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 In Europe, this replaces the outdated NEDC test (New European Driving Cycle) introduced in the '80s and aims to better reflect the real-world consumption and emissions performance of new cars.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

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.

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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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Trump threatens to axe GM tax credit it's losing anyway

28 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

US president Donald Trump last night (27 November) threatened to strip General Motors of a tax credit that makes its electric vehicles more affordable for car buyers, escalating a dispute with the automaker over its plan to halt production at several American plants.

Colorado approves low-emission vehicle standards

19 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) has approved low-emission vehicle standards for new light-duty and medium-duty motor vehicles sold in the State, starting in 2022 model year.

Audi to recall diesel cars in Germany

14 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

On Wednesday 14 November 2018, Audi will begin the first of eight recalls for cars with V TDI engines in Germany.

Schaeffler hints at Brexit as two UK sites due to close

6 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Schaeffler says it is proposing to shutter two UK plants as uncertainty continues to swirl surrounding the UK's trading arrangements with the European Union (EU) after Britain exits the 27-strong grouping next March (2019).

Europe Foreign Ministers "strongly regret" US Iran sanctions

5 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Three European Foreign Ministers have jointly condemned the reimposition of economic sanctions against Iran imposed by Washington today (5 November) and have pledged to find ways for business to continue trading with Tehran.

EC probes Tata-ThyssenKrupp JV proposal

31 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

An in-depth investigation to assess the proposed creation of a joint venture by Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp, has been opened by the European Commission (EC) under the EU Merger Regulation.

SMMT seeks more action to stimulate green car sales

30 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

The SMMT has said - in response to yesterday's Budget Statement - that it is seeking more incentives for consumers to purchase the most environmentally friendly vehicles. The UK government recently cut grants for EVs and PHEVs.

Beijing mulling tax cut to support auto sector

29 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

A Chinese regulator is reportedly planning to propose a big cut in car purchase tax to support the Chinese auto sector, which is facing lower sales and intensified competition. China's auto industry is also having to deal with the adverse consequences of an ongoing trade war with the US, which is impacting consumer confidence.

RHA "still in the dark" as to post-Brexit border arrangements

29 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

UK body, The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is "still in the dark" surrounding future border arrangements following the UK's exit from the European Union next March.

Diesel, R134a, costs clobber Daimler bottom line

19 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Citing "recent developments" as a cause Daimler has "reassessed" its full year 2018 profit forecasts for Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Buses and the group as a whole.

"Brinkmanship" as Brexit talks enter final run - SMMT chief

19 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

UK automotive body, SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders)  says there is an element of "brinkmanship" to the current tough negotiations between the European Union (EU) and Britain as Brexit talks start to enter the end game.

No Brexit progress frustrates SMMT

18 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), whose members are desperately waiting clear guidelines from the UK government on post-Brexit trade conditions and customs rules, said the outcome of today's European Council meeting was "hugely disappointing".

VW offers diesel scrappage incentives in Germany

18 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen brand in Germany has launched a diesel scrappage scheme applicable to Euro 1- to Euro 5-compliant diesel vehicles. The move came in the same week German regulators fined VW Group premium brand Audi EUR800m for falsifying diesel vehicle emissions tests, prompting Porsche to revise down its full year profit forecast by almost EUR1bn.

Will the US allow allow self-dimming adaptive headlight technology?

18 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The US - long known for restrictive headlight rules - is expected soon to allow self-dimming adaptive headlight technology to be used on new vehicles sold there, according to local media reports.

How is Euro NCAP testing automated driving technology?

18 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Following its announcement of UK based research which showed 71% of drivers worldwide believe they can purchase a self-driving car immediately, Euro NCAP has detailed how it assesses automated driving technology.

ACEA/CLEPA urge negotiators to avert worst-case Brexit

17 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ahead of this evening’s EU Brexit summit, Europe’s auto manufacturers and suppliers have come together to issue a stark warning on the potentially far-reaching impacts of a no-deal scenario on their sector, which they say would threaten their very business model.

German transport ministry to order 100,000-unit Opel recall

15 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Germany's transport ministry reportedly said it would order about 100,000 Opel vehicles to be recalled as part of an emissions probe, after prosecutors searched the PSA-owned automaker's offices earlier on Monday (15 October).

UK government cuts grants for EVs and PHEVs

12 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

UK government funded grants for the purchase of new hybrid and electric cars are to be cut.

SMMT launches 'Brexit readiness programme' for SMEs

10 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

The UK's automotive trade association, the SMMT, has launched a 'Brexit Readiness Programme' to help the UK auto industry prepare for the UK leaving the EU next year. With less than six months to secure a withdrawal deal and growing concerns of a 'no-deal' cliff-edge when the UK leaves the EU next year (30 March), the programme is described as 'part of ongoing efforts to provide support for small and medium sized (SMEs) member companies at this critical time'.

FISITA welcomes new President

10 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

FISITA, the international federation for the automotive and mobility systems engineering profession (sometimes considered a more global version of SAE), has welcomed Professor Frank Zhao as its new President and Chairman of the Executive Board, taking over from Dan Nicholson. Zhao will serve from 2018 to 2020.

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