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2020 Beijing motor show - the world premieres

28 September 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Delayed by five months, AutoChina 2020 opens to the public on 30 September. Below is a list of production model and concept world premieres.

Jaguar, Tesla and a reimagined sun visor - the week

25 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Future models-r-us. You knew that. This week, Jaguar was in the spotlight: The leaping cat brand saw its EU-EFTA-UK sales halve to 24,389 during the year to the end of August. Data for North America is no longer made public while things still aren't good in China (12,024 YTD, -24%). What to do about Jaguar? That's a question that new CEO Thierry Bollore will be wrestling with right now.

Jaguar future models

24 September 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The leaping cat brand saw its EU-EFTA-UK sales halve to 24,389 during the year to the end of August. Data for North America are no longer made public while things still aren't good in China (12,024 YtD, -24%). What to do about Jaguar? That's a question that new CEO Thierry Bolloré will be wrestling with right now.

ANALYSIS - Skoda Octavia

23 September 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Twenty years ago this month, a new era began for Škoda as production of the first modern era Octavia began at Mladá Boleslav. Since then, the company's lead plant and several others have produced more than seven million examples over three generations. No pressure then to get the new model exactly right.

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INTERVIEW – Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida

24 August 2020 | Paul Horrell

Makoto Uchida became president and CEO of Nissan in January 2020, and by May had unveiled his four-year transformation plan, Nissan Next. It's a company in no little turmoil: Uchida is the third CEO since the ousting of Carlos Ghosn in 2018, last year's loss was $6.2bn, it has huge excess capacity and strategic troubles not least around the Alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi.

SNAPSHOT - Skoda designer discusses Enyaq iV SUV

14 August 2020 | Dave Leggett

Karl Neuhold, head of exterior design at Skoda, highlights the upcoming Enyaq IV car's design features and basic visual principles.

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FREE TO READ - Global pandemic sector recovery briefing

25 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

As we enter a recovery phase around the world, we aim to bring you the latest news and intelligence on the speed, nature and shape of the automotive sector's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

UK car output down 44.6% in August as crisis bites

25 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

UK car production declined by 44.6% in August due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on economies and car demand. UK car output so far this year is down 40.2% with a loss of 348,821 units worth more than GBP9.5bn to UK car makers.

UK CV production down in August

25 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

August commercial vehicle production in the UK fell 11.5% year on year (better than cars) with 4,915 vans, taxis, trucks and buses manufactured.

Ford Romania plant adds Puma ST

25 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's Romanian said it had started production of the Puma ST crossover at its plant in Craiova.

Ex-PSA man to lead Hyundai powertrain tech

25 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has announced it has appointed Alain Raposo as Executive Vice President in charge of its Powertrain Tech Unit at the Group’s Research and Development Division. Prior to joining HMG, he was in charge of developing powertrain, battery and chassis at Groupe PSA.

Hyundai Motor builds second plant in Vietnam

25 September 2020 | editorial team

Hyundai Motor broke ground on its second vehicle assembly plant in Vietnam this week, according to local reports, as the carmaker looks to strengthen its presence in one of south east Asia's most promising markets.

Volvo Cars goes for green bonds to fund electrification

25 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars says it has established a Green Finance Framework, allowing the company to fund its ambitious climate plan and electrification strategy by issuing green bonds or obtaining green loans. It echoes the funding route followed by others, including Volkswagen Group.

Renault Samsung to halt production until 18 October

25 September 2020 | editorial team

Renault Samsung Motors confirmed it plans to suspend production at its only assembly plant until mid October to slow the build-up of inventory.

Tesla German plant faces water issue

24 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is continuing with plans to build its new factory in Germany and will build battery cells and battery packs at the site in Brandenburg, near Berlin, a spokesman told Reuters, after assurances it would not use too much water.

Renault Samsung to export XM3 to Europe from 2020

24 September 2020 | editorial team

South Korea's Renault Samsung Motors announced this week it plans to export its XM3 SUV model to Europe from next year to help lift production volumes and utilisation at its plant in Busan.

Geely launches open-source EV architecture

24 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has announced the launch of its Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), claimed to be the world’s first open-source electric vehicle architecture, that promises to 'transform the availability of zero-emission cars and trucks in the world’s largest auto markets'.

Geely and Mobileye sign supply agreement

24 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

Geely has signed a long-term supply agreement with Mobileye that will see group models fitted with Mobileye-powered ADAS systems.

VW targets base Tesla with ID.4

24 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has clearly painted a target around Tesla's US$39,990 Model 3 by pricing the ID.4 SUV - the first of the new long range BEV series to cross the Atlantic - at $39,995, for the base rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro with a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 likely to come off that.

BMW China partner may go private - report

24 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Reuters reported Thursday Chinese state backed investors were considering taking BMW's main Chinese joint venture partner Brilliance private in the latest such deal targeting beaten down Hong Kong listed shares.

Union wins EV build investment for Ford Canada plant

24 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Canadian auto workers union Unifor has reached a tentative agreement with Ford, averting a strike at its Canadian operations, after extending a midnight deadline and bargaining through the night.­­­­

Auto industry has most UK robots

24 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The new World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) showed a record of about 21,700 industrial robots operating in factories of the United Kingdom – an increase of 5%.

BorgWarner provides compact turbo for VW Nivus

24 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

BorgWarner has expanded the supply of its compact B01 turbocharger by equipping the newly launched Volkswagen Nivus crossover in Brazil.

Skoda teams with Parkopedia

24 September 2020 | Simon Warburton

Škoda has concluded a cooperation agreement with Parkopedia.

just-auto Plus only BMW Group Plant Leipzig to start battery module production in 2021

24 September 2020 | just-auto plus

The BMW Group is further expanding its Germany- based production capacities for electric drives. From 2021, the Leipzig plant will also produce battery modules for the high-voltage...

US production of 2021 Nissan Rogue starts in Tennessee

23 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Production of the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue - X-Trail elsewhere - is now officially under way at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Tennessee.

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