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Five years after its revival - what next for Datsun?

23 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Nissan brought back Datsun in 2014 as a brand specialising in small, cheap models for lower income countries. Since then, Datsun has been rolled out to 14 markets, with India, Indonesia, South Africa, Russia and Kazakhstan being the main ones. Nissan's next challenge is to launch a second generation of models, the first of which should begin in 18 months' time.


AvtoVAZ to reinvigorate Lada with new models

21 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

A flat Russian market is failing to hold back the growth of Lada which, with a 22% share, is way ahead of number two make Kia. Crucially, Renault is putting in more money to maintain the momentum and various new models are not far away from release.


ASEAN market growth slows in Q1

1 May 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets combined increased by 1.9% to 853,383 units in the first quarter of 2019 from 837,481 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto from local trade associations and government departments.


India's quiet achiever - the rapid rise of Mahindra

18 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The battle for third place in the Indian market for passenger vehicles is hotting up, with both rivals drawing on foreign subsidiaries to expand their ranges. Tata is well placed to attack the country's traditional number three brand from later in 2019 as new models come on line. For now though, Mahindra is pulling ahead thanks to ever more Ssangyong-derived SUVs.


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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.


Interview - Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation's (ARNPO) scale in Russia is quite staggering in a country which specialises in the colossal and the gigantic. ARNPO Alliance localisation director, Denis Chirkov outlined some of the issues in this challenging country, but which is coming back strongly after years of recession at the recent Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow.

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VinFast launches first home grown model in Vietnam

24 June 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The leading domestic conglomerate in Vietnam, VinGroup, officially opened its new vehicle assembly plant in the northern port city of Haiphong with a ceremony attended by prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other government officials.


Dacia state subsidised plant capacity extension ready in September

21 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Renault-owned Romanian carmaker Dacia is preparing to launch new models, the company's CEO Christophe Dridi told local media.


Malaysia vehicle sales up strongly in May

20 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Malaysia’s new vehicle market jumped by over 41% to 60,780 units in May from 42,983 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Renault launches sub-4m Triber MPV

20 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Seeking to revitalise falling sales in the Indian market, Renault has announced the Triber, an additional model which will be manufactured at the Alliance's RNAIPL plant in Tamil Nadu.


Suzuki launches new Alto in Pakistan

19 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Pak Suzuki Motor (Pak Suzuki), a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation for production and sales of automobiles and motorcycles in Pakistan, launched the all-new Alto.


Behr-Hella Thermocontrol completes Bulgaria expansion

18 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

German car parts manufacturer Behr-Hella Thermocontrol (BHTC) said it had completed the expansion of its production base in Bulgaria's Industrial Zone Sofia-Bozhurishte, following spend of EUR6.1m.


SAIC China sales slump

17 June 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Chinese carmaker SAIC Motor reported a sharp sales decline in the first five months of 2019, of close to 17% to 2.47 million units, according to a company statement filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange.


Continental Romania spends EUR27m expanding Iasi office building

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Continental Romania said it was spending EUR27m to expand its office building in Iasi.


JAC acquires Kazakhstan's Allur Group

17 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

JAC has successfully participated in the acquisition of the shares of Kazakhstan's Allur Group, marking the entry of the JAC Kazakhstan project into a brand-new stage, which it says has become a new benchmark for Chinese independent car brands in 'the Belt and Road'.


Kia to stop production at Chinese plant on weak demand

14 June 2019 | just-auto.com 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.


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.


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.


Chinese vehicle market plummets 16% in May

12 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Vehicle sales in China dropped sharply in May, with about 1.913m vehicles sold, a decline of 16.4% year on year. That marked the 11th consecutive month of decline and followed a similar rate of decline in April.


India car market down 26% in May

12 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Sales of cars in India fell sharply in May according to data released by the Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers (SIAM). The trade body said sales of passenger vehicles fell for a seventh straight month in May, the longest run of successive monthly declines since 2014.


Volkswagen brand sales slump in May

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen brand sales fell 5.1% year on year to 512,100 vehicles worldwide in May with the automaker calling the month's results a mixed picture.


Mercedes-Benz May global sales dip

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz sales dipped 1.3% year on year last month to 195,690 vehicles worldwide as sales the new A-Class and CLA Coupe were offset by ongoing SUV model changes.


Byton names Cadillac- and BMW-seasoned chief customer officer

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Byton, the China-based premium electric vehicle maker, announced the appointment of Andreas Schaaf as chief customer officer with immediate effect.


Jaguar Land Rover sales down (again) in May

11 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover retail sales in May 2019 fell 12.2% year on year to 42,370 vehicles worldwide.


Moody's says policy will boost China 2019 sales 2%

11 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Moody's Investors Service said new policy guidelines affecting the Chinese auto industry supported its projection of a 2% growth in auto unit sales for the country in 2019.



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