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Relief as Trump holds fire on auto tariffs - COMMENT

21 May 2019 | editorial team

News earlier this month that US President Donald Trump had decided to delay imposing tariffs on vehicles and automotive components for six months came as a massive relief to automakers around the world, from South Korea and Japan to Germany.

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.

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Deal or no deal - How Brexit could impact the UK’s automotive supply chain

8 April 2019 | Matthew Beecham

May we mention the B-word? UK automotive manufacturing is currently amongst the world’s most efficient, relying on a tightly coordinated global supply chain to feed its production lines, with minimum capital employed and carefully-managed risk. Yet Brexit continues to concern the industry, including the ability of automakers and suppliers to maintain their just-in-time deliveries. We spoke to Graham Little, deputy managing director of logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical to understand what might happen, how manufacturers should prepare and why they should not plan to rely on trusted emergency techniques that have so far served them well within a joined-up Europe,

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.

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Prosecutors fine Bosch EUR90m for dieselgate cheat

23 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Bosch has agreed to pay an EUR90m fine for lapses in supervisory duties which enabled carmakers such as Volkswagen to engage in emissions cheating.

EU antitrust allegations unfounded - BMW CEO

16 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

BMW CEO Harald Kruger has robustly defended BMW over antitrust allegations brought against the company by the European Commission.

JAC investigated for emissions cover-up

14 May 2019 | editorial team

Chinese automaker JAC Motors is being investigated for allegedly covering up emissions data, with a court hearing set for Thursday 16th May, according to local reports in China.

US imposes higher tariffs on China imports

10 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Trade tensions between the world's two largest economies have been dramatically ratcheted up today as the US has confirmed higher tariffs on imports from China covering a wide range of products, including electronic chips and automotive components.

Mitsubishi UK pleads for government action to boost PHEVs

8 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi in the UK has said that action is needed to boost sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in Britain as the segment falls back following the withdrawal of purchase grants.

IP strategies 'vital for growth of British car industry'

30 April 2019 | Dave Leggett

A UK parliamentary (House of Commons) summit has suggested the British car industry must become "more educated on intellectual property (IP) in order to help it succeed in a tough economic climate.

Maruti Suzuki to axe sub-1.5-litre diesels

25 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Maruti Suzuki will phase out all diesel models with engines less than 1.5 litres before Bharat Stage VI emission rules become effective from 1 April, 2020.

EV car-share schemes 'could help OEMs avoid EU CO2 fines'

18 April 2019 | Dave Leggett

New EV car-sharing schemes could offer carmakers a path to avoiding EU fines that will be levied on companies that fail to achieve tighter average CO2 emissions targets in 2021.

ACEA urges investment in charging infrastructure to boost electric cars

17 April 2019 | Dave Leggett

Average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Europe were 118.5 grams of CO2 per kilometre in 2017, or up 0.4% compared to 2016, according to data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The European vehicle makers' association, ACEA, has called for more investment in charging infrastructure to boost EVs and help reduce overall CO2 emissions.

FCA and Tesla to 'pool' ahead of tough EU CO2 emission rules

8 April 2019 | Dave Leggett

As average vehicle CO2 emissions in Europe trend upwards, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Tesla are among vehicle carmakers looking to form 'pools' that can help avoid large fines under new tighter EU CO2 emission rules that come into force in 2021.

EU accuses BMW, Daimler and VW over emissions technology

5 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The European Commission has accused BMW, Daimler and VW of breaching EU antitrust rules from 2006 to 2014 by colluding to restrict competition on the development of petrol and diesel emissions control technology for passenger cars.

ZF to meet CO2 targets as China winds blow

4 April 2019 | Simon Warburton

ZF says meeting extremely tough new CO2 emissions targets set by the European Commission (EC) will be a tall order, but remains confident it can help the auto industry achieve the reductions imposed by Brussels.

Automakers form group to help with autonomous vehicle rules

3 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Three major US automakers are forming a consortium to draw up safety standards for self-driving cars that reportedly could eventually help create regulations in the United States.

Speed limiting tech could be mandated in Europe from 2022

27 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Speed limiting technology on vehicles could become mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe (and the UK) from 2022, after new rules have been provisionally agreed by the EU.

EU reaches provisional General Safety Regulation

26 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

European Union (EU) institutions have reached a provisional political agreement on the revised General Safety Regulation.

UK no-deal tariff details "long overdue" - FTA

13 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the tariff policy released by London in case the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal on 29 March is "long overdue."

FTA urges UK no-deal clarification as chaos reigns

13 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA), representing more than 17,000 businesses nationwide, as well as logistics organisations, including shippers and hauliers, have signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister, Theresa May concerning what they say is the cost of a No Deal departure from the European Union.

UK govt has "lost its way" as Brexit approaches - RHA

7 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is "deeply concerned at the complete and utter lack of clarity," which remains with regards to the border crossing process to the European mainland and beyond.

Tesla hits China Model 3 imports barrier - reports

5 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

China suspended customs clearance for the Tesla Model 3, citing various irregularities, including improper labeling of the vehicles, financial publication Caixin reported, according to Reuters.

EC fines Autoliv EUR179m

5 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Autoliv says the European Commission (EC) has completed the previously communicated investigation regarding suppliers of occupant safety systems.

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