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Future Cadillacs, UAW strike, Delphi interview - the week

20 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Not surprisingly, another in our popular series of future model reviews topped the just-auto eyeball attraction chart this week.

Volvo surges as Lynk and Geely sales nose-dive

19 September 2019 | Glenn Brooks

What's the best selling premium make C segment SUV in Europe? A BMW. And what's number two? Hint: it's neither a Mercedes nor an Audi. The Volvo XC40 is not only ahead of the GLA-Class and Q3, it's closing the gap to the market leading X1 too.

Tokyo motor show world debuts - Mitsubishi PHEV concept

18 September 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Mitsubishi is the second manufacturer to announce a global premiere for next month's Tokyo motor show.

General Motors future models - Holden

17 September 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Once the number one make in Australia, Holden now mostly dwells in position number nine. In August, sales dropped by 18 per cent, almost double the market average. Had Subaru sold just 17 more cars, Holden would have been pushed into tenth place. A new Trax is set to land locally in 2020 but other than this small SUV, the future product cupboard is looking fairly bare, at least in the short term.

Latest interviews

SsangYong UK's MD Nick Laird on the push to double sales

9 September 2019 | Mike Vousden

We sit down with Nick Laird, SsangYong UK's Managing Director at the launch of the new Korando SUV to learn more about the plan to double sales

Interview part 2: Sernauto CEO José Portilla

23 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spanish suppliers association CEO, José Portilla has had many years experience in manufacturing sectors such as steel and automotive, while he is now CEO of Spanish suppliers association, Sernauto. In the second of two interviews, Simon Warburton caught up with him as Spain looks to address the transition to new mobility and the challenges of implementing advanced manufacturing technology coupled with addressing labour body employment concerns.

Latest news

Amazon to buy 100,000 electric vans

20 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' sweeping new plan to tackle climate change, announced at an event on Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, includes a deal to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from vehicle manufacturer Rivian, reported.

Skoda starts production of its first PHEV

20 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

Skoda's first production model to be fitted with plug-in hybrid electric drive - the Skoda iV - has rolled off the production line at its Kvasiny plant.

GM strike rumbles on; talks continue

20 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

Reports in the US point to some progress in talks between General Motors and the UAW, as GM's first strike in twelve years continued this week.

GM Korea union restarts strike action after wage talks fail

20 September 2019 | editorial team

Now General Motors is dealing with strike action in South Korea as well as in the US.

IIHS rates Tesla Model 3 a 'top safety pick'

20 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla has picked up its first award from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as the 2019 Model 3, its most expensive sedan, achieved a 'Top Safety Pick+' rating.

VWoA launches third-gen Car-Net connectivity app

20 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

For model year 2020, Volkswagen Car-Net gets an updated mobile app, a list of no-charge services for five years, and new subscription options. Car-Net Services will be offered in four areas: Remote Access, Safe and Secure, Hotspot, and Guide and Inform.

Toyota Brazil adding third car line at Sorocaba

19 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor said its Brazilian sales and manufacturing subsidiary, Toyota do Brasil (TDB), would spend BRL1bn (US$243m) at its Sorocaba plant in Sao Paulo.

UAW strike shuts down GM Canada Oshawa truck plant

19 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against General Motors in the US from Sunday night led to hundreds of workers at the the Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada, being told to stay home on Wednesday due to parts shortages shutting down the truck assembly line.

Seat to trial landfill methane in vehicles

19 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group Spanish subsidiary Seat said it would participate, until 2023 in the Life Landfill Biofuel project, which was recently approved by the European Commission (EC). The goal is to obtain renewable gas from municipal landfills and achieve more efficient management by obtaining biomethane from an indigenous, abundant energy source.

Falken secures Audi tyre OEM deal

19 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Falken Tyre Europe said it had secured a contract to supply VW Group premium brand Audi with OEM fit tyres for a new compact SUV.

New automaker gives manufacturing boost to Wales

18 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

A new automaker is to build a 4x4 vehicle in Bridgend Wales, next door to the doomed Ford engine factory slated for closure at the end of 2020.

Toyota to further invest in its San Antonio truck plant

18 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is investing US$391m at its San Antonio truck assembly plant. Once complete, the plant's total investment will exceed USD3bn.

Hyundai Motor Group develops new front centre airbag

18 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Group has developed a new centre side airbag which works to separate the space between driver and passenger.

Mitsubishi teases Tokyo show hybrid SUV concept

18 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) plans to show a small plug-in hybrid electric SUV concept car at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019 which opens its doors to the public from 24 October to 4 November, 2019.

Nissan and EDF Group partner on EV smart charging

18 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan and EDF Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the delivery of electric mobility together – particularly through the smart charging of electric vehicles. This agreement applies to the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Italy.

UAW slams GM strike healthcare pay decision

18 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The United Auto Workers criticised General Motors on Wednesday after the automaker said the union would have to pay for striking workers' health care on Tuesday.

Nissan Motor selling distribution business - reports

18 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Struggling Nissan Motor wants to sell its vehicle parts and materials distribution business in a deal that may be valued at about $1 billion, Bloomberg and other media reported.

Toyota launches 12th generation Corolla in Japan

18 September 2019 | editorial team

Toyota Motor launched its new generation Corolla in Japan, the first full redesign for its popular compact passenger car in seven years.

Mild-hybrid tech debuts in BMW 5 Series

18 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

BMW says that mild-hybrid 48V technology is about to make its debut in the BMW 5 Series range.

Tata Motors adopts what3words system for India navigation

17 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors said it had become the first automaker in India to use the what3words technology already seen in vehicles from European automakers including Daimler, Ford and Nissan.

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