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ANALYSIS - Peugeot seeks segment leadership with new 5008

6 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

ACEA is yet to release Europe-wide sales data for September but Groupe PSA has been having a trying 2017 in terms of volume. This, it insists, is due to pulling back from low-margin business. That being the case, the new, upscale 5008 should help matters.

ANALYSIS - Crossland X and future Opel-Vauxhall SUVs

23 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

At first sight, the new Crossland X, which steps in for the Meriva, appears to make no sense for Opel and Vauxhall. Isn't it the same size as the Mokka X? The now Groupe PSA divisions believe there is room below their existing B-SUV for a slightly shorter, narrower and lower crossover, but is there?

Honda & Acura NSX: better than an Audi R8?

18 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

What could better demonstrate the strange situation that Honda UK and Honda Motor Europe find themselves in than the NSX? Even if you pay the circa GBP33,000 list price for what had been the brand's priciest model until recently, there is then a GBP110,000 leap from there to the cheapest NSX. How on earth do they market this supercar?

Why the Ford Mustang is so successful the world over

27 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Talk to Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW and you'll hear that sales of sports coupes and convertibles are in decline all over Europe. Ford's experience with the Mustang seems to be the opposite.

Latest interviews

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.

Latest news

Daimler opens first hydrogen filling station in Bremen

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Daimler, Shell and Linde inaugurated the city of Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station.

Valeo receives EU approval on FTE acquisition

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Valeo has received the approval from the European Commission and plans to complete the acquisition of FTE Automotive, a leading producer of actuators, before the end of October, subject to the approval of Turkish antitrust authorities.

Volvo to export cars from Malaysia 

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car group, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, soon plans to begin exporting cars from Malaysia to other markets in the region, according to local reports.

ADAS – a window of opportunity for Autoglass and Belron

13 October 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Autoglass recently brought together a group of highly skilled windscreen technicians from across the UK to compete in its Best of Belron national contest, staged in Milton Keynes.  Under starter’s orders, and on a countdown from ten that culminated with the sound of a smashed car windscreen, ten technicians began their meticulous work watched by a committee of judges.

Ford China September sales flat

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor Company sales in China were flat at about 113,000 vehicles in September.

Mitsubishi see China driving expansion

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Growth in China will be a driving force for the global expansion of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), the company's chief executive Osamu Masuko said yesterday.

PSA selects KBRW to optimise logistics management

11 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA says it has identified KBRW using its Businesss Lab as a company that can contribute the expertise needed for B2B distribution of out-of-stock multi-brand spare parts.

Bosch Australia now specialises in trailer safety control

10 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Bosch Australia has survived the end of Australian car manufacture and transfer of ABS manufacture to Asia by becoming the group specialist in Trailer Safety Control (TSC) for fitment to caravans and trailers equipped with electric brakes and towed by passenger vehicles.

GM combines Asian, South American, operations

5 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

General Motors plans to bring its 'downsized' international operations under a single management structure from the beginning of next year, according to a company statement.

Mitsubishi starts building new SUV for Europe

5 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors has begun shipping its new Eclipse Cross compact SUV to Europe.

USW asks South Korean government to stand up for US Kumho workers' rights

5 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has sent a letter from its international president Leo Gerard to South Korean president Moon Jae-in raising concerns about Korean-based tyre maker Kumho's union-busting actions toward its workers in the United States.

Pittsburgh Glass mulls factory closure

5 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) has confirmed discussions are under way involving the future of the company's manufacturing facility in Creighton, Pennsylvania.

Wabco acquires Meritor's stake in joint venture

4 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has completed the transaction to purchase Meritor's stake in the Meritor Wabco joint venture and take full ownership of the enterprise.

Toyota ends 54 years of manufacturing in Australia

3 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA), the production and sales subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in Australia, announced on Tuesday (3 October) it had ended 54 years of manufacturing in Australia as a news report predicted difficulties for the displaced workers.

Nissan suspends sales in Japan over safety checks

2 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor's shares opened 5% lower on Monday morning after the company announced at the end of last week it would temporarily suspend vehicle registrations in Japan due to concerns over safety inspections.

Schaeffler begins global branding project

27 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has begun a rebranding process highlighting the corporate name.

SsangYong tries Brazil for a third time

26 September 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazilian group JLJ has officially taken over import, marketing, distribution and after sales support of SsangYong vehicles for a 10 year period, renewable thereafter in five year chunks.

Opel marketing chief moves back to cosmetics

26 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

German perfume and cosmetics retailer Douglas reportedly has appointed former GM Europe Opel marketing head Tina Mueller as chief executive, replacing Isabelle Parize who is stepping down.

Hankook launches first tyre made only in US

25 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hankook Tire has expanded its passenger tyre range in the US with the launch of the Kinergy PT, a premium touring all-season tyre. It is the supplier's first tyre made exclusively in the US at the new plant in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Shell plans UK's first 'no-petrol' station

25 September 2017 | Dave Leggett

A UK media report says that oil giant Shell is preparing to open Britain's first 'no-petrol' service station.

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