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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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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.


Is VR a game changer for the auto industry?

6 December 2018 | Matthew Beecham

From automotive engineering and styling to marketing and retail, Virtual Reality (VR) continues to surprise and delight. Forget glossy brochures and the pantomime of buying a new car. Game software and wearable technology is changing the way we shop. Consumers in shopping centres or sitting at home can now visualise their next yet-to-launched car in any configuration using a VR headset. To learn more, we caught up with Joseph Artgole, associate marketing director, ZeroLight, a specialist in 3D visualisations.

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Aston Martin adds distributor for central and eastern Europe

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Aston Martin has appointed a Romania-based distributor for that country and central and eastern Europe.


Suzuki, Toyota, eye car making JV in Ghana

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Officials from Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and CFAO are eyeing a joint venture to manufacture and distribute vehicles in Ghana.


Hyundai Canada launches fuel cell-powered SUV

19 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Hyundai Auto Canada has announced the national launch of the first Nexo, Canada’s only fuel cell-powered SUV.


PSA poaches Renault's sales and marketing chief

18 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

PSA has poached Renault's sales and marketing chief to carry out a similar role across its five brands.


BMW bundles brands sales together at Munich HQ

15 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

BMW Group is reorganising its management board to create a new leaner, future-oriented structure and, from 1 April 2019, the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands will be part of a new central sales division headed by Pieter Nota, responsible until now for sales and the BMW brand and aftersales.


UK no-deal tariff details "long overdue" - FTA

13 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the tariff policy released by London in case the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal on 29 March is "long overdue."


RHA flags French customs action as ports hit

13 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association says it is " very concerned" French customs action is leaving lorry drivers vulnerable to migrant attacks.


FTA urges UK no-deal clarification as chaos reigns

13 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA), representing more than 17,000 businesses nationwide, as well as logistics organisations, including shippers and hauliers, have signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister, Theresa May concerning what they say is the cost of a No Deal departure from the European Union.


Free2Move starts in Issy-les-Moulineaux

13 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Free2Move has made its free-floating cars available to users in the inner Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, after starting in the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes parks.


Infiniti gives up on western Europe, UK manufacture

12 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti has thrown in the towel and will abandon western Europe to focus on markets in which it is more successful. This will include ceasing production of a model line here in the UK.


Mazda Motor Europe names new president & CEO

12 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Mazda Motor Europe (MME) said Yasuhiro Aoyama, currently a managing executive officer at Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan, will become president & CEO of MME on 1 April, succeeding Jeff Guyton, who will become president of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) having headed the European business since 2009.


UK govt has "lost its way" as Brexit approaches - RHA

7 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is "deeply concerned at the complete and utter lack of clarity," which remains with regards to the border crossing process to the European mainland and beyond.


GENEVA - Toyota plans nameplate consolidation

5 March 2019 | Chris Wright

The launch of new Corolla is more than just a car for Toyota, it is the rebirth in Europe of a nameplate that has pretty much defined the brand for more than 50 years.


Jetta elevated to brand for VW in China

27 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Jetta is to become a new brand for Volkswagen in China. Volkswagen says a new logo has been created for the new brand signaled by a 'dynamic capital J'.


PSA addresses seven megatrends in Core Model Strategy

27 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA says it plans to take up the major challenges facing the automotive industry, illustrated by the seven mega trends and accelerate the implementation of transformation projects which foster growth and efficiency, particularly in digital technology.


Toyota Australia hack update

25 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Toyota Australia has provided a further update after news emerged last week that it was the victim of a cyber attack.


Tesla rolls out Model 3 in China

22 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Tesla has started delivering Model 3 cars in China.


Toyota Australia hacked

22 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Toyota's Australian vehicle import company has been the victim of an attempted cyber attack.


Free2Move expands service offer

22 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Free2Move Services is expanding its offering with new solutions dedicated to electrified vehicle charging.


FTA adds voice welcoming HMRC admin move

21 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has added its voice to industry bodies welcoming HMRC's (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) announcement of a short-term, six-month suspension of the introduction of Safety and Security Declarations to allow operators and traders to focus on unresolved border issues post Brexit.



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