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 In Europe, this replaces the outdated NEDC test (New European Driving Cycle) introduced in the '80s and aims to better reflect the real-world consumption and emissions performance of new cars.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

9 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

Roberto Vavassori was elected CLEPA president, taking office in January, 2016 and is also a board member of brake supplier, Brembo and director for Business Development and Marketing. Just-Auto caught up with him at the recent Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris to gauge the reaction of the manufacturing sector to what are potentially draconian new emissions limits.?


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.

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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.


Global warming reduction requires "far-reaching" change - IPCC

8 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society," according to a report published today (8 OCtober) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


EU CO2 vote worries ACEA

3 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has voiced its serious concerns about the outcome of the European Parliament's plenary vote on future CO2 reduction targets for cars and vans.


Ford 'encouraged' by USMCA deal

2 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford has welcomed the tri-lateral trade deal (called USMCA) announced between the US, Mexico and Canada. The new free trade accord (pending ratification by lawmakers) replaces NAFTA and includes provisions on autos - pushed by the Trump administration - that make it less attractive to make cars for the US market in low-cost Mexico.


ACEA urges MEPs to consider high stakes on CO2 vote

2 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ahead of Wednesday’s European Parliament vote on future CO2 targets for cars and vans, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has drawn decision makers’ attention to the importance of this plenary vote – not only for the environment, but also for the future of the EU auto industry.


Canada and US strike trade deal

1 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Canada has agreed to join the US and Mexico in a trade deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


EU eyes "circle of five" European automakers for emissions collusion

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The European Commission said on Tuesday (18 September) it had opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche) colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel passenger cars.


Iceland to ban ICEs by 2030 to meet Paris deal

12 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Iceland is to ban registrations of fossil fuel cars by 2030 as part of plans to meet the country's Paris Agreement targets and become carbon neutral by 2040.


ACEA sounds alarm on EU CO2 targets after parliament vote

11 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has sounded the alarm on the outcome of yesterday's (10 September) European Parliament vote on future CO2 targets for cars and vans.


RHA urges UK-EU to stick to implementation period

7 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is calling on the UK Government and the European Union (EU) to go ahead with the agreed 21-month implementation period if there is no Brexit deal.


ACEA raises electric vehicle employment concerns

4 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

ACEA is citing a recent report by FTI Consulting, claiming the European Commission (EC) underestimates the impact of a forced push for electric cars on EU employment.


EC approves Sachs Micro Mobility JV

4 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) officials have approved, through the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control of Sachs Micro Mobility, a newly established JV, by ZF Friedrichshafen, Gustav Magenwirth, Brake Force One and BMZ Batterien-Montage-Zentrum.


Trump rejects EU offer for no auto tariffs

31 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

US President Donald Trump appears to have rejected overtures from the EU aimed at removing tariffs on automotive products traded between the US and EU. Trump made the remarks, which will reignite concerns over the potential impact of rising EU-US trade tensions on European automotive firms, in an interview with Bloomberg.


Voestalpine opens two Mexico plants as US mulls NAFTA

30 August 2018 | Simon Warburton

Voestalpine's Metal Forming Division has opened two new plants in Mexico hot on the heels of this week's agreement between Washington and Mexico City concerning a new trade deal.


US and Mexico reach trade accord

28 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

The US and Mexico have announced they have reached agreement in trade negotiations that are part of an effort to revamp the NAFTA trade agreement. However, Canada  - the third participant in NAFTA - is yet to agree to the new rules.


FTA calls for more clarity as UK leaves EU

24 August 2018 | Simon Warburton

British logistics organisation, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says it needs speedy progress on UK-European Union (EU) trade negotiations following the publication of London's Technical Notices concerning any potential no deal once the country leaves the Brussels club.


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.



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