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OEM by OEM guide to China electrification

31 March 2021 | Mike Vousden

The electrification of passenger vehicles is now a certainty and China leads the way as the single largest EV market. The current field of competitors is made up of the four large state-owned automakers along with a handful of private groups. Here, we take a look at their current electrification strategies along with the EVs currently being fielded by each company.

JLR job cuts, January global sales, new Magna plant - the week

26 February 2021 | Graeme Roberts

News Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) had confirmed a further 2,000 job cuts this year, following the automaker's announcement the Jaguar brand would be all-electric by 2025, was the most-read article on just-auto this week.

Electrification - is it a sprint or a marathon?

18 February 2021 | Guest

In this latest guest article written exclusively for just-auto, Dato Madani Sahari, the CEO of Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), considers developments in the rapidly developing area of automotive electrification.

Tesla to expand Indian presence – possibly opening a new factory

16 February 2021 | Mike Vousden

Last weekend, a chief minister for Karnataka, India seemingly confirmed via a since-deleted tweet that Tesla will open its first Indian factory in the city. This revelation comes in the wake of an announcement from Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk that the company was in talks with several Indian states to explore the possibility of opening an office, showroom, R&D centre or possibly a factory in the country.

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China’s shift to online sales gathers pace

13 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen in China is reporting that sales have recovered sharply after the COVID-19 slump that hit the market hard in the first quarter. It now says there is a big shift towards online sales and reducing human contact in a digital sales process. Michael Mayer, head of sales and marketing for VW in China, provides an update.

Faurecia agile enough to cope with Brexit needs - CEO

5 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia says it will adapt to what its customers want as the UK prepares to leave the European Union (EU) next year.

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FREE TO READ - Global pandemic sector recovery briefing

9 April 2021 | 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.

Rolls-Royce sets Q1 sales record

8 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Rolls-Royce has reported record first quarter sales, up 62% on the same period in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic started, initially in China.

Ford China sees fourth quarter of growth to start 2021

8 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Ford China first quarter sales grew 73.3% to 153,822 vehicles with the rider that the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns began in the country in Q1 2020.

Mercedes Q1 sales rise

7 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz Cars sales rose 22.3% year on year in the first quarter of 2021 to 590,999 units.

Great Wall to lift hydrogen R&D investment

6 April 2021 | just-auto.com editorial team

Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors (GWM) plans to invest CNY3bn (US$456m) in hydrogen-related research and development over the next three years, as it looks to become a significant player in the global fuel cell vehicle market.

China's Plus raises more funds for self-driving trucks

6 April 2021 | just-auto.com editorial team

Chinese autonomous driving startup Plus announced it has raised US$220m in its latest fundraising round led by FountainVest Partners and ClearVue Partners.

Chinese EV maker claims AV record

31 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

XPeng is claiming a record for a P7 fleet which drove over 3,600km from Guangzhou to Beijing with 2,930 km highway driving under the control of the NGP (Navigation Guided Pilot) and achieved an average of 0.71 human driver interventions per 100km (62 miles), setting a new benchmark for long distance autonomous driving by mass production passenger vehicles. 

AvtoVAZ signs production agreement in Kazakhstan

30 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

AvtoVAZ JSC and Kazakhstan's Allur Group of Companies have signed a cooperation agreement that theey hope will lead to the resumption of local production of Lada cars in the country.

UK engine production down in February

26 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

UK engine manufacturing output declined 20.5% in February with 170,271 units built.

Peugeot models top EU27 in February

24 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

New car registrations continued to fall in Europe last month. According to JATO Dynamics data for 27 markets across the region (EU27), volume totaled 848,455 units, down by 20% compared to the 1.06m units registered in February 2020.

ZF to launch new ProAI supercomputer at Shanghai show

23 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

ZF will launch the next generation of its ProAI supercomputer at the Shanghai motor show.

Ford Europe launches CV connected uptime system

22 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Ford UK on Monday (22 March) announced FordLiive – a new connected uptime system designed to help commercial vehicle operators increase their productivity by maximising vehicle up time.

Vinfast news gives Foxconn a boost

22 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Shares of Taiwan’s Foxconn rose as much as 3.6% on Monday after Vietnam conglomerate Vingroup said its car unit was in early stage talks with Foxconn about working together on developing batteries and electric car parts.

Momenta nets US$500m in latest fundraising round

22 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta confirmed it had completed its latest fundraising round, bringing in US$500m in fresh capital from investors, according to local reports.

Knorr-Bremse CVS expands capacity with new investment in China

22 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

Knorr-Bremse is enlarging its Dalian plant in China through a new investment designed to meet booming demand.

BASF extends its supplier agreement with Mercedes-Benz

22 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

BASF has recently secured a multi-year contract with Mercedes-Benz in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region that extends its longstanding, commercially approved supplier status with the car company to Australia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

EVs across Europe - opinions may vary

18 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Ionity, the high power charging network, has conducted a European-wide survey on motorists' attitudes towards electric vehicles (EVs) and other topics related to the future of e-mobility. It found there were considerable differences between the countries but even bigger commonalities, and a great need for clarification on e-mobility across the board.

Damper specialist Thyssenkrupp Bilstein expanding in China

18 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Damper specialist Thyssenkrupp Bilstein is expanding its presence in China. In Changzhou, the company is currently investing in new production capacities for electronically adjustable damper systems.

Daimler's Mercedes to recall 2.6m vehicles in China

16 March 2021 | just-auto.com editorial team

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz is set to launch a massive recall in China next month involving some 2.6m vehicles because of a location software design flaw, according to local reports citing the State Administration for Market Regulation, the country’s main quality watchdog.

Vietnam vehicle sales down 22% in February

15 March 2021 | just-auto.com editorial team

Vietnam’s new vehicle market declined by 22% to 12,939 units in February 2021 from 16,616 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).

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