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GENEVA SHOW - Changes are a'coming

7 March 2018 | Mike Vousden

The Geneva show has traditionally been seen as the European motoring industry's foremost new car showcase. While the 2018 event is similar to previous years – the rotating car platforms and strobe-lit press conferences remain – there's a growing sense that great changes are afoot. As Ken Ramirez, Nissan's head of sales and marketing observed – the kinds of questions being asked now simply didn't exist 10 years ago.

Subaru has been in the US for a half century

19 February 2018 | Graeme Roberts

From little acorns, big oaks grow. Yeah, yeah, it's a tired old cliche but it aptly describes the rise of Subaru of America (SOA) which just celebrated its 50th birthday at its Cherry Hill, New Jersey (NJ) base.

Audi UK plans another new model barrage starting with A8

9 February 2018 | Graeme Roberts

It may only be third in the UK premium segment but Audi UK is happy with its growing market share ahead of another barrage of new product about to be lobbed at German rivals BMW and Mercedes.

Can SEAT top 500,000 sales in 2018 with new Ibiza?

11 January 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen recently said that it had produced 14 million Polos since the first model was introduced in 1975. SEAT, an infinitely smaller company, introduced its similarly sized Ibiza in 1984. As it ramps up production of the fifth generation model, the total built at Martorell has just reached 5.6 million. The new car is more than good enough to push that total above 6 million within four years, maybe even three.

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SRI’s acquisition of MTS bolsters brand awareness for Falken Tyres

2 October 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Following Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ (SRI) acquisition the Micheldever Group, including Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services (MTS), the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres. SRI has secured a route to market for the Falken brand. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Stephan Cimbal, head of marketing at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH about MTS and some retail trends in the tyre industry. 

Denso - digitalisation is transforming the European aftermarket

14 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Ruslan Leontiev, product manager starters & alternators and wiper blades, and Alexey Bartashevich, senior manager aftermarket products, both Denso Aftermarket & Industrial Solutions.

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Nissan 'Smokin' Titan' redefines 'food truck'

7 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

As US (and UK) viewers of the Food Network/Travel Channel shows Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Man v Food will know, Americans like BBQ, 'smokers' and 'tailgating' and Nissan is catering to that with the debut of what it claims is "the world's first fully integrated in-truck-bed smoker and mobile kitchen – a specially modified 2018 Titan XD Gas King Cab dubbed Smokin ' Titan".

GENEVA SHOW - Ssangyong plans electric offroader

7 March 2018 | Chris Wright

South Korean brand Ssangyong is upping its game with the launch of a vastly improved and more sophisticated Rexton SUV and will make a technology leap in two years time with the launch of an all electric, fully off road capable model based on the Korando.

Kumho union protests sale to Chinese firm

7 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The Korea Development Bank's (KDP) decision to sell the assets of Kumho Tire to Chinese tyremaker Double Star continues to meet opposition from the labour union of Kumho Tire, which will stage a partial strike this week. A bigger general strike could follow next week, the union says.

Volvo Cars announces Polestar 1 launch markets

7 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars' Polestar 1, shown publicly at the Geneva show this week, following its global media reveal in Shanghai, China, in late 2017, will now initially be sold in 18 markets, up six from the 12 announced last month.

just-auto Plus only FCA US to offer limited time free in-car Apple music experience

7 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

FCA announced it will offer consumers in the US an incredible Apple experience in their cars starting 1 May 2018, which includes up to six months free of Apple Music with the purchase of any new...

just-auto Plus only Citroen’s European success spurs international expansion

7 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

As stated by Linda Jackson during the press conference at Geneva Motor Show, Citroen is readying to write a new chapter in its international expansion, one that is essential to fulfilling its world...

PSA and BMW combine on French EV charging network

6 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA and Digital Charging Solutions (DCS), a subsidiary of the BMW Group and operator of the ChargeNow service, have signed a partnership to provide Peugeot and Citroën customers with access to the largest network of electric charging stations in France.

GENEVA SHOW - Goodyear shows 'intelligent tyre'

6 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Goodyear has showcased what it describes as an intelligent tyre prototype - a complete tyre information system that includes a tyre, sensors and cloud-based algorithms that all work together 'to communicate in real-time with fleet operators via a mobile app'.

Subaru of America names new CEO

5 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Following the promotion of current Subaru of America (SOA) chairman and CEO, Tomomi Nakamura, to president of Subaru Corporation in Japan, SOA has named current president Thomas Doll CEO.

EVgo announces 'simplified and lowered pricing' for fast charging

2 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

EVgo, a major US network of public electric vehicle (EV) DC Fast charging stations, has announced simplified and lowered pricing that goes into effect immediately.

Polestar names China president

2 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Polestar, Geely owned Volvo Cars' new electric performance brand, has appointed August Wu as the new Polestar China president, reporting to global CEO, Thomas Ingenlath.

New Mitsubishi Motors North America chief named

1 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has named Fred Diaz president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America from 1 April.

Nissan NZ's unique Leaf launch challenge

28 February 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan New Zealand is facing a challenge launching the redesigned Leaf in 2019 few, if any, other official importers worldwide have to deal with.

UPS to deploy 50 plug-in electric trucks in US

27 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

UPS has unveiled plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks, which it maintains will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventionally-fuelled lorries without any subsidies.

FCA Bank renews JLR relationship

27 February 2018 | Dave Leggett

FCA Bank has announced the 'renewal of its successful relationship with Jaguar Land Rover'.

US court confirms TK Holdings Ch 11 reorganisation

22 February 2018 | Dave Leggett

Takata Corporation has announced that the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware  has confirmed the 'Fifth Amended Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganisation' filed by TK Holdings (TKH), Inc.,  Takata’s main US subsidiary.

Denso fined by EU over anti-competitive practices

21 February 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Commission has imposed fines on component suppliers that infringed EU competition law in connection with past sales of automotive spark plugs.

Mark Fields joins HCV aftermarket firm's board

19 February 2018 | Dave Leggett

FleetPride, described as the US's 'largest independent distributor of aftermarket heavy-duty truck and trailer parts', has announced the appointment of former Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to its Board of Directors.

Toyota marks 60 years in Brazil with new Yaris

16 February 2018 | Fernando Calmon

It's a little known fact that Brazil was the first country outside Japan to build Toyotas.

Mahindra investing in Zoomcar India

16 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

Mahindra and Mahindra is to invest in Zoomcar India, with the INR1.76bn financing constituting around a 16% stake.

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