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Honda installs huge system of solar arrays at US plant22 Jun 18

Honda in the US says it has flipped the switch on a new solar energy system at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, Calif., one of the largest solar arrays on a commercial building i...read more


VW Group CEO makes Israel trip22 Jun 18

New Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has made a visit to Israel that is seen as politically significant - given the company's history - as well as commercially beneficial due to the increasing prese...read more


GM Mercosur to launch 20 products within four years22 Jun 18

General Motors' Brazil brand Chevrolet will launch 20 new models in the Mercosur trading block by 2022....read more


Daimler lowers profit expectations for 201821 Jun 18

Daimler has lowered its guidance for earnings this year on the back of 'current developments' that includes the impact of higher tariffs on US-made Mercedes-Benz cars imported into China....read more


Porsche takes stake in Croatian carmaker21 Jun 18

Porsche has said it has taken a stake of 10% in Croatia's technology and electric sports car maker Rimac Automobili and and its subsidiary Greyp Bikes. ...read more


SEAT to integrate Shazam in its vehicles worldwide21 Jun 18

VW-Group owned SEAT is partnering with Shazam to become the first car manufacturer to integrate the popular music-discovery app into its vehicles worldwide....read more


Nissan does deal to boost EVs in Sicily21 Jun 18

Nissan and Sibeg, a bottler for Coca-Cola company in the Sicilian market, have formed an agreement to create an electric ecosystem consisting of vehicles and charging infrastructure. ...read more


NEVS begins Tri-Network Initiative in Shanghai21 Jun 18

VW-Group owned SEAT is partnering with Shazam to become the first car manufacturer to integrate the popular music-discovery app into its vehicles worldwide....read more


Jatco to establish its second CVT plant in China21 Jun 18

Jatco, a speciality manufacturer of automatic transmissions (ATs, CVTs), has announced that Jatco (Suzhou) Automatic Transmission would be established as its second CVT production plant in China, in E...read more


Grupo Antolin opens new factory in Shelby, Michigan21 Jun 18

Grupo Antolin, one of the largest manufacturers of vehicle interiors in the world, celebrated the opening of its new factory in Shelby (Michigan). With this new centre, Grupo Antolin strengthens its i...read more


Dongfeng Nissan’s Xiangyang plant rolls off its first X-Trail21 Jun 18

The Nissan X-Trail has officially entered into production at the Xiangyang plant, thus starting the parallel production mode in Xiangyang and Zhengzhou simultaneously....read more


US mobile provider partners on automotive blockchain platform21 Jun 18

US cell phone network provider Sprint has joined NXM Labs to launch a 5G-Ready Connected Car Platform 'combining high-speed, on-demand passenger Wi-Fi with advanced vehicle health monitoring and safet...read more


Malaysia vehicle sales fall 15% in May21 Jun 18

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell by 15% to 42,983 units in May from 50,594 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)...read more


ZF develops new fully active chassis system21 Jun 18

ZF’s says its new fully active chassis system, sMotion, can reduce unwanted car body movements caused by potholes, bumps or bends....read more


Paris Autolib EV share scheme to end - reports21 Jun 18

The debt-loaded Autolib electric car-share scheme in Paris is threatened with imminent demise according to reports in France....read more


Toyota Camry to return to W. Europe with hybrid variant21 Jun 18

Toyota is to sell its Camry model in the West European car market in 2019 after a 14-year absence. The new model will be a hybrid with a new 2.5-litre hybrid-electric system. It will also be construc...read more


Groupe PSA future models analysis - Opel-Vauxhall21 Jun 18

A series which has looked at the existing and future models of Groupe PSA - first Peugeot, then Citroën and DS Automobiles - now reaches its final chapter....read more


Volvo reveals redesigned S60 at US factory inauguration20 Jun 18

Geely's Volvo Cars launched its S60 mid-size premium sports saloon as it inaugurated its first US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. It's also the first Volvo model line in years not t...read more


Volvo opens new US factory20 Jun 18

Geely's Volvo Cars on Wednesday (20 June) inauguratedits first US manufacturing plant, in Charleston, South Carolina....read more


New Mercedes C-class engines have 48V starter/alternator20 Jun 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has launched a new generation of I4 petrol engines with the C-Class mid-life facelift, adding a 48 volt system with belt-driven starter/alternator to 1.5-litre versions in...read more


All OEMs will provide car subscription services - analyst20 Jun 18

As premium car brands such as Audi, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) roll out subscription services as an alternative to traditional car ownership, the trend will eventually move to mass market segme...read more


Porsche takes stake in Croatian EV sportscar maker20 Jun 18

Porsche AG has taken a 10% stake in Croatian technology and electric sports car company Rimac Automobili....read more


Volkswagen Truck & Bus to become TRATON Group20 Jun 18

Volkswagen Truck & Bus will be renamed TRATON Group which it said was "another milestone on the group's way to increase independence even further and towards capital market readiness"....read more


Indonesia sales rise 7% in May20 Jun 18

New vehicle sales in Indonesia increased by 7.1% to 100,498 units in May from 93,769 units in the same month of last year, according to data compiled by industry association Gaikindo....read more


Hyundai and Audi team up for hydrogen technology20 Jun 18

Hyundai Motor announced on Wednesday it is joining forces with the Volkswagen Group premium brand Audi to develop advanced fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technologies. ...read more


Volkswagen AG, Ford, mull strategic alliance20 Jun 18

Volkswagen and Ford last night (19 June) announced they had signed a memorandum of understanding and were exploring "a strategic alliance designed to strengthen each company's competitiveness and bett...read more


Paris motor show world debuts list - Audi A1 Sportback20 Jun 18

Audi has announced details of the second generation A1 Sportback ahead of its public premiere at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile....read more


Hands-On Tech - Volkswagen T-Roc19 Jun 18

This is our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series*. Here, we take a look at the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, looking to benchmark the connectivity functionality ba...read more


Bordeaux Council "deplores" FAI sale decision19 Jun 18

Bordeaux's Metropolis Council says it deplores "with the greatest force" Ford Aquitaine Industries' (FAI) decision to put its automatic transmission plant at Blanqefort up for sale threatening 900 job...read more


Geely's Polestar uses CFRP for new model19 Jun 18

Geely's Polestar is making extensive use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) for its upcoming Polestar 1 model....read more


Groupe PSA future models analysis - DS Automobiles19 Jun 18

This chapter of our analysis series of the divisions of Groupe PSA covers DS Automobiles. It is the third of four features and follows examinations of the future models strategy of Peugeot and Citroën...read more


VW releases Stadler from Audi and group management board duties19 Jun 18

Volkswagen AG said Audi CEO Rupert Stadler - arrested by Munich prosecutors on Monday due to fears he might hinder an ongoing investigation into the diesel emissions cheating scandal - had been tempor...read more


Unions threaten Hyundai over city assembly plant JV19 Jun 18

Hyundai Motor 's union has threatened the automaker with legal action if it signs a contract to invest in a local car manufacturing joint venture proposed by a city's municipal government....read more


Hyundai Motor reorganises overseas operations19 Jun 18

Hyundai Motor Company has announced organisational changes within its overseas operations, including more control of manufacturing from Europe, as the company grants greater autonomy to each region "i...read more


Thai sales rise 28% in May19 Jun 18

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to surge forward in May with sales rising by 27.9% to 84,965 units from 66,422 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Federatio...read more


Volvo names ex-Toyota manufacturing chief for new US plant19 Jun 18

Geely's Volvo Car USA has named Jeff Moore vice president, manufacturing, Americas and plant manager for the new Charleston Plant, from 16 July....read more


Chery looks abroad as China pushes One Belt One Road19 Jun 18

Chery says exporting its products is a key priority as China looks to capitalise on the government-led Belt and Road (BRI) initiative aiming to open up the vast country to new markets....read more


Continental creates 200 jobs with Czech NOx sensor facility19 Jun 18

Continental has opened a combined NOx sensor production and storage facility in Trutnov in the Czech Republic creating 200 jobs....read more


UPDATED: VW holds crisis talks after Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested18 Jun 18

Top Volkswagen officials were holding crisis talks to find a temporary chief for premium brand Audi after CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested on Monday (18 June), a source told the Reuters news agency....read more


GM plans $175m Lansing plant retool for Cadillac sedans18 Jun 18

General Motors has said it would will spend $175m to modernise and retool a plant in Lansing, Michigan, to build the next generation of luxury Cadillac sedans....read more


Magna and BAIC to jointly engineer and build electric vehicles in China18 Jun 18

Magna said it would form two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV) for complete vehicle manufacturing as well as engineering of electric vehicles....read more


Goodyear CFO to retire18 Jun 18

Goodyear Tire & Rubber said Laura Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, would retire in the first quarter of 2019 after 35 years of service....read more


Daimler Trucks builds 1m 'standardised' heavy duty engines18 Jun 18

The Mercedes-Benz Mannheim Plant and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) subsidiary Detroit Diesel Corporation together have produced 1m heavy duty engines....read more


Geely's Volvo aims for more recycled plastics in new cars18 Jun 18

Geely's Volvo Cars said it was aiming for at least 25% of the plastics used in every newly launched model would be made from recycled material by 2025....read more


Interior design and technology – Kia Niro PHEV18 Jun 18

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and are expected to reach 700,000 annually by the end of the decade. The Kia Niro – the Korean carmaker’s third plug-i...read more


BMW opens new R&D centre in Shanghai18 Jun 18

BMW has opened its new group Shanghai R&D Centre as part of its Innovation Day China. ...read more


Yaris, between Etios and Corolla, strengthens Brazilian Toyota line18 Jun 18

Despite the strong advance of SUVs, crossovers and 'adventure' variants of popular hatchbacks in Brazil, A- and B-segment hatchbacks still account for 60% of total passenger car registrations here, ex...read more


SF Motors to build EVs in former Humvee plant18 Jun 18

Chinese-owned SF Motors has agreed to spend US$160m on the former AM General Mishawaka Hummer plant in Indiana to build electric vehicles (EVs)....read more


Ford eyes transmission plant sale or closure - the week15 Jun 18

It was not, to put it mildly, the best week for autoworkers, at least this side of the pond. A sharpened American axe appeared over the automatic transmissions factory in Bordeaux, France, (see, they ...read more


Mercedes expanding German truck R&D centre15 Jun 18

Ten years after the opening of the development and testing centre (EVZ) in Woerth am Rhein, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will spend another EUR50m at the 'centre of competence' for commercial vehicle developm...read more


Groupe PSA future models analysis - Citroen15 Jun 18

In this second chapter of a series concerning Groupe PSA's divisions, the spotlight turns on Citroën. Unlike Peugeot, which was recently examined, this famous make remains distressed. Sales continue t...read more


EVgo completes California charger upgrades15 Jun 18

US public fast charging network for electric vehicles, Evgo, has completed a two- month project to upgrade 21 of its stations in key California markets by replacing single-plug standard chargers with ...read more


Thailand's Ingress signs US$400m of new orders15 Jun 18

Thai automotive components manufacturer Ingress Industrial Thailand announced it had won major supply contracts worth a combined THB1.3bn (US$400m)....read more


Belcan buys Allegiant International15 Jun 18

Belcan, a global supplier of engineering, supply chain, technical recruiting, and information technology (IT) services to industry including automotive, has acquired Allegiant International, an outsou...read more


UK awards GBP22m in battery research grants15 Jun 18

Britain's government-backed Faraday Battery Challenge has awarded GBP22m (US$29.2m) to 12 projects, including the PowerDrive Line innovation for electric cars....read more


"Exponential" growth for SmartCore technology - Visteon15 Jun 18

Visteon Asia says it expects its SmartCore business to experience "exponential growth" this year as vehicles adopt ever increasing levels of technology sophistication....read more


Jaguar Land Rover joins subscription model15 Jun 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)  is the latest premium OEM to dip its toes into the car subscription model....read more


New venture to assemble and distribute Hyundai in Pakistan15 Jun 18

Sojitz Corporation with Nishat Mills and its associates (NML), a consortium forming part of major Pakistani conglomerate Nishat Group, and Millat Tractors (MTL), Pakistan’s largest tractor manufacture...read more


Philippine sales fall 14% in May15 Jun 18

New vehicle sales in the Philippines continued to drop in May, by 13.7% to 30,620 units from peak year-earlier sales of 35,469 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automo...read more


Gefco and Talan ink automotive joint venture15 Jun 18

Gefco and consultants, Talan have inked a joint venture, to enable the design and marketing of solutions for the automotive market....read more


Tata Steel Europe and Posco partner on auto steel14 Jun 18

Carmakers and other manufacturers will have access to a whole new generation of steel products thanks to a new agreement between Tata Steel Europe and South Korean teelmaker Posco, the pair said in a ...read more


Ghosn to step down early as Renault CEO - report14 Jun 18

Carlos Ghosn could step down early from his post as head of Renault, according to an interview with the Financial Times....read more


Volvo tech fund invests in LiDAR specialist Luminar14 Jun 18

Geely's Volvo Cars has made its first strategic investment via its newly-founded fund with a stake in Luminar, a start-up developing advanced sensors for use in autonomous vehicles....read more


Renault ploughs EUR1bn into France EV development14 Jun 18

Renault is accelerating the deployment of its Drive The Future plan with an investment of more than EUR1bn (US$1.2bn) for the development and production of electric vehicles in France....read more


Ford and Daimler ending Canadian fuel cell JV14 Jun 18

Ford has said it was winding down a joint venture formed with Daimler to develop automotive fuel cell technology....read more


Hyundai Mobis invests in self-driving software training14 Jun 18

Hyundai Mobis has started a software training program at a cost of over USD1m at its research centre in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province....read more


Volvo launching Polestar Engineered spec for PHEVs14 Jun 18

Volvo Cars and electrified performance vehicle arm Polestar have launched a "new electrified performance offer" called Polestar Engineered, developed for the redesigned 60 series' new T8 Twin Engine p...read more


BAIC seeks wide talent pool as industry evolves14 Jun 18

BAIC says it is looking to attract a new range of talent to its workforce as its business model gradually adapts to that of both manufacturer and service provider....read more


Faurecia Seating on Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrified14 Jun 18

Seats account for five per cent of a vehicle’s total cost and six per cent of its weight. As a result, they represent the second largest expense for automakers. Faurecia Seating is a leader in the des...read more


Jeep Compass - Fiat and Chrysler's best collaboration yet?14 Jun 18

It's bounding up the sales charts in the USA and selling briskly across Europe too. After several days spent in the company of the Jeep Compass, the reasons for its rising level of worldwide popularit...read more


Most Chinese brands will be "eliminated" - Changan president14 Jun 18

A majority of Chinese brands in the country will be "eliminated" says one automaker as the country looks to consolidate the bewildering number of offers currently available....read more


Germany fines Volkswagen EUR1bn for emissions cheating13 Jun 18

Volkswagen was fined EUR1bn (US$1.18bn) over diesel emissions cheating in what was one of the highest ever fines imposed by German authorities against a company, public prosecutors said....read more


GM has no projects with Lyft - CEO13 Jun 18

General Motors currently has no projects underway with ride-sharing company Lyft, in which it has a 9% stake, CEO Mary Barra has said....read more


Tesla cuts several thousand jobs13 Jun 18

Tesla reportedly is cutting several thousand jobs to reduce costs and become profitable without endangering the production start up for its critical 'low cost' Model 3 sedan....read more


Opel to develop next gen 4-cyl petrol engines for PSA13 Jun 18

As expected, PSA-owned Opel will develop the next-generation of high-efficiency petrol engines for all Groupe PSA brands (Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot, Citroën, and DS Automobiles) at its engineering centr...read more


GM’s CFO to retire13 Jun 18

General Motors has announced that Chuck Stevens, GM executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, will retire effective March 1, 2019....read more


GAC targets Nigerian fleets for sales growth13 Jun 18

As part of its ambitious international growth strategy, GAC Motor has delivered 150 GA3S cars to the Nigerian police force in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja. The cars were purchased and donated by Al...read more


Toyota takes $1bn slice of Asian ride hailer Grab13 Jun 18

Toyota Motor Corporation will take a US$1bn stake in Grab to expand its collaboration with the south east Asia ride hailer and, it said, "to drive further advances in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) acro...read more


China should aim high with new mobility - Trade Committee13 Jun 18

China should "aim high" when it comes to new mobility technologies as it looks to capitalise on its rapid adoption of alternative energy sources says the country's International Trade Committee....read more


PPG introduces energy saving automotive paint process13 Jun 18

PPG is introducing a low-energy paint process for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) during the inaugural SURCAR North American Congress, on 13-14 June 2018 in Detroit....read more


Daimler told to recall vehicles with 'unauthorised' emissions defeat devices13 Jun 18

The German government ordered Daimler to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany after they were found to be fitted with unauthorised emissions defeat devices, a media report said....read more


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance says synergies up in '1713 Jun 18

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has reported a 14% increase in annual synergies to EUR5.7bn in 2017, up from EUR5bn in 2016. The Alliance said it benefited from growing cost savings, incrementa...read more


Huawei debuts 'OceanConnect IoV Platform' at CEBIT13 Jun 18

At CEBIT 2018, Huawei has released the OceanConnect IoV (Internet of Vehicles) Platform which it says enables intelligent and connected vehicles, service transformation for automobile manufacturers, a...read more


South Korea's import sales jump 21% in May13 Jun 18

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea continued to rebound in May, by over 21% to 23,470 units from 19,380 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Di...read more


China sales jump almost 10% in May13 Jun 18

New vehicle sales in China increased by 9.6% to 2.3m in May, compared with flat sales of just under 2.1m units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufac...read more


Allison Transmission gears up for global connected vehicle ecosystem13 Jun 18

Allison Transmission says it has partnered with multiple North American telematics service providers (TSPs) to deliver 'transmission health information by year-end'. TSPs will begin integrating Alliso...read more


'Stupified' union asks French Minister for Ford meeting13 Jun 18

A 'stupefied' Ford union has asked the French Finance Minister for an urgent meeting to discuss the automaker's decision to put its automatic transmissions site in Blanquefort near Bordeaux up for sal...read more


CES Asia 2018 world debuts list - Byton K-Byte13 Jun 18

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show Asia is hosting multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Future Mobility is one of several OEMs which are revealing electrified concepts....read more


(Mis)use of 'autonomous' a danger to UK roads - insurers12 Jun 18

Thatcham Research and the ABI (Association of British Insurers) have called on carmakers and UK legislators for greater clarity around the capability of vehicles sold with technology that does more an...read more


Varroc opens Tokyo office to support Japanese OE business12 Jun 18

Varroc Lighting Systems is expanding its footprint with the opening of an office in Tokyo. The customer and business development centre increases the company's presence in Japan and also strengthens V...read more


Valeo China customers look to personalisation12 Jun 18

Valeo China says its customers are no longer content with simply owning a vehicle, but rather are looking to personalise the experience of mobility....read more


Vietnam sales rise 2.5% in May12 Jun 18

New vehicle sales in Vietnam increased by 2.5% to 22,374 units in May from 21,829 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Associ...read more


CATL shares limit-up on first day of trade12 Jun 18

China's largest EV battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), made its debut on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on Monday (11 June) following an initial public offering of 10% of its sh...read more


Faurecia and FAW Group ink cockpit and sustainable mobility agreement12 Jun 18

Global supplier Faurecia has signed a strategic partnership framework agreement with leading Chinese automaker FAW Group to develop, the pair said in a statement, "cockpit of the future technologies a...read more


General Motors CFO retires12 Jun 18

General Motors said Chuck Stevens, an executive vice president and chief financial officer, will retire after more than 40 years with the company on 1 March, 2019....read more


Adient names former GM chief interim CEO12 Jun 18

Adient, the seating supplier, has named former General Motors CEO Frederick (Fritz) Henderson interim chief executive officer and John Barth, Adient's current head director, interim chairman of the bo...read more


'Disruption events' rising in global auto supply chain12 Jun 18

The global automotive industry is coming under increasing pressure from rising incidents of supply chain disruption, according to the latest research from global insurance broker JLT Specialty (JLT)....read more


AAM supplying power transfer units for Ford AWD crossovers12 Jun 18

American Axle and Manufacturing will supply power transfer units (PTU) for Ford crossover vehicles with all-wheel drive (AWD) starting with the 2019 Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus....read more


Hella expands production capacity at Mexican plants12 Jun 18

Hella says it has has expanded its production capacities in the NAFTA region with a focus on Mexico. ...read more


Japan sales flat in May12 Jun 18

Japan's new vehicle market was slightly lower at 371,867 units in May compared with 372,576 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Associat...read more


Fiat-Chrysler Jeep Renegade updates include new petrol engines12 Jun 18

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand is on track to meet its target of 1.9m global sales by the end of this year, up from 730,000 just five years ago. ...read more


"Incomprehensible" Ford Bordeaux move condemned by politicians12 Jun 18

Four regional political bodies have issued a joint statement strongly condemning Ford's decision to put its automatic transmissions plant near Bordeaux up for sale....read more


Groupe PSA future models analysis - Peugeot12 Jun 18

After some especially trying years, the brand with the lion logo has clawed its way back. As so often happens when a company slows or stops spending on new vehicles to preserve cash, things get a lot ...read more


COMMENT - OEMs explore bundled services and cars on subscription12 Jun 18

There is more than one way to skin a cat. As proverbs go I feel it's a slightly brutal one. Maybe 'more than one way to prepare a meal using eggs' is kinder to cats, if a little less catchy. Anyway, y...read more


Jaguar Land Rover to move all Discovery production to Slovakia11 Jun 18

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is to move all production of its Discovery SUV model from its Solihull plant to Slovakia (Nitra) from next year....read more


Mercedes-Benz vans launches new telematics with redesigned Sprinter11 Jun 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans claims its redesigned Sprinter large van line sets new standards for digitisation and connectivity as it launches 18 'Mercedes PRO' digital services in eight telematics pa...read more


Ford trials 'self driving' delivery vehicle to refine human interaction11 Jun 18

Ford said it was working with Postmates, an on-demand delivery platform, to trial a self-driving delivery service vehicle ahead of the launch of a purpose-built self-driving vehicle due in three years...read more


Bordeaux Mayor slams "brutality" of Ford sale decision11 Jun 18

Bordeaux Mayor, Alain Juppé has expressed his "consternation" at Ford's decision to put its automatic transmissions plant at the Blanquefort site up for sale....read more


Jaguar E-Pace adds 'self learning' Smart Settings and 200PS petrol engine11 Jun 18

New updates for Tata Motors-owned Jaguar's E-Pace compact SUV launched last year include 'self-learning' Smart Settings technology, Adaptive Dynamics suspension and a new 200PS Ingenium petrol engine ...read more


Mercedes host 240 US suppliers at annual forum11 Jun 18

Purchasing and operations managers of Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) have met with representatives of 240 suppliers at the company's annual supplier forum....read more


France "strongly regrets" Ford Aquitaine sale move11 Jun 18

French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire says he "strongly regrets" the decision by Ford to seek a new owner for its automatic transmissions factory near Bordeaux with 900 jobs at risk....read more


2018 Busan motor show - list of world debuts11 Jun 18

BIMOS 2018, the biennial Busan International Motor Show, opened its doors to the media on 7 June. Below is list of world premieres....read more


Mazda to continue diesel development11 Jun 18

Mazda Motor has said it would continue to develop diesel engines even as an increasing number of global carmakers turn their back on the 125 year old technology....read more


Kia adds half million cars to US airbag recall11 Jun 18

Kia Motors said on Friday it was recalling a further 507,000 vehicles sold in the US due to a possible electronic fault which may prevent airbags from deploying in a crash....read more


Malaysia's new prime minister mulls new national car11 Jun 18

Newly elected Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said his office would explore opportunities to establish a new national car project in his country....read more


Is Infiniti toast in Europe? The week8 Jun 18

Is Nissan about to pull Infiniti out of Europe? It's a good question, asked, reflectively and of the automaker, this week by our new and future products editor Glenn Brooks. As he said: "December will...read more


GM raises China new-energy vehicle target to 20 models by 20248 Jun 18

General Motors reportedly is speeding up the rate of electric vehicle launches in China as policymakers there continue to promote EVs as an alternative to petrol-powered vehicles....read more


Chinese EV battery cell maker eyes European plant8 Jun 18

Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) will soon decide on building a battery factory in Germany as part of a major venture into Europe, news agency sources have said....read more


Mitsubishi Electric unveils compact LED headlights module8 Jun 18

Mitsubishi Electric has announced that it has developed a 'compact and highly luminous optical module for LED headlights using a unique system that simply combines a converging lens and projecting len...read more


Audi 3D print innovation for faster prototyping 8 Jun 18

Audi expects a significant reduction in prototyping lead times for tail light covers, with turnaround times decreasing up to 50% in comparison to traditional methods as it adopts a supplier's full-col...read more


VW exec back in post after monkey testing probe8 Jun 18

A Volkswagen executive who was suspended pending an investigation into VW-ordered scientific tests in which monkeys were exposed to harmful diesel fumes, has been reinstated....read more


Daimler Trucks sets up e-mobility unit and presents new eTrucks8 Jun 18

Daimler Trucks is establishing a global organisation for e-mobility in its commercial vehicles, including a new leadership function. Daimler Trucks has also presented two new, fully-electric trucks fo...read more


GM and Honda to jointly develop next-gen batteries for EVs8 Jun 18

General Motors and Honda announced an agreement for new advanced chemistry battery components, including the cell and module, to accelerate both companies' plans for all electric vehicles....read more


Audi expands 'Audi on demand' in Asia8 Jun 18

The 'Audi on demand' mobility service that Audi has launched in Asia is now being extended to Japan....read more


Top auto exec sees 33% attrition rate in China as market opens up8 Jun 18

As China's new vehicle market opens up to global competition, at least a third of local vehicle makers will be forced out of the business, the head of the country's largest electric car maker has said...read more


Sogefi wins Volvo Cars coolant pump contract8 Jun 18

Sogefi will has contracted with Geely's Volvo Cars for engine coolant pumps for several future hybrid models, the Italian supplier said....read more


WLTP will cause production disruption in Q3 - VW Group CEO8 Jun 18

At a works meeting held in in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess described the new fuel economy and CO2 emissions testing standard, WLTP (the Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedu...read more


BorgWarner promotes COO to CEO7 Jun 18

BorgWarner has named Frederic Lissalde - COO since 1 January - president and chief executive officer from 1 August, 2018 when he will also join the board....read more


GM's Ammann leaves Lyft board7 Jun 18

General Motors President Dan Ammann is stepping down from the board of directors at ride-hail firm Lyft....read more


Lexus LC 500 - the anti-hybrid?7 Jun 18

With sales well below 50,000 per annum (16,276 for the year to the end of April), Lexus is a minor make in Europe, smaller even than Jaguar and about the same size as DS. Unceasingly advertising itsel...read more


Continental opens its third R&D facility in Singapore7 Jun 18

Automotive supplier Continental has opened its third research and development (R&D) building in Singapore....read more


West European car market flat in May7 Jun 18

With an increase of only around 400 units year-on-year (YoY), or 0.0% to one decimal place, West European car registrations were virtually unchanged in May according to data released by LMC Automotive...read more


All Cadillac models to get Super Cruise7 Jun 18

Cadillac plans to expand the rollout of Super Cruise which it claims is "the world's first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway"....read more


SEAT global sales up 15.5% in May 20187 Jun 18

VW-Group owned brand SEAT set a new sales record in May. The brand’s global deliveries went up by 15.5% last month for a total volume of 49,200 cars (2017: 42,600). This figure surpasses the prior rec...read more


Innoviz and HiRain to offer lidar solutions for Chinese OEMs7 Jun 18

Innoviz Technologies, a provider of Lidar sensing solutions, and HiRain Technologies, a Tier-1 solution provider for the automotive market in China, announced a partnership to bring Innoviz's Lidar an...read more


Geely's Volvo Cars aims for half EVs, half subscription sales by 20257 Jun 18

Geely's Volvo Cars has announced new financial and operational goals which, it said, "will position the company as a leading player in the global automotive business by the middle of the next decade"....read more


Ford and Changan name managers for new China JV 7 Jun 18

Ford and Changan Automobile jointly announced top management for the newly established National Distribution Services Division (NDSD) as part of the Changan Ford (CAF) joint venture. The new division ...read more


Daimler opens new Automated Truck Research and Development Centre in Portland7 Jun 18

Daimler Trucks and Buses says it is strengthening its efforts for automated trucks and buses with its new Automated Truck Research and Development Centre in Portland (Oregon, US)....read more


GM opens 2nd EV battery plant in China7 Jun 18

General Motors opened a new lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Shanghai as the US carmaker looks to aggressively expand its new-energy vehicle line-up in the world’s largest market over the next fi...read more


ACEA rebuts diesel testing claims7 Jun 18

The European carmakers' trade association, ACEA, has rebutted claims in a new report that modern diesel engine cars are more polluting than established tests suggest....read more


Is Nissan about to pull Infiniti out of Europe? [updated with automaker's response]6 Jun 18

As Infiniti sales plunge at a dizzying rate across Europe and new model launches are pushed back, the question has to be asked: is Nissan planning to pull the plug on its luxury brand in the world's t...read more


Subaru board approves CEO step-down6 Jun 18

Subaru's board has approved the replacement of CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga with Tomomi Nakamura in the wake of an inspections scandal and compliance failings that have hit the company in Japan....read more


SUV sales rise defies Australian market dip6 Jun 18

Sales of sport utility vehicles defied the overall market trend in Australia last month with three of the four SUV segments recording gains during May 2018 compared with the same month the previous ye...read more


Promotions boost New Zealand May sales6 Jun 18

New vehicle registrations in New Zealand in May 2018 rose 7.9% year on year to 14,169 units....read more


Audi Q8 comes with 48V mild hybrid tech6 Jun 18

The new Audi Q8 is fitted with mild hybrid technology that integrates a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter (BAS) into a 48-volt primary electrical system....read more


Lear appoints chief technology officer6 Jun 18

Seating and electrical Tier 1 supplier Lear has named John Absmeier chief technology officer in charge of technology and innovation....read more


Contract assembler Valmet Automotive names new CEO6 Jun 18

Valmet Automotive named Olaf Bongwald, 51, CEO, effective 15 July 2018. ...read more


YFAI on auto interior surfaces, natural fibres and personalisation functions6 Jun 18

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), a joint venture between Yanfeng and Adient, is a pioneer in the development of new materials for vehicle interiors. With its activeSkin concept, for example, the c...read more


BMW contracts redesigned Z4 build to Magna Steyr6 Jun 18

Magna Steyr said it had been contracted to build BMW's redesigned Z4 sportscar at its Graz, Austria, factory....read more


FAW-VW continues growth with new Qingdao plant6 Jun 18

FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company opened a new vehicle assembly plant in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province, this week as the joint venture looks to strengthen its position in China....read more


Aisin Seiki takes control of Philippine gearbox unit6 Jun 18

Japan's Aisin Seiki has taken control of Toyota AutoParts Philippines, a joint venture with its affiliated carmaker Toyota Motor that makes automotive transmissions and related parts....read more


Japanese collaborate on electric transmission R&D6 Jun 18

The Japanese automotive industry is pooling resources for the development of advanced powertrain technologies, according to the Nikkei Asian Review....read more


Accenture launches 'innovation hub' in Detroit6 Jun 18

Management consulting firm Accenture has launched an 'innovation hub' in metro Detroit, which is designed to help companies in the automotive, industrial equipment, technology, energy and utilities in...read more


Mercedes launches subscription service in US6 Jun 18

Mercedes-Benz has launched a subscription service for its cars in the US. For an entry price of just over US$1,000 a month, 'Mercedes-Benz Collection' is designed for 'those drivers who prefer the var...read more


Groupe PSA begins suspension of Iran JV activities5 Jun 18

Groupe PSA has said that it has begun the suspension of its joint venture activities in Iran following the re-imposition of sanctions on the country by the US....read more


Lexus Europe eyes six-figure sales by 20205 Jun 18

A shift away from diesels and new WLTP reporting rules are helping Toyota's luxury Lexus brand in its quest to achieve 100,000 sales in Europe....read more


Mercedes breaks ground for Hungarian 'full flex' car plant5 Jun 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has broken ground for the automaker's first "Full-Flex Plant", in Kecskemét, Hungary, about 90km south of Budapest....read more


German union raises alarm over e-mobility jobs5 Jun 18

German automotive workers face the threat of losing their jobs as the industry undergoes massive disruption over the next twelve years, according to research commissioned by labour union IG Metall....read more


German car market down 5.8% in May5 Jun 18

The German car market was down 5.8% in May (at 305,057 units) versus the same month of last year, according to data released by the KBA. Public holidays and selling days were a factor behind the decli...read more


Toyota Australia again books record SUV volume5 Jun 18

Toyota's local unit said it was "riding the crest of Australia's wave of SUV popularity", selling an industry record of over 7,500 SUVs last month, reflecting the trend to this type of vehicle in Euro...read more


IAC on upscaling interiors and automated driving 5 Jun 18

Designers are continually reinventing the interior to appeal to occupants of all shapes, sizes, ages, and cultures.  Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier 1 suppliers, we spoke to...read more


NSK develops collapsible steering column with improved collision safety5 Jun 18

NSK has developed a tilt and telescopic steering column with improved collision safety. The new unit is lighter and has higher vibrational rigidity. The product is now available to customers worldwide...read more


Ateco launches RHD Ram 1500 in Australia5 Jun 18

Australia's Ateco Group has completed its first Ram 1500 pickup truck right hand drive conversion at its dedicated 'production' line in Melbourne....read more


Hyundai announces first 48V mild hybrid powertrain5 Jun 18

Hyundai Motor has followed sister company Kia Motors by announcing its first model with a 48V diesel mild hybrid powertrain....read more


UK car market up 3.4% in May5 Jun 18

The UK new car market grew by a modest 3.4% in May with 192,649 new units registered, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


Interior design and technology – Honda CR-V5 Jun 18

When Honda launched its CR-V way back in the day (1997), its main rival was the Toyota RAV4. Fast forward two decades and the carmaker’s fourth generation model competes in a flooded market. Yet this ...read more


Volvo US expands 'connected car' to roadside assist5 Jun 18

Volvo Car USA has introduced a new generation of roadside assistance technology it claims will "dramatically improve response time"....read more


Taiwan sales rise 1% in May5 Jun 18

New vehicle sales in Taiwan increased by 1% to 35,686 units in May from 35,348 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing company data....read more


China's struggling Chery Automobile up for sale5 Jun 18

Major shareholders of Chery Automobile Company plan to raise CNY20bn (US$3.12bn) by selling a controlling stake in the struggling Chinese automaker, according to local reports....read more


BMW to reveal G29 Z4 at Pebble Beach Concours5 Jun 18

Monterey Automotive Week, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, will take place on California's Monterey Peninsula in August. There will be various concept and new model world premieres, inc...read more


IAC names new president and interim CEO4 Jun 18

International Automotive Components Group (IAC) has named Natale (Nat) Rea president and interim chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Robert (Steve) Miller is retiring after three yea...read more


Mitsubishi builds 5m vehicles in Thailand4 Jun 18

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's Thai unit, Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) (MMTh) has now built 5m vehicles at its Laem Chabang factory. The milestone vehicle is a Pajero Sport....read more


Feng Qingfeng succeeds Gales as Lotus CEO4 Jun 18

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has announced that Feng Qingfeng, vice president and chief technical officer of Geely Auto Group, has been appointed to succeed Jean-Marc Gales as chief executive officer ...read more


Volume still low but JLR sticks with Brazil assembly plant4 Jun 18

Despite production volumes way short of expectations, Jaguar Land Rover has no plans to close its Brazilian assembly plant, a top executive has said....read more


Fiat Chrysler lays out its plans - what happens next?4 Jun 18

Jeep and Ram, two brands which are successful mainly in the USA, are expected to account for most of the future profitability of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at a global level over the next five years. T...read more


South Korean sales down 1.3% in May4 Jun 18

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined fell by 1.3% to 133,663 vehicles in May from 135,443 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released indiv...read more


Thai concerns over Vietnam, US import barriers4 Jun 18

Thailand is calling on Vietnam to improve its customs clearance procedures after cutting import duties on built-up vehicles to zero under the Asean Free Trade Area (AFTA) agreement at the beginning of...read more


Toyota and Denso to consolidate in electronics4 Jun 18

Toyota and Denso have agreed to 'begin considerations toward consolidating the core electronic component operations of both Toyota and Denso within Denso'. The move comes as the auto industry grapples...read more


US light vehicle sales bloom in May4 Jun 18

While April showers may have had little influence, an extra selling day and a holiday weekend definitely helped US light vehicle sales to bloom in May....read more


EVs to drive demand for steel, says Tata Steel4 Jun 18

Increasing demand for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) will drive growth in steel supply to the European automotive industry by 4.2 million tonnes, according to a study by Tata Steel. The study pred...read more


BMW's induction course - the week1 Jun 18

You don't have far to look to see some fabulous innovation in the automotive industry. For example, BMW's wireless charging pad is coming  soon and it may well be attractive to many....read more


Is Kia's CK project as strong a Stinger as intended?1 Jun 18

The sales collapses in China and the USA are now behind Hyundai and Kia, thanks mainly to the arrival of new SUVs. Things should get even better for Kia Motors America from the fourth quarter as SK3, ...read more


BMW could source more steel in US after tariff hike - report1 Jun 18

Car manufacturers who import materials and manufacture in the US will be anxiously eyeing the latest US moves in a deepening set of trade disputes between the Trump administration and countries around...read more


Volvo Cars to remove all single-use catering plastics1 Jun 18

Geely-owned Volvo Cars says it will remove single-use plastics from all its offices, canteens and events across the globe by the end of 2019. The decision reflects the company’s active support of the ...read more


UK engine output hits record level in April1 Jun 18

UK engine manufacturing exceeded the 1 million mark in April for first time on record according to data released by the SMMT....read more


Grupo Antolin reports EUR1.291m sales in Q11 Jun 18

Grupo Antolin, one of the largest manufacturers of vehicle interiors in the world, achieved sales of EUR1.291m (US$1.497m) in the first quarter of 2018, compared to EUR1.333m in the same period the ye...read more


Federal-Mogul develops new piston ring technology for commercial vehicles1 Jun 18

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has developed a new piston ring for use in commercial vehicle diesel engines that enhances gas sealing capability by stabilising ring dynamic motion and homogenising oil film....read more


BMW breaks ground for expansion of battery plant in China1 Jun 18

Seven months after opening its battery factory in China, the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture laid the foundation for a comprehensive expansion of the plant. At the "High-Voltage Battery ...read more


Panasonic grows EV battery business with Tesla, cuts out cobalt1 Jun 18

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corporation expects its automotive battery sales to have more than doubled in the three years ending in March 2019, reflecting strong demand from US electric vehic...read more


Mahindra Group to expand EV manufacturing and deployment in India1 Jun 18

Mahindra has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Indian state (Government) of Maharashtra (GoM), to further its next phase of expansion in electric vehicles (EVs) and achieve its vis...read more


Nissan withdraws Infiniti brand from Indonesia1 Jun 18

Nissan has withdrawn its Infiniti luxury brand from the Indonesian market, according to local reports....read more


Goodyear extends its mobility innovations with Mcity1 Jun 18

The Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company says it is extending its worldwide innovation network to include Mcity, the University of Michigan-led public-private partnership to advance connected and automate...read more


FCA extends deal to supply cars to Waymo1 Jun 18

FCA US and Waymo announced they will expand their partnership with an agreement to add up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to Waymo's self-driving fleet. This venture builds upon a previous...read more


Continental Powertrain on electric mobility, challenges and solutions1 Jun 18

Continental generated sales of some €44 billion last year, up 8 percent on 2016. One driver of growth is clean-air technology, which includes hybrid and electric drive systems, more efficient combusti...read more


ANALYSIS - Toyota under pressure in ASEAN region31 May 18

Toyota’s dominance of the ASEAN vehicle market has come under significant pressure this year despite brands such as Chevrolet and Ford having significantly downsized their product ranges and activitie...read more


Mitsubishi turns to Renault-Nissan for future models31 May 18

The final make to be looked at in the Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor series is Mitsubishi Motors (MMC). Earlier insights focused on Alpine and Renault, Dacia, Lada, RSM, Datsun, Nissan and Infiniti....read more


Trump targets German automakers - report31 May 18

A German media report of remarks attributed to US President Trump has further hit investor confidence in German automakers today, amid an ongoing ramping up of trade tensions between the US and countr...read more


SoftBank to invest US$2.25bn in GM AV unit31 May 18

General Motors has announced that the SoftBank Vision Fund will invest US$2.25 billion in GM Cruise Holdings LLC (GM Cruise), further 'strengthening the company's plans to commercialise AV technology ...read more


Posco builds new li-ion cathode plant in South Korea31 May 18

South Korean steelmaker Posco has announced plans to builds a lithium-ion cathode plant in the southern port city of Gwangyang, as it looks to meet growing global demand for rechargeable batteries for...read more


Hella develops 'intelligent lighting' for Audi A7 Sportback31 May 18

Together with Audi, Hella has developed a what it says is a new lighting technology for the new Audi A7 Sportback. ...read more


Ford Sollers starts production of new EcoSport31 May 18

Ford Sollers – Ford’s joint venture business in Russia – has started production of the new Ford EcoSport small SUV in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan....read more


April boost for UK car output31 May 18

UK car production rose in April, with demand growing 5.2% year-on-year, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)....read more


GM names Hyundai Mobis as top supplier31 May 18

Hyundai Mobis has been selected as one of General Motors’ Suppliers of the Year. It is the first time the company has received the award since it began supplying GM in 2010 and the recognition clearly...read more


Rumours surround Marchionne's FCA final strategy shots31 May 18

Speculation is rising concerning Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne’s final strategic throw of the dice for the company ahead of his planned departure in 2019....read more


Price cuts in China follow tariff reduction announcement31 May 18

Reduced tariffs applying to imports will put (and are already putting) downward pressure on retail prices in China, according to Chinese media reports....read more


China province to push NEVs31 May 18

East China's Jiangxi province will advance new energy vehicles (NEVs are BEVs and PHEVs), raising output to half a million by 2020, according to a Xinhua news agency report....read more


PSA increases European SUV production capacity31 May 18

Groupe PSA says it is increasing production capacity for SUVs in Europe to meet growing market demand for the vehicles across its five brands....read more


Top Autoliv shareholders back Veoneer spin-off31 May 18

Autoliv says its top three shareholders, Cevian Capital, Alecta and AMF, have each individually agreed with Autoliv and Veoneer to remain as major owners of Veoneer for a period of time after the spin...read more


Covestro on polycarbonate solutions for mobility concepts31 May 18

Covestro AG (which emerged from Bayer MaterialScience AG in 2015) brings new high-tech materials from the product areas of polycarbonates, polyurethanes, coatings and films into play. Continuing just...read more


Zipcar in London does deal for more VW e-Golfs31 May 18

Carshare firm Zipcar is to purchase 325 all-electric e-Golfs to add to its London rental fleet....read more


Nissan demonstrates 'Pitch-R' robo-line-marker at football final31 May 18

Nissan, an official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League Final Kyiv 2018, showcased an innovative technology to 'encourage and excite grassroots football' with the world debut of Pitch-R, an autonomou...read more


McLaren passes 15,000 cars built milestone31 May 18

McLaren Automotive has celebrated the manufacture of its 15,000th (road) car at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey (UK), just seven years after production first began....read more


Faurecia progressing new Missouri plant31 May 18

Faurecia says it will host a 'beam signing ceremony' to commemorate the start of construction for its newest facility in the US state of Missouri. In February, the automotive supplier announced plans ...read more


GM Korea shuts down its Gunsan plant31 May 18

General Motors officially closed its Gunsan car assembly plant in South Korea on Thursday, as part of a restructuring plan first announced in February which aims to return its loss-making local subsid...read more


Hyundai expands in Alabama for next-gen engines30 May 18

Hyundai is investing US$388m to construct a plant in Alabama dedicated to manufacturing engine heads and enhance existing operations to support production of new models of Sonata and Elantra sedans. T...read more


Nissan to roll out the Terra PPV in Thailand30 May 18

Nissan Motor is set to begin production of its new Terra pickup-based passenger vehicle in Thailand, as it looks to strengthen its position in the region....read more


Michelin Russia builds on export and premium production30 May 18

Michelin says it exports around 30% of its production from Russia, as the tyre supplier also looks to build on its domestic presence in the country, including many premium brands....read more


Virtual exterior mirrors series production first for Audi30 May 18

Audi says that optional virtual exterior mirrors will be making their world premiere in the series production version of the Audi e-tron prototype. They are much narrower than the standard mirrors, re...read more


Scania and VW join over German eHighway research project30 May 18

The German government has decided to co-finance a research project to test and develop electric road technology for eHighways....read more


Opel charts investment plan for German plants30 May 18

Groupe PSA owned Opel says it has now secured its future in Germany and is taking a further step on its way to becoming profitable, global and electric. 'Significant investments' will be made in R&D a...read more


Veoneer wins mono vision camera system business30 May 18

Autoliv has announced that its its electronics business, to be spun off as 'Veoneer' has been selected by one of the world's leading automakers as a partner to develop and produce mono vision camera s...read more


ANALYSIS - Future models for Infiniti30 May 18

After the recent features on the future models strategies for Renault and Alpine, Dacia, Lada, RSM, Datsun, Venucia and Nissan, this chapter of our analysis covering Renault-Nissan Alliance brands foc...read more


US strikes hard tone on import tariffs plan30 May 18

fter recently adopting a softer stance on planned import tariffs that could ignite a trade war with China, the US has said it still plans to impose 25% tariffs on some US$50bn worth of Chinese import ...read more


Gentex on connectivity, biometrics and digital rear vision technologies30 May 18

Gentex Corporation is about more than just dimmable mirror systems. It has developed an array of connected car features, digital rear vision systems, biometric-based vehicle security, in-vehicle payme...read more


Michael Cole appointed COO of Kia ops in US30 May 18

Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced the appointment of Michael Cole to the role of chief operating officer (COO) and executive vice president. Cole – the chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europ...read more


US market continuing to slow - JD Power30 May 18

The US new light vehicle retail sales pace in May is expected to fall from year-ago levels, according to a forecast developed jointly by JD Power and LMC Automotive. However, average transaction price...read more


BP invests US$20m in battery start-up Storedot30 May 18

BP has unveiled a US$20m investment in ultra-fast-charging battery start-up company StoreDot, which is developing technology that could eventually see electric vehicle (EV) charging times fall to five...read more


Winkler steps down as Mercedes Smart brand chief29 May 18

Annette Winkler is to step down from her position as head of Mercedes-Benz Smart brand and from her operational activities at Daimler after 23 years....read more


X152 Jaguar F-Type Ingenium - are four cylinders enough?29 May 18

JLR's decision to put a 2.0-litre Ingenium into the Jaguar F-Type shows that not even sports cars are now immune from a worldwide tide turning against big-capacity combustion engines. ...read more


Nissan to cut NA output by 'up to 20%' - report29 May 18

Nissan is planning to cut production as much as 20% in North America according to a Nikkei news agency report....read more


Mahindra opens new vehicle assembly facility in Durban, South Africa29 May 18

Mahindra South Africa has opened a vehicle assembly facility in Durban, KwaZulu-Nata , South Africa....read more


Hankook and Arlanxeo team on new tyre development29 May 18

Hankook has signed a second memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Arlanxeo to co-develop synthetic rubber technologies for high-performance tyres....read more


Bosch seeks AV testing in Romania29 May 18

Local media reports in Romania say that Bosch is in talks with local authorities to get permission for testing autonomous cars on the streets of the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca, near an engineering b...read more


Eaton joins CLEPA research group29 May 18

Eaton has joined the Research and Innovation Group of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) to further its research into energy innovation, including electrified and traditional int...read more


BMW launches wireless charging option29 May 18

BMW i is claiming a world first in the form of a factory-fitted, fully integrated inductive charging facility for the high-voltage battery in a plug-in hybrid vehicle. ...read more


BMW Brilliance expands China battery factory29 May 18

BMW Brilliance Automotive's (BBA) joint venture is expanding its Chinese battery factory....read more


Toyota and Suzuki discuss new projects29 May 18

Toyota and Suzuki have agreed today to start discussing new joint projects - emanating from cooperation in India - in the fields of technological development, vehicle production and market development...read more


ZF on tomorrow’s occupant safety systems29 May 18

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier 1 suppliers, we caught up with András Tóth, Vice President Product Planning & Strategy, Global Occupant Safety Systems, ZF Active and Passive...read more


Nokian Tyres starts Spain testing centre construction29 May 18

Nokian Tyres has started construction of a new testing and technology centre in Santa Cruz de la Zarza in Spain....read more


Mercedes-Benz secures 86-strong bus order from Poland29 May 18

Mercedes-Benz city is to provide 56 Citaro and 30 Citaro hybrid buses to Poland's second-largest public transport authority in Krakow....read more


VW Group plans three new China factories29 May 18

Volkswagen Group China is planning to open three new factories to strengthen its SUV and e-mobility offerings in the world's largest car market....read more


Volvo first to WLTP - the week25 May 18

Volvo Cars' claim it was the first car manufacturer in the UK to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) was the most-read story on jus...read more


just-auto takes a Bank Holiday break25 May 18

It's the second May Bank Holiday here in the UK on Monday, 28th May so we're taking a long weekend off....read more


Glover replaces Hicks as MD of JLR UK25 May 18

As part of what is described as 'a major restructure of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) global Marketing, Sales, Service and Public Relations functions', Rawdon Glover is to be the new JLR UK Managing Directo...read more


ANALYSIS - Future models for Nissan25 May 18

Nissan is the eighth brand to be looked at as part of a series which examines the major current and future models of Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor divisions. The first two were Alpine and Renault, f...read more


Volvo expands XC40 production at Ghent and Luqiao plants25 May 18

Geely's Volvo Cars said it had received almost 80,000 orders for the new XC40 small SUV and was expanding production in Europe and China to meet demand....read more


Uber disabled death test car's emergency braking - NTSB report25 May 18

Uber had disabled emergency braking in a self-driving test vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, last March, a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTS...read more


PSA takes another step in digital transition with new digital factory25 May 18

Groupe PSA says it is stepping up its digital transformation with the creation of the 'Digital Factory'. This new facility brings resources and skills together in one place to support the operational ...read more


Mitsubishi Indonesia begins Xpander exports to Philippines25 May 18

Mitsubishi Motors began exporting the Mitsubishi Xpander compact MPV from Indonesia to the Philippines this month after its successful launch at the Manila International Auto Show in April....read more


INTERVIEW - Ford Europe boss promotes safe cycling25 May 18

Steven Armstrong might be a car company chief but he thinks nothing of riding his bike for 300kms or 400kms around Europe or 1,000kms over the Andes in South America....read more


SPIEF 18 - Russia rebound sees Gefco acquire 750 railcars25 May 18

Logistics provider, Gefco says a strongly recovering Russian automotive market has led it to acquire 750 railcars to transport growing demand for vehicles in the country....read more


SPIEF 18 - VW Rus urges Moscow continue illicit trade fight25 May 18

Volkswagen's Russia Group says the country itself does not have an issue when it comes to producing fake goods, but is urging the government to continue to tackle illicit manufacturing being brought i...read more


SPIEF 18 - Russia at start of electric road - Renault 25 May 18

Russia's startling paucity of electric vehicles means it is at the very start of its alternative fuel journey says the country's Renault operation, although government Ministers underline the country ...read more


WLTP prompts responses from carmakers - ANALYSIS24 May 18

From September 2018, all new cars registered in Europe, India, South Korea and Japan will have to report their official fuel economy and CO2 figures according to the WLTP – the Worldwide harmonised Li...read more


Apple does driverless vehicles deal with VW - report24 May 18

Tech giant Apple has reportedly signed a deal with Volkswagen to adapt some of its T6 Transporter vans into driverless shuttles....read more


Ricardo and Ford Otosan announce heavy-duty transmission JV24 May 18

Ricardo is assisting Ford Otosan as heavy-duty transmission family development partner for future commercial vehicle platforms....read more


Novelis to expand Changzhou plant to double production capacity24 May 18

Novelis, a leader in aluminium rolling and recycling, has announced it will invest approximately US$180m to double its automotive aluminium body sheet capacity at its Changzhou facility in China....read more


Faurecia invests in the US startup Promethient24 May 18

Faurecia has announced an investment in the US startup Promethient, reinforcing the group's ecosystem dedicated to thermal management technologies for future mobility solutions'....read more


Dana opens new facility in Yancheng, China24 May 18

Dana has inaugurated a facility in Yancheng, China, that will manufacture 'thermal-management products for conventional and new-energy vehicles (NEVs)....read more


Bosch opens infotainment systems plant in China24 May 18

Bosch says it is continuing to expand its presence in China and has opened a new plant for infotainment systems in the eastern Chinese city of Wuhu. ...read more


Work begins on BMW Leipzig extension24 May 18

BMW says it is to invest more than EUR300m in its Leipzig plant to extend and update the body and paint shops, assembly and logistics. It also says comprehensive work is under way, laying the foundati...read more


Trump administration considering 25% tariff on imported vehicles24 May 18

The US Trump administration is considering a plan that would impose new tariffs - as high as 25% - on vehicles imported to the US on national security grounds....read more


Hella joins eSync Alliance24 May 18

The eSync Alliance has announced that Hella has become its latest member, joining existing Alliance members to "build an industry wide bi-directional pipeline to electronic devices in the automotive m...read more


Toyota ramps up plans for hydrogen fuel-cells24 May 18

Toyota is planning a ten-fold increase to production volumes of fuel-cell stacks and hydrogen tanks post-2020....read more


Now what is Trump up to with "big news" tweet?23 May 18

US president Donald Trump, who has repeatedly pledged to revive American manufacturing, said on Wednesday "big news" was coming that would be welcomed by US auto workers....read more


GST Autoleather out of Chapter 1123 May 18

GST AutoLeather, a specialist in automotive leather components, and its subsidiaries exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy on 22 May under new ownership....read more


Tesla lowers China prices after tariff cut announcement23 May 18

Tesla was reported to have slashed up to US$14,000 off its Model X in China after Beijing announced major tariff cuts for imported cars....read more


Consumer groups ask US agency to probe Tesla Autopilot ads23 May 18

Two US consumer advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate what they called Tesla's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving te...read more


Mercedes retrofit teaches old(er) cars new tricks23 May 18

Owners of older Mercedes-Benz models can now access a range of digital services through the Mercedes me Adapter app, on either a smartphone or online, thanks to an adapter offered through dealers. In ...read more


Tesla still has $35,000 Model 3 on hold - report23 May 18

Tesla is adding two top specification versions of the Model 3, suggesting those waiting for a 'base' version may be kept waiting for some time....read more


VW Group continues to gain market share in Europe23 May 18

European car market leader Volkswagen Group is continuing to gain share in the European car market according to April registrations data released by JATO Dynamics. The gains come in spite of 'dieselga...read more


KYB is riding high on active suspension technologies23 May 18

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with Tier 1 component suppliers, we spoke to Mike Howarth, Vice President, KYB Europe about recent damper innovations, active suspension systems and th...read more


Korea can 'lead the era of electrification' in Asia - Nissan23 May 18

As recently as 2010, just 61 EVs were sold in South Korea. In 2017, more than 10,000 were sold, a growth curve that Nissan says points to the potential for South Korea to be a leader in electrificatio...read more


BYD Europe holds first supplier conference23 May 18

BYD says its European unit has held its first ever supplier conference at a plant in Hungary. The Chinese (Shenzhen-based) OEM is focused on the electric bus market around the world and is looking to ...read more


Groupe PSA and Nidec establish electric traction motor JV23 May 18

Groupe PSA and Nidec have formed a joint venture dedicated to the design, development, manufacture and sale of electric traction motors....read more


New Kia Sportage fitted with 48V diesel mild-hybrid system23 May 18

Kia Motors says its new Kia Sportage, to be launched later this year in Europe, will be the brand's first to equipped with a new 'EcoDynamics+' 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain....read more


Lexus shuffles US exec deck23 May 18

David Christ has been named to succeed Jeff Bracken as Lexus group vice president and general manager, overseeing all aspects of US Lexus automotive operations, including sales, marketing, customer se...read more


Yokohama expands European customer base23 May 18

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tyre makers, we spoke to Tetsuo Ikegami, Manager, Yokohama Rubber about the trends in the European tyre market, new products and smart tyres. A sp...read more


Hyundai cancels Mobis-Glovis restructuring plan23 May 18

Hyundai Motor made a major U-turn on its publicly announced restructuring plan this week after seeing the market's reaction to its plans and after consulting with major shareholders....read more


Malaysia sales rise 10% in April23 May 18

New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded by 10.2% to 47,089 units in April from 42,746 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....read more


Volvo UK links with Amazon for test drive bookings23 May 18

Potential buyers in the UK can now book test drives through Amazon thanks to a collaboration between Prime Now, the online retailer's ultra-fast delivery service and Volvo Car UK....read more


Renault-Nissan-MMC venture fund makes six investments22 May 18

The new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance venture capital fund has agreed five investments in four months totalling US$50m and will present another to its supervisory board next week, the fund's head...read more


Gloomy outlook on EU/US trade deal22 May 18

Europe's proposals to open its markets wider to US products - including cars - appear not to have persuaded Washington to lift the threat of import tariffs on EU steel and aluminium, the bloc's trade ...read more


Tesla's Musk admits Model 3 brake problem22 May 18

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has admitted there was a braking issue with the Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, and said it could be fixed with a firmware update that the electric car maker will...read more


China to cut import duty on cars22 May 18

China is to cut its import duty on passenger cars to 15% from 25%, effective from 1 July....read more


Ford confirms 2nd vehicle for Romania plant22 May 18

Ford has confirmed it is investing up to EUR200m and adding an additional 1,500 jobs to manufacture a second vehicle at its Craiova Assembly Plant, in Romania....read more


Nissan and Dongfeng planning Venucia EVs and SUVs22 May 18

Dongfeng Motor and Nissan Motor's Venucia, a brand which concentrates on low-price vehicles for the Chinese market, is having a cracker of a 2018. And this after high levels of year-on-year expansion ...read more


HERE and partners form alliance to develop global HD mapping system for AVs22 May 18

HERE Technologies and a group of partner companies have formed an alliance for a global mapping system that HERE says will underpin the safe use of autonomous vehicles (AVs)....read more


Aston Martin reports GBP2.8m profit in Q122 May 18

Aston Martin Holdings has stayed in the black and reported a 3% rise in first-quarter adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) to GBP43.7m (US$58.6m), representin...read more


VW gets caught by Polo rear seatbelt buckles22 May 18

Volkswagen is in the midst of a recall campaign for all new Polos (ours come from South Africa) after discovering a problem with rear seat belt buckles....read more


VW opens new tech campus in Israel22 May 18

Volkswagen Group has officially opened a campus in Tel Aviv named Konnect to provide local partners and start-ups direct access to the group and its many brands. It will support business collaboration...read more


Thai sales rise 25% in April22 May 18

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to expand strongly in April, with sales rising by 25.2% to 79,206 units from 63,267 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Fede...read more


Indonesia sales rise 14% in April22 May 18

New vehicle sales in Indonesia drifted lower in April, with deliveries to dealers declining by just under 14.1% to 102,256 units from 89,590 units in the same month of last year, according to data com...read more


GAC sets up company to handle overseas business21 May 18

GAC Motor has announced the establishment of GAC Motor International Company to manage GAC Motor's overseas businesses. It says the move is a critical part of the automaker's global expansion strategy...read more


Volvo UK claims WLTP testing first21 May 18

Volvo Cars says it has become the first car manufacturer in the UK to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)....read more


French Ministers to debate automotive future in Paris21 May 18

France's Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire will participate at a meeting in Paris tomorrow (22 May) to discuss the future of the country's automotive sector....read more


Honda recalls CR-V in China over engine lubricant21 May 18

Dongfeng Honda Automobile is set to recall 130,455 vehicles to replace parts affected by lubricant issues which may cause safety hazards and damage the engine....read more


FCA value drops as diesel emissions probe continues21 May 18

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shares fell late last week on investor concern about allegations made in court filings over alleged excess diesel emissions....read more


US and China call off trade war21 May 18

China has praised a significant dialing back of trade tension with the United States, with the government saying agreement was in the interests of both countries while state media emphasised what it s...read more


EC outlines measures to protect businesses in Iran21 May 18

European Union (EU) leaders meeting in Sofia have authorised the Commission in Brussels to take steps to protect the interests of companies operating in Iran....read more


ZF’s vision of steering systems in AVs21 May 18

Although autonomous vehicles (AVs) are on the horizon, steering wheels will be fitted as standard to new cars for a while yet. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with global automotive ...read more


Martinrea opens new Michigan technical centre21 May 18

Martinrea has opened its new technical centre located in Auburn Hills, Michigan....read more


New Millbrook kit meets WLTP rules21 May 18

Millbrook, once the Vauxhall Proving Ground, has been awarded Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) facility approval for its 4WD climatic emissions chassis dynamometer....read more


Toyota to sell GAC brand EVs in China21 May 18

oyota Motor plans to sell an electric vehicle in China sourced from its local partner GAC Motor from next year, according to reports in Japan....read more


Japan Display targets automotive growth21 May 18

Japan Display aims to double its automotive sales over the next five years as it looks to reduce its dependence on Apple and other smartphone manufacturers, according to reports in Japan citing compan...read more


New B9 Audi Sport RS 4 Avant - powered by Porsche21 May 18

Audi Sport must have some of the best margins of any car company division. A range of RS models sits under the umbrella of this GmbH (limited liability company), with the newest addition being the sup...read more


England to Ford's rescue again - the week18 May 18

Once again, good old Blighty has helped out Ford's F-150 series across the pond. You're welcome. Few weeks ago, we learned the new three litre diesel V6 engine for the top selling North American picku...read more


French Smart plant to build electric Mercs18 May 18

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its capacities for electric cars in Europe by using the Smart Hambach plant in France to produce a compact electric car for the EQ brand....read more


Groupe PSA to optimise powertrain design process with new R&D partnership18 May 18

Groupe PSA and Ecole Centrale de Nantes have launched an R&D partnership for  powertrain design processes for the group’s future vehicles....read more


Continental increases its stakes in DigiLens18 May 18

Continental is increasing its investment in DigiLens, the Silicon Valley-based holographic waveguide projection technology company....read more


Constellium expands operations at Decin plant18 May 18

Constellium is expanding its operations in Decin, Czech Republic, to support increased demand for aluminium profiles....read more


Magna Steyr starts on Merc G-Class update18 May 18

Production of Daimler's updated Merc G-Class has started at contract assembler Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria....read more


VW Brazil to include five SUVs in 20 launches by 202018 May 18

Volkswagen's launch plan for Brazil and Argentina totals 20 new products of which five are SUVs, a segment in which the automaker has been weak in South America so far....read more


GM shuts Gunsan but Opel-Vauxhall deal continues18 May 18

General Motors Korea has confirmed to just-auto.com that the company's Gunsan plant has ceased production and will close by the end of this month....read more


MEDEF sets up hotline for French companies with Iran business18 May 18

French business confederation, MEDEF, says it has set up a hotline for companies nervous about what the implications of the US withdrawing from the Vienna Agreement easing sanctions against Iran will ...read more


Philippine sales fall a further 9% in April18 May 18

New vehicle sales in the Philippines continued to decline in April, by 9.3% to 25,583 units from high year-earlier sales of 28,216 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Au...read more


Designing transmissions for autonomous vehicles 18 May 18

The lack of a driver in an autonomous vehicle (AV) re-writes the rules on many aspects of vehicle design, including the powertrain and driveline. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we a...read more


BMW warns of customs costs down the UK supply chain17 May 18

BMW board member Ian Robertson has warned that any future trade agreement between the UK and EU needs to avoid adding bureaucracy and additional admin costs that would be particularly burdensome for s...read more


Mazda selling updated CX-3 in Japan17 May 18

Mazda Motor Corporation has begun taking orders for the updated CX-3 SUV at dealerships in Japan....read more


Avtovaz names new board members17 May 18

Avtovaz has confirmed new board members at its annual general shareholders meeting held today (17 May)....read more


SMMT chief wants 'technology neutral approach' to fuel policy17 May 18

SMMT chief Mike Hawes has told just-auto that he would like to see a clear statement from the UK government that diesel engines have a future in the automotive powertrain mix. He also favours a 'techn...read more


Denso takes a stake in Metawave17 May 18

Denso Corporation has taken a stake in Metawave Corporation, a US startup company that develops millimetre-wave radar sensing technologies to detect vehicles and pedestrians....read more


ACEA says EU CO2 proposals for trucks 'too aggressive'17 May 18

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), representing the seven major EU producers of heavy-duty vehicles, has said new EU proposals for freight truck CO2 reduction levels by 2025 an...read more


New Euro 6d-Temp engines for Opel/Vauxhall Astra17 May 18

PSA's Opel/Vauxhall unit, like the parent company, is continuing its move to Euro 6d-Temp with two new engines for the C-segment Astra range, a 1.6-litre Turbo (200PS) petrol and a 1.6-litre CDTi (136...read more


BMW opens new R&D centre in Beijing17 May 18

BMW has opened a China R&D Centre in Beijing’s Shunyi District....read more


Car sales in EU up almost 10% in April17 May 18

Data released by European vehicle manufacturers' trade association ACEA shows that sales of cars in the EU area were up by 9.6% in the first four months of the year versus the same period of last year...read more


Mobileye secures 8m-car European contract - report17 May 18

Mobileye, Intel's Israel-based autonomous driving unit, has signed a contract to supply 8m cars at a European automaker with its self-driving technologies, Reuters reported exclusively....read more


US Iran nuclear deal withdrawal "unacceptable" - France17 May 18

French diplomatic sources are branding the US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Vienna Agreement allowing Iran sanctions relief in return for scaling back its nuclear programme, as "unaccepta...read more


Ford adds Waze connectivity to SYNC317 May 18

Waze users around the world can now use the app's real-time traffic and navigation service via the touch screen in Ford vehicles via SYNC AppLink and control it by voice command....read more


UK government understands our trade concerns - Toyota17 May 18

Toyota Motor Europe's London representative, Tony Walker, has told just-auto that the UK government is listening and understands the concerns of the UK's auto industry over future trade arrangements w...read more


Hyundai Mobis to lead global autonomous driving technology17 May 18

Hyundai Motor's automotive components manufacturing subsidiary Hyundai Mobis unveiled a new R&D centre for autonomous vehicles and related auto parts in Seosan in South Korea's Chungcheong Province....read more


UK minister wants deeper UK-EU supply chains17 May 18

The UK minister responsible for Business and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, has told an industry conference that the government appreciates the importance of UK-EU automotive supply chains and wants...read more


New plant to make Mercedes EVs in China in 201917 May 18

China's Beijing Automotive Group Company this week signed an agreement with Beijing Shunyi district authorities for the construction of new facilities for the production of Mercedes-Benz new energy ve...read more


Autoneum opens Hungary plant17 May 18

Autoneum has opened a plant for the manufacture of lightweight components for acoustic and thermal management in Komárom, Hungary....read more


English magnesium castings help Ford get F-150 back on line17 May 18

Ford is set to resume production of its profitable F-150 pickup at the Dearborn Truck Plant on Friday using parts sourced from tooling shipped as far away as England....read more


Research snapshot – no shortage of ADAS technology to support AVs17 May 18

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one forms the second (of three) parts focusing on the ways in which the auto industry is paving the way for autonomous vehicles. It turns...read more


BMW 'go' for level four autonomous driving tests in Shanghai16 May 18

BMW Group has officially obtained the Shanghai Intelligent Connected Autonomous Driving Test Licence, issued by the Intelligent Connected Vehicle Road Test Promotion Team - consisting of Shanghai Muni...read more


NHTSA after automakers over Takata airbag fixes16 May 18

The US auto safety agency NHTSA wants to meet with 12 major automakers that failed to meet a December 2017 target deadline for completing repairs on the highest-priority vehicles with dangerous Takata...read more


Honda Ohio plant starts on 2019 Acura RDX16 May 18

Honda's OEast Liberty, Ohio plant has started of mass production of the redesigned 2019 Acura RDX, the first in a new generation of models....read more


Shareholders OK larger Porsche board16 May 18

At the annual general meeting of Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE), shareholders approved the enlargement of the supervisory board from six to 10 members by means of an amendment to the articl...read more


Linamar has a good first quarter16 May 18

Linamar's sales for the first quarter of 2018 were US$1,893.9m, up $237.9m from $1,656m in Q1 2017....read more


Hyundai Cradle and Metawave to develop smart radars16 May 18

Hyundai's corporate venturing and open innovation business Hyundai Cradle, is to invest in Metawave Corporation to build intelligent radars for autonomous vehicles....read more


Groupe PSA announces raft of executive appointments16 May 18

PSA's Executive Committee has unveiled a raft of management changes as it looks to further deploy the Push to Pass Strategic Plan and its Opel / Vauxhall's Pace operation....read more


Bridgestone Americas names new chief information security officer16 May 18

Bridgestone Americas has unveiled Andy Sobotta as chief information security officer (CISO), effective 21 May. ...read more


Webasto opens Germany R&D Centre16 May 18

Webasto has opened its new EUR40m (US$47m) Administration and R&D Centre in Stockdorf, near Munich accommodating 550 employees....read more


Faurecia seeks EUR30bn sales by 202516 May 18

Faurecia says it is looking for sales growth of 7% to EUR20bn (US$24bn) by 2020 and EUR30bn of sales by 2025....read more


Ford 'Euro 20' sales up 12.6% in April16 May 18

Ford sold 113,300 total vehicles in its Euro 20 markets in April, up 12.6% compared with April 2017....read more


Nissan GB moves into home energy generation and storage16 May 18

Nissan Motor (GB) has announced the retail launch of its integrated home energy product, Nissan Energy Solar, which uses the same batteries as the company's electric Leaf car....read more


Subaru probed after fake emissions report16 May 18

Japanese government officials searched the headquarters of Subaru Corporation on Wednesday after the automaker admitted it had falsified mileage and emissions data on new vehicles at one of its domest...read more


Tesla establishes wholly-owned subsidiary in Shanghai16 May 18

Tesla has completed the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary in China, as the US electric vehicle manufacturer looks to expand its presence in the world’s largest electric vehicle market....read more


Nissan planning new models for future of Datsun16 May 18

RSM Renault Samsung was the most recent division of the R-N-M Alliance to be looked at as part of just-auto's current and future vehicles reports. This followed an exploration of strategies for Renaul...read more


All those in favour of AVs, say AI16 May 18

We are hearing more about the opportunities for artificial intelligence (AI) in autonomous vehicles (AVs). Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one forms the first (of three)...read more


No diesel for Volvo Cars S6016 May 18

The new Volvo S60 saloon – to be launched in 2019 and made in the US – will be the first Volvo to be produced without a diesel engine variant....read more


What does the WLTP mean for the automotive industry?15 May 18

From September 2018, all new cars registered in Europe, India, South Korea and Japan will have to report their official fuel economy and CO2 figures according to the WLTP – the Worldwide harmonised Li...read more


Former Tesla exec joins used car buying app15 May 18

Former Tesla executive Diarmuid O'Connell has joined Fair's executive team as chief strategy officer as the company prepares to roll out nationwide this year....read more


BMW sales inch up in April15 May 18

BMW Group's BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands boosted April sales 1.2% year on year to 194,889 vehicles worldwide....read more


Thyssenkrup posts four-fold Q2 net income increase to US$253m15 May 18

Thyssenkrupp has almost quadrupled its second-quarter net income year-on-year from EUR64m (US$76m) to EUR253m....read more


How a new engine transforms the Honda Jazz15 May 18

The Jazz has always had a reputation for being the car for people who aren't interested in cars. The styling was always vanilla, the engines strong on economy but less than overflowing with power, own...read more


Subaru America cues up Crosstrek PHEV15 May 18

Subaru of America, which has recorded nine consecutive years of record sales and 10 consecutive years of growth, has announced its first plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), borrowing the technology from mi...read more


Porsche Q1 profit dips a little15 May 18

Porsche SE booked group profit of EUR951m (EUR986m Q1 2017) in the first three months of 2018....read more


Honda Indiana plant begins Insight hybrid production15 May 18

Honda has started mass production of its new 2019 Insight hybrid in Indiana, also announcing US$61.5m in new capital investment in Indiana and Ohio for production of this latest electrified vehicle....read more


UPS and Arrival team for 35 EVs in London and Paris15 May 18

UPS says it is working with UK-based technology firm, Arrival to develop a pilot fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles to be trialled in London and Paris....read more


Novelis breaks ground on new Kentucky aluminium facility15 May 18

Novelis has broken ground on its US$300m automotive aluminium sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky, with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes and creating around 125 jobs....read more


Japan sales rise 3% in April15 May 18

Japan's new vehicle market bounced by 3.2% to 366,155 units in April from 354,747 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association....read more


Nissan to expand ProPILOT Assist to additional models15 May 18

Nissan said its innovative ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous driving system has been a hit with customers, with more than 120,000 vehicles featuring the technology sold globally, and now set to expand t...read more


Renault-Nissan sign EV battery deal with CATL15 May 18

Nissan and Renault have signed an agreement with Chinese manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) for the supply of batteries for electric vehicles....read more


France to "protect" Iran interests as US imposes sanctions15 May 18

France says it will act to protect its businesses in Iran and has asked the US that sanctions against Tehran do not apply to its interests in the country....read more


Infineon sets up Dresden Development Centre15 May 18

Infineon is setting up a new Development Centre at its Dresden location, creating around 100 new jobs in the first phase and employing 250 people in the medium term....read more


US sanctions hit Porsche supervisory board nominee14 May 18

Porsche is postponing the appointment of Siegfried Wolf to the supervisory board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) set for confirmation at the AGM tomorrow (15 May 2018) in Stuttgart....read more


Hungary plant starts on Merc A-class14 May 18

A second Mercedes-Benz plant has started redesigned A-class production....read more


Another electrifying Volvo performance?14 May 18

Liking PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) is one thing. But is around 30 miles of pure electric running really worth a premium of at least GBP13,000?...read more


Cummins and JAC form JV for engines14 May 18

Cummins and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC Motors) have announced that the two parties will form a 50:50 joint-venture after Cummins purchased Navistar’s 50 percent equity of the JAC-Navista...read more


GM Korea cancels press conference after temps invade14 May 18

General Motors Korea cancelled a news conference on Monday after a dozen temporary workers forced their way into the event venue minutes before, chanting slogans that called on the automaker to hire t...read more


Nissan forecasts drop to operating profit in FY1814 May 18

Nissan is forecasting a further drop to operating profit in the current fiscal year following a 22.6% decline in fiscal year 2017 (year to March 31, 2018)....read more


VW’s vision of car interiors – a mobile living space without a steering wheel14 May 18

In today’s car interior, space in front of the wheel remains a priority with the explosion of added content and features. In tomorrow’s self-driving car, space behind will be transformed into a comfor...read more


NAFTA proposals unlikely to see much output moved - report14 May 18

Trump administration demands in NAFTA trade negotiations meant to push automotive jobs back to the US may not be enough to spark a shift in where automakers build cars and trucks, a Reuters investigat...read more


ANALYSIS - Future models for Renault Samsung Motors14 May 18

After the recent features on the future models strategies for Renault, Alpine, Dacia and Lada, this chapter of our analysis covering Renault-Nissan Alliance brands focuses on Renault Samsung Motors (R...read more


Tesla safety exec jumps ship to Waymo14 May 18

Alphabet (Google parent) self-driving unit Waymo said at the weekend Matthew Schwall had joined the company from Tesla where he was the main technical contact with US safety investigators....read more


Takata airbag costs hit Subaru bottom line14 May 18

Subaru Corporation operating income in the fiscal year to 31 March 2018 fell 7.6% year on year to to JPY379.4bn, as foreign exchange gains were offset by a rise in sales expenses due to higher interes...read more


Yokohama Q1 profit up 18% to US$85m14 May 18

Yokohama has unveiled first-quarter profit attributable to the owners up 18% to JPY9.3bn (US$84.9m), with sales increasing 2.3% to JPY149.2bn....read more


Hyundai Motor India renews export deal with Chennai port14 May 18

Hyundai Motor India the country's second largest manufacturer of passenger cars which claims to have been top exporter since it started operations, has renewed its memorandum of agreement with Chennai...read more


Iveco launches its first LNG truck in Japan14 May 18

Iveco has presented its developments in its action plan to support the use of natural gas in the transport sector in Japan. ...read more


GM Korea outlines plan for profitability by 201914 May 18

GM Korea has announced what it describes as 'a robust business plan' that is intended to return the company to profitability by 2019....read more


Allison appoints Frederick Bohley as CFO14 May 18

Allison Transmission has appointed Frederick Bohley as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective 1 June....read more


Mazda’s new CEO to focus on US14 May 18

Mazda Motor plans to appoint its current vice president Akira Marumoto, who oversees operations in the Americas, as its global president and chief executive officer in June - replacing Masamichi Kogai...read more


SinoTruck targets strong overseas growth14 May 18

China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp (CNHTC), one of China’s largest truck manufacturers also known as SinoTruck, is expanding aggressively overseas as it looks to build on its strong domestic m...read more


Magnesium flares in Ford's face - the week11 May 18

A seemingly minor incident (though not for those involved directly) made more public this week shows the fragility of the global supply chain should just one link fail....read more


Volkswagen launches the all-seeing Touareg in Europe11 May 18

Volkswagen's new Touareg SUV is so clever it can see in the dark. Night Vision is part of a new suite of technologies on the new generation model which also includes a world debut by the Innovation Co...read more


Magna announces record Q1 results11 May 18

Magna has posted record quarterly sales for the quarter ended March 31, revenue up 21% year over year to US$10.79bn....read more


Volkswagen up GTI - worthy of an exclamation mark11 May 18

Volkswagen is the latest brand to experiment with a high performance hatchback in the European A segment. What the company's engineers have created in the up! GTI is something very special indeed. ...read more


Ford China sales decline as new models roll out in Beijing11 May 18

Ford Motor Company China sales fell 26% year on year to 69,503 vehicles in April....read more


US sanctions move on Tehran "a big mistake" - FIEV Club Iran11 May 18

French supplier association, FIEV's subsidiary, Club Iran, has branded President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement "a big mistake" as Western countries fight to preserve t...read more


Geely hires banks for Volvo Cars IPO - report11 May 18

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has reportedly commissioned three investment banks to lead an IPO for its Volvo Cars unit....read more


Hyundai Mobis develops new digital cluster for autonomous cars11 May 18

Hyundai Mobis says it is currently entering the market for digital clusters, a field which is on the rise as a driving information display solution for autonomous cars. For this, Hyundai Mobis produce...read more


Ford chairman defends strategy at annual investors meeting11 May 18

Ford chairman Bill Ford has defended the company's strategic direction to cut cost and rationalise model lines despite a stubborn share price....read more


Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles11 May 18

In March 2003 Brazil's auto industry began producing flexible-fuel cars powered by engines capable of running either on ethanol or petrol, or any blend of the two....read more


Falling ruble sparks Russia April sales up 18%11 May 18

A weakening rouble is triggering a sharp up-tick in Russia's performance, with April figures from the Association of European Businesses (AEB) showing sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia in...read more


Eaton and Shaanxi Fast Gear announce JV10 May 18

Eaton and Shaanxi Fast Gear have announced they have signed a joint venture agreement to manufacture manual transmissions for light-duty commercial vehicles....read more


Volvo Trucks unveils its second electric truck model10 May 18

Just three weeks after the unveiling of Volvo Trucks’ first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric, the company is expanding its product range with another electric truck. The Volvo FE Electric is ...read more


Rolls-Royce unveils Cullinan super-luxury SUV10 May 18

BMW-owned Rolls-Royce has unveiled its super-luxury SUV, the Cullinan. It says the car - named after the largest diamond ever discovered - is an 'all-terrain high-bodied car that makes the idea of aut...read more


Audi US adds more cities to traffic light information service10 May 18

Audi of America has expanded its Traffic Light Information driver assistance feature to two more US cities – Phoenix, Arizona and areas of Kansas City, Kansas....read more


Uber plans 'flight on-demand' service for 202310 May 18

Uber’s Elevate program - which aims to create 'urban aerial ridesharing' - is seeking to partner with an 'international city' for a 'flight on-demand' service that it plans to start in 2023....read more


Ford expands PHEV to Valencia10 May 18

Ford is to extend research into the use in urban areas of plug in hybrid electric vans that run solely on electric power for most city trips by working with Valencia's regional and city government to ...read more


Automakers scramble to make sense of US Iran sanctions10 May 18

European automakers are urgently attempting to understand the implications of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran, as the fallout from Washington's move start...read more


Interior design and technology – Suzuki Ignis10 May 18

When the funky Suzuki Ignis debuted at the 2016 Paris motor show, opinions were mixed. But there can be no denying that this lightweight, compact crossover has a distinctive character. Continuing QUBE...read more


Daimler EQV EV heads for hot weather testing in Spain10 May 18

Daimler has updated development progress on its 2019 EQC - the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQ brand model - ahead of hot weather durability testing in Spain this summer....read more


Ford F-150 output hit by supplier plant fire10 May 18

Ford supplier Meridian Magnesium Products has been hit by a fire at a Michigan (Plymouth) facility that has resulted in a shortage of die-cast components parts that has halted production of the Ford F...read more


Vietnam sales fall 4% in April10 May 18

New vehicle sales in Vietnam fell by 3.7% to 20,557 units in April from 21,345 units in the same month of last year, according to member data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Associati...read more


Has Hyundai created a new segment with i30 Fastback?9 May 18

Audi recently confirmed the rumours that it won't be replacing the A1 and A3 once they come to the end of their lifecycles. Hyundai too has begun phasing out three-door hatchbacks due to a drop-off in...read more


Mitsubishi Motors returns to profit9 May 18

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) reported full fiscal year 2017/8 sales up 15% year on year to JPY2.19 trillion....read more


Aston Martin confirms Lagonda luxury electric SUV9 May 18

Aston Martin has revealed plans for a new Lagonda SUV, which will be the first Lagonda sub-brand product to market. It is scheduled to be unveiled in 2021 and Aston Martin claims it will be the 'first...read more


Mexico digs in on US NAFTA wage demand9 May 18

Mexico is open to compromise on the key NAFTA issue of vehicle manufacturing though it was unclear if the flexibility was enough to reach a deal with the US and Canada, a news agency report said....read more


Delphi Technologies raises full-year outlook9 May 18

Delphi Technologies  - the former powertrain systems business of Delphi Automotive - has reported positive first quarter results and raised its forecasts for the current year....read more


BMW extends UK recall over sudden electrical failure9 May 18

BMW has extended a recall of cars in the UK after the BBC's Watchdog consumer activist programme found vehicles could cut out completely while being driven....read more


Audi halts some diesel car deliveries9 May 18

Audi announced it had "discovered irregularities in the engine management software" of Euro 6-compliant V6 diesel engines used in current A6 and A7 models and had informed the Federal Motor Transport ...read more


Magna creates 300 UK jobs with opening of new aluminium castings plant9 May 18

Magna has opened its aluminium casting facility in Telford, England, to supply structural castings to Jaguar Land Rover creating 300 new jobs....read more


Audi aims for 800,000 pa electrified sales by 20259 May 18

Audi is planning to sell approximately 800,000 electrified automobiles per annum by 2025....read more


Finance deal seen keeping GM in Korea at least a decade9 May 18

The South Korean government has said a pending deal to refinance General Motors Korea should keep the automaker in the country for at least 10 years because its rights to sell shares and assets would ...read more


Toyota forecasts profit drop on higher yen9 May 18

Toyota has forecast a 4.2% decline to operating profit for the current financial year - at 2.3 trillion yen - as the higher yen hits overseas earnings in spite of higher forecast global vehicle sales....read more


Subaru starts Ascent SUV production in US8 May 18

The recently renamed Subaru Corporation has started production of the Ascent SUV at its US Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant....read more


BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Final world debuts list8 May 18

Multiple brands revealed concept, prototype and production model world premieres during the press preview days of AutoChina 2018. The show has just closed its doors to the public. ...read more


Continental says Q1 order intake at record level8 May 18

Continental says its overall order intake for Q1 hit a record level (with the order intake on automotive business at EUR11bn - also a record)....read more


Volvo Cars to add Google services to Sensus infotainment8 May 18

Geely's Volvo Cars said it would add voice controlled Google Assistant, Play Store, Maps and other services to its next generation of Sensus infotainment system which is based on the Android operating...read more


PSA chooses Punch Powertrain e-DCT systems8 May 18

PSA has chosen Punch Powertrain to supply e-DCT systems by 2022, as part of the automaker's electrification push....read more


Volvo Trucks and Cars to share real-time traffic hazard information8 May 18

Volvo Trucks is introducing a cloud-based service, Connected Safety, which allows Volvo trucks and Geely-owned Volvo cars to automatically alert each other to hazardous traffic situations. Thanks to t...read more


SUVs dominate as Australia sales slow8 May 18

Sales of SUVs continued to provide strong momentum to Australia's new car market last month, according to Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) VFACTS data....read more


Geely Auto sales surge 49% in April 20188 May 18

Geely Automobile announced that the total sales volume of the group for the month of April 2018 was 128,817 units, an increase of approximately 49% over the same period last year and up approximately ...read more


Jaguar inks I-Pace EV airport chauffeur service deal for 50 cars plus options8 May 18

Passengers using a luxury chauffeur service to and from Heathrow Airport will be driven in JLR's all electric Jaguar I-Pace from this summer....read more


South Korea import sales jump in April8 May 18

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea jumped by over 29% to 25,923 units in April from 20,051 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors As...read more


Hyundai-Kia boosting sales forecast 8 May 18

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors were expected to upgrade their global sales outlook for the second quarter and for the whole of 2018 after sales in China began to recover from last year's sharp declines....read more


Ayala to take control of Philippines' Kia assembler8 May 18

The Philippines' Ayala Group is to acquire a controlling stake in Columbian Autocar Corporation, the local assembler and sole distributor of Kia Motors, according to local reports....read more




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