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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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Interview - Turkey ripe for major development - ODD

24 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Those robust enough to venture out onto Istanbul's choked roads might react with some incredulity to suggestions car penetration rates could rise substantially, but it's important to take Turkey's business and cultural capital as a one-off and not representative of the country as a whole.

Toyota NZ CEO Alistair Davis on changing dealers to agencies

6 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The new vehicle distribution model is changing for Toyota and its dealer network. Toyota New Zealand will sell new vehicles to customers under an agency structure, with dealers being an agent for the Kiwi importer and distributor. This company blog interviewed CEO Alistair Davis about the changes, what the drive has been behind this shift for the brand in New Zealand, and what the changes mean for its customers.

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SPIEF 18 - Russia rebound sees Gefco acquire 750 railcars

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Logistics provider, Gefco says a strongly recovering Russian automotive market has led it to acquire 750 railcars to transport growing demand for vehicles in the country.

Mitsubishi Indonesia begins Xpander exports to Philippines

25 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Mitsubishi Motors began exporting the Mitsubishi Xpander compact MPV from Indonesia to the Philippines this month after its successful launch at the Manila International Auto Show in April.

Tesla lowers China prices after tariff cut announcement

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla was reported to have slashed up to US$14,000 off its Model X in China after Beijing announced major tariff cuts for imported cars.

Consumer groups ask US agency to probe Tesla Autopilot ads

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Two US consumer advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate what they called Tesla's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology, a news agency reported.

Tesla still has $35,000 Model 3 on hold - report

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is adding two top specification versions of the Model 3, suggesting those waiting for a 'base' version may be kept waiting for some time.

Lexus shuffles US exec deck

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

David Christ has been named to succeed Jeff Bracken as Lexus group vice president and general manager, overseeing all aspects of US Lexus automotive operations, including sales, marketing, customer service and dealer operations.

Volvo UK links with Amazon for test drive bookings

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Potential buyers in the UK can now book test drives through Amazon thanks to a collaboration between Prime Now, the online retailer's ultra-fast delivery service and Volvo Car UK.

Tesla establishes wholly-owned subsidiary in Shanghai

16 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Tesla has completed the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary in China, as the US electric vehicle manufacturer looks to expand its presence in the world’s largest electric vehicle market.

Former Tesla exec joins used car buying app

15 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Former Tesla executive Diarmuid O'Connell has joined Fair's executive team as chief strategy officer as the company prepares to roll out nationwide this year.

Hyundai Motor India renews export deal with Chennai port

14 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor India the country's second largest manufacturer of passenger cars which claims to have been top exporter since it started operations, has renewed its memorandum of agreement with Chennai Port Trust for 10 years.

Ford China sales decline as new models roll out in Beijing

11 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor Company China sales fell 26% year on year to 69,503 vehicles in April.

Ayala to take control of Philippines' Kia assembler

8 May 2018 | Staff reporter

The Philippines' Ayala Group is to acquire a controlling stake in Columbian Autocar Corporation, the local assembler and sole distributor of Kia Motors, according to local reports.

GAC hosts international distributors and plots growth

1 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

GAC (Guangzhou Automotive) has hosted its second international distributor conference in Beijing. Themed "Forge ahead to win the future," the Conference was attended by more than 30 distributors from 12 countries.

Porsche GB recruits again from Canada

1 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Margareta Mahlstedt has been named general manager, marketing at Porsche Cars GB, from 2 July, succeeding Ragnar Schulte, who will transfer to the automaker's base in Stuttgart.

Subaru moves to new HQ in US

30 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Subaru of America has completed its new US$118m US headquarters in Camden, New Jersey, which the company hopes will usher in a new period of growth in this market.

just-auto Plus only Benteler starts construction in Kleinenberg

30 April 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Construction works started at Benteler Automotive in Kleinenberg. The addition of a new dispatch and empties hall reflects the positive development of the Benteler plant there. The new lightweight...

Kremlin hails major aid package as market stimulus boosts sector

26 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's automotive sector has emerged from the crisis of the past four years due to "serious support," which reached more than US$1bn alone last year from the government say Kremlin politicians as the country continues its slow recovery.

Renault hooks up with IKEA for rental in France

26 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Renault Mobility and IKEA France have signed a partnership to offer consumers a car rental solution 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Renault says.

Ford revamps China operations structure

25 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford has announced key global leadership changes as well as the creation of a single new distribution channel for its Greater China business to accelerate growth.

Electrify America to install 100 retail charging stations across US

25 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Electrify America is to install vehicle chargers at more than 100 retail, convenience and refuelling locations across the US.

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