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ASEAN sales sharply lower in Q1

15 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Sales of new vehicles in southeast Asia’s six largest markets combined are estimated to have declined by over 19% to 700,528 units in the first quarter of 2020 from 865,532 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto from local industry sources including vehicle manufacturers, trade associations and government departments.


Brazil turnaround shows FCA what to do with Fiat

8 April 2020 | Glenn Brooks

With Brazil having become Fiat's number one market even before COVID-19, the launch of a new Strada is even more newsworthy than it might otherwise have been. The small pick-up also arrives as registrations for March show the brand still in third place but closing on Volkswagen and Chevrolet.


China recovers as the rest of the world suffers - the week

3 April 2020 | Graeme Roberts

While the rest of the globe still deals with the humanitarian and economic fallout from COVID-19, a recovery of sorts is emerging in China. 


The virus gets worse - the week

20 March 2020 | Graeme Roberts

There was a glimmer of hope in all the bad news this week - Wuhan, aka Coronavirus Central (thanks a lot) on Thursday reported no new cases, the first such report since the bug started to take hold last January. So, perhaps, this, or some of this, might be over for the rest of us in two, maybe three, months? Let's hope so. Or maybe not.


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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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Malaysia vehicle sales plunge 99% in April

27 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

New vehicle sales in Malaysia plunged by over 99% to just 141 units in April 2020 from 49,935 units in the same month of last year, as the government imposed lockdown restrictions on consumers and businesses to help slow the spread of the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic.


Skoda Volkswagen India resumes production

26 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited (ŠAVWIPL) has resumed production at its Aurangabad plant after the coronavirus-related production stop.


Jetta offers entry-level mobility in China

26 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

VW says that Jetta, its sub-brand in China, continues to be a well-received option for buyers in China seeking to own a car for the first time. In April, Jetta delivered 13,500 cars to customers.


China to introduce new EV safety standards in 2021

20 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Chinese government announced new mandatory safety regulations for electric vehicles this week designed to improve product standards and provide consumers with additional protection and reassurance.


Indonesia slashes forecasts as sales plunge 90% in April

19 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

New vehicle sales in Indonesia were forecast to fall by 40% to around 600,000 units in 2020, from just over 1m units in 2019, as the global COVID-19 pandemic continued to ravage the economy.


ACEA updates 2019 data

18 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has published the full year 2019 edition of its Economic and Market Report with the latest figures on the registration, production and trade of passenger cars and commercial vehicles, both in Europe and around the world.


Automotive CEOs and European Commission discuss recovery plan

14 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

CEOs from across the automotive value chain held a virtual meeting with the European Commission to agree priorities for a solid recovery plan for the automotive sector, with a view to stimulating the wider economy.


FAW joint ventures launch new Audi Q7, Toyota EV

14 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

FAW-Volkswagen, one of Volkswagen's main Chinese joint ventures, launched the new Audi Q7 last week as the company looks to strengthen the brand's lead in the country's large size premium SUV segment.


Hyundai-Kia overseas plants restart operations

13 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Hyundai Motor Group on Tuesday said it had resumed operations at most of its overseas plants amid signs that the global COVID-19 pandemic may have passed its peak.


Tata Motors slowly restarts output, sales and service in India

13 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors announced a restart of Indian manufacturing operations for both commercial and passenger vehicles at plants in Pantnagar (Uttarakhand), beginning last week, and at Sanand (Gujarat).


Vietnam sales plunge 46% in April

13 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

New vehicle sales in Vietnam plunged a further 46% to 10,816 units in April 2020 from 20,127 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).


Russia sales plummet 72% in 'Black April'

12 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

New car and light commercial vehicle sales in Russia plunged 72.4% in April compared to last year as the coronavirus situation continues to impact the country.


Huawei launches 5G Automobile Ecosphere in China

12 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

China's mobile internet infrastructure giant Huawei Technologies has established the 5G Automobile Ecosphere with which it aims to help speed up the adoption of 5G mobile communications technology by the country's automotive industry,  according to local reports.


China vehicle market returns to growth in April

11 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

China’s vehicle market returned to annual growth in April as the market and industry continued to recover from the coronavirus crisis. The April market was up 4.4% over last year at 2.07m units according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Toyota, Mazda, see China sales rise in April

11 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor both recorded rises in car sales in China in April, their first monthly increases since the novel coronavirus broke out in January, and an indication of the possible return of consumer demand.


BMW to complete new main plant building in Shenyang this year

11 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

BMW is committed to completing construction of a new CNY4.4bn (US$621m) main factory building in Shenyang this year, according to Chinese media reports citing local government officials.


BMW Group India resumes local production at plant Chennai

11 May 2020 | just-auto plus

All other employees will continue to work from home. The plant will resume its operations in a single shift. Depending on the pandemic situation and government advisories, deployment of staff will be adjusted steadily. 


Geely sales rebound in April

7 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Geely has announced strong April sales on the back of China's rapidly recovering car market.


Nio EV SUV sales surge in April

6 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese premium EV SUV maker Nio said April 2020 sales rose 181.7% year on year to 3,155 vehicles, a growth of 105.8% month over month.


SAIC Motor stabilises in April, V-shaped recovery in China expected

5 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Shanghai based SAIC Motor reported a slight year on year rise in global sales in April 2020, of 0.5% to 433,000 units, after a steep decline in the first quarter of the year due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country.



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