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New Pugs and partnerships - the week

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ignoring the high count for this column last week, the top-read story on just-auto this week was our look at future Peugeot models. Thanks to the 208, 3008 and 2008 (in that order) Peugeot is holding on to a strong third position in its largest regional market behind Renault and Volkswagen. A new version of its best seller, revealed three months ago but not yet available, has strong looks and has generated a large bank of orders. In contrast to that good fortune in Europe, the picture in China is much darker, however. Well worth a look.

Honey, I stretched the Lexus

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Memo to self - when a car company kindly loans you a press review vehicle, write it up before the model gets updated. In this case, twice. Oh, the blushes. Fortunately for slacker here, Lexus UK has an online press archive dating back to the stone age, conveniently shooting down my theory we're actually overdue an RX full redesign - the present model dates back only to a New York show debut in April 2015 - and a tweak or two since launch makes perfect sense.

Kia ready for the return of diesel demand with Stonic

13 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

May saw Kia setting yet another sales record in its largest European market. Surprisingly, that's not Germany, but Britain, where the brand is ahead of not only its parent, but Nissan too. The Sportage is much of the reason for the ongoing rise but another, smaller crossover is playing an ever greater role in the growth.

Frankfurt IAA world debuts - HJB series Renault Captur

13 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

HJB, the second generation of European markets' Renault Captur, will have its public and motor show debuts at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Latest interviews

Digital Proving Grounds - Q&A with simulation software specialist rFpro

7 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

With driving simulators becoming increasingly realistic, allowing more tests to be effectively undertaken in a virtual environment, growing numbers of proving grounds are investing in ‘digital twins’ of themselves. To learn more about what is accelerating this trend, we spoke to asked Chris Hoyle, from simulation software company rFpro.

Testing times for AVs – Q&A with AB Dynamics

6 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

The development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is still in its infancy. How do OEMs test these vehicles to ensure they are safe on the road in the real world?  AB Dynamics has been developing testing systems for automakers for decades, pushing back the boundaries of advanced driver assistance (ADAS) test systems, the building blocks of an AV. To learn more about how the auto industry is developing testing regimes for AVs, we spoke to Jeremy Ash, Head of Commercial, AB Dynamics.

Latest news

PSA readies Tremery engine plant for e-mobility

14 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA is about to start the assembly of electric powertrain motors at its Tremery, France, engine plant.

Kia to stop production at Chinese plant on weak demand

14 June 2019 | editorial team

Kia Motors announced it would cease production at one of its vehicle assembly plants in China this month due to weak local demand, according to South Korean news agencies.

Toyota North America to standardise two environment/safety items

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) plans to standardise Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic transmission Park selection.

US analyst bullish on Ford European restructure

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino sees value in Ford's restructuring in the European region, a media report said.

LG Chem in China EV battery JV with Geely

14 June 2019 | editorial team

South Korea's LG Chem said it had signed an agreement with China's Geely Auto Group to jointly invest in a new electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing plant in China.

Localising X3 gives BMW China a boost

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Localisation works, according to a Bloomberg report from China.

Geely Auto and LG Chem to manufacture EV batteries in China

14 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Shanghai Maple Guorun, an indirect 99% owned subsidiary of Geely Automobile, has announced a new joint venture partnership with LG Chem.

Groupe PSA announces its 2019 supplier awards

14 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Some 15 suppliers have been recognised by PSA for their commitment and excellence in 'meeting the expectations of Groupe PSA'.

Byton opens Shanghai design studio

14 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Premium electric car company Byton has opened its Shanghai Design Studio which it says will focus on the Chinese market, as well as work closely with the existing Design Studio in Munich on advanced and intelligent design for the global market.

Huawei working with Audi and GAC on driverless cars

13 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei says it will launch self-driving cars as early as 2021 in partnership with several carmakers, including Audi, Toyota and Chinese firms.

Byton shows more of M-Byte interior (expect screens)

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Byton has revealed more details of the interior design for its first production model, the M-Byte.

Hyundai steps up collaboration with Aurora Innovation

13 June 2019 | editorial team

Hyundai Motor said it was expanding its collaboration with US self-driving technology developer Aurora Innovation to accelerate co-development of autonomous vehicle technology.

Volvo Trucks puts Vera to work in a Swedish port

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Trucks' electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera will transport goods from a logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Nissan North America lures former Lincoln designer

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan North America has hired former Lincoln designer David Woodhouse as vice president, Nissan Design America (NDA).

Ford North America recalls to cost $180m

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Various recalls will cost ford US $180m, seeking reported.

DRB-Hicom in connected car services JV with Altel, Ecarx

13 June 2019 | editorial team

DRB-Hicom, the majority owner of Malaysia's first national carmaker Proton Holdings, is joining forces with local company Altel Communications and China's Ecarx (Hubei) Technology to provide connected car services in Malaysia.

Volkswagen leads US$1bn Northvolt capital raise

13 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division are leading a US$1bn equity capital raise in Northvolt, alongside BMW, AMF, Folksam and IMAS Foundation for 16 GWh lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing capacity.

Rebounding from crash, Volvo and Uber show production autonomous car

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

An unfortunate crash last year that killed a jay-walking pedestrian was a setback to Uber's autonomous driving programme with Volvo Cars but the ride hailer and automaker have now presented a "production vehicle ready for self-driving".

Ford opens tech centre in Israel

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has opened its Israeli research centre in Tel Aviv.

CFDT not against Paris Renault stake drop

12 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Renault union, CFDT says it is "not opposed" to any move by the French government to reduce its stake in the manufacturer, should it look to formalise a merger with FCA.

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