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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.


Huge opportunities ahead in autos – study

3 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

A study by consultants AlixPartners suggests the automotive industry faces the "biggest challenge of the past 100 years" and predicts that in the next 15 years electric and hybrid cars could capture over half of the market. It also says connected and autonomous driving will open up new earnings potential while digitisation will enable double digit cost reductions.


Comment - VW 'dieselgate' opens the flood gates

17 May 2016 | Chris Wright

There's an old saying in the UK – you can wait for hours for a bus then two will come along together. It's an analogy that can be placed on many things. How often, for example, do you see or hear about something of which you have never come across before only for it to crop up again within a very short space of time? As soon as some scandal breaks there seems to suddenly be all sorts of people coming forward saying they have been affected.


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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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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).


US softens NAFTA stance on local content - reports

16 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

US trade negotiators have significantly softened their demands on regional local content as part of the latest round of NAFTA negotiations, reports say.


Turkey ripe for growth - if tax rates tackled - ODD

11 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Turkey's low penetration of passenger vehicles per 1,000 people can signal significant growth potential says the country's Distributor Association (ODD) – provided current punitive tax rates can be addressed.


Beijing says will lower tariffs on car imports this year

10 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

In a move that may help to de-escalate recent trade tensions between the US and China, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China plans to lower tariffs on car imports this year.


China retaliates with tariffs on US goods - including cars

4 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

China has retaliated against the latest round of US import tariffs on its goods with a list of similar new tariffs on US imports, which also extends to imported cars.


US EPA to relax fuel efficiency standards  

3 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to relax federal fuel efficiency standards set up by the Obama administration, although no details are available yet.


Trump's new tariffs come under scrutiny

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

President Trump has moved to impose a wide range of tariffs on Chinese products but pending tariffs on steel and aluminium would now aim them primarily at China.


BMW HQ raided by prosecutors in emissions probe

20 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW’s Munich headquarters were raided today (Tuesday, March 20) by German prosecutors investigating the possible use of illegal emissions control software.


EU automakers call for urgent action on Brexit issues

19 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European carmakers association, ACEA, has called for urgent action to achieve more progress in areas such as type approval in UK-EU Brexit negotiations in order to avert 'potentially disastrous implications on the entire automotive supply chain'.


PSA releases first Euro 6d-TEMP test results

6 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Groupe PSA said it had adapted a new CO2 measurement protocol to measure pollutants (NOX and particles) and has released the first results for five Peugeot, Citroen and DS vehicles that comply with the Euro 6d-TEMP standard.


Trump threatens to impose new tariffs on EU car imports

5 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

After announcing plans for new US import tariffs on steel and aluminium, US President Donald Trump has also raised the prospect of new tariffs applied to car imports from the EU.


Trump rattles markets with tariffs on steel, aluminium

2 March 2018 | Staff reporter

US president Donald Trump last night announced to the world that import tariffs on steel and aluminium would be hiked as part of his stated ambition of reviving the country's raw materials processing sectors.


Brussels gives green light to German electric bus subsidy

28 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) officials have approved Germany's EUR70m (US$85m) public support scheme for electric buses and charging infrastructure in the country.


NHTSA unveils new Compliance Assistance Programme

27 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has unveiled a Compliance Assistance Programme to help regulated entities, including vehicle and trailer manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and dealers to comply with safety regulations.


EC fines NGK Spark Plug EUR37m for competition infringement

23 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

NGK Spark Plug has been notified by the European Commission (EC) of its decision to impose a fine of EUR30m (US$37m) for an infringement of EU competition law in connection with past sales of spark plugs within the European Economic Area (EEA).


Mexico preparing proposal for NAFTA auto sector rules

22 February 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mexico is preparing a proposal concerning the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules of origin for the automotive sector, ahead of the seventh round of negotiations set to begin next week.


Mexico open to NAFTA vehicle rule changes

31 January 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mexico is open to changes to vehicle rules of origin as negotiators attempt to update the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


FCA deal to supply 'thousands' more cars to Waymo

30 January 2018 | Dave Leggett

FCA has announced an agreement to supply 'thousands' of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo to support the launch of the 'world’s first driverless ride-hailing service'.



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