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ANALYSIS - The reinvention of SsangYong

7 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

SsangYong likes to be thought of as Korea's equivalent to Jeep. A long history of building rugged four-wheel drive vehicles can play well to buyers in many countries. Now, following a period of consolidation after the post-bankruptcy years of rebuilding its image, SsangYong is trying a push into premium priced market segments. Can it work?

Dongfeng Motor future vehicles

2 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Even though full-year numbers aren't yet in, it's fair to say Dongfeng didn't have the best 2018. As at 30 November, Chinese market deliveries numbered 401,346, ranking it below Roewe, but even with a 49% drop for that month, it was at least a stronger performer than either Beijing Auto or Chery Auto.

Paris - are motor shows dead?

3 October 2018 | Chris Wright

There was a distinctly threadbare feel to this year's Mondial de Paris - more no-show than show.

Major update for MG3 as future model plans are revealed

20 August 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Polo-sized MG3 first went on sale in its native China in 2012. Facelifted eighteen months later, and then for a second time in 2017, the updated car is finally arriving in Britain dealerships. The SAIC-owned MG Motor UK, the country's fastest rising brand of 2018, has also just laid out its future model plans.

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Antoine Redier - GEFCO EVP 4PL Solutions

4 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

As EVP 4PL Solutions, Antoine Redier is a member of the GEFCO Group Executive Committee. He joined GEFCO in March, 2007 as a vehicle distribution and preparation manager in Germany, before becoming VP – Finished Vehicle Logistics. In July 2012, Redier was appointed 4PL Director for the General Motors Programme.

Is VR a game changer for the auto industry?

6 December 2018 | Matthew Beecham

From automotive engineering and styling to marketing and retail, Virtual Reality (VR) continues to surprise and delight. Forget glossy brochures and the pantomime of buying a new car. Game software and wearable technology is changing the way we shop. Consumers in shopping centres or sitting at home can now visualise their next yet-to-launched car in any configuration using a VR headset. To learn more, we caught up with Joseph Artgole, associate marketing director, ZeroLight, a specialist in 3D visualisations.

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Ford China sales tank in "challenging" 2018

11 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford sales in China fell 36.9% year on year to 752,243 in 2018, reflecting the overall market plunge.

just-auto Plus only Lifan Motors launches sales in Georgia

10 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lifan Motors, together with Oto Motors, began operations in Georgia. At the opening ceremony, the models X70, M7, X50 and X7 were well received by the invitees, indicating Lifan Motor’s...

Mitsubishi expanding Europe operations based in the Netherlands

7 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is establishing a full sales and marketing organisation in Europe, expanding its current aftersales, parts and logistic business in the region.

Denso reorganises aftermarket companies in Japan

7 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Three of Denso group's Japanese domestic market sales and service companies are to be combined into a single entity branded Denso Solution.

VW offers glimpse of mobile charging station

4 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen says it is offering a glimpse of the company’s future mobile quick charging station. It can be set up flexibly and independent of the power supply wherever it is needed: for example, in public parking lots in the city, on company premises, or as a temporary charging point at large-scale events.

Mov'InBlue and Drivy create shared mobility solution

4 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Mov'InBlue, created by Valeo and Capgemini, which specialises in digital mobility services for corporate fleets and car rental companies, and car-sharing platform, Drivy, have launched a connected and interoperable shared mobility solution.

Berge and Gefco ink 50:50 Spain logistics operation

4 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Automotive logistics providers, Berge and Gefco have inked a deal to work on a 50:50 joint venture in Spain.

just-auto Plus only GM presents medium-duty Silverado trucks

20 December 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD chassis cab trucks — the first-ever medium-duty Silverado trucks — are in production and on their way to dealerships.

China to suspend July’s tariff hikes in Q1 2019

17 December 2018 | Staff reporter

The Chinese government has said it would cut import tariffs on US-made vehicles and components for three months from the beginning of next year, according to media reports.

EIB grants charging operator Allego EUR40m loan

14 December 2018 | Simon Warburton

Charging station operator, Allego, has secured a EUR40m (US$45m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

EC green lights Bergé Gefco joint venture

12 December 2018 | Simon Warburton

Approval has been granted by the European Commission (EC) through the EU Merger Regulation, for the creation of a new joint venture by Bergé Automotive Logistics (BAL), a subsidiary of Bergé y Cía, of Spain and Gefco España, which is ultimately controlled by the Russian state-owned rail company RZD.

Governments conundrum with fuel tax hikes and climate change - academic

11 December 2018 | Simon Warburton

Persuading consumers of the need to remain vigilant when it comes to global warming issues continues to form the backdrop to new mobility solutions such as electric vehicles, according to one UK energy academic.

Tata mulling battery options for India consumers

10 December 2018 | Simon Warburton

Tata Motors says it has been evaluating ways to make battery provision cheaper for customers in India as the manufacturer looks to broaden the appeal of electric vehicles.

Continental opens Taraxagum Lab Anklam research laboratory for Dandelion rubber

6 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Continental has officially inaugurated its research laboratory Taraxagum Lab Anklam in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany.

Daimler acquires Cycle & Carriage's stake in Malaysia distributor

4 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has exercised a call option on 66m shares of its Malaysian distributor Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBM) held by Cycle & Carriage Bintang Bhd, according to local reports.

just-auto Plus only Lanxess restructures its distribution set-up for EMEA

4 December 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess is restructuring its distribution set-up for its lubricant additives products. Its Additives business unit (ADD), which offers a comprehensive product portfolio...

Hyundai begins roll-out of new Palisade

3 December 2018 | Staff reporter

Hyundai Motor said on Friday it had received close to 3,500 orders for its newly-launched Palisade flagship SUV on the first day of pre-orders.

just-auto Plus only Tokai Rika establishes new company in China

3 December 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tokai Rika has established a new company in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, China called Tokai Rika (Jiangsu) Automotive Parts. It is scheduled to start operation in January 2019 and will become the fourth...

China’s JGST to build US$300m tyre plant in Thailand

29 November 2018 | Staff reporter

Chinese tyre maker Jiangsu General Science Technology Company (JGST) plans to build a US$300m tyre plant in Thailand's Rayong Industrial Zone.

PSA acquires UAP Auto Union shares

28 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA has acquired shares in Chinese automotive spare parts distributor, UAP Auto Union (UAP).

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