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Cupra convinces - how SEAT created a premium brand

7 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Cupra is off to a decent start. SEAT claims to have sold 3,600 Cupra Atecas so far this year. With the sole model in demand and due to be joined by others later in 2019, the experiment to evolve what had been a sports trim level into a brand is working.

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.

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Deal or no deal - How Brexit could impact the UK’s automotive supply chain

8 April 2019 | Matthew Beecham

May we mention the B-word? UK automotive manufacturing is currently amongst the world’s most efficient, relying on a tightly coordinated global supply chain to feed its production lines, with minimum capital employed and carefully-managed risk. Yet Brexit continues to concern the industry, including the ability of automakers and suppliers to maintain their just-in-time deliveries. We spoke to Graham Little, deputy managing director of logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical to understand what might happen, how manufacturers should prepare and why they should not plan to rely on trusted emergency techniques that have so far served them well within a joined-up Europe,

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.

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Mitsubishi to relocate US HQ to Nissan territory in Tennessee

26 June 2019 | editorial team

Mitsubishi Motors plans to relocate its North America headquarters from California to Tennessee, a move that will bring it closer to its majority shareholder Nissan Motor.

Most UK van operators to go electric - FTA

24 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Organisation (FTA) says the majority (71%) of UK van operators intend to use electric vehicles in their fleets this year, according to its 2019 Logistics Report with Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking.

VW teams withi Lidl and Kaufland for EV charging

21 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen is partnering with the Lidl and Kaufland supermarket chains, owned by the Schwarz Group for Berlin EV charging stations.

Bridgestone introduces lightweight tyre technology

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Bridgestone has announced the launch of Enliten, a new light weight tyre technology claimed to reduce material use and rolling resistance, contribute to reduced CO2 emissions and wear the same as a standard original equipment tyre.

LG Chem in China EV battery JV with Geely

14 June 2019 | editorial team

South Korea's LG Chem said it had signed an agreement with China's Geely Auto Group to jointly invest in a new electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing plant in China.

Fastned opens 100th Europe EV charging station

14 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Fastned is opening its 100th and 101st fast charging stations in Europe, both in the Netherlands.

just-auto Plus only BMW Group opens its first independent digital company in Beijing

14 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lingyue Digital Information Technology (hereinafter referred to as "Lingyue") was officially opened in Beijing, thereby accelerating BMW's customer-centric digital transformation....

Electrify America/Chargepoint team on roaming

13 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Electrify America and ChargePoint have unveiled a roaming partnership which will further expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging across the US.

Byton names Cadillac- and BMW-seasoned chief customer officer

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Byton, the China-based premium electric vehicle maker, announced the appointment of Andreas Schaaf as chief customer officer with immediate effect.

Enel X inks Vatican City charging deal

11 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Enel X has inked an agreement with the Governorate of Vatican City State, to supply 20 charging points.

Electrify America outlines seven new EV stations

11 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Electrify America says seven additional ultra-fast electric vehicle sites will be available for public use later this year in addition to six currently available in Sacramento.

SAIC targets Japanese automakers in Philippines

10 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese automaker SAIC Motor is moving to undercut Japanese rivals in the Philippines, one of southeast Asia's fastest-growing economies, a media report said.

EVgo and Chevron team on filling station chargers

10 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Evgo is working with Chevron to bring EV fast charging to Chevron company-owned and operated petrol stations in California.

Plugsurfing and Kia team for Europe EV charger network

10 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Plugsurfing and Kia Motors Netherlands are to provide a Europe-wide solution for all Kia electric vehicle drivers.

Electrify America/Walmart now have 120 EV charging stations

7 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Electrify America and Walmart say more than 120 ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now operational and open to the public at the supermarkets across the US.

Mahindra and Blu Smart team for Delhi ride sharing

7 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Mahindra & Mahindra has launched a connected, all-electric ride sharing service in India with Blu Smart.

GM and Michelin collaborate on airless tyre planned for 2024 production

5 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Michelin and General Motors have shown off a new generation of airless wheel technology, the Uptis Prototype (for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System), at the Movin'On Summit for sustainable mobility.

UK commits to 95g CO2 target post-Brexit - SMMT

5 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

UK trade body, SMMT says Britain has committed to retaining the European Commission (EC) CO2 reduction guidelines once the country leaves the European Union (EU).

just-auto Plus only Vauxhall opens Corsa-e pre-ordering

5 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Vauxhall Corsa, one of Britain’s best known and most popular cars, is going electric, and will be available to reserve. Known as the Corsa-e, the fully-electric car is the...

Mercedes-Benz Romania has a new CEO

4 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Martin Schulz became CEO of Mercedes-Benz Romania on 1 June. He replaced Philipp Hagenburger, who served in the job for the past three years.

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