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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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Chinese EV Aiways U5 approved for the EU market

17 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

TUV Rheinland has presented the Chinese vehicle manufacturer Aiways with the certificate for the EU-wide type approval of the Aiways U5 electric vehicle.

US-Japan initial trade deal close, excludes cars

17 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

US President Donald Trump has said his administration will enter into an initial trade accord with Japan in the coming weeks.

ACEA laments poor EV charging infrastructure in EU

11 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is urgently calling for a comprehensive plan to enable the transition to zero-emission mobility in Europe.

Beijing wants cities to relax car purchase restrictions

28 August 2019 | Dave Leggett

As China's economy slows under the weight of trade tensions with the US, the State Council has said that areas with restricted car purchases should consider gradually relaxing them.

China to hike tariffs on US car imports in December

27 August 2019 | editorial team

The trade war between the USA and China has continued to escalate after the Chinese government confirmed it will impose new tariffs on US$75bn worth of US goods and resume duties on US-made automotive products.

PSA says vehicles Euro 6 compliant

27 August 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA says its Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall passenger cars are now approved using the new EURO 6 emission standard effective 1 September, 2019.

EC approves Hirose acquisition by Denso

27 August 2019 | Simon Warburton

European Commission authorities have approved, through the EU Merger Regulation, Denso's acquisition of sole control of Toyota's Hirose Plant by way of assets purchase.

Pennsylvania awards US$8.5m in clean transport grants

21 August 2019 | Simon Warburton

Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf has announced 34 cleaner energy transportation projects will receive US$8.5m in grants and rebates following the Volkswagen settlement.

RHA hails "totally different" approach from new UK Transport Secretary

19 August 2019 | Simon Warburton

RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett says he welcomes a "totally different, pro-active" approach from new British Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.

Indian auto industry demands government help

7 August 2019 | Graeme Roberts

India's auto industry demanded tax cuts and easier access to finance for dealers and buyers at a meeting with Indian government officials on Wednesday to discuss the sector's woes, sources told Reuters, in an effort to revive sales that have slumped.

South Korea investigates Japanese suppliers for price fixing

6 August 2019 | editorial team

South Korean authorities have launched an investigation into two Japanese automotive component manufacturers on suspicion of price fixing, according to local reports.

EC approves CBI acquistion by Hitachi

5 August 2019 | Simon Warburton

European Commission officials have approved, using the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control of Chassis Brakes International (CBI) of the Netherlands by Hitachi, through its subsidiary Hitachi Automotive Systems (HIAMS).

FTA slams UK no-deal Brexit funding as "damp squib"

2 August 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has criticised the UK Treasury's potential doubling of no-deal Brexit funding for this year as a "damp squib," as debate rages while to the country's preparedness in the event of no agreement being found.

"Huge challenge" for no-deal Brexit - RHA chief

1 August 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says the government still faces a "huge challenge" to prepare business in time for a no-deal Brexit.

Colorado to adopt California ZEV rules

30 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Colorado and major automakers have reached a deal on the state's plan to adopt California's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) requirements after earlier talks had ended without agreement.

Ford signs greenhouse gas pact with CARB

26 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Ford has unveiled an agreement with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and three other automakers, which will provide greater regulatory certainty regarding fuel economy standards for the next several years.

EC probes Spain EUR20m support for PSA in Vigo

2 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Brussels has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Spain's plan to grant EUR20.7m (US$23.4m) of public support to PSA for investing in its existing car plant in Vigo is in line with EU rules on regional State aid.

SMMT stresses need for Brexit trade deal with EU

25 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

The UK automotive trade association SMMT says that getting a departure deal with the EU must be the next UK prime minister's first job as it warned of a GBP50,000 a minute cost due to potential border delays in the event of a hard or no-deal Brexit.

EC stops Tata Steel/Thyssenkrup joint venture

12 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) authorities have blocked the creation of a joint venture by Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp through the EU Merger Regulation.

Automakers seek US fuel economy rules compromise

11 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

US car companies and importers have written a letter to US President Donald Trump that appeals for a middle way on emission and mileage standards to avoid the danger and uncertainty surrounding the possibility of two de facto standards - one that covers most US states and a tougher one involving a group led by the state of California.

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