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COMMENT - Swindon closure underlines Honda's failure in Europe

19 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

There's plenty of commentary around on the decision by Honda to shut its UK manufacturing facilities at Swindon. Some say it's all about Brexit and the ongoing uncertainties that brings, while others claim Brexit has absolutely nothing to do with it. The reality is a little more complex.


Brexit’s come home - how the costs mount up

9 July 2018 | Calum MacRae

This article was originally written on 6th July 2018, with the title ‘Brexit’s coming home’ and primed for publication today, the 9th July. The title was based on two presumptions: (i) England would beat Sweden in the World Cup quarter final and (ii) the UK government cabinet would fail to agree on its negotiating position with the EU, thus making a ‘hard’ Brexit more likely. As we know, England delivered on Saturday, but the bigger shock was the UK government’s ‘Chequers statement’ on Friday night. The prime minister Theresa May had seemingly quelled rebellion in the cabinet’s ranks and engineered a path for a ‘soft’ Brexit for manufactured goods (a service sector agreement, covering 80% of the UK’s economy comes later) via a Facilitated Customs Arrangement and a common rule book for manufactured goods. Now on Monday 9th July, even more unwanted uncertainty has been delivered following the resignation of Brexit minister David Davis from cabinet and the possibility of open warfare in the UK government.


Brexit - that’ll be the Daewoo 

25 June 2018 | Calum MacRae

The automotive industry used to be awash with sub-contract manufacturers. Some will argue it still is - lots of Japanese vehicle assembly is carried out by affiliates for example, while kit operations in far flung countries are often managed by sub-contractors. However, they could also be categorised more as joint ventures with the OEM holding a minority share.


WLTP prompts responses from carmakers - ANALYSIS

24 May 2018 | Mike Vousden

From September 2018, all new cars registered in Europe, India, South Korea and Japan will have to report their official fuel economy and CO2 figures according to the WLTP – the Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. In Europe, this replaces the outdated NEDC test (New European Driving Cycle) introduced in the '80s and aims to better reflect the real-world consumption and emissions performance of new cars. In the second part of this two-part article, we take a closer look at the industry's response to the new testing regime.


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Sydney Nash - SMMT senior policy manager on Brexit

26 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

As Brexit negotiations roil and foment in the corridors of Westminster in London, the Berlaymont in Brussels and as they continue to inflame passions on leave and remain sides in the UK, the SMMT's (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) senior policy manager, Sydney Nash outlined his thoughts on just where – or where not- Britain is headed post-March. Just-Auto caught up with him at the recent SMMT Regional Forum where Brexit was very much the theme of the day.


Paris interview - French suppliers association FIEV CEO Jacques Mauge

19 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

French supplier association, FIEV (Fédération des Industries des Equipements pour Véhicules) had a major presence at the recent Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris and just-auto caught up with its CEO, Jacques Mauge, fresh from his meeting with French President, Emmanuel Macron to discuss industrial policy.

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Chinese cities introduce Euro 6 standards in 2019

20 February 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Beijing municipal government this week announced plans to introduce stricter emission standards on heavy-duty vehicles in July, joining a growing number of cities across the country with similar policies to improve air quality.


CLEPA warns new EC emissions tough to meet

20 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

European suppliers association, CLEPA says extremely tough new emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles unveiled by the European Commission (EC), will be "difficult to achieve."


EC welcomes tough lorry emissions standards

19 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Strict new EU standards to reduce pollution from lorries by 30% have been welcomed by the European Commission (EC).


Speculation swirls over US tariffs on Europe cars

18 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Germany's automotive trade association, the VDA, is robustly reacting to reports that the US could be getting closer to imposing new 25% import tariffs on cars shipped from Europe.


Thailand brings forward Euro 5 for diesel

14 February 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Thai government has said it will bring forward its planned introduction of Euro 5 standards for diesel fuel to 2023 from its previous deadline of 2025 in response to recent concerns over air pollution in the country.


United Nations AEB regulation agreed by 40 countries

13 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Forty countries have agreed on a draft United Nations Regulation for Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) for cars.


'Rollover' Brexit trade concerns mount

7 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Besides the ongoing complex politics surrounding a proposed UK-EU exit agreement to include UK-EU trade arrangements when the UK leaves the European Union (still officially scheduled for March 29), concerns are mounting in the UK business sector over arrangements for the 'rollover' of EU free trade deals currently in place with countries around the world. The hope has been that these EU free trade deals could be 'rolled over' and still apply to the UK during a proposed transition period.


RHA urges Brexit clarity despite simplifed customs

6 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) believes the Government’s announcement concerning simplified customs checks is not enough to prepare businesses for a no-deal Brexit.


EC backs EUR26m EIB loan to Cikautxo

6 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Authorities at the EC have backed a EUR26m (US$30m) European Investment Bank (EIB) loan to Spanish company Cikautxo, specialised in rubber and plastic components for the automotive sector.


Calais/Boulogne spend EUR6m on post-Brexit infrastructure

4 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

French ports, Calais and Boulogne are spending EUR6m (US$7m) on infrastructure preparations ahead of the UK's imminent departure from the European Union (EU) next month.


UK car production and investment sink on Brexit fears

31 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

UK car production fell by 9.1% to 1.52m units in 2018, a five year low for the sector. The output decline was also accompanied by the news that fresh investment in the UK automotive sector was almost halved last year amid ongoing uncertainty over future trading arrangements between the UK and EU when the UK exits the trade bloc on 29 March.


"Considerable work" still needed ahead of Brexit - FTA

30 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has questioned whether the government’s projected spend of GBP29m (US$38m) to implement Operation Brock has been made available in time ahead of the UK's exit from the European Union on 29 March.


Ford Blanquefort future in limbo

30 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Ford says it "acknowledges" the French competition authority's refusal to approve its plans for its transmission plant at Blanquefort near Bordeaux.


IG Metall warns 150,000 jobs risk as climate targets toughen

28 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

IG Metall says up to 150,000 automotive jobs could be lost in Germany should ever-tougher environmental restrictions lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles.


Now SEC eyes Nissan executive pay disclosure

28 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reportedly is investigating whether Nissan Motor accurately disclosed its executive pay in the US, according to several Bloomberg sources, compounding the carmaker's woes as it grapples with the aftermath of former chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest.


UK haulage bodies urge deal to avoid hard Brexit

17 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Influential British logistics bodies are calling on the UK government to act quickly and secure a withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU) before the country's formal exit date of 29 March this year.


UK lawmakers' vote adds to Brexit uncertainties

16 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

A vote last night by representatives in the UK's lawmaking chamber, the House of Commons, on a proposed UK-EU Brexit deal has fueled uncertainty over trade and other arrangements between the UK and EU when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29th March.


Indonesia to introduce EV/hybrid incentives

16 January 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Indonesian government has announced it will provide fiscal incentives to support the development of a local electric vehicle market, according to local reports.


Berge and Gefco ink 50:50 Spain logistics operation

4 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Automotive logistics providers, Berge and Gefco have inked a deal to work on a 50:50 joint venture in Spain.


DoJ fines IAV US$35m for VW diesel fraud

19 December 2018 | Simon Warburton

America's Department of Justice (DoJ) has imposed a fine of US$35m on IAV following what it says was "the company's role in a "long-running scheme for Volkswagen to sell diesel vehicles in the US by using a defeat device to cheat vehicle emissions tests required by Federal law."



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