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Electrics, Frankfurt, GM, FCA - the week

18 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Will Ford sieze an EV opportunity for Lincoln?

17 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It has been just over a year since what Ford calls The Lincoln Motor Company was the subject of a just-auto in-depth analysis feature. China is still nowhere near being the brand's largest market but sales there are up by a staggering 92 per cent and that's even without a local manufacturing presence. With things good in the US too, it surely won't be long before Lincoln returns to being a make selling in excess of an annual 250,000 vehicles worldwide.


ANALYSIS - is the future for Jaguar electric?

15 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Once in danger of going the same way as Saab or Lancia, Jaguar has been brought back to life via massive infusions of cash, intelligently spent. Thanks to the success of the F-PACE, it is probably now profitable too. Such are the plans for the ongoing transformation of the leaping cat brand, Jaguar's reinvention is really only just beginning.


Future models, waistlines, diesel deals - the week

11 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Our 'future models' analysis is always popular and, this week, we put Land Rover and Range Rover SUVs for the 2020s - not that far away - under the microscope. We talked connected car user experience with Harman and I, having fired a heap of flak at Toyota stylists over their (cars') waistlines, was put thoroughly in my place by my own traitorous kids.


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INTERVIEW - Mazda's UK MD

14 June 2017 | Chris Wright

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.


AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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GM confirms investment in southern Brazil

18 August 2017 | Fernando Calmon

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


Will Daimler and BMW combine car sharing services?

18 August 2017 | Chris Wright

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


GAZ launches van production in Turkey

18 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Hyundai Motor previews new fuel cell vehicle

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


2017 Pebble Beach Concours - world debuts

17 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

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


Court orders temporary halt to Takata lawsuits

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Hyundai Motor eyes electric bus opportunity

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Vauxhall expands passenger carrying Vivaro range

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Nissan sees e-Power potential in emerging markets

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Chery to launch new brand, SUV, at Frankfurt

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Honda Europe revises 1.6 diesel for Civic

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


IAA world debuts - Chery M31T prototype

16 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IAA might be missing Alfa Romeo, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Volvo, but one new brand will be making an appearance: Chery Auto will reveal an SUV prototype.


Deutsche Post and Ford show off e-van

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Volvo Cars owner Geely books healthy first half

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely has promised cars on the platform developed with its Volvo Cars unit [the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which will underpin Volvo's smaller 40 series cars currently under development and also Lynk models] later this year and announced healthy first half profits.


Ford Europe sales down 4.8% in July 2017

15 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Europe sold 99,900 total vehicles in July, down 4.8% year over year, but year to date total sales of 845,300 were up 2.6% for the best first seven months of the year since 2009 in the traditional Euro 20 markets.


DTNA announces senior communications changes

15 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

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


Indonesian motor show: new policies and more MPVs

14 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

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


Will GM pull out of Korea?

14 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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


Opel claims 50,000+ European Insignia orders

14 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

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


BYD wins first pure electric bus order in Israel

14 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

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



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