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Tesla's Semi concept draws focus on electric trucks20 Nov 17

Following last week's announcement of a Tesla electric truck with first deliveries in 2019, just-auto's QUBE research database has updated its section covering such vehicles. We note that, while the r...read more


Why is Norway a case study for EVs?20 Nov 17

In global terms, Norway enjoys by far the highest penetration of electric vehicles in its car market. Exclusively for just-auto, Norwegian writer Jorn Madslien takes a trip to his homeland for a perso...read more


Russia posts eighth monthly sales rise in a row20 Nov 17

Russia has recorded October sales of new passenger cars and LCVs rising 17.3%, the eighth consecutive monthly increase after years of sharply falling numbers....read more


Renault and Al-Futtaim team for Pakistan assembly20 Nov 17

Groupe Renault and Al-Futtaim have inked definitive agreements for assembly and distribution of the French automaker's vehicles in Pakistan....read more


Mercedes starts taking e-Vito orders in Germany20 Nov 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to offer all its commercial van model lines with electric drive, starting with the mid-size eVito, now available to order, with deliveries commencing in the second h...read more


Daimler opens new digital hub in Tel Aviv20 Nov 17

Daimler has set up a Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Centre in Tel Aviv focusing on digital vehicle and mobility services....read more


Interior design and technology – Kia Soul20 Nov 17

Launched in 2008 for those looking to make a funky and bold statement, the Kia Soul is certainly out of the ordinary. Competing models include the likes of the Vauxhall Mokka X and Nissan Juke. Like t...read more


ANALYSIS - How Honda sees the future of Acura20 Nov 17

Can a luxury brand which after 31 years is only a moderate success in North America, is absent from Europe and Japan and builds only two models in China be considered a successful one? Acura has alway...read more


Struggling Chery calls in local help in Brazil - the week17 Nov 17

Our Man in Brazil, Fernando Calmon, reported this week on an interesting development that sees seasoned local importer, assembler and distributor CAOA Group join with Chery to manage Chery's factory i...read more


Czech Republic tips hat to past for current strength17 Nov 17

Czech prowess in manufacturing skills can partly be attributed to the country's Communist past says the country's Automotive Industry Association's secretary-general....read more


Toyota plans EV in China by 202017 Nov 17

Toyota has announced today that it will be rolling out an electric vehicle under the Toyota brand in the Chinese market in 2020....read more


ANALYSIS - Peugeot 308 SW and GTI17 Nov 17

Has the long-awaited recovery of the Peugeot brand finally begun? Even if things remain terrible in China with a year-to-date collapse of 30 per cent in a rising market, October was a good month for t...read more


Toyota to recall C-HR 1.2s and older Prius PHEVs17 Nov 17

Toyota GB will recall about 4,200 Turkish-built CH-R crossovers with the 1.2-litre petrol engine to reflash software that controls the electronic park brake. The move is part of a global recall that w...read more


Jaguar Land Rover unveils XEL in China17 Nov 17

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled the Jaguar XE long-wheelbase (XEL), the second Jaguar vehicle to be manufactured in China, at the Guangzhou Auto Show....read more


VW Brazil Virtus replaces Polo sedan17 Nov 17

Volkswagen has launched a new compact sedan called Virtus in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new model, developed especially for South America, replaces the Polo sedan, is based on the MQB modular platform and...read more


VW says 'pact for the future' on track17 Nov 17

The Volkswagen brand said its 'pact for the future' had achieved EUR1.9bn of efficiency savings, or 96% of the target set for 2017....read more


Toyota and Suzuki strike MoU on India EVs17 Nov 17

Toyota and Suzuki have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together on introducing electric vehicles in the Indian market 'in around 2020'....read more


2017 GUANGZHOU SHOW - Kia NP world debut17 Nov 17

AutoGuangzhou 2017 has hosted a variety of concept and production model world debuts. The press preview day was Friday 17 November. ...read more


JLR, Ford and Tata begin connected car trials in Coventry17 Nov 17

The UK's largest trial of connected and autonomous vehicle technology has moved onto public roads, with the UK Autodrive project starting city trials on the streets of central Coventry....read more


Volvo Group shows autonomous truck in Beijing17 Nov 17

Volvo has demonstrated a self-driving lorry to a Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing after conducting research into autonomous transport solutions for several years. ...read more


Subaru recalls cars for inspection17 Nov 17

Subaru is recalling 395,000 vehicles sold in Japan following the safety inspection scandal that emerged last month....read more


Philippine vehicle sales rise 17% in October17 Nov 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines increased by 17.3% to 36,511 units in October from 31,132 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Man...read more


Eaton Cummins introduces new transmission for Mexican commercial trucks17 Nov 17

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies has introduced a new fuel economy-focused calibration specifically designed to meet and exceed the distinctive demands of the Mexican commercial truck...read more


Adient India breaks ground on new seating prototyping facility17 Nov 17

Adient has broken ground on an automotive seating prototyping and testing facility, claimed to be the largest of its kind ever built in India....read more


Federal-Mogul Powertrain acquires Controlled Power Technologies16 Nov 17

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has completed the acquisition of UK based clean tech development company, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT)....read more


VW strengthens China NEV commitment16 Nov 17

Volkswagen Group China has increased its commitment to launching New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) in China on the eve of the Guangzhou show which opens Friday....read more


Volvo Trucks 'in talks with Samsung on electric trucks'16 Nov 17

Volvo Trucks is reportedly in discussion with Samsung to develop new generation batteries for freight trucks powered by electricity, according to a Korean newspaper....read more


Change at the top of Lear16 Nov 17

Auto seating and electrical specialist Lear Corporation has announced Matt Simoncini will retire as president, CEO and director on 28 February, 2018, replaced by Ray Scott (52), currently an executive...read more


Subaru to book JPY20bn for inspection recall cost16 Nov 17

Subaru has said it was recalling 395,000 vehicles in Japan and expected about JPY20bn (US$177m) in costs related to improper final inspection procedures at its domestic plants, a media report said....read more


Edmunds expects incentives-propelled Black Friday16 Nov 17

Edmunds says that US car shoppers will find some of the best deals in years on new vehicles this Black Friday (tomorrow, November 17)....read more


Nexteer breaks ground for new Asia Pacific technical centre16 Nov 17

Steering specialist Nexteer Automotive has broken ground for its new Asia-Pacific Technical Centre in Suzhou Industrial Park....read more


Malaysia sales fall 2% in October16 Nov 17

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell by 1.8% to 47,041 units in October from 47,880 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....read more


Gefco sees Brexit opportunity as clock ticks16 Nov 17

Logistics supplier, Gefco, says it sees opportunity in Brexit as well as challenges for its customers as the UK and the European Union (EU) attempt to thrash out a deal following London's departure fr...read more


China sales rise just 2% in October16 Nov 17

New vehicle sales in China increased by just 2% to 2.7m units in October from 2.65m units a year earlier, according to a Reuters report citing data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacture...read more


SAIC Motor launches second SUV in Thailand16 Nov 17

China’s SAIC Motor launched a new compact SUV in Thailand this week as part of its efforts to expand in south east Asia....read more


Delphi appoints new Aptiv board directors16 Nov 17

Delphi Automotive PLC, which will become two new stand-alone companies, Aptiv PLC and Delphi Technologies PLC, ahas nnounced that Frank Dellaquila and Colin Parris have been named to the Aptiv board o...read more


GKN's CEO designate exits after US aero ops crisis16 Nov 17

UK-based aerospace and automotive engineering company GKN has said that its CEO designate Kevin Cummings is leaving the company with immediate effect....read more


PSA outlines global mobility strategy15 Nov 17

Newly enlarged Groupe PSA faces challenges on a number of fronts as it looks to integrate Opel and Vauxhall to its operations. Like other OEMs, it also needs a strategy for a rapidly changing urban mo...read more


Fleet capacity utilisation to soar under car-sharing15 Nov 17

The majority of vehicles used by car-sharing schemes will have utilisation rates above 50% by 2020 - up from around 5% now, according to Fujitsu America....read more


Kia launches fast grand tourer flagship with V6 engine15 Nov 17

Although only about 80 of the brand's 180 UK dealers have signed up to sell it so far, Kia's new Stinger, in those showrooms from January, is certainly going to change its image a bit. Suddenly, the m...read more


Another NAFTA round of negotiations underway15 Nov 17

A fifth round of negotiations on rules governing NAFTA trading relations get underway today, with participants focused on arrangements for automotive trade between member countries....read more


ZF to add 80 UK jobs as camera demand booms15 Nov 17

ZF is ploughing EUR34m (US$40m) into its North East England camera plant in Peterlee as it ramps up new production lines and looks to add a further 80 jobs to the current 880-strong workforce....read more


PSA's Tavares criticises 'unrealistic' emissions targets15 Nov 17

PSA chief Carlos Tavares has said governments and legislators need to stop imposing unrealistic emissions targets on carmakers - they should leave it to the experts to reduce CO2 emissions....read more


Skoda global sales up 9.7% in October15 Nov 17

In October, Skoda delivered 107,400 vehicles to customers worldwide (October 2016: 97,900 vehicles; +9.7%). ...read more


PSA's Tavares eyes car-sharing opportunity15 Nov 17

As Groupe PSA unveiled its global mobility strategy in Paris, chairman and CEO Carlos Tavares said he has not ruled out engineering and building cars specifically for car-sharing in the future....read more


Mercedes-Benz R&D North America opens Digital Hub in Seattle15 Nov 17

Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America (MBRDNA) will be opening the doors to their sixth R&D lab this year....read more


Lincoln puts Continental's DMD tech HUDs in production15 Nov 17

Ford premium brand Lincoln is putting Continental's head-up display with digital micromirror device (DMD) technology into production for the first time....read more


JLR begins F-Pace production in India15 Nov 17

Jaguar Land Rover India has announced the start of local manufacturing of Jaguar’s first performance SUV, the F-Pace. ...read more


LA AUTO SHOW - Toyota FT-AC concept world debut15 Nov 17

Another world premiere for the LA auto show has been named: the Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC)....read more


Hyundai/Michelin join to develop nextgen tyres for EVs15 Nov 17

Hyundai Motor has signed a technical partnership with Michelin to equip next-generation tyres for electric and luxury vehicles. The co-operative deal links the research and development work of the two...read more


ANALYSIS - Future models for Dongfeng Motor14 Nov 17

In addition to being a JV partner for several foreign OEMs, Dongfeng Motor is a fairly successful vehicle manufacturer in its own right, with multiple brands and sub-brands in China. Its weak point is...read more


Geely acquires US flying car company Terrafugia14 Nov 17

Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) has been given the green light to buy US flying car start-up company Terrafugia....read more


Ford gears up hybrids for Middle East14 Nov 17

Ford has announced it will accelerate its electrified vehicle plan in the Middle East by launching four new hybrid vehicles over the next four years, building on its 'global promise to provide custome...read more


Hydrogen could contribute 20% of CO2 reduction by 2050 - study14 Nov 17

Toyota says that a study by the Hydrogen Council - of which it is a member - suggests that if deployed at scale hydrogen could account for almost one-fifth of total final energy consumed by 2050. This...read more


Chery inks strategic cooperation with Brazil CAOA Group14 Nov 17

The Brazilian group CAOA and Chery have signed a cooperation accord in order to start CAOA Chery. The deal is valued at around US$60m....read more


World premieres at 2017 Dubai motor show14 Nov 17

The public world premieres of vehicles from Chevrolet, Land Rover and Infiniti took place at the 2017 Dubai International Motor show....read more


Modine to close Austria plant with 142 job losses14 Nov 17

Modine Manufacturing is to close its manufacturing facility in Gailtal, Austria, with the shuttering seeing around 142 staff made redundant....read more


Delphi board approves Delphi Technologies spin-off14 Nov 17

Delphi says its board has approved the record date, distribution date and distribution ratio for the spin-off of its Powertrain Systems segment into a new publicly traded company, Delphi Technologies....read more


BMW Group hits 2m vehicle sales this year14 Nov 17

For the first time at the 10-month stage of the calendar year, the BMW Group has delivered more than two million vehicles to customers around the world....read more


NVIDIA records Q3 net income up 55% to US$838m14 Nov 17

NVIDIA has posted third-quarter net income up 55% year on year to EUR838m, along with record revenue of US$2.64bn, a rise of 32%....read more


Japanese market falls 2% in October13 Nov 17

Japan’s new vehicle market slipped by 1.7% to 372,470 units in October from 378,740 sales a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAM...read more


VW plans new SUV for Argentina plant in 202013 Nov 17

Volkswagen is investing EUR560m over the next five years to build a new SUV model for the South American market from 2020 at its Pacheco, Argentina, plant....read more


China to cut tariffs; Ford targets US$3bn imports13 Nov 17

China plans to gradually reduce import tariffs on built-up vehicles from the current 25%, according to local reports citing a statement released to the press by the country’s Foreign Ministry....read more


Indonesia sales rise 2.5% in October13 Nov 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia expanded by 2.5% to 94,460 units in October, from 92,140 units a year earlier, according to member data released by industry association Gaikindo....read more


SEAT global sales rise 23.3% in October13 Nov 17

In October, SEAT achieved its highest monthly growth of 2017. The VW Group-owned brand delivered 40,200 vehicles last month, which is 23.3% more than in October of 2016 (32,600). ...read more


Panasonic teams to test autonomous EV in Japan13 Nov 17

Panasonic, Eiheiji Town Government and the Fukui Prefectural Government say they have jointly started a field test of an experimental autonomous electric vehicle on Eiheiji Mai-road in the temple town...read more


Faurecia opens new tech centre in Silicon Valley13 Nov 17

Faurecia has opened a new technical centre in Silicon Valley to strengthen its relationships with automakers, startups, universities and companies in the mobility sector. ...read more


Grammer 9M revenue up 5.8% to EUR1.34bn13 Nov 17

Grammer Group has posted nine-month revenue up 5.8% to EUR1.34bn (US$1.6bn) with a rise in operating EBIT of 23.4%....read more


PSA teams with Algerian partners for 2019 production13 Nov 17

PSA Group has created a joint venture with three Algerian partners, meaning a production unit will be fully working in 2019 and local operations gradually starting next year....read more


PSA reveals Opel-Vauxhall plans - the week10 Nov 17

The big question this week was what would PSA do with its newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall unit? Came 9 November, came the answer: a business plan that avoids plant closures and aims to put the company on...read more


Mercedes to expand Russian suppliers10 Nov 17

Mercedes-Benz intends to expand its existing Russian supplier network following a forum held in Moscow....read more


Vietnam market down 17.5% in October10 Nov 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam continued to fall sharply in October, by 17.5% to 20,156 from 24,441 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manu...read more


BMW Korea fined $54.5m for emissions certification errors 10 Nov 17

BMW's South Korean subsidiary has received a hefty fine for 'sloppy certification' documents covering engine emissions for 28 models according to Korean media....read more


New Schaeffler Germany aftermarket centre creates 900 jobs10 Nov 17

Schaeffler is building a new EUR180m (US$210m) assembly and packaging centre in Halle, Germany, creating 900 jobs....read more


JLR Q2 pre tax profit up 38%10 Nov 17

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive reported a 38% increase in second quarter pre tax profit to GBP385m (US$506m) in the three months to 30 September 2017....read more


Schaeffler 9M 2017 earnings up 18%10 Nov 17

Schaeffler has turned in a positive revenue and earnings performance in the first nine months thanks to a 'solid third quarter of 2017'. Net income in the first nine months was up by 18%....read more


Third of UK motorists plan to switch from ICE - survey10 Nov 17

A  survey of AA (a UK motorists' club that specialises in breakdown cover) members suggests that a large number of them are planning to switch from diesel and petrol engines when they purchase their n...read more


Audi global sales up 5.3% in October10 Nov 17

Volkswagen group premium brand Audi AG sold boosted global sales 5.3% year on year in October to 158,750 cars....read more


Continental posts Q3 sales up 7% to EUR10.7bn10 Nov 17

Continental has reported third-quarter sales up 7% to EUR10.7bn (US$12.5bn), while the nine-month equivalent rose 9% to EUR32.7bn....read more


Goodyear acquires Ventech Systems10 Nov 17

Goodyear has completed the previously-announced acquisition of automated tyre inspection company, Ventech Systems from Grenzebach Maschinenbau to support its fleet services in Europe and other global ...read more


Datsun India rolls out its 100,000th car10 Nov 17

Datsun India has celebrated the production milestone of its 100,000th car as a Redi-Go 1.0L was rolled out of its manufacturing facility in Chennai in presence of Jerome Saigot, managing director, Nis...read more


Volvo nets EUR245m R&D loan from EIB10 Nov 17

Volvo has secured a EUR245m (US$286m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its research and development programme....read more


Faurecia acquires majority stake in Jiangxi Coagent Electronics10 Nov 17

Faurecia has finalised the acquisition of a majority stake in Jiangxi Coagent Electronics, renamed Faurecia Coagent Electronics S&T....read more


Driverless cars? The ‘fun to drive car will live on’ - Kia10 Nov 17

While driverless cars are being pushed to the public as desirable, are they really? Many of us like driving cars, most of the time.  Albert Biermann, head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Developm...read more


Honda Swindon plant 'could not absorb 10% tariff'9 Nov 17

If UK exports to the EU move to WTO tariffs after leaving the EU, Honda's UK plant may be in jeopardy, according to a statement from the company in submission to a UK Parliamentary committee....read more


Daimler adding GLA at Sindelfingen9 Nov 17

Daimler is adding GLA production at its Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant starting in the first quarter of 2018....read more


Ford pilots 'exoskeleton' tech to reduce injuries9 Nov 17

Ford assembly line workers are testing new upper body exoskeletal technology that helps lessen the chance of fatigue or injury while performing overhead tasks....read more


China Automotive Systems third quarter sales up 25.2%9 Nov 17

China Automotive Systems said third quarter sales increased 25.2% to $118.4m, compared to $94.6m in the same quarter of 2016. This increase was mainly due to higher volumes of traditional steering pro...read more


SsangYong to test AV in South Korea9 Nov 17

SsangYong has announced that the company acquired permission for temporary driving of autonomous vehicle and will begin road test starting this November....read more


2018 Kia Sorento adds 8-speed automatic transmission9 Nov 17

Kia Motors Europe used the most recent IAA show in Frankfurt to reveal an upgraded third-generation Sorento. Notable cosmetic features of this full-sized seven-seater include reshaped bumpers, tweaked...read more


ACEA criticises EU's 2025 CO2 targets9 Nov 17

The European car manufacturers' trade association ACEA has criticised the EU Commission for setting a 2025 average car fleet CO2 target which it says gives the industry too little time to meet. Howeve...read more


VW brand sales rise 7.7% in October9 Nov 17

Volkswagen brand sales rose 7.7% year on year to 550,900 vehicles in October 2017....read more


Opel-Vauxhall PACE! plan - the future models9 Nov 17

Following the announcement of the PACE! business plan for Opel-Vauxhall by its CEO Michael Lohscheller, just-auto takes a look at what this means for the brands' current and future models....read more


PSA Opel-Vauxhall rescue plan avoids plant closures9 Nov 17

Groupe PSA-owned Opel-Vauxhall has outlined a business plan that avoids plant closures and aims to put the company on a path to profitability by 2020. No plant closures are planned (for now) and the e...read more


Magna Q3 operating income dips9 Nov 17

Magna International posted third quarter record sales up 7% year on year to US$9.5bn for the quarter ended 30 September, 2017....read more


Audi to produce first quantities of e-diesel in Laufenburg9 Nov 17

Audi says it is systematically building on its e-fuels strategy and - together with the partners Ineratec GmbH and Energiedienst Holding AG - has plans for a new pilot facility for the production of e...read more


Perodua launches new Myvi subcompact car9 Nov 17

Malaysia's second national carmaker Perodua launched the redesigned Myvi subcompact car in its domestic market this week, as it looks to strengthen its lacklustre sales performance....read more


Eight newcomers get Euro NCAP five stars9 Nov 17

The latest Euro NCAP safety ratings sees eight new vehicles awarded five stars: the Volvo XC60 in the large off-road category; the VW T-Roc, Skoda Karoq and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in the small off-r...read more


Creditors owed more than Takata can pay - report8 Nov 17

Creditors of bankrupt airbag supplier Takata are owed more than it can repay, a media report said....read more


New Ford JV to make EVs for China8 Nov 17

Ford and Zotye have signed a definitive joint venture agreement to establish Zotye Ford Automobile, a new 50/50 joint venture to offer a range of "stylish and affordable" electric vehicles in China un...read more


Aisin Group steps up automatic transmission production 8 Nov 17

The Aisin Group says it is to strengthen its production system for automatic transmissions, mainly in China and Japan. It projects a rise in production of automatic transmissions to 12.5m units a year...read more


GM sets sales records in China8 Nov 17

General Motors and its local joint ventures delivered an October record 382,723 vehicles in China. Retail sales were up 11% year on year, marking the highest monthly sales growth in 2017....read more


China boosts Cadillac for global sales surge8 Nov 17

Cadillac sales are surging this year, boosted by strong sales in its largest market - China...read more


Kia launches new model in China as 'tensions ease'8 Nov 17

As political tensions between South Korea and China ease, Kia is launching a new model onto the Chinese market....read more


BMW Connected adds Google Assistant8 Nov 17

BMW Connected - the company's personal connectivity service for BMW owners - will now be integrated with Google Assistant. It says customers will now be able to operate a number of vehicle functions f...read more


BMW US recalls linked to mystery fires investigation8 Nov 17

BMW of North America recently announced two recalls covering about 1m vehicles that contain parts implicated in car fires investigated by a TV news organisation....read more


NSK opens new bearings plant in Korea8 Nov 17

NSK has inaugurated the newly built Chonan plant (Chonan City, Korea). It says the added capacity for bearings is needed to serve the Chinese automotive market and the growing take-up of automatic tra...read more


Nissan reports Q2 operating profit down 22%8 Nov 17

Nissan has reported a big drop to operating profit this year as it has been hit by costs related to vehicle inspection issues in Japan and a Takata airbag recall class action in the US....read more


BYD/CMC sign agreement to bring e-buses and e-trucks to Philippines8 Nov 17

New energy technology company BYD says it is one step closer towards realising its vision of bringing its full suite of new energy transport vehicles to the Philippines....read more


Hydrogen is (still) the fuel of the future, says Kia 8 Nov 17

The hydrogen fuel cell sector has been in and out of the automotive limelight over the past decade. Toyota's announcement in 2015 of making thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available on a royal...read more


Future cars analysis - Could Renault turn Lada into the next Skoda?8 Nov 17

Russia is not for faint-hearted investors. Boom to bust to boom has been the pattern of recent years. Some, such as GM decided to make a Rexit. Renault, though, stayed and may eventually reap rewards ...read more


NZ sales an October record7 Nov 17

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association (MIA) said the 15,530 new vehicle registrations last month set a record for October which was also the second best month ever....read more


South Korean import sales fall 18% in October7 Nov 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea fell by 18.3% to 16,833 units in October from 20,612 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Assoc...read more


ASEAN vehicle sales up 2% in Q37 Nov 17

Our regular report on macro developments in the vehicle markets of southeast Asia shows that growth slowed in Q3. However, cumulative regional sales are still up almost 6% on last yea...read more


Continental/Osram establish automotive lighting joint venture7 Nov 17

Continental and Osram have announced their intention to establish a new lighting joint venture that will combine lighting technology with electronics and software to develop, manufacture and market 'i...read more


VW and Google join forces on quantum computing7 Nov 17

Volkswagen Group and Google have announced comprehensive research cooperation in the field of quantum computing....read more


Q&A with VW Group on quantum computing 7 Nov 17

The Volkswagen Group and Google have announced a far-reaching research partnership in quantum computing. Quantum computers are high-performance super computers that function in a completely different ...read more


Higher costs suppress BMW Q3 profits as unit sales rise7 Nov 17

BMW's third quarter 2017 profit before financial result (EBIT) fell 3.2% year on year to EUR2,304m due to "significantly higher investments, as well as expenses for research and development", the comp...read more


Mitsubishi Motors H1 operating profit recovers7 Nov 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced financial results for the six months ending 30 September 2017, and reaffirmed its full year outlook for the current fiscal year to 31 March 2018....read more


Renault claims ADAS obstacle avoidance as good as human test drivers7 Nov 17

The Renault Group said it had developed an autonomous control system that handles challenging driving scenarios and, as a claimed industry first, has obstacle avoidance capability as good as professio...read more


West European car market up 4.6% in October7 Nov 17

West European new car sales grew by 4.6% year-on-year in October according to data released by LMC Automotive....read more


Topy invests in Kentucky wheel plant7 Nov 17

Topy Industries has decided to make a capital investment of US$36m (approx. JPY4bn) in the Kentucky Plant of Topy America, a subsidiary in the US. It said its aims to make it 'the world’s number one s...read more


Nissan resumes output at most Japanese plants7 Nov 17

Nissan Motor resumed production today (7 November) at most of its plants in Japan after suspending operations last month due to irregularities in its new car inspection procedures....read more


ANALYSIS - What Nissan plans for the future of Mitsubishi7 Nov 17

Its owner Nissan Motor says Mitsubishi Motors' vehicles won't be fully integrated into the newly expanded R-N-M Alliance's system of architectures until 2020, possibly later. Conventional SUVs, plug-i...read more


Porsche Holding profit rises7 Nov 17

Stuttgart based Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) has reported group profit of EUR2.20bn for the period from 1 January to 30 September 2017. This compared with EUR1.64bn for the same period of...read more


Gefco UK auto logistics centre to create 100 jobs7 Nov 17

Gefco has opened its new automotive logistics centre in the North West England city of Liverpool, providing storage and sequencing operations for Tier 1s and OEMs and creating around 100 jobs....read more


Toyota ups profit forecast on weaker yen7 Nov 17

Toyota has raised its forecast for operating profit this year after reporting a boost to second quarter earnings helped by a cheaper yen....read more


Opel in for big changes - paper6 Nov 17

Opel, now under PSA control, will gradually move all its vehicles to its new parent's technology, reduce its model range, concentrate on high margin segments and eye new markets abandoned or not consi...read more


SEAT and Telefónica form strategic partnership6 Nov 17

VW-owned SEAT and Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica have formed a 'strategic partnership to collaborate on the shared use of insights to 'make progress in mobility solutions in cities and ur...read more


ANALYSIS - Volkswagen e-Golf gains 50% range boost6 Nov 17

Volkswagen has given the e-Golf a new battery pack and made other changes, all of which add up to a range that has been extended by a claimed 50 per cent. For anyone who wants an electric vehicle that...read more


Toyota clears Kobe Steel products as tests continue6 Nov 17

Toyota Motor reportedly said Monday it had so far found no defects in cars using metal parts made from Kobe Steel materials....read more


Tesla teases electric truck ahead of launch event6 Nov 17

Tesla reportedly has issued invitations to a US unveiling of its long awaited electric truck....read more


Australian sales soar as local car manufacturing ends6 Nov 17

Small cars and SUVs, together with continued strong demand for light commercials, drove Australia's new vehicle market to record sales in October, ironically the month in which local General Motors br...read more


UK car market down 12% in October6 Nov 17

The UK car market declined by 12.2% year-on-year in October to 158,192 units, according to data released by the SMMT....read more


Daimler acquires digital services company6 Nov 17

Daimler has taken over CINTEO, which was founded in March 2015 as a subsidiary of the Diconium group and supplies digital services to Mercedes-Benz....read more


Denso and Toshiba mull IoT collaboration6 Nov 17

Denso and Toshiba have started talks to enhance collaboration in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT)-based manufacturing, advanced driver assistance, automated driving and other areas....read more


AAM posts Q3 net income up 40% to US$86.2m6 Nov 17

American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings (AAM) has posted third-quarter net income up 40% to US$86.2m with sales of US$1.72bn....read more


Taiwan sales slightly lower in October6 Nov 17

New vehicle sales in Taiwan slipped by 0.8% to 35,512 units in October from 35,810 units a year earlier, according to local industry sources....read more


Continental acquires Israeli start-up Argus Cyber Security6 Nov 17

Continental is acquiring Israeli start-up, Argus Cyber Security to become part of its Elektrobit (EB) subsidiary....read more


Meet Ford's Robutt, view your truck from on high - the week3 Nov 17

Ever parked a truck? Me neither. But I have enormous respect for those who daily thread huge delivery trailers, hauled by prime movers bearing such names as Scania, DAF and Mercedes-Benz, through the ...read more


Porsche boosts nine month operating profit3 Nov 17

Porsche boosted operating profit 5% year on year to EUR3.0bn on revenue up 4% to EUR17.1bn in the first nine months of 2017....read more


To Brazil from Mexico - one competitive Chevrolet SUV3 Nov 17

SUVs' share of the Brazilian market has soared to 17.4% in 2017 from just 6.8% in 2012....read more


Paris nets EUR55m profit as Renault stake reverts to 15%3 Nov 17

France's state shareholding in Renault is to revert to 15% after Paris' decision to sell nearly 5% of its stake worth EUR1.24bn (US$1.41bn) in the automaker....read more


PSA Opel/Vauxhall to present business plan on November 93 Nov 17

Opel/Vauxhall CEO Michael Lohscheller and PSA chief Carlos Tavares are to present a business plan for PSA-owned Opel/Vauxhall on Thursday, November 9....read more


Automakers spend big on Thai pre-delivery, aftermarket3 Nov 17

Ford this week opened a new THB100m (US$3m) automotive parts distribution centre in the Bangna-Trad industrial complex on the outskirts of Thailand's capital city Bangkok....read more


Trelleborg acquires White Baumaschinenreifen3 Nov 17

Trelleborg has finalised the acquisition of White Baumaschinenreifen GmbH (White) through its business area, Trelleborg Wheel Systems....read more


Porsche acquires minority stakes in two 3D printing companies3 Nov 17

Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE), Stuttgart, has made two venture investments in 3D printing (additive manufacturing) companies acquiring a single digit stake in each company. This includes t...read more


Q&A with Mojio CEO, Kenny Hawk3 Nov 17

Software platform developer, Mojio, is set to go from strength to strength, working directly with the mobile carriers to connect our older cars. Cat Dow catches up with Mojio CEO Kenny Hawk on what th...read more


Europe automakers join for high power EV charging3 Nov 17

BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group have announced a joint venture called IONITY which will develop and install a high power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe....read more


US light vehicle sales slide while SAAR soars3 Nov 17

The expected boost from post hurricane vehicle replacements slacked off in October as US light vehicle deliveries fell 1.1% to about 1.36m. Year to date (YTD) volume was about 1.7% behind the first 10...read more


Mazda boosts first half sales and profits2 Nov 17

Mazda Motor Corporation Global said fiscal first half year sales rose 7% year on year to JPY1.66 trillion (EUR13.1bn), while net income increased 13% to JPY63.3bn (EUR502m)....read more


PSA's DS aims for top brand billing2 Nov 17

Citroen's upscale DS division is aiming to become one of the top global luxury brands, up there with other French icons such as Hermes, Gucci and Chanel....read more


2018 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW - more world debuts2 Nov 17

Cars which are said be making their global debuts at next year's Geneva motor show are named below on just-auto's latest list....read more


US car sales down 1.3% in October2 Nov 17

Data released by Autodata shows that the US light vehicle market declined by 1.3% in the month of October to an estimated 1.35m units. Analysts had been predicting a small fall....read more


Analysts say Tesla should stop 'overpromising'2 Nov 17

Electric car maker Tesla is attracting attention on Thursday after last night announcing a record quarterly net loss plus production delays and problems at its car and battery factories. One analyst h...read more


Audi recalling 5,000 diesel V8s in Europe2 Nov 17

Volkswagen's premium brand Audi is recalling almost 5,000 cars across Europe to fix excessive nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions....read more


Schaeffler ploughs US$60m into US facility2 Nov 17

Schaeffler has commemorated its US facility in Wooster's 40th anniversary with a celebration and unveiling of the company's latest capital investment....read more


Denso acquires majority stake in Fujitsu Ten2 Nov 17

Fujitsu Ten's three shareholders, Fujitsu Limited, Toyota and Denso, have unveiled a Basic Agreement to Change its Capital Structure....read more


Dana introduces one-piece aluminium driveshaft for Ford Mustang2 Nov 17

Dana Incorporated has announced the introduction of a Spicer one-piece aluminium driveshaft for the sixth-generation (S550) Ford Mustang at the Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at t...read more


Adient Q4 adjusted net income up 8% to US$219m2 Nov 17

Adient has recorded fourth-quarter adjusted net income up 8% to US$219m, with adjusted EBIT of US$296m....read more


South Korean domestic sales fall 11% in October2 Nov 17

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined fell by 11% to 112,729 units in October from 126,660 units a year earlier, according to preliminary data released individually by the v...read more


Delphi records Q3 revenue up 4.4% to US$4.3bn2 Nov 17

Delphi has posted third-quarter revenue up 4.4% to US$4.3bn with net income of US$395m, while adjusted operating income rose 6% to US$566m....read more


ANALYSIS - Toyota architectures and future models Part 3 of 32 Nov 17

The final part of the series which examines the passenger vehicles of Toyota Motor Corporation and its subsidiaries now turns to current and future Toyota brand crossovers, SUVs, pick-ups and sports c...read more


ANALYSIS - New 570S Spider and future McLaren cars1 Nov 17

The Sports Series is McLaren Automotive's best selling model line, with some 2,500 units of its 540 and 570 cars due to be built this year. The latest, the 570S Spider, expands the range to three body...read more


Faurecia signs JV with BYD1 Nov 17

BYD has said it will form a seating products joint venture with Faurecia as part of a move to restructure its component manufacturing businesses....read more


Toyota marks 60 (mostly) successful years in the US1 Nov 17

Toyota is marking 60 years in the US since starting with a Hollywood, California, dealership on 31 October, 1957....read more


Hitachi develops One Fail-Operational technology for autonomous driving1 Nov 17

Hitachi Automotive Systems announced that it has developed what it terms 'One Fail-Operational' technology, a technology it says is essential for the realisation of Level 3 autonomous driving. ...read more


Legal costs dampen Honda H1 operating profit1 Nov 17

Though sales were up, Honda Motor's first half operating profit was hit by legal costs, the automaker said on Wednesday (1 November)....read more


Valeo acquires FTE Automotive1 Nov 17

Valeo has acquired actuator producer, FTE Automotive after receiving clearances from the European Commission and the Turkish Competition Authority. ...read more


Skoda 9M 2017 global sales up 3.6%1 Nov 17

Global automotive supplier Denso Corporation has announced its top line revenue for the first half of the fiscal year some 8.6% up on last year. ...read more


Renesas to establish NEV solution centre in China1 Nov 17

Renesas Electronics has established a New Energy Vehicle Solution Centre directly under the China Business Unit to accelerate the new energy vehicle (NEV) market....read more


NSK breaks ground for new building at Haruna 1 Nov 17

NSK has held a groundbreaking ceremony for Building Number-3 at the Haruna plant (Takasaki, Japan)....read more


Magna expands Slovakia mirror plant1 Nov 17

Magna has relocated to a larger manufacturing facility in Slovakia as a result of business growth at its Nove mesto nad Vahom in the country....read more


Delphi expands North American steering and suspension portfolio1 Nov 17

Delphi Product and Service Solutions have unveiled plans to increase the SKU count of its North American portfolio of new steering and suspension offerings by more than 50% by the end of 2018. ...read more


Denso H1 revenue up 8.6% at JPY2,363.5bn1 Nov 17

Global automotive supplier Denso Corporation has announced its top line revenue for the first half of the fiscal year some 8.6% up on last year. ...read more


Google unit nixes 'handover' autonomous cars31 Oct 17

Events several years ago led Google to change its development policy towards 'driver handover' autonomous cars, it has been revealed....read more


ANALYSIS - Toyota architectures and future models Part 231 Oct 17

After three features which respectively encompassed in-depth examinations of the latest and future generation Daihatsu and Lexus and Toyota vehicles, the next instalment in the series on Toyota Motor ...read more


Nissan Japan sales said to have halved after inspection scandal31 Oct 17

Nissan Motor reportedly has said sales of new passenger vehicles in Japan probably halved in October - compared with a year ago - after the discovery of flawed final inspection procedures at its domes...read more


Global light vehicle market heading for a record31 Oct 17

The global light vehicle market is on course to set a new record in 2017 and hit new highs in the month of September....read more


Tower International Q3 net income falls31 Oct 17

Tower International said sales of its engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies in the third quarter rose to US$462m compared with $457m in Q3 2016....read more


No need for Poland interiors site incentive - IAC31 Oct 17

International Automotive Components (IAC) says it did not receive financial incentives to locate its new tailored interiors site in Opole, Western Poland....read more


Toyota opens new US engineering and manufacturing centre31 Oct 17

Toyota Motor North America has opened its US$80m, 235,000 sq ft Production Engineering and Manufacturing Centre (PEMC) in Georgetown, Kentucky....read more


VW brand operating profit soars, full year forecast hiked31 Oct 17

Soon after beating analyst estimates and posting strong third quarter earnings boosted by cost cuts and strong demand for Volkswagen Group products in China, Brazil and the US, the core VW brand said ...read more


Autonomous vehicles – so near and yet so far 31 Oct 17

Predictions as to when the first autonomous vehicle will be available vary depending on who we talk to and, for that matter, how we define it. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s research snapshots, this one ...read more


Honda to expand hybrid range in Asia31 Oct 17

Honda Motor plans to expand its product range across south east Asia with the addition of new hybrid electric models, according to reports in the region....read more


IAC capitalises on Opole talent for interiors plant30 Oct 17

International Automotive Components (IAC) says it has not experienced difficulties in finding staff for its new tailored interiors plant at Opole in Poland as it looks to ramp up production, eventuall...read more


Volvo Cars' revenue, profit and margins rise30 Oct 17

Geely's Volvo Cars has reported 'everything up' financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2017....read more


Octavia vRS 245 - is Skoda now a premium brand?30 Oct 17

How do you make a 10 per cent return selling mass-market cars? One way is to create and then continue to dominate a segment. Plus it helps if every rival ignores that same segment. ...read more


Fiesta seating gets a kick from Robutt30 Oct 17

Ford of Europe said it had developed a robot to move like a human bottom and perfectly simulate how drivers and passengers get in and out of their car seats....read more


Varroc powers on in Central Europe with Czech expansion30 Oct 17

Varroc Lighting says it has expanded its Ostrava plant in Czech Republic by 150% as it looks to capitalise on the boom in manufacture still prevalent in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), although recr...read more


Benteler investing in Paderborn and Schloss Neuhaus sites30 Oct 17

By 2021, Benteler Steel/Tube will invest a total of EUR200m in its locations in Paderborn, Schloss Neuhaus, Lingen, Dinslaken and Bottrop. ...read more


Voestalpine invests EUR16m into Linz production plant30 Oct 17

Voestalpine has injected EUR16m (US$18.6m) into an expansion of its production site for laser-welded blanks in Linz, Austria....read more


Subaru latest to admit flawed inspections30 Oct 17

Subaru has admitted it carried out flawed final inspections on its vehicles, for three decades, as Japanese industry struggles to overcome wave after wave of corporate scandals....read more


Mazda to strengthen Thai model range by 202030 Oct 17

Mazda Motor said it would expand its range of locally produced vehicles in Thailand by 2020 once it frees up capacity at its AutoAlliance joint venture plant with Ford in Rayong province....read more


Chassix inks Benteler Automotive casting business acquisition30 Oct 17

Chassix has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Benteler Automotive Farsund’s lightweight aluminium low pressure automotive casting business....read more


Baidu signs mapping agreement with Shouqi30 Oct 17

Chinese internet giant Baidu has teamed up with local taxi firm Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur to develop driverless vehicle technology, according to reports in China....read more


Goodyear posts Q3 net income of US$129m30 Oct 17

Goodyear has reported third-quarter net income of US$129m and US$442m for the first nine months. Net sales were US$3.9bn for the third quarter and US$11.3bn for the nine months, while global revenue p...read more


ANALYSIS - Volkswagen Arteon 280PS 4MOTION27 Oct 17

The CC was a good seller, especially in Germany, the UK and the US. Why then did Volkswagen decide to change the name, the body style and the size when planning a replacement for its four-door coupé?...read more


Tokyo, financial results and reshuffles - THE WEEK27 Oct 17

It has been another a busy week in the auto biz. ...read more


TomTom/Zenrin join on Japan mapping and traffic services27 Oct 17

TomTom and Japanese mapping company, Zenrin are to collaborate on traffic services and mapping in Japan. ...read more


TomTom HD map to complete Japan network expansion27 Oct 17

TomTom says it is completing the collection of data for its High Definition (HD) Map for Japan....read more


UK engine manufacturing surpasses 2m this year27 Oct 17

Engine manufacturing in the UK so far this year has surpassed the 2m units level....read more


Ichihiko introduces new 3D surround multi view camera for trucks27 Oct 17

Ichihiko Industries, an affiliate of Valeo group, has announced that "3D Surround Multi View Camera TSM-100", which is Omni -directional stereoscopic monitoring system for truck, will be on sale in th...read more


Here/Mitsubishi Electric team for autonomous vehicles27 Oct 17

Here Technologies and Mitsubishi Electric (Melco) are to link their technologies for autonomous vehicles into an integrated offering for automakers....read more


FCA US/CCC team on vehicle safety27 Oct 17

CCC Information Services (CCC) and FCA US (FCA) are working together to address safety, creating a new method for FCA US to identify recalled vehicles and help collision repairers notify affected car ...read more


Exide opens new manufacturing facility in Missouri27 Oct 17

Exide Technologies a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets, has invested more than US$35m in a 180,000 sq ft punched grid manufacturing si...read more


Dana reports Q3 net income of US$69m net income in Q3 201727 Oct 17

Dana has reported third-quarter net income up 21% to US$69m, with sales up 32% to US$1.83bn, driven in part by recent acquisitions which contributed US$133m....read more


BorgWarner Q3 2017 sales up 9.1% at US$2.42bn27 Oct 17

BorgWarner has recorded third-quarter US net sales up 9.1% to US$2.42bn, while operating income was US$276m....read more


Hyundai invests in American Centre for Mobility's project27 Oct 17

The Hyundai America Technical Centre (HATCI) is entering into a long-term partnership with the American Centre for Mobility (ACM) to support the advancement of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) te...read more


VW posts bumper Q3 earnings27 Oct 17

Volkswagen Group has beaten analyst estimates and posted strong third quarter earnings boosted by cost cuts and strong demand for its products in China, Brazil and the US....read more


Gestamp posts 9M net profit up 18% to EUR153m27 Oct 17

Gestamp has unveiled nine-month net profit up 18% to EUR153m (US$178m), while revenue rose 12% to EUR6.005bn....read more


2017 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW - world debuts27 Oct 17

The following cars and concepts were world premieres at the 2017 Tokyo motor show....read more


Toyota cuts investment in Mexico plant27 Oct 17

Toyota has said it is scaling back plans for anew vehicle assembly plant in Mexico due to market requirements....read more


Toyota trials lane congestion data to smartphone 27 Oct 17

Toyota is planning to trial a service providing lane-specific traffic-congestion information to its TC Smartphone Navigation smartphone app following testing with the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Ass...read more


Interior design and technology – Ford Fiesta27 Oct 17

Since its introduction in 1976, Ford has rolled out seven generations of Fiesta, each one slightly more spacious, safer and efficient. The latest incarnation expands the range to include a crossover-i...read more


Cooper Standard opens new Global Technology Centre in Michigan26 Oct 17

To help customers meet demands of the evolving auto industry and non-automotive adjacent markets, Cooper Standard recently opened a new Global Technology Centre in Livonia, Michigan. The 137,750 sq ft...read more


China and US drag Hyundai Motor profit down26 Oct 17

Hyundai Motor (excludes Kia) has said its Q3 net Co profit fell 16% to 939.2 billion won due to sharp declines to China sales amid a diplomatic row that has hit sales of most Korean products and servi...read more


Ford beats expectations with Q3 profit of $1.6bn26 Oct 17

Ford has beaten analyst expectations with third quarter net income of $1.6bn, which was 63% ahead of the same quarter last year. Investors were particularly buoyed by automotive operating margin up by...read more


ANALYSIS - Toyota architectures and future models Part 126 Oct 17

Following features which looked at what's ahead for Daihatsu and Lexus, now comes a deep dive into plans for future Toyota cars. ...read more


Autoliv records Q3 operating income down 17% to US$159m26 Oct 17

Autoliv has posted third-quarter operating income down 17% to US$158.7m, with consolidated sales of US$2.5bn....read more


Visteon records Q3 net income up 54% to US$43m26 Oct 17

Visteon has unveiled third-quarter net income up 54% to US$43m while sales dipped from US$770m to US$765m....read more


car2go piling on the compact Mercs26 Oct 17

Daimler owned carshare outfit car2go has announced that it is upgrading its Seattle fleet to fully comprise compact Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles. car2go expects the Seattle fleet's transition to...read more


US auto sales expected to see October dip26 Oct 17

The US light vehicle market is expected to continue its downward trend in October with a slight dip to sales, according to Edmunds....read more


Valeo Q3 sales up 8% at EUR4.3bn26 Oct 17

Valeo sales advanced 8% in the third quarter of 2017 to EUR4.3bn (US$5.05bn)....read more


UK car output down in September as domestic decline drives fall26 Oct 17

UK car manufacturing fell in September, with year-on-year output declining -4.1%, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Some 6,500 fewer cars ro...read more


Thyssenkrupp opens expanded production shop at Schönebeck site26 Oct 17

Thyssenkrupp has opened a new production shop for steering components at its Schönebeck site in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany....read more


Solvay starts engineering plastics production in Mexico26 Oct 17

Solvay Performance Polyamides has started production of engineering plastics in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. ...read more


Nissan demonstrates autonomous prototype in Japan26 Oct 17

Nissan has demonstrated a prototype of its most advanced autonomous driving technology, planned for real-world use from 2020, on public roads in Tokyo....read more


NEVS/DiDi join over mobility solutions for the future26 Oct 17

NEVS AB and DiDi Chuxing, a Chinese ride-share company, have formed a strategic partnership and finalised a number of steps towards what is described as 'an extensive cooperation'....read more


Enel acquires eMotorWerks26 Oct 17

Enel through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, is to acquire California-based eMotorWerks, a North American supplier of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations....read more


Dana opens new axle production facility in Toledo, Ohio26 Oct 17

Dana Incorporated has inaugurated a new axle production facility in Toledo, Ohio. The site of the new Dana facility was initially home to Willys-Overland Motors, which developed the original Jeep....read more


Daimler acquires minority shares in energy services company26 Oct 17

Daimler AG is acquiring a minority interest in energy services company The Mobility House AG (TMH). As a provider of vehicle charging solutions and installation services and an operator of stationary ...read more


IAC opens US$20m Poland interiors site26 Oct 17

International Automotive Components (IAC) has opened its US$20m plant for tailored interiors in Opole, Poland....read more


COMMENT - Why Mazda needs the Amati luxury brand25 Oct 17

It's almost 25 years since Mazda shelved Amati, its take on Acura, Infiniti and Lexus. Given that the plans for multiple models and a bespoke W12 engine were not backed up by a rock solid balance shee...read more


ANALYSIS - FCA gets lucky with Abarth as sales soar25 Oct 17

Has FCA found the secret recipe for turning small cars into big profits? It would seem so, with sales of the premium priced Abarth 500 range climbing ever higher, even though the basic Fiat model is m...read more


Groupe PSA Q3 revenue up 31.4% to EUR15bn25 Oct 17

PSA says that group revenue amounted to EUR14,988m in Q3 compared with EUR11,404m in Q3 2016. In the first nine months of the year, 2017 group revenue reached EUR44,153m, compared with EUR39,183m in 2...read more


TOKYO SHOW - Nissan debuts a sound for EVs25 Oct 17

Nissan says it surprised attendees at Tokyo with the introduction of "Canto," the future sound of Nissan’s electrified vehicles....read more


GKN Driveline adapts motorsports technology for Grand Cherokee Trackhawk25 Oct 17

GKN Driveline says it has utilised expertise from its motorsport team to develop 'custom solutions to meet the extreme strength, durability and performance requirements for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cheroke...read more


TOKYO SHOW - MMC debuts 'E-Evolution' concept25 Oct 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has debuted its 'E-Evolution Concept' at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show....read more


COMMENT - Tokyo Show loses lustre, but is worth it25 Oct 17

Since moving from its old home well outside the city in Mukuhari to the more central Big Sight, the Tokyo Motor Show seems to have lost some of its lustre....read more


TOKYO SHOW - Nissan sorry for 'recent troubles'25 Oct 17

Nissan kicked off its Tokyo press conference with a profuse apology from Japan and Asia chief Danielle Schillaci for its "recent troubles."...read more


TOKYO SHOW - Mazda eyes EU-Japan trade deal boost25 Oct 17

New trade deals between the EU and Japan could allow Mazda, with no European plants of its own, to operate on a level playing fields with its rivals for the first time....read more


VW introduces automatically retrievable personalisation in key models25 Oct 17

VW says it is introducing 'automatically retrievable personalisation' in key models. ...read more


TOKYO SHOW - Mazda reveals new Skyactiv-X engine25 Oct 17

Heralding its next-generation in Mazda’s trajectory to ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’, Mazda has revealed its revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine and Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture to the public at the 45th ...read more


Groupe Renault Q3 revenue up 15.9% 25 Oct 17

Groupe Renault revenues were posted at EUR12,218m (US$14,368m) in the third quarter of 2017 (up 15.9%). Excluding the impact of the consolidation of Avtovaz, Group revenues increased by 9.8% to EUR11,...read more


TOKYO SHOW - Mazda designers explain 'Kodo'25 Oct 17

When Mazda broke off its relationship with Ford some 10 or more years ago the brand had to come up with a new design direction of its own – and so in 2010, its new design philosophy: Kodo —Soul of Mot...read more


Ford reshuffles top management deck24 Oct 17

Ford has announced senior management changes that it says will support a redesigned organisational structure and 'focus on fitness'. The personnel changes follow CEO Jim Hackett's cost-cutting strateg...read more


Delphi to acquire nuTonomy24 Oct 17

Delphi has signed an agreement to acquire autonomous drive start-up nuTonomy, Inc. for an upfront purchase price of US$400m and earn-outs totalling approximately US$50m. million....read more


Opel/Vauxhall sale sends GM into Q3 loss24 Oct 17

Although General Motors has posted a third quarter loss of almost US$3bn due to charges related to the sale of its European operations, its underlying performance showed it is in profit....read more


ANALYSIS - Kia Niro PHEV24 Oct 17

Can Kia Motors Europe do no wrong? Sales keep rising across EU and EFTA markets, and none is stronger than the UK. Here, the brand is outselling Hyundai. Its lead is slim, so crucial new cars such as ...read more


Hands-on-Tech - Volvo XC9024 Oct 17

Welcome to the first in our newest reporting series*. Our Hands-On Tech, or HOT, Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark th...read more


Samsung/TÜV SÜD develop new testing program for automotive LED components24 Oct 17

Samsung Electronics and TÜV SÜD, a global technical services provider of quality, safety and sustainability solutions, announced that the companies have developed a new testing program for Samsung’s a...read more


BMW and partner open battery facility in China24 Oct 17

BMW Group and its Chinese partner, Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd., have opened a new "High-Voltage Battery Centre" in Shenyang, China....read more


Kiekert to develop future autonomous door concept24 Oct 17

Automotive locking specialist Kiekert says it is working on an 'autonomous door' for vehicles....read more


Hyundai introduces line-up of new Smart Stream powertrains24 Oct 17

Hyundai Motor Group has outlined its future powertrain development strategy, at its International Powertrain Conference in Korea....read more


FCA selects SKF hub-bearing units for new Jeep Compass24 Oct 17

The Jeep Compass, the compact sport utility vehicle from FCA, is equipped with SKF’s third-generation, premium quality, front- and rear-wheel hub-bearing units (HBU3)....read more


Draxlmaier open its first manufacturing plant in California24 Oct 17

The Draxlmaier Group has celebrated the opening of its new California manufacturing site in Livermore. ...read more


Denso's new head-up display used on new 2018 Lexus LS24 Oct 17

Denso has announced it has developed a thin-film transistor (TFT), liquid-crystal head-up display (HUD) to project critical driving information onto the windshield for drivers. ...read more


Michelin records 9M net sales up 6% to EUR16.4bn23 Oct 17

Michelin has posted nine-month net sales to September, 2017 up 6% to EUR16.4bn (US$19.2bn) and confirms its guidance for the year....read more


Tesla 'strikes deal' for Shanghai plant - report23 Oct 17

Tesla has reportedly struck a deal to set up a plant in Shanghai to make cars for the Chinese market....read more


London introduces 'T-Charge' for older vehicles23 Oct 17

London's transport authority has added a supplementary GBP10 charge ('T-Charge'; T for toxicity) for drivers of older, polluting vehicles who drive into the congestion charging zone in the centre of t...read more


SsangYong reviewing China production plans23 Oct 17

South Korea’s SsangYong Motor is reviewing plans to build a vehicle production plant in China as the political fall-out between the two countries continues to damage South Korean corporate interests i...read more


Indonesian vehicle sales down 5% in September23 Oct 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia fell by 5.3% to 87,650 units in September compared with 92,540 units in the same month of last year, according to local industry sources citing data from industry associ...read more


Thai vehicle sales jump 22% in September23 Oct 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market surged 21.9% to 77,592 units n September compared with 63,641 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries....read more


Webasto expands convertible roofs plant in Puebla23 Oct 17

Webasto is investing more than EUR2.5m (US$2.94m) in the expansion of its Mexican plant for convertible roofs in Puebla....read more


Wabco introduces electronic brake interlock system23 Oct 17

Wabco has unveiled Intelligent Brake Interlock, saying its system improves the safety of tank trailers hauling hazardous materials or which are equipped with cryogenic equipment....read more


Wabco introduces truck blind spot detection23 Oct 17

Wabco has unveiled OnSide, a blind spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers....read more


Schaeffler opens Czech plant23 Oct 17

Schaeffler has opened a EUR100m (US$117m) facility in Svitavy, Czech Republic, creating 900 new jobs within the next three years and adding to its existing operations in the country....read more


Iveco wins major European deal of 500 Stralis NP LNG trucks23 Oct 17

Iveco has secured the largest deal for Stralis NP vehicles to-date, with 500 new trucks set to enter operation with the pan-European transport and logistics specialist, Jost Group. Designed to be the ...read more


Hella/BAIC expand their collaboration in China23 Oct 17

Lighting and electronics expert Hella and Chinese company BHAP (part of BAIC) are looking to intensify their existing collaboration. ...read more


Bentley appoints new chairman and CEO23 Oct 17

Volkswagen Group subsidiary Bentley has announced the appointment of ex-JLR executive Adrian Hallmark as its new chairman and chief executive officer, starting on 1 February 2018....read more


Petronas to install 100 Malaysia EV stations by 201823 Oct 17

Petronas Dagangan Berhad (PDB) has inked an MoU with Malaysian Green Technology (GreenTech Malaysia) and Tenaga Nasional Berhad Energy Services (TNBES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Be...read more


Looking at Lexus - the week20 Oct 17

Our second feature in a series looking at future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella was all about Lexus and went down a treat with readers....read more


Toyoda Gosei’s new Lexus steering wheel senses grip20 Oct 17

Toyoda Gosei has developed Japan’s first steering wheel with a grip sensor, which is compatible with todays advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and used in the new Lexus LS....read more


Volvo Group sales and income rise as new Mack launched20 Oct 17

Volvo Group Q3 2017 net sales increased 12% to SEK77.2bn (SEK68.8bn a year ago)....read more


Nissan suspends car production for Japan over final checks20 Oct 17

Nissan Motor announced last night it would suspend vehicle production for the Japanese market at all Nissan and Nissan Shatai plants in Japan....read more


YFAI Trencín to secure benchmark certification20 Oct 17

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors' (YFAI) says its Trencín Technical Centre in Slovakia is due to receive common European benchmark certification within weeks as it looks to capitalise on testing capabilit...read more


Bleak future for EVs in Brazil20 Oct 17

Electric cars have little future in Brazil despite the lofty goals announced for some European countries and China....read more


Daimler Q3 profit down despite record car sales20 Oct 17

Record sales of Mercedes-Benz cars and commercial vehicles in the third quarter were not enough to prevent a slip of 16.8% to net profit (third quarter EBIT was down by 14% on last year). The company'...read more


Citroen shoots for 33% volume growth by 202020 Oct 17

Groupe PSA's Citroen brand is aiming to boost its annual volume by a third by 2020, led by a product offensive in the B- and C-Segments and a focus on the European and Chinese markets....read more


Millbrook plans autonomous testing facility19 Oct 17

Millbrook, an independent vehicle test and validation services provider, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority's centre for Remote Applications for Challenging Environments ...read more


AGC Kiriko glasswork used on Lexus LS door trim19 Oct 17

AGC Asahi Glass said its Kiriko glasswork has been chosen by Toyota Motor Corporation for the new Lexus LS interior....read more


Hyundai Mobis develops sunroof airbag19 Oct 17

Media reports in South Korea suggest the innovation is designed largely for panoramic sunroofs in SUVs. It is also claimed as a world first for the system that addresses the risk of passengers getting...read more


Korea to mandate emergency braking from 201919 Oct 17

South Korea's government has said it will require all vehicles to have an autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system and lane departure warning system to improve safety on the road....read more


Ford opens London smart mobility office19 Oct 17

Ford president and CEO Jim Hackett has opened the company's Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London which will target the near term development of smart mobility technologies while focusing on the ...read more


Tesla retrofitting charging network and models for China19 Oct 17

Tesla is reportedly planning to modify its models sold in China and its charging network there in order to boost sales....read more


Mitsubishi plans Dutch vehicle to grid pilot19 Oct 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the implementation of a vehicle to grid (V2G) pilot in the Netherlands with the first charge point already being used with Outlander PHEV vehicle storage ...read more


Toyoda Gosei develops new glass runs for quieter Lexus19 Oct 17

Toyoda Gosei has developed glass runs with a new structure that will contribute to both achieving a more stylish appearance and quieter vehicle cabins. This product is used on the new Lexus LS. ...read more


Nissan to show Paramedic and e-NV200 fridge concepts at Tokyo show19 Oct 17

Nissan will unveil two new fully customised vehicles at the Tokyo show to improve city mobility: the new Paramedic Concept and the all electric e-NV200 Fridge Concept....read more


Solvay launches new heat-stabilised polyamide for automotive applications19 Oct 17

Solvay Performance Polyamides has launched Technyl Red S, a heat-stabilised polyamide designed for automotive applications operating at a continuous temperature of 200°C....read more


Skoda marks 70 years of car production at Kvasiny plant19 Oct 17

Skoda is marking 70 years of car production in Kvasiny where around 8,000 employees produce 1,000 cars each day....read more


Solvay develops new carbon/glass fibre hybrid material19 Oct 17

Solvay has unveiled Ixef 3012, a 55% carbon and glass fibre hybrid reinforced grade of polyarylamide (PARA) to provide high strength and stiffness at lower density....read more


Michelin acquires Lehigh Technologies19 Oct 17

Michelin has acquired Lehigh Technologies, a materials company which uses cryogenic turbo mill technology to transform rubber from end-of-life tyres and industrial goods....read more


Chinese EV sales surge in September19 Oct 17

Sales of electric vehicle (EVs) in China jumped by 80% year on year to 77,000 units in September, according to a report released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


Bendix invests to expand production in Huntington19 Oct 17

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is to expand its manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a US$3.8m capital investment in equipment to launch two new production lines....read more


2018 DETROIT AUTO SHOW - first world debuts18 Oct 17

The first world premieres for the 2018 North American International Auto Show are noted below....read more


Magna forms e-powertrain joint venture in China18 Oct 17

Magna has entered into a joint-venture agreement with Huayu Automotive Systems, a subsidiary of SAIC Motor, initially to produce an electric drive powertrain system for a German automaker....read more


GM to test self driving cars in NY in early 201818 Oct 17

General Motors plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to governor Andrew Cuomo....read more


Nissan factory still did uncertified checks18 Oct 17

Nissan Motor reportedly said on Wednesday it conducted uncertified vehicle checks as recently as last week even after revealing the widespread misconduct at its domestic factories....read more


Poltics delay Seat SUV name announcement18 Oct 17

With Spanish media focused on the political crisis over Catalonia, Volkswagen Group's Spanish division Seat reportedly has decided to delay announcing the name of its forthcoming SUV....read more


Magna to build paint shop in Slovenia18 Oct 17

Due to full capacity at its contract manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria, Magna will build a second paint shop 75km away in Maribor/Hoce, Slovenia....read more


Toyota launches Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell concept vehicle18 Oct 17

Toyota has launched the Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell vehicle (FCV) concept that envisions mobility in a low carbon society with advanced use of hydrogen and renewable energy. The concept proposes "a ne...read more


Toyota presents Sora fuel cell bus concept18 Oct 17

Toyota Motor Corporation has launched the Sora fuel cell bus (FC bus) concept. It plans to launch a commercial model based on the concept vehicle in 2018 and expects to introduce over 100 Sora, mainly...read more


Volvo Cars spending to launch Polestar18 Oct 17

Volvo Cars and owner Geely Holding said they would jointly spend RMB5bn (EUR640m, US$752m) to support the initial phase of Polestar's product, brand and industrial development....read more


Mercedes-Benz Procurement scouts for suppliers in Korea18 Oct 17

Daimler was the first OEM with its own presence at the Korea Electronics Show (KES) fair and its supplier scouts were establishing direct contact with trendsetters in consumer electronics....read more


Mitsubishi Motors announces new Drive for Growth three year plan18 Oct 17

Mitsubishi Motors on Wednesday launched Drive for Growth, a three year strategic plan it said would deliver sustained and profitable growth, targeting an increase of more than 30% in both annual unit ...read more


Yokohama appoints new vice president of marketing and product management18 Oct 17

Yokohama Tyre Corporation (YTC) announced that Andrew Briggs has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of marketing and product management. Briggs, who will report to Jeff Barn...read more


Daimler appoints new Moovel Group CEO18 Oct 17

Daimler Financial Services has announced the appointment of Daniela Gerd tom Markotten as CEO of the Moovel Group. ...read more


Bridgestone to further invest in European production sites18 Oct 17

Bridgestone has announced its commitment to invest approximately EUR266m (US$313m) into three key European production sites. The funds will be used to expand plant production capacity, purchase cuttin...read more


BorgWarner R2S turbocharger to boost Daimler's OM 656 diesel engine18 Oct 17

BorgWarner provides its leading regulated two-stage (R2S) turbocharger for Daimler's latest 2.9-litre six-cylinder inline diesel engine OM 656, which is initially featured in the updated Mercedes-Benz...read more


Philippine sales rise 9.5% in September18 Oct 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines rose by 9.5% to 34,445 units in September from 31,451 units the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufactur...read more


South Korea imports surge 21% in September18 Oct 17

Imported vehicles sales in South Korea surged by close to 21% to 20,234 units in September from 16,778 units a year earlier, according to a report released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distri...read more


ANALYSIS - The future models Toyota is planning for Lexus18 Oct 17

The second feature in a series which looks at the future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella is all about Lexus. This follows part one, which concerned Daihatsu, and will be f...read more


Kia's 'hedgehog' B-SUV makes its UK debut17 Oct 17

So, someone asked someone from Kia: "Where did the name Stonic come from?" Before the official answer, came the media comedian: "Stonic the hedgehog." Official answer: "It's a made-up name." Hence I w...read more


CES 2018 - First world debuts announced17 Oct 17

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will host multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Fisker, Future Mobility Corporation, Hyundai and Rinspeed have announced thei...read more


Volvo shows Polestar 1 hybrid coupe17 Oct 17

Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, has revealed its future as a standalone electrified performance brand. Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built productio...read more


Malaysia sales fall 15% in September17 Oct 17

Malaysia’s new vehicle market fell by almost 15% to 40,981 units in September from 48,125 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....read more


Nissan to increase production in Russia17 Oct 17

Nissan says it has added a second production shift at its manufacturing plant in St Petersburg in another sign that the Russian auto industry is firmly in recovery....read more


Nissan North America announces management changes17 Oct 17

Nissan is announcing several management changes within its Sales and Marketing function for the North American region....read more


Mazda begins CX-5 production at Hofu Plant17 Oct 17

Mazda Motor Corporation started production of the new Mazda CX-5 crossover at its Hofu Plant Number-2 in Yamaguchi Prefecture to enable the company to meet the growing global demand for crossovers fle...read more


Denso joins Xperi to accelerate its ADAS product development17 Oct 17

Denso Corporation and Xperi Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based technology company, have announced Denso will start joint technology development of cabin sensing with FotoNation, an Xperi group compan...read more


Hella breaks ground for new electronics plant in Lithuania17 Oct 17

Hella has laid the foundation for a new electronics plant in Lithuania....read more


Daimler opens first hydrogen filling station in Bremen17 Oct 17

Daimler, Shell and Linde inaugurated the city of Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station....read more


Cummins to acquire Brammo17 Oct 17

Cummins has announced that it is acquiring the assets of Brammo, which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications....read more


Continental develops control element for automated driving17 Oct 17

Continental says it has developed a new control tool to aid the transfer of control between driver and vehicle. Located in the centre console of the vehicle, it continuously informs vehicle occupants ...read more


ANALYSIS - Civic Type R leads export boom for Honda UK16 Oct 17

It's fast, high-priced and not exactly subtle in appearance. Honda is hoping that the Type R version of its built-in-England Civic five-door will be shocking enough to change how people across Europe ...read more


Toyota wants AI-enhanced vehicles testing by 202016 Oct 17

Toyota has announced an outline of the concept car "Toyota Concept-i" series that it says embodies the future vision of a mobility society through which artificial intelligence (AI) enables cars to un...read more


Daimler takes steps to reshape company16 Oct 17

Daimler's board of management has decided on some 'first steps to strengthen its divisional structure'. This includes the creation of separate entities for its Mercedes-Benz Cars and Daimler Trucks di...read more


Audi global sales up 2.6% in September 201716 Oct 17

Audi AG ended the third quarter with an increase of 2.6% in September sales compared to 2016....read more


COMMENT - Uncertain future ahead for Ellesmere Port16 Oct 17

The news that the UK's Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant is dropping a shift, reducing output and its workforce, gives it a shot at improving its competitive position in the context of the Opel/Vauxhall E...read more


VW Group China 9M 2017 sales up 1.4%16 Oct 17

Volkswagen Group China has announced deliveries for the first nine months of 2017. Together with its two Chinese Joint Ventures, Saic Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered almost 2.90m (+...read more


Valeo receives EU approval on FTE acquisition16 Oct 17

Valeo has received the approval from the European Commission and plans to complete the acquisition of FTE Automotive, a leading producer of actuators, before the end of October, subject to the approva...read more


JLR/WMG establishing Europe's largest R&D facility16 Oct 17

The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), at the University of Warwick in central England, has hit a construction milestone (with the completion of the external grounds) and is on track to com...read more


Honeywell appoints new Mergers and Acquisitions head16 Oct 17

Honeywell has named Brian Cook as vice president of Corporate Development and global head of Mergers and Acquisitions, reporting to senior vice president and CFO Thomas Szlosek. Cook succeeds Anne Mad...read more


BMW electrified sales up 50.5% in September 16 Oct 17

BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in the first three quarters of 2017 have exceeded those achieved in the whole of 2016; in September, electrified sales topped the 10,000 mark for the first time...read more


Union calls for Vauxhall investment guarantees16 Oct 17

Britain’s largest labour union, Unite, has called for guarantees over future investment into Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant following the carmaker’s announcement that it is planning to make 400 peopl...read more


Vauxhall plant to drop a shift and shed 400 jobs16 Oct 17

Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant is to cut some 400 jobs as it looks to improve its competitive position amid changes to demand in the European car market....read more


Daimler's Kallenius electrifies the week13 Oct 17

Our report on Ola Kallenius, Daimler's group research chief, outlining the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy drew an extraordinary number of your eyeballs this week...read more


Ford China September sales flat13 Oct 17

Ford Motor Company sales in China were flat at about 113,000 vehicles in September....read more


Mitsubishi see China driving expansion13 Oct 17

Growth in China will be a driving force for the global expansion of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), the company's chief executive Osamu Masuko said yesterday....read more


Mahle honours six suppliers13 Oct 17

Mahle has presented awards to its suppliers in six categories: Quality, Logistics, Global Cooperation, Performance, Innovation and Project Management. ...read more


West European car market down 2.8% in September13 Oct 17

Western Europe's car market declined by 2.8% in September according to data released by LMC Automotive....read more


ANALYSIS - New SsangYong Rexton an equine taste13 Oct 17

Easily the smallest of the three Korean vehicle brands available in Europe, SsangYong doesn't intend to remain a minor player in the region forever. As was the case with Kia a decade ago, every new ve...read more


Michelin urges action to address impact of global growth13 Oct 17

Michelin says society has to do something "now" to reduce the impact of rising global vehicle ownership and is citing its promotion of minimum tread depth of 1.6mm as it looks to convince the industry...read more


Toyota to halve car model offerings in Japan - report13 Oct 17

The Japanese OEMs have long offered a range of models specifically for Japan's domestic market. However, sluggish demand in Japan and tough profitability targets appear to be making them revise their ...read more


Honda Ohio plant produces 25m engines since 198513 Oct 17

Honda's Anna, Ohio plant, the automaker's largest engine plant, celebrated the 25 millionth engine produced since the opening the factory in 1985....read more


Toyota rolls out fuel cell truck in Los Angeles13 Oct 17

The possible future of heavy duty trucking is now on the streets in the form of Toyota Motor North America (TMNA)'s Project Portal – a hydrogen fuel cell system....read more


Chinese vehicle market up again in September13 Oct 17

China’s vehicle market was up again in September for a fourth straight month, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


Volkswagen Group monthly sales top 1m for first time13 Oct 17

The Volkswagen Group delivered over 1m vehicles for the first time in September, the highest level ever for a single month, the 1.01m tally was 6.6% up year on year....read more


Volvo to export cars from Malaysia 13 Oct 17

Volvo Car group, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, soon plans to begin exporting cars from Malaysia to other markets in the region, according to local reports....read more


Japanese market expands 4% in September13 Oct 17

Japan’s new vehicle market continued to grow in September, by 3.9% to 495,189 units from 476,769 sales a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Ass...read more


Hino to assemble trucks in Russia13 Oct 17

Hino Motors, Toyota Motor's commercial vehicle subsidiary, announced plans to spend JPY1.89bn (US$16.8m) to build a new truck assembly plant in Russia....read more


KS Gleitlager launches new polymer bearings for mild hybrids13 Oct 17

KS Gleitlager GmbH says it has ilaunched a new generation of polymer bearings specifically engineered for mild hybrids with stop-start functions....read more


GM appoints Global Electric Vehicle Programmes VP13 Oct 17

General Motors has appointed Pamela Fletcher, who launched the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the newly-created position of vice president, Global Electric Vehicle Programmes...read more


Hella invests in Lippstadt headquarters expansion13 Oct 17

Hella is constructing a new visitor, administrative and exhibition centre near its company headquarters and is outlining an urban planning competition for the future use of the former Steinstrasse com...read more


BASF develops new high gloss polyamides for automotive interiors13 Oct 17

BASF says it has achieved a technical breakthrough to produce a new material for application in automotive interiors....read more


ADAS – a window of opportunity for Autoglass and Belron13 Oct 17

Autoglass recently brought together a group of highly skilled windscreen technicians from across the UK to compete in its Best of Belron national contest, staged in Milton Keynes.  Under starter’s ord...read more


PPG teams with Renault-Nissan for structural adhesives13 Oct 17

PPG has unveiled a partnership with Renault-Nissan Alliance to deliver structural adhesives to more than 1m one million Renault, Nissan and Samsung cars across Europe, Asia, North America and South Am...read more


Aston sees SUV helping double sales12 Oct 17

Aston Martin's DBX SUV due in 2019 could help more than double sales by early next decade, its chief executive has told Reuters....read more


SsangYong developing an electric SUV12 Oct 17

A plug-in version of C300, the next SsangYong Korando, is under development, just-auto.com has learned. The new EV will be sold worldwide and is on schedule for release in 2019....read more


Hanon Systems establishes joint venture with China South Industries subsidiaries12 Oct 17

Global automotive supplier Hanon Systems plans to establish a joint venture with China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC) to support its growing business in the China market....read more


LG Chem plans 100K pa EV battery plant in Poland12 Oct 17

LG Chem has confirmed it will start construction of an Electric Vehicle (EV) battery plant in Wroclaw, Poland....read more


Will BMW outsource China Mini making to Great Wall?12 Oct 17

BMW is working on a deal that would take Mini manufacturing outside Europe for the first time, according to news agency sources. The automakers are not commenting....read more


Unions eye new GM Korea CEO as hatchet man12 Oct 17

Kaher Kazem, former managing director of the now gutted GM India and the new CEO of GM Korea, reportedly has assured employees the parent company has no plans to quit Korea but heads of the GM branch ...read more


Ford starts European production of EcoSport SUV12 Oct 17

Production of the revised and facelifted Ford EcoSport SUV has begun at Ford's Craiova, Romania, plant....read more


Lada Russia sales rise 23.8% in September 201712 Oct 17

Lada sold 28,263 cars in Russia in September  - some 23.8% ahead of last year's pace....read more


Eberspaecher develops Autonomous Driving Safety Switch12 Oct 17

Eberspaecher says it has developed the Autonomous Driving Safety Switch for 12 volt on-board circuits with at least two energy sources. In fully automated vehicles, the Battery and Boardnet Safety Mod...read more


Toyota eyes sportier image with 'GR' sub-brand12 Oct 17

Toyota is eyeing a sportier image with the launch of its GR (Gazoo Racing) line of cars in Japan and, later, in other key markets around the world....read more


Autonomous vehicle interiors – what can we expect?12 Oct 17

Retracting steering wheels, reconfigurable dashboards, Star Trek swivelling seats and entire windscreens that transform into head-up displays are a common vision of the autonomous car. When an SAE Lev...read more


Kobe Steel crisis deepens11 Oct 17

Kobe Steel plunged deeper into crisis on Wednesday as fresh revelations showed data fabrication at the steel maker was more widespread than initially thought, heightening a safety scare along the glob...read more


VW plans electric truck and bus spending11 Oct 17

Volkswagen will spend EUR1.4bn (US$1.7bn) on new technology including electric trucks and buses by 2022, its trucks chief Andreas Renschler said....read more


Mahle and Faurecia to develop 'cockpit of the future'11 Oct 17

Mahle and Faurecia say they will collaborate for the development of innovative interior thermal management technologies for future mobility solutions....read more


ANALYSIS - Honda HR-V and the battle for the global B-SUV segment11 Oct 17

If small crossovers and SUVs were bought for reasons of sensibility over all other factors, the Honda HR-V would be the number one model in Europe. As it is, this B-SUV has a hard time standing out in...read more


Skoda emphasises commitment to home country11 Oct 17

Skoda Auto has underscored its commitment to its home country, reportedly saying it was planning to add jobs in the Czech Republic amid worries the business could lose some production to parent Volksw...read more


Volvo starts Indian assembly11 Oct 17

Geely's Volvo Cars has joined rival premium brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes with local assembly of vehicles in India....read more


Durban storm halts Toyota South Africa production11 Oct 17

A huge storm in the Durban area of South Africa has stopped Toyota production until at least Thursday, local media reported....read more


Deutsche Post DHL selects ZF and NVIDIA on AD delivery vehicles11 Oct 17

Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) is planning to deploy a test fleet of autonomous drive (AD) delivery trucks - some 3,400 vehicles - starting in 2018. As part of the plans, ZF and NVIDIA will partner to supp...read more


Tata's Jaguar Land Rover updates Range Rover, adds PHEV11 Oct 17

Tata Motors' Jaguar Range Rover has updated its flagship Range Rover for 2018 with a redesigned cabin, some new technology and the addition of a new plug in electric petrol hybrid powertrain as recent...read more


ON Semiconductor introduces two new small automotive cameras11 Oct 17

ON Semiconductor says it continues to make major advances within the rapidly growing automotive imaging sector with the announcement of two new highly integrated 1.0 Megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensing ...read more


Kia Design China appoints new head11 Oct 17

Kia Motors has appointed prominent car designer Oleg Son, 56, as head of Kia Design China leading the brand’s design activities in China and strengthening its design capability in the rapidly expandin...read more


PSA selects KBRW to optimise logistics management11 Oct 17

PSA says it has identified KBRW using its Businesss Lab as a company that can contribute the expertise needed for B2B distribution of out-of-stock multi-brand spare parts....read more


South Korean domestic sales jump 20% in September11 Oct 17

Domestic sales by South Korea's five mainstream automakers combined jumped by over 20% to 133,551 units in September from weak year earlier volume of 111,159 units, according to preliminary data relea...read more


Renault takes 25% stake in EV specialist Jedlix11 Oct 17

Groupe Renault is acquiring a 25% share in Jedlix, a Dutch start-up launched by Eneco Group and specialised in electric vehicle charging....read more


Q&A with Daimler's Ola Källenius on electrification11 Oct 17

Ola Källenius, Daimler board member responsible for Group Research at Daimler outlines the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy....read more


Magna joins autonomous vehicle partnership10 Oct 17

Magna has joined an industry autonomous car partnership as a Tier 1 technology integrator and will help automakers industrialise and customise the domain controller designed by BMW Group, Intel and Mo...read more


Daimler announces South America CV spend10 Oct 17

Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz do Brasil will be spending around EUR600m on its commercial vehicle business in Brazil over the next five years....read more


Marchionne confirms Ferrari SUV plan - report10 Oct 17

Remarks made by FCA chief Sergio Marchionne suggest that the Ferrari brand will join other premium sports car brands and launch a top-end SUV....read more


PSA to build new vehicles at Sochaux and Mulhouse10 Oct 17

PSA Group said it would build new vehicles at Sochaux and Mulhouse from 2020/2021 but has not named the products "for strategic reasons"....read more


Bosch Australia now specialises in trailer safety control10 Oct 17

Bosch Australia has survived the end of Australian car manufacture and transfer of ABS manufacture to Asia by becoming the group specialist in Trailer Safety Control (TSC) for fitment to caravans and ...read more


GM to launch OnStar in Asia Pacific markets10 Oct 17

Holden, which ends local manufacture on 20 October, is to introduce General Motors' OnStar service in 2019 and become the regional hub for OnStar in Asia Pacific....read more


KPMG appoints new UK head of automotive10 Oct 17

Audit and consulting firm KPMG has appointed a new head of UK automotive....read more


GENIVI alliance introduces vehicle domain interaction strategy10 Oct 17

The GENIVI Alliance, an open, collaborative software development community of automakers and suppliers, is introducing a vehicle domain interaction strategy focused on developing open standard interfa...read more


Porsche 2017 sales rise 4%10 Oct 17

Porsche boosted sales 4% to 185,898 vehicles worldwide in the first nine months of 2017....read more


Kobe Steel hit by inspection fraud scandal10 Oct 17

Japanese industry this week has been rocked by yet another safety scandal, this time involving raw materials manufacturer Kobe Steel....read more


Vietnam market down 20% in September10 Oct 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam fell by over 20% to 19,257 units in September, from 24,132 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers ...read more


Panasonic develops automotive intrusion detection and prevention system10 Oct 17

Panasonic Corporation announced that it has developed automotive intrusion detection and prevention systems as a cyber security countermeasure for autonomous and connected cars....read more


Omron develops new Onboard Driver Monitoring Sensor10 Oct 17

Omron Corporation has announced the development of a world first Onboard Driver Monitoring Sensor....read more


GAZ/Haka sign deal to launch CVs in Saudi Arabia10 Oct 17

GAZ Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Haka Group, a large industrial corporation of Saudi Arabia. The deed was signed in the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade....read more


ANALYSIS - Daihatsu architectures and future models10 Oct 17

In this first part of what Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) divisions are planning, the focus is on Daihatsu Motor Company. It will be followed by a look at current and future Lexus models, and in the f...read more


GM acquires LIDAR specialist Strobe9 Oct 17

General Motors announced on Monday (9 October) it had acquired LIDAR technology company Strobe....read more


FCA's Marchionne doubtful over Great Wall ties - report9 Oct 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' chief has expressed doubt about consolidation with Great Wall Motor following the Chinese automaker’s earlier expressed interest in his company....read more


Hella joins Startup Autobahn innovation platform9 Oct 17

Hella has joined the innovation platform "Startup Autobahn". With its various industry and science partners and more than 30 startups, the Stuttgart-based "Startup Autobahn" network is considered the ...read more


BMW Group invests in expansion of FIZ Research and Innovation Centre9 Oct 17

BMW says it is embarking on an 'extensive expansion' of its FIZ Research and Innovation Centre in the north of Munich....read more


Special paint for special Lexus9 Oct 17

Toyota's Lexus is making a new type of paint available on the limited run LC Structural Blue Edition....read more


Bosch VP on next steps for steering technologies9 Oct 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, we spoke to Dr Marcus Parche, executive vice president, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering about steering technologies for diffe...read more


Substation data to aid EV network capacity9 Oct 17

The UK's OpenLV project is opening up local electricity usage data to provide network operators with much needed information about levels of capacity for charging EVs on local electricity networks....read more


Toyota planning to build next Auris in UK - report9 Oct 17

Toyota plans to build the next generation of its Auris car at its UK plant (Burnaston) but has yet to make a final decision, according to a Reuters report....read more


New Renault subsidiary for energy and electric mobility9 Oct 17

Groupe Renault, which claims to be Europe's top manufacturer of electric vehicles, has announced the creation of Renault Energy Services....read more


Mercedes Vans adding RFID production technology9 Oct 17

Ahead of the start of production of the redesigned Sprinter van, Mercedes-Benz Vans is bringing new connected series production technology online for greater flexibility and efficiency at the plant in...read more


Freight association warns on post-Brexit logistics9 Oct 17

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging British and EU negotiators who are meeting in Brussels to heed the warnings from traders and logistics operators on both sides of the Channel, that po...read more


Iran automakers' fiscal H1 sales up 10%9 Oct 17

Automakers in Iran booked a 10% year on year increase in sales in the first six months of the current fiscal year which started in March....read more


Interior design and technology - Suzuki Baleno9 Oct 17

Alongside 4x4s, Suzuki is renowned for producing small cars that pack a lot of punch and ooze appeal. The Baleno is a fine example, marking one of the lightest, practical and most roomy B segment hatc...read more


EVs, EVs and more EVs - the week6 Oct 17

Our analysis of competition heating up in the global EV battery market was, unsurprisingly, the most popular item on just-auto this past week. Governments in Europe and Asia this year have announced a...read more


Denso spending $1bn in US6 Oct 17

Denso is expanding its US footprint with a $1bn spend at its Maryville, Tennessee location....read more


Hella building its second electronics plant in India6 Oct 17

Hella is building its second electronics plant near the city of Mehsana in the state of Gujarat. It recently opened an additional development centre for automotive lighting technology in the southern ...read more


BorgWarner supplies AWD transfer case for new Range Rover Velar6 Oct 17

BorgWarner is again supplying Jaguar Land Rover with its on-demand transfer case....read more


ANALYSIS - Peugeot seeks segment leadership with new 50086 Oct 17

ACEA is yet to release Europe-wide sales data for September but Groupe PSA has been having a trying 2017 in terms of volume. This, it insists, is due to pulling back from low-margin business. That bei...read more


September keeps Australia sales ahead of record6 Oct 17

Three of the growth segments in the Australian new vehicle market continued their momentum during September despite a 2.4% dip in the overall market compared with the same month last year....read more


UK LCV sales fall in September6 Oct 17

The UK's new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined in (plate change month) September, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which showed 57,368 new LCVs...read more


GM's Holden selling Elizabeth factory6 Oct 17

A purchaser for General Motors Holden's Elizabeth manufacturing site in Adelaide, South Australia state, has been selected following a six-month expression of interest process – paving the way for the...read more




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