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Electrics, Frankfurt, GM, FCA - the week18 Aug 17

Our scrutiny of future Jaguar SUVs and electric models drew a lot of looks this week as did news of electric Ford Transits developed with DHL Deutsche Post....read more


Honda & Acura NSX: better than an Audi R8?18 Aug 17

What could better demonstrate the strange situation that Honda UK and Honda Motor Europe find themselves in than the NSX? Even if you pay the circa GBP33,000 list price for what had been the brand's p...read more


Auto groups oppose Trump NAFTA US content plans18 Aug 17

Auto industry groups from Canada, Mexico and the US are pushing back against the Trump administration's demand for higher US automotive content in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAF...read more


Switzerland bans Porsche diesel registrations18 Aug 17

Switzerland's road agency has imposed a preliminary ban on new registrations of Porsche Cayenne cars equipped with manipulated diesel engine management software, a media report said....read more


Will Daimler and BMW combine car sharing services?18 Aug 17

Daimler and BMW are rumoured to be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the chief executive of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt hinted to the Reuters news se...read more


Drivers need convincing of automated car benefits - study18 Aug 17

Drivers fail to see that automated and driverless vehicles will deliver promised benefits according to a new study....read more


GAZ launches van production in Turkey18 Aug 17

GAZ Group has started assembly of Gazelle Next cargo van and combi van models in Turkey....read more


GM confirms investment in southern Brazil18 Aug 17

General Motors will spend BRL1.4bn/US$430m on its Gravataí plant in state of Rio Grande do Sul....read more


Trelleborg to build new production facility for sealing solutions in Denmark18 Aug 17

Trelleborg has, through its business area Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, invested in a new production facility for sealing solutions in Denmark, relocating its current manufacturing facility in the cou...read more


PPG opens new automotive refinish training centre in Argentina18 Aug 17

PPG announced it has opened a new 300 sq m training centre for automotive refinish professionals in Pillar, Argentina....read more


Goodyear names new vice president and CTO18 Aug 17

Goodyear has unveiled Christopher Helsel as VP and chief technology officer, effective 1 September. ...read more


GAZ/PJSC Rosseti ink Russia agreement18 Aug 17

GAZ Group has inked an agreement with Russian energy network company, PJSC Rosseti....read more


2017 Pebble Beach Concours - world debuts17 Aug 17

Monterey Automotive Week, including the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, is taking place on California's Monterey Peninsula between 15 and 20 August. The following is the latest list of concept ...read more


Malaysia sales rebound in July17 Aug 17

Malaysia’s new vehicle market rebounded by 14.3% to 48,553 units in July, from 42,471 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....read more


Will Ford sieze an electric opportunity for Lincoln?17 Aug 17

It has been just over a year since what Ford calls The Lincoln Motor Company was the subject of a just-auto in-depth analysis feature. China is still nowhere near being the brand's largest market but ...read more


Court orders temporary halt to Takata lawsuits17 Aug 17

Automakers reportedly have won a temporary reprieve from lawsuits filed by victims of defective air bags made by bankrupt Takata that led to the largest ever auto safety recall and at least 18 deaths....read more


Hyundai Motor previews new fuel cell vehicle17 Aug 17

Hyundai Motor has offered an early glimpse of its next generation fuel cell vehicle, well ahead of the hydrogen-powered SUVs official launch early next year....read more


Hyundai Motor eyes electric bus opportunity17 Aug 17

Hyundai Motor recently unveiled its new all-electric-powered bus, which it plans to put into mass production next year....read more


CFO moves to head GM India17 Aug 17

GM India announced president and managing director Kaher Kazem would hand over the reins of the company to chief financial officer Sanjiv Gupta from 1 September....read more


UQM with European OEM to pilot trial its electric drivetrain solution17 Aug 17

UQM Technologies says an unnamed European OEM will conduct a pilot trial of its full electric PowerPhase DT drivetrain solution....read more


Toyota/Servco to test new car-sharing technology in Hawaii17 Aug 17

Toyota and Servco Pacific (Servco) have partnered to test new car-sharing technology in Honolulu, Hawaii....read more


Navistar appoints new director to board17 Aug 17

Navistar has appointed Daniel Ninivaggi to its board, replacing Samuel Merksamer, who resigned after more than four years....read more


Autoliv/Seeing Machines to develop nextgen DMS for autonomous vehicles17 Aug 17

Autoliv is to collaborate with Seeing Machines to develop next generation driver monitoring systems (DMS) for autonomous vehicles....read more


KSS starts India steering wheel production17 Aug 17

Key Safety Systems (KSS) has started production of steering wheels in its new manufacturing location in Pune, Maharastra, India....read more


Vauxhall expands passenger carrying Vivaro range17 Aug 17

PSA Group's Vauxhall has announced two new up level, passenger carrying Vivaro van variants which make their debut at the Frankfurt show next month: the Tourer Elite and Combi Plus....read more


GM voluntarily delists from Toronto stock exchange17 Aug 17

General Motors said it had received approval for a voluntary delisting of its common stock from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) in Canada....read more


Frankfurt IAA world debuts list - Chery M31T prototype16 Aug 17

The IAA might be missing Alfa Romeo, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Volvo, but one new brand will be making an appearance: Chery Auto will reveal an SUV prototype....read more


Geely has no plans to buy Fiat Chrysler - report16 Aug 17

Geely Automobile Holdings has denied media speculation it planned to make a takeover bid for Fiat Chrysler (FCA)....read more


Deutsche Post and Ford show off e-van16 Aug 17

Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford presented the first of their jointly produced electric delivery van – or e-van – today in Cologne, Germany....read more


Continental and Kordsa team on new adhesion standard16 Aug 17

Continental and textile supplier for the tyre industry, Kordsa, are working together on a new adhesion system standard for bonding reinforcing materials to rubber based compounds....read more


Nissan sees e-Power potential in emerging markets16 Aug 17

Nissan Motor Indonesia displayed the first model to receive the new e-Power drivetrain, the Note, at the motor show in Jakarta. The car was launched first in Japan last year and the automaker sees pot...read more


Volvo Cars owner Geely books healthy first half profit16 Aug 17

Geely has promised cars on the platform developed with its Volvo Cars unit [the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which will underpin Volvo's smaller 40 series cars currently under development and al...read more


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to join BMW, Intel and Mobileye on autonomous driving platform16 Aug 17

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in devel...read more


Chery to launch new brand, SUV, at Frankfurt16 Aug 17

Chery Automobile said it would start sales of passenger cars in Europe within the next few years under a new brand....read more


Wabco wins mBSP truck technology supply order16 Aug 17

Wabco has entered into a new long-term agreement with an unnamed global manufacturer of trucks and buses, headquartered in Europe....read more


Nemak names new VP Manufacturing and Product Development16 Aug 17

Lighting supplier, Nemak has announced VP,  Napoleón Cantú has decided to leave the company "to pursue other professional opportunities."...read more


Honda Europe revises 1.6 diesel for Civic16 Aug 17

Honda Motor Europe has announced a comprehensively revised 120PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine for its Civic range from March 2018, tested under new real world procedures....read more


Nexteer boosts H1 revenue and profits15 Aug 17

Nexteer Automotive said half year 2017 revenue reached US$1.974bn, up 2.6% year on year, gross profit rose 11.1% to $371.5m and net profit was up 20.7% to $179.7m....read more


Tata Motors names new CFO15 Aug 17

Tata Motors, parent of Jaguar Land Rover, has named PB Balaji as group chief financial officer....read more


Posco Steel to hire 6000 by 202015 Aug 17

Posco, South Korea's top steelmaker, will hire 6,000 full-time employees from this year to 2020 in an effort to offer job opportunities and secure talent, the company said on Tuesday. ...read more


Analysts value FCA brands15 Aug 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shares climbed to a record last night after Morgan Stanley analysts said they saw "substantial hidden value" in several of the company’s brands that could emerge from spin-of...read more


Ford Europe sales down 4.8% in July 201715 Aug 17

Ford Europe sold 99,900 total vehicles in July, down 4.8% year over year, but year to date total sales of 845,300 were up 2.6% for the best first seven months of the year since 2009 in the traditional...read more


Jabil and eyeSight team on driver/monitoring gesture control15 Aug 17

Jabil and eyeSight Technologies have announced a new partnership to develop next-generation in-car sensing technology delivering driver monitoring and gesture control....read more


Elecrovaya secures SDTC CV battery funding15 Aug 17

Electrovaya has been awarded C$3.8m (US$3m) by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to fund long-lasting Lithium Ion Ceramic batteries for commercial vehicles...read more


TUV Rheinland paves the way for mirrorless cars15 Aug 17

TUV Rheinland Japan has become the first company in TUV Rheinland Group to help win component approval for an automobile onboard camera-monitor system under amended UN-R46 04 regulations...read more


Philippine sales rise 23% in July15 Aug 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines increased by more than 23% to 37,961 units in July, from 29,967 units in the same month of last year, according to a data released jointly by the Chamber of Automo...read more


Japanese sales rise 3% in July15 Aug 17

Japan’s new vehicle market continued to grow in July, by 2.9% to 427,549 units from 415,615 sales a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Associat...read more


Microsoft CFO elected to 3M Board15 Aug 17

3M says Microsoft EVP and CFO, Amy Hood has been elected to 3M’s Board of Directors....read more


DTNA announces senior communication management changes15 Aug 17

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced two key transitions in the senior leadership of channel marketing and corporate communications....read more


ANALYSIS - More SUVs and an electric future for Jaguar15 Aug 17

Once in danger of going the same way as Saab or Lancia, Jaguar has been brought back to life via massive infusions of cash, intelligently spent. Thanks to the success of the F-PACE, it is probably now...read more


Now even Merkel sees an end to diesel14 Aug 17

Even Germany's chancellor had admitted diesel's days are numbered....read more


China sales rise 6.2% in July14 Aug 17

New vehicle sales in China rose by 6.2% to 1,967,000 units in July, from 1,852,000 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers...read more


Kuka builds 2m Jeep Wrangler bodies in white14 Aug 17

Kuka Toledo Production Operations (KTPO) has celebrated the completion of its two millionth Jeep Wrangler body in white....read more


Siemens to trial Germany truck e-Highway14 Aug 17

Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead contact line for hybrid electrified lorry trials on a 10km stretch of autobahn....read more


GM unhappy with latest ignition switch claim development14 Aug 17

Plaintiffs suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and other alleged vehicle defects have reached a US$1bn settlement requiring the automaker to turn over that amount of stock, a lawyer for...read more


Hankook Tire partially responsible for worker's cancer death14 Aug 17

The Seoul Central District Court ruled last week Hankook Tire was partially responsible for the death of a factory worker surnamed Ahn who died of lung cancer caused by toxic chemicals in 2015, a loca...read more


EC green light for Czech recharging stations14 Aug 17

Czech plans to support the creation of a network of refuelling and recharging stations for low emission vehicles, have been approved by the European Commission (EC) as being in line with EU State aid ...read more


Will GM pull out of Korea?14 Aug 17

Rumors are spreading that General Motors is planning to pull out of Korea, according to a local media report....read more


Opel claims 50,000+ European Insignia orders14 Aug 17

Opel is claiming its new Insignia flagship has already attracted over 50,000 orders across Europe....read more


Woodbridge acquires full ownership of Woodbridge FoamPartner14 Aug 17

Urethane and particle foam technologies supplier, The Woodbridge Group has acquired 100% ownership of Woodbridge FoamPartner and has started operating as Woodbridge Technical Products (WTP)....read more


BYD wins first pure electric bus order in Israel14 Aug 17

BYD has secured its first major pure electric bus order in Israel for a a fleet of 17 single-deck 12m vehicles to serve the northern port city of Haifa, the country's third largest city....read more


Indonesian motor show: new policies and more MPVs14 Aug 17

The Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show kicked off on Thursday at the International Convention Centre in the BSD satellite city just outside Jakarta....read more


Future models, Toyota waistlines, diesel deals - the week11 Aug 17

Our 'future models' analysis is always popular and, this week, we put Land Rover and Range Rover SUVs for the 2020s - not that far away - under the microscope. We talked connected car user experience ...read more


NVIDIA Q2 GAAP net income up 15% to US$261m11 Aug 17

NVIDIA has reported second-quarter net income up 15% to US$583m with record revenue of up 56% to US$2.2bn....read more


How 900Nm and 48V make the Audi SQ7 TDI epic11 Aug 17

In the words of a friend who owns a Golf GTD and is a long time fan of multiple Volkswagen Group models, driving the Audi SQ7 would have to be "like propelling a municipal building at lightspeed". Is ...read more


VW offer new Golf 1.5 engine with coasting function11 Aug 17

Volkswagen is extending the range of engines for the Golf hatchback and estate car with a new 1.5TSI petrol powerplant delivering 96kW/130PS....read more


Magna enjoys a record second quarter11 Aug 17

Magna International said it booked record second quarter sales up 3% year on year to US$9.68bn to 30 June, 2017 despite North American and European light vehicle production declining by 3% and 1%, res...read more


BMW Group global sales up 0.4% in July 201711 Aug 17

The BMW Group had a record July with sales of 180,726 BMWs and Minis, a 0.4% increase year on year. The year to date tally of 1,401,551 (+4.3%) vehicles was also a record....read more


TMD Friction CEO appointed to EuroBrake Advisory Board11 Aug 17

TMD Friction Group president and CEO, John Hudson, has been appointed to the EuroBrake Advisory Board....read more


Thyssenkrupp Q3 net income up 8% to EUR134m11 Aug 17

Thyssenkrupp has recorded third-quarter net income year-on-year up 8% to EUR134m (US$158m), although due to a single impact from the sale of CSA (Siderúrgica do Atlântico) in the second quarter the Gr...read more


VW group YTD sales rise 1.3%11 Aug 17

The Volkswagen group has boosted year to date sales 1.3% year on year to 5.98m vehicles after July sales up 4.3% to 820,900 units....read more


Leoni Q2 net income doubles to EUR59m11 Aug 17

Leoni has posted second-quarter consolidated net income more than doubling to EUR58.6m (US$69m) with sales rising 8% to EUR1.2bn....read more


Kwid places Renault Brazil in the spotlight11 Aug 17

If the Brazilian buyer has taken some time to understand - and especially to accept - the subcompact idea, the debut of the Renault Kwid will straighten this out....read more


Toyota and 7-Eleven ink CO2 reduction study11 Aug 17

Toyota and 7-Eleven Japan have concluded a basic agreement for studies on energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction in convenience store distribution and operation....read more


Report suggests 1.3m Germans will take diesel incentive10 Aug 17

A media report suggested up to 1.3m German car owners would accept rebates of as much as EUR10,000 (US$11,700) per car from Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW in a cash grab reminiscent of the government’s 2...read more


Ford appoints 'smart mobility director' for Europe10 Aug 17

Ford has announced that Sarah-Jayne Williams will join the company in September as its first director for Smart Mobility in Europe....read more


Turkish vehicle exports surge in July10 Aug 17

The Turkish automotive industry provided around one fifth of all exports for the Turkish economy in July, figures issued by the Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters Association (OIB) show....read more


China Automotive Systems boosts profits10 Aug 17

Power steering supplier China Automotive Systems said second quarter sales increased 16.5% year on year to US$117.7m from $101.0m in the second quarter of 2016 while operating income rose 109.8% to $1...read more


Industry leaders to form consortium for network and computing infrastructure of automotive big data10 Aug 17

Denso Corporation, Ericsson, Intel Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT Docomo, Toyota InfoTechnology Center and Toyota Motor Corporation have initiated the formation of ...read more


Russia sales rebound powers on for fifth straight month10 Aug 17

Russia has continued its upward trajectory of automotive sales with July seeing sales of new passenger cars and LCVs increasing 18.6% according to the Association of Russian Businesses (AEB)....read more


Skoda and Tata end 'strategic partnership' talks10 Aug 17

Skoda has said that it has ended talks with Tata Motors on a planned strategic alliance because the two failed to identify sufficient technical and economic synergies....read more


Toyota delays production start for new Mexico plant10 Aug 17

Toyota said it would delay the start of operations at its planned new plant in Mexico to the first half of 2020 from the initial plan of 2019....read more


VW unions warn politicians off jobs loss risk10 Aug 17

Volkswagen's powerful labour representatives have urged lawmakers not to use the carmaker as a political football ahead of national elections next month and risk threatening jobs in Germany....read more


Aluminium use in vehicles set to rise sharply10 Aug 17

The use of aluminium in vehicles produced in North America is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, according to research by US-based research firm Ducker Worldwide....read more


Yokohama Rubber sales up 15.9% to JPY310.8bn10 Aug 17

Yokohama has announced first-half profit attributable to its parent up 39% to JPY11.4bn (US$103m), with a 16% increase in net sales to JPY310.8bn. ...read more


Intel plans fleet of 100 L4 autonomous test cars10 Aug 17

Following the acquisition of Mobileye, Intel is now poised to accelerate its autonomous driving 'car-to-cloud' business....read more


Tata Elxsi wins Jaguar Land Rover supplier award10 Aug 17

Tata Elxsi, a leading global design and technology services company, has received a Jaguar Land Rover Supplier Excellence Award for 2017....read more


BMW extends diesel trade-in deals to UK10 Aug 17

A diesel trade-in scheme BMW announced in Germany last week has been expanded to the UK with the Euro amount changed to pounds sterling....read more


Jaguar Land Rover boosts pre-tax profit9 Aug 17

Jaguar Land Rover revenue for the first fiscal quarter ended 30 June 2017 was GBP5.6bn, up GBP244m, parent Tata Motors announced....read more


Volkswagen faces Ducati sale resistance9 Aug 17

Volkswagen is facing strengthening internal resistance to the sale of its Ducati motorcycle unit, threatening to derail the deal even as the process moves forward with a short list of five bidders set...read more


Toyota 'sudden acceleration' monitoring ends9 Aug 17

The US Department of Justice reportedly has asked a federal judge to dismiss a criminal charge against Toyota Motor after the automaker completed three years of monitoring as part of a US$1.2bn settle...read more


Nissan agrees US Takata inflator settlement9 Aug 17

Nissan Motor has agreed a Takata airbag inflator related settlement with US regulators, a news agency perusal of court records discovered....read more


Automotive technologies through a patent lens9 Aug 17

Aistemos is an analytics company that specialises in providing a view of the technology and innovation landscape through the lens of patent data. It says that through the use of AI, it has harnessed t...read more


VW workers want more German factory spend, new model9 Aug 17

Volkswagen workers in Germany reportedly want more to be spent on local production and a new model to build in the country....read more


ZF launches column drive EPS on 2017 Jeep Compass in the US9 Aug 17

ZF has launched its first column drive steering system in the US on the redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass....read more


Party wants German state to sell VW stake9 Aug 17

Germany's liberal Free Democrats (FDP) political party reportedly has urged the state of Lower Saxony to sell its stake in Volkswagen, citing the risk of conflicts of interest weakening the region's o...read more


Geely's Lynk shoots for half a million a year9 Aug 17

Lynk & Co, Geely's China-based premium brand has set a half-million unit annual global sales target by 2020 according to an interview with The South China Post....read more


Volkswagen secures UEFA mobility sponsorship9 Aug 17

Volkswagen has become official mobility partner of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, starting in 2018....read more


JLR worldwide sales up 3.6% in July 9 Aug 17

Retail sales for Jaguar Land Rover totalled 46,074 vehicles in July, up 3.6% on July 2016 with higher sales of the Jaguar XF, continuing solid sales of F-Pace, Discovery Sport and Range Rover as well ...read more


Gentherm wins Mercedes climate seat deal9 Aug 17

Gentherm which makes heated and cooled seat equipment said it had won its first climate seat contract from Daimler's Mercedes-Benz for a "car line in the upper or luxury segment"....read more


Hyundai Mobis completes hydrogen powertrain plant9 Aug 17

South Korean parts maker Hyundai Mobis announced it has just completed construction of a new plant for the production of hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain modules....read more


ANALYSIS - Land Rover and Range Rover SUVs for the 2020s9 Aug 17

Land Rover is both the vehicle volume and profits powerhouse of not only JLR but Tata Motors Limited too. Thanks to a spark of genius which saw the L538 project take on Range Rover branding and pricin...read more


Germans in three-way diesel incentives battle8 Aug 17

Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW are a three-way battle to offer incentives to get aging vehicles off German roads and prevent a crackdown on scandal-tainted diesel fuel....read more


User experience in the connected car – Q&A with Harman8 Aug 17

With continuously improving connectivity in the car as we move towards autonomous vehicles, experts are predicting fast and vast improvements in the user experience (discuss). Continuing just-auto/QUB...read more


GGS Yuasa to double EV battery range at same price8 Aug 17

GS Yuasa reportedly will begin mass producing as early as 2020 lithium-ion batteries that double the driving range of small electric vehicles....read more


Bosch breaks ground on China plant for regenerative braking systems8 Aug 17

Bosch is further extending its manufacturing capacity in China in a move that points to suppliers gearing up for growth in electrification in China's light vehicle market....read more


Another record 2017 sales month in Australia8 Aug 17

Australia's motor industry posted its fourth month of record sales for 2017 with July as its third successive month of record gains, according to results the official statistical service, VFACTS....read more


Vietnam market plunged 21% in July8 Aug 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam plunged by over 21% to 19,345 units in July, from 24,584 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers As...read more


Nissan to sell electric battery business to GSR Capital8 Aug 17

Nissan has announced it plans to sell its electric battery operations and production facilities to GSR Capital....read more


New Mazda strategy gives petrol compression ignition engine a name8 Aug 17

Mazda Motor Corporation's new Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 technology development strategy includes its petrol compression ignition engine which it will call Skyactiv-X and launch in 2019....read more


Nexteer opens new OEM office in Japan8 Aug 17

Nexteer Automotive has opened a new branch customer service centre (CSC) in Atsugi, Japan....read more


Sumitomo to focus on Falken tyres at Buffalo, NY8 Aug 17

Sumitomo Rubber Industries will stop supplying original equipment (OE) tyres to Goodyear Tire & Rubber from its Buffalo plant in New York state from next year, according to reports in Japan....read more


New generation Toyota Camry launched in Japan8 Aug 17

Toyota Motor has launched the new generation Camry mid-size passenger sedan in Japan, produced at its Tsutsumi plant near Tokyo....read more


Toyota C-HR waistline not a problem for Kidsview, as it turns out7 Aug 17

Consider a large slice of humble pie cut, served and eaten. Traitorous kids. Soon as Toyota last year started issuing early pix of the controversially styled C-HR crossover (people seem to love or hat...read more


Tesla seeks further $1.5bn capital injection7 Aug 17

Tesla is to offer US$1.5bn in corporate bonds to strengthen its balance sheet as it looks to ramp-up production volumes on the Model 3....read more


Faraday Future lowers US factory ambitions7 Aug 17

Faraday Future no plans to lease an old tarp manufacturing plant in California to build its electric car, US media reports said....read more


ANALYSIS - Picanto 1.0-litre and Kia's plans for A segment7 Aug 17

Known as the Morning in the country of its manufacture, the Picanto is one of Kia Motors Europe's best sellers. As an import from South Korea it won't ever be the regional segment's number one against...read more


West European car market up 1.7% in July7 Aug 17

Western Europe's car market grew at a modest looking 1.7% in July, although the result was dragged down by the decline of the UK's car market (-9.3%)....read more


Genesis offers augmented reality manual as an app7 Aug 17

Hyundai Motor America's Genesis premium brand is now offering an augmented reality manual (Genesis Virtual Guide) for the 2017 G80 and G90 as a free download on AppleApp Store and Google Play....read more


Toyota rates well in UK customer satisfaction survey7 Aug 17

Toyota GB said it was the highest ranked automotive brand in the latest UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKSCI), produced by the Institute of Customer Service....read more


Renault signs Iran JV to rapidly increase production7 Aug 17

Groupe Renault has inked a joint venture agreement with Iranian partners, Industrial Development & Renovation Organisation (IDRO) and Parto Negin Naseh to produce 150,000 vehicles per year in the coun...read more


Toyota switches to trucks for new Mexican plant7 Aug 17

In a move that appears to be a response to US President Donald Trump's threats to companies who make certain vehicles in low-cost Mexico and then ship to the US, Toyota has said it plans to make picku...read more


After bitter campaign, Nissan Mississippi employees reject UAW7 Aug 17

Nissan said employees voted to reject the United Auto Workers (UAW) effort to unionise the Canton, Mississippi plant by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. The NLRB conducted election tally was 2244 to 1307, oppo...read more


Cooper Tyre posts Q2 net income of US$45m7 Aug 17

Cooper Tyre has reported second-quarter 2017 net income of US$45m, with net sales decreasing 2.6% to US$721m....read more


Lasagne, kids in cars, diesels, results, acquisition - the week4 Aug 17

Sometimes automakers tip-toe around a delicate subject so I was intrigued to see Nissan's North American unit say a spoiled tray of lasagna was the motivation behind its new Rear Door Alert system whe...read more


Toyota deal will return Mazda production to US4 Aug 17

As reported by the Nikkei Asian Review ahead of the official announcement, Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation signed an agreement on Friday to enter a business and capital alliance c...read more


Daimler defends 'industry committees' in Germany4 Aug 17

The European antitrust authorities may suspect anti-competitive practices, but Daimler has defended the practice in Germany for corporations to work together on technical issues....read more


ANALYSIS - Tata Motors' future models under the microscope4 Aug 17

After the disappointment of the Nano and a series of underwhelming subsequent new vehicle releases, Tata Motors seemed to lose its way. Now, thanks to the success of the Tiago small car and a record o...read more


EU approves Magna China JV4 Aug 17

The European Commission has given the green light to a joint venture signed between China's Hubei Aviation Precision Machinery Technology (HAPM) and Magna International....read more


VW details its diesel actions and incentives4 Aug 17

Volkswagen has followed broadly along the lines of its German rivals BMW and Daimler in announcing software updates, trade-in incentives and a contribution to a mobility fund following an emergency su...read more


Volvo, Geely, agree technology and new brand4 Aug 17

Volvo Cars and the premium automaker's parent, Geely Holding have completed the formation of two new entities which they said would share existing and future technology and provide the economies of sc...read more


Falling yen boosts Toyota outlook4 Aug 17

Although Toyota has reported a quarterly decline to operating income, it has raised the outlook for the rest of the year on projections of a weaker yen....read more


UK car market down 9.3% in July; diesels down 20.1%4 Aug 17

The UK new car market declined by 9.3% in July, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It was the fourth consecutive monthly fall and there was a part...read more


Mercedes-Benz Trucks uses 3D printing for metal spare part4 Aug 17

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has used 3D printing to develop a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series....read more


South Korea import sales rise 12% in July4 Aug 17

Vehicle importers in South Korea outperformed local brands in July, with sales rising by 12.1% to 17,628 units from 15,730 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Impo...read more


Cooper Standard posts Q2 net income fractionally up to US$40.5m4 Aug 17

Cooper Standard has recorded second-quarter net income up 0.7% to US$40.5m, with sales of US$909m....read more


Meritor records Q3 net income up 17% to US$48m4 Aug 17

Meritor has posted third-quarter net income attributable to the company up 17% to US$48m, with sales of US$920m, mainly driven by increased production in North America, Europe, China and new business...read more


Toyota buying stake in Mazda - report [updated]3 Aug 17

Nikkei Asian Review claims to have inside information on a deal which will shortly be announced concerning Toyota and Mazda. Japan's largest company is said to be on the verge of not only taking a min...read more


Toyota's French Yaris gets a Polish heart transplant3 Aug 17

Time was you could just about set your calendar by the Japanese automakers' model rollout programmes. Four years, more or less on the dot. Year one, after a Tokyo motor show debut, a new model; year t...read more


Nissan teases sleeker Leaf EV3 Aug 17

Nissan's upcoming redesigned Leaf will be much sleeker, the automaker's latest teaser photo (fourth in a series) showed....read more


New Insignia and Opel-Vauxhall's future under Groupe PSA3 Aug 17

It's August, once the month during which the northern hemisphere's automotive industry would quieten down. This being an odd-numbered year there's no chance of that, what with preparations for the Fra...read more


BP announcement ‘penny drop moment’ for electric vehicles3 Aug 17

Electric vehicle charging company InstaVolt has described BP’s plans to install electric vehicle chargers as the ‘penny drop moment’ for EVs....read more


BMW gets Q2 earnings lift from new 5 Series3 Aug 17

BMW has exceeded analyst forecasts with a 13.6% year-on-year increase to second quarter earnings, helped by strong sales of its latest 5 Series model....read more


Daimler expands on diesel improvements with trade-in offers3 Aug 17

As it took part in a government summit on diesel, Daimler followed rivals such as BMW by announcing it had expanded its "previously introduced initiative for improved air quality"....read more


Continental records H1 net income down 9% to EUR1.5bn3 Aug 17

Continental has unveiled first-half net income attributable to shareholders of the parent down 9.6% to EUR1.5bn (US$1.8bn) although sales rose 10% to EUR22bn....read more


After bumper June, NZ July sales flat3 Aug 17

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association said registrations of 11,631 new vehicles in July 2017 were up marginally by 0.5% year on year....read more


Nanjing Nangang completes acquisition of Koller Beteiligungs3 Aug 17

Fosun and its joint venture Nanjing Nangang Iron & Steel United has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Koller Beteiligungs, a German Tier 1 and 2 supplier in Dietfurt, Germany....read more


ZF posts H1 operating profit of EUR1.2bn3 Aug 17

ZF has recorded first-half adjusted operating profit of EUR1.2bn (US$1.4bn) with sales up 2.7% to EUR18.3bn....read more


South Korean domestic sales rise 8% in July3 Aug 17

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers rose by 7.8% to 130,611 units in July from 121,144 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the...read more


Daimler commissions two more hydrogen filling stations3 Aug 17

Daimler, Shell and Linde have commissioned two more hydrogen stations in Sindelfingen and Pforzheim , bringing the number of options for fuel-cell cars in Baden-Württemberg to nine, making the Federal...read more


Tesla posts net loss of $336m in Q23 Aug 17

As it eyes higher volume and hitting profitability with the Model 3, Tesla's latest results put it firmly in loss-making territory, though with an underlying improving trend and some details that chee...read more


Infineon supplies chips for Tesla Model 3 ramp-up2 Aug 17

Infineon says it will supply chips to Tesla's Model 3 electric car in a deal for higher volume output that appears to supplement one that it lost out on....read more


German automakers to upgrade 5m diesels2 Aug 17

Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have agreed to upgrade around 5m newer diesel cars in Germany and offer trade-in rebates on older models, avoiding more costly remedies in a bid to salvage diesel technolog...read more


Forgotten lasagna prompts Rear Door Alert development at Nissan2 Aug 17

Nissan North America's press release tip-toes around the issue but a spate of cases in the US involving child deaths in unattended cars in summer might just have prompted a claimed first 'Rear Door Al...read more


BMW chief fires back on diesel2 Aug 17

As German car makers plead their case to the government BMW chairman Harald Krüger said that future mobility will definitely depend on diesels because environmental protection has several dimensions: ...read more


German car sales up 1.5% in July; diesel down 13%2 Aug 17

Sales of diesel cars in Germany fell 12.7% in July as the overall market grew by 1.5% according to data released by the KBA....read more


Daimler 3D prints metal truck engine spare parts2 Aug 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Trucks said it had taken 3D printing a stage further with the first spare part made of metal....read more


Toyota to give white collar workers more time management flexibility2 Aug 17

Toyota Motor could soon give senior skilled white collar employees more control over work schedules and guarantee 45 hours of overtime pay each month, hoping flexible conditions will stoke creativity ...read more


Austria probes VW emissions scandal-related companies2 Aug 17

The Volkswagen diesel scandal appears to be spreading further with a regulatory probe in Austria though details are scarce....read more


Delphi records Q2 net income of US$369m2 Aug 17

Delphi has posted second quarter net income of US$369m with revenue up 5% to US$4.3bn....read more


Shock July jolt for US light vehicle sales2 Aug 17

July may have started off with a bang as Americans celebrated the 4 July Independence Day holiday but it ended with a jolt as US light vehicles sales tumbled 6.9%, falling more than 105,000 vehicles t...read more


Mazda takes operating profit hit in FYQ12 Aug 17

Mazda has posted operating profit down 23.9% to 39.9 billion yen for the quarter ended June 30 (fiscal year 2018 Q1). The company's profit was dented by a sales decrease on North America and an unfavo...read more


Paris hints at GM&S job losses as Court delays again2 Aug 17

French supplier, GM&S' fate continues to hang in the balance as a decision concerning the sole offer from GMD has been postponed yet again by the Courts, while the French government appears resigned t...read more


German automakers pleading diesel's case2 Aug 17

The heads of top German automakers are meeting on Wednesday, at an emergency summit in Berlin called by the government, to discuss the future of diesel, clouded by the Volkswagen scandal....read more


ANALYSIS - What SAIC is planning for MG, Roewe and Maxus2 Aug 17

SAIC has two main passenger car manufacturing JVs in China. These are with the Volkswagen Group and General Motors. China's largest state owned OEM also has much in the way of plans for its own makes ...read more


Ferrari may launch 'utility vehicle' to boost profit - report1 Aug 17

Ferrari is considering adding a roomy, four seat 'utility vehicle' to its range as part of a major expansion beyond traditional supercars in a bid to double profit by 2022, a media report said....read more


What does the future hold for hydrogen vehicles?1 Aug 17

The prospect of tighter air quality controls is pushing hydrogen fuel cell technology further into the spotlight and helping to drive investment in refuelling stations and other vital infrastructure. ...read more


Millbrook adds engine test facility1 Aug 17

Millbrook Group, an independent vehicle test and validation services provider in the UK, has further expanded its powertrain testing capabilities with a new test cell for high performance engines....read more


Opel tackles purchasing synergies on 'Day 1' of PSA tutelage1 Aug 17

Opel/Vauxhall says its formal integration today (1 August) into the PSA stable will trigger concrete moves towards purchasing synergies now it can formally discuss them with its previous competitor....read more


Honda posts strong FYQ1 profit1 Aug 17

Honda has raised its forecast for operating profit this financial year after posting a strong rise in quarterly earnings boosted by a favourable exchange rate and rising demand in Asian markets....read more


Europe anti-fraud group makes VW recommendations to Germany1 Aug 17

European anti-fraud office OLAF has sent judicial recommendations concerning Volkswagen to German prosecutors....read more


Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans sets sales record1 Aug 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz said its 8% increase in sales in the first half of 2017 to 190,200 vehicles was a new record....read more


Porsche opens new Canada HQ1 Aug 17

Porsche Cars Canada has relocated corporate headquarters to a new facility in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)....read more


Australian regulator goes after Ford over automatic transmissions1 Aug 17

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it had begun proceedings against Ford Australia alleging that it engaged in unconscionable and misleading or deceptive conduct, and made ...read more


Opel supply chain command to be separate - PSA1 Aug 17

PSA Group says the Opel and Vauxhall management announcements unveiled this morning (1 August) will continue to see its supply chain command hierarchy remain unaltered....read more


Porsche recalling Cayenne diesels in Europe for software update1 Aug 17

After coming to an agreement with the German federal motor transport authority (Kraftfahrtbundesamt – KBA), Porsche has recalled Cayenne three-litre V6 diesel models said to meet EU6 emissions rules a...read more


Toray to build EV battery separator plant in Europe1 Aug 17

Japanese specialist materials company Toray Industries plans to build a new manufacturing plant for lithium ion batteries parts in Europe, according to local reports....read more


Opel/Vauxhall sale to PSA completed1 Aug 17

PSA and GM have announced the completion of the planned sale of Opel Automobile GmbH with its brands Opel and Vauxhall by General Motors to Groupe PSA. PSA has also announced senior management changes...read more


Proton to produce first Geely-based model by 20191 Aug 17

Malaysian automaker Proton plans to launch its first passenger vehicle based on a Geely model in early 2019 at the latest, according to local reports citing international trade and industry minister D...read more


Goodyear and union strike contract deal31 Jul 17

Goodyear Tire & Rubber and the United Steelworkers (USW) have reached tentative agreement on a new five year master labour contract covering nearly 7,000 workers at five plants in the United States....read more


Dana posts healthy Q2 results31 Jul 17

Dana sales for second quarter 2017 reached US$1.84bn, compared with $1.55bn a year ago, an increase of 19%. The supplier said the increase was due to recent acquisitions that contributed $150, new cus...read more


New Ford CEO has review in mind - report31 Jul 17

As new CEOs often do, Ford's Jim Hackett is throughly scrutinising many aspects of the company, according to a media report....read more


HZG project gives Groupe Renault two D-SUVs31 Jul 17

With the second generation Koleos, Groupe Renault is going bigger, and in markets such as the UK, that means a presence in the D segment for the first time in years. ...read more


Union holds breath as GM&S ruling imminent31 Jul 17

Hardline French union, CGT has called for a "demonstration of support" today (31 July) in front of the Tribunal de Commerce de Poitiers, which is due to pronounce imminently on the fate of PSA and Ren...read more


Alexa, what's a Kia Niro?31 Jul 17

Kia Motors America (KMA) has introduced the Niro skill for Amazon's Alexa home assistant....read more


Tenneco posts Q2 net loss of US$2m31 Jul 17

Tenneco has posted a second-quarter net loss of US$2m, while adjusted net income increased to US$102m versus US$100m last year. ...read more


Goodyear Q2 net income down 37% to US$147m31 Jul 17

Goodyear has reported second-quarter net income down 37% to US$147m, with operating income of US$361m....read more


Audi reportedly cutting R&D costs to fund EVs31 Jul 17

German media reports said Audi will cut costs by up to EUR10bn to fund a new line of electric cars....read more


Daimler JV to build truck cabs in Russia31 Jul 17

A 50-50 joint venture between Russian truck maker Kamaz and Daimler, Daimler Kamaz Rus will apply for a special investment contract (SPIC) to build truck cabs in Tatarstan by the end of August, accord...read more


Porsche SE first half profit soars31 Jul 17

Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) boosted first half group profit 94% to EUR1.90bn with the result "significantly influenced" by profit of EUR1.95bn (H1 2016: EUR1.01bn) from its investment in...read more


Chinese driverless cars start-up attracts Daimler investment31 Jul 17

Chinese self-driving start-up company Momenta has raised around US$46m in its latest round of funding, with Daimler a major investor according to Chinese media....read more


Hyundai Mobis profits plunge 43% in Q231 Jul 17

Hyundai Mobis has reported Q2 net profit down 43% on a year earlier due to lower sales in China where Korean brands have suffered lower sales due to a diplomatic spat between Beijing and Seoul....read more


AAM posts Q2 net income down 7% to US$66.2m but sales surge31 Jul 17

American Axle has recorded second-quarter net income down 7% to US$66.2m, although sales soared to US$1.76bn compared to US$1.03bn previously....read more


Eyeing Chevrolet SUVs and Ford Mustangs - the week28 Jul 17

Our analysis of current and future vehicle model lines has always been popular with both readers (and customers who subscribe to our auto industry search engine PLDB) and, this week, we published two ...read more


Mitsubishi Fuso starts building electric truck in Europe28 Jul 17

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has celebrated the start of production of what it claims is the world's first all electric light duty truck, the Fuso eCanter....read more


ASEAN vehicle sales rise 8% in H128 Jul 17

New vehicle sales in South-east Asia’s six largest markets increased by 4.8% to 781,800 units in the second quarter of 2017, from 746,304 units in the same period of the previous year, according to da...read more


Panasonic develops drowsiness control technology28 Jul 17

Panasonic Corporation has developed technology for detecting and predicting a person's level of drowsiness prior to driving....read more


Porsche boosts all numbers in first half results28 Jul 17

Porsche announced operating profit, sales revenue, unit deliveries and headcount increases for the first half of 2017....read more


Bo Andersson re-emerges as Yazaki Europe president28 Jul 17

Japanese wire harness supplier, Yazaki, has netted one of the industry's most experienced managers in Bo Andersson as its new Europe President....read more


BMW redesigns flagship Rolls-Royce with new platform and engine28 Jul 17

BMW's Rolls-Royce has redesigned its flagship Phantom limousine for the first time since the first 'German' version was launched in 2003....read more


Renault-Nissan Alliance global sales up 7% in H128 Jul 17

Vehicle sales at the Renault Nissan Alliance rose 7% to 5,268,079 vehicles in the first half of the calendar year resulting from an increased demand for models from the French and Japanese brands, and...read more


Leoni H1 2017 sales up 9% to EUR2.44bn28 Jul 17

Leoni has posted first-half sales up 9% to EUR2.44bn (US$2.85bn) due to strong demand from the car, commercial vehicle and supplier industry as well as increasing copper prices. ...read more


2040 ICE ban an issue for UK powertrain production28 Jul 17

The UK's thriving automotive engine production sector will have to adapt in the long-term as electrification gathers pace and conventional internal combustion engines (ICE) are banned altogether on ne...read more


JCI unveils Q3 net income up 16% to US$555m28 Jul 17

Johnson Controls has reported third-quarter GAAP net income up 16% from continuing operations of US$555m....read more


Renault Group H1 net income powers up 54% to EUR2.4bn28 Jul 17

Renault Group has unveiled first-half net income soaring 54% to EUR2.4bn (US$2.8bn), while revenue rose 17% to EUR29.5bn....read more


Nissan Q2 operating profit down 12.8%27 Jul 17

Nissan has reported a squeeze on its operating profit in the second quarter (fiscal 1st quarter) due to the adverse impact of divestments, rising raw material costs and slower sales in major markets f...read more


Volkswagen Group and Sovac open multi-brand plant in Algeria27 Jul 17

Volkswagen and partner Sovac officially opened their multi-brand joint venture assembly plant (view location in just-auto's search engine QUBE in Relizane, 280km south west of Algiers)....read more


GKN records H1 profit before tax of US$516m27 Jul 17

GKN Group has reported half-year profit before tax (management basis) up 14% to GBP393m (US$516m) (2016: GBP344m), helped by currency....read more


FCA reports Q2 net profit up 260%27 Jul 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has reported net profit in the second quarter up 260% from a year ago to a record 1.2m euros. The company's bottom line was boosted by strong sales in North America and...read more


Why the Ford Mustang is so successful the world over27 Jul 17

Talk to Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW and you'll hear that sales of sports coupes and convertibles are in decline all over Europe. Ford's experience with the Mustang seems to be the opposite. ...read more


Adient Q3 net income rises to US$204m27 Jul 17

Adient has unveiled third quarter net income increasing to US$204m, with adjusted-EBIT rising to US$336m....read more


VW H1 operating profit rises27 Jul 17

The Volkswagen Group boosted first half operating profit to EUR8.9bn (up from EUR7.5bn in H1 2016) while operating return on sales grew to 7.7% (7%) as sales rose 7.3% to EUR115.9bn....read more


Visteon posts Q2 net income up 42% to US$45m27 Jul 17

Visteon has recorded second-quarter net income up 42% to US$45m, with sales of US$774m, up from US$773m...read more


BorgWarner posts Q2 net sales up 2.6% to US$2.4bn27 Jul 17

BorgWarner has unveiled second-quarter net sales up 2.6% to US$2.4bn, compared to the same period a year ago....read more


Auto output drop and currency hit Gentherm Q2 results27 Jul 17

Gentherm, which specialises in thermal management technology, said second quarter adjusted EBITDA rose 11% year on year to US$35.1m....read more


Ford Brazil re-engines and updates EcoSport with no price rise27 Jul 17

Time flies. It's 14 years since Ford Brazil was first in the blue oval empire to launch the EcoSport B-SUV [initially restricted mainly to South America - ed] and it's done well here in South America....read more


UK car output target of 2m pa by 2020 in doubt - SMMT  27 Jul 17

Uncertainty over the country’s withdrawal from the European Union means it is unlikely the UK will meet its ambition to produce 2m vehicles annually by 2020, according to the SMMT's chief executive Mi...read more


UK car output down 14% in June27 Jul 17

Car production in Britain declined by 13.7% in June according to data released by the SMMT....read more


Lear Q2 profit up 10% to US$312m27 Jul 17

Lear has unveiled second-quarter net income up 10% to US$312m with sales rising 8% to US$5.1bn....read more


Ingress Corp to list Thai auto parts subsidiary27 Jul 17

Thai component manufacturer Ingress Industrial Thailand plans to list its shares on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in August through an initial public offering (IPO), according to local reports....read more


Ford tops analyst expectations with Q2 results26 Jul 17

Ford's second-quarter earnings have beaten analyst expectations, helped by strong truck sales in North America....read more


Renault/Microsoft/Viseo trial digital car maintenance 'book'26 Jul 17

Renault and has developed a prototype for a digital car maintenance 'book', using Blockchain technology, in collaboration with Microsoft and Viseo....read more


Nissan Brazil adds shift as Kicks demand rises26 Jul 17

Nissan Brazil has started a second shift at its Resende factory....read more


ANALYSIS - future Chevrolet SUVs & pick-ups26 Jul 17

The final instalment in a series which has looked at the current and future vehicles of General Motors now goes under the skin of Chevrolet division's light trucks. ...read more


Daimler breaks Q2 records again26 Jul 17

Daimler said it (again) broke records for unit sales and revenue in the second quarter of 2017 though net profit was flat....read more


Michelin posts H1 net income up 12% to EUR863m26 Jul 17

Michelin has unveiled half-year net income up 12% to EUR863m (US$1bn) , while volume rose 4.1%, dampened in Q2 by heavy buying in Q1 ahead of price increases....read more


Despite Brexit, business case strong for BMW's UK Mini investment - ANALYSIS26 Jul 17

As BMW confirms that the electric Mini will be built at the Oxford plant in the UK, the decision inevitably raises Brexit questions amid continuing uncertainty over future trade arrangements between t...read more


Australian lawsuit seeks refund for cars with Takata airbags26 Jul 17

A lawsuit has been filed in Australia against Toyota, Mazda and Honda, seeking refunds for cars fitted with Takata airbags, according to local reports....read more


UK gov to ban ICE vehicles from 204026 Jul 17

The UK government has said that it will require all new cars and vans sold in Britain to be zero emission by 2040. The move echoes a similar move in France and is aimed at improving air quality in Bri...read more


PSA unveils H1 net income of EUR1.3bn26 Jul 17

PSA has posted record net income of EUR1.3bn (US$1.5bn), with Group revenue up 5% to EUR29.2bn....read more


Honda opens new R&D/test centre in Thailand26 Jul 17

Honda Motor began operating its new regional R&D and testing centre last week in the Rojana Industrial Park in Thailand’s PrachinBuri province....read more


GAC starts selling GE3 SUV EV in China25 Jul 17

Chinese automaker GAC's first self-developed smart all-electric SUV, the GE3, is now on sale in China....read more


Qualcomm and Nichicon do wireless charging deal25 Jul 17

Technology developer Qualcomm and Nichicon Corporation (of Japan) have announced that they have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) licence agreement....read more


BMW Oxford plant to assemble electric Mini25 Jul 17

BMW has confirmed its Mini factory at Cowley, near Oxford in England, will assemble the electric Mini....read more


Autoliv posts Q2 consolidated sales of US$2.55bn25 Jul 17

Autoliv has reported second-quarter consolidated sales of US$2.55bn, while organic sales increased 0.2%....read more


GM profit down 42% in Q225 Jul 17

General Motors has reported a 42% decline to second quarter profits as it was impacted by a declining US vehicle market and restructuring charges related to the sale of its European division and withd...read more


Autoneum records H1 net profit up 1% to US$65m25 Jul 17

Autoneum has posted first-half net profit before special effects up 1% to CHF61.2m (US$65m) while sales rose 2.4% to CHF1.1bn....read more


Hyundai upgrading Ulsan plant #225 Jul 17

Hyundai Motor is spending KRW300bn (US$270m) on an upgrade of its second factory in Ulsan, the automaker told local media....read more


BMW spending more (again) at Leipzig25 Jul 17

BMW Group has announced a further EUR200m (US$233m) spend at its plant in Leipzig, eastern Germany, opened in 2005 and expanded regularly since....read more


Great Wall Motor profit dives25 Jul 17

Great Wall Motor has reported that its net profit halved in the first half of the year....read more


Mitsubishi says 'V-shaped recovery' on track in Q125 Jul 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) booked operating profit of JPY20.6bn on sales up 2.8% year on year to JPY440.9bn yen in the first quarter of fiscal 2017/18, achieving an operating margin of 4.7%. ...read more


Malaysia sales fall in June25 Jul 17

Malaysia's new vehicle market declined by 12.4% to 50,275 vehicle sales in June, compared with 57,362 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Assoc...read more


Toyota planning 'solid-state' battery equipped EV by 2022 - report25 Jul 17

Toyota is reportedly planning to launch an EV equipped with solid-state battery technology in Japan by 2022....read more


Hitachi to supply ADAS ECU for Nissan X-Trail25 Jul 17

Hitachi Automotive Systems has announced that its Advanced Driver Assistance System Electronic Control Unit (ADAS ECU) was selected for use in Nissan Motor’s partially redesigned X-Trail, which commen...read more


BASF polyurethane systems improved to reduce emissions in car interiors25 Jul 17

BASF says it has improved the process for manufacturing Lupranol (polyether polyol) so car components which are made of its polyurethane systems emit an average of 20% less aldehyde....read more


Mazda reveals (some of) CX-8 SUV25 Jul 17

Beginning the now-traditional drip-feed of details and images ahead of, finally, actual product launch, Mazda has released an image of its upcoming CX-8 crossover SUV....read more


Faurecia H1 profit up 28% to EUR314m25 Jul 17

Faurecia has posted half-year profit up 28% to EUR314m (US$366m), while sales rose 8.5% to EUR8.6bn....read more


Gestamp records H1 net profit up 27% to EUR116m25 Jul 17

Gestamp has posted first-half net profit up 27% to EUR116m (US$135m) while revenue grew 10.4% to EUR4.1bn....read more


Daimler, Bosch, demonstrate automated parking in multi-storey building24 Jul 17

Daimler and Bosch jointly are demonstrating driverless parking (automated valet parking) in the multi-storey car park at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart....read more


BMW rejects emissions collusion reports24 Jul 17

BMW has rejected reports in the German media that it and other German OEMs worked together to fix the design and lower the cost of diesel emissions treatment systems....read more


Gentex boosts Q2 net profit24 Jul 17

Mirror and electronics supplier Gentex said it grew second quarters sales 5% year on year despite a 1% decline in relevant light vehicle production....read more


Audi to modify 850,000 diesel vehicles24 Jul 17

Following last week's announcement Daimler would spend EUR220m updating 3m Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe in what it terms "voluntary service actions", VW Group's Audi said it was offering cu...read more


Oxford likely to win BMW Mini EV assembly deal - report24 Jul 17

The 'traditional' BMW Mini assembly plant in Cowley, near Oxford, is looking increasingly likely to win the contract to build the all-electric E version, a UK media report said....read more


Toyota to produce EVs in China from 201924 Jul 17

Toyota Motor plans to produce electric vehicles in China from 2019, according to reports in Japan citing unnamed sources....read more


Indonesia sales rise 8% in June; tax cuts for cars24 Jul 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia increased by 7.9% to 66,755 units in June, compared with 61,891 units in the same month of last year, according to local reports citing data from industry association Ga...read more


Continental trials autonomous robo taxi24 Jul 17

Continental is using its corporate expertise in automation, new mobility concepts, and electrification to develop solutions for future urban transport....read more


SUVs rule the roost - the week21 Jul 17

There's no sign yet of any let-up in the popularity of SUVs. Large, small, medium, compact, crossover, they just keep on a-coming. Case in point: in just the last week or so we've had the chance to lo...read more


Why non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb21 Jul 17

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And how about the supposed fact that to pull in big worldwide sa...read more


Nissan US launches new driver assist system21 Jul 17

Nissan North America has demonstrated its ProPilot Assist technology to media. The demo cars were Rogue SUVs (sold as X-Trail elsewhere). The system will be available in the US later this year and, af...read more


Volvo’s safety trademark spelt out on the S6021 Jul 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and safety technology trends, we take a closer look at Volvo’s premium mid-size S60.  While the S60 is a solid, safe and sensible choice, it comes...read more


Brazil's ethanol producers and automakers sign cooperation accord21 Jul 17

Brazil is in a privileged position for electricity generation and land vehicle fuel production thanks to its ethanol infrastructure. While countries in the so-called 'developed world' need expensive a...read more


Why Kia won't be building the Stonic SUV in Europe21 Jul 17

Due to the ongoing surge in sales of the Sportage, Kia Motors Europe will not manufacture the Stonic, another, albeit smaller SUV, at its Žilina plant in Slovakia....read more


France top political brass dispatched to GM&S21 Jul 17

Senior French politicians have plunged directly into one of France's most intractable industrial disputes of recent times, as Renault and PSA stamper, GM&S, fights to secure its survival....read more


Plastic Omnium H1 auto revenue up 30% to EUR3.9bn21 Jul 17

Plastic Omnium has posted first-half automotive revenue of EUR3.9bn, up 30%, including EUR492m from exterior body parts, a business acquired in July last year....read more


Kia, GM Korea workers vote for strike action21 Jul 17

Workers at Kia Motors in South Korea this week voted in favour of strike action after wage negotiations with the company broke down....read more


JLR opens Chery JV China engine plant21 Jul 17

Jaguar Land Rover has opened a Chinese engine plant as part of its RMB10.9bn (US$1.6bn) joint venture with Chery Automobile to manufacture the Ingenium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine for futur...read more


Thai sales rise 6% in June21 Jul 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded by 5.7% year-on-year to 69,797 units in June, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries....read more


Valeo posts H1 profit up 20% to EUR506m21 Jul 17

Valeo has recorded sparkling half-year profit up 20% to EUR506m (US$589m), while sales rose 16% to EUR9.5bn....read more


Charging provider opens EV experience centre in England20 Jul 17

Claimed as the UK's first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, operated by charge point operator Chargemaster, opens in the Centre:MK shopping centre in Milto...read more


1m EVs expected on UK roads by 202220 Jul 17

Recharge network operator Chargemaster projects 1m electric cars will be on UK roads by 2022....read more


DSD on the transmission engineering landscape - Q&A20 Jul 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with suppliers, we spoke to Alex Tylee-Birdsall, co-founder and director of Drive System Design, about how the transmissions market is undergoing a per...read more


GVS buys Kuss Filtration20 Jul 17

Microfiltration specialist GVS has agreed to acquire Kuss Filtration from private equity firm Industrial Opportunity Partners....read more


Hyundai starts production at new Chinese factory20 Jul 17

Hyundai Motor has commenced production at its fifth passenger car assembly plant in China....read more


Geely's Volvo Cars first half profit up a fifth20 Jul 17

Geely Holdings' premium Volvo Cars unit booked a healthy rise in operating profit in the first half of 2017 despite ongoing heavy expenditure on new models such as the XC60 SUV....read more


Volvo group Q2 2017 sales rise20 Jul 17

Truck, bus and construction equipment maker Volvo Group said it had increased both sales and profitability during the second quarter of 2017....read more


PSA/Renault up GM&S stakes as Tribunal decision looms20 Jul 17

PSA and Renault have dramatically upped their financial commitments to threatened stamping supplier, GM&S, offering to guarantee EUR50m (US$58m) of orders each for the next five years in order to avoi...read more


Next Nissan Leaf will offer one pedal driving20 Jul 17

Nissan will offer one-pedal driving on its upcoming redesigned Leaf electric car....read more


Volvo Cars and Chinese parent Geely plan new joint venture20 Jul 17

Volvo Cars announced it would set up new joint venture technology company with its Chinese car group parent Geely Holding....read more


SolarCity founder exits Tesla19 Jul 17

SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive is leaving Tesla, according to a media report....read more


Manufacturers energise the solar car roof market19 Jul 17

Despite the fascination for clean tech, commercialising solar roofs have been weighed down by the extra cost and complexity. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, we take a look at...read more


Automakers invest in autonomous vehicle data gatherer19 Jul 17

Autonomous vehicle technology company Nauto said it had raised US$159m of financing led by Softbank and venture capital firm Greylock Partners. BMW iVentures, General Motors Ventures, Toyota AI Ventur...read more


Porsche CEO hints at dumping diesel19 Jul 17

Soon after news the Stuttgart prosecutor's office was eyeing workers at Porsche and a US subsidiary for suspected fraud and false advertising related to diesel emissions, the automaker's CEO said it m...read more


Magna has Plan B if Slovenia plans thwarted19 Jul 17

Magna says it is "sure" it will secure approval for its new vehicle assembly plant in Slovenia, although the supplier maintains it has an alternative plan should talks collapse....read more


Daimler to 'recall' 3m diesel cars in Europe for emissions fix19 Jul 17

Daimler is to spend EUR220m updating 3m Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe in what it terms "voluntary service actions". It also plans to speed up the launch of a new line of diesel engines for i...read more


China electrified vehicle sales set for high growth - Fitch19 Jul 17

Fitch Ratings believes China's new energy (electrified) vehicle (NEV) market will expand steadily to meet 2m annual sales a year by 2020, from around 507,000 units in 2016....read more


Mercedes-Benz launches Nissan-based X-Class light truck19 Jul 17

Daimler has launched its long-heralded X-Class medium size pickup truck, effectively a rebadge of the Nissan-Renault Alliance's Barcelona built Navara model line....read more


Sumitomo to expand tyre capacity in China19 Jul 17

Sumitomo Rubber Industries plans to increase tyre production capacity in China by over 60% to 100,000 units per day by 2020, according to local reports in Japan....read more


Hicom Automotive doubles capacity with new paint shop19 Jul 17

Malaysia's DRB-Hicom Bhd this week began operating a new paint shop at its vehicle assembly plant in Pekan, in Pahang state....read more


Navya to open its first US production plant in Saline, Michigan19 Jul 17

Navya, in collaboration with Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Ann Arbor Spark have announced its Michigan plant will be located in the city of Saline....read more


Calsonic Kansei/Quarkslab establish White Motion company in Japan19 Jul 17

Calsonic Kansei and French cyber security company, Quarkslab, have established White Motion to address cyber security in the automobile sector....read more


Microsoft and Baidu partner on autonomous cloud18 Jul 17

Microsoft and Baidu announced a partnership to take the technical development and adoption of autonomous driving worldwide....read more


Will GM regret the shrinking of Chevrolet?18 Jul 17

GM has consolidated operations and withdrawn its Chevrolet brand from a number of markets as part of a strategy to focus activity where it turns a profit. There's a clear short-term benefit to the bot...read more


JLR chief lauds Tata Technologies relationship18 Jul 17

Jaguar Land Rover says its relationship with Tata Technologies is "close" as it leverages the engineering services company's competences in myriad disciplines....read more


Nissan UK plant trains South African colleagues18 Jul 17

Shop floor supervisors from Nissan Motor's South African assembly plant in Rosslyn now undergo training at the automaker's flagship Sunderland plant in the UK, and over 40 local employees have complet...read more


Chrysler uses Sesame Street to plug Pacifica minivans18 Jul 17

Chrysler this week took up the perfect product placement opportunity to pitch its US market minivans at kids who might persuade parents to buy one....read more


Slovenia Magna decision imminent as 3,000 apply already18 Jul 17

Slovenia's Ministry of Economy says 3,000 people have already applied for jobs at Magna's potential new plant in the country as the supplier waits on government approval for its site....read more


New energy vehicle output and sales soar in China18 Jul 17

June production and sales of new energy vehicles in China reached 65,000 units and 59,000 units respectively, increasing 43.4% and 33.0% respectively year on year....read more


Tesla hits a bit of resistance - COMMENT18 Jul 17

The world's most famous make of electric cars is being assailed from many quarters. And this just as the Model 3, a car with the potential to stop the EV specialist losing vast amounts of money, is fi...read more


China passenger car sales rise, slowly18 Jul 17

Production and sales of passenger cars in China in June 2017 reached 1,845,000 and 1,832,000 units respectively, up 5.6% and 4.6% month on month month, and up 3.7% and 2.3% year on year, 1.7 percentag...read more


Mitsubishi to launch new crossover MPV at Indonesia show18 Jul 17

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said its new small crossover MPV would make its global debut at the Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) next month....read more


Haldex Q2 marrred by uncertainty swirling around Knorr-Bremse bid18 Jul 17

Haldex has posted second quarter operating income excluding one-off items down 11% to SEK78m (US$9.4m) from SEK87m, with the Swedish supplier warning of severe difficulties to run the company successf...read more


Tantech takes majority slice of Chinese EV maker18 Jul 17

Tantech Holdings has completed the acquisition of 70% equity interest in Suzhou E Motors, a specialty electric vehicles and power batteries manufacturer based in Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province....read more


Volvo's hand-me-down little sister - the redesigned XC6017 Jul 17

In many ways, the fully redesigned Volvo XC60 SUV/crossover is a bit like a little sister inheriting a hand-me-down dress from big sister - the older sibling gets all the praise at the time of the fir...read more


BorgWarner agrees to acquire Sevcon17 Jul 17

BorgWarner has agreed to acquire Sevcon, Inc., a specialist in electrification technologies....read more


BMW to go EV racing17 Jul 17

BMW announced it would contest the FIA Formula E Championship as an official manufacturer in Season 5 (2018/19)....read more


New Tata Tech centre "vote of confidence" in UK - CEO17 Jul 17

Tata Technologies' decision to open its new GBP20m (US$26m) Warwick European Innovation and Development Centre (EIDC) in Britain's Midlands region, is a firm sign of the company's confidence in UK bus...read more


Tata Motors' truck business facing 'crisis' - Tata chief17 Jul 17

Tata Motors Managing Director Guenter Butschek has appealed for help from its workers as India's leading commercial vehicle maker faces a "crisis situation" amid rising competition at home....read more


Automation convergence driving change - Tata Technologies CEO17 Jul 17

Tata Technologies says rapid advances in automation and the alignment of new data collection methods are allowing it to provide services it was not able to only a few years ago....read more


Tyrepac moves into Thai online retailing17 Jul 17

Singapore-based online tyre retailer, Tyrepac, is entering Thailand’s tyre aftermarket sector by joining forces with local spare parts distributor Manoyont Group and Toyota Tsusho Thailand....read more


AAM announces top management changes17 Jul 17

AAM has named Olaf Bongwald as its Driveline Europe operations president, succeeding Michael Bly, who has been appointed the supplier's global sales lead for the Driveline Business Unit....read more


Jaguar to build E-Pace in China17 Jul 17

Having announced more details of the upcoming E-Pace compact SUV, and that it will be assembled for most markets under contract by Magna Steyr, Jaguar said the car would will also be manufactured at t...read more


Renault Group unveils record H1 sales up 10% to 1.88m vehicles17 Jul 17

Renault Group has posted record half-year sales up 10.4% to 1.88m vehicles, with all Group brands seeing rises in volumes and market share....read more


Sprinter reigns supreme - the week14 Jul 17

News of Daimler's globally popular Sprinter van range topped the news popularity poll this week as you all lapped up news the all-electric version would be produced at the light commercial's lead plan...read more


Denso - digitalisation is transforming the European aftermarket14 Jul 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Ruslan Leontiev, product manager starters & alternators and wiper blades, and Alexey Bartashevich, s...read more


Daimler and Chery agree EV brand name use14 Jul 17

Daimler and Chery have formally agreed on the usage of the EQ/eQ brand name for their respective new energy vehicle (NEV) products and brands....read more


Magna Steyr announces Jaguar E-Pace Job One timing14 Jul 17

Now details of Jaguar's new E-Pace SUV, and its manufacturing location are officially out of the bag, contract assembler Magna Steyr has confirmed production start timing....read more


China sales up 4.5% in June14 Jul 17

New vehicle sales in China increased by 4.5% to 2,172,000m units in June, compared with 2,077,000 sales in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobil...read more


Recession ages Brazilian car fleet14 Jul 17

After the continuous lowering of the average age of the Brazilian vehicle parc, which lasted for nine consecutive years, the renewal has now reversed....read more


Wuling launches production of Confero MPV in Indonesia14 Jul 17

China's Wuling Motors launched commercial production at its newly built vehicle assembly plant in Indonesia this week, two years after construction began....read more


Philippine sales rise 14% in June14 Jul 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines increased by just over 14% to 37,631 units in June, from 32,993 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automoti...read more


Magna Steyr to contract assemble Jaguar E-Pace SUV13 Jul 17

Tata Motors' premium automobile brand Jaguar got right to the point when unveiling the new E-Pace compact SUV at a media technical briefing today (13 July) in London: they're not going to make it....read more


Magna VP on Industry 4.0, VR and RocketSpace13 Jul 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Ian Simmons, Vice President, Business Development, Corporate R&D, Magna International about Industry 4.0...read more


Tata Technologies stresses human element of future automation13 Jul 17

Tata Technologies says it does not envisage future manufacturing processes representing a threat to employment as working practices radically change with the advent of digitalisation....read more


Mercedes Untertürkheim plant to produce EV batteries13 Jul 17

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it Untertürkheim powertrain facility will add electrified powertrain components, including batteries....read more


ANALYSIS - what the future holds for Chevrolet cars13 Jul 17

Following a major expansion in the 2000s, Chevrolet is now shrinking. Fast. GM has pulled its largest brand from all European markets (though the Corvette and Camaro remain available), and a withdrawa...read more


Daimler emissions allegations affect 'over 1m' vehicles - report13 Jul 17

A report in a German newspaper says that Daimler is being accused by prosecutors in Germany of selling over a million diesel cars in the US and Europe with excessive emissions....read more


PSA Iran "huge success" as global H1 sales rise 2.3%13 Jul 17

PSA has recorded first half worldwide sales up 2.3% and although Europe and China remain challenging, the automaker has declared its nascent Iran operations a "huge success."...read more


Volvo Trucks North America reveals new VNL series13 Jul 17

Volvo Trucks North America has unveiled the new Volvo VNL series available in several configurations....read more


Toyoda Gosei develops new automotive headlamp LED13 Jul 17

Toyoda Gosei has developed its first automotive headlamp LED as a new LED product. According to in-house tests, these LEDs achieve 'world-class luminance and low energy consumption'....read more


NSG to invest in Indonesian lead-acid battery separator JV13 Jul 17

NSG has reached an agreement with Entek International and Indonesia-based Separindo, to invest in PT Entek Separindo Asia, a joint venture established by the two companies for the manufacturing and sa...read more


Mercedes-Benz enhances voice control system 'to new level'13 Jul 17

Mercedes-Benz says it is further enhancing the performance of the 'Linguatronic' voice control system on the E-Class. ...read more


Euro NCAP elects Pierre Castaing as president13 Jul 17

Euro NCAP has elected Pierre Castaing as president and chairman of the Board of Directors for the next two years....read more


European car market 'fully electric by 2035'13 Jul 17

A research report from Dutch investment bank ING says that the European car market will be fully electric by 2035....read more


New testing in US prompts more Takata airbag recalls12 Jul 17

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said that new testing is prompting Takata to declare 2.7m more airbag inflators defective....read more


Changing times for wipers – Q&A with Trico12 Jul 17

In theory, the wiper blade is a service replacement item. But in reality, motorists often wait until the product is disintegrating before replacing it. Research indicates that 60 percent of drivers wh...read more


PSA hails autonomous car tollgate demo12 Jul 17

PSA says that an autonomous car has crossed a tollgate in a full autonomous mode, for the first time....read more


Japanese vehicle market up 13% in June12 Jul 17

Japan’s new vehicle market continued to strengthen in June, with sales rising by 13.4% to 477,470 units from 420,911 sales a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobi...read more


Honda ends Mobilio sales in India12 Jul 17

Honda Motor has stopped selling its Mobilio compact MPV in India due to low demand, three years after its initial market launch....read more


South Korea imports rise 1.2% in H112 Jul 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by 1.4% to 23,755 units in June, from 23,435 units a year earlier, according to data Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA)....read more


Valeo to divest passive hydraulic actuator business12 Jul 17

Valeo is considering the divestment of its passive hydraulic actuator business to meet European Commission market competition concerns over its planned acquisition of FTE Automotive....read more


Tata Motors launches XL range of LCVs in India12 Jul 17

Tata Motors says it has extended its Ace brand family of vehicles by the introduction of the new XL range of small commercial cargo vehicles. The XL range of small commercial cargo vehicles will be av...read more


SEAT global sales grew 13.7% in H112 Jul 17

VW Group-owned SEAT says it has finished the first half of 2017 with its best sales since 2001....read more


PSA Group unions sign agreement12 Jul 17

Five labour unions, representing 80% of PSA Group employees, have signed the "New Momentum for Growth" performance agreement to support the deployment of the "Push to Pass" strategic plan and Groupe P...read more


BMW Group hits H1 sales record12 Jul 17

BMW Group sales achieved their best ever June, with sales in the month totalling 232,620 units, a 2.1% increase year-on-year. It was also a record first half-year with sales of the BMW Group’s three p...read more


Johnson Electric records Q1 Group sales up 10% to US$753m12 Jul 17

Johnson Electric has posted Group sales for the quarter ended 30 June of US$753m compared to US$686m in the same quarter in 2016 – an increase of nearly 10%....read more


Horiba MIRA launches UK Emissions Test Centre12 Jul 17

Horiba MIRA has launched its Advanced Emissions Test Centre (AETC) in the UK to ensure global compliance....read more


Magna waits for new Slovenia plant green light11 Jul 17

Slovenia's Ministry of Economy says it is waiting for approval from its Environment counterparts to finally agree the first phase of a Magna plant in the country, which could see nearly 5,000 jobs cre...read more


New Audi A8 stresses autonomous drive11 Jul 17

Audi's new flagship A8 has been shown to a select audience at an 'Audi Summit' in Barcelona. The emphasis is on autonomous drive features and enhanced efficiency for the luxury saloon, which gets its ...read more


AB Volvo sells Deutz stake11 Jul 17

The Volvo Group (AB Volvo) has sold its complete holding in the German listed engine manufacturer Deutz AG....read more


O Luxe to buy Japanese EV maker GLM11 Jul 17

Hong Kong-based watch-maker O Luxe Holdings Ltd plans to buy a controlling stake in Japan’s electric sportscar company GLM Co Ltd, according to local reports....read more


GAZ aims for major export push to double markets11 Jul 17

GAZ Group says it is looking to double export markets to 90 countries within five years as it looks overseas to shore up sales in what has been somewhat of a fragile domestic economy....read more


Toyota invests in 'social robotics' start-up11 Jul 17

Intuition Robotics, an Israel-based developer of 'social companion technologies for positive social impact', has announced a $14m investment round led by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI)....read more


Intel US$15bn Mobileye purchase clears regulatory hurdle11 Jul 17

Mobileye has secured approval from German and Austrian Federal Cartel Offices for its US$15bn intended takeover by Intel....read more


BMW workers at UK plants accept pensions offer11 Jul 17

A dispute at BMW's UK manufacturing operations over pensions has been resolved after the company submitted a revised offer....read more


Nissan to increase production in Russia11 Jul 17

Nissan has announced the launch of a second shift at its manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg, Russia, reflecting the positive growth outlook for the country’s car market....read more


Mercedes-Benz electric-drive Sprinter to be produced at Düsseldorf plant11 Jul 17

As it prepares to make the next generation Sprinter van, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed agreement with the works council to make the electric-drive Sprinter at the model's lead plant of Düsseldorf....read more


BYD/Enel Chile ink electric mobility trade agreement11 Jul 17

YD and Enel Chile have signed a trade agreement in Santiago, focusing on developing a commercial strategy to strengthen electric mobility in Chile....read more


Sanden starts Daimler CO2 compressor supply11 Jul 17

Sanden Automotive Components has started the supply of compressors for air conditioning applying CO2 refrigerant to Daimler....read more


Stuttgart prosecutors eye Porsche for diesel emissions fraud and false advertising10 Jul 17

Workers at Porsche and a US subsidiary company are being investigated for suspected fraud and false advertising related to diesel emissions, the Stuttgart prosecutor's office was reported to have said...read more


Renault Tangier plant builds a million cars10 Jul 17

The millionth vehicle at the Renault-Nissan plant in Tangier has been completed just three years after #200,000 rolled off the line....read more


Lexus enhances safety technology for Europe-bound LS10 Jul 17

Toyota Motor's redesigned Lexus LS continues the flagship model line's role as a technology leader, now combining various safety systems with the aim of eventually eliminating traffic-related deaths. ...read more


ANALYSIS - Volvo V90 Cross Country10 Jul 17

Will people in the US take to the V90 CC? That's the key question for a model which replaces the XC70, a car that Audi went after with the A6 allroad, and now Mercedes-Benz wants in on the action too....read more


Hankook Tire America names Hosung Suh as president10 Jul 17

Hankook Tire America has named Hosung Suh as president after previously serving as the supplier's SVP Global Corporate Strategy Planning Division....read more


JLR global sales up 11% in June 201710 Jul 17

Retail sales worldwide for Tata Motors' premium Jaguar Land Rover brands rose 11% year on year to 51,591 vehicles in June 2017....read more


Renault and Sanef team on autonomous research10 Jul 17

Groupe Renault and Abertis-owned motorway operator, Sanef, will cooperate to develop communications between autonomous vehicles, road infrastructure and testing on toll barrier crossings as well as wo...read more


Continental invests in EasyMile AD tech firm10 Jul 17

Continental says it has acquired a minority shareholding in the French company EasyMile, a specialist in driverless technology and smart mobility solutions....read more


Valmet begins three shifts as Mercedes work grows10 Jul 17

Valmet Automotive has started three shifts today (10 July) for the first time following strong demand for Mercedes-Benz models which it manufactures....read more


South Korea imports rise 1.2% in H1 201710 Jul 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by 1.4% to 23,755 units in June, from 23,435 units a year earlier, according to data from the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KA...read more


AEB hails "robust" Russia June sales up 15%10 Jul 17

Russia new passenger car and LCV sales rose 15% in June – the fourth straight month of increases after years of sharp falls....read more


Volvo's PR coup - the week7 Jul 17

Geely owned Volvo's apparently deliberately vague attempt to update the world on its 'electrification' plans attracted a lot of just-auto reader eyeballs this week as well as numerous newspaper and we...read more


Toyota GB H1 hybrid sales rise 30%7 Jul 17

Toyota's UK sales unit said it had seen an "unprecedented" 30% surge in sales of petrol-electric hybrid models in the UK in the first half of 2017....read more


Faurecia/Liuzhou Wuling establish automotive seating JV7 Jul 17

Faurecia has announced its new joint-venture with Liuzhou Wuling Industry, named Faurecia Liuzhou Automotive Seating....read more


Renault-Nissan alliance synergies growing7 Jul 17

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has reported a 16% increase in synergies for 2016 compared to 2015....read more


Injured parties get say in Takata US bankruptcy7 Jul 17

Vehicle occupants injured by faulty Takata air bags have been given an official role in the bankruptcy of the supplier's US unit, according to media reports....read more


VW develops virtual reality applications for production and logistics7 Jul 17

Volkswagen Group says it has developed virtual reality applications for production and logistics that enable several participants to meet in a VR room. ...read more


VW and Kuka ink robotics deal7 Jul 17

Volkswagen group research and robot and automation specialist Kuka have agreed joint development of robot-based technology following the signing of a new cooperation contract....read more


Innogy subsidiary enters US e-mobility market7 Jul 17

Innogy has established a United States subsidiary to enter the American e-mobility market known as innogy e-mobility US, based in Los Angeles....read more


EU-Japan trade deal agreed 'in principle'7 Jul 17

A free trade deal between the EU and Japan has been agreed 'in principle' between the two parties this week. It could come into force in 2019, but is subject to more negotiation on the details followe...read more


Tesla knocked off most-valuable perch after week of blows7 Jul 17

Tesla's reign as most valuable carmaker appears to have been short lived....read more


FCC autoparts ploughs US$827,000 into NC operations7 Jul 17

Japanese autoparts producer, FCC, is to expand operations in Scotland County, North Carolina and create 28 jobs in three years, ploughing US$827,000 into the project....read more


Autoneum to unveil Tune-It at acoustics conference7 Jul 17

Autoneum is launching its Tune-It carpet systems innovation at the Automotive Acoustics Conference on 11/12 July 2017 in Zurich/Ruschlikon, Switzerland....read more


Audi employee arrested in Germany over diesel emissions7 Jul 17

Munich prosecutors arrested an Audi employee this week on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the diesel emissions scandal....read more


West European car market edges up 1.4% in June7 Jul 17

The West European car market moved up by just 1.4% in June, according to data released by LMC Automotive....read more


Vietnam sales rise 4% in June7 Jul 17

The new vehicle market in Vietnam rebounded in June, with sales rising by 4.2% to 22,750 units from 21,829 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automo...read more


France plans fossil fuel phase-out6 Jul 17

France will phase out sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later, ecology minister Nicolas Hulot reportedly said....read more


Ford China sees record June sales6 Jul 17

Ford said sales in China passed 100,000 vehicles in June, up 15% year on year, and a record for the month....read more


VW recalling cars worldwide for brake check6 Jul 17

According to local media reports, 766,000 Volkswagen group vehicles will be recalled worldwide for a brake control system software update....read more


Toyota opens new North America HQ in Texas6 Jul 17

Toyota Motor North America held the official opening of its new headquarters in Plano, Texas, on Thursday (6 July)....read more


Why the Jeep Wrangler is such a money spinner for FCA6 Jul 17

There are certain cars that just keep on selling, no matter what their age. The Wrangler is about to enter its tenth year of production and yet sales keep rising. As was the case in 2016, production l...read more


Adil Shirinov appointed CEO of Ford Sollers6 Jul 17

Adil Shirinov has been appointed CEO and President of Ford's Russian JV, Ford Sollers, effective immediately. He replaces Mark Ovenden, who takes a marketing role with Ford in Asia Pacific....read more


Australia enjoys June vehicle sales bounce6 Jul 17

In the final year of local production, with GM and Toyota set to close their factories in October, vehicle sales in Australia set a record monthly result in June, according to VFACTS statisticians....read more


VW pioneers HTC-powered virtual reality for production and logistics6 Jul 17

Following a test phase, the Volkswagen Group is claiming to be the first automaker to roll out virtual reality (VR) technology with the HTC Vive-VR system, enabling production and logistics staff to '...read more


Volvo Cars boosts half year sales6 Jul 17

Geely's Volvo Cars, which has just announced an updated electrification plan, expects "another record year in retail sales" after posting an 8.2% increase for the first six months of the year. Total s...read more


TomTom/Cisco to develop new lane level traffic technology6 Jul 17

TomTom is developing lane level traffic technology supporting autonomous driving and smarter mobility....read more


Schaeffler presents EV technologies at VDI Congress6 Jul 17

Schaeffler is presenting its technology portfolio and selected products for electrified drive trains suitable for volume production at the 17th International VDI Congress, 'Drivetrain for Vehicles.'...read more


Panasonic acquires additional shares in Ficosa6 Jul 17

Panasonic has completed its previously-announced acquisition of additional shares in Ficosa after satisfying all conditions to close the transaction on 4 July....read more


LeEco struggles to fund EV programme6 Jul 17

Growing financial problems at Chinese internet group Leshi Holding, also known as LeEco, has cast doubt on the company's ambitious plans to break into the electric vehicle market....read more


Toyota takes a step back to move forward on mobility6 Jul 17

Toyota has acknowledged that the 'mixed experience' of its Grenoble i-Road last mile mobility testing has caused it to 'take a step back' and learn from more conventional carsharing solutions....read more


Mercedes claims June and H1 sales records6 Jul 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars claimed new records after June 2017 sales rose 11.1% to 209,309 cars and the half year tally 13.7% to 1,144,274....read more


Last night a PR saved Volvo's life6 Jul 17

Ever since Euro NCAP came into being, thus forcing all of its competitors to have five-star rated cars in an impact as a price of entry to the vehicle market, Volvo has been scratching around for a ne...read more




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