. It is described by Opel as a major step towards securing highly qualified jobs in the research and development sec...read more


Bosch unveils curved instrument cluster16 Nov 18

Bosch has developed what it maintains is the world’s first curved instrument cluster in the cockpit of a mass-production vehicle....read more


Bridgestone Americas expandsWarren County tyre plant16 Nov 18

Bridgestone Americas is expanding its Warren County, Tennessee commercial truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing facility as part of a three-year, US$40m investment....read more


Hyundai-Kia's design chief on CASE opportunities16 Nov 18

Hyundai Motor Group Design chief Peter Schreyer is rightly proud of his role in changing not only the look,  but the perception of the South Korean carmaker’s two brands. His work is far from done, ho...read more


Thailand approves Mazda’s hybrid production16 Nov 18

The Thai government this week approved Mazda Motor’s application for tax incentives to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles in the country, according to local reports....read more


Citroen 'Europeanises' the C5 Aircross with new rear seats15 Nov 18

When it reaches European showrooms early in 2019, Citroen's C5 Aircross C-SUV will be new to this market but not new to the world - as we note in our PLDB database, it's actually been in production in...read more


McLaren opens carbon fibre production centre15 Nov 18

McLaren Automotive has opened its second production facility - the GBP50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Sheffield....read more


Has Audi created a new segment with the Q8?15 Nov 18

Once again, Audi is ahead of rivals in finding yet another market niche. This time it's for a big SUV-coupé, the new Q8 being lengthier than the BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport which some claim are its n...read more


Ford CEO cautious on VW relationship15 Nov 18

Amid ongoing speculation on the possible deepening of Ford's tie-up with Volkswagen Group, Ford CEO Jim Hackett has cautioned that expanding partnerships with VW is a 'delicate dance' given that they ...read more


VW Emden/Hanover to become EV plants15 Nov 18

Following Zwickau, Volkswagen intends to change its plants at Emden and Hannover in Germany over to the production of electric vehicles. After Zwickau, Volkswagen is therefore establishing its second ...read more


Exide Technologies names Timothy Vargo as CEO15 Nov 18

Exide Technologies has appointed Timothy Vargo, a current member of Exide’s Board, as president and CEO. ...read more


Daimler to build second R&D centre in Beijing15 Nov 18

Daimler has announced plans to build a new Research and Development Tech Centre in China with a total investment of over CNY1.1bn (US$155m or approximately EUR145m). ...read more


BYD receives maiden ebuses order from Denmark15 Nov 18

BYD has secured an order for 27 of its 12-metre pure electric buses in Copenhagen....read more


SMMT says Brexit agreement 'a positive step'15 Nov 18

An 'outline agreement' on the terms of the UK's exit from the EU in March next year has been described by the SMMT as a 'positive step'....read more


How drivers with engineering expertise create a better user experience15 Nov 18

As vehicle quality and reliability has improved, OEMs are increasingly aware of the role user experience can play in the customer decision-making process. That user experience could be planned in duri...read more


Gestamp China JV starts Tianjin operations15 Nov 18

Gestamp's joint venture with Chinese metal components company Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts (BHAP), has started operations with the opening of a new plant in Tianjin....read more


Renault appoints François Renard as global marketing director15 Nov 18

Renault has appointed François Renard as global marketing director, reporting to COO, Thierry Bolloré, COO....read more


Audi to recall diesel cars in Germany14 Nov 18

On Wednesday 14 November 2018, Audi will begin the first of eight recalls for cars with V TDI engines in Germany. ...read more


Hyundai and Kia enter new pan-European strategic partnership with Vodafone14 Nov 18

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have entered a new pan-European strategic partnership with Vodafone to provide customers with fully-connected in-car infotainment and connected car service....read more


Aston Martin starts testing DBX prototype14 Nov 18

Aston Martin says it has started DBX prototype testing and has also confirmed that the production car will be called DBX....read more


GAC cooks up new tie with Michelin14 Nov 18

Chinese automaker GAC Motor (Guangzhou Automotive) says it has exclusively partnered with Michelin to co-launch "The Michelin Guide Fine Cantonese Food" - the authoritative dining guide's first editio...read more


Zotye plans to sell SUV in US from 202014 Nov 18

Chinese automaker (and Ford partner in China) Zotye Automobile and HAAH Automotive Holdings have announced the creation of a new business unit to handle the sale of an SUV in the US market from 2020....read more


Skoda opens automated small parts warehouse14 Nov 18

Skoda says it is pressing ahead with the implementation of technologies in line with Industry 4.0 principles and has opened an 'automatic small parts warehouse' at the main plant in Mlada Boleslav....read more


Novelis to expand Brazil aluminium rolling and recycling plant14 Nov 18

"It's very important for the state of Sao Paulo to contribute to this high value-added project. Sao Paulo needs initiatives like this that promote the economic, social and environmental development ...read more


Renault-Nissan invests in Li-ion battery tech company14 Nov 18

Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has announced that it has invested in the latest round of funding in Enevate Corporation, an advanced lithium-ion (Li...read more


Dana expands Spicer Select drivetrain portfolio14 Nov 18

Dana is expanding its Spicer Select all-makes drivetrain portfolio to include the most popular u-joints for commercial-vehicle applications while also adding new u-joint strap kits. ...read more


ANALYSIS - Lincoln future models14 Nov 18

Having first examined the current and likely next generation of Ford cars, followed by SUVs and pick-ups, the Ford Motor Company future vehicle series now turns to Lincoln. ...read more


VW names additional battery cell partner13 Nov 18

Volkswagen has said that South Korean manufacturer SK Innovation (SKI) completes a group of strategic suppliers for battery cells in all major world regions. The companies SK Innovation, LG Chem, Sams...read more


Johnson Controls sells Power business for US$13.2bn13 Nov 18

Johnson Controls International has unveiled a definitive agreement to sell its Power Solutions business to Brookfield Business Partners, together with institutional partners including Caisse de dépôt ...read more


Vietnam sales jump 39% in October13 Nov 18

New vehicle sales in Vietnam continued to rebound in October, by over 39% to 28,041 units from weak year-earlier sales of 20,156 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manu...read more


Delphi Technologies Q3 revenue down 1% to US$3.7bn13 Nov 18

Delphi Technologies has reported third-quarter revenue of US$1.2bn and US$3.7bn for the year-to-date period, a decrease of 1% and an increase of 2% compared to the respective equivalent prior period, ...read more


Tesla appoints new chair of the Tesla Board13 Nov 18

Tesla’s Board of Directors has announced that Robyn Denholm has been appointed as chair of the Tesla Board, effective immediately....read more


Nissan opens new R&D office in St Petersburg13 Nov 18

Nissan has announced the opening of a new office for the Russian subdivision of Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in St Petersburg. The mission of the facility is the development of vehicles, as w...read more


Hella completes withdrawal from wholesale businesses13 Nov 18

Hella is to sell Norwegian wholesale company, Hellanor and complete the sale of the wholesale business. ...read more


Eaton wins Czech government engine valve funding13 Nov 18

Eaton European Innovation Centre (EEIC) is embarking on a joint R&D programme with the Czech Technical University in Prague....read more


Magna Q3 net income up 8% to US$554m13 Nov 18

Magna has recorded third-quarter net income up 8% to US$554m, due to what it says is a "substantially lower income tax rate."...read more


Skoda looks to double sales in China - report13 Nov 18

VW Group-owned Skoda brand is aiming to double its share of the Chinese car market according to a report in the China Daily newspaper....read more


VW US adds Siri Shortcuts to mobile app13 Nov 18

Volkswagen of America has enhanced its VW Car-Net mobile app with two types of Apple Siri commands to help owners interact with their vehicles....read more


Mitsubishi to invest in local parts sourcing in Vietnam13 Nov 18

Mitsubishi Motors plans to expand its operations in Vietnam, as it looks to increase its exposure to one of Asia's most promising developing markets, according to reports in the region....read more


Mitsubishi to join Thai hybrid vehicle programme13 Nov 18

Mitsubishi Motors plans to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles and batteries in Thailand, according to Thai deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak....read more


Russia maintains rise with October sales 8% up13 Nov 18

Russia's powerful automotive recovery continued last month with sales of new passenger cars and LCVs increasing 8.2% last month....read more


Mercedes launches 'GLC F-Cell' hydrogen/PHEV powertrain13 Nov 18

Mercedes-Benz has launched an electric vehicle featuring hydrogen fuel cell and conventional plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery technology. The first sales are to selected customers in Ger...read more


F90 M5 - BMW's first four-wheel drive M car12 Nov 18

With 441kW or 600 horsepower on tap, the latest M5 is the most powerful car yet from BMW's M division. Taming its 750Nm of torque meant the chassis engineers decided to give this super-sedan four-whee...read more


Daimler Gaggenau plant makes CV transmission #5m12 Nov 18

Daimler's Gaggenau plant nearRastatt has made its five millionth commercial vehicle transmission - a 12-speed automated G330 unit which will be exhibited in the factory....read more


Hyundai hails hydrogen as central to clean energy transition12 Nov 18

Hyundai Motor Executive Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun has said that 'hydrogen has a place as a central pillar to the clean energy transition'. He was speaking at clean mobility forum in Singapore last w...read more


VW prepares to sell 50m electric vehicles - reports12 Nov 18

Volkswagen's electric vehicle platform and battery purchasing plans are being readied to handle production of 50m vehicles, chief executive Herbert Diess reportedly told German auto trade weekly Autom...read more


SEAT global sales dip 16.8% in October 201812 Nov 18

SEAT sales continue to post record growth. ...read more


UK heavy truck sales decline continues through third quarter12 Nov 18

The UK new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market declined 7% year on year in Q3 2018, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


China vehicle sales fall 12% in October12 Nov 18

New vehicle sales in China fell by almost 12% to 2.4m units in October from 2.7m units a year earlier, according to reports citing data from the China Association of Auto Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


Adient books fourth quarter loss after one-off charges12 Nov 18

Adient has reported a substantial fourth quarter 2018 net loss and suspended its quarterly cash dividend, citing one-off non cash charges....read more


JLR global sales dip in October despite strong UK and US12 Nov 18

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover retail sales in October 2018 fell 4.6% year on year to 44,282 units despite, the company said, strong sales of newer models such as the Jaguar I-Pace and E-Pace SUVs and...read more


ZF to fly automated drones over German factories12 Nov 18

ZF says it is the first company in Germany to receive official approval for automated drone flights over factory premises....read more


Ford goes for a Spin - the week9 Nov 18

When it comes to urban mobility, the stand-on electric scooter is vying to be a part of the picture, via an asset-sharing business model....read more


Michelin Action Group to "hit ground running" in bid to save jobs9 Nov 18

Dundee City Council says its Michelin Action Group (MAG) will meet for the first time on Monday (12 November) in a bid to address the tyremaker's shock news this week it would axe its plant in the Sco...read more


Nissan wholesale volumes down as it cuts US dealer stocks9 Nov 18

Nissan has posted financial results for the six-month period to 30 September and they show that operating profit was hit by lower wholesale volume as part of efforts to reduce dealer inventory levels,...read more


Nissan shoots for plant in Ghana9 Nov 18

Nissan says it has committed to working with the government of Ghana to establish an automotive manufacturing industry in the country. The company will also make Ghana its hub for sales and marketing ...read more


Volvo resets production plans on US-China trade tariffs9 Nov 18

Geely-owned Volvo Cars is making significant changes to its plant-model production mix plans due to the imposition of higher trade tariffs between the US and China....read more


Toyoda Gosei establishes new unit for funding start-ups9 Nov 18

Toyoda Gosei will establish a Corporate Venture Capital Department in January 2019. This new department will serve as the company’s centre for 'flexible and swift investment in start-ups and venture c...read more


Opel and partners to 'develop intelligent charging infrastructure'9 Nov 18

PSA-owned Opel says the engineering centre at its company headquarters in Russelsheim will become a laboratory for electric-mobility working with a number of partners....read more


Sogefi develops plastic diesel fuel filter module for PSA HDi engine9 Nov 18

Sogefi has developed a new plastic diesel fuel filter module for PSA new generation 1.5 litres HDi engines....read more


NXP develops new Battery Cell Controllers for EVs9 Nov 18

NXP Semiconductors has announced a new Battery Cell Controller portfolio suitable for automotive Battery Management Systems....read more


LG Chem appoints new vice chairman and CEO9 Nov 18

LG Chem has appointed 3M vice chairman and EVP, Hak Cheol Shin as new vice chairman and CEO....read more


BMW supplies electric motors and batteries for Karsan e-bus9 Nov 18

BMW says that for the first time, the electric motors and high-voltage batteries developed for the BMW i3 will be used to power a city bus made by the Turkish manufacturer Karsan which is designed spe...read more


Harman opens new office in Poland9 Nov 18

Harman has opened a new office facility in Lodz, Poland, with 350 engineers developing automotive solutions including the company’s summit car audio platform, Ignite platform, OTA software management ...read more


BMW Dingolfing SOP for BMW 8 Series Convertible 9 Nov 18

Earlier this week, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing began series production of the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, which will be built alongside BMW 5 Series and 7 Series variants on a single assembly line. ...read more


Toyota develops hydrogen burner for forging line8 Nov 18

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has developed what it claims it the world's first general-purpose hydrogen burner for industrial use, working in collaboration with industrial furnace specialist Chugai ...read more


ANALYSIS - Future Ford SUVs and pick-ups8 Nov 18

After taking a look at Ford's worldwide plans for cars into the second half of the 2020s, this second feature investigates what the brand is likely to be doing in crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups, and th...read more


Linamar Q3 sales and profits rise8 Nov 18

Canadian supplier Linamar increased third quarter sales 18.6% year on year to US$1.8bn....read more


DuPont eyes China automotive growth with new plastics factory8 Nov 18

DuPont said it is spending US$80m to build a new factory in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province in East China....read more


Aston Martin's new St Athan plant nears completion8 Nov 18

With the unveiling of Aston Martin Lagonda’s first SUV scheduled for the last quarter of 2019, work is progressing to complete the new St Athan factory in Wales....read more


New Renault van build for Maubeuge and Sandouville8 Nov 18

Renault has announced new van production at its manufacturing facilities in Maubeuge and Sandouville, France....read more


Wabco inks Hyundai medium trucks supply deal8 Nov 18

Wabco Holdings said it had entered a long-term agreement with Hyundai Motor to supply medium duty trucks with electronic braking systems (EBS), anti-lock braking systems (ABS), electronic stability co...read more


VW's Electrify America announces California collaborations8 Nov 18

Electrify America, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America set up as part of the 'dieselgate' settlement with federal authorities, has announced collaboration with six organisations...read more


PSA says Opel/Vauxhall "back on course"8 Nov 18

PSA says Opel/Vauxhall is "back on course" one year after presenting its Pace plan, insisting the division will be profitable, electric and global....read more


Ford buys electric scooter sharing company8 Nov 18

Ford Smart Mobility has acquired Spin, a San Francisco based electric scooter sharing company that provides customers an alternative for first- and last-mile transport....read more


Scottish Minister holds urgent talks on Michelin closure8 Nov 18

Scottish Finance and Economy Secretary, Derek Mackay has held urgent talks with trade unions and Michelin management to discuss the future of the Dundee plant, following confirmation by the manufactur...read more


Large vans drive UK LCV market7 Nov 18

Demand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased in October, according to data compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Union "complete shock" after Michelin Dundee closure plan7 Nov 18

UK union, Unite says it was a "complete and utter shock" to hear news this week [6 November) Michelin planned to shutter its Dundee plant in Scotland, insisting the tyre supplier was aware of the labo...read more


Australian car importers eye TPP FTA benefits7 Nov 18

Australia's freshly ratified Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, scheduled to come into force at the end of this year, will benefit multiple automakers in the now import-only market,...read more


Daimler YTD sales fractionally ahead of 20177 Nov 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz delivered 190,021 vehicles in October, up 3.9% year on year....read more


Hyundai-Kia to invest another US$250m in Grab7 Nov 18

Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings, which claims to be southeast Asia's leading O2O (online to offline) mobile platform, announced an agreement under which Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corp...read more


Mitsubishi joint venture launches Eclipse Cross in China7 Nov 18

GAC Mitsubishi Motors (GMMC) is to start sales of the locally assembled Eclipse Cross in China....read more


Japan sales rise in October7 Nov 18

Japan’s new vehicle market jumped by 12.5% to 418,992 units in October from strong year earlier sales of 372,469 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers As...read more


Future plans show Ford isn't exiting cars7 Nov 18

Ford has been telling anyone who will listen that it believes its US market future lies with SUVs, pick-ups, EVs and autonomous vehicles. Outside North America though, there is a big future for a wide...read more


Schaeffler UK job cuts could number around 585 - source7 Nov 18

Reliable sources close to Schaeffler indicate around 585 British jobs are at risk as the company unveiled plans to close two manufacturing sites in the UK, but insisted Brexit uncertainty was not the ...read more


Taiwan sales drop 1% in October7 Nov 18

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 1.3% to 35,048 units in October from 35,512 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing registration data compiled by Taiwan’s Directorate of Highways....read more


South Korean import sales also rebound in October7 Nov 18

Sales of imported passenger vehicles in South Korea jumped by 23.6% to 20,833 units in October from 16,833 units a year earlier, according to data compiled by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distri...read more


Hands-On Tech - Nissan Qashqai7 Nov 18

Nissan’s Qashqai Pilot One Edition is this month’s test vehicle in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT ) reporting series. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, ...read more


Jaguar opening supplier liaison office in Hungary6 Nov 18

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover plans to create a technical engineering office in Hungary, opening early in 2019....read more


Rentals give Toyota New Zealand sales an October boost6 Nov 18

October 2018 registrations of 16,670 vehicles set a new monthly sales record in New Zealand after last June's 15,985....read more


Australian sales soften in October as SUVs continue rise6 Nov 18

Overall national sales of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in Australia continued to climb in October, despite the overall vehicle market declining over the month, according to the latest data released f...read more


Bosch makes "historic" investment in semiconductors6 Nov 18

Bosch has announced a EUR1bn (GBP873,000,000) investment in a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Dresden, saying it was the largest single investment in the company's history....read more


Schaeffler hints at Brexit as two UK sites due to close6 Nov 18

Schaeffler says it is proposing to shutter two UK plants as uncertainty continues to swirl surrounding the UK's trading arrangements with the European Union (EU) after Britain exits the 27-strong grou...read more


Toyota boosts first half profits6 Nov 18

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) boosted fiscal first half operating profit to the end of September 2018 from JPY1.0965 trillion to JPY1.2618 trillion while net income increased from JPY1.0713 trillion ...read more


Daimler battery plant now employs 1,000 a year ahead of plan6 Nov 18

Daimler said battery subsidiary Accumotive at Kamenz in Germany would employ around 1,000 people by the end of 2018, a year earlier than planned....read more


VW Passenger Cars operating profit dips in first nine months6 Nov 18

Volkswagen Passenger Cars said deliveries and sales revenue remained above the 2017 level in the first nine months of 2018....read more


West European car market down 7.3% in October6 Nov 18

Data from LMC Automotive shows that the West European car market stayed firmly in reverse gear in October as the effects of the new WLTP emissions testing standard continued to be felt (in September, ...read more


ANALYSIS - ASEAN vehicle sales rise 10% in Q36 Nov 18

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia's six largest markets combined continued to strengthen in the third quarter of 2018, with total volumes rising by 9.7% to 899,541 units from 820,135 units in the sa...read more


New Posco chairman sets out auto steel, battery targets6 Nov 18

South Korean steelmaker Posco said it aimed to maintain its position as a leading global automotive steel producer by increasing annual auto steel output to 120m tons by 2025, a 30% increase from last...read more


Unite slams Michelin plan to shutter Dundee plant as "betrayal"6 Nov 18

Michelin union, Unite has condemned the tyre manufacturer's announcement it intends to close its Dundee plant in Scotland in 2020 with the loss of 845 jobs as "a betrayal of the workforce."...read more


Subaru announces more faulty inspections, driving shares lower6 Nov 18

Subaru Corporation announced on Monday it plans to expand its domestic vehicle recall after more cases of faked final inspections emerged in recent months, according to local reports....read more


Mobis steps up R&D investment in self-drive technologies6 Nov 18

Hyundai Mobis said it planned to increase R&D expenditure to 10% of its auto parts revenues by 2021 from 7% at present, as it looks to become a global leader in autonomous vehicle technology....read more


Brazilian Volkswagen T-Cross slightly larger than European version5 Nov 18

The production version of Volkswagen's compact T-Cross SUV was unveiled simultaneously in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Shanghai (China) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) recently. It is the first SUV VW has made in ...read more


Toyota Brazil confirms investment for new Corolla5 Nov 18

Toyota Brazil has confirmed a BRL1bn/US$280m investment for its Indaiatuba, Sao Paulo state, manufacturing plant, 95km/57miles northwest of the state capital Sao Paulo City....read more


DriveNow car-sharing adds five London boroughs5 Nov 18

DriveNow, the car-sharing service from BMW, is expanding into five new London boroughs: Westminster; Barnet; Tower Hamlets; Southwark and Brent....read more


Estate sales in decline? Nobody told the Volvo V905 Nov 18

Sometimes, if you continue to evolve a product you've long been famous for, ignore those claiming that people have moved on to different things, you can not only stay successful but become even more s...read more


South Korean sales rebound 24% in October5 Nov 18

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined rebounded by over 24% to 139,557 units in October from 112,332 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data rele...read more


UK new car market declines 2.9% in October5 Nov 18

The UK new car market declined again in October, with 153,599 cars sold, 2.9% down on the same month last year, according to SMMT data....read more


Europe Foreign Ministers "strongly regret" US Iran sanctions5 Nov 18

Three European Foreign Ministers have jointly condemned the reimposition of economic sanctions against Iran imposed by Washington today (5 November) and have pledged to find ways for business to conti...read more


Interest rates don’t slow US market, yet - ANALYSIS5 Nov 18

As our preliminary data published on Friday indicated, rising interest rates and higher petrol prices didn’t stop US light vehicle sales from rising in October....read more


Tesla targets initial output of 3,000 Model 3s per week in Shanghai5 Nov 18

Tesla said in a regulatory filing it had set a production target of 3,000 Model 3 sedans per week in the early stages of operation at its planned factory in China, according to local reports....read more


Dana appoints Shelley Bridarolli as human resources VP5 Nov 18

Dana says Shelley Bridarolli will be joining the company as human resources SVP, effective 26 November....read more


Hyundai Genesis sales surpass 200,000 units in October, new models planned5 Nov 18

Hyundai Motor’s premium car brand, Genesis, passed the 200,000 cumulative global sales mark in October, according to local reports citing industry data....read more


Blink/Hubject team for US EV charging5 Nov 18

Blink Charging and Hubject have formed a partnership to provide EV drivers in the US with expanded charging coverage and communication capabilities....read more


Your smart office on the move - the week2 Nov 18

I have tried typing from the back seat of a car on quite a few occasions (needs must and all that) and it's not much fun. ...read more


Skoda YTD sales up to new record2 Nov 18

From January through to the end of September, Skoda increased its worldwide deliveries to customers by 7.8% year-on-year to a new record of 939,100 vehicles. ...read more


Linamar becomes manufacturing partner for ProteanDrive2 Nov 18

Protean Electric, the automotive technology company and specialist of in-wheel electric drive systems, and Linamar Corporation, the diversified global manufacturing company, are have announced that Li...read more


US car market edges up in October2 Nov 18

The US light vehicle market edged up in October, according to preliminary estimates, the market feeling the benefit of strong economic fundamentals, even as analysts warn of an outlook for softer dema...read more


Will Bridgend plant build a new SUV for Ineos?2 Nov 18

A UK-based chemicals company - Ineos - is reportedly in talks with Ford to use spare capacity at Ford's Bridgend engine plant to build a new utility vehicle....read more


Hyundai-Kia makes leadership changes2 Nov 18

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have announced key leadership appointments to drive global product strategy, design and R&D innovation as well as sales in the Russia and CIS region, e...read more


Hyundai Motor global sales up 0.9% in October 20182 Nov 18

Hyundai Motor Company announced its global sales results for October 2018, recording a total of 408,160 units sold, up 0.9% from a year earlier....read more


EDF and Nuvve to install UK electric chargers2 Nov 18

EDF Energy is to partner with green technology company, Nuvve, to install up to 1,500 Vehicle to Grid (V2G) chargers in the UK....read more


Inteva appoints new Global Supply Chain Management VP2 Nov 18

Inteva Products has appointed DeRoy Bryant as Global Supply Chain Management VP, reporting directly to CEO and president, Lon Offenbacher....read more


Envoy Technologies starts car share programme in Sacramento2 Nov 18

Envoy Technologies, a provider of shared on-demand, community-based electric vehicles, has unveiled the first wave of live sites and vehicle deployments through the Electrify America Green City initia...read more


Cummins' Garry Enyart elected new RVIA chairman2 Nov 18

Cummins says Garry Enyart, director of Cummins Mobile Generator Business, has been elected chairman of the board for the RV Industry Association (RVIA)....read more


Allison Transmission appoints Carolann Haznedar to board2 Nov 18

Allison Transmission has appointed Carolann Haznedar to its board, effective immediately....read more


Gordon Murray gets EU funding for seats feasibility study2 Nov 18

Gordon Murray Design has said it will receive EU funding for a feasibility study that will investigate the economic potential for the mass production of its lightweight automotive seats....read more


VW to show 'pioneering' pickup concept at Sao Paulo show2 Nov 18

Volkswagen is to show a 'near-production concept' pickup at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show on 6 November....read more


Terrafame to build Finland EV battery plant2 Nov 18

Terrafame is to build a EUR240m (US$274m) electric vehicle battery plant in Sotkamo, Finland and has entered into what it says are "major technology agreements" with equipment suppliers....read more


Mazda posts record half-year global sales  1 Nov 18

Mazda says it has beat the previous year’s record for global vehicle sales in the first half of fiscal 2018-19, selling a total of 796,000 units globally, 1.7% ahead of the same period last year (whic...read more


New Duster lifts Dacia to same market share as Nissan1 Nov 18

The biggest mistake for anyone to make when summing up Dacia is to think of it as a provider of cheap, basic, boring cars. A major update for the Duster is now taking the brand right into the mainstre...read more


Volvo Cars and Baidu team up on e-SAVs1 Nov 18

Geely-owned Volvo Cars is the latest OEM to announce an agreement with Baidu to jointly develop shared autonomous vehicles. Volvo says it will work with Baidu on electric and fully autonomous drive-co...read more


Ricardo joins Volvo Cars' EV battery cell test programme1 Nov 18

Ricardo says it will assist Volvo Cars with the provision of a large-scale test programme to assess the life cycle characteristics of a range of new lithium-ion cells to determine their suitability fo...read more


Future JLR vehicles to detect motion sickness1 Nov 18

Future Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be able to tell if you're feeling unwell and adjust settings to combat motion sickness, the company says....read more


Denso acquires Ease Simulation1 Nov 18

Denso has acquired Ease Simulation, a company specialising in automotive diagnostics technology....read more


Pioneer 3D-Lidar sensor supports R-Car SoCs1 Nov 18

Pioneer says its 3D-Lidar sensor supports R-Car, SoCs (system-on-chips) for car information systems, developed by Renesas Electronics....read more


Daimler mobility services numbers 24m customers worldwide1 Nov 18

Daimler Financial Services says its mobility services division now has around 26 customers, a 64% rise in the numbers of users of Car2go, Moovel and the ride hailing group including Mytaxi, Beat, Clev...read more


Jaguar Land Rover swings to quarterly loss1 Nov 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has posted a set of quarterly financial results described as 'disappointing'. They included revenues down 11% year-on-year (at GBP5.6bn) in the second quarter of the...read more


UMW scraps plans to take over Perodua1 Nov 18

Malaysia’s diversified conglomerate UMW Holdings Bhd has scrapped plans to acquire a controlling stake in the country’s second national carmaker Perodua, according to local reports....read more


Toyota brings forward Thai hybrid battery production1 Nov 18

Toyota plans to bring forward its investment in its Thai hybrid vehicle battery plant by a year citing potential shortages of batteries in Japan, according to local reports....read more


Ionity inks Italy charging agreement from 20191 Nov 18

Ionity, the joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, has signed a framework agreement with Eni to build up to 30High Power Charging stations in Italy from 2019....read more


Rheinmetall wins electric power pump order1 Nov 18

Rheinmetall Group has secured what it refers to as "large-scale orders" for its CWA 400 electrically powered pump for an unnamed automaker....read more


GM swings to Q3 profit31 Oct 18

General Motors has released Q3 earnings figures that beat analyst estimates as it benefited from higher transaction prices and favourable product mix in North America. ...read more


'Hot-forming' boosts Ford Focus body strength 31 Oct 18

Ford says a fully automated process using furnaces, robots and lasers to craft car parts with boron steel is strengthening the new Ford Focus, helping it earn a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rati...read more


BMW Dingolfing to build batteries for electric Mini31 Oct 18

BMW's Dingolfing plant is gearing up for higher future demand for electric drive trains by investing in extensive remodelling and expansion measures....read more


Volkswagen, Mobileye and Champion Motors to invest in Israel e-SAVs31 Oct 18

Volkswagen Group, Mobileye and Champion Motors have announced plans to commercialise Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) with self-driving electric vehicles in Israel....read more


Nissan St Petersburg plant launches new X-Trail production31 Oct 18

Nissan has started production of the new X-Trail crossover SUV at its St Petersburg plant in Russia....read more


Hyundai and China's BTIRDI join over Hydrogen Energy Fund31 Oct 18

Hyundai Motor has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Beijing-Tsinghua Industrial R&D Institute (BTIRDI) to jointly establish a ‘Hydrogen Energy Fund’. ...read more


Denso building new automated driving development centre in Tokyo31 Oct 18

Denso Corporation (Denso) has announced it will establish a new facility at Haneda Airport in Tokyo to develop and test automated driving technologies....read more


Hyundai Motor to introduce solar charging technology on vehicles31 Oct 18

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have announced plans to introduce solar charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roo...read more


Ford and Baidu announce joint autonomous vehicle testing31 Oct 18

Ford and Baidu have completed test vehicle modification and will embark on a two-year project to jointly test the SAE Level 4-capable autonomous vehicles in Beijing....read more


Denso H1 operating profit down 26% to US$1.3bn31 Oct 18

Denso has recorded half-year operating profit down 25.5% to US$1.3bn,  although revenue rose 11.8% to US$13.9bn....read more


Toyota starts making hybrid transaxles in Poland31 Oct 18

Toyota has started production of hybrid electric transaxles at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland’s Walbrzych (TMMP) plant. It is the first time this core component of Toyota’s hybrid electric powertra...read more


EC probes Tata-ThyssenKrupp JV proposal31 Oct 18

An in-depth investigation to assess the proposed creation of a joint venture by Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp, has been opened by the European Commission (EC) under the EU Merger Regulation....read more


Alliance Ventures leads WeRide.ai investment31 Oct 18

Alliance Ventures has become the lead investor of WeRide.ai, formerly JingChi.ai, China’s leading autonomous driving company focused on Level 4 (L4) self-driving technology, following completion of th...read more


FCA Q3 net profit down 38%30 Oct 18

Although FCA (Fiat-Chrysler) has posted healthy looking overall third-quarter financial results, investors have been disappointed by special items that included a diesel charge in the US and additiona...read more


Ford adds 1.5L EcoBoost engine at Bridgend30 Oct 18

Production has begun of a new three-cylinder, 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine at Ford's Bridgend engine plant....read more


Bentley introduces 'advanced connectivity'30 Oct 18

VW Group-owned luxury brand Bentley is trumpeting the launch of 'Advanced Connectivity' – claimed by Bentley to be the "world’s first super-fast, reliable and secure in-car WiFi system". ...read more


Mazda Europe names new design director30 Oct 18

Mazda Motor Europe has announced that Jo Stenuit (49) will be the brand's new European design director....read more


Weaker yen lifts Honda outlook30 Oct 18

Honda has raised its operating profit forecast for the current fiscal year by 80bn yen to 790bn yen as the company benefits from more favourable currency movements and higher sales of motorcycles in A...read more


ANALYSIS - Land Rover future models30 Oct 18

September was an uncharacteristically poor month for Land Rover, with deliveries down 19 per cent. That's being blamed on tariff rises in China. Europe and North America are still strong though, and n...read more


Avtovaz announces senior management changes30 Oct 18

Avtovaz has unveiled a raft of new appointments effective 1 November....read more


Harman opens new Israel headquarters30 Oct 18

Harman has opened a new, 46,000 square feet facility, located in Hod Hasharon, Israel, which will serve as the headquarters for the supplier in the country....read more


VW Q3 operating profit down 18.6%30 Oct 18

Volkswagen Group has reported an 18.6% decline to third quarter operating profit as its bottom line was dented by weaker vehicle sales and the impact of tighter emissions testing regulations - WLTP - ...read more


Tenneco Q3 net income falls to US$60m30 Oct 18

Tenneco has posted third-quarter net income down 27% to US$60m, with revenue rising 4% to US$2.4bn....read more


Autoliv Q3 2018 sales up 4.1% to US$2.03bn30 Oct 18

Autoliv has reported third-quarter consolidated sales growth of 4.1% to US$2.03bn, while quarterly organic sales grew by 6.4%....read more


SMMT seeks more action to stimulate green car sales30 Oct 18

The SMMT has said - in response to yesterday's Budget Statement - that it is seeking more incentives for consumers to purchase the most environmentally friendly vehicles. The UK government recently cu...read more


Sernauto launches components digital platform30 Oct 18

Spanish suppliers association, Sernauto has launched a new digital platform as part of a project to promote t the export capacity of equipment and automotive components manufacturers....read more


Beijing mulling tax cut to support auto sector29 Oct 18

A Chinese regulator is reportedly planning to propose a big cut in car purchase tax to support the Chinese auto sector, which is facing lower sales and intensified competition. China's auto industry i...read more


Mitsubishi Electric's new technology uses EVs as storage batteries29 Oct 18

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced that it has developed a technology for efficiently managing photovoltaic (PV) and other power-generation systems and also the charging/discharging of elec...read more


Daimler Trucks opens new Tech and Data Hub in Lisbon29 Oct 18

A new Daimler technology hub has opened in Lisbon. ...read more


Goldman analyst upgrades Ford shares to buy29 Oct 18

Analysts at investment bank Goldman Sachs have upgraded Ford to a 'buy' from neutral and said that investors could see a 40% return on Ford stock as the automaker restructures its business and boosts ...read more


Aston Martin opens new design studio in China29 Oct 18

Aston Martin Lagonda (AML) has announced the opening of a new design studio in Shanghai....read more


Cooper Tyre appoints two new directors to board29 Oct 18

Cooper Tyre has named Katy Dickson and Brian Walker as directors of the company effective immediately....read more


Tenneco to shut Ontario and Georgia operations29 Oct 18

Tenneco is to close its original equipment ride control plants in Owen Sound, Ontario and Hartwell, Georgia as part of what it says is an "initiative to realign its manufacturing footprint."...read more


Denso to supply digital side-view systems for new Lexus ES29 Oct 18

Denso has developed a digital side-view monitor ECU (electronic control unit) which it says helps enhance the view for the driver and improves vehicle safety. ...read more


RHA "still in the dark" as to post-Brexit border arrangements29 Oct 18

UK body, The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is "still in the dark" surrounding future border arrangements following the UK's exit from the European Union next March....read more


Audi and Umicore to develop recyclable EV battery components29 Oct 18

Audi and Umicore have completed phase one of their research cooperation for battery recycling....read more


Lear Q3 net income falls 14% to US$253m29 Oct 18

Lear has posted third-quarter net income down 14% to US$253m with sales also falling from US$5bn to US$4.9bn....read more


Fisker announces Caterpillar Venture investment29 Oct 18

Fisker has unveiled an investment from Caterpillar Venture Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, the manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, ind...read more


Ford appoints new CEO for stand-alone China operations29 Oct 18

Ford Motor hopes to reverse its plunging sales in China by establishing a stand-alone business unit led by a new CEO, according to local reports....read more


Nio leads funding for Innovusion’s Cheetah LiDAR29 Oct 18

Nio Capital, the investment division of Chinese electric vehicle start-up Nio, has backed a US$30m fund-raising round for the commercialisation of Silicon Valley startup Innovusion's radar technology ...read more


Jaguar rethink? Results season starts - the week26 Oct 18

"Will Tata reinvent Jaguar as the new Tesla?" We asked. You read....read more




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