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Ghosn, Brexit and a giant BMW grille - the week

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

As one of my colleagues remarked, the grille on the just facelifted BMW 7 Series is somewhat reminiscent of the front-end of a basking shark in full plankton filter-feed mode. I'm sure the Chinese will love it anyway (a staggering 44% of all 7 sales last year were in China - which explains the Shanghai roll-out). It was a lighter moment in a week that has had a more serious side on a number of fronts.

25 years on comes the fifth generation Toyota RAV4

18 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

It seems hard to believe Toyota's RAV4 is 25 years old and entering its fifth generation. Seems only a few years ago I had my first go in the little three-door launch model with its cheeky look a larger Toyota iteration of Suzuki's Vitara, a two-litre petrol engine, side opening rear door and tailgate mounted spare wheel.

Geneva motor show world debut list - BJA Renault Clio

18 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Global debuts for the 2019 Geneva motor show are listed below. The latest addition to just-auto's roster of world premieres is the production version of Groupe Renault's BJA project: the new Clio.

ANALYSIS - Future models for SEAT and Cupra

17 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Buoyed by a young model range and the addition of multiple crossover/SUVs, SEAT made 2018 its best year yet for vehicle sales, finally breaking a record set in 2000. Crucially, the company is making decent money too, something which had eluded it for a long time.

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CES - Q&A with Nissan on Invisible-to-Visible

9 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tetsuro Ueda is a technology expert at the Nissan Research Center where the automaker "explores cutting-edge technologies and develops the next step in automotive excitement". Working with a small, dedicated team, Ueda's research focuses on connecting technology and humans in an enriching, seamless way. His latest development is set to create new insights through connected platforms and sensing technologies.

Antoine Redier - GEFCO EVP 4PL Solutions

4 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

As EVP 4PL Solutions, Antoine Redier is a member of the GEFCO Group Executive Committee. He joined GEFCO in March, 2007 as a vehicle distribution and preparation manager in Germany, before becoming VP – Finished Vehicle Logistics. In July 2012, Redier was appointed 4PL Director for the General Motors Programme.

Latest news

Nissan and MMC 'confirm' Ghosn financial misconduct

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) have said that results from their ongoing joint investigation into misconduct carried out by Carlos Ghosn, former chairman of the two companies, confirm that he received improper payments from a Dutch subsidiary (Nissan-Mitsubishi BV - a JV established by both companies).

Nissan to cut output, jobs at its Mississippi plant

18 January 2019 | editorial team

Nissan Motor said it plans to eliminate 700 contract worker jobs at its Canton assembly plant in the US state of Mississippi in response to slowing local demand and rising competition.

Ford Mondeo Hybrid Wagon revealed at Brussels show

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

At the Brussels Motor Show, Ford of Europe has revealed an enhanced Ford Mondeo range – including a new Mondeo Hybrid wagon (estate).

Audi Münchsmünster facility produces 25m components in 2018

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Audi has released details of its Münchsmünster production site that produces key components - such as chassis modules - for Audi and other VW Group brand models.

Renault 2018 sales up 3% to 3.9m vehicles

18 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Groupe Renault has posted 2018 sales up 3.2% to 3.9m vehicles, while integrating the Jinbei and Huasong brands, although at 2017 scope, volumes declined by 1.2% in a world market down 0.3%.

Tesla axing 3,000 workers as cars too expensive

18 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla CEO Musk has told employees the company will cut about 7% of its workers as its cars are too expensive.

Suzuki begins operations at Gujarat plant number-2 in India

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (SMG), a 100% subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation for the production of automobiles in India, has completed construction of the Gujarat Plant Number-2, and has started production of the Swift.

Ghosn loses backing of French government

17 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Reports circulating in France suggest that Carlos Ghosn will soon be replaced as CEO and chairman of Renault. The ex-chairman of Nissan has recently been refused bail for a second time and faces months in detention ahead of trial in Japan on charges related to financial misconduct.

Ford shocks with electric F-150 statement

17 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Jim Farley, Ford Motor's head of world markets, has told attendees at an industry conference in Detroit that the company will bring a fully electric version of the world's best selling vehicle to market.

Revised BMW 7 Series makes world premiere in China

17 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

BMW has shown its mid-cycle facelifted BMW 7 Series in Shanghai, China.

Lotus cars to be produced in China - report

17 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Geely - owner of Lotus - is reportedly planning to start producing Lotus cars in a new facility in Wuhan, China.

Alliance Ventures invests in retail start-up Tekion

17 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's venture capital arm, Alliance Ventures, has announced an investment in US company, Tekion.

Ford cautious on 2019 outlook

16 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

In a presentation at the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference in Detroit, Ford has cautioned on the 2019 outlook citing risks associated with the global trading environment as well as higher commodity costs. 

Evergrande Group acquires 51% of NEVS

16 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Evergrande Group has acquired 51% of the shares in NEVS for an undisclosed price.

Subaru shoots for 700,000 US sales in 2019

16 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Not content with having overtaken Hyundai and Genesis in 2018, Subaru of America has a new goal: selling 700,000 vehicles this year.

Opel names new personnel managing director

16 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Opel's Supervisory Board has appointed Ralph Wangemann as new managing director, Personnel and Labour director.

Ford and Volkswagen announce commercial vehicle alliance

15 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

As widely expected, Volkswagen and Ford have announced the first formal agreements of broad alliance that will see Ford develop medium pickup trucks for worldwide sale by both automakers, collaboration on vans for Europe and likely partnerships for mobility and electrification.

PSA's 2018 sales dented by China downturn

15 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA's 2018 vehicle sales tally was dented by lower sales in China but boosted by the full-year impact from its acquisition of Opel-Vauxhall in 2017.

Mitsubishi Europe sales rise in 2018

15 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Europe (MME), currently reorganising and expanding its Netherlands based operations, boosted calendar year 2018 sales 19% year on year to 165,259 vehicles.

ZF supplies electric drive axle for British fuel cell bus

15 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis is expanding its product line, adding a double-decker model powered by a fuel cell drive. This new model is also equipped with ZF's AxTrax AVE electric drive axle to prevent local emissions. ZF also provided additional hardware and software for optimum performance.

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