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Ford warns that 'Hard Brexit is a red line'16 Oct 18

As the UK government and EU struggle to find agreement on the terms of the UK's exit from the EU next year (in March) - especially with respect to trade arrangements - Ford has warned that a no-deal B...read more


Ford names new NA manufacturing chief, chief customer experience officer16 Oct 18

Ford has a named a new head of North American manufacturing operations and a member of the founding Ford family as chief customer experience officer "responsible for creating a world-class customer ex...read more


Driving the LEVC TX electric taxi16 Oct 18

The first new black taxi in twenty years is fast becoming a popular sight on the streets of British cities. It's much larger, infinitely quieter, has no tailpipe emissions unless the range extender en...read more


Porsche slashes almost EUR1bn off profit forecast after Audi fined EUR800m16 Oct 18

Porsche SE said the EUR800m fine imposed by German authorities on Volkswagen Group premium brand Audi would have a "negative impact" on its earnings for full year 2018....read more


Audi fined EUR800m in Germany over 'dieselgate'16 Oct 18

'Dieselgate' has cost Audi an EUR800m fine in Germany related to its V6 and V8 engines....read more


Malaysia sales plunge 24% in September16 Oct 18

The Malaysian new vehicle market plunged by 24% to 31,241 units in September from already depressed year earlier sales of 40,956 units, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....read more


Indonesia sales rise 6% in September16 Oct 18

New vehicle sales in Indonesia continued to grow in September, by 6.2% to 93,103 units from 87,696 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Ga...read more


Nissan UK postpones pay talks until 'Brexit clarity'15 Oct 18

Nissan, which operates Britain's biggest car factory in Sunderland, northeast England, reportedly has delayed the start of pay talks with workers until Brexit terms become clearer....read more


German transport ministry to order 100,000-unit Opel recall15 Oct 18

Germany's transport ministry reportedly said it would order about 100,000 Opel vehicles to be recalled as part of an emissions probe, after prosecutors searched the PSA-owned automaker's offices earli...read more


Wejo tracks 7m cars, acquires Carjojo.com in the US15 Oct 18

Wejo, a UK technology company which collates data from connected vehicles, said its technology was now tracking 7m vehicles in 190 countries and it has acquired a Silicon Valley based firm as part of ...read more


Tata taking orders for JLR platform based Harrier SUV15 Oct 18

Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors has started taking orders for its new Harrier SUV which is built on architecture derived from Land Rover's D8 platform on which over 1m SUVs have already been sold ...read more


Bill Ford pulls out of Saudi investor conference - report15 Oct 18

Ford Motor chairman Bill Ford cancelled plans to attend a Saudi investor conference, the automaker said on Sunday....read more


SDS opens new tech centre in China; marks 30 years of GKN JV15 Oct 18

GKN Automotive's Chinese joint venture, Shanghai GKN Huayu Driveline Systems (SDS), has officially opened a new technical centre in the suburb of Kangqiao to specialise in research and development of ...read more


Minnow Birmingham pressings supplier wins Bentley contract15 Oct 18

A small English supplier has celebrated its 70th birthday with a supply contract from Volkswagen-owned Bentley....read more


Brazilian VW Jetta likely to be the "best among the rest"15 Oct 18

The market for compact-medium sized passenger vehicles in Brazil is defined by strong competition amongst the SUV contenders as well as conventional cars, has lost a little momentum but still attracts...read more


Interior design and technology – Ford Mustang15 Oct 18

It is America’s best-selling sports car of the last five decades and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight. Ford launched its facelifted Mustang earlier this year, introducing some ...read more


BYD expands global e-bus sales; hydrogen developments15 Oct 18

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has won a contract to supply a fleet of battery powered buses to a Canadian private bus operator based in Vancouver....read more


SAIC future models - MG and Maxus/LDV15 Oct 18

The first of a two-part look at the current and future passenger vehicles of SAIC's own-brands recently examined Roewe. In the concluding chapter, the focus now turns to MG Motor and Maxus/LDV. ...read more


Polestar and polar bears - the week12 Oct 18

The Polestar car designs I have seen so far are pretty easy on the eye....read more


SEAT Martorell plant starts Audi A1 production12 Oct 18

Production of the Audi A1 is underway in Martorell....read more


Opel reveals future models plan12 Oct 18

Groupe PSA-owned Opel/Vauxhall says it is continuing to execute the Pace! plan product offensive to meet customer needs and ensure compliance with Europe-wide CO2 guidelines which become effective in ...read more


Osram develops new smart LED for in-car lighting12 Oct 18

Osram says it has developed a 'new smart LED for in-car lighting' that anticipates autonomous vehicles....read more


Novelis supplies aluminium sheet for Jaguar I-Pace12 Oct 18

Novelis has announced the supply of its premium Novelis Advanz aluminium to the recently launched all-electric Jaguar I-Pace. It says the new addition to the Jaguar Pace family and the car maker's fir...read more


Ficosa opens new e-mobility centre in Barcelona12 Oct 18

Ficosa has inaugurated its 'e-Mobility Hub' in Barcelona....read more


Skoda January to September 2018 global sales up 7.8%12 Oct 18

Skoda delivered 939,100 vehicles to customers worldwide in the first nine months of the year, exceeding the previous year’s result by 7.8%. ...read more


SEAT global sales hit YTD record, up 17%12 Oct 18

SEAT’s global sales in the year so far till the end of September have set a new record. Since January, the carmaker delivered 415,600 cars worldwide, which is 17.1% more than in the same period last y...read more


Denso invests in eSol to develop AV electronic platforms12 Oct 18

Denso Corporation has announced it has taken a 2% equity stake in eSol, a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions. Denso will use eSol’s technologies to develop software for the sys...read more


Aapico Hitech raises stake in Indian partner SGAH12 Oct 18

Thai automotive components manufacturer Aapico Hitech plans to increase its stake in its Indian joint venture Sakthi Global Auto Holdings Limited (SGAH) to 49.99% from 25.1%, according to reports in T...read more


Renault-Nissan invests in Coord, US mobility data platform12 Oct 18

Alliance Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has announced that it led a US$5m Series A investment in Coord, the US mobility data platform....read more


Hyundai Mobis chooses two new AI start-up partners12 Oct 18

South Korean automotive equipment manufacturer Hyundai Mobis has said it has identified two local technology start-ups with which it wants to co-develop future automotive digital services....read more


China car market drops a further 12% in September12 Oct 18

New vehicle sales in China fell by 11.6% to 2.39 million units in September from strong year-earlier sales of 2.71 million units, according to data gathered by the China Association of Automobile Manu...read more


UK government cuts grants for EVs and PHEVs12 Oct 18

UK government funded grants for the purchase of new hybrid and electric cars are to be cut....read more


Nissan Qashqai gets Daimler co-developed engine12 Oct 18

The Nissan Qashqai is now on sale in the UK with a new 1.3-litre petrol engine that is the fruit of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's collaboration with Daimler. ...read more


Mazda launches updated CX-5 in Japan12 Oct 18

Mazda Motor Corporation has begun accepting pre-orders for the updated Mazda CX-5 at dealerships throughout Japan....read more


2019 Geneva motor show debuts list [updated]12 Oct 18

It might be five months away but already some OEMs have named world premieres for next year's Geneva motor show....read more


Gilbarco Veeder-Root buys slice of fast charger maker Tritium11 Oct 18

Fortive Corporation's Gilbarco Veeder-Root has taken a minor stake in Tritium, the Australian DC electric vehicle charging infrastructure specialist....read more


Trade tensions will hit supply chains - Moody's11 Oct 18

Moody's Investors Service expects the US-China trade dispute to continue to limit investments, prolong tariff restrictions and elevate geopolitical tensions. Significant sector and regional impacts ar...read more


Magna opens new Czech seating facility11 Oct 18

Magna has officially opened its new seating facility in Chomutov, Czech Republic, to support new BMW Group business....read more


Mazda develops advanced vehicle dynamics control technology11 Oct 18

Mazda has developed 'G-Vectoring Control Plus', which it describes as the second new-generation vehicle dynamics control technology in the Skyactiv-vehicle dynamics series....read more


GM appoints global risk expert to board11 Oct 18

General Motors has announced the election of Jami Miscik to its Board of Directors. An expert in global security and intelligence, Miscik currently serves as the chief executive officer and vice chair...read more


Ford UK trials IPM technology for connected cars11 Oct 18

Ford is trialling a new technology that aims to prevent unnecessary stops at junctions....read more


Chinese LiDAR company claims big funding boost11 Oct 18

RoboSense, a specialist provider of autonomous driving LiDAR products, has announced the completion of what it says is China's largest-ever single round of financing for a LiDAR company – a combined i...read more


Novelis breaks ground for expansion of aluminium facility in China11 Oct 18

Aluminium specialist Novelis has broken ground on the expansion of its automotive aluminium manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China....read more


Polestar plans first outlet for Oslo11 Oct 18

The first Polestar Space will open in the middle of 2019 in Oslo, Norway, one of the most developed electric vehicle markets....read more


Guide Dogs for the Blind help Jaguar with I-Pace sound11 Oct 18

With no engine sound, the electric Jaguar I-Pace required a new way to warn blind, visually impaired and other vulnerable road users it is approaching at low speed so the automaker designed a unique a...read more


Renault inks three electromobility partnership agreements11 Oct 18

Renault Group has announced the signing of three new agreements with key stakeholders in the European energy markets. The latest ventures in association with EDF, Total and ENEL are part of its plan t...read more


Bosch wants action to highlight AV benefits11 Oct 18

Bosch is calling for the inclusion of automated driving as part of the UK driving test. This, it says, should focus on explaining the different levels of automation, its technological capabilities and...read more


China dealers want tax cuts as market stalls - report11 Oct 18

China’s auto dealers’ association has reportedly asked the government to halve taxes on car purchase to stimulate a soft market....read more


BMW taking controlling stake in Chinese joint venture11 Oct 18

BMW Group is to increase its stake in its Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), to a controlling 75% from the current 50%....read more


Ford Cologne starts production of electric delivery van10 Oct 18

Ford has begun production of the Deutsche Post StreetScooter WORK XL electric van at its European HQ in Cologne, Germany....read more


EU member states agree 35% CO2 reduction target10 Oct 18

EU environment ministers have agreed a common position for car and van CO2 emission cuts for 2030....read more


VW names new North America chief10 Oct 18

Scott Keogh, head of Audi of America, has been named president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America as well as head of the VW brand for the North American region....read more


Ford to use graphene in components10 Oct 18

Ford said it would soon be using graphene – a two-dimensional nanomaterial – in vehicle parts....read more


Alpine A110 - has Renault made a Porsche beater?10 Oct 18

The reinvention of Alpine as a high priced sports car marque seems to be working, as deliveries of the A110 accelerate towards the 2,000 level a year after production commenced. Just how good is the c...read more


Dacia output up 4.8% YTD10 Oct 18

Renault's Dacia car factory in Mioveni, Romania, recorded a 4.8% increase in the number of units produced, in the first nine months of this year, to 242,600 cars, according to the company's data....read more


Gefco boosts H1 2018 revenue 6.2%10 Oct 18

Gefco Group, which specialises in supply chain and automotive logistics, announced "strong" financial results for the first half of 2018....read more


Veoneer develops autonomous driving supercomputer10 Oct 18

Veoneer, which has an advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD) JV with Volvo Cars called Zenuity, has developed the Zeus supercomputer - designed to meet the requirements ...read more


Volvo Selects Nvidia Drive for production cars10 Oct 18

Geely's Volvo Cars and Nvidia today announced that the Swedish automaker had selected the supplier's Drive AGX Xavier computer for its next generation of vehicles, with production starting early 2020s...read more


UK auto sector (and Tata) watch closely as JLR hits headwinds10 Oct 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been a stunning success story under the ownership of Tata Motors over the past decade. ...read more


Hydrogen Mobility Europe demonstrates need to be more ambitious about fuel10 Oct 18

As the European Union and member states discuss reducing CO2 emissions from cars and vans, today's hydrogen mobility roundtable will highlight that local authorities, large industrial companies, and g...read more


Taiwan sales drop by 2% in September10 Oct 18

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 1.8% to 30,799 units in September from 31,375 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing data compiled by Taiwan’s Directorate of Highways....read more


FISITA welcomes new President10 Oct 18

FISITA, the international federation for the automotive and mobility systems engineering profession (sometimes considered a more global version of SAE), has welcomed Professor Frank Zhao as its new Pr...read more


Vietnam sales rebound by 25% in September10 Oct 18

New vehicle sales in Vietnam rebounded in September, by almost 25% to 24,018 units albeit from weak year-earlier sales of 19,257 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manu...read more


Autonomous Range Rover deals with notorious Coventry ring road10 Oct 18

A Range Rover Sport has completed the claimed first self-driving lap of one of the UK’s most challenging road layouts - Coventry's notorious post-war ring road....read more


SMMT launches 'Brexit readiness programme' for SMEs10 Oct 18

The UK's automotive trade association, the SMMT, has launched a 'Brexit Readiness Programme' to help the UK auto industry prepare for the UK leaving the EU next year. With less than six months to secu...read more


VW furloughs Brazil Taubate workers as Argentina sales slump9 Oct 18

Volkswagen's Brazilian unit is putting workers on a 20-day furlough, citing reduced demand from Argentina, which is undergoing an economic crisis that has derailed growth and slashed spending power....read more


Daimler and Geely discuss ride sharing JV - report9 Oct 18

Zhejiang Geely Holding - which owns Volvo Cars, is in talks with Daimler, in which billionaire owner billionaire Li Shufu took an almost 10% stake earlier this year, to set up ride-hailing and car-sha...read more


UK consumers 'undecided' over diesel9 Oct 18

Research by the UK's National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) showed consumers are increasingly undecided on their next vehicle purchase....read more


ChargePoint and EVBox agree roaming9 Oct 18

ChargePoint and EVBox have announced a roaming agreement that will enable EV drivers to roam between their charging networks from January 2019 in Europe and North America....read more


SUVs rise as Oz sales soften9 Oct 18

Despite continuing increases in national sales of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in September, the overall vehicle market in Australia declined over the month, according to the latest data from the mot...read more


Melrose appoints Butterworth to head auto biz9 Oct 18

Investor company Melrose Industries has announced the appointment of ex-Delphi Technologies CEO Liam Butterworth as CEO of its Automotive Division, which comprises the GKN Driveline and GKN ePowertrai...read more


WLTP change hits Volkswagen's September too9 Oct 18

As with Daimler's Mercedes, Volkswagen deliveries in September were affected by the WLTP changeover, as expected, the automaker said....read more


Paris interview - CLEPA president Roberto Vavassori9 Oct 18

Roberto Vavassori was elected CLEPA president, taking office in January, 2016 and is also a board member of brake supplier, Brembo and director for Business Development and Marketing. Just-Auto caught...read more


BMW and Critical Software launch new JV software company9 Oct 18

With the signature of the final contracts and approval of the competition authorities, the BMW Group and the company Critical Software have concluded the formation of their joint venture. ...read more


South Korea import sales fall 15% due to annual holidays9 Oct 18

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea fell by almost 15% to 17,222 units in September from 20,234 units a year earlier, according to data compiled by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributor...read more


Japan sales fall 2% in September9 Oct 18

Japan's new vehicle market shrank by 2.0% to 485,379 units in September from strong year-earlier sales of 495,188 units according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers As...read more


WM Motor begins deliveries of new electric SUV9 Oct 18

Chinese electric vehicle start-up WM Motor started deliveries of its first model last week, as it looks to exploit the strong anticipated growth in demand for new-energy vehicles in the country....read more


Great Wall shifts focus to pickup trucks9 Oct 18

Great Wall Motor, China’s largest SUV manufacturer, is shifting its focus to become China’s largest and foremost pickup truck brand....read more


EVs no silver bullet and ICEs will stick around for decades - BP9 Oct 18

Speaking at the Paris Motor Show, Bob Dudley, BP's chief executive, said electric vehicles offer some exciting opportunities, but that they are not enough to 'decarbonise' the transport sector on thei...read more


ZKW starts Slovakia plant expansion9 Oct 18

ZKW Slovakia has started the expansion of its Krušovce plant producing mainly headlights and fog lamps....read more


SAIC future models - the rise of Roewe9 Oct 18

Launched in 2006, Roewe took its time to eventually become a mainstream brand. Now, with the addition of more SUVs and electrified models, sales are hitting new heights with home market registrations ...read more


GM China sales tank for first time in over a year8 Oct 18

General Motors' quarterly sales in China reportedly fell for the first time in over a year, hit by faltering economic growth and a wider slowdown in the world’s biggest auto market amid a trade war wi...read more


Jaguar Land Rover to shut Solihull plant for 2 weeks8 Oct 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover is planning a two-week shutdown at its main Solihull plant later this month due to weaker sales around the world....read more


Union slams government over JLR Solihull closure8 Oct 18

A triple whammy of Brexit uncertainty, government confusion over diesel and ministers' half-hearted support for electric vehicles is threatening the future of the UK car industry, union Unite warned t...read more


Fiat Chrysler readies PHEV Jeep Renegade8 Oct 18

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) reportedly said on Monday it had begun to prepare for production of a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Renegade as part of its electrification drive to meet tougher emissions rul...read more


Global warming reduction requires "far-reaching" change - IPCC8 Oct 18

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society," according to a report published today (8 OCtober) by the Intergovernmental Pan...read more


Global NCAP not happy with Indian Suzuki8 Oct 18

Global NCAP released today an update to its #SaferCarsForIndia crash test results. Following last month’s announcements, the Maruti Suzuki Swift falls short on adult safety....read more


Faurecia and Vayyar form cockpit collaboration8 Oct 18

Vayyar Imaging says that Faurecia has chosen Vayyar’s radar sensors for its automotive "Cockpit of the Future." ...read more


WLTP hits Mercedes September sales8 Oct 18

Mercedes-Benz sales fell 8.2% year on year in September to 202,819 vehicles worldwide. Nine-month volume slipped 0.1% to 1,715,087 units....read more


Has CFO Uebber got the hump with Daimler after Kaellenius elevation?8 Oct 18

Daimler's finance chief Bodo Uebber won't try to renew his contract when it expires in December 2019, the carmaker reportedly said late on Sunday....read more


Allego launches contactless debit and credit card payments for EV charging8 Oct 18

Allego, Visa and the other card schemes American Express and Mastercard have announced the launch of a payment system for electric vehicle (EV) drivers on a global scale starting in the UK....read more


Delphi Technologies opens IT centre in Romania8 Oct 18

Delphi Technologies has opened its first multidisciplinary global IT centre in Bucharest, Romania....read more


Ford to trim salaried jobs in re-org - report8 Oct 18

Ford is reportedly planning to reduce numbers of salaried workers as part of a reorganisation aimed at boosting its bottom line and raising its depressed share price....read more


Ricardo to develop lithium-based solid-state battery for EVs and PHEVs8 Oct 18

Ricardo says it will work on a partially UK government funded collaborative 'PowerDrive Line' project to develop a lithium-based solid-state battery for EVs and PHEVs, and establish a pre-pilot line f...read more


Valeo looks to evaluate city pollution - CEO8 Oct 18

Valeo says it is working with air quality monitor, Airparif to understand how pollution in cities is evolving and as it looks to provide technology to combat it....read more


Hands-On Tech - Honda Civic8 Oct 18

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


Daimler US plant builds first new GLE; breaks ground for battery factory8 Oct 18

Daimler's Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant has built its first GLE on a new SUV platform while a groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of the construction of a new battery factory....read more


We love Paris in the autumn time - the week5 Oct 18

If it's autumn and not Frankfurt it must be Paris and we have our show coverage packaged in a handy Hot Topic bundle here....read more


Lexus eyeing China build - report5 Oct 18

Lexus is considering building cars in China, according to a media report....read more


Delphi Technologies appoints Nair as interim CEO5 Oct 18

Delphi Technologies has appointed Hari N. Nair as interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Nair succeeds Liam Butterworth who is stepping down from his role as President and Chief Execu...read more


Renault and Newfund invest in directional speaker maker5 Oct 18

Renault Group and Newfund have announced their investment in the French startup Akoustic Arts, specialised in directional sound, in order to accelerate its growth and enable it to pursue the wide scal...read more


Valeo and Vayyar join over infant passenger safety in vehicles5 Oct 18

Vayyar Imaging, the global leader in 3D imaging technology, announced from the Paris Motor Show it will provide Valeo, a leading automotive supplier, with its advanced automotive sensors to enhance in...read more


Daimler car2go to start Paris operations from 20195 Oct 18

Beginning next year, car2go, Daimler's carsharing operation, will be offering its services in Paris....read more


West European car market down 23% in September5 Oct 18

The West European car market fell back by 23% in September as the introduction of new WLTP emissions testing standards continued to distort the market....read more


Faurecia agile enough to cope with Brexit needs - CEO5 Oct 18

Faurecia says it will adapt to what its customers want as the UK prepares to leave the European Union (EU) next year....read more


Polestar 1 prototype cars production begins in Gothenburg5 Oct 18

Momentum in the development of the Polestar 1 has increased with the production of the first series of road-going verification prototype (VP) cars in Sweden. Produced for a number of purposes includin...read more


Honda develops smart intersection technology with Marysville5 Oct 18

Just as Volkswagen is working with its home town of Wolfsburg on V2X technology, so Honda has been demonstrating its Smart Intersection technology for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication designe...read more


PSA outlines platform strategy to 20255 Oct 18

As part of its 'Push To Pass' strategic plan, Groupe PSA says it has been scaling back the number of its platforms worldwide and has described the platform consolidation process to two platforms and i...read more


Materials shortage poses plastics problem, French group claims5 Oct 18

France's Groupement Plasturgie Automobile is claiming the shortage of PA 6.6 is putting the manufacturers of plastic parts for the automotive industry in serious difficulty....read more


LG Chem in EV battery deal with Volkswagen5 Oct 18

LG Chem, one of South Korea's largest chemicals companies, disclosed it hasd signed an agreement to supply electric vehicle (EV) batteries to Volkswagen group....read more


Toyota recalls 2.4m hybrids over stalling issue5 Oct 18

Toyota has announced a worldwide recall of 2.43m hybrid vehicles because of a hybrid system issue that can lead to stalling....read more


Updated Mazda6 moves brand ever closer to premium4 Oct 18

Is Mazda knocking on the door of that elite club called Premium Brands? The signs have been there for a while, as each new model released over the last couple of years looks and feels ever more upscal...read more


EC OKs Slovakia EUR125m aid to Jaguar Land Rover4 Oct 18

The European Commission has concluded that Slovakia's EUR125m investment aid to Jaguar Land Rover is in line with EU state aid rules....read more


Management briefing - 2018 Paris motor show review4 Oct 18

Even without the presence of the mighty Volkswagen, it was a German make which dominated the reporting from the Paris motor show. BMW's seventh generation 3 Series was the stand-out world premiere, al...read more


Nissan chimes in to UK auto Brexit concerns4 Oct 18

Nissan has added its weight to recently expressed UK automotive sector concerns over new trade arrangements that could add tariffs and additional border checks when the UK leaves the EU in 2019....read more


Cadillac's Super Cruise rated ahead of Tesla's Autopilot4 Oct 18

A new report said General Motors had developed the best system automatic driving system that allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel for short periods of time....read more


Volvo Cars' global sales up 12.9% in September4 Oct 18

The company sold 60,622 cars during the month, as sales grew in all its key regions of the US, China and Europe....read more


VW, Siemens, trial car to infrastructure comms in Wolfsburg4 Oct 18

Volkswagen and Siemens have developed new functionalities for the local exchange of information between vehicles and digital transport infrastructure....read more


Toyota and Mercedes top 2018 auto brands rating4 Oct 18

Automotive brands accounted for 16 of Interbrand's most valuable brands list for 2018 though Apple, Google, and Amazon were the top three....read more


UK LCV September sales down 6.1%4 Oct 18

The British light commercial vehicle (LCV) market contracted last month (but not as much as cars) according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data....read more


Mitsubishi to expand capacity in Indonesia4 Oct 18

Mitsubishi Motors announced it would expand production capacity in Indonesia in response to strong regional demand for its Xpander compact MPV....read more


UK new car market down 20.5% in September4 Oct 18

The UK car market fell by a fifth versus year-ago levels in September as supply issues associated with new emissions testing rules continued to distort the market....read more


Toyota, Softbank partner in mobility, self-driving technologies4 Oct 18

Toyota Motor and SoftBank Group on Thursday announced plans to establish a new partnership to develop technology-based logistics and mobility services and ultimately autonomous mobility services in Ja...read more


FCA outsells Ford in US4 Oct 18

September light vehicle sales came through mostly as expected though the decline was not as great as had been predicted....read more


Ford Europe to sell Mondeo hybrid as a wagon3 Oct 18

Ford is to offer the Mondeo hybrid petrol-electric as an estate from 2019. It previously offered only a sedan, a body style unpopular in northern and western Europe....read more


Does understatement keep the VW Golf ahead of rivals?3 Oct 18

The Golf is six years old, twice the age of the somehow far less popular Opel/Vauxhall Astra. Ford of Europe's new Focus ought to be pummeling its elderly rival but that isn't happening either. Toyota...read more


Aston Martin shares debut in London3 Oct 18

Early trading of IPO debutant Aston Martin's shares on the London Stock Exchange has seen their price fall today. The shares are being traded on a conditional basis ahead of 'full trading' for the fir...read more


Varroc Lighting opens new Czech facility3 Oct 18

Varroc Lighting Systems has announced a significant increase of its production capabilities in the Moravian region of the Czech Republic with the opening of a 7,000-square meter production hall....read more


Honda joins GM and Cruise on AVs3 Oct 18

Cruise and General Motors said they had joined forces with Honda to pursue the shared goal of transforming mobility through the large-scale deployment of autonomous vehicle technology....read more


Ford calls for standard 'intent' lights on autonomous cars3 Oct 18

Ford has called for standardised light signals to show the intent of self-driving vehicles....read more


Samsung supplies OLED displays for Audi e-tron3 Oct 18

Samsung Display announced that the company will be supplying a 7-inch OLED display for Audi’s all-new electric Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), the Audi e-tron. Audi revealed its first all-electric model...read more


Pirelli supplies first 21-inch tyres to Ferrari3 Oct 18

Pirelli said it was supplying special 21 inch tyres to Ferrari starts for the limited edition Monza SP1 and SP2....read more


EU CO2 vote worries ACEA3 Oct 18

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has voiced its serious concerns about the outcome of the European Parliament's plenary vote on future CO2 reduction targets for cars and vans....read more


Model 3 ramp-up boosts Tesla Q3 output3 Oct 18

Tesla has said it produced a record number of vehicles in the third quarter as Model 3 output was ramped up....read more


Paris - Citroen eyes 80% electrification by 20253 Oct 18

Citroen aims to have 80% of its range electrified by 2025 and offer global vehicles adapted by local requirements....read more


Paris - GAC shows GS5 SUV3 Oct 18

GAC Motor (Guangzhou Auto) has unveiled its GS5 SUV at the Paris Motor Show, making its first foray into the European market by showcasing what it describes as 'the latest premium vehicle which featur...read more


Paris - are motor shows dead?3 Oct 18

There was a distinctly threadbare feel to this year's Mondial de Paris - more no-show than show....read more


Paris - Bridgestone stresses CASE credentials3 Oct 18

Bridgestone said the megatrends currently shaping or about to mould future society represent a "fantastic opportunity" for its business....read more


Paris - UK vote 'sovereign' says Plastic Omnium as Brexit looms3 Oct 18

Plastic Omnium said it was up to the UK government what sort of Brexit the country eventually decided to adopt, noting the British people's 'sovereignty' concerning the contentious withdrawal from the...read more


Japan welcomes US-Canada deal but sees trouble ahead3 Oct 18

Japan's leading automakers welcomed the new North American trade deal this week, after the US and Canada reached a deadline hour agreement on Sunday after months of impasse....read more


South Korean sales fall 18% in September3 Oct 18

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers combined fell by over 17.5% to 110,130 vehicles in September from 133,551 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data re...read more


2018 Paris motor show - world debuts list3 Oct 18

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 edition of the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile are named below....read more


Paris - New petrol engines for Dacia Duster2 Oct 18

Dacia has announced new engines and a more powerful navigation system....read more


Paris - TomTom announces BMW deal2 Oct 18

TomTom said it would supply BMW Group with Live TomTom Traffic information, online routing and electric vehicle (EV) services for BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles....read more


VW to offer diesel trade incentives in Germany2 Oct 18

Volkswagen said it was supporting the federal government effort to prevent possible driving bans in German cities by offering swapping incentives to customers with EU1 to EU5 diesel vehicles who want ...read more


Audi CEO Stadler's contract terminated2 Oct 18

The supervisory boards of Volkswagen Group and Audi have terminated suspended Audi CEO Rupert Stadler's contract with immediate effect....read more


ACEA urges MEPs to consider high stakes on CO2 vote2 Oct 18

Ahead of Wednesday’s European Parliament vote on future CO2 targets for cars and vans, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has drawn decision makers’ attention to the importance ...read more


Mazda details electrification and connectivity strategy2 Oct 18

Mazda announced electrification and connectivity strategies based on its long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030....read more


Paris - Beckham promotes VinFast2 Oct 18

Footballer David Beckham helped promote Vietnamese auto startup VinFast at the Paris show for the official unveiling of the LUX A2.0 sedan and SUV models....read more


Petrol prices and tax hit NZ September sales2 Oct 18

September 2018 new vehicle registrations of 13,910 vehicles were down 4% year on year though, year to date, the market remained up 1% to 119,412, according to New Zealand's Motor Industry Association....read more


VW brand targets 30% productivity gain by 20252 Oct 18

The Volkswagen brand is aiming for a 30% increase in productivity worldwide by 2025 compared to 2018....read more


Paris - Kia goes to Hollywood for eNiro promoter2 Oct 18

Kia's star of the Paris show came all the way from Hollywood - although not literally....read more


Ford Argentina to stop building Focus - report2 Oct 18

Ford in Argentina is reportedly planning  to stop building the Focus model at its Pacheco plant in Argentina....read more


Paris - Toyota plans for UK plants Brexit2 Oct 18

Toyota has already put plans into place to maximise efficiencies at its UK plant ahead of any Brexit deal, good or bad....read more


Paris - BMW launches new 3 Series2 Oct 18

BMW has launched its seventh generation 3 Series Saloon at the Paris show with a full styling makeover, new standard options for instrument panel and centre console, a 330e plug-in hybrid version and ...read more


Renault and ADA launch new ridesharing app in Paris2 Oct 18

Groupe Renault and ADA, a subsidiary of the Rousselet Group, are launching the Moov'in.Paris application, which will provide access to their free-floating car-sharing service for electric vehicles....read more


Ford 'encouraged' by USMCA deal2 Oct 18

Ford has welcomed the tri-lateral trade deal (called USMCA) announced between the US, Mexico and Canada. The new free trade accord (pending ratification by lawmakers) replaces NAFTA and includes provi...read more


Tenneco completes acquisition of Federal-Mogul, expands board of directors2 Oct 18

Tenneco has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket....read more


Paris - Renault shows 'premium robo-vehicle'2 Oct 18

At the Paris Motor Show Renault has unveiled 'EZ-Ultimo', described as a 'robo-vehicle concept' that comprises an autonomous, electric, connected, and shared mobility service solution 'offering a prem...read more


Paris - Renault expands electrification2 Oct 18

On the eve of the Paris show's first press day, Renault group chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced a new, affordable urban electric vehicle for 2019, coming first to China, and new hybrid and plug-...read more


Toyota Australia opening solar powered parts warehouse2 Oct 18

Toyota Australia said it was demonstrating its commitment to renewable energy through a substantial investment in solar power generation for its newest and largest parts warehouse....read more


Paris - Bad Brexit 'could cost JLR GBP1.2bn'2 Oct 18

The impact of a bad Brexit deal could hit Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to the tune of GBP1.2bn (US$1.5bn) according to UK managing director Rawdon Glover, speaking to just-auto in Paris....read more


Paris - Porsche to build 1,948 copies of Speedster concept2 Oct 18

Porsche said its 911 Speedster concept would be produced as a limited special edition in the first half of 2019....read more


Canada and US strike trade deal1 Oct 18

Canada has agreed to join the US and Mexico in a trade deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)....read more


FCA CEO announces new management roles1 Oct 18

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley has named new managers following the recent untimely death of Sergio Marchionne. Most are adding additional responsibility rather than moving completely to a ...read more


Renault books best French market performance in years1 Oct 18

In the first nine months of 2018, the Renault Group said, it benefited fully from the dynamics of the French automotive market (+6.3%), with passenger car + light commercial registrations up 6.5% to 5...read more


Kia global sales slide 6.4% in September1 Oct 18

Kia Motors said its September 2018 global sales fell 6.4% year on year to 233,708 units....read more


Musk and US financial regulator agree a settlement after lawsuit1 Oct 18

Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have reached a settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that will see Musk step down as the company's chairman but retain his CEO position....read more


Andreas Wendt named BMW head of purchasing1 Oct 18

BMW's supervisory board has approved the appointment Andreas Wendt (60) as the new Board of Management Member for Purchasing and Supplier Network, effective today....read more


Harman, JD Power to reveal consumer habits in the connected car1 Oct 18

Today’s vehicles offer a myriad of features and services but understanding how and if these are being used by consumers isn’t often truly understood by OEMs. With ever-increasing connectivity, it is n...read more


GM-SAIC JV to recall 3.3m cars1 Oct 18

General Motors' joint venture in China, Shanghai GM, will recall over 3.3m Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles from 20 October because of a defect with the suspension system, Reuters quoted China's...read more


Audi names new management board member for technical development1 Oct 18

Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler will become the management board member for technical development at Audi on 1 November 2018, replacing Peter Mertens, who has held this position since 1 May 2017. Mertens ha...read more


Japan foundry adds Sintercast CGI technology for prototyping1 Oct 18

Kimura Foundry, a ferrous cast metal foundry in Japan, has entered into a technology supply agreement with the Swedish process control specialist SinterCast for Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) product d...read more


Subaru uncovers more fake vehicle tests1 Oct 18

Subaru Corporation announced additional cases of fraudulent vehicle inspections in a final report on the scandal that emerged earlier this year, according to reports in Japan....read more


Enthusiastic about Volvo's new XC baby - the week28 Sep 18

My look at Volvo's first small(er) SUV, the XC40 was the most read yarn on just-auto this week. We've had Cross Country (the name is also applied to a train franchise here in the UK) Volvos for years,...read more


VW and Microsoft head into the cloud28 Sep 18

Volkswagen and Microsoft will collaborate to develop the VW Automotive Cloud, one of the largest dedicated automotive industry clouds for all future digital services and mobility....read more


Ficosa supplies digital rear-view system to Audi e-tron28 Sep 18

Spain-based automotive supplier Ficosa has revealed that it has developed the digital rear-view system (which uses cameras and displays instead of the traditional external side mirrors) fitted to Audi...read more


Volvo Trucks set to introduce all-electric trucks in North America28 Sep 18

Volvo Trucks says it is planning to introduce electric trucks in the US as part of a demonstrator study, with commercialisation planned for 2020....read more


Opel demonstrates automated driving capabilities at Rodgau-Dudenhofen facility28 Sep 18

Opel says it has successfully demonstrated a future that promises fewer traffic accidents and freedom for the driver to read, write or relax instead of continuously monitoring the car. ...read more


Rimac to supply EV tech to Pininfarina28 Sep 18

Automobili Pininfarina said Rimac would supply a high performance EV powertrain and battery technology for its new PF0 hypercar....read more


US regulator sues Musk for fraud28 Sep 18

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk of fraud....read more


Toyota working on hydrogen with railway company28 Sep 18

Toyota and the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) have signed a basic agreement for a 'comprehensive business partnership centred on a hydrogen-based mobility partnership between railways and automo...read more


Brazil Ka Freestyle gets new 1.5 I3 Flex engine28 Sep 18

The Ka FreeStyle (Ka+ Active in Europe), developed first in Brazil has enough tweaks to suggest the owner has an adventurous lifestyle but is relatively discreet compared to the avalanche of pseudo-su...read more


PSA and Punch Powertrain negotiate JV28 Sep 18

Groupe PSA and Punch Powertrain are negotiating terms for a joint venture agreement for the group’s future electrified transmissions....read more


VW production helps with profitability goal28 Sep 18

The Volkswagen brand's Transform.Together production strategy targets a 30% increase in productivity worldwide by 2025 compared to 2018....read more


Philippine sales fall by 14% in August28 Sep 18

The Philippine new vehicle market continued to decline in August, by 14.1% to 30,313 units from peak year-earlier sales of 35,309 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Aut...read more


Hella Q1 2018-19 sales up 9.7% at EUR1.8bn27 Sep 18

Hella has started off fiscal year 2018/2019 with a strong increase in sales and earnings....read more


European fleet sales boosted by WLTP27 Sep 18

Analysis by JATO dynamics suggests that the August boom to the European car market ahead of the new WLTP emissions standard test introduction this month was led by a 38% gain in business/fleet custome...read more


Ford and Zoyte ink EV ride sharing JV27 Sep 18

Ford Smart Mobility and Zotye Auto, signed a joint venture agreement to establish Zotye Ford Smart Mobility Technology, a 50:50 JV that will focus on providing smart, customised electric vehicle mobil...read more


Ford, Uber and Lyft to share data on new platform27 Sep 18

Ford president and CEO Jim Hackett has announced Ford’s commitment to 'SharedStreets', a new data platform designed to make it easier for the private sector to work with cities around the world and le...read more


Toyota to rationalise segmented Japanese dealer network27 Sep 18

Toyota Motor is to end its decades-old practice of selling cars in Japan through multiple dealership chains catering to different segments of the market, switching to selling all models at any outlet....read more


Delphi Tech starts China output of CIDDs for Geely27 Sep 18

Delphi Technologies says its facility in Suzhou, China has started fully localised production for a Combined Inverter and DC/DC Converter (CIDD) and has commenced deliveries to Geely....read more


UK CV output slips in August27 Sep 18

UK CV manufacturing fell 1.6% in August, with 3,685 units rolling off production lines....read more


Indian Renault Lodgy gets dodgy NCAP test result27 Sep 18

The latest crash test results for India, announced to coincide with the inaugural Global NCAP World Congress in Delhi saw Maruti Suzuki achieve an encouraging four star result with the Vitara Brezza w...read more


UK car output down 12.9% in August27 Sep 18

UK car production declined for a third consecutive month in August, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Porsche increases investment in start-ups for next five years27 Sep 18

Porsche has increased its total investment in venture capital activities by EUR150m (US$176m) for the next five years. ...read more


Ford and Zotye establish new mobility solutions JV in China27 Sep 18

Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, and Zotye Auto, signed a definitive joint venture agreement to establish Zotye Ford Smart Mobility Technology, a 50:50 JV that...read more


Toyota supplies fuel cell technology to Portugese bus maker27 Sep 18

Toyota will provide its hydrogen fuel cell technology to Caetanobus in Portugal....read more


Cadillac moving back to Detroit from 'trendy' Manhattan27 Sep 18

Cadillac is preparing to move its headquarters back to Detroit after four years in the trendy SoHo district of Manhattan....read more


Is Volvo's compact SUV a winner?26 Sep 18

I can't believe it's over four years since Volvo stunned us by replacing the ancient-of-days XC90 SUV with one on a new platform, with new electrified 'twin engine' drivetrain (plus the usual petrol a...read more


Carmakers have Brexit contingency plans - report26 Sep 18

Carmakers in Britain have triggered some Brexit contingency plans, such as certifying models in the EU, and are working on revised production schedules and stockpiling more parts should Brexit result ...read more


Cox forecasts US SAAR up, September down26 Sep 18

New vehicle sales pace (SAAR) in September is forecast by Cox Automotive to rise to 17.1m units, an improvement over August's 16.6m sales rate. This gain, however, may be slightly misleading. Total sa...read more


Ford says metals tariffs cost it $1bn26 Sep 18

Ford CEO Jim Hackett encouraged the Trump administration to resolve trade disputes quickly or it could do "more damage" to his company, which is already suffering losses from tariffs imposed by presid...read more


Skoda signs agreement for 'urban mobility services'26 Sep 18

VW Group-owned Skoda, the city of Prague and the Faculty of Transportation Sciences at the Czech Technical University in Prague, say they will implement initiatives for sustainable urban mobility....read more


Renault plans Europe's 'biggest energy stationary storage system'26 Sep 18

Renault is announcing the launch of its "Advanced Battery Storage" program, which aims to build the biggest 'energy stationary storage system' using EV batteries designed in Europe by 2020....read more


SUVs set to dominate Paris launches26 Sep 18

The 2018 Paris motor show which runs between 4 and 14 October this year, comes at a time when the European automotive industry is facing three major challenges: the introduction of WLTP, trade tension...read more


Tenneco supplying suspension tech on Jag E-Pace26 Sep 18

Tenneco says it will supply suspension technology for the Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV. ...read more


Honda licenses hybrid patents from Paice, Abell Foundation26 Sep 18

Paice, a hybrid electric vehicle technology specialist, has announced that it has reached an agreement to license its patented technology to Honda....read more


Automakers struggle to find smart-home niche - study26 Sep 18

A specialist study looking at vehicle telematics and connections to the 'smart home' has concluded that automakers and associated industries are struggling to find their niche within it....read more


‘Digital camshaft’ gives engines an efficiency boost26 Sep 18

A British company has developed a digital valvetrain drive system that, it claims, can give petrol engines a diesel-level of efficiency and fuel economy with much lower NOx emissions. The inventors be...read more


VW China Loutang plant builds 10 million engines since 200626 Sep 18

Volkswagen Group China is celebrating the production of the 10 millionth engine at its Shanghai Volkswagen Powertrain (VWPT) Loutang plant. The plant, established in 2005 as a joint venture with long-...read more


Nissan beefs up domestic model testing26 Sep 18

Nissan Motor said on Wednesday an "extremely low awareness" of the seriousness of inspection standards and rules had led to improper measuring of exhaust emissions and fuel economy in vehicle models m...read more


Byton and Bosch sign strategic cooperation agreement26 Sep 18

Byton, a premium smart electric vehicle startup, and supplier Bosch Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Germany, focused on powertrain technology, braking and driver assistance systems....read more


Daimler's Zetsche to (eventually) chair supervisory board26 Sep 18

Daimler is to promote R&D chief Ola Kaellenius to management board chairman and head of the Mercedes-Benz Cars division, effective from the shareholders meeting in 2019. That will free up predecessor ...read more


Holden struggles as GM plans future models25 Sep 18

A series looking at what's coming for GM's many brands and a couple of its Chinese joint ventures has so far covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC, Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac. The last piece in the General M...read more


WLTP and trade spats lower BMW forecast25 Sep 18

BMW Group has lowered its guidance for full year 2018....read more


Proton hopes revived with new Geely SUV25 Sep 18

Malaysia’s Proton Holdings announced at the weekend it has already pre-sold over 5,000 units of its new X70, just a week after it opened the order book for the model....read more


Renault develops EV battery stationary storage25 Sep 18

Renault group has launched of Advanced Battery Storage, a stationary storage system for energy developed exclusively from new and recycled EV batteries....read more


ZF 'preparing to make truck platooning possible'25 Sep 18

ZF says that fully integrated ZF technology for truck platooning (driving automatically in close convoy for slip streaming) – sensor sets, the ZF ProAI supercomputer, ReAx electrohydraulic steering an...read more


Shared cars to complement not cannibalise industry - study25 Sep 18

A study by car retail marketplace and publisher Auto Trader suggests it’s a mistake to think that car ownership, or indeed the traditional retail sector, will be a victim of the sharing economy. ...read more


Visteon supplies Merc A-class cockpit domain controller25 Sep 18

Several months after the launch of Mercedes-Benz's A-Class (as the sedan version makes its debut), Visteon said it was supplying a claimed industry-first cockpit domain controller, SmartCore, which us...read more


ZF supplies active belt retractor for Merecdes CLS25 Sep 18

ZF said it had begun volume production of its next generation active control retractor, the ACR8, fitted by Mercedes in the CLS....read more


Citroen names new head of design25 Sep 18

Former BMW, Kia and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq has been named head of design for the Citroen brand from 1 November....read more


Used vehicle imports hamper African growth says NAAMSA chief25 Sep 18

Imports of used vehicles into many countries in Africa are "a big obstacle to new vehicle sales growth", according to Andrew Kirby, chairman of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of ...read more


Chery Auto to open design centre in Germany25 Sep 18

Chery Automobile says it will open a new design centre near Frankfurt at the city of Raunheim am Main. The newly founded Chery Europe GmbH will commence work there in January 2019....read more


Ford tries tech to clear way for emergency vehicles25 Sep 18

Together with Vodafone, Ford is one of a number of automakers now testing connected vehicle technology that could alert drivers to an accident ahead moments after it has happened....read more


Sirius swallows music streamer Pandora whole24 Sep 18

Satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings, whose subscription service is offered by most automakers in the US, is to buy online music service Pandora Media in a US$3.5bn all-share deal that observers...read more


Siemens launches 'e-mobility calculator' for city infrastructure24 Sep 18

Siemens is launching what it describes as 'the eMobility calculator', a tool that it says will estimate the infrastructure requirements and potential impacts of electric transportation in cities over ...read more


Volvo halts Iran truck assembly24 Sep 18

Volvo Trucks has reportedly ceased truck assembly in Iran due to US sanctions which mean it cannot be paid for shipped parts and knocked down kits....read more


Ford UK launches new 'buy online' service24 Sep 18

Recognising the growing trend for browsing and buying online, Ford's UK unit has launched a new Online Sales service, a consumer-focused website, which can be accessed anywhere, including through the ...read more


Schaeffler to make CVT chains in China24 Sep 18

Schaeffler will make continuously variable transmission (CVT) chains in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, a media report said....read more


Sogefi wins coolant module contract from German electric sports car manufacturer24 Sep 18

Sogefi says its coolant module has been chosen for a new full-electric sports car from a German car manufacturer....read more


Peugeot launches new petrol PHEV powertrains24 Sep 18

Peugeot has switched from diesel and announced the launch of a new plug-in hybrid petrol engine range destined for the 3008 SUV and redesigned 508 and 508 SW (wagon)....read more


Interior design and technology – Kia Sorento24 Sep 18

When Kia launched its third-generation seven-seater Sorento in 2015, it coincided with the second phase of the carmaker’s coming of age; shifting it from a purely value-driven company into a world-cla...read more


VW eyes virtual validation, test distance, concept cars, prototypes24 Sep 18

Volkswagen said it would use virtual validation to put driver assistance systems into production faster....read more


Porsche reiterates no more diesels24 Sep 18

Quietly dropping a statement onto its website on a Saturday was how Porsche, whose vehicles have been swept up in the Volkswagen group 'dieselgate' scandal, announced it was quitting the fuel for futu...read more


Management briefing - 2018 Paris motor show preview 24 Sep 18

It's going to be an unusual bienniel Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. European markets appear to be strong yet there is anxiety in the air due to worries about a correction in 2019. Not to mention some ...read more


Brexit continues to worry automakers - the week21 Sep 18

News Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover would be putting its Jag plant on a three-day week from next month was the most-read article on just-auto this week....read more


Ford French transmission plant sale may be agreed in October21 Sep 18

A deal to sell a Ford gearbox plant in France is inching forward and may be concluded next month....read more


Delphi Technologies launches powertrain controllers for HCVs21 Sep 18

Delphi Technologies is launching the latest version of its electronic controllers as a 'key pillar of its powertrain strategy for commercial vehicles'. The company says the generation 7 powertrain con...read more


Cummins signs agreement with KAMAZ21 Sep 18

Engine and powertrain specialist Cummins has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Russian truck maker KAMAZ for the development of electrified power solutions for a new product line of KAMA...read more


Hyundai to supply fuel-cell trucks to Swiss market21 Sep 18

Hyundai Motor, in cooperation with H2 Energy, is to provide 1,000 hydrogen fuel-cell electric trucks to the Swiss commercial vehicle market, beginning 2019 through to 2023....read more


Renault UK relaunches scrappage scheme21 Sep 18

Renault UK is relaunching its scrappage scheme, enabling customers to save up to GBP5,000 (US$6,636) on a brand new car....read more


Adient aims to stay ahead by offering market-tailored seats21 Sep 18

Adient says it is strengthening its position as the global leader in automotive seating by offering commercial vehicle manufacturers market-tailored driver and passenger seats....read more


PSA plans more German output cuts - reports21 Sep 18

PSA Group's reportedly plans to further scale back production at its Ruesselsheim plant near Frankfurt....read more


Renault promotes EV car sharing and energy saving on French island21 Sep 18

The Renault group, Morbihan Energie, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis have joined together to develop FlexMobile to manage energy on the French island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, off the coast of southern Brittany....read more


BYD launches three-powertrain Qin Pro sedan21 Sep 18

BYD launched its latest sedan model, the Qin Pro sedan, in Beijing with the choice of petrol, PHEV (plug-in hybrid) or EV (pure electric) powertrains....read more


Mitsubishi-Fuso to build new truck plant in Thailand21 Sep 18

Mitsubishi-Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC) announced it would build a new heavy truck assembly plant in Thailand....read more


LinkTour targets small EV market with Great Wall21 Sep 18

China's LinkTour is teaming up with Great Wall Motors (GWM) to launch a range of five new energy vehicles in little over a year....read more


GM future vehicles - Cadillac21 Sep 18

General Motors brands continue to be the focus of just-auto.com's latest future models series. Recent features have covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick, with Holden set to round out the s...read more


BMW and Daimler to base joint mobility company in Berlin20 Sep 18

BMW and Daimler plan to base their proposed global mobility company in Berlin....read more


Allison launches nine-speed autobox, expands electrification20 Sep 18

Allison Transmission said it would offer its medium-duty, fully automatic nine-speed transmission worldwide, adding it had developed an electric hybrid system with purely electric extended range....read more


'Jake brakes' to be made in Czech Republic20 Sep 18

Jacobs Vehicle Systems, a maker of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation systems, said it would open a factory in Brno, Czech Republic.bs Vehicle Systems, a maker of heavy-dut...read more


SAIC opens design studio in London20 Sep 18

SAIC Motor, parent company of the LDV and MG brands and a partner of General Motors and Volkswagen in Chinese joint ventures, has opened its 'Advanced London' design studio in a renovated building....read more


Thai sales rise 28% in August20 Sep 18

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to soar in August with sales rising 27.7% to 86,814 units from 67,962 units in the same month of last year, according to data compiled by the Federation of Thai...read more


Malaysia sales soar in August ahead of new taxes20 Sep 18

New vehicles sales in Malaysia continued to soar in August, by almost 27% to 65,551 units from 51,720 units in the same month of last year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA). ...read more


ZF to plough EUR12bn into CASE megatrends20 Sep 18

ZF says it will invest more than EUR12bn (US$14bn) in e-mobility and autonomous driving during the next five years as part of its drive to make the logistics chain part of current megatrends....read more


PSA promises EV version of every new model20 Sep 18

PSA - the maker of Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Vauxhall and Opel brands - has reiterated its EV plans, promising an electrified version of every new model....read more


Volkswagen torques up Amarok with new 580Nm V620 Sep 18

It's coming up for nine years old and still the VW Amarok powers on, recently gaining a range-topping diesel V6. But is it good enough to beat the similarly powered and equally pricey new Mercedes X 3...read more


VW ID Buzz Cargo debuts at IAA20 Sep 18

Volkswagen's commercial vehicle arm has shown the world premiere of the new ID Buzz Cargo - the commercial vehicle relation of the electric ID Buzz. It debuted this week at the IAA commercial vehicles...read more


Aston Martin shoots for GBP5bn IPO valuation20 Sep 18

Aston Martin has said it is seeking a valuation of up to GBP5.07bn in its upcoming IPO as it set a price range per share for its London stock market flotation later this year...read more


Knorr-Bremse and Continental combine on CV autonomous19 Sep 18

Knorr-Bremse and Continental will combine resources to develop a complete system for highly automated driving (HAD) in commercial vehicles....read more


CIE to acquire Inteva Roof Systems for US$755m19 Sep 18

CIE Automotive says it will purchase Inteva Roof Systems for US$755m on closing....read more


Daimler buys into EV school bus maker19 Sep 18

Daimler Trucks & Buses said it was investing in US company Proterra....read more


Wabco and Baidu to collaborate on Level 4 autonomous19 Sep 18

Wabco has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Baidu to collaborate on developing software for Level 4 autonomous driving in hub-to-hub highway applications for commercial vehicles....read more


US made Volvo cars now coming off line19 Sep 18

Geely's Volvo Cars has started actual production of the S60 mid-size luxury sedan at its first US factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina....read more


Lease deal bringing SAIC EV van to Europe19 Sep 18

LeasePlan and SAIC Mobility Europe have signed a memorandum of understanding to bring what they claims is the first large full electric light commercial vehicle (LCV) to continental Europe....read more


SMMT wants 'no-deal Brexit' ruled out19 Sep 18

As negotiations between the UK and EU reach a final stage for the UK's 2019 departure terms, the SMMT has said that it would like a 'no deal' Brexit to be ruled out. A 'no deal' Brexit would likely me...read more


Suzuki Jimny scores low in latest Euro NCAP tests19 Sep 18

Euro NCAP releases the safety ratings of four new cars today. Both the Audi A6 and the VW Touareg achieve a maximum five- star rating, the Ford Tourneo Connect achieves a solid four- star rating and t...read more


PSA trials Sochaux autonomous technology19 Sep 18

PSA’s Sochaux plant is trialling automated technology on a portion of its logistics platform, with the TractEasy autonomous industrial tow tractor able to navigate the plant environment without human ...read more


Valeo and Wabco ink CV/pedestrian safety MoU19 Sep 18

Valeo and Wabco have signed an MoU to bring active safety technology to the commercial vehicle market to protect pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic as well as enable autonomous driving features....read more


Daimler developing autonomous transport with BASF trials19 Sep 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has shown its Vision Urbanetic mobility concept at the commercial vehicles IAA in Hanover, revealing more details and a testing partnership after first showing the product...read more


Meridian leads UK self-driving working group19 Sep 18

Meridian, the gateway to self-driving vehicle development in the UK, has led the first working group to establish a global understanding of common requirements for connected and autonomous vehicles (C...read more


Indonesia sales rise 6% in August19 Sep 18

New vehicle sales in Indonesia continued to grow in August, by 5.9% to 102,197 units from 96,460 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaik...read more


New Ferrari CEO Camilleri lays out his plans18 Sep 18

According to a presentation made earlier on 18 September, Ferrari N.V. is charged with doubling pre-tax profit to between 1.8 and 2.0bn euro EBITDA in 2022. CEO Louis Camilleri has also laid out plans...read more


BMW plans Mini 2019 'summer shutdown' to coincide with Brexit18 Sep 18

BMW will bring forward the 2019 summer maintenance shut down at its Mini factory in Oxford to 1 April - just after the UK is expected to 'Brexit' (leave the EU) at the end of March....read more


EU eyes "circle of five" European automakers for emissions collusion18 Sep 18

The European Commission said on Tuesday (18 September) it had opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche) colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rul...read more


Steady car sales will keep global auto sector outlook stable - Moody's18 Sep 18

The outlook for the global automotive manufacturing industry remains stable over the next 12 to 18 months, reflecting expectations for steady demand across key regions despite looming challenges, Mood...read more


VW heavy vehicles unit to expand joint ventures in China18 Sep 18

Traton Group (VW's former heavy truck and bus unit) and China's CNHTC Group announced a further expansion of their long-term joint venture....read more


Changan and Huawei to develop intelligent and new energy vehicles18 Sep 18

Changan Automobile has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Huawei at Huawei's Shenzhen headquarters. Both companies will establish innovation centres and accelerate the development of automo...read more


Audi launches e-offensive with the world premiere of Audi e-tron18 Sep 18

i is launching its electrification offensive with the world premiere of the Audi e-tron....read more


Faurecia outlines technology for Paris show18 Sep 18

Faurecia will showcase its latest and disruptive technologies at the Paris Motor Show in its two areas of focus: Smart Life on Board and Sustainable Mobility....read more


Ford tests Cellular Vehicle To Everything (C-V2X) technology in China18 Sep 18

Ford said it had successfully conducted its first tests of Cellular Vehicle To Everything (C-V2X) technology on public roads in China, as part of an ongoing pilot project in Wuxi, Jiangsu....read more


VW hails premiere of the MEB EV platform18 Sep 18

The world premiere of Volkswagen's modular electric drive matrix (MEB) has taken place in Dresden. The brand says the newly developed technology platform will be the key to the "electric car for all" ...read more


Toyota sells 2m hybrids in Europe18 Sep 18

Toyota has delivered its two millionth hybrid electric vehicle in Europe nominating the milestone car a C-HR Hybrid crossover sold in Warsaw, Poland. ...read more


Renault Alliance and Google team on Android system 18 Sep 18

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google are partnering to embed the Android operating system in vehicles sold by the alliance, providing infotainment and applications across multiple models and brands, s...read more


Interior design and technology – Ford S-Max18 Sep 18

When Ford launched its seven-seater S-Max a decade ago - calling it a ‘sports activity vehicle’ to differentiate it from the larger Galaxy - competing models were thin on the ground.  Yet the second a...read more


Mahindra's Ssangyong reinstates workers fired in 200917 Sep 18

Mahindra & Mahindra's SsangYong Motor has reinstated workers sacked nine years ago, the Korea Herald reported....read more


Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover puts UK plant on three day week17 Sep 18

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has put its Castle Bromwich Jaguar plant in Birmingham on a three-day week, ironically, just ahead of opening its new Land Rover Discovery plant in Slovakia....read more


Volvo gets 'go' for Swedish autonomous tests17 Sep 18

Volvo will begin testing self-driving vehicles in the Gothenburg area of Sweden, according to local media reports....read more


By wire system can eliminate some vehicle testing robots17 Sep 18

Test system supplier, AB Dynamics has supplied drive by wire technology to Geely's Volvo Cars for vehicle testing. The so called Flex-0 system enables vehicles to be driven directly through the CAN bu...read more


GM future vehicles - electrifying Buick17 Sep 18

A series which looks http://intr.aroqgroup.com/cas3/qubearticlelist.aspx?SiteID=1at what's planned for the many divisions of General Motors out to the late 2020s now turns to Buick, having already cov...read more


CARB awards US$41m to Port of Los Angeles17 Sep 18

California's Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded US$41m to the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) for the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project....read more


Faraday Future appoints new VP of product, technology and IP17 Sep 18

Faraday Future (FF) says Jeff Risher has been appointed as vice president of Product, Technology and IP Strategy....read more


Chargepoint commits to 2.5m EV charging spots globally by 202517 Sep 18

ChargePoint has unveiled a worldwide commitment of 2.5m EV charging spots by 2025 at the Global Climate Action Summit....read more


BASF opens new laboratory for automotive coatings in Munster17 Sep 18

BASF's Coatings division has opened a new laboratory for automotive OEM coatings at its site in Munster, using a lab dosing machine developed for BASF....read more


New tariff fears concern auto investors17 Sep 18

The prospect of a new round of import tariffs imposed on Chinese goods has hit stock prices on European markets this morning....read more


Leclanché selected as EVN partner in UK17 Sep 18

Leclanché has been selected as EV Network’s partner to develop ultra-fast charging stations for electric cars across the UK....read more


Autoneum opens two new China plants17 Sep 18

Autoneum has opened two new plants in China to add to its existing eight facilities....read more


3D metallic printing gains traction - the week14 Sep 18

I'm not usually one for blowing me own hooter but this week's most-read item on just-auto was last week's week, if you get my drift, mostly musing on the former GM Europe brands Opel and Vauxhall, now...read more


VW China completes four factory projects14 Sep 18

Volkswagen has announced the completion of a major production expansion in China, opening four new facilities in Qingdao, Foshan and Tianjin in recent months....read more


Hyundai plans fuel-cell truck for 201914 Sep 18

Hyundai Motor has presented a first look at a render image of a new truck with a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain which is set to be launched in 2019....read more


VW board 'to discuss' Audi CEO Stadler's position14 Sep 18

Volkswagen Group's supervisory board is due to meet early next week to discuss the future of suspended Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, according to reports in the German media....read more


Hyundai Motor Group Chung succession closer14 Sep 18

Hyundai Motor Group has promoted chairman Chung Mong-koo's son, Chung Eui-sun, to a role of overseeing the company in a move that takes the succession at the top of Korea's largest automaker a little ...read more


Plant opening reflects committment to UK - Gestamp chief14 Sep 18

Gestamp says the opening of its new plant in the UK reflects the supplier's strong commitment to the country and its automotive sector....read more


ZF develops radar-based turn assist solutions for trucks14 Sep 18

At the IAA commercial vehicle show, ZF says it is presenting solutions that can help make trucks safer in inner-city traffic using a radar-based turn assist system to monitor the entire right vehicle ...read more


Daimler and Bosch demo automated valet parking in China14 Sep 18

Daimler and Bosch have demonstrated their joint automated valet parking pilot project in Beijing....read more


Gestamp opens new UK site ahead of any Brexit deal14 Sep 18

Gestamp says it 'made no sense' to wait until a final outcome of any exit agreement between the British government and the European Union before deciding on its further manufacturing plans in the UK....read more


Gestamp backs diesel as EC tightens emissions rules14 Sep 18

Gestamp says the automotive sector is "killing itself" as the furore surrounding the diesel sector shows no sign of going away....read more


Brazil August sales tally comes as a surprise14 Sep 18

Sales of new vehicles in Brazil in August reached 248,623 units, surprising industry watchers....read more


Putin, Abe attend Sollers Vladivostok engine plant opening14 Sep 18

Mazda Sollers has opened is new engine manufacturing plant in Vladivostok with a capacity of 50,000 units per year in an inaugural ceremony attended by Russian President, Vladimir Putin and Japanese P...read more


Tenneco shareholders approve Federal-Mogul buy14 Sep 18

Tenneco has secured approval from its shareholders to acquire Federal-Mogul....read more


Chevrolet future models - part 2 of 214 Sep 18

After the recent analyses of the current and future models of Baojun, Wuling, GMC and certain Chevrolet vehicles, the latest feature in the GM series centres on Chevrolet's SUVs and pick-ups. Followin...read more


Nio debuts on NYSE13 Sep 18

Chinese electric vehicle start-up Nio has debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The IPO has raised USD1bn, but early trading has seen a bumpy price. The raised capital is considerably less th...read more


Aston Martin details Rapide E13 Sep 18

Aston Martin has confirmed technical details of its 155-unit special edition Rapide E....read more


Daimler joins VW in premium used car joint venture13 Sep 18

Daimler, through its financial services division, will become a partner and investor in used vehicle platform heycar, which was launched by Volkswagen Financial Services in October 2017....read more


Lotus appoints Phil Popham to commercial role13 Sep 18

Group Lotus has announced the appointment of Phil Popham as Senior Vice-President – Commercial Operations for Group Lotus and CEO – Lotus Sports Cars, effective from 01 October 2018. Popham  will repo...read more


Gestamp opens new UK plant13 Sep 18

Metal components specialist Gestamp has opened a new manufacturing facility in the UK at Four Ashes near Wolverhampton (English west Midlands)....read more


Toyota to share hybrid tech with Geely - report13 Sep 18

Toyota is reportedly preparing to share hybrid technology with Geely, according to a Bloomberg report....read more


Adient names new president and CEO13 Sep 18

Tier One seating supplier Adient has named Douglas DelGrosso president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company, effective 1 October, 2018. He'll also join the board....read more


Updated Hyundai i20 heads for 250,000+ deliveries in 201813 Sep 18

The i20 is a car which can be overlooked when considering the most important models in the global B segment. It shouldn't be. Hyundai is on course to sell around 140,000 units of this five-door hatchb...read more


Magnomatics launches hybrid powertrain developed for Changan13 Sep 18

Magnomatics, which claims to be the world leader in magnetic gear technology, has launched its Magsplit device which combines engine power with an electrical boost system to provide what it calls "a s...read more


BMW US plant expected to dodge Hurricane Florence's worst - report13 Sep 18

BMW is continuing to build cars at its US SUV assembly plant in the state of Southern Carolina as towns and cities nearer the coast are all but abandoned as Hurricane Florence approaches, expected to ...read more


Lexus introduces Digital Side-View Monitors on the new ES13 Sep 18

Lexus has announced its introduction of 'Digital Side-View' monitors on the new ES launched in Japan in October....read more


Grupo Antolin reports sales up 6% in H1 201813 Sep 18

Grupo Antolin, one of the largest manufacturers of vehicle interiors in the world, achieved sales of EUR2,602m in the first six months of 2018, compared to EUR2,594m (US$3,016m) in the same period the...read more


Next Future Transportation launches autonomous warehousing pods13 Sep 18

Next Future Transportation has launched a fully automated multiservice 'online to offline' (O2O) platform, including a modular vehicle and supporting operating system for logistics services....read more


VW boosts QuantumScape stake13 Sep 18

The Volkswagen Group said it had concluded the planned increase in its stake in the California technology company QuantumScape....read more


Ricardo and Roke launch new 'Digital Resilience Lab'13 Sep 18

Ricardo and Roke have jointly launched a new Digital Resilience Lab to 'help automotive manufacturers design and produce the next generation of secure vehicles and realise the vision of future transpo...read more


Volvo Trucks presents autonomous solution for freight13 Sep 18

Volvo Trucks is presenting a new transport solution consisting of autonomous electric commercial vehicles that it says can contribute to more efficient, safer and cleaner transportation. The long-term...read more


China sales drop a further 4% in August13 Sep 18

New vehicle sales in China fell by 3.8% to 2.103m units in August from 2.186m units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)....read more


LG Chem acquires US coatings manufacturer Uniseal 13 Sep 18

LG Chem announced on Wednesday it has acquired US automotive sealants and adhesives manufacturer Uniseal, as the South Korean company continues to expand its presence in the global automotive industry...read more


Novares acquires 20% of APAG-CoSyst12 Sep 18

The Novares Venture Capital Fund has acquired a stake of 20% in APAG Holding to develop Novares' integrated lighting and mechatronics devices and other products....read more


NSK claims steering column offers greater driver safety12 Sep 18

NSK has developed a tilt and telescopic steering column it claims offers improved collision safety thanks to a new design of breakaway structure that improves reliability in an impact....read more


VW claims first to HP 3D metallic printing for small parts12 Sep 18

Volkswagen claimed to be the first automotive manufacturer using HP's Metal Jet 3D printing technology which simplifies and speeds up metallic printing....read more


Gordon Murray Design claims it can halve vehicle body weight12 Sep 18

UK-based design and engineering company Gordon Murray Design has unveiled the latest version of its iStream automotive manufacturing system which it says revolutionises the way cars are manufactured a...read more


Wabco opens braking systems facility in Thailand12 Sep 18

Wabco has announced the inauguration of a new advanced production base in Rayong, Thailand, to support increased local demand for braking systems from major commercial vehicle manufacturers....read more


Nissan US to standardise safety and driver assist package on all 'top selling' models12 Sep 18

Nissan's US unit said it was introducing Safety Shield 360, six active safety and driver assist items, as standard equipment on all of its top selling models by 2021, about 1m vehicles a year....read more


US car dealers oppose import tariffs in survey12 Sep 18

According to data from the Q3 2018 Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index (CADSI), US automobile dealers are more positive than negative in describing the current market in the third quarter but are fe...read more


Skoda opens new innovation hub in Czech Republic12 Sep 18

With the motto ‘Ready for the Future’, Skoda has inaugurated its new InnoCube innovation area, which is located in a former abbey building near Malda Boleslav....read more


Ricardo develops efficient single-speed transmission for EVs12 Sep 18

Ricardo says it has developed a new single-speed E-Axle transmission that offers a balance of efficiency and performance, together with low total cost of ownership....read more


JLR puts pressure on UK gov for right EU Brexit deal12 Sep 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) CEO Ralph Speth has warned that a UK-EU Brexit trade deal is needed that protects frictionless trade between the UK and the EU or the company will be faced with addi...read more


Iceland to ban ICEs by 2030 to meet Paris deal12 Sep 18

Iceland is to ban registrations of fossil fuel cars by 2030 as part of plans to meet the country's Paris Agreement targets and become carbon neutral by 2040....read more


Vietnam sales fall 7% in August12 Sep 18

New vehicle sales in Vietnam fell by 7.4% to 19,213 units in August from already weak year earlier sales of 20,746 units, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Asso...read more


UK to plough GBP106m into green technologies12 Sep 18

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has unveiled a GBP106m (US$138m) package for projects developing green battery, vehicle and refuelling technologies at the UK's first Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Su...read more


Mercedes Vans shows people/cargo autonomous van concept12 Sep 18

Daimler has unveiled its Vision Urbanetic concept which, it claimed, "answers the questions of future urban mobility" as an autonomous driving platform which can be fitted either with a cargo module o...read more


Updated Mazda MX-5 reaches UK11 Sep 18

Mazda's upgraded MX-5 is now being rolled out in its most important European market, the UK....read more


Musk mulls Tesla colour choice reduction11 Sep 18

Tesla may reduce paint colour choices for its cars to streamline production, chief executive officer Elon Musk reportedly tweeted as the automaker tries to boost production....read more


Aston Martin says new plant will be ‘home of electrification'11 Sep 18

IPO-bound Aston Martin says its new facility at St Athan in Wales will become Aston Martin’s centre for electrification and the manufacturing home for the new all-electric Lagonda brand....read more


New British JV to make EV batteries for Aston Martin11 Sep 18

A new joint venture between Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group is set to open in Coventry, in the English automaking Midlands, early in 2019, creating around 90 jobs. It wil...read more


LEVC announces electric van trials11 Sep 18

The Geely-owned LEVC (London EV Company, formerly the London Taxi Company) has announced that it is due to start trials with potential customers of its new range-extender electric van in London in the...read more


Pirelli quits Venezuela as economic crisis grows11 Sep 18

Pirelli says it has 'disposed' of its car tyre factory in Guacara, Venezuela and has ceased all activities in the country after 28 years....read more


Audi launching e-tron EV with integrated toll road payment tech11 Sep 18

Audi's US unit said the e-tron SUV, which makes its global debut in San Francisco on 17 September, will be the VW group premium brand's first vehicle to launch with integrated toll payment technology....read more


Hyundai Cradle invests in Seattle based mobility provider Migo11 Sep 18

Hyundai Cradle, Hyundai Motor Company's corporate venturing and open innovation business, says it has invested in Migo, a leading privately held Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) company based in Seattle t...read more


Bridgestone acquires ETB11 Sep 18

Bridgestone has announced the full share acquisition of UK automotive service provider, ETB....read more


ACEA sounds alarm on EU CO2 targets after parliament vote11 Sep 18

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has sounded the alarm on the outcome of yesterday's (10 September) European Parliament vote on future CO2 targets for cars and vans....read more


Japan sales rise 2.5% in August11 Sep 18

Japan's new vehicle market rose by 2.5% to 364,216 units in August from already strong year earlier sales of 355,307 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturer...read more


South Korean imports rise in August despite BMW slump11 Sep 18

Sales of imported passenger vehicles in South Korea rose by 9.5% to 19,206 units in August from 17,547 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributo...read more


Avid appoints Mike Dowsett as Business Development VP11 Sep 18

UK automotive clean-tech firm, Avid Technology Group has appointed Mike Dowsett VP of Business Development, to lead its expansion in North America....read more


Chevrolet future models - part 111 Sep 18

After the recent analyses of the current and future models of Baojun, Wuling and GMC, the latest feature in the GM series centres on Chevrolet's cars, minivans and electrified models....read more


Investors finally get VW into court over dieselgate10 Sep 18

Volkswagen investors hauled the carmaker into a German court today (10 September) to seek EUR9.2bn (US$10.6bn) compensation for share price falls following news of the diesel emissions scandal breakin...read more


VinFast shows more pictures of Paris debut models10 Sep 18

Vietnamese OEM start-up VinFast has issued more images of its upcoming models which will debut at the Paris Motor Show next month....read more


i30 N shows Volkswagen should fear Hyundai10 Sep 18

Who would have thought even five years ago that Hyundai would be an equal to Renaultsport? The expanding N division is also now a threat to VW’s GTI models....read more


Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson extends contract to 202210 Sep 18

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has extended the contract of chief executive and president Hakan Samuelsson by another two years to 2022. It says the extension provides the company with 'management continuity ...read more


Daimler sets eight month sales record despite August fall in key markets10 Sep 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz said its unit sales in the first eight months of 2018 rose 1.1% year on year to a record 1,512,268....read more


Ford readies new Transit van line with added 48v mild hybrid and PHEV10 Sep 18

Ford is about to launch a new Transit van line with connectivity and PHEV options at the Hannover CV show. It will also offer new telematics and fleet monitoring products....read more


Volvo Cars IPO plan postponed10 Sep 18

Plans for a public listing of Volvo Cars by owner Geely have been postponed amid automotive sector uncertainties and depressed share prices for automotive stocks....read more


Hyundai set to start Philppines assembly 10 Sep 18

Hyundai Motor's Philippine importer and distributor, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc (HARI), said it plans to spend PHP5bn (US$93m) over the next five years to set up local assembly operations in the count...read more


BYD and Baidu to mass-produce self-driving cars by 202110 Sep 18

Chinese automaker BYD and local tech giant Baidu last week announced plans to begin mass production together of self-driving cars by 2021, according to local news reports....read more


Toyota in Japan plans restart for earthquake hit production lines10 Sep 18

Toyota has issued a statement regarding vehicle production in Japan following earthquakes in Hokkaido since September 6....read more


Russia August sales rise 11%10 Sep 18

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased 11% in August according to data from the Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC)....read more


Michelin unveils Pascal Couasnon as Mobility Experience director10 Sep 18

Michelin has unveild Pascal Couasnon as director of the Mobility Experience Business Line, replacing Alexandre Taisne, while also maintaining the supervision of the Motorsport Business Line (Competiti...read more


Bridgestone names new EMEA chief operating officer10 Sep 18

Bridgestone says Ulf Harring has taken on a new role as chief operating officer (COO) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa....read more


Taiwan sales plunge 29% in August due to 'ghost' month10 Sep 18

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 28.8% to 26,035 units in August from 36,575 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing data compiled by Taiwan's directorate of highways....read more


Aston Martin Lagonda taking company public, plans output boost10 Sep 18

Hand built luxury sportscar maker Aston Martin Lagonda has announced an initial public offering (IPO) and will list its shares for trading on the London Stock Exchange LSE). It also said it planned to...read more


Hands-On Tech - SsangYong Rexton10 Sep 18

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we put Korean manufacturer SsangYong's system to the test*. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in de...read more


Schuler and Porsche team to build press shop 10 Sep 18

Porsche and Schuler have signed a contract for a joint venture to build a press shop focusing on aluminium body panels and small batch production, creating 100 jobs....read more


PSA makes the first big Opel move - the week7 Sep 18

"We don't plan any job losses." How often have you heard that as Company A gobbles up Company B and nervous workers await the almost inevitable axe or, at best, substantial changes to their conditions...read more


Earthquake halts Toyota Japan production - reports7 Sep 18

Toyota reportedly has halted much production in Japan following an earthquake. It has 18 plants there....read more


West European car market gets 27% WLTP boost in August7 Sep 18

Western Europe's car market grew by a staggering 26.6% year-on-year (YoY) in August, although this was largely a result of one-off effects linked to the change to WLTP emissions regulations....read more


Ford's UK parts chief concerned by Brexit uncertainty7 Sep 18

Ford's UK aftermarket parts distribution manager, Andy Blaber, has told just-auto that he is "naturally concerned" by the uncertainties surrounding the UK's exit from the EU in 2019 and the status of ...read more


RHA urges UK-EU to stick to implementation period7 Sep 18

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is calling on the UK Government and the European Union (EU) to go ahead with the agreed 21-month implementation period if there is no Brexit deal....read more


Nissan announces new India strategy7 Sep 18

Nissan has announced a new strategy for India which will see it launch new products, strengthen the Nissan and Datsun brands, expand its dealer network, optimise flexible manufacturing and boost R&D f...read more


Ford boosts ADAS equipment in Gen 4 Focus7 Sep 18

Ford has boosted the level of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) equipment in its latest fourth generation Focus model now going on sale in Europe....read more


Johnson Matthey joins Hydrogen Council7 Sep 18

Johnson Matthey (JM) has joined the Hydrogen Council, the largest industry-led effort seeking to develop the economy in the alternative fuel....read more


Citroen Brazil launches 'localised' C4 Cactus7 Sep 18

Because the SUV market keeps growing steadily here in Brazil, automakers have plenty of opportunities to launch new or improved models....read more


UACJ to construct new China plant7 Sep 18

UACJ is to build a new battery foil production facility in China and expand its business....read more


Linglong Tyre inks US$994m Serbia plant deal7 Sep 18

Linglong Tyre has signed an investment memorandum with Serbian Minister of Economy, Goran Kneževic, for a US$994m plant in the Zrenjanin Free Trade Zone....read more


Cooper Standard opens new Japan headquarters7 Sep 18

Cooper Standard has opened its new Japan headquarters and engineering centre in Yokohama....read more


Petrol prices nudge Kiwis into smaller new cars6 Sep 18

"With the continued high price of petrol, we are starting to see a small but discernible shift towards smaller vehicles," New Zealand's Motor Industry Association (MIA) said as it announced August 201...read more


Ford recalls 2m trucks in North America6 Sep 18

Hot on the heels of Toyota's worldwide recall of 1m hybrids, Ford announced it was calling back around 2m trucks, mostly in the US....read more


Bendix launches BlindSpotter side object detection system6 Sep 18

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems says its new BlindSpotter features an upgraded radar unit and the ability to integrate with its advanced driver assistance system, Wingman Fusion....read more


UK light commercial market rises 5% in August6 Sep 18

New light commercial vehicle registrations in the UK in August 2018 rose 5% year on year to 16,394 units....read more


Grupo Antolin opens new China plant6 Sep 18

Grupo Antolin has opened its new factory in Shenyang, China....read more


Daimler switches US Sprinter build from SKD to CKD6 Sep 18

The US launch of Daimler's 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vans Sprinter follows the opening of a much expanded assembly plant in North Charleston and a switch from semi knocked-down (SKD) to completely knocked-do...read more


TomTom integrates data with RideOS routing platform6 Sep 18

TomTom is to integrate its real-time and historical traffic data, speed profiles and map into RideOS’ routing platform for self-driving vehicles to improve predictive analytics....read more


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spends $30m on autonomous testing site6 Sep 18

FCA's US unit said it spent US$30m at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in southeast Michigan to further development and testing of autonomous vehicle and advanced safety technology....read more


The SUVs and trucks in GMC's future6 Sep 18

Following our foray into the future model strategies of GM's Baojun and Wuling brands, we return to the US to look at GM's truck-and-SUV-themed brand, GMC....read more


South Korea to increase penalties for recall delays6 Sep 18

The South Korean government said it will impose tougher penalties on vehicle manufacturers that try to hide vehicle defects and delay recalls, according to local reports....read more


Indonesia to hike import tariffs as rupiah falls6 Sep 18

The Indonesian government this week announced it would increase import tariffs on a wide range of consumer goods in response to the falling rupiah and the country's deteriorating current account....read more


Gefco finalises GLT Europe-Morroco acquisition6 Sep 18

Gefco has completed its acquisition of Europe-Morroco transport specialist, GLT following European Regulatory approval....read more


Mercedes launches EQC two-motor EV crossover5 Sep 18

Daimler's new Mercedes-Benz EQC battery electric crossover has two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300kW and a claimed electric range of about 450km (280 miles) u...read more


Segula looks to expand Rüsselsheim site if takeover succeeds5 Sep 18

Segula Technlogoies says it is looking to "increase its footprint" at a Centre of Excellence in Rüsselsheim, as it moots taking on up to 2,000 staff of the Opel R&D site....read more


Hyundai agrees new truck partnership in China5 Sep 18

Hyundai Motor has joined forces with China's Sichuan Energy Industry Investment Group to evaluate opportunities in the commercial vehicle sector....read more


Toyota to recall over 1m hybrids to check wiring5 Sep 18

Toyota Motor has announced a recall of 1.03m hybrid vehicles in Japan, North America, Europe and other regions....read more


Mando acquires California AV testing permit5 Sep 18

Halla-owned Mando has acquired an autonomous vehicle (AV) testing permit in the state of California....read more


Mercedes rolls out EV recharging network in Thailand5 Sep 18

Mercedes-Benz Thailand is on target to complete the roll-out of 200 recharging stations in Thailand by the end of September, according to a company statement....read more


Opel engages unions on potential Segula jobs transfer5 Sep 18

PSA and Opel say they have informed unions of plans to discuss a potential partnership with engineering service provider, Segula Technologies, which could see up to 2,000 jobs transfer to the solution...read more


Will SAIC GM Wuling benefit if China's SUV boom fizzles?5 Sep 18

Baojun was first, now Wuling is the second General Motors brand to have its current and future passenger vehicles looked at as part of a new series of articles. Both makes are part of SGMW, and while ...read more


UK new car market up 23% in August5 Sep 18

The UK's new car market turned in an impressive looking 23.1% rate of growth on last year's pace during the month of August, according to SMMT data. However, the SMMT also pointed out that the month o...read more


Utilities prop up August US light vehicle sales5 Sep 18

Expectations of a sales increase met the realities of consumer economics in August....read more


Ionity reveals more EV charging details5 Sep 18

Ionity has revealed further details concerning its electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network....read more


Hydrogen refuelling networks starting to grow5 Sep 18

As the push towards electrification gathers pace, there are still a couple of vehicle makers who are placing bets on fuel cells, notably the Hyundai group in South Korea, and Japan's Toyota....read more


Calsonic Kansei appoints Andy Koehler as CPO5 Sep 18

Calsonic Kansei has appointed Andy Koehler as Japan-based Chief Procurement Officer and who will report to CEO, Beda Bolzenius....read more


Suzuki hands China over to local partner4 Sep 18

Suzuki appears headed for the emergency exit door from China after announcing today (4 September) it was pulling out of a second local joint venture....read more


Parlez-vous Anglais, French car?4 Sep 18

PSA Group has signed an agreement with Silicon Valley start-up SoundHound, which claims to be the leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language voice recognition technology, to supply vo...read more


Mahle now fully owns Italian thermostat unit4 Sep 18

The Mahle Group said it last month acquired all the shares in the former joint venture Behr Thermot-tronik Italia (BTTI) now renamed Mahle Behr Grugliasco....read more


South Korean sales rise 4.5% in August4 Sep 18

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers combined rose by 4.5% to 126,336 vehicles in August from 120,847 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released in...read more


Shell renews as BMW aftermarket engine oil supplier4 Sep 18

Shell has renewed its status as BMW's only recommended supplier for aftermarket engine oils in the UK for a further three years until the end of 2022 for all BMW Group brands; BMW, BMW i, BMW M, MINI,...read more


BYD sending more ebuses to Israel4 Sep 18

BYD has confirmed an order for the first ever pure electric buses for Jerusalem, Israel....read more


NXP acquires OmniPHY for autonomous driving solutions4 Sep 18

NXP Semiconductors has acquired OmniPHY, a provider of automotive Ethernet subsystem technology, although financial details were not disclosed....read more


Hella completes sale of wholesale businesses4 Sep 18

Lighting and electronics specialist, Hella has successfully concluded the sale of the Danish and Polish wholesale businesses, FTZ and Inter-Team. ...read more


EC approves Sachs Micro Mobility JV4 Sep 18

European Commission (EC) officials have approved, through the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control of Sachs Micro Mobility, a newly established JV, by ZF Friedrichshafen, Gustav Mage...read more


PSA inks AI and voice partnership with SoundHound4 Sep 18

PSA has signed a partnership agreement with Silicon Valley artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language voice recognition start-up, SoundHound....read more


Exports drive UK July CV output4 Sep 18

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing increased by 12.8% in July 2018, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data....read more


UK engine output inches up in July4 Sep 18

UK engine production remained steady in July, increasing by a modest 1% to 194,974 units....read more


ACEA raises electric vehicle employment concerns 4 Sep 18

ACEA is citing a recent report by FTI Consulting, claiming the European Commission (EC) underestimates the impact of a forced push for electric cars on EU employment....read more


Luxoft teams with LG for WebOS automotive plan4 Sep 18

Luxoft has partnered with LG Electronics to help create the next generation WebOS as part of a strategy to extend its capabilities and ecosystem into the automotive, robotics and smart home verticals....read more


China mulls capacity curbs3 Sep 18

China will stop "haphazard investment and redundant development" in its vehicle industry, an official from the state planning agency was quoted as saying....read more


Ford eyes Europe model range cull3 Sep 18

Ford could drop some of its model offerings in Europe as it looks to restructure further in the region, according to media reports....read more


German Tesla challenge starts in Stockholm3 Sep 18

Mercedes' launch of the EQC electric SUV tomorrow (4 September) marks the start of European return fire against Tesla in the luxury electric segment....read more


Kia global sales flat in August3 Sep 18

Kia Motors Corporation sales worldwide in August 2018 of passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles dipped 0.2% year on year to 223,648 units....read more


PSA says Sochaux working normally after stoppage3 Sep 18

PSA says its Sochaux plant as well as other French sites are stocked and working normally following a manual gearbox supply issue....read more


Blickfeld raises seed funding to US$10m3 Sep 18

Lidar start-up, Blickfeld has increased its seed funding from US$4.3m to $10m....read more


Ford drops plan to ship Focus from China to US3 Sep 18

New tariffs on cars made in China and shipped to the US have led to Ford cancelling plans to ship the Chinese-made Focus Active variant to the US market....read more


Chengdu motor show world debuts list3 Sep 18

SAIC, General Motors and the Volkswagen Group revealed the most important new and future models at this year's Chengdu motor show. Below is a list of vehicle world debuts. A trending return towards C ...read more


VW to invest in Ghana and Nigeria3 Sep 18

During German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Africa, Volkswagen has signed two memorandums of understanding  with the governments of Ghana and Nigeria....read more


Hyundai-Kia ponders exports to SE Asia from China3 Sep 18

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors are considering exporting cars from China to south east Asia as they struggle with overcapacity in the world's largest vehicle market, according to South Korean ...read more


LG to strengthen auto business with new partnerships3 Sep 18

LG Electronics is looking to significantly increase its global automotive component sales by targeting growth segments such as autonomous driving. ...read more


DLR unveils lightweight vehicle concept3 Sep 18

DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt) has developed a concept for small vehicles as part of the Next Generation Car (NGC) project....read more


Why Baojun could become GM China's No.1 brand3 Sep 18

Seven years ago it didn't exist. Today it's General Motors' number two brand in the world's largest market. Baojun is more successful than Chevrolet, isn't far behind Buick and outsells Wuling by a fa...read more




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