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Ford shutdowns and a much awaited new Volvo - the week

22 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford shutdowns and a much awaited new Volvo - the week It's not unusual for things to go a bit quiet the week after the week of a major motor show's press days - Frankfurt's were the 12th and 13th ... read more


Toyota Indiana plant builds 5m vehicles in 20 years

22 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Indiana plant builds 5m vehicles in 20 years When long-time Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) Princeton workers Sandra and Andres Chaparro saw the first vehicle roll off the line in 19... read more


Bosch e-axle for new hydrogen-electric truck

21 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Bosch e-axle for new hydrogen-electric truck By 2021, Nikola Motor Company will bring to market the One and Two, a class 8 hydrogen-electric truck line that will deliver more than 1,000 horsepow... read more


Volvo launches XC40 SUV

21 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo launches XC40 SUV Volvo has launched the XC40, its first new model on the Compact Medium Architecture (CMA), which completes its global range of premium SUVs. Images and video were 'leaked' to ... read more


Volvo Car UK announces XC40 price and specs

21 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car UK announces XC40 price and specs Volvo Cars UK said it new XC40  "urban SUV" is now available to order in the UK with prices starting at GBP27,905 for the T3 Momentum ... read more


VW begins production of new Passat in India

21 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

VW begins production of new Passat in India Volkswagen has started Indian production of its Passat, positioned in that market as a premium luxury sedan, at its Shendra, Aurangabad factory in Ma... read more


Grenzebach Maschinenbau to sell Ventech Systems to Goodyear

20 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Canadian plant strike over labour contract threatens GM SUV supply

20 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Canadian plant strike over labour contract threatens GM SUV supply Workers at General Motors CAMI assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, want a resolution to the contract impasse that has them on the pic... read more


US judge blocks DoJ's 25m VW documents share with German law firm

20 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US judge blocks DoJ's 25m VW documents share with German law firm A federal magistrate judge reportedly has blocked the US Justice Department (DoJ) from sharing Volkswagen diesel emissions relat... read more


Magna opens new vision systems engineering centre in Shanghai

20 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Wabco completes RH Sheppard acquisition

20 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Knorr-Bremse withdraws offer for Haldex

19 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Knorr-Bremse withdraws offer for Haldex Knorr-Bremse has announced the withdrawal of its public offer for Haldex. "Today's decision also means that the competition review will be term... read more


Iranian customs hold up 15,000 new imported cars

19 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Iranian customs hold up 15,000 new imported cars Some 15,000 cars are held up at customs in Iran for regulatory reasons, according to a local media report. According to the local English busines... read more


Iranian car output up 22% in five months

19 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Iranian car output up 22% in five months Fresh data on Iranian car production showed a 21.8% year on year growth during the first five months of the current fiscal year that started in March, a local... read more


Toyota promises variety of vehicle types as well as EVs

19 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota promises variety of vehicle types as well as EVs Toyota Motor president Akio Toyoda said the automaker would continue to make a variety of vehicle types even though tighter global regulat... read more


Honda America begins mass production of new 2018 Accord

19 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda America begins mass production of new 2018 Accord Honda of America (HAM) marked the start of volume production of the redesigned 2018 Accord (the first Honda model built in the US back in 1982)... read more


Nissan Brazil plant builds 150,000 cars in three years

19 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Brazil plant builds 150,000 cars in three years Three years after starting operations, Nissan Brazil has now built 150,000 cars at its Resende Industrial Complex. The milestone car was a ... read more


Mitsubishi to boost Russian plant output

18 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi to boost Russian plant output In a sign the Russian economy is picking up, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced it will resume production of the Pajero Sport at its Kaluga pl... read more


Wabco to buy out Meritor joint venture

18 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Frankfurt (mostly) - the week

15 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Frankfurt (mostly) - the week Of course, many eyes were either at or on the bi-annual Frankfurt show this week. Including ours. As usual, we've kept a running tally of who was launching wh... read more


Toyota supplies Mirai FCVs to German ride sharer

15 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota supplies Mirai FCVs to German ride sharer The first 20 (of 35) Toyota Mirai were handed over to the CleverShuttle ridesharing service in Hamburg this week. This is the world's largest fle... read more


Ford Australia 2019 Focus 'likely' to come from Europe - report

15 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Ford to be sued in US over PowerShift transmissions

15 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford to be sued in US over PowerShift transmissions A US law firm says it will, by the end of this month file suit on behalf of Fiesta and Focus owners against Ford over dry clutch PowerShift au... read more


Volvo Car UK establishes wholesale used car unit

15 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Porsche SE completes PTV acquisition

15 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Daimler's Fuso launches e-Canter in New York

14 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Nissan Casting Australia wins Leaf parts contract

14 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Casting Australia wins Leaf parts contract Though it ended local manufacture and closed its factory in 1994, Nissan Motor has continued to cast metal components in Australia and its Melbourne ... read more


Ford researches light signals for autonomous cars

14 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford researches light signals for autonomous cars Ford and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are testing a lighting method designed by the automaker for self driving vehicles to signal their int... read more


Autoliv eyes separating passive safety and electronics units

14 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Autoliv wins another Geely supply contract

14 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autoliv wins another Geely supply contract Autoliv said it was developing an "industry leading" 77GHz high-resolution radar systems for autonomous driving for Geely. The Chinese car ma... read more


Audi A8 to feature AGC's cover glass for car-mounted displays

14 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Audi A8 to feature AGC's cover glass for car-mounted displays Asahi Glass (AGC) said its new glass for car displays, which went into production in May , will be installed in Audi's redesign... read more


VW China recalling 4.86m vehicles with Takata airbag inflators

14 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

VW China recalling 4.86m vehicles with Takata airbag inflators Volkswagen Group China (VGC), with Volkswagen (China) Import (VGIC), FAW-Volkswagen Automotive (FAW-VW) and SAIC Volkswagen Automotive (... read more


Former Sunderland exec to head Alliance manufacturing and purchasing

14 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Former Sunderland exec to head Alliance manufacturing and purchasing The Renault-Nissan Alliance's new manufacturing, supply chain and purchasing chief is a former production controller who start... read more


FRANKFURT - Nexteer expands automated driving line

13 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


NTSB rules on Tesla crash cause

13 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

NTSB rules on Tesla crash cause The National Transportation Safety Board reported a truck driver's failure to yield the right of way and a car driver's inattention due to over reliance on vehicle aut... read more


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