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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.

Will new Musso give SsangYong the sales pick-up it needs? [UPDATE: SYMUK replies to suspension criticism]

6 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a tough few years for SsangYong, especially in Europe as Russia, formerly one of its best markets, fell apart. Now, things are looking up. The Musso is off to a good start at home, production shifts are being added and the brand is pulling further ahead of GM Korea and Renault Samsung.

The US has a new best selling car, and 1 in 5 come from England

26 June 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Automotive trade between EU countries and the USA may soon enter a strange era. Should the Trump Administration levy duties on imports from the UK, the timing for Honda would be terrible: thanks in part to rising interest in the five-door hatchback made solely in England, the Civic has just become America's best selling car.

Groupe PSA future models analysis - Opel-Vauxhall

21 June 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series which has looked at the existing and future models of Groupe PSA - first Peugeot, then Citroën and DS Automobiles - now reaches its final chapter.

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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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Detroit Show moves from January to June in 2020

23 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The organisers of the annual Detroit Motor Show (or North American International Auto Show - NAIAS) have announced that starting in 2020 the show will move from January to June.

Mazda My Way London trial snares 375 buyers, national roll-out to come

19 July 2018 | Chris Wright

A two year trial in London taking Mazda cars to customers instead of waiting for them to come into the showroom has resulted in 375 sales. Now the project will be rolled out across the UK.

just-auto Plus only Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi opens new parts distribution centre in Australia

9 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announced the opening of a state-of-the-art National Distribution Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The shared parts and accessories warehouse is a first for...

just-auto Plus only Hankook acquires Reifen-Mueller, German tyre distributor

4 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Global premium tyre maker Hankook Tyre announced , that it has agreed to acquire 100% equity stake of ‘Reifen-Mueller’, one of Germany's largest and independent tyre wholesalers and...

Mitsubishi dealers to get a new look

4 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is to introduce a new design for the interior and exterior of its 5,000 dealers worldwide.

New chief takes charge at Ford South Africa

3 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Neale Hill, 50, took over as Ford's managing director of South Africa and sub Saharan Africa this week.

BMW's Rolls-Royce names new Middle East and Africa chief

3 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has named Cesar Habib regional director, Middle East & Africa from 1 August 2018.

GM sells out, ending assembly in Vietnam

29 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors will transfer its Vietnamese operation to VinFast Trading and Production and distribute Chevrolet cars through the local assembler, in a move that could help drive up its modest sales in the country, a media report said.

PSA separates DS from Citroen retailers

29 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

PSA's DS Automobiles has set up a dedicated retail network in the UK - separate from Citroen - that starts operations on 1 July and will be expanded further in 2018 and 2019.

Volkswagen starts local assembly and car sharing in Rwanda

28 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has launched integrated mobility in Rwanda which includes local vehicle assembly, mobility services and a sales and service retail outlet called CFAO Volkswagen Rwanda.

just-auto Plus only Iveco supports biomethane production and distribution in France

26 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Pot au Pin Energie, Air Liquide and Carrefour inaugurated a new biomethane production plant and biomethane filling station in Cestas, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in France. In this project,...

just-auto Plus only Opel expanding activities in Ukraine

25 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Opel is further capitalising on the global footprint of Groupe PSA in order to foster the brand’s international growth, which is a key element of the PACE! strategic plan. Opel will expand...

VW brands now responsible for regions

22 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Having recently renamed its Truck & Bus unit TRATON to increase independence and move it "towards capital market readiness", Volkswagen Group announced another structural realignment of its organisation so one lead brand assumes "steering responsibility" for a clearly defined region of the world across the group.

Hyundai Motor reorganises overseas operations

19 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Company has announced organisational changes within its overseas operations, including more control of manufacturing from Europe, as the company grants greater autonomy to each region "in an effort to spur sustainable growth and enhance innovation".

New venture to assemble and distribute Hyundai in Pakistan

15 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Sojitz Corporation with Nishat Mills and its associates (NML), a consortium forming part of major Pakistani conglomerate Nishat Group, and Millat Tractors (MTL), Pakistan’s largest tractor manufacturer, have formed a joint venture to build a new assembly plant and set up a new wholesale and retail network for Hyundai brand vehicles in the country.

Gefco and Talan ink automotive joint venture

15 June 2018 | Simon Warburton

Gefco and consultants, Talan have inked a joint venture, to enable the design and marketing of solutions for the automotive market.

Ford and Changan name managers for new China JV

7 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford and Changan Automobile jointly announced top management for the newly established National Distribution Services Division (NDSD) as part of the Changan Ford (CAF) joint venture. The new division starts operations on 1 July.

Nissan withdraws Infiniti brand from Indonesia

1 June 2018 | Staff reporter

Nissan has withdrawn its Infiniti luxury brand from the Indonesian market, according to local reports.

Michael Cole appointed COO of Kia ops in US

30 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced the appointment of Michael Cole to the role of chief operating officer (COO) and executive vice president. Cole – the chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe since November 2012 – will serve as the central point of contact for all sales, marketing, service and corporate and product planning functions in the US, and will report to KMA's president and CEO, Sean Yoon.

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.

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