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Investors beware, EVs are a slow train coming - COMMENT

19 February 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tesla is a fascinating company to watch. It's a start-up (not exactly new though), is still losing money, but is making cars that serve a segment of the market set for major growth - battery electric vehicles. There is much to admire about Elon Musk's vision and execution, but let's not get too carried away.

Opel-Vauxhall PACE! plan - the future models

9 November 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following the announcement of the PACE! business plan for Opel-Vauxhall by its CEO Michael Lohscheller, just-auto takes a look at what this means for the brands' current and future models.

Meet Ford's Robutt, view your truck from on high - the week

3 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ever parked a truck? Me neither. But I have enormous respect for those who daily thread huge delivery trailers, hauled by prime movers bearing such names as Scania, DAF and Mercedes-Benz, through the chaos that is most European city roads and jammed motorways. And then line the business end up against a loading dock with the same sort of precision I can just about manage parking a small Kia at the supermarket. As with cars, numerous electronic aids now make truck driving a little easier (but no less skilled) and I was intrigued to see that 3D surround multi view camera systems for trucks are now on offer. Nissan Birdview scaled up, if you will.

The week - Results season is upon us, again

28 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

That came around again quickly - results season again is upon as, depending on whether automakers and parts suppliers work on calendar year or, commonly in Japan, India and, coincidentally, in our very own parent company Aroq's head office, fiscal year, first quarter or fourth quarter/full year financials spill out all over.

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Evolution Time Critical on how to avoid automotive supply chain failure - Q&A

18 March 2016 | Matthew Beecham

UK-based emergency logistics specialist, Evolution Time Critical recently introduced a bespoke transport management system, recruited staff and generated a 19 percent increase in revenues. Matthew Beecham spoke to Brad Brennan, managing director of ETC to find out more.

INTERVIEW – Opel chief Neumann sees strong start for breakeven year

2 March 2016 | Dave Leggett

General Motors Europe boss has told just-auto that the company is off to a strong sales start as it looks to hit breakeven in 2016. In a wide-ranging interview in Geneva, he also said that Opel is looking to address its weakness in SUVs, is concerned about the UK’s currency movements and believes that Opel should focus on efficiency gains for combustion engines - rather than go for hybrids - in meeting tighter CO2 emission rules.

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just-auto Plus only Volvo Group Q2 2018 sales up 18% to SEK103.6bn

20 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Truck, bus and construction equipment maker Volvo Group said it had increased both sales and profitability during the second quarter of 2018. “Demand in our main markets was...

just-auto Plus only PPG sales up 9% at US$4.1bn in Q2 2018

20 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

PPG reported second quarter 2018 net sales of about US$4.1bn, up nearly 9% versus the prior year. Net sales in local currencies grew approximately 6% year-over-year aided by higher selling prices...

just-auto Plus only BASF to invest in Materialise

20 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

BASF is expanding its cooperation with Materialise, a leading supplier of 3D printing technologies. At the same time, BASF has agreed to invest US$25m in the Belgian company, which is headquartered...

Faurecia records H1 net profit up 10% to EUR342m

20 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has posted first-half net income up 10% to EUR342m (US$399m), while sales also grew by double digits in the second quarter and first six months.

Volvo Cars reports record operating profit in Q2

19 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has reported its highest ever quarterly operating profit of SEK 4.2 billion (USD470m) for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 28.6 per cent compared with the same period last year, driven by a strong increase in global retail sales.

just-auto Plus only Alcoa reports net income of US$75m in Q2 2018

19 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminium products, reported second quarter 2018 results that reflect continued strong pricing for both alumina and aluminium.

just-auto Plus only Evonik sales up 4% to EUR7.5bn in H1 2018

18 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Evonik has increased adjusted EBITDA to EUR742m (US$864m) in the second quarter of 2018 (prior-year: EUR640m). All three chemical segments contributed with excellent operational business...

just-auto Plus only Bridgestone launches new joint development project with ZMP

18 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Bridgestone Corporation announced that it, together with ZMP, has launched a development project aimed at utilising automated driving in tyre noise tests. This project entails outsourcing the...

Hella sales up 7.2% to EUR7.1bn in FY 2017-2018

17 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Lighting and electronics specialist Hella says it has continued its profitable growth path in the fiscal year 2017/2018 (1 June 2017 to 31 May 2018).

Moody's downgrades JLR parent Tata Motors

16 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded to Ba2 from Ba1 the corporate family rating (CFR) for Jaguar Land Rover parent company Tata Motors (TML). It also downgraded the company's senior unsecured instrument ratings to Ba2 from Ba1 but said "the rating outlook is stable".

VW systematically expanding its partnerships in China

12 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group says it is expanding its successful business relationships in China.

Grupo Antolin wins EUR100m EIB interiors loan

11 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Grupo Antolin has secured a EUR100m (US$117m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance its RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) strategy for automotive interiors.

just-auto Plus only Daimler extends its research partnership with Tsinghua University

11 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Daimler and its partner Tsinghua University signed an agreement in Berlin to further deepen their cooperative efforts on sustainable transportation research in China. The Sino-German cooperation...

just-auto Plus only Bosch and NIO join over e-mobilty solutions

10 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Bosch Group and electric vehicle company NIO signed a strategic cooperation agreement focused on sensor technology, automated driving, electric motor controls, and intelligent transport...

just-auto Plus only PARC to lead Leoni’s digital transformation

6 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Leoni, a global provider of energy and data management solutions in the automotive sector and other industries, and the research and development company PARC, a Xerox company, providing...

just-auto Plus only Valeo and Baidu’s Apollo announce cooperation in developing AVs

4 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Valeo announced that it has entered into strategic cooperation with Apollo, the open autonomous driving platform created by Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider.

just-auto Plus only Osram Continental joint venture commences business worldwide

4 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

As of now, the Osram Continental joint venture, set up by the two technology companies Continental and Osram, is up and running. Following the successful completion of all negotiations and the...

just-auto Plus only Hankook acquires Reifen-Mueller, German tyre distributor

4 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Global premium tyre maker Hankook Tyre announced , that it has agreed to acquire 100% equity stake of ‘Reifen-Mueller’, one of Germany's largest and independent tyre wholesalers and...

just-auto Plus only Baidu and Mobileye to develop safe driving solutions for AVs

4 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Baidu announced that it plans to work with Mobileye to integrate and commercially deploy Mobileye’s Responsibility Sensitive Safety (RSS) model in both the open source Project Apollo and...

Rostec launches Avtovaz shares offer

3 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Avtovaz's majority shareholder, Alliance Rostec Auto has filed a package of tender offer documents with the Central Bank of Russia to launch a mandatory tender offer in respect of the Russian automaker's shares held by minority shareholders.

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