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Life after Sergio - the week

20 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ray Hutton's insightful look at the likely future of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after CEO Sergio Marchionne 'leaves' (it's complicated, as yo...

Paris motor show world debuts list - 300hp RenaultSport Megane Trophy

19 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The public world premiere of the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy will take place at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile....

COMMENT - Marchionne, going but not gone

18 Jul 2018 | Ray Hutton

In less than six months’ time, Sergio Marchionne’s 14-year reign over the Fiat car business will come to an end....

Another good Volvo arrives at platform SPA

18 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

There was a noticeable air of excitement amongst Volvo Car UK people at the redesigned V60's press launch in Yorkshire this week. This was n...

Latest interviews

Webasto on development of sunroofs and convertible roof systems

19 Jul 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Webasto’s core competencies include development, production and sales of sunroofs, panoramic roofs, convertible roofs and parking heaters. With electric heating systems, charging solutions and battery systems, the supplier is also addressing the growth market of electromobility. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, we spoke to Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board, Webasto SE about the company’s roof systems business.

Magna Exteriors makes an impact with front-end modules

18 Jul 2018 | Matthew Beecham

What is a front-end module? It depends on who makes it and for whom. Front-end modules (FEMs) typically encompass the bumper, headlights, radiator and various others parts. The benefits to the automaker from sourcing complete FEMs are clear: they can help cut the number of operations on the assembly line, reduce vehicle weight, cut tooling costs and improve working capital. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with component suppliers, we caught up with Rob Selle, Global Product Line Director, FEM, Fascia & Trim, Magna Exteriors, a front-runner serving the FEMs market.

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ACEA slams EC steel import tariffs as trade war looms

20 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Tariffs of up to 25% imposed by the European Commission (EC) on the import of a number of steel products following Washington's decision to levy its own surcharge, have been heavily criticised by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

New Aston Martin plant on track for 2019 SOP

20 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Aston Martin says construction work at its new UK plant - which is earmarked to produce a premium SUV/crossover ('DBX') in late 2019 - is on track.

VW Wolfsburg wins lean production award

20 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg is heading for greater productivity and efficiency "with an exemplary pace of change" according to an assessment by a team of independent experts in its European competition study to make the Lean Production Award for 2018. The internationally renowned award for slim and agile production systems in the automotive industry went to Wolfsburg for the first time.

Faurecia records H1 net profit up 10% to EUR342m

20 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has posted first-half net income up 10% to EUR342m (US$399m), while sales also grew by double digits in the second quarter and first six months.

Volvo Cars reports record operating profit in Q2

19 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has reported its highest ever quarterly operating profit of SEK 4.2 billion (USD470m) for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 28.6 per cent compared with the same period last year, driven by a strong increase in global retail sales.

No-deal Brexit won't faze Mazda UK

19 Jul 2018 | Chris Wright

Vehicle makers have been issuing stark warnings over the future of their investments in the UK unless a sensible customs agreement is made with the EU after Brexit but one company chief will be happy enough with no deal.

Pure EVs "final destination" for industry - Renault

19 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault says pure EV vehicles will represent the "final destination" of the automotive industry as the sector continues to power ahead at around 50% per year growth of the market, although the manufacturer cautions on price.

Continental to restructure into three business sectors

19 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

The board of Continental is to undertake one of the 'largest organisational realignments in the company’s history' with three new business sectors created. One of the sectors - powertrain - is being readied for a partial IPO in 2019.

Volvo shifts production of XC60 to avoid US tariffs

19 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars is planning to shift US-bound production of its XC60 to avoid US import tariffs on care made in China.

Mazda My Way London trial snares 375 buyers, national roll-out to come

19 Jul 2018 | Chris Wright

A two year trial in London taking Mazda cars to customers instead of waiting for them to come into the showroom has resulted in 375 sales. Now the project will be rolled out across the UK.

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