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Out 'n' about - the week

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

It's been a busy week for the entire just-auto team with a Russian conference to attend, new product to catch up with, a key new automaker appointee to interview, plus our usual analysis.

ANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 2

16 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The second of two features which looks at the current and future models of Hyundai Motor Company is a focus on the brand's SUVs, minivans/MPVs, electrified passenger vehicles and a sole future pick-up. This follows the recent in-depth analysis of HMC's cars.

ANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 1

15 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

In 2018, HMC aims to sell 4.68 million vehicles worldwide, compared to the 4.51 million units it delivered in 2017. After suffering a substantial setback in the Chinese market last year and to a lesser extent in the USA too, the company has been investing heavily in new and additional models, especially SUVs.

Quirky C4 Cactus now shoulders Citroen's C-segment burden

14 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

On the face of it, the UK launch of the updated Citroen C4 Cactus is just a mere, mid-life refresh - a new grille here, new tail lamps there, new interior colours and trims, the usual. Next! But, according to PSA's UK unit, it's a bit more significant than that and the newcomer has loftier goals to achieve than its quirky, well liked predecessor.

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INTERVIEW - Sarah-Jayne Williams, Ford's Director, Smart Mobility (Europe)

15 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

In September of last year, Sarah-Jayne Williams joined Ford as its first director for 'Smart Mobility' in Europe. Her job is to focus on future mobility solutions for Europe and to define and implement Ford of Europe’s Smart Mobility strategy. Dave Leggett recently caught up with her in London, where a 'Chariot' shuttle service has just launched.

GENEVA INTERVIEW - Nissan Europe SVP of sales and marketing Ken Ramirez

12 March 2018 | Mike Vousden

Ken Ramirez is Nissan Europe's recently appointed senior vice president sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the 2018 Geneva show to talk about the cars on display and the brand's plans for an electrified future.

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Ford lays out new US product plan and organisation changes

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced a major strategy plan out to 2020 for the US market, claiming it will have the freshest lineup among all full line automakers with average showroom age dropping from 5.7 to 3.3 years as it replaces three-quarters of its range. It is also promising full connectivity ahead of over-the-air updates and the 'Transportation Mobility Cloud'.

Ford launches Co-Pilot360 driver assist technology

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford claims Co-Pilot360, the new name under which it will bundle such technology in the US from this autumn, is "most advanced suite of standard driver assist technologies among full-line brands" and "aims to help people around the world more safely and confidently face congested roads".

AEB hails Russia figures but urges long-term caution

16 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market has "outperformed" expectations says the Association of European Businesses Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC), which nonetheless injected a note of caution when viewing the figures.

UK buyers waver over diesel - survey

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Research for the Automobile Association (AA) here in the UK has shown a growing number of car buyers have yet to make up their mind what fuel their next car will use, highlighting the 'confusion' now regularly noted to just-auto by automaker insiders.

Get ready for 3D-printed electric cars?

16 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The China Daily reports that Italian company X Electrical Vehicle, or XEV, expects to launch a 'mass-producible 3D-printed electric car' in China in 2019.

Toyoda Gosei opens new hydrogen tanks plant in Japan

16 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyoda Gosei has established a new plant in the city of Inabe, Mie Prefecture, Japan to produce high pressure hydrogen tanks, a crucial component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Preparations for the start of production are currently underway.

just-auto Plus only Lanxess starts new production line for speciality thermoplastic compounds in Germany

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Speciality chemicals company Lanxess has now commissioned a new production line for the manufacture of speciality compounds at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. The company has invested approximately...

just-auto Plus only Lamborghini 2017 revenue crosses one billion euro mark

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

In fiscal year 2017 (31.12.2017), Automobili Lamborghini achieved new historic landmarks. The Italian super sports car brand from Sant’Agata Bolognese increased worldwide sales by ten % from...

just-auto Plus only GM all set to commercially produce Cruise AV in 2019 at Orion, Michigan

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

After more than a year of building test vehicles for development of its self-driving technology, General Motors today announced it will build production versions of its Cruise AV at its Orion...

just-auto Plus only Evonik to build new plant for polyamide 12 production

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Evonik is planning to build a new production complex for the high-performance polymer polyamide 12 (PA 12). The Group intends to increase its overall PA 12 capacity by more than 50%. Polyamide 12...

VW Rus urges Moscow to be market focused for supply chain

15 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Rus is calling for a more integrated approach to the supply chain as well as a market-centric push from those in government in Moscow as The Kremlin considers its future strategy for the automotive sector.

Audi plans e-tron GT for 2020

15 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Audi has confirmed a four-door performance electric car to go into production in 2020 at the Böllinger Höfe site near Neckarsulm (to be built alongside the R8). The e-tron GT is four-door luxury Gran Turismo with purely electric drive and would come to market after an Audi e-tron electric SUV.  

Mercedes-Benz Cars details Thai battery production

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Following its initial announcement of plans to produce lithium ion battery packs for electric and plug in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, as the company anticipates strong demand growth for these vehicles across the region in the next few years, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has now detailed its plans, with local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP), to spend EUR100m by 2020.

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans more growth following record 2017

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced full year 2017 records for unit sales, revenue and EBIT after delivering 401,000 vehicles (up 12% year on year on 2016's 359,100).

Mazda/Eliiy Power/Ube to jointly develop lithium-ion batteries

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation, Eliiy Power and Ube Industries have agreed to jointly develop lithium-ion batteries for autos use.

Volkswagen opens safety 'centre of competence'

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

With its new safety centre, Volkswagen has brought together its vehicle safety expertise at a single location.

Volkswagen quietly admits to China export plans

14 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Buried deep in a lengthy media release, the Volkswagen Group has quietly let slip that it has plans to use its giant manufacturing operations in China to commence exports.

BMW sales set February records - again

14 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The BMW group has announced new monthly and year to date sales records for February 2018.

GM names new senior VP, global human resources

14 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors has moved Kimberly Brycz from head of global purchasing to senior vice president, global human resources.

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW - Cadillac XT4 and Subaru Forester world debuts

14 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The world premiere of the XT4, another SUV for Cadillac's expanding range, will take place at the New York auto show. Subaru too will have a new model: the fifth generation Forester.

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