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VW begins production of new Passat in India21 Sep 17

Volkswagen has started Indian production of its Passat, positioned in that market as a premium luxury sedan, at its Aurangabad factory in Maharashtra state....read more


Mexico earthquake prompts plant status reviews21 Sep 17

Carmakers with plants in Mexico are assessing them for earthquake related disruptions this week, but the initial impact on operations caused by the earthquake that struck the Mexico City area appears ...read more


ZF looks to add piece to puzzle with Baidu link21 Sep 17

ZF says its tie-up with Chinese internet company, Baidu provides another "piece in the puzzle" as it looks to extend its technological reach into nrew spheres....read more


Sapa re-opens Welsh factory21 Sep 17

Norwegian-owned aluminium company Sapa is to re-open its factory in Bedwas to supply the automotive industry with lightweight body structures....read more


Yanfeng CTO on redefining vehicle interiors21 Sep 17

Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is a joint venture between Yanfeng, one of the largest automotive suppliers in China and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. Conti...read more


Indian car market forecast to grow 9% in 2017 - report21 Sep 17

The car market in India is set for growth of around 9% in 2017 according to Moody's ratings service....read more


Hella expanding its software resources in Berlin21 Sep 17

Hella says it is further developing its subsidiary company Hella Aglaia in Berlin, specialised in image processing and software solutions. The company has moved into its new headquarters in the Berlin...read more


Plastic Omnium to focus 100% on automotive21 Sep 17

Plastic Omnium is to sell its whole Environment Division to focus exclusively on automotive operations....read more


Grenzebach Maschinenbau to sell Ventech Systems to Goodyear20 Sep 17

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to acquire Ventech Systems, a specialist in automated tyre inspection technology, from Grenzebach Maschinenbau....read more


Audi launches premium mobility service in Beijing20 Sep 17

Audi says it has launched its 'Audi on demand+' premium mobility service for China in Beijing....read more


Volvo Cars to add 2nd line at US plant - report20 Sep 17

Volvo Cars is reportedly planning to ramp up investment in its US production facility to add a second production line, reports say....read more


Canadian plant strike over labour contract threatens GM SUV supply20 Sep 17

Workers at General Motors CAMI assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, want a resolution to the contract impasse that has them on the picket line this week while a looming shortage of a popular SUV the pla...read more


Ford plans temporary shutdowns at five plants20 Sep 17

Ford is planning temporary shutdowns at five plants this year as it looks to reduce inventories and adjust output plans according to market demand....read more


Beijing mulls relaxation of rules to boost EVs20 Sep 17

China's government is reportedly considering a relaxation of its rules applying to foreign inward investment in order to boost the EV market and sector in the country....read more


ANALYSIS - Mazda vehicle architectures and future models20 Sep 17

Having invested heavily in a lightweight architecture, a family of highly efficient engines and an ever expanding range of SUVs, Mazda is thriving. The company's size and its lack of expertise in the ...read more


US judge blocks DoJ's 25m VW documents share with German law firm20 Sep 17

A federal magistrate judge reportedly has blocked the US Justice Department (DoJ) from sharing Volkswagen diesel emissions related documents....read more


Magna opens new vision systems engineering centre in Shanghai20 Sep 17

Magna, which claims to be the global market leader in automotive mirrors, has opened a new engineering centre in Shanghai to bring its latest vision systems to local automakers....read more


Wabco completes RH Sheppard acquisition20 Sep 17

Wabco Holdings announced it had completed the acquisition of RH Sheppard, a supplier of steering technologies for commercial vehicles. This followed the successful conclusion of the required regulator...read more


GM factories power towards 100% renewable energy sources20 Sep 17

All GM’s Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities, including those building the Chevrolet Cruze, Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickup trucks, are to meet their electricity needs through 100% re...read more


Ingress takes control of Indian parts JV20 Sep 17

Thai automotive components manufacturer Ingress Industrial Thailand, 60% owned by Malaysia's Ingress Corporation, has taken full control of its Indian joint venture Ingress Mayur Auto Ventures....read more


Magna CTO on autonomous drive platform technologies, new materials and processes20 Sep 17

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we caught up with Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer of Magna International at the IAA to learn more about its...read more


ZF and Faurecia detail collaboration with Cockpit 202520 Sep 17

ZF and its partner Faurecia have unveiled the initial results of their collaboration, following the introduction of their new seat concept during IAA 2017....read more


Tokyo show debuts: MMC e-Evolution concept20 Sep 17

Mitsubishi Motors is the first manufacturer to announce a world premiere for the Tokyo motor show....read more


Knorr-Bremse withdraws offer for Haldex19 Sep 17

Knorr-Bremse has announced the withdrawal of its public offer for Haldex....read more


Punch Powertrain on a rapid growth track19 Sep 17

Punch Powertrain is a transmission supplier that’s creeping up on the rails of the more established suppliers such as Aisin, JATCO and ZF and is providing them with stiff competition. Since 2013 it’s ...read more


Iranian customs hold up 15,000 new imported cars19 Sep 17

Some 15,000 cars are held up at customs in Iran for regulatory reasons, according to a local media report....read more


Iranian car output up 22% in five months19 Sep 17

Fresh data on Iranian car production showed a 21.8% growth during the first five months of the current fiscal year that started in March, a local report said....read more


Toyota promises variety of vehicle types as well as EVs19 Sep 17

Toyota Motor president Akio Toyoda said the automaker would continue to make a variety of vehicle types even though tighter global regulations are prompting development of more electric vehicles....read more


Malaysian assembly of Mitsubishi Outlander begins19 Sep 17

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has begun local assembly of the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV at the Tan Chong Motor Assemblies (TCMA) plant in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur....read more


French gov looking at incentives for old cars phase-out19 Sep 17

The French government is reportedly examining a series of new incentives and taxes to phase out polluting vehicles....read more


Other transport modes 'partners not enemies' - VDA president19 Sep 17

Germany's automotive industry association (VDA) president is urging carmakers to view other transport modes as operating in tandem and not in competition....read more


Adient VP on interior solutions for future vehicle concepts19 Sep 17

New forms of mobility such as autonomous driving, car sharing and electromobility were hot topics at this year’s IAA show in Frankfurt. Adient, the world’s largest supplier of car seating, used the ev...read more


Honda America begins mass production of new 2018 Accord19 Sep 17

Honda of America (HAM) marked the start of volume production of the redesigned 2018 Accord (the first Honda model built in the US back in 1982) with an announcement of new spending and jobs at the fac...read more


Study says diesels worse than petrol on CO219 Sep 17

A new study by Brussels-based sustainable transport lobbyists Transport & Environment (T&E) claims that diesel cars not only pollute the air but also emit more climate-change emissions (CO2) than petr...read more


Nissan Brazil plant builds 150,000 cars in three years19 Sep 17

Three years after starting operations, Nissan Brazil has built 150,000 cars at its Resende Industrial Complex....read more


Geely to appoint new Proton CEO19 Sep 17

Proton Holdings’ current CEO Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali will step down from his post at the end of September, parent company DRB-Hicom announced in a formal statement to the Malaysian stock exchange....read more


Mahindra and Ford to explore India alliance19 Sep 17

Mahindra Group and Ford are to develop an alliance to leverage the benefits of Ford’s global reach and Mahindra’s scale in India....read more


IIHS-HLDI appoints David Harkey as president19 Sep 17

David Harkey is to become president of The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI), succeeding Adrian Lund who is retiring....read more


Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe unveil Range+ charger19 Sep 17

Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe (MTEE), a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group company, has unveiled Range+, a power generator capable of rapidly charging the battery of a battery electric vehi...read more


Mitsubishi to boost Russian plant output18 Sep 17

In a sign the Russian economy is picking up, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced it will resume production of the Pajero Sport at its Kaluga plant 180km south west of Moscow....read more


Management briefing - Frankfurt motor show overview18 Sep 17

Did Mercedes-AMG win the battle of the clicks for news coverage from the 2017 Frankfurt IAA? The Project ONE hypercar was certainly one of the highlights - when did we last see an F1 engine in a road ...read more


GF Linamar secures US magnesium component order18 Sep 17

GF Linamar, a joint venture between GF Automotive and Linamar, has been awarded a large order from a unnamed US manufacturer to produce lightweight magnesium components....read more


Wabco to buy out Meritor joint venture18 Sep 17

Wabco Holdings said it would take full ownership of the Meritor Wabco joint venture and has signed an agreement to purchase its partyner's stakefor US$250m....read more


A123 to invest in Solid Power18 Sep 17

A123 is to invest in Solid Power, a developer of technology which works in the energy density and safety of next generation batteries....read more


Philippine sales rise by 9% in August18 Sep 17

New vehicle sales in the Philippines rose by 8.7% to 35,309 units in August, from 32,472 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufactu...read more


Indonesian sales flat in August18 Sep 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia were almost unchanged in August at 96,460 units compared with 96,280 units in the same month of last year, according to local reports citing data from industry associati...read more


Samsung sets up $300m fund to develop autonomous cars, pushing $89m to TTTech18 Sep 17

This year’s IAA saw Samsung and Harman launch an autonomous/ADAS strategic business unit and announce a $300m Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund to accelerate their presence in the autonomous sector. ...read more


General Motors to recall 2.5m cars in China18 Sep 17

General Motors' local joint ventures in China are to recall around 2.51m vehicles from the end of October to replace faulty airbag inflators produced by troubled Japanese supplier Takata....read more


Hyundai Motor America names new president and CEO18 Sep 17

Hyundai Motor America has named Kyung Soo Lee as president and CEO effective today (18 September)....read more


HERE/Hamburg team on intelligent mobility18 Sep 17

Hamburg and HERE Technologies have inked an MoU for traffic-relevant data with the goal of enhancing safety and pollutant emissions levels by improving vehicle flows. ...read more


Ford joins American Centre for Mobility as founder18 Sep 17

Ford has contributed US$5m to the American Centre for Mobility (ACM) to support connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology development....read more


Saint-Gobain starts UK anechoic chamber for noise tests18 Sep 17

Saint-Gobain has started its anechoic chamber in Bristol, UK, designed to absorb reflections of sound to test noise and vibration in applications such as seats, car doors and steering systems....read more


Dacia unveils UK scrappage scheme18 Sep 17

Dacia has unveiled a scheme allowing UK customers to trade-in and scrap their older vehicle for a new Dacia Duster.  ...read more


IAC and Shanghai Shenda form Auria Solutions JV18 Sep 17

Shanghai Shenda and IAC Group have officially closed a joint venture transaction, forming Auria Solutions, a new global supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry....read more


Frankfurt (mostly) - the week15 Sep 17

Of course, many eyes were either at or on the bi-annual Frankfurt show this week. Including ours....read more


New order: world in motion dances to China’s beat15 Sep 17

It used to be the way that a trip to a major European motorshow was a good chance for the assembled press to have a good laugh at the latest attempts by the Chinese OEMs to infiltrate the European ma...read more


ANALYSIS - What the Giulia says about Alfa Romeo's future15 Sep 17

Alfa Romeo is at long last on the rise. Across Europe and in the US too, Giulia sales, after a slow start, are accelerating. In many ways, this D segment sedan is good enough to be compared with the b...read more


Toyota supplies Mirai FCVs to German ride sharer15 Sep 17

The first 20 (of 35) Toyota Mirai were handed over to the CleverShuttle ridesharing service in Hamburg this week....read more


Pirelli plans IPO15 Sep 17

Pirelli is planning a return to the Milan stock market that could raise as much as EUR3.3bn....read more


Role of Chinese State vital for NEVs - GM CEO15 Sep 17

China’s push towards new-energy vehicles (NEVs) will require government backing to win over consumers according to GM CEO Mary Barra....read more


Tata Steel sees a sustainable future15 Sep 17

Tata Steel recently published a whitepaper entitled "Charging towards a sustainable future?" which sets out the company's views on Europe's future powertrain mix and the role that steel can continue t...read more


LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW - Genesis G70 world debut15 Sep 17

The first debut for the 2017 LA auto show has been announced by Hyundai Motor. The Genesis G70, images and details of which have just been announced, will make its motor show premiere at the event. ...read more


Frankfurt - Yanfeng looks to 4.0 to counter rising CEE labour cost15 Sep 17

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) says one of the ways to deal with rising labour costs in Eastern and Central Europe is to improve efficiency through new technologies such as 3D printing and digita...read more


Ford Sollers adds shift at Tatarstan plant15 Sep 17

Due to growing demand in the Russian market, Ford Sollers - Ford's JV operation in Russia - says it has launched a massive hiring campaign in Tatarstan to introduce a second shift at the company’s pla...read more


Ford Australia 2019 Focus 'likely' to come from Europe - report15 Sep 17

Ford Australia will import the redesigned 2019 Focus small car, but not from China, as will be the case in North America, a local media report said....read more


Renovo and Argus partner on cyber security for automated MoD15 Sep 17

Renovo, a mobility software technology company, and Argus Cyber Security, a specialist in automotive cyber security, have announced a partnership to incorporate Argus' patented Intrusion Detection and...read more


Frankfurt - Qualcomm mulls autonomous insurance future15 Sep 17

Qualcomm says future insurance policies may concentrate on vehicles rather than owners as semi and autonomous cars gradually start to proliferate. ...read more


Ford to be sued in US over PowerShift transmissions15 Sep 17

A US law firm says it will, by the end of this monthm file suit on behalf of Fiesta and Focus owners against Ford over dry clutch PowerShift automatic transmissions....read more


Suzuki already planning to triple capacity at new Indian plant15 Sep 17

Having opened its first car plant in the Indian state of Gujarat earlier this year, Suzuki Motor Corporation now says it will lift capacity of the 250,000 units per annum plant to 750,000 by 2020. The...read more


Mitsubishi expanding China sales network by 40%15 Sep 17

Mitsubishi Motors plans to expand its active dealer network in China by 40% to around 300 outlets by the end of the current fiscal year ending 31 March 2018....read more


Volvo Car UK establishes wholesale used car unit15 Sep 17

Volvo Car UK has reorganised its wholesale used car operations as part of its strategy to extend its used car business....read more


Porsche SE completes PTV acquisition15 Sep 17

Porsche Automobil Holding SE has now closed the acquisition of nearly 100% of PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG (PTV) in Karlsruhe, Germany, as announced in June....read more


Tenneco comfortable with auto's electrification drive15 Sep 17

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA we spoke to Ben Patel, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tenneco....read more


Renault-Nissan Alliance aims for EUR10bn synergies by 202215 Sep 17

Renault-Nissan says it is targeting annual synergies of EUR10bn (US$12bn) in six years as it unveiled its Alliance 2022 plan....read more


ANALYSIS - Suzuki architectures and future models [updated]15 Sep 17

Often flying under the radar due to its small presence in Europe and China, as well as its withdrawal from the US market, Suzuki Motor Corporation is something of a stealthy giant. Its dominance of th...read more


Daimler's Fuso launches e-Canter in New York14 Sep 17

Daimler Trucks' Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus (MFTBC) has launched the Fuso eCanter in New York City and announced a deal with UPS....read more


Nissan Casting Australia wins Leaf parts contract14 Sep 17

Though it ended local manufacture and closed its factory in 1994, Nissan Motor has continued to cast metal components in Australia and its Melbourne foundry has won contracts to make parts for the red...read more


Ford researches light signals for autonomous cars14 Sep 17

Ford and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are testing a lighting method designed by the automaker for self driving vehicles to signal their intent to pedestrians, human drivers and bicyclists in...read more


Skoda open to partnership on low-cost car for India14 Sep 17

VW Group owned brand Skoda is open to collaborating with others to meet ambitious costs targets surrounding a planned low-cost car to be made in India, according to Skoda's CEO....read more


Frankfurt - Yanfeng sees function and decoration merging with activeSkin concept14 Sep 17

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) says its activeSkin concept will allow the display of data on soft surfaces as the distinction between functional and purely decorative increasingly merges in the f...read more


Autoliv eyes separating passive safety and electronics units14 Sep 17

Autoliv is conducting a strategic review of its operating structure with the intent to create separate companies from its current passive safety and electronics business segments....read more


Autoliv wins another Geely supply contract14 Sep 17

Autoliv said it was developing an "industry leading" 77GHz high-resolution radar systems for autonomous driving for Geely....read more


Audi A8 to feature AGC's cover glass for car-mounted displays14 Sep 17

Asahi Glass (AGC) said its new glass for car displays, which went into production in May, will be installed in Audi's redesigned A8 flagship sedan which will be the first mass-produced vehicle to inco...read more


Shell to build hydrogen stations in US14 Sep 17

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) has awarded a grant of US$16,362,500 to Equilon Enterprises a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company for the introduction of seven hydrogen refuelling sta...read more


Kia appoints new styling chief14 Sep 17

Kia Motors has named Pierre Leclercq as its new Head of Styling. Based at Kia’s design headquarters in Namyang, Korea, Kia says Leclercq’s appointment will accelerate the establishment of a consistent...read more


VW China recalling 4.86m vehicles with Takata airbag inflators14 Sep 17

Volkswagen Group China (VGC), with Volkswagen (China) Import (VGIC), FAW-Volkswagen Automotive (FAW-VW) and SAIC Volkswagen Automotive (SAIC VW), will recall vehicles with Takata driver and/or passeng...read more


ZF signs BAIC JV for electromobility component production14 Sep 17

ZF has inked a joint venture with BHAP, a subsidiary of BAIC to produce components for electromobility in China....read more


Former Sunderland exec to head Alliance manufacturing and purchasing14 Sep 17

The Renault-Nissan Alliance's new manufacturing, supply chain and purchasing chief is a former production controller who started his Nissan career with the automaker's assembly plant in Sunderland in ...read more


Samsung/TTTech to develop new platform for ADAS/AV systems14 Sep 17

Samsung Electronics has announced a strategic partnership with TTTech, a company from the field of networking and safety controls....read more


Frankfurt - ZF unveils new logo as merged company looks to megatrends14 Sep 17

ZF says it has achieved integration with US supplier, TRW faster than anticipated as it moves to capitalise on the power of the combined component giant to address industry megatrends....read more


Could VW axe the up! in Europe?14 Sep 17

Small cars can be a headache for vehicle manufacturers. The problem is that model offerings have proliferated at the low-margin small car end of volume carmaker portfolios and it's something that appe...read more


Frankfurt - Yanfeng rides new mobility options wave14 Sep 17

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) says the swift adoption of new technology represents a "huge opportunity" to grow towards its aim of becoming a US$10bn company....read more


FRANKFURT - Nexteer expands automated driving line13 Sep 17

Nexteer Automotive is expanding its automated driving range with two new steering technologies that enable advanced safety and functions for Level 2-5 automated driving....read more


SABIC opens new polypropylene plant in Holland13 Sep 17

SABIC - a provider of polymer-based products to the auto industry, among others - says it is continuing its global expansion with the inauguration of a new polypropylene (PP) pilot plant in Geleen, th...read more


2017 Frankfurt IAA motor show - all the world debuts13 Sep 17

All the world premieres from the 2017 Frankfurt IAA are listed below. The most important production models making their motor show debuts were the Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen T-Roc, Porsche Cayenne...read more


NTSB rules on Tesla crash cause13 Sep 17

The National Transportation Safety Board reported a truck driver's failure to yield the right of way and a car driver's inattention due to over reliance on vehicle automation are the probable cause of...read more


BorgWarner pushes 48-volt mild hybrid tech capabilities13 Sep 17

BorgWarner says it foresees a global shift in vehicle propulsion with 48-volt mild hybrid technologies playing a crucial role in delivering higher fuel efficiency....read more


FRANKFURT - ACEA proposes post-2021 CO2 reductions13 Sep 17

In what looks like a pre-emptive strike ahead of European Commission proposals, Europe's carmakers have proposed a further reduction to fleet average CO2 targets by 2030, but also said they can only b...read more


Lobby group slams Tesla after NTSB crash report13 Sep 17

The National Transportation Safety Board's finding that Tesla's Autopilot shares the blame for a fatal crash with a truck in Florida last year underscores the need for Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Sta...read more


US DOT releases new automated driving systems guidance13 Sep 17

The US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0. This...read more


Lobby group criticises new federal autonomous car guidelines13 Sep 17

A US lobby group claims new federal guidelines announced last night for autonomous vehicles will affect safety....read more


FRANKFURT - Ford Germany moves into bike sharing13 Sep 17

Ford's strategic move to a mobility company now sees its German unit and Deutsche Bahn Connect, a subsidiary of rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG, extending their collaboration in mobility services from ...read more


Velodyne wins Mercedes sensor system contract13 Sep 17

Velodyne LiDAR has announced its selection by Mercedes-Benz Research & Development as a critical sensor supplier (VLP-32C Ultra Puck) for the further development of fully automated and driverless vehi...read more


FRANKFURT - Maserati switches to EPS to enable new ADAS functions13 Sep 17

Maserati has switched its Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante models to electric power steering (EPS) for the 2018 model year, enabling new driver assistance systems (ADAS)....read more


Mobileye and Munich Re collaborate on accident prevention13 Sep 17

Intel-owned Mobileye has announced a collaboration with an insurance company that is intended to reduce commercial fleet collisions and enhance road safety in the US....read more


Japanese sales rise 5.5% in August13 Sep 17

Japan's new vehicle market continued to grow in August, by 5.5% to 355,308 units from 336,661 a year earlier, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association....read more


COMMENT - The car shows world order is changing13 Sep 17

Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo and Detroit – the big five, must-attend car shows. Not anymore, the world order has changed....read more


FRANKFURT - Borgward coming (back) to Germany12 Sep 17

Stuttgart-based Borgward plans to enter the German market by the end of the year, it announced at the Frankfurt show....read more


FRANKFURT - Honeywell and Lear collaborate on cybersecurity12 Sep 17

Honeywell and Lear announced at Frankfurt they are collaborating to provide automotive software technology and infrastructure to address threats associated with emerging connected and autonomous vehic...read more


FRANKFURT - Kia tops rivals for IAA debuts12 Sep 17

One of the most satisfied car chiefs at the Frankfurt IAA must be Michael Cole, chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe. His list of vehicle introductions was longer than most of his rivals' enti...read more


FRANKFURT - PSA's Tavares sees need to raise Opel efficiency12 Sep 17

In an interview with just-auto at the Frankfurt Motor Show, PSA chief Carlos Tavares warns of productivity gaps across the Opel manufacturing network that will require work to bring plants into line w...read more


ANALYSIS - Land Rover Discovery and future SVX12 Sep 17

Even though the Discovery hasn't long been on sale, Land Rover is adding more derivatives at either end of what is already a comprehensive line-up. ...read more


FRANKFURT - "No previous IAA has ever been more politically charged"12 Sep 17

The Frankfurt show this year "is taking place in unusual times", Matthias Wissmann, president of the German automotive industry association VDA, said at a press conference. "The public and political m...read more


Goodyear announces Mercury production process for small run premium tyres12 Sep 17

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company plans a new factory in Luxembourg which uses a new production process to make premium tyres....read more


Faurecia selects IBM Cloud for digital production data platform12 Sep 17

IBM has announced that Faurecia has selected IBM Cloud as a support of a major business transformation designed to accelerate digital manufacturing....read more


FRANKFURT - Ssangyong sees redesigned Rexton 'taking brand to new level' in UK12 Sep 17

The redesigned Ssangyong Rexton, making its European debut at the Frankfurt show, will push the South Korean brand to a new level. That's the confident prediction from Paul Williams, head of Ssangyong...read more


FRANKFURT - ZF and Baidu agree strategic cooperation12 Sep 17

ZF Friedrichshafen and Chinese internet company Baidu have announced a new strategic cooperation. The two partners intend to collaborate in the areas of autonomous driving and telematics as well as mo...read more


Hella and Ebm-papst sign strategic partnership12 Sep 17

Lighting specialist Hella and electronics and motor and ventilation specialist Ebm-papst have agreed on a strategic cooperation that they say will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles. ...read more


Hyundai and Kia close US plants due to hurricane Irma12 Sep 17

Hyundai and Kia announced the temporary closure of their vehicle assembly plants located in the south-eastern US, to minimise any damage from hurricane Irma....read more


Autoliv and Adient to collaborate on seating for AD12 Sep 17

Autoliv and Adient have announced they are collaborating to 'address vehicle seating challenges presented by designs for the future car and the incorporation of autonomous driving...read more


Vietnam market up slightly in August12 Sep 17

New vehicle sales in Vietnam increased by less than 1% to 20,746 units in August, from 20,569 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufact...read more


China vehicle sales rise 5.6% in August12 Sep 17

New vehicle sales in China increased by 5.6% to 2.186 million units in August from 2.071 million units in the same month last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Ma...read more


FRANKFURT - Toyota to add high performance hybrid powertrain12 Sep 17

Toyota will introduce a new high performance hybrid powertrain next year to be made available as an option on a number of its models....read more


FRANKFURT - BMW's high-end e-mobility vision12 Sep 17

BMW has shown its 'i Vision Dynamics' concept at Frankfurt. The four-door Gran Coupe study has a pure-electric drive system and BMW says it offers 'a clear image of the electric mobility of the near f...read more


FRANKFURT - VW Group ramps up e-mobility plans12 Sep 17

Volkswagen Group has used the Frankfurt Motor Show as a platform to ramp up its plans for electric cars....read more


Daimler looks at costs to offset electrification11 Sep 17

Daimler is planning to make new savings in order to offset the higher costs and lower margins associated with planned boosts to electrification of its model ranges....read more


Magneti Marelli invests in solid-state LiDAR firm11 Sep 17

Magneti Marelli has acquired a stake in LeddarTech - a Canadiam LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology specialist....read more


China wants long-term fossil-fuel burning cars ban11 Sep 17

China has indicated that it will join countries such as Britain and France with plans to ban the manufacture and sale of cars running on traditional fossil-fuels. The British government recently said ...read more


Goodyear adds fleet management tools to electric cars11 Sep 17

Goodyear has announced that it is equipping Tesloop, a city-to-city mobility service that exclusively uses Tesla electric vehicles, with wireless sensors in its tyres to improve overall tyre managemen...read more


Frankfurt: Mercedes launches new digital service for media11 Sep 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand will launch a new digital service for journalists, bloggers and other so-called 'multipliers' at the Frankfurt show this week....read more


Tesla extends Florida cars range with OTA update11 Sep 17

Tesla granted Florida owners extended range capabilities thanks to an over the air update in advance of Hurricane Irma's arrival, a media report said....read more


FRANKFURT - Ford shows updated Mustang for Europe11 Sep 17

Ford's updated Mustang is making its European public debut at the Frankfurt show this week with a new engine, transmission and enhanced safety technology....read more


Interior design and technology - Honda Civic11 Sep 17

Since its launch in 1972, the Honda Civic has gone through no fewer than ten generational changes, each one slightly larger and rebadged for international markets. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review o...read more


The autonomous car gets closer - the week8 Sep 17

'Twas the week before Frankfurt and nothing was stirring... Not quite, with quite a few absentees from the Messe this year, new model announcements (or plans for same) this week included the long-awai...read more


French regulators find 'suspect' software in PSA vehicles - reports8 Sep 17

A French investigation into alleged emissions cheating by PSA Group found suspect software had been used on almost 2m Citroen and Peugeot vehicles, news reports said....read more


South Korea import sales rise 10% in August8 Sep 17

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea increased by 10% to 17,547 units in August from 15,932 units a year earlier, according to data released by Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Associa...read more


Uber to axe diesel cars8 Sep 17

Uber will stop using diesel cars in the UK capital within two years so the majority of its rides are in electric or hybrid vehicles....read more


Citroen latest to launch UK scrappage scheme8 Sep 17

Citroën UK is the latest automaker to launch a new scrappage scheme that encourages customers to replace their older cars and vans with more efficient Euro 6 models....read more


Audi claims world first for A8 AI traffic jam pilot8 Sep 17

Volkswagen Group's premium brand Audi is claiming a world first for the new A8 flagship saloon's AI traffic jam pilot with SAE level 3 conditional automation....read more


Apollo Tyres expands supplies to European OEMs8 Sep 17

Apollo Tyres says it is now expanding supplies to the European Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the passenger car tyre segment. The company’s premiere brand, Vredestein, has been selected as...read more


Q&A with Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO, Airbiquity7 Sep 17

Airbiquity is the market-leading provider of connected services for automotive. It’s Choreo platform supports just under eight million cars in over 60 countries across the world and it has recently si...read more


GKN to build new facility in Japan7 Sep 17

GKN Driveline has unveiled plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Tokoname City, Japan. The new site will replace an older plant, representing a substantial technological upgrade of GKN Dr...read more


Jaguar autonomous driving concept: own the steering wheel, not the car7 Sep 17

Tata Motors' luxury car brand Jaguar has shown off its Future-Type concept, a fully autonomous vehicle which can be summoned, in a fully charged state, on demand, offers 'social' face to face seating ...read more


Innoviz Technologies raises funds for solid state LiDAR7 Sep 17

Innoviz Technologies has announced that it has raised US$65m in Series B funding as its groundbreaking LiDAR solution moves into mass production. Delphi and Magna participated in the round, along with...read more


Mercedes-Benz Vans marks 10 years of van joint venture in China7 Sep 17

Mercedes-Benz Vans celebrated 10 years in China with its joint venture Fujian Benz Automotive (FBAC). The division held a ceremony at the FBAC plant in Fuzhou in south-east China....read more


Xtrac expands its family of Integrated Lightweight Electric Vehicle (ILEV) transmission systems7 Sep 17

Xtrac's latest P1166 addition to its family of Integrated Lightweight Electric Vehicle (ILEV) transmission systems is being incorporated by Williams Advanced Engineering into its innovative modular li...read more


Hyundai appoints new China CEO7 Sep 17

Hyundai Motor has appointed a new head of China operations in the hope of turning around its fortunes in the world's largest vehicle market....read more


Creditors reject reduced offer for Kumho Tire7 Sep 17

The agreed sale of Kumho Tire to Qingdao Doublestar fell through this week after the Chinese company reduced its offer for the South Korean tyre manufacturer....read more


Management briefing - Frankfurt motor show preview7 Sep 17

A lot has changed since the last Frankfurt IAA cars show took place two years ago. Opel and Vauxhall have been spun off from the GM empire making Groupe PSA Europe's second largest OEM by regional sal...read more


Authorities nix Knorr-Brense Haldex offer7 Sep 17

The Swedish Securities Council has declined to approve a further extension of the acceptance period for Knorr-Bremse's public offer for Haldex, that currently expires on 26 September....read more


Production of new Nissan Leaf set for US and UK7 Sep 17

Nissan says it plans to start full production of the new Nissan Leaf at Nissan's Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, and at Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. in Sunderland, UK, by the end ...read more


FRANKFURT - Daimler to demo EQ Ready EV buyers help app6 Sep 17

Daimler claims its new EQ Ready app will help motorists decide whether it makes sense for them to switch to an electric car or hybrid....read more


Euro NCAP rates nine new cars, new Ford Fiesta gets five stars6 Sep 17

Euro NCAP has released safety ratings for nine new cars....read more


ANALYSIS - Vauxhall Maloo marks end of GM's muscle-ute era6 Sep 17

The last rear-wheel drive vehicle to be manufactured in Australia will be produced on 20 October. This also means the end of an era for a vehicle which Vauxhall, but never Opel, has sold in tiny numbe...read more


TIDAL music partners with Mercedes-Benz6 Sep 17

Mercedes-Benz and music and entertainment streaming platform, TIDAL, have announced a long-term partnership. In the next few months, Mercedes-Benz customers that have connected their car to the 'Merce...read more


Taiwan sales jump 60% in August6 Sep 17

New vehicle sales in Taiwan jumped by almost 60% to 36,575 units in August from weak year earlier sales of 22,874 units, according to local reports citing industry sources....read more


Ichikoh to establish new plant in Japan6 Sep 17

Following a meeting of the board of directors, Ichikoh has decided to announce the creation of a new facility in Morinosato, Atsugi-shi....read more


BorgWarner supplies motors for Scania Citywide hybrid bus6 Sep 17

BorgWarner said it was supplying its High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) 410 electric motors to Scania for a new bus model....read more


Daimler invests in peer-to-peer carshare start-up6 Sep 17

Daimler Mobility Services says it has participated as lead investor in a financing round of US peer-to-peer carsharing firm Turo....read more


Mobileye 'making inroads into China'6 Sep 17

Intel-owned Mobileye is reportedly making inroads into the Chinese market and has recently secured a number of significant contracts with companies seeking to incorporate its ADAS products....read more


Ford shows off Transit PHEV van6 Sep 17

Ford's new plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Transit Custom van, intended to help improve local air quality by running solely on electric power for the majority of city journeys, has been shown at the Ce...read more


Williams reveals lightweight electric car platform6 Sep 17

Williams Advanced Engineering has showed a lightweight EV platform concept, named the FW-EVX....read more


VW Brazil teases new Polo ahead of local launch6 Sep 17

Ahead of its launch of the redesigned Polo (European media launch is on this week), the first of a new, subcompact range to be built in Brazil on the VW group's modular MQB platform, Volkswagen Brazil...read more


West European car sales up 4.9% in August6 Sep 17

The West European car market recorded 4.9% year-on-year growth in the month of August, reinforcing signs of higher economic growth in the European economy....read more


Nissan turns over new Leaf6 Sep 17

Nissan Motor has launched its fully redesigned, all electric Leaf at events in Japan and the US....read more


Kiwi new vehicle sales continue to rise5 Sep 17

New car and commercial vehicle sales records in New Zealand continued to fall as the industry passed 100,000 registrations during August, the shortest time this milestone has been reached in a calenda...read more


Kumho Tire creditors reject Doublestar‘s bid price cut5 Sep 17

Protracted negotiations between the creditors of bankrupt Kumho Tire and prospective owner Qingdao Doublestar have reportedly hit a major snag as the creditors rejected the Chinese company’s demand fo...read more


China wants to quadruple electrified car sales by 20205 Sep 17

Official estimates put electrified car sales in China at 507,000 units in 2016. However, the government is hoping that annual sales can rise to 2m units by 2020....read more


Volkswagen and IBM to develop digital mobility services5 Sep 17

Volkswagen and IBM on Tuesday (5 September) announced they would develop digital mobility services together....read more


Tata Motors president and chief technical officer to leave5 Sep 17

Tata Motors' Timothy (Tim) Leverton, president and chief technical officer, is leaving the company to relocate back to the UK for personal reasons, according to a statement....read more


Honda to launch first hybrid SUV for Europe at Frankfurt5 Sep 17

Honda Europe will unveil its CR-V Hybrid 'prototype' at the 2017 Frankfurt show next month, previewing its first electrified SUV for this region....read more


GKN to reveal new electric axle concept at IAA5 Sep 17

A new electric axle concept will be revealed by GKN at the 67th Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA)....read more


German chancellor sticks up for diesel5 Sep 17

German chancellor Angela Merkel has renewed her pledge to avoid diesel driving bans and suggested that the technology will be needed for decades to help reduce CO2 as the auto industry develops more e...read more


Hyundai Motor hit by further disruption in China5 Sep 17

Hyundai Motor in China has been further hit by the disruption of parts supply due to a dispute with a supplier over payment....read more


Jaguar Land Rover Gorillaz recruitment campaign nets first engineer5 Sep 17

Tata Motors' luxury car group Jaguar Land Rover has hired its first Gorillaz app code cracker, as a software engineer, saying the global recruitment campaign had proved successful....read more


Ford announces revamped EcoSport for Europe5 Sep 17

Ford has announced a substantially restyled and re-engineered EcoSport - with new diesel engine and optional four wheel drive - now built for Europe in Craiova, Romania, instead of India, where it eff...read more


UK car market down again in August5 Sep 17

The UK car market continued its downward trend in August with sales off 6.4% versus last year's pace. August was the fifth consecutive month of decline. However, the market cooling is off a high base ...read more


Mercedes-Benz Vans sets up ride share JV with US start up Via4 Sep 17

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans is entering the ride-sharing sector by setting up a joint venture with US startup company Via to bring the service to Europe....read more


SAIC's LDV readies ute range for Australia4 Sep 17

SAIC commercial vehicle brand LDV is launching its new pickup truck ('ute' or 'utility') in Australia, a key market for this type of vehicle....read more


T40 crossover gives JAC Brazil some breathing room4 Sep 17

Conceived in 2011 for the Brazilian market, the T40 has finally arrived, in the middle of 'course corrections' for JAC's operations here in Brazil....read more


Harvey drags US sales down in August4 Sep 17

What a difference a week makes. On August 24, analysts at Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book released optimistic predictions for August US light vehicle sales. Forecasters at both companies said that sales ...read more


South Korean domestic sales rise 12% in August4 Sep 17

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five mainstream automakers increased by 12.2% to 120,847 units in August, from 107,677 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released indi...read more


Vietnam company to produce domestic cars4 Sep 17

Vietnam’s diversified property group VinGroup plans to enter the automotive business by building its own car plant near Hanoi....read more


Honda agrees to settle US Takata inflator litigation4 Sep 17

Honda has reached an agreement to resolve the economic loss claims in the Takata airbag inflator multidistrict class action litigation in the US....read more


Global car market heading for record this year4 Sep 17

Global car sales are on target to set an eighth consecutive annual record according to analysis conducted by Canadian investment bank Scotiabank....read more


US 'smart cities' see launch of integrated rides app4 Sep 17

Migo, an integrated search engine for on-demand rides across multiple services, has launched its free new service in Seattle and Portland following a three month beta test period with over 200 Seattle...read more


Getting a pizza the autonomous action - the week1 Sep 17

The word autonomous seems to have cropped up even more than usual this week. It began on Monday when Ford and Domino's announced that they would trial pizza delivery vehicles without drivers. Interest...read more


New four-cylinder SD4 Ingenium - best Range Rover Sport yet?1 Sep 17

Is JLR's Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine up to the task of powering 2.1+ tonnes of Range Rover Sport? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is not only a definite yes but if the other V6 and...read more


Magna develops AD system without 'roof spinners'1 Sep 17

Magna International is developing a system automakers can use to enable vehicles to drive autonomously without the need for rooftop sensors or other compromises to vehicle styling....read more


JAC to 'produce autonomous vehicles from 2019'1 Sep 17

China's JAC Motors is teaming up with local internet giant Baidu to develop and produce autonomous cars, the company told local reporters this week....read more


VW emissions phones 'lost or wiped clean'1 Sep 17

As Volkswagen's 'dieselgate' woes continue, evidence has reportedly emerged of lost or wiped mobile devices  - at around the time the scandal broke  - held by key VW managers in North America....read more


Renault and Ferrovial start Madrid car-sharing service1 Sep 17

Ferrovial Services and Renault have inked an agreement to create Zity, a car sharing service in Madrid....read more


Brexit non-tariff barriers worry Aston Martin CEO1 Sep 17

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has voiced concerns over the possibility of higher non-tariff barriers to UK-EU trade following the UK's exit from the EU....read more


ZF/University of California enter strategic research partnership1 Sep 17

ZF has entered into a 'pioneering strategic research partnership' to coincide with the opening of its Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley. Together with researchers from the renowned University of Califo...read more


Voxx completes sale of Hirschmann Car Communication1 Sep 17

Voxx has closed on its previously announced sale of Hirschmann Car Communication and worldwide subsidiaries to a division of TE Connectivity for around US$170m....read more


Trelleborg announces top management changes1 Sep 17

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has appointed Peter Hahn as Business Area president, effective 1 January next year....read more


Toyota NA forms new Connected Technologies group 1 Sep 17

Toyota Motor North America has said it will form a new group 'focused on delivering industry-leading user experiences and new technologies for its Toyota and Lexus vehicles'. ...read more


Autoliv to supply radar systems for autonomous driving1 Sep 17

Autoliv has been selected by an unnamed global automaker to supply 77GHz high-resolution radar systems for autonomous driving....read more


Renault joins UK scrappage stampede1 Sep 17

Renault UK has unveiled a car and van scrappage scheme for Euro IV vehicles registered by 31 December, 2009, adding to similar moves recently by Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen among several others....read more


Skoda to 'double sales in China by 2020'31 Aug 17

Skoda aims to double its sales in China to over 600,000 units per year by 2020, from 310,000 units last year, Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier told reporters at a recent conference in Shanghai....read more


Hyundai resumes China operations31 Aug 17

Hyundai Motor has said it has resumed vehicle production in China after it was forced to shut down its operations because local component manufacturers had stopped deliveries over payment arrears....read more


NXP/Changan partner over infotainment and future vehicle technologies31 Aug 17

NXP Semiconductors announced that it has entered into a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Changan Automobile.  ...read more


'TOYOTA NEXT' innovation partners selected31 Aug 17

Toyota says it has concluded a selection process that started in December 2016 for the TOYOTA NEXT open innovation program and selected a number of partners....read more


ACEA welcomes new emissions testing regime31 Aug 17

ACEA, the association of European automakers, has welcomed the 'more stringent emissions tests' for vehicles coming into effect in the EU on 1 September....read more


Toyota/Grab partner for ride-hailing services in Southeast Asia31 Aug 17

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Toyota Financial Services Corporation (TFS), Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance (Aioi) and Grab, the largest ride-hailing service company in Southeast Asia, have announced a co...read more


Toyoda Gosei to build new airbag parts plant in Vietnam31 Aug 17

Toyoda Gosei is to establish a new plant in Vietnam to meet growing demand for airbags as safety regulations become more stringent....read more


Luxshare to acquire ZF’s Global Body Control Systems business31 Aug 17

ZF is divesting its Global Body Control Systems Business Unit to Luxshare based in Hong Kong....read more


Hella expanding production capacity in China31 Aug 17

Hella is expanding production capacities in China and developing its electronics plant in Shanghai further....read more


UK provides GBP11m for low emission bus scheme31 Aug 17

UK local authorities and bus companies in the cities of Bristol, York, Brighton and the counties of Denbighshire, Surrey and Wiltshire, have been awarded GBP11m (US$14m) through the government’s ‘Low ...read more


Aston Martin announces trade and investment package with Japan30 Aug 17

Aston Martin has announced a package of measures that it says will drive trade and investment between the UK and Japan by up to GBP500m over the next five years....read more


ANALYSIS - Ford's future global SUVs and pick-ups30 Aug 17

Following on from a look at what Ford Motor Company is believed to be planning for Lincoln, the second chapter of a three-part series turned to future Ford cars and minivans. The final instalment belo...read more


Horiba MIRA claims traffic modelling milestone30 Aug 17

Engineering consultancy Horiba MIRA says it has completed the development of a working traffic model as part of its work with the UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK CITE) consortium....read more


Wabco joins Nexteer to expand its active steering capabilities30 Aug 17

Wabco Holdings has announced that it has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with Nexteer Automotive....read more


Sibur opens expanded Yuzhno-Balyksky plant30 Aug 17

Sibur has completed the upgrade of the Yuzhno-Balyksky Gas Processing Plant (GPP), adding more than 100 ktpa (kilo tonnes per annum) of natural gas liquids (NGLs)....read more


Scania/HAVI team on sustainable logistics solutions30 Aug 17

Scania and logistics provider, HAVI are to collaborate using the manufacturer's New Generation lorries and solutions in transport operations to and from McDonald’s restaurants in several European coun...read more


Renault/Connected Energy install E-Stor EV charging stations in Belgium/Germany30 Aug 17

UK-based Connected Energy and Renault have installed two quick-charge stations based on E-Stor energy storage technology on highways in Belgium and Germany....read more


Osram develops Smartrix modules with silicone lens30 Aug 17

Osram has developed Smartrix modules with silicone lenses to enable vehicle lighting systems to be small and compact....read more


Magna expands its collaboration with Innoviz Technologies30 Aug 17

Magna says it has recently made a strategic investment to expand its existing collaboration with Innoviz Technologies a pioneer in solid-state Lidar technology. Magna started collaborating with Innovi...read more


BASF begins digital evaluation project with SAP30 Aug 17

BASF and SAP have announced the start of a project at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site to evaluate digital collaboration among business partners in the domain of engineering and maintenance....read more


Harvey set to dampen US August sales30 Aug 17

Reports in the US suggest that the US light vehicle market will be adversely impacted in the short-term by the impact of Hurricane Harvey in the south (especially Texas) of the country....read more


USW ratifies Goodyear bargaining deal30 Aug 17

United Steelworkers (USW) says members of Locals 2L, 12L, 307L, 831L and 959L have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with Goodyear on behalf of around 7,200 workers at tyre plants in Akro...read more


2017 CHENGDU SHOW - world premieres [updated with Qoros models]30 Aug 17

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at CDMS 2017, the 20th Chengdu motor show. This list has now been updated with Qoros' premieres....read more


Domino's and Ford combine for driverless pizza delivery test29 Aug 17

Domino's Pizza delivery and Ford are launching a collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery....read more


China’s CW Bearing opens plant in Michigan29 Aug 17

China’s CW Bearing began operations at its new US26m ball bearing plant located in Northville Township in the US state of Michigan last week....read more


VW US 'emissions cheat' engineer gets jail sentence29 Aug 17

A Volkswagen engineer has been sentenced to 40 months in a US federal prison, and two years of supervised release, for his role in a nearly 10-year conspiracy to defraud US regulators and Volkswagen c...read more


Bosch unveils ibooster emergency braking system29 Aug 17

Bosch says its new ibooster emergency braking system designed to protect cyclists and pedestrians will initiate in 190 milliseconds, bringing a car to a stop from 40kph....read more


New MAN trucks to equip with RIO-Box as standard29 Aug 17

New MAN Euro 6-standard trucks now come with RIO-Box fleet data equipment as standard, meaning lorries are delivered to customers ex works with preliminary setup for RIO services fitted....read more


Qualcomm president to leave29 Aug 17

Qualcomm says its president, Derek Aberle is to leave the company on 31 December after a 17-year career....read more


Kongsberg to close Easley plant in US29 Aug 17

Kongsberg Automotive is to shutter its Easley facility in the US in line with its plan to close six factories, mainly within the Powertrain and Chassis products segment in Europe....read more


Aston Martin H1 global sales rise 67%29 Aug 17

Aston Martin Holdings (UK) has reported sharply improved first-half and second quarter financial results amid rising global sales - led by the DB11....read more


Adient appoints new Recaro Automotive Seating VP29 Aug 17

Adient has unveiled Martin Klein as Recaro Automotive Seating and Recaro Performance Car Seating vice president. ...read more


Renault-Nissan teams with Dongfeng for China EV29 Aug 17

Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng have unveiled a new joint venture to co-develop and sell electric vehicles (EV) in China. ...read more


The summer of love's electric reboot - the week25 Aug 17

Although it's August, there have been one or two interesting talking points in the news this week....read more


UK gov funds truck 'platooning' trials25 Aug 17

The UK government is funding a trial for platooning trucks on UK motorways....read more


Toyoda Gosei to acquire 100% stake in Pecval25 Aug 17

Toyoda Gosei will acquire a 100% stake in Pecval Industria (Pecval), a manufacturer of automotive interior and exterior parts in Brazil, by December 2017. This move is intended to consolidate Toyoda G...read more


BorgWarner supplies oil pump chain for Toyota transmission25 Aug 17

BorgWarner has said that it supplies a 6.35 mm silent oil pump chain for Toyota’s new 8-speed automatic transmission, which drives the newly launched 2.5-litre Camry as well as another transmission pr...read more


ULEMco fuel-cell unit for Nissan e-NV200 van25 Aug 17

ULEMco has developed a fuel cell-based unit to extend vehicle range by supplying additional power to the standard Nissan e-NV200 van, particularly targeting the need from vehicle operators for improve...read more


FCA admits reviewing 'inquiries on strategic transactions'25 Aug 17

As speculation of possible spin offs continues, Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) has said in a statement that it evaluates incoming 'inquiries for strategic transactions'....read more


Škoda Auto DigiLab and Champion Motors ink Israel JV25 Aug 17

Škoda Auto DigiLab and Champion Motors, the Israeli importer of the Czech brand, have inked an MoU for Tel Aviv’s digital start-up environment....read more


GF Automotive acquires Eucasting Ro die casting25 Aug 17

GF Automotive has acquired Eucasting Ro, a high pressure aluminium die casting specialist with two production sites in Romania....read more


Lanxess introduces Tepex dynalite for lightweight backseat systems25 Aug 17

Lanxess says its Tepex dynalite continuous-fibre-reinforced, semi-finished thermoplastic composites are now finding new applications in vehicle interiors....read more


Wabco inks deal to acquire RH Sheppard for US$145m25 Aug 17

Wabco has signed an agreement to acquire privately-held RH Sheppard, a supplier of commercial vehicle technologies including vehicle steering capabilities, headquartered in Hanover, Pennsylvania....read more


UK commits GBP23m to Hydrogen Transport Programme25 Aug 17

Britain's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has unveiled details of its GBP23m (US$29m) Hydrogen Transport Programme (HTP)....read more


UK CV manufacturing drops 26% in July24 Aug 17

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing fell 26.1% in July according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


UK July manufacturing powers back ahead of plate change24 Aug 17

UK car manufacturing has rebounded after several months of decline to record July output rising 7.8% ahead of the September number plate change....read more


Paccar unveils 12-speed automated transmission24 Aug 17

Paccar is introducing its new Automated Transmission for on-highway commercial vehicles. ...read more


Volvo Cars clears clutter in new XC4024 Aug 17

Volvo says its XC40 small city SUV, to be launched in the coming weeks will offer premium space, storage and functionality....read more


KSS announces senior management changes24 Aug 17

Key Safety Systems (KSS) says Jason Luo has resigned as president and CEO to take up the position of corporate VP, chairman and CEO of Ford greater China. ...read more


Ford China names new chairman and CEO24 Aug 17

Ford has unveiled Jason Luo as new chairman and CEO of its China operations and head of Powertrain Engineering....read more


Axalta opens new Technology Centre in India24 Aug 17

Axalta Coating Systems has opened its expanded Technology Centre, Savli, in Vadodara in the Indian State of Gujarat. ...read more


Borgward appoints new executive director Europe Operations24 Aug 17

Borgward Group has apponted Gerald Lautenschläger as new executive director, Europe Operations, effective 1 September....read more


Lear to build new seat factory in Michigan24 Aug 17

Lear has confirmed plans to construct a new seat manufacturing facility in Flint, Michigan at the former site of the Buick City administration building, eventually creating 600 jobs....read more


Volkswagen finally enters Qashqai segment with T-Roc23 Aug 17

When the new Golf-sized T-Roc crossover enters production in a few months' time, it will be eleven years since Nissan defined and began its domination of a new vehicle class with the Qashqai. This is ...read more


NEVS secures US$108m cash injection from Beijing Zhenghuon23 Aug 17

NEVS is to receive a cash injection of US$108m from Beijing Zhenghuon Technology into its joint venture in Tianjin, China, although it remains unclear what precisely this means for the ownership struc...read more


ANALYSIS - Crossland X and future Opel-Vauxhall SUVs23 Aug 17

At first sight, the new Crossland X, which steps in for the Meriva, appears to make no sense for Opel and Vauxhall. Isn't it the same size as the Mokka X? The now Groupe PSA divisions believe there is...read more


Ferrari Portofino will replace California T23 Aug 17

The successor for what started life in 2008 as the F149 California before changing names to California T in 2014 has been named. The new Ferrari Portofino is a 2+2 coupé-convertible, powered by a 441k...read more


Thai sales rise 7.5% in July23 Aug 17

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded 7.5% year-on- year to 65,178 units in July, compared to 60,635 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries....read more


Alta Devices developing solar roof for future Audi EVs23 Aug 17

A panoramic glass roof embedded with solar cells is under development by Audi and its partner Alta Devices. The first prototype is now only months away, the German company claims....read more


LG Electronics setting up shop in Detroit for EV components23 Aug 17

LG Electronics will create 300 jobs in Michigan once a newly announced EV components plants opens in Detroit, the South Korean company says. ...read more


Zoox appoints new VP System Design and Functional Safety23 Aug 17

Zoox says former Moog CTO, Gonzalo Rey has joined the company as vice president of System Design and Functional Safety....read more


Gentex announces senior management promotion23 Aug 17

Gentex has announced the promotion of Steve Downing to president, COO, interim CFO,  and treasurer, reporting report to Fred Bauer, chairman and CEO....read more


US Hyundai executive says pick-up will be built23 Aug 17

An executive with Hyundai Motor America has stated in an interview that the division will gain a pick-up truck. This ends speculation which has been rife ever since the company developed the Santa Cru...read more


Car2go Montreal features Mercedes CLA and GLA models23 Aug 17

Car2go says its 50,000-plus Montreal members are now able to use all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA four-door five passenger vehicles....read more


Ford invests US$52m in extra Turkey capacity23 Aug 17

Ford is to plough US$52m into increased production capacity for Transit, Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom models in Turkey to satisfy growing customer demand in Europe....read more


Honda India given go-ahead to expand Tapukara car plant23 Aug 17

India's Ministry of the Environment has approved plans for Honda to expand its Tapukara car plant in Rajasthan....read more


Dongfeng denies making bid for Fiat Chrysler23 Aug 17

Dongfeng Motor, a major shareholder in Groupe PSA, has responded to media speculation by stating that it has no intention of buying FCA....read more


Russia sales rebound gives GAZ cautious cheer22 Aug 17

Russian Machines is optimistic the nascent signs of recovery witnessed recently in the country will translate into sustainable sales as consumers start to spend modestly again....read more


UK power operator issues warning on EV charging22 Aug 17

The UK's national electricity transmission operator, the National Grid, has warned that future powerful fast chargers for electric vehicles risk tripping a main fuse if vehicle owners are also utilisi...read more


BorgWarner to show technology in IAA debut22 Aug 17

BorgWarner will exhibit its technology for the first time at next month's IAA in Frankfurt....read more


Indonesian vehicle sales surge in July, after annual holidays22 Aug 17

New vehicle sales in Indonesia jumped by over 37% to 85,130 units in July, compared with 61,890 units in the same month of last year, according to local reports citing data from industry association G...read more


ANALYSIS - Ford's future global cars and minivans22 Aug 17

Following on from a look at what Ford Motor Company is believed to be planning for Lincoln, the second chapter of a three-part series now turns to future Ford cars and minivans. The final instalment w...read more


Proterra supplies Raleigh Airport with electric buses 22 Aug 17

Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) Authority has approved the purchase of four Proterra Catalyst E2 zero-emissions battery-electric transit buses and related charging infrastructure. ...read more


Ford opposes Geely’s Lynk & Co trademark application22 Aug 17

Ford Motor Company has complained to the US Patent and Trademark Office about Chinese automaker Geely Holdings’ application to register the Lynk & Co brand in the USA, according to reports in China ci...read more


Interior design and technology - BMW 5 Series22 Aug 17

When the first 5 Series was launched, way back in 1972, it heralded the introduction of a naming system for BMW model designations that are still in use today. The BMW 520 was the successor to the BMW...read more


Ford signs MOU for new line of EVs in China22 Aug 17

Ford has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., Ltd., a major manufacturer of all-electric vehicles in China....read more


Brose shows 'Competence in Mechatronics' at IAA22 Aug 17

Brose will showcase its new products at next month's IAA using a 'Competence in Mechatronics' theme for interiors and vehicle access....read more


Johnson Controls unveils leadership changes22 Aug 17

Johnson Controls says George Oliver, currently president and COO, will assume the role of chairman and CEO from 1 September, six months earlier than previously announced....read more


Ford UK introduces scrappage incentive22 Aug 17

In what it says is an initiative to drive air quality improvement across Britain, Ford UK is introducing a scrappage scheme for pre-2010 registered vehicles that applies to all makes and can get custo...read more


VW to put ID Buzz concept car into production21 Aug 17

Volkswagen has confirmed that it will put the ID Buzz electric concept car into production....read more


Clarion Sintered Metals expands in Pennsylvania21 Aug 17

Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf says Clarion Sintered Metals (CSM) will expand both its facilities in Ridgway, Elk County, creating 55 new jobs in the State....read more


Adient to buy Futuris for US$360m21 Aug 17

Adient has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Michigan-headquartered Futuris Group for US$360m including the assumption of around US$18m of net debt....read more


Delphi/Innoviz partner over Lidar solutions for AVs21 Aug 17

Delphi has signed a commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies, an Israeli-based company developing Lidar technology for the mass commercialisation of autonomous vehicles. Innoviz’s pr...read more


FCA denies Great Wall approach for its business21 Aug 17

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) has denied that it has been approached by Great Wall as rumours continue to swirl over Chinese OEMs interested in acquiring all or part of its automotive operations....read more


Hella to show 77GHz radar sensors at IAA21 Aug 17

Hella will present its 77GHz radar sensors at next month's IAA in Frankfurt, enabling 360° vehicle environment recognition in the push to fully autonomous driving and parking....read more


Leoni showcases automated assembly at IAA21 Aug 17

Leoni is to present its solutions for increased automation and robot support in the manufacture of wiring systems at next month's IAA....read more


Hyundai Mobis develops bi-directional on board charger for EVs21 Aug 17

Hyundai Mobis says it has became the first in Korea to develop the bi-directional On Board Charger (OBC) for electric vehicles, key to the implementation of V2G (Vehicle To Grid) technology....read more


Mahle Powertrain secures GBP2m UK test centre grant 21 Aug 17

Mahle Powertrain has been awarded GBP2.1m (US$2.7m) towards the construction of a climatic vehicle emissions test centre at its UK base in Northampton....read more


2017 Pebble Beach Concours - world debuts21 Aug 17

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


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

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


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

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


Auto groups oppose Trump NAFTA US content plans18 Aug 17

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


Switzerland bans Porsche diesel registrations18 Aug 17

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


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

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


Drivers need convincing of automated car benefits - study18 Aug 17

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


GAZ launches van production in Turkey18 Aug 17

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


GM confirms investment in southern Brazil18 Aug 17

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


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

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


PPG opens new automotive refinish training centre in Argentina18 Aug 17

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


Goodyear names new vice president and CTO18 Aug 17

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


GAZ/PJSC Rosseti ink Russia agreement18 Aug 17

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


Malaysia sales rebound in July17 Aug 17

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


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

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


Court orders temporary halt to Takata lawsuits17 Aug 17

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


Hyundai Motor previews new fuel cell vehicle17 Aug 17

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


Hyundai Motor eyes electric bus opportunity17 Aug 17

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


CFO moves to head GM India17 Aug 17

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


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

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


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

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


Navistar appoints new director to board17 Aug 17

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


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

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


KSS starts India steering wheel production17 Aug 17

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


Vauxhall expands passenger carrying Vivaro range17 Aug 17

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


GM voluntarily delists from Toronto stock exchange17 Aug 17

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


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

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


Deutsche Post and Ford show off e-van16 Aug 17

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


Continental and Kordsa team on new adhesion standard16 Aug 17

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


Nissan sees e-Power potential in emerging markets16 Aug 17

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


Volvo Cars owner Geely books healthy first half profit16 Aug 17

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


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

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


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

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


Wabco wins mBSP truck technology supply order16 Aug 17

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


Nemak names new VP Manufacturing and Product Development16 Aug 17

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


Honda Europe revises 1.6 diesel for Civic16 Aug 17

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


Nexteer boosts H1 revenue and profits15 Aug 17

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


Tata Motors names new CFO15 Aug 17

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


Posco Steel to hire 6000 by 202015 Aug 17

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


Analysts value FCA brands15 Aug 17

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


Ford Europe sales down 4.8% in July 201715 Aug 17

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


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

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


Elecrovaya secures SDTC CV battery funding15 Aug 17

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


TUV Rheinland paves the way for mirrorless cars15 Aug 17

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


Philippine sales rise 23% in July15 Aug 17

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


Japanese sales rise 3% in July15 Aug 17

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


Microsoft CFO elected to 3M Board15 Aug 17

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


DTNA announces senior communication management changes15 Aug 17

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


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

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


Now even Merkel sees an end to diesel14 Aug 17

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


China sales rise 6.2% in July14 Aug 17

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


Kuka builds 2m Jeep Wrangler bodies in white14 Aug 17

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


Siemens to trial Germany truck e-Highway14 Aug 17

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


GM unhappy with latest ignition switch claim development14 Aug 17

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


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

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


EC green light for Czech recharging stations14 Aug 17

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


Will GM pull out of Korea?14 Aug 17

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


Opel claims 50,000+ European Insignia orders14 Aug 17

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


Woodbridge acquires full ownership of Woodbridge FoamPartner14 Aug 17

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


BYD wins first pure electric bus order in Israel14 Aug 17

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


Indonesian motor show: new policies and more MPVs14 Aug 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


VW offer new Golf 1.5 engine with coasting function11 Aug 17

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


Magna enjoys a record second quarter11 Aug 17

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


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

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


TMD Friction CEO appointed to EuroBrake Advisory Board11 Aug 17

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


Thyssenkrupp Q3 net income up 8% to EUR134m11 Aug 17

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


VW group YTD sales rise 1.3%11 Aug 17

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


Leoni Q2 net income doubles to EUR59m11 Aug 17

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


Kwid places Renault Brazil in the spotlight11 Aug 17

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


Toyota and 7-Eleven ink CO2 reduction study11 Aug 17

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


Report suggests 1.3m Germans will take diesel incentive10 Aug 17

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


Ford appoints 'smart mobility director' for Europe10 Aug 17

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


Turkish vehicle exports surge in July10 Aug 17

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


China Automotive Systems boosts profits10 Aug 17

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


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

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


Russia sales rebound powers on for fifth straight month10 Aug 17

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


Skoda and Tata end 'strategic partnership' talks10 Aug 17

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


Toyota delays production start for new Mexico plant10 Aug 17

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


VW unions warn politicians off jobs loss risk10 Aug 17

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


Aluminium use in vehicles set to rise sharply10 Aug 17

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


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

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


Intel plans fleet of 100 L4 autonomous test cars10 Aug 17

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


Tata Elxsi wins Jaguar Land Rover supplier award10 Aug 17

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


BMW extends diesel trade-in deals to UK10 Aug 17

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


Jaguar Land Rover boosts pre-tax profit9 Aug 17

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


Volkswagen faces Ducati sale resistance9 Aug 17

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


Toyota 'sudden acceleration' monitoring ends9 Aug 17

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


Nissan agrees US Takata inflator settlement9 Aug 17

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


Automotive technologies through a patent lens9 Aug 17

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


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

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


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

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


Party wants German state to sell VW stake9 Aug 17

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


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

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


Volkswagen secures UEFA mobility sponsorship9 Aug 17

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


JLR worldwide sales up 3.6% in July 9 Aug 17

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


Gentherm wins Mercedes climate seat deal9 Aug 17

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


Hyundai Mobis completes hydrogen powertrain plant9 Aug 17

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


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

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


Germans in three-way diesel incentives battle8 Aug 17

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Another record 2017 sales month in Australia8 Aug 17

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


Vietnam market plunged 21% in July8 Aug 17

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


Nissan to sell electric battery business to GSR Capital8 Aug 17

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


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

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


Nexteer opens new OEM office in Japan8 Aug 17

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


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

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


New generation Toyota Camry launched in Japan8 Aug 17

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


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

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


Tesla seeks further $1.5bn capital injection7 Aug 17

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


Faraday Future lowers US factory ambitions7 Aug 17

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


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

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


West European car market up 1.7% in July7 Aug 17

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


Genesis offers augmented reality manual as an app7 Aug 17

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


Toyota rates well in UK customer satisfaction survey7 Aug 17

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


Renault signs Iran JV to rapidly increase production7 Aug 17

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




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