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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.

Major update for MG3 as future model plans are revealed

20 August 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Polo-sized MG3 first went on sale in its native China in 2012. Facelifted eighteen months later, and then for a second time in 2017, the updated car is finally arriving in Britain dealerships. The SAIC-owned MG Motor UK, the country's fastest rising brand of 2018, has also just laid out its future model plans.

Traverse, the great divide - a tough CASE to crack

6 August 2018 | Calum MacRae

There’s a great deal of consternation in the auto industry presently, but that concern is divided in to two camps. On the one hand, there are those in the here and now anxious about whether total industry volume in the US this year will be 18m or 17.8m. On the other hand, there are those more concerned about the future and whether CASE (connected, autonomous, shared and electrified) or ACES (to put it another way) will fundamentally challenge the industry’s business model that’s been built up over the last 100 years or so. The differences in approach were there for all to see at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan last week.

BMW's project G02 - why new X4 was brought forward

11 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A new BMW X4 is about to replace a four-year old predecessor. Are short life cycles the secret to quiet, steady success? That could be why Subaru of America has climbed ten places in as many years and is closing on Hyundai. BMW may be experimenting with this idea, adding to its recent progress: last month, Mercedes-Benz USA was pushed aside. And here in Britain, BMW was the UK's number two brand in June, outselling Ford.

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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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PSA says Opel/Vauxhall "back on course"

8 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA says Opel/Vauxhall is "back on course" one year after presenting its Pace plan, insisting the division will be profitable, electric and global.

DriveNow car-sharing adds five London boroughs

5 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

DriveNow, the car-sharing service from BMW, is expanding into five new London boroughs: Westminster; Barnet; Tower Hamlets; Southwark and Brent.

Blink/Hubject team for US EV charging

5 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Blink Charging and Hubject have formed a partnership to provide EV drivers in the US with expanded charging coverage and communication capabilities.

Envoy Technologies starts car share programme in Sacramento

2 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Envoy Technologies, a provider of shared on-demand, community-based electric vehicles, has unveiled the first wave of live sites and vehicle deployments through the Electrify America Green City initiative in Sacramento known as Sac-to-Zero.

EDF and Nuvve to install UK electric chargers

2 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

EDF Energy is to partner with green technology company, Nuvve, to install up to 1,500 Vehicle to Grid (V2G) chargers in the UK.

just-auto Plus only Maruti Suzuki unveils its 250th Commercial Showroom in India

2 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Maruti Suzuki India announced the launch of its 250th Commercial Showroom in Dehradun. The Company’s Commercial Channel is the fastest growing automobile retail channel in India and it is now...

Denso acquires Ease Simulation

1 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Denso has acquired Ease Simulation, a company specialising in automotive diagnostics technology.

Ionity inks Italy charging agreement from 2019

1 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Ionity, the joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, has signed a framework agreement with Eni to build up to 30High Power Charging stations in Italy from 2019.

RHA "still in the dark" as to post-Brexit border arrangements

29 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

UK body, The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is "still in the dark" surrounding future border arrangements following the UK's exit from the European Union next March.

just-auto Plus only MMNA and Dealer-FX launches MICAR new digital platform for dealers

25 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) recently partnered with Dealer-FX, the leading customer experience management provider for OEMs and their retailers, to launch an all-new digital platform for...

Ford establishes stand-alone China business and names its new CEO

24 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

As part of Ford's efforts to revamp its operations and boost market presence in China, the company has announced it is reorganising its Asia Pacific operations and hiring a new president and CEO for Ford China.

just-auto Plus only Opel introduces diesel scrappage incentive in Germany

22 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Opel is looking to a speedy fleet renewal as one way of reducing vehicle emissions and is, therefore, introducing a special environment bonus of up to EUR8,000 (US$9,238): Owners of older diesel...

"Brinkmanship" as Brexit talks enter final run - SMMT chief

19 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

UK automotive body, SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders)  says there is an element of "brinkmanship" to the current tough negotiations between the European Union (EU) and Britain as Brexit talks start to enter the end game.

just-auto Plus only Audi offers exchange incentives for diesel scrappage in Germany

19 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Offer for the future for diesel drivers: Audi is renewing the fleet of vehicles on the roads and thus supporting the package of measures to improve air quality. Customers who replace their existing...

VW eyes revamped and transformed sales model by 2020

18 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

The Volkswagen brand says it is to fundamentally restructure its sales model with a new programme to be launched in Europe in April 2020.

just-auto Plus only Audi takes its premium retailing to the next level

18 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Audi AG and the European Dealer Council exchange views on the future business model and discussed growth areas at the conference of the European Dealer Council. When the new contracts take effect...

Hyundai partners with French firms on hydrogen

17 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

As part of its hydrogen push, Hyundai Motor has signed a memorandum with French energy firms to expand the sale of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Ford names new NA manufacturing chief, chief customer experience officer

16 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has a named a new head of North American manufacturing operations and a member of the founding Ford family as chief customer experience officer "responsible for creating a world-class customer experience spanning across the entire ownership cycle".

just-auto Plus only Lada expanding its global reach

16 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lada continues to strengthen its position in foreign markets. It sold 27,398 cars and SKDs in 9 months of 2018, which is 65% more than sold during the same period last year. Lada also exported to...

just-auto Plus only Opel launches Free2Move lease service in Germany

15 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Good news for fleet operators in Germany: in October Opel is launching its own full service leasing offer under the Groupe PSA mobility brand Free2Move Lease – with attractive conditions and...

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