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Life after Sergio - the week

20 July 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 you shall see) was one of the most-read articles on this week and, if you haven't already pulled up a coffee and paused from the work of the day for a look, I recommend you do.

Chengdu motor show world debuts list - the just-auto preview

20 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Every year the Chengdu motor show seems to grow in importance. The 2018 event is no exception. Below is an initial list of vehicle world premieres, with many more to be added during the coming weeks.

Proton under Geely - the future models

19 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final Geely group brand to have its current future passenger vehicles assessed is Proton. Due to unremarkable cars, a home nation where the annual market remains well below three quarters of a million vehicles and poor marketing in the few countries it has tried to export to, the formerly state-run firm is a lacklustre operation. Could a cash infusion and a management shake-up transform the firm?

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

19 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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

Latest interviews

INTERVIEW - Ford Europe boss promotes safe cycling

25 May 2018 | Chris Wright

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.

VW’s vision of car interiors – a mobile living space without a steering wheel

14 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

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 comfortably designed control and entertainment centre. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with OEMs, we spoke to Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design Volkswagen Brand to learn more about I.D. VIZZION, consumers’ desire for individuality, new mobility concepts and the implications for automotive interiors.

Latest news

Kia Niro EV with 280 miles range on sale in Korea

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Kia says its new fully electric Niro - with a claimed range of 280 miles on single charge - has now gone on sale in its home market. The car gets its European debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, with European sales to commence at the end of this year.

Toyota to close Japan plant on tech shift

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is reportedly planning to shut down a car assembly plant in Japan as it looks to consolidate its production network ahead of the auto industry's technological shift towards electric and driverless vehicles.

US import tariffs 'terrify me' - VDA chief

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), has warned the US government that US import tariffs would harm US competiveness 'with severe negative effects on investment and employment in the US'.

New Aston Martin plant on track for 2019 SOP

20 July 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 Group China sales up 9.2% in H1

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group China has announced the first half-year deliveries for 2018: with its two Chinese joint venture partners, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered over 1.99m (1.83m, +9.2%) vehicles to customers in mainland China and Hong Kong, including 80,300 imported vehicles.

Toyota C-HR SUV misses IIHS top safety pick rating

20 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A poor headlight rating came between Toyota's US specification C-HR small SUV and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, the IIHS said.

VW Wolfsburg wins lean production award

20 July 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.

Toyota Motor Corporation founder inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

20 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Cited for extraordinary vision and entrepreneurial spirit, Toyota Motor Corporation founder and former president Kiichiro Toyoda was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last night (19 July) in Detroit.

Volvo Cars reports record operating profit in Q2

19 July 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 July 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 July 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.

Volvo shifts production of XC60 to avoid US tariffs

19 July 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 to resume two-shift operation in Hiroshima

19 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor said it now had a "degree of certainty regarding parts supply and employees' commuting methods" and would restart two shift production at two plants in Hiroshima, Japan.

GAC building new R&D centre in Michigan ahead of US launch

19 July 2018 | Staff reporter

China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) is spending US$4.45m on an R&D facility in Michigan ahead of its planned sales launch in the US in 2019.

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

19 July 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.

Henkel addresses supplier/OEM 'pain-points'

19 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Henkel says solutions addressing the 'pain points of OEMs and tier suppliers include liquid gasketing, magnet bonding, thermal management and potting products as well as an impregnation service.

Infiniti announces fourth 'LAB' for Hong Kong

19 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Nissan's premium Infiniti brand is to add a start-up 'LAB' in Hong Kong.

Honda launching Clarity PHEV in Japan

19 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid variant, on 20 July at dealerships in Japan.

Vietnamese car company to unveil models at Paris Show

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

A new Vietnamese car company, VinFast, says it is developing its own range of 'world-class vehicles' to be produced at a new facility in northern Vietnam.

EU and Japan sign historic FTA

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Union (EU) signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan on Tuesday that will eliminate tariffs on almost all products traded between the two trading blocks.

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