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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.


Traverse, the great divide - a tough CASE to crack

6 August 2018 | Calum MacRae

There’s a great deal of consternation in the auto industry presently, but that concern is divided in to two camps. On the one hand, there are those in the here and now anxious about whether total industry volume in the US this year will be 18m or 17.8m. On the other hand, there are those more concerned about the future and whether CASE (connected, autonomous, shared and electrified) or ACES (to put it another way) will fundamentally challenge the industry’s business model that’s been built up over the last 100 years or so. The differences in approach were there for all to see at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan last week.


BMW's project G02 - why new X4 was brought forward

11 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A new BMW X4 is about to replace a four-year old predecessor. Are short life cycles the secret to quiet, steady success? That could be why Subaru of America has climbed ten places in as many years and is closing on Hyundai. BMW may be experimenting with this idea, adding to its recent progress: last month, Mercedes-Benz USA was pushed aside. And here in Britain, BMW was the UK's number two brand in June, outselling Ford.


Will new Musso give SsangYong the sales pick-up it needs? [UPDATE: SYMUK replies to suspension criticism]

6 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a tough few years for SsangYong, especially in Europe as Russia, formerly one of its best markets, fell apart. Now, things are looking up. The Musso is off to a good start at home, production shifts are being added and the brand is pulling further ahead of GM Korea and Renault Samsung.


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KYB is riding high on active suspension technologies

23 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with Tier 1 component suppliers, we spoke to Mike Howarth, Vice President, KYB Europe about recent damper innovations, active suspension systems and the European market for shock absorbers.


Yokohama expands European customer base

23 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tyre makers, we spoke to Tetsuo Ikegami, Manager, Yokohama Rubber about the trends in the European tyre market, new products and smart tyres. A spokesman for Yokohama also contributed to this Q&A.

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Lease deal bringing SAIC EV van to Europe

19 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

LeasePlan and SAIC Mobility Europe have signed a memorandum of understanding to bring what they claims is the first large full electric light commercial vehicle (LCV) to continental Europe.


just-auto Plus only Opel appoints LansiAuto Oy as import partner in Finland and the Baltic States

18 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Opel is further developing its business strategy in selected European markets to become more agile, flexible and efficient as outlined in the PACE! strategic plan. In a further step to foster...


BMW US plant expected to dodge Hurricane Florence's worst - report

13 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW is continuing to build cars at its US SUV assembly plant in the state of Southern Carolina as towns and cities nearer the coast are all but abandoned as Hurricane Florence approaches, expected to make landfall early on Friday (14 September).


Daimler joins VW in premium used car joint venture

13 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler, through its financial services division, will become a partner and investor in used vehicle platform heycar, which was launched by Volkswagen Financial Services in October 2017.


Next Future Transportation launches autonomous warehousing pods

13 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Next Future Transportation has launched a fully automated multiservice 'online to offline' (O2O) platform, including a modular vehicle and supporting operating system for logistics services.


US car dealers oppose import tariffs in survey

12 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

According to data from the Q3 2018 Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index (CADSI), US automobile dealers are more positive than negative in describing the current market in the third quarter but are fearful that proposed auto tariffs could hurt profitability.


Russia August sales rise 11%

10 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased 11% in August according to data from the Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC).


Ford's UK parts chief concerned by Brexit uncertainty

7 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford's UK aftermarket parts distribution manager, Andy Blaber, has told just-auto that he is "naturally concerned" by the uncertainties surrounding the UK's exit from the EU in 2019 and the status of continued frictionless trade between the UK and the EU.


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.


TomTom integrates data with RideOS routing platform

6 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

TomTom is to integrate its real-time and historical traffic data, speed profiles and map into RideOS’ routing platform for self-driving vehicles to improve predictive analytics.


Gefco finalises GLT Europe-Morroco acquisition

6 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Gefco has completed its acquisition of Europe-Morroco transport specialist, GLT following European Regulatory approval.


Ionity reveals more EV charging details

5 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Ionity has revealed further details concerning its electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network.


Shell renews as BMW aftermarket engine oil supplier

4 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Shell has renewed its status as BMW's only recommended supplier for aftermarket engine oils in the UK for a further three years until the end of 2022 for all BMW Group brands; BMW, BMW i, BMW M, MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


just-auto Plus only Proton sells 9,501 units in August 2018

4 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The recent trend of posting strong sales numbers for Proton continued in August 2018 as the company set a new high point for monthly sales in 2018 for the third consecutive month. Sales grew by...


German Tesla challenge starts in Stockholm

3 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes' launch of the EQC electric SUV tomorrow (4 September) marks the start of European return fire against Tesla in the luxury electric segment.


GAC launches its first overseas subsidiary in Russia

31 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

GAC Motor (Guangzhou Automotive) has announced the launch of the company’s first overseas subsidiary in Russia, GAC Motor RUS, along with plans to enter the Russian market in 2019.


More Delhi chargers as India EV drive continues

29 August 2018 | Simon Warburton

India has unveiled two charging stations, one fast (DC) and the other, slow (AC), in Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi, as part of its EV drive for the country.


just-auto Plus only Westport and Weichai to develop and commercialise HPDI 2.0 technology in China

29 August 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Westport Fuel Systems announced that it has entered into definitive development and supply agreements with Weichai Westport to develop, market, and commercialise a heavy-duty, natural gas engine...


Lidl Ireland to provide 40 EV charging facilities

28 August 2018 | Simon Warburton

Lidl Ireland is to provide 40  electric vehicle charging facilities in 20 stores across Ireland within the next six months.


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.



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