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 In Europe, this replaces the outdated NEDC test (New European Driving Cycle) introduced in the '80s and aims to better reflect the real-world consumption and emissions performance of new cars.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

Latest news

More automakers caught cheating on Japanese tests

9 August 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda has been implicated for the first time in a series of emissions testing scandals at Japanese automakers, while Suzuki was one of the first companies found to have falsified data, a Japanese newspaper reported.

BMW to raise prices in China due to tariffs

30 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW is to raise prices in China on the back of higher import tariffs levied on vehicles shipped there from the US.

ACEA slams EC steel import tariffs as trade war looms

20 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Tariffs of up to 25% imposed by the European Commission (EC) on the import of a number of steel products following Washington's decision to levy its own surcharge, have been heavily criticised by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

Linamar CEO tears into tariffs

19 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The CEO of Canadian automotive components supplier Linamar has warned that the North American auto industry is potentially facing a crisis that will 'make 2009 look like a walk in the park' if the US imposes new import tariffs on vehicles and parts in addition to tariffs already imposed on steel and aluminium.

EU and Japan sign historic FTA

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Union (EU) signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan on Tuesday that will eliminate tariffs on almost all products traded between the two trading blocks.

Autoliv joins European research project OSCCAR

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Autoliv has joined the new European H2020 research project OSCCAR to improve the protection and safety for occupants of the future vehicle.

Audi says solution for NA diesels agreed

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Almost three years on from the start of the VW Group dieselgate crisis, Audi says it can offer a specific solution for all its diesel engines in the US and Canada.

Top lawmaker urges talks as Trump ramps up China trade war

11 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The US has said it plans another round of new import tariffs on Chinese goods, in retaliation for Beijing's response to new US tariffs that came into effect earlier this month.

UK government outlines 'road to zero' strategy

9 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

As part of the UK government’s air quality plan, the UK will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 - the 'road to zero'.

Defiant Renault will "not abandon" Iran as sanctions loom

29 June 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault is insisting it will "not abandon" Iran as manufacturers struggle to understand the impact of US sanctions against Tehran.

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."

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