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ANALYSIS - Peugeot seeks segment leadership with new 5008

6 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

ACEA is yet to release Europe-wide sales data for September but Groupe PSA has been having a trying 2017 in terms of volume. This, it insists, is due to pulling back from low-margin business. That being the case, the new, upscale 5008 should help matters.


ANALYSIS - Crossland X and future Opel-Vauxhall SUVs

23 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

At first sight, the new Crossland X, which steps in for the Meriva, appears to make no sense for Opel and Vauxhall. Isn't it the same size as the Mokka X? The now Groupe PSA divisions believe there is room below their existing B-SUV for a slightly shorter, narrower and lower crossover, but is there?


Honda & Acura NSX: better than an Audi R8?

18 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

What could better demonstrate the strange situation that Honda UK and Honda Motor Europe find themselves in than the NSX? Even if you pay the circa GBP33,000 list price for what had been the brand's priciest model until recently, there is then a GBP110,000 leap from there to the cheapest NSX. How on earth do they market this supercar?


Why the Ford Mustang is so successful the world over

27 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Talk to Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW and you'll hear that sales of sports coupes and convertibles are in decline all over Europe. Ford's experience with the Mustang seems to be the opposite.


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SRI’s acquisition of MTS bolsters brand awareness for Falken Tyres

2 October 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Following Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ (SRI) acquisition the Micheldever Group, including Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services (MTS), the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres. SRI has secured a route to market for the Falken brand. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Stephan Cimbal, head of marketing at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH about MTS and some retail trends in the tyre industry. 


INTERVIEW - Mazda's UK MD

14 June 2017 | Chris Wright

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.

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Volvo to export cars from Malaysia 

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car group, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, soon plans to begin exporting cars from Malaysia to other markets in the region, according to local reports.


Ford China September sales flat

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor Company sales in China were flat at about 113,000 vehicles in September.


Mitsubishi see China driving expansion

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Growth in China will be a driving force for the global expansion of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), the company's chief executive Osamu Masuko said yesterday.


PSA selects KBRW to optimise logistics management

11 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA says it has identified KBRW using its Businesss Lab as a company that can contribute the expertise needed for B2B distribution of out-of-stock multi-brand spare parts.


GM combines Asian, South American, operations

5 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

General Motors plans to bring its 'downsized' international operations under a single management structure from the beginning of next year, according to a company statement.


Mitsubishi starts building new SUV for Europe

5 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors has begun shipping its new Eclipse Cross compact SUV to Europe.


Toyota ends 54 years of manufacturing in Australia

3 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA), the production and sales subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in Australia, announced on Tuesday (3 October) it had ended 54 years of manufacturing in Australia as a news report predicted difficulties for the displaced workers.


Nissan suspends sales in Japan over safety checks

2 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor's shares opened 5% lower on Monday morning after the company announced at the end of last week it would temporarily suspend vehicle registrations in Japan due to concerns over safety inspections.


Schaeffler begins global branding project

27 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has begun a rebranding process highlighting the corporate name.


SsangYong tries Brazil for a third time

26 September 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazilian group JLJ has officially taken over import, marketing, distribution and after sales support of SsangYong vehicles for a 10 year period, renewable thereafter in five year chunks.


Opel marketing chief moves back to cosmetics

26 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

German perfume and cosmetics retailer Douglas reportedly has appointed former GM Europe Opel marketing head Tina Mueller as chief executive, replacing Isabelle Parize who is stepping down.


Iranian customs hold up 15,000 new imported cars

19 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Some 15,000 cars are held up at customs in Iran for regulatory reasons, according to a local media report.


Dacia unveils UK scrappage scheme

18 September 2017 | Simon Warburton

Dacia has unveiled a scheme allowing UK customers to trade-in and scrap their older vehicle for a new Dacia Duster.  


Mitsubishi expanding China sales network by 40%

15 September 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Mitsubishi Motors plans to expand its active dealer network in China by 40% to around 300 outlets by the end of the current fiscal year ending 31 March 2018.


Volvo Car UK establishes wholesale used car unit

15 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car UK has reorganised its wholesale used car operations as part of its strategy to extend its used car business.


FRANKFURT - Borgward coming (back) to Germany

12 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Stuttgart-based Borgward plans to enter the German market by the end of the year, it announced at the Frankfurt show.


FRANKFURT - Ford shows updated Mustang for Europe

11 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's updated Mustang is making its European public debut at the Frankfurt show this week with a new engine, transmission and enhanced safety technology.


Citroen latest to launch UK scrappage scheme

8 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Citroën UK is the latest automaker to launch a new scrappage scheme that encourages customers to replace their older cars and vans with more efficient Euro 6 models.


Scania/HAVI team on sustainable logistics solutions

30 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Scania and logistics provider, HAVI are to collaborate using the manufacturer's New Generation lorries and solutions in transport operations to and from McDonald’s restaurants in several European countries.


UK July manufacturing powers back ahead of plate change

24 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

UK car manufacturing has rebounded after several months of decline to record July output rising 7.8% ahead of the September number plate change.



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