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Punch Powertrain on a rapid growth track

19 September 2017 | Calum MacRae

Punch Powertrain is a transmission supplier that’s creeping up on the rails of the more established suppliers such as Aisin, JATCO and ZF and is providing them with stiff competition. Since 2013 it’s achieved average annual growth of around 50% and has plans to take its capacity from 1.2 million units at the end of this year to over 3 million units by 2020. It’s headquartered at Sint-Truiden in Belgium and is a major supplier of CVTs to Chinese domestic OEMs from its manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China. 

How long will global automakers prop up loss-making Brazil subsidiaries?

27 February 2017 | Fernando Calmon

There was once euphoria in the Brazilian automotive market. Following the 2008/2009 financial crisis, the Lehman Brothers bank bankruptcy and the chain reaction that spread worldwide, auto companies settled here coincidentally commenced to profit enormously. And the order of the day became rescuing indebted parent companies, especially General Motors (at the time in Chapter 11 proceedings), Ford and Fiat.

Here to stay: car2go Europe's assumptions on the future of car sharing

14 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Around eight years after a pilot project began in the German city of Ulm, around 14,000 cars belonging to sharing pioneer car2go are now in use in other cities such as Berlin, New York and Chongqing.

Maserati future models - a global analysis

1 December 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The third instalment in just-auto's analysis of FCA's passenger car brands' model lines is a focus on Maserati. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, followed by an examination of Ferrari's plans. Features on Lancia; Fiat & Abarth; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep will be published soon.

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Tata Steel sees a sustainable future

15 September 2017 | Calum MacRae

Tata Steel recently published a whitepaper entitled "Charging towards a sustainable future?" which sets out the company's views on Europe's future powertrain mix and the role that steel can continue to play in the industry. just-auto's Calum MacRae met with the report's author, Chris Wooffindin, the company's automotive marketing manager, and his colleague Dr Nick Coleman, Principal Researcher in to sustainability at Tata Steel, to discuss the report's contents at the 2017 Frankfurt IAA.

Tenneco comfortable with auto's electrification drive

15 September 2017 | Calum MacRae

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA we spoke to Ben Patel, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tenneco.

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Ford updates "operational fitness" plans

17 January 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has detailed plans to "improve operational fitness, refocus capital allocation" and speed the introduction of smart vehicles and services.

Subaru to book JPY20bn for inspection recall cost

16 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Subaru has said it was recalling 395,000 vehicles in Japan and expected about JPY20bn (US$177m) in costs related to improper final inspection procedures at its domestic plants, a media report said.

PSA's DS aims for top brand billing

2 November 2017 | Chris Wright

Citroen's upscale DS division is aiming to become one of the top global luxury brands, up there with other French icons such as Hermes, Gucci and Chanel.

Global light vehicle market heading for a record

31 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

The global light vehicle market is on course to set a new record in 2017 and hit new highs in the month of September.

Kelley Blue Book calls September sales

27 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kelley Blue Book expects new vehicle sales in the US to rise 1% year on year to 1.44m units in September 2017, resulting in an estimated 17.5m seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), with demand boosted by demand for new vehicles to replace those destroyed in the recent spate of hurricanes in south eastern states.

FRANKFURT - Ssangyong sees redesigned Rexton 'taking brand to new level' in UK

12 September 2017 | Chris Wright

The redesigned Ssangyong Rexton, making its European debut at the Frankfurt show, will push the South Korean brand to a new level. That's the confident prediction from Paul Williams, head of Ssangyong in the UK, the brand's best performing market in Europe.

UK July manufacturing powers back ahead of plate change

24 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

UK car manufacturing has rebounded after several months of decline to record July output rising 7.8% ahead of the September number plate change.

1m EVs expected on UK roads by 2022

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Recharge network operator Chargemaster projects 1m electric cars will be on UK roads by 2022.

'Post peak' period forecast for US light vehicle sales

29 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in the US in the first half of 2017 are expected to be 8.4m, down nearly 2.3% compared to the first six months of 2016.  With growing economic headwinds, full year sales in 2017 are predicted to reach 17.1m, down 2.5% from the record 17.5m sold in 2016 and within the 16.8 to 17.3m range set by Kelley Blue Book analysts earlier this year.

KBB sees April off 3%, 2017 first down year in US since 2009

26 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in the US are expected to decrease 3% year on year to 1.45m units in April 2017, resulting in an estimated 17.1m seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB).

Beijing Benz targets China's top premium slot

30 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BAIC Motor Group, with subsidiaries Beijing Brand, Beijing Benz, Beijing Hyundai and Fujian Benz boosted combined 2016 sales 16.4% to 1.929m units.

Connected/autonomous vehicles will improve life quality - SMMT survey

30 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people in the UK, according to research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

BMW expects another record year in 2017

21 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

After booking record revenues and earnings for the seventh consecutive year in the automaker's centenary year 2016 (nonetheless disappointing some analysts), BMW Group management board chairman Harald Kruger is again targeting records for 2017.

Russian Automotive Forum - AEB cautiously hopes for 'soft return' in Russia market

16 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AMC) is cautiously predicting a "soft return" to rosier times for the domestic market following four years of disastrously falling sales.

Russian Automotive Forum - GAZ looks to ramp up export potential

16 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group says it has set itself a target of increasing export markets to 51 countries as, in common with many Russian manufacturers operating in difficult domestic conditions, it looks overseas to soak up the shortfall.

US analysts see January sales down 0.7% - 3.0%

26 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts has forecast 1,153,459 new cars and trucks will be sold in the US in January, for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17.7m. This would be down 0.7% year on year and 31.5% lower than December 2016 sales. Kelley Blue Book reckons sales will be down 3% to 1.13m next month for an estimated SAAR of 17.4m.

Nissan reveals impact of autonomous vehicles on European economy

1 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The real financial and social impact of autonomous driving vehicles on European roads has been revealed for the first time, Nissan Motor claimed, as it unveiled what it claims is "one of the most comprehensive studies ever compiled on the subject".

Maserati executive confirms electric Alfieri

23 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

An EV rival for the next Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-TYPE will be released in 2020, a Maserati executive has told

GM Brazil's head calls for less incentives, more competitiveness

31 October 2016 | Fernando Calmon

São Paulo-based GM South America, headed by Barry Engle, has reaffirmed temporary fiscal incentives proved fruitless in improving the Brazilian motor industry's competitiveness in recent years.

Volkswagen Group operating profit up this year

28 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Despite the impact of 'dieselgate' Volkswagen Group generated an operating profit before special items of EUR11.3 (10.2)bn in the first nine months of the year, representing an increase of 10.5%.

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