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Re-imagining the gas station and battery charge times - COMMENT

6 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fully electric vehicles come with a number of challenges, of course.


COMMENT - Why Mazda needs the Amati luxury brand

25 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's almost 25 years since Mazda shelved Amati, its take on Acura, Infiniti and Lexus. Given that the plans for multiple models and a bespoke W12 engine were not backed up by a rock solid balance sheet, this was the right decision. Now, with its recent concepts effortlessly showing up so many cars from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce which lack beauty, it's time for Mazda to think again.


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?


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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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Renault forms JV with Brilliance for China LCV production

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings [BMW's car JV partner] have inked a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) using Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands aiming for 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains.


RHD Chevrolets returning to Australia

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Right hand drive Chevrolet models are returning to Australia (and likely New Zealand) with local conversions by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV).


Skeleton Technologies inks Sumitomo distribution agreement

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Ultracapacitor manufacturer, Skeleton Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with Sumitomo Corporation Europe to provide energy storage solutions for the hybrid electric and electric vehicle industry.


Toyota reshuffles European management for 2018

11 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has announced a new organisation and several executive level appointments at its European headquarters and affiliates.


Ford modifies scrappage scheme to save classics

11 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has modified its 'scrappage scheme' as it extends it into the first quarter of 2018. After an outcry over the fate of a Standard car traded in earlier (it was saved after classic car fans' pleas all the way to the top at Ford UK), the automaker said, from 2018, vehicles which are classified as 'historic vehicles' by the DVLA would not automatically be scrapped.


Ford and Alibaba look to work together in China

7 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As expected, Ford Motor Company and Alibaba Group on Thursday agreed to explore a strategic collaboration to jointly identify new opportunities to redefine consumer retail experiences and explore solutions for sustainable mobility.


BASF enters partnership with start-up company Ahrma

7 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

BASF has partnered with Dutch start-up company Ahrma Holding to work on logistic solutions, investing EUR5m (US$5.89m) in Ahrma shares.


Ford reportedly plans Alibaba-assisted online sales

6 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford reportedly is set to announce a deal with Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba to trial car sales online.


Thai Toyota trucks head to Japan

6 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota's Hilux truck has returned to Japan after 13 years. This time, it's made in Thailand, a hub for Japanese and Ford brand pickups (though European Hilux supplies come from South Africa).


Nissan launches used car business in India

30 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Nissan has launched its pre-owned car business - Nissan Intelligent Choice in India.


Opel names new South African importer

22 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Import rights for Opel in South Africa are set to change on 1 January 2018 following General Motors' decision earlier this year to exit the country by the end of 2017 and the subsequent sale of Opel and the Opel/Vauxhall brands to PSA.


Gefco sees Brexit opportunity as clock ticks

16 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics supplier, Gefco, says it sees opportunity in Brexit as well as challenges for its customers as the UK and the European Union (EU) attempt to thrash out a deal following London's departure from the trading club in March, 2019.


BMW Group hits 2m vehicle sales this year

14 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

For the first time at the 10-month stage of the calendar year, the BMW Group has delivered more than two million vehicles to customers around the world.


BMW Korea fined $54.5m for emissions certification errors 

10 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW's South Korean subsidiary has received a hefty fine for 'sloppy certification' documents covering engine emissions for 28 models according to Korean media.


Gefco UK auto logistics centre to create 100 jobs

7 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Gefco has opened its new automotive logistics centre in the North West England city of Liverpool, providing storage and sequencing operations for Tier 1s and OEMs and creating around 100 jobs.


Automakers spend big on Thai pre-delivery, aftermarket

3 November 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Ford this week opened a new THB100m (US$3m) automotive parts distribution centre in the Bangna-Trad industrial complex on the outskirts of Thailand's capital city Bangkok.


PSA's DS aims for top brand billing

2 November 2017 | Chris Wright

Citroen's upscale DS division is aiming to become one of the top global luxury brands, up there with other French icons such as Hermes, Gucci and Chanel.


Toyota marks 60 (mostly) successful years in the US

1 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota is marking 60 years in the US since starting with a Hollywood, California, dealership on 31 October, 1957.


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.



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