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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 In Europe, this replaces the outdated NEDC test (New European Driving Cycle) introduced in the '80s and aims to better reflect the real-world consumption and emissions performance of new cars.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.


What does the WLTP mean for the automotive industry?

15 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 In Europe, this replaces the outdated NEDC test (New European Driving Cycle) introduced in the ‘80s and aims to better reflect the real-world consumption and emissions performance of new cars. Following the revelation that BMW has had to pause or cease manufacture of some models thanks to the upcoming WLTP introduction, we consider what implications the new procedure has for OEMs.


Vietnam scraps ASEAN tariffs, but imports crash - ANALYSIS

1 March 2018 | Staff reporter

Vietnam has cut import tariffs to zero on completely built-up (CBU) vehicles originating from southeast Asia at the beginning of the year - the third cut in as many years as the country moved to fulfill its commitments under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA).


Is Euro NCAP losing its way? - Comment

1 March 2017 | Ray Hutton

Euro NCAP changed consumer attitudes to car safety but is in danger of getting lost in its own complexity, writes Ray Hutton.


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INTERVIEW - Oliver Zipse, BMW board member responsible for production

21 March 2018 | Chris Wright

In an interview with just-auto, Oliver Zipse, BMW board member responsible for production, said that he does not expect changes to trade arrangements between the UK and EU to directly impact UK output volume at Mini's Oxford plant.


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.

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ACEA rebuts diesel testing claims

7 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European carmakers' trade association, ACEA, has rebutted claims in a new report that modern diesel engine cars are more polluting than established tests suggest.


Mercedes launches subscription service in US

6 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz has launched a subscription service for its cars in the US. For an entry price of just over US$1,000 a month, 'Mercedes-Benz Collection' is designed for 'those drivers who prefer the variety and convenience of a subscription service'.


Trump targets German automakers - report

31 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

A German media report of remarks attributed to US President Trump has further hit investor confidence in German automakers today, amid an ongoing ramping up of trade tensions between the US and countries around  the world.


Price cuts in China follow tariff reduction announcement

31 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Reduced tariffs applying to imports will put (and are already putting) downward pressure on retail prices in China, according to Chinese media reports.


US strikes hard tone on import tariffs plan

30 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

fter recently adopting a softer stance on planned import tariffs that could ignite a trade war with China, the US has said it still plans to impose 25% tariffs on some US$50bn worth of Chinese import by the end of next month.


China to cut import duty on cars

22 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

China is to cut its import duty on passenger cars to 15% from 25%, effective from 1 July.


Volvo UK claims WLTP testing first

21 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars says it has become the first car manufacturer in the UK to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).


EC outlines measures to protect businesses in Iran

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

European Union (EU) leaders meeting in Sofia have authorised the Commission in Brussels to take steps to protect the interests of companies operating in Iran.


MEDEF sets up hotline for French companies with Iran business

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French business confederation, MEDEF, says it has set up a hotline for companies nervous about what the implications of the US withdrawing from the Vienna Agreement easing sanctions against Iran will be.


US Iran nuclear deal withdrawal "unacceptable" - France

17 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French diplomatic sources are branding the US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Vienna Agreement allowing Iran sanctions relief in return for scaling back its nuclear programme, as "unacceptable."


UK minister wants deeper UK-EU supply chains

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

The UK minister responsible for Business and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, has told an industry conference that the government appreciates the importance of UK-EU automotive supply chains and wants to retain frictionless trade to deepen cross-border trade relationships further. His remarks come amid mounting political tensions inside the government over the terms of the UK's separation from the European Union and pressure from Brussels to speed up negotiations ahead of the UK's exit from the EU in March of next year.


ACEA says EU CO2 proposals for trucks 'too aggressive'

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), representing the seven major EU producers of heavy-duty vehicles, has said new EU proposals for freight truck CO2 reduction levels by 2025 and 2030 – 15% and 30% respectively – are 'far too aggressive'.


UK government understands our trade concerns - Toyota

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota Motor Europe's London representative, Tony Walker, has told just-auto that the UK government is listening and understands the concerns of the UK's auto industry over future trade arrangements with the EU when the UK exits from the EU.


Subaru probed after fake emissions report

16 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Japanese government officials searched the headquarters of Subaru Corporation on Wednesday after the automaker admitted it had falsified mileage and emissions data on new vehicles at one of its domestic plants.


France to "protect" Iran interests as US imposes sanctions

15 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

France says it will act to protect its businesses in Iran and has asked the US that sanctions against Tehran do not apply to its interests in the country.


US sanctions move on Tehran "a big mistake" - FIEV Club Iran

11 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French supplier association, FIEV's subsidiary, Club Iran, has branded President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement "a big mistake" as Western countries fight to preserve the deal.


Automakers scramble to make sense of US Iran sanctions

10 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

European automakers are urgently attempting to understand the implications of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran, as the fallout from Washington's move starts to gather pace.


Turkey tax cut may boost sales 50% - ODD

20 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Cutting tax levied on cars in Turkey could see penetration rates leap 50% claims the national distributor association, which is lobbying Ankara to introduce the move and stimulate the market.


ACEA raises tax concerns on WLTP

19 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European carmakers' association, ACEA, has warned that the new emissions testing standard for vehicles, WLTP, could create issues for taxation as vehicles' fuel efficiency or CO2 emissions measure changes from those under the previous NEDC testing standard.  


China to end foreign equity cap on JVs by 2022

17 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

China will phase out the equity cap on automotive joint ventures by 2022, with the cap on manufacturers of new energy vehicles and special-use vehicles to be removed later this year, according to Beijing's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).



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